Governor is enemy, says Mac

| 14/12/2012

bush.JPG(CNS): The premier pointed the finger at the Cayman Islands governor, Thursday night, as the reason for his arrest, according to media reports from Jamaica. In the wake of his Commencement Address at the UCC in the nation’s capital, Kingston, McKeeva Bush said that Duncan Taylor, was his "enemy" and implied that his arrest this week was orchestrated by the UK governor along with other political foes. "We are a British overseas territory and as such it is run by the governor and the commissioner of police. And so I can't miss that it is nothing but a political, very vindictive political witch hunt," Bush told reporters.

According to a video of a press briefing posted on The Gleaner, Bush said he wanted to reveal the "whole story" behind his arrest but his lawyers advised him not to speak specifically about the allegations. However, a defiant Bush said he was confident of vindication in the coming months.

"I would just say that I have done nothing wrong," he said. "I have made a lot of friends and I have made a lot of enemies. There are a lot of jealous people in a very small island."

There was no sign of Bush’s famous catchphrase regarding his clean hands and pure heart but the premier showed his fighting side while in the neighbouring country. Bush said he believed the investigation was a plot by political enemies trying to weaken him and smear his reputation. Speaking more freely than in his statement to the Cayman media before he left for Jamaica, Bush gave an indication of what the public at home can expect in the coming weeks when he will be forced to fight for his political future.

Having shrugged off the allegations and declared that he will not resign, Bush headed to Jamaica Thursday morning. Although he did not receive the promised honorary doctorate at the University College of the Caribbean he nevertheless delivered an address in which he told the students to always play by the rules and tell the truth.

"A reputation takes a lifetime to build and a moment to dismantle," said Bush, who reportedly only made only a few passing references to his arrest during the presentation, which was entitled “Integrity: the Language of Leadership”.

Since his declaration yesterday that he would not be stepping down as premier, there has been no comment from any member of the UDP Cabinet, backbench or wider party membership. The only exception being a call from the entourage that has reportedly accompanied the premier to Jamaica for the people of Cayman to come to Owen Roberts International Airport on Friday evening when he returns to show their support.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Anyone know whose plane he used to go to Ja…? Hmmmm…who do we know who is a Macfan who owns a plane…?

    Was it a favor or did he lease it..?

  2. The lone haranguer says:

    England is the only thing between us now and us becoming just another catch arse banana republic in the near future.

  3. Anonymous says:

    What amazes me is that this institution actually invited Mr.Bush over to deliver a speech on the subject of integrity, aware as they must surely have been that he was under investigation by the police for the past two years ; and furthermore to confer on him an honourary degree. Quite amazing. Would they care to explain?

    • Anonymous says:

      Well I know where my kids won’t be going to school

    • Dred says:

      To me it speaks to their credibility. Either they are stupid and don't know what's happening around them or they do and this is the best they can do.

  4. Anonymous says:

    What a baffoon. Great photo CNS. How must the rest of the world think of us as a nation of people to even vote this idiot into office in the first place. The frightening thing is with Cayman being a major financial centre in the world, we look really stupid in placing this man in any position of power or in politics as he is not only grossly insecure, he is just totally incapable of representing our country for anything.

    • Anonymous says:

      Ashamed to watch that video and say this i the leader of our country – what a laughing stock we must have become to the whole world – I hold my head down in shame

  5. Anonymous says:

    Mac is a tribal person.

     

    He is warm, kind, and generous to members of his very small West Bay tribe.

     

    Everyone outside of his tribe is either an enemy or a patsy who will be exploited by hook or crook.

     

    Tribalism is really quite simple to understand.

  6. Back to reality... says:

     

    I realize there are much bigger fish frying on the fire at the moment, but I can’t help wondering about the academic regalia (or academicals) being worn by Hon Premier during his recent address in Jamaica.  It is my understanding the planned honorary doctorate was not conferred in light of “recent developments”.  However, he does appear to be wearing the academic gown, hood and mortarboard of the holder of a degree that had been promised but not yet conferred.  If this is the case, it does not reflect well on either the academic standards of the educational institution itself or on a “recipient” who would appear to assume that academic regalia is little more than a “fashion statement”.

     

    Perhaps the colors worn represent an award “Planned but with recipient currently on police bail”?  Not so much a PhD, but rather a “PboB”.

    • Anonymous says:

      They gave a piece of paper on which was written "Pssst hold Dis" and told him it was a PhD.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Most people in Britain don't even know where cayman is let alone that's it's under brittish rule. The ones who do couldn't give a crap about bush when there are far bigger problems in the world. His constant conspiracy theories serve nothing more than boost his own ego. There is nothing in cayman worthy of the UK's trouble, no natural resources, no strategic military bases, no workforce producing exported goods, hell the uk already hasa close tax haven in the form of jersey so even the finance sector is expendable. In fact the uk probably runs at a huge loss on this island by giving it funding and military support.

     

    So in short why would they even bother to be subversive, if they wanted him out then they would take him out, 25,000 locals couldn't stop the brittish girl guides from taking over the island let alone the brittish combined forces. One uneducated fat man would be a walk over. It's only by the grace of the uk anyhow that they allow local rule, this will change though if people like bush continue to bite the hand that feeds it.

     

    Mac is a paranoid disgrace to his people. Duncan Taylor must be laughing his ass off at the rubbish this idiot dreams up to glorify his XXXX little self. And yes I am an expat and brittish, but I have lived in enough countries around the world to know that Bush wants to bring this place down to divert the blame from himself. Caymanians don't let him ruin our home!!!!

    • Cheese Face says:

      Brilliant, just brilliant. I doff my hat to you.

