New petition wants Manderson as governor

| 31/07/2018 | 156 Comments
Cayman News Service

National Security Council meeting in April (L-R) Chief Officer Wesley Howell, Commissioner of Police Derek Byrne, Governor’s Office Head Matthew Forbes, Governor Anwar Choudhury (chair), Deputy Governor Franz Manderson and Attorney General Samuel Bulgin.

(CNS): As Cayman continues to be unsettled about the empty Government House, a new petition is calling on the United Kingdom to give the governor’s job to Franz Manderson. Posted online around four days ago, the petition has more than 480 signatures supporting the idea of the deputy governor and long-time civil servant taking up the post. The recall of Governor Anwar Choudhury seven weeks ago, following as yet unspecified complaints, and the subsequent delay by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in updating the public fuelled a call for his immediate return. But others are now looking for a local solution.

Constitutional complexities aside, the FCO is unlikely to accept the idea of a local governor unless and until the Cayman Islands is ready to discuss road to independence.

However, until the investigation into the allegations made against Choudhury is complete, he will not be returning to Cayman. But given his very public suspension and rumours about the nature of these complaints that have filled the FCO’s vacuum of silence on the matter, even if he is exonerated, Choudhury may not want to return.

The strength of public support for his return may make it easier for him to come back if he chooses, but it is more likely that the FCO will find him another posting once the inquiry is over if the result goes in his favour.

This latest online petition, like the ‘Bring back Choudhury‘ petition, is addressed to the overseas territories minister, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon. This group said it prefers the appointment of Manderson “over the return of the currently appointed Governor …as the time and opportunity has come to have a child of the soil as Governor of the Cayman Islands”.

Despite the constitutional relationship and the contingent liability the UK has for all its overseas territories, the petition said it is “no longer necessary” to have a British governor.

While these petitioners also believe that Choudhury was making changes in government service, they said those moves should not overshadow ongoing efforts by the deputy governor (currently acting governor) to create a world-class civil service.

“We also put forward Mr Manderson’s exemplary career and outstanding service to the Cayman Islands. Thirty-seven (37) years ago Mr Manderson joined the Cayman Islands Civil Service as a teenager in 1981 and has worked his way up through the ranks from an hourly paid employee to the Deputy Governor diligently and his commitment to this country has been unwavering,” the petitioners stated.

Listing his honours and achievements, the petitioners point out that Manderson has served ten different governors, assisted their transition here and acted in the role frequently.

“Throughout decades of service, he has conducted himself with integrity and diligence and Mr Manderson, in the exercise of his functions as Acting Governor and as Deputy Governor, has promoted good governance and acted in the best interests of the Cayman Islands and in accordance with the mandates given by the UK — he is unquestionably qualified for the post of Governor of the Cayman Islands,” the petitioners wrote.

The petitioners indicate that section 29 of the Constitution requires the governor to be appointed by the Queen, but it does not require that person to be British.

“We strongly feel that the time has come for the appointment of our first Caymanian Governor from within our own country. We also make note that there are no barriers to the appointment of Mr Manderson as Governor of the Cayman Islands and confirm that we are confident he is the best option for our country at this time and to lead us into a strong, stable future,” the petitioners added.

The current community concerns about the governor’s job comes at a time when the premier is planning to lead a delegation to the UK in the coming months to negotiate changes to the 2009 Cayman Islands Constitution. Whether or not he will also raise the idea of a local governor remains to be seen.

See links to the rival petitions and related documents in the CNS Library

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Has anyone heard rumors of Choudury’s recall related to security? There has already been an assassination attack on his life.

    • Anonymous says:

      That attack was 14 years ago a world away

      If they are still trying to get him, they must not be very good at it

      Not to mention the fact that the idea of that being the reason is ridiculous in the first place

    • Anonymous says:

      Except 2 minutes of research would tell you that 3 of his attackers were put to death, and 2 others will be in prison for the rest of their lives

  2. Anonymous says:

    Send the petition to Cayshred. They will know what to do with it.
    I just hope that we will get answers soon so that we can move on.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Never.

