Bermuda Premier ditches bodyguards

| 26/11/2010

(Royal Gazette): Premier Paula Cox has confirmed she has not retained the bodyguards that were a prominent feature of her predecessor Ewart Brown’s regime. Cox also said she does not engage police escorts, while underlining that an audit of contracts is being carried out to ensure no consultancies are being inadvertently continued. The Premier has repeatedly stated she wants to trim unnecessary spending to make savings of $150 million in her first year in office. Brown was accused of trying to look important by insisting on travelling with personal bodyguards at home and overseas at the taxpayers’ expense.

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  1. anonymous says:

    I wonder if McKeeva and Julianna will do the same.  It would also be interesting for the Financials of Cayman Airways to be revealed.  I remembered last time in office, he had owed Cayman Airways quite a substantial amount, something like KYD 75,000 plus on his personal travels.  It scares me to see what that figure would read today. How much did it cost for the 8ft Fence, the Paved driveway, the Hurricane Bunker, the vehicles, the house repairs etc etc.  Him and his cronies are sucking these Islands dry and try to blame it on PPM.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The senior Civil Servant with the guard detail as well, look and learn.

  3. Anonymous says:

    What – you mean their Constitution (which is more advanced than ours) didn’t REQUIRE her to keep the perks?!! She has put not only her predecessor but our own Premier to shame.

  4. Anon says:

    Look and learn, McKeeva Look and learn.

    • Wake UP!!!! says:

       Tell me de lass time MacMac lernded anyting…

      Didda ewen mek it tru high skool…

      BUT – we be deh fuuls fi gettin im in deh anyway…

      Time to vote smart, no, really, SMART – not hignaramous…


  5. leading by example says:

    I often wonder if the Premier even pays attention to sites like CNS. It would be interesting to know if he actually reads the articles AND the comments. Probably not, as he is a busy man with his travels and all. You would at least think who ever his PR person is, would pay some attention and take the hint based on what people have to say.

    This woman is leading by example. Now if only our elected officials could take a page out of her book. Is it really too much to ask? Maybe. I’m certainly excited to see what new blood we get running for government next election, because I sure as hell am done with this party system. We need fresh, young, inspired, motivated, educated, "country-first" candidates. If I see none of these running, then I simply will not vote. People say that you must vote if you want to make a difference, and if you do not then you have no right to complain. Rubbish. I will not vote for anyone who conjurs doubt in my mind. I’d rather withhold then to place a group or individual in office who I feel isn’t capable. Where are these islands going? As a Caymanian, I am truly becoming tired of Cayman. It may soon be time for a change of scenery. *BIG sigh*

  6. MER says:

    Big Mac,

    You can learn from this woman, straight up. It’s not about self, it’s about country. If you are worried about yourself you should not have run for election in the first place!

  7. MonkeySee says:

    People are SO phony & or uninformed! 

    the Premier doesn’t have bodyguards nor does he have any when he is @ events abroad so what are you talking about? In THIS article it DOES state that she kept her driver which is what our Premier has so…um….what’s the difference?  Are you assuming that because it doesnt elaborate on the other perks she also kept, that she kept none?  You know what that say about ASS-UMING things!

    I don’t agree with alot of things that ANY politician does, but you bashers really need a lesson in PR–she has done the most visible things she can to entrench herself on the good side while not publicizing the other things that she kept….its all about PR & Marketing kiddies!

  8. Anonymous says:

    OMG, we need The Honorable Paula Cox to speak to McKeeva Bush on prudence and explain that even if the constitution calls for certain expencses, if it is not nescessary you dont have to have it.

    Our Premier does not only take advantage of the perks that the constitution provides for a Premier, he adds on quite a few extra perks which cost the people of Cayman quite a handy sum.

    But I suppose there is a big difference between someone who has their countrys interest first and foremost, and someone who has their pockets interest first and foremost. 

    Imagine if both the Premier and the Deputy Premier of the Cayman Islands would follow in the footsteps of the Honorable Paula Cox, who is the Premier of Bermuda, and do away with the monumental costs of all the "extra" perks that they take advantage of.

    I suppose we are allowed to dream! 

  9. A Concerned Caymanian says:

     Mac can you do this for your country?  They have a higher rate of crime yet she is willing to do what is necessary for the betterment of her country.

  10. Anonymous says:

    A very intelligent lady. Country first.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Is Mr. Brown related to Mckeewa?

    • ANONYMOUS says:

      Mike Missick is the only other Premiere to have had bodyguards.. there’s the relation..

  12. Anonymous says:

    Ah! there’s a lady with big Kahunas. And she’s already paying attention to our problems to the betterment of her country; That is why Bermuda is numero uno on Conde Neste list. A little vacation a little investment, a litllle of and a little of that. I predict we go to #15 beforethe end of next year surpassed by Turks and Caycos. Go girl your on the right track!

  13. Anonymous says:

    If only our ‘Royal’ Mac and Mo Julie would do the same.  After all this is the age of austerity. They should not be hiring bodyguards, using police/chaffeured cars and they should travel economy class.  Now that would be setting an example!

  14. BORN FREE says:

    Please do not expect the same from our premier. Dictators feel that bodyguards are necessary.

  15. Anonymous says:

    A good example for the Premier to follow!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Clearly she is walking the walk as well as talking the talk. Ours just seems to talk and travel a lot. I wonder if she could be persuaded to do some tutoring – but we would have to warn her that she would only be addressed as "darlin".