    • Anonymous says:

      Most entertaining. If I could just correct you on one point, that of , as you put, “by giving it funding”.

      I, too, in my ignorance, once assumed (many years ago) that my native country, Britain, provided some form of financial support to the Cayman Islands. My future wife-to-be soon put me right on this issue. Britain does not, and has not, provided any funding for the Cayman Islands.

      • Anonymous says:

        Answer to your post by original poster

        Well your wife lied to you. The uk loan cayman money every year in the form of an over draft, that’s why the fco was on at mac to cut his spending. This is financial support.

        What about the passports they issue to residents? This entitles residents to live in the uk and claim housing and living benefits! Should I go on?

        I can also find several references on the Internet of financial bail outs including one in 2009

        Check out

        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/6248284/Bankrupt-Cayman-Islands-to-get-38m-bail-out.html

        The uk still gives India financial payments and also Jamaica. You honestly believe that cayman receives nothing. Who is your wife anyway macs second in command? In which case she probably said there is no money because mac stole it all assoon as the uk paid It out!

        Even supporting the island with intellectual support and guidance could be seen as financial support. I bet the uk gives this for free unlike other companies who would charge thousands for such advice.

        No money, what a joke of a thing to say.

      • Anonymous says:

        A Caymanian would say that of course. So who provides diplomatic services worldwide, who provides military protection and deep sea drugs enforcement, who foots the bill for protection under Europe and Nato and who provides the cheap loans that keep Cayman afloat? And I'm certain that if the truth was published, there's a whole lot more that the UK taxpayer provides free of charge.

      • Anonymous says:

        No, Britain doesn't give us funding but signs as surety of our loans.  Therefore, they are responsible if we mess up just like I signed for my son'd school loan and if he doesn't pay it, then I have to.  I find that alternative more scary considering the way the JuJU and Mac has been spending money.  

  8. Anonymous says:

    Well I wonder if all this goes to court if they will use the "Good old Caymanian common sense"  defense that was used in the Dumb FuMaster vs Karate Kid case that was held recently. Similar to theWookie defense but this one took place in real life!!! 

    Funny I understand the methods of world governments when they want to create tensions and outright disconnects but in this case I just see stupidity and more stupidity on the part of our current Government so in reality it has hung itself. 

    We as citizens have always been left out of the long term plan for the Island.  Have we ever seen the long term plan. Is it in a giant binder that needs to be FOIed to death until it is released. We are operating budget to budget and it looks like every budget now is delayed. 

    Public servants taking bonuses from pensions, private sector individuals stealing frompensions, Housing scheme fraud, port deals canceled, Central tenders committee bypassed, wild donations to churches, gas card scandals, nightmarish auditor general reports. I'm pretty sure if you look at the CNS archives you will see something interesting every 3 days for the past 4 years.

    Looks to me like the rats been jumping the ship and also have the nerve to point fingers while the ship is going down to raas <—- just had to put that "To Raas" in there.

    So right now in my opinion all I hear is garbage, all I see is garbage, political garbage at this point. And I do hope and here it goes, that unna use unna "Good old Caymanian common sense" during the next election and stop accepting Christmas  Beef, Turkeys, Washing machines, 100 dollar payouts (Confirmed during the last election), shingle repairs, land fill, gasoline and other vote gifts. This is a recession and I would believe that all these could certainly buy a vote.  Then we get a repeat.

    My name could be Jon Doe and I support this message!

  9. Anonymous says:

    That’s right Mac! It’s the evil British Empire out to get you! After all, you are so big and powerful that they can’t crush you, so they have to discredit (pardon the pun) you, right? If anything, they have been overly tolerant of you, and I don’t think that’s for your sake, but the sake of the people of this Islands, who are, after all, British OT Citizens. But, you go ahead, keep up the Missick defence of conspiracy by the Crown. Afterall, it’s worked really well for him has it?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Just a little more Caymankind from the self appointed "honorable" King of Caymankind.  I think everyone here on Cayman could use a little less Caymankind in their lives next year.  Mr. Bush has shown the world why choosing a born loser for a leader turns a country into a loser.  Now Cayman is a great place for losers.  Is that it for Cayman?  Or will they learn from this and move forward?  There is hope but there is also a huge hungry tribe of Bushits to deal with.  Good luck Cayman.  Your going to need it.  that and a lot of help from the "enemy" of the Bushits.

  11. Anonymous says:

    This over paid, over titled and under estimated buffoon just doesn't learn does he, neither it would seem do his mindless supporters? McKeeva Bush is finished in all but name, his credibility is worth nought and his position untenable amongst right thinking Caymanians, Expats and world leaders alike. He doesn't appear to realise that he has come up against one of the worlds most experienced and shrewd diplomatic machines in the FCO and he will surely suffer the consequences of his actions. 

    Unfortunately for the people of these islands and their future chances of stability and credibility amongst the worlds nations, Cayman has just added itself to the long list of Caribbean and African territories/country's that have been hijacked by their own leaders for their own self interest and that of their sycophantic supporters. Although not quite a failed state, (as Cayman is not an independant country) it is fast becoming a place where investors and banking services will become less confident due to the instability of the political environment and the increasing burden of taxes and locally enforced red tape.

    Corruption touches every part of our lives, regardless of the country of your origin, it is probably part of human nature to find easier means or please a third party for personal gain. However, the corruption that can be witnessed operating on the Cayman Islands and by anyone who really cares to look, is obvious and almost certainly cultural and religiously inspired if not tacitly, (and in some cases) positively and politically approved.

