McClean sees broken trident as symbol of patriotism

Minister of Foreign Affairs Senator Maxine McClean today presented the commemorative broken trident as a symbol of nationalism, saying she was hoping it would ignite a greater sense of patriotism in Barbadians.

McClean, chairperson of the committee tasked with coordinating events for the 50th anniversary Independence, received the broken trident this morning at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Culloden Road, St Michael.

Senator Maxine McClean placing The Commemorative Broken Trident as Council General Haynesley Benn and others look on.
Senator Maxine McClean placing The Commemorative Broken Trident as Council General Haynesley Benn and others look on.

Speaking at a brief ceremony the minister said the broken trident represented Barbados’ transition from colonialism to nationhood and allegiance to the country.

“It is my wish that this simple symbolic act of receiving and displaying the commemorative broken trident ignites in all of us a general sense or greater sense of patriotism as we continue to be loyal sons and daughters and firm craftsmen of our fate,” she stated.

She added that the magnetic power and emotional appeal of the commemorative trident were evident during the recently held Diaspora conference.

“This very successful conference afforded those present the opportunity to see and reflect on the importance of the broken trident and make pledges.

“This was a major interest to Barbadians across the Diaspora, in fact they came from as far as Nigeria and Kenya and as near home as the islands of CARICOM [the Caribbean Community],” McClean added.

The commemorative broken trident was first handed over by Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave on November 30, 2015, signalling the start of the Carrying of Pride programme.

It has since travelled across the country, starting on January 6, 2016 when it was handed over to the St George parish ambassadors, and has been to eight parishes.

5 Responses to McClean sees broken trident as symbol of patriotism

  1. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce August 31, 2016 at 5:55 am

    It was back in 1966 but sadly, not today. Dems got Barbados in a state.

  2. Tony Webster August 31, 2016 at 6:16 am

    Madam Minister: I have great respect for your intelligence; your achievements; and that of your siblings also: all a proud testament to your parents. I however venture a view, from a slightly different perspective, of the current “celebrations”. The huge financial cost aside, it is of course right that we mark the event suitably. However, several aspects give me cause for concern. It neither does a genius take, nor make, to realise what is an irresistible golden political oportunity to advance partisan advantage, under the shelter of what should be a sacred, un-tarnished, and un-varnished, national symbol!

    The original notion “breaking” of Britannia’s Trident, is obviously apt, but the creation of one of chromed metal is not the sceptre of real achievements, and this is what we should be focussing on: our real advancements; real achievements. Part and parcel of our celebrations should also be a realistic view of the socio-economic dragons which currently bedevil us.; and the courage and conviction, of all true Bajans, to work together in the course of the next fifty years…to slay these! Yesterday is long gone, never to return; TODAY is for real work, in order to hand-over a sustainable tomorrow to our children.

    Passing this contrivance around- almost wholly foisted upon government agencies, schools and similar, where they are obliged to “go through the motions” -has a discomfitting hollowness to it. God Willing, I shall attend at least one function on 30th Novemenber which shall not require me to hold an invitation. Meanwhile, I assure you that I shall continue daily to pray for those whom we have placed in governance over us…those who hold not only the authority to govern…but also an equal measure of responsibility.

    May God Bless Barbados; and all Barbadians of Goodwill.

  3. Hal Austin August 31, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel. At the end of this line of argument is that if you are disloyal to any single political party then you are also disloyal to the nation.
    I am loyal to the people of the Ivy and the surrounding area. They are the cream of Barbados.

  4. Olutoye Walrond August 31, 2016 at 10:39 am

    The Trident as a symbol of patriotism. We would expect that as such, this symbol would have deep roots in authentic Barbadian/Caribbean history and culture. It does not. The trident is rooted in ancient Greek and Hindu mythology. In Greece it was
    the weapon of Poseidon, the god of the sea. In Hindu mythology it is the weapon of the god, Shiva.

    This symbol came to into our space with the British. It represents the (female) personification of the British Isles going back to Roman control of Britain. The first mistake we made was to break it and use its prongs as a feature of our flag. Whether broken or whole the Trident does not represent Barbados. It is like freeing yourself from bondage and then choosing to wear the chains around your neck as a symbol of your freedom.

    We never seem to be able to see historical events and things in their true light in these parts. This is partly due to the fact that independence for us was merely external: flag, anthem etc.
    The spirit of independence – that confidence that we are a people in our own right and not an extension of Britain or North America has eluded us up to this day.

    Had we that confidence we would never have gone into sovereignty with a foreign head of state; we would have reformed or abolished many of the systems and practices inherited from our colonizers; we would have had the common sense to recognise that the clothing brought here from the cold climate of the colonizers is totally inappropriate for our very hot environment.

    Political independence is one thing; liberation of the mind is a totally different kettle of fish.

  5. seagul August 31, 2016 at 11:36 am

    If your government is always in debt, always oblige to let your economic policy be dictated by the IMF and the World Bank, which means the US State department—Nato politically. If you’re kept on a short debt leash democratic Independence becomes meaningless.


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