FCO dismisses Taylor emails

| 10/10/2014

(CNS): A spokesperson for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has said the comments by the former governor in correspondence to an FCO bureaucrat in 2012 were not relevant to the investigation or verdict in the Bush case. In response to an email enquiry and a number of questions from CNS, the FCO stood by its former man in Cayman, Duncan Taylor, when it stated that the decision to prosecute was a matter for the independent director of public prosecutions. During the Bush trial the court heard extracts from a number of emails Taylor sent to FCO official Tony Bates in London at the time about the progress of the Bush case and the then governor’s eagerness to see him charged with something.

“Governors of the British Overseas Territories take their constitutional roles seriously. Where there is evidence that someone in high office is suspected of wrongdoing, it is right that the Governor ensures the allegations are properly and swiftly investigated by the competent authorities,” the FCO spokesperson stated. “It is right that the allegations against Mr Bush were subject to a full investigation. The decision to prosecute was a matter for the independent Director for Public Prosecutions.

“The former Governor’s comments are not relevant to the outcome of either the investigation or the trial. The verdict is a matter for the courts of the Cayman Islands,” the official added.

During the Bush trial Geoffrey Cox QC, who was leading Bush’s defence team, read from correspondence emails between the governor and local police and civil servants, as well as several email dispatches that Taylor sent to the OT desk back in London.

Cox is now understood to be filing formal questions in the UK parliament regarding the Bush case and the governor’s conduct, which the attorney and Bush have all described as abuse of office.

The comments by the governor about celebrating the demise of Bush, the need to have him charged before the election, his desire to have media coverage of the arrest and charges that would maximise public awareness of the case against him and his criticisms of the DPP for dragging her feet were described as “disgraceful and unconstitutional” by Cox during the trial. The judge also described some of the comments in the emails in his summing up of the case as “unacceptable”.

At the time of the correspondence Bush was understood to be under investigation over several issues relating to corruption. The probes had all started with the discovery of a fax during an unrelated legal case from Bush to former Cayman landowner and developer, Stan Thomas, in October 2004. In it he asked for an outstanding payment of $350,000, which appeared to be linked to a Cabinet re-zoning of Thomas’ land. Bush denied that this was any kind of bung (a payment made to someone to persuade them to do something dishonest) but claimed it was a real estate bill relating to services provided by Windsor Development.

He then became the subject of a probe regarding the illegal importation of dynamite. The explosives imported by Midland Acre were seized by officials because of the failure of the owners to follow the law, but Bush intervened and sent a memo to the collector of customs asking for the explosives destined for the quarry to be released. Bush, who had responsibility for customs, claimed at the time the correspondence was nothing more than an effort to assist a friend but questions were raised about the request, given Bush’s position.

As a result, the credit card investigation was one of three probes that was initiated by the police against Bush.

In his statement following the verdict on Thursday, Bush said he had been the subject of intense investigation during the last three years and the authorities had found nothing at all criminal, despite probing all of his financial affairs.

He also raised concerns about Cayman becoming a police state at the hands of the FCO, which still has responsibility for internal as well as external security in Cayman, even though the Home Affairs ministry now has had a greater say in police matters and funding since the implementation of the 2009 constitution. 

Bush also linked his case to the arrival of the British naval vessel HMS Argyll in Cayman during his trial.

“Let us be mindful that there is a warship stuck out there and I don’t think it is a coincidence. We must put an end to the police state that we are living in,” he said.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Ok am flagging everyone of these comments as they all seem to be abusing my beloved premier! lmfao notttttttt.

  2. George Towner says:

    What troubles me more than anything else about this case was the move by former Governor Duncan Taylor, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and Commissioner of Police to raid and ransack Mr. Bush home on allegations of theft in 2012, and then to find out that they were dropped in 2013.

    These puppets went so far as to mar Cayman's name as to charge one of our politicians with no evidence that would stick!  Well done lot, you have really strengthened the relationship between us and the United Kingdom's government.

    To set a precedent I for one am glad that the conspiracy was revealed in Court and the seven member Jury weighed the facts carefully. Should the country suffer to these puppets (like TCI did for Misick) for convicting just one man!

