UDP introduces ethics code

| 30/04/2013

udp flag (360x500).jpg(CNS):  The former Cayman Island premier, who is facing at least eleven criminal charges in relation to theft and abuse of office, has announced the introduction of a code of ethics for all members of his United Democratic Party who are returned to the Legislative Assembly following the 22 May election. Speaking at the recent national UDP campaign launch, he said the code would guide the behaviour of the UDP team before and after the election. According to the code, the goal is to assist MLAs in meeting their obligations to the “Legislative Assembly, the UDP, their constituencies and the Caymanian society at large” and sets out the standard of conduct, behaviour and ethics expected of them in their public life.

The code is posted on the UDP website and includes all the existing rules and procedures that apply to all members of the Legislative Assembly. It states that all members have a duty to respect, to act in accordance with and uphold the law, and to act on all occasions in public life in accordance with the best interests of the public.

The code states that members are expected to observe general principles of conduct, which will be taken into consideration when any reasonable complaint is received alleging any breach of the code.

From accountability for their decisions and actions to the public to providing accurate accounts relating to matters under scrutiny, the code calls on MLAs to make decisions solely in the public and not personal interest.

Jumping on the integrity bandwagon, which appears to be a campaign promise from every single group and every independent candidate running for office, the code requires members to declare and avoid any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that could influence or conflict with their duties.

Talking about objectivity in decision making and honesty, the code requires members to conduct themselves in a manner which will “maintain and strengthen the public´s trust and confidence in the UDP and never undertake any action which would bring the Party into disrepute or disarray.” 

The UDP code obligates the candidates in this election to conduct themselves in a manner that respects the rights and legitimate democratic interests of all citizens, voters, political parties and to avoid behaviour that may bring the electoral system into disrepute.

It also calls on members to make accurate statements and not defamatory comments regarding other candidates, including in any promotional materials, newsletters, electronic messages, signs or posters. Despite this ethical mandate, Bush recently sent messages to his supporters, defending himself against the criminal charges he faces, in which he makes allegations of corruption against his former party colleague, Rolston Anglin.

See the code of conduct on the UDP website here.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Lord wats next?  Mi poor head killing mi….

    UDP do mi a favor?  Una hush, mi nah want to hear anymore about una…mi poor old heart cant take no more, who let you guys out of jail anyway?  lol.

    • Anonymous says:

      I must give praise to Mac he is introducing something that will eliminate all the politicians.

      Think about how many of them have had legal issues even in this current election.

      And I guess the one with the most problems is the one introducing it.

      Thats Cayman politics.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Toolate, sorry, you should have not brought this country to such disgrace amoung the financial community. Don't you realize that that is what made us attractive in the first instance to foreign investors, safe and free of corruption? Nevermind, we'll get it back without your help

  3. Dred says:

    CNS I just want to let you know I hold you personally responsible should anyone recieve harm due to the extensive amount of laughter PROVOKED by your articles. You MUST CEASE AND DESSIST from this TOTALLY IRRESPONSIBLE behaviour.

    You should be required by law to feature a disclaimer like cigarettes do when featuring articles such as shown above.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Dred

  4. Anonymous says:

    Ethics….by / from UDP?….say it nah so!

    Dey mus a joke?! :)) 

    Oh lowd…a laffin too much!…

  5. St Peter says:

    The wheel that squeaks the loudest is the one that needs the grease…

    • Chris Johnson says:

      My guess is that the grease was spent by the government on palms rather than wheels and I am not talking about palm trees.

  6. Jordanian says:

    UDP the best way forward

    • Anonymous says:

      How can one trust in a code that even the creator of it has not practised since he has been in politics so many years ago!  UDP definately is not the better way forward!

    • Anonymous says:

      Definitely, if your goal is to jump off a cliff.

    • Anonymous says:

      Obviously for you. How much do they pay you to sit in coffee shops, post on websites and spy for them?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Oxymoron : A figure of speech in which incongruous or seemingly contradictory terms appear side by side.

