Bush takes aim at C4C

| 01/03/2013

(CNS): The former premier has begun taking aim at all of his many political opponents in the battle for the Legislative Assembly in May. In addition to his long standing PPM adversaries on the opposition benches, this year Mckeeva Bush will be facing off against some of his former colleagues in the last UDP government, a wide collection of independents and also those running on the Coalition for Cayman (C4C) ticket — a group he described as “the coalition for cash” at his Bodden Town public meeting Tuesday night. During his latest appearance on the campaign trail Bush pulled no punches when it came to his political rivals in a district where the UDP will face a tough fight.

Alongside party faithful member Chris Saunders, who will be running with the UDP in Bodden Town, Bush also announced that Theresa Lewis-Pitcairn, who ran as an independent in the district in 2009, will be joining the UDP this time around. Bush has not yet revealed which two other candidates he will field in a district where the PPM has strong support.

Vincent Frederick, who was one of the leaders of the Coalition to Keep BT Dump Free, left that campaign recently as he said he was seeking to run with the UDP at this election but his name was not confirmed by the party leader. Only weeks ago Frederick had been harshly criticising Bush’s administration because of the proposal to relocate the landfill to the district. However, the would-be politician, who also ran as independent last time, is now seeking the strength of a party in an effort to make a better showing than in 2009, when he managedto poll only 4% of the vote, losing his deposit.

Aside from the opposition member Anthony Eden, former PPM MLA Osbourne Bodden, the two new Progressive candidates, Al Suckoo and Wayne Panton, along with the two incumbent former UDP candidates, Mark Scotland and Dwayne Seymour, only one other candidate has declared in Bodden Town so far. With only four weeks to go before Nomination Day, there are no candidates in the district that are seeking or have been endorsed by the Coalition for Cayman.

However, Bush still took aim at the group which continues to advocate that it is not a party. Bush tried to imply that what he termed the "coalition for cash" were really PPM — an irony that will not be loston many voters, given that several of the candidates and some founders of the group were previously associated with and supported Bush in the 2009 election and in the early days of his administration.

Nevertheless he said, “You know who they are, whatever banner they decide to disguise themselves with; PPM or coalition for cash. They are all … members of the same group.”

He also made a point of targeting Panton from the PPM when he spoke about people who had come running out of the woodwork. “They’ve made their money,” Bush said referring to the former Walker’ partner and long standing PPM member who is now turning his hand to politics.  “Yes, they’ve made their money, what in the world did they do for these Islands?” Bush asked.  “They can brag, coalition for cash or PPM or whoever they are, that they have the millions. And so, because they’ve made millions they know more than us on this platform. At least those of us on this platform have heart,” Bush claimed.

“Others have lived it up, made their money, now they want to come and run the country. They’ll put us where they had us … You should not give one of them a chance," he told the people of Bodden Town.

Piling on the criticisms of those running as independents, he highlighted the issue that all candidates standing alone will face during the campaign, which is the need for ten people to form a government. He warned voters that if they elect people "who say that they don’t know who they’re going to serve with, but they’re going to serve, they don’t know what kind of policies they’re going to put together when they get elected, but they’re going to get elected, we are going to fail,” he said.  “Those people who say that they don’t want parties, you know what they want. They want you back where you were in the 40’s, where you ironed the clothes, where you cut the grass … no, a thousand times no,” the UDP leader said.

Bush skirted the issue regarding the relocation of the country’s landfill to Bodden Town, which is going to be a critical campaign issue for any candidate in the district as it has fiercely divided the community.  The former premier spoke about the need for “jobs, jobs, jobs”. He pointed to people who say “you can’t cut down a piece of swamp, but yet they can dredge it up and build a $2 million house on it. They want you to starve, and your children. They don’t want you to have that standard of living,” Bush added, but he did not refer to the proposal directly.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    For pity's sake, Mr.Bush needs to cease talking nonsense and accept that it's over for him.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Would somebody please explain to Mr.Bush that his political career is over and it is high time he went home enjoyed his retirement. I know I'd appreciate not hearing his voice ever again, and perhaps you, the reader, might also? Thank you.

