John-John joins PACT after MPs lobby for his ‘talents’

| 30/11/2021 | 258 Comments
  • Cayman News Service
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(CNS): Following two direct and very public invitations from the PACT government over the last few days to Dwayne “John-John” Seymour to join the administration, he did just that Tuesday evening. During a public meeting in his constituency of Bodden Town East he sought the approval of his voters to join the current government, crossing the floor from the opposition benches, after what he said was the lobbying of MPs for his “talents” and experience.

“This is not an easy decision,” Seymour told his district audience, adding that it might not be popular with everyone but he was doing it to help his constituents.

It does not appear that Seymour has been offered a ministry, but Tourism Minister Kenneth Bryan said that Seymour would be working with him to fix the transport problem and assisting various other ministers with projects, such as helping Planning Minister Jay Ebanks with the affordable housing project.

It also appears that the PACT Government will be calling on Seymour for his experience with the COVID-19 pandemic, despite his less than stellar record as health minister.

Premier Wayne Panton arrived late at the meeting to welcome him into the fold and appeared to give his blessing to the new addition to the PACT line-up, despite their past disputes over the environment. Panton said it was a pleasure to support what he hoped would be the newest member who would help unite the whole of Bodden Town under the new government.

Jay Ebanks, who had been one of those offering the overt invitations to Seymour, said he was the “missing link” in the PACT Government.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Who’s the old guy in yellow with the hat on the far left of the picture?

  2. Matthew 7:16-20. says:

    I was surprised and disappointed when a man who claims to be supportive of women and LGBT rights cut a deal with a drunken woman beater in order to secure political power. I actually felt sorry for him thinking he must had had an agonising decision over compromising his principles in order to secure power to make real change. Now I see him appointing a man previously charged with a scheme to assault his ex wife’s lover, who made homophobic comments in parliament and threatened a female reporter who questioned him, when he is already the Premier and has a working majority. So I guess that original decision wasnt so hard after all, was it. What a fool I am.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Right now 235 negative and disparaging comments (CaymanKind just say what you really think) and it is YOU PEOPLE that voted that imbecile in !!

    Poor Juliana was so out of breath by the time she walked 20 yards to the podium, her prayer sounded like Marilyn Monroe famously singing her breathy happy birthday Mr. President.
    Going on and on about “constituents” reminded me of the speech in that movie ‘O Brother where art thou’ spluttering about constituents…

    I shut it off as soon as that grinning donkey made it to the podium.

    • Anonymous says:

      It was 300 or so Mac Cayjamians who have taken over Bodden town, that vote for him.
      The rest of us have to suffer the consequences.
      Until qualified expats are here in sufficient numbers, the downward spiral into the third world will continue.

      • CAZ says:

        You do know that you are in somebody’s else homeland. Can you imagine expats trying to take the UK Parliament. Exactly. Not going to happen. Go back home if you are unhappy about the politics here along with your friends and family. Thank you and have safe flight back home. Please don’t come back.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I vote Jon Jon for Speaker of the House.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Bernie is awfully quiet and elusive these days…

  6. Anonymous says:

    Perfect representation of the Caymanian people.

    • Anonymous says:

      Why all the dislikes? you think your democratically elected MPs aren’t perfect representations of the Caymanian people? Why did you elect them then, and what are they – bad examples? Good examples of expats. Lol.

  7. Anonymous says:

    How come Ossie so quiet? Where he is with his cow cod??

  8. Anonymous says:

    I hope the poor man doesn’t read some of these comments. He’ll be sobbing onto his colouring book.

  9. Anonymous says:

    John-John and Jay, you couldn’t make this up.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Preaching, politricks, personal pampering and pouring tears here again… Cayman walked back another 100 years.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Honestly, the press conferences are boring. Bring back Fullmoon madness #johnjohn

  12. Anonymous says:

    Not a single positive comment. That says enough.

  13. Anonymous says:

    When Jay Ebanks said Jon-Jon was the “missing link”, it is obvious that he was speaking in terms of evolutionary theory.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I hope that we hear more from Jay in the future. I could use a good laugh on a more regular basis.

  15. Anonymous says:

    They brought John John in to write the Parliamentary Code of Conduct that Wayne promised but then forgot about. Apparently KeeKee is going to be the editor.

