So long, Queen Elizabeth. The Island of Barbados seeks to become its own sovereign nation by year’s end, terminating its nearly four-century long formal reliance on the British monarchy as its central government.
In 1627, the Island became a British Colony because of its importance as a primary source of sugar cane for the British Empire. Barbados gained its independence as a state in 1966, but retained the British monarch as its head of state.
“The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind,” said Barbados Governor General Sandra Mason, delivering a speech on behalf of the country’s first female Prime Minister Mia Mottley.
Mottley won in 2018 as a member of the Barbados Labour Party, which is akin to the right wing party, whereas the Democratic Labour Party of Barbados, is aligned with a left wing democratic-socialist party.
The current Prime Minister of the Barbados Labour Party shares the conservative values of independence, freedom, individual rights, and is using the current environment to push reform to secede from the rule of a monarch-style government.
“Barbadians want a Barbadian head of state. This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving,” Mason said.
“Hence, Barbados will take the next logical step toward full sovereignty and become a republic by the time we celebrate our 55th anniversary of independence.”
The island will celebrate its independence in November.
Interesting that it just so happens to coincide with our own Presidential election and the fact that other nations seem to be taking steps toward gaining their own independence.
Meanwhile, the British monarchy is losing their power and control over the world. From the Brexit from the EU, to the Megsxit, of Prince Harry and Meghan abandoning their royal titles, to Queen Elizabeth’s unheard of deference to President Trump at Buckingham Palace, pictured here, it’s time to all but stick a fork in the Windsors.
The world is changing and history is being made today. We may be on the brink of a new horizon, one in which great independence for all is achieved whilst great unity is accomplished as well.