Mac on Far Eastern visit

| 26/10/2011

(CNS):The premier, along with a group of at least half a dozen government representatives, left the Cayman Islands at the weekend destined for the Far East. According to various sources and unconfirmed reports, McKeeva Bush is leading a government delegation to Hong Kong and China on an official visit. Despite repeated requests to the premier’s press office, no official details of the trip have been released. It is not known exactly how long the visit is for or the ports of call, though sources have pointed to Bejing and Shanghai, as well as Hong Kong, nor has the purpose of the visit been revealed to the public or the names of the full delegation.

CNS has been able to confirm that UDP backbencher Ellio Solomon is travelling with the premier, as is Dax Basdeo, the chief officer in the Ministry of Finance, and Jonathan Piercy, who now heads up the Department of Commerce and Investment. A representative of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority and the registrar general are also accompanying the premier, along with his political assistant, Richard Parchment.

Other delegates are also believed to be on the trip. CNS has been unable to confirm who they are but it is understood that no other MLAs or minsters have travelled to the Far East.

Based on the delegates that have been identified, the trip appears to be in connection with seeking inward investment for the Cayman Island. It is not clear if the premier will be meeting with representatives from China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), the Bejing based firm currently in talks with the premier over the development of cruise berthing facilities in George Town.

With no official itinerary released and no comment on the premier’s departure, it is assumed, though not confirmed, that the deputy premier, Juliana O’Connor Connolly, is currently acting as premier.  

The independent MLA for North Side, Ezzard Miller, told CNS that he and other members of the country’s legislature, like the wider public, had been kept in the dark regarding the trip.

“It is usual in a democracy when someone is elected to high office by the people and when travelling on behalf of the people that they find the capacity to tell the peoplewhere they are going, who they are going to meet and what they hope to achieve,” Miller said. “Otherwise it would be assumed it is just another world tour or a joy ride.”

The premier has often been criticised for the amount of travelling he undertakes but has lashed out at his critics on many occasions, defending his trips by suggesting that he needs to travel to secure overseas investment to turn the economy around.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    This sort of gallivanting is not the way professional businesses are run.  Would someone likeMr. Chris Johnson offer the government some advice on setting out their bases?

  2. Anonymous says:

    I wonder how many days Mr Bush has actually spent IN Cayman this year… not many it seems.

    • Anonymous says:

      It's called absentee Governing, you've heard of that, haven't you? Then again, maybe not. Come to think of it, I certainly haven't.

  3. Anonymous says:

    According to other internet publication:

     

    Led by Mr Bush, the delegation comprises Chief Officer for Financial Services Dax Basdeo; Director of the Cayman Islands Department of Investment and Commerce Jonathan Piercy; head of Fiduciary Services at the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority Rohan Bromfield;  Registrar

    General for the Register of Companies Cindy Jefferson-Bulgin; George Town MLA Ellio Solomon; Bush political adviser Richard Parchment and Financial Services official Melanie McField.

     

     

    • Anonymous says:

      No security guard? Have they really gone to elements?

    • Anonymous says:

      I'd love to know which travel agency is used in these increasingly extravagant entourage vacations to exotic destinations…not in economy I'm sure.

  4. Anonymous says:

    How come all the other media outlets know about all of the details of this trip and CNS doesn't?

    Is there a conspiracy?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Ok, a little googling and 2011 China Offshore Summit will give you all the details of this swank event in Shanghai. Interestingly, there are no Cayman speakers although several other jurisdictions are represented. Google also turned up details on ieyeNews such as the names of the 7 delegates.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Has anyone heard anything from them? Any press conferences? Any photo ops? Surely there must have been a welcoming ceremony or something we could learn about? Maybe I'll check on Baidu.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I believe to open a bank account in China you need to appear in person with your passport etc

  8. Knot S Smart says:

    I hope the Chinese officials are not parading them around and on tv, and telling the Chinese people in the mandarin language that these guys are from the circus.

    Or worse if they are telling the audience that these are a bunch of clowns from the Cayman Islands, who have come to sample Chinese food.

  9. Tamrun Switch Flip Mood says:

    Lets see how many more "stupid" ideas can pass through their feeble minds before they can get a clue how most of the local population in the Cayman Islands truly feel about their "representatives".  Do they really have their heads that far buried in the powdery white sands??  While a select few benefit, the rest suffer, but I'm sorry to say this time the voters won't find it too hard to forget all the money-give-aways,perks, trips, questionable relationships and business deals that should never be the norm in political dealings.  Just imagine if we WERE independent, this "Premier" would have us all as his personal slaves….unable to have personal opinions and black-list anyone he chooses. Scary thought!

