Bryan offers to support coalition

| 30/05/2017 | 73 Comments
Cayman News Service

Kenneth Bryan

(CNS): Kenneth Bryan, who was successfully returned to office after an acrimonious election fight with the former finance minister in George Town Central, has said that he may join the coalition government and that he has offered his services to the PPM and is awaiting a response. Bryan, who is currently facing a seat on the opposition bench, has scheduled a meeting for Tuesday evening to ask his constituents if they want him to become part of the new administration if his offer is accepted by the PPM-led government.

As the twists continue in the aftermath of the very uncertain result delivered by more than 15,000 voters, Bryan is now seeking to support the coalition and boost the number of Independents on the government benches. He told CNS, however, that if the government decides not to accept his offer, he intends to speak to his constituents on Tuesday night about his commitment to them regardless and the efforts he will make to serve “from the opposition benches” if that’s what happens.

The premier has so far shown a willingness to be inclusive of any Independents wishing to support his government. However, Bryan, a former PPM member, was sacked by Alden McLaughlin from his post as political assistant to the premier after he was arrested on assault charges, and obvious animosity still exists between the young MLA and the Progressives.

The PPM may also be concerned about Bryan’s connection to Dr Steve Tomlinson, as there is a strong feeling that his part in this election was a disruptive influence and not one for good. They believe his decision to try to undermine the party system by funding random and very different Independent candidates without any apparent policy strategy was merely an attempt to control government from the outside.

The wealthy former hospital owner and surgeon, who now owns a share in the local paper The Cayman Reporter, wholeheartedly backed Bryan’s campaign. While questions remain over which other succesful Independents can thank Tomlinson for their seat, there is no question that Bryan was dependent on the doctor. Tomlinson, however, has said he will have no power over any of the MLAs elected to government and will not be seeking to inappropriately influence them.

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Category: 2017 General Elections, Elections, Politics

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The people of GTC chose a one time handout over a long term hand up. That is the sad reality.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    #notmyrepresentative

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  3. Anon. says:

    Someone questioned Kenneth education, c’mon now. What education does McKeeva have and he was the Premier.
    Kenneth has made mistakes and he is obviously still growing and learning. He asked GTC to give him a chance so he now has his chance, let’s see what he does.
    He really does need to stay away from the personal attacks, take the high road.
    If he is truly about doing what is best for his constituents, it is not about him so put aside his personal grudges and move on.
    He seriously didn’t expect a seat at the table with a PPM led govt, not because they are spiting him but because they don’t trust, even less than McKeeva which says a lot.

    He should have never planted that seed in his constituents’ minds about being left behind, it just causes unnecessary tension. Everything that happens now they will see as a slight against them.

    GTC you voted Kenneth in over Marco because you wanted a change, here is your change.

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  4. Curious voter says:

    Kenneth Bryan, who was successfully returned to office after an acrimonious election fight with the former finance minister in George Town Central

    CNS, when was Kenneth Bryan ever and MLA to be returned to office? He used to be Aldens assistant, he was never previously voted in office

    CNS: “Returned to Office” is an expression that means “elected”. Similarly, “returning officers” are not officers that are coming back but are election officials.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    A tall tree with no shade

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Kenneth cannot be trusted. That is the bottom line. He has no place in running our cutey even though he has figured out how to be a politician in an uneducated area

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  7. Knot S Smart says:

    I hope they at least give him some kind of job. May I suggest cleaning Alden’s desk, taking out the trash, keeping the tea room tidy, shining the shoes of the Ministers of Govt etc…

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  8. Anonymous says:

    When Bryan is asked to toe the party line he might everyone needs to roll up a banknote and get the credit cards out.

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  9. anonymous says:

    With all the negative comments about this man one would think he is a foreigner, but guess what,”he born ya”. So suck it up,just pray that he can make a useful contribution.

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  10. Anonymous says:

    This is just a oublicity stunt. Kenneth was not asked to join and now he wants to pretend that he wants to work with PPM.

    This is just a way for him to trick the fools that voted for him so he has an excuse for no getting anything done.

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  11. Anonymous says:

    Ok no snickering in the house Bryan. Remember what Foolio got for that.

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  12. Anonymous says:

    Give Kenneth a chance. His ideas are good and patriotism more evident that PPM lot.

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    • Anonymous says:

      I can’t wait for you to type us the list in 4 years time evidencing all that he has done for the benefit of his country and electorate

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  13. Anonymous says:

    I attended Kenneth’s tonight and of course because he was not given a YES to join the government all he did was again speak negatively about the PPM. Kenneth please grow the hell up and stop your quest on trying to encourage a war in GT. As a representative you should now be speaking positive encourgement to your people. Why would you say to the people that your fear is that The central GT constituents will be spited against by the Government ? Left behind ? Please understand the Government is now made up if mature leaders who have come together for the betterment of all Cayman including Central GT. Grow up man, enough with your personal agenda.

