Mac wins verdict jackpot

| 09/10/2014

(CNS): After another two hours of deliberation on Thursday morning the jury eventually reached the much anticipated not guilty verdict on all 11 counts against the former premier on the misuse of his government credit card and the cash advances he took to play slot machines in casinos. The verdict was delivered to a packed courtroom full of McKeeva Bush’s supporters. But following warnings from the judge the public gallery remained subdued as the forewoman finally delivered the news. Following a four week trial where the case against Bush hung on a very narrow point, the four men and three women took almost a day to find that, despite using the card to take cash for gambling, Bush had not abused the public trust or committed a crime.

Once the judge left the courtroom, the public gallery erupted into euphoria and cheers as Bush raised his arm in victory.

Check back to CNS for more and Bush’s reaction.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Approximately 100 Fools were in front of the Court House celebrating with Mac for spending $50,000 of their money on gambling while they and their children went hungry. Out of a voter base of 18,000+ I would not call that "support" Mac !!! Bayas might re-elect you but you will never get a majority of the 18 MLAs to support you as Leader AGAIN !!!

    How about we bet $50,000 on that point Mac.? When I win and collect the winnings I will deposit the money into the People's Treasury as "enhanced interest on the unauthorised loan" !!! 

  2. Anonymous says:

    Welcome back to third world status Cayman.  But you never really left right?

    • dj. says:

      Ahhhh just shut up – don't like it here, then leave us a vacancy. Im sure somebody else who respects our culture and our leaders will be happy to fill your spot.

      • Anonymous says:

        Be careful what you wish for, if all the people who think Bush is not an ethical person worthy of leadership, leave…you will go back to thatch rope smoke pots and wompers.

  3. Anonymous says:

    It is said that back in the late 1970's the Cayman Islands ended up with two B727 jets as a result of our then-leader's gambling escapades in the Bahamas. CIG/CAL taking on the jets and a few Air Florida executives were the deal to bail out the debt. Of course that deal cost us more than a gambling debt but at least we had use of two good jets. Wonder what we "bought" this time?

  4. Anonymous says:

    I just need to know is there a written credit card policy now in place?? If so what are the repurcussions for misuse ?

  5. Anonymous says:

    All a "not guilty" verdict means is that a jury did not consider the prosecution established a case beyond reasonable doubt.  It means no more than that. 

  6. Anonymous says:

    That little David boy have buss up that big witless Goliath again!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Anyone of you know McKeeva's date of birth (D.O.B), the hour he was born, his height, his favourite bible verse and anything related to numbers? Please post because I need to win the Florida Powerball and Megaball by next week.  This man is a winner anyway you spin him. "yuh pick him up, yuh lick him down, him bounce right back, what a hard man fi dead".

    • Anonymous says:

      McKeeva was born on Janaury 20, 1955, I was made to understand.

    • Anonymous says:

      His favourite bible verse must be Psalm 24:4 which he previously invoked:

      Psalm 24

      1 A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD'S, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it.

      2 For He has founded it upon the seas And established it upon the rivers.

      3 Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? And who may stand in His holy place?

      4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood And has not sworn deceitfully.

      New American Standard Bible

  8. Anonymous says:

    To all of you who said he used the country's money; Duh??? He did not!!! First you said he stole the money, then he used it.  What about, did he paid what he used off the credit card?  Please get over it.  It's done!! The case is over. Go find something else to talk about.  McKeeva is becoming powerful again and all this yapping is adding to it.  Just let sleeping dogs lie and do not add any fuel to the fire.  Election is around the corner and this daily yapping can hurt a whole lot of politicians. 'Believe it or Not'.

  9. Anonymous says:

    With 361 comments, it shows that Mac is still popular. The saying that goes 'if you are not hated, you are nobody and if nobody is talking about you, you are really a nobody'.  It is quite evident that Mac exist and will be for a long, long time.

    • Caymanian.. says:

      Look at the comments the Governor and FCO gets … like in the 60's   lol … it shows you the critics here don't have such a big following after all. Perhaps CNS is there only home.

      • Anonymous says:

        Someone who has put the Cayman Islands in the mouth of the world, in such a negative way, we should all be hanging our heads.  What a shame.  Past Premier of the CASINOS!!!  The devil must be stacking up some coals.

        • Anonymous says:

          Rather I think it was Mr. Duncan who blurp his mouth out to the world about our financial center and nothing was done about it. Read the news my friend. It doesnt take a rocket science.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Let’s be honest, please define gambling problem, I know several people who gamble up to 1 million a year win or loose, I know very prominent caymanian business people who gamble 10k plus per hand so do these people have a problem?

    Now what Mac Daddy did was ethically, morally wrong, unfortunately our government did have a policy in place that and member of the civil service and or MLAs could use their card for personal use.. This is the facts!!!!

    This argument will be going on for years and we now need to address other issues, as his piers found him innocent. Let’s get over it and if in you agree I am sure you will vote for him in the next election and if not you won’t.

    Let’s be totally honest here, nothing has changed!!!??

    • Anonymous says:

      Do the business people you speak of have a problem?  Umm hello. Hell yes.  Bone up on addictions my friend. 

  11. Anonymous says:

    So let the investigations begin.  Start with the football clubs that got government funds when certain ex ministers were in office and no one can see whaere the money went and the clubs dont even have money to buy water for the players!   Start investigating.  Al least Mr Bush paid back but where is the club money?  If GOvt is deprived of the money then that is theft!  So DPP, investigate!

     

  12. Anonymous says:

    361 Comments in less than one day, dog that says a lot good or bad.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Overall regardless of how you feel about the verdict there are some troubling outcomes from this entire event:

    The fact that the behaviour of the Governor and CoP who are held to a higher ethical standard and who are tasked with safety, security and stability of these islands would collude together to trump up charges to remove and embarrass the democratically elected Premier of these islands is severely alarming to me.

    The fact that our Caymanians allow themselves to be used by the Governor and CoP time and time again without any push back for the truth and facts is troubling. The swiftness with which the "theft" charges secretly disappeared and the DPP will be fully blamed for this fiasco is a testament to the ruse. This is exactly the same mo as Tempura – use the gullible local.

    The fact that our Caymanians again have no accountability or reasoning and pride in one's job. How can a junior member of staff be more intuitive and thorough in the application of their job whilst the Chief Officer is down right negligent and slack to let these charges through without as much as a glance or raised eyebrow.

    Imagine the wanton disregard for the public purse if the Leader is acting as if these credit cards are there for his personal use and he could get away with it imagine the serious abuse at the lower levels of the organization?? Some of those personal charges probably were never charged back our refunded to the public purse to this day. I wonder if there is now a written policy that is actually being adhered to???

    The fact that the Premier of a country would even fathom that using his Government credit card for gambling would be acceptable. This is just totally alarming to me no fear of embarrassment or reprimand just business as usual. Unbelievable. Same principal for all the other abusers as well a luxury watch or gambling it is the same principal.

    The fact that as a people we can be so short sighted and down right hateful at times. Be careful when plotting someone's demise because it might just come back and bite you in the a** as well. The glee at which people celebrated when Mckeeva was completely embarrassed for a small country of people who are mostly related I find it alarming. We have to stick together more and show more love. Trust me the Governor and CoP would never turn on each other with the swiftness that our people turned on Mckeeva. We need to think beyond the obvious today Mckeeva tomorrow it might just be me!

     

     

     

    • Anonymous says:

      A sober balanced post, 16:45, so immediately you get hammered by thumbs down. That is the problem with CNS posters, a mixture of the thoughtful and the retards and lots in between.

    • Anonymous says:

      Trump up charges? Perhaps you missed the fact that in light of the evidence presented, his lawyer admitted to everything that he was charged with. He is just lucky that the jury decided that what he did admit to was not a crime, because he had not been given written instructions to say "don't take a cash advance from your government and use it to play slot machines in the casino".

    • Anonymous says:

      Trumped up?

  14. Anonymous says:

    While the Constitution and the government policies may have loop holes, The Word of God doesn't have any loop holes and if the former premier had spent more time reading his Bible and praying for the direction of which this country needed to be led, he would not have found himself in casinos gambling with the country's money and then lying about what he used the money for when it was withdrawn out of those ATM's. We as the public may speculate and some may say he's guilty and other's may say he's not but one thing is for sure…God knows everything! Nothing is hidden from Him and what is done in darkness will be brought to light and we will all stand before God one day and will have to answer to Him!

    May God help this country and our leaders to make the right decisions and may we hear them in the LA praying and seeking for God's direction wholeheartedly. They have tried everything else and failed.. so why not try God. He is the solution! Hate, vindictiveness, pointing fingers, seeking self-gain and gratification is why this country is where it is today.

    It's time we turn this country around with God at the Helm. Our forefathers put God first and they were always a blessed and prosperous country, now it's nothing but greed and backstabbing, standing on one-another's heads and tearing each other down that we ourselves can be the heroes. God said in His Word, 2 Chronicles 7:14

    "If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

    Don't just go to church, apply God's direction in your daily lives! Let it be seen in the public and behind closed doors.

    • Christian. says:

      The Bible also says"don't judge lest ye be judge" /

      At least McKeeva Bush enjoys his life, you should visit the casinos, be social to all, and live the life God gave to you for a change!  Get out and stop judging!  My Bible tells me Jesus was a social man, he ate and drank with sinners and not hide behind a church name to judge people! Jesus mingled.

      I ask you What politician from the Uk or here that is not a sinner like McKeeva???

      • Anonymous says:

        Yeah, then it's a good thing this case wasn't carried out in front of a Judge…

      • The REAL Truth says:

        Still amazed how many of you are using the Bible scriptures as an excuse for your Kings behavior.  Not hard to see what kind of man he is or what kind of people his followers are.  My own opinion (and thats all it is) is that Jesus is planning on having a few words with this man when its his time.

      • Anonymous says:

        I'm not a politician but I can tell you now I would never behave in the same way, specific rules or not.  You have to look at your moral compass and ask yourself why you would unresrvedly support someone who lied about their spending of our money, never apologised, never took responsibilty and never acknowledged his failngs.  Sound like a fine upstanding member of society?

      • Anonymous says:

        It also says "Let he without sin, cast the first stone."

        "All have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God." Read your Bible if you are going to use it to judge.

        There is none of  us that would condone McKeeva's behavior and I have never "ever" supported him.  How many of us have been without sin or done something that we hope no one will ever find out. He has a bad habit and I trust he gets help and has learned from this. Despite his peronality and my dislike for his manner of ruling the country, he is still a Caymanian and as a Caymanian he is still one of us. Unfortunately many of us Caymanians have gone away from our Christian foundations and become nothing else but "crabsin a bucket, " always climing on or putting each other down whenever possible. We wonder why people like Duncan and Baines can cause so much division amongst, it is we ourselves that do that and until Caymanians can come together as one this people will continue to come here to divide us becasue we let them.

        What is more concerning to me, however is that a sitting Governor with the blessing of UK officials in the FCO and the Chief of Police,and theAuditor General here in Cayman could put together a plan to bring down a democratically elected Premier and by extension the entire government of the Cayman Islands. Had they succeeded not only would it have brought McKeeva down (he is only one man) but this entire country's financial business would have been ruined and again by extension we the people of this country would suffer immensely.

        We think things are bad now. Imagine if Duncan and Baines had gotten their way.

        An Inquiry needs to be done and in the mean ime the sitting Governor needs to put the Chief of Police on required leave. It is quite clear from the trial that the emails and their intent to be subversive were never in question and if I were Baines, I would be hopping the next flight to Mexico to find a job with his buddy, Duncan because I seriously doubt after this is over that he will still have a job in Cayman and I am sure the British will not want "tainted goods" on their police force again.

        I drank a glass of "Bubbly" on Thursday night, not to ccelebrate McKeeva's "not guilty" verdict but to celebrate that my country's good reputation was still intact

         

        • Anonymous says:

          Your country is divided by those who know the difference between wrong and right, the political parties and conflicted by the church. The repercussions to the international reputation of the Cayman islands is immense. By extension of Mac, you were already suffering as the government revenues were quickly disappearing as fast as you could pay additional fees and prices to cover this.

