Tag Archives: Republic

Difficult Conversations – Crack Heads

The Barbados National Building Code was published in 1992, as a draft document for review and comment. It was updated and published for use in 1993. For the next 20 years, Barbadian: politicians, senior public officials, lawyers, radio moderators, newspaper columnists, editors, journalists, and building professionals, confidently asserted that Barbados only had a draft building code. For 20 years, I

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Difficult Conversations – Mysterious Logic

We are not perfect. Every person on Earth tends to do evil. In recognition of this fact, we have civil and criminal laws to restrain us from doing wrong that can harm others. Our politicians have the same evil tendencies. They are restrained by our Constitution. Every Government administration is responsible for learning from the past, to improve the lives

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Difficult Conversations – Addressing Republic Hesitancy

Supporters of Barbados becoming a Republic are flooding our: televisions, radios, newspapers, and social media, claiming that all right-thinking Barbadians want a Barbadian head of state. They insist that a referendum is not necessary. These supporters claim that referendums do not work, since the Australians and Grenadians voted to reject republicanism. The truth is that the referenda worked. A referendum

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An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Our coming transition to republican status is a proud moment for our country. As has been acknowledged before, it is not a slight to Her Majesty, Her Family or the UK, for which we have tremendous respect, but rather represents the ultimate statement of confidence in ourselves and our boundless capacity. Our commemoration of this moment comes at a particularly

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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

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The Royal Flush

There seems to be some confusion within the Royal family.  Such confusion may be used as supporting evidence by those who wish to remove the Queen as our Head of State.  Since there seems to be one-way traffic on this issue in the media, some balance is required. The Queen provides us with valuable insurance.  We should not cancel our

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The Anomaly of Referenda

 An interesting perspective about the implication of the referendum. Extracted from today’s Barbados Editorial. When, ten or so years ago, after the expression of some degree of initial enthusiasm for the idea by a substantial number of Barbadians, then Prime Minister Owen Arthur seemed suddenly to abandon the notion of a referendum for transforming Barbados into a “republic” as the

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Down With the Monarchy!

Submitted by the Mahogany Coconut Think Tank and Watchdog Group It would be an act of gross hypocrisy for the Mahogany Coconut Group, to oppose the recent statements of the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mr. Freundel Stuart, regarding his intentions to move the country to Republic status. The MCG from its inception has canvassed for all Caribbean island nations, to

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