Speaker still directing parliament

| 24/05/2020 | 163 Comments
Cayman News Service
Speaker McKeeva Bush

(CNS): Despite being on a leave of absence from his post as speaker of the Legislative Assembly, McKeeva Bush (WBW) still appears to be pulling the levers of the country’s parliament. Bush, who is facing charges relating to a violent assault at a Seven Mile beach bar on a female manager, has not presided over the last two House meetings but is still doing the job from behind the scenes.

And questions about his status are not likely to be discussed anytime soon.

Premier Alden McLaughlin confirmed recently that Bush still held the post but he was not presiding over parliament and would not do so until his criminal case had been addressed. These means that a number of issues will not be addressed until after the charges against him have been settled.

These include questions about the parameters of the speaker’s absence, its constitutionality, and when the LA can debate a no confidence motion to oust the veteran politician from the prestigious post if he does not resign.

Bush’s status has been questioned because the post is voted on by the whole parliament. While it was offered to him as part of a deal to create the current coalition government, it was not official until the Legislative Assembly elected him into office.

Therefore, the only way to remove him from office now, as he faces charges that have created public outrage, is through a vote of no confidence, which could be brought by any member, including the premier, who has chosen not to do so.

Bush was expected in Summary Court on Friday, 15 May, to answer the charges but CNS understands the case was adjourned until June. Just days earlier, during the second LA session since the COVID-19 lockdown, the premier said that the issues surrounding the speaker, including any no confidence motion, could not be dealt with in parliament, as he referred to the sub judice status of the case.

But concerns were raised by Opposition Leader Arden McLean, which lead to revelations that the business paper for that meeting and the directions for the sitting were issued by Bush and not the newly elected deputy speaker, Barbara Conolly.

This demonstrated that the speaker is still effectively in charge of the parliament, even though he is supposed to be taking a leave of absence to deal with the issues of grief and alcohol abuse that he said had not been dealt with following the death of his daughter and were impacting his behaviour.

Given the backlog in the courts and the ability of a well-defended politician like Bush to push their case back, his position may not be addressed until parliament is suspended before the May 2021 General Election.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    What a pathetic little country you’re becoming. The veneer of respectability and stability so dearly earned is disappearing rather quickly. The respectability of government has sure evaporated. Between the blacklisting, the shameful homophobia, this abusive man still wigged up like the clown that he is, to the dump, the port and the series of bizarre press briefings… CIG is quickly becoming the laughingstock of the Caribbean.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Royal Military Academy Sandhurst if you want to be pedantic.

    • Anonymous says:

      Who are you responding to?

      • Anonymous says:

        Anonymous says:
        25/05/2020 at 1:23 pm

        For some reason CNS said I was posting too fast, then stuck it here. Ho hum. Petty point anyway. The idea that RMAS is “illustral”(sic) is humorous without the made up language. Its a military sausage machine spitting out 2nd lieutenants – basic training for officers. Its pretty good at it, and the standards are excellent – even for the 2 month “short course” these guys will be doing – but its not Cambridge or MIT. And as a graduate myself, commenting with a bit more insight than the Minister.

        CNS: Just to note that you are experiencing a glitch in the system. We don’t manually do that.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Never mind the dump, never mind the port, never mind the coronavirus, THIS issue alone should be enough to sink Alden and all these turds once and for all time. You could not find a more blatant and offensive demonstration of self-serving cowardice and arrogant disregard for what the voters want. When you go to vote next year remember this even if you forget everything else.

    • Anonymous says:

      It’ll be forgotten loooooonnnnggggg before any election. McK B ain’t going anywhere. He knows where the bodies are buried.

      • Anonymous says:

        Only if you let it happen. Only if you let them buy your vote with some favors or a few dollars or a new bit of white-ware.

        A lot of people owe Mac a favor or two but remember, no-one knows how you actually vote on the day.

        Take the gifts, take the favors, take the money but when the time comes vote with your conscience.

        • BeaumontZodecloun says:

          Exactly right. If we collectively give up our personal integrity in favour of shiny toys. I used to think we were better than that, but I’ve been disillusioned lately. Our government needs an enema.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I cannot stand being referred to as “My people” Grrrr… We’re in this together… NO WE’RE NOT!! I don’t have a personal trainer!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Yep. Wendy there asking the important questions. Alden is so disrespectful to a genuine question.
    But Wendy, we were also waiting on questions about this article on Bush… ;0)

    • Anonymous says:

      I, for one, don’t give a shit what the other islands are doing or have done.

