Public pressure mounts for Bush’s resignation

| 24/02/2020 | 199 Comments
Cayman News Service
House Speaker McKeeva Bush

(CNS): Not one member of government or the Legislative Assembly has issued any statement about the very public assault, in which the speaker of the House is accused of striking a bar manager on Friday night, but the community is not remaining silent. Among growing calls for McKeeva Bus’s resignation across social media, a campaign supporting the victim has also gone viral. The hashtag #Sheissupported is being re-posted over and over, making it clear that the people are behind the woman and want Bush to resign.

It is still not clear, however, if the Coral Beach bar manager has filed a police report. Bush was not arrested on the night of the incident but police have confirmed that a senior public figure is under investigation in connection with the assault.

Given the number of witnesses and the very public nature of the assault, the RCIPS’ efforts to keep a lid on the identity of the alleged suspect has failed. But the police still face an uphill struggle with the investigation unless those witnesses are prepared to give evidence.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Take back all money he has received since his last embarrassment to the country. What an asshole

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  2. Anonymous says:

    I am aware that Bush gets a pension for each term he served as Premier, but will he get another for his speaker of the house grandstanding?

  3. Chris Pine says:

    I figured God would have caused another earthquake for this ?? I guess hes still hung up on the gay stuff

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  4. Observingwithinterest says:

    It is high time that the people of the Cayman Islands recognize that this is not something new, this action from an elected official.This has been happening for a very long time and it is time to put a stop to this type of behavior “for evil prevails when good men do nothing”.

    In this tiny Island Nation, we the people have for far too long, sat and did nothing and in our silence, we have condoned this behaviour.

    We have allowed it to grow and fester, now it has become a desease, not only within our Parliament, but within ourselves. It appears that we continue to elect officials with this characteristical flaw.

    How can we call on them, the other elected officials to now overthrow Mckeeva, when they have all at one point in time or another, committed the same act/ or other – themselves..we might be better off asking for ALL of their resignations at the same time AND for early elections, for to clean one spot and not the other 18 spots will surely leave the batch contaminated.

    Our house of Parliament is like the movie title “only a few good men”. It has become a rotting festering nest of vermen, be reminded of the old addage “birds of a feather…”

    Has anyone really and truthfully looked at our house of Parliamentit. It is like when God said to Lot “go into the city and find me a few good men” and Lot came back saying ” i cannot” again he asked God if he could go back again into the city and find at least one good man, and he could not, and then God instructed Lot to take his family and leave..and what did God do…he distroyed the city of ‘Gomorrah’..

    WE! (Good people of the Cayman Islands) it will either take Us or God, sorry let me refrase that We the people WITH the ‘GRACE of God’ to take the right action and distroy that city called “Parliament” and the NEXT time, try to elect a “a few good men” for I fear it is we the people, who seem to be crazy, for we keep electing the seem ‘woman beaters’ (#sheissupported) over and over again. So be proud of your representatives in Parliament for it is WE who elected them, it was OUR hand that marked the X. It is OUR shoulders they road on. It is US who housted them in the air, with so much joy…so much love and admiration…so much pride..so WE must suffer for it. If not then GET UP and call for an early ELECTIONS “ask of NO man for what YOU CAN DO YOURSELF”.

    Stop being a coward by asking the seem LIKE-MINDED politicians to do YOUR DIRTY WORK FOR YOU. And get up and do it yourself. Get up and demand an early elections. And once you have got past that stage,see if you are still brave enough to then elect someone better.

    Because regardless of what you might think, our politicians are a reflection of ourselves, of who we are as a people and those of you who think not! Raise your hand and get up and DO something about it, stop being cowards and moaning about them. For it was you who put them there and it will only be you who can take them out. If you want to make a change. Then start by changing yourselves and the way you vote. For then and only then will you be free of the shame and embarresment of the actions of our elected body. Of those We have placed in a position of power and trust to represent you.

