New Republic, ‘Soulless’ Process

I did not think that I would have to write again about Barbados’ move to a republic. It has been a dud of a process and the selection of the President has been anticlimactic.

A noted academic described the process as “soulless”.  I think that has resonated with many Barbadians at home and abroad, even those of us who wanted the Queen removed as our head of state. Though, we know in our governance systems, it is a Prime Minister that “runs things.”

If former Prime Minister Freundel Stuart had approached Barbados’ transition to republic with no genuine public consultation on the form of republic Barbados was to become, former Opposition Leader Mia Mottley, based on the track record, would have likely played high politics with marches, walk-outs of Parliament and taking to the streets. As I have said in this column before, what is good for one is good for the other.

I want a republic as most Barbadians, but no one would ever call the current republican process, properly executed. In other ways it has been undignified and exclusionary.

The very way the independence constitution was created as an elite, hierarchal exercise for the big-ups, this move to a republic was done in a similar if not worse fashion.

At least at the time of Independence there was spirited debate on all sides of the argument throughout the country and in Parliament. This moment has not been met with that same level of debate or engagement.

We are told by some commentators that we are to beat the drums and dance in the streets to celebrate the fall of Babylon. How has Babylon fallen when Barbadians were intentionally and directly left out the process for deciding the type of republic Barbados has become.

How do some commentators live in their glorious contradictions? Celebrate removing the Queen as head of State and the oaths of allegiance to the Queen but cannot respond to the fact that we will have a new republic with an old independence constitution.

The independence constitution that for example, contains a savings law clause to ‘save’ existing colonial laws, does not contain an explicit right to privacy and contains a preamble that tells the story of the oppressor while excluding the story of slavery and the people whose backs, literally and figuratively, on which Barbados was built.

Whenever the issue is raised, no one can adequately respond, because there is none but to recognise the contradiction. Maybe for these commentators, it is like asking a builder to repair your house. You come home and it is nicely painted on the outside and you feel very good until you walk through the door to realise the termites and rodents still infest the walls, but it is all too late.

You paid the money, and the builder is nowhere to be found, but at least you can keep pretending to your neighbours that everything is well, as you swat the termites and rodents from inside your home.

The saddest part of this whole republican affair is that we have been robbed of what should have been ours. Our moment has been hijacked by a political class unable to understand the shortcomings of its approach. We have simply swapped one ceremonial head of state for another ceremonial head of state as selected by the political class.

This could have been a moment to innovate and show bold new thinking on our governance. The status quo, essentially remains the same, though the Queen was removed.

I guess when you broadcast to the world a deadline, but do not engage with your own people, you are driven by those external forces and timelines. Sounds, oddly colonial.

It would have taken tremendous resolve to pause and understand the process of transitioning Barbados to a republic needed to genuinely include the People as the constituent element of the constitution of Barbados.

Ronnie Yearwood is a lecturer in law, lawyer and social commentator. Email: yearwood.r.r.f@gmail.com

Related Links:

        https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/06/20/btcolumn-4/      

        https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/08/11/btcolumn-dont-treat-bajans-with-contempt

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  • Franklyn calls out Haynes over tweet
    THE FALLOUT from the last week’s contentious parliamentary vote, when Governor General Dame Sandra Mason was elected the country’s first President, continued in the Senate yesterday.
    In the end, President of the Senate Reginald Farley referred two separate matters, raised by Leader of Opposition Business in the Upper House Senator Caswell Franklyn, and Government Senator Dr Crystal Haynes, to the Committee of Privileges.
    Haynes also asked that Franklyn, who is a member of the Committee, be asked to recuse himself when the two issues are heard by that body.
    Franklyn was the first to raise his point of privilege during the Senate’s post-lunch session, asserting that Haynes’ posting her presidential election ballot on Twitter “has profound implications for how we behave and how we conduct business in here”.
    “That would tend to offend the dignity of this honourable place . . . . That would tend to bring the Senate into disrepute . . . . I am concerned about the conduct where you would post secret documents from this place in a public forum,” he said.
    “It might be a case of youthful exuberance, but when you are in this place, you have to temper that youthful exuberance . . . with the knowledge of who and what you are.”
    Haynes then questioned Franklyn’s interview with “a prominent online media platform just a week ago”. She quoted him as saying: “The ballot papers only got a place to vote yes, there is no no, there is no place to put no on the ballot paper”.
    “My concern is rooted in the fact that Senator Franklyn’s comments . . . cast the day’s proceedings in an overwhelmingly negative light, causing the general public to doubt the integrity of the election of our first President. By extension, his comments brought into question the integrity of the members who would have participated in that electoral process,” she added.
    Haynes said she decided to post an image of her ballot on Twitter because of “questions being asked for clarity to be offered because overwhelmingly the idea was that something fishy happened during the course of the election.
    “As far as I am aware, there are no specific rules that govern this House which would have been breached in the process of that being done. If there were indeed breaches, I welcome the opportunity that Committee of Privileges will have to bring that to my attention.” (SC)

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  • Atherley supports Franklyn’s stand

    OPPOSITION LEADER Bishop Joseph Atherley has made it clear that Senator Caswell Franklyn did not attend last week’s joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament to elect Barbados’ first President, to disrupt the proceedings.
    Speaking in the House of Assembly during the Barbados National Honours And Decorations Bill, 2021, on Tuesday, which he described as “an important piece of legislation”, the Leader of the People’s Party for Democracy and Development (PdP) said the Opposition senator felt the “process was a bit wrong and flawed”, as was “the timing relative to the circumstances of the moment and not the timing in history”.
    Atherley said it was he who encouraged Franklyn to attend the sitting and to voice “an objection if he felt he should, and to vote according to how he felt led in the interest of expressing democracy and independent opinion and not to stay away”.
    Furthermore, said the MP for St Michael West, if Franklyn felt there was something at odds with the voting process, he was well within his right to object or raise a query. He added that if a confrontation occurred as a result, those “who officiate in the Senate would have to address that”.
    “This is to say it is totally a misrepresentation to suggest that the Honourable Senator from the other place came simply to the exercise to grab attention, to disrupt the proceedings, to make himself a nuisance and I want to put that to rest,” declared the Opposition Leader.
    He said he was “totally unaware” of what happened and while several people sent him the video of what transpired, he chose not to watch it because he has “confidence in the presiding officer in the Upper House to conduct the proceedings with a sense of decorum, a sense of right judgement. I also have every confidence in the Honourable Senator to stand up when the time comes in the interest of the practice of democracy and in the interest of the people”.
    The PdP leader continued: “I have not heard any voices reflecting on the fact that there were three Government members who absented themselves on the occasion. I have not heard reference to that.
    “People who sit with me on this side of the parliamentary divide in this House or the other side, have been told what we’re building here in Barbados is a democracy, and when you have to express yourself in the Upper Chamber feel free to do so with an independent view, especially on matters of conscience and on matters such as this.
    Democratic process
    “This was a democratic exercise. They don’t feel, and should not feel, and I’m certainly not of the disposition to have them feel they must say what I say, as seems to be the case over there. We don’t exercise or seek to exercise authoritarian control or dictatorial management. If that is the practice being called for, you will not find it here and I hope it is not found over there. If you want to give yourselves to that, by all means, feel free to do so,” he added.
    Atherley said when he crossed the floor in 2018 to become Opposition Leader “in the interest of democracy”, that “half the world abused me for it”. “The entirety of that party [Barbados Labour Party] and its following abused me for it, but I stood for a cause, and I stayed the course. I stand here in the interest of democracy in the interest of the people of Barbados.
    “And no matter what I decide, no matter how it reflects on me, whatever I decide will be guided by those precepts and those principles. That is where the Honourable member for St Michael West comes from.” (GBM)

