PM: Barbados to become a republic

The Republic of Barbados.

That’s how Prime Minister Freundel Stuart wants this island to be referred to “in the very near future”.

And last night he promised Barbadians that he intended 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-colonised 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 added.

He gave the assurance last night at the Democratic Labour Party’s St George South constituency branch meeting at St Luke’s Resource Centre as he addressed a gathering that included Minister of Education Ronald Jones, Minister of Housing, Lands and Rural Development Denis Kellman, Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM Robert Bobby Morris, several members of the Senate and heads of Government statutory boards and agencies.

Stuart did not give a timeline for the move.

However, he indicated it would be soon.

“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. But 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,” the Prime Minister explained.

Stuart pointed out that for all practical purposes, Barbados was already a republic.

“A republican form of government stipulates that those who run the people’s affairs should be chosen directly or indirectly by the people themselves. We already do that. We have been doing that continuously since 1951 when we got universal adult suffrage. Under republicanism, the persons who administer your affairs can serve during your pleasure. In other words, they should only be able to stay as long as you want them to stay. That’s what the people of St Philip South said to me in 1999. So Barbados satisfies that requirement as well,” he said.

“The third requirement Barbados has to satisfy is that there are people in the administrative structure of the Government, and in this case we are talking about the members of the judiciary, . . . continue to discharge the functions of their office as long as nobody can point a finger at them and accuse them of misconduct, and that misconduct turns out to be true. So once you are appointed or elected directly or indirectly, the people have a right to recall you.”

 

 

108 Responses to PM: Barbados to become a republic

  1. Nikki Vs Nicksie
    Nikki Vs Nicksie March 23, 2015 at 1:48 am

    Fraudel Stuart need to skydive without a parachute.

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  2. Tony Webster March 23, 2015 at 2:17 am

    Some happy day “coming soon”…I shall vote for Leigh Trotman as the new Republican F.B.I. director; DPP; Sherrif; Head of of civil service and Czar of Public Contracts, all rolled-into one.
    Here. We. Go. Again.
    I wonder if S. & P. will applaud, and respond “suitably”.
    Taken at face-value..this surely indicates that Righ-tHon. and Mia …are not only on good terms, but that they both enjoy bowls of soup…weekly? Weakly? Signs and wonders?

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  3. Christian Scherr
    Christian Scherr March 23, 2015 at 2:33 am

    Is he out of his freaking mind he realised that his party does not command a 2/3 majority what he trying to do delete the BLP

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    • Olutoye Walrond
      Olutoye Walrond March 23, 2015 at 9:21 am

      You don’t need a two thirds majority when the other side also supports republican status. And what does this have to do with the Queen dying?

      You people need to wake up and realize that the coop door has been open for more than 50 years; fly the coop and stop behaving like you are still enslaved.

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    • Olutoye Walrond
      Olutoye Walrond March 23, 2015 at 9:21 am

      You don’t need a two thirds majority when the other side also supports republican status. And what does this have to do with the Queen dying?

      You people need to wake up and realize that the coop door has been open for more than 50 years; fly the coop and stop behaving like you are still enslaved.

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    • Christian Scherr
      Christian Scherr March 23, 2015 at 11:22 am

      Sir Olutoye Walrond not to cross you but this is why I said both parties need to do this hand in hand and also since its historic significance is so great and affects all of us we should understand the argument from both political parties and then they should offer us the referendum because it’s too much of an important step to be voted on by the law makers alone. With respect to the enslavement argument you mentioned this is why I as a Barbadian born request the right to a referendum my voice and all the legal age voters have a final right to this historic decision just as Scotland did and Austrila will the Australian position from my understanding is that they will also push for republican status as well but after the queens death, this is why I mentioned that. I think it’s only fair to all of us to have a say and allow the lawmakers whom we employ to represent the majority and minority position to fully grasp our consensus.
      Finally my calling the pm freaking mad is because if his meglomanic statement that he wishes his name in the history books alsong side Barrow , Adams , Arthur. This is too big for one party to carry because there are many persons who don’t subscribe to either party who feel “letdown ” these persons are called indepentent or undecided voters their voice may only be heard in a referendum.
      If our elected officials cannot trust in us the significance of this then we have no right as a United people to claim freedom of mental and or political enslavement

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    • Olutoye Walrond
      Olutoye Walrond March 23, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      Christian, you are making much out of nothing. How important, really, is this move? Is it more important than going into independence? No it is not.

