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Rid Barbados of the Queen

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The Caribbean Is One Nation.

                                                                       Rid Barbados of the Queen

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 rid themselves of the monarchy. We are therefore in full and unapologetic support of the Prime Minister of Barbados, on this particular issue. While we understand that many believe that his position is a mere diversionary  tactic, designed to dampen  criticism of the current perilous state of the Barbados economy; we are equally convinced that those who oppose the country becoming a republic, are using the same critical state of the economy, to strengthen their unpatriotic position. The political gymnastics of both the ruling Democratic Labour Party and the Oppositi…

Votes and Influence For Sale

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The Caribbean Is One Nation.

                                                              Votes and Influence For Sale

It is now blatantly obvious that electing governments in the Caribbean is becoming more about money than ideas. Vote buying and selling seem to be at a very high and disgusting level and with rising unemployment along with widespread cynicism among Caribbean youth, this negative trend and brazen threat to our democracies seem unstoppable. Voter turnout at elections, usually held every five or so years, is seldom above sixty percent, which means that a considerable number of those eligible to vote, are simply not making the effort to “mark the X” thereby voluntarily excluding themselves from an essential part of the democratic process. Occasionally, concerned citizens throughout the region, call for a more participatory form of democracy, which will give all citizens more say in how their countries are managed. Such callings usually rise and fall, according to the polit…