So­cial me­dia alight with ku­dos

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CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS AND KU­DOS flowed in from readers via so­cial me­dia and NA­TIONNEWS.COM at the news that Jus­tice of Ap­peal San­dra Ma­son has been named as Bar­ba­dos’ eighth Gover­nor Gen­eral.

The news broke shortly af­ter noon yes­ter­day and it quickly be­came one of the most read, shared and com­mented on sto­ries of the day.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to Dame San­dra Ma­son. She has been work­ing on be­half of the peo­ple for many years. Well de­served. Al­ways loved and ad­mired her,” wrote reader Yvette Al­leyne via Face­book.

Her sen­ti­ment was echoed by oth­ers who would have crossed paths with or ob­served the judge over the years.

“I have been watch­ing her progress for years. Con­grats, you are most de­serv­ing of this po­si­tion,” praised Ena Od­der­son, also via Face­book.

On In­sta­gram, a NA­TION246 fol­lower with the han­dle Mrssil­ver0013 was sim­i­larly de­lighted at the news, writ­ing: “I am so happy to see a lady from my home­land as the Gover­nor Gen­eral. Con­grat­u­la­tions from one Bar­ba­dian to an­other [and] God bless [you] in your en­deav­ours.”

Many readers com­mented on the fact that Bar­ba­dos would have only its sec­ond fe­male Gover­nor Gen­eral more than two decades af­ter trail­blazer Dame Nita Bar­row passed away.

“This is won­der­ful news for all Bar­ba­dian women like my­self. It is con­grat­u­la­tions all the way to the Hon­ourable Dame San­dra Ma­son, Gover­nor Gen­eral of Bar­ba­dos. I salute her,” wrote reader and reg­u­lar com­menter Cynthia Taitt on NA­TIONNEWS.COM.

The Gover­nor


Gen­eral-des­ig­nate has been a trail­blazer for women, be­ing the first woman ap­pointed to the Court of Ap­peal.

Reader Phil Burke cheek­ily sug­gested that her ap­point­ment could fore­shadow an­other his­toric first in 2018, writ­ing on Face­book: “You guys will have [a] fe­male Gover­nor Gen­eral and a fe­male Prime Min­is­ter in a few weeks. Good changes!”

Amidst the cho­rus of con­grat­u­la­tions there were a few dis­sent­ing voices.

On the NA­TION Face­book page, reader Ce­cily Jones was among those query­ing “why a so-called in­de­pen­dent sov­er­eign na­tion needs a Gover­nor Gen­eral”. Sev­eral readers agreed with her.

“This of­fice needs to be abol­ished, like­wise all the ref­er­ences to ‘Her Majesty’. In this day and age, why are we per­pet­u­at­ing this sub­servience to the Queen, when all the monarch has ever done is to bleed and ex­ploit all the re­sources of her sub­ject do­main to her ben­e­fit,” as­serted reader PB via the web­site.

Mean­while, Mar­greet Thomp­son, while cel­e­brat­ing the pend­ing ap­point­ment, mourned the loss to the ju­di­cial sys­tem.

“I feel that the ju­di­cial sys­tem [has] also lost a bril­liant le­gal mind from the ju­di­cial pool where, in my opin­ion, [it] would be for a far greater good than be­ing a queen’s am­bas­sador and cer­e­mo­nial fig­ure­head.” ( AL-F)

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