          I really am shocked at the naivety of the electorate here.

          • Anonymous says:

            Hmmm..if we offend you, there are many flights leaving every day…hope aboard…

            Something tells me though that even with all our  'naivety" here on Cayman  it is still 100 times better than were your came from..otherwise why would you be here? Who is naive now?

      • Anonymous says:

        Agreed. Don't judge. Drink. Bed your neibors wife. Bed your neighbors dog. Enjoy and don't judge. Steal some stuff! Live a little. Take drugs. God made all that stuff for you. Don't judge. Pee in in public, it's natural. Pinch ladies bums, it's funny and God wants you happy. Re-elect mak, he's our gift from our lord. I say it and it's true. Listen to me everybody. Don't judge. 

      • Anonymous says:

        With all due respect, what to hell did the Jesus even preach if mak is an example of his teachings. I'm beginning to think the Khmer rouge were his followers 

      • How it went down says:

        Your keyboard must be completely worn out. Are you the only person in the Bush camp who can type? You have responded to just about every negative post about McKeeva. Spare us, please!

      • Anonymous says:

        Isn't the bible you are quoting the bible that has kept casinos out of Cayman? So the bible says Mac should gamble, just not in Cayman where his losses may actually fund something worthwhile.

      • Anonymous says:

        You and the Devil are very good at qouting scripture from the Bible as excuses for abusing the word of God.

      • Just Commentin' says:

        I agree with you. All C.I and U.K politicians seem to be of Satan these days.  Makeewah included.  No "pure heart and clean hands", pure unadulterated sinfulness (and sometimes gambling fever).

        So tell me: should I think that Jesus would have taken the bag and "borrowed" the Disciple's coins to play the slots if they had 'em back then? What ya thee?  Yea or nay?

    • Judean People's front says:

      "And at this time a man shall lose another man's hammer and great things will come to pass"

      Brian. 100 AD just after tea time.

    • Anonymous says:

      are you mad? mad as in crazy, not angry. I wonder do you ever think about what you are believing…it's plainly garbage.

      which version of the bibie do you like? i bet it's not the one where your "god" urges sodomy

      and which religion is the right one? who says yours is better than mine?

      come on…..it is all utter garbage…..as to your "god" being all-seeing ask Job. (who didn't exist either)

      to want to put religion in politics should be a crime.

      there is  NOTHING wrong with following a lovely, moral set of principles and you can tell yourself or anyone who wants to listen that they are based on christian or neighborly or whatever principles…..but …..do not bring it into politics.

      you believe…and that is lovely

      you do NOT know.

      you believe.

      just like kids do at Xmas…or when a tooth falls….they all believe.

      do you really think that there is one dude up there listening to everyone? where is "heaven'? and what space is that inside? and so on…and so on….really, get a grip….there is no really no likelihood that such thing as your "god" even exists….it i as near to preposterous as possible……..it is hilarious.

      • Anonymous says:

        We are all about to find out.

      • Just Commentin' says:

        Ah, my friend, you fail to understand the working of something called "faith".  Something, by the way, you use all the time and may not be aware of it.

        While I am no "churchite" and I absolutely eschew the way organised religion operates to the detriment of the God-man relationship and currently have little part in it, I will pose a thought exercise that might indicate to you that you have drifted into waters over your depth on this matter:

        To "know" and to believe are often two different things, yet often they are the same. A rational Christian will admit that he or she cannot "prove" the existence of God or Jesus.  But he will tell you that he "knows" there is a God and a Jesus.  Their belief is based on what they have been taught and on the evidence at hand as they interpret it.  But, then, you cannot really say that you "know", really prove, who your biological parents are either. Sure you might "believe" who they are, but you cannot prove it.

        Sure, you may refer to your birth certificate, but that is just an item of evidence and could be forged, orperhaps you were stitched at birth.  It still does not "prove" anything. You rely to a goodly degree on what you have been taught about your relationships. You can refer to those who knew you as a youth, but that is also a form of evidence offered as testimony.  Still no actual proof. You might have a DNA test done, but even that will not be 100% conclusive as a DNA report gives the inclusive odds of the relationship and they are never 100%. It might be a million to one , but it is still not 100% certain.  A DNA  test can statistically "prove" with a 100% exclusion that an individual is not the biological parent of a child, but it cannot with 100% statistical accuracy prove a person is a biological parent. Moreover, your belief would be based on how much you trust science and the test. My acceptance of your proof would depend on my trust in the test.  Many of the things we hold to be truths are held to be true by us because to us they are taken as being within an acceptable degree of uncertainty.

        So it is actually by faith that you call Daddy "Daddy or Mama "Mama". It is based on what you and others believe to be true about your parentage. If the evidence is compelling enough, we tend to accept a hypothesis as "truth".  We say might say "know" certain information to be true.  But does that make it true? Many people have come to find that they were adopted when once they would have bet their lives as to who their parents were. 

        Christians use evidence that they accept as compelling enough to base their religious beliefs on, and sometimes thay stake their very lives on those beliefs. In my opinion they are often way off base in the way they work out their beliefs, butI would not try to "prove" the existence or non-existence of God any more than I would try to prove to a skeptic who my father is. I have my personal beliefs in both cases, but it is fruitless to attempt to convey those beliefs to a person who refuses to believe the way I do.  It is all a matter of faith and against faith there is no conclusive argument.

        So, Bobo…Who ya daddy is?

  15. Anonymous says:

    Bushes gloating and pride at gambling away tax payers money while his people suffered, is a spit in the eye to all Caymanians.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I couldnt WAIT to get on here and read all these comments!!

    HA HAAAAA! Best entertainment around ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Anonymous says:

    I bet when an indictment drops in the US that will be a different ball game !

    • Anonymous says:

      We can only hope that the US attorney general will allow a US citizen to give evidence without fear of prosecution…..there's so much more than the recent case , and I hope all the facts will be put forward for a proper prosecution.

  18. Sam Putt Putt says:

    Congrats Mac for dodging yet another bullet. When will those UK muppets learn they are no match for a slippery politician like you? Since things seem to be cleared up about gambling with the peoples money, I've got a hot tip and I'm a little short at the moment so could you do me a stand up and put a cool G on the nose of the 2 horse in the 3rd at Aquaduct. Put it on the CIG card and I'll pay you back whenever. It's a sure thing and you are on one hell of a hot streak buddy.

    • Anonymous says:

      His big supporter in Bodden Town says number 11 must play this Sunday. 11 charges, Lion of Judah etc.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Government must be happy with the outcome. That way the rest of them do not have to face trial.

    • Anonymous says:

      Why would they have to face trial? You didn't believe that propaganda about it all being the same thing, did you?

      • Anonymous says:

        Why on earth would they not ALL have to face trial?!  All of them included indiviudals not named used the doggone credit card for personal purchases, and please do not go telling me well they did not use it for gambling, or that I am a bush fan.  What I am, is a fan of FAIR PLAY FOR ALL. That is why this damn party politics need to go. Gambling, watch, cruise clothings stores….same difference!

        The facts are: 

        1. There was no policy.  

        2. Provisions were made by CIG for specific CIG staff and Hon. Ministers to use the CIG credit cards for personal use once they paid it back.

        3. The funds were paid back, and he even left blank checks, to ensure his personal purchases got paid when he was away on back to back trips.

        What was there to prosecute!? The authorities had to have known the facts above, there was no case.  much as many clearly would have liked to see Mackeeva go down. All we did was made a laughing stock of our country.

        None of the individuals should not have been allowed to use it for personal use period or certainly for the things majority used the card for, except for specific instances. For example if they were out for dinner with a CIG client where they were to pay with the CIG credit card, and then went on to purchase drinks that they would have personally bought for themself and for said client.   It would make sense to keep the bill on one credit card and settle later when they got to office rather than use two different credit cards in the same rastuarant.  

        No other personal uses should have been allowed from day one, except in those types of circumstances in my opinion. However they were allowed and it does not matter if you or I would not have used it for the things Mackeeva used it for. All of them should have been exposed from day one, not just him. I do not give a cows tail or butt, who they are, they were bias in only picking on him.  All above said managers at CIG were cowards and didnt speak up to say because they too were posibly using the cards for personal personal purchases so felt compelled to turn a blind eye.

        He was dragged through the mud embarrassed and humiliated and now the justice system has spoken…. with, a UK judge at the helm….so let us now give up the Mackeeva bashing, the case is over like it or not. We all now need to move on to more inportant things and start holding all of our elected politicans accountable so this country we call home can get back on the right track.

        Hopefully going foward a policy or the policy they said is completed will be in place and actually be enforced by CIG so this type of slackness by all… not only Mackeeva does not happen again.

        We are not to be so blind with patriotism that we cannot face reality. Wrong is wrong no matter who does it, and not only Mackeeva used the credit cards for personal use.

        The jury arrived at a veridict and they were guided by the judge summary. They arrived at the decision based on evidence presented which the judge approved off. A common man could see that was how it would end! Like it or not…

         

        • Anonymous says:

          Ummm…:1. the others did not involve dishonesty. He lied to government officials about the purpose – armed security etc. because he knew they would not approve the use for gambling. He lied about the PIN not working sto explain away his getting the advances in a casino.  2. there is a public policy of the Cayman government against countenancing any form of gambling wherever it happens so that you cannot even incorporate a Cayman company with"gaming" or "lottery" in its name even if it will not do business in Cayman so it follows that you cannot 'borrow' Cayman government funds to gamble with the aim of enriching yourself all the while lying about it to government. Any supposed authorisation was not given in the knowledge that the purpose of the withdrawals was gambling.  3. the funds were only paid back after he was charged with these offences. As for the blank cheque nonsense he knew full well that the cheques were not cashed and that he still owed that money to government. Did he even pay the interest or the late payment charges? You are the sort of idiot that makes me weep for Cayman, trying to excuse this @ss for abuse of public funds.     

          • Anonymous says:

            Does not matter, they ALL used it for personal use, same difference.

            When Bush used it to gamble for the first time nothing was said to him, so what you expect if he used it for that in the first place, that he would stop? 

            Does not matter if you and I would not have used it for gambling, that is not here nor there where this case was concerned.  

            Did you not read the judge summary and follow the case?

            Bush was give permission to use it for personal use as the others politicians and CIG employees.

            – Provisions were made to use the credit card (the form even had a doggone space for recording personal use)

            – No policy in place 

            – Must pay it back (was paid back)

            All above were met . Fan of Bush or not… seriously, what other verdict  could we expect? We need to stop this bashing of Bush alone and stand up united and hold our politicians and CIG Heads more accountable so this NEVER happens again. 

             

  20. Anonymous says:

    What a sad state of affairs. Those whoare celebrating Mac's acquittal are the same ones who have no employment and have been living in poverty for the past 30 years because of his policies.

    I'm sorry to disappoint Mac's supporters but it is not uncommon for jurors to be confused by defence attorneys and get the verdict wrong as they very clearly did in this case but that does not give a defendant the right sue the Government or any of its employees. If that were the case this Government and many other Governments around the world could not afford to operate.

    Consider this too McFools – Mac did not dispute the fact that he used approximately $50,000 of your money to gamble away at a time when he said the Government was broke. Are you all really okay with that ????? I bet you went hungry most of those days when he was sitting in front of those slot machines ! When you are celebrating with Mac ask him if he would have desposited his winnings into your Treasury for your benefit if he had won big as he was hoping to????? If he says yes are you really that dumb to believe that ????

    The fact that a jury finds a defendant not guilty is quite a different thing to declaring him or her innocent.

    Finally, you should know that this type of support for immoral and wrong behaviour is what has put countries like Haiti and Venezuela where they are today. We are rapidly approaching that point so I hope that those who are guilty of supporting such conduct will be able to explain to their children and grandchildren why they allowed this to happen to their country ! You deserve to be properly chastised by your adult children for being morally bankrupt which is the primary reason why you are financially bankrupt !

    • Anonymous says:

      Fantastic post – insightful and well-expressed. I am in full agreement.

