It never ceases to amaze me, the amount of time and energy the Government puts into trivial pursuits. The country is hurtling from one crisis to the next while Government seems to be fiddling while our economic Rome is burning.
The recent ceremony for the swearing in of 120 new citizens of Barbados is one such unnecessary waste of time and effort which serves no practical or even sensible purpose. All we have achieved is to demonstrate that we are a nation of copiers by parroting what takes place in the USA, but to what end.
I could understand if Barbados were a republic and new citizens were required to swear allegiance to this country. However, that is not the case: those who were sworn in would have been required to swear allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen. My understanding is that most of the persons who were sworn in were already Commonwealth citizens who already carry the burden of allegiance to a foreign monarch. In some cases those who were sworn in were already citizens of countries who have Queen Elizabeth as their head of state and as such were already loyal subjects of the Queen. Other than copying the US, what has the Government achieved with the elaborate ceremony?
It was announced that the silly ceremony was the brainchild of former Prime Minister, Sir Lloyd Sandiford. Someone should have told him that it was a silly idea, but it seems that when “big ups” come up with some hair-brain schemes no one is willing, out of some misconceive sense of respect, to tell them that the idea does not make sense.
David Thompson sent Sir Lloyd to China to keep him from being under foot but it seems that Freundel places too much confidence in Sandiford’s wisdom which by the way could only recently have started to develop. Did he really come back to Barbados for this foolishness or is he now ready to take up the post of Governor-General and this nonsense is being used as a cover to bring him home.