    The prevalent idea of Cayman for Caymanians is as redundant as the idea that the Cayman Islands are still a world leading banking centre controlled by Caymanians. It just isn't true or possible, given that most worldwide banks are trully international and are not managed from Cayman in the first place. I think that most people would agree that the levels of incompetence within public banking services would be enough to disuade any international bank from placing their trust in a wholly owned Cayman financial institution. Customer service and expeditious process just isn't in the mindset of people who retain an entitlement mentality. Really, how long would a local teller or manager last in a major bank in the US or the UK withouttotal retraining, not very long I suspect? 

    Unless the people of the Cayman Islands except that controlled immigration is inevitable and that in the real world life is a meritocracy not an entitlement of birth, then we can move forwards to a brighter future without the nepotism that is blighting  almost every corner of Cayman society.

    In essence, these have been the policies of Bush and many other representatives across Cayman's limited political spectrum. There has been far too much self interest, self enrichment, sycophancy, nepotism and good old corruption on these islands for far too long and it must change, as must the outlook of many Caymanians who must learn that their future lies in a world that prospers through their own hard work and honesty and not by piggy backing on those who come to this island to fill the expertise gaps in the financial, legal and management sector but also the vital hospitality and service industry.

    Face up to it, such a small population cannot generate enough high quality personel to fill every white collar or professional position that industry requires, we just do not have an education system of that quality or enough students that can reasonably be expected to attain an educational level commensurate with a larger population and more advanced educational culture.

    That's not to dismiss the hard work and asperation of many Caymanian students who strive to improve their own lives and hopefully that of their countrymen. However, the numbers speak for themselves and so do the dreadful levels of service, experience and expertise that are woefully lacking in all sectors that encourage entitlement over merit. Public banking is one, the other obvious sector is the Civil Service but it is clear that no corner of Cayman's employment sector is untouched by this little islander mentality, a mentality recently promoted by Bush and his cronies, but by no means exclusively, this is a deep seated problem and the only people who can correct this destructive imbalance are the Caymanian people.

    After all, the rest of the world are now watching our failed leaders and judging the integrity of our people, now is not the time to retreat into the past, now is the time to advance and forge a more prosperous future for all and not just a few.

    • Anonymous says:

      6.27  Yours is a good synopsis of the unnecessary and sad position Caymanians have navigated themselves into, with Bush at the helm about to lash himself to the mast.

      Unfortunately, being right and being informed have proved to be the very worst of recommendations when trying to help nudge these islands in the right direction. The expensive  reports  by those who deeply cared about the future of these islands, Wickstead, Giglioli, as well as authors of the MGTP and  Vison 2000, have all been laid to rest,and now their only function is to protect the shelf they're sitting on from gathering dust.  Most of the answers to our future  lie between those pages, and are destined to remain there, I suspect, like long forgotten pressed flowers.

      I wonder if Mac has ever read them? A precise depth-measurement of the dust, combined with annual Cayman particulate deposition-rate tables, might  reveal the truth, I suspect.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Mr. Bush, if you have made a lot of enemies you have obviusly done something wrong! You have friends and you have people who find you despicable. You have divided this country like it has never been divided before. Are you proud of yourself?

  13. Knot S Smart says:

    Any truth to the rumor that the new campaign slogan for the UDP will be:

    We've been arrested more than any other party!

    And we keep quiet when our members are arrested!

     

  14. Anonymous says:

    When will the UDP membership vote onwhether this man should be removed as the Leader of the party? Sorry, I was assuming they actually had a say, apart from baaaah.

  15. Anonymous says:

    His Excellency The Governor.

    Sir, we thank you for standing up to Dr. Doolittle and for doing what is best for all Caymanians. Please keep doing so.

    The Caymanian People

  16. Anonymous says:

    "We have met the enemy and he is us."  – Pogo

  17. Anonymous says:

    He is an ant, a tiny little ant, in front of a steam roller. He is flexing his little ant muscles and making a little ant pee-pee in defiance, while the steam roller operator is just finishing up his lunch and heading back to ROLL HIM OVER. Bye bye little ant.

  18. Anonymous says:

    This big dumb fool is the only vindictive one in this equation.

    He will go after anyone that stands up to him, he threatens the courts, he threatens the Police, he threatens anyone who tries to stop him from going on his merry way doing whatever he pleases.

    He needs to be taken down now!!!

    He will do nothing but attack the whole island and everyone that stands in his way.

    He will also probably try to force us into Independence jus tto spite the island.

    The UDP cabinet members that I unfortunately voted for need to grow a pair and force him out otherwise they are going to end their political career with him.  This is the chance to show some real leadership and that they actually care for this country the way I thought they did.

    • Anonymous says:

      If you are a former UDP member, can you please explain why the membership has not voted on whether to remove Mac as the leader of the party? The membership should be able to do so.

      • Anonymous says:

        The UDP member ship supports the premier; therefore don't expect us to do what you can't get done yourself, and that is get rid of our beloved premier.

        • Anonymous says:

          I merely asked a question and you can't answer it. By the way, membership is one word, not two. 

    • Anonymous says:

      The UDP will fool you again.  It is time for them to come out of hybernation and do what is right for the country.  Country first, and Mac last. 

  19. the truth says:

    I think we should start taking bets on who will be arrested next. Like he said, "i have made alot of friends", although i'm sure any of those with sense will be trying there best to avoid Big Mac like aids!

  20. Anonymous says:

    And why is the whole Bush entourage in Jamaica??  How is he free to travel when he is on bail. Wouldn't be allowed to do it if it was of us ordinary folk mind!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Good point and other questions would be "why did he travel by private plane, whose plane was it and are we, the people, paying for the trip"?

      • Anonymous says:

        Can we tax payers know who went with the Premier and if WE paid for it?

