Indie PACT cracks under donor pressure

| 16/04/2021 | 222 Comments
Cayman News Service
Isaac Rankine and Sabrina Turner

(CNS): Sabrina Turner, the newly elected MP for Prospect, and the new member for East End, Isaac Rankine, have been picked off by the PPM-Alliance from the Independent PACT group, according to PPM Leader Roy McTaggart, who released what is claimed to be the signature page of an agreement document last night. According to sources close to the backroom horsetrading, the pair were subjected to pressure from campaign donors not to support Wayne Panton’s PACT. While Jay Ebanks has yet to sign on to the PPM deal, his name was on the document. The decision by the two independents to sign has met with massive voter backlash, as the public does not accept McTaggart’s claim that the election was a vote for continuity.

Panton told CNS that he was surprised by the turn of events, given that it was only a matter of hours since the three members had signed the document that he took to the governor. He said all of them had simply walked away and turned off their phones, and by Friday morning he had still been unable to speak with any of them about the issues that have made them renege on the original agreement to form a People driven, Accountable, Competent and Transparent (PACT) government.

“I am willing to have that discussion but at this stage I do not know what became the problem for them. They are grown-up people who are responsible for their own actions and we can only wait now and see what they ultimately decide to do, given that they have signed two different agreements.”

The PPM has not said if the letter supporting McTaggart as premier has reached the governor’s office yet, but when it does, he will be faced with two competing documents that claim a majority of support for two different premiers under two different sections of the Constitution.

McTaggart issued a short statement late Thursday evening saying he was pleased to confirm that the PPM had an agreement with ten elected members to form the government and to elect him as premier. “This will allow the country to have a stable Government and continuity as we address the rebuilding from Covid,” he said.

McTaggart is assumed to be requesting he is appointed premier under section 49(2) of the Constitution. But in reality he does not have a majority party as it remains a coalition, and so he should, as Panton has done under under section 49(3), request a meeting of Parliament for a vote, which would be a much fairer way of resolving the competing letters that Governor Martyn Roper is expected to be in possession of this morning.

This would give the opportunity for the electorate to put some pressure on their MPs to counter that being applied by special interest groups. CNS understands that protests are already being planned in opposition to the PPM forming the government and specifically against Turner in Prospect, given the fact that she was voted into office after the electorate rejected the PPM-Alliance candidate.

The result in Prospect was a clear vote against the continuity that McTaggart claims the electorate voted for. Turner was elected in a close race but one that was an evident rejection of Austin Harris, the incumbent and unequivocal supporter of the PPM-Alliance. More than 70% of voters in that district voted against Harris and the PPM-Alliance ticket on which he was running. 660 people voted for one or other of the two independents on the ballot, both of whom had claimed no allegiance to the administration. It is impossible to reinterpret that to mean that the voters had actually voted for a PPM-led government.

Turner has now announced a constituency meeting at 7pm Friday evening at the Seafarers Hall.

It may be more nuanced to make the case for Rankine, as he ran against the incumbent Arden McLean who had campaigned in opposition to the Alliance. In addition, Rankine had met with McLaughlin early in the campaign and issued a statement indicating that his goal was to serve in government. However, that opportunity was given to him by the PACT group, which is aligned on a clear list of policies that Rankine had agreed to on Thursday when he signed the document supporting Panton as Premier, which has been submitted to the governor.

But Rankine, like Turner, as well as Jay Ebanks in North Side, whose position is not yet confirmed, have been placed under significant pressure and reportedly offered a number of inducements not just relating to Cabinet positions. While the pressure has come from the Alliance itself, CNS understands that it has also been applied by external wealthy and powerful individuals who were banking on the PPM-Alliance remaining in power and went out on a limb yesterday using various proxies to ensure that pressure and persuasion were used to get the numbers for McTaggart.

Chris Saunders had raised his concerns on the eve of the election that the non-political forces that have had undue influence over governments of late were already doing what they could to undermine efforts that he and Panton were making to bring an group together on their shared platform that could present a viable alternative to the PPM-Alliance. The men were clear on their policy positions relating to curbing excessive over-development, prioritising the environment, introducing a universal single-payer healthcare system, consumer protection and fair trade, among other goals to improve the lives of ordinary Caymanians.

CNS has attempted to contact the three independents but they have all been unresponsive.

Since this article was originally posted, Turner has called a constituency meeting for this evening at the Seafarers hall at 7pm.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    At least we now have a good idea of what a politician means when they classify themselves as Independent = For Sale to the Highest Bidder.