    Source: Nation

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  • We have gone pass the process, time will tell if Barbadians are sufficiently aware to hold the government accountable when casting their next ballot because ironically it seems this is the only time we have a say in the democratic process we hold so dear.

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  • Different colour, same Massa mentality

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  • Repulsive, reprehensible, UNFORGIVEABLE and still emanating the anit-Afrikan DISRESPECT.

    “How do some commentators live in their glorious contradictions? Celebrate removing the Queen as head of State and the oaths of allegiance to the Queen but cannot respond to the fact that we will have a new republic with an old independence constitution.

    The independence constitution that for example, contains a savings law clause to ‘save’ existing colonial laws, does not contain an explicit right to privacy and contains a preamble that tells the story of the oppressor while excluding the story of slavery and the people whose backs, literally and figuratively, on which Barbados was built.”

    the girl is dumb, there is nothing on the ballot paper to define/signifiy if X = no…

    and knowing the CORRUPT they would wilfully leave it confusing to achieve their disgusting end result..

    you do not have a REAL republic….only a name with an attached COLONIAL CONSTITUTION…

    “The saddest part of this whole republican affair is that we have been robbed of what should have been ours. Our moment has been hijacked by a political class unable to understand the shortcomings of its approach. We have simply swapped one ceremonial head of state for another ceremonial head of state as selected by the political class.”

    same way the demonic criminals are trying their best to rob the Black/Afrikan population of your RIGHT OF ENTRY to YOUR CONTINENT as INHERITORS…ya better stand up AND FIGHT BACK…

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  • Repulsive, reprehensible, UNFORGIVEABLE and still emanating the ANTI-Afrikan DISRESPECT.

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  • David

    Is this to be your only refrain?

    What use is it once every 5 years? Why not every 5 days?

    When will you come to see that something is wrong which periodic voting is not a corrective?

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  • A government that refuses to impose a vaccination mandate on its citizens for protection against Covid because it does not want to appear dictatorial in imposing its will on the people’s right to choose, have no qualms when it comes to dictating curfew dates and times and threatens the imposition of substantial fines if the electoral commission is not informed when you change your address, is now engaged in this. You can’t make this up.

    Should the electorate return them to power with such a large majority again after the next election, will we see the President pressured into stepping down early in the new term in order to make make way for a very close family member to be elevated?

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  • Unfortunately we have reached a dark place in Barbados where it is and will be impossible to dispassionately debate most if not all issues. The DLP had a chance to take the country to republican status or at minimum do something. The BLP had a chance under OSA to do same. Ideally what Dr. Ronnie is saying makes sense but the blogmaster suggests given the state of consciousness of our people it would probably unravel in another paralysis analysis exercise. For reasons even if politically motivated switching out the head of state is a good first step while we continue with political discussions to nowhere.

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  • Everyone should have listened and PROTESTED LOUDLY when it was clear from the beginning that the WIKCED were determined to keep that dangerous constitution in Black lives with themselves and the equally dangerous minorities who are also behind this….as new slave masters…the whole reason the majority were maliciously EXCLUDED as though they are invisible and have no voice or consent…

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  • I know a lot of you did not see it, but i did, that they catapulted Mason to some platforms on the continent claiming she is hte new queen of Barbados…but failed to inform them that there is still the colonial constitution for slave masters intact…and UNTOUCHED………which they believe they will get away with ….and is currently be remedied……the FRAUDS……been watching them since sunday…

    they will NOT GET AWAY WITH THIS…unless they put A BRAND NEW AFRIKAN FRIENDLY CONSTITUTION IN PLACE…

    watch muh nuh…

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  • Dear, dear! Some Bajans turn suh foolish, they should be made to count the number of marbles in a jar before they should be cleared to vote!

    Murdaaaaaah!

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  • I don’t how any of them could believe that they can actually get away with this, i never hid what am doing, though some people did not undersand, and have a VERY ACTIVE publishing company already EMBEDDED on OUR continent….

    and will be in many countries with time…..the flow of information is CONSTANT…

    so they can continue believing that them and their dangerous little criminal minorities will in their delusions perpetrate nonstop anti-black crimes against the Afrikan populace using an over 300 year old colonial framework and no one will find out…

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  • The thirty zeroes wasting people’s time.

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  • Three of the zeroes finally realise it is time to go and not come back.

    Twenty seven still to go.

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  • Africans were carried away to the Caribbean in shackles and chains and made to row row row on the slave ships to the rhythm of the Drum and the first people that they met told them they were their masters and raped the irie African daughters. Children were taken away from sold as property in Americas. Sentenced to a life of imprisonment on the Alcatraz slave port plantation island and made to work in the burning sun from dawn to dusk, whipped and brutalised for minor infractions like talking or looking at someone or not doing maximum work without pay. Anyway the point of this joint is… it is now up to people of Barbados to pave the way for their destiny

    Selector’s Choice for the new anthem for the new republic is Living is Hard Home and Abroad by Reggae DJ Half Pint

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  • “The thirty zeroes wasting people’s time.”

    Not only did the ruling DLP Government fail to secure another term
    they failed to secure any seats to become a viable opposition party

    How fucked up is that
    it must have set a precedent in the history of fuck ups

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  • Slavery continued after it was abolished in the forms of indentured slavery, share croppers etc

    but, as David Chapelle says it is totally fucked up how freed slaves copied their masters business model

    like John’s ancestors

    Emancipators, Protectors, and Anomalies: Free Black Slaveowners …

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  • Of interest is after the Republic is proclaimed the folks with honorific titles (knighthoods) will be allowed to keep them and be addressed and treated accordingly on the premise that they “earned” them. One foot in the 21st century and the other stuck in the 19th century, of course any relationship of some of those with titles to the BLP and the PM is purely coincidental.

