No Referendum, no Republic!

Submitted by Grenville Phillips, Leader of Solutions Barbados

I listened to our Prime Minister give an interview on ABC Australia, part of which was carried on CBC-TV news on 17 Sep 2020.  In it, the Prime Minister explained that Barbadians will not be allowed a referendum, to decide on whether they support Barbados becoming a Republic.

Our Prime Minister must know that she cannot do that.  Our Attorney General, all the lawyers in the BLP and DLP, our Governor General, and all our judges should know that she cannot do that.  Yet, she noted that she will follow NIKE and “just do it”.

Our Prime Minister is not a dictator, so she must have a proverbial ‘Ace’ up her sleeve.  In the interview, she revealed it.  She justified her approach by explaining her belief that Barbadians elected her to do it.  Let me quote her.

“We certainly campaigned on it in the manifesto, that while we committed to referendum on other issues, we did not on this one, and we made it clear that this is where we believe the country must go.”

WAS IT CLEAR?

As the leader of the third largest political party in Barbados, and on behalf of the thousands of Barbadians who voted for Solutions Barbados in the last General Election, I had to investigate this claim.  Because either I was suffering from some sort of memory loss and had to resign, or our Prime Minister inadvertently misspoke.

I reread the BLP’s 2018 Manifesto.  There was no mention of any plan to make us a Republic.  On the matter of referenda, page 45 states:

“Introducing National Dialogues, National Referenda and consulting with Barbadians on major national issues, such as the decriminalisation of recreational marijuana.”

Is changing our system of government to a Republic, not more of a major national issue than decriminalising recreational marijuana?

I then read the BLP’s 2016 Covenant of Hope.  Again, there was no plan to make us a Republic.  On the mater of referenda, Page 22 states:

“We support the use of People’s Initiatives, as well as the mechanism of Referenda, to ensure that our citizens may influence the work of our Parliament and our Executive. This permits our people, and not only Parliamentarians, to have an appropriate role in decision-making on fundamental issues affecting the stability and cohesion of our nation. This must always follow an intensive public education programme.”

If fundamentally changing our system of government to a Republic, does not qualify as a fundamental issue affecting the stability and cohesion of our nation, then what does?

WHAT WENT WRONG?

So, where could our Prime Minister have gotten the idea, that a Republic plan was in their campaign manifesto?  I decided to investigate.  I read the BLP’s 2013 Manifesto, but there is no mention of a Republic plan.  So, I read the BLP’s 2008 Manifesto, and there it was, on page 77:

“Update the Constitution Review Commission recommendations on replacing the Crown with a Barbadian President and proceed to consult the public fully by way of a referendum”

Clearly the BLP’s stated intent was to measure the public’s support, of our politicians’ desire for a Barbadian Republic, by a national referendum.  So, what happened?’

One possible explanation is that a plan to make Barbados a republic without a national referendum, was in an early draft of the BLP’s 2018 Manifesto.  Since the BLP cannot force Barbados to become a republic, that plan was abandoned.  Whatever the explanation, the BLP does not have a mandate to make us a Republic.

Without a mandate from the people to make us a Republic, the BLP needs to go back to the drawing board.  To become a Republic, there must be support from both the Government and the Public.  The public’s support is normally measured by a national referendum.  No referendum, no republic.

Grenville Phillips II is a Chartered Structural Engineer and President of Solutions Barbados. He can be reached at NextParty246@gmail.com

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-09-17/barbados-prime-minister-phil-williams-republic-mia-mottley/12675372?nw=0

330 comments

  • Well written. Well researched. Well argued. It deserves an equally good response.

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  • GP2 HAS PRESENTED THE UNVARNISHED TRUTH HERE.
    WHAT HE HAS SAID IS SOUND DOCTRINE THAT CAN NOT BE REFUTED!

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  • There are some people who never want to stand on their own, forever their ambition is to be the head of the household in the big plantation house

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  • The issue of Barbados becoming a republic has unfortunately been now skewed amongst the very controversial announcement regarding the normalisation of same -sex relationships during the Throne Speech. Barbadians may tend to link the two together.

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  • (Quote):
    Without a mandate from the people to make us a Republic, the BLP needs to go back to the drawing board. To become a Republic, there must be support from both the Government and the Public. The public’s support is normally measured by a national referendum. No referendum, no republic. (Unquote).
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    The public’s support can also be measured if it is included in a political party’s manifesto which is eventually elected by the majority of voters to form the administration to look after national affairs.

    If the move to a republic was not included as a manifesto goal and does not now require specific approval by way of a referendum why then must the issues of same-sex marriages and decriminalization of the use of marijuana for recreational purposes be treated differently?

    Why not a referendum on the banning of the production, importation and consumption of alcohol and tobacco?

    What about gambling which has become a pervasive and expensive hobby of Bajans?

    Aren’t these ‘habits’ also dangerous to the health of the users and sinful (‘abominations’) in the sight of Yahweh?

    The issues of same-sex marriage and the recreational use of marijuana are ‘moral’ choices applicable to minority groups of the population; whereas the matter of republicanism affects all the citizens; both local and those overseas.

    ‘Pure’ hypocrisy at its zenith!

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  • @DrGP
    I am surprised. Of many relatives who live in the USA and are Trumpers, one consistent reason for their support, is DT is not your traditional politician. He makes the decisions he was elected to make.
    Yet the PM makes a decision and you support a referendum.

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  • Grenville,
    quote] Without a mandate from the people to make us a Republic, the BLP needs to go back to the drawing board. To become a Republic, there must be support from both the Government and the Public. The public’s support is normally measured by a national referendum. No referendum, no republic.[unquote

    what do you mean the BLP cant force us to become a Republic? if that is what they want to do how can they be stopped? there is some kind of disconnect here. so if there is no referendum going Republic is null and void? pure bollocks

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  • Sounds good to me, but since when has a political party’s manifesto promises been relevant after election day?

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  • We dismiss manifestos as words that mean nothing, it is not a social contract blah blah blah and when it suits another argument we trumpet it was not in the manifesto.

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  • @Raw Bake

    Our comments crossed.

    >

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  • Grenville started out quite well, then he started to write unadulterated SHITE.. a black man as a real footstool, and palace pimp..

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  • Blogmaster, you know what they say about great minds. 🙂

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  • same shit, different day and yet the mentally weakest among us believe we should be singing Mia’s praises….gtfoh..steupppss..

    “The revelation drew a sharp response from political scientist Cynthia Barrow-Giles, who insisted that any secrecy had to be removed and Barbadian citizens be fully included in any move by the island to become a republic.”

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  • The old ass self-serving racists and the PALACE PIMPS are out to serve their own interests of trying to remain relevant and 1st class citizens, allowed to by black governments in a majority Black country..

    “the British Monarchists Society

    It is with great disappointment that we have learned of the governments intention to quit the Queen by November 2021. It is out of love and respect for the people of Barbados (our brothers and sisters under our shared sovereign) that we write this open letter, asking each Barbadian subject to demand that the government give the people the right and ability to speak for themselves regarding this national issue. Great constitutional changes, or events that are to transpire in the future, thus resulting in the drafting of a new constitution, should not be left to the political classes, but to all of the people of Barbados. The current constitution has served the realm extremely well since 1966, and any such move to discard this instrument of freedom should be voted on directly, through referendum, by the people of Barbados.

