Miller to quietly protest speaker’s return

| 13/10/2020 | 71 Comments
Cayman News Service
McKeeva Bush, Speaker of the House

(CNS): When the Legislative Assembly opens tomorrow, the return of McKeeva Bush to the speaker’s chair will be quietly protested by the independent member Ezzard Miller (NS). Bush faces trial in summary court later this year on charges of assault in relation to a violent attack at a local bar but has chosen to return to his high office. Miller is now the only MLA to continue objecting to Bush’s return before the case is resolved.

The LA opens Wednesday for a new session, and Miller told CNS that he will not take part in any of the usual proceedings ahead of the meeting tomorrow and will not be in the parliament’s chamber when the speaker enters.

Miller said he cannot boycott the meeting as there is too much work to be done in relation to a number of laws, for which he has filed dozens of amendments on behalf of his constituents. The North Side MLA said that many of the bills present some serious problems, which he hopes to persuade government to rethink and consider his suggestions.

“With so many important bills to address on behalf of my constituents, I must go to the Legislative Assembly and do the work on their behalf but I remain utterly opposed to the return of the speaker,” he said.

“There is no mechanism for me to raise my concerns on the floor and no other way for me to protest. As a result, I will do the only thing I can, which is to withdraw my attendance for any ceremonial elements that may take place and then enter the chamber when the actually business on the order paper starts,” he added.

Miller has long held that the speaker should have resigned or been removed from the job once he was charged in this case. Efforts to hold a no-confidence debate were first thwarted by the member for George Town Central, Kenneth Bryan, and then reject by government because the attorney general has insisted the case is sub judice, despite being a summary case which will be decided by a magistrate, not a jury.

“This may only be symbolic but it sends a clear and powerful message when there is little else that I can do alone under the current circumstances,” he added.

Miller has previously called on the premier to remove the speaker because he is the one person who can do so. But Miller has said he is well aware that was never going to happen, given the dependence of the government on Bush to hold the administration together, especially in the wake of the recent rift in Cabinet over the passage of the Civil Partnerships Law.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I see the jackass/donkey was braying in the house yesterday with his usual trashy politics. How does the East End people tolerate this nimrod is beyond me

  2. Anonymous says:

    By the picture, is MAC related to Floyd the Barber from Mayberry?

  3. Anonymous says:

    This man and his ethos continues to undermine the stature of the chair in which he still presides by virtue of the consistent flogging of recognised upstanding values and integrity on full display. The sad thing about this is that his learned colleagues are accepting to be stained using their own brushes of denial in doing nothing about it and by decree I’m supposed to respect and recognise them as Honourable, – nothing less than a real travesty for the contract of civility

    thank you Mr Miller.

    • Jah Dread says:

      I gain put it in our own talk , CNS or non CNS: Busha is a político who has lost he way did some good laws yeah, help a lot a people yeah. But he love that root of all evil and that drag him down. De spirits de bad ones gone inside a him and cause him to do bad tings and going to church every Sunday na helping him. He needs to be stripped of position, face his accusers and beg forgiveness of the Highest Authority in Heaven and Earth then of the people of these Islands to get redemption. Othawise his spirit and soul will always be unable to rest. Sworn.

  4. Anonymous says:

    A few months go by and this snake slithers back thinking people will have short memories. This is a disgrace and an embarrassment to citizens of Cayman.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Blame the person in charge….the same person that tried to shove the port down our throats…the same person that refused to take a reduction in salary whilst his so “call people” suffered…the same person that did not negotiate with CUC…same guy that refuse to fix the environmental disaster that we call “Mount Trashmore”…same guy that is spending millions on Prospect roads…same guy that promised to step down if the Port did not go through….come 2021…

  6. Is this my wife or my sister? says:

    Mr. Speaker, the people of the Cayman Islands welcome you among their fold. Biden bless the Speaker, and Biden bless the Cayman Islands. Biden 2019.

    • Anonymous says:

      Why so many down votes?

      Dumbest yet funniest comment this week.

      • Anonymous says:

        Congratulations, your IQ is definitely above average.
        Seems you are the only one to get that I made this comment completely in jest.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Ezzard Miller, you REPRESENT me! He should not be allowed back!

  8. potter says:

    i detest , and always will this man and what he has done to his own people ,, i lived next door to this sorry excuse of a human during his “scandles” with “his” bank , as he called it , XXXXX, arrogant , pulled the wool over many eyes ,, but hey gave you a fridge or two so you didnt lynch him , and guess what? you still have him ,, is that fridge still working??

