Government of Jamaica intends to
look abolishing their monarchy and
becoming a republic. I'd ask what they
are smoking but seeing as Parliament
also intends to look at legalizing pot
the answer seems obvious.
Barbados recently announced a
similar desire. Sadly, monarchists in
these two Caribbean countries face
uphill battles for the same reasons.
in either country. Well, there is the Caribbean Monarchist League but it doesn't appear to be active on the ground. This
makes it an open question as to who would organize the No
campaign in the event of a referendum.
The second challenge is that there appears to be no direct way
to contact parliamentarians in either Jamaica or Barbados. In
the case of Barbados I eventually found email addresses...and
every single one of them bounced. Jamaica simply doesn't list
any emails (or phone numbers) for its politicians. This means
that if a monarchist in either country wishes to get in contact
with their representative they are going to have to put a lot of
extra work into contacting their target.
Both factors will make any campaign to retain the monarchy
a difficult one. But hope springs eternal. Barbados has not
moved ahead with debating the monarchy and the governing
party in Jamaica has a hair-thin majority which may well fall
apart over any one of the contentious changes they wish to
pursue. Neither country may actually address the role of the
monarchy in their countries this year. This is at most a brief
reprieve. Monarchists in the Caribbean need to use this time
to organize in a more effective manner if they are to preserve
A Kisaragi Colour