    As the constitution has served the Barbadian people so well, so has their Queen – a point not to be taken lightly. The prudent thing for Parliament to do would have been to make a clean break from the United Kingdom if and when the people of Barbados instructed them to do so, not make such an announcement as was done yesterday. The announcement that Barbados is to be a republic by November 2021 makes it quite clear that the political class, and not the people, of Barbados no longer wish to be a part of our family, to no longer enjoy the benefits of our shared Monarch – a statement that should have waited until Her Majesty was no longer Head of State. Your one party Parliament decided otherwise. Politicians always think they know better but they do not, especially when they are up against the worlds most experienced stateswoman, with 68 years of political knowledge under her belt. What a wonderful way to thank the Queen for her decades of care and concern for her people in Barbados, especially right before she is due to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee in 2022. Thank you to the members of the Barbadian Parliament.

    Though Her Majesty has stated that the issue of becoming a republic is for the people of Barbados to decide.”

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  • Grenville did you happen to lift some of that article from barbadostoday written by the Racists Society…yall sound strangely alike….or is it that palace pimps think alike…

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  • my disappointment is that MAM didnt go straight to same sex marriages without the stop gap civil unions if a referendum is defeated. i am absolutely against referenda for anything. you vote in a government, it passes laws as though it represents what is right for you. remember elections have consequences.

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  • If the MAM administration is using its massive majority to force through its republic status agenda why not do the same to push through the other much needed ‘human rights’ reforms by the removal of laws from the statue book which discriminate against minority groups?
    The move to a republic is a significant (and much welcome) milestone on the road to the country’s political maturity.

    Why not use the opportunity to come up with a revised (rainbow) Constitution similar to what prevails in South Africa?

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  • It is distressing to see the Republic bogeyman has replaced de heart man and de hag in a supposedly emancipated, enlightened and independent black nation.

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  • David 12:28

    Your insightful comment is ours as well

    The PM, with your support, having misjudged the future, cannot keep most election promises and feels enamoured to ignore all those elements of that social contract, the manifesto of 2018

    However, on an issue not covered by the most recent manifesto gets to claim such coverage. Mugabe intends to be a dictator

    This prime minister Mugabe appears to be descending into a very dark place

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  • “to push through the other much needed ‘human rights’ reforms by the removal of laws from the statue book which discriminate against minority groups?”

    am I missing something, Miller are u meaning the minority gay groups or the Rasta Community…because all the other minority groups have no problem having their human rights recognized and enforced, they are seen as 1st class citizens by two corrupt governments…

    it’s the Black majority CONSISTENTLY having their most basic of human rights violated criminally by both governments and their minority friends..

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  • “This prime minister Mugabe appears to be descending into a very dark place.”

    there are those well placed and prepared to make it even darker for her, she knew this light bulb moment and 22-year delay in implementation, just like the removal of blighted nelson, with the sudden rush and dash to claim fame for a republic, the latest distraction, would cause great controversy, she, however, did not accurately calculate the level of negative EXPOSURE.

    low vibration.

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  • @ WURA-War-on-USeptember 18, 2020 12:24 PM

    Of course you know those “minority groups” which are currently exploited and abused by the ‘coloured’ overlords; not the other ‘minorities’ who are treated as super citizens and above the laws of the Land.

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  • Miller…that’s the only legacy both governments are leaving, that is what they are now being exposed everywhere for, operating a colony with the majority who fund the island and keep it alive as the 2nd class citizens and that is what everyone should remember instead of all the other delusional crap. Minority groups who stay out of the slave system have always been ostracized like the Rasta Society…tha is what happens to African descended when they are too independent-minded and refuse to show any attributes of a dumbed down slave..

    Neither trash government told the people that African spirituality was decriminalized since 1998, they just kept it secret to keep the slave society and the dirty racist status quo intact, these are clear crimes against humanity….that some are no taking seriously at all..but that’s on them..

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  • Not what Peter Wickham is saying
    He submits a statement which says that there is not a necessity for a referendum because present and past govt had / have agreed on making barbados a Republic
    The way this govt operates when it come to writing legislation
    One morning all might awaken to the news barbados is a Republic

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  • NorthernObserverSeptember 18, 2020 11:24 AM

    @DrGP
    I am surprised. Of many relatives who live in the USA and are Trumpers, one consistent reason for their support, is DT is not your traditional politician. He makes the decisions he was elected to make.
    Yet the PM makes a decision and you support a referendum.

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    Ms. Mockley is a traditional politician.

    She ain’t no DT.

    She may however be suffering from the DT’s.

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  • I listened to our Prime Minister give an interview on ABC Australia, part of which was carried on CBC-TV news on 17 Sep 2020. In it, the Prime Minister explained that Barbadians will not be allowed a referendum, to decide on whether they support Barbados becoming a Republic.

    “We certainly campaigned on it in the manifesto, that while we committed to referendum on other issues, we did not on this one, and we made it clear that this is where we believe the country must go.”

    So, where could our Prime Minister have gotten the idea, that a Republic plan was in their campaign manifesto? I decided to investigate. I read the BLP’s 2013 Manifesto, but there is no mention of a Republic plan. So, I read the BLP’s 2008 Manifesto, and there it was, on page 77:

    “Update the Constitution Review Commission recommendations on replacing the Crown with a Barbadian President and proceed to consult the public fully by way of a referendum”

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    THIS CLEARLY SHOWS MIA MOTTLEY IS NOT ONLY A DESPOT BUT A BLATANT LIAR WHO HAS NO BOUNDARIES OR ETHICS AND LIES NOT ONLY TO LOCAL AUDIENCES BUT INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCES TO SUIT HER SOLE AGENDA.

    I GUESS THIS IS WHAT SHE MEANS BY “PUNCHING OVER WEIGHT”..

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  • Grenville is lucking he is playing the part of the typical house negro and palace pimp promoting the cause of racists or they would certainly get his ass for plagiarism.

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  • “Update the Constitution Review Commission recommendations on replacing the Crown with a Barbadian President and proceed to consult the public fully by way of a referendum”

    she is always getting caught in some fraud shit or lie or something…..if it was in the 2008 manifesto, there should also be a mention in the 2018 manifesto, why was it not added…but suddenly there was a lightbulb moment about something as important as a republic that should have been a continuum.

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  • “Sounds good to me, but since when has a political party’s manifesto promises been relevant after election day.”

    Appears that the change of a 6 for a 9 is now a post-election policy. I continue to be amazed by those who claim that after an election, a manifesto is meaningless.