    UDP – ethics

  8. Anonymous says:

    Aha hahahahah hhhhaaaah aaaaah………oh dear…………… (wipes tears from eyes and cleans glasses on shirt)….LOL……classic!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Indeed 10.36, could not have expressed it better…hey, you wouldn't happen to have some dry underpants would you?? I seem to have had an accident from laughing so much…..

      This has to go down as one of the greatest comic speeches of all time. A classic if ever there was. Almost like "read my lips, no more taxes"!!!

  9. Ha ha ha says:

    "… 6. Members have a general duty of good faith to act in the best interests of The Cayman Islands as a whole delete; and in particular to their constituents…" (verbatim, directly from the UDP website).

    Bush to his secretary: "No, no, no… when I say "delete" don't type it – you were supposed to take that part out!  Now I'm stuck with a 'duty of good faith', for God's sake!  How am I supposed to live with that???"

  10. Whodatis says:

    Mac is an absolute legend.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Why the beeeeeep does the UDP website have a 'Donations' tab?! wtf?!

    Money hungry PIGS!

  12. Anonymous says:

    It does not say. " thou shall not accept bribes.

    • Anonymous says:

      Wouldnt bribes come under offering the seamen a raise to their seamen grant. Why wait until now. Ju Ju was there for the last four years and it took her until now to offer them a raise. Seamen take the raise and vote her out. More than Mack she need to be checked into. I have never seen more foolish abuse of power in my life. We Caymanians have a one track mind and can only see one person and that is McKeeva Bush, he had alot of little elves working for him, now they are working on their own.

  13. Anonymous says:

    This is a great idea! Perhaps the UDP could enlist the inmatesat Northward to help with the initial draft to make sure the policy is in line with their party's practices.

  14. Big whopper says:

    Caymans definition of a oxymoron

  15. Anonymous says:

    A code of Ethics? Simple. Whatever Bush feels is alright to do – just do the opposite.

     

    Why come up with a Code now? Does that mean they had no ethics before?

     

    Interesting to see that UDP Party comes before constituents (even UDP constituents)

  16. Anonymous says:

    UDP doesn't even respect the criminal law, and they expect us to believe they'll follow a code of ethics? They must think we are as stupid as they are.

  17. Anonymous says:

    What scares me is this bumbling fool might actually be able to form the govt again with some crafty moves with independents- remeber the turtle dinner coup in 2002 /3 to throw Kurt out. Bush is capable of anything.

    Cayman has only itself to blame if anyone from UDP or UDP lite gets anywhere near the parliament. I laready hear half of Cayman is 'taking advantage 'of the 2 holidays in the week of May 20th and going shopping and not interested in voting! These shoppers are likely to be the non- UDP votes – as they represent the silent majority with brains but no will to stand up for anything.

    • Anonymous says:

      I am a UDP supporter, but I am sure that he will use which ever PNA that might slide in as they are going to court him and he has a very forgiving heart. Stick to you gins Mack, they wasnt there for you and was happy to take over. That should never ever be forgotten. They will need you more than you will need them, why do you thin they are trying to be nice to you now? We call people like that DAGGERS.

    • Anonymous says:

      That's a truly FRIGHTENING thought! Let's all of us who care do our level best to see it doesn't happen!!

      Meanwhile, I'm laughing my head off at the very IDEA on Mad Mac proposing a "code of ethics." I'm truly amazed that he's even heard, much less might know the meaning of, "ethics!"

  18. Anonymous says:

    To quote Pirates of the Caribbean: 
    "They're more like guidelines anyway…"

    • Anonymous says:

      A senior HR officer used that "guidelines" line in my office when we were discussing our policies and procedures

  19. unThe man is dercover Detective says:

    The man is "DELIRIOUS"!  No! Let me rephrase. The man has completely and utterly mad.

    Call the men with the strait jacket!

    • Old Sea Captain says:

      Oooooh my God. I'm not attending any udp meetings as I don't want to get struck by lightening.

  20. Anonymous says:

    As I write this every comment post has a growing number of thumbs up and ONE thumbs down.  Wonder who's reading this………..