      • Anonymous says:

        You trouble maker you, which is what most of you are trying to do here, and that is cause mischief . He flew Cayman Airways, or national airline

        • Anonymous says:

          He returned on Cayman Airways. Also, troublemaker is one word not two. Mac has caused more trouble for Cayman than anyone else in our history.

  21. peter milburn says:

    I remember well the first day that Gov Taylor arrived here and was whisked away to Pedro Castle for a reception and words that were said "to the effect"by Mr Bush to the gov".You are in my country now so remember to tow the line"(again words to that effect)Even that first minute our so called beloved premier was strutting his authority and see where we are today.Same old same old lack of respect tune.Just like in the good old days on the football field in West Bay.Things never change eh Mac?

  22. Anonymous says:

    The enemy of my enemy is my Friend. Whats up Governor ! 🙂

  23. Slowpoke says:

    Let's take a quick look at international news….  Hmm, how about this story:

    In a move that may have implications for Israel’s upcoming election, foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman announced Friday that he is resigning after being charged with fraud and breach of trust.

    Lieberman said Friday in an email statement that he was resigning in order to clear his name, “Though I know I committed no crime … I have decided to resign my post as foreign minister and deputy prime minister,” he announced.

    CNS Note: See story on CNS here

  24. Anonymous says:

    you've got to hand it to him….he wont go without a fight, and as for now, he's innocent whether we like it or not…weve got to be objective here, rule of law, innocent until proven otherwise, etc…i'm no big fan, but what the heck have the police gone and done by arresting the leader of the country and then bailing the same until 3 months later? thats the real scandal here in the immediate future….who knows what may or may not fall out later on…but for right now…did they have to do this now without apparently having enough to close out the investigation? its so serious to arrest a sitting leader of a nation….obviously we all dont know the full details…we all hear rumors all day long…but to arrest and release without charge? wow.

    and as for everyone saying Mac is the leading cause of negativity toward cayman….i'd go with John Grisham myself…we've never gotten over Tom Cruise…we could have Mother Teresa as our leader and we'd still be eyed with suspicion

    • Anonymous says:

      But surely objectivity encompasses realism, and the reality of the situation is that persons in public office do not ordinarily carry on in public office whilst under investigation for the types of things our Premier is being investigated for. “Innocent until proven guilty” is for regular folks, not elected office holders. It’s the way things are in the real world, unless this is some kind of “Alice in Wonderland” scenario, in which case Mr.Bush is indeed entitled to be held to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

      • Anonymous says:

        I think he just went 'down the rabbit hole' by getting out of custody and grabbing the first flight off the island.. The thing is, Alice was dreaming.

      • Anonymous says:

        The Mad Hatter

    • Anonymous says:

      Have you considered that perhaps they had to arrest him in order to be able to search his house and office for further evidence?

  25. Anonymous says:

    Mr Bush.  You are your own worst enemy, and you are making yourself Cayman's worst enemy.  Your behaviour is nothing short of shameful and disgusting. You will go down in history as the first and worst Premier.

  26. Anonymous says:

    PPM – when it was required that you become a BOTC citizen before becoming a Caymanian there was in- built into our system an important and sadly needed means of tempering “anti colonialist” sentiments from our neighbors. You did away with it and now the sentiment on the Jamaican Street is at least as influential on some of our politicians as that on the Cayman street – and more than the London street. Nowwe are screwed. You failed to stand for principle. Dat wha you get.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Governance, as in "Good Governance" is Mr. Bush's enemy, not the Governor. Surely that's what he meant to say.  

  28. Anonymous says:

    As a former resident and investor in Cayman I look back on my decision to leave as better and better every day.  Expats: there are far better places to go live in which government leaders don't steal from you.  Caymanians: I do not feel sorry for you as you weep what you sow.  I wanted to make Cayman a better place when I was there and was reputed at every turn by some truly vile people…they were all Caymanians and Bobo was one of them.  

  29. Anonymous says:
     
    As a voter I noticed a change in many of our politicians to preach an anti-colonial message since 2000.
     
    Coincidentally people in West Bay also noticed a change with the new party UDP and the obvious links to Jamaica, where an anti-colonial stance led to independence. On many occasions I have had friends from Ja who thought I could be persuaded to speak against the British and so support the UDP.
     
    However, I have always tried to address policies and local issues based on the impact and not the individuals here. Addressing our issues at a micro-level cannot be underestimated………charity begins at home. If Caymanians are made to feel they can use the history of the UK from hundreds of years ago and even practices today (many of which I do disagree with) to build up anger in locals who will benefit from that position? 
     
    My question to my Jacan friends who stated that argument was, if I judged all British people on those grounds, how would they feel if I then judged all Jamaicans based on their governance, reports on their level of murder rates & corruption, close ties to our political parties and made public protests against their influence on every issue that needs to be addressed by our politicians?
     
    So I wonder if Mr Bush as head of the UDP is sharing the feelings of his UDP members and supportive voters when he blames the UK? Isn't he just representing his Jacan people with these remarks/constant support so that the British may then make sure Jamaicans and Jamaican status-holders are treated more favourably than locals?
     
    In reference to his recent 'arrest' why haven't we heard anything said about the legal department, AG or police officers? I would bet that the usual anti-colonialists will start blaming the Commissioner and if the head of the Financial Crimes Unit is British he will be included.
     
    My questions are made with all due respect to the Premier that he should also not be judged unfairly or assumed guilty and also agree that the Jamaicans should acknowledge how much he has given them, even if it meant at times that his own people suffered. Paid in full now?
     