  10. The Crown says:

    I lowz money in i lowz ta go all owa thi place spenin it.. I sings Camp Town Lady when ah spenin it "do da,do da"

    • Anonymous says:

      I  ga tel ya, I sing da best  en kaman. I present my puppets for da showm so please draw your curtains for an exciting entertainment at the Mandarin.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Talk, talk,talk as usual and nobody does a thing….Keep flapping your gums. I can not understand why people in Cayman are so laid back and never take action until its too late.

    Get this man and his cronies out of office NOW!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Ehhhh…. in case you didn't know, the only way to remove Mac immediately is by a vote of no confidence…. already tried by the PPM……..would have loved it to go through but the UDP need to grow a pair and vote against him for this to succeed. If you have any other solution, speak up, there is very little point in blaming other people for not "taking action" if you are doing the same.

      • Anonymous says:

        Can you all understand that as long as the UDP is in power you will not have a Majority Vote to bring this man down. Just hope and pray that some of them will have the Balls and guts to recognise what is happening to our country. Yet  the UDP Leader says the country is broke, and he and his cronies are on World Tours. Just imagine!!!  the cost of tickets, hotel etc. that we are paying for. CNS can you request FOI to provide an accounting of  this tour????  Will we be getting a Branch of the Bank of Hong Kong in Cayman very soon?

  12. The Crown says:

    Guess wi naw dah broke aftaraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllllllllllllllllllllll! 🙂

    • Cronyism, bagmen, and parties says:

      Well Big Mac is not acting like HE is broke, just breaking our dear country!  The NCVO has had their budget slashed (sorry foster homes and school lunches for needy families) **please dontate this weekend for the telethon.  The money for literacy programs has to come from private donations (huh?) There are letters asking all the service groups for DONATIONS to fund ALL the after school programs, YET….this ^%^#@$^#!!  jaunts off once again with a dozen cronies to spend our money.  (And has the audacity to give $4million to pet churches!?!)

      I am soooo tired of all levels of white collar government foolishness and taking from the people's pockets.  

      I never thought I'd say this, but Your Majesty, please take over and simply assign a few auditors here! If ever there was proof that we cannot govern ourselves it is watching this egotistical group of self serving maniacs run around the globe squandering our "duty dollars" while our own social programs look to the private sector and our children have poor education with no hope of the future.

       

  13. Old Sea Captain says:

    The Premier and his cohorts may not have brought any real investors to the table or gotten any proposed projects off the ground but we are sure paying dearly while they have a jolly good time 'trying'.

  14. Ubelievedat says:

    Our Premier should be IMPEECHED for breaking our Consititutional rights, for failing to follow the Consitiution, for failing to exercise a democratic government; abuse of power; AND to negotiating in SECRET with a Communist country (which in my mind, is a direct threat to ALL of our FREEDOMS and LIBERTIES).

    I would go as far as suggesting the the UK authorities quickly look into this "secret meeting" to ensure that the Premier and his "pack" have not caused any negotiations that would jepordise any security or reputational measures for them and their overseas territory, ie Cayman Islands.

    The UK should closely monitor this "backdoor entrance" strategy.

  15. Anonymous says:

    at least we will have decent chinese food……This country need to change it voting system. if youwanna run for "premier" than both paties must display a candidate and have the three islands vote for the premier.. with this i assure you this will end the bullying of the goverment

  16. Anonymous says:

    Is Stan Thomas there? perhaps he went to pick up a check.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Caymanians you all are pure chat, Either you all just put your foot down and stop Mr Bush or just shut the hell up. My God you all sound like my kids.DO SOMETHING OR SHUT DE HELL UP…………..

  18. Anonymous says:

    To Wednesday 6:06.  You cannot get it in your greasy head that Mac will never loose his seat? West Bay got him covered and he will always be in power. Nobody moves Mac but Mac.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hey Mac, would you get this idiot off the air please?

    • Anonymous says:

      Anybody else in West Bay that agrees with this moron please do a thumbs up here. In 48 hours we should have a fairly good idea whether or not we're terminally sc_ _wed.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Wow! I am wex with all of you.

