Still no republic

PM: We are not yet fully independent

As Barbados prepares to mark its 50th anniversary of political independence later this month, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart Monday issued a timely reminder to Barbadians that the process of transforming the island from a former British colony into an independent state is not yet fully complete.

“We are still on the latter journey, for while for sure we have achieved nationhood, with all of its accoutrements of anthem, flag and pledge, we are still on the way to true and effective independence, which is always evidenced by the full decolonization of our institutions and, most important, by the decolonization of the minds of our people,” he said in an address to the launch of the Challenge to Change 50th Independence Anniversary special edition magazine.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart

During this morning’s event at the Barbados Hilton Resort at which 50 retired public servants were also honoured for their “inestimable” contribution to the island’s development, there was however no mention by the Prime Minister of a promise he made more than a year ago to complete the process of decolonization with the establishment of a republican form of government.

“We cannot pat ourselves on the shoulder at having gone into independence; having de-colonized our politics; we cannot pat ourselves on the shoulders at having decolonized our jurisprudence by delinking from the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and explain to anybody why we continue to have a monarchical system. Therefore, the Right Excellent Errol Barrow decolonized the politics; Owen Arthur decolonized the jurisprudence and Freundel Stuart is going to complete the process, ” Stuart had solemnly promised during the branch meeting held by his ruling Democratic Labour Party at the St Luke’s Resource Centre back in March 2015.

Although Stuart did not give a precise timeline at the time, he had said that while “we respect [the Queen] very highly as head of the Commonwealth and accept that she and all of her successors will continue to be at the apex of our political understanding . . . in terms of Barbados’ constitutional status we have to move from a monarchical system to a republican form of government in the very near future”.

However, nothing more has been said by Stuart of the Republic plan.

Monday the Prime Minister chose instead to focus on the contribution of this island’s public service, while suggesting that only the “ungracious and churlish would want to divorce the consistently high international reputation of Barbados over the years from the quality and contribution of its public service”.

“All of you have rendered inestimable service to the public sector, and by extension the nation, during the last 50 years, and often at great personal sacrifice,” he told the retirees, including former police commissioner Orville Durant, former senior medical officer Dr Elizabeth Ferdinand, former director of public sector reform Michael Archer, former head of the Barbados Government Information Service Margaret Hope and head of the Barbados Landship Captain Vernon Watson.

Stuart, who has responsibility for the public service, said the country owes “a huge debt of gratitude to the public service of Barbados”, which currently numbers 24,000, including 4,000 employees at statutory corporations.

He also said the honourees had left behind “a proud legacy that must be the guiding light for the present leaders of the public service, as well for those who are about to receive the baton to take us into the next 50 years”.

8 Responses to Still no republic

  1. Brien King
    Brien King November 15, 2016 at 3:59 am

    Sorry but Barbados isn’t independent in my opinion but it still and ever will be dependent. Look what was being stated by some lately, to run to newly elected Trump with our matters so that the country will be ahead of others. And having to BEG here and there for stuff and money for this and that, what independent you are talking about ? All Barbados did back then ( being allowed to do so by those who has rule over the country ) was to change the running of this country by the rulers directly to indirectly but they still rule the country, they and whoever else the country choose to suck up to. Regardless of who the government is, this matter was and is and will ever be the same, until some true leader do that which would give the country true rule of it’s own matters without outsiders bullying the country to do this or that and dragging the country down if the country refuse or ignore them. These are indeed the final days and nights before the real owner returns for HIS earth and those who choose to obey HIM. Until then, those who choose to obey the GOD of heaven MUST keep in contact with HIM and hang in there. If possible, do plant so food around you because it is going to be hell on earth as time goes on regardless of who is in government.

  2. Richard Braithwaite
    Richard Braithwaite November 15, 2016 at 4:00 am
  3. Brien King
    Brien King November 15, 2016 at 5:08 am

    Going to a republic status isn’t in the outside bullies interest, so measures will be put in place to hinder or even stop such until the bullies get what they want from the country and even then it may not be allowed.

  4. Tony Webster November 15, 2016 at 5:57 am

    Hmmm…some folks have evidently re-evaluated risks; re-calibrated things on the horizon; and what wid being so busy celebrating evaht’ing…dem is too busy fighting fires; printing money; shoo-ing away dark shadows of the IMF kind; an’ summuch…to go wid this right now. Also, that 2/3rds majority, also evidently ent flying no-where jes’ now: Mia ent buying.

  5. BaJan boy November 15, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Brien King if you were writing the crap that you you spew with pen and ink I would have advised you to save it long ago. The dumbest and most puerile articles come from you. Shows you are truly lacking..

  6. jrsmith November 15, 2016 at 11:23 am

    The priminister is right , I dont read anymore anything he says, because its the same rubbish , turned upside down ,we are expecting too much from people who does or cant offer much thats the priminister and his government….
    This priminister and his government make me fell as if their were put in power to destroy our Barbados,
    Since our (Independence ) ( Dependency) we have taken 4 steps forward and 3.5 backwards in the past 3 decades we have lost , our culture, our heritage is some where out there, we have allowed the destruction of our sole industry sugar cane,,,,,,

    We have become more educated, we have frightening gun crime, drugs everywhere , lots of churches, transport system which works now and then , thousands of christian people who is ever so honest who have no insurance on they vehicles and lots of false number plates, nothing really works in the public sector , we have issues over chicken wings and the importation of dirty water and dirty water running from our taps if water comes out….
    Republic , Republic , Republic which type ……..
    Our barbados is ok all there to be taken over, but not by bajans….
    Are we ready for the 51st year of (Independence ) (Dependency)..

  7. Ralph W Talma November 15, 2016 at 11:49 am

    1. With all the problems facing Barbados, now is not the time to consider becoming a Republic. To do so, I believe one needs financial stability and a willing populace. Barbados has neither at the moment.
    2. Nevertheless, let us enjoy our 50 years of Independence later tis month. I shall certainly drink to our health and prosperity for the future.

  8. Bobo November 15, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Folks of Barbados, whats the difference between a Republic country—- and a Democratic country — crimes -political corruption-slavery minds, the white man has everything under their hands—-an 18 century education development educating 21st century children—F Stuart is looking for a legacy–how about a hoe and a sickle—.

    Folks of Barbados if you love your country ”Vote No to Republic”– Barbados don’t have the resources to be Republic,,Folks ask your Prime Minister–where is the millions of Barbados dollars that comes into to the (region) country each year from the EU–how is the money distributed-


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