Court moves on Rivers case

| 17/06/2013

mac n tara (232x300).jpg(CNS): The court has moved quickly on the necessary proceedings over the challenge filed against the election of C4C member of the Legislative Assembly, Tara Rivers. According to the cause lists for this week, the Rivers case is listed for a directions hearing on Tuesday afternoon in Grand Court Five. The election petition filed last Wednesday, as revealed by CNS, queries the new education minister’s qualifications to be an elected member on two grounds. John Gordon Hewitt, the husband of Velma Hewitt, the UDP candidate who finished fifth in the West Bay poll, has petitioned the courts stating that Rivers has a US passport and was not resident in Cayman for the seven years prior to the election as required.

So far, Rivers has not commented on her qualification but released a short statement Friday saying she would be defending her election to office and fighting the challenge. The PPM leader and new premier, Alden McLaughlin, who invited Rivers into his Cabinet in the immediate wake of the election, even though she ran on the Coalition for Cayman ticket, also offered his support to his Cabinet colleague.

It is hoped that the issue will be resolved quickly as it is very likely that, should Rivers lose the challenge, a by-election will need to be held in the district because of the significant number of votes achieved by Rivers in the General Election. It is unlikely that Velma Hewitt, who came in fifth, would have been the major recipient of Rivers’ votes if she had not run as the C4C candidate, as they were seen as an anti-UDP vote by many. Had she not participated, a significant portion of her votes may well have gone to one of the other 11 candidates in the West Bay race.

With a very recent precedent set in the Turks and Caicos by former Cayman magistrate Margaret Ramsey Hale, now a judge in that territory, Hewitt’s challenge, if successful, is unlikely to result in the requested automatic return to office of his wife.

The challenge was filed just ahead of the deadline on the three week window of opportunity provided for by the elections law but it was not unexpected. The issue of Rivers being out of the country for a large part of the seven years prior to the election had been queried prior to the national poll but Rivers had made no comment on the issue.

In addition, on Nomination Day Rivers was one of a half dozen or so candidates who refused to sign a voluntary declaration document created by the Elections Office to focus candidates' minds on the various qualification requirements in an effort to reduce the risk of a challenge to any of them.

It is no secret that Rivers was working in London between 2006 and 2009 as an associate at a law firm. However, she has reportedly claimed that she was also a student at the time and said it was not an issue. The elections law does provide some exemptions to the seven year residencyrequirement for candidates ahead of qualification, including being off island in order to study. However, it is not clear if that relates to those studying abroad while also holding a full time job overseas.

CNS contacted C4C committee members, who had claimed to scrutinize all of the candidates they had endorsed, to ask if they had satisfied themselves that Rivers did not hold dual nationality and that her absence from the islands was legitimately covered by the law. But the advocacy group, which has positioned itself on a platform of accountability and transparency in government, has not responded.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Velma is not the issue here.

     Whilst Tara is a very good fit for the position of Education Minister given the opportunity she like all others needed to declare all documents.

    Then, the readers of CNS wouldn't have to make so many malicious comments, Govt time and money wouldn't be wasted and we could move forward trying to revitalize our Education system.

    I hope this madness will soon be put to rest!!!

  2. Knot S Smart says:

    Nice photo CNS. Glad you did not use a photo with a 'snake in the grass'…

  3. Anonymous says:

    wow.

  4. Anonymous says:

    i dont think the issue is wether she is quilified to serve our country but  wether she was quilified to run in the 2013 election. there are laws in everything in life as there is when it comes to being in politics that we have to live by and follow. i do feel that Tara would be good for our islands but she has really gotten off to a very bad start.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Morals?What is wrong with this society?Who is being taken to Court? Are we now defending someone that did not start out right-with transparency.And follow the law of the land.

    The other person seeking justice is now being made out as the bad guy according to the comments on this page.

    Is this now acceptable behavior in Cayman.

  6. Cayman Mama says:

    If the purpose of the wording in the Constitution is to ensure a candidate is sufficiently Caymanian to be elected as an MLA, and that candidate was deemed to be so in 2000, then it follows that the same candidate will be eligible to run in 2013, regardless of how many years the candidate has studied or worked abroad.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Wow, she's even TALLER than sputnick.