    God bless Bim on Republic Day!

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  • wicked and ignorant…sleight of hand…still promoting the Black/Afrikan population as the enslaved not worth or deserve freeing from their captivity…but you will be TAKEN DOWN…warned them already that my grandchilden will NOT be subjected to seeing this nastiness, this retrograde image without consequences to the traitors…

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  • David
    Ronnie Yearwood has, in simple terms, said what needed to be said. For it is so sad that we have been so badly led by the despot as referred to by OSA.

    Only a mentality immature could find this ruthless, authoritarian, approach of the government or governance acceptable.

    Your most favoured refrain, goverance, has been reduced to a nanny, not Nanny Grig, tricking her nation of children to go to sleep for in the morrow a gift will await. This can never be the example of the way forward, can it be?

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  • @ Barbajans
    If it still feels daunting and bewildering to become the masters of yourself fret not and don’t worry yourself jah jah children, here is some advice from a 35th Generation Shaolin Master from a Shaolin Temple in a short talk on the subject matter of Self-Mastery

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  • Activation Vibration
    Energy Rising
    Up⬆️ Up⬆️ Up⬆️

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  • @ FearPlay

    “Should the electorate return them to power with such a large majority again after the next election, will we see the President pressured into stepping down early in the new term in order to make make way for a very close family member to be elevated?”

    Xxxx

    You strategist you?????????????

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  • Prominent figures unhappy after rowdy Parliament vote

    THE move by the Kamla Persad-Bissessar-led Opposition to file a motion in Parliament seeking the removal of President Paula-Mae Weeks continues to be a hot topic, especially given the disorder that reigned in the House caused by the Opposition.

    The motion was defeated 47-24 after the vote of the Electoral College was taken in the Parliament Chamber, Red House, Port of Spain.

    Several prominent personalities shared their views after the historic vote was taken.
    Former prime minister and former UNC leader Basdeo Panday: “The problem is not with the people. It is with the Westminster system. The system creates that kind of situation and unless we have the courage to change it, and to change the Constitution, then they can act in a certain way. Politicians will continue to act in a particular way …which is not in the interest of the country. I maintain it’s not the people.

    “It won’t change. It will get worse. The Westminster system is not suited to us. It is neither full or form. It has no substance. The late former prime ministers Dr Eric Williams and ANR Robinson had the opportunity, but they did not change it. Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar did not want it changed. We keep blaming the President and blaming each other. The problem is the system. It will breed a kind of people that we have. That is my argument. I have been saying so since 1972.

    “It is going to get worse until we hit rock bottom and, when we it does, it will explode in violence.”Former foreign affairs minister Winston Dookeran: “The institutions of government were under threat in 1990 with an attempted coup. And I remember it with trepidation and fear. In 2007, in the general election,Ispoke on the political platform under the banner of the Congress of the People. I said ‘The centre is not holding’.

    “It is time we restore the glue that holds this country together. The glue that holds our democracy together.
    One such glue is the proper functioning of our parliamentary system. Apart from structure, it’s an important glue in holding this country together.

    In this context I am saddened by what is happening at this time in the Parliament of the country. We need to restore the sense of integrity and dignity in our political institutions.”

    Former Port of Spain mayor Louis Lee Sing: “I think we have come to a complete circle. It is not now; but for a long time the nation’s Parliament has been used to score cheap political points. And not in the best interest of the people of Trinidad and Tobago, and the Republic. What happened today (Thursday) is an illustration of the abuse of the resources of the people.

    We are singing, waving and dancing our colours, whether it be red or yellow, to the detriment of the people. It is time the parliamentarians begin to do their jobs, and do it well. And do it in the best interest of the people. There are no winners, just losers. We are all losers today.”

    St Augustine Campus History lecturer Dr Jerome Teelucksingh: “The vote might be historic but it was a waste of time, money and energy, simply, because the Opposition has less than a two-thirds majority in the Senate and House of Representatives. The Opposition might appear impotent but it has a vital role and can use its limited voice to change the dynamics and ensure democracy. The majority of our citizens are aware of the painful reality- this is another unfortunate incident in which our parliamentarians are providing lip-service and smokescreens. Motions to deal with real issues of unemployment, lack of potable water, increasing food prices, illiteracy, drug trafficking, crime, illegal migration and poverty are not being passed.

    “Some of us also need to stop believing that certain institutions, commissions and persons are independent. Unfortunately, many so-called independent bodies and individuals have been tainted by politics.
    This lack or absence of independent persons and commissions in T&T is not a problem of 2021, this is one of the deficiencies of the Westminster system, and, more importantly, it reflects the continuing colonial stench in which the party in power is virtually unstoppable. We need to change the paradigm for effective governance.”

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  • The PM believes in the adage Never miss a Golden opportunity
    Barbados being grip in the hands of COVID allows govt to do whatever it pleases
    PM make a good gamble knowing that people are too busy worryng about self and have little or no time to say anything about Barbados becoming a Republic
    Unfortunately the few voices calling on govt to be transparent on this issue of mandate
    These voices are less heard and regarded as noise makers
    The end all of what will transpire on NOV 30th will sadly be a reflection in time and how history interprets this moment
    One can only hope that a book titled A Soulless Republic would be written having Mia face gracing the front cover
    A book which gives in depth and precise moments in the days and months leading up to Nov 30th
    Hopefully the writer can find a reasonable explanation as to why that date was chosen
    Xxxxxx

    Also another book titled Nov 30th 2021
    A Momentous Moment
    The Day Barrow Rolled In His Grave

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  • Everything gone to hell..am happy to stay in for the next 5 or 6 months…i can find a whole lot to keep me busy.

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  • A very good post by Ronnie Yearwood.

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  • I’ll deviate from the substantive topic for a few minutes to congratulate ACoP Richard Boyce on his promotion to CoP.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @David, the academic Mr Yearwood does make valid points but some of them left me a bit confused as I have not been following all the recent chatter and some remarks seem at odds with what I recall from ‘eons’ ago!

    Did Sir Henry Forde and a group of eminent Bajans of all walks of life (some now deceased) not travel across Bim some 20 years ago getting input on this very same question of republicanism???

    So when the lecturer suggests that former Prime Minister Freundel Stuart nor this admin did not approach Bajans on the form of republic for Bim is that 100% accurate?

    That report is old, and I get that things have changed but weren’t Bajans consulted on this matter at length, nonetheless?