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  • Theo ….my grands sent me the article from the Racists Society this morning….and this is their sentiment…”not on our watch”…..like me, none of them are easily impressed…….that is how I was able to compare it with Grenville’s crap after his first paragraph, and wonder what the hell I was looking at…..🤣😂..

    so if all these self-serving pretenders think the next generation will sit idly by and let them destroy their world with a colonial status quo….they are all shit outta luck…

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  • The Joe’s.

    republic in brief:

    1a(1) : a government having a chief of state who is not a monarch and who in modern times is usually a president
    (2) : a political unit (such as a nation) having such a form of government
    b(1) : a government in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law
    (2) : a political unit (such as a nation) having such a form of government
    c : a usually specified republican government of a political unit
    the French Fourth Republic
    2 : a body of persons freely engaged in a specified activity
    the republic of letters
    3 : a constituent political and territorial unit of the former nations of Czechoslovakia, the U.S.S.R., or Yugoslavia.

    Allow the people to choose their destiny by-way of ballot..????

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  • Barbados a Republic!

    Without the consent of “We the People”? This is nothing more than a ploy to take the people’s minds off pressing economic matters; it has shifted the debate to a Trojan horse?

    We in Barbados are too small not to be affiliated with larger powers, we have self-rule. All Laws, Treaties and International Agreements are carried out by a Barbadian Legislature.

    What Barbados has to gain from having a Ceremonial Head? First and foremost is a sense of responsibility by the United Kingdom for our security? In a world that is in upheaval is makes sense to stay under the wing that can offer such protection, as we are not living in the Millennium where everyone is good and it is a Paradise. Remember Grenada, if it wasn’t for the Governor General, Granada would be Communist now and we would have a big enemy at the door. Are our memories that short that we have forgotten Guyana which became a Republic under Forbes Burnham who was a Dictator that destroyed his Country?

    “Politics Is The Art Of Making Your Selfish Desires Seem Like National Interest”. Thomas Sowell. Those responsible are playing with the lives of the people present and future generations to come. Is this what “We the People” want and are willing to make this gamble to have the name of a Republic. All power tends to corrupt; and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. Lord Acton. The UK has not yet abandoned its friends.

    We need to learn from History or we are destined to repeat the mistakes of the past. The Root Cause, once you understand this everything else falls into place. Socialists and other statists have been wildly successful at selling government as a kind, caring, and protective parent figure, which provides for the citizens/children in response to their need. Statists have done this by constantly repeating the lie that coercive government’s reason for taking people’s money and running people’s lives is to exercise compassion in one way or another. It never works; it is a slow process of Rot!

    I am concerned that fellow Barbadians can be so gullible. We need to see pass the disguise and the distractions and look to the heart of the matter. Arouse you Faculties and get informed, People are destroyed for lack of knowledge. We Must Become Alerted and Informed. We need to value our Independence and Interdependence or all will soon be lost. There is more power in the people than people in power. Politicians are public servants of the people not the other way around as they would have you believe.

    Barbadian’s have the right to choose not have something this important stuffed down their throats, we need a referendum. The debate of what are the consequences of their choices should happen, but do not leave out what the financial cost of such a change is. Can we afford the price tag as a small country like Barbados? Who benefits? Certainly “Not We the People”!

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  • TheOGazzerts, I hope you were amazed too when your party’s former leader, Stuart, said the manifesto was not a contract when people asked why the DLP did not fulfill their manifesto promise to introduce integrity legislation?

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  • It’s really a vehicle used to promote their lies to deceive the people so they can be elected by hook or crook…EITHER on a deceased child’s back and at the expense of his grieving mother, OR on lies told to lock up Maloney and all those who ripped off the country of billions of dollars…

    the manifesto is a document of lies and deceit from politicians who would do anything to get their turn at corruption….

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  • Since GP 2 came out of the Trump closet he is bringing “sound doctrine that cannot be refuted”.

    MURDAH! BARE MOCK SPORT IN THE RUM SHOP!

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  • Now having not read the manfestos I cannot say he is wrong about them but…..

    Trump tell more lies than Mia and it does not seem to trouble you. He shreds the Constitution daily and claims absolute power and it does not bother you.

    Wuhnuh too hypocrite!

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  • I would be amazed to find out that there was one occasion since 1966, that a political party lost an election because they did not fulfill previous manifesto pledges and promises.

    I would be absolutely flabbergasted if such an event took place after 1994.

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  • Correction – manifesto

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  • Flash vote now Mia, de trousers still down.

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  • Here’s what I think.

    The last referendum I heard about was Brexit. How’s that working out?

    Voters make uninformed decisions mostly.

    What exactly are the benefits of the monarchy? I bet Bajans have a false impression of what they are.

    And…. there is nothing wrong with drafting a new constitution once we get to read and fully discuss it before the vote.

    Wuhnuh tink she planning to pull a Xi and write she name into the new constitution???

    Steupse!

    Wuhnuh could read, right? Or listen out fuh Caswell. He will pick it up.

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  • DonnaSeptember 18, 2020 2:52 PM

    Trump tell more lies than Mia

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    Everything Trump said he would do he has done or in the process of doing.

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  • And now he says he’s going for “herd mentality”.

    MURDAH!

    But he still has no health care bill to replace Obamacare. SO HE LIE AND YOU LIE.

    AS USUAL.

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  • Firstly: Section 49 of the Constitution:

    (1) Subject to the provisions of this section, Parliament
    Constitution may, by an Act of Parliament passed by both Houses, alter this
    Constitution.
    (2) Subject to the provisions of subsection (3), a Bill for an
    Act of Parliament under this section that alters any of the
    following provisions, that is to say
    (a) this section and section 1;
    (b) Chapter II;
    (c) Chapter III;
    1981-24. (d) sections 28, 32, 35 to 39, 41, 41A to 41E, 42, 48,
    60(2), 61,62,63 and 76 to 79 (other than subsection (7) of
    section 79);
    (e) Chapter VII (other than section 83);
    v) Chapter VIII;
    <s) Chapter IX;
    (h) any provision of Chapter X in its application to any of
    the provisions specified in paragraphs (a) to (g>,
    shall not be passed in either House unless at the final voting
    thereon in the House it is supported by the votes of not less than
    two-thirds of all the members of the House.
    (3) Subsection (2) shall not apply to a Bill in so far as it alters
    any of the provisions specified in that subsection for the purpose
    of giving effect to arrangements for the federation or union
    of Barbados with any other part of the Commonwealth or for the
    establishment of some other form of constitutional association
    between Barbados and any other part of the Commonwealth.
    (4) A Bill for an Act of Parliament under this section to
    which subsection (2) does not apply shall not be passed in either
    House unless at the final voting thereon in the House
    it is supported by the votes of a majority of all the members
    of the House.
    (5) In this section
    (a) references to this Constitution or to any particular
    provision thereof include references to any other law
    51 The Constitution of Barbados ss.50-52
    in so far as that law alters the Constitution or, as the
    case may be, that provision; and
    (b) references to altering this Constitution or any particular
    provision thereof include references-
    (i) to repealing it, with or without re-enactment
    thereof or the making of different provision in lieu
    thereof;
    (ii) to modifying it (whether by omitting, amending
    or overriding any of its provisions or inserting additional
    provisions in it or otherwise) ; and
    (iii) to suspending its operation for any period or
    terminating any such suspension.
    (6) No Act of Parliament shall be construed as altering this
    Constitution unless it is stated in the Act that it is an Act for
    that purpose.
    (7) Nothing in subsection (2) shall be construed as including
    any of the provisions of the First Schedule or the Second
    Schedule among the provisions specified in that subsection.
    (1) Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, each
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    This is the section that deals with amendment to the Constitution. No one has mentioned this yet, but this is the only thing that restricts the Government from amending the Constitution to form a Republic.