  3. Anonymous says:

    The way I see things now is that NUDP and C4C is all one. C4C represents the NUDP Independents and the NUDP represents the Party goers. PPM are party and they will not lead you astray. They are the party of lawmakers and I have NEVER heard any of their names connected to corruption.  They are a party of doers, they represents Country. The others represents their leaders, their party and the rich. PPM are for WE….the people and US the Country. Go PPM!

    • Anonymous says:

      Voting PPM is the only way to ensure this idiot is not Premier in May. Mac knows they are Coallition For Cash because last time they bankrolled his campaign and he repaid them with Board Positions and Fat Consultancy Deals

      • Pain-n-Plane says:

        If the PPM is the ONLY solution we have I hope CAL is having a special on one way seats and cargo out of here.  There is a place at the table for all to be represented.  The division of the party poison is being spewed from those on both sides is disgusting.  Unifiy this island, unifyunder the words "Country First".  Personally I could care less about the lables of UDP, PPM, C$C.  We simply need to focus on one thing and that is what is best for the country as a whole.

        I actually kind of look forward to the so called Honorable former Premier Mr W.M. Bush to get elected, as he will be relinquished to sit in the corner of the LA with his dunce cap on unless he wants to play nicely with the rest of those who I pray to God will get a chance to so as they say and put the needs of the "Country First"

  4. mscertifiedgal says:

    Look on your keyboard and you will see what the 4 stands for $$$$$$!!  That's what they are all about money and not money for the poor but for themselves and their partners!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Don’t be silly. Those folks already have money unlike the wannabes of UDP and PPM. You got it dead wrong with who is actually in it for money.

  5. Anonymous says:

    If C4C stands for "coalition for cash" then UDP must stand for something like "Unabashed Dollar Profiteers".

     

    Mac is a hypocrite.

  6. Live Free.... says:

    Here we go again, the Mac putting his shoes on someone else's feet, C4C and PPM are not working together, and for the matter of fact, C4C wanted PPM to step back or get out of the way. And from the beginning of the C4C they only attacked one Party, and that is no other than PPM. They have not yet stump on the UDP for the mismanagement of these Islands over 3.5 years of their Reign, and yet they are against Party Politics. When I stop and look carefully at it, I see C4C working together with NUDP, because most of the people on the C4C had some form of involvement with the UDP, it all started when the past Chairman of the UDP became the Chairman of C4C, and he had nothing to do with the PPM, so Mac needs to stop twisting up things to make him look innocent of being associated with the Party called C4C.

     

    This is starting to feel like the 2009 Election, when all these individuals came out and proclaimed they are independent and are for the people. What the Caymanians didn't know then, that all along this was a trap set by UDP to split the votes to give them a better chance of getting in power. If Caymanians not convince that it was a trap, tell me why four of the then independents join the UDP this time around? Piercy, Theresa, Vincent and Wallie. Because UDP love to play this Card Game called, I Deceived you once, I would Deceive you twice.They are using a different strategy this time around, C$C comes to mind, with we are not a Party Slogan, and we are truly Independent with love for Country. If Caymanians fall for this trap, guess what? They deceived you all twice.There is not such a thing as Independent Candidates in this election just like in 2009, they are associated with a Party, and it's not PPM, I guess I don't have to say the name of that Party, just look back at 2009 at who won. 

     

    Caymanians, you all need to all forget about Independent and their empty promises, they have a plan, and that plan is to return UDP to Power at any cost.They don't care if they don't get elected, so long you split your votes, remember the Game, I Deceived you once, I Deceive you twice, all they are is Wolf's in Sheep Clothing.

    • Dred says:

      I would tend to agree with you on that.

    • Anonymous says:

      I think the record shows that C4C called for the resignation of Mac while the Alldone and his dog hung out around the poolside trying to decide what to do. I think this is all very cute how the PPM call C4C UDP. And now the UDP is calling C4C PPM. What it tells me is that both realise people want change and that is why both parties are scared.

