Speaker takes aim at ex-CDP member

| 14/11/2019 | 74 Comments
Cayman News Service
Speaker McKeeva Bush makes a speech to mark 35 years in the Legislative Assembly

(CNS): House Speaker McKeeva Bush took aim at a former party political colleague on Thursday, when he rose from his chair to deliver a statement on the day he celebrated 35 continuous years as an MLA. He spoke about the privilege of serving the people of West Bay, but it wasn’t long before he was taking swipes at members in the Legislative Assembly. And without naming Bernie Bush, he accused him of insinuating improper motives before he crossed the floor last month.

In a rambling speech, jumping around from subject to subject, what was clear was his attack on his West Bay colleague, his support for the current government and his belief that, despite being speaker, he should be allowed to speak and was happy to declare his bias.

He berated West Bay North MLA Bernie Bush as he quoted his comments about not being “for sale” when he left the government bench following the referendum debate.

“Utterances, impugning improper motives and insinuating bad comments that can bring members… into disrepute is unacceptable… No member need to play lily white as our people know us all… I listen; I have to. When any member impugned members… by slight handed reference, especially in this environment when some use the referendum as a campaign of securing their seat in the next election, I am not going to tolerate that… When you say you are not for sale you are impugning members,” Speaker Bush said.

He suggested that by saying he was not for sale, he was implying that his colleagues were. “Especially when I know you’re lying… I know who’s lying,” the speaker added.

Speaker Bush implied that this put members in danger of being threatened, just as he and other members were when they put the labour legislation in the law many years ago.

McKeeva Bush went on to laud the current PPM-led government and admitted he was being political when he declared that it was the best governance model since he was elected. The budget for 2020/21 was the best over that 35 years he had served, even for 50 years, he declared, ordering the MLA for GTC to sit down after he rose to interject.

See the speaker’s address in full on CIGTV below:

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  1. Anonymous says:


    anyways…you get the idea

  2. Anonymous says:

    Yeah they haven’t shown themselves to be very effective have they…no one is allowed to screw with the old boys club or stories start to come out

  3. Anonymous says:

    The youtube link on my screen shows him and the words “Legislative Ass…” It couldn’t be any more appropriate. How can you be a NEUTRAL speaker of the house yet make statements like this. It is so disrespectful to your position that act like you do and treat it the way you do. What a joke you are, it’s time you retire or be retired.

  4. Anonymous says:

    mac is living proof that not everyone deserves a vote.

  5. Anonymous says:

    You people blaming the electors need to admit what you already know. He is only there because of the educated with d e e p pockets that want him there.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Don’t let Bernie fool you….he was with the opposition from the beginning…jumped ship to save his a$$…it is not easy baking breads….c’mon Cayman, you have a lot of smart people in your country…asked your government for a referendum for a “national vote”… ensure that people like Mr. Panton and Mr. Archer is managing your country affairs. Just look at how the conduct inside the legislative assembly for 2013 to 2017 verses 2017 to present. Quite a shame at present…and it is going to get worst when the remainder of their cohorts is elected….Biggest mistake ever….one man one vote…Alden created this…hope the port don’t end up like this… (National Vote)

    • Anonymous says:

      Say what you want about the rest of our political system but OMOV is probably the best thing that ever happened to this country

      Splitting up the people who would have otherwise just ticked down the ballot and put 6 PPM Members in via George Town
      The PPM is now unable to get the same number of elected members without Bodden Town

      It is the only reason we do not have an outright PPM majority shoving this port down our throats
      OMOV, ‘supported’ by Alden and ironically it was the stumbling block to his election plans

      He probably kicked himself that night watching those results come in

  7. Cayman man says:

    This is a Act…he see the everyone against the PPM and the Premier, this is his way of keeping a “Balance”

  8. Anonymous says:

    Thanks West Bayers. Great job giving us 35 years of this baby Trump in the LA. He’s played a significant role in the decline of Cayman in so many areas, but whatever. At least you got washing machines, paved driveways, and a few hundred dollar bills here and there, right? Totally worth it, I’m sure.

    • Anonymous says:

      2.49pm Turning over your proof to the Anti Corruption people are you? No? So you’re just going to talk the talk but not walk the walk.

    • Anonymous says:

      @2:49 People like you need to stop broad brushing all West Bayer’s as being responsible for electing this man! That’s like saying all people from GT elected Alden.

      Yes I am from WB, but did not vote for him for several decades, and I embarrassed whenever he makes an utterance.

      That said, unfortunately there are many in our district that are and have been brainwashed for many, many years! So, to some extent, I can understand fools like you from other districts as well.

    • Anonymous says:

      West Bayer/Caymanian Trump? But he didn’t built the Wall, he’d built the Brigde!

  9. Anonymous says:

    The man is a joke. Is it a surprise this country is going to the dogs with the likes of this clown in charge.

  10. Anonymous says:

    A true gas bag.

  11. Anonymous says:

    He’s 65 in January and to someone who will be 69 in February he’s an embarrassment to our generation.

  12. Anonymous says:

    soooo he violated his oath as speaker, shouldn’t he be removed from the position?

  13. Anon says:

    What does this say about West Bay voters, are they simpletons or is there a dark force present that gauarantees their votes for this man over 35 years with his record.