  4. Anonymous says:

    While I find the ideas both of Manderson as Governor and of the UK appointing a Caymanian as Governor laughable, the point underlying the petition seems to be ‘if the Governor is not in charge of his own office anyway, who cares who occupies the post?’ I have a hard time arguing with that.

    The only petition I’ll sign is the one telling the FCO with a megaphone that Forbes is not welcome here anymore. It’s bad enough we don’t have Bermuda’s level of self-government; here not even our Governor can self-govern his own office; he has to fight like Jim Hacker in Yes Minister with a ‘permanent head’…

    Forbes: Governor, I’m terribly sorry to interrupt, but you’re needed in East End in an an hour. A group of schoolchildren wish to give you a basket of fruits.

    Governor: Schoolchildren…a basket of fruits? Didn’t we do all of that a few weeks ago? Look I love children but can’t the visit be postponed? I’ve got this Senior Leadership Team meeting just after lunch and I’ve only just now had the proposed paper on Project Red Tape to start reading and amending, no thanks to you.

    Forbes: I’m terribly sorry Governor but the event has been in your diary for several weeks. The car is waiting downstairs. I will ensure that your messages are conveyed at the meeting.

    Forbes has got to go…

    • Anonymous says:

      Well said. From at least the late Tom Jefferson the Head of the Civil Service, Chief Secretary whatever they were called were astute gentlemen and exposed to the real world. Mostly they had overseas advanced degrees and lived abroad during their studies or otherwise. Now we have a DG who only has been away during his vacations and no significant overseas exposure by having to live , deal with and compete with the brightest minds abroad. As a poster said, he only has a “little law degree”he obtained while working here. So what was his position even in his High School graduating class?

      So what can we really expect from him and our Premier who has come by the same route?
      No wonder they were upset when the Gov Choudry came with his world class experience, first degree and MBA from no less an institution as Durham University UK.

      At least Ezzard is well educated abroad, and his letters about the issue shows significant intellect by his analysis. His verbal delivery is however wanting most people do not take to him because of it.

      We can’t expect high standards when there is no foundation to work with people.

  5. Ron Ebanks says:

    The chances of you Mr. Manderson becoming Governor looks pretty slim , so to avoid embarrassing youself any further , withdraw your petition. And work with the people on the other petition to bring back Mr. Choudhury .

  6. Anonymous says:

    There is not a chance in hell that the UK would make a local Caymanian become Governor…Look what they just did to their non-typical English Governor…

    Governor Choudhury will be replaced with a new white, formal English speaking Governor who will fit in with the staff at the Governor’s residence, maybe even Helen may come back XXXX…but no dark skinned or locals allowed to stay in the Government house…

    Cayman we are screwed…

    • Anonymous says:

      I really have to wonder where you people have been living or whether you are blind or stupid.

      Lets look at some facts .

      When Manderson was at immigration the department was one of the best run departments in government. Work permits were processed in record time. Enforcement section was on the road arresting illegals. Tv and seating for customers were installed in the customer service area. New procedures laws and regulations were enacted that is benefiting Cayman today. Work permits system was overhauled and work permits processed by staff as well as boards. Human rights were observed and respected.

      The civil service today is on its way to becoming world class. Gone are the days of accounts being submitted late and adverse opinions. All ministries and portfolios are now receiving clean or qualified opinions. Even Ezzard has to give awards for that accomplishment and rightfully so. Kudos to Ezzard.

      Customer service and accountability has improved tremendously. Corruption has been rooted out finally.

      Caymanians are being trained and promoted.

      The best internship programme in Cayman is in the civil service.

      Gone are the days of promotion by tenure alone.

      Gone are the days of civil servants being accused of being lazy. Everyone is working together. Silos torn down.

      Achieving this has made Mr Manderson less popular. But what I am saying here are facts.

      I really believe that most of you haters and simply jealous that a Caymanian has achieved so much. Others have not gotten their way with the DG and is a upset.

