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Gooding Family of Southern California Extends Best Wishes to the People of Barbados, World’s Newest Republic

Shirley Gooding

Submitted by Don James (MASTER MEDIA STRATEGIES, INC) In honor of my late husband, Cuba Gooding Sr. – who was a dual citizen of America and Barbados – I,Shirley Gooding and family, send this congratulatory message to the country and people of Barbados forbecoming the world’s newest Republic. My husband passed in 2017. However, there’s no doubt that ifhe were

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Long Live the Republic!

For many the decision to replace Queen Elizabeth II with former Governor General Sandra Mason will mean very little to many Barbadians. Hopefully after the government delivers on the promise to engage with the public next year about what is contained in the Barbados Constitution as a prerequisite to reform, civic awareness will be heightened.  The time must come soon

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Difficult Conversations – A Farce of the Highest Order

Grenville Phillips

To make Barbados a Republic requires changes to the Constitution of Barbados. The proposed changes are contained in new legislation called the Constitution (Amendment) (No.2) Bill, 2021. This Bill appears to violate the Constitution, so I wrote open letters to the Prime Minister and all Members of Parliament expressing my concerns. In the Senate, Bills are to be carefully read

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Difficult Conversations – Crack Heads

Grenville Phillips

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

Grenville Phillips

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

Grenville Phillips

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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