Box of squid leads CNS poll

| 31/10/2011

(CNS): Following the publication of a thought provoking Viewpoint on CNS by popular contributor Aristophanes Duckpond, a CNS poll has revealed that he was right – most people would prefer to vote for a box of frozen squid at the next election than the current government or the opposition. 50% of voters that had taken part in the on-line straw poll by Monday evening voted for the squid, 46% for the opposition People’s Progressive Movement and only 4% said they would vote for the ruling United Democratic Party. As unscientific as the poll is, the results so far point to a current preference for what Duckpond suggested was a third way.

Less than 300 people took part in the vote, which coupled with the comments demonstrated that the ‘calamari’ seemed to have the edge when it came to the people’s choice.

With well over a year before campaigning would normally be expected to start and 18 months to go before the May 2013 election, there is time for the opposition and the governmentto turn the results around but the third way appears to be an elusive but attractive option to the public and reflects the failure of official party politics to gain sufficient support.

The exceptionally poor showing of government in this latest web based ballot reflects other CNS on line votes that demonstrate little support for the current administration or the premier among readers. In August, 72% of the more than 600 people who voted in a poll assessing the performance of McKeeva Bush said he was “a terrible premier”.

Back in May, at the current administration’s half way point, 65% of voters stated that the current UDP government is the worst administration in Cayman Islands history and a further 21% said they had performed poorly. In April 89% of the 550 voters backed the opposition’s no confidence motion in government.

See the online poll: Which party would you like to see form the next government? (open)

A 3rd Way for Cayman by Aristophanes Duckpond

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I believe that the PPM should disband and run as individual candidates if they truly wish to defeat the UDP in the next election.As independent candidates they could still vote together on matters of common agreement but they wouldnot be compelled to follow any party's directives.In other words they would be free to vote in the peoples' interest and not those of the party.Perhaps CNS could do a poll to see which current PPM members would gain more support should they run as independent.Contrary to what has been published elsewhere,independents can form future governments.All that is required is for a majority of the elected members to agree to appoint a premier and form the new government and present this to the Governor.

    • Anonymous says:

      I'm sure they'll bring a lot of big fish to our shores. Hopefully we'll get more mahi mahi than sharks this time.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I'm really afraid that once the squid get into power, they will no longer listen to the people, start jetsetting around the world at great public expense, act in an autocratic, dictatorial manner, continually make embarassing, ignorant statements, and sue anyone who has the audacity to believe in democracy by stating an opposing point of view. It is also well known that squid will say and do virtually anything to win an election, and will probably make all sorts of promises until elected, then watch out. So although I think that the squid look pretty good right now, I would like to see what they actually do, as opposed to what they say. 

    • cow itch says:

      how about a squid and a new constitution

    • Anonymous says:

      But, as is the case with regular politicians, we can see right through them.

    • Anonymous says:

      What bothers me is that they have very little more backbone than all those fries.

    • Anonymous says:

      It pains me to see that 2 persons, to date, have voted the thumbs down to my dire warning concerning voting in the squid. I suspect that they may be jellyfish who are distance relations of the squid (and like the squid, they have no real backbone).

  3. Anonymous says:


  4. Whodatis says:

    Interesting story.

    What is even more interesting is that this same box of squid would most likely lead the polls in practically every "democratic" country today.

    USA, UK, Germany, France … take your pick. (What a fine mess our "leaders" have led us into.)

    Warning: The following is somewhat off topic but relevant nonetheless – read on at your own peril.

    * Speaking of democracy – it is particularly interesting to see today the way in which it is lambasted, opposed and repelled as we see the EU and Western reaction to the calls for a referendem by the Greek PM.

    (Merkel and Sarkozy must be seething at the moment, lol! "How dare a nation of millions to even question the decision of a few dozen?")

    As for the timing of the call – I say it is a dirty game in which they are playing so in my opinion it was a brilliant and fitting move on his part. Besides, had the call been made earlier it would have failed to make the same level of impact.

    What I admire about his call for this referendum is the effort to return the fate of the people of a nation to the hands of the people of the nation.

    Who can argue against such a thing?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Absolutley. Anything is better than what we have.

  6. Anonymous says:

    ROTFLMAO :-}

    Nice one CNS, just watch you don't get sued!

  7. Libertarian says:

    A box of squid leads in the poll, because (I hate to say) although you have the same PPM backers trying real hard to jump on every computer they see in order to double, triple, and godzillion times rate to head the poll – more and more people are waking up and learning what is the true nature of the party system:  the party look out for their own interest and re-election versus the people's interest; and this… under a flimsy constitutional system that gives more power to the politicians, well-off developers, and the Governor than it does to the people of these islands.


    • Anonymous says:

      well said Libertian,PPM folks think that they are God's gift to the Cayman Islands………on your mark…. get set…. go, GOOD BYE UDP GOOD BYE PPM.


      • Too true says:

        Too true and too sad how we ALLOWED these parties to form and prosper….it is a long and ugly path to simply choose between two evils.  Most of us would like to see the old days when independent and respected man stood for the country and served with honor.