      I, know the mess we are in now – is because we have called prey to the demons CARICOM and have let too many poverty stricken people in.

      We have always taken care of ourselves and have been unique and APART from these other islands etc. God is giving us a window! May we comprehend what an opportunity he has bestowed on us! May he help us to embrace it.

  6. Grapes of wrath says:

    Are we nearly there yet?
    Not only is this ongoing pandemic wreaking havoc on our economic and social stability, it is highlighting the shortcomings, questionable decision making and weakness of this Government. Reading the article and comments, makes me wonder what is going on!
    Most People have good memories, I have no personal gripes with Mr. Bush, my issue is; he has been involved in too many shady actions and dubious deals over the years (I won’t list them here), and now this, once again bringing the Islands already tarnished reputation in for more scrutiny. How are we supposed to move forward with this controversy hanging over us? Enough is enough, Please Mr. Bush, for the Country’s sake take the honourable action and step down as Speaker of the House, with some dignity before it turns into a circus and you being forced to quit!

    XXXX I am not looking forward to our next Elections where is the talent? When I think of the political abilities and expertise of many of our current elected members and Ministers it scares me. Here’s one to ponder; “Who will be the next leader of the house”?
    As the great orange genius up north says; “Let’s drain the swamp”.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Wendy just heard your dialog with the Premier on salary reduction of government officials. You should have pointed out that the government officials are not just receiving a salary but also their pension commonly known as double dipping. Would love to have heard him defend that!

    • Anon says:

      3.07pmThe Premier , Deputy Premier, Speaker and all members of the Cabinet are all earning more than Boris Johnson. That is obscene.

      • Bean Counter says:

        It’s worse than obscene. And collecting multiple retirement pay is outright theft! Why should they get double or triple retirement pay? It is legalized theft from the people of Cayman.

      • Anonymous says:

        When a pound was worth two dollars, it would have been obscene. Now it’s just a function of exchange rates and it’s not obscene at all. If your logic was followed the smallest places with the highest costs of living would have the lowest paid politicians. In what world would that ever actually happen?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Alden: there is nothing more offensive than this persistent air that we are “your people” and obedient subjects. We are your boss. This guy needs to be fired if he won’t resign. Do it now.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Did anyone watch that performance Barbara gave? She was completely out of her depth and unprepared to host a sitting of the house.

  10. Anonymous says:

    As long as Aldart and his minions support UK interests and commands…they can do whatever they want to the people of Cayman. Even if it is supporting Mac or pur$uing a $200m port deal even though the industry’s future is in question.

    • Anonymous says:

      I don’t even read your comments anymore, they are always jaded. Even if I were to agree with any aspect of your comment it’s immediately, I immediately disregard it. Do try posting in a way that would actually make me think about what you said, otherwise you’re just wasting space on this forum as well as wasting people’s time.

    • Anon says:

      12.01pm So long as Caymanians blame all their problems on the UK they will never be able solve them.

  11. Time to say no more says:

    We as a people, the voting public who all parliamentary members must answer to, need now to stand firm and say NO WE WILL NOT accept this. As a civil servant I shall not put my name on this post, however I am very willing to protest publicly with any others who may wish to do so.

  12. Call 911 says:

    Every member of Cabinet is responsible for this embarrassment being allowed to happen. Does Alden McLaughlin, Moses Kirkonnell, Joey Hew, Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, Tara Rivers, Roy McTaggart, Dwayne Seymour. And MLA’s on the government backbench Barbara Connolly, David Wight, Eugene Ebanks and Austin Harris have any sense of decency, integrity and self respect?

    Their failure to do the right thing is clear that none can be trusted or deserve to lead the Caymans. McKeeva Bush must own each one of the MLA’s who prove they do not know the difference between right and wrong. They are as bad and unethical as him by failing to do the right thing. The solution is simple. They failed to do their jobs properly and all must go.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hear hear! ALL of them have to go. They have proven beyond a doubt that they are deaf to their voters and have no sense of decency (unless it serves their interests to pretend to have one).

      When the Speaker of the House doesn’t lose his job for something that would see anyone outside of the LA lose theirs (and spend a night in prison) it is clear that there is one rule for them and one rule for everyone else.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Not at all

    …good reputations for individuals and countries are hard won.
    Because they are, it’s imperative that even the small instances of corruption … be addressed in a serious way. Just as the policing of broken windows in cities ultimately leads to reductions in bigger forms of crime, so arguably does a focus on tiny abuses of power create a culture of cleanliness that makes the truly horrid governmental abuses of power less likely. All of this is important for the Cayman Islands simply because its sterling reputation as a sophisticated intermediary for global wealth allocation could easily be lost, and with it, a big driver of Caymanian prosperity gone.