  20. anonymouse says:

    The best thing to do in this situation is to play his game and ignore him totally. We need to send our emails directly to the F.C.O.( as the Governor must be running out of rope and looks like he don't know what to do with him) and tell them that what he is doing is using the Country"s Money (OUR money) and we have reason to believe that he is not acting in our Country Best Interest (Communist Countries) to the point that he refuses to even issue any type of statement that he is even going (whith a whole entourage) I ask our learned friends to find something in the law that he is doing wrong. He will cause bloodshed if this keeps up. Isn't that a good reason enough. MUST BE SOMETHING WE CAN DO because he aint that smart . I refuse to believe that we can't bring that man down peacefully. His arrogance alone wants to make one vomit.Very disapointed in his press secretary as he must realise by now that he is dealing with real pirates and not the same ones from the Pirates Week Office. Why have Pirates Week when our Country is run by Pirates year long. New title for next movie: ' Pirates of the Cayman Islands". instead of capturing the Governor, let's capture the MacBaloney.

    • Cronyism, bagmen, and parties says:

      Yes, how about we tell the FCO, the Queen, The UK Parliment, our Auditor General, Voters, and ANYONE who will listen that we are sick and tired of living below the poverty line while Big Mac flies around the world first class with his cronies and shows us nothing but hot air.

      This weekend is the National Council of Volunteers telethon.  They have had their Govt budget SLASHED….Yes, this means the foster homes suffer while McKeeva dines and travels.

      Gives $4million to churches, but school children go HUNGRY for lunches?

      Come ON people….We need the UK to step in and put a stop to this madness.

      Charities STARVE while policians XXXX and travel first class?  This is horrible and wrong.

      • Anonymous says:

        Absolutely right!  Why are the children always coming last for anything?  Isn't this where the problem has grown over the years to the situation now?  Also include the huge amount of money given for the painted house.  (No disrespect to Ms Lassie, RIP).  Where did this money come from?  Surely this could be done with less money.  The children, the NCVO and the charities desperately need this assistance.  It is time to get priorities right in these Islands.  Stop wasting money on the travelling with the huge entourage and start putting the foundation back – starting with the children!!!

  21. Anonymous says:

    Dear President Hu Jintao,

    Greetings from the people of the Cayman Islands. As a goodwill gesture towards our future partnership on various capital infrastructurers we have sent for your entertainment, Her Majesty's royal Jesters Mac the Cowboy and his sidekick Foolio. We are certain they will provide you with endless entertainment for many years to come.

  22. Anonymous says:

    “Cayman in SECRET talks with China!” WTF? Be afraid people, be very afraid.

    • Anonymous says:

      Does he really think the chinese wants anything to do with cayman with the crime, overcrowding, nothing to do, the list is endless.  Another wasted trip for the people to pay for!!!!  All these trips he has taken and nothing, absolutely nothing has come out of it.  We are still in debt, people are still losing their jobs and has the civil servants got their salaries back yet????

    • Anonymous says:

      MCKEEVA in secret talks with China. Be MORE afraid people.

  23. peter milburn says:

    Just thinking about the above report on the Premiers trip and I wonder if it would not be "nice"for a change if he would give a quick report to say a reporter at the a/port on where he is going and what his itinery looks like.Who he is going to meet with and about what would certainly clear the air on his travels and make way for a much more transperancy and would avoid much of the criticising that goes with every trip he takes.Give it some thought Mr.Bush.The people would think much better of it coming directly from you rather than hear it on a local talk show from another party member.

    • so Anonymous says:

      You think?  He has his own selfish reasons for doing what he does and for not doing what he should.

  24. peter milburn says:

    I really hope(wishful huh?)that the Premier will come back with something concrete so that we can get this dock situation and others taken care of once and for all.I am sick and tired of all the "waffling"that is going on daily.and I am sure I am not the only one saying this.By the way for all the Red Bay Dockers did you see how big those waves were over there even though the storm was almost 200 miles away?Sure it was rough pretty much all around but just saying.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Secret dealings with the communist Chinese Government and we the people are sitting by and letting it happen. This is an extremely dangerous precedent. Our politicos are only planning as far ahead as XXXX. Unfortunately for us, we are going to be left with the communist Chinese having considerable leverage over our Country through control of our Ports for the next 50 years. Whatever happened to the kind of Caymanians that blocked the runway at Owen Roberts to keep the communist Cuban government representatives from landing here? History will hold all of us accountable for the deeds of our elected Government. 

  26. Anonymous says:

    so now we're all upset because he hasn't told us where he's going? really? come on…surely we've got bigger issues right now….its not like he's hiding the fact (he didnt fly out at night in an unmarked stealth rocket)…..so its not officially announced….probably because he's forgotten, it could be that simple that the govt are so under fire right now from us all that they've forgotten to issue a public notice about the trip……lets all hold off for a while and see what transpires…….

    i'm betting that on his return he'll announce and show a signed agreement to begin cruise construction and probably re-finance or re-energise some other stalled deals here…..and then what? instead of saying well done, we'll complain we were not invited or consulted, as if we should be

    he'll come back with a signed cruise development…..and that will kickstart our economy….not everyone will like it, but at least its something…..right now we've half of us marching this weekend against the only other tangible/likely investment happening here (Dart road deal)…..guys, i dont care who brings us what….but we need something to breathe life into these islands fast…….

    lets hold off for now…..if he doesnt come back with signed agreements, then lets demand an investigation into why he took a holiday to see the great wall with Elio Lee Hung Tiny and the rest of them …..