    I may also agree that the process is less than “properly executed” and that simply changing the HofState and leaving in place a constitution steeped in colonial restrictions is not ideal but … . “undignified and exclusionary”!

    Clearly I am missing quite a lot so help me understand why those consultations by Sir Henry’s eminent persons group are not relevant as part of the type and style of republic today…. that was part of the back and forth of the many meetings as I recall.

    But as @Sargeant says so well: “God bless Bim on Republic Day!”

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  • Talk what wanna like…
    Caswell Franklyn is a man after Bushie’s own heart.
    He is worth all the lotta shiite hounds that otherwise comprise and compromise this place.

    A people ALWAYS get exactly what they deserve… so perhaps Caswell and Ronnie Yearwood gives us a glimmer of hope

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  • David
    If only Ronnie had won the SJS nomination or got a senate pick! Tennyson Joseph has, however, already dealt with the “soulless” description. Do you recall any commentary from the ‘soulless posse’ in relation to People’s Assemblies? One would expect that the soulfulness would spring from the granular debate on constitutional reform matters such as widening the definition of human rights, term limits, recall etc. Regarding Senator Franklyn’s concern about his fellow senator’s secret ballot (the one he deemed invalid last week but yet this week does not support the need for the election of the President to be retaken), this is laughable. Of the Senators and MPs that were present, all voted in favour of the President. Therefore, what secrecy was there to be breached?

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  • @Dee Word

    In a nutshell the view about the Henry Forde report is that it is time barred Luke you said. Your point about switching out the head is taken, it is a token first step, it is all about follow through to deal with the reform to the constitution. Based on the election gearing currently taking place we may have to wait next term.

    @enuff

    People tired of the political games. We are are seeing a decline in our economic and social standards as it effects households. This is what people care about.

    @Bush Tea

    Good to see you at large.

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  • About a half hour ago I made a post
    Where is it

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  • Heard The PM rattling off defending her decision on the hiring of the the new Head of the BTMI
    Was was most insulting was her position one which stated the because Barbadians go to other countries and work barbadians should accept the decision made of her decision of hiring a German to head the BTMI
    Well with all certainty I propose to say those words were of an insensitive nature
    Ask many barbadians who have made a sacrifice to go to other countries to look for work where there preference of country would be
    Ask.any Barbadian why they made a decision to leave home soil to look for work
    PM ask any Barbadian where they rather live
    The PM utterances speak to a mindset of not understanding the social and economic necessity as to why bajans travelled all over the world looking for jobs
    PM I suggest u thinks your words first while thinking outside the box

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  • Dee pandemic dribbler

    Did Sir Henry Forde and a group of eminent Bajans of all walks of life (some now deceased) not travel across Bim some 20 years ago getting input on this very same question of republicanism???

    So when the lecturer suggests that former Prime Minister Freundel Stuart nor this admin did not approach Bajans on the form of republic for Bim is that 100% accurate?

    That report is old, and I get that things have changed but weren’t Bajans consulted on this matter at length, nonetheless?
    Xxxcc
    No u do not get it
    The youth wants to be fully informed
    Ask any of the youth if they ever met or heard of those tired old names mention
    The problem with the old generation is they speak of getting things right but insist on putting square pegs in round holes
    The article speaks to ignite a purpose of inviting fresh ideas and thoughts on the subject of Barbados becoming a Republic which as one person has said is soulless
    It would be more interesting to hear the views of the youth mixed with soulful debate
    Presently what one is witnessing is a political masquerade of the decapitation of the queen Head
    Nothing More Nothing Less

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  • Every posting made against Independence and a Republic goes along the lines of..
    I want a republic as most Barbadians, but …

    and then chats long about due process and the show of something they allegedly do not object to

    What was the due process when
    GB started shipping human cargo from Africa
    GB implemented Slave Code of Barbados stating Africans were sub humans

    The Bible and Christianity was taught to the African Slaves
    but the Bible refers to Wicked Babylon which was Roman Empire

    If you cannot see the Babylonian connection between
    Roman Empire
    Roman Britain
    British Empire
    American Empire
    Slavery and Racism
    then you are a product of the environment
    and are a bamboozled African slave descendant

    When White Brits and Americans argue against Reparations
    what they are saying is
    they don’t like Blacks

    History of Barbados is the History of Slavery and History of it’s Slavery Legacy
    manifestations in past present and future

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  • Just want the little BittScammers with their elaborate BittCON GAMES to know HOW i was able to spread the word about their toxic little plots and plans for OUR ancestral lands……..my bloodlines RUNS THROUGH EVERY POWERFUL KINGDOM on OUR continent, the most important ones…. THE ONES THAT ACTUALLY COUNT…

    YOU will WORK for US….stay in ya lanes…

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  • Nyabinghi World Order
    White Reptilian Grey Lizards Illuminati New World Order Government Spies say the Rastafarian Community are a movement that advocates black power which is an existential threat to their white power shitstem that runs their world they rule in dominion like Satan

    They have taken the story about a prophesied King of Israel who will be a liberator of Jews and personified themselves as Christians to pursue a path of true wickedness and global domination abomination

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  • Garvey’s powerful speeches (“Up you mighty race, you can accomplish what you will!”) gained him numerous supporters.

    Many people believe that what Marcus Garvey said in 1920, (“Look to Africa, when a black king shall be crowned, for the day of deliverance is at hand”), came true in 1930, when Ras Tafari Makonnen was crowned the new Emperor of Ethiopia, and became known as Emperor Haile Selassie.

    It is after the crowning of Selassie that the Rastafarian movement officially began.

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  • https://wetransfer.com/…/e14ca2de09f72d083a6bbe6…/e7262c Alex Mitchell of the Bajan Free Party BFP Live, The Truth about Barbados!

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  • Auntie Mia is building a republic unlike any that went before it. Never can a people be so underwhelmed with her autocratic management style of steering our country towards republicanism. The word soulless gives legitimacy towards our leaders endeavours to become a republic. I would prefer to employ the word – sham. Why? Because we are witnessing the foundation of a sham republic not far removed from what it was supposed to have replaced. This soon to be republic has never taken into account the wishes of the masses nor its history of slavery. It has effectively wiped out the memories from this period of our history.

    I wonder how long this charade will play out before the masses become restless.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/april/25/newsid_4754000/4754581.stm

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  • Wait! You would prefer to live here with me? You call it The Great Sacrifice but others call it The Great Escape.

    Perhaps it is a bit of both. Everything has an up side and a down side, pros and cons, advantages and disadvantages.

    But ….if you want Barbados to move to leave all colonial remnants behind, don’t you think you need to do more than ride a political dead horse?