      Back then we were really moving from one significant status – that of being a coloony of Britain – to sovereignty. Yet Barrow didn’t see the need for a referendum.

      In republic status we are merely replacing the British head of state with our own, like any self-respecting country should do. Little else will change. We will not suddenly become an dictatorship or some rogue state.

      Why should the government waste its scarce resources on a referendum to ask Barbadians if they think we are mature enough to have our own head of state?

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      • Just a bajan March 23, 2015 at 9:59 pm

        whether or not the move is important there still needs to be a referendum and you clearly don’t understand the changes that will take place to say it is not important. To make such a change to Barbados society then the public needs to be in on this and this can’t just be a DLP thing I agree with Christian

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  4. Krystal Alexis
    Krystal Alexis March 23, 2015 at 2:47 am

    That’s who y’all voted back in..smh

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  5. Kennyatta Chery
    Kennyatta Chery March 23, 2015 at 3:12 am

    What’s wrong in being a Republic? What are the benefits of having the queen as Head of State when you are almost 50 years of ” Independence”? Yes! There needs to be robust debate on what kind of Republic you’re going to be. But the debate should NOT be on if you can afford it. Come on people. Emancipated yourself from mental slavery. NONE but ourselves can free our minds.

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    • Prince Nicholas
      Prince Nicholas March 23, 2015 at 4:58 am

      No it doesn’t

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    • Ryan Videodv
      Ryan Videodv March 23, 2015 at 5:36 am

      So you this **** got a big plan to handle the medical situation in Barbados.I hope wanna know all them things on the hospital was donated through UK..Wanna bout killing bajans. If it do not work underneath this government..I hope you see most Republic small countries do not last long unless the land you on rich with resources than tourism.

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      • Olutoye Walrond March 23, 2015 at 9:12 am

        Ryan, what things at the hospital were donated by the UK? And what republics you know that didn’t last long?
        Elaborate please.

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    • Jason Bowen
      Jason Bowen March 23, 2015 at 5:43 am

      Yes it does. Why are we calling ourselves independent but paying homage to a queen of another country

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    • Fabian Dottin
      Fabian Dottin March 23, 2015 at 6:46 am

      This isn’t a new topic so now you want debate wen years ago it was cried down wid claims of being power hungry, stop eating back ya own vomit

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    • Ryan Videodv
      Ryan Videodv March 23, 2015 at 6:54 am

      She can be getting no money this days if the government can pay public workers..Police and solder next.wha money paying who.

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    • Kennyatta Chery
      Kennyatta Chery March 23, 2015 at 7:08 am

      Fabian Dottin are you against the idea in principle, or are you in for a political fight? Can’t he change his mind after studying the issues? Let’s have the pros and cons put forward.

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    • Karen F-Glasgow
      Karen F-Glasgow March 23, 2015 at 7:28 am

      You guys clearly don’t understand the ramifications of Barbados being a Republican state

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      • Just a bajan March 23, 2015 at 10:03 pm

        I was saying the same thing

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    • Fabian Dottin
      Fabian Dottin March 23, 2015 at 7:36 am

      So wen his mind changes so does ours, it’s not a political fight but a case of wanting a legacy. I was up for it years ago but the way it was cried down I can’t believe dem wud eat they own vomit & feed Bajans wid it too no shame whatsoever, seems it taste good to you now too

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    • Kennyatta Chery
      Kennyatta Chery March 23, 2015 at 7:38 am

      Karen F-Glasgow why don’t you enlighten us with your abundance of knowledge and powers. Is it going to be a doomsday scenario??

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    • Kennyatta Chery
      Kennyatta Chery March 23, 2015 at 7:51 am

      Fabian Dottin before you accuse me of being a DEM, let me stop you in your track please. I voted three times in Barbados for three different political parties.
      Now back to real issue being discussed here. Isn’t it a crying shame that a people who pride themselves on being so proud and industrious still want to latch onto the cloak of an irrelevant queen?