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    • Anonymous says:

      That’s him! I am still trying to figure out how the people of GTC elected him over Marco.. Well, they will have 4 years to think about it…. Idiots just like him!!!

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      • Anonymous says:

        Don’t worry he will be a 1 and done. GL trying to keep all those promises you made from the opposition bench.

        You can’t even make this stuff up.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Because the condescending behavior towards Kenneth by Marco,and Alden motivated a lot of people to vote against Marco.

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  14. Anonymous says:

    Take several seats, Kenneth!

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  15. George Towner to dah bone says:

    Kenneth better go and sit down in the Opposition box where he belong, and beat up his gum with the other five jokers. I don’t want him no where near the government bench, not after what he done to Marco Archer and for bad mouthing Alden, over the past few months. You don’t expect to cuss out your neighbor and then turn around, and want to borrow their bicycle. He got some nerve!.

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    • POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY says:

      Didn’t Alden and McKeeva kiss and make up to form a coalition? This after nearly 20 years of nasty political battles or was this just a fake unity to trick the people and necessary for their political survival?

      If those two can work together in a government of national unity no one should be discounted due to political bad blood.

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  16. Anonymous says:

    After consistently bashing the PPM in his campaign this guy now has the balls to want to offer his support??? He should have thought about that before his low down dirty tactics. Did he actually believe that if he won as a independent that a PPM lead government would consider him if he was elected??? Obviously you are young and the coaching that you received from the T Factor didn’t pay off and as they say you may have won the battle but lost the war…

    All I have to say is know your place Kenneth… and next time run a clean campaign and not the dirt that you considered to be a campaign in the 2017 elections. Marco was the clear choice in GTC and one day people will realize this and unfortunately our country will have to pay for this misguided, misinformed and mislead events that oucurred in GTC during the 2017 election.

    I hope that this is a lesson learned and if you run again that you consider that you should only run your campaign on what is best for the country and and not on personal attacks. You have now been placed in to a position that will make it next near impossible for you to deliver on all the campaign promises that you made during your campaign. How will this benefit the people which elected you to only be on the backbench, object to all of polices which the government brings to the house but not actually be able to influence and develop these polices. My hope is that you will take the next four years to study the good and the bad, watch and learn, understand what it means to be a statesman and to put our country first. If you are able to accomplish these things you will be a better representative and person come 2021.

    Just keep it clean moving forward, find solutions and not just find problems with what is presented by the government as if this continues you unfortunately are apart of the problem and serve no real purpose.

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    • POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY says:

      I guess Austin Harris didn’t bash ppm for years then

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      • Anonymous says:

        Austin criticized everyone for years, that was his job. But did you notice that in all of Kenneth’s debates on Cayman27 that the only ad shown was Kenneth’s ad bashing PPM?

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      • Anonymous says:

        Who bashed and fought the PPM and specifically Alden more than Mckeeva? It’s ok for Alden and Mac to make up and work together in the best interest of the country but not with Kenneth? Really?

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  17. Anonymous says:

    Poor old Kenneth is like so many of “brilliant Caymanians” Ezzard and dem tell us about who can’t get jobs but in fact they are unemployable for a whole slew of reasons…..except as politicians. What gainful employment lasting any significant time has Bernie Bush ever had???

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  18. Anonymous says:

    Did he at least graduate high school, I mean what education does this fella have?
    Nothing but nothing but trouble….

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    • Anonymous says:

      If he did, it was by the skin of his neck. He was no honour student….that is for sure!

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    • Anonymous says:

      He certainly did graduate from high school and college. He has been a member of the LA for many years. Actually if every MLA took their job seriously and fulfilled their mandate that is a full time job.

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    • Anonymous says:

      7:22pm Who are you referring to? MacKeewa dropped out at 13. Kenneth graduated and carried on to continue his studies at Uni.

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  19. Annonymos says:

    What a big joke.

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  20. Caymanian donkey says:

    LMAO! Hmm, not sure how to respond to this, 1st Austin, then John John, now this donkey.
    Please don’t let him anywhere near an office. Make him sit across the bench for 4 years.

    Mind you he’s making more money eh than he’s ever made before 130k plus. Maybe you could give him a job at the dump, or at least photocopying paper for Mac at the LA building.

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  21. Anonymous says:

    Is this guy for real??!! A real joker. kmt

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  22. Anonymous says:

    Ironically Kenny seems from his latest video to have morphed into Marco Archer.

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  23. gene bodden says:

    we don’t want, or need him!

