Alden gets as far as GAB with new line-up

| 29/05/2017 | 48 Comments
Cayman News Service

(L-R) Alden McLaughlin, Eugene Ebanks, McKeeva Bush, Moses Kirkconnell and Austin Harris

(CNS): Alden McLaughlin appeared poised to secure the premiership Monday when he and Moses Kirkconnell arrived at the Government Administration Building at around 3pm in the company of McKeeva Bush, Capt. Eugene Ebanks and Austin Harris ready to form a Progressive-led coalition government with the CDP leader in the speaker’s chair. Although he offered Cabinet seats to both Arden McLean and Ezzard Miller to widen the coalition, it appears that the two eastern district MLAs had not accepted those offers by the time McLaughlin and Bush et al went to meet Governor Helen Kilpatrick with the numbers to form a government.

McLaughlin had remained relatively confident throughout the weekend that he would be able to form a PPM/IND government with the support of some independents and had been willing, despite Bush’s about-face Friday, to offer him the speaker’s chair. All five men are understood to be with the governor but it is not clear how soon a formal announcement will made or when the details of the government will be announced.

CNS was unable to confirm if Bernie Bush, who was not with the men when they arrived at the government building, will also be sitting in the new government or whether he will be joining the remaining Independents on the opposition benches.

The deal is similar to the first agreement struck Friday between McLaughlin and Bush. PPM sources have told CNS that Harris, a former talk-show host, was supportive of that original deal before becoming involved in the negotiations late Friday night. CNS has also learned that the door is still open to some other, though not all, independents to join the new administration, which will include one CDP member on the government benches, two independents, including Tara Rivers, and seven PPM members, with Bush supporting the administration in a neutral role as speaker.

Within minutes of the men arriving at GAB, a survey was circulated asking the country for their opinions on who the public want to see in what jobs in an effort to have input on the shape of the new government.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Dr. T ran his CTMH into the ground and exited just before it hit the skids. Guess he was just about to do the same with our beloved islands. Dr. T stick with what you know best !! You’re a Doctor, for God sake – not a politician.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I understands when you have a good friend or someone who you thinks would be a good representative for the Islands/district .
    But some of the comments that are directly pointed at the disgraceful behaviour of the. Dr T , how can people thumb those comments down ? Looks like they are thinking that it was Dr T that they had voted for and elected .

    People wise up , one do not invest that kind of money and time without expecting a big return on it .

    • Sharkey says:

      I don’t understand why people are not more outraged by what DR T has done in this Election , can we imagine if Big Mack was one of the Independents that DR T had invested his money and time in . I think that things would be so out of control and a British war ship would be in George town harbour by now .

  3. Sam Putt Putt says:

    It seems the knives weren’t long enough. Alden best sleep with one eye open.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Enough of survey! kmt! Think I’ve had enough of this wishy-washy government! I am sure if you had put a bunch of kindergarten in a room, they would have come up with a solution long time ago. Tired of all the EGO-maniacs smh

  5. Anonymous says:

    I heard that the governor called in Dr T and told him to back off. Rightfully so! He needs to crawl into a hole away from trying to direct political affairs.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Wolf! Wolf! story!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    The survey did not contain a Minister for Tourism ??

  8. Rp says:

    The truth is that without Marco archer and Wayne Parton this will be a significantly weaker govt than previous. What we hope now is that it will not be as bad as it could be. The calibre of those elected is very weak. Many have no experience and/or skills and the initial flip flops show that many are in for themselves and not for the betterment of the country. Rp@

  9. Anonymous says:

    Dr Tomlinson ruined the chance of independents getting elected in 4 years. No one is going to forget how they were all bought and turned traders.

    • Fred says:

      Umm – only one, two if you include Tara, was bought. You going to blame those who refused to serve under Alden?

    • Anonymous says:

      You would be surprised how quickly people forget! Just think about the 600 plus who gave votes to the same guy who spend Gov funds at the slot machine in the Bahamas!

  10. Unison says:

    Bush: If you beat em, join em!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Does Austin have any mandate from his constituents? Has he bothered to ask?
    Democracy dies the day after the vote or in Cayman’s case, the week after.

    The will of the people is f*ck*d.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Guess this means DrT won’t be harvesting embryonic stem cells in the Cayman Islands. This is a big win for the Christian community.

  13. Anonymous says:

    As long as McKeeva does not have his hands directly on Government Finance/Credit Cards and Arden does not become Premier, I don’t really have a problem with this coalition government moving forward with Alden as Premier.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Negotiating is a skill as is knowing how to dialogue!