  14. Ludicrous says:

    All he needs, is a big red nose, a jester’s hat with bells, some baggy trousers, and he could run away and join the circus.

  15. Kman says:

    The man has no sense of integrity and humility and can’t wait for the day he’s out of office as he’s been nothing short of a national humiliation. Bernie is a person of good character and so happy he’s rid himself from the PPM/UDP sad farce, Tara isn’t worth a sentence a plain disgrace.

    Mac, go find a hole and stay there.

  16. Anonymous says:

    The day he vacates the House will be declared a national holiday
    Hear me now, quote me later
    Though I doubt he will be leaving till he is carried out either after losing or shuffling off this mortal coil

  17. Anonymous says:

    You’d think the man that has been in there the longest would understand the rules by now but as usual he does nothing but embarrass our islands and our people
    The day when he no longer serves will be the rise of a new bright future for Cayman, I hope the people of West Bay after a generation finally see they deserve better representation than this handsy buffoon

  18. Anonymous says:

    Politics in most countries seems to attract people with the lowest morals.

  19. Johnny Be Good says:

    Let me translate some of his speech for those who are new here:

    “…in the interest of the people of these islands” = I have served myself and very well thank you!
    “…the growth and maturity displayed by members of this house” = I’m not talking about myself.
    “…it is admirable and advisable that members continue to portray ethical and morally acceptable practices as we execute our functions in this honourable house” = While I admire other members that might have some semblance of moral and ethical foundation I will continue to kid myself that I’m held to a higher standard.

    On a final note, if he wasn’t wearing that wig I could have sworn he was talking out of his a$$.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Mac has spoken. Everyone do the opposite of what he says.

  21. Anonymous says:

    caymanians get what they deserve…they have kept electing this fool.
    while at the same time, preventing the most educated and successful in society from being elected.
    wonderland stuff

  22. Anonymous says:

    Bernie Bush is just not pliable enough to ever achieve the level of the bar set by Mac in his 35 continuous years which Al, Mo and the Flexibles are now bending over backwards to achieve.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Nothing more than an old Dinosaur..McKeeva you have made yourself irrelevant by becoming speaker but you can’t abide by the neutrality rules. Alden, sitting there laughing at you doing yourself in..

  24. Banana Republican says:

    Big Mac is a Big Bully full of BS!

    Bernie exposed the government and all those MLA’s that are for sale and rent!

    How does the Speaker get to spout off with zero objectivity for the role he has?

    This place has become a billion dollar a year banana republic!

  25. Two Cents says:

    Singing happy birthday to himself. Any room at the Sunrise Cottage?

  26. Anonymous says:

    God bless Mac! May he continue to prosper and thrive!

  27. Anonymous says:

    Macs track record is as white as the snow behind a herd of reindeers.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Honorable Speaker you are a true statesman. Let them have it sir and keep our island strait!

    • Anonymous says:

      Poor lil you, we are in Cayman and not Gibraltar – no straits here on this rock. Must have gone to the same school as the Speaka!

      • Anonymous says:

        At least we were born and went to school here in Cayman and not a foreigner who comes here to just start trouble. Praise to our elected goverment and keep up the great work!

        • Anonymous says:

          So you went to a school that is still failing to teach on island and are afraid of anyone who actually has an education. And you worship ignorance. Got it.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Original bully.


    I’m not sure how McKeeva Bush can show his face. If he does not want to remain neutral, as in his JOB DESCRIPTION, he should step down immediately. Failing that, he should be ordered to step down by Premier McLaughlin.

    I still stand beside Mr Bernie Bush 100%

    #notforsale #notforrent

    • Anonymous says:

      If you are so unhappy then please catch one of the daily flights and leave as we do not need your kind of trouble makers here in Cayman.
      Keep up the good work Unity Team!

      • Anonymous says:

        So you support dictatorships over democracy. I’d hate to be in your family if anyone had any opposing view to you. Your children probably don’t even talk to you if you have any.

  30. Anonymous says:

    I thought I was watching an episode of Monty Python

  31. Anonymous says:

    McKeeva has now lost the plot and I am starting to believe he needs to be medicated..
    Good people of WBW, you must see this now..

    Please thank McKeeva for his many years and retire him in 2021. This madness has to stop.

  32. Anonymous says:

    And the Speaker is suppose to remain neutral……..this Unity government goes from bad to worser 😂 soon come 2021.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Of course the Speaker could suggest that the Cabinet pick a day to enact the already-passed and amended Standards in Public Life Law, as required by the Constitution, and clear all perception of corruption, but Dr casino Ass-grab won’t do that!

  34. Anonymous says:

    McKeeva Bush celebrating 35 years of naivety, handout grabbing and sheer lunacy of his electorate.

  35. Right ya so says:


  36. Anonymous says:

    And Stan Thomas, Cohen & Company Capital Markets LLC, Midland Acres and China Harbour Engineering Company will attest to his integrity

  37. Anonymous says:

    Someone has given him a new vocabulary list to learn up. Jeesumpeace

  38. Anonymous says:

    He needs to try and sit down, nobody is interested in the rhetoric he has to say anymore. Him and the PPM are old dinosaurs and can’t even rule their own homes much less a country.

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