Bush goes back on tour

| 18/09/2010

(CNS): The country’s premier is leaving the Cayman Islands this weekend on another international tour where he will be promoting the islands at a series of meetings and conferences over the next two weeks. The world trip includes talks with the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) in Miami, a United Nations conference in New York, the OECD Global Forum in Singapore, the opening of a Cayman office in Hong Kong and a Commonwealth Financial Ministers Conference in Washington. With the deputy premier still at the CPA conference in Kenya until 25 September, Education Minister Rolston Anglin will act as the country’s premier next week.

Bush starts his tour in Miami with talks regarding the local cruise industry with representatives of the FCCA. The next stop is New York, where he will spend the rest of the week at the United Nations to assess progress made in addressing the vulnerabilities of Small Island Developing States.
 
The press office did not say who will be accompanying the premier on the first US leg of the trip but after the UN round table discussions he will be accompanied by a delegation from the Financial Services Secretariat to Singapore to attend the OECD Global Forum. The press office said the representation is required as the Cayman Islands sits on the OECD Steering Committee.
 
From Singapore Bush will then go to Hong Kong for the launching of the first phase of the government’s Asian programme. The government is opening an office there as a way of building relationships with key members of the Hong Kong business community in preparation for a presence in China. There was no indication from the press office who is travelling with the premier on that leg of the Asian trip.  
 
The next stop is Washington, where Bush will attend the annual Commonwealth Financial Ministers Conference before he is expected to return to the Cayman Islands at the end of the month.
 
The deputy premier is currently in Kenya for the 56th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, she left the Cayman Islands accompanied by her police driver/bodyguard on 7 September. The conference which focuses on parliament and development in the 21st Century was officially opened by the Kenyan Prime Minister on 14 September and closes this weekend. However, the deputy premier is not expected back in Cayman until the end of next week.
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  1. Rabble Rouser says:

    On Big Mac’s last world tour many of the world’s leaders said to him "but don’t you have pirates in the Cayman Islands?"

    Today he went to the UN, and unconfirmed sources have reported that he told the UN Secretary General that he he was able to get rid of the pirates in one week.

    President Obama was so impressed that he has asked him on the spot to become the US Ambassador to Somalia, and Hilary Clinton has already been introducing him to her friends as McKeeva McKeeva Bushi.

    Meanwhile, the Deputy Premier has decided to go walkabout with Pastor Al’s friend in Kenya, so Ellio will become Premier and Steve McField will take on the role of Speaker of the House until Miss Mary recovers.

    Stay tuned for further updates.

    • Lachlan MacTavish says:

      "On Mac’s Big Tour". CNS you must be congratulated once again on great reporting especially with the Fidelity Bank robbery. Mr. Bush must be pleased because it takes him off the front page.

      It is simply ridiculous that the entourage is off again at tax payers expense, BTW $100,000.00 of dollars to go on this jaunt, and Cayman continues to suffer with so many internal and external problems. 

      Is there a politician that has the conch shells to stand up and just say "we will not take this anymore". Maybe not

  2. Anonymous says:

    hs opefully world tour part 2 will not be a repeat of the epic failure of part 1…..

    what is he going to tell these people……’come to cayman where we kick out the brightest minds after 7 years…..’

    or

    ‘let us bleed you with every tax , fee, charge we can…so we can susidise the overstaffed, underworked civil service….”””

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  3. Anonymous says:

    Has the helper gone too?  Could it be the rollover is being cut to just one month because the helper of a certain household is due for rollover?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Just feel that Cayman needs to focus on within and keep the people and businesss that are here, here….and not driving them out in droves.  Why would people from overseas be attacted to come here when it wasn’t feasible for the 16% of the population that just left the island this last year? And there are more people leaving…and more businesses closing and for sale. Fix the problems at home before trying to bring outside investors into the chaos.

    • whistling duck says:

      And where do you think money comes from?  Before we can fix within, don’t we need to have monies to do so?  I hope you are not suggesting that we get rid of more than 16% of the population?  If you are a Caymanian who loves Cayman, you will clearly see that we have to market ourselves in order to live a decent life during the worldwide recession.

      • Anonymous says:

        What I am saying is that per the latest reports, that 10,000 people have left this island over the last year (approx 16% of the total population) due to current immigration policies, rollover, fee increases, business relocations/closures, crime, crime, crime, etc,….causing anything but a stimulus for this economy….now there are 10,000 more condos for rent, homes for sale, cars for sale, home funishings, clothing, whatnot….the condos and homes left empty….the household goods being bought by the people remaining on this island, therefore competing with the local retailers…10,000 less people requiring services, eating at the local restaurants…10,000 less people encouraging friends and family to visit, etc,etc…and the trend continues…so, yes I think it would help to market Cayman (which I do on all my travels), but it would also help to re-think the current policies to stop the trend of people leaving this island

        • Anonymous says:

          I honestly suspect its much more than 10,000.  Seems to me everyone’s upping sticks and leaving these days, particularly in the days since those statistics were formulated… waiting for the results of the census.