    It must start with you and no one else.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Such a disgrace that you Observingwithinterest is so guilty of what you cause others of doing.
      I challenge you to find one incident in the life of Ezzard Miller our representative has been found in any bar room drunk and attacking women.
      Ezzard may not be perfect but you cannot paint him with this brush.

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  5. Robert Mugabe IV says:

    I’d forgive McKeeva if he could give all the holy joes in the LA a good enough beating to bring them into the year 2020.
    Each and everyone of them are are cowards for their SILENCE on this matter. Whether they are male or female is irrelevant. And of course the God fearing Christian ones like Eden and JuJu, don’t know if Mc is strong enough to drag them out of the caves they live in.
    Oh and as for all the male customers that were at the bar when this happened, ye should have kicked him up the road to West Bay.

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    • Tell It Like It Is says:

      Had to come out on this one .

      Mr Bush the time has come for you to demit office, whatever good works which could be attributed to your tenor as a leader in theses islands has now blown up in fire and smoke ole boy.

      Not only is your alleged assault of a woman despicable behavior, but to desecrate the memory of a loved one by trying to use it as an excuse for your actions is nothing short of dastardly, cowardly and insulting to all of the people of these Islands. You have no morality, no decency and whatever other words that can explain your intolerable behavior.

      Mckeeva Bush do the right thing and resign now and save yourself and family and indeed the country from further embarrassment.

      To the RCIP pursue this matter to its rightful and just end.

      Ya done Busha, no statue for you.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Event organizers – don’t ask him to grace your event with his tainted presence. Attendee’s – show any business or organisation that engages him to speak or cut-a-ribbon that he is a taint by not attending. Fellow caymanian’s, if he is the same bar or restaurant – pay your bill and leave letting the proprietor know you won’t share space with this poor excuse of a human being. Where is the Governor’s voice ?

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  7. Anonymous says:

    In most states and with most charges the alleged “victim” is not the person who decided whether to file charges — it’s the District Attorney’s office. This is because criminal charges are punishments for violating the rules of society as defined by our government.

    There are a few situations where civilians can swear out warrants in front of a magistrate to institute criminal charges, but that is almost always something that is a supplement to the DA’s power to bring charges. In all cases the District Attorney’s office can dismiss charges if they choose to do so.

    Civil lawsuits are where the victim gets to decide if legal action proceeds to court. This is because suing for damages is where the individual alleged victim is asking to be compensated for whatever wrong was done TO HIM.

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  8. Anonymous says:

    Q.
    If someone is assaulted and the victim does not press charges, can the assaulter still get into legal trouble?

    1. Many people believe that someone must “press charges” for a person to be arrested and convicted of a crime. In the US, nothing could be further from the truth. It is obviously better if the victim cooperates, but if there is enough evidence for the prosecutor to go forward without cooperation, or if the prosecutor feels he can force cooperation and it is worth it, then he will go forward with charges.

    This is especially common in cases of domestic violence, where the victims often are stuck in a cycle of violence. They call the police, and then want to drop charges. This resulted in changes how such cases are handled.

    So the answer is yes, absolutely, the person who attacked can still get into legal trouble.
    (Jennifer Ellis, I’m a lawyer in PA, USA.)

    2. If the assault was witnessed by a third party, and that third party is willing to testify, yes. There is no legal requirement that the victim of a crime “press charges”; the decision to prosecute or not to prosecute lies with the prosecutor and only the prosecutor. The prosecutor can even force the victim to testify (as a hostile witness), although this rarely ever happens.
    (Kelly Kinkade, Law student)

    3. In most states the victim has no say in weather the suspect is arrested or not. If the responding officer had reasonable cause to believe that the crime occurred, he or she will effect the arrest. In effect it will be the state vs the suspect. Back in the early 1970’s some police departments in California would not respond to domestic violence calls unless it was a life threatening situation or there were weapons involved. Quite frankly that policy was enacted because officers would respond, spend an hour refereeing a domestic issue and then for various reasons no one would press charges. This all changed when domestic abuse became a felony. Now the abuser cannot blame the victim as they have nothing to do with the arrest.
    (Thomas Siebert, former Retired police Sgt. Los Angeles Police Department.)