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    • Kennyatta Chery
      Kennyatta Chery March 23, 2015 at 7:51 am

      Fabian Dottin before you accuse me of being a DEM, let me stop you in your track please. I voted three times in Barbados for three different political parties.
      Now back to real issue being discussed here. Isn’t it a crying shame that a people who pride themselves on being so proud and industrious still want to latch onto the cloak of an irrelevant queen?

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    • Lynn-Marie Carneiro
      Lynn-Marie Carneiro March 23, 2015 at 9:08 am

      So please tell us what are the benefits of being a republic, except the ignorant ‘mental slavery’ chant. In case you missed it emancipation happened over 200 years ago.

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    • Cat Rock
      Cat Rock March 23, 2015 at 9:42 am

      Except this statement is not calling for a debate it’s telling us it’s a done deal. Last time I checked the government should be servants of the people

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    • Truckstar March 23, 2015 at 10:17 am

      I find it hilarious how when Owen Arthur wanted to do this this same fraud and his minions (well at the time he was a minion to the other fraud before but anyhoo) opposed this but now he wants to cement his legacy by alienating the crown the same crown that they are stuck kissing *** for handouts seeing as these only know how to spend other people’s money

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  6. Tête La
    Tête La March 23, 2015 at 3:59 am

    When Owen Arthur wanted to take the country to a Republic State, the same jokers that spending all the Treasury Money were again it and cried it down,

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  7. Ryan Williams
    Ryan Williams March 23, 2015 at 4:23 am

    Very interesting…..I think most bajans have no idea what a republic is.

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    • Bentley Williams
      Bentley Williams March 23, 2015 at 6:46 am

      I think most Barbadians have no idea what most things are.

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    • Ryan Williams
      Ryan Williams March 23, 2015 at 8:24 am

      I asked about 20 people what a republic was and they said it’s communism or a dictatorship.

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  8. Diahann Brown
    Diahann Brown March 23, 2015 at 5:48 am

    With all that is going on right now, THIS is where he wants to focus his attention? Seriously? The economy is in the crapper and he wants a new state form? He needs to do a better job first. All this is, is a diversion tactic to focus people away from all the madness and BS.

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  9. Piper Timaya Jordan
    Piper Timaya Jordan March 23, 2015 at 6:20 am

    Imagine that, when Owen Arthur wanted to make Barbados a Republic state the dlp said he wanted to be the “king of Barbados “, how he ” power hungry ” and ” he feel he owns Barbados ” now look, the same dlp want to do it but somehow when the dlp does things barbadians sit back throw their hands in the air and conform, this country could have been so far ahead in the world had bajans not been blindsided in 2008, now this country is 15 years behind as smaller countries progress ahead of us. Republic NO PLEASE MR PM COUNT ME OUT .

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    • Piper Timaya Jordan
      Piper Timaya Jordan March 23, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      I’m speaking about the country going republic! Not political mishaps, the same DLP eating their vomit now saying they want to do what they chastised others for trying to do!

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  10. Peter Buckley
    Peter Buckley March 23, 2015 at 6:21 am

    Amazing… A politician actually trying to divert attention from things that need done to something ethereal… who’d a thunk it? *sarcasm

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  11. Angus B Post
    Angus B Post March 23, 2015 at 6:25 am

    When Owen say so almost 15 yrs ago David Thompson tell bajan ppl dat he wanna be a dictator & bajans cry out ta high heavens. …i wanna see what going to happen now. ….stand for nothing fall for anything should be our new motto

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  12. Santini More
    Santini More March 23, 2015 at 6:36 am

    At this point in time, who really gives a hoot one way or the other about a Republic?…However, many of us care deeply that the QEH has been run into the ground and is barely functioning, we care that the NIS is being used as the Govt’s piggy bank, we care that Barbados has one of the lowest economic growth rates in the region and the world….These things and more are far more important than any RED HERRING about becoming a bloody Republic!

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    • Lucia Aniela Parris
      Lucia Aniela Parris March 23, 2015 at 8:09 am

      Bout de QEH barely functioning … This has been your experience or what you read?