    Dead horses cannot move.

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  • They are telling themselves they will continue their anti-Afrikan crimes against the Black majority, right in our faces…while pretending they have control of our continent financially because they KNOW the dumb Slaves will believe them…..

    and all of this they expect to get away with…….without being systematically and THOROUGHLY DISMANTLED…

    problem for them in their haste to leverage, keep captured and DESTROY BLACK LIVES….it NEVER occurred to them that SOME OF US…know exactly WHO WE ARE, WHERE WE CAME FROM, and what we have as our ARMOR..they had no control over us finding out…so COULD NOT HIDE IT…

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  • To republic or not republic? That is no longer the question.

    The new question is –
    Whither goeth the republic?

    Is anyone here capable of rational input, devoid of gross exaggeration, emotive hyperbole and downright lies?

    Can anybody here get off his or her chosen hobby horse and find a real live horse?

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  • Trop tard….RA!!!!

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  • ” I would prefer to employ the word – sham. Why? Because we are witnessing the foundation of a sham republic not far removed from what it was supposed to have replaced. ”

    It is a SHAM…but the ORIGINAL INHERITORS of OUR continent WILL TAKE IT DOWN….for their disrespectful, unsuccessful criminal INCURSION….unto our SACRED ANCESTRAL LAND…

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  • DonnaOctober 29, 2021 8:15 AM

    Wait! You would prefer to live here with me? You call it The Great Sacrifice but others call it The Great Escape

    Xxxxx
    What business is it of PM to tell anyone on home soil or living in the dispora what choice they should make trying to make a living out of the country
    She made a decision that benefitted a German at taxpayers expense
    For what it is worth many who worked outside of Barbados are given an opportunity
    Opportunities which are not offered at home soil
    And if so those opportunities
    are most likely are given to foreigners

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  • @ Donna
    Those of us who support becoming a republic cannot not seriously blame any confusion on those who oppose it.
    As one who supports becoming a republic, what I have witnessed over the last several months , is almost an embarrassment.
    We have to learn or know when to move from basically poor politicking to statesmanship . We seem not to know when campaigns are over and when governance begins.
    This nonsense has pervaded the society since the mid 70s and no leader has been able to put the brakes on the silly trend. It is now endemic in our political culture.
    What should have been a relatively simple straightforward national occurrence, has been turn into a very uninspiring spectacle.
    We can blame the people as much as we choose but at the end of the day it’s the leadership that sets the standard.
    With all their warts and failures, to this day, we have only had two leaders who really inspired the nation: Sir Grantley Adams and Errol Barrow and that’s the real problem.

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  • btw…some of you on the blog need to come to terms with the reality that just because you can only project yourselves as EMPTY WESTERNIZED SHELLS….that not all Afrikan descendants born in the west have that affliction…we are who we are and none of you have the power to reverse any of that…you too need to stay in your lanes…until you can produce something, anything to affect credible and positive changes that can free your people from the current predicament..

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  • “For what it is worth many who worked outside of Barbados are given an opportunity
    Opportunities which are not offered at home soil”

    even i who beat up on the US sometimes, know exactly what is offered to those who venture unto those shores, the endless possibilitites and opportuniites that many use to their advantage……and build up the socieity in return and make sure the island also benefits through remittances…. unlike the bullshit artists who sit on their seats of division trying to sow seeds of discord between people who had to FLEE FOR SURIVIVAL and those left behind to suffer indignities by the revolving trash in the parliament…

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  • but when ya fuelled by JEALOUSY and STUPIDITY with ya empty SEESAWING head….ya can see no further..

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  • Donna October 29, 2021 8:28 AM #: “Is anyone here capable of rational input, devoid of gross exaggeration, emotive hyperbole and downright lies?”

    “Can anybody here get off his or her chosen hobby horse and find a real live horse?”

    @ Donna

    But, isn’t that what BU thrives on?

    We have a particular contributor whose “chosen hobby horse” is Africa. They’re always ‘talking’ about the ‘Continent, Afrikan ancestors, RA, sacred ancestral land, robbing the Black/Afrikan population’ and how a few ‘Barbadian black faced politicians and white criminal minorities want to scam the Continent.’

    I’m finding it rather strange that anyone professing an such interest in Africa, has NEVER once DISCUSSED or even MENTIONED how CHINA is exploiting poor African nations………. but, preferring instead to focus on ‘minority thieves.’

    A few weeks ago, I sought to have a rational discussion, “devoid of exaggeration, emotive hyperbole and downright lies”……….

    ………. by presenting information which suggests China is seeking to recolonise Africa and exploit its natural resources by advancing loans to African states beyond their capacity to repay.
    And, I gave examples of countries such as Angola, Cameroon, Ethiopis, Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia, Uganda and Republic of Congo.

    China is currently a leading bilateral lender in 32 African states and the main financier to the continent as a whole. Chinese financial institutions have been funding mostly large-scaled infrastructure development projects, with a specific focus on minerals, oil and gas…….. as well as the transportation and energy sectors. Default on the loans may see the Chinese controlling these resources.

    Additionally, Chinese are moving to Africa either to work on projects financed by China or to live. They are opening stores, shops, restaurants, barber shops, etc, where they’re exploiting local employees and practicing racial discrimination.
    For example, a Chinese restaurant in Zambia’s capital Lusaka was ordered to be closed by Lusaka Mayor Miles Sampa after allegedly denying the entry of a local due to him “being a foreigner.” Locals are also being denied entry in barber shops.

    In 2017, China established its first military base in Doraleh, the Republic of Djibouti…….a country located on Africa’s east coast…… in the Horn of Africa.

    Surely as AFRICAN DESCENDANTS, we should be CONCERNED about these developments AS WELL.

    Unfortunately, from as far back as 2014……SEVEN (7) YEARS AGO, ………. we’re STILL STUCK riding the SAME ‘dead hobby horse,’ about the “minority thieves and trash in Parliament,” RATHER than TAKING the discussion FURTHER.

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  • China is helping Africa develop unlike Europe’s colonisation of Africa everywhere except Ethiopia

    Britain’s 1839–1842 and France’s 1856-1860 opium wars against China was another page in their book of infamy

    The same inferior corrupt honkies are now plotting against China and Africa for World Dominion

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  • Short memory syndrome and IGNORANCE…gets them each and every time..

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    Ok @David u summarize well. The thing is tho that with the massive mandate this admin enjoys and the overloaded cabinet (and not using covid issues as an excuse) this is the IDEAL time to “follow through to deal with the reform to the constitution”!

    Ah well.

    @Ang Cole, u are a political gadfly of the highest order I have to smile at the pretzel political twists u achieve with your posts.

