- Head of State debate
- The case for a New Zealand republic
- Defending the monarchy
- The facts
- Constitutional review
- The Treaty of Waitangi
- Commonwealth membership
- Common Cause
Will Grenada's referendum prompt Jamaica to act?
As readers will know, we keep a close eye on our fellow Commonwealth members and what they're up to with their heads of State. Since most Commonwealth members already have their own independent heads of State this usually means looking back at how they managed their transition from the British monarch, and what New Zealand can learn from others. Jamaica's long-running transition to an independent head of State has been of particular interest.
Yet, it looks like Grenada, a much smaller country also in the Caribbean, might beat Jamaica to it. Grenada announced last week that it was going to hold a referendum on a new constitution, which includes an independent head of State. With the exception of this cartoon in the Jamaica Observer, there doesn't seem to have been much reaction from Jamaica.
They're still in the process of abolishing appeals to the Privy Council, and moving over to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), and unlike Grenada haven't even started the process of putting together the provisions for an independent head of State. Grenada it seems has already done all that work. So perhaps it will be Jamaica that follows Grenada, along with the rest of the Commonwealth Caribbean members.