  14. Anonymous says:

    “In a democracy people get the government they deserve.”
    Joseph de Maistre

  15. Anonymous says:

    All you people should be embarrassed of this buffoon. I know I am.
    Can you say BANANA REPUBLIC!!?

  16. As I C It says:

    Many of us were shocked by this ‘marriage of political convenience’ because Alden and Mc had made us believe for so many years that they were of different ‘political sexes’. Well we know now that its Mc that wears the pants and Alden is his ‘darling dolly’ with the pretty hair.

  17. Anonymous says:

    the premier said that the issues surrounding the speaker, including any no confidence motion, could not be dealt with in parliament, as he referred to the sub judice status of the case.

    Mr Premier, you can lock down a country, devastate an economy, ban people from the beach but you can’t oust a rogue politician & Speaker who has physical assault charges against him compromising the honour and integrity of The Chair in which he presides.

    Grow an effing pair Mr Premier, the cronyism aligns yourself almost as equally to Speakers disgusting offence itself debasing any strain of integrity you’d like me to respect, – get him out. Mr Roper, you can help, practice an exit tune on those steel pans.

    • Anonymous says:

      Ousting his comrad does not support Alden’s selfish self interests. He does not care about the perception of cayman nor the Caymanian people. Now the $200m port contract obviously does support his interests.

    • anonymous says:

      In my opinion the Governor seems to be liking this “boys club”. He defended Seymour and he just sits there smiling as Jon Jon reads unneccessary things on a daily and can’ answer any questions. The whole lot are an embarrassment.

    • Anonymous says:

      Little boy Kenny could have stepped up with the opposition, yet he cowered. That should be a reason why Kenny shouldn’t be re-elected again, if he even has a shot.

      • Anonymous says:

        One of the issues the opposition wanted to debate was the Speaker. And you wonder why Kenny didn’t walk too? You have a short memory.

        • Anonymous says:

          Kenny is the keystone vote for keeping him in that Chair, He aint walking out nowhere.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Here we have a career politician that has been in the negative spotlight for his wrongdoings time after time, even internationally…yet the People forget and forgive.

    Now his latest stunt has been directed towards the Female population, and the charges placed against him (a long period of time after the crime) will result in nothing more than a slap on the wrist. Here we are yet again with the People forgiving and forgetting once again.

    We have a Premier and his cronies that are unwilling to remove this career politician from the prestigious position of Speaker of the House for his wrongful acts. Forgiving and forgetting once again.

    Where is the public outrage? Why aren’t the People standing up against this mockery against them? Why do we continually accept screw up after screw up? What is Accountability?

    • Anonymous says:

      Speaking of which – when are the police going to investigate the grants of status to persons with limited connections to Cayman? It is long past time that we should all be able to sleep soundly with confirmation that nothing untoward occurred.

      • Anonymous says:

        9:57 Yes! That whole situation needs to be investigated.

      • who cares? I do! says:

        Ah! shut up already. Time to put that to rest.Is it that someone for you was denied “status” or PR or something else. Give it a rest now.

        • Anonymous says:

          It appears to have been potentially plagued by corruption and continues to cause problems. Members of the law enforcement community were amongst the direct beneficiaries. It is sickening. The fact that it has never been the subject of an impartial investigation makes it worse! It continues to taint the very concept of the rule of law.

        • Anonymous says:

          I’m not original poster but I’m guessing you must be one of the ones that received it but had only been here for a year or two….who’s list were you on you slimy pos?

      • Anonymous says:

        Anyone, in the last 17 years, could have gone through the Gazetted list published online and contested to their heart’s content. What are the police supposed to do with the memory of application files incinerated 12 years ago?

        • Anonymous says:

          Why did the police, in the last 17 years, not do their job?

          • Anonymous says:

            And why are they still not doing it? There is no statute of limitations on that level of potential corruption! We deserve to KNOW whether all the grants were above board or not. It certainly appears that a number were not.

        • Anonymous says:

          What application files? There never were any!

          • Anonymous says:

            Which is part of the reason it appears the grants were so open to corruption. No record of anything!

      • Anonymous says:

        And cabinet grants to the connected who could not be bothered to go through the process .

