First Throne Speech Delivered by New GG

His Excellency Dr. Rodney Williams Delivers The Speech From The Throne

His Excellency Dr. Rodney Williams Delivers The Speech From The Throne

Madame President and Members of the Senate:

Mr. Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives:

One hundred and eighty years ago, on August 1st 1834, the Antigua Free Press Newspaper carried an editorial in which it proclaimed to the majority population: Today you are free. Free as any white man in the British Empire.

While that picture of the freedom of our forebears was quite inflated, it is absolutely the case that one system of economic exploitation ended, and a new stage of colonialism took root, commencing in 1834. Nevertheless, what occurred exactly 180 years ago, on August 1st 1834, is still celebrated by the descendants of those men and women who set out to build a new Caribbean civilization.

We have been attempting to evolve an economic system that produces large quantities of wealth that is equitably distributed. Simultaneously, the English-speaking Caribbean countries have evolved a system of democracy that makes the rest of the world sit-up and take note.

On June 12 2014, a mere sixty-four days ago, one administration demitted office and the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) assumed the reins of control of government. That smooth transfer of control from one administration to another is not deemed unusual. It had occurred at least four times before, beginning in 1971, and again in 1976, then in 1994, and for a fourth time in 2004. Yet, it was remarkable.

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