    Obviously, as above, we all know that a two thirds majority is required in each House.

    Other than that, I cannot imagine why Grenville Phillips is stating emphatically in the captioned article, that ”Our Prime Minister must know that she cannot do that. Our Attorney General, all the lawyers in the BLP and DLP, our Governor General, and all our judges should know that she cannot do that.”.

    There is nothing preventing the Government from amending the Constitution, to form a Republic, quite the opposite, with the two thirds majority, it is quite within the powers of the Government.

    Now, IF you approach it from a moral or ethical viewpoint, maybe you have a persuasive argument. If that is what he meant, then he should have said so. However, to then quote the AG, Judges etc, inferred a legal issue, where clearly, there is none.

    I am sure that he would have not tried to deliberately mislead with rhetoric, however, would have thought that a professional engineer would have either sought legal advice or read the Constitution himself, before expounding emphatically on the subject.

    If the former, I suggest that he seek alternative legal advice and question as to his source, if the second but he either was remiss in reading or misunderstood, then he should refer to the document again and correct his misunderstanding.

    Referring to the persuasive ethical argument, I think that as much as one may muster an argument against the Government, objecting to their advancing on the issue, the counter argument that it is within their ambit, and are making a judgement call, is equally adequate.

    In that event, only history will judge the motion.

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  • The Joe’s.

    republic in brief:

    1a(1) : a government having a chief of state who is not a monarch and who in modern times is usually a president
    (2) : a political unit (such as a nation) having such a form of government
    b(1) : a government in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law
    (2) : a political unit (such as a nation) having such a form of government
    c : a usually specified republican government of a political unit
    the French Fourth Republic
    2 : a body of persons freely engaged in a specified activity
    the republic of letters
    3 : a constituent political and territorial unit of the former nations of Czechoslovakia, the U.S.S.R., or Yugoslavia.

    Allow the people to choose their destiny by-way of ballot..????

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    I WAS SPEAKING TO A JAMAICAN COLLEAGUE LAST NIGHT WHO SAID HE HEARD ON INTERNATIONAL NEWS AND MENTIONED THAT THE ONLY THING BARBADOS BECOMING A REPUBLIC WILL HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE WILL BE MORE UNBRIDLED CORRUPTION AND THIEVING BY THE BAJAN POLITICIANS THE MASSES WILL NOT BENEFIT FINANCIALLY ONE IOTA.

    ALL OTHER HYPE IS BULLSHIT.

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  • Excused me blokes.

    Prior post was a direct result of 4 cups of Pg-Tips (faffing).

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  • BAJESeptember 18, 2020 3:37 PM
    I WAS SPEAKING TO A JAMAICAN COLLEAGUE LAST NIGHT WHO SAID HE HEARD ON INTERNATIONAL NEWS AND MENTIONED THAT THE ONLY THING BARBADOS BECOMING A REPUBLIC WILL HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE WILL BE MORE UNBRIDLED CORRUPTION AND THIEVING BY THE BAJAN POLITICIANS THE MASSES WILL NOT BENEFIT FINANCIALLY ONE IOTA.

    ALL OTHER HYPE IS BULLSHIT.

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    Current state or Republic, does not impact the level of corruption either way.

    How has prior action on Auditor General reports worked? Oh, there was no action on the numerous and detailed alerts within those excellent reports.

    While systems and controls should impact good governance, ultimately only one thing does, regardless of whatever system is in place.

    Ethics of the persons in charge. This applies equally to private and public entities.

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  • Who gives a damn about the opinion of one Jamaican. How goes it in Jamaica?

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  • “however, would have thought that a professional engineer would have either sought legal advice or read the Constitution himself, before expounding emphatically on the subject.”

    remember how he tried to talk down to Jeff on here and had to be put in his place, he thinks an engineering degree makes him a legal expert in Constitutional law…..😂🤣😂

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  • @MC
    I’m years beyond the BLP/DLP thing.
    I don’t think either party can do anything for me.

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  • Should it be a legal condition that to be president of Barbados one must be born in Barbados and not have a right of residence in another country or dual citizenship?

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  • Baje/Crusoe
    Notes might be different but you are singing from the same hymnal.

    “The governor maintains the speed of your lawn mower or outdoor power products.”
    Gotta agree wholeheartedly with the Jamaican. Remove that governor and the thieving and corruption engines are unharnessed.

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  • That is all Barbados’ leaders seem to be competent at, confusion, controversy and corruption..

    don’t seem like anyone consulted with or even thought the police force deserved a heads-up about any pretend decriminalizaton/more criminalization of marijuana….🤣😂

    “Confusion, Confusion Confusion! There is so much confusion surrounding the announcement of the “decriminalization” of 14 grams of cannabis or less by the Governor General of Barbados in her recent Throne Speech, that one has to wonder if the drafters of this proposal were under the influence of some sort of legal intoxicating substance.

    The confusion surrounding the matter at hand does not reside with the Barbadian public alone, even the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) is confused. Granted that some of its confusion and concerns are founded in pure ignorance, their state of mind is a result of the Government’s attempt to bamboozle the people of Barbados.

    It would seem that no consultation was had with the RBPF before the announcement of this ludicrous proposal for cannabis decriminalization was made by the PM through the GG. The RBPF has a solid point when it asks the question, how will officers determine whether the substance they have found an individual with is cannabis? Before, an officer was arresting a person based on suspecting them of having cannabis. The substance found had to be tested, so that the arresting officers claim could be validated. Thus someone could be smoking something resembling a spliff and be arrested, could plead not guilty and the laboratory tests would confirm that the substance was not cannabis. The question is as relates to the ticketing of persons for 14 grams of cannabis or less is, how does the officer determine that the substance that they are ticketing the person for is cannabis? Should the police wrongfully ticket a person for smoking a Fanta (tobacco) spliff, how then does the individual appeal the ticket, and who will have the evidence?”

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  • @Pacha

    What we have playing out on this blog are commenters fighting narrow interest positions. They do not like Mia for various reasons. The bottomline is that a Black country that professes to be a sovereign should have no problem jettisoning the Queen of England as our head of state. We can debate the referendum or not, was it in the manifesto, whatever…the real issue is simple. Why should it matter if we replace a ceremonial head of the monarch of England with a local person. Steuspe.

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  • Lord Sir Benwood Dick of the Glades

    I am wholeheartedly in favour of amending the constitution to form a new Monarchial Republic. You see, this will regenerate the Egyptian African Pharoah rule. My proposal is to have chosen Kings and Queens, whereby the retiring King or Queen appoint their heir.