    • Anonymous says:

      Which is why the culture of violence continues…all is forgiven. Two justice systems.

    • Anonymous says:

      And these idiots wonder why for “other” reasons Cayman is blacklisted. Corruption is rife!

    • Anonymous says:

      There was public outrage, protests etc… that fall on deaf ears. Not a single female in the government has enough self worth to stand up against this disgusting excuse of a man!

    • Anonymous says:

      In truth any actions are dependant on the court decision on his guilt which is dependant on the case prepared and presented by RCIP and DPP. Are you that confident on the strength of that case?
      Remember last time he was tried and exonerated and ever wonder why the seemingly stronger case of influence peddling for release of explosives, wasn’t pursued?

    • Anonymous says:

      Because we are used to this by now. We know not a damn thing will happen!

    • Anonymous says:

      WE were outside the Glass House beginning of March chanting “she is supported” and demanding the DP to come make a statement (he was just next door in the GAB) but he didnt have the ball$ to say a word. Since then, its been a bit difficult to protest during lockdown.

    • Anonymous says:

      By people forgiving and forgetting I assume you mean enough of the people in West Bay to keep reelecting him, please do not tar the rest of the islands with the same brush.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Bottom line. This is the leadership of the Cayman Islands. The how and the why are not the issue. The reality of it is. They really are the chosen ones for a good reason. The voters want them. Think about that for a minute.

    • Quid Pro You Know What says:

      Majority of the voters don’t know who they voted for, only what in exchange they voted for.

      • Anonymous says:

        In other words they are that stupid? They do not even know who they voted for? They voted for a washing machine instead of a stove? That’s your excuse? Now Bush as a leader makes perfect sense.

  20. Anonymous says:

    The very least he can do is give up his salary to help women who have or are suffering from the same physical abuse he inflicted on the poor lady who was trying to help him up after his fall.

    • Anonymous says:

      But he is a greedy selfish arrogant XXXXX who thinks he is untouchable because he is chairman and shareholder of the Favor Bank. He’s out on his ass if the people refuse to be bought, but he knows that the uneducated people of West Bay can’t grasp delayed gratification and will surrender the future in exchange for something shiny right now.

  21. Anonymous says:

    The main question is: Why hearing was pushed back to June? He is getting paid for each and every day it pushed back.
    Thousands people on Island and in the world are watching and waiting for the hearing, yet it is dragging. There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind it is done intentionally.
    Just like a deep-seated vein of burning waste at the Dump, deep-seated vein of powerful influence permeated all levels of power in Cayman.

    • Anonymous says:

      I don’t think people elsewhere could give a damn, to be honest. Except perhaps expatriate Caymanians.

    • Anonymous says:

      Does anyone know what “administrative adjournment” means? Was it pushed without either party having to request it?

  22. Anonymous says:

    Open the border, fix the dump.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Also needs to be spoken about the illegal west bay gathering along with the two RCIPS officers

  24. Get your house in order Alden says:

    This just goes to show we are a still a rotten banana Republic.
    I would like to know if he is still getting his full salary ( we all know he’s getting his full pension as well)?

    The parliamentary house needs to get its disciplinary policies procedures put in place (of course they won’t).

    If convicted politicians should have their pensions ceased as well as all benefits (of course this will never happen).

    Saying all this, most political figures around the world would have resigned.

    • Anonymous says:

      Alden is only worried about “his house”…not yours or any other Caymanian’s.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yes 11:49am.. he is not worried about Caymanians but he is burning through our money by the millions supporting who??? Not Caymanians. May God help us we are going to regret this big mistake. I pray that The Premier realizes his mistake before it’s too late.

  25. Anonymous says:

    PPM controlled LA, does not have the cojones and intestinal fortitude to do a damn thing about it, yet the cards are on their table to do what needs to be done and that’s to REMOVE MAC FROM the SPEAKERS CHAIR. I see a wave of eradication coming May 2021 for at least 12 of the 19 now in there.🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

    • Anonymous says:

      With whom? They’ve carefully designed the criteria for that chamber to insulate their incompetence. Our “party” system doesn’t even have two parties anymore.

      • Anonymous says:

        Has nothing to do with parties BoBo. But it has everything to do with majority and the PPM are the majority even if 2 of the Ministers are independent. I suggest this- bring a motion of no confidence, allow MLA to vote his/her conscience, and lets see who votes yes and who votes no. That in itself will be a tell all for the country to witness.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Can a felon run for election?

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, clearly. If sentence was under 1yr. They can vote too.

