Leave The British Queen alone – Barbadians suggest

As Justice Sandra Mason was sworn in this Monday afternoon as the island’s eighth Governor General at the Senate chambers of Parliament, many Barbadians gathered on the outskirts of the Heroes Square expressed support for the retention of the constitutional monarchy.

The issue has been the subject of debate for well over 20 years with previous administrations, including the former Owen Arthur-led Barbados Labour Party leading the discussion on republicanism back in 2005. Nonetheless, some Barbadians say they have no problem with retaining the current governance structure with the British monarchy as the island’s figurehead.

“If it isn’t broken then there is no need to fix it, said Jennifer Yarde, who was among those watching today’s swearing in ceremony from along Wharf Road.

“I see nothing wrong with having with a Governor General . . . . It is something we have had for years and has been honoured by the people in the society,” Yarde insisted.

Her sentiments were shared with Juliet Straughn, who argued that the Governor General’s role as Queen’s representative was largely symbolic.

Juliet Straughn

“I don’t really think about it one way or another because it doesn’t really bother me,” she told Barbados TODAY.

Ariel McChlery, who is a 19-year-old student, argued that the monarchial system was the ideal one, especially given the country’s current economic difficulties. However, she suggested that when the island achieved financial stability, the discussion on republicanism should be revisited by Government.

“We need to work on what is going on here and just become independent financially before we make those steps [towards republicanism],” she stressed.

Meanwhile, Dionne Maycock suggested that there was need for more public education on republicanism.

“Barbadians don’t understand what it means to be a republic. That has not been taught to the public who are only sensitized to the English way,” Maycock said.

But while commending the new Governor General on her appointment, Maycock told Barbados TODAY she believed that the position was “a waste of time”.

“ I think we can try the republic way because if the role [of Governor General] is ceremonial and it has no power, to my mind what is the sense of having it?” Maycock asked.

Sharia Waterman also called for more national discussion on the benefits and the disadvantages of moving away from the British Queen as head of state.

Sharia Waterman

“I think as time goes by we really need to assess the situation and see if the step to move to republic is the right one . . . . If we decide to move towards becoming a republic we need to make sure that the public understands the implications of doing that,” Waterman said.

It was just two years ago that Prime Minister Freundel Stuart had indicated that his Government would be moving away from “a monarchical system to a republican form of Government in the very near future”.

Addressing a gathering of ruling party supporters Stuart had argued that “we cannot pat ourselves on the shoulder at having gone into Independence, having decolonized our politics, . . . 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,” the Prime Minister had said.

However, based on today’s swearing in of yet another Governor General it is now obvious that this plan has changed even though the Prime Minister has not provided the country with any form of explanation.

69 Responses to Leave The British Queen alone – Barbadians suggest

  1. Jade Clarke
    Jade Clarke January 9, 2018 at 5:43 am

    Independent but British as ever. Bloody hell

    • Daniel Forde
      Daniel Forde January 9, 2018 at 8:32 am

      Even though most of barbados is owned by many countries. The dutch were big in barbados. The british were overseers which is sick i know but they were the first to send ships out to stop slavery whilst other countries demanded they continued

      • Belfast January 9, 2018 at 1:30 pm

        We in Barbados are proud, very proud, to be officially Twinned with the red neck city of Charleston, South Carolina, ignoring the fact that the slave owners in Barbados had moved lock, stock and docile Bajan slaves to South Carolina to continue slavery there for another 27/31 years. Then there is our love for Cuba which operated a ZR style fleet of slave ships, some 70 at one time plying the route between the Caribbean and the east coast of Africa.

        • Jennifer January 9, 2018 at 1:41 pm

          That word “twinned” is the bomb. And very FEW can really that GENERAL CONNECTION.

          • Jennifer January 9, 2018 at 1:44 pm

            really “see” that general

        • Haskell Murray January 10, 2018 at 8:13 pm

          That was the Spanish government who was the colonial power in Cuba.

    • Jade Clarke
      Jade Clarke January 9, 2018 at 8:40 am

      Are you caping for the brutish British? The Dutch have done far worse in Guyana and Suriname and their other colonies. They didn’t stop slavery out of humanity or care. The colonial influence of Britain still permeates throughout Barbados and the mentality is the like. The fact they were bold enough and evil enough to torture us is enough and so the least they can do is stop.

    • Daniel Forde
      Daniel Forde January 9, 2018 at 9:19 am

      Yeah but the britsh were too powerful to stop. And they did stop. I dont give them an apology just lets focus on the countries who continue to rule the windies. Like America

    • Jade Clarke
      Jade Clarke January 9, 2018 at 1:35 pm

      Britain and all the European nations owe Barbados and the rest of the colonies. You can cupcake it for Britain but I will not

  2. Jennifer January 9, 2018 at 5:47 am

    “If it isn’t broken then there is no need to fix it”…….