  5. Independent-to-the-bone says:

    As an independent, I rally behind this present government and its leader when it comes to our economy.Whether PPM or former UDP members, I wonder how many of you by posting negative blogs of the Premier’s tour to Asia, realize the negative economic impact we will get if we don’t seek OUTSIDE help?

    Just pure ignorance

    • taraT says:

      I take it that many people dont give a damn what you say. They prefer to focus their attention at home and not have to worry about the repercussions.  It reminds me of when PPM was in and all the focus was on home projects, and when the economy sank, everyone was condemning them for it. This is weird… perhaps the same ones who had oppose PPM are the same ones who are now oppossing the Premier.

      I for one rate you thumbs up… and I am not doing it here on CNS. In supporting the Premier, my actions will speak louder than words.

  6. Rockafellas says:

    I see we back in Kenya again different people same foolishness CPC I want to know how and what in the world this going to help us get out of this financial situation. I say we deduct this little trip with her body guard out of Whitney O,connor Connolly hurricane hotel budget. The "Nights in Nairobi"ooooooh sounds romantic, bring us back pictures pictures so we can post them on TMZ  and CNS oh don’t forget the trip up the Kila man jaro.

    • Anonymous says:

       The CPC was Sept. 14 – 19.

      The Deputy Premier &  bodyguard are in Kenya Sept. 7 – 25. What are they doing those two extra weeks?

      • Anonymous says:

        That’s easy. Wasting OUR money

        • whistling duck says:

          Why don’t you guys make a Freedom of Information request then – use the FOI system and find out before making a judgement? Then you can share to us the purpose for the trip to Kenya.

          Agreed ;o)

          Or, you all just scare of finding out the positives for the trip

  7. Anonymous says:

    Total waste of taxpayer’s money.

  8. John says:

    "The next stop is New York, where he will spend the rest of the week at the United Nations to assess progress made in addressing the vulnerabilities of Small Island Developing States."

    This statement needs to be explained in careful detail, because Mr. Bush will be behind closed doors discussing some very important issues that will have ramifications for the people of these islands.

    Over the last several years, (since 2005, I believe) the United Nations has been very busy ensuring that all the countries of the world subscribe to the "Hyogo Framework For Action".
    This Framework is supposed to create a set of rules that determine a nation’s response to an "unusual" event ranging from hurricanes, tsunamis, epidemics and civil unrest.

    Well, we have been very busy in this matter. We have created a draft Bill. Disaster Preparedness and Hazard Management Bill 2009 (Draft).
    You will find it here http://www.caymanprepared.ky/portal/page?_pageid=1143,1482602&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

    I do not for one minute think that the hands that crafted such a radical legislation were Caymanian, but rather the skilled hands of Barbara Carby and her legal advisors from the UN.

    I do not even think that any Caymanians have even read it, but no doubt it will be signed into law, (if it has not been already).

    McKeeva Bush will be asked where we are with this legislation because it is incredibly important to the UN and EU to get this in place.
    My friends, it is almost too late to stop this juggernaut of "globalization." Even McKeeva has begun to use this word as a positive thing for Cayman.
    Globalization is simply a vehicle to control the people of this world through centralized government and finance and control of food supply.

    I am challenging the wisdom of this government in dragging us down this path.
    We need to become self-sufficient, get off our lazy backsides and start planting some serious food on all available land.
    Plant avocado, mango, breadfruit, citrus, tomato, coconut, yam, cassava, pumpkin etc, etc.
    We do not need more people in Cayman, we need less.

    Encourage one another to grow and help each other with your knowledge of these things.
    Buy local meat. Insist on better economic conditions for local farmers and buy local where possible.
    This way, they will be able to improve their offerings.

    Stop going to bars and pouring your money down the drain. This only makes the rich richer and the poor poorer.

    Get out of debt as soon as you can. Stop eating junk and processed food. It is slowly killing us. Go down to the gas stations on Walker’s Road at 3:00 pm and you will see lines of school kids buying junk food, horribly overweight and gorging on fried chicken.
    Stop gawping at television/playstations/internet for hours on end and get in the yard or go to the beach with family and friends.

    Resist any laws that compromise your right to own property free and clear.

    Expect real results from your contributions to churches, not just a nice standard of living for the pastor!
    If lives are not being changed for positive, find somewhere else, even it is your own living room.

    Be honest and respectful to all and don’t be afraid to talk about things that concern you.

    Good luck.

    • whistling duck says:

      John

      I suggest you then email the Premier at mckeeva.bush@gov.ky ; or, contact the UDP headquarters to speak with the Premier. Sir, just don’t talk about it here at this forum. Show some courage!  Maybe you can make a difference and ensure that Cayman is not swamped by the evils of globalization.  Maybe by speaking to the Premier and leaders of UDP, you may get a clearer understanding of what is going on, and thus, be able to share more with us on CNS

      Regards 

  9. Anonymous says:

     Dalai Lama As long as we observe love for others and respect for their rights and dignity in our daily lives, then whether we are learned or unlearned, whether we believe in the Buddha or God, follow some religion or none at all, as long as we have compassion for others and conduct ourselves with restraint out of a sense of responsibility, there is no doubt we will be happy. 