  9. Anonymous says:

    This should prove to the world that Cayman is still third world. Not yet ready to play with everyone else. Unless its just to borrow more money. Bush is not just a man here, to many he is the King of Pirates. He has paid the prices and made the deals. In third world he still rules. This is how it rolls here.

    • Anonymous says:

      What you have ignored, purposefully or not, is that many if not most of those ‘Pirates’ which you have referred are not Caymanians, are not a member of the electorate and who are of this ‘First World’ which you speak of.

      Those who you have ‘Pirates’ which you have referred to are often those who have either bought or have been given status in this less than ‘First World’ place which you speak of.

  10. Anonymous says:

    So many ‘men’ yet so little balls to go around.

  11. BeaumontZodecloun says:

    Agree with you and Mr. Ezzard; Mr. Bush should not have been allowed to return as he should have been removed from his post for walking away from the job. His court case is another matter entirely. Nowhere in the world is a politician permitted to just walk away from their post without any repercussions.

  12. JTB says:

    Truly, the Legislative Assembly and everyone in it are a shining example of ‘Honourable’ behaviour.

    Cayman is blessed to have such paragons of integrity, probity and honour to lead us.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Everyone should loudly protest…

  14. Anonymous says:

    Welcome back Mr. Speaker! May God richly bless you!

  15. SSM345 says:

    Cayman should be protesting his return; not just Miller.

    Bush needs to go.

    • BeaumontZodecloun says:

      Agree with you and Mr. Ezzard; Mr. Bush should not have been allowed to return as he should have been removed from his post for walking away from the job. His court case is another matter entirely. Nowhere in the world is a politician permitted to just walk away from their post without any repercussions.

  16. Anonymous says:

    A low life idiot holding the highest office in The Cayman Islands. Not one person with a backbone to stand up to him except Ezzard. Ezzard time and time again you continue to prove you are the only one fit to enter the LA building.

  17. Anonymous says:

    How is the “Cayman Ministers Association” still allowed to have an Uniregistry/ICAAN/OfReg Cayman domiciled web domain which universally violates multiple stated gender/same sex policies on acceptable use, but also continues to spew intolerance and conspire against the legal rights of same sex relationships in the Cayman Islands? This fringe theocratic group should be de-registered as a non-profit for similar acceptable use violations at DCI and CI Registrar. The website should be taken down immediately and the group formally advised to rebrand/repurpose (maybe some Christian stuff?!?) immediately or be shut down forever. Where are the adults?!? Where are the dissenting moderate and/or legally tempered voices?!? Multiple agencies and companies begging to be sued.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely disgusting that this deplorable man is allowed to return to the role of speaker when he has disgraced the seat and the country.

    • Anonymous says:

      Absolutely disgusting that this deplorable man is allowed to return to the role of speaker when he has disgraced the seat and the country again and again *

      * There fixed it for you.

    • Anonymous says:

      I don’t understand why Civil Servants are suspended from work when they are charged but the speaker isn’t. Are they not also subject to the sub judice rule? In fact, some, if not most, of those civil servants do elect for jury trials.

      I take it this is another case of what is good for the goose is not necessarily good for the gander?

  19. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Mr. Miller! The only one with any dignity!

    • Anonymous says:

      Dignity is not a word for Ezzard, but obviously you are only concern with the way he does his job through tearing down people. Ezzard is nothing but a big mouth, no class Bull, bullying everyone he does not like. If Ezzard “the longtime disgruntled Civil Servant” had done as much as Mr. Bush has done for this country he would well worth the salt that goes into his food. Ezzard always prey on those people who he always takes their kindness and meekness and use it to his advantage to try and look good. And all the time the only thing people can see in him is his high belly full of hatred. He likes to bully and take advantage of people. He is only for himself. Mr. Bush is 100 % the man Ezzard will never be. He is full of big skeletons. Why didn’t the government investigate all the information Joey Ebanks were giving them???? If they did, we would have been shocked. Only because of Joe problem that it would look like his credibility was in question. But he had the facts on him. Every dog has their day and his came several times close to dawning.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yawnnnnnnnnnnn – yet another of Mr. Bush’s cronies! GET A LIFE AND STOP ACCEPTING HANDOUTS! While you are at it – grow a conscience.

        • CAYMAN PRIDE says:

          Listen to me, good! This is for Anonymous at 2:20 pm.

          Not every Caymanian is broke like you. Not all Caymanians need handouts from the government like you. You sound like one of those close-minded and brainwashed people. Over the years, We all know Ezzard is XXX not for Caymanians.

          You need to learn how to research online before you comment on this website bashing innocent people that actually care for the people of the Cayman Islands.

          Therefore if you aren’t broke, you need to start investing in the youth of these islands.

