McLaughlin prepares for UK fight

| 08/04/2016 | 117 Comments
Cayman News Service

Alden McLaughlin, Cayman Islands Premier (Photo by Dennie Warren Jr)

(CNS): Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin has engaged a constitutional lawyer in the United Kingdom to defend the interests of Cayman via legal challenge and representations to the United Nations following calls by the UK’s Labour party leader for direct rule. As the fallout from the Panama Papers continued to rock the offshore world, Cayman remains in the firing line even though there has been no mention of this jurisdiction in the leaked documents. McLaughlin described the comments by Jeremy Corbyn as preposterous and said they demonstrated a lack of appreciation for constitutional law and the relationship between the UK and its territories.

“I am surprised to hear this champion of oppressed peoples reverting to the worst excesses of 18th Century colonialism,” the premier said in a statement released by his office Thursday. “Mr Corbyn is also damning the Cayman Islands without any evidence of wrongdoing, particularly as our name has not been mentioned in the ‘Panama Papers’ leak.”

He added that Corbyn should be aware that Cayman has “decades of engagement with international initiatives around anti-money laundering and tax evasion”, as he listed the mechanisms and the offshore industry’s credentials on information exchange. Repeating claims that the government and the offshore sector here have been making for years about the high standards in Cayman — which appear to make no difference to global perceptions — McLaughlin said his government, and Financial Services Minister Wayne Panton in particular, were engaging in constructive discussions with the UK about how Cayman will provide beneficial ownership information to law enforcement and tax authorities in Britain to further the fight against crime and tax fraud.

“I am confident from those discussions, as recently as today, that the UK Government does not share Mr Corbyn’s misconceived views,” he said, adding, however, that the Cayman Islands Government was not dismissing the UK opposition leader’s call.

“I wish to be very clear that the government of the Cayman Islands takes the threat of ‘direct rule’ carried by Mr Corbyn’s words most seriously. Indeed, we have engaged top constitutional counsel in the United Kingdom to defend the interests of these islands through legal challenge and representations to the United Nations, should that become necessary,” he added.

CNS has contacted the Labour Party leader for comment regarding his call for direct rule and is awaiting a response from his office.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Jeremy Cornyn is a lot less intelligent than one would have thought.
    If UK citizens want to evade or avoid paying taxes in the UK, putting direct rule on their overseas territories will not eliminate or minimize that. those people will just put their money somewhere else that is not a UK overseas territory. Delaware, USA perhaps?
    All his suggestion will do is destroy Cayman’s economy and make them become financially dependent on England, which they are not currently, which means more taxes for the UK taxpayers!
    All the people here who are excited about direct rule clearly have no idea the consequences of direct ridership! They seem to be only thinking that it equates to getting rid of corrupt politicians, some even have the notion that UK will implement a proper Healthcare, Welfare and Pension system.
    those individuals will be in for awakening.
    OT’s are like England’s bastard children. They will do nothing that has no benefit to themselves.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Parasite – an entity that obtains nutrients from host. The Caymans have “exempt companies” that have to do business outside of the Caymans. Those companies get a certificate saying that Cayman will not charge taxes. Then the Caymans earn lots of fees from company fees, work permits and jobs in the process that the Caymans try to require being done by their people. All that value is extracted value from the host economy, otherwise the transaction would not be economically efficient. All of that falls squarely within the definition of parasitism.

  3. Raffaelle says:

    The time the UK and Geritol Man Corbyn spend time pointing fingers at others the UK needs to explain why their own citizens like NIgel Cowie and DCB Finance ltd are half way around the Globe allegedly aid and abetting and arming despot and brutal regimes who are threatening the whole world & the Asia Pacific region with nuclear annihilation. Oh i guess like everything else they do so long as the UK gets the Dosh$$$$ & Intelligence from it everything is OK Mate. The UK needs to practice what its preaching and abide by its own rules it is imposing on others. Our rinky dinky weak UK loyalist government need people that can at least pay attention long enough to whats going on and stand up and point these things out to Mama!