  8. Whodatis says:

    It is quite unfortunate that this matter will have to be drawn through the process and expense of our courts.

    The way things are stacking up, I sincerely hope that Tara has an excellent explanation.

    I say this because at the time of nomination she was fully aware of whether or not she was eligible.

    Furthermore, one of her running-mates on the C4C ticket (Kent McTaggart) pulled out of the race on the very basis of questions surrounding his residency. Therefore, in addition to the issue being a nagging reality in the back of the mind of any Caymanian political hopeful that merely contemplates some time abroad – she had a full-frontal reminder of these requirements by way of his withdrawal.

    Tara really ought to tread carefully on this one because she is still young and I would hate to see her political career ruined before it even starts. If this ends badly for her she will be forever written off in my book – and hopefully everyone else's.

    Any political hopeful that is willing to play chicken with our constitution does not deserve the honor of representing the people.

    May justice run its course.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Caymanian lawyers practiing overseas is the same as the lawyerspracting in Cayman Law in Hong Kong and the US..  The difference are who are making the money..

    • Anonymous says:

      and the fact that Caymanian lawyers have valid practising certificates. 

      • Anonymous says:

        …and are actually competent to practise Cayman law.

        • Anonymous says:

          and are not engaged in Money Laundering by illegally practising without a practising certificate.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Lord please save these people, Tara is a smart woman. Pls wait for the court to deal with this…

    Thank you.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Whislt Tara was the BEST choice west bay could have ever elected because of her well educated portfolio , we realize that Justice is also Justice. It is as simple as Tara showing a few documentations… However she states that she will defend herself vigorously. I go on to say However Tara was still the peoples choice. She made History in West Bay when she broke The UDP cycle. To be honest she would have represented us well , you can see it by even the way she speaks…But if she knew she was not eligable to run , she should have never partaken in this election. Now to Ms. Velma… You must really have wanted a seat bad, In my opinion If you knew this you should have spoken up, I bet if you won a seat Ms. Tara wouldnt be an issue.. And how are you so sure if Tara didn't run the people of west bay wouldnt have casted their votes to someone else besides you… Even if you do get a seat, I dont think you'll be returning Come The next election… Wow people can do alot ehhh… Besides I still believe Tara is Caymanian at Heart…Better than some of them who in their that have no education, they don't have cayman at heart and just want the paychecks…. I end on saying tho Tara even tho we would have loved your representation if in any instance you need to step down, We say the very best wishes and hope you are succesful in the next upcoming election. Remember this Campaign was about HONESTY, INTEGRITY AND JUSTICE. Lets stay on track, You cannot preach something and do another.

  12. Anonymous says:

    If it turns out that Ms. RIvers knowingly ran while being ineligible then she should be held accountable.  A budding lawyer should be smart enough to see there was potential for conflict here and should have confirmed she was in the clear before she ran.

    She got a lot of votes.  Who knows how things would have shaken out if she had not been in the mix.

    If there is a run-off I think that the people of the Cayman Islands should send her the bill the costs of the new election.  It wont be cheap and we as a country dont have extra money lying around.  Shame!

    • Anonymous says:

      Tara is smart and she will win this challenge by the sore losers who brought it.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Please help as I am confused:  According the this previous post from the Constitution, wouldn't this trigger an island-wide by-election, not just a district – as the constitution itself doesn't speak of a district seat particularly?  Thanks in advance for any clarification.

     

    The Cayman Constitution would seem to require a by-election.

     

    Secion 86 (2) reads:  

    (2) Whenever any person vacates his or her seat as a member of the Legislative Assembly for any reason other than its dissolution, an election to fill the vacancy shall be held within two months after the occurrence of the vacancy, unless the Assembly is sooner dissolved or the date on which the Assembly must be dissolved under section 84(3) is less than four months after the occurrence of the vacancy.

    • Anonymous says:

      Ummm….no. What part of election to "fill the vacancy" don't you understand? There would be only one vacancy.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Funny how 4 years ago it was ok for John John Seymour and Mark Scotland to be challenged  in court because they didn't declare their interests on time but it's so wrong for Tara to be challenged now because she seemed to have gotten elected illegally. When the shoes is on the other person's foot the expereince is totally different. 