  10. Anonymous says:

    "True Caymanian".  Those two words encapsulate many of this country’s problems. 

    Racism went out with the last century people.

    The only true Caymanians are the iguanas.

    • Anonymous says:

      Blue ones.

    • Anonymous says:

      "True Caymanian" has nothing to do with racism. There are many Caymanians whose ancestry is here but are not true Caymanians as they have ‘sold out’ in order to get ahead. There are some newcomers who love this countrycontribute to it and have made it their home and are in return embraced. They are true Caymanians.

  11. whistling duck says:

    Indeed, China is a great contender and growing stronger!  I don’t feel like we should just stay home like what PPM did whilst they were in power for 4 years. How I see it, nation building, schools, and paving roads, did not help our economy. UDP is reaching out, and I think that is the best way how we can nation build

  12. Whoya Foolin? says:

    I didn’t know Mac was a Formula 1 fan. Enjoy the race, wish I was there!

    • Anonymous says:

      Mac is a big sports fan. Don’t you recall why he went to Vancouver? Rich people like to go to high-profile sports events, and when Mac rubs shoulders with rich people they invest money in Cayman.

      We have to assume that Mac is making this trip now because all of the "investments" that came in from the last world tour have been spent.

  13. Dr. Pepper says:

    What is Cantonese for "whizzing in the wind"?

  14. alexander says:

    Great!  I support goes out to our Premier in his endeavors to making Cayman more marketable and competitive in the real world

    • Lachlan MacTavish says:

       Maybe there is long term benefit for all this first class travel but so far I do not see it. Perhaps Mr. Bush could inform the voters with some hard stats of how Cayman has benefited. An office in Hong Kong with stay over tourism floundering? Ms. Oconor in Africa with her crowd, that makes a lot of sense. Education is top notch in Cayman and the income streamfor the CIG is repaired so why not travel the globe on the voters dime.

      • Anonymous says:

        Don’t worry about Ms. Oconnor, she may be far away on R&R. But she is still calling the shots and moving staff around in Cayman Brac to ensure the right person gets the right job regardless of their qualifications.

        • Anonymous says:

          Maybe the deputy premier would like to address the Cayman Brac nation as to why a family member of her driver/bodyguard is working  at PWD Cayman Brac in a position that has not been advertised and that he only just got the bare minimum licence recently to get put in said position.

          Also why another position at PWD Brac is being advertised as one thing but the post holder a foreigner is doing another job not related to the position advertised so that they can renew his contract.

          Maybe she would care to answer these questions.

          • Anonymous says:

            Her answer will be the same as always. She is being attacked because she is a poor, barefoot, brownskin girl from Watering Place. Amazing how many people she is able to fool each election by hiding behind the church.

            But if you are asking questions please find out who will be the new office/project manager for the Affordable Housing initiativein Cayman Brac, the truth about staff reshuffling at District Administration or the $100,00.00 she promised to the seamen?

            • Anonymous says:

              How about the cost of paving the parking lot deputy district commissioner’s private business or of the liquor store next door? Was the latter really only paved to keep the owner for calling into to the radio station?

              • Justa Nutha Sellout says:

                Seriously, if half of these allegations are true, this woman needs to stand before the people who elected her and give an account of her actions.

                I find it a serious breach of our human rights to be trampled all over by arrogant politicians who say one thing and do another.

                I vote that she either come clean with the public or step down. Seriously, Moses what is going on over there?

                Stand up like a man and talk to your people.

                Do not intimidate us, represent us.

      • whistling duck says:

        lol… we had a massive hospital deal!  I am sure that this man, Shetty didn’t come from America!  : )

        • Anonymous says:

          You say ‘had’……Shetty isn’t here.

        • Dred says:

          First this hasn’t come to fruition as yet so don’t sing too many praises as yet. They still have legal issues trying to work out.

          Second it would have come whether UDP or PPM was in office. Might take a bit longer but would have come none the less.

          Also this hospital was on the table long before Mr Bush even got office so this did not COME out of his trips it came DESPITE his trips.

          Let’s get something straight here once and for all. Dr Shetty who’s backed by bilionaire investors did not choose Cayman because of Big Mac. He chose Cayman for what it already had. Location. Stability.

          Big Mac only greased the wheel. Something that did not take thousands of dollars in travel to do.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Folks, I don’t like to post on these blogs, although i read them from time to time.. What I see here is alot of hate , and i suspect it has nothing to do with politics, but personalities.

    One thing I would like you all to keep in mind, this blog is read worldwide, so just remember , when you air your dirty laundry on here the world reads.

    It does not matter who is Premier , reading what I see on here would not give me any confidence in investing in Cayman, in fact I would venture to say the rest of the world is thinking we are a big joke.

    Yes we do live in a democratic world, but we should be careful in what we say and how we say it. Perception , people , perception.

    I’m a young Caymanian (true Caymanian) and I continue to say "we are our worst enemy" why ? , before we offer solutions we prefer to drag down.