  16. Anonymous says:

    His only known talent is being the only member of the opposition gullible enough to think they really want him for his talents. This is clearly a gambit designed to hedge against a couple of defections and a no-confidence wote.

    Great to see from this that this government’s days are numbered. The sooner the grown ups take over again the better.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Why no statement from the opposition?

  18. Anonymous says:

    We must understand that this had to take place to avoid a coup d’état.

    • Anonymous says:

      Unless there is sarcasm in this sentence that I have missed, how does a person brought in by someone other than the leader, and with no perceived loyalty to the leader, help to protect the leader’s position?

      If you are being sarcastic then I agree with you. With JonJon (#10) now in the fold, Chris (#1), Kenneth (#2), JuJu (#3) Jay (#4), Andre (#5), Bernie (#6), Sabrina (#7), Katherine (#8) and Isaac (#9) they hold a parliamentary majority without the need for Wayne or Heather, the only other person Wayne brought into the alliance he pretends to lead.

      I don’t expect JonJon’s seat to get very cold before Wayne moves across to start warming it. Wayne could perhaps claim to have a sudden reawakening and try to lure Isaac back over for a PPM coup, but JuJu is now severely damaged goods and KeeKee the drunken ringmaster will still be there pulling strings.

      This will probably be good for the country. The more time they have to spend worrying about their Ministerial position and power, the less time they have to come up with schemes on how best to screw the entire country.

    • Anonymous says:

      Or to make one within PACT achievable.

  19. Elvis says:

    Talents? Hmmmm🤔

    • Anonymous says:

      It is beyond belief that Seymour would actually fall for the shallow flattery from the likes of Kenneth and Saunders. Added to actually believing that PACT/UDP needed him because of his “Talent (!) and experience”.
      30 pieces of silver in exchange for abandoning loyalty and integrity.

      • Anonymous says:

        This is all the plan to get rid of the Premier. Chris will stop not stop until he is Premier. Heather and Wayne will out very soon. Alden said it ” The Pact Govt will not last “. I will have to agree with him now. They are all a power hungry bunch and this Country will suffer under that kind of leadership.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Maybe in his new role John-John can find out whether Kenny was telling the truth in relation to the Holland America cruise. The Holland America website is still saying that what Kenny said about Cayman being the first port of call was not what is going to happen. Was Kenny thinking that we would all forget what he said??

    • Anonymous says:

      Cayman will be the first port of call after it leaves the last port before it arrives in Cayman. Capisce?

    • Anonymous says:

      I suspect that Kenny’s entire story about the cruise ship making Cayman its first port of call and about the ship requiring passengers and crew to be vaccinated, was nonsense. The actual cruise website says the opposite.

      • joe says:

        From external cruise line source

        “Under these protocols, George Town in Grand Cayman must be the first port of call for Nieuw Statendam on that cruise. The number of passengers on board the vessel cannot exceed 60% of the vessel’s capacity, or 1,600 passengers. Grand Cayman will be the first call on a seven-day cruise to the Western Caribbean, departing Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on December 26”.

  21. Never will be vaxxed says:

    Hear this joke! I guess they will use him now to try to convince people to take the vaccine… lol.. And they think John John appeals to church people

  22. Anonymous says:

    God help us if this man has talents that are needed by the government for the successful running of the country. The longer all of this ineptitude continues, the more I feel that Britain needs to take a bigger role in the running of our islands. We deserve to be run on the basis of its WHAT you know not WHO you know. Let’s face it, most of these people don’t know anything.

    • Anonymous says:

      Taylor was the only Governor who stood up to Mac and his UDP gang’s self serving antics.
      Time for Roper to step up and put a stop to this new UDP’s similar tactics.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Joke joke is useless. Much ado about nothing.

    • Sad state says:

      Why should we accept any useless politician?
      It’s sad that we are ok with one who does little harm rather than demand one that makes a real effort to improve our island.

  24. Anonymous says:

    For gods sake don’t but this clown in charge of anything. Disgusting behavior from PACT.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Heyy Jon-Jon. Yeh a-linkup wid de Clown Car dem?
    H’ow yeh sey “I joined the Clown Car” in patois?
    Jon-Jon: “Yeh bredren! Eye-mon a-linkup wid de Bubu Bus!”