      • Anon says:

        If Bush is found guilty and receives a prison sentence in excess of 1 year he automatically ceases to be Speaker and an MLA. We need a judge who can impose this sentence for the good of all mankind.

        • Anonymous says:

          Unfortunately, He will never be jailed.

        • Anonymous says:

          Given that the maximum sentence for common assault is 12 months, its going to be a little difficult for any judge to do that. Which may just be why he was charged with coon assault – usually reserved for threatening behavior rather than physical harm, where ABH would apply. And that’s assuming he is found guilty, and that the judge wont decide not to record a conviction – like in Austin Harris or Kenneth Bryan’s cases.

    • Anonymous says:

      Isnt it a pre- requisite? Oh wait, thats to be named a Hero. My bad.

  27. JTB says:

    Did anyone else think the charges against McKeeva seemed a little … light? Maybe rather minor for the seriousness of his reported actions.

    It made me wonder whether Patrick has learned from previous mistakes, and framed charges which are triable summarily without the right to opt for jury trial. We all know McKeeva is safe with any jury, but a visiting Judge alone? Gosh, he might just get a fair trial!

  28. Anonymous says:

    Poor Barbara just being used as a figurehead. This Government is so corrupt. And Alden seems afraid to do the right thing and ask Mckeeva to step down .

  29. Anonymous says:

    Is anyone really surprised?

    • Res Ispa Loquitur says:

      Premier Alden McLaughlin again shows his true colors with the latest gaff in the LA. The past two months during the Covid crisis are the notable exceptions to an otherwise disasterous second term as Premier. The unholy alliance with McKeeva Bush shows they are two peas from the same pod willing to do anything for power.

  30. Anonymous says:

    In a time of such extraordinary measures to combat the pandemic, it’s important to show that the rule of law still means something. If he doesn’t have the decency to resign he should be removed to stop this distraction. I hope there will be swift justice in the serious charges leveled against him. Any delay will only further erode public confidence.

  31. Anonymous says:

    These Bobo the Clowns are making a laughing stock out of the Cayman Islands on the world stage

    • Anonymous says:

      There is no audience watching Cayman on the world stage. We are not that important.

      Though people in London are watching with some disdain.

  32. Anonymous says:

    This is a stain on our islands reputation. We look like a third world banana republic. Again, where is HE the Governor who is supposed to ensure good governance….?

  33. Anonymous says:

    I guess he doesn’t suffer from mental issues at work.

  34. Anonymous says:

    The man is an utter disgrace to this Island!

    • Robert Mugabe IV says:

      You talking about Alden or McKeeva?
      Why has the Governor not stepped in here, as far as I’m aware he is responsible to ensure that proper governance is maintained on these islands. I honestly don’t know if that’s the case but I have always presumed it was.!! Someone please educate me.
      But as I’ve said before, it’s the electorate are responsible for their govts in any country!
      It’s just a pity that most of the electorate here don’t believe in science or didn’t do very well in school on the subject. MLA’s like JuJu, Eden and Jon Jon Jackass have been elected by people who don’t believe dinosaurs existed millions of years ago, and that if you look at a gay person you might be infected with gayness and that might might lead to you having sex with a llama.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Don’t let Alden fool you Mckeeva and Kurt are still very much in control of this country.

  36. Anonymous says:

    Maybe Kenneth is prepared to step up now… Sorry, I just made a funny!

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes that would be funny we’re it not for the fact that Kenneth is entirely responsible for Mac being speaker.

  37. Anonymous says:

    While this distraction is taking place, it turns out that absolutely none of our deposits are insured. A bank failure due to reckless money printing offshore could have catastrophic effects in Cayman.
    Does anyone know if there are any safeguards for our deposits?

    • Arthur Rank says:

      What an interesting question! The article isn’t about bank failure, its about Mr Bush, but, remember if you will, the last bank to fail, losing local people their savings? Anyone remember who was a Director of that bank? Anyone remember that he was made to stand down from the executive committee of the LA? And to come back to the point of the article, anyone remember what happened next?
      Well, the answer is that despite the shame of resignation, that didn’t stop him standing again and continuing to wreak his own kind of havoc!
      History is there to teach lessons!

