Talk About a Republic Merely a Diversion
Submitted by Anthony Davis
Stuart pointed out that for all practical purposes, Barbados was already a republic. A Republican form of government stipulates that those run the people’s affairs should be chosen directly or indirectly by the people themselves. We already do that. Under republicanism, the persons who administer your affairs can serve during your pleasure. In other words, they should only be able to stay as long as you want them to stay – Barbados Today
Dear Mr. Prime Minister, please tell me where you will get the money needed to change around everything from the Monarchical system to that of the Republican one?
The Minister of Finance is always complaining about “low cash flow” when it comes to satisfying the needs of the poor, the needy and the vulnerable, and the institutions on which they depend. You come to us now with something which is nothing but another red herring to try to get out of the predicament you are in at present.
You state that there are three reasons why Barbados is “for all purposes already a republic”. However, the criterion for the third is null and void because the Speaker of the House of Assembly has not only been accused of misconduct, but found guilty of so doing. Fingers are still being pointed at him, but he has refused to step down and has this Government’s backing for so doing. Also, if Barbados is already practically a republic, why waste the taxpayers’ money for changing over to one?
The Minister of Finance says that there is still a “low cash flow”, and this will probably continue until the third quarter of next year.
Whence will the money come to change over to the republic system, knowing that it will all cost money? That money would be better being pumped into the QEH! We may need a republic, but not under such circumstances where it seems that you are only doing it for your own self-aggrandisement!