    My preference would be for the very first ruler of the new Monarchial Republic to be the wonderful Rihanna, bringing to today’s world the famed Nefertiti and Cleopatra. This is especially appropriate as both of those icons were known for their beauty, as is Rihanna.

    As such, the Royal Court will have authority over everything in the Realm, including justice, so all problems will be solved very quickly, with a decision from the Royal Court forthwith. The make up of the court will have to be decided, but it would be best to model it from the old courts of the Pharaoh’s. This will include the requisite eunuchs, therefore volunteers will be needed for the first such batch.

    A new day dawns.

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  • Becoming a republic in name only will not change anything for the better nor for the worst.

    What does the “governor” do really? You need to ask yourselves that? You are imagining situations, protections and benefits that do not exist.

    Grenada was still under the monarchy when Gairy and his Mongoose gang ruled Grenada with an iron fist. It took Maurice & Co. to remove him.

    Steupse!

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  • Wuhnuh don’t want to be ruled by the British but wuhnuh want to be rescued by the British.

    Steupse!

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  • @ BAJE September 18, 2020
    3:37pm

    “I WAS SPEAKING TO A JAMAICAN COLLEAGUE LAST NIGHT WHO SAID HE HEARD ON INTERNATIONAL NEWS AND MENTIONED THAT THE ONLY THING BARBADOS BECOMING A REPUBLIC WILL HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE WILL BE MORE UNBRIDLED CORRUPTION AND THIEVING BY THE BAJAN POLITICIANS THE MASSES WILL NOT BENEFIT FINANCIALLY ONE IOTA.

    ALL OTHER HYPE IS BULLSHIT”.

    “JAMAICAN Observe”

    The bloody general election that changed Jamaica 🇯🇲 1998-September 3, 2020.

    Not qualified to elaborate on BDS civilized electoral processes. Can’t get their own
    shit together. . .

    Use some other ethnic society…(preposterous)…..

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  • It would seem that no consultation was had with the RBPF before the announcement of this ludicrous proposal for cannabis decriminalization was made by the PM through the GG. The RBPF has a solid point when it asks the question, how will officers determine whether the substance they have found an individual with is cannabis? Before, an officer was arresting a person based on suspecting them of having cannabis. The substance found had to be tested, so that the arresting officers claim could be validated. Thus someone could be smoking something resembling a spliff and be arrested, could plead not guilty and the laboratory tests would confirm that the substance was not cannabis. The question is as relates to the ticketing of persons for 14 grams of cannabis or less is, how does the officer determine that the substance that they are ticketing the person for is cannabis? Should the police wrongfully ticket a person for smoking a Fanta (tobacco) spliff, how then does the individual appeal the ticket, and who will have the evidence?”

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    LET ME CORRECT THE WAFFLE YOU LIKE TO CUT AND PASTE FROM OTHERS AS FACT.

    Fronto, Fanta, Funta, and any other name that starts with F usually refers to a dark, wrapper grade tobacco leaf. Variety does not actually matter, although over time certain varieties have become more popular than others

    ANYONE WHO HAS A SENSE OF SMELL CAN SMELL THE PUNGENT SMELL OF MARIJUANA WHETHER AS LEAVES, BUD OR ROLLED IN A WRAPPER FOR SMOKING.

    FANTA SMELLS LIKE TABACCO WHICH DOES NOT CARRY THE SAME SMELL AND IS MORE LIKE A REGULAR CIGARETTE SMELL BUT MUCH CHEAPER TO BUY SINCE SOLD IN BULK AND NOT MANUFACTURED IN A CIGARETTE FORM FROM A DIFFERENT LOWER GRADE TOBACCO LEAF.

    THE ONLY ISSUE I COULD SEE THE BARBADOS POLICE HAVE IS THE EQUIPMENT ON THEM SUCH AS A DIGITAL SCALE TO MEASURE THE WEIGHT OF 14 GRAMS OR LESS WHICH CAN BE RESOLVED BY TAKING PERSON INTO A STATION AND AMOUNT SEIZED AS EVIDENCE AND PROCESSED ELSEWHERE FOR THE WEIGHT REQUIREMENT ETC.

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  • David
    It matters because it doesn’t.
    This government has no real determination to make flesh out of republicanism.

    All we see are attemps to keep the people busy with bread and circuses, hoping to avoid attention on growing failures.

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  • @Pacha

    The issue is a simple one to parse. Should a majority Black sovereign country undertake to govern itself or not.

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  • The bloody general election that changed Jamaica 🇯🇲 1998-September 3, 2020.

    Not qualified to elaborate on BDS civilized electoral processes. Can’t get their own
    shit together. . .

    Use some other ethnic society…(preposterous)…..

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    @ Tony

    HOW MANY TIMES HAVE THE FAILED 2×3 ISLAND OF BIM HAS HAD TO GO RUNNING TO THE IMF OR BEGGING FOR LOANS ELSEWHERE TO CONTINUE TO OPERATE?

    OR IS BEING BAILED OUT BY THE IMF AND OTHERS CAP IN HAND BY BARBADOS IS A TRUE SIGN OF SUCCESS INCLUDING DEFAULTING ON DEBT OBLIGATIONS?

    WHETHER REPUBLIC OR NOT THE TRUTH IS THE BAJAN BLACK MASSES WILL BE F@@KED OVER AS USUAL BY THE CORRUPT DISHONEST BLACK POLITICIANS IN PLACE TO CONTINUE TO FEATHER THEIR POCKETS.

    SO WHILE THE FEEL GOOD FACTOR BEING A REPUBLIC IT WILL BE BUSINESS AS USUAL OF FLEECING THE LOCAL TAX PAYERS WHILST THE PROMISE ANYTHING POLITICIANS AND THEIR CRONIES CONTINUE TO GET FATTER WHILST THE MASSES SUFFER IN SILENCE AMONG THEMSELVES.

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  • @ BAJE

    Guess you been smoking the shit for eons.

    It’s called foot 🦶 n mouth 👄. It’s a disease.

    Call your doc…

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  • @ Crusoe September 18, 2020 3:37 PM
    (Quote):
    There is nothing preventing the Government from amending the Constitution, to form a Republic, quite the opposite, with the two thirds majority, it is quite within the powers of the Government.

    Referring to the persuasive ethical argument, I think that as much as one may muster an argument against the Government, objecting to their advancing on the issue, the counter argument that it is within their ambit, and are making a judgement call, is equally adequate. (Unquote).
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Well argued and in keeping with the expectations of a genuine student of political jurisprudence!

    Except for that final check and possible application of the brakes by a ‘working’ majority of “Independent” senators in the Upper Chamber there is absolutely nothing to stop the current political administration from turning the State of Barbados from a constitutional monarchy into a constitutional republic with a titular Head of State.

    The same principle applies to the decriminalization of the use marijuana and same sex marriages.

    So why one set of ‘rules’ for republicanism which affects all citizens but another set affecting just a minority?

    The same way the current administration thinks that the Bajan people want to discard the last shackle of colonialism why can’t it feel the pain of those minorities who are blatantly deprived of their human rights in a so-called democracy?

