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PM encourages citizens to respect the Queen

The Earl and Countess of Wessex -- Prince Edward and his wife Sophie Rhys-Jones -- will visit this country tomorrow (Internet photo).

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Vincentians are being called upon to be respectful of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II although some citizens think that she should no longer be this country’s head of state.

The call came from Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves on Thursday, two day before two members of the Royal Family visit this country as part of celebrations to mark the Diamond Jubilee, the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s ascension to the throne.

Gonsalves was at the time addressing the opening ceremony of a meeting of Commonwealth Caribbean heads of Public Service Commissions and cabinet secretaries.

He spoke of the 2009 constitution referendum, which included a proposal to have this country become a republic, thereby removing the British monarch as the head of state.

Only 45 per cent of persons voting in the referendum supported the revised constitution, which needed 67 per cent of the votes to replace the one left by the British at independence in 1979.

“Perhaps it was too overloaded,” Gonsalves said of the proposed revised constitution, which went to a referendum after seven years of consultations with Vincentians at home and in the diaspora.

“We were to enter the CCJ (Caribbean Court of Justice) and have a republic. Of course, as a consequence of the verdict of the people, Her Majesty remains the head of state and she has been gracious to send one of her sons to us on Saturday as part of her jubilee and I publicly thank Her Majesty for her graciousness in that regard,” he further stated.

“She remains our head of state and therefore we must, as a people, provide the respect, even as in my own case, I would continue to argue for its alteration,” Gonsalves added.

He, however, reiterated that he would not be undertaking constitutional reform again.

“Other persons may come to address that after my time as Prime Minister. But for now, we have other items on our agenda…”

This country will on Saturday host the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince and Princess Edward as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebration.

According to a release from Rene Baptiste, chair of the organising committee, a welcoming ceremony will be held at the Cruise Ship Terminal at 9 a.m. followed by a tree planting ceremony at the Botanical Gardens at 10:15.

The Duke of Edinburg Gold Award ceremony takes place at 11 a.m. and a luncheon at 11:30 at government house.

The visiting royals plant royal palm in the Northern Grenadine island of Bequia and attend a reception at the Frangipani Hotel there at 5 p.m.

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13 thoughts on “PM encourages citizens to respect the Queen

  1. Isn’t it the same Ralph Straus Khan that encouraged us to disrespect the Queen?

    Posted by L Sutton | February 24, 2012, 08:00
  2. Referendum or no Referendum Gonsalves needs to find a way to convince that Queen that SVG needs to reactivate the death penalty.

    Posted by Prof-Dasilva | February 24, 2012, 08:26
  3. MY DECEITFUL n NUTTY PROFESSOR, you’re getting more and more SENILE as the DAYS and MONTHS go by.

    Why don’t you TELL us what the QUEEN of ENGLAND has to do with “REACTIVATE” the DEATH PENALTY.

    After you ANSWER the QUESTION, I am SUGGESTING that you STOP EMBARRASSING yourself.

    Posted by vincypowa | February 24, 2012, 10:12
  4. YOU IDIOT GONSALVES CAN’T GET IT DONE AND SINCE YOU ARE HIS IDOL WHY DON’T YOU GET IT DONE IF YOU KNOW THE HEAD OF THE STATE OF SVG HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH.I ALREADY KNOW ALL WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT,THE (PREVY OR PRIVY COUNSEL AND THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT),OF COURSE THEY HAVE INFUENCE. WHO was running England before these PUBLIC organisations/bodies were formed?. STUDY YOUR HISTORY FOOL. I THINK YOU ARE THE ONE EMBARRASSING YOURSELF SINCE EVERONE KNOWS YOU ARE JUST A SCHOOL DROPOUT.

    Posted by Prof-Dasilva | February 24, 2012, 12:01
  5. Yes idiot powa here is another tipo erro for you to comment ON SHOULD BE “WITH IT”. I GUESS that will make you think so so brilliant after I have taught you so much English, now it’s history time. YOU are SO poor IN ENGLISH COMPREHENSION AND NOW HISTORY. HOW ABOUT YOUR SPANISH OF FRENCH? TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH I AM FED UP OF RESPONDING TO PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO ARE FAR BELOW MY EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATION. I think my pet dog polly WILL BEAT YOU ON A COMPREHENSION TEST.

    Posted by Prof-Dasilva | February 24, 2012, 12:21
  6. Ralph Straus Khan…lol…!!!!

    Posted by Observer. | February 24, 2012, 17:37
  7. Gonsalves ex-best-friend Chavez, asked the Queen to give SVG its freedom. Would he have ever said such a thing without some input to his beliefs by Gonsalves.

    Most Vincentions respect the Queen, because unlike Gonslaves she is a real quality person.

    Watch Gonsalves woman, she will be there in the forefront.

    Gonsalves woman I feel sorry for you, your life has been wrecked.

    Posted by Peter | February 24, 2012, 20:30
  8. Thank God Ralph has given up the idea of becoming “King Ralph”.

    Posted by Vere | February 24, 2012, 20:38
  9. Prof, you should not of mentioned your dog Polly, NancyPowa has been thinking about having the Cuban poodle dog brain transplant. If he has had it already that makes him even more dangerous around bitches than before.

    Perhaps he has not had it installed yet, because I have seen no improvement in his capabilities..

    I think but not sure that Daniell boy the ex-minister of Agriculture and SVG motor racing expert is on the list for a Cuban poodle brain.

    If anyone sees ULP people pissing up lamp post’s crapping in someone elses garden or shagging bitches on the beach or street, they may have already had the poodle brain transplant. Or they may just be following example of their leaders.

    Posted by Peter | February 25, 2012, 14:18
  10. Talk about two faced I think we should report Gonsalves to the Queen. So I am sending her office a whole load of stuff, just so as she is aware. “Freddy I am doing your job for you”.

    Did any of you know about this?

    May 31 2011, Santa Cruz, Bolivia: ALBA Military School;
    Bolivia’s president Evo Morales inaugurated the ALBA Military School to train soldiers from ALBA bloc countries. Military officials from all the ALBA countries were also present for the inauguration ceremony in the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz.
    Addressing military officials, Morales called for unity in the face of the “imperial power,” a reference to the United States.
    “Because of this, it is imperative that we unite to defend ourselves and integrate in order to be stronger. We need to prepare ourselves in order to defend our people and our natural resources,” he added.

    I am told that we have sent personnel to the school. Does anyone have the information which SVG personnel attended the ALBA military school.

    Posted by Peter | February 25, 2012, 21:16
  11. Something I forgot to tell you. The ALBA Military school also gives the students political training. Seeing as ALBA is a Marxist forum, that probably means instruction in Marxism.

    Remember that Marist scum bag, the very dead Maurice Bishop. He sent his police and army officers to Cuba and Russia for political instruction in Marxism. Its all written in the public records, take a look for yourself, or if asked I can post it for you.

    Gonsalves how many times did you say “I am here to finish the work of Maurice Bishop”. Is this part of what you meant when you said that?

    WAKE UP AND SMELL THE SULPHUR

    Posted by Peter | February 26, 2012, 16:42
  12. Sorry meant ” Marxist scum bag”

    Posted by Peter | February 26, 2012, 16:45

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