David Estwick Addresses Water Crisis, HOPEFULLY

David Estwick, Minister of Agriculture

David Estwick, Minister of Water Resources

According to media reports Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resource Management Dr David Estwick has scheduled a press conference for later today (07.10.2016). Estwick has been the target of severe criticism because of the inability of the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) to achieve its mandate to deliver potable water to ALL Barbadians.

One hopes that Estwick will treat Barbadians with respect AND assume an empathetic posture later today by leaving his usual blustery and bombastic approach at Hoodies’ door.   BU agrees with Dr. George Belle that the ongoing water crisis will have political implications for the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) when the bell is rung for the next general election. It does not take evidence-based analysis to determine how long suffering residents in the areas of Barbados affected by water shortages will place their X.

One has to wonder what motivated Estwick to state recently, he intends to treat the water issue  as a national problem in response to the question why he has not reached out to residents of the most affected areas. He is technically correct to say his mandate must be national in focus, BUT, the reality is that there is an area in the North of Barbados that is being affected.  Any sensible politician should appreciate the need to establish an ’empathetic connection’ with the affected residents.

Human beings cannot survive without water – the infrequent supply to areas of Barbados has served to increase the level of stress of residents in the affected areas. This is an important observation in the context of a Barbados gripped in a protracted economic crisis for the the last eight years. And there is no light at the end of the tunnel!

BU and others have written voluminously about the water problems afflicting Barbados.  The poor management; communication, planning etc. Residents in the affected areas must be grateful in 2016 to be receiving the many gifts of water. The many acts of kindness must be commended BUT it does not absolve the BWA and David Estwick from the responsibility of ensuring ALL Barbadians receive water at the tap. One wonders why the simple task of maintaining supplies to the community water tanks is not being achieved. Why rapid response teams are not being satisfactorily mobilized to fix burst pipes. Why we cannot manage efficient customer contact centre operations to respond to dissatisfied subscribers.  Proactive communication alerts via ALL channels. The website of the BWA is wholly inadequate in 2016, there is no visible Facebook and Twitter presence to efficiently exploit the digital platform in a country with  deep Internet penetration.

The BU household will join many concerned Barbadians later today to listen to Minister David Estwick. Our expectation is that he will leave the political rhetoric for the political platform and deal with how his ministry plans to relieve the suffering of Barbadians in the North of the island.


239 thoughts on “David Estwick Addresses Water Crisis, HOPEFULLY

  1. @ AC

    Here is what wunna guts frightened bout

    Wunna saying “if he jes doing de posters den, while we doan like the distributorship, while we dont like the impact that it has on our key figures, whhile we dont like the impact on the DLP image, and while we hate the fact that we are seeing dem in our FB groups, we may not have to worry about them, MAYBE!!

    But what wunn fraid of is “what is the LINK?” What is he keeping in reserve? What have we not seen yet?


    Wunna saying “OK what the posters are doing is that they are deepening “public dislike of our donkeys”

    Dat, in pacific (not to be confused with specific) is not good.

    But if this is what he is doing right now, during the “down time”, PRE-THE-GENERAL-ELECTION, then what can he do during the GENERAL ELECTION TIME?

    It becomes obvious that you are hurting from the Stoopid Campaign.

    Why do you even engage with me here?

    You do not speak to Colonel Buggy!

    You do not speak to Dearest Suzanne!

    But you make it your business to poke at me periodically because wunna feel that I can be goaded.

    The thing is that I enjoy this game with the DLP.

    But you wont see it is until the very last moment when it will be too late, JUST RING THE BELL.


  2. @ Vincent Haynes

    I was actually working on a template for the Democrats.

    Well not for them really but for their circumstances,

    I should have said i was busy building a few models that can be applied to other circumstances

  3. “not arguing that a large viewership is a plus , however on the political landscape where voting is an action of uttermost importance towards the outcome, the viewership should constitute a large target audience that the stoopid posters intends to influence in order to make a meaningful and overall impact going into the next general election,”

    @ ac

    Your above comments are absolute nonsense.

    In the ABSENCE of an OPINION or STATISTICAL poll, you are not in a POSITION to ACCURATELY DETERMINE the target market, what the viewership should constitute or how would the cartoons INFLUENCE an election.

    Therefore, your comments have been made within the context of your support of the DLP, with the HOPE that the cartoons do not influence voters to vote against your party.

  4. Are you now stating that viewership does not matter absent of statistical polling.
    ? Then what is the purpose of the cartoons most advertisements are geared to a specfic audience with the intention of having a positive impact
    Then if what you stated is what you belive your advice should be delivered to PDYR who is boasting about large viewership

  5. Comprehension seems not to be one of your strong points and I’m not going through a “back and forth” with you on this issue.

    I suspect you and Dompey went to school in July and August.

  6. The ACs are idiots…lol

    In the next year and a half…when the viewership of the stoopid cartoon reach 50,000 or more, which will not include various shares between various devices….let them keep popping that crap…I told them already to start packing their georgie bundles….lol

  7. Look ACs….from 260 views last night the Is the Water in Barbados Poisoned? stupid cartoon now has …….315 Views…that is called a goiwing audience…that is all ya need.

  8. and what i suspect is your offense to be offensive in discusion with people that are not of your political persuasion.
    The cartoons are stoopid and as you have stated absence of stastical polling no one knows how much of impact and the real influence the viewership would have on barbados elections
    An observation which you made but now reacts with a stinking attitude to my comment
    Could not careless what you think

  9. Colonel Buggy October 12, 2016 at 6:29 PM #

    How are they going to ensure adequate supply of molasses?……2000 odd acres still full of cowitch in St.John…….Portvale ready to do a final breakdown…..how???

  10. 50 Barbadian Citizens to be Honoured with a public exhibition of their pooches at Garrison.

    In the worlds first Public botsie display 16 botsies of Parliamentary Ministers will announce (no not their botsies, they dont speak, (though the ole man speak advisedly on that matter), no they themselves being akin to botsies will speak on the evening of the activities.

    What is supposed to be the 50th Birthday will rather be the public announcement of the “Death of the Nation, at the Garrison, ironically, the same venue where the nation was “born”

    The toilets are symbolic of the shy##te that the DLP government has done for the last 8 year.

    It is expected that these MPs will relieve themselves, in full view of the public, a practice they now perform daily AND WIPE their posteriors in the shirts of the population.

    On Tuesdays that is broadcast on DLP.gov.bb for your viewing displeasure, it is called Parliament


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