Mac not resigning

| 13/12/2012

_DEW7157-web-0_1.jpg(CNS): The Cayman Islands premier says he will not be resigning as he has done nothing wrong. In McKeeva Bush's first statement since his arrest on Tuesday, released by his office after he left for Jamaica Thursday, he made it clear that he was staying in office. “I have done nothing wrong and I shall not be resigning as premier. I also wish to assure one and all that the government continues to operate as normal," he said. Bush is expected to return to Cayman Friday evening when his supporters have asked that the people meet him at the airport to show their backing for his decision. On the advice of his lawyers, Bush said, he would say nothing more on the matter at present but would issue a further statement in due course.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    This is going from bad to worse. Has the man no sense of selflessness?

    • Anonymous says:

      The man obviously hasn't made a big enough idiot of himself yet. Not to worry, the best is yet to come.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Are you serious McKeeva, UDP?

    Makes me sick!! Omg

  3. Anonymous says:

    What bush is he smoking?  

  4. Anonymous says:

    Next time he leaves just don"t let him come back!

  5. Comic opera says:

    Where are you, Gilbert & Sullivan, when we really need you?

  6. Anonymous says:

    The other rest of the UDP are cowards to stand up against him & what’s best for the country! You’ll will sink together!

    Braca

  7. Anonymous says:

    We have a Premier that is out on bail representing the Cayman Islands overseas! This is unacceptable and an insult to the citizens of this Island.  We deserve better.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I must agree… that the statement by the Pre… sorry Mckeeva Bush does seem 5th Gradish. He didn't even have the skill and manners to put a closing such as "Sincerely" McKeeva.

    Conveys an arrest-beaten deminished sense of respect from an already lack of respect for the people of the Cayman Islands, the people he is supposed to be serving.

    Opps sorry, I keep forgeting. It's the people in Jam he has been serving.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Where is Whodatis with his "it's all the UK fault stuff?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Putting aside the Premier's innocence or guilt I have one simple question which I would really appreciate an answer to. The only condition I would place on the person(s) answering is that the answer should be based on logic and not given on a purely emotional basis.

     

    Question: What gain or purpose would the RCIP have in carrying out a very public arrest, knowing that if the arrest was groundless they would leave themselves open to not only repercussions but ridicule?

    • HAHAHA says:

      THe same gain and game played with Operation Tempura and Celtic, destabilization of teh Cayman Islands,Londons biggest Competitor for Finacial Service.

      • Anonymous says:

        London's biggest competitor for financial service…….since when?? the highest we ever were (and no longer and it had nothing to do with any investigations) was 5th. largest.

        Are you one of the people who belive that the USA did not really put a man on the moon and that it was all a sham?

    • Anonymous says:

      Good question. None.

  11. Anonymous says:

    WE WANT INDEPENDENCE. !!

  12. Anonymous says:

    A triumph of ego over public service.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Yeeeeessss!!!! Bring on my new fridge! Stainless not the white model. Thank you.

  14. Truth Hurts says:

    The higher they are, the harder they fall……

  15. Whodatis says:

    Braps!!

    Tek dat!

    Lol … never a dull moment when it comes to "Premmie Mac".

    ;o)

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again … "Put up or shut up, RCIPS."

    (Oh yeah, thanks for the global embarrassment the other day, by the way. I had friends contacting me from afar as London, LA, New Dehli and Abuja with their concerns over what they saw and read in the international news.)

    I acknowledge that this may be a controversial stance, however, in light of recent history and the track record of over-hyped and fruitless (not to mention ridiculously expensive for the people of Cayman) "investigations" of yesteryear (e.g. Operation Tempura), I cannot fault the Premier for his position.

    It is sad that things have come to this level of mistrust, however, the blame for that falls outside the shores of the Cayman Islands.

    ** The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service does NOT belong to the Cayman Islands, and its owner has outrightly declared that its priority is that of (its) self-preservation.

    When all is said and considered, one (Caymanian) would have to be a right fool to support every decision and action by way of that entity or even react in an otherwise respectful or diplomatic manner.

    Unfortunately, the RCIPS has lost its right to that respect from this community at times like these.

