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Date Posted: 21:19:10 01/27/05 Thu
In reply to: Dave (UK) 's message, "I think this has been on the cards for some time..." on 20:50:33 01/27/05 Thu
If the Crown loses Jamaica and Barbados, it will still have;
Antigua and Barbuda
Belize (actually in Central America)
St. Kitts & Nevis
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
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Ed Harris (London)
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Date Posted: 00:39:50 01/28/05 Fri
The push for republic status in these countries all seems to come from the rulers. At least, they make the most noise: I have never heard of a Bermudian popular protest against the Crown. The Jamaicans are very religious and strongly Anglican, and HM, as head of the Church, has quite a lot of support there.
I must admit that my familiarty with current public opinion in the Caribbean as regards the Monarchy is not good. For all I know, 80% of Jamaicans and Bermudians are republicans. However, I doubt it. In New Zealand, the status quo is not much less popular than it is in Britain, but Ms Clarke seems dead set on the Republic of New Zealand (not so much a Banana Republic as a Sheep Republic. Perhaps she could style Herself not President Clarke but Lord of the Rings). Similarly, I imagine that Messrs Patterson and Smith are more fervently republican than their electorates.
Could this be, perhaps, because political leaders reach the top and realise that they can't go any further without doing away with the Constitution and becoming presidents? Do they become so caught up in their own importance that they can not bear the thought of some higher power before whom they must bow their heads? Does their resentment that they have to work every hour God sends to remain in the public eye and grab headlines, whereas the Queen gets attention automatically, colour their judgement? Or is this too cynical?
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