    What really would you expect as the outcome if the masses- morally prejudiced and uniformed, generally- were given the opportunity to vote on ‘morally and religiously’ controversial issues affecting only a minority of the population?

    Wouldn’t it be equivalent to asking the planters of 18th century Barbadoes to vote for the emancipation of the slaves or the NRA in the USA to vote for the banning of the right to carry guns?

    Wasn’t it also a crime- just a few decades back- for a black man to have (consensual) sex with a white woman or even to look at her in any way determined by white men to be lascivious?

    The only thing the Barbados Parliament cannot do, legislatively, is to turn a ‘man-monkey wearing a three-piece suit into a Bajan woman wearing a Pauline Bellamy design.

    Given what they have been through in the last 300 years Black people (especially those in Barbados) ought to be the last group on God’s green Earth to be prejudiced or discriminate against other minorities.

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  • @ BAJE

    Guess you been smoking the shit for eons.

    It’s called foot 🦶 n mouth 👄. It’s a disease.

    Call your doc…

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    NEVER SMOKED IN MY LIFE AND ALSO NEVER DID DRUGS WHETHER LEGAL OR ILLEGAL.

    TRUTH HURTS.

    YOU GUYS BEEN PLAYING THE SAME GAMES ON THE ISLAND DIVIDE AND RULE WHILST BENEFITING AT EVERYONE EXPENSE.

    FORTUNATELY I AM NOT PART OF THE BRIGADE.

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  • Social Commentary

    “Twenty years ago we committed to a referendum and since then every Government, the major political parties have agreed that this is where the country must go.” So if they committed to a referendum 20 yrs ago and never held it, what gives them the right to abandon that promise now? This is not just about having a Barbadian as Head of State, there are important considerations as to the relative powers of the President and PM and what happens in the case of a State of Emergency, or a disputed election. We need to know the full details of how this major Constitutional change will be carried out and allowed a vote on it. One Political party cannot unilaterally make a major change like this without a referendum. Why was she dictating to the Australians what they should do and explaining to an Australian media what she plans for Barbados before explaining it to Bajans. She should have done us the courtesy of telling us – who will be affected – what is planned, before announcing it to a foreign Gov’t. This shows a total disrespect for Bajans, as if we are too stupid to understand such important matters as the Constitution and have to be treated as children – Mommy knows best, don’t question her wisdom!”

    “she did it before (announce a covid19 related death on CNN before the local public was informed)”

    “After this move, we going right in the arms of the China communist party. Don’t feel that those 33 buses where for nothing. Mia, yuh taking this country into the belly of the beast.”

    “Ossie Moore agree %… very bothersome indeed!!!!”

    “hmmmm running out of control ..doing as she want.”

    “Gimme d vote n watch ma..I am of no political persuasion.”

    “Agreed. Losing some support. Breaking promises and Populace waking up to decisions not discussed. Why would anyone hold a Referendum for same sex marriage rather than for becoming a Republic. Which is the most important for the country???????”

    “That’s y we are going republic be cause if china in the long run want to take over they can’t do anything if we are under the queen so that’s why the crown was not surprised they have been watching the deals she has been doing with then this is what I have predicted the first crises will be the drop of the dollar because we are in so much debt second Chinese company will take over bank, insurance, shipping company, and then it will go from there so it’s up to we to sit down and let it happen”.

    “My exact sentiments. When you default on Chinese debt they just move in and take over. I saw a documentary where the people in Tanzania work in the mines taken over by china. Workers clock in gates locked until end of work day up to 20 hours. No foreigners in charge of anything not even the natives. Similar thing happen in I think it was New Zealand, wished they hadn’t sold the business to them. Country needs a REFERENDUM on being republic.”

    “Loaded and very relevant question.”

    “More taxpayers money for this republic transitional team BLP people loving this but don’t worry folks Barbados going from de frying pan into de fire it’s caled China who will be de rule rulers of de republic if it ever happens.Would like this government to show Bajans all the documents of the deals that were made with China because all the free stuff ain’t free.”

    “The Government Information Service needs a new ‘head’. The move to being a republic has been one of the worst marketed events I can recall. No comparative information on what it means to be a republic as opposed to the Queen as head of state. What are the benefits, the advantages, the costs of such a move? What do we lose, if anything, by the switch? What obligations does the Queen have for ensuring our safety against military invasion or some foreign threat? Is it so hard to present comparative information that a person can hang hat on? If we can’t even inform the public, what competence do we have to play ‘Republic’? Government is not going about this well.”

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  • David

    Is that right!

    There are many countries which have done so and there are no material differences. They even continue to recognize knighthoods, for ecample

    Only politics of distraction by Mugabe.

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  • Barbados a New Mini Republic of China…

    The writing has been on the Wall for some time now…That is where CARICOM leaders are headed!…What they say Goes that is how Elitist Rule when they think that Government Rules Supreme, and the people have No Say!! Briton does not Rule over us she is one of our Protectors…would we expect the same from Communist China. The Chinese Communist will meet ALL our needs!!

    WAKE UP BARBADOS, NELSON IS ONLY THE DISTRACTION… BARBADOS GOVERNING OFFICIALS ARE EMBRACING THE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY!!!

    Remember that on 03/05/2020, Dr Don Marshall, head of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute for Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) is Talking about Borrowing Money from China in the wake of the Chinese Virus. He wants the Caribbean leaders to Borrow money from the Same People that caused the Collapse of the Economy that he is Referring to and he is saying TO TRUST THE CHINESE A LITTLE MORE AND WE SHOULD GET OVER OUR HANG-UPS FROM COMMUNIST CHINA.

    He talked about China helping a hundred Countries in the world, he OMITTED to say that when you Slack on Re-Payment to the CCP, they take over the Asset that they lent you, including your Ports, which they taken over in the Past. He Omitted to tell you, that the Largest Funder of the IMF is the American Government, but they do not take over your Assets should you Default on Payments. Even when Argentina Defaulted on All of their Loans in the Past, Nobody Owns the Argentina Assets Except the Argentina’s. In other words when you get a Government Lending you money Like China which in Actually means the Chinese Communist Party…They Own You, they Own your Country and you Still have to Pay!

    Dr Don Marshall Cannot see Pass his own Panting (Getting the Loan), he is Using his Influence to Bait Caribbean Leaders to Fall into the Communist Party Trap. This is Not Someone of Influence we Need in our Country and On top of that whenever they Lend money for Building, they Bring All the Building Material and the Labour and All that money Goes Right Back to China. However, you have a Hundred Percent of the Money to Pay Back. Not only Marshall but also our UWI has been infiltrated with Communist and their Influence!

    COMMIE SING SONG, who is a Known Communist, Ramping up Caribbean Leaders using his title, as the Ambassador of CARICOM, to HELP IN THE FIGHT AGAINST AMERICA IN SOLIDARITY WITH HIS COMMUNIST BUDDIES LIKE THE NEW CHAIR OF CARICON, WHILE LEADING ALL OF WE TO OUR OWN DETRIMENT.