  27. Anonymous says:

    Tell me Master Po, what should I do? Finish the high schools or go on a first class trip to the Orient with all of my cronies?

    But I don't want to finish the high schools Master Po, what say you Master Kan? Finish the high schools? I shall be my own man and head to the Great Wall.

    With apologies to David Carradine of Kung Fu.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Ok so let me get this straight….Mckeeva (Dora the explorer) and his Sidekick Ellio (boots the monkey) have a “business” trip attending in China…

    Now someone please answer me this…this is a man who has been on the headlines of CNS, Cayman compass etc, under scrutiny for the things he has and is doing yet he left the island with half a dozen government representatives and has said nothing to the public? This is “supposedly” a business trip for the betterment of the Islands yet the people of the islands know nothing about what he is going there to do and how we as people and an island will benefit! Now come on, doesn’t this seem like a crock of s***?! If he hasn’t even told his fellow co-workers as Mr. Miller makes very clear, how should we as a community feel about this? I personally feel like it is a slap in the face! He has no room for screwing up or for any slip ups as he is under a microscope right now; he should be doing everything and anything under his power to ensure US “THE PEOPLE” know exactly what’s what! We shouldn’t have to wait until he is back to find out the purpose and what we would benefit from whatever “business” he was over there trying to get! As for Ellio, he was on Cayman Cross Talk last Friday and wasn’t even able to answer the simple question as to what was the purpose of the trip. Come on, how can people have faith in you guys when you can give us the truth about anything? You are suppose to be making this island better for us Caymanians instead it seems like your working against us!

    I’m sure the people who have voted him in are regretting every vote that got him in! it seems to me people forget the things this man has done…but he has created so much distractions from him that its hard to keep up…lets not forget First home Bank, National Housing Department, after Ivan when he “helped” west bay to other peoples goods & the Rally for jobs. Do your research people; open your eyes and stop being naive. This man “says” he has Caymans best interest @ heart, what do I have to say to this “got to see it to believe it” when he can show me ONE JUST ONE  thing he has done to improve Cayman THEN I’ll give him a fighting chance!

    Until then he can talk to the hand *rolls eyes*

    Oh and PS: for the person who posted this:

    It was announced by Ellio

    Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 10/25/2011 – 21:54.

    It was announced by Ellio Solomon on Friday on the rooster.  So much your conspiracy CNS. 
    And as if the premier had to register with CNS prior to their official business.  what a pathetic attempt at tarnishing again, the lamest of issues.
    Get a life.

    I think you need to get a life! Please read, & process what you read before you comment on things….Ellio only mentioned he was not going to be in studio for the next couple of Fridays due to a business trip…if Austin hadn’t asked where to etc Ellio wouldn’t have said one word…and incase u didn’t know let me EDUCATE you…not everyone has the tolerance to sit and listen to rooster or Ellio for that matter so check ya self before ya wreck yourself…Mckeeva as our elected premier he SHOULD be keeping the same people who elected him, aware of what’s happening and what the purpose of business trips are for, if their for the improvement and betterment of Cayman why so hush hush about it? Oh and one last thing: Mckeeva needs NO help tarnishing his name…he does an excellent job of that in his own! He doesn’t need to register with CNS prior to official business BUT he SHOULD be letting his people us Caymanians know what’s happening. Please read the article again and take ur head out the clouds, did you miss the part where not even some of his other members of the LA didn’t know about this trip…so if he hasn’t told the public and hasn’t told the other people in the LA what he’s doing what does that mean? That not even the people that he should be consulting with don’t have the RIGHT to know what’s happening? Psccch! Get a reality check my friend, you couldn’t be more wayyy off!

    Signed PROUDLY

    Sheree Ebanks

    CNS note: The Sheree Ebanks who wrote this post is not the Sheree Ebanks who is Director and Head of Wealth Management at Butterfield Bank.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Maybe the country should buy Gaddafi's plane then the Premier can travel in style wherever he goes.

    He doesn't seem to like travelling Cayman Airways

    • Son of Thunder says:

      I hear that the Far East is a nice place to vacation, all the best to the premier & his cronies, it's only a pity that we have to pay for their vacation, AGAIN!