        Now, we have a two-party both choices are BAD system.  I vote for box of squid too.  (You hear us Your Majesty?  We are not happy and do NOT want to be independent under these fools.  Please do not foresake us in our hour of need)

      • Anonymous says:

        You could at least tell us where you're going.

    • Anonymous says:

      I suspect that you will find that many of those who support the box of squid are expats and cannot vote in an election. It is their way of expressing disdain for Caymanians in general. You are deceived if you think that Independents have that levelof political support among actual voters.

      Your attempts to tie everything to the Constitution are a little silly and tedious.  

      • Ppm member says:

        I notice from day one, Libertarian has been condemning the Constitution. He has nothing to do but condemn and have people vote for his box of squid. The Constitution is God's Law on planet earth Caymanians. That is why the PPM is the right and true party. Politicians and the Governor should have more power than the people. You need that unequal balance for law and order. How can anyone run a country without absolute power?!  Libertarians views will send this country into chaos and anarchy.

        • Anonymous says:

          You started off making sense and then drifted into nonsense.

          • Libertarian says:

            You mean started off into nonsense and then drifted into more nonsense.

        • Anonymous says:

          "that is why the PPM is the right and true party"…………..Ppm member please, my neighbours are peeping thru their fences and gardens wandering what the hell is going on over at my house,if i laugh any more i am going to poop up myself,i am laughing so loud one would think i am watching BET comedy re-runs.Ppm member you are out of order to state that Cayman's constitution is God's law for these islands, are you saying that the PPM are God's representatives for us here in the Cayman Islands? you better stay inside and hide during the next tropical disturbance……….thunderbolts usually seek out negative electromagnetic forces.LMAO

          • Anonymous says:

            It amazes me how many people on CNS simply do not grasp sarcasm. Obviously that was intended to be parody, misguided though it is.   

          • Anonymous says:

            To Anonymous Wed 11/02/2011 15:06 Do you really believe that this was posted by a PPM member? Come on man,someone is jerking you around.

  8. Anonymous says:

    The box of squid seems less fishy than my other choices.


  9. Anonymous says:

    All hail the new Premier-elect (uppercase "P"), the Hon. C. Alamari.

  10. Anonymous says:

    LoL, atleast that box of squid can feed my Family better than Mr. Bush, so Keep flying

  11. Anonymous says:

    I am surprised that the UDP got even 4%. Is it possible that there was some double counting there?

    • Anonymous says:

      UDP supporters see CNS as a waist of time,did you check out the poll in the Caymanian Compass two weeks ago,120+ votes to the UDP,you should worry about that,The UDP might be down but certainly not out.

      • Anonymous says:

        The CNS poll is also biased because it requires literacy.

      • Anonymous says:

        The UDP had 115 votes when reported by the Compass. I don't know why anyone would worry about that since it compared to the PPM's 192 votes and Independents 155 votes. Bearing in mind that Caycompass is a haunt of UDP supporters, in a general election that would certainly mean that the UDP are out. Take it from me, they are out regardless of any fridges.    

        On another note, perhaps you can explain this to me. Why does it appear that a high proportion of UDP supporters are only semi-literate? "Waist"? What's up with the appalling punctuation? Can't you construct a proper sentence?

      • biker says:

        Yeah, I saw the poll. Your beloved 120+ votes ended up being 14.9% would vote for the UDP.

        That's like what, less than 15 voters out of one hundred polled?

        Brag on, brother UDP'er, brag on. The smoke is thick, but we still can see.

      • Anonymous says:

        "Waist" of time?  Are you sure they don't just find it hard to stomach?

      • Anon : ) says:

        Sorry, but I have to agree with this commenter. Most UDP supporters are expats. Remember the 2003 status grants and about 2 to 3 thousand people got their statuses through UDP???  Most of the people I know that got their grants, want nothing to do with CNS… the Jamaicans especially… they read the CayCompass where the classifieds are. For anyone to say that the polls on this site are representing all Caymanians and Status holders is very naive. For all you know, UDP may just get back in for another 4 years. Watch Out!

        • Anonymous says:

          Well, UDP only got 14.9% of the vote on the caycompass poll where as you acknowledge most of their supporters are. I don't see how that equates to election victory in 18 months. That is pretty disastrous for the ruling party that won only 2 1/2 years ago. The only scenario in which they could win is if the anti-UDP vote is split among too many Independents. That is why a lot of their supporters are calling for people to support Independents. They figure they will draw away disaffected supporters of the PPM and ensure a UDP victory.   

      • Anonymous says:

        Boy some of us sure sound desperate.

    • Dred says:

      I can explain that. Various members of UDP running around to different computers voting. Then there is the trip to China so they could find fresh new computers to vote from. And you thought the China trip was about CHEC….NO. Voting against the Squid man, voting against the squid.

    • Anonymous says:

      Apparently they were handing out little pieces of paper. It is also rumored there were a few fridges in circulation.

  12. insane says:

    Thumbs up for the squids!!!!!!