    *** Lastly, in light of the above, I suspect the "significant" seizure (and search) of government computer equipment, files, etc. played a big role in the decision to arrest the Premier of the Cayman Islands. After all, we all know about the recent arrival of "all the King's men" in Cayman.

    Been there, seen it before – same old smoke and mirrors crap.

    (Commence thumbs downs in 3 … 2 … 1)

    😉

  16. Red Flag says:

    And the topic of the address is…….Integrity??????……Oh Jamaica…….. Bush not very well schooled in dat.

    • Anonymous says:

      Last one out, curtains down, roll up the carpet and turn out the lights.  The show is over, time to move on.  Last call spectators, the show is over.

  17. Totally Hopeless says:

    One Persistant Fella Isnt He?

    Even Jamaican Politicians and high ranking officials, when there has been any ALLEGATIONS of Corruption or wrong doing, has taken the honorable decision to resign immediately.

    This one we have here to deal with says, He Nah Going Anywhere. He has not done done ANYTHING wrong.

    Uuhhh… All of a sudden my whole body feels like it's going NUMB.

    Dialing 911 now.

    • Anonymous says:

      Totally Hopless.  That is really hurting you ai'nt it?  You better get on that Friday evening plane and go and get rid of some stress, because it seems like stroke will take some people for worrying too much

  18. Anon says:

    When the truth is revealed with Keke staying in office its just a fall from a higher place and a more painful landing.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Of course he doesn’t. Who really expected him to? This man has no honor for the Cayman Islands, Nore do his other cronies in government.
    We Caymanians will not let this go believe me. I was a udp party member up untill recently.
    I do understand the police bailing him for till February. They probably have more investigations to do. Well I hope so there are several more people I expect to be questioned and this takes time.
    Let’s look at the arrest history of UDP. Assualt, DUI and now theft and corruption. WOW.
    In the world press it appeared that Cayman looked really positive on dealing with coruption and can put money on it the world also expected the premier to resign as would happen anywhere else. Shoot, politicians even resign when they get caught for cheating on the wife, and if I recall one even resigned for getting a DUI.
    Now I believe in my mind the UDP are no longer looking out for us Caymanians or even the Cayman Islands. I can’t believe mac has that much sh.. on the rest of the mlas they don’t have the b..ls to vote him out.
    I know there cronies read this, we pass this on to the party the bigboy is going down with his party in the next election.

    Gets see all the thumbs down now…..

  20. Anonymous says:

    Can't touch this, Can't touch this, da da da da, can't touch this.  Makes me say Oh Lord thank you Lord for Blessing Mac, It makes you feel good to know that the premier refuses to go down.  Yeah, the man is not guilty and you all know it.. can't touch this. Been all over the world from London to the Bay… can't touch this, we all know that it's a setup.  They all want to be Premier he aint going no where.

     

     

    • Anonymous says:

      What an idiot. You are the best argument against democracy that I know.

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh my, just when we thought all the lunatics were starting to pull their heads out.

    • Knot S Smart says:

      Calling all village idiots for a party at the airport this evening when Bushie comes back…

      Bring a lot of white flags on long poles.

      Although I know you are already aware of this.

  21. wonder why says:

    Strange choice to leave a country at a time when Legislative matters need to be attended to with the result that everything is rushed into law.

    Wonder who paid for the private jet that whisked him away under covre of darkness?

    Wonder why he could not return to Cayman at the end of the ceremony and why he had to overnight in Jamaica? After all he had a private jet at his disposal.

    Wonder why the rush to confer the honorary doctorate and why it could not be deferred until the investiagtions were over,  when the underlying reasons for the award were no longer under a cloud of suspicion?

    Wonder what other monkey business was conducted?

    Wonder why …… oh forget that thought as the Premier gives no thought to appearances of actions.

     

     

    • Anonymous says:

      14;;55

       

      This is exactly what Mac spoke of, jealous and  envy. Who gives a shit whos plane it was.

      Village people mentality, ( small Island) cant wrap this around your finger, that the boy from old bush has gotten to where he has. jealous, jealous ! envy envy!