    I know who’s brain is broken and clearly needs fixing. If anybody was lost – we’re it.

    • Jennifer January 9, 2018 at 6:41 am

      All responses to such a topic will heavily depend on the responder’s understanding of their identity and history.

  3. Malcolm Marcelle
    Malcolm Marcelle January 9, 2018 at 6:43 am

    Leaving the commonwealth could be our BREXIT and that is going great the UK is ready to reengage with the commonwealth again when they leave the European Union .

    So vote for Barbados alternative to BREXIT and be at the back of the line if you ever be allow in the line .

    At least it seems someone it think about Barbados future .

    His kind Barbados been in recession?

    All we are doing at the moment is killing each other.

  4. seagul January 9, 2018 at 6:49 am

    Every independent nation where colonialism is still entrenched is an encircled fragile nation in permanent danger.
    We have a whole lot of miseducated people out there who went to school a long time but the content of their brain means nothing. They think being indoctrinated is the same as being educated.

    • Jennifer January 9, 2018 at 7:29 am

      Well said, that ‘education/brainwashing did a proper and thorough cemented job ON THEM.

      According to the conquistadors to pop down another nation means erasing all history and instilling assimilation mechanisms. Its similar to Eugenics including human seed mingling.

  5. Marty Carter Adams Bramble
    Marty Carter Adams Bramble January 9, 2018 at 6:56 am

    Why should we as Caribbean nations continue to subdue ourselves to these people who took our lands held us hostage and claim everything that we hold sacred.

    • Jennifer January 9, 2018 at 7:13 am

      Mind you we got some p$ycho’s/$icko’s hell bent on keeping this inferiority-supremacy bs complex going too. We really need to instill our truths in our children.

    • Daniel Forde
      Daniel Forde January 9, 2018 at 8:29 am

      Ok peeps what land do you speak of? And is this present day or history? Hostage i agree with and it continues. Not sure about hold sacred bit as africans sold rival tribes on to white slave owners knowing what they were doing. So do you mean surf and turf , flying fish , the tourist industry or do you mean bajan culture which is a mix of arawak who were smashed by the caribs?

    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray January 9, 2018 at 9:07 am

      Daniel Forde boy if I was close to you I would shake your hand.

    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray January 9, 2018 at 9:09 am

      As I said before, we will never change when we continue to resell our sisters and brothers back to the white man..

    • Daniel Forde
      Daniel Forde January 9, 2018 at 9:15 am

      Well exactly. Thank you. My father tried to setup a bajan Caribbean trade group it was impossible because Irish and American business have taken over and other countries. Phone networks steal concrete bananas EVERYTHING ELSE controlled by others not bajans. Makes me sick

    • Anton Brown
      Anton Brown January 9, 2018 at 9:29 am

      Omg… you both could not have said it better. Same ppl complaining have no problem trading one ruler for the other. I want to know how some these ppl can complaining about the British but have no problem doing business with the Americans, dem don’t want nothing to do with the queen but alright with the Americans. Then you got those who would complaining bout the Americans but do business with the Chinese and Japanese. All them do is trade one ruler for the other while complaining about the previous ruler having them as slaves.

    • Mudiwa Cisse
      Mudiwa Cisse January 9, 2018 at 10:12 am

      Daniel forde

    • Mudiwa Cisse
      Mudiwa Cisse January 9, 2018 at 10:14 am


    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray January 9, 2018 at 11:07 am

      In 1720 the slave trade was full swing in 2017 it still continues in some parts of the Caribbean Island, like Barbados where our legislators are selling us back to the slave master’s.

    • Michael Crichlow
      Michael Crichlow January 9, 2018 at 12:22 pm

      And the house Negros are acting any better..please educate yourself before spouting utter rubbish….we have a new slave master if you open your eyes…The Black Elites

    • Belfast January 9, 2018 at 1:50 pm

      Let us ban British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and all the other many British charter airlines which bring tens of thousands of these Land grabbers and hostage takers annually to our fields and hills etc , to prop up our otherwise ailing and sole industry-tourism. The Americans will fill that gap.

  6. Sheron Inniss January 9, 2018 at 7:09 am


  7. Max Carter
    Max Carter January 9, 2018 at 7:11 am

    right leave our slave master alone

    • Jade Clarke
      Jade Clarke January 9, 2018 at 8:33 am
    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray January 9, 2018 at 9:32 am

      Max Carter, when our slave catchers will always sell us to the slave masters for peanuts. Sold BNB, Haywoods,Sam Lords Castle, ICBL,we trying to sell now the Hilton, BNOCL and a lot now.

      • Jennifer January 9, 2018 at 10:31 am

        OK same repetitive bs. Cannot amount to anything.