  2. Anonymous says:

    And we all thought the Trump / Bodden comedy show was bad.

    Kickbacks and promises I suspect the only reason why people go back on their word.

    Recount in Prospect please, let’s have Myles in.

  3. The secretary to the ambassador of Absurdistan says:

    Just what the world needed to blacklist cayman .
    1/ Corrupt .gov … check
    2/ Massive ML … check
    3/ Utter disregard for origination of funds into its real estate sector … Check
    4/ Companies and trusts without any local economic reality or beneficiaries … Check !

    Welcome to the OECD and FACTA / CAFTA blacklist for good this time !

  4. Anonymous says:

    Why picking on DART. Dart and his team has contribute to the development of this Country. Be honest, confirm if you have not been or visited Camana Bay. Confirm if you have never been at one of the parks donated by DART. West Bayer’s are very happy about the road they now have to get into town.

    Our Government cannot do it all. Our Government would be broke.

    My two cents

  5. Anonymous says:

    OMOV/First Past The Post/Winner Take All/Westminster Style Elections – has been an unmitigated disaster for these Islands.

    Yes, “Mac has lost his fries” (but only after 3 elections!) – BUT that should not have a driver for constitutional change.
    We need Politics based upon Principles and not Personalities (Principals!)
    Left/Right/Centre/Green

    We need multi seat constituencies

    We need some form of proportional representation

    What we have are crabs in hermetically sealed Single Member Constituencies.

    #GetRidOfOMOV

  6. Anonymous says:

    All scumbags and liars. Sabrina, you’re just as bad as Austin Harris if this is true you should be ashamed of yourself. Round to Amity Street with torches and pitchforks folks. Prospect deserves better.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Instead of the PPM/Progressive Alliance why not rename it the Dart Undemocratic Political Enterprises Division or the ‘Duped’ Party for short.

  8. Fool Fool says:

    Welcome to one party government run and directed by the financial elite that create havoc on the planet in the name of “Development”. Well Cayman we are hooked with heavy line and sinker; the “Independents” have been snagged the bait cannot be resisted. As far as they are concerned ethical voters can go to hell. I mean what do you expect poor politicians to do? Sign big bucks agreements everywhere and wait till the dust settles. Sure to get the best deal, with houses in gated communities going for millions. You must think they fool fool!

  9. Anonymous says:

    there is no such thing as saying the ppm is going against the peoples wishes….the people did not vote for an independent or ppm government.
    ask yourself what is best for cayman?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Private prosecutions are coming, much less the convictions in the court of public opinion. Stay tuned. More to come.

  11. Anonymous says:

    10:23am – I voted for OMOV but now see that it cannot work in our small constituencies. Now I wish I hadn’t!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Ah the appropriately named Turner.
    Still shouting for Jesus, girl, but in bed with the devil? Lowest of the low.

  13. Anonymous says:

    This is really sad and insane. Trump vs Biden, BLM movement and all other countries personal matters, we Caymanians are quick to voice our complaints and dismay but we’re facing blatant corruption right in front of our very own eyes in our OWN country and so many of my fellow Caymanians are standing by voiceless turning their heads in the other direction. These politicians are voted by us and expected to represent our best interests not their own personal gains and aspirations. We need to hold them accountable for their actions and not standby while they sell us out piece by piece.

  14. Anonymous says:

    so at the end of the day, the people vote and the wealthy donors dictate the direction the candidates take. Democracy at it’s finest.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Hey Cayman, opinion, comments, views…. all valid by right but all not necessarily correct.. in my opinion!

    My take is :

    Wayne’s rush to form a Government led to him including at least 3 “dubious” candidates in his proposed Govt. For me, that simply dismissed Wayne, in whom I had hope after Election results were published. Further, he continues to use Lindsay as his spokesman now, a man who wasn’t even elected!!… and who’s not yet officially a part of any Government! Come on Wayne, this all shows that you are not as prepared, seasoned or politically masterful as Alden or Roy, or as many of us had hoped.

    I respect that the people of Prospect and EE (specifically relevant to this discourse) voted for their candidates as Independents. of course, they would not want their candidates to join the PPM camp. BUT people…ask yourselves, is any decision ultimately based on what’s good for EE, Prospect or any individual constituency or for what’s best for the Islands as a whole?? From that perspective, I can see why PPM is determined to “poach” and I can see why Rankine and Turner may turn. For the good of “Country” at large!!