      Face up to reality folks and the facts. Look in the mirror and ask yourself what have you done to back Cayman better?

      • Anonymous says:

        The civil service is a disaster. It is nowhere near first class. Franz is making efforts but you are delusional if you do not believe there is a very long way to go.

      • Anonymous says:

        7:03 wrote, “I really have to wonder where you people have been living or whether you are blind or stupid.”

        The truth is, after reading your post we have to wonder where you are coming from with those “alternative facts”. LOLOL None of what you said is based in reality. Accept the fact that we the people know the truth and we are saying a resounding know to Franz Manderson even being considered for Governor. NO!

      • Anonymous says:

        This comment is clearly not anchored in reality

        I can say

        “Our Civil service is so great Alden and Mckeeva ride into the Government admin building every day, under two rainbows and atop twin unicorns”

        Doesn’t mean it’s true
        See how that works

      • Anonymous says:

        7:03 ‘When Manderson was at immigration the department was one of the best run departments in government. Work permits were processed in record time. Enforcement section was on the road arresting illegals. Tv and seating for customers were installed in the customer service area. New procedures laws and regulations were enacted that is benefiting Cayman today. Work permits system was overhauled and work permits processed by staff as well as boards. Human rights were observed and respected.’

        LOL, whatever you’re smoking I want to try it because it for sure beats living in the real world :-}

      • Anonymous says:

        You are obviously living in an alternate universe and smoking some serious mind altering drugs!

      • Anonymous says:

        I get it, you must be a civil servant and probably a franz supporter. I’m neither but to say that the civil service is the best it’s been devalued everything you stated afterwards. Civil service still has a long way to go. Many civil servants would never survive in private sector.
        Anyways not derailing but NO TO FRANZ as governor.

    • anonymous says:

      8.52pm This island is full of racists like you. We need more white skinned Caymanians in the L.A.

    • Anonymous says:

      If they didnt want a brown persons in the Governors house, they could have just skipped this whole show and put in the generic white Governor

  7. Anonymous says:

    How sick are we?!?! A petition to bring back a man that is under investigation for gross misconduct in office and we beg for him to come back without even knowing the facts, without even having the benefit of a final report. Why, because he is an expat from good old mother England. Another petition seeking to install a Caymanian in the post and what do we do? We tear down the Caymanian while begging for the return of the accused. Slave Caymanians and wicked expats!! All doing Cayman a disservice with their very presence. Be gone the lot of you.

    • Anonymous says:

      The woters brought back Mac didn’t they?

    • Anonymous says:

      How do you know he is under investigation for “gross misconduct?” I haven’t seen one thing official as to why he is being investigated other than the canned non-specific answers from the FCO, the Deputy Governor and his present slave master Matthew…

      • Anonymous says:

        8:01 Maybe that is the indication of who penned that post! They seem to know a lot more of what our Governor has been accused of than we have been told. Just sayin! That still does not change my answer from NO to Franz as Governor.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Does anyone understand that Franz would have to be loyal to the UK and not to us?..We would still be in the same position unless we had a constitutional change…

    • Cayman Bro says:

      He nah waiting bobo he already loyal to mama to the detriment of his own kin we dont need constitutional change we just name change! even pocket change!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Bring the slop pail, I need to puke. Manderson for governor is absolute madness. Him and foghorn need to go.

  10. Anonymous says:

    He cannot fix the problem because he IS the problem. If this was the month of April I could pass this off as a April fool’s joke. I was having a good day until I read this horror story.

  11. Ambassador of Absurdistan says:

    Just Another Day in Absurdistan

  12. Anony says:

    So one group wants Franz Manderson and one group wants Governor Choudhury. Both groups seems incredibly bored!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Franz needs to go and try find a job where he can use his little Bachelor of Laws degree. His “management” of the civil service shows that he is in over his head already. Whoever came up with the thought of him becoming governor must have been under the influence of something strong and hallucinating!

