Juliana denies turning her back on Progressives

| 26/04/2021 | 55 Comments
Cayman News Service
Juliana O’Connor-Connolly addresses Parliament, 23 April 2021

(CNS): Beginning her seventh term in office, Friday, Juliana O’Connor-Connolly justified why yet again she found herself on the government benches even though the party she ran with lost. The member for Cayman Brac East made the decision to desert the team she ran with and secure a seat in Cabinet yet again at the very last minute, which she said was “one of the most difficult decisions” of her life. O’Connor-Connolly said it might look as if she had turned her back on her Progressive family but this wasn’t the case.

She attributed the set of circumstances before her to God because, she said, he brings up governments he brings them down and it was not for her to question. But once the premier had secured eleven people for his government, her responsibility was to the people of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman and she was not elected for her own personal benefit, she said. At that point, the elections were over and it was time to unite and get on board, she added.

“I took the decision, cost what it may,” she said, as she quoted the Bible again in an effort to explain her reasons for crossing the floor.

Issac Rankine also waited until the last minute to re-join Panton’s team, after he cracked under pressure and crossed to the PPM-Alliance team, triggering the week of uncertainty. In order to form a government of Independents, Panton had no other choice but to secure the support of McKeeva Bush by promising him the job as speaker, despite his conviction for assault and the major concerns of many people across the community.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Juliana, Anthony Eden, Woman Beater, sleepy A.K.A. Eugene and Arden should have been put out to pasture years ago! She is a disgusting woman.

  2. Cheese Face says:

    I need to jump on this sky fairy train, you can literally get away with anything!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Elvis is smart, likeable, honest, and care about Cayman and his fellow Caymanians. The complete opposite of Juliana.

    • Anon says:

      Elvis is not educated and Hon. Juliana is educated and a trained lawyer. The Sister Islands do not need to be represented by a goof ball nor a sleaze ball. Brackers and LC will have zero representation and no respect. Brackers have mostly educated people and Elvis is not that.

  4. Tired of religion says:

    Attributed the set of circumstances before her to God because, she said, he brings up governments he brings them down and it was not for her to question.

    Here my question ju ju. How are you so sure God is a he?

    Who woted on that?

    • Anonymous says:

      The God, the religion created is a he, then there is the mother many and son …

      • Anon says:

        God is not mocked!!!!
        Think about your soul and get yourself ready for judgement. God in three persons. Blessed Trinity. God rules and overrules in affairs of all nations. God made man in his image. Therefore, HE. Billy Graham states the Bible is true no matter what you think.

      • Anonymous says:

        It is okay for you to say that because you have freedom of speech. I can say “There are no gods” because I also have that freedom. Are you o.k. with that?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Get over it people, the elections are over. Try to put as much time in being positive as you do negative – our entire Country will be better.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Isaac told you people that he wanted to be on the Govt bench and not the opposition bench. It was clear that he wanted to be with whoever formed the Govt. You guys should have listened.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Crazy blaming God, no sensible person going to believe that, come on we all are not that stupid, it hurts to think she thinks we are all stupid. But Cayman Brac East voters must be that stupid , they voted her in as M P.

  8. Darlene Mckenzie says:

    With no disrespect. Our people still deserves the real answers for the reasons our MPs Isaac Rankin and Sabrina Turner decided to leave the independents when the government were already formed? And a explanation why did Sabrina Turner return?. Our Protesters were not allowed too ask Sabrina Turner any question for ant answers at Sabrina Turner meeting on April 16th 2021 at our Seamen Hall. Also Why did Juliana O’Connor Conolly leave PPM to join the independent Mps?. When the independent MPs had already asked PPM MPs too come too join them before the independent MPs formed our government. And the reason or reasons for Isaac Rankin return when our independents had a government formed with nine independent MPs, one CDP MP and one PPM MP?. Our People is so silent as if they are in shock and wondering who or how too ask. When will the straight answers be given too our people for all of the switching back and fort from our MPs?. Our people is the red flags still available?. And are they still available?.

    • Anonymous says:

      Sorry to say, but our people can be so gullible at times and will accept anything as an excuse.

  9. Done reach says:

    Planning board needs to be changed now

  10. Anonymous says:

    Wayne, have you had a discussion with her about her views on gay people ? And have you said to her that on no account you want her to pray with that terrible speaking in tongues stuff she did about Day/Bodden?

  11. Anonymous says:

    I really feel she throws god an religion around to hide her incompetence.

    • Anonymous says:

      Umm that could be it but instead of hiding it she’s putting on a show for us.

      How ignorant can people really be? And to think shes a damn MP.

      Lord help us! /s

  12. Anonymous says:

    Elvis would have been a better choice at least he speaks the truth and don’t act fake and two faced like the people who voted her in. Some people in the brac act as if their better than everyone and as long as she’s around she ain’t going no where…

  13. Anonymous says:

    If Cayman wants to use home grown talent, you need to educate that talent. XXXX if this is what the kids are being taught… then for once a prayer is needed…. god help us!

  14. Anonymous says:

    From the photo above no one is listening to hear anyway. Who is not on their phone is staring into space. 😊😊

  15. Anonymous says:

    Being a former Progressive member who wants nothing more to do with them, I am happy that Julianna crossed over to the PACT Government.

    The new Premier did what I think might be unheard of in that he managed to get representation for every district in his new government. No district was left out and Cayman Brac and Little Cayman had she stayed with the Progressives would have been seen as if the Brac/Little had lost representation

    We now have a very inclusive Government that is representative of all three islands. We need to all pull together now and support this Government that was obviously the people’s choice.