  30. Dred says:

    Can we cancel his Cayman papers or something? I mean if he loves flying to other countries so much we could just leave him over there and silently but swiftly cut all funding.

    Maybe "Tiger Chung" Elio can get training for his third PPV fight with Alden "The Assassin" Mclaughlin from Pac Man since is over there. He might even make it to round two.

    But in all seriousness I am betting this is the CHEC thing and possibly talking about something else to replace the other crap we all screamed at such as the dredging and what ever else he had CHEC or their friends in to do.

    I am just wondering how much this is going to cost us and if CHEC has any private planes to send the Mac team back on. Because of course I hear they are supposedly flying our way anyhow.

  31. Anonymous says:

    I've heard that Bush and the Chinese are working together to sort out the problems in the Euro zone.  Europe's leaders are waiting with bated breath for Mac to come to their rescue.  

    We can only pray that he is successful.

    • Anonymous says:

      You should be. If the Eurozone goes broke, bang goes your money from Europe for re construction after Hurricanes, Radar stations and anything else that Europe has funded

    • Anonymous says:

      "well I'm no finance expert but … I would trim the borders and prune the dead wood…yessiree dat's wha I do"

    • Anonymous says:

      Those poor guys will suffocate to death for sure. And God have mercy on Europe. But the really bad part is we're paying for it all.

  32. Forth Class Citizen says:

    They went to get educated on the Fine Art of Far East Culture what else? The very lease they could do is tell us after all it comes out of our money. Doing it on hush, hush does not help. I geuss we aren't worth the bother.

  33. Anonymous says:

    how embaressing for the cayman islands that these people actually represnt you abroad…..

    • Jonah Principlr says:

      These people represent you abroad? excuse me and who and what are you doing here. If you don’t like these people surely you must have prejudices against the other people too. Keep out of de peoples affairs.

  34. Anonymous says:

    How can I get on this bandwagon?  There are some 5 star resorts in Australia I'd like to go on holiday to…err…..I mean solicit inward investment from.

  35. Anonymous says:

    E. Miller only complains – it’s because of Rooster and CNS that he is even heard.

    • Anonymous says:

      That is a very good point.  One that stresses the importance of both those media outlets. The importance of all voices having the chance to be heard.

    • Anonymous says:

      10:09 please stop it, you too out of order, i cannot read your post again, if i do  i will only laugh myself to pieces.

    • Anonymous says:

      Don't you have something sensible to complain about?

      • Dred says:

        I believed you confused him when you threw in the "sensible" part. He might be looking it up in the national geographic magazine or something. Lord forbid if he found the dictionary, we would all be in trouble.

  36. Anonymous says:

    What about Freedom of Information. It is an outright shame that this sort of thing is happening in our island. But just perhaps, FOI could reveal the details, or is this too,all covered by Protocol?

  37. Anonymous says:

    Has an appointment with the tailor again!

    • Anonymous says:

      That's why the trip is 2 1/2 weeks…

      • Anonymous says:

        2 1/2 weeks?? Good Lord. At just one MOU a day that is almost TWENTY of them. We're doomed for sure. God help us. The hundreds of thousands of dollars this is costing us in travel expenses is the very least of our worries. Our ONLY hope now is that those MOU's continue to fizzle away into oblivion on their own accord as they always have. Can you imagine if each one of those comes with a $450,000.00 committment fee? We seriously need to do somehing to try to get our country back, people.   

  38. Live Free.... says:

    Mac Bush Lee Heads off to China with his students to teach them the art of inner peace, and to have them learn some form of Kung Fu, teaching them to listen to their inner self by showing them the Great Walls of China and the streets of Shanghai. What got Mac Bush Lee so interested in visiting China in the first place, was when him and Foolio sat down to watch to the new Karate Kid, and Foolio got so excited, so Mac Bush Lee decided to go there to find out what was going on, and to look for inward investment at the same time. Wasting money is all that Mac Bush Lee is doing, because he think he is related to Bruce Lee, it would be ok if it was his own money instead.

    • Son of Thunder says:

      Boy I say enjoy your last few free holidays!

      • Anonymous says:

        I wish that were true but Cayman will be finished before he is…we will be paupers mowing his lawn

  39. Joe B says:

    Hopefully the people of Cayman will learn a very expensive lesson from Bush's "ways" of leadership.  He has cost the country a lot of money that could have been used for the betterment of the island and its people instead of used for the betterment of himself and his group.  Added to the fact that he has done nothing of merit, has not been able to follow procedures, and is under investigation of corruption and its not hard to see that he will be an easy act to follow.  People of Cayman, you who hold the true power in these islands, you must do a better job of electing people with intergity and a need to help YOU.