      • Live Free.... says:

        You Obviously don't understand how this works, first the C$C is trying to fool you in to believing that they are ( 1 ) not a party and ( 2 ) they are not associated with the Bush party. PPM on the other hand wanted Bush to step down from the beginning, when all these allogations against him came out. Where was C$C at the beginning, never heard of them before, until November last year when they lunched their meeting, about they are independent and they are against the Party system, yeah I know, against PPM, that's the only party I see them tear down. So I would advise you to stop puting PPM and C$C together in one sentence.

         

        PPM call C4C UDP of course because the people on the C$C fund the UDP campaign in 2005 and also 2009, Birds of a feather flock together, get the picture.

         

        And now the UDP is calling C4C PPM, now who would believe something like that, please read my other post and you would learn why the Mac is playing this song. By the way the Mac is only brushing us the people off  of his shoulders of being a part of his own C$C.

         

         

      • Anonymous says:

        The record shows that the PPM filed THREE No Confidence motions against McKeeva when the C4C people were completely silent. If there was anyone jumping on the bandwagon (after the outcome was obvious) it was c4c.  

  7. Anonymous says:

    C4C is not a bad name Mac gave you coalition for cash yes they trying to recover some of the missing cash the govt wasted thats why they have a variety of inteligent people running I think they are a wise bunch…Just for fun sake I can recall what some had say the UDP stand for Up Dart Pocket or Under Dart Power and a whole lot more…(smile)

  8. Anonymous says:

    who is taking aim? oh the has been leader removed in scandal…who cares!

  9. Anonymous says:

    If udp or ppm get back control of this island, we willl witness an exodus that is greater than the one in the Bible.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Anyone who would believe anything spoken by this XXX despot has to be absolutely stupid or ignorant to follow or support this man who has singularly done more damage to the Cayman Islands than all the politicians in history grouped together. How can any rational and intelligent Caymanian listen to any of his crap because that's all that he knows and speaks.

    Another term of the UDP and their one man Govt. and dictator will be the end of this country with NO future to pass on to your children or future generations.

     

  11. Just Askin' says:

    Earned their money, as opposed to taking it from their people?

  12. Anonymous says:

    No need to argue and divide.  Pick the best man/woman for the job and we all know that isn't UDP cause UDP is just McKeeva. PPM and the Five have shown that they can work together so why can't Independents, C4C, and PPM work together?  Come on Alden, please stick to the issues.  We need you all to address the issues.

  13. Bushisms says:

    Elections are a conspiracy! They shouldn't be allowed! All they do is allow people who don't know anything about how politics works getting involved in the political system!

    • Anonymous says:

      "The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."

       

      — Winston Churchill

       
  14. Peanuts says:

    May I suggest to C4C and ALL candidates in the up coming election, not to respond to McKeevas dirt and gabage, keep the election clean and leave him by himself in the gutter.

     

  15. St Peter says:

    Never before in the history of the Cayman Islands has one man received so much personal benefit from being an elected official. He has received a substantial salary, and a substantial pension at the same time, and has enjoyed worldwide galavanting in a lavish style, with groups of his friends and cronies in tow. He has enjoyed having his home fixed up  and has had personal aides – at the tax payers expense…

    Never before in the history of the Cayman Islands has so much tax increases been levied upon the poor people of this country in the midst of an economic recession…

    Never before in the history of this country has the infrastructure received less benefit in a four year period than during this administration when the most taxes were extracted from the most depressed economy ever…

    Never before in the history of this country has so much tax payers dollars been so recklessly dished out to political supporters at the whim and fancy of one man…

    Never before has so many government benefits been given to such a wealthy few.

    Never before has our government breached so many contracts and cost so  such  expense to tax payers.

    Never before have educated people so blindly continued to follow a leader whose policies have wreaked havoc economy and on the lives of honest and hard working Caymanians.

    So do we want to hear anything more from Mckeeva Bush?

    NEVER! NEVER! NEVER!

     

     

     

     

    • Anonymous says:

      Into the Pearly Gates you go St Peter.  Well done!

