From our "Just So Much Bat Guano" files…
Remember this announcement by Prime Minister Owen Arthur and Deputy PM Mia Mottley in January of 2005?
From Caribbean Net News, January 25, 2005…
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados: The people of Barbados could very well become nationals of the Republic of Barbados by the end of 2005.
This was made known by Prime Minister Owen Arthur while he addressed a meeting of the Christ Church West and St Michael South branches of the ruling Barbados Labour Party (BLP).
The country's Attorney-General, Mia Mottley will be presenting a draft bill to Parliament in March designed to amend the Constitution.
He cautioned that 2005 would be a critical year in the development of the country and pointed out that the advent of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME); addressing the gridlock on the country’s roads which affected productivity; and the hosting of Cricket World Cup 2007 are a few of the challenges facing the government.
Meanwhile, Arthur's statement has triggered an intense debate across the nation, as to whether there should be a titular president or an executive president for Barbados. One lady from Paris Gap summed it up this way, "please don't take Owen seriously he just longing to see he face on the Barbados dollar."
If the Prime Minister and Mia Mottley are going to make Barbados a Republic by the end of 2005, they had better hurry!