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    • Lucia Aniela Parris
      Lucia Aniela Parris March 23, 2015 at 8:09 am

      Bout de QEH barely functioning … This has been your experience or what you read?

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    • Santini More
      Santini More March 23, 2015 at 8:16 am

      My 68 year old Aunt waited over 7 hours in A&E after suffering a fall at home. When I eventually got there I took her to the FMH because she was in agony, but there were plenty other people ahead of her…That is MY EXPERIENCE…So your question is Lucia Aniela Parris?

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    • Lucia Aniela Parris
      Lucia Aniela Parris March 23, 2015 at 8:46 am

      My question stands… I think we have to be realistic… If A&E remains the only after hour free emergency care unit then the backup will happen that’s common sense… To be fair that is not novel to this administration… Furthermore I went into the same A&E and hospital recently and didn’t experience it as “run down” as you are suggesting… It wasn’t private care but it certainly was efficient. My point is the administrative issues there doesn’t mean it is barely functioning… How long have people been waiting forever in polyclinics???? Years now… So to use this as a badge of disgrace against this administration isn’t as effective.

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  13. jr smith March 23, 2015 at 6:59 am

    At last ,he has woken up , but is still dreaming, of what we dont know. Look at the so call republics just across the water and beyond.
    PLEASE MR, STUART ,GO BACK HOW YOU WERE,ASLEEP.

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  14. Piper Timaya Jordan
    Piper Timaya Jordan March 23, 2015 at 7:04 am

    Ovid Forde one thing we in Barbados have learnt is that the DLP don’t need ” authority ” to do anything they just do it whether bajans like it or not, or whether it’s legal or not. I’m not surprised at this tactic, it is doing what it was designed to do, divert the attention from the estimates so bajans can once again be blindsided when the budget comes around, we have now forgotten that the hospital is in another but more horrible crisis, food is extremely high, taxes will be getting added to more amenities and education is now unobtainable. Once again a new week in Barbados and fresh distractions. Bajans need to focus, widen their gaze and get serious, stop being so easily distracted and get ready for the fight for our livelihoods, our children’s future are at risk now more than ever with the DLP as government and we need to move quickly to remove them by any means necessary. Wake up people the game is over!

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    • Ovid Forde
      Ovid Forde March 23, 2015 at 9:10 am

      I do agree with most of what you wrote but I do not agree or would expound on the statement,(remove them by any means necessary). We as Barbadians do not need to go down that road. Lets express our anger at the ballot box. I disagree with many things that are happening at the moment but would continue to support the right to vote for every citizen. It is of the utmost importance that all of us have a say in who leads us. Let the electoral process continue to select those who lead us even if we disagree with their policies.

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    • Piper Timaya Jordan
      Piper Timaya Jordan March 23, 2015 at 9:12 am

      Correct

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  15. Piper Timaya Jordan
    Piper Timaya Jordan March 23, 2015 at 8:07 am

    This will be my last comment on this post. IF Owen Arthur had said he wanted Barbados to become Republic he would have been given a chance, due to the fact that he can MANAGE an economy and a country and as a political leader, but with Fruendel’s track record I would not want to be in Barbados if he were president. Look at the DLP thus far :
    Retrenchment
    High cost of living
    Taxes taxes taxes
    High cost of Education
    Implementation of solid waste tax
    No creation of jobs
    Downgrades by S&p
    Agricultural sector failed
    Small businesses have closed
    High unemployment rates
    And the list goes on.
    They said Owen Arthur sold everything, but look at it this way, what he sold brought jobs and revenue to Barbados and poor people still had money in their pockets and food to eat, plus a little savings, under the DLP what do bajans have now???????????????????????
    NOTHING but a national anthem, a pledge and a Coat of Arms. Our Pride and Industry is now Shame and Sufferation

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    • Mieshell Burke
      Mieshell Burke March 23, 2015 at 9:02 am

      I agree with u nothing smh

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    • Piper Timaya Jordan
      Piper Timaya Jordan March 23, 2015 at 9:13 am

      Correct

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    • Olutoye Walrond
      Olutoye Walrond March 23, 2015 at 9:26 am

      So. tell us what would be different about his performance if he were the President of a republic.