    4. Yes (at least in the UK and, I believe, the USA). If the prosecuting authorities believe a conviction is attainable and that it’s in the public interest to do so, then they can proceed with a prosecution. Prosecution in the USA and the UK are (almost always) state vs the defendent, and it’s the officers of the state that make decisions on whether prosecutions go ahead.
    (Steve Jones, studied at Imperial College London)

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  9. Anonymous says:

    The most HONORABLE thing Mckeeva can do now is resign! Just do the right thing, that will at least show you have some semblance of honor.

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  10. Anonymous says:

    Shame and disgrace!
    It seems to me that when it comes to the law, it depends on who you are and who you know if justice is to ever prevail.

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  11. Stay woke says:

    If the victim is not pressing charges, this is going to be difficult for the police. I know of one currently elected member who was arrested by the police for trying to protect a women from being beaten by another man, in public You’re all expecting a lot from this very very broken system.

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  12. Anonymous says:

    Where is the bar manager from anyway? Surely just a cultural misunderstanding.

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    • Anonymous says:

      10:09 don’t you dare victim blame! There was no misunderstanding. McKeeva is a vile piece of work who allegedly assaulted an innocent women. It doesn’t matter where she is from. Assault is not acceptable, EVER, regardless of where someone is from.

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    • Anonymous says:

      I realize you are being sarcastic. Apparently many others didn’t figure it out.

  13. Anonymous says:

    The deafening silence from the rest of them is disgusting.

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  14. Anonymous (that’s my Christian name) says:

    1,437th version of the Bible,
    Geniuses
    12:43
    “and on the 8th day, he made 3.5 billion year old fossils………..”

    Anyhoo…….why are posters on about the 3 female politicians.
    A politician is a politician is a politician. When it comes to standing up and saying what needs to be said they go to their default mode. SILENCE
    Cowards to the core. My cat has more integrity than them all put together.
    Give all those clowns a base salary of $500 a week and see how many will stand for the next election. I know at least two that would still run because they wouldn’t get hired anywhere else on the island.
    What about the victim? If she refuses to press charges, are not the police obliged to press them on behalf of the law abiding public?

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  15. Anonymous says:

    On a day which an important milestone was reached for the #metoo movement with the conviction of Weinstein, we see another predatory misogynistic sleaze-bag trying to make lame excuses to justify brutally assaulting a female. The law says clearly that being drunk is not an excuse and his cynical attempt to blame everything and everyone but himself just demonstrates the contempt he has for the Cayman people. He should resign now!

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  16. Anonymous says:

    I know how the Bar Manager must feel. I suffered sexual harassment at my work place at the hands of a prominent Caymanian man and felt I couldn’t do or say anything that would put my work permit is jeopardy. Fortunately, he left a while later after I had confided in another Caymanian gentleman, who had a stern word with the perpetrator. There are so many women who feel isolated and bullied into silence. No more! #Sheissupported

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  17. Anonymous says:

    It’s a good job that Honorable title is for life and we can’t take it away!!!!

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    • Anonymous says:

      He can think of himself as honorable for as long as he wants. The rest of us won’t.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Yes we can. We can and should demand a change in the law.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Agreed 10:03. And how about at the same time we stop UCCI giving out honorary doctorates to so many people, particularly when, unlike anywhere else, they call themselves Dr afterwards. We have Dr the Honourable Mary Lawrence, Dr the Honourable Roy Bodden, and Dr Steve McField. Plus we have Dr the Honourable Mckeeva Bush, Dr the Honourable Linford Pierson and Dr the Honourable Frank Mcfield ( though he claims he did a PhD in Germany or somewhere). Such pomposity!

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    • Anonymous says:

      We could award him a “Less than” to put in front of it

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  18. C says:

    I encourage all women to stand up against the horrible excuse he gave. It tells as women to suck it up and deal. I can understand why she wouldn’t come forward. Can someone arrange a protest cause I will be there to march.

