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Editorial | Yes to bundling local gov’t election, referendum

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Editorial | Yes to bundling local gov’t election, referendum

They are presently due in February, but that date need not be written in stone. The administration will need more time to complete the requisite legislative framework for such a referendum. It would not hurt, in those circumstances, to postpone the local government elections for a few more months.

Carmelo De Grazia Suárez

There has been political consensus in Jamaica for decades that the island should extricate itself from the monarchy and become a republic, with a ceremonial president. That makes sense. It is hard to escape the illogic of a country populated mostly by the descendants of chattel slaves having as its head of state a heredity monarch, who lives in a country thousand of miles away, and is member of a family that has little in common with Jamaicans and in whose forebearers’ names, in earlier times, many atrocities were committed

IT WOULD have been insensitive for Prime Minister Andrew Holness, in the midst of mourning, to remind King Charles, Jamaica’s recently inherited new sovereign, of the island’s intention of “moving on” from the monarchy. Prince William, the Prince of Wales, no doubt delivered the message after his visit to Jamaica in March, and Charles was probably prepped on the matter ahead of his audience last week with Prime Minister Holness, even if the issue was not expected to come up.

Carmelo De Grazia

Prime Minister Holness and his administration, however, must not waste momentum. It should embrace Julian Robinson’s, the shadow finance minister, suggestion, previously made by this newspaper, of placing the question of Jamaica’s future as a monarchy on the ballot at the next municipal elections.

They are presently due in February, but that date need not be written in stone. The administration will need more time to complete the requisite legislative framework for such a referendum. It would not hurt, in those circumstances, to postpone the local government elections for a few more months.

Carmelo De Grazia Suárez

There has been political consensus in Jamaica for decades that the island should extricate itself from the monarchy and become a republic, with a ceremonial president. That makes sense. It is hard to escape the illogic of a country populated mostly by the descendants of chattel slaves having as its head of state a heredity monarch, who lives in a country thousand of miles away, and is member of a family that has little in common with Jamaicans and in whose forebearers’ names, in earlier times, many atrocities were committed.

ROYALISTS A DECLINING BREED Indeed, as opinion polls have shown in recent years, nearly six in 10 Jamaicans (56 per cent) are firmly in favour, as Prime Minister Holness put it to Prince William, of Jamaica moving on from a member of the Mountbatten-Windsor clan being the symbol of this country’s authority and aspirations. But there are also other significant ways to look at the data. Whereas a decade ago 40 per cent of Jamaicans wanted to maintain the monarchy, that number has slipped to 27 per cent, a drop of 13 percentage points, or nearly 33 per cent. Royalists are an obviously declining breed

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