Alden and Arden will need to work together

| 24/05/2019 | 14 Comments
Cayman News Service

Premier Alden McLaughlin

(CNS): Premier Alden McLaughlin has congratulated his former party colleague, Arden McLean, on becoming the new opposition leader and said the one-time political allies will need to work together again in the coming months. It has been around seven years since McLean left the PPM without ever spelling out his reasons, though political pundits have long accused him of walking because he was not given a chance to lead the party, as McLaughlin was tipped by the former leader, Kurt Tibbetts, as his heir apparent.

While many believe there is still animosity between the two men, McLaughlin said there were several important areas in which he worked very closely with the previous opposition leader, Ezzard Miller, and he “looked forward” to continuing that with McLean, “together in the best interests of the Cayman Islands country and its people”.

The premier pointed to the talks with the UK over constitutional reforms and the work that the National Security Council is doing to make Cayman safer. He said that in Cayman’s political system the opposition has a role in providing a healthy challenge and rigorous scrutiny of government on behalf of the people.

“I have no doubt that you will bring your customary robustness and attention to detail to this vitally important part of your new role,” McLaughlin wrote in  letter to the new opposition leader.

“Please accept my personal best wishes and those of all of us on the government benches as we wish you well during your tenure as the honourable leader of the opposition,” he added.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Arden did not give himself a chance to become party leader. He refused to run against Alden in a party member vote. This was very silly of him as many of us would have voted for him at that time and given Alden a chance the next time.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    If only words had meaning!
    All of em in one paper bag together

  3. Anonymous says:

    This should be most entertaining!

  4. Anonymous says:

    The Governor is like your father when you were growing up. Make a mistake and see who’s really the boss.

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  5. D Zaster says:

    Stubborn vs Ignorant … what a disaster! Let me just say a big “Thank you” to Ez for being a voice of reason and bringing balance to Cayman politics for many years. I do not necessarily subscribe to all of his viewpoints, but he has proven himself to be worthy of not just my respect, but I think of all. Thank you Ez, and GOD speed.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Just in time for my blessinng to flow.

  7. Anonymous says:

    NOW THIS WAY IT IS ….No sa .

  8. Anonymous says:

    Alden is intelligent, Arden is not.

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  9. Say it like it is says:

    Is it still “within the rules” for members of the House to use their government credit cards to gamble on slot machines?. Is there any audit of their expense claims?.

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  10. Anonymous says:

    Alden and Arden are 2 stubborn mules beholden to KT and Big Mac. They are real power behind the throne of a paper Premier

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  11. Anonymous says:

    McKeeva’s two favorite puppets better learn to play nice together.

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  12. Anonymous says:

    what a heat!!!

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