Saturday, January 20, 2018

Bajan ‘dance’ on republic status*

WHAT fear keeps successive Barbados governments from moving that Caricom member state towards long overdue status as a constitutional republic, like, for instance, Trinidad and Tobago?
There is nothing revolutionary, or radical, about any of our Caribbean Community partner states constitutionally replacing Her Majesty, the Queen of the Commonwealth, as head of state in the process of becoming a constitutional republic. Yet, as of last week, only three of our 15 member states of Caricom can be counted as having ditched the old colonial monarchical status and followed the footsteps of Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and little Dominica, the three Caricom states that have proudly embraced republican status.

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