     

    • Ironside says:

      The Seymour/Scotland challenge was issued outside of the required time to file such issue(s) with the court as the law is currently written.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Yep, I wa tinkin a "bye-election" too.  

  16. Anonymous says:

    Maybe Tara should have studied the cayman constitution and laws when she was overseas forever! Longest schooling I ever seen. She must have been aiming to get a senior citizen discount from her tuitions!

  17. Anonymous says:

    embarassing for c4c and the government….. and i have not been impressed by tara from day 1…her flip fllopping and heel dragging on being in government….showed a displayed a lack of belief in her abilities…..

    the good news is that she is not crucial to the government majority…..

  18. Anonymous says:

    Tara has put the elections office in a pile of doodoo because of this error. Shameful.

  19. Loopy Lou says:

    With Steve on the other side, where is Tara going to find a lawyer who can run a great Chewbacca defence?  It is looking like the Chewie option is her best bet.

    • Anonymous says:

      Tara answered you question! She hired some of the brightest legal minds and most competent lawyers in these islands to defend her. Graham Hampson and Paul Keeble can go up against Steve any day! Not to mention the Constitutional QC in London. Tara my dear I am praying for you and trust that you win this challenge brought against you by the sore losers who could never win the votes and hearts that you have. The majority are still behind you Tara. Hold your head high, fight and win!

      • Anonymous says:

        I disagree. Steve Mcfield is a force to be reckoned with. Master of our Cayman constitution. No one can touch him on that!

        • Anonymous says:

          Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC is a leading constitutional expert and advised the Cayman delegation when negotiating this constitution. Steve is no match for him.

  20. Anonymous says:

    I think she just needs to step aside and make sure she is ready for the next general election. By then we should have OMOV.

    • Anonymous says:

      If the ineligibility is proved, she should be required to pay legal costs and the costs of any by-election.  Why should the public pay for an improper attempt at election by an ineligibile candidate?

    • Anonymous says:

      It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Whatever rules apply to one candidate should apply to all. 

       

  21. Anonymous says:

    Will everyone stop talking about Velma! She is not the issue here. The issue is whether Tara is eligible ( and that is looking very questionable).. If she isn’t there will clearly be a bye-election, as the have as many votes as you want system means there is no other option.

  22. Cashew says:

    C4Crickets

    That’s the all I hear. Response, don’t hold your breath.

    • Disgusted! says:

      What you couldn't hear the quite wisper from the ivory towers?  C4C has lost it's way, and is nothing more than a bad joke.  They have rode the coat tails of the individuals who had an audence and a reputation, taken advantage of disgust with our political enviroment to make a brand, and now that brand is more important than anything else.  Sad, I think it could have been a good thing.

  23. anonymous says:

    Cayman politics: better than a reality show.

    • Anon says:

      Totally Agree. This is my soap, and I'm hooked. Browing this site is a bad use of time, but I just can't help it. Next week, Mac is named in the Queen's birthday honours after all, JuJu confesses she's really a Native American, and Krank McField wonders who to cast as himself in the new play he's written about his life "Arts and Farces in Cayman"  ……… ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Diogenes says:

      Be funnier if we didnt have to pay for the consequences of it all.  

  24. Anonymous says:

    I hopethe Bar Association and the IRS is paying close attention to this!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Why?

    • Anonymous says:

      Not good to have potentially the most obvious case (there are many) of an attorney withholding material information, being a Caymanian.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Oh dear, it will take a whole lot more than this to get Velma elected and make her Honourable. Sorry Gordon you will need to try another avenue, this one will not get you there!

  26. Anonymous says:

    Whilst, I do believe that Tara could do a good job as Education Minister. 

    She has started off on the wrong foot and holding back on the necessary documents to prove people wrong or right will only dig a deeper hole for herself and cast alot of doubt in people's mind about her being trust worthy.

    Show us the documents!!

    Let's not drag this out.

     

     

    • Anonymous says:

      You peope are so darned ignorant.  Why do you all keep jumping on here talking about that Tara should "just show the documents".  Don't you all understand that this is a court case! She has been challenged by an American married to a Caymanian wanna be politician and she must therefore answer the charges where they were brough, in the court of law. I hope she wins but if she does not so be it. However, and it is a big HOWEVER, Velma will not waltz in to replace her which is what the man is asking for in his suit. 

