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Get rid of the Queen now

Published:Saturday | June 18, 2016 | 6:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I unrepentantly support the abolition of the monarchy, so I am calling on the powers that be to take fundamental steps forward to immediately examine the present structure of Government in order to have constitutional changes that will enhance sovereignty, democracy, and humanity in Jamaica.

Personally, I believe that we need to have our own indigenous head of state. For far too long, authority has been vested in Her Majesty, the Queen, who only serves symbolically.

Imagine, the Jamaican Constitution was received by us from the British colonial authorities which, in many respects, is a traditional document because it kept in place much of what existed before Independence in terms of structures and legislation.

As a result, a paradigm shift is necessary because our Constitution follows the Westminster model, emerging from the experiences of the people of Great Britain, without considering the goals and aspirations of our people.

To be frank, it is full time that we, as a people, develop enough confidence in ourselves to change the Queen as head of state.

Clearly, we need to embrace a new style of government, so without hesitation, we should review the Constitution with the intention of making it more relevant to the needs of the Jamaican people.

The fact is, Section One of the Jamaican Independence Act 1962 states as follows: "As from the 6th of August 1962, Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom shall have no responsibility for the Government of Jamaica."

Therefore, it is immoral to have retained the monarchy, with the Queen as head of state of Jamaica, when the United Kingdom is no longer responsible for the affairs of this blessed country.

As a matter of fact, like so many other well-thinking Jamaicans, I firmly believe that our country should, by now, have an executive president similar to that of the United States of America.

At the same time, I wholeheartedly support Jamaica having a referendum on this long-awaited matter at hand.

VALENTINE PEARSON

valenempearson@yahoo.com

Cornwall Court, Montego Bay