  4. People need to be careful what they wish for. Never bite the hand that feeds you. The UK signs off on all the loans cayman have in order to balance our budget. It seems we would rather hide these rich people money and hurt our relationship with the mother country. Just look at our next door neighbour Jamacia who wanted independence from the UK what did they achieve in 54 yr??? Not one single thing. They would have been better off under England. Cayman Islands makes just 600 million a yr. That is what one small town in the UK would make. Don’t be fooled Cayman needs the UK not the other way around. The Education and health care in cayman is like a 3rd world country. Why you think so many Caymanians are leaving and going to th Us, UK or Jam .

    People please open your eyes Cayman is the most expensive place to like and work.
    There is a big world out here away from Cayman.

  5. Anonymous says:

    We are already a POLICE State ! Direct rule would be the Carmel Topping ! CHEERS !

  6. Anonymous says:

    Well, Well, Well…the ‘Panama Papers’ revealed…

    COUNTRY
    CAYMAN ISLANDS

    COMPANIES
    106

    CLIENTS
    32

    BENEFICIARIES
    23

    SHAREHOLDERS
    659

    See interactive “Map of Companies and Clients in Panama Papers Leak”:
    http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2013035-us-justice-dept-and-foreign-officials-respond-to-panama-papers/

    SOURCE: The Epoch Times

    • Anonymous says:

      These figures are very likely to be preliminary stats. The remaining docs/leaks have yet to be released. ICIJ is shooting for [subsequent releases starting] next month i.e. May 2016.

      Like with BVI, I am sure Cayman’s name and Shell Companies Listings will be gracing the [front] pages of many prominent media outlets; hence, the call for C.I. Premier & Finance Minister to meet with the UK PM& MPs to discuss “changes”.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I hope the Premier will also use this Uk lawyer to plead our case against the Uk for discrimination and bullying if they try to force that same sex marriage thing on us against the wishes of a majority of Caymanians.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Alden, stop embellishing problems that do not exist. Trying to distract the public from other inadequacies?

    • Anonymous says:

      UDP Troll.

      • Anonymous says:

        Nonsense. The UDP are always picking fights with the UK. I prefer the PPM not only because of their relative integrity but because they tend to understand the importance of the constitutional relationship.

  9. T. Smith says:

    Cayman Islands is a liability to the UK and not an asset. Cayman government would rather let their people suffer rather than tax these rich people. Who are they defending the rich or the poor? #wake up my People change is coming.

    • Anonymous says:

      Right on Mr T ,bring back big Nac ,at least he took care of the poor , That is he took care of poor McKeeva.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Why shouldn’t Britain make parasites like the Caymans with their secret companies, secrecy laws and their special treatment of companies that do business anywhere other than on their tiny speck of sand. If these “havens” having nothing to hide why do they try so hard to keep their shady dealings secret?

    • Anonymous says:

      You really haven’t kept up, have you? The Cayman Islands have accepted and ratified EVERY financial oversight change presented to it from the UK AND all the requirements of the US IRS and other agencies.

      I am not alone, I’m sure, in feeling insulted by your characterization of the Cayman Islands as a “parasite”. The relationship between the Cayman Islands and the UK is a mutually beneficial one, and has been since the Cayman Islands separated from Jamaica.

      Please do a little research before you splash us all with your vitriolic generalisations.

      • Anonymous says:

        Then why don’t you publish the owners of all companies registered in the CI?
        So clearly you haven’t been as transparent as you say, something to hide have we?

        • Anonymous says:

          As the previous poster said “do some research first”. The Cayman Islands have agreed to publish “owners of all companies” when all do so. The big players like the UK and the USA need to lead the way as they have far more hidden companies and money than Cayman does.
          Cayman has rightly asked for a level playing field!

          • Anonymous says:

            Those onshore companies pay tax. And when a country treats its companies doing business abroad differently from those doing business in the home country then the word “rightly” no longer applies in the modern tax reform agenda.

            • Jotnar says:

              Oh I see. You mean like the UK treats Roman Abramovitch completely differently from UK nationals, even though both reside in the UK?

              • Jotnar says:

                And whilst I am on it, like the US treats Delaware differently from Caribbean islands? John 8:7 seems to be quite apt.