    • Dred says:

      Sad part of all of this is he will be voted in again in WB by a HUGE margin.

      • Anonymous says:

        I do believe, and I very sincerely hope, that you are giving the West Bay people less credit for their intelligence than they deserve. Anyone can make a mistake, obviously more than half a whole nation can make a mistake. Sometimes that is what it takes to learn and to grow in the world we live in. It is certainly no one's fault, and most certainly not the UDP's fault, if we don't learn from THIS one. So let's just learn from this mistake, my beloved Caymanian people, ALL of you, and lets just do whatever it is we need to do to continue to grow our country into the country that WE THE PEOPLE want it to be.    

  40. Anonymous says:

    Will he be stopping off in Las Vegas on the return leg?

  41. Anon says:

    Its not really that he goes on these trips that is a problem….its when he comes back again…..

  42. Anonymous says:

    Wish it was a one way ticket and on a slow boat for all of them whoever they are….good riddance even if only for a while but oh the embarrassment again….and to think Jujudas is in charge…..rather have a martian to be honest!

  43. Anonymous says:

    Internet for the public will soon be banned. And we will all have pictures of Mckeeva hanging on our walls, or you better if you want your food tokens.

  44. Anonymous says:

    CNS take investigative journalism to the next level and send Denny Warren to China to take pictures.

    • Anonymous says:

      English newspapers should send their photographers too as they sent them here, see if he sues them!

    • Anonymous says:

      That could be interesting considering the media in China are state controlled – maybe that's what Big Mac is going there to study? 

    • Anonymous says:

      Poor Denny might get sued.

  45. Anonymous says:

    Some sources have suggested there will also be a middle-eastern leg of this trip; though perhaps Elio already revealed this on Friday.

  46. Anonymous says:

    Thank God,  Mr Miller do'nt have anything to criticised about the Goverment,  Mr get on tract and join hands, stop degrading the Premier on any thing that he is doing for the Country, you and the others are not helping you are only making things hard for the Cayman Islands.   With you criticising everything that the Goverment do, just because it's not you doing it,  the day that the Big man leaves God help the Cayman Islands.  You all cannot stand in his shoes.

     

    • WREX says:

      OMG, I feel like I'm back in Cuba when I read comments like this.

    • Anonymous says:

      Mac has done nothing, is doing nothing, and will do nothing in his term as Premier to these Islands.

      Wait, my bad, all he has done is pont his finger at the PPM for the last X amount of years, spend money like it grows on trees and has absolutely nothing to show for it, embarass himself, the government and these islands by his actions / inactions, managed to get himself involved in a police investigation into corruption and still holds office, spew so much BS he cant remember it the next day, act like a big  child throwing a temper tantrum when anybody says a word, break all procedure, laws and systems, cut deals with companies that have been found guilty of corruption and bribery in other jurisdictions…need I go on?

      Do you read the newspaper, listen to the radio, surf the web? Or do you live with your head buried in the sand?

    • truth teller says:

      Seriously? This has to be a spoof . You cannot actually go public with this dangerously low level of grammatical competence and expect to exist in the world today. Oh wait, you're in cayman, I mean exist in the world in the 18th Century. Stop your whining and use your time online to improve your English skills and try and actually contribute something to the community in which you live. I can only assume from your staggering lack of understanding of the prevailing social conditions within the Cayman Islands that you are fresh out of the grip of another dictator (finally buried him…) and are looking for a new fool to worship. God cannot help the cayman islands, get off your seat and do it yourself.

      • Anonymous says:

        Actually, his grammatics were better than a great number of McKeeva's supporters that have posted on CNS. Unfortunately, his content was probably about as low life as i've ever seen. Thank you for your attempt at promoting intelligence in our country.    

    • R.U. Kidden says:

      Anonymous 8:10,       Are you some kind of nut???   Or have you been brainwashed….. or bought out?  

    • Anonymous says:

      Coincidence?

      It is no coincidence that the majority of the people that complain about the Premier's critics seem to be the least intelligent  bloggers!!!!  They have limited mental capacity so they vote for loud-mouth dictators!!!!  What in the hell is "Goverment"?

      • Anonymous says:

        It's that thing we currently have taking up space in the Legislative Assembly building and costing us tons and tons and tons of money and hardship.

    • Anonymous says:

      God will certainly help us the day the big man leaves. Until then, unfortunately, there's probably not much he can do. I can't imagine anyone, except maybe you, who would want to be standing in his shoes.