    • Anonymous says:

      01 @ 3:43pm – Your Jamaican patois to mimic a Caymanian is incorrect and misplaced. So, clearly you don’t have a clue of the difference between Caymanian and Jamaican accents or you’re just a racist troll.

      Caymanian would say “John-John, wha’ happen man? You jine Wayne Clown Car or wha’?

      John-John would respond “Yah man (not mon), I had ti do dat because I can’t get nuthin’ for my people in BT East if I not in the Gowment”.

      Now, you’re schooled. Naturally, Caymanians sound NOTHING like Jamaicans (although many of us can).

      • Anonymous says:

        Or maybe, just maybe, I was poking fun at Jon-Jon’s old Covid press briefing routine of giving us the translation of “Stay at home” during his spiel at the briefings. Jon-Jon trying to speak words in another language was a pure HOOT! The question posed–in case you somehow missed a few plain English words–was “H’ow yeh sey “I joined the Clown Car” in patois?” (NOT Caymanian) Of course Ol’ Jon would try to reply in Jam patois and botch it up since Caymanians soun lek bafan trying to mimic Jamaican patois. But I am glad that even though your reading comprehension skills fall somewhat short, you managed to get that point anyway. (Sheesh! My lord! On some people simple humour goes right over their head.)

      • Anonymous says:

        3:43 pm Consider yourself schooled by 11:35!

        Also, Caymanians don’t sound like Jamaicans because we don’t want to! They mimic us, we don’t mimic them.

        • Anonymous says:

          Read 2:31… 11:35 schooled. To some people humour soars well beyond their flight level.
          Speaking of being schooled, as is the case with many Caymanians, I have many Jamaican kin, extended family and friends, yet I do not recall ever hearing a Jamaican trying to mimic a Caymanian accent. Probably would be pretty funny doh. However, I have heard countless Caymanians trying to mimic Jamaican patois. Now, dat’s a real funny ting, Bo Bo!

  26. Anonymous says:

    Missing chromosome perhaps? It’s absolutely terrifying and hilarious at the same time that Jon Jon is the lynchpin for PACT.

  27. Ima Hopeless says:

    If there was any doubt that this Government is a complete joke, this brilliant move solidifies their incompetance. What an embarrassment.

    The worst part is, these people are running a country!! They are making decisions that affect people’s lives & livelihoods. Are they qualified- nope!

    But that’s ok, they have done a great job handling COVID, locking us in only to let it rip through the community and this moron can’t even wear a mask that they require the rest of us to do….in this case John John but Wayne did the same thing the minute he was in another country. Way to set an example guys. He will do a great job helping with this! Oh but that’s ok, just when things couldn’t get any worse for Tourism, John John is here to save the day along side Kenneth. That’s reassuring- I mean could you find two guys more inexperienced for the job? It’s not like we need experienced leadership after the last 20 months which has decimated the tourism industry.

    There is no hope.

  28. Truth be told says:

    Village Idiot Hired.

    Yet again another shining example of how the “LODGE” works around here.

    Facts Cayman. Facts.

  29. You Must be Joking says:

    Did the PACT government mistake December first for April first? Surely this is a joke. H is about the most useless politician ever. Never read anything that crossed his desk, and never spent more than about to hours a week in the office. A more incompetent politician I have yet to find.

    • Anonymous says:

      2:44 pm: “A more incompetent politician I have yet to find.”

      Yeah! Jon-Jon fits right in!

  30. Anonymous says:

    Pray tell, where is Andre?

  31. Anonymous says:

    He needs to put his mask on!! He is the only one not wearing one. Once a fool always a fool.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Being a homophobe is not that unpopular.

  33. Anonymous says:

    By all accounts a really nice person, but seriously, he needs to tone down the “Jamrock” politics like including “jon jon”. This isn’t Jamaica, and it will hopefully never be.

    Let us see how Barbados gets on without the Governor General stopping the wannabe dictators refusing to leave office.

    • Anonymous says:

      You clearly do not understand the role of the governor general.