    Well done Alden!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Derek Haines for Premier!!!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Alden’s fantasy cabinet….Lmao
    Wednesday you will get a real shock who’s in and who’s out..Politicking at its best.

    IND/CDP- I have directed the new ministers and councilors to work tirelessly with their colleagues to bring about radical socio-economic transformation and to ensure that the promise of a better life for the poor and the working class becomes a reality. Alden get used to the Back benches. I wish to extend my gratitude to the outgoing PPM ministers.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Austin, that sure didn’t take you long to switch teams eh. Smfh you won’t fool me a second time. Enjoy your one hit ride.

    • Hafoo says:

      Austin is doing the right thing.The other independents won’t get much support for their Districts. He is looking out for his people.What do you suggest he does,hold out,get nothing and be a back bencher for four year. The country needs to move on.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Dr Tomlinson and Arden are the two most arrogant people on this island, and they have shown that to us all.

  19. Anonymous says:

    I hope this is the end of the flip flopping. Dr Tomlinson will surely throw every last dollar now to try get what he wants. He really has shown his true colors and his lack of interest in what’s best for the country. No one puts that amount of money into something without the hope of much greater returns.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Wow, Arden you really are arrogant. Stop being so egotistical, it’s a shame when McKeeva stepped up before you would for the Country

  21. Anonymous says:

    Arden let his massive ego get in the way of what was best for the country. I hope you East Enders see the real Arden and that he only cares about himself and power.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Dr Tomlinson stormed into the govt building demanding a meeting with the governor as this was happening…DR T, we Caymanians cannot be bought out by you and your US pharmaceutical companies

  23. Anonymous says:

    Survey is rubbish, anyone anywhere whether a registered CI voter or not can take it.

    • C'Mon Now! says:

      It does tell us that no one really wants Austin in the Cabinet.

      • Anonymous says:

        Austin has a large ego too! As a newcomer look where he sitting, like he is in charge already! That spot should have been for Premier or Speaker designate!

        • Anonymous says:

          Spare me, if you are rating arrogance based on where they are seated one could easily ask why Who-gene is sitting beside the governor? Focus on their policy not on shit about where they sitting! They sat where they sat and the photographer took a shot. Had the photographer stood another angle you would have probably had something else that was negative to say.
          SMH (and no I don’t care for Austin either)

    • Anonymous says:

      Well it is a online survey so it is about as useful as a waterproof towel.

    • Anonymous says:

      Someone’s already filled it in 22 times for McKeeva!

    • Anonymous says:

      I couldnt give a rats ass

  24. Anonymous says:

    Good job Alden! Hold strong! Hopefully the men from the East will come around…though I won’t be surprised if they stubbornly choose to stay on the back bench and make noise!

    • Anonymous says:

      That’s easier than being a Minister and doing some work.

    • Anonymous says:

      The “Men form the East” would be great picks for specialized areas of the Government:

      Ezzard: Ministry of Health

      Arden: Ministry of Planning and Works

      They would be fools to not accept a ministerial role in this Administration. Minus their stubbornness, Alden and Moses can do with some educated, subject-matter focus, senior political figures to help their government along. The People need politicians who are in-tuned to the concerns and improvements needed to keep these Islands’ viable- Socially and Economically! – with the People getting the first, best opportunities to thrive in the country. Restore & Grow the Middle Class.

      Well done, Alden! (PS> Any Senior Politician would have better served the Premiership, than Mac). Thank God you were the chosen ONE from the best of 4 (to include: Ezzard, Arden, Moses)

  25. Anonymous says:

    Can we take away Dr.Tomlinson’s check book so the country can move forward ?

  26. Anonymous says:

    So basically all parties have come to their senses and told Dr Tomlinson where he can shove his ideas…

    • Unison says:

      A few pointers I have to make: –

      Alden McLaughlin: Will go down as the best Party Negotiator since Jim Bodden

      McKeeva Bush: The longest serving MLA and veteran, rescinding in honorable chair

      Doctor Steve Tomlinson: Most political influencial business man that opened everyone’s eyes

      Tara Rivers: By far the most flexible, easy-going female in poli-tricks

      Arden Mclean & Ezzard Miller: The fiercest watchdogs and Non-compromisers yet

      Anthony Eden: Cayman’s most silent and truest Christian Conservative. Second longest serving MLA

      Kenneth Bryan: The best comeback and defeater

      Dwayne Seymour: The best victor

      You see … we are also seeing their true colors ?

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