    Please government don’t allow this to be the example you show all of us women and girls that you can be hit and nothing be done. Women will take back the man that beats her and blames it on something so we can sympathize with him just for it to happen over and over. I as a caymanian women don’t accept McKeevas excuses.

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  19. Anonymous says:

    Corinthians 6:10

    …Nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God…..
    but you’ll do pretty damn fine working in the government of the Cayman Islands!

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  20. Anonymous says:

    Send story, video etc to the mail online. They will print it and he will be forced to resign. I remember poor Justices Mangatal and Levers at times like this.

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    • Anonymous says:

      @6:10pm – Exactly! This needs to go international….until and unless it does, neither the CIG nor the Members of the LA will do or say anything.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Sorry to tell you this Bobo,but nobody gives a damn about this situation outside of the Cayman Islands.

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        • Anonymous says:

          Unlike Cayman, the entire rest of the world is REPULSED by a drunken politician beating up a foreign and exploited woman who works for him, in a bar owned by him, especially when he has been accused of this before. He would receive a nice custodial sentence in most places.

          So sorry, the 1560’s mentality of Cayman is not in line with where we all are in 2020 now. Also in our jurisdiction, Jamaica, you can admit a bystander videotape as evidence in court, as long as proof of when and by whom it was taken and the condition of the camera can be ascertained.

          You Caymanians can also post your videos on Twitter, if you took the video, with absolutely no legal consequences to you. And, finally, our Prime Minister is not who you think he is. He will disown McKeeva Bush in a heartbeat. So will CHEC, hahaha.

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  21. Anonymous says:

    His cynical attempt at explanation was a check list of text book excuses… a total scattergun approach hoping someone would believe at least one to excuse him beating up a female going about her business trying to earn a living – shame on him and shame on the other MLA’s who will condone this behaviour by their silence!

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  22. Anonymous says:

    He should have been taken to the hospital or the police station. Niether happened, so unless he decide to step down, hopefully to take care of his mental problems, nothing will happen. No one, no entity can force him to resign without proof that his story is not truthful. We all believe he is lying, and as much as we would like to see him go I do not think there is any way to force him out. Even if the Premier brings a motion of no confidence it would still be illegal. It all hangs on evidence and proof.

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  23. Anonymous says:

    and i’m sure some of us recall Dwayne Seymour assaulting either his wife or the new man she was doing. go Dwayne! #yourwifeisalsosupported #heartbreakhotel #noexcusefordomesticabuse

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  24. anonymous caymanian says:

    #sheissupported ? i wonder if this is the first time a person has ever made such mistake at a liquor licensed premises? its only because its……Mac. #highprofileattack #hehelpedbuildthiscountry #thehandthatfeedsyou

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  25. Anonymous says:

    Note: Not a peep from the minister’s association, not a peep from the bible beaters in the LA who are constantly bleating about public morality and christian traditions

    But if this was a gay couple kissing in public the statements would be flying, the signs would be being painted and written

    Shows where the concern really is on these islands

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    • Anonymous says:

      Oh stop it. Bush is ready to embrace gay marriage at the drop of a hat if it preserves his political future.

      Are you new here?

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    • Anonymous says:

      Come on Rev Sykes and Winston Rose, you have enough to say about the gay issue. How about this? Are you going to parade with sandwich boards outside the LA as you did with two women in love?

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        What the hell do this has to have to do with gay issues? Do not doubt for one second that there is not domestic violence among gays, I have witness some of the worst abuse among my gay friends 👬. No form of Abuse should be accepted regardless of gender.
        I wish people would stick to the issue and stop using situations to their advantage.

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        • Anonymous says:

          I call bs on this, 9:03. “Among my gay friends”?? I don’t believe it. That’s like the politician who told me before the last election “I have lots of gay friends” when I asked him for his stance on gay matters. Later he joined the Anthony gay bashing bandwagon. Btw, I did not vote for him. His insincerity was obvious and I’m getting the same vibe from your post about your gay friends.