    God knows I didn’t want to see Juliana, Barbara and some others back in any Government! Unfortunately, Wayne’s options for the Islands’ Government includes only himself, Saunders, Bernie, Bryan and Heather with ANY MP experience – ALL the rest are novices. Kenneth Bryan in Cabinet? Really??!! May as well accept the other convicted felon! Although I am happy that Kathy and Andre, especially, were elected, a Government made up of majority novices (some with chequered pasts – including convictions for crimes) could never be effective and successful for the people!! If PPM can form a better Govt that Wayne’s desperate attempt.. then by all means DO IT!!

    Remember, in the long run it’s for the people, the majority….not just the people of Prospect or East End…etc.

    Think, people, don’t just react, as Wayne Panton seemed to have done. Wayne has displayed his lack of leadership qualities and disappointed me…for one!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Roy has already stated that Sabrina and Isaac, both complete and rookies, will be given Cabinet seats in the Alliance government, so your arguments are utter nonsense. No doubt John John, who is worse than useless will also be given a ministry, ditto JuJu, ditto Moses, who spent much of the last four years spending million trying to persuade that we needed a dock we didn’t need. Joey will go back to building roads and not doing anything to actually address the traffic issue. But at least we won’t have Tara (who was also given a Cabinet seat as a rookie by Alden) screwing up the FS industry.

      • Anonymous says:

        Isn’t Tara rumoured to be speaker – the woman who speaks out in support of assaulted and abused women! UGH!

    • Smart Ass says:

      For one PPM been a bunch of bullies and then they want to promote anti- bullying in the school. These ppl couldnt even lead a hourse to a well. Yes he did good for the island during covid, but these ppl dont care. If God would just allow the change for just 4 years lets see what wonderful changes PACT can make.

      If things get bad would we be allowed to vote in te goverment of our choice as the Voters?

      I think this will be the first and last go round for that Sabrina lady. Think think everyone needs a 1 week break to think things over.

      Anyone has the link for the governer as we as the ppl should be the only persons his ear should listen to now. Only us can change this.

      Lets protest for change.

      PPM keep treating us like slaves, theifs, uneducated dummies we ar not, not because we are not a independent island does not mean our voice cant be heard.

      Let do this Cayman.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Is anyone thinking how unstable this is making us look in the eyes of the world? We look like a 3rd world banana republic at this point! I would not be surprised if UK implemented direct rule after this debacle. Think of the implications for the country’s financial rating and the knock on effects to our financial industry! All because PPM desperately wants to hold on to power. That’s what the early elections were about anyway! Alden didn’t want his government to crack apart over McKeeva. These people will stop at nothing to retain power! That much is obvious. I’m so sad that our people didn’t have the sense and integrity to resoundingly defeat them. Yes – I am talking to you George Town! If Johann had prevailed in GT North, and Alric in GT South we wouldn’t be having this conversation! But it seems some of us want more hand outs as second class citizens rather then hand ups and opportunities as proud Caymanians. And don’t get me started on the former Premier of our country dancing like a jackass to a song mocking his opponent. Disgusting.

  17. Anonymous says:

    How you like me now?? 🤣💥
    PPM all the way💥💥💥

  18. Jonathan Adam says:

    This is all just a repeated and glaring example of the need for a paradigm shift in what is a completely unacceptable, negatively consequential and debilitating status quo as it pertains to the inequitable and asinine constructs of inequity which subjugate the Cayman Islands and her people to a woefully inadequate, institutionally corrupt and illegitimately influenced farce of democratic process and/or processes from the inside out, from the outside in and from beginning to end.

    Moreover, regardless of whether or not the parameters of the Westminster style of parliamentary democracy, out of dire necessity, are to be superseded by the real and tenable, lasting and valid, interests/benefit and well being of the Cayman Islands and her people, then what should be abundantly apparent to any objective, uncorrupted, right minded and/or clear thinking individual and/or member of the electorate is this; The only group of people in and of the Cayman Islands who, deserve, should and/or shall have the valid right to choose who will be the Premier is the electorate themselves/ourselves, to the explicit exclusion of any and/or all others and specifically to the explicit exclusion of those who are themselves given the privilege of a position of elected leadership and those whose decrepit and well recognized modus operandi of deceitful, self interested, greed induced, undemocratic, illegitimate, debilitating, manipulative, underhanded and inequitable tactics use said inequitable constructs to further their own agenda/s at the expense of all and sundry.