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh shut up morality isn't judged in courthouse.  If we McFools, then you UK idiot

      • Anonymous says:

        So only two negative replies to this post so far and 60 thumbs up !!! Good to know that the rest of us sensible voters got the McFools well outnumbered !!! But we knew that because the approximately 100 people supporting Mac in front of the court house yesterday was so pitifully insignificant compared to a national voter base of 18,000+

    • Dan says:

      Sadly the only thing you are looking at is how immoral McKeeva was, and then you write up a post about how immoral Cayman is and peg it on our financial condition. Worms like you with your ratings should stop trying to use the media, made-up status quo, and false misrepresentations to shape Cayman into your own image. We have our own culture, our own identity. The jury was not mistaken, everything was clear cut. He did nothing illegal. I suggest if you don't like it here then go to Mexico where Duncan is. I am sure he is comparing how corrupt the drug Mexican cartel is to our politicians.  

      • noname says:

        He did nothing that is illegal in the Cayman islands.  He is an honorable man in your eyes yes but a thief in the eyes of those who could not be bought.

    • Anonymous says:

      Reply to 10/10/2014 -10:31

      Yes Mac Hater! We live in a free democratically elected country and therefore choose our supporters as we deem fit. The case, Moran, is not about immoral and wrong behavior: the abuse of Office and Trust charges were clearly non-existent and the Jury concluded that he is an innocent man. The court system speaks for itself and certainly do not need a warp minded person like you to spew hatred and irrelevance. Finally, ensure that you chastise your family who maybe more morally bankrupt than you know.

       

    • Anonymous says:

      if the charges dont fit, you must aquit.

      • Anonymous says:

        Mr Bush is lucky he has such an outstanding ethical lawyer like Michael Alberga representing him

    • Anonymous says:

      Sir, without doubt your post stands clearly above the purile retorts found in most of the pages that are connected to this subject. A very accurate and well crafted piece.

      I hope that all of the people currently celebrating will read this or have someone read it for them and explain it.

      One thing that has not been touched on, is the ramifications to follow within the International business world.The country was declared bankrupt due to Bush's own in depth analysis (we is broke). Now the country has been under the spotlight again and shown to be corrupt and morally devoid. Throw into this mix Cocaine deals intercepted by the US authorities and several other "google searches" and it makes for an interesting read for any new business interested in relocating.

      This is no more of a colonial plot than people taking as much as they can and others following by example. A plot was not needed, it was done for them far more professionally and without any print by the local population themselves 

      Turning this into a nationalistic struggle will only quicken and corroborate the business worldWorld's view on Cayman.

      This will come back and bite, let me just add, I do not think that I will pursue my PR application now.

  21. Anonymous says:

    So what if Mac has a gambling problem. I can show you a few that have a drinking problem and a problem with buying expensive gifts and a problem with infidelity. Mr. Bush is by no means perfect but he committed no crime and was relieved of ALL 11 counts because there was no crime committed inthe first place. 

    • Anon says:

      Gamble with YOUR OWN money, not the PEOPLE'S money. That is the point.

      • Anonymous says:

        He did gamble with his own money. Its called using a government card for credit which he pays back after time. The bank uses this concept all the time to get customers on credit cards. MB did nothing wrong. If you think it is a immoral wrong than thats your belief, but it doesn't stand in court of law. See you at the party! ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Anonymous says:

          So why didn't he use his own personal credit card? Maybe no one would have extended so much credit to him personally, but he was quite happy to use the countrys credit for his own gain, or loss. Maybe his personal card was tapped out? Morals are the base of law, not everything is always covered but if it feels wrong it probably is wrong.

        • Nunyah says:

          Who's paying the interest on the balance that he took so long to pay back?  Where was his personal credit card?  Unfortunately laws can't cover all immoral and unethical behaviour – you need a conscience for that – something this manis clearly lacking.  

        • Anonymous says:

          Haha! You must be at the wind up! If you're not then your a grade A doughball!

  22. Anonymous says:

    Hear all these fool fool PPM supporters na. No sah. Big Mac is the BOSS get used to it! 

    • Anonymous says:

      We have to hand it to you, he most certainly IS the boss in West Bay, a most unfortunate situation for all of Cayman, including and especially for West Bay, since 80 percent of your population is uneducated, lazy assed, drug addicts who will stop at NOTHING for a free dollar..

  23. Anonymous says:

    Take that Suckers, MAC IS BACK!!

    • Anon says:

      The real SUCKERS are his supporters who allow themselves to be fooled by him.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thats right peabrain. Mac is back even lower than the Ppm put him on the last elections

  24. Anonymous says:

    This is what you call a loophole! Certainly nothing to be celebrated, but something worth drawing attention to…

  25. Anonymous says:

    Can someone speak to the reason HMS Argyle was in port this past week?

    • Anonymous says:

      The same reason the Navy calls in for a few days (booked well in advance) to most ports when operating in the Caribbean. Conspiracy theorists and common sense……not exactly words that go together…….it'll be black helicopters and Elvis on the moon next…..quite funny in a way but sad and scary in another way in that there are people out there who genuinely believe this stuff.

    • Anonymous says:

      British Navy come in pretty much every hurricane season in case you hadn't noticed. Is the fact the Argyll caught drug trafficers near the Dominican Republic part of the conspiracy also? maybe this will tie in with Bryce Merren case… HMS Lancaster was here last year during Hurricane Season… maybe the ministry of defence just got their dates wrong and sent that ship a year early?

    • philip says:

      So Mac thinks that he is important enough the the Ministry of Defense would dispatch a navy frigate in case he lost the trail?, no wonder everyone thinks he's a egomanianic, get over yourself Mac, you are just a third world has been politiian , you are not that important.

  26. Anonymous says:

    When you draw cash on a credit card, the interest starts immediately.  Apart from the $10,000 he forgot to pay until the investigation started, there is no evidence he ever paid the interest the the Government had to pay on his behalf.  Even then, some paybacks were months late.  There still seems to be questions in the background.  Also, don't forget it was the Director of Public Prosecutions that advised and authorised the charges, not the Governor or others. 

    When you use your own credit card, you pay the interest. When you use a Govt card, the people apparently pay!

    • Anonymous says:

      …and you know for a fact that the interest was not paid? Stop spouting off your vindictive & hateful mouth.  GET OVER IT.

      • Anonymous says:

        keep drinking the kool aid and praise your degenrate gambler as he leads you down that path of ignorance and dependence

      • Just Commentin' says:

        The fact is I do not know that the interest was paid and so I will spout off my venom until the question is answered. So get over it!

  27. Anonymous says:

    Wonder how a person earning 140k a year can afford 270k losses gambling?

  28. Anonymous says:

    I found it very fitting for McKeeva's attorney, Michael Alberga, to quote the famous line from the trial of OJ Simpson about if it doesn't fit you must acquit.  Even Alberga is likening it to the biggest injustice in United States Legal history.  We now have a monumental miscarriage ofjustice of our own.  

  29. Anonymous says:

    Mr Taylor must be sorry that he listened to these Caymanians who like to so destroy their own. Its a good thing that he won his case because if not we understand that nuf of them was heavily using their credit cards and the Northward Prison would be full of these credit card people.Then we would have to replace them on their jobs with expat professionals. What a mess that was going to be. However there are some who say that they are doing certain things in the interest of their Country, but to the contrary. They too should be investigated. Too many and too many times these people travelling on week ends to do Government bsiness. Come on folks we know what kind of business is done on week ends. Another thing, too much money is spent on lunch meetings etc.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Kangaroo Court in a Banana Republic…Unbelievable.

    • Ironside says:

      Technically, Bush did not break any laws. So a not guilty verdict was expected. You cannot convict and find guilty of being a liar and a scummy person. This trial was to let the people of The Cayman Islands know that Bush is not -pure of heart- nor are his hands clean of this type of behaviour. Is it very unbecoming of a man, yes. I believe worse when that man holds a position of power as an elected representative. If we’re a Banana Republic as your state, based on this trial, then every other country is as such because there have been far more, actual ‘crimes’ committed that no one is convicted, ousted or even brought to justice, in every country. In a real Banana Republic, this case would have never seen the light of day.

    • Anonymous says:

      All because you could not get your way?

      • Anonymous says:

        No, just because of what it is!

        Do you truly understand what happend or are you simply a blind follower with no idea of how this judgement will impact the future of Cayman?

        BR

  31. anonymous says:

    There was a famous New York mafia boss whom they called the teflon Don, because it seemed he was able to avoid being convicted of any crime. Then one day after many years of beating the system, a little old nobody who worked for him, but who had been keeping a dossier on all the activities of the teflon don spilled the beans, which contained  so much information on his criminality, that he was convicted and sent to prison for a very long stretch and eventually died there of some awful disease!

    I guess the teflon eventually wore off! Think it could happen here eventually? Just asking.

  32. Anonymous says:

    McKeeva Bush is obviously a man with a gambling problem and rather than gloat over this hollow victory, he should confess to the people of Cayman that he strayed from the path and promise to never stand for political office again.

     

    • Anonymous says:

      He dont need to confess to anything!  Leave the man alone!  It is your MPs in the UK parliament that need to fess up with the hundred of millions of dollars taken from the people of the UK to spy on us and diss our culture. Our locals can never be compared to them!

    • Anonymous says:

      21:58, a simple apology for being so disrerespectful to us all, an admission that he has a problem and that he will be seeking help woud have been the least he could do.

      But ofcourse he will not. In fact, I bet he denies even having a gamblig problem.

      This man should not be allowed access to Government funds ever again. Nor should he ever be issed a Goverment credit card again.

       

  33. Anonymous says:

    Only in Cayman smh…………..very long rope

     

  34. Outside the Box Thinking says:

    Time for another business trip outside of the country.

  35. Anonymous says:

    It's as simple as this

    If you are working for a company. Say the company you are right now.

    Is there a policy about company credit cards and gambling? No? why not? Becuase it's common sense. You dont' use company credit cards for gambling. No matter if you intend to pay it back or not.

    What would happen to you if you were to take your company or jobs credit cards and gamble with them. If the first thought in your head is "you would get fired".

     

    Well, in this case, it is no difference.

    There does not need to be a policy in place, about gambling with company credit cards. It's common sense.

    So he either lacks common sense, or felt he was above the law.

    Which one was it.

    But if your first thought to my question "what would happen to you if you got caught using the company credit cards what would happen and you immediately thought "I would be fired".

    Well….then the outcome for this case could only be guilty.

    But ahhhh, the jury.

    • Anonymous says:

      Good theory except in Mac's case: 1) There was no policy against using the credit card for personal purposes as long as you paid it back; 2) Everyone else had been doing the same; 3) When the accountant questioned the charges, the chief officer (aka the boss) told her that everything was fine as long as the personal charges were repaid, further confirmation of the real policy in place that time.

      If someone was fired from their job two years after making these types of charges and under similar circumstances, they would have a good case with the labour board to review.

      Morally wrong, absolutely, especially since all of his "partying" took place at the height of the economic crises when hundreds of Caymanians were losing their jobs, homes etc. Disgusting.

      But against the law, nope.  And the judge also knew this when he instructed the jury as he had come to the same conclusion,

      • Anonymous says:

        Exactly morally wrong, and has he apologised to the people of Cayman for his actions, no he is gloating and taken this as a sign he can just continue in the same vein. Can you imagine if he becomes premier again and the laughing stock Cayman will be become for reelecting a known gambling addict, who gambles with public funds, and then wants to tax people to fund his gambling habits. Cayman is meant to be a Christian country, but I see no repentance from Bush, just a middle finger to the Lord

      • Anonymous says:

        However, there is the public policy of the Cayman Islands Government against using its apparatus, funds etc. for gambling wherever it is done. That is why you cannot use a Cayman incorporated company to conduct a gambling business or to have gaming in its name no matter that it is an exempted company and is not conducting gambling within these Islands. See section 30(2) of the Companies Law. In those circumstances, formal written policy or not, it could not have been the case that the Government would knowingly authorise a loan (that is what a cash advance on the credit card is) for the Premier to do just that. Did he even pay the interest on that loan? The Prosecution failed to make their best case and the DPP should be held accountable.    