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        • Anonymous says:

          The point that is being made by 6.02, is the hypocrisy of the God brigade. They will gather their troops and engage in public protest, and use religion to argue their outdated and discriminatory nonsense; and yet, when some high profile, political blowhard who purports his religious values, assaults a women, those same religious diehards retire shamefully in disquiet!

    • Anonymous says:

      I think they call it forgiveness.

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  26. Anonymous says:

    Time for another People Initiated Referendum. Sick of these vermin representing the general public.

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    • Anonymous says:

      This would have to meet 2 requirements.
      1. Testicular or ovarian fortitude.
      2. Serious faith in God.

      The vermin that call the shots in Cayman are firmly entrenched in darkness.

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  27. Kman says:

    A waste of space and a slime bag just no other way to describe him. I know the victim personally and she’s shocked, hurt and embarrassed by this violent assault against her. Where’s Anthony Eden on the subject of gender violence? Oh I forgot he’s homophobic. Where’s Juju, Tara and Barbara, oops must have lost their voices, yeah so much for speaking out bunch of losers.

    #sheissupported

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    • Anonymous says:

      If he is one of her employers, what do you expect?? Or if it is their business place what can you expect??

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  28. Anonymous says:

    Why are the sociopaths like him and the others in the Brac, another criminal type allowed to keep their positions? Sociopaths have no conscience so they will keep up their criminal behaviour.
    Please, people in charge do something about the corrupt people in these top jobs.
    You never hear any thing about certain cases and police and others are probably paid off. When cameras catch everything now and there is all sorts of proof. Still, nothing is done.
    People are going to be frustrated.
    Karma comes around.

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  29. Anonymous says:

    Come on Julie and Anthony, how you so quiet? Ministers association? Hello? Anybody out there?

    Lemmie wake them up… But gay marriage!!!

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  30. Anonymous says:

    The fact that there are no videos of this assault floating around social media shows you how much “influence” this person has. Thankfully for the victim’s sake there are no videos. Shameful this happened and shameful that Mac is one of the bar’s owners

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  31. Cayman Banana Skin says:

    This will make for a very awkward time for AllDone when meeting with Baroness Sugg. What say you AllDone, is this acceptable behaviour from your Spanker of the House or is it normal business as usual?
    You hold the reigns and the world is watching!

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  32. Anonymous says:

    I challenge the perp to “dance” with a man in the octagon….you won’t be able to sucker me and I don’t have hair to pull so you’ll need to grow some son.

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  33. Right ya so says:

    As physical and sexual abuse is so prevalent in these islands little will be done & by next week it’ll be business as usual with no charges filed against him. We all know he’s not the only one in the LA and CIG who do this on a regular basis. #sheissupported

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  34. Anonymous says:

    he needs to be treated like any other person who would hav committed this type of offense, and more so that he is a public figure for our islands …..he needs to STEP DOWN !!! or be ROMOVED !!! from the house ….simple as that !!!!

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  35. Anonymous says:

    Silence = MLA’s support the physical abuse of women. What a proud time for Cayman.

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  36. Anonymous says:

    So some tourists have a very interesting story to tell when they get back home about a night at a beach bar in Cayman.

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  37. Anonymous says:

    Time for a snap election.

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  38. Anonymous says:

    The usual haters want him to resign, so you cant expect anything else from them. But the people in west bay will make that decision next year as to whether they still want him to represent them. Bush should stay where he is and don’t allow anyone to push him to resign. Simple as that.

