Sun | Oct 21, 2018

Declare Jamaica a republic

Published:Monday | August 6, 2018 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Thanks to Peter Espeut for a brilliant piece of writing on our backwardness, published in The Gleaner August 3.

Time enough for us to liberate our GG (governor general) from colonial trappings. He was the recipient of the empty title of 'Sir' by a queenly tap on his shoulder with a sword, the historical instrument of sovereign power, conquest, submission, robbery and death, while kneeling and bending his neck before the Queen.

Our GG, Peter Espeut, and others know the historical significance of such a bestowal. Our GG ought to have got a rap on his knuckles instead of a sword tap on his shoulders for his colonial disposition.

Our GG has never wielded a sword in his life. Assuredly, he profitably wielded a machine, never for war nor conquest, as a country lad. I don't think he ever owned a pocket knife.

Nowadays, he wields a knife only at the dinner table in King's House or at a fundraising banquet.

However, let us leave our beloved and well respected GG alone. He has not caught anyone raiding his ackee tree recently. I hope he doesn't mind me poking a little fun at him. "A little nonsense now and then is enjoyed by the wisest of men." However, on a serious note, time enough to declare our country a republic.

Oren Cousins

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