    It may be expedient for you now but back then ur people sang a different tune…but let me be brief.

    @Donna captures it succinctly: “To republic or not republic? That is no longer the question.[…] The new question is – Whither [how] goeth the republic?”

    It is political ‘horseradish’ from you to say that this should be about that [t]he youth wants to be fully informed”.

    Twenty years (from report ie) in the ‘birth’ of a nation is insignificant… then there were several youthful voices spurring the debate … are u saying that those youths knew nothing and today’s youth know this matter so much better and bring startling new perspectives nor previously considered ! Fah trute.

    What do YOU perceive is so new that any teen or 20 or 30 something in 2021 can say about this republicanism issue that their parents and elders didn’t say over these many years.

    Or is your mouthing just political palaver horseradish!

    It is disrespect and ridiculous to suggest that any of the folks who traveled all over Bim, went to US and UK and Canada etc were simply “tired old names”.

    If that’s your attitude then why should anyone listen to the youth now… will they not be tired voices too 20 years on. (That’s a bit of your ‘tired logic twisted back at you)

    Looka bro, we don’t have to like each other (generally I mean) but RESPECT is due. Sir Henry was a whipper snapper in his day as a youth undoubtedly and then as an elder… I don’t have to agree with the man’s politics to respect his ability to be reasoned and deliberative … I knew others on that commission personally and they were excellent Bajans (youthful and some young) with sharp minds and REASONED analytical skills.

    So get off your BS about “old generation” being necessary out of touch… that is often a nonsensical trope.

    Yes the older one gets our perspectives of what’s meaningful changes but many now practical elders were fulsome, energetic youth and they never stopped being youthful of mind!

    Anyhow let me remind you of ‘your words’ just over 6 years ago:

    “On 22 March 2015, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart announced that Barbados would move towards a republican form of government “in the very near future”. Stuart told a meeting of his Democratic Labour Party: “We cannot pat ourselves on the shoulder at having gone into independence; having de-colonised our politics; we cannot pat ourselves on the shoulders at having decolonized our jurisprudence by delinking from the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and explain to anybody why we continue to have a monarchical system. Therefore, the Right Excellent Errol Barrow decolonized the politics; Owen Arthur decolonized the jurisprudence and Freundel Stuart is going to complete the process.”[…]
    The general secretary of the Democratic Labour Party, George Pilgrim, confirmed the move and said that it was expected to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Barbadian independence in 2016. According to Pilgrim, the change would be implemented through a bill that would be presented to the Parliament of Barbados.”

    But you did just say something about “what one is witnessing is a political masquerade”.

    Fits you to a ‘t’ … nothing has changed then, right. 😇🤦🏾‍♂️

    Are we really happy here
    With this lonely game we play? […] Looking for words to say. […] Searching but not finding understanding anywhere.
    We’re lost in a masquerade.
    George Benson

    I gone.

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  • @Ang Cole, u are a political gadfly of the highest order I have to smile at the pretzel political twists u achieve with your posts

    Bro get uh facts right
    My name is not Ang . Cole
    How dare u change my name without the required mandate
    Keep.smiling

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    Awesome @Skinner … absolutely awesome.

    2 quick queries/remarks.

    *.Do u really belive that the lack of ‘statemanship’ is such a recent trend!

    In my view that has been so now for quite some time… the spoils have gotten ridiculously large and thus the Machiavellian tone has increased to the point that political tribalism trumps all!

    .And re *”With all their warts and failures, to this day, we have only had two leaders who really inspired the nation: Sir Grantley Adams and Errol Barrow” … only them?

    I am not a stripped political animal so maybe my view is too objective but also for ALL THEIR warts … Tom and Owen were also inspirational as leaders. The way they displayed their intellect and passion for leadership gave joy to many a Bajan.

    Her warts (and failures) are somewhat more gargantuan maybe than any of the others (and I am NOT referring to her orientation) but many would see Mottley (first female PM, very smart, very adroit politically) in a similar inspirational vein.

    And lastly but not least Dr Haynes was also inspirational …

    I think we have been blessed really with smart, inspirational leaders … that they were ALL found to be sooo ‘corruptible’ is unfortunate!

    Be safe.

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  • @ DPD
    I said this lack of inspirational leadership goes back to the mid 70s; I don’t think that makes it “ recent “.
    Being intellectual gifted or managing an economy does not equate to inspirational.
    I don’t think any of those you mentioned were inspirational or transformational.
    Being a good politician is not the same thing as inspirational.
    Can you seriously say that the nation/ region has inspirational leadership at this time? If so, who are these leaders ?
    To inspire is to lift the collective consciousness of a people. I don’t see that evidence today anywhere in the region.

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  • William….there is hope, groups of Black/Afrikan minded people already started their own transformation into what they KNOW their lives should look like and not what TRAITORS are conceiving for them and their future generations to remain stuck in a rut and preyed upon by minority garbage…..racists and thieves..

    all the others are excess baggage that no one wants around them…..they can stay right where they are, they make good fodder…sacrificial lambs/sheeple, there is also use for them….systems need Slaves…am not denying any wannabe slave masters their dumb Slaves…

    all am telling some is when they are coming up to me with their jealousy and ignorance always have something to back it up…

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  • “Twenty years (from report ie) in the ‘birth’ of a nation is insignificant… then there were several youthful voices spurring the debate … are u saying that those youths knew nothing and today’s youth know this matter so much better and bring startling new perspectives nor previously considered ! Fah trute.

    What do YOU perceive is so new that any teen or 20 or 30 something in 2021 can say about this republicanism issue that their parents and elders didn’t say over these many years.”

    That is not spin or good bowling.
    The argument that years ago, youth have their input and so new input is needed now is flawed. If we were living in a world that does not change then I would be able to give the argument some credence. But do not tell me that a youth of 20 years ago is a stand in for or equivalent to today’s youth.

    Could it be possible that the situation today’s youth are facing is quite different from that of yesterday’s youths? It is amazing how they would use bad spin to support a dictatorial approach to decision making.

    They are several ways of doing the right thing. Some of them may be wrong.

    You go girl.

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  • The argument that years ago, youth have their input and so new input is needed now is flawed.

    Correction
    The argument that years ago, youth gave their input and so no new input is needed from today’s youth is flawed.