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    • Piper Timaya Jordan
      Piper Timaya Jordan March 23, 2015 at 10:07 am

      There would be nothing different about Fruendels performance cause he isn’t performing now, so he will most likely do worse, as a pm he isn’t doing a good job in governing Barbados, look at our decline, and continued decline so I think we should aim for better not worse especially under a republic state, so NO PLEASE!

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    • Rudolph Medford
      Rudolph Medford March 23, 2015 at 10:26 am

      Agreed
      Dems Now Dems Again!

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    • Piper Timaya Jordan
      Piper Timaya Jordan March 23, 2015 at 11:58 am

      Well now that owen is Gone we will now see if bajans really remember what they said cause I remember well, the dems will eat back their own vomit!

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  16. jus Me March 23, 2015 at 8:26 am

    YES PM we want you to make us a republic, so you can have your place in the History of Barbados, henceforth known as BARnana the Republic of.
    Let history show, what you and your kind did to us and our dear country.
    In the end you still lay alongside your 3.500,000 brother and rot, that will be your ONLY Legacy.
    From our point of view de sooner de better.

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  17. Matthew Greaves
    Matthew Greaves March 23, 2015 at 8:37 am

    This idiot really trying to sabotage the country did he really check the advantages and disadvantages of becoming a republic nation the disadvantages are not worth it and Barbados will not be able to get any financial assistance from the commonwealth or the uk government for our almost dead economy but let me hush…… fundel is busy doing the people’s business!

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  18. Mark Walkes
    Mark Walkes March 23, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Is this a joke or what? The country is in dire straits economically and he worried about completing a process of decolonisation? He and his entire cabinet should be focussed on bringing B’dos out of the Red into Black and be a destination not only for tourism, but further investment both at local and foreign level. This would be a viable legacy, not the nonsense he is proposing. Just show’s he is looking backward and not forward. No wonder the island is in the mess it is in.

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  19. Dre Forde
    Dre Forde March 23, 2015 at 9:50 am
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  20. Haroon Chothia
    Haroon Chothia March 23, 2015 at 10:15 am

    BARBADOS CANNOT DEPEND ON ITS OWN…IF WE BECOME REPUBLIC THAT IS THE END OF THIS COUNTRY !!! #GoBackToSleepFreundel !!!

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  21. SimoneM March 23, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Unless a programme of public information is pursued, this debate will be the same it was a decade ago – based on emotions and not fact. Barbados becoming a republic will only change our constitutional arrangements in so far as the Queen will no longer be Head of State, but rather a Barbadian will be Head of State. There are different types of republics, those with presidents who are ceremonial heads of state no different than our Governor General. There are others with executive presidents like the USA or France where the Head of State is directly elected by the people and runs the day to day affairs of the country. My understanding was 10 plus years ago and is now that what is being contemplated is a republic with a ceremonial Head of State. One more point needs to be made, a country can have a president as Head of State and remain a member of the Commonwealth. 32 of the 53 members of the Commonwealth are republics – see: http://www.royal.gov.uk/monarchandcommonwealth/commonwealthmembers/membersofthecommonwealth.aspx

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  22. Alex Alleyne March 23, 2015 at 11:05 am

    I think that not so long ago the then PM Arthur had the same idea and it was shot-down in a hurry . No doubt it wil be coming (soon) because with Trinidad runing things all over BDS, in the end , it will be (TT&B) The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the Republic of Barbados all wrap into one .
    Whats in it for we BAJANS ?????????????????????????????????

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  23. David Fenton March 23, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    I, would like to start by saying to the Barbados people to reframe from such class of activities, and behavior by their P.M. We all can re-called what took place in the seventies I Grenada, if not for the President of the U.S. Mr. Reagan took it upon himself interviening on the path of that Country, no one could speculate what the West Indies would be like to day. If nothing is broken why make hast to try and mend it, by calling for a fixed it. If the P.M. is in a hurry for a Republic let him goes back to his Parish on the Island and asked his district for permission to make his Parish a Republic. All these people are simply looking for is to make a grab for power to try and cause all class of crisis for Barbados, and the rest of the West Indies. They are not looking for the well being of the Country, but for themselves

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  24. Lux March 23, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    The decision to become a Republic should be held under referendum, much like how Scotland recently had a referendum to decide whether to become independent. I see this as the most democratic way of making that heavy of a choice for a nation. The people of Barbados must informatively decide on the pros and cons of being a republic or a member of the Commonwealth. Personally, if we already act like a republic, while maintaining the benefits of being within the Commonwealth as it currently stands, then we are currently having our cake and eating it too. So the backers of a move to being a republic would have to explain to me what gains would be made other than simply a symbolic gesture, and that it was worth losing our Commonwealth status.