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  39. Anonymous says:

    There is no point putting pressure on Mckeeva himself that man has no shame, no morals, no integrity and no principles, he will never resign of his own volition

    Get in contact with the other 18 MLAs (Especially the 3 female MLAs and the members of the opposition) and pressure them to remove him as speaker of the house and suspend him from proceedings until this investigation is either dropped or until the potential trial is concluded
    The last thing we need is for Mckeeva to be in the house controlling the narrative of all that goes on in there including using parliamentary privilege as an MLA and then barring other MLAs from speaking on the matter as chair
    The Deputy speaker can act in his capacity, and ensure proceedings continue, or he could be elevated to the position formally, either way the government would still have a majority in the house and be able to conduct their business as such

    The three female MLAs and the seven opposition members combined have enough votes to force Mckeeva out as speaker, and could make the government’s existence miserable if need be, voting down government motions and bills as necessary until this issue is handled

    Tara, Julianna and Barbara have nothing to fear from Alden, he would be more interested in keeping his government intact than he would be on going after them for not backing Mckeeva (in fact this opportunity to ditch Mckeeva before the next election is probably what he has been waiting for)

    If we allow this to be swept under the rug, it will mean senior elected representatives are above the law here in Cayman

    Its time to really see who has principles in the Legislative Assembly

    Time for Barbara, Julianna and Tara to really show if they are puppets or not, the opposition is no doubt ready to move in favour of removing Bush even if the rest of Cabinet doesn’t support the motion
    The time for action is now

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    • Anonymous says:

      Agreed. Everyone needs to contact their MLA and embarrass them into action! This is a disgrace!

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    • Anonymous says:

      But they already think they are above the law. Hence wasting public on pointless grand court appeals because they think judges are stepping over the line when they make rulings that affect the political arena. I’d wish they’d be ordered to pay costs when they lose but it isn’t funny, its OUR money.

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    • Anonymous says:

      He is a total reflection of the people who keep electing him in West Bay.

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  40. Arthur Rank says:

    I never did understand how the Islands allowed him so much latitude to err ! Just start by remembering that he was a Director of the bank in which many Islanders lost their savings. The kindest excuse for that was Ignorance.
    He used the same justification for use of CIG credit cards for gambling, ignorance of the rights or wrongs because there were no written rules!
    He has so many deficiencies apart from ignorance that I wonder how we keep electing him, this latest (alleged) incident is really fairly minor, yes, it shows he is not fit for his role, but he has allegedly done far worse and got away with it, so take a bit of the blame on yourself if you kept voting him in!

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    • Anonymous says:

      Because the voters in his constituency for years traded their sacred votes, for stoves, paid utility bills, and ‘scholarship’ monies for their children.

      Ignorance begets ignorance

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      • Anonymous says:

        REALLY? He’ll pay school tuition? I’m in his district w/ 2 kids in private school.. I’ll gladly tell him I’ll vote for him if he pays for their education! Then I will walk to the polls and vote against him anyway! Trash!!

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    • Da-wa-u-get says:

      The ignoramuses that keep casting their vote for him are not swayed by these disgraceful actions! They react to tangible rewards that are largely funded by those of us that go to work everyday to earn a living and pay our (indirect, but high nevertheless) taxes.
      One can but hope that a legal way can be found to free us of this reprehensible individual.

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  41. Anonymous says:

    Keep dreaming… he wont be arrested or charged with anything. The woman is not pressing charges and Bush would never resign.Cultural differences XD.

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      It is the police department’s responsibility to investigate and the government’s to bring forth charges for this crime. The woman is a victim and a witness – not the driver of whether he will be charged with a crime or not.

      I do agree with you though. There is a rug being rolled out to sweep this under.

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  42. Anonymous says:

    stop setting a double standard on these type of matters it needs to be treated the same if it was any other civilian, a man allegedly assaulted a woman and several witnesses viewed this matter. if it would have been another westbayer or any other local man he would have been tracked down that night and arrested, political figures are no diff than me and you they wake up in the morning and put on their pants on one leg at a time so they need to be treated in the same fashion….Mac Attack !!!! lol

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  43. Anonymous says:

    Tara, Barbara, JuJu, your silence is deafening…..she deserves your support

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  44. Zulu says:

    The shame lies in all the other members of this Government for not speaking up ,……..

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