St Philip West MP Dr David Estwick has reacted with indifference and nonchalance to reports that two-time calypso monarch John King had expressed an interest in challenging him in the next general election.
King was introduced to the St Philip West constituency branch of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) on Sunday night as one of three prospective candidates to take on Dr Estwick in the constituency he has held for the Democratic Labour Party since 2003.
Asked by Barbados TODAY to comment on the latest development, the sitting MP gave a terse response.
“Tell him come. Tell him I was a musician before him. Barbados is a democracy and anyone can challenge me,” was all Dr Estwick would say.
While addressing the branch meeting at Princess Margaret Secondary School in Six Roads, St Philip, King said he decided to enter the political ring because the country was being run by ‘a clueless Government”.
Stressing that he was not overawed by the challenge, King said: “Pit bull or no pit bull, if you give me the support the pit bull will be a lamb.”
Dr Estwick, who is the Minister of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, is sometimes referred to as a pit bull because of his aggressive speaking style.
Also seeking the nomination to represent the BLP are Shanika Roberts-Odle, an export coordinator and customer service representative and Don Callender, a security consultant.