“Who (Character) Should be our next Head of State” by David Bowen
Barbados, have you given thought, serious thought, as to whom you would want to be your next head of state? I am not talking of the personality. I am speaking of the character of that personality.
There is an ungodly rush to move Barbados towards republican status. It is a move of major, national significance, and as such, every effort should be made to ensure that Barbadians are fully involved in the process.
While we remain unsure, even at this late stage, as to the type of Head of State we will have, we do know that we will have one. The question therefore is, what personal characteristics should we require and demand of such a person?
Our new head of state must be someone we can trust and who trust us. They should have the confidence to take us into their confidence when making major decisions like this move to republican status. It is not enough to say political parties have all, on different occasions, supported such a move. The people matter, and, if “we is we”, then we also matter. And we must reject any notion that a select committee of friends and family can adequately capture our thoughts and present our concerns.
What about the question of integrity and the determination to ensure that our resources are safeguarded through the stamping out of corruption? Will the necessary legislative framework be put in place? Will there be abuses of the majority position to enact legislation that is against the moral grain of our society?
There is much to think about, and we absolutely must now avoid the temptation to focus only on the person or the personality and not the character.
Barbados, your democracy, your way of life and your future is at state. Take warning, we must know who we are choosing!