  21. Sam Putt Putt says:

    I think Captain Barbossa's words may be appropriate at this juncture, "… you must be a pirate for the Code to apply and the code is more of what you call guidelines than actual rules…"

    • Anon.....(and on and on) says:

      Is this Capt Barbossa one of the the Continuity UDP or Real UDP Candidate for West Bay?  He certainly has my vote(s) either way.  Please deliver my Aztec Gold to the usual address; another domestic appliance is like the Curse of the Black Pearl to me.

  22. Hon. Absurdistani says:

    I call bull$#$@.

  23. Sam Putt Putt says:

    I believe item 25 of the code may require some rejigging of the disbursement process of the "Nation Building" funds.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yep, only in a UDP world could you live in a 1.5 million dollar house and get 3 payments from the Nation Building Fund.  

  24. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely brilliant.  Haven't had such a good laugh in years.  Sadly though, there are a few gullible numbskulls (West Bay) that will happily believe this tripe and vote for them.

  25. Anonymous says:

    an admission of guilt lol if ive ever seen one…. promise folks vote us back in and this time we will be more ethical.. hahahahaha

  26. Baldric says:

    In other news, the Federation of Rapists is asking its members to use mouthwash and wear condoms.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Wow!

  28. Diogenes says:

    “The bigger the lie, the more people will believe it.” Joeseph Goebbels

  29. Anonymous says:

    How can you have UDP and Ethics in the same sentence? This election is too serious to be playing April fool jokes. 

  30. Archie says:

    Hahaha.

    Haha.

    Hahahahahahahahaha.

    Oh my, almost as funny as the request for cash to boost Mac’s legal fighting fund.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Reminds me of Chris Rock's rant about ignorant people who want credit for doing things they're supposed to do, and bragging about morals they're supposed to have. XXXXX

  32. Red Flag says:

    AHHH, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA,HA, HA, HA, HA, Ha, Ha, ha, ha, ha…….phew…..shit, you couldn't make it up……. 

  33. Anonymous says:

    I'll add another rule – Members must properly proof read and spell check any material that is being added to the party website before it is posted. Bad enough that it is pseugo-legal babble but to have mistakes in it as well? LOL!!!!!

  34. Anonymous says:

    The UDP is one of the greatarguments against independence.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Code of ethics?

     

    If these people are truly good christians, why do they need a code of ethics?

     

    I thought that you learned the ten commandments (aka ethics) in Sunday school.

    • Anonymous says:

      Haha, no, that was the PNA guy, Dwayne Seymour who still goes to Sunday School.

  36. Anonymous says:

    Surely Mr.Bush is adding insult to whatever harm he may be accused by some of having already inflicted on Cayman and its long-suffering people. And now a pledge of integrity  ("from now on", presumably). You know folks, in any other place (besides North Korea, I mean) persons like Mr.Bush would be shredded by the TV and print media, but here he knows he's safe due to the peculiar nature of things (big business/reporters on permits etc). I can only pray that this election the Caymanian people finally step up to the plate and say "ENOUGH!!" to XXXX amongst those who would seek to govern us, regardless of pledges to reform themselves if returned to office. Yeah, right.

  37. Anonymous says:

    Dear UDP Members,

    The code for today is as follows
    1) steal what you can
    2) don’t get caught
    3) gamble public funds
    4) give some money to the churches
    5) have some idiot go on the radio and talk sh… In the evenings
    6) you must get arrested
    7) you must put on weight and look like me, unless you do crack!!!
    8) if to be bribed only except millions not $500k
    9) sell what you can
    10) oh and do not destroy our sacred vessels
    11) pray to the foreign devils!,,,

    Think that a about it.

    • Anonymous says:

      As I reply to this vote there is 6 thumbs up and 2 thumbs down. This is how the election will run that will put back the UDP into power. The 2 thumbs down will vote for UDP. While the 6 Thumbs down will share their vote with  the C4C, PPM and PNA. LMAO………. So bloggers blog all you want you cannot stop the inevitable. There are 4 parties  running now not 2 1/2 like in the past. Do the maths people. LMAO…. Best election year ever. Im so enjoying this. Very few people see whats happening. LOLOL> LMAO!!!!!!!!!!