    • Anonymous says:

      The theft charge was dropped after the money was repaid by McKeeva. His attorneys negotiated that. That is hardly the most disturbing aspect of this case.  

  3. Joe Schmoe says:

    They lost this case at least 3 ways: 1) the government form has a space on it for 'personal expenses' charged to the government card – so how can you send any man to prison for doing so? 2) no one else was even reprimanded for charging personal expenses, so clearly the government had accepted this common practice 3) in an era of the NSA and other government mis-deeds and secrecy, the governors subversive activities are too much to ignore. It was the right verdict in the public interest as a message to government that they must not undermine or be seen to be undermining fairness and equality in the eyes of the law, and more importantly the democratic process of electing officials (vs appointments like the governor). Even if Mac had broken the law, that message is more important than one conviction.

    Like many others I initially wrongly assumed Mac was guilty until I read the full account of the trial in the compass. No matter what you think of him, he is owed an apology for this fiasco.

    Ironic that the Governor's jubilant comment about Mac's conviction might have actually helped get him off, and may help him win the next election. I believe Mac owes that man a bottle of bubbly.

     

    • Anonymous says:

      If personal expenses included cash advances for gambling (which is illegal in this country and which he lied about) that would have been made clear. Nobody is suggesting that earning high office should not come with a few perks, a bit of flexibility here and there given how complicated life gets, but this man took the piss and says he needed an army to ensure he gave it back. Moral bankruptcy is what it is; shame without integrity.

    • Anonymous says:

      If he wins the next election, it will be Satans everlasting power to keep people ignorant that McMak will be the thanking. 

  4. Learn Well Folks says:

    Don't blame the Governors. They take their orders from the Foreign Office, the special and her majesty's interest.  F the people and their leaders on the small islands. Divide and conquor is their game to sustain and control.

  5. Anonymous says:

    What bothers me most about this is that with all the revelations in the trial McKeeva continues to say "I did nothing wrong", not "I did nothing illegal". That speaks volumes. The man has no sense of ethics and is unfit to be in public office. 

    • Anonymous says:

      Obviously, you still missingthe point.  He did nothing wrong he was found not guilty.  I guess you talking about the moral part of this case, the person he owes an apology to is his God!!  Look at your morality and stop studying other ppl!!

      • Anonymous says:

        No, obviously you are missing the point: "Nothing wrong" goes much further than saying I did not commit a crime, and it says that I do not regret my actions and would do it, or something similar, again if I can find some loophole to slip through.  It is clearly a grossly unethical action that amounts to abuse of your office at that level. I am not talking about "sins" which is the aspect he must take to God. Those were CIG funds which he abused to enrich himself while pretending that he was travelling on official business and then lied about it to the government and people of the Cayman Islands. He owes an apology to the people of the Cayman Islands. Our problem is that our electorate is corrupt and do not know right from wrong or are willing to turn a blind eye to it on the basis that "all have sinned". This is not about sin. I hope that has penetrated your thick skull but as McKeeva groupie it almost certainly hasn't.    

  6. Anonymous says:

    Personally I think there should be an enquiry and public outcry about the pastors who think its morally ok to use government funds for personal use.  How can they face their congregation and spout moral imperatives whilst supporting such behaviour?

  7. Tailor on ICE says:

    FCO dismisses Taylors emails just like how it dismisses Cayman and the Caymanian People. It appears that Mr Martin Bridger was very accurate on where exactly corruption starts at the very top!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Yes i believe the Governor acted un-professionally, to a fairly large extent as evidenced by the emails he sent. So did the Commissioner (also Chair of the Anti-corruption Commission), the FCO and others.

    My concern now is the calls by some that Mac should "sue them" That would be ok if "them" were made to pay for such suits. However, if history means anything (and it does!) then it will very likely be the people of the Cayman Islands (all residents – with ever increasing high cost of living to fund it all) that will pay for it! 

    • Anonymous says:

      Mac dos not care he uses or money as if it is his own anyways.

    • Anonymous says:

      Whats the problem with that.  It would appear you have no problem with your politicans using their government credit cards for personal use.  On this occasion too a government credit card could be used.