      • Anonymous says:

        The trouble is that McKeeva is still saying he "did nothing wrong". He does not acknowledge that it is even morally wrong to abuse government funds for your own gain. The man is totally morally bankrupt and should be chased out of office. 

  36. Anonymous says:

    The man is a genius!  Let him play the slots and with regulated payouts of 85% he will do the island proud.

    What a clever electorate WB has!!

  37. Anonymous says:

    I'm an expat of ten years and I think the decision was just.  The decision to prosecute this case seems extremely questionable.   Regardless of your opinions on gambling, there were nolaws broken and it seems no civil service policies were broken either.  The prosecutions case was so weak, it is arguably a bigger embarrasment for Cayman than McKeeva Bush's casino behavior.

    It is up to the Cayman Islands voters to decide if this behavior is a disqualifer for holding office.

    The actions of Governer Duncun, on the other hand, were completely disgraceful.  I have witnessed similar behavior from other Brits, in more than one overseas territory, who are still stuck in this colonial mentality of needing to save the islands from themselves.

    • Anonymous says:

      I doubt the origin and genuineness of this post. 

    • Anonymous says:

      Then tell me what is the definition of Breach of trust, and Abuse of power. 

      • No. 1 says:

        Breach of Trust and Abuse of Power – When you have the British dissolve the democratically elected Turks and Caicos Parliament for prosecuting 1 man namely, Misick. Then the Governor cancelling people voting rights and as a dictator making laws upon the inhabitants. That my friend is define as such!

  38. Whodatis says:

    Maybe Mckeeva is to Cayman what Blair is to the UK?

    One allegedly has a gambling problem – the other is a war criminal that illegally invades other countries and kills hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children.

    Only one has been put on trial for his actions.

    I accept the not guilty verdict. This is the legal justice system at work after all … QC's galore to boot.

    (Poor lil' UK … looks like it's back to the old drawing board once again.)

    • Anonymous says:

      Not really.  The trial has served its purpose very well. 

    • Anonymous says:

      I find your take hypocritical, not so long ago you were having a rant at UK MP's and the expense scandal. The total fiddle of the expense scandal to the UK tax payer and around 10,000 times less than Mr Bush's deliance, yet you are fine with it. In the UK MP case, only 1 was prosectuted , while a large majority of the others had to resign. Mr Bush has not even apologised to the Cayman people over his highly unethical actions, just the opposite he appears proud. Every Caymanian should see this as a slap in the face.

      • Whodatis says:

        McKeeva Bush was tried by QC's and found not guilty.

        Countless British politicians have been found guilty of theft and corruption by the lowest of courts, tribunals and investigations.

        Get over it bub. If you wish to pick up a cause, try that of the war crimes committed by the recent, and arguably sitting, British Prime Ministers.

        By the way, who cares about British politicians anymore? The UKIP is about to throw a huge spanner in the works over there anyway. Why did I even reply to this?

        Moving on …

        :-l

        • Anonymous says:

          As I've said before, why do you care so much what the UK does, if you concentrated your efforts in Cayman and it's numerous problems maybe some solutions can be found. Instead you distract away from Cayman's problems by saying look at whats going on over there. Stop worrying about what other countires are doing and start improving things at home. All it proves is that you hate the UK more than you love Cayman. Look at the facts at home, the leader of the opposition is a gambling addict who happily spent tax payer money in slot machines while claiming the country is broke, leaving his people to suffer and not only has he not apologised to the people of Cayman for it, he is gloating that he got away with it, essentially spitting in his fellow caymanians faces. And all you want to do is talk about Tony Blair? I will pray for you my friend that you can let go of your hatred. God blesses all his children.

          • Whodatis says:

            Re: "As I've said before, why do you care so much what the UK does".

            Because, it was the UK that put McKeeva Bush on trial, and it is the UK that is our dictatorial power. 

            I have no democracy. The UK is to Cayman what China is to Hong Kong.

            Get it now?

            *And before you say it, yes I do support independence – I have for some time. However, it is individuals like yourself that usually have something to say about such proposals as well.

            Therefore, until we rid ourselves of this diseased and slowly-dying plague that is the UK government, you may be subject to Whodatis' opinions on the issue.

            However, let us both hope that this latest development will go some way to bring about cut ties between the two countries. Maybe then you'll be able to get off your knees on my behalf.

    • Anonymous says:

      I don't think the gambling probelm is just alleged at this point. That was clearly established in court.

    • Anonymous says:

      Are you saying the man did no wrong and supporting Sadam Hussein in one breath? Unreal.

      • Whodatis says:

        No.

        I am saying that McKeeva Bush was arrested, charged and put on trial and found not guily … and that Tony Blair illegally invaded and committed war crimes in Iraq – but not a police or court in sight.

        • Anonymous says:

          Unfortunately you are picking your arguments to discredit the UK, no-one supports Blair but he did what he was asked, and that was to support the US.  If you had framed your 'disgust' as an attack on the US, France, Germany, Australia et al, who also supported 'attacks on children'  then your personal bias to the UK may have been overlooked. You obviously had a hard time when you were in the UK from your past comments and the continuing attacks seem to be based on that.   Your continuation on that theme seems to miss the main culprit, Bush.  So if your idignation on taking on a dicator is that the UK joined in a war driven by the US then I am afraid nothing will seemright.

        • Anonymous says:

          You are also validating MB's actions, I will never agree with you on right and wrong if all you base that off is what laws are on the books, I always took you as an individual who knows the difference between what you can get away with and what is right in the eyes of the law.  As for Blair, the day George W gets put before a court and Blair doesn't I will be beside you calling for an enquiry, but until the lying ring leader gets banged up I don't expect anyone to go down.

        • Anon says:

          And yet, without arrest, charge, trial or conviction you think you can declare Tony Blair a war criminal?

  39. Anonymous says:

    Now that we've legalized gambling we might as well legalize ganja too. They'll both bring more tourists to our shores folks. THAT'S what McKeewa should have been doing while he was throwing our money to the casinos and abusing travel rights at our expense.

  40. Anonymous says:

    I take it we are finally going to legalize gambling now that we approve of the Premier of the country using OUR money to do it with??? Lord have mercy on this country.

    • Anonymous says:

      He wasn't gambling in Cayman, dumbie! It seems 90% of posters on CNS are IGNORANT & INCOMPETENT!

      • Anonymous says:

        Let he who is ignorant and incompetent cast the first stone.

        • Judean peoples front says:

          Nobody, shall stone, anyone, until I blow this whistle. Even if they do say the name Jehovah.

  41. Anonymous says:

    It's interesting that the premier points out that a decision has been made in the courts and the decision must be respected. I agree. He has joined with Mac in calling for a public enquiry into what took place with the Gov who corresponded openly about his plot with the commissioner of police and with the FCO. I agree. What is ironic is the role he too played in this fiasco in calling for the party to turn on Mac, who really never had the benefit of something else Alden should know: innocent until proven otherwise in a court of law.  This however worked out forAlden as he is now where Mac was, a sitting premier, but becareful, what comes around goes around.  Well it's good at least that he went against his nature and did the right thing in calling for enquiry. What a circus.

    • ALDEN KNOWS BETTER says:

      Alden did it for power; but he is no fool to not realize the modern colonial system of the UK and how they say we have a democracy but when we prosper they do something to maintain control and power. They are scare of us getting too much power. Can't you see why the Commissioner of Police is always British. All these CCTV camaras they have around the island to fight crime they say… no it is really for social control. Or a warship merely to visit us…. control, control, rob, and control that is their game to maintain their interest, a hell with the people!

  42. Anonymous says:

    Face your addiction mak. Joey did it and you can too. It's no different. 

  43. Anonymous says:

    At least now we know what McKeewa Bush was doing while he was spending tens of thousands of our hard earned dollars trotting the globe and claiming to be working his backside off for this country. It is indeed comforting to note that the vast majority of commenters here are expressing concern and disappointment over his blatantly immoral and irresponsible actions. Unfortunately the very large majority of his supporters are not and needn't be educated beyond the ability to mark an X on a ballot form to put him back where he can continue to be a major disgrace to this country and our people. 

    • Anonyanmous says:

      "Majority of the commenters here are expressing concern and disappointment over his blatantly immoral and irresponsible actions" these are opposition supporters.  His supporters don't have time for this, they are out celebrating, after all the man is proven innocent in a court of law.  No need to eat crow and suck sour grapes.  It's party time and we celebrating big, we brought in a slot just for that! ๐Ÿ™‚ and the MAC is back, take that haters!

      • Anonymous says:

        Some folks very simply cannot learn.

      • Anonymous says:

        You're obviously one of those who never got further than an X in school.

      • Anonymous says:

        In the capacity as our Head of State, as our sitting Premier, with full Protocols, he was engaged in gambling, and gratifying his pleasures using a state credit card issued by a country where gambling is illegal.  

      • Anonymous says:

        Keep making excuses for his behaviour.

      • Anonymous says:

        Mac has the best supporters that money can buy.

      • Anonymous says:

        Ummm…he was not proven innocent. The prosecution failed to prove him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Big difference. 

  44. Anonymous says:

    Poor Mac…First that lil twerp Alden takes his seat, then Foolio refuses to beg the public for more money for him, and now they are denying him free food and shelter at Her Majesty's hotel. Life's a bitch.

  45. Anonymous says:

    Where can I get a government credit card? Apparently anything goes. To say this is a joke is a gross understatement. It is a complete and utter embarrassment for the Cayman Islands on so many levels. 

  46. WannabeBracca says:

    Today I can say that I am ashamed to be Caymanian. I can't say that I'm surprised about the verdict though. To think that so many of my fellow Caymanians are so corrupt that they need a "policy" to tell them when something is just plain wrong astounds me. We get what we vote for!

    • Anonymous says:

      While you might not like his conduct it does not mean that he did anything illegal.

      • Anonymous says:

        Politicains sleeping with their interns is also not doing anything illegal, just immoral and unethical and call in question their judgement, which is why they are forced to resign. If Caymanians want a addicted gambler to be their leader, then you can see why international businesses will look elsewhere.

      • Anonymous says:

        Gambling is illegal in the Cayman Islands and he was travelling as our Premier with full Protocol, and used his government-backed credit card to do so!  

    • Go! says:

      You can always get a British passport and live over there. Its better than Scotland.

  47. Anonymous says:

    Legalised corruption…

  48. Anonymous says:
    “Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have the right to do and what is the right thing to do.” Potter Stewart, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, 1958– 1981.
  49. Anonymous says:

    Justice is served nice and warm.. Yum!

  50. Anonymous says:

    And who would you like to send the congrats bouquet to? Can you send it out to Mr. Bush from the operation tempura group, the Cayman Islands goverment and Mr. Duncan.

    Message: Sorry we caused you so much trouble, we ask you please to accept this bouquet and not to sue the Cayman Islands Goverment and Mr. Duncan.

    Signed yours truly 

    CI GOV & Mr. DUNCAN.

  51. Anonymous says:

    What McKeeva did was wrong and immoral.

     

    It just was not illegal in the Cayman Islands.

     

    This is just another example of legality trumping justice.

     

    By the way, the other MLAs who used their government credit cards for large personal purchases should also be held to account. McKeeva is not alone in this sameful abuse of trust and good governance.

    • Anonymous says:

      Ah but there is no need now to hold anyone to account.  Apparently it is legal to use a government credit card for personal use.  Yippee

  52. Anonymous says:

    Well I will be have a glass of bubbly tonight in celebration.  Yeah Mac you are the best we got!!

     

    PPM is  a Joke

    • Anonymous says:

      A gambling addict, who used government funds to feed that habit, while many Caymanians families struggle have their wages cut is the best Cayman has. I feel truely sorry for Cayman, no wonder businesses hire expats if he is your best.

    • WannabeBracca says:

      If Mac is the "best we got" as you say,  then Lord help us!

    • Anonymous says:

      That's an oxymoron fella. You obviously cant think very much if brother Mac if it takes no more than a joke to unseat him.

  53. Anonymous says:

    Thank you God. Justice has been done.

  54. E says:

    "You pick him up, you lick him down and he bounce right back, What a hard man fe dead. Well they say that a cat got nine lives, But this man got ninety-nine lives."  Congrats MB. Its now COMBACK TIME!