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s amazing to read some of these ignorant utterances. Which country in the world does not provide a decent home for their leaders, provide aides and even body guards etc.? Which country leader does not travel for his job? So I guess if we leave it up to people like you we would still be riding donkeys too. Get a life and get over the sour grapes. This kind of mentality affects the whole country.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Nobody cut grass in the 40's; they pulled bush. Obviously they missed a really bad patch in the 50's.

    • anonymous says:

      As someone who pulls their own bush/mows grass and does their own ironing, I am wondering if it's illegal now or something.

  17. Ya Mon says:

    McKeeva Fail Bush can't possibly be in a positio to suggest unethical behaviour onthe part of others.  Did he run out of appliances to give away?  Maybe he'll have to sell the condos in the RItz he got.

    • Anonymous says:

      What is the true position situation regarding this "Ritz condo"? Does he own one. Did he own one. Did he sell one. When did he buy it. When did he sell it. And who bought it? No speculation please just facts. 

    • Anonymous says:

      WHICH candidates gets your vote:

      1. someone who has lived it up, made his/her money and now wants to run the country

      2. someone who has contributed to ruining the country whilst making his/her money and lived it up at the expense fo the country

      3. somone who wants their chance to run the country in order to make their money and live it up

      4. someone who is smart, has integrity and can be relied on to run this country properly  

  18. Anonymous says:

    PPM is afraid of C4C splitting the votes so that McKeeva is returned as premier. That is a very real possibility and anyone with any sense should be afraid of that. McKeeva is not afraid of C4C. Those are mostly his old buddies.    

  19. Barack O says:

    "We cannot accept name-calling as reasoned debate."

    MacKeeva FAIL.

    • Anonymous says:

      At least they can tell the people how they made their money.  Please tell us Mac, how did you make yours???

    • Anonymous says:

      From Keke to his former UDP supporters:

       

      But you didn't have to cut me off…. Make it like it never happened and that we were nothing I don't even need your love, but you treat me like a stranger and that feels so rough.
      No, you didn't have to stoop so low, Have your friends collect your records and then change your number, Guess I don't even need that though…… Now you're just nobodies that I used to know.

  20. Anonymous says:

    So McKeeva calls them Coalition for Cash? Well, I call them Coalition for Confusion.

    • Anonymous says:

      Well if he calls them Coalition for Cash what does that say about him?

      Mad About Cash?

  21. Anonymous says:

    At least in the 40s, people knew how to tell the truth.

  22. Anonymous says:

    UDP and PPM are really afraid of C4C because that’s all they talk about but please tell me there is more to the party campaigns than the usual personal attacks and BS political rhetoric

    • peter milburn says:

      I agree with you 100% but unfortunately our past premier(common letters here by the way) knows NO other way to handle a campaign.As for C4C leave them alone and base your voting on the individuals that are running.Listen to them and then make up your minds as too many people just like to vote along party lines and you can see the mess that we are now.Mr Bush c4c maybe cash for church?Try and calm down and try to run a nice clean campaign instead of all thismud slinging.

    • Anonymous says:

      If it is “political rhetoric” please tell me how C4C intends to run the government if they are elected because they are deafeningly silent on this point. I get it, they can competently debate the merits of a motion in parliament but what motions will be brought? Everyone believes that these decisions would be made by the C4C secret society. If this is not the case then please explain the process. Time is running out for C4C I’m afraid my friend.

  23. Anonymous says:

    "made their money, now they want to come and run the country"

    So Mr Bush, is it that you think "come and run the country in order to make some money" ?

    Sounds corrupt to me! 

  24. Bling man says:

    Mac yah full of it.

  25. Anonymous says:

    It’s too bad the idiots in west bay will re elect their fellow idiot but I’m hoping the rest of the island knows better! On the note of successful business coming to run our country, at least they made their money and did not steal it!

  26. Anonymous says:

    McKeeva and Alden sound almost as ignorant as each other in there attacks on C4C they had chances to fix the the problems so they are angry now that people have lost faith in them and there party

    • Anonymous says:

      No comparison. Alden is dead accurate in his analysis while McKeeva is obviously talking guff about C4C being PPM.

      People like you will ensure that McKeeva returns as premier.