    You might not like Mr. Bush, but comments like what I read on this blog  only hurts this country in the long run.

    That is my two cents, now the floor is open for you all to beat me up!

     

     

     

     

     

    • Anonymous says:

      Talking about hurting our country, what exactly do you mean by "true caymanian"?

    • Anonymous says:

      "Perception, people, Perception"

      You are right and do you know who the Premier of The Cayman Islands is!

      Well, when he goes away and talks in front of the world, we are all judged by him, can you imagine!

      I am enbarrassed when I hear him talking to a few people in Cayman much less to the world.

      Perception, Star, Perception.

      • Peter Simple says:

        How right you are, I went to a function the other day and heard him make a speech, or I think it was a speech. Anyway I was so uninspired I left after about 5 minutes closely followed by  others!

        Are we seriously expecting results from this trip especially when he comes up against the highly educated, university graduates and experienced world leaders and politicians of the financial world..

        I would like to be a fly on the wall to hear  their comments after he has departed.

         

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    • Anonymous says:

      Using terms such as ‘true caymanian’ also only hurts this country in the long run (and short run).  A caymanian is a caymanian.  Everyone immigrated here, just some earlier than others.  Using such distinction pulls the people apart and what benefit does this distinction provide? 

      I don’t expect you to really consider my point or try to see the other side but thought I would mention it anyways.

      • Scottish,Irish,Jamacian born CAYMANIAN says:

        I support that thinking right there ……..

        "Caymanian" in the Dictionary it should read as such …. [ "HONEST", "HUMBLE", "HARD WORKING" and "SEA WORTHY" ]…… caus thats what made theses islands and its people who & what they are. 

        We should aspire to and welcome those that are like minded and thus, "CAYMANIAN" at heart……..

        go long now bo’t  ya  bis’nz……

        • Anonymous says:

          Note to self:  If you ever want someone else to believe that you are humble, refrain from telling them so yourself.  

      • Anonymous says:

        You say there is no such thing as a "true Caymanian"? But then I suppose in the same breath you will tell us that there is such a thing as a "true Canadian" or a "true American" or a "true Englishman" or a "true Scotsman" or a "true Jamiacan" or a "true Mexican" or a "true………………" you get the picture? Does your argument make sense? There is such a thing as a "true Caymanian" & I do not care if that "true Caymain’s" family only came to Cayman 500 years ago he/she is still a "TRUE CAYMANIAN" so please stop the hate! We "true Caymanians" do not like hate, we are a loving people, so please leave the hate in your country. Whew! What a bunch of envious hypocrites.

        • Hoodatwoz says:

          "We "true Caymanians" do not like hate, we are a loving people".

          I guess you are a new reader of blogs in CNS and don’t listen to any of the talk shows.

          Bless.

        • Anonymous says:

          Envy?  You?  Child, please. 

      • Anonymous says:

        I did NOT "immigrate" to Cayman. I was BORN here just like many thousands of ‘true Caymanians’ that I know, and so was my mother and father and their mothers and fathers, and theirs…and I do in fact consider myself a ‘true Caymanian’ in every sense of the word(s). What a crying shame…what an unholy disgrace that expatriates MUST come here and deny us even the very right to call ourselves natives of the very land of our birth. God deliver us…

        • Herodotus says:

          "Caymanian" is a late 60’s construct.  Stop kidding yourself.

        • Anonymous says:

          It’s just that it’s strange, if one has come here from a country that has already gone through this difficulty over absorbing immigrants, to hear this kind of talk in the year 2010.   My grandparents used to talk like this forty years ago about immigrants to my own country.  I always felt ashamed to hear them say such things.

    • The Watcher says:

      Yeah man.  Look, pass me a crab please.  That one beside you trying to get out of the bucket will do just fine, thanks.  Quick! Grab him and pull him in before he gets away!

  16. Road show says:

    All this travelling and nothing to show for it.

    Some poor people claim he is working hard. I wonder what he is workign at?

    One idea to get the economy going is to reduce the travel budget and return the gasoline tax to the people.

    The UDP supporters believe that dressing up in a necktie and jacket means you are working hard!

  17. Phil Jackson says:

    Hey poster 23/42 don’t you hear Rollie and his secretary going to Russia? At least that’s what I heard him say on Rooster. Check it out. Now we ga get russian taught to our children OMG please help us

  18. Catboat Kid says:

    I am ayoung man that is very interested in politics in our Country. We have a democracy here and peoples wants and wishes are met every four years thru elections. My I please suggest to leave the hate toward Premier Bush, UDP & PPM… My father always talk about how Caymanians are a bunch of crabs in a bucket and this is eveident here. We dont have to agree with any party or thier polocies but I am sure your parents taught you all RESPECT.  So many post all the time on here and very little suggestions on what to do to make OUR home a better place for all…. I dont see Canadians or Americans bashing thier leaders on here AND  they left thier country..SOOOO Cayman cant be that bad.  Thank you all but lets show RESPECT if not to others at least to yourself !!