  8. Oliver Levy Gong
    Oliver Levy Gong January 9, 2018 at 7:30 am

    We say we’re independent but yet want a woman to be our head state please what do get get from England nothing we are sinking them lift a finger to help no so I say drop de so call mother land that rape Africa n carribean for they own profit

    • Daniel Forde
      Daniel Forde January 9, 2018 at 8:30 am

      What’s wrong with a women as head of state are you backward or just sexist?

    • Jade Clarke
      Jade Clarke January 9, 2018 at 8:45 am

      What’s right with having the savage country of Britain’s queen reigning as head of state over a country who’s supposed to have been independent of her? Either you’re not bajan or a sad apologist

    • Daniel Forde
      Daniel Forde January 9, 2018 at 9:16 am

      I am bajan born and bred. You said woman not the rest ok

  9. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside January 9, 2018 at 7:31 am

    Black fools—slaves—-cu_ts—uncle toms–stool pigeons—coons

    • Jade Clarke
      Jade Clarke January 9, 2018 at 7:35 am

      And it’s a shame. Happy to dwell in British slave culture and not marvel in who we are.

      • Jennifer January 9, 2018 at 9:09 am

        @Jade – I think who we truly are has been ERASED and REPLACED.

    • Daniel Forde
      Daniel Forde January 9, 2018 at 7:50 am

      Wow and what was the purpose of those names?

  10. Tony Webster January 9, 2018 at 7:37 am

    One of the things those Brits left us, was a deeply-ingrained fascination wid pomp and ceremony. They have always done it well, and it served our Lords and Masters well. Evidently, it yet has a purpose!! The only thing that has changed is the folks at the top of the heap, who also find it useful for their own ends. While I am quick to the first to applaud the actual choice of our new G.G., I much prefer the checks and balances system of the U.S.A.’s system of governance. Yes, especially its charming method of impeachment. How did you ever guess?

    • Jennifer January 9, 2018 at 8:21 am

      TW your response reminds me of jumping onto a metro train and barely avoiding that door jamming your ass.

      Why would this sheeple lot not embellish themselves with hand-me-down pomp. That is what sheep do – follow and bleat.

      Very smooth and fair comment

  11. JG Dillinger
    JG Dillinger January 9, 2018 at 8:09 am

    Where is Trevor Marshall where is Hillary Beckles ….this is outrageous …lol murdah lol

  12. Nick January 9, 2018 at 8:25 am

    To learn more about eugenics and how the world works go to http://www.infowars.com

  13. Anton Brown
    Anton Brown January 9, 2018 at 9:32 am

    I want to know how some of these ppl complaining about the queen and British influence, yet everyday them try to be more American than anything. Wanna funny as hell.

  14. Nicholas Mackie
    Nicholas Mackie January 9, 2018 at 9:45 am

    Some fail to understand that the Queen role is chosen by the Barbadian people who can opt to remove her anytime …the Queen has not imposed herself upon us ….there is a big difference

  15. Tony Tone
    Tony Tone January 9, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Tennyson Joseph

  16. Jennifer January 9, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Regardless of who nationality/country this people do business with they, (black) people will always be at the bottom of that ladder.
    Until you can recognize who you are as people and a very powerful broken/scattered nation with leaders who are hell bent on keeping you in servitude you are going no where anytime soon. China, Japan, (American>>>>>Europe offshoot) Korea, Russia, India etc ALL have the same share of food for you to eat. Recognition and reality is an issue for this people. Train you up to suit their needs (via scholarships etc) and away you.

    • Jennifer January 9, 2018 at 9:54 am

      away you go.

      • Jennifer January 9, 2018 at 10:10 am

        You can’t own a passenger liner, a shipping line, a cruise liner, clothing lines, shoe lines, (Michael Jordan is one such example>>>>>>>> agent Nike) major stores, phone company, warships, nothing. While the top lot out hey keep selling themselves and the people to the highest bidders who in turn overpricing and holding this people to financial ransom.

  17. jrsmith January 9, 2018 at 10:07 am

    Why taking our failures out on her Majesty head of the Commonwealth, this alone save our bajans asses of dying from hunger and starvation…
    We are the ones who allow ourselves to be selling our souls for a dollar to the white man , generation after generation is how the white man control us blacks , that’s by passing on they wealth to they families, what blacks do passes on stack of bibles and pictures of Jesus to their families …………….. A lot of you bajans would give an arm and a leg to live and work in the UK……….

    • Jennifer January 9, 2018 at 10:23 am

      So where them white people get the monies from to pass on from generation to generation to their children??? When you got a small of the same people owing the whole god-dam place and paying slave wages…………….
      Do we really understand how deep this conditioning and mental destruction has gone??????? so much so that we cannot even defend our own people views. Here the GG saying in her speech about unity when this people got progressive metal destruction = separation. And when these issues are pulled out people trying to dampen and sweep them back under the red rug.

