For the unaware: The people of Barbados had no say whether they wanted to be a republic. The prime minister refused a referendum on monarchy. She also lied to foreign media that it was in her party's manifesto. The last opinion poll on the issue had 64% support for keeping Queen.

2021.11.30 00:14 nuktl For the unaware: The people of Barbados had no say whether they wanted to be a republic. The prime minister refused a referendum on monarchy. She also lied to foreign media that it was in her party's manifesto. The last opinion poll on the issue had 64% support for keeping Queen.

Last year Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced Elizabeth II was to be removed as Queen of Barbados on 30 November 2021. Instead the head of state would be a President appointed by parliament. This was just as much a surprise to Barbadians as it was to the rest of the world.
There were no hints in the run up to the announcement this was in the works. However as the governing Labour Party held 70% of seats in the Senate and all-but-one seat of the Assembly there was zero chance of it being stopped. Amending the Barbadian Constitution requires only a two-thirds vote in both houses. Unlike most Caribbean countries, constitutional amendments aren't required to be approved by a public vote.
When questioned by ABC Australia why the government wasn't holding a referendum on this issue PM Mottley claimed it wasn't necessary because it was in her party's manifesto. This was a bare-faced lie.
The BLP's 2018 manifesto made zero mention of becoming a republic, let alone doing so without a public vote. You can read here yourself. Previous manifestos had mentioned holding an inquiry into becoming a republic but this was always stated on condition of approval by the people.
In fact their 2018 manifesto actually promised to use referendums to allow Barbadians to have more direct input on 'major national issues'. There is one being planned on the legalisation of marijuana. Regardless of your opinion on that we can all agree removing the nation's monarch is at least as important of a constitutional issue as weed.
As a column in Barbados Today said.

If fundamentally changing our system of Government to a Republic, does not qualify as a fundamental issue affecting the stability and cohesion of our nation, then what does?
https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/09/19/btcolumn-no-referendum-no-republic/ (Archive)
Why was Mottley so curiously reluctant to hold a vote on this? I mean she said there's a consensus and "Barbadians want a Barbadian head of state", so what's wrong with just asking them?
Well some of her fellow republicans are a bit more honest. They admitted if a vote was held there's a good possibility it would be rejected. Barbadian political scientist and republican Peter Wickham explains why the people can't be trusted to make the correct decision.
To go to a referendum, in my opinion, would be a mistake. The reality is that all the referenda in the Caribbean in recent times have failed . . . and the failure has to do with the fact that a referendum presents an opposition and an opportunity to oppose."
Wickham, who was speaking late Wednesday evening as a panellist on Times Radio in the UK, said the general unwillingness for countries in the region to move to a republic had nothing to do with the love of the British monarchy
Pointing to other countries in the region where referenda on becoming a republic had failed – including St Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada and Antigua and Barbuda – Wickham said in some cases the move had been opposed “even though there were good reasons to support it”.
https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/09/17/wickham-predicts-barbados-republic-model-to-mirror-trinidads/ (Archive)
According to Mr Wickham when the public vote to retain monarchy it has nothing to do with them wanting to retain monarchy. It's therefore best for politicians (who naturally know the people's wishes better than they do) to simply not give them a vote at all and abolish it anyway.
These are the people who attack monarchy as anti-democratic. The hypocrisy is insane.
But republicans had good reason to be worried about a vote. While it's fair to say the majority of Barbadians don't care much either way, a poll by Barbados Today in March 2020 on whether to remove Queen Elizabeth II as head of state found 64% opposed and only 24% in favour.
As Wickham mentioned all recent referendums in the Carribean on cutting ties with Britain have been rejected by voters. Only one was about monarchy per se (Saint Vincent and The Grenadines 2009, rejected by 56%). The others were on something arguably more 'colonial', and you'd expect less popular, than a powerless British figurehead. It was on the continued jurisdiction of the British Privy Council over their country. Each time, Antigua and Barbuda (2018) and Grenada (2016 and again in 2018), the people actually voted to allow a British court to veto decisions made by their own elected representatives. Each time local politicians were flummoxed.
The only difference is those countries constitutions require a referendum to amend. Had they not the changes would've been railroaded through and politicians would be saying exactly what they're saying now in Barbados; that there's already a consensus and holding a vote is unnecessary. And yet they would've been wrong each time.
I know there's a big division in this sub between absolute and constitutional monarchists. But this shows the fault line in society is rarely between a monarch and their subjects. As this surprisingly honest article on monarchy, republicanism and democracy put it:
Those republicans who really want to abolish monarchies are advised not to ask the voters, just as I told Gonsalves. Other countries in the Commonwealth have followed this route, for example Trinidad and Tobago (1976) and Fiji (1987). This might not be very democratic. But it was formally in line with their constitutional rules, and the abolition of the monarchy in these countries didn’t lead to protests, or dissatisfaction with the respective governments.
Because Her Majesty hasn't lost a referendum in any country for five decades, republicans have realised the best way to achieve their goals is to simply bypass the people.
It was never about democracy for them.
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