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Jamaica may get rid of Queen

Jamaica’s Governor-General proposed an amendment to replace the Queen as the head of state last week in a parliament speech.

Jamaica is one of 15 nations belonging to the Commonwealth of Nations that recognizes the Queen as its head of state. Other countries include Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Bahamas, and Belize.

In Jamaica, the Queen is represented by a Governor-General, who is appointed on the recommendation of the prime minister. There is also a six-person Privy Council appointed by the Governor-General and the prime minister.

If the amendment is passed, the country would become a republic with fixed election dates and term limits for the prime minister.

The Queen first visited Jamaica in 1953 as part of her seven-month Commonwealth Tour after her coronation. She last visited in 2002 as part of her Golden Jubilee celebrations.

While in Jamaica, the Queen spoke to Parliament about her golden anniversary, and the country’s 40th anniversary of independence.

“Such anniversaries are important,” she said. “They are, I hope, opportunities to celebrate, and, in doing so, to bring people and communities together…Above all they are occasions to remind ourselves of the honour, the pride and the pleasure of giving service to this country and Jamaicans everywhere.”

Jamaica follows Barbados in wanting to explore independence from the Commonwealth.

The Prime Minister of Barbados, Freundel Stuart, said that it is “a little awkward in the year 2015 to still have to stand up and instead of pledging allegiance to Barbados to be pledging allegiance to ‘Her Majesty the Queen.’”

If all goes according to plan, by 30 November 2016, Barbados will be an independent country.

Other former Commonwealth realms include Ireland, which left in 1949; South Africa, which left in 1961; Kenya, which left in 1964; Malta, which left in 1974; Fiji, which left in 1987; and most recently, Mauritius, which left in 1992.

Jamaica formally joined the Commonwealth in 1962 after it declared independence from Great Britain.

  • ptown_nearthectown

    Bad move. It’s unstable enough as it is. The excellence of Jamaica’s schools will be lost as it devolves into a banana republic without Mother England to nourish it.

    • Good move. The 90yo bitch is unstable enough as is. The excellence of Jamaica’s culture will be retained forever as it evolves into the first rate civilized community of 3 million blessed heads lead not by some bitch on an an island 7000 miles away, and tow lobotomized freaks who keep smiling as if they are the replacement for the murdered Diana, but by the personal communication that each and every one of them will have with the Creator of All there is, which is not the Broken Up Empire spinning out from some old relic stones the call ‘the keep’. Go back to your cold island and feast on dysentery.

      • Marcello1099

        It’s a crime-ridden sewer, as it is. So adopting a politician’s republic will just how make the lives of ordinary people better?

  • Gordon Findlay

    “becoming a republic” and “leaving the Commonwealth” are not the same thing. There are republics in the CW, and ir isn’t clear that Jamaica intends to leave the Commonwealth when it becomes one.

    • You know as well as I do that the intent of the Brits on hearing this will be to try to harass Jamaica with more economic bad news, more infiltrations using degenerates to disrupt the comraderie between Jamaica, more solders and brutish “cops” killing Jamaicans, more claims that Jamaica is a violent country, more attempts to dredge the island until if possible they can even shave it right off the ocean floor, and more encirclement schemes by oppressing other people in the Caribbean to turn their backs on Jamaica, all while trying to sell it to Spanish Speaking sour-footed Hispanics speaking Habla Hoobla. So we will utilize a carefully managed progressive approach to untangle the island-nation-state from the death-grip of the European hood-rats that work night and day to destabilize the people under the mind-control prognostication that a “Jamaican” is just a figment of the imagination that that this too shall pass!

      • Thomas Village

        Laughable. Unworthy of retort.

  • Thomas Village

    their loss…

  • Thomas Village

    It will be their loss. Jamaica becomes just another tourist banana republic with a huge drug, gang & crime problem.

    • It is better to be an independent “banana republic” as you put it that to be beset by a bunch of cannibalistic vermin that mostly smell like wet dog when rain water drops of them.

  • christopher mahoney

    The Bahamas will never expel their monarch.

  • Yat Tung Li

    I am proud to be British! From Hong Kong.

  • boyboy9797

    The British Royals had already served them so much and there’s no regret about it i believe so and if the people of Jamaica wants to be independent they can do so as they wish and hoping they can carry on with the values shared by Great Britain.