      • Anonymous says:

        It seems you spoke too early. There are now 25 thumbs up and 2 thumbs down. But you're right – that about reflects UDP's chances of winning.

      • Anonymous says:

        09.11…an unfortunate time to post indeed. Just as your post is unfortunate, but Mac, I know its you, nobody else can do maths and logic like you can!!

  38. Anonymous says:

    Hmmn… “McKeeva’s Code of Ethics”? That should be on the same shelf with “Stalin on Humanitarianism” and the “Catholic Church’s Safe Sex Practices”!

  39. Anonymous says:

    The UDP had four long years to introduce this ethics code.  This further shows how manipulative these bunch of policiticians are and what they are capable of doing if by a distinct remote chance that they get in power.  Mr. Bush is grasping desperately at straws.  Sheep in a wolve's clothing.  People stay very far from them.    Your attempt to baffle the people with bs is so vain that it is not even worth a chuckle.  SMH!!!

  40. Anonymous says:

    This has to be Joke…really! And sat and listened with.a serious. Face?

    • Anonymous says:

      Something is wrong.

      I checked my calender and April 1st has long past.

      Thanks CNS for trying to make us smile.

  41. Anonymous says:

    REALLY??? I am not going to say IT. That would just be too easy!!!!

  42. Anonymous says:

    An Epiphany?

  43. Anonymous says:

    Is it possible that the code might apply to mckeeva too? Oh my God, can they possibly get any more desperate?

  44. Anonymous says:

    Oh do go on.

    • Anonymous says:

      Love it! 

      • Anonymous says:

        What on earth is PNA thinking about ,using such a looser as of of their chief campaign persons who made poor Gilbert loose every election. When someone keep changing churches and cant get along in a church do you think that they influence anyone. Thats why we have such poor board members, the such like will most likely be the chairman of some up coming board. We over heard a telephone conversation from her daughter while shopping in the supermarket with her grand mother and boy oh boy wasnt she making fun of her Cayman Brac representative.Some people dont really know true friends. Maybe after this election they will.

  45. Anonymous says:

    Do as I say, not as I do?

  46. Philo the Philosopher says:

    UDP ETHICS CODE? UDP CODE OF ETHICS!  Any way one may turn this phrase it is a "dichotomy".  This "pig" is wearing lipstick! 

  47. Big Whopper says:

    HAhahahaha…Hahahahaha…Hahahaha…catching my breath…Hahahahaha Hahahaa…wooooeeee….let me read this one more time

  48. Anonymous says:

    Now this is just as ridiculous as the slogan “YOLO”! The UDP and ethics? Those two mix just as good as oil and water. The kool-aid they drinking is some potent stuff! This stuff is unreal but it makes for one good damn laugh at night. UDP has an ethics code. What’s next? Honesty 101?????

  49. Say Wha? says:

    Dear Hens,

    Starting today we are setting into code the manner in which we shall eat you, pardon me, I meant to say, guard your coop. 

    Signed,

    Your loving caretaker,

    Smiley, Sharp Teeth Fox

  50. Anonymous says:

    Oh the irony…

  51. Anonymous says:

    bah ha ha ha ha haaaaaa

  52. The lone haranguer rides again! says:

    They just have to do the opposite of everything they do now and that wo, whaaaaaaaaaaat!
    The audacity the nerve, the chutzpah my God what a group of charlatans, smoke and mirrors baby, song and dance, I do not know how they can walk up stairs with the huge shiny brass balls that they all must have.

  53. peter milburn says:

    This is an April fools joke right?Dont stop the carnival.

  54. Anonymous says:

    Maybe they could just borrow the 'real estate consultant's' how to guide?

  55. fredsanford says:

    This is so funny tell me it isnt so really. UMMM for now on you have to be good boys and girls and most importantly try and follow the rules or at least dont get caught and dont tell on each other either .

  56. BORN FREE says:

    A little late for that isn't it? "Too little too late" Mr. Bush!!!!!!!