    IN CONNECTING THE DOTS… Why would PM MAM elect a Known Bajan Communist as Ambassador to CARICOM who is an Avid Supporter of Maduro and the Cuban Regime Moreover pass the Baton of Chair of CARICOM to the present chairperson? Surely, she is aware of their leanings!

    Really, is this what Bajans want…a Mini Republic of Communist China? Multiply their Military by Over One Million Strong… Digging a Hole towards Hell is more like it while sounding Sanctimonious at the same time!!!

    China’s trillion dollar plan to dominate global trade

    5 Countries That Have Fallen into China’s Debt Trap

    China sinks its claws into cash-strapped countries, and they won’t be letting go any time soon…

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  • If they will only teach REAL HISTORY in the islands’ schools instead of the whitewashed pack of lies they teach generationally, maybe we won’t get the Grenville’s and the other brainwashed, mindwashed clowns who embarrass the island with their lack of knowledge, even UK and some other countries in Europe, the people are complaining about all the lies told to them regarding slavery, emancipation and followed up with further colonization through reconstruction.

    “Barbados is one of nine Caribbean countries in which the queen fills that role. She also does in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and three Pacific islands. Like other Caribbean people, many Bajans, as Barbadians are also known, find it odd that their ceremonial leader is a white woman who lives an ocean away, however much they like her. Some of the monarchy’s symbols make them queasy. The governor-general is Dame Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George, whose badge depicts a white-skinned angel stomping on a prostrate black-skinned Satan.”

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  • How do you know there is no material difference? Is it so discrete a matter to evaluate?

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  • Grenville
    Calm down and go and lie down. Since you’re so diligent in your research, can you tell me the referendum that Bajans voted in to establish the queen of England as the head of state of our country?

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  • “LET ME CORRECT THE WAFFLE YOU LIKE TO CUT AND PASTE FROM OTHERS AS FACT.”

    what I cut and paste came DIRECTLY from the African Heritage site of Rastafarians…i won’t know what fanta smells like if ya pushed it up my nose…..BUT THEY WOULD…..FACT….

    stop contradicting to make yaself seem knowledgeable…if you have a problem with what the Rastaman wrote, take it up with him…

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  • BTW…the same Rastafarians are the ones being consistently terrorized and criminalized for Marijuana by both governments, LIED TO AND DECEIVED…by the Mia government…….i don’t see you defending them in any of that…., but they put out an article about WHAT THEY SHOULD KNOW ABOUT better than you and me and there ya are TALKING SHITE…

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  • @…the Prime Minister explained that Barbadians will not be allowed a referendum, to decide on whether they support Barbados becoming a Republic. Our Prime Minister must know that she cannot do that. Our Attorney General, all the lawyers in the BLP and DLP, our Governor General, and all our judges should know that she cannot do that.”

    Of course the Prime Minister “cannot do that” On that we are ALL agreed.

    But the Parliament elected by the PEOPLE of Barbados “can do that”

    And it will be done.

    Grenville offered himself for public office.

    The people of Barbados said “no” to Grenville.

    Mia and the other 29 Members of Parliament offered themselves for public office. The people said “yes” to them.

    At some time in the future the PEOPLE of Barbados will say “no” to ALL currently elected members of Parliament.

    When that time comes, they will ALL go quietly home, as all previously elected representatives of the PEOPLE of Barbados have.

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  • Hear hear!

    You heard what this brilliant and eloquent speaker/writer had to say!

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  • @Grenville Phillips “As the leader of the third largest political party in Barbados, and on behalf of the thousands of Barbadians who voted for Solutions Barbados.”

    Dear Grenville:

    Please do not over estimate your political value. In the 2018 elections out of 153,745 votes cast, 111,968 PEOPLE voted for the Barbados Labor Party. 4,188, less than 3% of people voted for Solutions Barbados.

    There are 255,833 people on the elector’s register.

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  • @P M Bentham September 18, 2020 11:21 AM “The issue of Barbados becoming a republic has unfortunately been now skewed amongst the very controversial announcement regarding the normalisation of same -sex relationships>

    I born and find same sex relationships.

    And I know for sure that I will die and leave them.

    I don’t think that anybody is going to run and enter a same sex relationship just because any government say-so.

    So the number of people in same sex relationships will remain EXACTLY the same.

    People don’t chose their sexual relationships based on any government say-so. And people don’t leave their sexual relationships based on any any government say-no.

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  • Uh-oh! Cuhdear Bajan is a “hater”!
    It wasn’t me!

    🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    Smashed the poor clown head out of the ground for six. Slam dunked the poor clown head straight through the basketball hoop. Bounced the football straight off the poor clown head past the goal keeper.

    Sunk the poor clown head for a hole in one.

    Murdah! Have mercy!

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  • @John September 18, 2020 12:49 PM “She ain’t no DT.”

    Giving God thanks for that.

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  • “LET ME CORRECT THE WAFFLE YOU LIKE TO CUT AND PASTE FROM OTHERS AS FACT.”

    what I cut and paste came DIRECTLY from the African Heritage site of Rastafarians…i won’t know what fanta smells like if ya pushed it up my nose…..BUT THEY WOULD…..FACT….

    stop contradicting to make yaself seem knowledgeable…if you have a problem with what the Rastaman wrote, take it up with him…

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    PROVIDE THE LINK TO THE RASTAFARIAN ARTICLE SERIAL LIAR.

    I HAVE SEEN THE PRODUCTS WITH MY EYES and both smoked in my presence HENCE KNOW THE TRUTH.

    DOESN’T SURPRISE YOUR FEEDBACK TYPICAL DEFENSIVE RESPONSE FROM YOU WHENEVER CALLED OUT.

    AGAIN PRINT THE FULL ARTICLE AND LINK TO IT.

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  • Oh hell! P.M. Bentham gone too!

    I thought she was a Cuhdear Bajan.

    No mercy!

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  • I don’t have to provide shit for you, go on the African Heritage Facebook website and look for it yourself, idiot….now that ya made a total ass of yaself….be gone..

    that is what happens when ya think ya know everything and feel ya should attack other bloggers.

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  • @ Donna September 18, 2020 2:48 PM “Since GP 2 came out of the Trump closet he is bringing “sound doctrine that cannot be refuted”. MURDAH! BARE MOCK SPORT IN THE RUM SHOP!”

    Ya killin’ me den

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  • Wuhlaus! The notorious RBG gone and dead. Far right loony Supreme Court in wuhnuh tail!

    Barbados looking better and better.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Northern, Tee White, VC, Donna and all who push back on Grenville’s smoothly written and presented piece but as @Greene and @Crusoe so properly noted very poorly legally argued … I would ask one question (really dont remember 😂) did Barrow present a referendum to Bajans re Independence???

    Or was that a point of expectation in his being elected.

    As @Greene said “Elections have Consequences”.

    Looka Mottley may indeed be a despot in training but to suggest that she has no legal right to take this nation to Republic status sans a plebiscite is ABSURD.