  27. Anonymous says:

    So much for the ppm conspiracy theories that C4C and Big Mac are working together. Obviously he is as scared as Aldon that C4C will make sure neither party has the major and continue the cycle of waste, corruption and mismanagement. Looking like some people political dolly house mash coming in May

    • Anonymous says:

      Why? Because he called them Coalition for Cash. In McKeeva's book that's not an insult and in any event in comparison to his usual tirades that is pretty mild stuff so mild in fact that it reinforces my belief that they are prepared to "wuk" with him if they are elected.  

      If McKeeva is returned as premier the only dolly house that will be smashed will be Cayman itself.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Those of us who have watched the UDP money flow think that these comments are hilarious and ironic…..LOL

  29. Frank says:

    Dude, shut up.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Vomit spewed by the ONLY politician who became a millionaire after and during the time he was a politician. 

  31. Anonymous says:

    “They’ve made their money,” Bush said

     

    Uh, so have you Mr. Bush, while as an MLA fo over 20+ years, tell us about the condo at the Ritz, tell us about the business partner deals with Boatswains Beach (and Midland acres), tell us about the 3 cars for yourself, tell us about the lavish trips abroad recently costing the Govt's alomost 1million of public cash with nothing to show, tell us about the private lear jet / gulfstream flights (by Cohen affiliate) for you and crew at Christmas (CG was there too i believe).

     

    We havent forgotten you know, lets talk about your short comings first.

  32. Anonymous says:

    These people that he is referring to are succesful Caymanians that we shoyuld be proud of. 

  33. Anonymous says:

    Coalition for cash…do I hear the pot cussin the kettle black?

  34. Anonymous says:

    Why are we still reading about what this discredited, dishonest old hack has to say? Why is it reported when he opens his mouth? It's like having Bernie Madoff comment on a new investment proposal. Bush did his best to destroy this country's economy and turn us into a banana republic to the point he had to be arrested. Forget about him.

  35. Anonymous says:

    This clearly shows that udp realize that the party days are finished.      

  36. Anonymous says:

    Will somebody please gag this man?  So sick of hearing about him.  He's like a bad nightmare that won't go away.

    • Anonymous says:

      How about you gag yourself! Some of you PPM ppl can’t see the Forrest for the trees. If you think people on your ticket who are too rich to even say hi to a person off the street is the way to go then you have another thing coming. Mr. Bush is one who can blend with the high as well with the low and you know what it’s called, CARISMA AND LEADERSHIP SKILLS. Do you think Alden or Wayne have anything like that? I think not!

      • Anonymous says:

        Is that Forrest Gump? LOL

      • Anonymous says:

        No, they have honesty and integrity which I realise are completely unimportant to you. Some of the worst politicians are charismatic (note spelling). That's what makes them sodangerous – they have idiots like you in tow. "Blending" and "charisma" will not turn this country around. McKeeva has shown himself completely incompetent to do that.  

      • Anonymous says:

        I'm the original poster Mac, and I most definitely am not PPM.  I actually was fool enough to want you in last time around.  This time around I'll be thinking hard before choosing but it won't be PPM and it most definitely won't be you.  And I hate to become one of the spelling brigade but I think you mean Charisma and leadership skills – something which Mac lacks.  The only skills he has are spending, bullying alarmist comments and whacky conspiracy theories.

      • Anonymous says:

        Bush has the charisma, leadership abilities and oratorical skills of a turnip! You must think really little of yourself if you look up to this excuse for a human being

        • Anonymous says:

          Fridges talk.

        • Anonymous says:

          Can't quite put my finger on it,  but I have the distinct  impression you perhaps don't like Mr.Bush? You don't? Okay, thanks for clearing that up.

    • Anonymous says:

      Do you think this is North Korea?

    • Anonymous says:

      He might fade into the background where he belongs if the press would stop putting his name in the headlines.  He is of no importance now, and the only headline I want to see is when he is convicted and jailed.