    • Anonymous says:

      None.. You can draw a draft on a US or UK bank and those Govt particularly the US have the firepower to bail out the big boys. Just make sure it drawn on Wells Fargo, Bank or America or JP Morgan Chase. The draft is good for 6 months put it in your own name. 5 months and 2 weeks later cash and do the same thing again. Cost a few dollars but insurance if that’s what your concerned about

      Too big to fail

    • Anonymous says:

      CIMA does not currently require one dollar to be insured. I could not get yhis answer from my bank after countless requests. So I got the answer straight from CIMA.

      • Anonymous says:

        Deposits have never been insured here. I opened an account in the U.K. Tedious & time consuming get all the paperwork they needed (like opening an account here) but happy with my UK passport, local utility bill, bank reference from here etc. I have GBP & USD deposited there. Insured up to GBP 85,000

  38. McCarron McLaughlin says:

    Mr. Speaker enjoy your self-imposed exile from the LA. 👍

  39. Anonymous says:

    If Alden keeps telling us he isn’t a lawyer anymore, who then is providing this endless stream of bad legal advice? Is it the AG? There’s another stupid/brave reasonable journalistic question here that writes itself. Clearly the Cabinet is noseblind to McKeeva’s serial misbehavior by now – but does the Governor, with all the responsibility for good governance and a clean judiciary, see/smell the dishonorable smell? It’s more than just ironic that we allow a repeat defendant to remain on active duty as MC of the “lawmaking chamber”, once again charged with a serious crime, even while the members are scrambling to convince the OECD/EU and FATF that we are tackling our blindness to corruption. The Governor needs to ask McKeeva to voluntarily tender his resignation for purpose of SIPL and credible optics of the territory.

  40. Anonymous says:

    If anyone else used his lame excuses, there would be no mercy given.

  41. Q says:

    Well done Cayman – let your democracy shine.

  42. Anonymous says:


  43. Anonymous says:

    Just like the sugar glider incident a while back, and Jon Jon’s bottom “piece” this will all get brushed under the rug…. it’s good to be politically connected here, you’re always above the law

    • Anonymous says:

      Could the Governor please explain wha a gwaan?

      • Anonymous says:

        Why should the Governor explain? Are we not masters in our own house?

        This is our Cayman House problem. We should not have to run home to MAMA in London.

        • Anonymous says:

          No we are not masters of our own house. He is. We are not even acting like grown ups. We should be able to color inside the lines (we plainly cannot) and those responsible for our behavior are sitting by while we smear fecal matter on the kitchen walls.

          • Anonymous says:

            7:42, What you do not understand is that during the past decade, the Governor has been stripped of the majority of his powers by our Legislature. The Governor now only has power over foreign policy and civil defense matters.

            The Governor is master in name only now. Sad but true.

            • Anonymous says:

              He cannot blame the incompetence of his own office for putting us in this position. Either the UK knowingly betrayed their loyal subjects, or have been incredibly inept in handing the reigns to persons who are plainly not ready for the trappings and privileges of parliamentary democracy. Either way, he should have some accountability.

          • Anonymous says:

            We are masters in our own house. We stripped the Governor of his power.

        • Anonymous says:

          The buck stops with the Governor. He is in charge of ensuring good governance. He commands the Chief of Police and judiciary on behalf of HRH the Queen. Alden is at best a quaint small-town mayor by comparative authority, but you’d never know it to hear or see him.

          • Anonymous says:

            In theory yes 8:29, but we have emasculated his powers the past 10 years. People do not understand just how limited his powers are now and he can do very little without the Premier’s approval.

          • Anon says:

            8.29am The UK has always promised to allow full internal self government and can only intervene in very restricted circumstances such as National security (risk of invasion). Unfortunately cleaning the kitchen walls of fecal matter does not come under this heading.

            • Anonymous says:

              8:29, Wish Caymanians could understand your fact. Most still do not understand that we have full internal self government and fact that Governor no longer has any substantial power over anything internal. Sad but true.

              • Anonymous says:

                Bullshit. He can stop corruption whenever and wherever it occurs. He seems unwilling to do so.

                • Anonymous says:

                  He could have 10 years ago but no longer.

                  We are screwed long term by our Caymanian political masters.

          • Anonymous says:

            He commands the judiciary? The Chief Justice might have something to say about that.

    • Anonymous says:

      NOPE, not this time…(I hope)…everyone’s tired of him!

    • Anonymous says:

      Makes me want to rush out and buy a nice watch with the company card.

    • Anonymous says:

      Can someone please explain to me what the word means that Jon Jon Joker used at the last briefing. He said Illustrual to describe Sandhurst Military School. He obviously did not know the correct word was illustrious. This is why we need educated people in gov. How embarrassing.

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