  • The British Royals have already served themselves of the resources of the island so much that little is left for the Jamaican native now, and there is no regret from them about it as express by the off-shore finances beneficiary Prime Minister of England, David Cameron, wishes the independent mindedness of Jamaica would just go away, and if the nay sayer who have no confidence that that people of Jamaica can exercise self-determination for themselves and therefore want to be independent so they can do as they wish they would not make negative statements like “…and hoping the can carry…” as if they are domesticated animals being set free into the wild, and not mankind divinely endowed to exercise dominion, without being beset by the deb-slaver entanglement devaluation process that some hordes over 7000 away heap upon them while proclaiming the are greatly broken up.

    • Thomas Village

      LMAO. What load of bloody codswallop! (look it up!)

    • Tadni

      Hate to break it to you, but Jamaica and its people are not very high up on David Cameron’s lists of concerns. I rather think he’d expect concern for Jamaica and its people to be Andrew Holness’s job.

      By the way, England doesn’t have a Prime Minister, since it ceased to be an independent state in 1707.

  • Christophe Stevenson

    “Jamaica follows Barbados in wanting to explore independence from the Commonwealth.” – Every 16 Commonwealth Realm are independant countries. The Queen in Right of the United Kingdom has no role in Jamaica, only the Queen of Jamaica does. This is the same for Barbados.

    “The Prime Minister of Barbados, Freundel Stuart, said that it is “a little awkward in the year 2015 to still have to stand up and instead of pledging allegiance to Barbados to be pledging allegiance to ‘Her Majesty the Queen.’”” – Allegiance to Barbados is done through Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Barbados.

    “If all goes according to plan, by 30 November 2016, Barbados will be an independent country.” – the sentence should be “Barbados will be a republic.”

    Of course the independant Constitutional Monarchy of Jamaica and Barbados has a right to change their constitutions and remove Her Majesty the Queen as their heads of state. The Constitutional Monarchy should continue if it remains popular with the people. I do believe that a Constitutional Monarchy is a stable form of government because the Monarch (in the person of His or Her Excellency the Governor General in cases of Commonwealth Realms) has the responiblity to keep a Prime Minister who has the confidence of the House of Commons, or which ever representative assembly each Realm has.

    Of course, the media keeps on stating that the Monarchy headed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the “British Monarchy” but for me, she is the Queen of Canada first. When discussing the monarchy within each Commonwealth Realm, it should not be viewed as British, because, since each Realm reached independence (through the Statute of Westminster in 1931 and afterwards), the Monarchy in each realm is national to that realm.

    However, the national constitutional monarchy of these realms have the right to look for a change, however would the costs of such a change be worth it?

    • aaron1313

      She is the Queen of Canada (and 14 other independent states).But she is first, and foremost, the Queen of the the UK.And,as such,that is where her primary loyalty is.And that is why Barbados,Jamaica,and even Australia want her replaced as their country’s head of state.Canadians,outside Quebec,not so much.In ,in any case,Canada’s Constitution would require unanimous agreement of all the territorial and provincial legislatures as well as the federal parliament for that to happen.Besides most Canadians don’t particularly care.that may change when Charles takes the throne.

  • Marcello1099

    The ignorance of journalists never fails to astound me. First, Jamaica is an independent country. Second, Queen Elizabeth is the Queen of Jamaica, there is no political connection to the UK. Third, the island nation has many more problems besetting it than to change its head of state. Look, people, over here at this shiny object, lest you see the rot over there.

    • aaron1313

      Ah but there is a connection.Elizabeth is also the Queen of the UK.Matter of fact,that is her most important (and principal) title.And patriotic Jamaicans don’t want their head of state to be a foreign and non-resident national.Do you blame them?

  • Marcello1099

    As an American, I would much rather have QE2 as my head of state than BHO!!!

  • Johnson

    Jamaica of fully responsible status within the Commonwealth (Preamble, Jamaica Independence Act 1962)

    From 6 August 1962, the British Nationality 1948 and 1958, shall have effect as if in subsection (3) of modifications section one of the said Act of 1948 (which provides for persons of British to be British Subjects or Commonwealth citizens by virtue citizenship of certain countries) for the words ” and Tanganyika “there were substituted the words ” Tanganyika and Jamaica” (Section 2(1) Jamaica Independence Act 1962)

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