Tag: Alden McLaughlin

Saunders defends new CI$350M borrowing plans

Saunders defends new CI$350M borrowing plans

| 08/12/2021 | 44 Comments

(CNS): Finance Minister Chris Saunders (BTW) defended the PACT Government’s plans to borrow just under CI$350 million over the next two years, pointing out that the pre-election forecast financial statements released by the previous administration had outlined plans for borrowing around $330 million over the next two years, and had projected a deficit of more […]

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Alden rails against PACT’s management of pandemic

Alden rails against PACT’s management of pandemic

| 03/12/2021 | 128 Comments

(CNS): Former premier Alden McLaughlin (RED) was deeply critical of the PACT Government’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic when he spoke in Parliament this week. The veteran politician accused them of living in “some kind of parallel universe”, because despite “their preening” about how good they were, he had “found no constituency of support, no […]

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Seymour now parliamentary secretary to 3 ministers

Seymour now parliamentary secretary to 3 ministers

| 02/12/2021 | 66 Comments

(CNS): Dwayne Seymour will act as the parliamentary secretary to three different ministers, after crossing the floor from the opposition benches to the PACT government. Already widely dubbed on social media as the ‘minister without portfolio’ following his decision to leave his former Progressive colleagues for what appears to be more fruitful political ground, he […]

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PACT seriously mismanaging outbreak, says PPM

PACT seriously mismanaging outbreak, says PPM

| 10/11/2021 | 190 Comments

(CNS): Opposition Leader Roy McTaggart said he has tried “very hard to give the premier and the government a wide berth to get things together”, but PACT’s “cavalier attitude towards” the COVID-19 pandemic must end, as he accused them of seriously mismanaging the community outbreak. In a press statement from the Progressives, McTaggart said the […]

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Alden: Vaccine mandate targets Jamaicans

Alden: Vaccine mandate targets Jamaicans

| 04/10/2021 | 156 Comments

(CNS): Former premier Alden McLaughlin has accused government of targeting poor, mostly Jamaican work permit holders with the amendment bills for the mandatory vaccination against COVID-19. When he spoke during the parliamentary debate Monday, he queried why the government was pursuing such “draconian measures”, given the high vaccination rate and the divisive nature of the […]

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Alden made QC after decade’s absence from court

Alden made QC after decade’s absence from court

| 01/09/2021 | 154 Comments

(CNS): Former premier Alden McLaughlin has some new letters to add to his name as he has been made Queen’s Counsel, along with four other Caymanian lawyers. McLaughlin is said to be returning to the bar after well over a decade’s absence from the courtroom. With his return to the legal stage as a ‘silk’, […]

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Chamber boss claims pension system a success

Chamber boss claims pension system a success

| 12/07/2021 | 36 Comments

(CNS): Cayman’s national pension system has faced significant criticism from politicians of all stripes but Chamber of Commerce President Mike Gibbs defended it at the organisation’s Legislative Luncheon last week, despite evidence that, 23 years after the system was introduced, few people are retiring with anything like a viable income from their investment.

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Hew: PPM lost government but not election

Hew: PPM lost government but not election

| 14/05/2021 | 101 Comments

(CNS): Roy McTaggart, the new leader of the opposition, has said that his team will be taking its role as a check on the PACT Government seriously. He also said that he was over the disappointment of losing the election, though his team does not appear to be taking things as well as their leader. […]

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Alden accuses successor of hypocrisy

Alden accuses successor of hypocrisy

| 13/05/2021 | 133 Comments

(CNS): Former premier Alden McLaughlin has accused his successor, Premier Wayne Panton, of hypocrisy over his decision to form a government with McKeeva Bush. McLaughlin said Panton had taken the view that the “prize of the premiership was worth him going back on everything he had said and done previously, and lo and behold we […]

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A sliding scale of judgement

A sliding scale of judgement

| 23/04/2021 | 73 Comments

Public Servant writes: I listened tentatively to conversations about the re-appointment of William McKeeva Bush as speaker of Parliament. Some viewpoints were positive. Some were negative. Others were in-between and hopeful. Overall, though, there seems to have been a shifting of accountability from the previous government to the new one. I believe that this shift warrants […]

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PPM-Alliance road to power turns rocky

PPM-Alliance road to power turns rocky

| 15/04/2021 | 75 Comments

(CNS): When the polls closed Wednesday night, Roy McTaggart appeared to be in pole position to take the premiership, heading up another PPM-led coalition government, but in the cold light of day on Thursday morning, there was no news from the PPM camp and its new leader about their path to government. Meanwhile, although both […]

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