Low-keyed affair

Ambivalent attitude towards GG induction ceremony

Barbadians continued their daily activities in Bridgetown and its environs despite the momentous occasion of the swearing in of Barbados’ eighth Governor General.

Apart from roadblocks around the House of Assembly and its environs and a heavy police presence, it was generally like any Monday afternoon in Bridgetown, with people hustling to make their way home from work or wherever else they would have spent their day.

Based on the feedback Barbados TODAY received, Barbadians were oblivious and not too keen on the proceedings, with only a handful of people dressed in national colours. People watching the event declined comment on the ceremony and its meaning.

Justice Sandra Mason on her way to becoming Dame Sandra and this island’s second female Governor General.
Sir Philip Greaves (centre) as he prepared to make his graceful exit after acting as Governor General for the past few months.
Members of Cabinet, including Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler (fourth from right), Minister of Health John Boyce (seventh from right) and Minister of Housing Denis Kellman (eleventh from right), who were accompanied by their spouses from today’s swearing in of the island’s second female Governor General.

A very sprightly 89-year-old Mildred Forde said she had forgotten the swearing in ceremony was taking place.

However, she was “thrilled to be part of it and happy to see Sandra Mason assume office.” She added, “I have no problem with the post of Governor General.”

Bromley Ellis, who was born in Guyana, said he was pleased to see another female Governor General as he was not keen on Barbados becoming a republic.

“I don’t think we should get rid of the Governor General. I saw what happened to Guyana and other countries who became a republic and I would not like to see Barbados go down that road. Unlike Guyana, we don’t have mineral resources and I think we would be under more pressure as a result.”

The Governor General’s official car then appeared at the corner of St Michael’s Row and Bridge Street to a cheering crowd. A vendor on the Charles Duncan O’Neal Bridge named Fox, however, was not among them. In his view, “We can’t really be independent if we still have a Governor General who reports to the Queen!”

Another man, who wished not to be identified, said he was not aware of any such ceremonies held for the installation of a Governor General before, and seeing the relatively small size of the crowd, suggested that “with all the visitors and cruise ships on the island, Government should have made them aware that this event was taking place today so the visitors could come out and see it.”

There was another cheer from the audience as Dame Sandra Mason made her way into Heroes Square and inspected the Guard of Honour. Not too long after that, she made her way to Government House to begin her tenure as the island’s latest Head of State.

15 Responses to Low-keyed affair

  1. archy perch January 9, 2018 at 2:31 am

    If the bloody electricity didn’t go off, I would have seen the whole historic event of my tv.
    I am mad as hell.
    My eyebrows are raised at the explosion at the BL&P sub-station in Ch.Ch.

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  2. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce January 9, 2018 at 4:51 am

    Low-keyed affair no electric.

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  3. hcalndre January 9, 2018 at 6:50 am

    No telephone either! this is no joking matter Barbados.

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  4. Jennifer January 9, 2018 at 7:02 am

    “with all the visitors and cruise ships on the island, Government should have made them aware that this event was taking place today so the visitors could come out and see it.”

    This guy has a point.

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  5. caraw January 9, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Should it be Low-key.Help me!

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  6. Taurus Bull
    Taurus Bull January 9, 2018 at 10:31 am

    People knew the electricity was off and wanted to get home and out of town, isn’t it obvious that would be the case!

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  7. Helicopter(8P) January 9, 2018 at 11:12 am

    I would like to say to fellow Barbadians the loss of power was an extremely unfortunate situation. I might have thought that our Mounted Police unit would have played a part as I have see in my years, they pay their respects during the guard of honor participation I would have liked to see her Mounties on parade I thought it was suited for her occasion. As a kid growing up I waited on the front steps of my prep school to for the Mounties to visit and carry the Minuets to the Governor Sir. John Stow.

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  8. Patty January 9, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Barbados Today you sound political you are better thsn this

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  9. luther thorne January 9, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    A monumental waste of TIME and MONEY.
    The preoccupation with pomp and ceremony says that somebody somewhere is suffering from inferior complex and needs these psychological fixes to justify their existence. Sad !

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  10. gsmiley January 9, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    Agreed L Thornne

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  11. Lorenzo January 9, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    Patty what is political about it ?Who wanted to be there was there.People on the South Coast would have far more to worry about than a ceromony to a largely ceremonial albeit important position.In other words what is important to you might not be important to me.

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    • patty January 9, 2018 at 9:34 pm

      trust somebody to get hot under the colour. Your opinion is yours, I am entitled to mind

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      • patty January 9, 2018 at 9:36 pm

        well not mind but mine….you regulars think that no one else can have an opinion…give me a break……It sounds political to me…I say what i see it as

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  12. luther thorne January 9, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Thank you for the Sport.

    gsmiley

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  13. luther thorne January 9, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    J
    Support

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