Bush uses Thanksgiving message to push port

| 28/11/2019 | 98 Comments
Cayman News Service
House Speaker McKeeva Bush delivers a Cayman Thanksgiving video message

(CNS): The speaker of the Legislative Assembly, who is increasingly ignoring the usual protocol of remaining neutral about controversial political issues, has used a Thanksgiving message to push the government’s port project and take a veiled swipe at its opponents. McKeeva Bush said that while he was minded not to be on the offense, as he once would have been, he intended to defend himself against his critics on this issue, calling the port debate the “biggest political football in our history”.

Speaking in a video message to mark the local Thanksgiving celebration on Sunday, Bush said that “pumping it up with misinformation and emotive rhetoric” would be to the determent of those whose livelihoods depended on cruise tourism, which would “fall by the wayside without proper facilities”.

Among his Thanksgiving best wishes Bush also bragged about the success of the coalition Government of National Unity, in which he joined forces with his former arch political enemy, Premier Alden McLaughlin. He said it had just delivered the best budget ever and was going to be doing lots of things that would make the next decade great for Caymanians.

“How can anyone say otherwise,” he said, as he took aim at those willing to criticise the government and urged people who did not feel they were benefitting to contact government and “talk to us”.

See the speaker’s video message on CIGTV below:

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Same sh*t; Different day.

  2. Anonymous says:

    If he can’t spell Protocol how can he even understand it?

    • Anonymous says:

      Shut up fool, honorable Bush is a great leader and great man. He always has our best interests at heart.

      • Anonymous says:

        AlMacBot earning your pay!

        Keep on trying to defend the indefensible. .

        Alden is playing into Mac’s hands by allowing Mac to kill PPM then he will revive UDP to contend the next election.

        Then that will be disaster.

      • Anonymous says:

        He needs to retire as with all of the career politicians. They are too old to understand or care what the younger generation want.

  3. Anonymous says:

    McKeeva claims when he speaks out on political matters as Speaker, he’s conducting his duty as MLA representative for WBW. Seems like he must be correct because no one (Governor) sanctions him and no one (Premier) dissuades him.

    Guess he can have his cake and eat it too! Hmmm?

  4. Anonymous says:

    And people think it’s a good idea to give McKeeva and his kind an army to play with.

    Just imagine . . .

  5. Anonymous says:

    Why does he get even a second of indulgence to convey any message? Not his job to opine on anything!

  6. Elvis says:


  7. Wiciously Weering Wolwo Wan says:

    He don’t need no education. He got Granny’s wits!

  8. J|) says:

    The Void agrees. A speaker must maintain neutrality. Such brazen disregard speaks volumes.

  9. Anonymous says:

    this man is an alliterate we and we the people are allowing him to go full speed ahead with what he wants to do?

  10. Anonymous says:

    McKeeva would burn this island to a crisp if it would make him king of the ashes.

  11. Right ya so says:

    You know as well as I do that the West Baya’s will re-elect him! This man is in it for life.

  12. Concerned Diver says:

    What happened to neutrality? Gov tells all gov employees to remain neutral and Mac just keeps on at it! What a piece of work. Retire already!

  13. Anonymous says:

    The man has no sense of his position and should be let go in all senses of the words. Stop commenting you nutter, you are supposed to be neutral.

    • Anonymous says:

      Mac promised to build the dock in the North Sound as a backdoor deal for Dart.

      He is getting his way, along with the help of many others who are going all out to stop the GT Dock development.

      Ask how many of those persons also moved aggregate for Dart to hep build the E. Tibbetts Bypass?

  14. Movement says:

    This entire Port project is the doing and at the direction of McKeeva Bush and NOT the Premier. Let me explain what I have just said. Big Mac has ALWAYS wanted a dock- we remember the fiasco with CHEC and others. Now that he is the glue holding this Unity Goofernment (intentional spelling) together- he is pushing the port project and directing Alden and Moses to push it through if they want to remain in power- its sort of like a ransom. Do what I say or I will leave the Unity Government and possibly cause the entire party to mash up.So Alden is doing just that and pushing the dock to remain Premier.

    I do not for one minute believe that Alden honestly supports this dock- he knows better but he is at the mercy of Mac and knows what will happen should he oppose.

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree- SPOT ON!

    • Anonymous says:

      Politricks troll.

    • Anonymous says:

      Never thought of this scenario but I think the writer could be 100% correct. To me it isn’t that ill-conceived an idea.

    • Anonymous says:

      If we have a leader so weak he can be blackmailed, who doesn’t have the gumption to call BS and stand up to bullying, then we have no leader. Or this could be you spinning a tale for when the referendum fails and Alden needs an excuse to stay in power. Whilst I don’t like Alden, or Mac come to that, I suspect Alden is not that spineless. If he is, we need new politicians and now.