  27. Anonymous says:

    Enough of the foolishness. Let’s have this settled by weeks end and call a by-election immediately if need be. And from what am noticing on here. Tara is done. Well the good news, looks like CNS political ad space will be back in full swing next week huh? Rolston, Velma, Woody, Mervin, you all ready? On your marks, get set…..

    And finally. The Hewitts should be praised for having the guts to bring this matter to light! Very brave and admirable considering the online backlash and name calling from disappointed and dejected Tara supporters. I wonder if her team will be calling a meeting at the town hall tonight to discuss? Hey, this is a serious enough matter for debate.

    Well folks, i hope most of you got good rest this long weekend, cause I know lots of others didn’t. Ahhhhhhh….. Politics, such a dirty game.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Conyers Dill & Pearman's biography of Tara Rivers on their website certainly seems to suggest that she was working full time for Allen & Overy in London as an International Capital Markets Associate and also that she had a secondment to Citigroup whilst she was in London. Even more telling, her education, as listed on the same web page, makes no mention of any studies beyond 2005 when she got her LLB at York University. Her biography also suggests that she was called to the bar in New York and Ontario in 2006 and Cayman in 2009 but makes no mention of her being called to the bar in the UK. I begin to see why she refused to sign the declaration form…

    http://www.conyersdill.com/people/view/tara-rivers

     

    • Anonymous says:

      The fact remains she is an infinitely more appropriate representative for the Cayman Islands than Velma whats her name.

      • Anonymous says:

        20;11

        I have to agree with you on your statement, but its not about infinitely, or Velma. This all came about what Tara high lighted during her campaign….honesty, integrety and transparency.

        Now lets get on with it!

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree with you 100 percent and it is also important to note the bar is held each and every year in feb and July therefore her excuse she was studying for New York bar is shot as she only started at Allen and overy according to first article in October. No more studying give it up tara,,,,,,,,

    • Logic says:

      This says it all really. She clearly was not a student in the UK. She was there to gain experience, which is both commendable and worthwhile, but at the end of the day she was not studying, she was not doing a mandatory stint as part of a course of study. She chose to stay in the UK to become a well rounded attorney, again this is very commendable, but unfortunately that doesn't exempt her from abiding by our constitution. Tara, accept it, XXXX. Do the right thing and run again in four years.

      • Anonymous says:

        Huh? How can you make a categorical statement that "she was not a student in the UK"?.  

        • Anonymous says:

          Her web biography said she worked as an associate in a London firm (until it was amended more recently).  Her web bio did not refer to any study in the UK at this time.

          • Anonymous says:

            If she studied and did not pass the exams would the bio reflect that she was a student? Not saying she did, just asking.

          • Anonymous says:

            Yes, i read that but that does not amount to a categorical statement that she was not also a student.

    • Sheriff Buford T. Justice says:

      “Many rivers to cross, but I can’t seem to find my way over. Wandering, I’m lost…”

      I really wish she had found a way home sooner. ๐Ÿ™

      Such a waste if her run is invalid.

  29. Anonymous says:

    I’d rather a by election than to have more uneducated people in the LA! She’s the best choice that came out of wb in years!

    345

  30. Anonymous says:

    Velma and McKeeva! The country does NOT want you! A thousand morons may have voted for you in WB but clearly the rest of the country made a different choice otherwise PPM and C4C would not have gotten in. Why are you trying to force yourself upon this country? I expected this from McKeeva abut Velma must have clearly lost it!

    • Anonymous says:

      People who associate themselves with mckeeva do tend to lose it. Just ask Foolio.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Tara – either you were a student or you weren't.  Either you do have a US passport or you don't.  Two very easy questions to answer and prove so just answer them, show us the proof and this can be sorted by tomorrow.  Or, admit that you messed up, save yourself embarrassment and step down if you are not eligible, and it will still be sorted by tomorrow.  

    Either way, this should not have to go through the courts which is a waste of time and money.

    Do the right thing Tara…..please.  The right thing is not to fight something that doesn't need to be fought.  