    Politically, good timing of the arrest and now remarks against Governor, since may gain sympathy from many West Bayers and Jamaican-Caymanian voters who may have been re-thinking the UDP as their choice in 2013.  Gotta love politics………so many possibilities, so many levels right?
     
    CNS thanks for allowing me to share these questions and comments.
     
    • Anonymous says:

      "A house diviided cannot stand" yet corrupt leaders in all areas (government, religion, business) divide us in order to perpetuate their power over us.

  30. Anonymous says:

    He makes himself sound more and more like a mad man. The Governor is not the reason for his arrest, the smuggled dynamite shipment, the improperly explained payments he received, and the suspected abuse of a Government credit card are the reasons for his arrest!

     

  31. Dred says:

    Let me clarify that remark, "rotten eggs". Why waste a good egg?

  32. P A Rody says:

    "A reputation takes a lifetime to build and a moment to dismantle,"

    yep, First National Bank set the tone years ago

  33. Anonymous says:

    I think our Governor has been remarkably lax, considering previous Governors have asked McKeeva to step down for less.  It's not like this is the first time he's gone down the road of moral turpitude.

    • Anonymous says:

      Our governors, past and present, will always look 'lax' to many because they usually want to uphold the law, respect our leaders to do the right thing, they're not our 'daddies' we need to demand and ensure ALL politicians understand they have a moral constitutional duty to do what's right for this country that's why they were elected. Stop pointing atthe wrong people for the love of God!!!!!!!!!!! And no I am not with any political team, have any English friends here, just one of the few Caymanian women with her eyes open.

    • Anonymous says:

      Previous Governors operated under the old Constitution under which they had the power to remove his responsibilities as a Minister. Under this Constitution they have no such power except through the nuclear option – dissolving the L.A. and calling early elections.  

  34. Anynomous says:

    When the Governor came to these Islands I looked at him and wondered what kind of a person he was.  Because Cayman has been handed some bath water before.  I do not like to judge people , but I have followed up on many comments with the Governor and the Cayman Island people.  My  comments are this. "I do not know when, where, and why bad blood came between the Governor and the Islands, but I am embarassed to think that we are all being put in a basket to drift on a river.  In plain words Cayman people always felt that English people and the UK on a whole took us for a bunch of fools and because of that there will never be peace between us.  How are we going to live through this 21 century only God knows.   I think it is time that we become independent from England, because in truth and fact we only feel prejudice from them. England does nothing for Cayman Islands, besde send her people down here to be head and rule.. I further comment to say, that the Governor need to really know the Cayman people, which includes the Premier.  We are passive people, and it is very sad to learn and to also know what foreign people  have done to Cayman.  Mr Premier, I say it was better that you had given all those statuses to the Poor expatriates in the Caribbean, because by giving so many to the rich and famous expatriates, they have become ungrateful and think you are not good enough to run this country.  That  is exactly what it is.  If the Governor do not see this then I clearly know what side of the fence he is on.

    • Anonymous says:

      Well, don't you sound educated.

    • Anonymous says:

      You my friend, have got your head in the swamp mud, so much so that everything looks brown to you.  Hold a referendum and you will see, the vast majority of us Caymanians do not share your views when it comes to the UK and going independent.  My family and I will never ever vote for that and the last four years has made us even more resolute in that regard.  The UK allowed us to have the Constitution that we have and what a mess we have made of it.  When one man acts as God, runs rough shod over country and people, fails to follow rules and processes, refuses to honour law and contracts, blames everybody and his brother for his failures, you have the gall to stand up and criticise the Governor for trying to put things back in order?  There are none so blind as those who refuse to see.  You may prefer the slippery slope my friend, but not I.  I am proud to be honest and work for what in the hell I get, even if it is a slice of bread and a fish I catch on the shore and I recall the days when there were no social services.  Each one of us had to work to eat.  Handouts have created some blind loyalties it seems, but thank God it is not the majority.  Lord help us overcome.  Thank you Mr. Governor!

      • Anonymous says:

        Do not be so confident in the referendum play my friend. Ask any of the Hong Kong Chinese who ceased to be British Overseas territory passports holders overnight.

        As soon as that clock struck midnight in July 1997, millions of Chinese ceased to have any claim to the United Kingdom or enjoyed the benefits and priveliges that were extended.

        The British overseas passports were cancelled and thousands headed to Canada.

        In the great scheme of things, If this did not hold any weight and force a referendum, the wishes of around 20,000 will be the square root of diddly squat.

        I would spend my time making other plans if i were you.

        • Anonymous says:

          Millions of Chinese never had any claim to the UK. If you mean Hong Kong Chinese that is a different statement altogether. 

        • Anonymous says:

          There is no comparison between the situation that obtained with Hong Kong and that with Cayman. There is no competing claim for sovereignty over Cayman with Spain.The rug was not suddenly pulled from under them as you imply.

    • Anonymous says:

      This is pure McKeeva propaganda. Rather than being held accountable for his actions by the UK he would prefer to lead us off the cliff into independence and there are obviously some fools willing to follow him.

    • Anonymous says:

      Independance? Yes hurry up and do it!

      Do you realise that the UK would love to be rid of most of its dependant territories, in a world where offshore finance centres are reviled, and yes sir they are, they become an embarrasment if they are not properly run. Yours is run very badly indeed, there is constant speculation on how your leader does his deals, many believe he deliberately avoids proper process and also legislation that requires it, so that the spotlight is not on any personal interest he may have in the deals. There are those that believe this police process was precipitated by his rantings whilst in London, and a suggestion that he was intending to do the CHEC deal despite the requirements that he observe his recent FFR law. I dont know if it is true, but even the concern that he might do so is enough to precipitate action. All I hope is that it was not too hurried to be succesful.