      • Anonymous says:

        What to hell is wrong with you!? You don’t see the problem with someone in charge of the people’s interests being heroes upon by a private individual? Please tell me you don’t vote

  22. Anonymous says:

    Keke…don't you know it's rude to type in all CAPS!?! On the bright side; this is the first statement I believe he actually wrote/typed on his own. It has that 5th grade tone to it.

  23. Anonymous says:

    News Flash. 50 Americans coming to demonstrate. You see what result of how the media and people here deal with Mckeeva situation. Awbwoy, It has just began for Cayman ISlands.  Its doesnt take soemone with a PHD to tell Cayman what the future holds. Oh my god. I am feeling teh suffering coming. Ahbwoy, Can Jamaica put me up for the next few years please????

    • Anonymous says:

      Fellas put you pots on fire, Hear that the Yanks are coming.; and its been a very long time  that Caymanians drink Yankie foot soup.  Long, long time.

    • Anonymous says:

      They should have been arrested. Doesn’t one have to get permission from the CoP to protest.
      We couldn’t go to the USA and stage such a protest so why did the Police not stop them. I saw from the video replay the Police just drove by.

      They need to go to Romney and speak to him not us.

    • Anonymous says:

      Those 50 Americans should go back home and examine how they can deal with their issues on their own soil!! Demonstrate there, not here!! Why the heck do they believe that it is ours or any other country's problem if their crooked citizens decide that they want to evade taxes and bring their money to hide it away here or any where else? They are the ones who are always touting "the land of the free", well their free folk are allowed to bring their money here and our country is likewise free to allow them to deposit it in our banks. The problem is their's NOT ours and I'm sick of their whining about this country. Deal with your citizens and don't try to attack the Cayman Islands.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Is he really travelling abroad AGAIN despite all this.  The arrogance of the man.  He is the Finance Minister, does he know this government, his government, are not paying one bill at the moment because they haven't got any money due to HIS cock up!  That is a slap in the face, and disgraceful.

    • Anonymous says:

      No shame, no decency, no education, no class, nointelligence, no hope, that's our nightmier.  

  25. Anonymous says:

    Tomorrow we'll hear that he is resigning. Flip-flop Bush all over. Remember the FFR signing, one day he railed against it,t eh very next day he said he was going to sign it.

     

    The LoO even said Bush must have had a "come to Jesus" talk overnight re the FFR

  26. Anonymous says:

    Perhaps those that don't support him and want him to resign also attend the airport to make thei point?  To counter what is clearly a politically orchestrated 'welcome' that we only usually see enforced in North Korea.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Any one know if the Governments Credit Card has been confiscated? I sure hope he is using his own for his present trip to Jamaica.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Well done Mac! Don’t let them get you down.

    • Small Engine, Big Seat Belt says:

      Even if he doesn't run for office again, including the other church going lady from Watering Place, Cayman Brac, here's what I got to say while I sit back and prepare myself for the dynamite replies that'll explode in return……….If I could vote in the districts of West Bay and Cayman Brac at the same time, I would gladly do so.Stay strong Mac and Julie.

      Alright, bring it on. LOL! Unna blood pressure gone up yet? LMAO!!!!!!

  29. Anonymous says:

    This is such a farce..First they tell him he is under investigation, wait for months before arresting him, immediately bail him and give him another three months before they may or may not  charge him…

    Something stinks either they are trying to intimidate him enough to step down or they simply don't know what the heck they are doing ..Only in Cayman could someone's reputation be dragged through the mud like this without any formal charges against him.

    Why the heck did they arrest him if they didn't have anything to charge him with and now have to wait for three months to find something. My guess is they arrested him to see if they could find something incriminating by searching his house and office. They better hope it was there.

    If Bush can find any lawyer worth his salt these charges should be thrown out mainly because so far everything has been based on pure speculation and as the police commissioner calls it rumor mongering..