  47. Anonymous says:

    I just don't get the secrecy. I thought he worked for us.

    • R.U. Kidden says:

      Are you being funny?  When did he start working for us?

      P.S.  I don't get the secrecy either.

    • so Anonymous says:

      I don't get why you let him get away with a secret trip paid for by YOU.  Actually I do but it still hard for me to comprehend your lack of action as you watch your money go where you will never be able to afford to go.

  48. listener says:

    off to visit our new masters?

  49. Anonymous says:

    I cannot believe that there are individuals living and breathing among us that actually voted for mac bush. He has shown a total disregard for the public's money. This is the worst spending world touring government we have ever experienced. 

    • R.U. Kidden says:

      It doesn't say much for us Caymanians, does it!

    • Anonymous says:

      To be fair we didn't know he'd turn out like this… hindsight is 20/20. Supporters (Endangered species, soon to be extinct) of the UDP were mainly hoping for a term of inaction. Not extravagant spending, flaunting of misuse of power and rampant corruption all to the detriment of anyone not involed in the 'Mac Attack' mob.

    • Anonymous says:

      Go live in West Bay for a month, then you will see what votes him in

    • Anonymous says:

      The companions on this trip should also be held accountable……MLAs and Basdeo. What are their opinions/stance regarding this extravagance? Think they said no or offered alternatives to reduce cost of sending all of them there? I really doubt it…..

  50. Anonymous says:

    American and European companies do not pay kickbacks.

     

    Chinese companies have no problems with kickbacks; they call them "gifts".

     

    It appears (note that I said "appears") that the cruise ship dock is being delayedwhile the premier is negotiating the best kickback deal instead of the best financial deal for Cayman. This may not be fact, this may be marl road drivel, this may be pure speculation but it is my strong unverified perception.

     

    Building a cruise ship dock is not difficult. It is not rocket science. There are many competent and ethical contractors that would love to build it and who could have built it years ago. The cruise ship companies could have been brought in as partners if Cayman was creative at negotiating a win-win-win deal for Cayman, the contractor and the cruise ship companies.

     

    I sincerely hope that the Autitor General combs through the detailed paper trail associated with these trips and the cruise ship dock contract (if and when it materializes). If it is found that XXXX is squeaky clean, honest and ethical, I will apologize and congratulate him on a job well done. Otherwise, his next trip should be to Northward.

  51. The lone Haranguer says:

    We must engage with China to grow our businesses, PPM will engage at Contry Western to scheme how to win the next election.

    Go brave McKeeva. 

    • Anonymous says:

      What?

    • Anon says:

      Yea.. Him so brave!

      Him risk him life to see the world – just like Christopher Columbus.

      Him is the hero for hour contry.

      And when him not exploring the world – him visits us here sometimes too!

    • Anonymous says:

      In the very near future you will learn the very hard way, idiot, that "Contry" Western is a much safer place to be than China. "Engage with China to grow our businesses" what a joke. I certainly hope you're not PAYING to attend those Mac classes.

  52. Anonymous says:

    Lets see if he buys Gadaffis wardrobe on Ebay and starts having parades in his honour

  53. McCarron McLaughlin says:

    Other one of McKeeva's escapades that runs counter to approved or conventional conduct. 

    Is it really necessary to travel with such a large entourage?

    When is the watse going to end? Travelling and not making any new inroads only adds to the public debt.

     

  54. cow itch says:

     

    i love china… running out of grass and cow rights in cayman

  55. Anonymous says:

    We criticised him for travelling, so now he doesn't tell us.

    • Anonymous says:

      i know it is not being transparent, but I don't blame him for it. Sometimes, the best way to upset your rivals, is to be silent and continue with your business.

  56. Anonymous says:

    So where is the inward investment all these overseas trips has generated?  Value for money, Mr. AG?

  57. Polly Tricks says:

    Apparently the Premier sometimes manages to find private jets to take him home as a stroke of luck.  Even if the jets are supplied by businesses doing business with the Government this does not create a conflict of interest because a) it was lucky and b) what is wrong with a conflict of interest if it saves money?

    I now feel sorry for Mac and JuJu because the PAC evidence leads me to believe that the Premier does not book his travel plans in advance, but rather sometimes has to hang around airports until a private jet appears from a third party.  This high class hitch-hiking policy might explain why Mac is out of the country so long.

  58. Anonymous says:

    Probably just another shopping trip, with no meeting agenda set up just like his trip to Singapore. Can you post his Customs declaration versus the actual goods he brings back? Dog gonna eat yah suppah.