  55. Captain B says:

    Congratulations McKeeva. The Governor and Foriegn Office couldn't win this time. Trying to run investors out of our country by destroying our reputation and sending us a warship to initimidate us … Come on … we need better people in the FCO that will look out for our rights and not about power over us! 

  56. Anonymous says:

    FCO , PPM brace for the storm! The 2 of you are in so much trouble now. The problem with the FCO is that they still are run like the "East India Company" i.e the company that ran the UK colonial empire for 2 centuries. The superior "englishman" suffering the beasts of burden. Take that up your Imperial backside Mr. Taylor and your handler Tony  boy. PPM your days of incompetence have reached its peak. Mac's back and you and your UK ass kissing hypocricy is over. Alden remeber how you were gloating the day Mac was crucified ……

  57. Anonymous says:

     

     

     

    using a company's credit card  for personl use is a nom – we ll know this.  Managers / Big bosses wuld use a compay card and pay back  just as Mc did

     

    Arden  did  it, Kurt did  it.. other senior  civil servants did it why was Mac the  only arrested? 

     

     

    • Anonymous says:

      An otherwise honourable minister wanting to treat someone for Christmas is a whole lot different than a head of government cash advancing a government card for thousands of dollars and receiving gambling chips for them, which he did not even have the  decency to win with. The man is just a loser and should  go away and become a good human being before he eventually passes away.

  58. Anonymous says:

    but the source of the money came from the government coffers of and Island where it is illegal to gamble! and this man was the premier of said island. I don't get you people at all. What a bunch of hypocrites.

  59. cow itch.. says:

    PIRATES WEEK IS HERE!  HORAY!  Can't wait to see the bush pirates capture Kilpatrick with guns … I meant Duncan sorry  :))>)

  60. Knot S Smart says:

    Darn…

    And there I was thinking that:  'What happens in Vegas stays in Northward'…

  61. Prices real low at Mac's house says:

    Like

    Appleton $1

    Henekien $1

    Cool aid $1

     

  62. Anonymous says:

    Mr.Bush might want to consider using his other arm (or at least alternate them) for his next 17 hour stunt on the slots. I 'ain't no physiotherapist but surely it can't be good to give only one arm such a serious workout?

  63. Anonymous says:

    This was never about credit cards, why would you go to a man house and go through his stuff if it was really about credit cards!!  AL the information they would need would be at glass house and at RBC bank which is the bank that issued the cards for the government.

     

    This was a plot to embrassed the man and ensure he was never re-elected.  His party didn't win but west bayers showed u all, call him anything you want we want him to represent us!!

    That joke for a government in there now talking about surplus budget when you got ppl homeless, hungry , no lights or water, unah should be a shame of unah selves!!

     

    Mac must be laughing all the way to the Bank now!!  Can't keep a good man down!!

    • Anonymous says:

      People were homeless and hungry and without lights/water as well  when McKeeva was in power. The present Government is far from perfect but is a vast improvement over that of McKeeva.

    • Anonymous says:

      Exactly. People homeless with no water etc and your hero McKeeva is in Las Vegas using govt money to gamble?  Listen to yourself!!!  

      • Anonymous says:

        5:55 you better take that up with PPM brethren! When UDP was in this was NOT the case.

      • Anonymous says:

        You are an idiot he paid the money back and even with all he was going through he still managed to help ppl.  What have you done for anyone loser!!

    • MEM says:

      When you feed a begging dog scraps, the dog becomes faithful no matter how many times you kick the crap out of it! No matter how many times Mac kicks the crap outta bayas, the will always return to his table, tail-wagging and waiting for scraps. If scraps are all you people think you're worth, I lend you my pen on election day so you can vote him in again! The district with the most problems 

      • Anonymous says:

        He don't feed us scraps. Youmust be the dog as it seems your mind is covered in flies and dirt.  You better talk about how unah so stupid to believe everything UK feed you all.

        The mac is Back, show that were the sun don't shine idiot

  64. Lord Denning says:

    I trust that Mr Duncan "Donuts" Taylor will be knighted by Her Majesty for services to the voters of West Bay by ensuring he will be there representing them with an increased majority until it is his time to pass on to glory in that great Casino in the Sky.

  65. Anonymous says:

    I knew this was going to happen, and so did Mac… this is why Mac chose a trial jury instead of a Judge alone… a Jury of Caymanians was never going to convict this man even though he clearly abused his office by using a very large line of credit (which was was not his own), for his own personal enjoyment. The Jury was bamboozled by the claims of a conspiracy ignoring thw fact that Mac's gambling and abuse of his office happened 2 years before the Governor sent some emails he shouldn't have sent… this is not a conspiracy people… the Governor (like many people in Cayman) did not like McKeeva and McKeeva did not like the Governor. The Governor celebrated McKeeva's downfall and this is somehow a conspiracy?! In any event whilst I am bitterly dissapointed that Mac did not get what he deserved I believe this outcome was a foregone conclusion. I will live on inthe sad knowledge that I live in a community which celebrates and applauds men like McKeeva Bush.

    • pam says:

      Way to go Jury of Caymanians!  Yuo saved the country from convicting McKeeva and giving the Governor and FCO what they wanted – to further mar our reputation. Way to go!  Two thumbs!!

      • Anonymous says:

        It is exactly that kind of thinking why a jury should never decide these cases. You convict or acquit according to the evidence against the defendant not to punish some third party.  

    • Cayman Islands says:

      Oh please !!!  As if you know they are righteous politicians in London!!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      The judge instructed it was a case about legality and not about morals. When you read the judges instruction you really think they would of come to a different conclusion???

    • Anonymous says:

      the conspiracy was not a claim my friend..it was proven via emails read out to the court(given to the jury…and money was said to have been withdrawn in casinos becuse it was easier to obtain larger sums,no clear evidence was presented on how much of the CIG card money was infact used in and gambling at all

    • Anonymous says:

      In response to the comment starting with "I know this was going to happen" Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, not to their own facts, not you, the governor or anyone else. Opinion he abused a privilege to use government card. Facts (As of 2010 during the period in which the cards were used the policies at the time permitted such use, the only criteria was to repay that which was spent…… nothing more nothing less, put aside th emotion and the politicial party backing. The Facts of the case were and still is, he did use the card, he did gamble, but all within the scope of what was allowed as per policy. He did repay in FULL, another fact…… dont argue your emotion, debatre the FACTS

    • Anon says:

      You, me and many others may agree that what McKeeva did was wrong, immoral, disgusting, all of that – but it was not a crime. If it was there should be any number of Ministers/MLA's and top civil servants on trial. What was done with the cash advances/use of the government credit card does not matter. They all did the same thing – used the card for their personal pleasure. And it was not a crime because they did not steal the money as it appears that all was paid back to government treasury.  We don't have to applaud "men like McKeeva" as you said, we have to make them ALL know that their ill behavior will not be tolerated.  Morality and personal behavior cannot be legislated. 

      We have to hold our elected members to a higher standard of behavior in EVERY respect, not only gambling. Public drunkenness is not becoming of Government Ministers either, but we tolerate it.  

    • Anonymous says:

      Why wasn' some one else on the dock with Mckeeva – diamond studded watches bought on a Gov card is not acceptable either. But the UK wanted to bring down the one man who had the balls to stand up to them, and they were helped by a bunch of spineless Caymanians.

      But today for me, tomorrow for you Bobo – Karma is  a b###h.

       

    • Anonymous says:

      Why was it a foregone conclusion, is there something wrong with our justice system? Or Can you face the facts and realise there was no case to answer to begin with. Just because you dont like the man you write this drivel. But it was not a popularity contest, it was a trial by law.

    • Anonymous says:

      The long and short of it is our prosecutors suck.  Look how many criminals get off scott free even when caught red handed.   Time do do some rectuiting of new lawyers if you ask me.

  66. Anonymous says:

    the ignorance in some of these comments makes me sad..too bad the entire island was not presented all the evidence..you all would hush up real quick..the man is clearly innocent of all charges..and was witch hunted as he rightly said from the start…just remeber this phrase "for our cause"

    • Anonymous says:

      You are right, the ignorance of some of the comments, is truly astounding. Your comment in particular is one of them.  To think that you and others feel that he was "witch hunted" is completely scary.  He may have gotten off on a technicality because no written policy was in place but he was indeed "thieving", as in using the public purse for his own use. It is disgraceful albeit not illegal apparently.  I hope that the first order of business is for a new policy to be written to state that use of governmentcredit cards is not for personal purchases or gain.  Had he won big in Vegas or at any casino, where would the money have gone?  Do you honestly think he would have put it to good use for the people of Cayman?  I think not.  For you to think he did nothing wrong is entirely a view of one who is truly misguided in the ways of good economics, work ethic and morals.  This is hypocrisy at its best. 

    • Anonymous says:



      15:32, Innocent of being a severe gambling addict and abusing our trust by using OUR MONEY to feed his habit? Nope, that is exactly what he is and what he did.

       

       

    • Anonymous says:

      You should remember  "for our cause" Those people have been at this for a long time and they know they can always count on ignorant people because they are easy to manipulate. They are trying to stir up trouble and make us go independent that way it will be easier for them to crush our financial industry and eliminate competition with the city of London.

      • Anonymous says:

        To be honest, it would be far easier for FCO just to stand back and watch the voters and politicians in Cayman do the job for them. They would probably do it twice as efficient and effective too.

        The repercussions for this are immense when business, law and financial institutions trade on certain reputations and governance.I don't think people quite get this yet.

        • Anonymous says:

          So an innocent should have been found guilty because it is what some external entities wanted?

    • Anonymous says:

      For our cause??  Realllly!

  67. Anonymous says:

    Amazing how is he vindicated and not ashamed.  He got off on a technicality because there was no policy on the use of the card in question – there shouldn't need to be.  A renovation of his moral compass is the most pressing issue here.

     

    • Anonymous says:

      Ashamed?  The ones who should be ashame are your UK MPs, the things they do in the UK with the people's money can't be compared to any of us here.

    • Anonymous says:

      Along with the moral compass of all the other politicians and civil servants who did the same thing. What goes for one goes for all. He was not alone in his use of the credit card and whilst we may feel that it was wrong and bad judgement it was NOT CRIMINAL.

    • Anonymous says:

      It's a court of LAW, not a court of your or my MORALS.  

    • Lord Denning says:

      Brilliant comment, 15:21, but the moral compass of all those who support him also needs renovation and the moral compass/common sense about governance of the likes of Carson Ebanks also need renovation. Imagine a chief officer telling young subordinates it was ok to gamble with a government credit card so long as it was paid back. Would he pay the winnings to government too? No wonder the auditor general wondered about the huge sums of money spent on retirement parties in Mac's Ministry for chief officers.

    • Tricky one says:

      Hear Hear.  How DARE he CELEBRATE that he "got away with" gambling on our public credit card.  You sheep of West Bay are misguided – the man used our purse to GAMBLE.  That is nothing to be proud of, he is a complete disgrace!!

      What is with the red herring?  The man gambled on our dimeand breeched our trust by LYING about it (security guards?)  and got away with it.  Shameful and no less, no less.

      Anyone that follws this man should follow him straight to…..H6LL.

      • Anonymous says:

        You morron west bayers the only ones that had sense!! corruption was committed but not by mckeeva but the government.

    • WillYaListen! says:

      Didn't the judge instruct the Jury that this was a "legal" and not a "moral" issue?The court isn't interested in what is morally right or wrong only what is "legally" right or wrong.

      I admire your stance but itis not part of the real world – and we are worse off because of it. Moral compasses are illegal for politicans to own and, anyway, they don't know how to read them.

    • Anonymous says:

      What are your thoughts on the email messages from the former governor? 

      • Gordie says:

        IMHO – Nothing in there to show he hated the man enough to witch-hunt him out of the place using fair means or foul. Only an admission he disliked the man, (like a good many). No deep-seated hatred or vendetta.

        Unlike most of us, he had to deal with him on a regular basis. That must have been difficult for a man of senior standing, to keep a straight face and try to deal with a guy (like) Mac.

  68. Anonymous says:

    How about a trip to Vegas to celebrate?