      Back to the point, if you go independant, you will go the way of your neighbours Jamaica. Who then will want to do respectable business in a jurisdiction like that. Your finance industry will depart, all apart from the stuff you dont want, and your jurisdiction and all its civil servants will be bankrupt. If you stay as you are, then you have to observe proper due process, and that is all that is being asked of your glorious leader! The crazy thing is that it IS in your interests that he does so, why can you not see who your real enemy is, it isnt the Governor!

      • Anonymous says:

        Independence absolutely NOT, Cayman is used to law and order and thank the Lord and UK for that; as for the financial industry they can go today and it would not sink Cayman, tourism yes, the financial industry is under so much presssure by the EU and USA that they might be gone within the next six months anyway and then what? Cayman will have to survive without them.

        • Anonymous says:

          So if the finance industry left today, there would be a lot of well paid jobs lost, so that wouldn’t matter? Reality check needed!

        • Anonymous says:

          12:47 we Need Independence whether we want it or not.  Caymanians do not like the way that the UK has treated us, and this has not been today it has been a long time I understand.  But all of a sudden the want to takebig interest because we became popular and making a bit of money.  What does the UK gice to Cayman, beside put the Queen on every dollar we have.  For that matter we could have put Miss Annie Hulda.  She was a queen to Cayman.

    • Anonymous says:

      I applaud your comment Anonymous: 8:42. You have hit the nail right on the head. But Caymanians will soon see whats in store for them.

      • Anonymous says:

        Re poster at 8.42. Speak for yourself. Is has long been established that Caymanians do not want to severe ties with Britain. The trouble now is that Caymanians make up such a small percentage of our population, and the new residents will soon be making the decisions for us. That is the sad reality.

        • Anonymous says:

          Cayman will eventually seek independence voted for by the majority of the population who are not indigenous Caymanians just like the Republican US party outnumbered by foreigners ,Latinos and Blacks

    • Judean People's Front says:

      Brothers …. this is exactly the point. What have these people done for us?

      Apart from importing their rich, imperialist titbits, the fancy wines and the law and order, what have they done for us?

      I think we discuss this immediately, no more procrastination on this subject, lets forward it as a motion in the future.

      • Anonymous says:

        "Brothers"?! Don't you mean to say "Comrades?" We only have to look to Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti,etc. to see how the independence thing works out for small Countries. Corrupt leaders thrive in small Countries whereoversight has been removed. Dont agree? Then give me a positive example. Anyone suggesting Cayman would be better off without UK oversight, especially in light of current corruption issues, should be looked at with suspicion.

        • Anonymous says:

          Barbados my friend, #1 in education in the Caribbean (99.999% literacy); ranked higher than the USA in anti corruption (also #1 in anti corruption in the caribbean) and a very independent country.  That is the shining example in the CARIBBEAN (primarily  Negro and classy population at that, warms my heart) one of the positive examples.  The Bahamas is no push over either are you now satisified?
           

          • Anonymous says:

            Actually Cuba boasts 100% literacy.

          • Anonymous says:

            I don’t know about Barbados, but the Bahamas are rife with corruption and crime. The whole of Nassau is in disrepair because the politicians gone with the money.

          • Anonymous says:

            The % was always 98, BUT,that isn’t the case anymore. This is widely known and openly reported as a problem by the country’s own Reading Association (get that, they actually have one!) over the last few years. Barbados has plenty crime and drugs and poverty now days too,most would say way more than anything we are dealing with. I personally think it is more black/white segregated than KY also with pockets of much less integrated ex-pats as well (think Lyford Cay in Nassau when you think about parts of St James, Cayman isn’t like that at all). Hey, I like Bim just fine and would agree that it is probably the best of the “independents,” but, let’s make sure to call the spade a spade. They got problems a plenty and it would probably be very different if still a BOT like us.

      • Anonymous says:

        Elio, crawl back under your socialist rock. You and your kind do not represent the majority of this Country. We are proud of our British heritage and they have never ruled it over us until your corrupt leader got out of control. Thank God for the UK.

      • People's Front of Judea says:

        SPLITTER! 

        These people have done nothing for us! Forget the law and order and the fancy wines and the roads and housing and infrastructure and communications and the legal system and the highest standard of living in the Caribbean and the healthcare. These imperialists have done absolutely nothing!

        The only absolute success in these islands has been the education system which we have built ourselves to ensure our sons and daughters are the best educated in the world and don't leave school barely able to read and write, and don't take drugs and gangster around.

        We should thank ourselves that we have highly educated, erudite and cultured leaders in this country, and not some unqualified, ill-educated gardener in charge, cos that would be embarrasing in front of the whole world, wouldn't it?

      • Diogenes says:

        Oh dear!  There are a large number of readers who are not familiar with the Life of Brian, perhaps not surprisingly (as LOB was probably a banned film here!).  Relax, dear readers, its a parody of political activism, not a genuine viewpoint.  

    • Anonymous says:

      One of the deepest problems Cayman has is it's fundamental failure to create a proper educational system and to hold and enforce proper educational standards.  The level of ignorance evidenced by this comment is indicative of so many (not all).   You might further add to this problem the cloying self-righteous spewing of religious nonsense (although admittedly not in your comment, but in many others), that feeds ignorance through passing off responsibility and a concern for evidenced truth.  Keep religion in the church and follow blindly the blind that lead there.

