Social media alight with kudos
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.
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)