    • Anonymous says:

       I have an American friend and what he has to say about Obama on Facebook makes me blush.  

      • Pauly Cicero says:

        You should think about getting new friends.

        • Anonymous says:

           Just making the point that Americans talk about their President as well.  No need to insult my friends or me. His President therefore his business what he has to say.

          • Pauly Cicero says:

            Who he daddy is? Dat can’t work. He must be Mexican and need to go back!

    • Anonymous says:

      This may be off topic, but I really must respond to part of your message above.  Again and again, I read and hear that anyone who is expatriate has "left their country" to come here, with the immediate and unquestioned conclusion that "here must be better."  The expatriate, it is assumed, has come here specifically and only because the lifestyle here is better, the people friendlier, the crime lower, the scenery prettier, the culture richer, and the heritage more interesting.  Expatriates are assumed to be escaping, en masse, some unnamed horror or deprivation or ennui in their home countries.  

      For most of the expatriates I know, this is far from the mark.  My family is only one example of many.  We did not jump at the opportunity to relocate to Cayman because our countries of origin are awful.  We came here because a) the company insisted and b) it seemed like a small adventure/a bit of fun/a nice opportunity to see a bit of the world we had not seen before.  That is all, people.  We are not making significantly more money here than we would at home, especially once you figure in the cost of private school tuition, health care and groceries at Foster’s.  

      And I know your next question will be:  Then why do you stay? (Or the ever-popular, "Don’t let the airplane door…etc.")  We stay because we are here, and it’s easier to stay in one place than to up sticks, unless we are really unhappy.  We stay because we have a life here, and friends, and a house, and pets, and jobs.  We stay because like anyone, we follow the path of least resistance.  We like it here, we really do.  But we like it at home too.  PLEASE stop assuming that everyone is here because Cayman is a paradise unlike all others.  

  19. Beachboi says:

    I hope that Mac doesn’t use any big words that confuse the other attendees at these conferences like "rabble rousers" and "molly coddling".  I hope that he carries an interpreter along with him!  What an embarassment to have to have this man speak for this country on the international stage!!

  20. Cat says:

    You know what, the best thing he could actually do for this country, is while he’s on his trip, just stay in the states,or in hong kong or where ever for a little while longer a couples of years maybe, so things here can improve alittle again, enroll in a good school and get an education. That’s what he could do!

    It’s quite embarrassing to know that the first premier in Cayman’s History  the so-called leader is un-educated when the other members of the government has an actual education of somekind, and he’s going away to represent us when I’m pretty sure everybody else in these meetings have a least three degrees.

    I know there are many people who have worked very hard to get where they are without an education, but the difference is, they are not representing us infront of hundreds of educated people around the world and further more they don’t have to talk,and they are not the premier.And there is a very high chance, they are gifted with a bit more common sense.

    If this nightmare of 4 years ends well and he’s voted out hopefully, the criteria for the next premier(I have a feeling he’s gonna try to hold on for his dear life to it) should be that they have to have a masters but a doctorate would be ideal. If not just scrap the whole primier mumbo jumbo, it’s only an ego feeder and money drainer.

    • Anonymous says:

      there were many educated men that did not do a good job of running their countries, and there were many uneducated men that develop their countries to a high standard. Look on the landscape of history for them. Forbes Burnham former Prime Minister of Guyana, and Michael Manley, Prime Minister of Jamaica ,were both highly educated. Yet, when they left office the economies of their countries were in shambles and investors were fleeing overseas. James Callaghan Prime Minister of England , WinstonChurchil a vibrant wartime Prime Minister, William Alexander Bustamante First Prime Minister of Jamaica who led that country into into independence,  did not have university degrees in the Principles of Government. Bustamante presided over Jamaica at a time when jamaica was rated among the 20 fastest developing countries in the world. Winston churchil presided over the UK during world war ii and rallied the country to victory. One can’t forget his famous speeches to rally support for the war efforts. Bustamante was the subject of jokes in the bar rooms,(about his use of words) but governed Jamaica well in the transition from colonial status to Independence. Winston Churchill wrote in his autobiography that he did not like math especially algebra and furthermore he could not understand how this subject could be useful in his future life. My point common sense and street smarts beat out a person with high education and no commonsense.

      I believe The Premier has both. He has proven this in the past. Allow him. Wish him success. We will all be glad if he turn the country around in this recession. Remember neither Premier Bush or Kurt or any of their coleagues have lived through a serious recession yet. Its a learning curve.

      • Anonymous says:

         Would you people stop comparing Winston Churchill to McKeever?  That’s like comparing a apple to a jack—.  Do you honestly think McKeever could write a book?  There are a lot of people that are not good in math but Winston Churchill could speak properly.  What can McKeever do?

        Your elected leader should have some education.  How can he be the Minister of Finance and know absolutely nothing?  After the Cayman Bank fiasco he should never have been allowed to run for office again.

        Cayman needs to tighten it’s laws about who runs for office.  Fresh blood not who builds you roads or buys you appliances. If they buy you then they will sell  you.  