  14. Anonymous says:

    thank God the UK is still in control. Just shows the ignorance of people that even voice that simpleton way of thinking.

  15. Mike says:

    Absolute lunacy! Now let’s see whose idea this is. Publish the names of those who initiated this hooplaa! That should make interesting reading. This is twisted soap opera! FCO, I hope you have a finger on the pulse here! Make the wrong move and this blows up in your face to embarrass the UK. Following on Tempura, and Windrush, the smell will be putrid!

  16. anonymous says:

    Now we know we have at least 480 halfwits living here, most of them probably working for the Civil Service.

  17. Anonymous says:

    All fun and games until your democracy fails.

  18. Britbaby says:

    Don’t they realise the Governor’s job is to represent Britain’s interests? A non-Brit doing the job in the modern climate when there is a need to stand up to the misbehaving local politicians is a joke.

  19. Ron Ebanks says:

    I think that if people sign this petition to appoint Mr Manderson to be Governor , and if that gets more signatures than the one to reinsate the real Governor, they will take them both to England and tell the people there , see the people of Cayman Islands want Mr Manderson for Governor not Mr Choudhury .
    Like I said if you sign this petition to make Mr Manderson Governor , you will not only be foolish but stupid too . Take and old experienced sea salt advice and don’t.

  20. Anonymous says:

    i’m guessing the civil service came up with this petition….
    absolute muppetts.

  21. Anonymous says:

    I don’t get the idea that Mr Manderson would somehow clean up the CIG if made Governor Permanently,

    He has been the DG for ages and he has been a part of the dysfunctional civil service for even longer, he has had the ability to put changes into effect, (even if you want to argue that Governors have stopped him in past, which I don’t buy)
    He is a creature of the very system others claim he can fix, a man who has made his career by playing by the rules in the CIG, I doubt that he would do anything other than continue the status quo

    And there is no evidence to point to anything other conclusion

    Sorry Mr Manderson, but the truth is the truth

    • Anonymous says:

      In the second to last line I meant “any other conclusion” not “anything other conclusion”

    • Anonymous says:

      “He is a creature of the very system others claim he can fix, a man who has made his career by playing by the rules in the CIG”.

      Good governance means playing by the established rules/laws. Are you suggesting that people become law-breakers and rogue employees to advance?!

      You sound like you have something personal against Mr. Manderson or is it that you have something against a Caymanian Governor?

      Caymanian Hon. Franz Manderson for Governor of the Cayman Islands.

      • Anonymous says:

        You are an idiot.

      • Anonymous says:

        What in the world are you talking about? Seriously…

      • Anonymous says:

        I am the author of the original comment

        “playing by the rules in the CIG”
        Means the informal internal rules required to have any lasting success within the CIG as an unelected civil servant

        Don’t rock the boat, don’t talk about the inherent issues, talk about accountability and transparency but don’t follow through, cover for other civil servants at every opportunity etc etc

    • Anonymous says:

      You are correct on all counts. I would have said instead HELL NO.

    • Anonymous says:

      One of the highest like to dislike ratios I have seen on this site

  22. Anonymous says:

    No thank you. Bring back the Governor. Nothing will change if this happens.

    • Anonymous says:

      You were expecting much from a foreign Gov who is constitutional bound to foreign affairs and emergencies. Local policy is constitutionally accountable to Ministers via their Chief Officers. Stop disguising your hate of caymanians by pushing for the return of a foreign governor to do some magical reform that they cannot legally do.

  23. Pickle Rick says:

    New petition to lower the price of cassava cake, now available.

    Everyone please go and sign.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Nothing personal against Mr.Manderson, but to repeat Margaret Thatcher’s unforgettable remarks in the House of Commons, NO, NO, NO!
    !

  25. Anonymous says:

    Tisk Tisk Cayman, as the saying goes in both petition cases, be careful what you ask for.

    • Anonymous says:

      @1:37 true, but i’d rather a possible bad choice with the Mr. Choudhurry over a definite bad choice in Manderson.

  26. anonymous says:

    Not going to happen.