     

    • Anonymous says:

      Agreed ..why bother arrest him without charging him…seems fishy to me too

    • Anonymous says:

      What an understatement "If Bush can find a Lawyer"? He will have the best dammed Jamaican Lawyer I'm sure offered to him.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Well he never did do what the majority of his people wanted him to do so nothing new here…

  31. Anonymous says:

    Excuse me this man is out on Bail….why is he allowed to travel….anyone else would have had their passports taken from them….

  32. Anonymous says:

    Extraordinary statement from him…thought he had been too quiet. He is obviously rattled by something, when have you ever known him not to want to talk about something??? Particularly when it is about how wrong everyone else is, he can go on for hours!!

  33. Anonymous says:

    That is the best decision to make. Simply being questioned is not reason enought for Dr. Bush to resign.

    I congratulate him on his honorary Doctorate of Public Services.

     

    • Anonymous says:

      The best thing that could happen is that the Bush Docta stays in Jamaica. Only fair that you guys give him Jamaican citizenship and keep him in return for all he has done for Jamaicans.

  34. Big whopper says:

    Happy to see Mac has his priorities in order..smh..

  35. Anonymous says:

    So – The Honourable, (gag) Doctor (double gag) Premier (I just threw up in my mouth)

    • Anonymous says:

      It's your hatred for Dr. Bush that is making you gag. Rid  yourself of your jealousness and you won't gag anymore when you speak of the Premier.

      The more you hate him, the more we love him.

    • Anonymous says:

      lol best one ever wish i could double like it and tripple LOL it

  36. GR says:

    Why is the release in CAPITALS?  I have been disappointed at the lack of professionalism surrounding the various press releases issued by government and others.  In a crisis like this, you need to look professional in order to help instill confidence that the situation is being well managed.

    • Anonymous says:

      Boy I know that is hurting you CC that the letters is in CAPITAL.  Want to destroy our Island, well we are taking back our Island from you people.

  37. Will Ya Listen! says:

    "Innocent until proven Guilty" – boy, that will annoy a lot of back stabbing, hate filled voters never mind some of his political "holier than thou" opponents.

    I have lost faith and respect for Mckeeva Bush but I am clinging to the concept of a fair trial.  Being stupid, arrogant and defiantly pompous is not a criminal offence  – otherwise thousands in Cayman would be in and out of  jail – including myself sometimes!

     

  38. Anonymous says:

    Of course he never believes that he can do anything worong as he is so self righteous

  39. madazhell says:

    Good ****ing grief.

    Yo – Mac – if your heart is pure and your hands are clean – for once, do the right thing.

    RESIGN for the good of your homeland and people.

     

     

  40. Worried says:

    I am not surprised by Mr Bush's arrogance and complete disregard of the reputation of this country.  It's a sad time for Cayman. 

    Mr Bush needs to realise that even if he believes he has done nothing wrong, either he is mistaken or because of his style of leadership, the way in which he conducts his business as premier eludes to the perception that he is doing something wrong and therefore is corrupt.  If there is a perception of corruption, then Mr Bush, even if innocent of any charges, is not fulfilling his role as he should and should be stepping down while admitting that he has failed his people on some level.

    All the legalities aside, Mr Bush's moral standpoint needs to be brought into question.  I would like Mr Bush to tell us his reasons for staying in office and how it benefits the country by having the world know that our Premier was arrested in connection to possible corruption.  He may be innocent until proven guilty but a bad leader he is even if not brought to the courts.

    Why is Mr Bush leaving o go to Jamaica to be bestowed a Doctorate, which especially in the light of the recent investigation may suggest that he is not worthy of.  This trip can only be of benefit to Mr Bush personally and really is not of benefit to Cayman.  As always McKeeva puts himself and his own interest before that of this country, which is in a state of turmoil right now.

    I can only sigh and hope for a better future.

    One last thing, it is poosible that the UDP has not asked Mr Bush to step down because that would make Ju Ju the alternative, could that be a scarier prospect, just asking?

     

    • Anonymous says:

      Caymanians has no guts.  What they should do is MARCH and surround the Chamber of Commerce office.  Ask them to close down and get out of here.  You fools you really do not know what is happening do you.  I do hope they really do not think that some Caymanians do not know certain things.  They need to start guessing.