     

  69. Anonymous says:

    Congrats Mac, so happy for you!! Now sue their you know what!!  Bring this country back mac these PPM jokes don't have a clue what they doing!!

    • Yo! says:

      And renamed the party UDP, bring back the unity you lost and put in fresh blood that will bring this economy back!

    • Anonymous says:

      I'm just wondering what kind of person would want any kind of un treated ADDICT to be their leader. Addicted much?

    • Anonymous says:

      Take PPM to LAS VEGAS?   Where is the moar compass?

    • Gut Check says:

      The charges were not made by the PPM, numbnutz.  

  70. Anonymous says:

    Sorry but this is just pathetic!  To think that he was the "Premier" claiming that the Government was broke and he retracted the 3.2% cost of living from civil servants because of the dire need of the Government while all along he was busy using CIG  credit card taking money from same government he was claiming was broke.  Wrong! Wrong! He is pitiful!!

    So where is the money he did win?? 

    Civil servants are still struggling as they have not had a cost of living or a raise (for those fools who seem to think that the two are the same) in well over 7-8 years while he is out there having a good time with government's money.  Shame on him!!

     

     

     

    • Anonymous says:

      Sad to say he will be back and expect more if the same. 

    • Anonymous says:

      He PAID IT BACK!  How's that TAKING government's money?

      • Anonymous says:

        Are you stupid??

      • Anonymous says:

        So if I rob a bank and when I find out that the police are catching up to me I return the money and stop robbing banks should I go free? 

    • Anonymous says:

      While I was angry that he was living the life of riley with government funds i asked two questions, why didn't the DPP find out if there was a policy and didn't the DPP know about the use of blank cheques by Mr. Bush to pay his credit card bills?

  71. Anonymous says:

    Now that the trial is over maybe he can devote time to confronting a serious gambling addiction.

    • Anonymous says:

      Sorry to tell you hater! This habit is between Mr. Bush and his God. What is yours? Porn?

      He is an overcomer as was demonstrated today.  

      • Anonymous says:

        Is it coincidence that porn was the first thing you thought of?

      • anonymous says:

        hey the man is a born politician. what God choose let no man go against it

      • Anonymous says:

        Not if he is using my tax money!!!!!!!  Now I am involved.

      • Anonymous says:

        Actually, no. It is not just between him and God. He is in public office to serve the people of these Islands and his conduct as fallen well below what we should expect from our leaders.

      • Anonymous says:

        Wow. You're nuts. 

      • Dreadlock Holmes says:

        Can you be underhanded AND an overcomer? I guess this was demonstrated today.

      • Anonymous says:

        If I sneak a look at some porn online, I fail to see how that affects the public purse. What is your point here?

      • Anon says:

        I don't understand your calling this poster a hater. He does need to confront his addiction to gambling! And I'm not a hater, but a friend. 

        • Anonymous says:

          You are right, he does need to seek help for his gambling, even though I suspect it spiked more then due to him loosing his daughter. We all handle greifdifferently, we are human as such no body is perfect. 

          The case was not one on morality,  as the poster prior alluded to and many of the posters come across as haters. Not  right in your or my eyes or not, he was one of the few who evidence said always paid back no questions asked. 

          He is far from perfect but so are the others but we only pick on Mackeeva.  They ALL need to straighten up!  We know all of his business if some of the others personal business were to come out we might be surprised. 

          Think about it, what if some of the indiviudals that post here on his site deepest mess ups and secrets were made public? Bet wouldnt' be so quick to throw stones.

          Not to say that what Bush did was the right choice for a man in his position, I personally didn't think it was, but we have to move on. There was no evidence so he got off,  like it or not.

          Hating is a waste of energy. Make a difference by holding ALL of them accountable they all abused the card.

           

      • Anonymous says:

        Apparently he's also an over gambler. Not to mention a forever honerable man of God.

      • Anonymous says:

        At a quarter of a mil to the casinos and with his ever worsening, pathetic, dismal reputation he is also a cronic loser.

    • Anonymous says:

      I wonder what the odds are of him doing that. Ten to one?

    • Anonymous says:

      Na mee BoBo, I is ferewa onerable an my hands is clean an mi hart is pure.

    • Anonymous says:

      The church is the refuge. 

       

  72. Anonymous says:

    Thank you God the only man that stands up for us poor ppl has been made victorious!!  Glory to God!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Standing up for poor people by gambling away his money and that of Government. He has turned West Bay more or less into  a welfare state by having persons dependent on his handouts for sustenance thus ensuring their votes much the same as the quasi-Communist Obama has done in the USA.

       

      • Anonymous says:

        Shut up you are a hater!1  He does not focus on handouts he tries to give ppl opportunities like owning their own businesses, give scholarships. etc What have you done for anybody.  Joker

      • Anonymous says:

        Poor old Mac better go win some money… Wes Bayas need money bobo. Keep dem wotes comin

    • Anonymous says:

      Why are you poor?

      • Cay3 says:

        Because I'm black not light and righteous, I'm a Caymanian, and your expat employers won't hire me because I won't take a chicken fee salary, open my legs for them and kiss their arses!   

        You want more reasons I can provide you?!

      • Anonymous says:

        Because my fool fool preacher gave back all the nation building money, sunshine.

    • Anonymous says:

      You AND your God are fools

      • Anonymous says:

        you will see how fool my god is when his wrath comes on you for calling him fool!How dear you call god in heaven fool you stupid ignorant person.

        • Anonymous says:

          His wrath is on you right now bozo, in the form of your ignorant allegiance to lucky mcbush. 

  73. Anonymous says:

    Mr. Alden when you brought the no confidence motion against Mckeeva you made a statement saying those who stuck by him owed the country and explanation well today I ask you and state to you that you and the government OWE this country an explantion.

    It was all a plot to get rid of mckeeva cause his mouth too big for unah and he makes you all look like unah not trying.  Well take that, for a man that don't have a degree he sure got more sense than all of you in the house and he has ppl that believe in him and we will vote for him each and everytime!  POW

    • Anonymous says:

      Mac was found not guilty because he was tried for morality in a court of law. That happens to be the wrong venue. Indeed, not even policy was brokern, much less law. How any learned lawyer could have taken this case is beyond me. Having said that, I don't believe the jury found anyone guilty of plotting. That would be an entirely different case. Perhaps the comment is too rational for all the emotions swirling around. 

    • Anonymous says:

      Fool

    • Anonymous says:



      Yes he has many idiots who will vote fo/believ in him. That is the negative part about one person one vote is that idiots are given the same voting privileges as superior type persons.

      • Anonymous says:

        superior type person that what you all think that because unah got wealth unah better. show me how you got your wealth then we will see the true corruption
        sit down and shut up you joker

  74. Anonymous says:

    xxxx

    • Anonymous says:

      He that has no sin CAST the first stone – Hater!

      • Anonymous says:

        What an utter distortion of what Christ meant. You need to talk to someone with an understanding of scripture, sportsfan.

      • Anonymous says:

        So no public figure should ever be held accountable for their actions, then? God help us in this country. The problem is not corrupt politicians it is a corrupt electorate.

      • Judean People's Front says:

        Before anyone casts the first stone, are there any women here today?

    • Anonymous says:

      No the ones that brought SHAME to this country was the PPM, PNA & FCO . To see how low they would stoop to win an election. They can enjoy this one because this is their LAST VCTORY!!!

      • Anonymous says:

        15:30, having a severe gambling addict in charge of our country who spends more time in casino's than doing his job is nothing to be proud of.

      • Anonymous says:

        Oh, so now the "conspiracy" involved the PPM and the PNA? LOL. Criminal conviction or not one thing the evidence in this trial has revealed is that McKeeva Bush is unfit to be the leader of this country. It would be like asking a crack addict to make decisions affecting the whole country.

    • Anonymous says:

      He that has PERFECT MORALS cast the first stone!  You Moran and Hater!

    • Anonymous says:

      And your sense is DOWN.  Morality not tried in a court house, you yourself probably gamble!!

  75. Anonymous says:

    Oh Happy day Oh happy day.  Congrats Mac, you are a good man and like all of us make bad judgements, but thank God the Jury saw that it was not a crime!!

     

    My God is not dead he is alive, Duncan you better get ready, hope your pockets deep!!

  76. Just Commentin' says:

    I am not at all suprised, just stunned that the world's primo offshore centre plays fast and loose with their own accounting and the people's money. This case does not make me feel too warm and fuzzy that the regulatory system oversight of the financial industry is as robust as the C.I. Government makes it out to be.

    The OECD and friends may have a good and sound basis to question our enforcement capability, especially after this gets out.  It is kind of like Legge and the Compass' gaffe in being duped by an imposter after so much touting by Legge of their accurate reporting and professionalism. Ha! That proved to be smoke and mirrors. This case proves that the Cayman Islands Government has no credible oversight capabilities.

    The way I feel now is that if the powers that be play fast and loose with government funds and the oversight of the issue is so lax as to allow a half-million-dollar gambling debt to be paid out of government coffers…really now…think about it…how robust is their oversight of the financial industry? If this fiasco is any indication, it is probably pretty damn crappy!

    Moving onto the case, one thing has bothered me:

    If I borrow money I am charged interest, from all reports, the Government seems to have allowed Makeewa unlimited interest-free loans. I am wondering if he paid back the interest?  I have heard nothing on whether the amounts paid back included the interest and related charges? Credit cards are charged interest on the outstanding unpaid balance. No? Did this country's auditors pick up whether the interest was paid back or not? And if not how come the prosecution did not pursue this theft?  Or maybe…this will be the matter of another case?  Would be interesting to find out. 

    Did the auditors did not red-flag the matter? If they did not, they should be fired as it is their explicit duty to identify and question such irregularities. 

    The matter of whether the interest is paid or not is of extreme importance to me and the cause of justice. If a half-million dollars were drawn as a cash advance, the interest and service charges could be a goodly sum of money. The monthly interest charges on a card are computed on average balance, and from what I understand, cash advances are assessed at a higher rate and incur a transaction fee. So it is not a question of merely paying back the principal amount he drew but also the interest and fees. If he has not already paid back the interest, he might guilty of theft and subject to arrest and being charged accordingly.

    Customs insists on exacting every penny of duty  from us and we must register our cell phone in order to avoid paying duty upon our return. We are being nickle and dimed to death but today's headline rubs our noses in the fact that only the common man bears the brunt of the burden. We have to live with the possibility that government is not collecting their just due from their own. 

    If the interest has not been computed and paid, we must insist on justice. Not that our legal system is capable of doing much other than sending stupid gangsta druggies caught with a few spliffs or some rock  to Northward. But one can hope.

    In the mean time, I want to know how the matter of the interest was handled!  Or did the morons we have in government allow potentially thousands of dollars in interest to fall through the cracks?

    • Anon says:

      If the full balances were paid there wouldn't be any interest charges. 

      • A-nony-mouse says:

        WRONG!  Cash advances incur a FEE and interest accrues from the date it was taken!  Read your cardholder agreement!

         

  77. Anonymous says:

    The courts are a joke.  This is why I have lost faith in the legal system.

  78. Anon says:

    First round only. APPEAL !

  79. Anonymous says:

    Cayman, you are a joke in  the eyes of the world.  Taking government money and gambling for 17 hours when you are supposed to be representing the country on official visits, may not be criminal, but it shows what a p1$% take this is!  Not a court of morality the judge said!! Because this whole case shows week wills, cowards in CS jobs and complete lack of morals by a person elected to lead a country.  Good luck in coming weeks. You may needit

    • Anonymous says:

      So what about Canada or the US with their Crack Mayors and Senators pocketing all sorts of money and then voting against their peoples interest???

      What about the UK abuse of power to get their way in so many of their territories

      Yeah.. Cayman is the real joke…. whatever

      • Anonymous says:

        Corruption is bad no matter where it happens.  Naming and shaming countries where it is rife, does not lessen its impact when it happens in Cayman.  Abuse of power?  Notwithstanding the legality of borrowing money from the public purse being legal, it is truly something when someone with a bible in one hand and cash in the other is heralded as a hero because he gives to the poor people in West Bay.  He does not "give" to the poor.  He takes public funds and uses them to reward those in his fifedom.  Nothing wrong with that as its just great politics apparently.