        As for the voters, if all you want in life is a few appliances then you are a sorry lot.  Disgraceful and a bad example to your children.  No wonder we are having so many problems with our youths.

      • Cat says:

        I understand that, but the point is education is the way forward in this modern time. No one takes him serious now because of his lack education and despite his lengthy tenure. He is the same one who in his election campaign said you don’t need and education, you just need common sense. But real common sense would tell you that you really need an education. He’s sending the wrong message to our people and children. If we really don’t need education, then why on earth are we then spending thousands of dollars yearly sending our children to school for about 18-20 years of their lives from pre-school to university? If there is no purpose for it then why would we be doing it? To simply have somewhere for our children to be occupied during the day?

        If he gets an education then people(myself included would respect him more) and trust his judgement.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Oh Good Lord, he start up again – travelling.  Every time he goes overseas and comes back he dishes out more bad news to us.  People brace back, here he comes. 

    • Anonymous says:

      I hope the "acting-acting" Premier does not "fall asleep" at the wheel this time!

      • Loopy Lou says:

        I hope is not going to have to work harder, or The Office may need to let go of some staff.

  22. Come de Revolution says:

    Here’s a brief but true story from recent history. 

    When the late egomaniac President Obote of Uganda went to the Commonwealth leaders conference in 1970, a certain infamous general name of Idi Amin seized power while his boss was out of the country. Unfortunately he turned out to be an even worse egomaniac.

    Any takers?

    • Commandante Calabash says:

      Are you talking about a coup?

      • Pauly Cicero says:

        That would be priceless. Funnier would be Mac coming back from a bathroom break in the LA and finding someone else in his seat.

    • Pauly Cicero says:

      See? That’s why he takes everyone on these trips.

    • Anonymous says:

      Milton obote Left Uganda for an overseas conference when Idi Amin The General of the Army staged a military take over. Many many times on this posters I see people using the word "remove him (the Premier) from office" Our constitution makes propper provisions for the election and removal  of governments from office. We are a western democratic territory. Our Government is based on the Westminster type. there is no provision to remove the Premier from office except by this method. The only other way I see is if the UK should impose direct rule from the UK as was done after the Morant Bay Rebellion in the former colony of Jamaica, or for curruption and maladministration as seen in the Turks and Cacious Islands. The Premier has two years to run his term and then we will use our votes to decide if is return to office or not. As much as we might disguss him, we will have to live with him for two years. I wish him success in his endevours . He wants the best for the Islands, and remember if the "boat sinks we will all go down". I wonder if the Opposition has a fool proof plan for Cayman because if not we will also exercise our franchise to move them also. Its demorracy at work ladies and gentlemen. Have you ever notice what happen to countries who used undemocratic means to remove their leaders? If not do some more research.

      • Dirk says:

        So in your opinion the only way a government can be removed or changed is through elections (barring a rebellion or UK takeover)? I wish you had been advising McKeeva back in 2001, maybe then he wouldn’t have staged his little coup. Kurt had three more years before the voters would have decided on who should run the country.

        • Anonymous says:

          Yes in that sense I understand. A government can be removed by a "no confidence motion,"and a vote being successful of the MPs(MLAs Cayman) in Parliament if his own party joins with the Opposition. Its not that easy when the Opposition is weak though. However the poster spoke about Milton Obote being ousted by a military revolt led By General Idi Amin in the 1970s. What we don’t want to do is to paint a picture of instability in the territory to outside observers. Given our main products Tourism and banking. We don’t want to be chewed up by the international press. We don’t live unto ourselves , we have to take account of world opinion of us.This the 21st century. we are no longer "the Island that tine forgot"

  23. A Caymanian says:

    ah ha !!!  so the truth comes out about the gas increase now!?

    he needed that extra cash for an around the world trip!!

    him and his cronies first class and presidential all the way livin the dream life!

     

    would be interesting to see the premiers" business" credit card statement my the things that must be there!??

     

    🙂

    • Anonymous says:

      The truth is the Premier is taking his wife to China with him, and carrying one of his sisters along to keep his wife’s company. There goes tax-payers money again.

      I hope that when the deputy premier returns, she will be dressing herself more appropriately for her position and have had a good pedicure done.

      CNS needs to do another FOI query to check how much the  Premier has spent out of tax-payers’ money on all of these trips that he is making. No wonder the Country is broke.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Have not fear party in power attorney Mcfield will be sure to call rooster early Monday morning to explain and justify all.

    • Anonymous says:

      Anon 18:26, wha…wha…wha…wha…wha…what…what are you tel…tel…tel…tel…tel…telling me? He’s going to call in Mon…mon…mon…mon…mon…mon…mon…Monday morning? Say NO!

  25. Ronnie says:

    It is time to stop the hate.  We all want a better Cayman and our representatives have a huge job to get our Islands back on track…..and it is happening.  Of course we are all not going to agree with everything that is done but give credit where credit is due.  Our Premier is working hard to make life better for ALL of us.  Give him a break and if you have some good ideas for a better way forward share them.  I am so discouraged by all the negative postings no matter what and yes…I love and respect both Kurt and McKeeva. Come on Cayman…we should not be so hateful. 