  27. Anonymous says:

    These people advocating for a local governor will be the same people to advocate for his replacement or reverting to an overseas appointee after a year. Stupid idea.

    • Anonymous says:

      Caymanian hater. BS!

      • Anonymous says:

        So you are basically saying that all Caymanians who prefer Choudury over Manderson (for blatantly obvious reasons) are Caymanian haters?

        The only Caymanian haters round here are people like you wanting to keep things against Caymanians as they are. You are effectively wishing all Caymanians ill fate rather than better days to come.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Anyone out there remember the shambles at Immigration when he was CIO? If you don’t I can guarantee that more than a few people at the FCO do. This is a UK appointment and he wouldn’t even be considered for it.

    • Anonymous says:

      Funny, I remember Immigration functioning pretty well when he was in charge. It is certainly much worse now than it was then.

      • Anonymous says:

        Stuff is being pulled out of the woodwork now. It wasn’t then but it has been going on for decades.

      • Anonymous says:

        3:54 Sounds to me like you don’t deal with immigration very often. What I remember in his days was (deliberately?) lost paperwork, needless delays, people turning up to get their passports stamped and being sent away for repeat blood tests and on and on and on – it was just mindless hassle. The other thing I remember was a select group of people, my boss was one of them, who had useful phone numbers they used to expedite WPs. I got a TWP issued in three working days even though it was a ‘renewal’ and I was on-island at the time. I’m not saying Mr Manderson was directly involved but on his watch Immigration left a lot to be desired.

      • Anonymous says:

        3:54 Guess you were one of those on his ‘direct line’?

  29. Spectator with deh Popcorns says:

    So Manderson is going to answer to the FCO and defend their policies against Cayman?!

    LMAO ????????????

    Thats so funny… my belly bust!

    • Anonymous says:

      Now that is the crux of the matter – agreed. However, why not, we are a BOT and every senior civil service post is to that allegiance in all truth and fairness. Speaking of which, our very elected representative swear allegiance to her majesty’s government. No excuse! What is your point now?

  30. Anonymous says:

    The Deputy Governor is not in a position to be Governor for the various reasons that he knows, that’s if he is being honest with himself.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Pure madness, if this happens we’re ruined completely. Makes one wonder if this was the ultimate goal to keep that gravy train running with no end in sight.
    Local governors do exist in other countries’ protectorates but in our case I can’t see the FCO being so stupid as to allow this to happen. Then again they just might pay out enough rope to hang ourselves with.

    • Anonymous says:

      If you are caymanian: you are a ruined a self-hater. Shame on you to think so lowly of yourself. If you are a transient wannabe caymanian (for the money) : then you are a plain hater and should go home as soon as possible….pleeease.

  32. Anonymous says:

    There is a petition calling for the decision regarding the KYD $300,000,000.00 cruise berthing facility (port) to go to public referendum.

    Don’t get “lost in the (proverbial colonial) sauce”, Cayman.

    Remain focused on the issues that truly matter and carry the potential to severely impact our lives and those of our children to come.

    So long as we remain a British Overseas Territory the UK government will decide who is governor of the Cayman Islands.
    If we are too afraid to explore independence then we shouldn’t engage in pretend games.

    This petition is asinine.

    If, the true objective is to bypass a certain Governor’s office official, suspected to be truly “in charge”, then the same phantom “Civil Service Master Conspirators” allegedly responsible for having Choudhury removed, should simply work their magic once again, set up another “naughty massage session”…and send him packing too.

    Unless, of course, the last stitch-up was organised by other nefarious (and powerful) entities.

    #fcoinsidejob

    • Anonymous says:

      Sorry to tell you but the berthing construction is set for some time after August 2019. I was looking to renew my shop at the Royal Watler Terminal only to be told all contracts expire August 2019 when they begin restructuring for the “new berthing facility” and new contracts are considered. Government got us there Bo Bo.

      • Anonymous says:

        Go home.

