For the Claim of Sovereign Allegiance

Submitted by nineofnine

……… do swear that I will be faithful and bare true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2, Her Heirs and Successors, according to law, so help me GOD.

I ……… being appointed Minister do swear that I will, to the best of my judgement, at all times, when so required, freely give my counsel and advice to the Governor General, or any other person for the time being, lawfully performing the functions of that office for the good management of the public affairs of Barbados and I do further swear, that I will not, on any account, at any time whatsoever, disclose the counsel, advice, opinion or vote of any particular Minister or Parliamentary Secretary, and that I will not, except with the authority of the Cabinet and to such extent as may be required, for the good management of the affairs of Barbados, directly or indirectly reveal the business or proceedings of the Cabinet, or nature or contents of any documents communicated to me as Minister or any matter coming to my knowledge in my capacity as such and that in all things, I will be a true and faithful Minister, so help me GOD.



As I sat, listened and observed the duly elected members of the newly appointed Government taking their OATHS OF OFFICE, it dawned on me a peculiarity of the oath’s content.

Three declarations were made by each member, the first, declaring allegiance, repeated twice and the third, pertaining to Ministerial Office.

As a citizen of Barbados and to my knowledge, INDEPENDENCE was declared in 1966 when the Union Jack was lowered and the National Flag of Barbados was raised as well as the official signing of Documents.

Having said that, it is of great concern and which requires an explanation to understand why, in the swearing in of duly elected members of the Cabinet, swear allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and not to the Constitution of Barbados, after 50 years of Independence.

In the recently held elections (2018), concern and grievance was raised when Commonwealth citizens were being denied by the Electoral and Boundaries Commission (EBC) to vote. The EBC stood ground. The case traversed the Law courts and eventually docked at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) which made a final judgement in favor of the Commonwealth citizens under threat to the EBC.

The Questions are…

-Why did the EBC stood ground?
-Was it a question of legality to vote?
-Is entitlement to vote, clearly defined in the regulations governing the EBC?
-Why did the CCJ upheld the legality of the Commonwealth Citizens’ right to vote?
-Did they base their judgement on the written Constitution?
-Should the Constitution be amended to favor Sovereignty?
-Are definitions conflicting?

Suffice to say, these events should have raised some strong concerns or point to Principle Considerations. It speaks to positions, that is, of the roll of the British Monarchy vs the Sovereignty of a Nations’ Independence. Is it unclear at this juncture? Should ANY lines be drawn?

We are aware that those territories still under the Union Jack are entitled to DUAL citizenship as well as a VOTE within the Commonwealth as long as they have met the requirements to vote as a CITIZEN…. BUT when a TERRITORY renounces the Commonwealth, the Sovereignty of the Nations’ Constitution becomes the adjutant of itself.

If the Constitution stills reflects the component of British subjection and omits Sovereign rights, then a civil discourse of minds must engage this rather peculiar situation to make clear the definitive principle.

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  • @Well, Well 4:39pm
    Spot on. This idea that the rituals and symbols used in the swearing in of MPs and ministers is just symbolism and pomp and circumstance but in fact the people are the real sovereign power is a mistaken one resulting from a misunderstanding of the nature of governmental power within the British system of constitutional monarchy.

    In this system, supreme power is vested in the Crown in Parliament and not in the people. Therefore with regard to governance, the decision making power comes from the royal prerogative of the Crown which is exercised by the Prime Minister, the cabinet and the Governor General and from the laws passed in parliament. The people’s voice is absent. They cannot instruct their so-called representatives to vote in any particular way, they have no power to initiate legislation and they have no power to recall even a representative they are unhappy with, let alone dismiss a government until the Primie Minister, using their royal prerogative powers, calls a new election. Once they leave the ballot box, their decision making power within this system is spent. This is why governments can do what they like and the people can’t do anything to stop them. Even the oath to keep things secret from the people is evidence that the people are not sovereign. Have you ever had a job in which part of your work responsibilities was to keep secrets from your boss? In fact, in most cases doing just that would get you fired.

    It is true that the people of Barbados, like workers and poor people all over the world, have imposed universal adult suffrage onto this system through their sacrifices and struggles. However, it is also clear that this has not been enough to end the people’s marginalisation in the governance of the country.

    As Bajans, we need new constitutional arrangements which sweep away the sovereignty of the Crown in Parliament, vest sovereignty in the people of Barbados and create the constitutional mechanisms that allow us to be the decision makers in our country.

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  • @ Tee White

    …”As Bajans, we need new constitutional arrangements which sweep away the sovereignty of the Crown in Parliament, vest sovereignty in the people of Barbados and create the constitutional mechanisms that allow us to be the decision makers in our country”….

    EXACTLY,

    A momentous cause, visionary and a creation for Legacy, sets the precedence for others still in the mix. Its real liberty. from the ties than bind and you have those who would think its bribble or nonsense even to raise the issue.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Tee White…that’s the plan, hence my call for this very unique and quite unexpected but totally timely opportunity to be used to reform the Constitution. .

    ..the PM and GG have those powers…to amend the constitution….unless she is warned by her UK masters not to, which will tell us who is what cause they dont normally interfere in the day to day management of the country and the question will immediately arise about why the people/electorate cannot have the power to recall ministers and whole governments since:

    A) no GG has ever fired a prime minister or ministers in 52 years no matter the accusations against them, it is always left to the electorate to replace governments, so why should the people not have the power to remove and recall governments during their terms…..through referendum…

    Oh…it will be interesting to watch.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Surprised it is not named the Royal Supreme Court of Judicature

    “82. (1) If the office of Chief Justice is vacant or if the holder
    thereof is performing the functions of the office of Governor-General
    or is for any other reason unable to perform the functions of his office,
    then, until a person has been appointed to that office and assumed its
    functions or, as the case may be, until the holder thereof has resumed
    those functions, they shall be performed by such other person,
    qualified under section 81(2) for appointment as a Judge, as the
    Governor-General, acting on the recommendation of the Prime
    Minister, may appoint to act as Chief Justice by instrument under the
    Public Seal.”

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Fruendel had to be removed, he is way too deceitful, the CCJ is even responsible for the removal of Supreme Court Judges if the process warrants it…

    “(4) A Judge shall be removed from office by the Governor-
    General, by instrument under the Public Seal, if the question of the
    removal of that Judge from office has, at the request of the Governor-
    General made in pursuance of subsection (5), been referred by him to
    the Caribbean Court of Justice and the Court has advised the
    Governor-General that the Judge ought to be removed from office for
    inability as aforesaid or for misbehaviour.”

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  • It is horrendous the findings thus far of the former Administration “works”. It appears that the delay to call the elections was buying time to tie off loose ends and cement a “Deep State” within the Government construct, to call upon and promote their “philosophy”, but nah, the doors were closed in the faces and left outside. Homeless, they will be desperate from fear, running to and fro, not even the rocks going hide them.

    Future proves past

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Lol…that secret society of the local privy council wants disbanding, they have created a deep state in bajan style, I can just imagine how they managed to twist everything into corrupt knocks to such an extent that they can no longer even recognize themselves…let alone recognizing and accepting the laws and decisions from their own supreme court and CCJ judges.

    Many of them should be in prison for what they have done..

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  • knots

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  • It depends…
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/14/canadian-swear-allegiance-queen-oath-hereditary
    …Unsurprisingly, I’m not the only immigrant to Canada to feel this way. Michael McAteer, Simone Topey and Dror Bar-Natan have been fighting a legal battle to obtain citizenship without the oath. McAteer and Bar-Natan have political objections like mine, and Topey, a Rastafarian, has religious objections…

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