Cornelius Alvin Smith’s announcement that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II had appointed him as the country’s next governor general was premature. This is definitely a tale that Bahamian see as a “shocking breach” of general protocol.
I fully understand that Smith made the statement to a group of friends and well-wishers during a farewell party at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Freeport where he resigned as the non-resident ambassador to Panama.
The announcement of a new governor general usually comes in a statement from the Queen, and not an appointee.
To add insult to injury, Smith went on to discuss the national airline, Bahamasair, is going to make special arrangements for the swearing in ceremonies.
Dame Marguerite Pindling was appointed governor general on July 8, 2014, under the last Christie (PLP) administration. She now leaves office on June 28, 2019.
For one thing, C.A. Smith needs a total image makeover. He needs to get rid of the geeky and nerdy glasses. That will work wonders for one thing.
I would like to know the significance of the scenario whereby Janet Bostwick travelled all the way to London, England, to get her symbols of credence for the post as new governor general. I say if Janet Bostwick’s health allows her, let’s give her a chance.
Tomorrow’s generation are watching the mistakes we make today.
We have to watch how we allow things to just slide by. Tomorrow’s youth are watching the mistakes we make today. We ought to nip it in the bud and give the post to Janet Bostwick; and not place a blind eye on the boo-boo Smith made by sweeping things under the carpet.
– L.L. Bastian