James O'Brien did a segment on this yesterday. Unsurprisingly the Windrush scandal played a role in this. The way that the Queen spoke up on matters such as climate change but was completely silent on Windrush whilst the Home Office ruined countless lives seems to have left a bad taste in plenty of people's mouths. As apparently does the political class' celebration of 'anti-wokeism' and failure to recognize that whilst the colonial period might be a warmly looked upon period of British history, that isn't the case in terms of Barbados'.https://youtu.be/6q6k3gVkxUI
1h 40m mark or so.
There's also the situation of identity
https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/world/456486 ... in-s-queen
Barbados casts the removal of Elizabeth II, who is queen of Barbados and 15 other realms including the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Jamaica, as a sign of confidence and a way to finally break with the demons of its colonial history.
"This is the end of the story of colonial exploitation of the mind and body," said Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, a Barbadian historian. He said this was a historic moment for Barbados, the Caribbean and all post-colonial societies.
"The people of this island have struggled, not only for freedom and justice, but to remove themselves from the tyranny of imperial and colonial authority," said Beckles, vice-chancellor of The University of the West Indies.
“Full stop this colonial page,” Winston Farrell, a Barbadian poet said in a reading at the ceremony. “Some have grown up stupid under the Union Jack, lost in the castle of their skin.”
“It is about us, rising out of the cane fields, reclaiming our history,” he said.
Barbadian leaders have mooted a republic since the run-up to independence in 1966, when the country’s first prime minister, Errol Barrow, told a British minister his nation would “not loiter on colonial property past closing time”.
But in a world still shaped by colonialism, that has proved to be a fraught task that successive Barbadian governments have avoided, seeing it either as divisive, a distraction or a source of potential disquiet in Britain – from where more than a third of tourists to the country hail.
It took until independence day in November 2020 for Mottley’s government to announce the transition, shortly before she presided over a ceremony to remove a statue of the British naval hero Horatio Nelson from a city square, over his defence of the colonial slave trade.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/ ... t-republic
questions over the role of the Queen in Barbados may have grown in light of the Windrush scandal that saw thousands of people of Caribbean heritage living in Britain facing potential deportation, said Guy Hewitt, a former Barbadian high commissioner in London.
“Windrush would have been one of those significant events that showed the divergence between where the Queen, as the queen of the United Kingdom, and her role as the queen of Barbados, may have been irreconcilable,” he said.
How is that any different to the luxurious lifestyles afforded to most Presidents and there families around the world? New Zealand's Royal Family consists of one person, who we only fund when she comes to NZ, her representative in NZ the Governor General is fairly cheap. In Norway the Royal family was slimmed down a while back, it only consists of the King, his wife, and the Crown Prince and his family.
I like having a head of state who is not political and above the dirty taint of politics.
Agreed. It's fantastic to have a head of state whose above politics. I'm not a monarchist anymore (the Royal Family's protecting Prince Andrew certainly rubbed me the wrong way) but the status quo works entirely well. I do like how the governor general could be on a domestic flight and 95% of the passengers wouldn't know who they were, with none ot the 5% who do having any strong feelings about them. No security detail needed.
I also like how upon googling Dame Patsy Reddy, it turns out that her term has ended and that she's been replaced by someone else - I have no strong opinions of either of them and I'm fairly confident that nobody I know would have either.
I'd hate to think what kind of moron we would elect to become President of NZ
A former All Black for sure.
or the way things are going now they would likely be appointed by Maori.