  9. Union Jack says:

    A very well executed little jape by the FCO.  I have to say I am impressed by how well it worked. 

    • Anonymous says:

      Imagine coming to work, drinking tea (and the other at lunch, and in the afternoon, no doubt), and having nothing more on one's plate than this sort of glib response (a jape). I'm 100% appalled with Mr.Bush'sbehaviour, but that lot at the FCO, they really are a piece of work. (Wonder how long their lunch is, and at which London club?!)

  10. Knot S Smart says:

    Ok I'm tired of hearing about gambling, and slot machines, and court trials, and jurors, and lawyers, and emails from the former governor , and conspiracy theories, and casinos and government credit cards…

    So I am off to Las Vegas for a while…

    • Anonymous says:

      I will never tire of hearing about invisble armed guards that take payment in crockery.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I hope that McKeeva is not planning to use this incident (brought on by himself) to push for independence .Unfortunately his announcement of island wide meetings suggest otherwise.I suspect that he will blame the whole thing on our relationship with the mother country ,and use this to encourage independence,and to recruit new supporters for his party.

    • Anonymous says:

      Fear not, good sir/madam. The electorate of the Cayman Islands have a lot more common sense than you (innocently) give them credit. Mr.Bush, albeit accompanied by a very vocal group of non-thinking supporters more than willing to dance along to his deranged tune than apply reason, is very much a man of yesterday. The trial, with all its revalation, has all but sealed his fate.

      • Fred the Piemaker says:

        Which was presumably its intent in the first place.  However, given the electoral system you are very much mistaken if you think this will be a barrier to re-election where a small number of votes in a given community can secure a seat in the LA.   

    • Anonymous says:

      I am not Caymanian, unfortunately. I don't vote so I am almost as an expectator. But have you at least listen to McK?

      This comment as well as the supports you got show how baddly people rant without even trying to know the facts.

      Yes McK thinks is all a conspiracy and probably really believes he "didn't do anything wrong", but he also said in several occassions that this was because the UK wants to get rid of us, and he is right on that one. He also clearly said that he was not going to rush into calling for independence no matter what they did to him, that it was not in the countries interest.

      Now, he may change his mind, would not be the first time, but I think is too soon to rush into this and that putting the word independence in the media only helps the conspiracy perpetrators, if there was one, and hurts as all, so I respectfully suggest we move on…

       

      • Anonymous says:

        Um… there is a conspiracy… no doubt!

      • Fred the Piemaker says:

        expectator – always a pleasure to see Latin used in the present day, and so very aptly too….Not sure about the rest of the comment tho.  

    • Put things in the Right Perspective says:

      McKeeva is not about Independence but having our basic democratic rights respected by a power that always interferes to maintain its control and slow down economic growth in their territories.

      • Anonymous says:

        The basic democratic right to use money thats not yours to fund yourgambling habits?

        Its OK if you pay it back apparently…trouble with gamlbers is sooner or later they go bankrupt..or have to steal from others to pay for their habits..

    • Okay Cabinet is he now fired? says:

      Are you NUTS?  The man shamed us all by his greedy selfish actions and now you want to hand him the keys to our island as a reward? Huh?… We NEED UK laws to keep us sane,  Yes, the Guv was horribly flawed too.  "But 2 wrongs don't make a right"

      I say end the crazy rampant crony corruption first.  We would be lost with the current leaders we have and broke like Jamaica within months.

      Name 1 country that did better after independence in the Caribbean….go on???  In the world stage our financial industry is backed by UK laws…if you want to go back to turtle fishing and tourism only, that is what independence would bring, I assure you.

  12. Anonymous says:

    The UK will try & bring you down one way or the other! After all they have hundred of years training on conquer & destroy & piracy etc!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Let's get this straight, you are not exactly a fan of the U.K. – am I correct or what? Thank you, friend, for your honesty.

    • Judean peoples front says:

      Right on sibling. We stand with you brother. What have the UK ever done for us?

  13. Anonymous says:

    Am i missing something here ? , i keep hearing some people refer to using public funds.