        • Anonymous says:

          Ask the G20 countries why they have not agreed to publishing beneficial ownership of companies? Since you are clearly not well researched…here’s a bit…the G20 includes the UK and USA

        • Anonymous says:

          “Show me yours first and I’ll show you mine” is usually a line used by bad people. The UK is telling us that…

      • Anonymous says:

        12:36 And exactly how many people have ever been taken to court for breaking the banking rules here? I can tell you the answer is none but more than a few people have fallen foul of the secrecy laws. It seems the rule of business law here is that you can do exactly what you want but if anyone dares to try and expose your crimes they will face jail time. There’s a huge difference between signing paper agreements and actually enforcing them. Right now the only effective enforcement comes from agencies outside the Cayman Islands.

        • Jotnar says:

          Want to cite any cases? Only Confidential Relationships law case I can think of was Eurobank, where there was no conviction, because it turned out that M16 were involved. SO who are these “more than a few people” you talk about.

          • Anonymous says:

            Jotnar proves the original poster’s point. Companies in the Caymans have been all over the major international frauds from Madoff to Olympus, the list goes on and on and on.

      • Anonymous says:

        Parasite – an entity that obtains nutrients from host. The Caymans have “exempt companies” that have to do business outside of the Caymans. Those companies get a certificate saying that Cayman will not charge taxes. Then the Caymans earn lots of fees from company fees, work permits and jobs in the process that the Caymans try to require being done by their people. All that value is extracted value from the host, otherwise the transaction would not be economically efficient. All of that falls squarely within the definition of parasitism.

    • Kettle Pot says:

      Ignorant comment. It is actually the opaque and complicated tax laws of the home countries that allow tax avoidance not a tiny country on a spec of sand. Do you really think this little country can best the governments of the U.K. United States and other major world powers?

    • Anonymous says:

      @11.24am “If these “havens” having nothing to hide why do they try so hard to keep their shady dealings secret?” Says the man who is playing the secrecy game by posting as ‘Anonymous”. Wha’ happen, got something to hide.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Lord help us if it Alden that has to stand for us..He couldn’t even stand up to Helen with The Commissioner of Police debacle..dog eat our supper!

  12. Anon says:

    Why are we worried about Jeremy Corbin?! He has not and never will be in power in the UK – let alone be able to put offshore territories under direct rule. The Labour Party in the UK is in shambles and won’t see government for a good 10-15 years, long after Corbin has been laughed out of Westminster.

    • Anonymous says:

      Jeremy Corbin may well rule and it may be quicker than you think. Look at the following link to see the latest on the UK current Prime Minister: http://www.usatoday.com/media/cinematic/video/82830796/raw-uk-protesters-call-on-pm-cameron-to-resign/

    • Allar says:

      Have you ever heard so much BS. Hiring constitutional Lawyer because some idiot on the opposition talk BS. Why is pretty boy Floyd spending our money on lawyers for, why don’t spend that on people that is homeless. Alden is useless and just not a leader.

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s not Corbyn you need to be worried about, it’s the backlash of UK opinion from the daily drip feed from Panama. Make no mistake, politicians will react strongly to this and you will tow the line if the British people demand it.
      Full transparency of company ownership is coming and Cayman will comply, HMRC and the NCA are already here putting the groundwork in for full access to this hidden data.
      The honest people of Cayman, (those outside of politics and big business) have never prospered from Cayman’s tax haven status, none of the trillions have ever trickled down to the poor of WB, EE, NS, BT or GT.
      Maybe this will force CIG into looking after its own people instead of the greed of others.

      • philip says:

        And where do you think the money comes from to help those poor people now? 2500 people are already being helped by our goverment , FEES, work permit fees, company fees, duty fees, etc, do you think its free to register a company here? the people whom work in these industries , buy homes , cars, food and many other items that are all taxed someway so to say it does not trickle down it completely wrong, i do not even work in the industry, but i read the news and see the statistics , might i suggest you do the same before you comment again.

      • Hancock says:

        I think you have tunnel vision my friend. You are saying that the many people employed in the financial industry have done nothing for the Cayman Isllands? So all the local businesses large and small have not benefited the man in the street? What about all the training programmes and scholarships? What about all the charity contributions? There are indeed many hardworking Caymanians whose families were poor but they ensured that their sons and daughters had the right education and work ethic to get to the top. They started with nothing but had it not been for the financial sector would probably be casting their fishing lines at Morgan’s harbour. So please think again.

  13. Anonymous says:

    As A Caymanian I have got to the point where I am so sick of the corruption, nepotism, familysm and incompetence of our selfish MLA’s, I would welcome direct rule, taxation and national health service. UK please come!