  57. Anonymous says:

    ‘Maintain trust…in the UDP.’ What a joke!

  58. Anonymous says:

    Too little too late. The damage has already been done!!!! After all of these years of supposed representations and they are trying to introduce this? I say NO WAY, we wont be fooled OR bought this time.

  59. Anonymous says:

    LMAO! This us a gem!

  60. Anonymous says:

    They need to be more basic with instructions. Keep it simple and say "Use your personal credit card instead of the government issued credit card to withdraw cash at casinos".

  61. Count de Money says:

    Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue!

     

  62. Anonymous says:

    c4C was the first to introduce this with their 10 founding principles and then ppm and udp follow. We need new leaders with integrity and accountabilty to lead our country, not the same old reruns and has beens.

    • Anonymous says:

      20;51

       

      You really believe these so called new leaders have integrity and accountability to lead our country?

      You will be very disappointed. First you have to understand what happens when they get into the LA. all what they promise goes out the door. All this BS about integrity honesty and transparency, is just another political ploy… its about getting the job done.

      I dont care about their skeleton in their closets, or the few hundred thousand they spend over the 4 year period. Caymanians have to grow up and rise above the slander and gossip, they cant feed their children with that rubbish.

      Leadres of any country are given funds to travel and entertain other  deplomats and associates. Obama at one point took his personal vehicle to India along with his visit.

      We coming from a fishing village,  just 40 years ago, cannot understand these things. We are too narrow minded. and disrespectful to people of so-called lower class…that we look down to. This is the reason why the expats that are more mature will take this country to a higher level and take it over.

  63. Anonymous says:

    Is this some sort of a joke?!! A code of ETHICS? Coming from the former premier, the same person charged with how many counts of misconduct and theft, while in office?!!! I want to laugh at the irony but my anger at the blatant attempt at insulting our intelligence, prevents me from finding any humor in this.

    McKeeva are you really this disconnected and out of touch with reality?! You have to be!! Because there can’t be any other logical explanation for the things you say and do!!

    I can’t begin to wrap my head around how this man was able to brainwash people into thinking that there is sense in his nonesense. And it’s TERRIFYING knowing that seemingly intelligent people in this community have chosen to allign themselves with this level of lunacy.

  64. Ching Ching says:

    I am sitting in the smallest room in the house reading this but soon it will be behind me.

  65. Anonymous says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    LLLLLLLOOOOOOLLLLL

  66. Anonymous says:

    Word on the street is that Mac, Joey and Lyndon developed this “code”

  67. Anonymous says:

    Is this some kind of sick joke? This from the same party who brought Cayman a string of MLAs who have been charged with, tried for, or convicted of serious criminal offences, the 2 MLAs who were elected in a flagrant breach of the election law, the same two who actually admitted gross and wilful dereliction of their duty to their constituents, the gerrymandering, the XXXX, the wanton and disgraceful waste of tens of millions of dollars from deliberate and reckless mismanagement and manipulation of the central tendering process on multiple high value infrastructure projects, the disposal of crown property with a total lack of transparency and no regard for the best interests of Cayman, and a government who totally betrayed the Cayman people.

    UN-BELIEVE-ABLE.

    What an egregious, pathetic and opportunist bunch of lying hypocrites.

  68. Anonymous says:

    The hypocracy just made me throw up in my mouth.

  69. Anonymous says:

    Forgive me to ask this question, but isn’t it a given for grown men and worst yet politicians to be ethical? So for the last four years what were the UDP doing? Man this is scary, we only know what was found imagine those that got missed!

    I really suggest the 4 alliance deal is scrutinized. I further suggest the people demand a second audit other than PWC. Why the secret? Isn’t it the people’s land that was given away? We demand a right to know!

  70. Jim Gobetz says:

    How sad is it that these men and women, need to have a code of ethics for their behaviour in office. If one has a code of ethics in life, it should carry over in all that one does. If one does not have a code of ethics in life, writing one for what they'll do in office is of little value.

  71. Say Wha? says:

    1.  By the time that I post this, one million and one people will already have said what a joke this is – add my name to the count; so we're at 1,000,002 now. 

