“There are issues here which as you know are unresolved but your presence gives us an opportunity for those issues to be placed in context, to be out front and centre and to be addressed as best we can…But Jamaica is, as you would see, a country that is proud of its history and very proud of what we have achieved. And we’re moving on and we intend to…fulfil our true ambitions and destiny to become an independent and prosperous country” – Prime Minister Andrew Holness while speaking to Prince William and Duchess Kate (23.03.2022).
In December 2021 the Caribbean Island Barbados became a Republic and with that change removed the British Monarch as the Head of State. Since then this sentiment has grown stronger in and around Barbados. Just the British Royalty is visiting Caribbean and destined to show themselves in the former colonies. They are now not only met with graces and praise, but instead also demonstrations and letter of discontent.
The British Monarchy and the old order of having the Head of State in London is dying. These states has been independent for years and can run on their own. They don’t need to notify or be part of the United Kingdom. That’s why the population wants to be truly independent and not hold on to relics of the past. For many the British Monarchy only represents the slavery, colonization and oppression of which the British Empire did do towards their ancestors.
This is why there been a revealing letter of the Advocates Network and also demonstrations in Jamaica. While there are also reactions from The Bahamas National Reparations Committee’s visit to The Bahamas as well. That is all happening in the year after Barbados removed the Monarchy and became an independent republic.
The Prime Minister Holness must know about these growing sentiments and acknowledge the will of the population. They wants the United Kingdom to pay for reparations and damages for what it did during the colonial era. However, those sorts of arrangements are yet to be seen or collected for that matter.
Certainly, the current leadership and Prime Minister of United Kingdom would be hostile to this idea. He would not accept it and stifle it. Neither do I think the United Kingdom or the parties in the Parliament would even care about it. Unless, it would give them some points in the next election or prospects for a majority in house.
That’s why the former Caribbean colonies can remove the British Monarchy and take a stance. They could also leave the Commonwealth and be part of other more relevant bodies of our time. Instead of clinging on to bodies of which the British Royalty is still associated with and have a huge part in. Therefore, as Barbados did the brave thing and the right one as well. Which they deemed fit as a final salute of 400 years of connection with London.
The same can now happen in Kingston and Nassau. If not in other former colonies and protectorates. Certainly, the Jamaican Prime Minister should follow the Barbados example and start to review their constitution and hold a referendum. Which in the end, if the citizens wants it. They can all say goodbye to the relics of the past and start a fresh. That only makes sense…
Jamaica should be independent and truly independent from London. What does Jamaicans get from the United Kingdom these days and what sort of ancient relations is this? This is just continuing a legacy and a past form of government, which isn’t relevant in 2022.
The sun has set on the British Empire a long time ago. It is time to leave the skulls, the remains and the relics of it in history books. Not repeat it and hold on traditions, which was set by the forefathers and the present ones is only reminded about what they did to them.
So, the sun should rise and the population should work for a day. Where they are not beholden or are connected in ways, which are not representing them. They have a head of state far away in Europe. Someone they only see on TV and is lucky to even visit there during their life. This is why it’s time to have the Head of State in Kingston and not in London. That only makes sense.
While time will tell if Prime Minister Holness will be the one to make the changes and set things in motion. Because, he has the option and the opportunity to do so. The PM could become historical and be the first President of the Republic of Jamaica. However, that is all up to him and his close associates. They have to put in the work and finalize it. So it is possible both in legislation, in an electoral sense and mark the end of all the years directly connected to London. If he does all that, than the nation and the Caribbean Island is truly independent. Peace.