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  25. Jim Lynch March 23, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Mr. Supreme Titanic Captain, Sir…

    Far from making such an announcement – broadcasting to all that you are now Number One Bajan Dick-tater – should you not be throwing this out as an idea, a proposal? YOU alone do not have the power to make Barbados any Republic, just as YOU alone do not have the power to power to be judge, jury and executioner all rolled into one.

    Tell us, O Godly One, just exactly what are you trying to distract the people of Barbados from with this quarrelsome remark? Because we who still have a speck of intelligence remaining notice that this is the tactic of politicians when they want to take the heat off something or have the people not notice what is really going on…

    As for classing yourself with Barrow and the rest, to do so you have to actually DO good and long-lasting things for your country in a statesman-like manner – and so far you have done almost nothing but drag the country into the mud.

    Oh, and I knew Errol Barrow. You, Sir, are no Errol Barrow, and I can say with a huge amount of certainty that you do NOT belong among their ranks. So LEAVE THE STUDIO, Freundel.

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  26. Tony Waterman March 23, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Hello !!!!! “Sydney Burnett Alleyne” your long awaited Day is Near, Freundel must be your Guardian Angel. or he is planning to join with you and become President for Life.
    @ Haroon Chothia !!!! Be careful making statements like that, you will be called all kinds of names for seeing through the Rubbish and being practical, in a world where we are always Borrowing from A to Z.
    I hope you all remembered what happened to Grenada when the dropped Taiwan for Communist China, the Taiwanese Called in ALL their Loans and had Grenada REELING on the Ropes.
    We have to be careful that the same does not happen to us, too many more down grades by S&P and we are TOAST.

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  27. Bobo March 23, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    The destruction of the Caribbean Region Progress has been and continued to be Politicians without clarity Visions –Take for instance how far Parliamentary Democracy took Canada- Australia- New Zealand each country laws” created and enforced to suite the people of the country —meanwhile Caribbean and African Politicians create their own laws to suite themselves.

    People of Barbados we do-not want to be ”Republic”. Barbados needs politicians who govern with the people –for the people.

    Barbados with its historical History can make Billions — Barbados should be govern with true Democracy laws — Civil and Juridical Laws implemented and enforced –Top priority — Good Education-a 21st century Curriculum — Health service –Proper Roads— Government Entities ”at its best”–Human development growth–Government working with the local Entities– providing training for school leavers where each child becomes a manager=Human Behavior governing self dynamics of consciousness )–Inviting Worldwide Investors to invest in Barbados because we have .created a work- force that can match any part of the world.

    Politicians of Barbados time to stop thinking the people of Barbados are idiots like yourselves.

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  28. Harry Roberts March 23, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    This chatter about a republic is just that, a red herring, a distraction to get attention away from the poor state of the economy and to get bajans chatting about a non topic and not focus on dealing with the killer budget which is around the corner. this is classic DLP strategy happens all the time. I personally hold no brief for the Royal Family i think that they are for the most part a bunch of dysfunctional jokers. T&T has oil what dos B’dos have sugar, sea & sand ??? I need more information before i would be in a position to vote on this issue.
    I still believe that if the PM were offered a Knighthood he would accept.

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  29. Jus Me March 23, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    “Clothes maketh not the man”

    Whatever suit you choose to wear,Mr PREs I DENT.
    YOU STILL A CLOWN
    Albeit now a VERY DANGEROUS Meglomaniac Clown.

    Man LOOK in the Mirror people ent laugh wid yuh
    dem laugh
    AT YUH!!!

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  30. Jus Me March 23, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Has our current Prime Minister become deranged??