    • Lachlan MacTavish says:

       Ronnie…..I believe you are misrepresenting the majority of the posts on CNS that are "anti Government and Bush". Hate is way to strong a word. I don’t hate Mr. Bush but I do disagree with him sometimes.  We have a democratic society where people who disagree with decisions made by our elected leaders should have the right to express their feelings. Just because someone gets elected does not necessarily mean that they are doing a good job or making correct decisions. 

      • Ronnie says:

        Read my post again.  I do not agree with everything that is being done and that was the case with the previous government also.  I don’t believe any representative want to fail in their job.  Freedom of Expression is alive and well and I would have it no other way but we do have a lot of hateful postings directed at our Premier.  and yes…being elected does not necessarily make them a good representative…that’s why we have elections every 4 years.  Take Care.

    • Anonymous says:

      "It is time to stop the hate"? I totally agree, but it should start at the top, & I have never seen such hatred as what is expelled from our leader. Our leaders should be setting an example, & if our leader spews such hate how can he expect the people to do otherwise? The order of the day should be "lead by example" but unfortunately that has never been the case for the premier.

    • Ron Kipp says:

      You are right. Hate gets us nowhere. But, honest disagreement is part of a free society. On that note, I am led to understand that the group with the Premier numbers FORTY. Is that correct and who are they.

      • Anonymous says:

        wife, sister, sister, sister, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, cousin(s), nieces, nephews, second cousins, third cousins, step-sisters, fourth cousins, grandkids …………..

      • Lachlan MacTavish says:

         Ron…..anyone…….tell me that FORTY people did not go with Mr. Bush. Someone tell me 3 people went with him.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Did you hear the Premier speaking at the recent Town Hall meeting ? This is the level of intellect that we are sending out there to promote us !!!

    And then we wonder why people are fleeing in droves and why the population has dropped.

    Get a grip Cayman…….Mac must be removed as Premier of the Cayman Islands or there is no hope for us.

    Lets get it going Mr. Chuckster !!!!

  27. Anonymous says:

    I guess he has to, seeing Dart is picking up and going some place else. People will just keep dogging Mac on and on until we sink in such a deep recession, and who will be to blame?

    • Anonymous says:

      Dart is picking up & going elsewhere? Please tell me you are not lying. The best thing for Cayman’s future would be for Dart to go elsewhere, then there may be some land/property in the future for real Caymanians to own! Please GOD, let him go!

  28. Sad Caymanian in exile says:

    Tired of this waste of taxpayers money going off on joy trips to attend talkshops that deliver nothing of substance for the benefit of the ordinary people of Cayman. Mac needs to start addressing the problems of this country with the same passion that he has for overseas travel. The situation in Cayman is getting worse and this government’s hands are up in the air in surrender. Time is running out before our collapse comes and our enemies will laugh at us.

  29. Anon says:

    Taking a driver/bodyguard on a three week junket?

    Has she no sense of decency left? At long last has she no shame?

    • Anonymous says:

      So whats the purpose of the police driver/bodyguard ?

      He certainly won’t be driving over in Kenya or in any of the other countries that they may visit.

      I can’t imagine that there are any Caymanians over in Kenya that would pose a security threat to the Deputy Premier either.

      So whats his purpose people ??

      I could think of so many biblical references to address this that I’m sure the Deputy Premier would understand……but I hold my tongue 🙂

      No sah………all is not always as it appears !!!

      • Anonymous says:

        That is a very apreciated Bodyguard. We understand that Public Works had a job to be filled , and it was given to one of the Body Guards relative, while there is so many Bracers DRULING for a job. What next?

  30. Johnny M says:

    I guess when he comes back, he will have to get prepared for another wave of attacks from his critics. Some folks just don’t like the Premier. Theyhave somehow managed to criticize everything else about him, his party and friends, but has not offered solutions yet towards helping the economy.

    I do wish Premier Bush well in his endeavors – no one can say that this leader is not working hard! He has alot of critics, beaurocracy, and barriers in his way.  Yes… my whole family and I have this man’s full support, and we are not from West Bay either!

    Yes… as a PPM, I pesonally have put away my political differences and have realized that we all need to get our priorities straighten.

    WE NEED TO SUPPORT GOVERNMENT TO BETTER ECONOMY!

    Also the opportunity for Caymanians to get jobs and start their own businesses. We can’t be patisan and childish to not support our leaders. If you love Cayman, give them your support. The economy is very important. we cannot allow fools from UDP and PPM continuewith politics.  

    Seriously… do we have the time to attack our politicians because of their idealogies???

    We support you Mac and I do hope you represent us well at the United Nations, because out of all your meetings, I think our determination as a nation is very important and is tied hand-in-hand with our economy – putting food on our tables to feed our children and love ones.

    • Anonymous says:

      PPM my back foot! And I am UDP & I am very very very disappointed with Mckeeva Bush & his cronies. Yes, I am UDP, honestly I am UDP! What? You do not believe me? My, my, my! PPM my back foot! You better go tell that to yo mama child.