    Congrats to the new Premier and the new PACT Government.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I’m appalled that her homophobic, money hungry self has been given education to run again. Our children are doomed!

    • Anonymous says:

      I hope Panton does a Cabinet shuffle and shuffles her out of Education. We need to give our kids some kind of chance and they have none with her in that position.

    • Anonymous says:

      It is not the ministry or minister of education fault that children are failing. Public schools across all three islands are given the tools the kids need to strive. The kids just need to apply themselves more. Both my kids graduated with honors from public school and they had to work hard to get it. I made sure they studied, did homework, give in assignments and had bedtime curfews which enabled them to have sufficient rest. Stop blaming everyone except the parents that need to do better for their kids.

      • Anonymous says:

        Hear, hear.

      • Anonymous says:

        Ya, but the point is that honours in a public school here is like scraping by in a school anywhere else.
        Kids graduating here with “good grades” can still barely read and write, believe they are owed a job and think that if they are a nice person that the invisible man in the sky will provide.

      • Anon says:

        That’s not entirely true. I agree that education starts in the home, however teachers and schools actually play a major role as well.

        If graduating students can not read or write or are barely passing, that should be on the head of the schools and the respective teachers to be held accountable as to why – not 100% blaming teachers, but they need to show what they have done to try and overcome the issues that failing children are having.

        Who monitors/inspects the schools – the Ministry. What is the point of doing inspections in schools (which I may add are only following the 2014 standard – to 7 year behind already), if nothing is done to better them.

        Power needs to be taken back in the classroom – no tolerance to distracting students (maybe there is an underlying reason why they are distracting in the class)

        I am not happy the JuJu got the Ministry again, but maybe give her the benefit of the doubt and hopefully she will actually do something this time round,

  17. Anonymous says:

    Then she should have campaigned on “Elect me and Ill do whatever I decide God wants me to do”. Still that’s not as preposterous as claiming “she was not elected for her own personal benefit”. LOL pull the other one.

    • Anonymous says:

      God DID NOT Tell anyone what to do in the election, that’s a fact, pure and simple and the truth.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Rasta, what a wafer.

    You are compromised on many fronts.

    Avoid the subject of loyalty, ethics and morals, and focus on the truth.

  19. Bracka says:

    Elvis exposed Juliana. She is a disgrace no morals or loyalty to anything other than power and the almighty dollar.

    • Anonymous says:

      How was she exposed? She fully agreed with medicinal marijuana use only hours before people woted 🤣

  20. Anonymous says:

    God would not let you vot gor McBeater

  21. Candid says:

    The usual excuses: a difficult decision, the people or even God. The is simpler. People should not get elected on one platform and then change their colors. That is like obtaining an office by false pretenses. What we need is not a higher deity but legislation to stop this nonsense. Congrats to the people in East End and Prospect for refusing to be taken for a ride.

    • Anonymous says:

      Don’t think East Enders deserves any congrats. It was people from other districts that brought change not East Enders.

  22. Anonymous says:

    A ministerial salary is better than an opposition salary, isn’t it, Julianna? Money calls, BS walks…

  23. Anonymous says:

    So its down to God and her constituents. Ok then. No room for loyalty or sticking to your word – God and her constituents come first, especially when what they what happens to coincide with a ministers salary, the prospects of overseas travel with your loyal retainer, and the ability to keep putting largesse your constituents way so you are re-elected next time. Not that would affect JOCCs decision making, no siree Bob, she is all about following her constituents interest and Gods will.

    I am glad Wayne got to be Premier, but I cannot help but worry about the effect on his integrity and self worth of association with people who are manifestly driven by self interest.

    • anon says:

      2.53pm I agree with yourlast para, byt that applies to almost all of his cabinet.

      • Anonymous says:

        Most definitely applies to all members of previous administration. It is unfair to judge the newly elected members, you know nothing as to how they would perform. We surely have an opposition of self serving arrogant bigots.

        • Anonymous says:

          I wouldn’t be so quick to let your dislike of the previous administration allow you to look at the current one with rose coloured glasses.
          While many of the lofty goals are admirable, the lack of experience and knowledge from this group is frightening.

          • Anonymous says:

            Sounds like someone who requires work experience to hire a Caymanisan but never allows them to get it! You know the previous ones only got experience from practice right?

    • Anonymous says:

      She is loyal to the people that voted for her: Cayman Brac East. Sitting on the back bench for 4 years with the opposition makes no sense. Politics requires strategic moves, not cry babies that are on here griping.

  24. Last Zion says:

    I still believe that Juliana decided that as Minster for Education she should at least understand what “Progressive” meant and when she realized that she would have only been regarded as Progressive in Salem during the Witch trials she was forced to resign from the PPM. Because once Juliana realized what Progressive truly meant she had only one option.. Maybe she got confused and though “progressive” meant regressive and that’s why she didn’t speak out against the honorable member of West Bay West.

    But her “God” told her to stay a Minster and earn more money and continue to have all the perks that go with that role… My “god” last night told me to have more wine and beer and despite trying to explain Bacchus to my wife, she called me out for being a massive liar… thankfully Juliana’s “God” exists (at least in her mind) and therefore she can continue to have such an important role in society.

    It’s amazing however that her “God” allowed her to stop Civil Partnerships in the Cayman Islands but allowed the Governor to force them on us… it’s almost as if her “God” only exists in the confines of her own mind or is at least restricted from the Governor’s Office.

  25. Anonymous says:

    You can justify almost anything by quoting the bible. I’m glad she has found such a great way to interpret it that just so happens to align with what’s best for her. It’s quite amazing really!!

    On another note, I pity the schoolkids, teachers and administrators. They’ve been let down by some sections of the electorate.

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