Barbados as a republic; soon to be free of tarnished ‘global Britain’ – The Guardian

The Queen in Bridgetown during her silver jubilee tour of the Caribbean, 1977.

The Queen in Bridgetown during her Silver Jubilee tour of the Caribbean in 1977. Photograph: Ron Bell/PA

Tue 22 Sep 2020 13.39 BST
The decision to drop the Queen had long been planned, but the shameful Windrush scandal altered perceptions of the ‘mother country’ 

There is legitimacy in the stance taken by the prime minister, Mia Amor Mottley. A toddler in 1966 when “Little England” (as Barbados was referred to) achieved independence, this highly regarded Caribbean leader has strong nationalist and regional instincts. With many leading Commonwealth Caribbean countries already republics, she, like others born in the independence era, sees republicanism as a coming of age.


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  • kamtanblog  On 09/24/2020 at 3:03 am

    “Coming of age” or is it opportunistic politricks.
    Most bajan do not give a “rats ass” about royalty or its protocol today. If the Barbados
    parliament debate/discuss/decide to remove
    HRH QE2 as head of state “so be it” !
    The pros and cons should certainly be open
    to public scrutiny !
    Most Brits who own second homes in Barbados
    or Islands may choose to remain but am sure
    a few may decide its time to leave.
    Barbados will remain a favourite tourist
    destination for British and American tourists.
    USA became a republic to evade/avoid royal
    taxes …Q why Barbados ?

    Am curious


  • Clyde Duncan  On 09/24/2020 at 8:26 am

    kamtanblog: Q why Barbados ? — Why? You ask ….

    I suppose they fed up worshiping their tormentors, oppressors and jailers ….?

    It’s like ‘how many more lashes they need to be convinced?’

    • kamtanblog  On 09/24/2020 at 10:36 am

      It’s 2020 not 1920 !
      Empires existed long before the British
      or American now Chinese one !
      Should I be responsible/held to account
      for the actions of my ancestors ?
      Elizabeth 2 was crowned Queen in 1952
      Hey that was 68 years ago !
      Should germans be responsible for the
      action of Hitler and his nazis.?
      80 + years ago !
      Should I be responsible for the actions
      of my father/mother/brother/sister ?
      We cannot turn back time.
      However we should forgive but never
      forget the past …fools forget…enemies/friends
      forgive !

      HRH QE2 is doing a fine job entertaining several world leaders and attracting millions
      of tourists to her country year on years
      numbers increasing. It makes me chuckle
      to see Americans waving 🇬🇧 outside Buckingham palace.
      As a child growing up saw picture of Buckingham palace and thought…if dem limeys
      living in homes like that am “on my way”
      It was a shock to witness the poverty that
      existed in London post WW2.
      The welfare state changed all dat !

      Leave the old trout alone …
      She is doing a great job even at 90+
      Am sure many bajans will be sad to see
      her “removed” !

      GT still has statue of her grandmother in
      front of law courts …LFSB removed her from
      in front of parliament compound. LFSB was an
      appointed QC (queens council) on completion
      of his London law degree/qualifications.

      Que sera sera


      • Kman  On 09/24/2020 at 2:42 pm

        The Chinese had their Dynasty long before US and Britain. It is their second coming.

  • brandli62  On 09/24/2020 at 11:31 am

    A further collateral damage caused by Brexit…. Global Britain is not working and the Brits have not yet noticed that they’ve been led down a rabbit hole by the powerful London-based finance sector, who was afraid of EU regulation. Once Scotland breaks away and Northern Ireland units with the South, the people of Small Britain will recognise what has happened. The future of Barbados is with CARICOM and a further integration between the member states.

    • kamtanblog  On 09/24/2020 at 12:19 pm

      A United States of carribean is nothing but a
      “pipe-dream” !
      A United States of EU another !

      United Kingdom will not “disintegrate”
      As suggested …if anything it will become
      a United States of UK.

      Let’s see what happens after 3rd November
      over the pond before we speculate on the
      new world order.
      EU USA and BRICS have PP (protectionist policies) on trade !
      Tit for tat !
      Eye for an eye !
      Romans tactics …history !

      Opec an example of failed policy !

      Collaboration in politricks ..,
      Cooperation in trade ….
      Corruption it’s Achilles heel !

  • Kman  On 09/24/2020 at 12:49 pm

    Queenie won’t like this.

    • kamtanblog  On 09/24/2020 at 1:16 pm

      Ha ha ! She nah silly …wisdom of the old
      witch ! Has a remedy for every ailment !
      Magical 🧙‍♀️
      Hee haw !
      Go queen or go !

  • wally n  On 09/24/2020 at 4:20 pm

    Should I be responsible/held to account
    for the actions of my ancestors ????????????????????????????????????
    BLM hhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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