    • Anonymous says:

      You know what?  You need to go to timbuktoo and smoke on a bush cigar – celebrate life for a while. We haven our party and if ya don't like it, you and fco can ship out !!!  ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Born Caymanian. says:

      How bout you and all the overseas raters are the jokers!

  80. Anonymous says:

    Two generations of my once politically-active family have been discouraged from participating in public life by the culture created and perpetuated by McKeeva. It has just been endorsed by a jury but that does not make it right or good for this country. To say that I am heartbroken is a monumental understatement. The only thing I can hope for now is that I live long enough to know a Cayman without him, anyone of his ilk or company, and anyone who would behave as we have heard throughout these proceedings. God help us all.

     

  81. Anon says:

    CNS – a cynical headline. You just couldn't settle for  "Mac not guilty" eh? 

    • Anonymous says:

      I think the CNS headline was entirely in keeping with the thrust of the trial – a man looking to hit the jackpot (using our money) big time!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Brilliant headline CNS, all of us in the office appreciated that one.  Keep up the good work.

  82. Len Layman says:

    Cash Till Payday

    The jury has spoken and their decision will be respected.

    However we need to learn from this. It is time we make our laws on the use of credit card fall in line with what is morally right.  As the Judge pointed out the jury was not to judge Mac on his morals but on the legality of what he did.  I think most would agree that what he did was morally wrong.  They jury may have thought so also, but ruled that they felt it was not illegal.

    We need new laws that would clearly make this type of action illegal in the future.  It should be a crime, in the future, to use the peoples monies  i.e. Government Credit Cards as a wallet size "Cash Till Payday", interest free, loan service for our elected officials and top Civil Servants!

    • Anonymous says:

      Correct.

      The mere fact that that we all know of these issues and do nothing to stop them until fiascos arise is the truly embarrasing part of our leadership.

      When we also condemn one but hold up the other (for paying it back quickly – lol) is another issue in this country. Lets make policy for the betterment of the country and not just who it can help that I know.

      I truly hope the current government understands that but so far they seem to be happy to be in and do the same so they will most likely be replaced on the next go round….sad.

       

       

    • Anonymous says:

      Whose morals? Gambling is legal in the US. I enjoy it. Maybe Mac does. There was no evidence that he used government's CC to withdraw money to gamble. That is the allegation by implication. In any case, the government did not have to spend any money. It was repaid. What if he had used it to buyclothing for himself? Or an expensive watch? Would that have been OK? The real crime here is that this man was arrested on a whim, when he was Premier of the Cayman Islands. What became of those charges?

      Your vote and institutions were treated like so much dirt, yet you celebrated, thinking that as long as you could see the hated McKeeva Bush suffer, then it must be worth it. The real problem with crabs is not that they cannot abide success of their own, but that they have such tiny brains.

  83. Caymanian Donkey says:

    I had to address this ASAP, on FB right now and hadn't seen alot of stuff from our current Premier Mr. Mcluaghlin since last month, all of a sudden just before the vedict the the Premier starts spamming his facebook with good news, well so h thinks!! Just think this is kinda strange… Are they now suddenly worried Big Mac is going to contest the election and call for another one saying he was se up? Just wondering,very strange… OH and Mr.Premier you are notposting all good news, I disagree with not opening Sundays,I will be speaking to some of your PPM members and an tell you i will not vote this time for you and or your party!!!!!!!!!! Mind you nore will Big Mac get it either…

    • Anonymous says:

      Fool! Chamber Luncheon has always been a big deal and big speech for any sitting Premier.

      • Anonymous says:

        I believe it was a Chamber luncheon where we were introduced to China Harbour.

    • Anonymous says:

      How can he spam his own account? Do you even know what spamming means?

  84. Anonymous says:

    Just to confirm then, any money that was won while gambling the peoples money was given to the public purse?

  85. Anonymous says:

    Anyhow he sues the government and get back in, I wonder how he would feel giving the fact that he will be running a country, that he is claiming was broke in the first place.

  86. Anonymous says:

    This is proof positive that modern day pirate politicians really do rule in Cayman. And he's out of the dock just in time for Pirate's Week. We have a constitution that allows this kind of behaviour??? Regrettably, the only phrase that comes to mind is third world justice has been served.

  87. Anonymous says:

    Anyone with 3 brain cells couldsee this case was crap from the beginning!!  Lets go drink some bubbly tonight on the government, they should be paying Mac for a long time!!

  88. Anonymous says:

    I wonder what drink Dunkan Taylor will be having tonight?

  89. Anonymous says:

    D'oh!  I quietly opened a bottle of bubbly too soon on this one as I thought we had him.  I guess I'll just have to drink the bottle myself and drown my sorrows. 

  90. Cat says:

    You know that bottle of bubbly Duncan Taylor was talking about opening when Mr. Bush was convicted and jailed? Well he needs to take that same bottle of bubbly and break it open on his own head for being so stupid. Taking up post in Mexico,hmmm how convenient.

  91. Anonymous says:

    Its time for all the lazy government employees in managerial positions to pull their socks or stockings up and do what they were hired and expected to do.  This case is an indication that proper internal guidelies, policies and procedures were not put in place, hence this verdict.  

    • Anonymous says:

      It should not be left to "internal guidelines, policies and procedures"  It should be LAW.

    • Anonymous says:

      This is one time i have to defent the civil service.  Think about it, a premier is in power and gambling the peoples money, who do i report this to and still ensure ii dint get a visit in the night? 

    • Anonymous says:

      The person who said it was OK to spend on government credit card, is the person who highlights the missing link.  Being in an administrative position and not able to manage, speaks for itself..

      These incidents will continue to happen, because people who are (CO's )are afraid to do what's right, due to being afraid to offend.  So therefore, anything goes.  

  92. Anonymous says:

    Well at the very least his dirty laundry was aired. Would love to hear what all the churches and "christians" who supported and voted him in have to say about Mac's addiction to gambling and lies. My guess is as long as they continue to have full coffers all can be forgiven.

    • Anonymous says:

      Well they all have their vices, some to porn, others to people's husbands and wives, to stealing from their employers and employees, drugs and alchol and worst yet sins that I won't feel it appropriate to mention on this site.  So what the h%$# some gambling and a white lie here and there I will take those two over the multitude of whopper sins.

  93. Anonymous says:

    I'll comment later.

  94. Concerned 1 says:

    Wake Up Sheeples.

    Gov Duncan got what he wanted as Big Mac was not re-elected Premier so it does not matter if it is moral or not or the fact that the Cayman Islands will have to pay for this polical gambling game.

    How good it must be be to be wrong on so many things as Duncan was and still walk away withouth as much as a lsap on the wrist.

    Plot against McKeeva = Will cost Franz 

    Court Case against Mckeeva =Paid by the Cayman Islands

    Lawsuit settlement = Paid by the Cayman Islands 

    Gov Duncan is probably having a margarita in Mexico somewhere juts laughin his ass of.

  95. MEM says:

    So would it not be "Breach of Public Trust" to go on a business trip, climin to represent your islands and their people – (the islands thinking he was on travel to better our country) but then spend hours of Government time gambling? I guess since the times were in the wee morning hours this all wouldn't matter either…

  96. Anonymous says:

    This case was a disgrace to begin with, just a plot to ruin a man that stands up for these islands.  Governor and FCO should be made to pay for this mess!!  Shameful, congrats Mac well deserved win.  You were innocent and glad the jury could see that!!

  97. Just being nice :-) says:

    Thanks to the British spy agencies under the direction of Foriegn Office and powers that be, the man is now emboldened and is going to sue your %ss.

  98. Anonymous says:

    No surprise here!

    Wutlessness on so many levels….all tp be paid for by the people of these islands.

  99. Anonymous says:

    It's obvious a lot of people did not read or understand the details of the trial and do not know the difference between what is illegal and "morally wrong" and what one can be convicted on.

  100. MEM says:

    Does this mean Joey Ebanks should have an appeal???

  101. Yeah Boy! says:

    Yay! NOT GUILTY!  Leave Mr. Bush alone now and go investigate the real criminals in government! The man was innocent ALL ALONG!

  102. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely,

    If that was the normal rule at the time and no one saw it fit to reprimand and or create a policy.

  103. Anonymous says:

    Unbelievable!   I heard the evidence and it was OVERWHELMINGLY against him.  If he can't be convicted of this, he might as well commit every crime imaginable.  No rules.  Thisisland is starting to scare me.

  104. Anonymous says:

    Do we know what the source of funds was for the cash pools for these wagering benders, one 45 day period's gambling amounting to neearly double annual comp?  One would expect the reckless pace of personal consumption to be a big red flag under FATF guidelines for a PEP, and worthy of additional scrutiny.  

  105. Anonymous says:

    Congrats Mac!

  106. LOL.. says:

    You pick him up, you lick him down and he bounce right back,
    What a hard man fe dead. /  Well they say that a cat got nine lives,
    But this man got ninety-nine lives. /
    You pick him up, you lick him down and he bounce right back,
    What a hard man fe dead.

    Mister Governor / FO, I hope unna learn ya lesson dat dis ya man is a hard man fe dead!   ๐Ÿ™‚

  107. Anonymous says:

    wow……

  108. Anonymous says:

    So apparently it is okay to use the government credit card for gambling purposes just as long as you pay it back.

    • Anonymous says:

      hey ..get over it you hater !!

    • Caymanian// says:

      Do-do, it sounds fair to me / no rules opposing it / and has nothing to do with theft.  I wish you guys stop trying to make Cayman Islands into your UK model – we have our own little culture and identity here. See ya at the party :o)

    • Just Commentin' says:

      Very good point. Pathetic way of doing things, eh?

  109. Anonymous says:

    Jan. 2010: McKeeva welcomes new Governor, Duncan Taylor: "You're on my turf now!"

  110. Victory says:

    Former Governor must be crying now. Here comes the LAWSUITS!  McKeeva is not messing around I heard that is just what he will do.

    • Anonymous says:

      He won't be able to hide from giving evidence in a civil suit.  There is no chance of him suing anyone.

  111. Westbayer72 says:

    And that is how we roll Ladies and Gentleman.

  112. Anonymous says:

    Once again the public purse has been exploited in holding such a trial that was inevitably going to produce no charges.  I did not follow this trial in detail but has the sum of funds been paid back by Mr. Bush?  Or again this was forfeited to the public?  i just can't believe how politicians get away with anything!

    • Anonymous says:

      Your comments are not valid and you did follow the trial. If you had followed the trial you would very quickly realize that your comments are irrelevant.

    • T says:

      Dem all politicians. The gov and ministers as just as bad. Dem trying to turn poor Mac into a boogie man, but dem the larger one we need to be concern about!  Awake up Cayman!

    • Anonymous says:

      Please do not write rubbish! It was clearly brought out in court that ALL charges were repaid. Since you did not listen to the trial fully, please desist from your inaccurate comments!

  113. Anonymous says:

    Well that has cleared everything up.  I can use my government credit card to gamble and then pay it back at a leter date.  Seriously, there is no need for me to go to the credit union for a loan. Caymankind! 

    • Anon says:

      Yes, and you can go shopping, buy jewelry and do any number of things with your government credit card, as long as you pay it back. In all fairness, what's good for the goose is good for the gander. 

  114. brit says:

    Asolutely disgraceful!!!  What a waste of tax payers money & time. One HUGE BIG JOKE.

  115. Anonymous says:

    Now we have to see if the current  government has the Ba%% s to pass a law to make sure that this can never happen again.  It must be spelled out load and clear that such action in the future will be 100% illegal.

    Any elected official unwilling to vote "yes" on such a bill should not be reflected regardless of their party.  Guide lines are not strong enough.

  116. Bushheart says:

    His new title, Sir McKeeva “Pure Heart” Bush.

    – – Watch out now, you may take his credit cards, but you won’t take his F R E E D O O O O O O M !

  117. Anonymous says:

    I am not a Lawyer but any average person should know that there is a difference betwen LAW and MORALITY. What is morally right does not mean that it is legal.What is imoral does not mean that it is llegal. If this was the case you probably have a lot of cases where the Clergy is in court trying to enforce some breaches  of moral rules.