    • Anonymous says:

      It doesn't matter if she has a US passport, if the citizenship is a birthright, see below:

      and who at the date of his or her nomination for election possesses no other citizenship SAVE FOR any right he or she may have to some other citizenship by virtue of his or her birth outside the Cayman Islands;

       

  32. Anonymous says:

    This shouldn't even need to go through the courts.  If Tara is telling the truth, then all she needs to do is to provide all the supporting documentation to prove her student status while in the UK.  With regard to the passport issue, that should be very easy to confirm.  And if it isn't, she can file an affidavit confirming that she does not have a US passport.  

    This should NOT have to go through court.  Tara can save the country a lot of money by simply providing this documentation for us.  She doesn't need to fight anything.  She just needs to provide the documents. 

    I susoect that the fact that she hasn't provided the documents means that they don't exist and that she is indeed inelgible.  I hope this is not the case but if it isn't, why is she choosing to fight rather than save us all time and money by providing the proof?  

    This does not look good.  

    • Anonymous says:

      Apparently the University of Life is a bit slow when it comes to printing diplomas. 

    • Anonymous says:

      No. This does need to go to court here to settle the issue of whether or not mere possesion of a U.S travel document by a person who holds a birthright claim to American citizenship is legally valid constitutionally mandated grounds for disqualification. Thus far all I see is conjecture based on very faulty layman's interpretation of the relevant provisions of the constitution. I have not been witness to one single person, including the elections officers, citing any legal precedents relevant to the issue. The poorly framed and imprecise wording of the constitution is certainly contributory to the problem.

  33. Anonymous says:

    How many of these proud US Citizens file with the IRS each year?  It's a felony not to no matter where you reside.

  34. anonymous says:

    West Bayers, if Tara is at fault and the courts finds McKeeva guilty too, there will be 2 seats up for grab in West Bay.  The best person for education that is available would be Rolston Anglin and the other candidate to replace McKeeva should be Woody DaCosta. Just Saying!

    • Anon says:

      Woody DaCosta and the rest of the PPM candidates in WB have zero chance. Woody has too much baggage and has all the trademarks of a stereotypical UDP candidate. If Tara joins PPM she will be voted out after this challenge is defeated

  35. Anonymous says:

    Velma herself can very easily put an end to this lunacy. Forget about the used to be UDP and do yourself and your country a favor Velma. You will earn the respect of your country for that. 

    • Anonymous says:

      Tara's ongoing silence is deafening, leaving me to beleive that there is some substance to Miss Velma's challenges.  No double standards, what's good for the goose is good for the gander -so Tara, come clean for the good of the country – do not make this go to court, you can nip this in the bud right now.  Tell us the truth, we deserve to know.

      The question is simple: were you schooling in the UK while you were working, thus making you eligible to run in the 2013 election?    If you were not schooling, then kindly step down. Do the right thing.

      XXXX

      Her statements on the challenge were pompous and self serving, and she failed to declare that she was innocent of all accusations.  Why not Tara, do you know something that we dont?

       

      • Anonymous says:

        "Schooling"? Is she a fish? Good Lord, the butchery of the Queen's English is driving me to drink!

      • Anonymous says:

        What we CAN tell you is that Tara will serve our country immeasureably better than "Miss Velma" for the next four years. That, and that alone, is what is important to us. And it should be to you and to Miss Velma too.

        • Diogenes says:

          If you let Tara run, why not let others run who also fail the Caymanian test set out in the constitution?  I don't see an exemption for people who are clever or worthy,and committed to Cayman – plenty of those around, but their participation is not welcome.  Ask yourself why the electoral law sets the limits it does – it sure as hell isnt about ensuring the best qualified candidates.  

          • Anonymous says:

            What we CAN tell you is that Tara will serve our country immeasureably better than "Miss Velma" for the next four years. That, and that alone, is what is important to us. And it should be to you and to Miss Velma too.

        • Sheriff Buford T. Justice says:

          But only if Ms. Rivers is within the law. Otherwise, no matter how well intended, she would be disqualified. Shame really.

      • Anonymous says:

        Velma isn't challenging, her husband is. 

  36. Anonymous says:

    As far as I'm concerned, Velma can't put her feet into Tara's shoes – not even her big toe.