    • Anonymous says:

      I seriously doubt you are a Caymanain…

    • Anonymous says:

      Clearly you have not thought this through completely.
      Direct rule will have a lot more consequences than supposedly eliminating corruption and nepotism that you speak of.
      Be careful what you wish/ask for.
      God for it it were to come to direct rulership but I guarantee you would be one of those left with your mouth open wondering what happened while saying “I didn’t realise all that came with direct rule”

    • Anonymous says:

      Anon 5:02 – please read the UK press more often.
      1) Search ‘United Kingdom parliamentary expenses scandal’ if you’d like somewhere to begin when discussing corruption & incompetence.
      2) This is the country that gave us the phrase ‘old school tie’, so don’t expect to escape nepotism, etc.

      Having lived there, and still following the news occasionally, I can assure you that its no better than Cayman in the grand scheme of things. Details are different, some better, some no worse, some that still need a lot of work. So, much like here on the whole. Direct Rule wouldn’t reduce the number of problems, it would just change them. (Remember, the goal of direct rule in this instance would be for us all to work in London banks, instead of banks in Cayman. Those are ‘too big to fail’, ours are the enemy of socialism through taxation.)

      • Anonymous says:

        Precisely! When those scandals are exposed people are held accountable and go to jail. In Cayman you can use public funds to pave driveways and carry on without any accountabilty. Corruption is everywhere but the difference is that here it is a way of life and accepted. Direct rule is the lesser of the two evils.

    • Anonymous says:

      This is grammatically correct, the punctuation is appropriate and there is no use of unwarranted capital letters or multiple exclamations.
      It is also legible.
      Impossible to be authentic or genuine.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Alden you better do your job or I hate to say it, Mac would fight for us. You need to show that you have just as much balls.

    • Anonymous says:

      I dont fight with my balls that would be painful. I use them for something else. You need brains for this fight.

      • Anonymous says:

        then we better not send Alden into the fight..He has neither brains nor balls…

        • Anonymous says:

          Anyone on earth with a brain can see he has more than mceewa.

          • Anonymous says:

            no one said he didn’t. Of course sometimes I find it hard to find the difference in the two but I have to say I totally expected better from Alden but he has turned out to be nothing but arrogant, self serving and full of himself. His lack of concern for his people is only overshadow by his relentless pursuit of power..SMH

      • C Bodden say consider this says:

        Ouch!

        Cns: when are you going to make this website hook up to facebook so real people are actually posting on here? You would see their faces.

        The website racks up 100’s of comments sometimes on a topic but we all know it’s probably like 10 people posting over and over on the topics. You know like the same 10 that call the talk shows daily. Its something to consider as you know there are laws that could force websites to reveal true authors where comments are out to tarnish persons.
        It was controlled a few years ago but it’s completely out of control now

        CNS:
        You say, “… we all know it’s probably like 10 people posting over and over…”, but actually this is a lie; you don’t know this at all. You guess this, you may have spoken to some people who comment a lot, but you have no knowledge of the truth and you have allowed your suspicions to become fact in your mind, which no doubt you repeat to whoever will listen. With this new site (new as of January 2015) I am able to see the IP addresses of people who comment. This doesn’t mean that I can identify them but it does mean that I can see if the comments are coming from the same IP address on any given day.

        Now, we know that the internet providers change IP addresses frequently, so this doesn’t work over the long term, and it also doesn’t tell me for certain if it’s several people or one person commenting from that address, but it does give me clues that you are not in possession of and pretending that you do is an untruth. As the person who moderates and has access to the IP information (which you don’t), I can tell you that there are some people who comment a lot every day but the majority of comments are made by people who leave a couple of comments, maybe just one, on any given day.

        If someone comments a lot using the same pseudonym (or several if they are funny), i.e. not pretending to be lots of different people, there are no restrictions as to how often they can comment. If, however, I find that there are multiple comments on any given article that seem to be trying to give the appearance that they are made by different people, but are from the same IP address and are written in the same style and say pretty much the same thing, then I will conclude that they are written by the same person, i.e. one person pretending to be multiple people in order to leave the impression that lots of different people hold a particular view, in which case I will delete all of that batch of comments or sometimes delete all but one.