  18. Mudiwa Cisse
    Mudiwa Cisse January 9, 2018 at 10:07 am

    I am ashamed to call myself a bajan..

  19. milli watt January 9, 2018 at 10:08 am

    don’t take much to distract the peasants……..

  20. jrsmith January 9, 2018 at 10:14 am

    @, Jennifer hail, hail wishing you a happy and prosperous new , Your (9:54) right on the button, must add … The white man has moved one step further away from the black people , sitting between them and us blacks , is the Asians who is now pushing downwards…………..

    • Jennifer January 9, 2018 at 10:25 am

      Same sentiments to you my dear.

  21. Alex Alleyne January 9, 2018 at 10:31 am

    “It is something we have had for years”,.
    “If it isn’t broke then there is no need to fix it”.
    “I don’t really think about it one way or another because it doesn’t bother me”
    “One argued that the MONARCHIAL system is the ideal one”.
    Did the same BRITS ship out the ones that were deemed “unruly” and kept all the “yardfowls” here in BIM who sold out each other ?.

  22. Alex Alleyne January 9, 2018 at 10:35 am

    @Jennifer 10:23AM, they made their MONEY the “ole fashioned way, ……”THEY STOLE IT”.

  23. Alex Alleyne January 9, 2018 at 10:56 am

    @Miduwa Cisse, no need to feel that way, most of us on a different LEVEL.
    Stay strong , keep smiling. Most of them just lack KNOWLEDGE.

  24. F.A.Rudder January 9, 2018 at 11:42 am

    For me as a Barbadian who was educated as a colonist and a nationalist during the “sixties” I was taught that they are commonwealth states within the British Commonwealth which are fully independent. The United States of America are fifty different countries under federalism and presided by a president. Each state has its own state laws and is governed by a governor who has his own (army, air-force) national guard. Without the British Commonwealth many of the very persons who head many organizations on this island would have no voice on this global planet as micro nations carry no weight on world affairs.

  25. Alex Alleyne January 9, 2018 at 12:07 pm


  26. Kim Connell
    Kim Connell January 9, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    We still have to pay a lot of money to go there of we under her still we should not have to pay so much money then

  27. luther thorne January 9, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    When people are ignorant of the historical facts , they would say anything. Sometimes one gets the impression that Black people are the ideal people to enslaved. Wait a minute ! That happened and lasted in excess of 100 years. So !

  28. luther thorne January 9, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Meanwhile in all of the distractions.
    The price of GAS gone UP.
    The price of oil on the World market went down from what I read last week

  29. Tom January 9, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    Frankly, whether we remain in a monarchical or go for a republican system of government, we still need to get a handle on how we hold our leaders(political/corporate) to account and how we as ” the left behind” can have a more equitable share in the wealth of our country and be allowed to have a more participatory role in the decision making process. It is my view that we need to bring about a genuine empowerment of our people to the extent that they are better prepared through education and unity to demand and use the necessary checks and balances within any system. In so doing they will have the confidence in dealing with institutions on a one to one basis, in advancing their cause and in being assertive and hence better able to get the best services/ goods/ representation.
    We need to work towards more of our people( the left behind and just managing) being the drivers of our economy, creating wealth
    and opportunities. We need above all to see our representatives not only in office but also in power.We are in danger of further colonizing our politics by getting in bed with the new donor/lender in town.

  30. fedup January 9, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    Errol Rayside with which one are you affiliated? No need to answer. I figured it out after I saw your picture.

  31. Robert January 9, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    I am a Canadian, we have a governor general ! I do not feel submissive to the Queen! If you think it is better for Barbados to have a Republic , go for it. However consider the ramifications !
    I read and hear much of our country Barbados, but I also hear how much we are owed by our ancestors being forced here as slaves, and how much we should get because of that! It is time to move forward and stop blaming the past for your situation.
    You, Barbados are your own Masters since 1966! Take responsibility and move forward!

    • Jennifer January 9, 2018 at 8:07 pm

      That would have been all well and good if the wealth margin was not clearly and widely skewed and colonial systems in place bending the majority into servitude. And why when it comes to reparations for black people you hear move on, yet we got a rogue/manufactured set up state who get billions of US dollars in compensation yearly for a supposed holocaust. And no one dear speak against their so called demise. Why do we constantly support lies and go against correctness. Are you serious???

    • Jennifer January 9, 2018 at 8:17 pm

      What is Canada’s history connection to the Indians and Europeans (yet again)? Who killed who and settled. The British monarchy and the so called white Canadian peoples are one in the same, so why would they have an issue with their queen???

  32. luther thorne January 10, 2018 at 3:22 am

    We are still in Master /Slave mode
    A docile controlled populace who will not demand Accountability from political leaders but who bow down and worship these unsavoury characters (pronounced like how St.Lucians/ Dominicians pronounce it – ca- rack – tuhs) or maybe Ca – Rat – Ters


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