    • Anonymous says:

      Good thing she can’t, because it looks like Tara’s shoes are stuck in muck! Velma is her own woman and has proved herself considerably by the number of votes she too received, and this was her FIRST run! Well done Velma. You are a west bayer with the community at heart who has been in touch with your own forever. And i note, you have no issues with your eligibility, now do you? Proud to call you friend and defender of our constitution!

  37. NJ2Cay says:

    Well it looks like Ms Rivers has already gotten her first taste of what it mean to be a politician and a constant target for your opposition and this will surely not be her last taste of it. She does seem a little green around the edges when it comes to the political battlefield in Cayman but I am sure that will eventually turn into a hardened exterior as she has to deal with this more and more realizing how quickly people will turn on you and point the finger at you.

     

    To me this suit just seems to be a last minute ditch effort from a disgruntled person  who wants the job and didn’t get it fairly. I’d think these questions should have been asked before the election. Hopefully for Ms Rivers there is no validity to the allegations, on the other hand if there are she should have known this would happen and most likely brought in on herself.

     

    If indeed the suit pushes her out no one should get in by default, there should be a by-election to insure the person that wins is selected by a majority vote

     

    Politics is a game of Hard Ball and you have to know how to play this game well to be successful.

    • Anonymous says:

      I think the issue really is, was she a student.  She can provide her student ID card, her tax status forms or any number of documents that can put this to bed immediately.  I hold a full time job but am studying towards a professional qualification, but that doesn't make me a student.  I hope I'm wrong but I susect Tara may be in a bit of trouble here.  

  38. Anonymous says:

    Many people engage in some form of studies while working. I think the question is… Was she spending most of her time working or studying?

    • Garfield says:

      A mandatory legal internship sometimes up to 2 years is a lot of work for a small amount of money in England. It is part of the educational requirement to become a lawyer. So was it part of her studies? Yes. Was she also working? Yes. She had no choice in the matter if she wanted to be called to the Bar in England.

      • Anonymous says:

        Well according to her bio she only called to bar in Canada and New York so that is another lie. How many will these islands have to go through before she does the honorable thing.

      • Jonas Dwyer says:

        Wow! seems like we have another lawyer defending Tara, funny name though, and I dont believe he know what he is talking about.

    • Anonymous says:

      Steve should get a court order to disclose her billable hours while in England.  End of story.

      • Anonymous says:

        You can have billable hours whilst you are still an intern. 

        • Anonymous says:

          Her web biography in 2010 called her an associate and that is documented.  There is no question of her being an intern, unless that biography was misleading marketing, which I really hope is not the case.

      • Anonymous says:

        Steve. End of story.

    • Anonymou says:

      No the question is what does the constitution say.  Does it disallow part time studies?   This is what the courts will have to decide.  WE have to be carful as we say we have the simple answers.  Read the Consitiution.  It does not mention how much one must study vs work.  The court will have the final say.   They will rule on what it says not what we would like it to say.

      Then when all is done on this case with the outcome on way or the other.  I feel we need to look closly at the constitution in this regard and make the needed changes.

      • Anonymous says:

        You need to get your "e" button checked friend:

         

        "carful" for careful

         

        "on" for one

         

        "closly" for closely

  39. Dwene Ebanks says:

    Tara, keep your head up and be strong.  I suspect, my friend, this is most difficult for so many reasons.  I am posting this as my public support for you while you journey over and beyond this hurdle.  Your committment to the people of our country shall keep you.  Your belief in Justice shall sustain you.  May you always know that in my heart, I want what is best for you..always.  Prayers for peace and strength.  Dwene A. Ebanks

    • Anonymous says:

      Tara ,Keep your head high and fight .Show big mac and steve , what make you qualified to be a minister of the Cayman Islands . big mac want to have 3 Eugenes under him in the house, then the Islands would be in the same mess it was before 2013 election .People if the court order a by election then vote big mac out, then the Islands would be better.mac is for himself & The other and then you Caymanians .

  40. Anonymous says:

    Caymanians can only thank themselves for this situation by allowing and condoning the constant gerrymandering of the Consitution, the immigration and election laws over the years to prevent "foreigners" from voting & especially running for election.  It's now come back to bitethem in the a**.

    Who would you rather have governing the Islands, a big fish in the small Cayman pond who has never or rarely lived abroad or someone who has studied and/or worked abroad and thereby gained a greater world knowledge to apply back here.