      Arresting Bush and questioning him under caution is necessary for the police to fulfil their statutory obligations.  Answers to such questions posed under caution given by Bush require assessment to ascertain their veracity before the decision whether to charge can be taken.  Bush inhabits two roles: First, he is a private individual who enjoys the right to the presumption of innocence.  At present he is, in law, guilty of nothing.  In the future this may or may not change.  Second, he is the Premier.  That is a role that subsists whether Bush inhabits it, or some other person does.  This office requires protection from aspersions of criminality.  Whoever leads Cayman, the office of Premier should be protected to the highest degree.  Look the world over at first world countries and you will find that those who face circumstances similar to Bush resign to protect the office, irrespective of whether they are innocent or guilty, and such a course of action is not indicative of guilt, but of holding the protection of the office above one's own self interest.

      Many of the people of this country, to my mind, as opposed to their passivity in yours, suffer from the most toxic mix possible of ignorance mixed with arrogance and self-righteousness.  The fool is a fool because he thinks himself a wise man.  The wise man is wise because he understands the extent of his ignorance.

      Bush is just the tip of the iceberg.  Conflicts of interest are endemic on this island.  Just look at the Planning Board being chaired by the largest supplier of materials to the construction industry on island, it is risible.  This is but one example.  There are many others.

    • Anonymous says:

      Who says there is any bad blood between the Governor and "the Islands"? From all appearances the Governor is a humble down to earth gentleman who can often be found mixing and talking with common people in everyday settings (without bodyguards!).  If there is bad blood between the Premier and the Governor it was caused by the Premier who, on the Governor's arrival rudely announced to him that he was on his turf now!

      I don't think anyone would seriously call McKeeva Bush "passive". Often he is a little too aggressive for his own good.  

      • Anonymous says:

        Agreed, the Governor often swims in competitions and wants to be treated as just another competitor. There is no sign of a bodyguard then or when he is driving his visitors around in a rental car. Whilst Mac swans around to even personal gatherings using the car, the driver and gasoline paid for by us. 

    • Anonymous says:

      correction, you DO like to judge people.

    • Anonymous says:

      Clearly, you are an idiot.

    • Anonymous says:

      235 down thumbs! a record perhaps

    • Cheese Face says:

      I’m assuming you had someone type that out for you, as I do not believe for a second that you can read or write?

  35. Anonymous says:

    No matter how bad it gets this moron cant keep his mouth shut, these are great days, fall hard billy bush and my advice is to stay down

  36. Anonymous says:

    THe only Governor of the Cayman Islands that "were of the people and for the people" was His Excellency Mr. Thomas Russell.

       

    • Anonymous says:

      Remember, he is the UK representative, his job is to ensure that the islands are properly governed to UK standards if the islands wish to retain their link, and in a rather wishy washy way he is doing that. Mr Russell certainly got into local life (quite a lot I understand) but his job was the same!

  37. Anonymous says:

    This man is senile and only care about HIMSELF and the PARTY

    Sad times in deed, if we do not resolve this NOW we are doomed forever

     

  38. Richard Wadd says:

    Not so.

    William McKeeva Bush IS the real enemy of the Cayman Islands.

    He who displays neither Honour nor Integrity by refusing to step aside in the persuit of 'Power', rather than putting the interests of his country and people above his own personal political agenda.

    THROW THIS DISGRACEFUL DICTATOR OUT OF OFFICE …. NOW !!

  39. Anonymous says:

    Enemy of corrupt dictator ship is a country's best friend…Congratulations Mr. Taylor.

  40. Anonymous says:

    What never ceases to amaze me is how the Premier refers to his reputation as somehow unblemished and gleaming and it is others who continually try to tarnish it… It is clear to most however that all damage to his reputation is self inflicted and started a long long time ago!

  41. Anonymous says:

    The Governor is doing his job, protecting the Cayman Islands. If Mac feels that makes him his enemy, no surprises there.

  42. Anonymous says:

    We can all thank the lord that we do have a Governor and a British police commissioner for without them and being a British territory we would be under the supreme rule of a madman tyrant dictator and would be living in a third world state controlled by a despot similar to Chavez or Mugabe. This man will stop at nothing to destroy our country in his efforts to satisfy his insecure gi-normous ego and his sole endeavour of personal self interests. The sooner he will be locked up the better we will all be. The darkest period of of country's history will soon be ending in just five months.

    PS. The speech on integrity will have to be framed and hung in his church.

  43. Anon says:

    Wow amazing that this man can still be out there causing even more damage yo caymans v reputation.

  44. Anonymous says:

      Let''s go to the airport guys!  Bring eggs!!!!

  45. Truth says:

    The fact that you see the Governor as an enemy says a lot about you Mr. Bush.  And he dosen't need to make a law to call himself "honorable" like some people do.  You are what you are and no one expects you to change that.  Its just that most people(except for your well paid tribe) do not want you working for yourself when you are suppose to be working for us.  Your fired!  Go home and enjoy your spoils and leave us without your incompetent bungling that you call leadership.

  46. Anonymous says:

    "A reputation takes a lifetime to build and a moment to dismantle," said Bush.

    lmao. The reputation that Bush has he should be happy to dismantle.

    "I am not a crook": Richard Nixon. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/watergate/articles/111873-1.htm

    He too had an 'enemies list'.

    • Anonymous says:

      A good reputation arrives on foot and leaves on horseback.

       

      McKeeva, honey, your horse bolted a very long time ago, and what a thoroughbred it was.

  47. Knot S Smart says:

    Just watch this turn into a David and Goliath story. Except the ending will be different.