    There are  legal  and historical debates between Lord Chief Justice Devlin and  an  English professor HLA Hart in the 1960s about the subject. Devlin arguing from the conservative point of view thinks hat there should be enforcment of morality topersuade the populace on what is aceptable and unaceptable standard of behaviour. Professor Hart argues that if the conduct hurts no one but the particular individual it should not be a crime. no extreme of either side cannot be accepted but you get the picture morality might coincide with law but in itself is not law.

  118. Anonymous says:

    Can't wait for my next business trip and use the company's credit card to fund my personal shopping via a self subscribed zero interest loan!

  119. Maximus says:

    Great News for Mckeeva … rather sad for Cayman.

    Really does make one wonder about the justice system.

    Had he smoked a spliff, probably wouldhave got 10 years in jail… Yet withdrawal of approximately $500,000 out of government funds? Free to go.

    Wake up sheeple!

    • Anonymous says:

      The only sad one is you and Mr. G

    • Anonymous says:

      Excuse me "Maximus" AKA "Mis-informed": Bush spent over 400,000 of his own personal money on gambling. What was spent on the Government card or should I say "withdrawn", was 50,000. ALOT less than you are stating. PLEASE, get the facts before you post.

  120. Anonymous says:

    Boom! Keke is no peach but the verdict was correct. From a moral standpoint he may have been wrong but he did nothing illegal. Party in the Bay tonight.

  121. Anonymous says:

    This was a fiasco! 5years of all of this talk about investigations and this is where we are! Alden may not think that there has been a major constitutional crises here because this may well have suited him at some level but every Caymanian, expat and every Overseas Territory should be concerned about what was revealed in Court about the actions of UK and even more about what they were actually able to keep from the public. As for the Tempura documents that this Governor now fights so desperately to keep from the public, it now occurs to me at least, that we MUST know whats in these documents as both the courts and Information commissioner have ruled against duncan Taylor and her, and she continues to try to keep it from the public. Mac won but it's still been a terrible experience for us. Not sure where this leaves us with governor and

  122. Anonymous says:

    Gambling is illegal in the Cayman Islands!

    How is it that the most important representative of the Cayman Islands people "The Premier" can use a Cayman Islands Government credit card to do something that is ILLEGAL in the country that he claims to love? Let's pass a law now and catch this gambler next time if there are fools enough to put him back in power. Better get a bigger limit on your personal credit cards so you will not need the people's money next time Mac!

    • Anonymous says:

      Was this point ever made?

    • Anonymous says:

      Ah but it is great because he did not gamble in Cayman.  Hilarious except its the people of Cayman that are rules by people who clearly may be within the law but have no moral compass.

    • Cat says:

      Gambling in Cayman is illegal, it is not illegal for a Caymanian to gamble in the U.S and Bahamas where gambling is legal.

    • Anonymous says:

      I have one question for you. Seeing that gambling is illegal in Cayman if you happen to win a million dollars while on your vacation due to gambling should you be allowed to return to Cayman with your winings?

    • Anonymous says:

      Please be real! Illegal or legal gambling is irrelevant. The 11 charges laid agaist Mr. Bush could not hold up based on the evidence presented in court.  Stop wiritng comments and asking stupid questions that you are clueless about!

  123. Anon says:

    I am shokced and appalled at the verdict. Despite there not being a clear government policy in respect of the use of the credit cards issued by the CIG, our leaders are to know better and should be held at a higher standard than the rest of the civil servants. The lies and cover ups suggest that Mr. Bush knew or at least suspected what he was doing was questionable. A defence of "there was no clear written policy", in my opinion, just is not a good enough explanation for a very highly paid and ranked civil servant. Do the Caymanian people really want accountability?

    • Anonymous says:

      Accountability in Cayman? Actions speak louder than words. No they dont. A great number of  Caymanians simply want little to no accountablity so they can be guilt free when they get a turn at the trough. After all, that's what "Its my island" means. And if you don't like it, go somewhere else. 

       

  124. Anonymous says:

    And there you have it, Cayman is dead.

    Hopefully PPM wil atleast follow through with one man one vote so he can't carry all his crew back into power next election.

    Can only hope and pray that the UK has something else in the pocket

  125. Anonymous says:

    Just because it was allowed doesn't make it right! The officials involved should have been charged with not having the proper safeguards and policies in place to ensure that gambling with public money (whether or not paid back) is NOT allowed.

  126. Anonymous says:

    Teflon Don

  127. Michel says:

    Good for you Mckeeva . There was a conspiracy against you but closer to home that you thoughtยก How can we trust many of the ones we now know we’re involved and more to come . I am happy that Justice has prevailed ! Now Operating Tempura real results now . Imagine the cover ups in this one. God Bless, Michel Lemay

  128. Anonymous says:

    Hooooray!!!

  129. Anonymous says:

    Good news, I had a whole lot riding on that verdict.

  130. Anonymous says:

    My bet is these English QCs cost about 500 pounds sterling an hour. Do we the taxpayers pay for both the prosecution costs and the defence costs?

    • Anonymous says:

      Make that £800 an hour plus expenses minimum – the bill for this will make the gambling payments look like pocket change.   

       

    • Anonymous says:

      Those would be inexpensive QCs. Upwards of 1,000 sterling an hour for this guy.

  131. Anonymous says:

    OK but he is guilty of lying, jetting off on official business and then spending all his time in casinos, using his government credit card to get interest free loans from the government, failing to pay it all back in a timely manner and some unanswered questions about how he can afford to lose half a million in a slot machine on his MLA's salary. Surely, finally, he is politically finished.

    • Anonymous says:

      LOL. That's what you think. I will stake my life on it that Bayahs will vote for him as long as he runs.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, and all of this can be raised in the Legislative Assembly as many times as its members wish without any fear of reprisal. I hope they never allow McKeeva to utter another word.

  132. Anonymous says:

    Here comes another hefty law suit to pay out by the public purse. What's "good for the goose is good for the gander" He couldn't be convicted if everyone else was doing the same thing including Arden buying a $3,500 watch for this wife on government credit card.

  133. Anonymous says:

    Thanks to Duncan Taylor, every British person will be considered devious, disloyal to Cayman  and undermining and one can expect Mac to make great use of that. The Auditor-General's life will be made miserable and he will be accused of being a part of an ongoing "English plot".Very sad……and dangerous for good governance in Cayman.

    • Victory says:

      Its to keep Cayman economy at bay  – that is what they want. So they do and say reckless things. I hope the next Governor is smart and learn that if Cayman prospers the UK prospers as well!

  134. Anonymous says:

    OMG. I'm ashamed to be a Caymanian. XXXX

    All faith I had that Cayman was becoming more in line with the 21st century and maybe proving our claim to 'high Christian values and morals', this was a shot in the heart.

    Good luck Cayman, I'm going to take my chances in Jamaica!

    Super Disappointed Caymanian

     

     
    • Anonymousl says:

      you're a troll of a caymanian too

    • Anonymous says:

      GOOD BYE

       

    • Anonymous says:

      We may have 'high Christian values and morals' but our laws donot reflect it.

      • anonymous says:

        'high Christian morals and values' where?

        Caymanians only have them when it suits their cause. As a young Caymanian let me inform you our 'christians' with their values and morals are some dangerous people. I speak from experience. Like what Shaggy says "dem a one day christian".

  135. Anonymous says:

    This is very shameful!  Anyways I didnt exectly anything less. Guess who will be running next elections….guess who will be putting him back in! There should be a law against this with all of the corruption allegations that were brought forward.

    What a complete disapointment Cayman.

  136. Anonymous says:

    So this country is satisfied that it's former Premier used government funds to pay for his un-Christian gambling addiction.  No doubt the West Bay rabble will be delighted that their gambling hero got off and no doubt Mac will be on the airwaves spouting forth what he didn't have the guts to spout in court.  Any doubts as to whether or not this is a third world country with respect to governance and integrity have just been dispelled.

    • Anonymous says:

      Really and where does that put CS from the UK that have completely behaved in a deplorable manner, yet again! Perhaps they help us to function in a third world manner. It is unacceptable to refer to us like this when the UK has been caught out with such poor behaviour of its CS. It smacks of Euro bank and Tempura.

    • Anonymous says:

      I guess all those church raffles are Christian…Hipocrite

  137. Anonymous says:

    Mr Auditor-General, you may as well pack your bags because anything goes in Cayman.

  138. Anonymous says:

    Can we have the resignation of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Chief of Police, please?

    • Anonymous says:

      Why? It was Duncan Taylor's insane emails that killed the case.

       

      • Anonymous says:

        The Judge said Taylor's e-mails were irrelevant to McKeeva's guilt or innocence. The prosecution case was either incompetently prepared or worse. How can you have prosecution witnesses presenting the Defence case?   

    • Anonymous says:

      Why should they resign. They were doing their jobs. Someone has to loose EVERY court case.

      And you have the audacity and total vacancy of knowledge of IRONY to ask for their resignation?  Did McKeeva resign? Will he now resign? Learn what justice, morals and accountability are about, you idiot.

  139. Anonomus says:

    Mac Free man. I good man cannot be brought down. Teflon Don! 

    Next election a Watchout!

  140. Anonymous says:

    Unbelievable!   I believe this is only encouraging corruption at the highest level.

  141. Anonymous says:

    I am not even a Mac fan, but this case should not have gone to trial in the first place. The people who brought this case to court were very incompetent. No laws were broken or no breaches in the policy were made. He paid back the money used for his "personal" use, so they couldn't even hold him on this. Now we as the people will need to pay for the legal fees for outside counsel and the judge who were brought down for this trial. 

  142. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations to Duncan Taylor and Carson Ebanks for being so utterly incompetent. For the former to send these emails was disgusting and for the latter to think that you can use credit cards issued by Government to get funds to gamble with so long as it is paid back-and actually tell subordinates that – shows how poor the intelletual standard of local senior civil servants is.

  143. Anonymous says:

    Only in Cayman Islands!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  144. Anonymous says:



    Absolute BS.

    How the f*** can he not be guilty of misuse of the credit card given to him for Government business, when he used it to gamble?

    How the f**K can anyone think that when given a credit card for business purposes by their employer that it gives them the right to gamble!

    This country and our legal sytem has lost the f****** plot.

  145. Anonymous says:



    Now the fun and games begin!!! MAC's Back!!!!!!

  146. Cheese Face says:

    Seriously there is no hope for this place!

  147. Anonymous says:

    I think this can be seen as why it's important to have proper procedures written down, no argument that what he did was wrong in borrowing so much money from the country to fritter away on his gambling addiction, I call it that based on the numbers thrown around, but the process, or lack of, was wrong in allowing him to do so.  Having said that I don't know who was expected to stand up to him as LOGB and say no.

    Is there a limit on how many times you can be born again, becuase I think he needs another reincarnation. FICB now Cardgate, I guess the hardest one to dodge will be explaining to the wife how he lost so much money!

    I just hope they make sure he's paid back every penny, it costs a lot in interest and charges to draw cash from a credit card, interest gets charged immediately. I would hate to think he hadn't paid back everything that was 'borrowed'.

  148. Anonymous in the face region! says:

    I'm wondering if I would have received the same verdict if I had done the same thing. At the very least, I now know that it is ok for me to misuse my employer's money without their consent and just pay it back later. 

    • Anonymous says:

      The difference here is that he had the consent of the CIG to use the card as long as it was paid back, go try it at a place where they have a policy against it and see what happens to you.

  149. Anonymous says:

    It was clear from very early in the trial that this was nothing short of a witch hunt. The CoP and the person within the DPP that made the decision to move forward with these charges should resign immediately.

  150. Anonymous says:

    Disgusting

  151. Anonymous says:

    Not today BoBo!!!! her comes another law suet!!! say 20mill!!!

    To be honest readig th news articles f the case this last month and not bing in the court room, i am not surpised, it appears o me the prsicution did the job or he defense.

    Watch out PPM, he's out and now going to tackle the world..

  152. Anonymous says:

    Sad day for Cayman. What a farce!