PM Browne supports Baroness Scotland for Second Term as Secretary General of the Commonwealth

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Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne has announced that his government will support the bid of Baroness Patricia Scotland to seek a second term as Secretary General of the Commonwealth.

Last week Prime Minister Browne told reporters in Barbados, following the CARICOM Heads Meeting, that CARICOM has given their full-throated endorsement to Scotland’s second bid.

“With the support of all of CARICOM and I believe that we had unanimity in the decision to support her and with the African states that we understand are also supporting her along with a number of states in Asia, we are pretty sure that she will have the majority support when we deal with this issue in Kigali in June of this year. So in terms of probability, I believe that she would more than likely maintain her position as the secretary general of the Commonwealth,” noted Prime Minister Browne.

During a recent meeting in St. John’s with Baroness Scotland, she assured Prime Minister Browne that she will continue to work assiduously in the interest of the 54 countries of the Commonwealth.  She said that she has been honoured to serve the Commonwealth and is looking forward to continue the work started four years ago.  “It was pleasurable to see that hard work that we have all been doing and engaged in to be applauded and appreciated by CARICOM, even though you don’t do things for applause and appreciation,” she recently told reporters in Barbados.

“Baroness Scotland is and has been the candidate proposed by Dominica, Antigua and Belize and I wish I was there because Barbados would have been one of the proposers too, let me state that for the record. We are happy with the work that she has done for the countries of the region. We are happy with the work she has done for countries in the Pacific and Africa. We believe that every other Commonwealth Secretary General, has performed perhaps not as much, had the benefit of a second term,” said Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados following the CARICOM Meeting last week, during which Prime Minister Browne gave his support for Baroness Scotland’s second term in Office.

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  1. Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! “Only the Dead have seen the End of War!” From Plato to Santayana!

    “Baroness Scotland looks set to be removed as the Commonwealth Secretary-General after Boris Johnson (BRITISH PRIME MINISTER a la mode of the US Don) revealed most heads of government were opposed to her standing unopposed for a second term.” The Telegraph 060220 – The same group who torpedoed the Candidacy of Ron Sanders at CHOGM15!

    This mere voice in the wilderness had seen Scotland’s Candidacy and Win as a triumph of British Hegemony! CARICOM Nations totally missed Elizabeth II Long Term Strategy for the House of Windsor to remain as Head of CHOGM! CARICOM did not support Madame Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba of Botswana due to black dislocation, disorientation, decenteredness and lack of agency. CARICOM joined with Elizabeth II’s kith and kin and supported Scotland – the British Trojan Horse!

    Much have been written by JFII and other Caribbean Commentators during 2015 on why it was not in CARICOM’s best interests to lend support to Scotland, against Ron Sanders, given the deeper geopolitical intents of the North Atlantics at Malta and beyond! Elizabeth II successfully executed a long term Stratagem for the House of Windsor to ensure Commonwealth Allegiance to Her Heirs and Successors with the help of the British Conservative Government under David Cameron, Edward Miliband and Jeremy Corbyn Labour Party’s compliance to elect the first British Person to the Secretary General position! CARICOM did not see the British Game Plan! Now they have the Royal Head and The Administrative Head of The Commonwealth fully secured for the Future!

    “The head of the Commonwealth is not technically a position that is inherited with the crown and, officially, no single country is head of the Commonwealth (although its headquarters are in London). This is not an accident of history, but a quirk of empire routed through the rationale of convenient geography. Thus the Commonwealth’s power flows through London (conferred by the monarch) and into the former colonies. This maintains the old centre/periphery dynamics of the empire. The Queen’s status as head of the Commonwealth complements the mystique of power associated with the monarchy. // Perhaps, a strong association with the crown made sense in the early years, when the Commonwealth’s goal of bridging the economic gap between “developed” and “developing” countries (or the coloniser and colonised) was envisioned through north-south flows. But is this still the case? The world is a much more complicated place than when the Commonwealth secretariat was established in 1965. The global economy flows through several centres, including emerging economic powers who are members of the Commonwealth, such as India and South Africa. Plainly speaking, the symbolic relationships of old do not suit our postcolonial world.” – Nalini Mohabir, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She teaches postcolonial geographies!

    The CARICOM dilemma! What to do! “Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.” ― John Kenneth Galbraith! So They have chosen, once again, The Baroness who has a Life Peerage in the UK! “MACBETH: I have done the deed. Didst thou not hear a noise?
    LADY MACBETH: I heard the owl scream and the crickets cry. Did not you speak?” Shakespeare’s Macbeth: Act 2 Scene 2! De Vendors at Da Market say: Pay Attention to the words of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth!

    As it was in the beginning, so shall it be in the end! We have just recently seen this act played once more! Canada withdrew its support for Madame Michaëlle Jean, it’s former Governor General of African and Haitian descent, for a second term as Secretary General of La Francophonie! She was tossed into Purgatory!

    De Bust at Da Bridge concedes: “There is silence in the Graveyard!” The UK, Australian and New Zealand have already began an embargo by starving the Organization of its Financial Lifeline! Rest assured Canada, India, Malta, Pakistan and Singapore will join the conga line! The African Nations may have forgiven but will not have forgotten!

    This engagement, as they say in retail business, is a “loss leader!” To what end is CARICOM supporting Scotland again!

    “Pushing ahead with a self-emancipatory agenda is critical, but we must do so fully conscious of this broader context of our development efforts.” – Dr. Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor, UWI!

    As a Historian, may this great Caribbean Cultural Analyst, Academic and Icon continue with fair Trade Winds at his back to provide us with his “Ancestral Conduction” during this most stressful and debilitating period which he identified in 2016, on the Don’s ascension, and now complemented with Rule Britannia from Elizabeth and Boris that “To forgive was irrelevant, but to forget was death.” – Ta-Nehisi Coates: The Water Dancer!

  2. Yep reading the tea leaves, she is done. Those who control the purse strings have made clear they have no faith in her and many who currently claim they support her, have been known to be contortionist

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