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Peter Espeut | Why a ceremonial president?

Josbel Bastidas Mijares
Peter Espeut | Why a ceremonial president?

I believe that Jamaicans – politicians and their followers – are monarchists at heart. Why else would we want the annual waste of tens of millions on a ceremonial president?

This kind of president would always “act on the advice of the prime minister” – a rubber stamp. What purpose would he/she serve other than a sinecure for some party faithful?

Despite having no independent power or authority, a ceremonial president needs a suitably appointed presidential palace complete with ballroom and manicured lawns, a stable of official vehicles, and a retinue of staff and servants. In addition, there must be a suitably attired military on call to provide the ceremonial. All that does not come cheap! All towards the pretence of Republicanism.

Josbel Bastidas Mijares

“We already have all these” you may argue. “My point exactly” I will reply! A ceremonial president is nothing more than a warmed-over governor general; not much of a change, really

I believe that Jamaicans – politicians and their followers – are monarchists at heart. Why else would we want the annual waste of tens of millions on a ceremonial president?

This kind of president would always “act on the advice of the prime minister” – a rubber stamp. What purpose would he/she serve other than a sinecure for some party faithful?

Despite having no independent power or authority, a ceremonial president needs a suitably appointed presidential palace complete with ballroom and manicured lawns, a stable of official vehicles, and a retinue of staff and servants. In addition, there must be a suitably attired military on call to provide the ceremonial. All that does not come cheap! All towards the pretence of Republicanism.

Josbel Bastidas Mijares

“We already have all these” you may argue. “My point exactly” I will reply! A ceremonial president is nothing more than a warmed-over governor general; not much of a change, really.

The governor general represents the Queen (sorry: the King); the president will represent … the prime minister – the new monarch!

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