    Those who cannot and/or will not yet identify/address and proactively seek to rectify this as one of the underlying and extremely destructive cause and effect factors which the Cayman Islands and her people are both subjugated to and unjustifiably made to endure are either themselves a part of the problem itself or they are willfully ignorant and in dire need of whatever level of intestinal fortitude and/or personal integrity and/or wisdom necessary to deal with these issues at the base of the root.

    This will require not only a solidarity and a consciousness on the part of those who actually understand and who hold reverence for the value of a valid, equitable and workable system of democratic process, but it will require those who are deserving and/or otherwise currently and in the future in possession of a position of elected leadership to act both selflessly and with integrity. There is nary a shadow of doubt that failure to do as such will result in repeated traitorous debacles of continued maladministration, institutionalized corruption and underhanded profiteering at the continued expense of the Cayman Islands, her people and any hopes for a viable, sustainable and equitable future.

    • Anonymous says:

      So many big words, so little substance.

    • Anonymous says:

      Look who got a thesaurus for Christmas.

    • Anonymous says:

      A classic example of diatribe

    • Anonymous says:

      Paradigm shift in what?

      Politics?

      Enjoy a deep sleep and dream of a utopian paradise.

      This little place certainly isn’t one, and nowhere else in this world known to this human race.

      Don’t see this little place changing the global norm.

      Cayman is a little town in the Caribbean Sea.

      Politics has, and will be what it is, and isn’t!

    • Anonyminniemouse says:

      ok… let me see if I can translate…

      1. The system is broken;

      2. The system is still broken, and the only people who should be able to elect the premier are the voters, except for the candidates and/or those that are apparently evil;

      3. Those that wont fix the broken system are the problem and/or cowards;

      4. Only good and deserving people can fix this broken system and we are all screwed until it is fixed.

      Is that what you and your thesaurus were trying to say?

      • Jonathan Adam says:

        As you and the rest of the above seem to have a problem with basic comprehension skills (if one where stupid enough to believe that you are anything other than disingenuous), let me simplify it for you there Confukkus; The only way to get real democracy is for the electorate themselves/ourselves to vote for and decide upon who is to be premier. This requires a direct vote made by the electorate on election day. Capiche? Would you like it paint by numbers next?

        • Anonymous says:

          It does not work like that. Civics Class 101.

          This is a parliamentary democracy not a presidential one. Individuals do not vote for “Premiers” – that is the cornerstone of a parliamentary democracy. Where we fail here is not having a functioning party system.

          And before you suggest it – What, you want a “(El) Presedent” system – Mac as President? Dwayne as President? Kenneth as President – Are You MAD???

        • Anonymous says:

          At least you making some sense now Jonathon.

          Next time, take a deep breath and then write with clarity, focus and precision.

    • Anonymous says:

      Dude what? You’re communicating to yourself. Geeze.

    • Big Poppa says:

      Jonathan, without any disrespect, based on some of your previous posts, you have some valid points… However, the big words don’t help your argument, nor do they entice people to read them. I gave up 1/10th through. In plain language, it’s torturous reading, like swimming through diarrhea in order for a bite of the cookie. Seriously not worth it. Again, no disrespect, you do have good, valid arguments. Lose 95% of the bs though.

      • Jonathan Adam says:

        Okay Big Poppa fella, I take your point. My writing style may be able to use some improvement as I try to make sense from the nonsense which is politricks in and of Cayman. As it stands, the definition of insanity (doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result) is pertinent here and that is my point. The carnival continues and the beat goes on. Nuff said, I’m going back to work now. See Ya.

        • Big Poppa says:

          Sounds good. You’re writing is good, I think all it needs is to clean up some of the bigger words. The Carnival continues, that’s for sure! Regards.

  19. Grand Master says:

    Someone tell me how much of a role Lodge is playing in all of this.

  20. Anonymous says:

    important to note that the wealthy backers are not just dart.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes there seems to be more that just one company on island that benefits from the continued destruction of the futures of Caymanians.

    • Roberto S. says:

      A few big food service locations throwing money out in EE…

    • Anonymous says:

      I’d say all the big developers that were given massive concessions and allowed to tear up the island chipped in a few dollars.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Integrity, duty, service, accountability, loyalty, courage…oh my aching sides. When the dirty dollar is involved, these traits are thrown overboard instantly. For those of us who love these islands and had hoped for change, we’ve been hoodwinked again and we’re not even 2 days in from an election. Shameful, truly shameful.