        This does not mean that people cannot leave multiple comments on different articles as “Anonymous” and I usually, but not always, allow people to respond to other commenters as “Anonymous” if it seems to me they are engaging in a conversation. Yes, I realise that this is a judgement thing but it is the best that I can do to avoid trolling or propaganda-type comments while also allowing people the freedom to present their views. If anyone believes that I am deleting their comments unjustifyably, they should use a pseudonym instead of “Anonymous” for the above reasons.

        No, I am not going to make this website hook up to Facebook at any time or under any circumstances. The point of the CNS comments is that the people commenting are allowed to do so anonymously — which gives a voice to many people who otherwise have no say, for example civil servants, work permit holders, people who think their bosses would not like their views on something aired, people who are scared of retribution in some form or another. I am particularly suspicious of people who appear keen to find out the identity of our commenters. Those same people also seem awfully keen to try and scare the commenters into believing that they will be sued.

        And by the way “C Bodden”, if you are so keen for everyone else to be identified, shouldn’t you be leaving your full name? Or is that “R. Davies”, which you also use to comment on this article?

        I may be wrong as there is an element of subjectivity to moderating the comments, but I don’t believe that my approach has changed significantly over the years.

        I hope that explains the situation. This is a full response to your comment and I have no intention of answering it repeatedly, so don’t bother to keep leaving it elsewhere as it will just be deleted. If you have any more questions, feel free to email me at nickywatson@caymannewsservice.com

    • Anonymous says:

      Mac has more balls than brains. That’s why he never fails to lose his fights.

  15. Anonymous says:

    direct rule could only be an improvement on likes of mac/whogene/ozzie/ezzard…..never mind all of the do-nothing ppm….

  16. Anonymous says:

    All the UK needs to do is pass an Order in Council and that would bind the Cayman Islands as a matter of law and there is nothing that Cayman could do about it.

    • Anonymous says:

      …except seek independence.

      • Well, yes, but it is only Britain that can *grant* independence! If she says ‘no’, then ‘no’ it would be.

        • Diogenes says:

          And when was the last time the UK refused a request for independence? And the official policy of the UK on the BOTS is not to force them to become independent but to grant it if a majority of the local population request it. It the current environment and the rocks being thrown at the UK for being associated with the BOTS I am sure we would get it in a heart beat. What happened next would be rather unfortunate for Cayman but the UK would no longer have any responsibility for us.

      • Anonymous says:

        For the love of God, GO!
        The only people to miss you would be the few who prop up this cancer in the tax evasion/avoidance world. Most UK citizens are looking upon you and the BVI’s as an embarrassment and won’t lose sleep if you choose independence.
        So please vote now and get the hell out of our lives.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Direct Rule please. Better than these ol’ sell-out politicians deciding the fate of this country based solely on how fat their pockets can get.

    Where is the alternative energy initiative? Why is the dump a mountain? What about the outrageous cost of living, health-insurance, and food? Why are so many Caymanians unemployed? Why is the (denied) crime-rate so high? Why can’t students get a decent education? Where are the trade schools? Why can’t these politicians have a parliamentary session more than seemingly once a year? And the list goes on.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Spending more public funds…Alden’s solution. Pay someone who isn’t Caymanian to do a job that results in the need to spend more money for a foreigner or company to make a report which its only purpose must be to end up on Alden’s bookshelf.

    • Anonymous says:

      Obviously why we need direct rule when we have to hire a foreigner to defend ourselves against it. Can’t shake the colonial mentality no matter how we try and no Aden this is not the 18th century.

    • Shhhhhhhhhh. says:

      11.26 am. You missed the part about representation to the U.N. That is smart flanking move as UK hate the possibility of having to answer questions in the U.N. on what amounts to a colonial style threat. The U.N commission on decolonization have been scrutinizing the Dependent Territories for years. It makes the UK very uncomfortable, and Alden is right on the ball. Give the Hon Premier some slack.

      • Anonymous says:

        It doesn’t make the UK uncomfortable at all. You might not have noticed, but they are have offered Bermuda, the Falklands and Gibraltar the option of a referendum on independence, or union with another state, in recent years. Last year they offered a part of the UK the same referendum (that was Scotland, in case you aren’t keeping up). In case you don’t understand what happens, they only offer referendums (which are actually quite expensive to run) where there is a realistic opportunity of the territory voting for independence or when another country claims the territory in question. Neither case applies to the Cayman Islands.