    In our case Goliath will take the sling shot and stones away from David, then Goliath will flip David upside down, put him on his knee, and spank his a$$ good…

    We can expect a lot of squealing and whining from David, and talk about independence, but in the end he will finally realize whose turf he is on…

  48. Anonymous says:

    This is the reason he should resign.  He is a disgrace.  He is the one ignorning all our laws, abusing his power.  He needs to go.  He should not have a choice.  Alden, please arrange a demonstration for the people to show him how disgusted we are with him.  He should be deeply ashamed.  Any one who still supports this idiot, in my view, is either totally stupid or corurpt.  God help us all if we don't get him removed.  He is single handedly doing more to ruin Cayman's reputation than all the rest of hte world put together.  We should all be at the airport tonight to show him that we do not support him any more.  

  49. Anonymous says:

    Ohhhh!  I wish I had not flapped my wings andvisited the Seminole Casino.  For my heart was pure and my hands were clean.

  50. Anonymous says:

    Payback is a Bit%h!!  I remember the very first day the Governor arrived, Mr. Bush took the honour then and warned the Governor "You are on my turf now".  Mr. Taylor I ask you to continue sticking that pin in to Mr. Bush fat side.  He has been and is still UP TO NO GOOD!  He has been pulling the wool over some of my people's eyes for too long, just to secure their votes, its time for clean politics to prevail here.  XXXX

  51. Anonymous says:

    Damn you Governor and Police making Mac lie and cheat! Shame on you!

  52. Anonymous says:

    My enemies enemies ar my friends!

    Mr Bush, I can understand why you have labelled the Governor your enemy, after all he and the FCO have basically called your bluff, but more important is why you are at odds. You will have it that they are trying to thwart your attempts to do good for your Island. They, with plenty of evidence in front of them, are calling a stop to your way of doing business, they require you to meet proper standards in your dealings, and they are right to do so. Whilst that may annoy you, it is quite proper and is not reason enough to call them your enemies.

    This whole business has now decended into farce, now you have been arrested on presumably holding charges. Frankly you brought this on yourself, one can only hope there is substance, and presume that there is more to find, because innocent (as you are now presumed) or guilty, the Islands cannot afford your method of doing business any longer, they deserve better, do them and yourself a favour by doing the proper thing, stand down until this is resolved. Then if nothing is proved you can be rightly indignant!

  53. Anonymous says:

    Wow! now I am very lost

  54. Anonymous says:

    mac…i know you want the best…….but the utter incompetence and failure of your administration means you got to go……(with the rest of your udp muppet puppets)

  55. And....in this corner says:

    At first, I thought…he wouldn't dare. He wouldn't dare goad the Governor with another of his "he's out to get me!" speeches.  No, it would be better, and he's probably been wisely advised to keep his big mouth shut at a time like this. But then, he never has. So as it turns out… he launched into it once more and for who's benefit I'm not sure. Certainly not for the Cayman Island's. Because this kind of rhetoric and uncivility is patently designed to destroy any vestiges of a working relationship which may still exist between the U.K. and Cayman. This man appears to be like the fighter, on the ropes consistently through twelve rounds who mumbles to his trainer "let me at him!!! I know I can knock him out!!"  But, he won't get pounded to a pulp. They'll call the fight before that happens. I just hope someone remembers this is his fight. HE started it.

  56. Anonymous says:

    Entourage?? WTF!

    I give up….!

  57. Anonymous says:

    thumbs up if you support he governor……

     

  58. Anonymous says:

    Dear People, the key word is"orchestrated".

    I have it on the highest internal authority (FCO UK) that this whole escapade is a charade and the UK actually requires Bush to be re-elected, hence this huge masquerade.

    Charges will evaporate and Mr Bush will arise like the proverbial phoenix to piss on the people of these islands.

    Mr Bush, Duncan Taylor, you have precisely 18 days to tell the people the truth. Yes it is after midnight. You have 18 days.

     

  59. Anonymous says:

    It does not come as a surprise to anyone who knows Mr. Bush, that he is not williing to resign as Premier. That`s  typical of an  egotistical leader who runs the country as if he were a dictator. Forget what is good for the country or his party; he would not step down. Can anyone imagine Chavez, Castro or Ahmadinejad being told to resign?

    It is also not surprising that Mr. Bush has placed blame on everyone else, so typical of dictators. He has been blaming the opposition, the Auditor General (both present and past), the Governor, the media, Foreign Commonwealth Office, and the Police Commissioner for all the problems facing the country and him personally. Thankfully, Cayman is still under Bristish rule. If it were independant, with Mr. Bush at the helm, one can imagine Cayman being another Cuba, Venezuela, Iran or North Korea. 

    This coming election, Caymanians must get rid of this dictator while there is still opportunity to do so, never to repeat that mistake again.

  60. Anonymous says:

    He needs to start taking responsibility for his actions and stop pointing fingers at others.

  61. Anonymous says:

    Why did I know that he would try to turn this around and start attacking the Governor and level all sorts of stupid allegations while his wrongful behaviour is so obvious for all to see. So, I wonder what happened to his West Baya Dep Governor who he was praising to the highest degree only a few months ago, claiming that it was so good to have someone he could trust? He seemed very happy to be rid of the ever watchful and fearless Mr Ebanks. All I have to say is thank you God for our Governor, Mr. Duncan Taylor. God help us if we were left to the mercy of the Premier and his cronies. 

  62. McCarRon McLaughlin says:

    Mackie you taking this too personal now. Why are you taking on a 1000 year empire? 

  63. The lone haranguer rides again! says:

    The man has gone crazy, he needs to try another line of wOrk.

  64. Far Canal says:

    And just when you thought it couldn't get any worse.

  65. Anonymous says:

    Pure B-brurocratic harrassment. Gov. Taylor you should be ashamed of yourself, coming into our yard and beating up on our little boy and trying to take away his kiddie's seat. And you're such a coward you had to bring that other bully bloke with you?  The Principal is going to hear about this, we promise you.