Former Education Minister on UDP hustings

| 24/03/2009

(CNS):  Bodden Town candidates Mark Scotland and Dwayne Seymour will be joined tonight bythe former United Democratic Party MLA for the district, Roy Bodden, who served as Education Minister in the previous UDP administration but who has retired from the political arena. In what is likely to be a show of party force, Scotland and Seymour will be presenting themselves to Bodden Town’s electorate at the first of the UDP’s major campaign meetings.

Featuring live entertainment as well as politics, the event will be held at Mario Rankin Yard, Hirst Road, at the intersection of Newlands and the new bypass. “We are inviting everyone, especially Bodden Towners, to our first public meeting to talk about the major issues facing the country and our solutions to address them,” explained Scotland.

Seymour said the candidates have met with people throughout the community over the past several months but this was their first district-wide meeting. In addition to the two candidates, speakers include Bodden, former Miss Teen Cayman Islands and youth leader Yentel  McGaw, and UDP Party Leader Mckeeva Bush.

“This team will be working for a better Bodden Town and they are what this district badly needs,” said Bush. “Mr Scotland and Mr Seymour represent a better way forward for this country and the people of Bodden Town.”

Criticising the performance of one of the current incumbents, Scotland accused Anthony Eden of neglecting the poor. “A study commissioned by the PPM showed that the Cayman Islands was found to have one of the highest gaps between the rich and the poor in the entire Caribbean. The Ministry of Health has known this for more than a year now and has yet to do anything about it”, he said.

The meeting will present an opportunity to quiz the UDP candidates and assess their suitability for office. Neither candidate has served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly before, however Mark Scotland ran in the district for the UDP in 2005 and both men claim extensive business experience.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Yes, Theresa is UDP. Ask her if she was not instrumental in helping them with their position on the constitution. Do not trust this lady at all when it comes to the parties. She’s in bed with them long time and anyone with sense knows this!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Is this the same Roy Bodden who left the UDP after he did not win last time? Has he since rejoined the party?

    When did he apply?

    You see how ad hoc these parties operate? They are such a bunch of total and complete FOOLS! This is not how parties operate. Where’s the contitution for the parties? I want to see it.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I think that Mr. Bodden has stepped back and evaluated the options for this country and has chosen well. He is a seasoned politician and knows a winner when he sees one. Good for you Mr. Bodden.

    • Anonymous says:

      Mr. Bodden was useless as a politician. He showed bad judgement then, why should we trust his judgement now?

  4. Anonymous says:

    ethos and old heads? Hmmmm …. CG & JP is that you? Ha Ha … you guys are a bunch. Believe the UDP Rhetoric as no one else has.

    As much as Theresa Lewis has talked about this joker being her mentor he’s supporting the UDP who would not take her on their ticket. This whole UDP clan are a bunch of lazy, good for nothing ….

    He needs to impart more than wisdom on these 2 Bodden Town candidates.

    • Anonymous says:

      "As much as Theresa Lewis has talked about this joker being her mentor he’s supporting the UDP who would not take her on their ticket".

      I believe she is unofficially on the UDP ticket. This is a ruse.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I would like to see the cargo port relocated to Boddentown. That area is ripe for growth and the exact area can be chosen based upon shoreline and logistical factors.

    This would bring some jobs and work to the Boddentown district and get it out of George Town.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I is excellent to see Mr. Roy Bodden taking a stand for the Country, but now from a different angle and also from a different role, now as mentor. All older heads should now take his example and step down, and give the younger ones a change. They can still lead from the rear.

    Excellent example you are setting Mr. Bodden.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Jokers! Roy has disappointed me yet again.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Mr. Bodden has now transitioned to the statesman he has always been more suited for. He is extending a continued contribution to community consistent with his character.  Mr. Bodden is now a political mentor by choice. This is an element of the political sphere…a rare quality in Caribbean life, and I dare say, Cayman politiacl life.

    The Bodden Town political ethos has served up talent and intelligent leadership in the past, even as politicos of non effect have passed through the stables. It has been rich in theatre and  courage. Lately the challenge has been to pass the mantle to courageous, well suited individuals who could furnish ideas, be resolute in pursuit of such, and carry the banner of the first capital forth.

    I can hear Roy admonishing, read, read, arm yourself with a world view, be understanding of things as they are while being ambitious as to where you would like to be. I can see him being frank as reality people but the beauty of constituents. 

    Mr. Seymour and Mr. Scotland are priveleged to pipe into one who will be frank about accomplishments and failiure alike. They have a great learning curve, and cannot do worse as some who now travel those cobble stones.

    Roy will impart wisdom earned the hard way, while seeking no deciples as many who are so engaged. 

  9. Anonymous says:

    You go Roy, wish I could vote for you, but I am a West Bayer! We need you back in there…UDP you have my support!!