    • Anonymous says:

      Out of over 100 comments you are the first person to mention other countries. Can’t you just talk about the matter at hand without bringing in unnecessary elements?

  34. Anonymous says:

    I hope some ground rules were set before he joined them. Like not bashing Gays, Not preaching about donkeys and lions whenever a mic is put in font of him. No wife beating or other violence, sacred vessel or not. Personally I think the man would make a great partner for Mac.

  35. Anonymous says:

    my mind goes to a vagabond group bringing their prized boy to a bare knuckle fight claiming victory before it’s started, – Alarmingly surreal, but more alarming, these are both our at home and foreign representatives.

  36. Cheese Face says:

    What’s “I’m back bitches” in Tagalog?

  37. Anonymous says:

    Am I awake? Is this the same “you don’t see nuttin” guy? The dude that indicated a woman reporter “must be brave” to dare ask him a question about a family breach of quarantine? Somehow we need gAypril to represent us overseas?

  38. Anonymous says:

    What a mess we are in.

  39. Anonymous says:

    Pleased to see he is taking his talents to South Beach.

    Turned out to be best story ever.

  40. Anonymous says:

    Mr. Seymour joining so he can assist with the tourism and transport ministry. They needed someone who could travel overseas to represent the tourism sector at ministerial level and Mr. Bryan is unable to go . Mr. Seymour will be our representation now the borders are opened. This has all been planned ahead.

    • Anonymous says:

      Just curious why is Mr. Bryan unable to travel abroad???

      • Anonymous says:

        He’s got a criminal record and is unable to secure visa to get into the U.S.

      • Anonymous says:

        He has a drug conviction.

      • Anonymous says:

        Anonymous 01 @ 1:52 pm – Kenneth Bryan has no US Visa and apparently can’t get one because of his criminal record. These are our “leaders”!

        Although, A Jamaican politician just had his US Visa re-instated because of his Government’s lobbying. I bet Wayne, Bernie and Franz are lobbying very hard to US State Dept. on Kenneth Bryan’s behalf.

        • Anonymous says:

          Was the Jamaican politician also a drug dealer? Maybe therein lies the answer as to why Kenneth is experiencing challenges securing his visa while the JA politician got his back.

          • Anonymous says:

            You don’t know what the two Jamaican politicians (Paulwell and Vaz) were involved in to get their visa’s revoked in the first place. Yet you have all the facts on Kenneth’s situation. The Cayman Islands is full of whited sepulchers…

      • Corruption is endemic says:

        Being a convicted drug dealer poses problems in travelling to the civilized world…

      • Jobbie says:

        It can be hard for convicted drug dealers to be allowed into many countries.

      • Anonymous says:

        FOI to RCIPS and you’ll find out…

        • Anonymous says:

          Bet you don’t. That record will have been wiped by now thanks to Caymans spent conviction laws. Now a Google search against Cayan press archives – different story.

      • Anonymous says:

        Power hungry Wayne agreed to have a convicted felon who it not allowed to travel to the U.S. (the very same country we rely the most on for tourism) to be our Minister of Tourism.

    • Anonymous says:

      LOL Tourism is even more doomed than before!

    • Anonymous says:

      Safe, very sad indeed

    • Anonymous says:

      John-John as our principle overseas envoy – Wonderful just wonderful. No doubt video clips of the donkey speech will precede him wherever he goes.

  41. Anonymous says:

    Maybe they meant to say Jon Jon “has” a missing link but someone misheard and here we are?

  42. Anonymous says:

    If anything advertises Cayman’s dearth of political talent, it is this. To even use the phrase ‘lobbying for his talents’ is an insult to anyone with an IQ over 30. Wayne is happy to have a rampant homophobe in his team meanwhile he promotes LGBT rights? I personally thought the ‘Gaypril’ remark was one of the lowest points in the LA ever.

    This ultimately proves that our elected members have NO interest in the people of these islands and are only out to line their pockets. Wonder how many would stay if they had to take a 20% pay cut? Laughable state of affairs.

    • Anonymous says:

      I think it’s been apparent for quite a few years that the elected members are only out to line their pockets.

      Otherwise, I agree with everything you have said.

    • Anonymous says:

      Our “Leaders”.🥴

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