    • Anonymous says:

      I have been on the same flight as Mac and he doesn't go through immigration or customs, WHATTADEAL!

  59. Anonymous says:

    I just wish he would stay over there, permanently. Why oh why can't he give us just one thing we ask for?

  60. Anonymous says:

    Oh dear……… Another $100k plus trip I’m sure. Has no-one heard of Go To Meering, Skype or other means of global visual communication? Seriously?

    • Anonymous says:

      No Bobo, not all ah wus nos wa dah black box is fur dat sits on ya lap.  Some peoples tinks it is fur putting his lunch on and the DVD/CD ting is fur holding ya drink up.

      "Go to meeting"  is wha he is doin Bobo.

      Didn't you nos that "Skype" is a WB kite?

      "Global Visual Communication" is a fancy wud fur smokin too much ganja and floating over the earth?

      Was wrong wid you anyhow? 😉

  61. Anonymous says:

    It was announced by Ellio Solomon on Friday on the rooster.  So much your conspiracy CNS. 

    And as if the premier had to register with CNS prior to their official business.  what a pathetic attempt at tarnishing again, the lamest of issues.

    Get a life.

    • Anonymous says:

      Elio Solomon gave NO information on the purpose of the trip.  He didn't even know who was in the party!

      It seems Mr. Bush intends to ignore the calls for openness and transparency.  His despotic and demagogic approach to politics will most certainly come back to bite his ass at the next general election. 

    • Anonymous says:

      I love people who cannot seem to read, but try reading article again and spot where you are wrong, it is the best way to learn.

      Pleased to help you improve yourself, God bless you

    • Anonymous says:

      puppet

    • Anonymous says:

      You dont get it do you?  His PRESS OFFICE is silent.   Is Ellio his press secretary?

    • so Anonymous says:

      Get an education.  A real one this time.

    • Anonymous says:

      The rest of us know what "business" is.

      Mac calls anything he does business and has absolutely nothing to show for  it.

  62. Anonymous says:

    Someone may wish to ring the NRAto see if it is true that one of its senior employees is on this trip

  63. Anonymous says:

    Another world tour! This is why the Cayman economy is so successful under the MadMac reign!

  64. Anonymous says:

    Guess he will ferry across to Macau and do what he likes to do best.  What a waste of taxpayers funds.  Still searching for investors??

  65. Anonymous says:

    May he go far and stay there forever.

  66. Anonymous says:

    The Premier's press office should be ashamed of themselves. Taking the people's money to keep facts from the public that we all deserve to know. It amazes me some of the people that can operate without a conscience and facilitate such unacceptable actions by the leader of a community. What could the reason be to not provide the details of his trip and the identity of the delegates?

  67. Chris Johnson says:

    Can Mr Bush inform the public as what overseas investment he has secured to date? Certainly a prospective investor was the Italian company on the port that he fired and welcomed with open arms with a law suit. XXXX He has been in charge for too long and stands no chance of resurrecting the islands economy. He is history and is as much use as the parrot in Monty Python.

  68. Anonymous says:

    How can your premier be having official visits to China and not be telling anyone that he is going or who is meeting wih? What kind of place is this?

  69. but cum si ya says:

    adios! go far n stay long…………..

  70. Anonymous says:

    Yup…saw the lot of them walking to the Air Canada flight on Saturday.  They were escorted by a guy with a shiny new "Protocol" vest on.  There were at least half a dozen of them.  Exactly why so many were needed is beyond me.  Maybe they got a deal on booking out the entire "first class" cabin.

    • Anonymous says:

      A "Protocol" vest? Hahaha! How Third world can you get? One has to wonder what is the protocol for "the wearing of a Protocol vest"?  Are there  "Constitution" and "Charter of Rights" vests? Ah hahahaha…ha!

    • Anonymous says:

      He has to full fill his promises, so on each trip he takes a selected few to see the world.  He has to help out his supporters and make them happy by giving them a trip half way around the world.  If the spin doctor was attracting investors for every trip he made, China would look like a drop in the bucket to Cayman.  Can our people understand what the Premier is doing to this country and its people?  If there is a dictator,we don't have far to look for him, he is here and alive in the Cayman Islands.   McDaffe.

    • Anonymous says:

      It's not "their money", why would they seek a deal?

  71. xxx says:

    Mac has once again gone galavanting on some exotic trip at the expense of the public purse.

    Well done Mackeeva….

  72. Anonymous says:

    maybe getting advice on how to restrict human rights such as freedom of speech….

  73. Anonymous says:

    another jolly………. lets march to the governors house…..