    • Anonymous says:

      Those who love these Islands don’t want an unemployable with criminal record, who has
      never had a job, to be their minister of Tourism running a multi million dollar business.

      Those of us who love these islands don’t want a self styled accountant, who has shown incompetence in his business, and allegiance to Jamaica , to be minister of finance.

      A loose group, with no manifesto or direction cannot properly run a country.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Even at this minute some of the PACT members are calling in trying to be part of a PPM led government.

  23. Mikey says:

    One Man One Vote LOL

  24. bracca@hotmail.com says:

    So i ask this. For my benefit/argument sake only. Has Panton proven to be a favored Leader for all CAYMAN ISLANDS thus far? Wasn’t he not voted out by his constituency last term, to now be voted back in naturally/assumably with a chip on his shoulder/ego. Not trying to take sides, but for constructive thought only.

    • Anonymous says:

      Clearly you have taken sides or you wouldn’t assume such foolishness about Wayne Panton or attempt to smear the man. Anyone who knows him knows that he does not have a chip on his shoulder and that he has a real and deep love of the Cayman Islands and its people. He lost the elections last time by about a dozen votes and won it this time by a wide margin in a 4-way race. We cannot prove that he is the favoured leader over the whole country because we don’t have nation-wide elections, but I can tell you that he is widely respected, unlike Alden who is not a loved figure, except by developers.

  25. Anonymous says:

    The Governor is ultimately responsible for ensuring good governance, and what seems to be very limited application of the Nolan Principles in the Cayman Islands. Even while the jurisdiction sits on one sanctions list and is being openly considered for inclusion on others, for among other things: political corruption, money laundering, and lack of enforcement. The Anti-Corruption Commission, if anything more than a smokescreen of political compliance, should be on red alert XXXX

  26. Anonymous says:

    What are the inducements being offered? Who are the wealthy backers putting pressure on the MPs? These need to be disclosed to the public now. It appears that the direction of the nation for the next four years is going to be decided by a few rich people rather than the majority of the electorate. This is the very essence of a shabby plutocracy.

    • Anonymous says:

      I think we can guess who the wealthy backer is and what it means for the next 4 years.

      • Anonymous says:

        In this instance, I think it is more than our most significant wealthy backer. We have a few on island with hurt pockets with the ability to control PPM so naturally money was thrown on the table. I’ve known Sabrina a long time and she knows nothing about loyalty nor does she genuinely care what anybody thinks or feels. As a Prospect voter, I could not bring myself to vote for her. I’m sorry Michael, you certainly deserved a chance over Sabrina.

      • Anonymous says:

        Skyscraper City, here we come!

        • Anonymous says:

          Yeah Bobo, 100,000 plus people on island and a 50 storey building on the way.

          The Dubai of the Caribbean.

    • Anonymous says:

      Same old, same old then!

    • Anonymous says:

      A lot of people voted for the PPM

  27. Anonymous says:

    So they pretend to be against PPM and then go running to them when they offer the $$$.

    That’s when you know they will be exactly the same as the last lot of self-serving public non-servants.

    Pathetic

  28. Anonymous says:

    Mo matter who you elect a politician always wins.

  29. Do What is Right says:

    So two new politicians; before they even have a chance to do any good, have already created a legacy for themselves of being untrustworthy and able to be bought. No matter how much good they may do in the future, they will be forever stained with this legacy. In future elections, can we ask for total transparency from all candidates – each one should be required to wear a label with their price tag on it; so we all know how much,or how little, it will take for them to be bought.

    • Anonymous says:

      No integrity money grabbers – but why should they be any different than most of the other Cayman politicians who “serve” so they can line their pockets and go drink Champagne with Royalty on super yachts in Monaco.

  30. Big Poppa says:

    Short Memory. Prospect and East End Politicians.

    Long Memories. Voters.

    • Anonymous says:

      Worked out just fine for John John. Won’t be an issue for these ones.

      • Anonymous says:

        Exactly. The memory of voters is all about “what have you done for me lately?” Four years from now, these money grabbers will be re-elected if they’ve tossed a few bones the electorate’s way, and with the PPM, there are plenty of bones to toss around to ensure re-election. PPM is a generational political force that won’t be removed for a long, long time no matter how much they sell out Cayman.