      • Anonymous says:

        For the 2 thumbs down for my post, I’m curious. Are you thumbing down because you don’t believe me? If that is the case contact Melissa Ebanks at the PA who is charge of those contracts and see for yourself. Prove me wrong. The new berthing facility is coming people despite what we want or think.

  33. Anonymous says:

    The more I hear about everything the more I am beginning to think this is a convenient setup. Why now the sudden push for a Caymanian governor? Why suddenly almost right after the current governor is recalled under suspicious circumstances? Isn’t the point of a non-Caymanian governor a sort of check and balance to the governing body? A local governor might be tempted/forced/willingly show favoritism in certain situations and as a “responsible” politician he should see that and not want to put himself in that position but I guess the lure of “ultimate power” has him by the balls.

    • Anonymous says:

      Get out of here with that BS! It would be the first in the 47 years since governors existed that caymanians would be shown favour by a governor if that is what you are scared about. Do you not think it is about time! What a hating remark. Hope you are not caymanian…a true one that is.

      • Anonymous says:

        @4:11 Born and bred by many generations. I’m sorry if your too far down in someone’s pocket or have your head up a dark smelly place to see the light of day. To be honest I’m actually interested in Caymanian governor but I also understand a few things.

        1. The way things work with the sock puppets we’ve elected and continue to elect that that is a position that WILL be abused from day one. That is the point I’m making, our government needs that stop gap in the process because like crabs in a bucket, the current line of government will willingly climb over EVERYONE including you to make sure they stay at the top and get their way or pull others down because their points of view conflict.

        2. The governor’s main allegiance is the UK. As much as they wish/want/will help us. At the end of the day they have to find a balance between the UK and us and therefore cannot get themselves in a position to favor to a certain few but to the whole lot. Is he willing to swear that allegiance? Up hold it? If they can recall Choudhury for “personal disputes” you don’t think they can withdraw a local governor for whatever reason legitimate or made up if they see him not acting in accordance to their expectations?

        3. Manderson may be the apple in a few peoples eyes but to the rest of us he is simply NOT the man for the job if the chance ever came up for a local governor. If he wants the position so bad then have him join the diplomatic core and go to a few other countries and try it out and see. Like any job of high position, previous experience preferred and NO, being DG doesn’t count not quite the same thing.

        4. Conflict. Of. Interest. No need to elaborate on the glaringly obvious.

        5. Permanent governor? Those two words together in that order scream road to corruption and would be dictator. The government of the Cayman Islands last time I check was not a Autocracy (ruled by 1 person, despite what a certain WB MLA wanted, which is what the Manderson petition will give us) but acts like an Oligarchy (ruled by a very small group of people) despite being a constitutional democracy in having the L.A.

        5. Immigration under his watch. Again, no need to elaborate.

        With that being said as much as I would like to see a local governor I also know that it is not a good idea unless someone absolutely fantastic, genuine and incorruptible comes along who is willing to not pick particular sides over another. Sorry but I don’t see a local governor in my lifetime.

        Oh by the way, there have been at least governor I know of that actually did us some good. Russell. Maybe he was before your time so you wouldn’t know but you may want to read up on him.

        • Anonymous says:

          I agree with most everything you said until your last paragraph. Maybe you need to research a little further too and discover Russel’s interesting local connections.

          • Anonymous says:

            @8:18 is right and although Russell did have “interesting local connections” he did more for Cayman than the rest.

  34. Anon says:

    Absolutely NO!

  35. Pit Bull says:

    Goodness, how silly. And just rude.

  36. Anonymous says:

    The gods must be crazy to have any local resident as governor”na taday bobo” bring back the UK

    • Anonymous says:

      I can hope you are not caymanian. Cover my eyes.

      • Anonymous says:

        Everyone had a right to their opinion 4:12 and there are those of us Caymanians who say NO. This would be s disastrous move for our islands, I don’t care how many signatures they obtain. The sad state of the Civil Service shows his capabilities clearly. No thanks.