    Lets have a vote:
    I say

    YES

    From hereon for 2 hours just Comments that’s ay
    YES or NO.

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  31. Marc March 23, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    I’m curious. If he is successful and he gets rid of symbols of colonialism, will Freundel take down the statue of Nelson in Bridgetown?

    Also this should be decided by a national referendum not by Politicians

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  32. Michael March 23, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    as my lil 6 yr old call it.my pm ain’t name freundell stuart he name final stroke cau blen dis wun now left me winded. I ain’t want nah republic but I would like ah removal an inprisonment of all dem focker that raping poor people of their worthly possession

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  33. YAJ March 23, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    For the life of me, I cannot understand why the Prime Minister would make an announcement regarding plans to change Barbados’s head of state by Nov. 2016. Indeed, why even change it? If it’s not broken, why fix it?

    I am an American and I deplore our political system. The amount of money within it is tantamount to corruption – no one has any legitimacy to speak up behind closed doors because they’re all tarred with the sludge of special interest funds. Is this what the people of Barbados want?

    This appears to me to be a cheap political ploy and for what? What’s not working exactly? The monarch and the Crown’s governor-general are mainly ceremonial. The politics of this appears untoward as if it’s a cheap ploy for votes but what happens when there’s a ceremonial president? Will that become an office for purchase? The governor-generals are people from Barbados, so why even table this? There’s ample representation for people of merit already. Is it merely for the title of “president” when the function isn’t a value add?

    Isn’t the revolution is over and independence achieved? Are people left unoccupied with too much time on their hands for mischief making?

    This is a waste of time in my humble opinion. It’s my hope that the government of Barbados does not part with the Crown simply because as an American I need to have hope that some country’s government works better than ours and yours is that example.

    Further with your government having an impartial element to advise, warn and consent among the competing interests, this makes the Crown’s function something of preservative value, especially when it comes to integrity and political unity. Why put it in the political fray? It misdirects the failures of the ruling party?

    Given the plan is to remain within to Commonwealth, great. But, I hope this plan to change the head of state fails.

    It’s not worth it and hopefully the opposition can force the government of the day to keep their eye on the ball: their administration, vision, people’s welfare and not misdirection to emotional politics that wear thin or wear off as quickly as cheap perfume.

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  34. Tony Waterman March 23, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    @Kennyatta Chery!!! When last did S&P Downgrade Dominica ??? and they have NOT been BORROWING People’s Money all around the World like there was no tomorrow, we owe every Sam Coochie and the Duppy, when we Change our Status, without anything/Anyone to back us, what then ???
    T&T are not any better off than us at Present, and without the Oil Revenues that there once was, don’t fool yourself, they are in a Hole Just like us, Why do you think that Massey is investing in Barbados and NOT in their HOME Country T&T ???
    by the Way Dominica Is NOT a Republic, it is OFFICIAL TITLE IS THE COMMONWEALTH of DOMINICA.(Dominica is a parliamentary democracy within the Commonwealth of Nations) You are mixing up Dominica and THE Dominican Republic which Shares the Island of Hispaniola with Haiti
    SO!!!!! you should provide some ACCURATE indispensable facts.

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  35. Tony Waterman March 23, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    @Olutoye Walrond, are you aware that after the establishment of a Fascist dictatorship in 1922, Italy reinstated democracy, and enjoyed a prolonged economic boom ??and they only became a Republic after there was a Referendum which was held on 2 June 1946. i dont hear Freundel talking about a Referendum yet, that should be BEFORE anything else is done. as for Italy you should Resarch ” the Years of Lead” and Republican did not bring any Stability to Italy they have had in EXCESS of 61 Governments since WWII.. you have Included Dominica, perhaps you are referring to THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, as DOMINICA is is a parliamentary democracy within the Commonwealth of Nations) and it’s Official Name is “”The Commonwealth of Dominica””