    @SS, I agree with you… Mr Phillip’s has absolute delusions of grandeur which badly affect his political messaging…. even here where his piece is on its face well stated he acts the megalomaniac with some pompous words like : “As the leader of the third largest political party in Barbados, and on behalf of the thousands of Barbadians who voted for Solutions Barbados.”

    WTBadword… his party got what 2,000 total votes or some such … and he pompesettes that they are the THIRD largest when not a seat was won!

    But none ah we didn’t get nah votes tho so he right yah! 😎🙃

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  • Disgusting Lies & Propaganda TV

    I will ask a simple question. What is the benefit of Barbados remaining a “CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHY” in 2020? Since the end of WWII, the UK had increasingly lost their desire to maintain an “Empire” so they were “mature” enough to put up as little resistance to those colonies that desired independence and had established the “Commonwealth of Nations” to maintain cordial relations with their former colonies. This commonwealth have republics as members i.e. the Queen is not their head of state.
    This issue is like watching an episode of HOARDERS where, in the hoarders’ minds, they think they are holding on to something valuable but to everyone else (that is sane enough) all they see is a worthless bunch of crap. Having a referendum for Barbados to become a republic is mindnumbling nonsensical. But then again I am reminded of the referendum that New Zealand had to replace their current flag (which has the Union Jack) to which the proposal was surprisingly rejected. So who am I. I could be surrounded by a population of hoarders wanting to hold on to something worthless as a having a representative of a MONARCH(firstly) from a so called “mother country” continue to be our head of state. A “mother country” whose own population is ambivalent to that same MONARCH and the “ends” of an empire that the monarch rules over.
    Is it a valid issue to test the referendum exercise? Probably. But I would be ashamed as a Bajan if more than 50% of Bajans would want to continue to see a MONARCH as a “de jure” head of state.

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  • @Donna September 18, 2020 7:34 PM “Uh-oh! Cuhdear Bajan is a “hater”!”

    I am no hater Donna. Lolll!!!

    Actually a very sweet person, a good, traditional Christian rural, working class Bajan woman.

    Who likes to keep it real.

    Not a “B”

    Not a “D”

    Completely non-political.

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  • I don’t have to provide shit for you, go on the African Heritage Facebook website and look for it yourself, idiot….now that ya made a total ass of yaself….be gone..

    that is what happens when ya think ya know everything and feel ya should attack other bloggers.

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    YOU ARE WAY TOO DISHONEST FOR YOUR OWN GOOD.

    START PRACTICING WHAT YOU PREACH.

    TIME OVER AND AGAIN YOU CUT AND PASTE MUCH SHITE WHICH DOES NOT STAND UP TO SCRUTINY AND INSTEAD OF ACKNOWLEDGING YOU SHOW YOUR CRASS STUPIDITY BY DUCKING IN A CORNER AND LASHING OUT.

    I NEVER ATTACKED YOU I CORRECTED THE INACCURATE INFORMATION YOU CUT AND PASTE ON THE BLOG WITH NO LINK TO YOUR ‘STORY’ AS FACT.

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  • This is what my kinswoman, born in England more than 60 years ago said to me said to me on Wednesday “looking forward to visiting the Republic of Barbados when travel becomes the norm again”

    And this is what my kinswoman who has lived in England for more than 50 years said to me on Wednesday “Why are we so far behind Dominica, Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana? Better late than never”

    And this is what Little Susie said to me “long overdue. There was a whole commission that recommended it when I was a kid. And I ain’t been a kid in a while”

    And this was my response “Well, most of us never felt really close to the British royal family, and I doubt that they felt close to us.”

    And “I don’t think that many of us will miss the Queen, and I am fairly certain that she won’t miss us.”

    Lolll!!!

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  • @ Cuhdear BajanSeptember 18, 2020 8:04 PM
    “Actually a very sweet person, a good, traditional Christian rural, working class Bajan woman.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Now that your type of ‘women’ are in charge in Bim (from GG to PM to DPP to CTO) we are hoping you would now turn off your male-bashing ‘cock’ and stop blaming the poor men for all the things that are going to go ‘wrong’.

    Speaking on behalf of the man from WhiteHill.

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  • Barbados got a shout out.

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  • Miller, I have nothing but Christian love for all good men.

    I have absolutely no use for the others.

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  • “YOU ARE WAY TOO DISHONEST FOR YOUR OWN GOOD.”

    no…dishonest is not knowing where an article came from and before you research and fact check it without guessing, you decide to post shite because ya think ya impressing someone and made an ass of yourself, if you think you can prove that the article is not from the African Heritage site….post the proof…

    stop jumping out to impress before you know where an article came from, in this case I only took a portion of the article because it was long, I don’t have shit to prove to you…..you are the attacker, it’s incumbent on you to prove where that article come from….i don’t post to impress and attack, I post to INFORM.

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  • @ Cuhdear BajanSeptember 18, 2020 8:19 PM

    You ought to convey a similar message to PM Rowley of Trickidad & Tobago.

    Why not ask him why his republic still has the British Privy Council as its final highest court of appeal on certain matters when there is the ‘indigenous’ CCJ right in his front house?

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  • @John September 18, 2020 3:28 PM “Everything Trump said he would do he has done or in the process of doing.”

    How is that big, beautiful wall coming along?

    And has he collected the money to build it from those pesky Mexicans yet?

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  • @Miller September 18, 2020 8:42 PM “You ought to convey a similar message to PM Rowley of Trickidad & Tobago.
    Why not ask him why his republic still has the British Privy Council as its final highest court of appeal on certain matters when there is the ‘indigenous’ CCJ right in his front house?”

    i will ask the very handsome gentleman the next time that I see him.

    But in my opinion the Afro Trinidadians, and Indo Trinidadians don’t trust one another.

    And that is truly sad.

    But i have no authority to fix the problem.

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  • @Donna September 18, 2020 3:33 PM “And now he says he’s going for “herd mentality”.

    What the badword is “herd mentality”?

    Is there anybody in the White House who passed grade 12 English, and who can advise the President?

    The term is herd immunity.

    SMH.

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  • Our Great Leader Mia Mottley obviously reads my statements on the Constitution and democracy carefully. It is not the people who are the sovereign in a one-party democracy, but our leader. Ergo, she only needs to consult herself if she wants a new constitution.

    For we are transforming the kingdom into a republic is not just a simple constitutional change, but something completely new, a new constitution. Therefore, the Supreme Court and the CCJ must no longer examine the new constitution by the same standards as the old one. Only the new constitution applies.

    A small note to our leader on how to proceed: I recommend that the new constitution be introduced by an emergency decree based on the emergency legislation. The people may then only vote on the following question:

    Do you agree that Mia Mottley should become President of the Republic of Barbados for life? Answer: YES or YES.

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  • After barbados become a republic
    Will barbados still be seen loitering on the doors steps of the USA with cup in hand
    How funny it would look that our President resorts to the same ole practices that caused barbados to default on its debt
    Btw we still have a lot of outstanding debt coupled with the new debt borrowed in the past years

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  • The demise of Ruth Bader Ginsburg has deep meanings for our world, empire’s nadir, in this time of Aquarius.

    Tectonic changes will continue to engulf us all.

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