    • Anonymous says:

      Movement, I agree generally with your assessment. Mac does have Alden over a barrel but Alden chose that barrel because he wanted to be Premier because of his ego. Where I disagree is that Alden really does support the dock. Look at his track record. He, like Mac, believes in grandiose projects as monuments to themselves that will guarantee cost overruns and future tax increases. That was his vision and reality when thinking it was possible to build 5 schools simultaneously. A clear thinking leader would have thought of the possible reasons why that approach would be unwise. Now together with Mac, Moses and Kurt Tibbetts (who is still their puppet master) Alden wants to be known for the dock regardless of the cost financially and environmentally. He is now trying to back pedal from painting himself into a corner. When arrogance, backstabbing and treachery fails, he will always plead ignorance. You may not know Alden, but many people now realise who he is.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I wish this fool would keep his mouth shut. Hate the sight of him.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely tone deaf to the fact that at least 25% of electorate oppose the Port hustle and misinformation. Let him keep talking and seal his legacy.

  17. Anonymous says:

    He and like him just don’t understand that their time is over. Intimidation is not going to work anymore. Younger generations think differently, want and do things differently . They are left with environmental mess, toxic waste, social division based on religion, race and sexual orientation, BUT they’re going to fix it and they would start with dethroning the entire LA. They (LA members) could continue throwing verbal fits, embarrassing themselves, but not for much longer. The could continue Monaco, Hollywood trips while such events like “Feed our future” at Kimpton embarrass the nation with 2bil. budget, but not for much longer.

    when a man is too old to be a clerk or a gardener or a police-court magistrate, isn’t it rather strange that he believes he is ripe to “run” a country? When mental agility and ability of a person declines as he gets older why is he allowed to rule a nation? Virtually everyone loses memory-making and cognitive abilities as they age, just saying.

    • Vote No! says:

      Very good point and there should be a term limit set in place to prevent politicians from 30 years of service.That’s just too much repetition in my view, it’s why not many changes have occurred on this island. I trust that my generation and the younger ones can take us forward.

    • Anonymous says:

      The people of West Bay do not agree with you 8:35. McKeeva is a genius.
      Looking forward to a turkey and new refrigerator this Xmas in West Bay.

    • Anonymous says:

      Haha..these old politician time is clearly up. On social media they are getting destroyed and look at the timing. Its like watching them get hit by a category 5 storm.
      While that young girl from Norway is going viral and speaking at the UN they are trying to kill a coral reef.

      These are guys are lost beyond measure.

      Its like watching Amazon destroy circuit city and toys r us or to put it in their words like Ivan hitting they house.

      They are totally stunned and for the first time in a long time totally irrelevant and almost getting to a point where they are illegitimate. A paper government only.

      Let’s get real this port ..it will never be built ..good job wasting $9 million (add to they list of waste) and if it by some miracle is built these old frogs are going to end up in a newly formed Environmental Genocide court in Europe that will be formed in the next 10-15 years. They will be put up for crimes against the earth and their wealth will be confiscated and kids will have to disown their legacy. In less than 5 years they will end up on some sort of blacklist or sanction list for crimes against humanity and no more jet setting around.

      They too fool to see that future though but a fitting end to a bunch of fat frogs.

    • DevelopTheYouths says:

      And you think the youths know more?
      Wisdom comes with age. Unfortunately greed and power hungry as well.

      Start a “What the Youths Know” show. Ask basic questions. You will be shocked about the “generation knowledge gap”.

      Develop and train the youths. When they are “ready” the electorare will know.

      Oh, there will ALWAYS be race, religion, sexual orientation et al division. (Well, until robots take over).

  18. Anonymous says:

    Can’t wait for his Christmas and New Years Eve messages..NOT!!!! We have had enough of his negativity and bullying for one year…

    VOTE NO!!!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Whether you are a supporter of The Hon Speaker of the House or not, one has to wonder what is his personal interest and investments in this port? Surly from is actions Ray Charles can see it is self interest?

  20. Anonymous says:

    Poor old Big Mac your days are becoming neigh. Big Mac time too call on your church so they can have some revival services for you.

  21. Cheese Face says:

    P**s off Mac.