        The issue that the UN Committee on Decolonisation can’t get around is that the populations of each of these territories have all voted to stay with the current arrangements, as is their right under international law.

        But don’t let facts get in the way of your conspiracy theory………….

        That said – the premier is right to challenge the idiot Corbyn

        • Anonymous says:

          No, what the UK don’t like is to look like colonizers. So in this case they would cringe at a call from the UN. Also, what they run from is the idea of ‘free association’. Something between what we have now and full independence. I’m not saying they’re wrong, but its one of the UN Decolonisors ‘options’ which the UK don’t really accept so it makes them uncomfortable when it the UNDC comes up.

    • Anonymous says:

      To 11.25am. Cant wait to get Mac back in power eh. Doesn’t matter to you who you put down as long as your boy gets back in power.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Since people seem to forget so easily please remember how a British warship mysteriously showed up in George Town harbour at the height of the campaign to get rid of McKeeva when he was speaking out against the UK so strongly. That was a blatant show of force and a reminder of British military might and who is in charge. If you don’t believe that, you are naive. If Alden thinks he can outsmart the UK with UK lawyers and the UK judicial system created by the British, he is naive too!

    • Anonymous says:

      Don’t be ridiculous, these “warships” are in the Caribbean constantly as part of their normal tours of duty, to be on hand to assist in case of any emergency. they dock at least once a year in Cayman, sometimes more. You have just picked that once-a-year visit and linked it to a coincidental event. If they only come for the purpose you suggest, why were they here earlier this year? It was pure coincidence they were here at that time….

      • Anonymous says:

        Anonymous 12:27 p.m. You’re either, British, a UK loyalist, a spy or UK government paid propagandist, naive, a naive Caymanian, or delusional. I’m a intelligent Caymanian like so many other Caymanians. We can come to our own rational conclusions based on the facts. We might not have the resources to have spies, a military, or to implement military strategies but make no mistake about this, Caymanians have a vivid understanding and memory of the UK’s ability to oppress indigenous people of other countries. With regard to this visit of the military vessel that I mentioned, the facts are publicly available for people to make their own educated conclusions: https://www.caymancompass.com/2014/10/07/navy-warship-visits-cayman/

        https://www.caymancompass.com/2014/10/09/mckeeva-bush-not-guilty/

        • Jotnar says:

          Go on then, give us some examples of the UK oppressing the indigenous people of other countries in say, the last 40 years.

          If it was oppression, it seemed to be rather ineffective in either silencing McKeeva or making anyone else feel that they were being threatened, which is hardly suprising. If you are going to oppress someone at least send a warship or some armed troops and not a fleet auxiliary ship. Oh, BTW, I think the US Coastguard ships and planes are here more often than the Royal Navy – perhaps you are worrying about the wrong oppressor 😉

          • Anonymous says:

            Examples: Jamaica, Bermuda, Montserrat, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Anguilla, African countries. The US killed brits that’s how they stopped the UK from oppressing them but that was more than 40 years ago so maybe that history is not important to you. That being said, early American settlers were mostly british who were tired of being taxed without representation by Mother England so you’re probably right, that both oppressors are cut from the same cloth. With regard to silencing Mackeeva, the British government is still learning the art of not using whips and guns. Why send the whole royal navy, when you have the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service with access to weapons if needed. Perhaps it explains why the Commissioner of police has publicly stated that he doesn’t want it to appear as if the RCIPS is an occupying force. It probably explains why the RCIPS is not properly trained and equipped to effectively combat crime. Much respect to hard working RCIPS officers, it’s not their fault they work for an institution that has its origins in a colonial power structure, and still takes orders from high command in England.
            You said to “give us examples”. Who are you making alliances with? Other people making comments? Regardless of your alliances or attempts to make them, I am Caymanian and I can stand alone on principles or with other people who are not afraid to speak the truth.

            • Anonymous says:

              Count this as a million thumbs up

            • Anonymous says:

              So basically you don’t have any examples.

              • Anonymous says:

                CNS has subsequently published the posts with regard to additional examples. So credit to CNS whether they were late or published them to be able to say that they are not discriminating. One thing about CNS they provide a platform where people can for the most part debate anonymously unlike other media outlets that pretty much stifle freedom of speech.