  41. Anonymous says:

    As usual, no class

  42. Anonymous says:

    Bring on the lawsuit!

  43. Anonymous says:

    So much for the politically motivated police investigation! Nice try guys! Better luck next time…

  44. Anonymous says:

    May 2013 we’ll seal your faith Keke!

    Caymanian

    • Anonymous says:

      12;44

      Caymanian.

       

      Either you like him, or you dont. what did he do to you now???i dont remember my friend jumping and breaking his ankle.

  45. Philip says:

    Wow, so he believes that flying to Jamaica on a personal  trip is more important than the Cayman people deserving a full explanation from him, this just go's to show his true colours.

    Where is the UDP party on this, not a peep out of them when our country is being humiliated world wide, this has not a thing to do with " i have done nothing wrong" the leader of our country has been arrested for corruption !!!, why can they not get it though their heads that he has to step down whilst the investigation continues, if he is cleared then so be it, but to have a leader of the 5th largest banking center in the world holding office whilst under investigation for corruption sends  so many bad signals its not even funny.

  46. LittleGrasshopper says:

    If this man truly had Cayman at his heart, guilty or not, he would resign. The fact that he isn't willing to do so speaks volumes as to his integrity, and that his greatest priority is himself. What a sorry indictment of human nature. 

  47. Anonymous says:

    So let me see if I get this right. The Jamaican University has said that in light of his arrest they will not be conferring the Honorary Doctorate on him but he says he's going to get it anyway….WTF !!!

    UDP/PPM what are you all going to do with this drowning lunatic ??????

  48. Anonymous says:

    Is there an expression 'thirder' world?

    If not, I think it has just been created.

  49. Anonymous says:

    Come on…seriously you're in denial! You should be ashamed of yourself, how is it that you can sleep at night???

  50. Delroy Kelleck says:

    So there's no smoke coming from that burrning Bush?

  51. Anonymous says:

    How on earth can he be travelling and representing the Cayman Islands while under these serious alligations?

  52. Anonymous says:

    Mr Bush good desicion. While you are in Jamaica please take the time to meet with Mr PJ Patterson, KD Knight and other political lengends. You will find the company advisable and well worth it.

  53. Anonymous says:

    This is absurd.  Whenever any civil servant is arrested for any serious offence pertaining to their job, they are suspended immediately.  This is to ensure a number of things, such as preventing them from destroying evidence, bringing undue influence to bear on other parties that may have be potential witnesses and to preserve the integrity of the office.  HOW CAN HE BE ALLOWED TO REMAIN IN OFFICE????

    It is absolutely ludicrous and if he doesn't step down, then the house should be disolved and new elections held. 

  54. Anonymous says:

    Unbelievable!!!  Is it normal practice for an individual that is "out of Police custody on BAIL" to be allowed to travel overseas, even if it is only an hour long flight to Jamaica??  Earlier this week I was feeling confident that the RCIPS was doing a good job by letting the WORLD know that everyone in the Cayman Islands has to be held accountable for their actions, no matter what position they may hold – even the office of the PREMIER.  Apparently he is still receiving the benefit of his position when being allowed to travel while "out on bail".  Do you think our international investors will have any confidence in our system after they read about this???  Me thinks NOT! 

  55. Anonymous says:

    Here we go….De Gangsta mentality out of the Republic . R@@$$

     

  56. Anonymous says:

    Am I the only person who gets a bit nervous when phrases like, "the government continues to operate as normal," are used?

  57. Anonymous says:

    we now officially live in a banana republic….

  58. Cheese Face says:

    How about the rest of us meet him and the airport and show him what we think?

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree! In tshirts saying – RESIGN NOW & DON'T COME BACK!!

      What time is his flight coming in?? 

      Can someone give Paula @ Monograms & More a call to see if we could have some shirts for this important event?? 

  59. Anonymous says:

    time for a revolution……

    • Anonymous says:

      Please do not beg for a revolution.  Do you know that all the guns from 2010 still have not been found.  Some of us are really hoping for trouble.  Dont do it.

  60. Anonymous says:

    the man is blinded by his own arrogance and ignorance…… this place is a joke…