  22. Arthur Rank says:

    Anonymous at 7.49 said that when Bush supports something, best oppose, unless “you are in for a piece”
    When anyone supports something that all logic and reason demonstrates is wrong, then yes there must be something outside the discussion that is influencing him. In his case, this has been going on for so long, it is reasonable to wonder what that might be. Well, at one stage, the recommended contractor (do I remember this right?) was sacked by him, and replaced by a Chinese group with a dreadful reputation for interesting business inducements. That was years ago, and still he supports the unsupportable, Why? Maybe 7.49 has a point!
    Anyway, the problem has been made much easier to judge, Candy Whicker has laid out the questions, and gives reasonable answers, so all Bush has to do is read , yes I know it hurts but just do it, and he can reach the right conclusion, albeit he is supposed to be neutral, but we never expected him to meet those minimum requirements!

  23. Political football? LOL says:

    Keep your message I for one don’t need anyone trying to tell me how to vote especially the speaker who is going against government policy in remaining neutral definitely not Mac. The chapter for these career politicians is coming to an end and if people can’t see they taking us down a road of the unknown then check your facts and make the right decision. VOTE NO!!!! DEC 19 btw Cayman thanksgiving is Sunday lol thought he was the most Caymanian.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Mac and Alden have outlived the time when their intimidation tactics worked.

    When a political.leader can boastfully tell their electorate to stay home the government will decide how you should have voted and then count your vote the way they want the results to go then democracy dies.

    Time for them to go.

    Time for me to vote no.

  25. Anonymous says:

    This man has no shame and is a disgrace

  26. UnCivil Servant says:

    Watching Mac publicly unravel is sad. He has no concept of neutrality as Speaker. Where is the Governor on all of this?

    Then his Twitter fingers take over after the Zacapa gods have talked to him then it’s hysterical watching the man take on the world on Facebook to only embarrass himself, Premier Alden and the unity crew of jokers.

    Alden Moses McKeeva Joey Jon Jon Tara Juliana Austin David Barbara Eugene and Roy are the biggest reasons no one trusts this government. Time to vote them all out.

  27. Kurt Christian says:

    Vote No

  28. Anonymous says:

    He lost our trust from long time, so nothing he says or does will ever win back the public’s support. It’s too late for you McKeeva. I’d say about 80% of Caymanians want you out. So just resign, along with Alden, you’ve done enough damage to our beautiful islands 🙁 🇰🇾.

  29. Anonymous says:

    When Bush supports something it is best to oppose….unless you’re in for a piece

  30. Anonymous says:

    Even on Thanksgiving, he can be hateful and negative..One would think the speaker of the house would have little more couth and manners..Nothing more than just a Bully!!

  31. Anonymous says:

    What an A$$!!

    Feel like puking every time I see him..Disgusting!

  32. Anonymous says:

    Dear old Ormond Panton summed it up when he said “the higher monkey climb the more he shows his a$$”.

    Nuff said!!!

  33. Anonymous says:

    And exactly what is the connection between the Cayman Islands and American Thanksgiving?

    Next we know he’ll be wanting to add it to the public holiday schedule!

    Is this another MLA losing the plot?

    • Anonymous says:

      Cayman Thanksgiving is a weekend-long national celebration to honour Caymanian heritage, culture and way of life. This is a time for fellowship among family, friends and neighbours while allowing an opportunity for our Caymanian community to express gratitude for our many blessings. This weekend celebration will culminate on the first Sunday of December, centred around a traditional Caymanian meal. #GiveThanksCayman

    • Anonymous says:

      I wondered the same thing. Cayman thanksgiving is Sunday though I believe.

    • Anonymous says:

      I was confused why the radio all talks about American thanksgiving when cayman thanksgiving is now. So odd. People need to realise we aren’t in their country, they are in ours.

    • Anonymous says:

      couldn’t agree with you more. what the hell are we celebrating American thanksgiving for? We belong to the United Kingdom.
      In the old days the Presbyterian church used to celebrate “Harvest” around this time of year as that was when the crops were harvested.

    • Anonymous says:

      Didn’t you know? We are South Miami Beach, Caribbean. Wake up 6:33 and look what’s going on around you.

  34. Anonymous says:

    He is not ignoring the laws he just does not understand the need for laws. Perhaps if he went back and finished high school? But then would the people vote for him if he became too smart? No. Better for him if he stays just a little smarter than the voters.

    • Anon says:

      Not sure of his opportunities and if/why he did not finish high school- would say he has much opportunities for many a year now and has not educated himself. However he has fooled the most educated legislators over the years so is obviously no fool. Smarts being used for personal gain and self preservation.
      Alden is educated and his first act when being elected was to join ranks with McKeeva, after splitting for years he is back in the fold and by the looks of it he is McKeeva’s puppet.
      We need to get rid of these politicians who mean us no good.

    • Hancock says:

      Is he eligible to return to high school?

    • Anonymous says:

      You are an insulting troll. I think the man is XXXX but you aren’t making things any better by alienating those that have fallen under his spell.

      Think of the children.

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