    @Jason Bowen !!!! No they don’t have any more natural resources than we do, but they also had Visionaries lead them out of the Doldrums, whilst we have FOOLS arguing amongst themselves for the LOOT, Singapore is one of the world’s major commercial hubs, with the fourth-biggest financial centre and one of the five busiest ports. Its globalised and diversified economy depends heavily on trade, especially manufacturing, which accounted for around 30 percent of Singapore’s GDP in 2013. In terms of purchasing power parity, Singapore has the third-highest per capita income in the world but the most severe income inequality among developed countries. It places highly in international rankings with regard to education, healthcare, and economic competitiveness. NONE of which we have been able to properly develop in 50 Years of Independence. Singapore is a unitary multiparty parliamentary republic, with a Westminster system of unicameral parliamentary government. The People’s Action Party has won every election since self-government began in 1959. The dominance of the PAP, coupled with one of the world’s lowest levels of press freedom and most suppressed civil liberties and political rights, has led to Singapore being the lowest ranked developed country in the Democracy Index, classified as a flawed democracy.
    It appears that everyone seem to believe that Getting rid of the Monarchy will solve all of our Problems, well !!! The answer is not that simple Republican style comes with a lot of baggage that WILL add to our ongoing WOES, There is a reason why the people of Bermuda Constantly Votes to Stay with Britain as against Independence.

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  36. detective dee\ March 23, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    The disrespect that some of you show for the office of prime minister is downright disgusting, this is a culture that seems to be taking root and then the same persons talk about the lack of respect amongst the youths today, no wonder they behave so,it is inevitable when big hard back men and women can refer to the prime minister in such disparaging terms and believe it’s okay. smh.

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  37. villager. March 23, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    It is amazing at the level of disrespect that is being meted out to the office of prime minister by persons who should know better, and the remarkable thing is that is being propagated by big hard backed men and women, these same individuals often complain about the lack of respect amongst the youth,and their deviant behavior. It is clear where they have gotten such behaviors from.

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  38. David Denny March 23, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    I am in support of Barbados becoming a Republic.

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  39. norville white March 23, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    head of state this can be a position given to an older minister.with some powers.prime minister and mp run country. the queen is only a figurehead for some country keeping an old system in place.

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  40. Diggery Whiggery March 24, 2015 at 7:22 am

    While the benefits of people deciding the direction of their country’s government through politics and elections are obvious, to then politicize the symbol of the state is to divide that state along political lines. I’ve never understood anyone who would voluntarily wish that on their country.

    Republicanism is not the utopia of representative government, but a wrong turn that always leads to failure. The USA is riddled with violence, division and animosity. France is on her 5th attempt at a republic and they still haven’t got it right. Most others have fallen pray to totalitarianism at least once if not several times.

    Republicansim is a fools gold.

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  41. Ryan March 24, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Makes no sense, think about tourism that’s all I have to say

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  42. David March 24, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    It is offensive and rediculous that after nearly forty eight years of so-called independence,Barbados still have the Queen of England as our Head of State.
    Many of us Barbadians seem to have a sense of pride in November especially the 30th – Independence day.We wear our nationals colours and become very nationalistic.
    We must remembered that during the fifties and sixties,England was experiencing economic challenges and was only to happy to rid itself of the colonies in the Caribbean that were burdensome.
    Republican status is the final destination in the so-called journey of independence
    Freundel and the great DLP,there is no need for a debate or referendum,we give you legitimacy to carry actions you deem to in the best interest of the country.

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  43. Peter March 29, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Are you kidding me? The distracting views I have read stray away from the POINT. What is the purpose of having the Queen being our head of state of a so called independent country? Some comments here are the product of enslaved minds; and more deeply borne in the persistent mockery of personal attacks and disrespect of the elected leader of our land. Where does this diviseness lead us? The fact that republicanism is a debate long overdue is proof positive of many of us advancing petty political differences over true love of the country. Why not place some energy into debating why we still still have a statue steps away from our parliament that has little value to where we have come as a nation. Who are we really celebrating and lifting up BIM?

    You go Barbados. Keep biting on those petty differences. Keep your head in the sand while your country floats further into the abyss of being a byline beginning with remember when.

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  44. Patrick Blackman April 16, 2015 at 1:32 am

    This is a very good move Mr. PM, never liked you but this is the way to go. We need to break with the past. The next thing is the 11+, all schools should be equal, after that school zoning and dedicated school buses, this would reduce traffic congestion on mornings & evenings a much better commute.

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