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Minister says country 49 years late in going republic

As far as senior Government minister Donville Inniss is concerned, Barbados is 49 years late becoming a republic and anyone who thinks the country should wait any longer is “innately lazy intellectually” and has “no pride in being Barbadian”.

In a recent interview with Barbados TODAY, the Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development Minister added his voice to recent debate, following an announcement by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart last month that he planned to take Barbados that route.

While some have argued that Stuart’s announcement was an attempt to distract Barbadians from the economic situation, Inniss said he supported the move and saw it as the final stage in the island becoming truly independent.

Senior Government minister Donville Inniss

Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss

“Those who have been keeping noise and saying it was a distraction and we should take our time are themselves innately lazy intellectually and have no pride in being Barbadian,” he said.

Inniss was adamant that Stuart’s announcement was not a diversion.

“We are very serious about it. Prime Minister Stuart is not one to make wishy-washy statements and be flippant. When the Prime Minister makes a statement you can rest assured it is well thought out and he is very focused,” he said.

“The reality is that after 49 years of Independence it is a tad bit embarrassing to know that we still have to swear allegiance to the Queen . . . Quite frankly, my view is that we are 49 years late in becoming a republic. It does not mean there will be any strained relations between Barbados and the UK. As a matter of fact, I believe the UK wants us to become a republic,” added the St James South MP.

Inniss said becoming a republic would demonstrate true sovereignty and show that Barbados was finally in control of its affairs.

Arguing that the British monarchy was irrelevant to present or future Barbados, the Cabinet minister said he did not see any harm to the economy should the island become a republic.

“There are those who say you need to get things right in the economy. I say in the days of plenty when we have a so-called buoyant economy, the Queen was the Head of State. In these current days where there are some challenges the Queen is the Head of State. So what is the relationship between the state of our economy and having membership in the British monarchy? Absolutely none whatsoever,” he insisted.

Inniss said while the country awaits Stuart’s next step in making his vision a reality, he would be engaging his constituents on the matter to make them fully aware of what the move would mean for the island.

He said there was a need for more general education of the issue.

“I realize it is a matter that provokes a lot of emotion and can be very divisive in this society, and that is why as a Government now our task is to go out there and educate and engage the citizens from all walks of life as to what it means to be a republic. Not just about becoming a republic constitutionally but also simultaneously about rekindling a sense of pride in being Barbadian and being in control of our destiny and being truly a nation that stands out as a beacon in global matters,” contended Inniss.

27 Responses to Minister says country 49 years late in going republic

  1. Les Carr
    Les Carr April 9, 2015 at 8:27 am

    What about Mr. Knight?

  2. Stephen D Stewart
    Stephen D Stewart April 9, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Don’t know about becoming a Republic, but I do know I really want this government to call elections ASAP…..

  3. Tunde Layne
    Tunde Layne April 9, 2015 at 8:36 am

    they are more pressing issues to be discussed

  4. Steven Layne
    Steven Layne April 9, 2015 at 9:02 am

    You’ll go ahead close b.dos

  5. Philip F. Corbin
    Philip F. Corbin April 9, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Most Barbadians would prefer if this govt concentrated on bread and butter issues like economic growth, unemployment and crime before trying their unsuccessful hands at anything else.

  6. jr smith April 9, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Mr Inniss, at lease you are not blaming the British for our problems. but i think you have this all wrong, with the present democratic party in power, makes us all feel that we were better off 49 years ago, i was a member of the dems, until last year, to see this is the worst government this island ever had. as for restoring a sense of pride, this government have seen to that, we lost most of that when a stupid but relevant case was brought against us and we lost , which prove ,having a bunch of lawyers as politicians,
    didn’t do us any good. but still haven’t learnt anything from the same.We need the time to fly by ,so we can get a real leader in place, the ,honorable MIA,Mottley.

  7. Alan Highton
    Alan Highton April 9, 2015 at 9:15 am

    To call Bajans intellectually lazy and claim that they have no pride in being Barbadian just because they don´t agree with a decision that his government is making is downright disrespectful and antidemocratic.

    • Katrina Dixon
      Katrina Dixon April 9, 2015 at 10:53 am

      That is all they do, Frownose Stuart is Famous for it. Better yet that is the only time he ever speaks!

    • Maria Leclair
      Maria Leclair April 9, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      Can’t believe he actually said that.