      • Big Poppa says:

        True, though one can dream…

  31. Big Poppa says:

    No principles. Politicians. Especially those who sign one paper and then turn around and sign the opposite. Also look under “No Morals”, “Easily Influenced”, or simply “Lousy People”.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Great news for Prospect. Having a sitting Minister will make a huge difference.

  33. Anonymous says:

    This is why Cayman needs a two party system not a gang of independents.

  34. The Constitutional Critic says:

    If she wants to be the second radio personality turned one term Prospect MP she has made the right choice

    2021 is the second election in a row where Prospect has rejected the explicit PPM candidate and chosen someone else and she really thinks this is a good idea?

    The PPM couldn’t save Austin, and Alva and they couldn’t convince people on Frank Cornwall or Vincent Fredrick and they won’t save you Sabrina
    They’ll take your vote and your soul tie you to horrendous policies and watch you crash and burn in 4 years
    You better wake up quick fast and in a hurry

  35. Anonymous says:

    Bring out in the open in Parliament to flesh-out
    the defectors so they can vote. This is pure treachery of the two in question if this is true indeed.

    • Anonymous says:

      well blatant self interest disregarding what is best for their constituents…didn’t take long to show their true color….green

  36. Anonymous says:

    The real issue is that the country needs the BEST of all elected persons. Having ministers of suspect relevant experience/intellengence does not bode well for our country.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yup, same old snouts in the trough waste and corruption, mismanagement and incompetence has done us well.

  37. Anonymous says:

    ‘He said all of them had simply walked away and turned off their phones, and by Friday morning he had still been unable to speak with any of them about the issues that have made them renege on the original agreement’

    That’s all you need to know, these are your representatives displaying their integrity, absolutely saddening 😔

  38. Anonymous says:

    The people deserve another election, this is appalling from so many

    • Anonymous says:

      You will get one – in four years. And the idiot electorate will sell out again for a few pieces of silver.

  39. Anonymous says:

    Greed always wins.

    Signed by another accountant.

    • Anonymous says:

      I just made a pact — unless Sabrina comes to the understanding that she has some allegiance if not most allegiances to the voters that put her there, I will never vote for her again.

      My vote was decidedly an anti-PPM signal. I did not expect that she would be so malleable.

      • Say it like it is says:

        9.23am With a name like “Turner” you get what you asked for.

        • Anonymous says:

          Next we’ll elect a Judas

        • Big momma says:

          I am shocke at Sabrina’s decision to join the PPM. Prospect voted for change not to keep the same party in power . Austin was PPM we don’t want that party in power less much in prospect. The PPM is a bunch of lodge or Masonic men controlling their special interest groups on this island . Don’t care how you vote them up the don’t want to convey power to the other independents. Four more years under Alden government is going to be a disaster for this country . When will they take a back seat and hand over power . Sabrina I am disappointed in you you can do your 4 years but you will be voted out trust me . You are a traitor of the people . 👍👍

  40. Anonymous says:

    Just have one Government that is only allowed to rule on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and another Government that is only allowed to rule on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Then we can all stay home and eat Turtle meat on Sundays.

    • Anonymous says:

      Developers interests have bought off Isaac and Sabrina.

      He who pays the piper calls the tune.

  41. Anonymous says:

    Making a decision at this point likely has little to do with political ideologies and more to do with personal career. So didn’t take these folks long to show their colors….looks like just more of the same Cayman.

    • Anonymous says:

      And money

    • Anonymous says:

      How much is being spent to destroy the middle class and screw the people of the Cayman Islands?

      The financiers of the Progressives will spend millions to keep their puppets! Mangroves in Red Bay need to be cleared.

      ACC already led by Progressives.

      Governor is for Progressive.

      • Anonymous says:

        The last 8 years and particularly the last 4 have blatantly shown this abuse….but tell me why did the election still go this way? It is a mystery to me.

        • Anonymous says:

          1. Cayman still has a lot of genuine idiots who voted PPM.
          2. In this election, the Progressives bussed dozens of unemployed men who reeked of alcohol to the polling stations XXXX.

  42. Anonymous says:

    You want to tackle corruption, start right here at the election/government formation process, this is why it becomes such a systemic problem, – any thoughts, wish to comment ACC ?