       

      • Anonymous says:

        I just wish this uneducated, ill-bred madman would crawl back under the white sands like the sand fly he is.  He does nothing except spew trash every time he opens his mouth. I am positive the people who have declared for the May election have not wasted the money of the country.  All you hear is "Government is broke".  Somebody had to have known what was happening before now.  Why didn't Mac's deputy speak up and let us know what was going on.  The balance of his government had to have known what he was doing, and still they did nothing about it, not even to speak out to the Caymanians, since we were the ones being robbed.  Now I understand the different ministrys are telling people in their portfolio not to issue health care for critically ill people, since the health budget has been used up.  How is it that a poor person cannot get life-saving health assistance, but the powers-that-be are all still eating caviar and drinking champagne. How can a government decide how much money to budget for health services, and how can someone in power use the health service budget for their own enjoyment.  We, Caymanians, are in a worst situation than any third world banana republic.  I guess sick people will be left to die and then the Nazi prsctice comes into play and that is to stack them up like cords of wood and burn them.  The ironic thing is, I do not see things gwtting better. 

         

  37. Anonymous says:

    They made millions by running a profitable business.  What I guess Smeagol is saying is that he does not understand that government is essentially a business.    Granted certain sectors of the CIG aren't money making entities.  However that does not mean they cannot use cost reducing/process efficiency lessons from the business world.

    Heart does not teach you how to balance a budget.  A good education and experience in the field does.  

  38. Humpty Dumpty Pajamas says:

    More fearmongering by a very, very  desperate man. The only thing more dangerous than and incompetant vindictive politician is one on the precipise of losing his seat, position, power, influence and money supply.

    Have faith Cayman, this too shall pass.

    • Anonymous says:

      Those in power are always afraid of giving it up. Instilling fear in the population to keep them from  voting for change is an old ploy used by politicians all over. One would hope that the Caymanian voters would have more fear of keeping people like McKeeva in power than voting for a change in which the country is heading under it`s present politicians. There are wiser, more honorable people with integrity that the population should vote for in the coming elections, than those presently elected. The present system of party politics with those politicians involved has not worked for Cayman. Time for something new, something different, something that can inspire hope for the future of all Caymanians.

  39. Cheese Face says:

    Bush takes aim at someone? SHOCKER!! Twat.

  40. Anonymous says:

    Oh please.This is just a ploy to make the public believe that the C4C are not in bed with the NUDP. 90% of C4C voted for the UDP in 2009 and were appointed to boards and committees. And they were in attendance Bush’s recent birthday party.

    • Anonymous says:

      Finally! Someone else can see through this charade. When the people who were thinking of voting for C4C realize just what is going on here, this may backfire on McKeeva Bush – bigtime.

    • Status and VOTING says:

      There is NO ploy…Mac's time is up,  He and Ju Ju (and the rest of the career politicicans) will need to learn to live without chefs,bodyguards, First Class plane tickets on wasteful jaunts and living the high-life off the Caymanian purse.

      The Independents see the reasoning in no-more party politics.  From a recent newspaper article:

       

      Not only did the UDP lose a majority of members from its former government following Mr. Bush’s arrest and a subsequent no-confidence vote in the Legislative Assembly on 18 December, its former chairman and founding member, Billy Reid, resigned his position in the months prior to the government split. 

      In addition, the party has seen within the past week two key younger members declare themselves as candidates for election – just not on the UDP slate. 

      One of the members, businessman Stefan Baraud, declared his candidacy in the pages of the Caymanian Compass last week. Mr. Baraud, the former chairman of the George Town UDP branch, had a well-publicised feud with the party following a dispute over the George Town cruise port negotiations. The disagreement caused Mr. Baraud to resign as both chairman of the UDP in George Town and as chairman of the Port Authority of the Cayman Islands board of directors. 

      • Anonymous says:

        You are so naive. If Matthew Leslie and Stefan Baraud are elected as independents and Bush needs two more to form a govt. do you really think that they would not support him to do that? Come on Peter Pan! You haven't begun to understand politics yet.  

  41. Status and VOTING says:

    Mac, "made their money, now they want to come and run the country". …Sounds GOOD to me!  Hmmm, some sensible businessmen that were disgusted by YOU and the UDP Mac so they parted ways with ANY ties to the UDP.  I would call these people smart.

     

    So far I like what I see with C4C and have suffered under party politics for too long.