          • Anonymous says:

            hahahahahaha oh man you are just precious.

            Yes I’m sure you did a lot of hard hitting research on facebook.

            Hell. you probably even took an opinion poll of the drunks sitting at the curb that big Mac buys beers for.

      • Anonymous says:

        10:03 clearly Ezzard told you about your ass a time or two and you did not like it.

        Basically everything you claim Ezzard to be, you are displaying in your ridiculous comment.

    • Anonymous says:

      I beg to differ!! No one’s dignity hangs on whether McKeeva comes back a speaker or not. If the Premier didn’t wanted him back he has the power to call a vote of no confidence on it. He has the power so whether or not the rest of members protest with Ezzard amounts to absolutely nothing. Easy for all of you to pass judgement on others , if you want to do something go arrange a protest., call on the west bay constituents to join you and see how far you can get. Waiting with baited breath.

      • Anonymous says:

        The Premier has protected you, me and many more, and so did The Speaker Of the House. Be grateful to all our representatives and stop encouraging one against the other. As long as there is a government there will always be an Ezzard to undermine what is done. Its time that Cayman stand tall and count our blessings for all those who have the responsibility of this country on their shoulders. Put away the hate talk and pray for The Premier And all those who willingly work for the good of this country. Each and everyone is put there for a purpose. I am grateful for them and I hope you are also. Leave Ezzard the blizzard haters like him lives in lone unhappiness. So sad. Ezzard is a disgruntled civil servant and he cannot get over it. So he takes it out on everyone. Ezzard problem is because the government did not adopt Cuba’s policies.

        • Anonymous says:

          >Ezzard problem is because the government did not adopt Cuba’s policies.

          hah lol, Hey Big Mac, we can tell when its you typing.

  20. CAYMAN PRIDE says:


    CNS: I usually delete comments that are all in caps. Could you not do so in future. Thanks.

  21. ELVIS says:

    wow. No shame

  22. Anonymous says:

    caymankind…..any comment mr governor?

  23. The man has no shame says:

    “One of the only”? I wonder how does that work 🤔
    MAC: have some dignity and resign. That Office is too high for you now. 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻

  24. Anonymous says:

    So what will the leader of the opposition do?

    He is so dam scared he calls a meeting of district and national importance and spends the whole meeting casting aspersions and innuendos. I went expecting important discussions…an utter waste of my time

  25. Zulu says:

    Only one with guts….

  26. Anonymous says:

    Bush is shameless. National embarrassment.

    • Vote them all out says:

      Alden McLaughlin, Joey Hew, Juliana Connolly, Tara Rivers, Roy McTaggart, Moses Kirkconnell, Dwayne Seymour, Eugene Ebanks, Barbara Connolly and Austin Harris are even worse for not insisting that McKeeva Bush resign from his position

      • Anonymous says:

        You forgot Bernie, who has quietly been kissing and making up, just in time for the election.

        • Anonymous says:

          Isn’t Bernie Bush in the Opposition now? No way McKeeva trusts or making up with Bernie when Rolston is running against Bernie

        • Anonymous says:

          That is the same thing I heard. The speaker has also made a deal with the Leader of the Opposition to be Speaker of the house next term.
          Can you imagine, the same man who said he wanted to see Mckeeva in hand cuffs now making deals so that he can be Premier. Can you all imagine V. Arden Mclean as Premier????

      • Anonymous says:

        11:43 Big Mac knows where the bodies are buried. He’ll have dirt on every one of them no doubt. That’s why they are sh*t scared to make a move. And hoi, Mac, fix that wig will you?

  27. Anonymous says:

    Vote them out!

    • Anonymous says:

      I wish it worked like that.

      • Anonymous says:

        I shall do my utmost to vote them all out! “Honorable”…., what a misnomer!

        • Anonymous says:

          Please stop voting for confirmed idiots, ex-cons, DUI-crash-flee-the-scene, hate group supporters, woman beaters, drug dealers and corrupt deal makers. They’ve been doing this shady stuff their entire lives. Voters need to be principled as well. There’s only a vote “in”, not a vote out – or there would be no quorum in the LA right now. We need to do our job better. We also need electoral law reform that isn’t happening: get rid of party allegiance system, mobile district jockeying, and arbitrary non-representative grandparent eligibility hurdles.

          • Anonymous says:

            To get a work permit, you need a police clearance certificate, not so for the highest positions of the land (or for these individuals they can pay for a clean one)

    • Anonymous says:

      We did vote them out. Technically we voted in more Independents. But, we ended up with this. Democracy loll

  28. Anonymous says:

    Alden. Self before country, justice and dignity.

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