  43. Edgar Poe says:

    Very disappointed in both of them🤬🤬🤬

  44. Anonymous says:

    Then we wonder why we are blacklisted. The blatant XXXX is beyond sickening. To sell their support for a cabinet role, only to sell it a second time in less than 24 hours just shows the world what Cayman stands for. XXXX What happened to love of country. To think that joining the progressives will be good for your region is a laugh. What have they done since in power other than ignore you? Now you think you have say by joining them? You have shown that you are a puppet and have no love for community or country. Enjoy your 4 years, as gone next election.

    • Anonymous says:

      And we allow convicted woman beaters to hold office…UK seems to be fine as long as our government gives in to all of their wishes.

  45. Anonymous says:

    I told you, Prospect, “do not choose mouth over proven work”. But you all loove a loud mouth. Now look at this mess!

    • Anonymous says:

      Very disappointed. Money and power winning again. This will not auger well for the work that needs to be done for the population as a whole. Very disappointed, Sabrina. Very poor start to your political career. I will not forget.

      • Anonymous says:

        Bring this out in the open in Parliament to flesh-out the defectors so we can see how they vote. This is pure treachery of the two in question if this is true indeed.

  46. Anonymous says:

    Excellent news…. when a party sends 7 candidates tot he polls and ALL 7 win their seats, that’s validation of continuity. TO state otherwise is just journalistic gibberish. 7 for 7 is simple… of course the other 12 seats having been contested between independents and other parties were clearly won by independents but that’s a resounding beating for the ‘opposition’ parties and not the PPM incumbents. Again, to state otherwise is just classic misrepresentation and a play on clever words to change the narrative. Its not to say that the Independents led coalition was not strong and that PACT would have done a lesser job but please don’t carry on here as though somehow the PPM led group was somehow stealing anything… this is politics and Wayne Panton played his hand, albeit a bit early and has now been called by a team with a competing hand… seemingly better played…. time will tell but this is fair-play on all sides.

    • Anonymous says:

      At least Wayne is People driven, Accountable, Competent and Transparent, as it says on the tin.

    • Anonymous says:

      Err 10 independents were elected i would say that is validation of anything but continuity

      • Anonymous says:

        Not really. PPM didn’t have candidates in those districts. So anywhere there was a choice between continuity (ppm) and change (independent) the PPM won. That sounds like continuity to me. And they won 7 for 7. I don’t like all of them either but it would appear the people in those districts do.

    • Anonymous says:

      7 for 7 is one thing. Austin was soundly voted out and was running on thier platform, so 7 for 8. Tara didnt run again and as far as im aware neither Raul or Andre officially signed on to the alliance, 7 for 9. Then they also got spanked in GTC 7 for 10, Al ran on thier platform and got removed from office, 7 for 11. how many do you need for a majority? 10. 7 for 7 is not a mandate, stop pretending it is. if money is actually changing hands then i literally cant see how this doesnt get looked at by the Anti-Corruption Commission.

    • James says:

      Agree 100%

    • The Constitutional Critic says:

      Last time I checked 7 is not a majority out of 19 total seats

      And to be clear your argument is the people approved so much of the PPM that they didn’t manage to pick up a single seat against a rag tag group of independent challengers?

      You might want to stop pointing out that all the PPM can do now is hold the seats they already have it’s not quite as compelling an argument as you think it is. The only places where the PPM seem to be able to win convincingly are where they encountered joke candidates (Elvis and Maxine), and where the races had multiple challengers (GTW and GTE), almost every other race was within a hundred votes

  47. Anonymous says:

    Amazing what people will do for money

  48. Anonymous says:

    Democracy dies in the darkness.

    Make these cockroaches decide out in the open for all to see.

  49. Anonymous says:

    Well done Issac(and Sabrina) Cayman is proud of you both.

  50. Anonymous says:

    Accountants 2, Lawyers 0.

    Accountants got the private funds bill passed last, much to the endless objections of the lawyers.

    And now a former accounting partner of KPMG has become premier over a former law partner from Walkers.

    Sorry lawyers, rational and steady will beat out blusterous and alarmism.

    Signed, An Accountant 🙂

    • Anonymous says:

      The last 4 years has shown the accountants value so in this case it would be more accurate to say a party beat a lawyer. Sammy I hope you continue to fight for the rights of Caymanians and the future of Caymanians.

    • Anonymous says:

      My experience of the accountants on this island is that they are slipshod and put expediency above accuracy.

      My experience of lawyers on this island is that they are vainglorious and cunning with only a passing interest in actually practising law.

      Choose your poison electorate!

    • Anonymous says:

      Accountants=Lawyers=Parasites.

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