            • Anonymous says:

              I am with you.

          • Anonymous says:

            If by chance you’ve started to do research into history beyond the last 40 years, here is a video about Irish people rising up against the British oppressors that might help you to learn more: https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=XQydshRHDBU

          • Anonymous says:

            1916: The Irish Rebellion BBC Documentary 2016

            https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=XQydshRHDBU

            • Jotnar says:

              Still trying to understand the references supposedly to surpression in the last 40 years, none of which make any sense, without throwing in Ireland.

              • Anonymous says:

                Oppression is rarely understood by the oppressor from the perspective, pain, and experience of the oppressed. You see and understand what you want to. That’s why unfortunately it often takes the oppressed losing power before they can understand.

        • Anonymous says:

          For people who are oppressed, the indigenous seem to have done well out of this arrangement, considering nothing is produced or manufactured in Cayman.

          • Anonymous says:

            They’re called service industries for a reason. Caymanians, Caribbean people, Africans, and other people who have suffered from oppression are called resilient for a reason. You can’t keep good people down.

            • Jotnar says:

              That’s why the other economies in the Caribbean and Africa are booming, them? You need to get the complaint consistent, dude. The cry is meant to be that if it were not for the historic oppression the now independent former colonies would be thriving – not that you can’t keep the oppressed indigeneous people down )(even after they have stopped being colonised). You certainly shouldn’t b making references to continuing colonies doing far better without any natural resources than former colonies with significant resources – rather ruins the victim argument.

        • Anonymous says:

          There are certainly many intelligent Caymanians but you spreading Mckeevas BS propaganda clearly excludes you from that class!

      • Anonymous says:

        Actually twice a year. There is an RFA (auxiliary, not navy) logistics vessel for hurricane season and (currently) a fishery protection OPV that has been pressed into service for the anti-drugs patrols in co-operation with the USCG – neither could be classed as warships

        • Anonymous says:

          Yeah ! I the event of a Major Hurricane “Ivan 2004” they the RFA will do what they did the last time drop off 200 hundred tarpaulins and leave ! “Bugger Off mate” Cayman is more Independent than anyone wants to admit,

      • Anonymous says:

        Tempura was a coincidence too…

    • Anonymous says:

      Better than mad Mac’s uneducated embarrassing rants.

    • Shhhh..wa ya say.. says:

      lmfao..11:19 you watch to many war movies or you have been listening to Donald Trump and believing what he says to be reality. Either way, enlighten us, was the warship going to fire some misiles in the GT harbour or just at Mac?

    • Jajajajaja.....Dis too funnie says:

      Ever notice, in most of Alden’s photos he is biting his bottom lip…I suppose he is trying desperately to hold back on some of the bs that comes out if his mouth. Imagine getting a Brit to defend Cayman against the Brits in Britain. The least he could have done is show them that we do have some educated people namely lawyers in Cayman, hell he could have used his wife for that matter, then we would really be making a statement……jajajajaja…dis too funnie

  20. Anonymous says:

    How funny Putting up a legal challenge. What rights do you have except those given to you by the Crown. Instead of direct rule perhaps replacing current failed management would be more appropriate. You like to blame others often for your own shortcomings
    Its Baines fault that criminals were running around and out of control especially b4 he arrived. I cant recall who’s fault it was before that. The list of your failures are 99% home grown the other 1% was the fault of the Crown and outsiders trying to help the land that time forgot

  21. Chancellor of Exchequer says:

    Another melodramatic reaction by a man losing his grasp on reality. The UK cannot afford to take over the Cayman Islands.

  22. Jotnar says:

    Might add that the UK allows self certification of ultimate beneficiary through an on line incorporation process, which would be inconceivable here. A speaker at a conference last year advised the crowd that he had managed to incorporate an entity in the UK with the ultimate beneficiaries being M Mouse and D Duck, with no KYC documents, without challenge.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, I figure if they implemented ‘direct tax rule’ there’d be a giant headache as everyone retooled and then our banking industry would go the same was as London’s. Which would leave poor Corbyn scratching his head as to why the tax returns didn’t really go up.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Alden trying to fight public records of shareholdings and beneficial interests = King Canute stopping the tide.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Alden trying to show that he is willing to stand up to the UK? Ha! That will never happen. He has already been bought by FCO!!

    Lip service!!

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