    2.  Cayman has lots of laws on the books, lots of codes, lots of everything – the problem is and has always been enforcement of these laws, codes, and other nonesense. 

    3.  So gentlemen, as far as I am concerned, take those codes and stick them where the sun don't shine. 

    4.  Lastly, Mr. Bush, there ain't no mountain in the Cayman Islands, and nobody will confuse you with Moses, even if you're thinking about walking down Mount Trashmore with some silly tablets in your hand.

  72. Anonymous says:

      I think it is our task now to go through each one of these and see how many they broke.

  73. Power of the People says:

    Am I the only one who feels like I've fallen down the rabbit hole? I suddenly feel like everything is inside out and upside down.

    Is there no end to the cheesiness? Does the UDP have no shame? This smacks of politricks and BS. OF COURSE they should have a code of conduct…but the ONLY reason that there is even the hint of a need for it is because the UDP themselves are the worst offenders.

    What a pot of hypocratic numpties.

    Remember the bid for transparency in the last election – – – clearly a point that was meant to inspire voters. Actual exercise of transparency…not so much.

    Methinks a similar empty promise lies in this one too. Looks fab on paper, but so very doubtful that the UDP handlers will get a certain someone to actually comply. Once the honeymoon is over…wooooeeeee…look out!

    I am just so disgusted with anything that looks, smells, sounds like UDP. Voters beware of wolves in sheep's clothing. A leopard does NOT change its spots. West Bay – try so do the right thing up in your neck of the woods. Don't be a laughing stock again this election.

  74. Anonymous says:

    He was able to say this without laughing?

  75. Anon says:

    Ha ha ha ha ha……..ha ha ha!

  76. Anonymous says:

    Who would trust anything Mac wrote?? I'd be surprised if he even knew how to spell ethics much  less what it means.

  77. Anonymous says:

    A day late and a dollar short!

  78. Anonymous says:

    These folks just get funnier by the day. Say anything, promise anything to get elected then forget us for 4 years. Not this time bobo, not this time.

  79. The Wong. says:

    What a joke this is. This should have been in place from fours years ago with the UDP party. Too little, too late.

  80. Anonymous says:

    BUHWAH HAHA HAHA HAHA…OWCH! Almost bust a blood vessel laughing at the headline…. what a joke… All I can say on the topic is if they already ignore the laws if the land then what is the point of having a code? What a bunch of hypocrites.

  81. Anonymous says:

    Who believes this is going to make a difference?? Ya right.

  82. Anonymous says:

    You got to be joking?…and I thought Joey Ebanks was hilarious but this tops it for this elections!! Nothing will top this one for sure. I’m an on the floor rolling.

  83. Anonymous says:

    You should be preaching to yourself. Why do you think we are in the mess that we are in, if it were not for your group's entire disregard to what is right. The first think UDP needs to do is to ask the country to forgive them for their unethical and terrible behaviour. Did they think it could go on forever. Four years rolls around quite quickly. UPD, Pna fess up and apologize to the country for the malicious behaviour you have demonstrated during the past 4 years. PPM overspending for better infastructure fails deeply in comparrison to your mal-management. You can do some of what you want some of the time, all of what you want some of the time but not all of what you want all of the time.

  84. Anonymous says:

    BUHWAH HAHA HAHA HAHA…OWCH! Almost bust a blood vessel laughing at the headline…. what a joke… can’t even be bothered to read the rest, point me to the cliff notes. All I can say on the topic is if they already ignore the laws if the land then what is the point of having a code?

  85. Anonymous says:

    On a completey unrelated note, it was reported today that pigs were seen flying over Cayman and Hell froze over – not the one in West Bay of course.

  86. Anonymous says:

    Will the ethics code appply to the "Great Leader" himself?

  87. Anonymous says:

    they need it god knows .

  88. Anonymous says:

    LOL.  It's nothing but a sham.  Actions speak louder than words and their actions have been atrocious!  I wonder who takes them serious?  What a joke!

  89. Anonymous says:

    HA!