    • Derek Bain
      Derek Bain April 9, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      I completely agree with you Alan! They seem to forget that they’re running the country for us, the citizens. But I suppose that the idea of Democracy is now a bit farfetched.

  8. Roslind Codrington
    Roslind Codrington April 9, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Why are we allowing a group of DEM to degrade us. Why? We hold all the cards.

  9. Haroon Chothia
    Haroon Chothia April 9, 2015 at 9:27 am


  10. Signori Nera
    Signori Nera April 9, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Each time a DLP politician makes a statement, they reveal what they really think of bajans and their collective intellect

    • Gabriel Abed
      Gabriel Abed April 9, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      Well I think they are correct to assume the general public is of inferior intellect… wanna know why? You guys voted for Fruendel TWICE.

  11. Dre Forde
    Dre Forde April 9, 2015 at 10:10 am

    I hope Dem never get another vote we need ppl that is for bim n not fa tha pay day

  12. Gloria Mendes
    Gloria Mendes April 9, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Republic. Put it to a public vote. While were at it vote on removing the present government. Let the people decide not a bunch of politicians that no one is in favor of at this time

  13. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield April 9, 2015 at 11:14 am

    The country is 8 years late in getting rid of them

  14. Christian Scherr
    Christian Scherr April 9, 2015 at 11:23 am
  15. Lorraine Lewis
    Lorraine Lewis April 9, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    …time longer than twine…

  16. Concerned April 9, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    The people that are pushing for Barbados to become a Republic must first explain to Bajans how becoming a Republic is going to improve our economy. We don’t produce anything. We rely on tourism. We have a situation where we have the youth robbing people. The whole place is full of guns which would probably destroy tourism in the long run and if tourism is destroyed what would Barbados have to offer. We would then have to apply for visas to travel ANYWHERE whereas we do not have to have visas for UK or Europe now. Barbados is world famous for their rum and the big Corporations in the USA and their lobbyists are in the process of destroying the Barbados rum production. What is the Prime Minister doing about this?? Caribbean banana exports have virtually disappeared because of the same reason. Why are the Caribbean governments not doing something of these things??? Look at the Republics in the Caribbean and see how they are doing!!!

  17. Maria Robinson
    Maria Robinson April 9, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    They are just trying to make us forget about all the crap they are doing ,by bringing this republic issue up. I can not believe they have people like this in our government . Some people voted in some real village idiots. I guess they expect us to be like sheep and just follow all the crap that they are feeding us.

  18. Tony Waterman April 9, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    @Alan Highton!!! This is only a Foretaste, wait until they Rush us into being a Republic, you wont even be able to Comment in this Newspaper, as a matter of Fact there migh not even be this Newspaper anymore.
    My hope is that ALL bjns agitate for their say in a National Referendum, like they just had in Bermuda, who by Donville Inniss’s words would have to be “innately lazy intellectually and have no pride in being Bermudans,” as they Voted overwhelmingly to REMAIN with Britain.
    if this is allowed to happen under this Bunch, whoa betide yuh all.
    i would not be able to make this comment under their Republican Rules, i am sure!!!!

  19. bajanguyster April 9, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    hello what bajan pride are you talking about mr inniss.seriously ?somebody can got pride with the hurt that you all is giving and showing the people of barbados ?and by the way barbados dont belong to us anymore this goverment and the one before sell us out to de money shark so stop talking shit we, or most of us aint your all fool

  20. Alec Pierre April 9, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    First your Prime Minister tries to demonize humans and humanize demons now You Inniss a member of an intellectually bankrupt bunch is trying to analyze the intellect of the rest of us. I can’t even advise you guys to try to get help to get the freaking show on the road as by now every right thinking Barbadian must be aware of your glaring incompetence and champions of broken promises. i don’t want to associate myself with this Repulic Red herring conversation at this time but I would like to ask Inniss who is the Queen of Canada and Australia and what does he think they have lost or gained by acknowledging the Queen as the head of their countries. Dig Barbados out the chasm in which you have put it first and you can then talk about non-bread and butter issues.

  21. youngster April 13, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    this happened before my time but didn’t the public protest and vote sandiford out why cant we do it again?

  22. Davy April 15, 2015 at 8:31 am

    So wasn’t this same Gov’t innately lazy intellectually when they vehemently opposed Owen on this same issue? This is all about the politics of diversion.


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