Governor denies conspiracy
(CNS): The Cayman Islands governor has described the conspiracy theories that the FCO is working against the country or the premier as “completely without foundation”. Responding to the accusations made by both McKeeva Bush and his Cabinet colleague, Rolston Anglin, this week that the UK government was out to undermine Cayman’s success and this was the reason why the premier was under police investigation, Duncan Taylor stressed his commitment to Cayman but also added that the OT Minister had made it clear on his recent visit that he was confident the police were pursuing the investigations which involve the premier properly.
Although Taylor is currently in the UK attending a governors’ conference, he said he had seen the Cayman 27 edition of “The Panel” on Tuesday evening and other reports of the programme. In an official statement released by his office he said the allegations made by the premier and the education minister during the programme were untrue.
“The suggestion that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or I are working against the interests of the Cayman Islands is completely without foundation,” Taylor stated.
“The UK Government’s vision for the Cayman Islands was set out clearly during the visit by the Minister for the Overseas Territories, Henry Bellingham, less than two weeks ago: a vision of a flourishing and vibrant economy, whose public finances are well managed and whose adherence to internationally recognised standards of governance enhances its reputation as a good place to live, work and do business.”
Taylor said he wholeheartedly supported that vision and would continue to devote his energy to help make it a reality.
“When I took up my responsibilities as Governor I swore an oath to 'well and truly serve Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II … and the people of the Cayman Islands'. I am passionately committed to fulfilling the oath I made.”
Taylor also pointed out that during Bellingham’s visit to Cayman he had made it clear that he was confident that the commissioner of police and RCIPS were pursuing the three police investigations into the premier properly.
“I share that view and remain confident that the Commissioner will ensure that the RCIPS carry out their responsibilities in this regard objectively and fairly,” the governor added.
In light of revelations last month that he is the subject of three separate police investigations, the premier began pointing the finger at the FCO and suggesting the announcement’s regarding the probes were designed merely to embarrass him and try to upset relations between the UDP and the new Conservative OT Minister.
Speaking on the panel on Tuesday evening, both Bush and Anglin indicated that they believed the FCO could not be trusted and, stopping short of calling for independence, they said they believed the “baseless allegations” surrounding Bush were connected to his having stood up to the demands of the FCO coupled with a desire to undermine the Cayman Islands success as a financial services sector.
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