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  24. fred says:

    Man has no shame – will happily turn his coat and offer to work for a man he openly despises – and in exchange for what? A seat on the other side of the room?.

    At this rate the opposition is going to consist of Ezzard and Arden. The Independents proud press release in which they said they were all standing firm to reflect the will of the people just demonstrates how disorganised and uncoordinated they are.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Oh you mean do the same thing that Alden has just done with McKeeva? Hmmmm .. pot calling the kettle black!

      I wonder how David Wight feels as much as he has cussed CDP/McKeeva – to know that now he’s in bed with them all.

      So amusing.

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      • Fred the Piemaker says:

        Seeing as I am not Alden the pot /kettle slur doesn’t really work. And yes, Alden is working with a man he openly despises – and is in litigation with. But I can at least see what he got for that devil’s bargain. Bryan, not so much.

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  25. Anonymous says:

    I am so glad that Dr Tomlinson and Kenneth’s true colors came to light by the end of the negotiation process. We don’t need people like that anywhere in our Government. They represent their own interests, not the island’s.

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  26. Anonymous says:

    OK supporters here’s the scoop:

    1)My benefactor gave me money for the election.
    2)Elections are over and my benefactor has closed his cheque book.
    3)I now have to live on a MLA salary which, although it might seem like a lot to you, is actually much less that what my benefactor was giving me.
    4)I’m not going to give you any of my salary, and if I’m not in government then I’m not going to get any hush money to pass on to you.
    5)Where can we get money to keep you in the manner to which you have become accustomed?
    6)Can any of you pretend to be seamen?
    7)Tell me to join PPM and I will see how many of you I can get on the pauper list.
    8)Remember it’s less than 4 years before the handouts start up again to stay strong.

    Any questions?

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  27. Unison says:

    So he gets rid of Marco Archer, PPM’s best Finance Minister … and now he want to offer them his services??? ?

    Thats politics for ya!

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  28. Anonymous says:

    Let him sit on the opposition benches. He deserves no say.

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  29. Anonymous says:

    No way Moses and Alden, let him sit on the sidelines after the chaos he has brought our electoral process. He is no good for Cayman.

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  30. Anonymous says:

    If they take him into the group they are fools. He would stab them in the back the first chance he got. Plus it would give Dr Tomlinson a mole in the government. After using money and handouts to cheatingly beat Marco Archer, doing the island a great disservice, he does not deserve it. Plus, every deal he and Dr T tried to hash out did not include PPM members, so why include him????

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    • Anonymous says:

      Exactly! He has NOTHING to offer. Not a damn thing. The best thing he could have done for the country was stay out of politics.

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  31. Anonymous says:

    LOL, what a joke this guy is… he can’t even get his own life sorted out and now he is being paid to sort out ours??

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  32. For your 411 says:

    At the moment there is not a “Premier”! The swearing-in is tomorrow.

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  33. Anonymous says:

    Dude, are you smokin somethin?

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  34. Anonymous says:

    GTC has been fooled by this ‘Mouth piece’ and let down the best finance minister we had in history! WTH is his qualifications to be a MLA let alone a minister!

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    • Anonymous says:

      I say he should step down.. Would that not mean that Marco wins by default?? If he loves his country he would let a educated, capable man have the job!

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  35. Anonymous says:

    He “offered his services”. ? What the hell does he think he can bring to the table? He is lucky he got elected because he’s barely employable elsewhere.

    I hope that Alden doesn’t pick up this loose cannon to add to his team.

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  36. Hell No says:

    Sit down and be quiet.

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  37. Anonymous says:

    Mr. Bryan, my question is why you are not reaching out to the Premier instead of the Deputy Premier elect?

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  38. Anonymous says:

    here we go go

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  39. Anonymous says:

    Wow. Speechless.

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    • Stephenson Tomlinson says:

      I now fully understand how our Lord felt when he said:
      “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”
      The Kenneth Bryan who I have come to know is a bright, caring, intelligent, young Caymanian with a heart for his people who does not deserve such disparaging remarks.
      Like most of us, he comes from humble beginnings but in spite of this, he has made a man of himself and today was sworn in as an MLA. Can you imagine how proud his family must be?
      May I remind you that, like Kenneth, I too grew up in GT Central and later lived most of my adult life on Crewe Road and Tropical Gardens which are also part of GT Central. We both love and understand the wonderful people in this constituency and as the saying goes, love begets love.
      Kenneth’s victory has been bitter-sweet to both of us. How many times we wished that Marco had run in another constituency! But I guess the PPM would have it no other way. I wish both young men the very best.
      Thanks to the more than 7000 voters, some 44% of those who voted, who grasped the virtue in my message. You certainly did all you could and if only The Government of National Unity works, history might just record that the independent movement had something to do with it.

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