    The qualifications for political candidates needs to be drastically overhauled, as the current situation with Ms. Rivers proves.

    • Anonymous says:

      Well it’s obvious from the thumbs up and down that we are evenly split amongst wanting better and wanting to be stuck with the likes of the UDP. GREAT PROGRESS CAYMAN ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    • Anonymous says:

      This must be a joke statement. Having foreigners run for politics? ? Are you kidding me? You must be from the uk.. damn you people never stop.

      • Anonymous says:

        You are totally missing the point.  By making the rules so strenuous for selfish reasons we have now disqualified our own people.

        • Anonymous says:

          really? so the rules should be laxed then?? follow the God Damn rules and no one will be disqualified. If it needs updating, then update it. its as simply as that. Thats what happen to some of you people , want an easy ride without abiding by the rules.

      • Anonymous says:

        Why must that person be from the UK? That's a very stereotypical statement you made. You need to think a little bit more broader of what the outcome could be. If Tara is truly not eligible to run for politics but WINS this court battle, then a new precedent is set and it WILL open up foreigners to run for elections here. Even the Constitution can be flawed. So stop your backward thinking and think about what other consequences there could be; either a by-election or she gets to keep herseat.

        • Anonymous says:

          Maybe, YOU should stop the backward thinking.. if she wins this case, while not truly being eligible, then you are stating that our courts are incompetent to rule wisely on the matter. Maybe you should think about a logical response before actually typing something.

          regarding my post about persons being from the UK, it is my opninion based on many different post by UK nationals about how we caymanians are, on this site and many others. If you dont like it , tough. Last time I check , we still have free speech. You people love to say that we are backwards thinkers when we speak out..  you hate when we people dont drink your cool aide like the good little slaves we are.

    • Anonymous says:

      We want qualified honest caymanians running this country, not some rejected expat who feels cayman owes them something. If it was up to many of you brits, we would be slaves in our own country. Just reading your statement proves that many of you who come here think all caymanians are incompetent. You believe you can take what we have built for generations and push us in the street. Typical british mentality, can’t fix your own back yard and now you trying to tell us how to fix ours.
      While mckeeva might be whst he is, which I dont condone, there are many “lords”(what a joke) that make him look like childs play. Fix your own house before you tell people how to fix theirs.

  41. Anonymous says:

    Good quicker we can have bi election and be done with this matter onc and for all.

  42. Anonymous says:

    She’s educated woman who’s the best candidate for the job, we need any more uneducated people in the LA!
    Gt voter

    • Anonymous says:

      Tara is the only person who can actually set this straight, so stop blaming everybody else. All she has to do is show the evidence that she was schooling in the UK while she was working as an Associate at that UK firm.

      Where is  all the transparency, integriy and honesty that you preached about during the hustings?  Prove yourself and walk the talk! Put your money where your mouth is Tara.

      Where's the beef Tara? Show us the proof that you were schooling and all this will go away. By your very silence, it shows that all is not as it should be. Sad, and I had such great hope for you.

       

       

       

       

      • Anonymous says:

        OMG why don't you stop posting your "schooling" errors here!  The fact is, Velma's husband brought a suit against Tara which Tara must now answer to in a Court of Law. It is not a matter that she can just stand up on the corner and shout her innocence as you suggest. She mus answer this matter in the Courts where it was questioned. I wish Tara all the best and hope that this can quickly be resolved and that she will come out the victor.

    • Anonymous says:

      More than anything else, we need honest and truthful people in the LA. Tara are you a truthful person? Were you indeed schooling while you were working full time in the UK, if so, where is the evidence??

      • Anonymous says:

        I think Tara very eloquently explained in her response on Friday, she is unable to give out thesedetails at this time as the case is now unfortunately before the courts. In my opinion the correct & honorable way to have handled this situation, would have been for the Hewitt's to have asked Tara publicaly to produce those documents before they took the matter to court.    At this juncture all Tara can do is to produce all of the necessary documentation that she has to the courts as directed by them. Otherwise anything that she says or does outside of the case it will be deemed prejudicial to her & the outcome of it.

    • Anonymous says:

      I'd rather have an uneducated person who is able to tell the truth than an educated one who can't or won't.

       I am speaking generally here as this case isnot yet resolved.