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  • The prevailing ignorance is what will kill some and enslave others….23 year ago, those who were in their 20s, 30s, 40s are now 40s, 50s, 60s…the young people not yet born back then but are here now, do not know anything about Henry Forde and some half-assed commission to waste taxpayer’s money…and as we can see they are being DELIBERATELY AND MALICIOUSLY LEFT OUT, just like those who were around in those times…

    .nothing was done then and NOTHING IS BEING DONE NOW except to keep the slave system intact to oppress, discriminate against Afrikan people and rob the treasury and pension fund…to appease and please minority criminals…the traitors are not above doing that to make up for taking down the shitstained statute of nelson..there is something in it for them…as usual…

    the Black/Afrikan minded have to TAKE CONTROL OF THEIR OWN LIVES and move on….

    the slave stock don’t count neither are they invited…

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  • Skinner
    Please reconsider.
    You can’t mean that the man who passed the Public Order Act to criminalize your Black Power comrades and socialist forces ……..

    The man who singlehandedly was central in going for a socalled independence as he opposed and destroyed your conferderation ideal ……….

    The man who moreso than any other certralized a vicious classism and more deeply regularized Whiteness in Barbados can approach your notion of ……

    Inspiration!

    Our position is that leadership whether inspirational or not is overrated, has largely failed maonkind, that the people must lead themselves, to restate.

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  • That’s another reason i take NO MANUFACTURED COLONIAL AGENTS…seriously, never did never will…they are mere placeholders who do and always will, more HARM than good to Black/Afrikan populations….AS DESIGNED…especially now, they are more deadly than those who conceived the original design…they still do all the dirty work AGAINST BLACK AFRIKANS…and feel proud and special…in their political masquerade and pagentry…

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  • @Bush Tea October 28, 2021 11:06 PM

    You too will learn to praise the strategic skills of our Supreme Leader Mia Mottley. Let us all join in the chorus of jubilation for our one-party democracy.

    Her smart move towards the republic will distract the Corona-tormented, vaccine-shy, superstitious masses from the present disaster. Just as one must distract the sick when the doctor amputates their leg or arm.

    As you can count on one hand, with a vaccination rate of only about 50 per cent of the population, we are doomed. All the so-called education since 1966 cannot hide the fact that about half the population thinks the vaccine is white man’s poison. So our Most Honourable Prime Minister and Supreme Leader must find a way to remove this rotten meat from the body of the nation and build a new Barbados with 80000 migrants.

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  • Tron has to deliver great news for all subjects of our Great Supreme Leader. We get new medals that the naive, superstitious and vaccine-shy masses and their equally simple-minded politicians can pin to their nipples:

    “ORDER OF FREEDOM OF BARBADOS
    ORDER OF THE REPUBLIC
    THE TRIDENT OF EXCELLENCE
    THE BARBADOS SERVICE AWARDS
    THE BARBADOS BRAVERY MEDAL
    THE BARBADOS STAR OF GALLANTRY”

    I believe our Supreme Leader deserves all the medals at once.

    The most important order is missing, however: Grand Order of Merit of the Supreme Leader for loyalty, unconditional obedience and commitment to leader, party and state.

    Peerage is a thing of the past; worthless plastic medallions are the new opium for the people. –

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  • @ Pacha
    I was particular in saying that with all their “warts and faults”. I am dealing here with the historical reality from the Barbadian political leadership perspective. We cannot dismiss reality because it does not fit into our ideals.
    It is somewhat how some people try to dismiss Comrade Castro simply because he was a communist or had political prisoners or that there was and is still racism in Cuba.

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2021. All Rights Reserved

    “Nothing new is added to the numerous books written about slavery and distributed in a sickening loop. No glorious history of our Queendoms and Kingdoms are found in school curricula. Originally forbidden to write and speak of our royal bloodlines from ancient Kingdoms of Mali, Kemet, Kongo, Benin, and others that survived intellectual disruption, with descendants still on Caribbean islands or in the wider Americas.”

    Copyright ⓒ 2021

    all of this information and more can be found in libraries all across North America, Europe and online.

    Too many Black people in Barbados, who do not identify as Afrikan have a very serious illness of mental deficiency that they don’t know they have, but that’s on them, information has been around for years and years, the internet has been around for over 25 years…AND…many of us have our DNA genetic testing RESULTS AT HAND…

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  • @ David,
    Help me to understand this fixation for medals and honours. How is this breaking away from our colonial past? We truly are on the road to nowhere.

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  • 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣….am here posting about ANCIENT BLOODLINES, royal bloodlines….the REAL ORIGINAL…people THROUGH LINEAGE….that others would literally KILL TO STEAL and have for CENTURIES…., and the jokers in Barbados’ governments and their little pimps are still gushing about metal and plastic medals…false honors…….lol..we can’t make this up..

    am so damn proud of MY ancient AFRIKAN bloodlines it’s poetic….especially when the possibilities reveal themselves through connection……it never goes away, catches dust or rusts….

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  • William Skinner

    Anton Chejov –
    “If in a play there is a rifle on the wall in the first act, by the third act that rifle must go off.”

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Skinner, I am corrected … in review your 70s remark certainly should not be described as “recent”.

    @Gazerts, let’s not deal in abstract debates… I asked the blogger specifically whether he (and now you) are implying ‘that those youths knew nothing and today’s youth know this matter so much better and bring startling new perspectives not previously considered !”

    So do please tell me what supposed “new input” is pending from our youth and then also advise why is it perceived that they would not write, text, call, FB, Tweet, Instagram, Parler or whatever their MPs with their views !

    It is bluntly absurd to think I would imply that new developments would not be considered after a 20 year lapse. I am asking tho why that expansive report would not be still very viable and to guide me on what is indeed new from our youth.

    Some bloggers make no logical sense to me (often) so when we are told dismissively that “the young people not yet born back then but are here now, do not know anything about Henry Forde and some half-assed commission” the same blogger would regal us with historical data of Marcus Garvey or Malcom or Bob or Che Guevara. The youth know them well, eh.

    I am amazed by what passes for reasoned logical debate herein.

    How can one type of history be ok to know and learn but another isn’t… no wonder ‘statemanship’ is passe… simple decorum and reason long get kick-to- curb.

    Again @Skinner: let’s agree to disagree re the inspiration interpretation of our leaders.

    Lata.

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  • “Help me to understand this fixation for medals and honours. How is this breaking away from our colonial past? We truly are on the road to nowhere.”

    Barbados Independence 1966 55 years ago is not a long time probably within the lifetime of most here
    Barbajans of today are the freest since first black slave society 1636 – 1876
    during this lifetime there has been many advances in Africa and the African diaspora

    such as :
    humanising blacks
    decolonisation of Africa 19650’s – 1975
    dismantling of Apartheid in South Africa 1948 – 1990
    civil rights in USA 1950’s 60’s (and onward)

    whites are now beginning to admit their wrongs of global institutional white supremacy racism colonialism slavery etc for 400 years

    what will things be like 50 years from now

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  • The youth of today care even less for the British monarchy than those consulted years ago and will be glad to see the back of it.