    • Anonymouse says:

      His meeting at the UN will give him the opportunity to meet with Ahmadinejad and Chavez. That will put the icing on the cake. He will return bolder and more a Dicktator than he left.

      Look out for all the great things this trip will achieve. I will be waiting with baited breath.

      Hope Ryan sells the Yacht before he returns so that he can pay up.

    • Rooster croack. says:

      Fool whe’e you been? So many people  from the public have give him ideas,the backbenchers have given ideas,but because they may work and make him look fooh,fooh,he refuses tolisten.

  31. Anonymous says:

    uuummmmm. I hope he makes the most of it. These constant luxury & extravagant travels will soon stop, the people are tired of it. So much money spent for zero reults. I suppose he will once again say that these travels have "many foreign investors knocking down his door looking to invest in Cayman"? Yeah, right! (Where are they? Haha)

    • Anonymous says:

      Foreign investors should be knocking down his door when he allows them to invest in our country for absolutely nothing, no cash no problem, we can defer your payments mista investa, we from West Bay ya na.

  32. Anonymous says:

    I’m sure that Rolston Anglin would make a better premier than Mac or the deputy. With a lot of luck perhaps Mac & his deputy will relocate to some far away exotic country. After they don’t seem to enjoy spending time in Cayman.

    • Anonymous says:

      ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Rolston has just turned the education system into a TOTAL MESS and you think he will be a better Premier. Such a pity "john public" does not know the whole story. Come on he can hardly run his own personal life let alone a country. Wake up and smell the roses.

    • Anon says:

      My dog would make a better Premier than Mac or Juliana, so that’s no high praise for Rolston.

  33. Anonymous says:

     We need to start demanding who is going with him, why and what are the objective/s of these visits. The public is footing these costs and have a right to know. Many of us know well, there is the habit of grand dinners, late night social events, but how can the Caymanian public ever know if we are getting value for money on these tours.

    Another, Hong Kong office, who is staffing it, what are the costs, if these are real and viable plans, such details need to be in the press release to the public.

    As it reads the press office offered us next to nothing on why, who and what we as the Caymanian people could expect form another series of expensive tours when it is well know the country cannot afford wasted efforts.

    This is not "hating" anyone, its good business and better governance to be accountable and demonstrate what value is being obtained. 

    One can only be gravely concern at this – on island – off island movements of our MLA’s they appear to spend most of the time away from the country they are governing. Only common sense lets us know something is not right with this ? and the issues are growing but no one is around to deal with them

    • Anonymous says:

      Imagine being in those meetings overseas, them poor people must be laughing their heads off at macbull anf his awesome grammar.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Poor Rollie.. They are going to make him pretend to be the premier for a week..

  35. Anonymous says:

    Rome is burning and the Permier is travelling. Both major Cayman law already firms have a presence in Hong Kong, why doesn’t the Premier create a symbiotic relationship to introduce Cayman’s promise to Asia, it would definitely cut costs, when will our leaders see that it is not appropriate to spend  funds the country cannot afford to use? 

    • Anonymous says:

      People, come on!  Is such negative statements helping us?  If he is traveling on business, what more do you want?

      • Anonymous says:

        Come on Anonymous!!!!!  How many bebefits have we seen from all the premier’s travels?  NONE!  NONE!. Then entire government structure should be audited.  Every time he wants to go overseas, he tells the country that it is fdr the benefit of the country. WHERE ARE THE BENEFITS AND WHEN CAN WE EXPECT TO SEE SOME OF THEM.  The only benefits coming from the premier’s trips are his frequent flyer miles.  Even after he has to give up his dictatorship, we will not see the benefits,  McChavez Bush needs the people to stand up to him, like they did over his proposed sale of the new Government Administration Building.  He does not have any fore sight.  The Government offices are spread all over the island.  Rents are phenominal and I know, I worked for the Government for years and know how much rent we are having to pay.  I calculated how much the payments are on the new building and they are still not as much as monthly rents are for all the Government Offices, but with McChavez travelling all the time nd now he has the deputy premier joining him with overseas travelling and she takes her security guard/driver with her. I saw the premier’s security/driver while he was away for his last trip and he told me that when the premier is off island, he has the time off with pay, so why is she taking her’s with her?  That makes as much sense as her bringing her security/driver to Cayman Brac and stays in the best hotel, while she has a beautiful home on the bluff in Cayman Brac.  They both need to be prosecuted and forced out of office.That is the only solution we have left to us. 

         

         

        • whistling duck says:

          So foo fool… so tell me, what would you recommend?  Stay here and build schools, hoping to better our economy???  "McChavez" is at least reaching out. He has a solution! Do you have one?

          • Anonymous says:

             Yes, McChavez should go to one of those schools and learn to speak properly and handle finances.  Then he can go overseas.

            • whistling duck says:

              Sir (with all due respect ~ if you know what that means), where are you going to find a most PERFECT politician??? 

              The "McChavez" was made Premier 2 years ago. At least, you can show your support for the betterment of the economy!

              Don’t give me crap!!!