  37. Anonymous says:

    Great respect for Mr Franz Mandleson and think he would do a great job.
    However imagine Cayman with someone like Buzzard Miller or Chris Saunders at the helm. Cayman would become the Bahamas overnight.

    • Anonymous says:

      Please stop your self-serving scare tactics. I would have you know that the Bahamas are doing very well. They have control of their destiny and are not subject to the arbitrary rules imposed by an administering power like the present public register for beneficial ownership hanging over our heads.

  38. Anonymous says:

    I am sorry, until Franz Manderson becomes an elected official, there is absolutely no way he will become Governor, if the FCO decides to go the local route.

  39. Anonymous says:

    Cayman already has a governor named Matthew Forbes who has been running the show since his arrival. Ask Franz Manderson.

    • Anonymous says:

      hahahahhahahahhaha Yeah if all these jokers on here with their negative comments about Mr. Manderson could only understand that those appointed Gov aides are well institutionalized in British diplomacy and 007 FCO bidding. Standing to “guide” the governors they serve…or as you say that serve them lol

      • Anonymous says:

        So 4:15 if he was appointed what makes you think he would be exempt from such guidance? Based on what I read and heard on the radio this morning it seems that he is already being “guided” by an aide and probably needs the guidance.

  40. Anonymous says:

    Today is not April 1!

  41. Kirky For Guvna says:

    Kirky would be a better option. I’ll get the petition started.

  42. Anonymous says:

    Oh God no!!!!

  43. Anonymous says:

    Conflict, conflict,conflict. If you don’t see a problem with this you is blind. Much respect for the man but……NOT a good idea.

  44. Anonymous says:

    That’s it! I’m starting a petition against stupid petitions!!

  45. Anonymous says:

    GTFOH w/ dat BS!!!

  46. Anonymous says:

    God help us NO NO NO. He cannot run the Civil Service properly and now there are some that want him as Governor. The end of the Cayman Islands if that happens. Please help us someone.

  47. Anonymous says:

    I see where civil servants have been cleared to sign the petition. It would be interesting to see how many have signed to make Mr. Manderson the Governor. I am a caymanian but Im sorry this would be a disaster.

  48. Anonymous says:

    I have great respect for Manderson, but the idea of a local as Governor is disasterous. It would entirely prevent any second guessing of the group think we have operated under in recent years.

    • Anonymous says:

      If we’ve been operating under group-think for several years, which implies no second-guessing as you think should occur, then the overseas Governor wasn’t doing any better than your posited local governor would, now was she? So… why no local governor?

    • Anonymous says:

      Sorry 11:22, I do not have great respect for him and I sure well will not sign any petition supporting him to be appointed as our Governor. If that ever happened it would be the end of our islands.

  49. Anonymous says:

    Pathetic. Let’s make sure that we don’t have someone new trying to upset the gravy train by giving the reigns to someone who is, at minimum, conflicted or complicit.

    • Anonymous says:

      I do agree that Franz has done an exemplary job from day 1 but am conflicted about appointment as governor. Though a comparison to Trump would be outlandish, it does make one think that having officials of extreme integrity is important…

      • Anonymous says:

        An exemplary job doing what 11:45? Must be DH 5K? Must be that because his management of the Immigration Department and now the Civil Service is anything but exemplary. Sorry.

    • Anonymous says:

      We are lost as is, and we would be damn sight worse.

  50. Anonymous says:

    So tell me something, am I stupid or was this entire fiasco surrounding HE Choudhury strategically planned by Franz and his cronies in the Governor’s Office? This is a prime example of what HE Choudhury was going to clean up.

    • Anonymous says:

      @11:15 I thought the same thing too as soon as Franz’s petition came out. All very convenient and smelling worst then Mount Trashmore.

    • Anonymous says:

      I told them that the days of Caymanians being asleep at the wheel were over. This a different breed. It ain’t so easy to pull the wool over our eyes any more. Good post 11.15.

    • Anonymous says:

      What ignorant BS!

    • Anonymous says:

      11:15 I think you are spot on!

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