101 writes: It’s that time again, where existing and wannabe politicians gear up to tell us what they have done for us, or to tell us why their opponents have messed up and how they, if elected, will fix things. But what we think is far more important than what they are telling us. Starting with the Cabinet ministers, let me start with my 2 cents and please add yours in the comments.
Marco Archer: He has worked hard and performed admirably. Some feel that he has heavy protectionist leanings, but overall its difficult to conclude that he has not tried hard to stabilise public finances. Well done sir. B+
Osborne Bodden: Has not had the best run this time around unfortunately. The infamous ‘Driftwood’ bust up, plus hardly any progress noteworthy in his portfolio coupled with the news that the country still has major issues at the NAU doesn’t bode well for a re-election. Plus, seriously, if you are the minister of sports and you don’t have the political savvy to force an allegedly local corrupt football organisation to restructure itself, then what’s the point?
Apparently, recently he has been reaching out to people looking for some breadfruit for Grape Tree Cafe (likely more of a early campaign ploy to seem ‘locally connected’) but otherwise hasn’t done too much lately. Despite any last-minute initiatives (a tactic that all MLAs will try now), he didn’t really turn up for work this time. D
Alden McLaughlin: A very good statesman and handled himself very well in public, which is an improvement over the previous regime. But aside from doing well in a BBC interview once, has not actually done much, if anything at all, worth noting. His leadership has been somewhat unfairly judged at times but the truth is he has invited that criticism because he doesn’t exactly take charge on most issues. He just about deserves another vote this time, but he should probably not run in GT Central. C+
Wayne Panton: Aside from taking a stand on the issue of the immigration rights of gay couples and appearing a few times to discuss the environment, he, unlike the premier, does not deserve a vote this around because of his failure to adequately support the largest pillar of our economy. The country is unprepared for an upcoming FATF review of its financial services sector (yes., that’s what the recent flurry of legislation being passed with minimal consultation is all about), Cayman secretly capitulated on a beneficial ownership registry despite pretending publicly to fight against it for two years, and the Legal Practitioners Bill debacle is there for all to see. Enjoy your retirement. D
Moses Kirkconnell: Quietly worked on tourism and it seems he has done well for that sector. All the objective statistics suggest that our tourism industry is recovering and doing well. Hard to argue against his re-election. Good job Moses. B
Tara Rivers: Tough one. Received a lot of criticism regarding her ‘attitude’ immediately after being appointed and generally called out for lack of political maturity. To be fair, she had a tough job having to deal with education, one of the most contentious areas in politics, but she really never stepped up to deal with anything. Taking a few pictures with graduates of the Passport for Success programme won’t hide the major failures in our schools, ongoing issues at the NWDA and failure to speak out during Ozzie’s ‘driftwood’ episode, which involved verbal abuse of a woman. She should return in 2021 armed with political maturity and a dose of humility. C-
Kurt Tibbetts: Very nice guy. A more charismatic, politically savvy version of Alden. Certainly doesn’t rock the boat and, to be honest, I can’t recall too much about what he has or has not actually achieved. Maybe that’s a clear sign in itself that he should probably step aside to allow some young Caymanians to represent. Would serve as a great mentor for upcoming leaders. C-
Will get to the rest of the LA in Part 2.
Category: Election Viewpoint