    Wunnuh got dis ass backwards, as usual.

    Of all you people on here airing your mouths, I would put my head on the block and bet you that I am more plugged into Bajan youth than you are, I taught them. I co-ordinated a youth group. I interacted with them while my son was at school. I still interact with them through his friends. Young people are my thing. They like me. I like them.

    When last have Angela Cox and TheOgazzerts interacted with Barbadian youth?

    How the rasshole wunnuh know what they are thinking?

    Steupse!

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  • Did the young people not lambaste Mia when she interfered with Lil Rick and Peter Ram?

    They know how to make noise when they care about something.

    Ask them about this republic thing and many of them will say, “What?” And many more will let out a long STEUPSE.

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  • De pendantic

    I asked the blogger specifically whether he (and now you) are implying ‘that those youths knew nothing and today’s youth know this matter so much better and bring startling new perspectives not previously considered
    Xxxx
    Firstly in your earlier comments Oct 28 2021 9.04 pm mention was made of Sir Henry Ford’s and a group of eminent bajans of all walks of life ( some deceased ) travel.across Bim 20 years ago to get input on Republicanism
    Be that as it may since twenty years ago as u said some have deceased
    Then what is the problem having new voices young mixed with old giving a fresh input
    Don’t see the necessity for u to get your draws all tied up drawing up an argument to support ideas from people who might be dead on this subject
    Look years ago and up to present Lord Nelson was herald a hero
    Today things have changed the youth sees things quite differently
    Because of the youth he is no longer regarded as a hero
    I use Nelson as an example that what people understood and took for facts changes with time
    The same views which would have been held twenty years ago to Barbados becoming a Republic could have been changed
    Unfortunately the only way of knowing would have been done so by mandate allowing a cross section of the country to debate or speak their minds on the issue
    Yes there are many well educated bright youthd in barbàdos and it would have been of interest as well as useful to hear their input on the issue via local media an other social platforms
    The world keeps changing and transparency gives an insight of what people think and accepts

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  • Blah, blah, blah! The young people know better than you old codgers how to use social media, whether invited to do so or not.

    And since we are quoting Bushie, “Lotta shite!”

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Donna, as the song says and I borrow shamelessly I endorse your Bushie cuckoo above “Lotta shite”.

    So @Ms Cox, after again laughing here in brief … You are talking ‘lotta
    cowdung’ at 7:04PM

    Answer the query ‘what new views from today’s youth were missed?

    Surely you as a political Poonka must be hearing lots of new stuff which caused u to herald your views about missing the youth voice.

    Just cut to the chase: what’s new re republicanism and Bdos’ break with the monarchy????

    To equate a rethink of Nelson – centuries in the making- with a revisit of a 20 year report which basically assessed people of absolutely the same culture experience, perspectives, lifestyles and basically all other important metrics is ABSURD!

    SMH. You are too hilarious fah real!

    I dun wid you pun dis.

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  • De pendantic

    I dun wid you pun dis.

    Xxxxxxx
    Yuh still don’t get it
    Correct yuh should be dun
    Not easy teaching old codgers nutting
    However got to agree wid de youth wunna stuck in yesterday world

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  • I am projecting the youths viewpoint as along the lines of why hasn’t this shit been done already and what’s all this drama about protocol, just do it and done for fucks sake

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  • A people without identity, history, heritage, unable to connect to ancestry….REMAIN slave stock…BY CHOICE.

    can’t blame anyone but themselves for that, we have had over CENTURY to HEAL OURSELVES…learn who we REALLY ARE and pass that information on to at least our current generation..

    Damaged Goods = hatred of self, jealousy and ignorance PERMANENTLY STAMPED onto psyches…by choice.

    there comes a time when one must take responsibility.

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  • You are right. It has been ages since I interacted with Bajan youth. You should have noted that I did not attempt to speak for them..

    My only assertion is that the voice of today’s youth would be more than an echo of the youths of yesterday. I am also doubtful if the youths of yesterday had the degree of input the blogger claimed. He advances an argument based on, at most, a nebulous history and not on facts.

    Nelson is a sound example, for it shows the evolving and continuing discussion over the the years. We see also that when we acted as a group, they are some who are still opposed to his removal. One cannot look at a final document/decision and know the conflict that it took to reach that stage.

    We do not know what the youth back then were thinking or what they contributed. At least, I don’t.

    I do not claim to know what today’s youths are thinking. This is true for Barbados Andy small town.

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  • I am doubtful if anyone knows what potent brew will be the result of these changes.

    I also doubt if you can find anyone who is opposed to the change. But, there is nothing wrong in wanting greater clarity, wanting to know the end product or wanting to understand the process of getting where we are going.

    Some may enjoy making it up as we go along, but to me it is an act of desperation. A grab for different knobs to keep the machine going; announcing a pleasing intermediate destination and ignoring that hell is one of the possible stops along the road.

    The pressure to join the choir is strong, but no one knows the next verse.

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  • I just made myself laugh. Wouldn’t it be funny if 20 years from now someone pointed to the ‘writing’ of KK as the voice of Bajan youths.

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  • CORRECTION:

    can’t blame anyone but themselves for that, we have had over HALF CENTURY to HEAL OURSELVES…learn who we REALLY ARE and pass that information on to at least our current generation..so that they can in turn pass it on in cycles..

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  • Another soulless moment

    Poverty Alleviation Fund

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  • It’s easier to crash and BURN when ya winging it…

    they won’t hear, they have no expertise and scrambling around in the dark to NOWHERE…

    and have no clue what they will meet while enveloped in DARKNESS..

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  • TheO

    You want to know what the youth saying ? Listen to what they not saying.!

    When they care about something/they think something will affect them or their future they let they voice be heard

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  • The conversation on becoming a Republic will continue long after the month of November. Why?

    Because becoming a Republic is not the final destination, but rather it is the start of the journey? I am not talking about a beautiful journey of discovery, but rather a painful journey of changes.

    I am doubtful if the Dames, Sirs and QCs will willingly relinquish what their hard work has earned them. Soon, we will have a two tier system of honors. Those given by a despised queen and those by the Republic.

    Then there is the constitution that we have to tamper with. I am dreading what the final document will be. Given what I have seen so far, we could, by accident, end up with one person being President, Supreme Leader and Prime Minister.

    Then there is the paperwork that needs to be updated; pictures that need to be taken down and replaced. Will the replacement be the President with her regal hats or Mia with the scarves/sash that are loved by some.

    As you can see, we have done the easy part. The tough steps are ahead of us.

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