    Is it not true a credit card is just a line of credit? so with this being the case the use of public funds would only come into play if the government paid the bill , which appears to not be the case.

    • Diogenes says:

      OK then. Can I borrow your credit card for a while? I will pay it back ( without interest of course) so that will be all right, won’t it. No?

    • Anonymous says:

      According to what I read in at least one occassion he paid back after the card was paid by CIG, therefore he effectively borrowed from public funds. Illegal, the Jury said no and based on what we know I would agree. Ethical? ………….

  14. Anonymous says:

    On the bright side, all you folks (and you know who you are) that LOVED the dart/ bush deal that gave you your 'beautiful road' (what's not to love?) can rub your hands together in anticipation as this great team can get back together and turn out some more special deals for you. 

  15. Anonymous says:

    Gotta say, if you're an expat that got status or think you want it.  Ouch. Better change your spots or keep gritting your teeth. Congratulations on your new country. (Of choice no less) bwahahaha!

  16. Anonymous says:

    It is blatantly obvious that Taylor's incontinence was decisive of the case and has cost Cayman dearly. The UK is seriously deluded about what it does for this territory. Political stability my arse.

  17. Papa Doyle says:

    All you haters on here could you please ask the FCO to give the Caymanian people back our friggin Tempura money. Then hold ya breath and wait for it?

    • Anonymous says:

      My guess is that there is NO Tempura report. Everyone is hell bent on preventing it's release beause it doe' exit. The $10million disappeared.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Section 322(d) of the Penal Code (2013 Revision) makes it an offense for anyone to conspire with others to injure another in his (or her) profession or trade.

    I wonder if the Governor and the Commissioner of Police conspired to injure Mr. Bush in his profession?

    With wht purpose did the Governor, for example, press the Commissioner to have the media see them taking away boxes from Mr. Bush's home, or press for charges before the election?

    • Anonymous says:

      Being a politician is neither a profession nor a trade. You might as well say that those who didn't vote for his party "injured" him as well.

    • Anonymous says:

      Since being an elected official is neither a profession nor a trade, I can't see any possible basis for the question you ask to be legally relevant.

      • Anonymous says:

        Ignorance is bliss.

        Look up definition of the word “profession” – you may find its ordinary meaning is very broad – e.g. paid occupation.

    • Anonymous says:

      And the Governor gave the commissioner an OBE as a goodbye gift for what back then looked like a job well done……

       

       

    • Anonymous says:

      You should open your own law firm. You could make a fortune representing those who have made a profession out of taking conch from the markine parks, selling weed, shooting rival gang members, etc.

  19. The Correspondence is Clear says:

    It is evident that during the trial, email communications did came to light that suggested McKeeva Bush was a victim of a personal vendetta by Governor Duncan Taylor. The QC lawyer highlighted a series of emails that had passed between the Governor and Foreign Commonwealth Office, our Commissioner of Police, the Auditor General and others; it also revealed that communications were made to UK appointed officials operating in Cayman specifically timed to affect the outcome of the 2013 general election. For all we know they had huge influence over the media houses here.

    Cayman, we have the clear evidence before our eyes and we still want to make Mckeeva into our target of blame.
     

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes that may very well be, but it still does not make it right to spend $50,000 gambling while on government business and using a government credit card to fund your habit.  It also does not explain away the lies about money being for sexurity guards.  The two issues are separate.  Both men are reprehensible.

    • Anonymous says:

      WOW!  Clearly you are seeing something other than what I saw in the clear evidence.  The pirate code is still the real law here.  Clearly.  Let him try that in a functional country and he would be the laughing stock of the local jail.

    • Anonymous says:

      Lucky Mak is a gambling addict and used a government credit card to fuel his addiction. You can go on and on and on about vendettas and hunts but it does NOT change the facts of what he has done, and will do with your country. He is unrepentant. If his behavior ( flushing a quarter million dollars down the toilet like so much human waste) is not a cause of concern to you, I will tell you it is to many, many people and educated, honest civilization as a whole. Party on wild people, party on. 

      • Party? says:

        LOL .. we having it now to celebrate his vistory / should join us and relax your wired-up brain for a change :)>

    • Anonymous says:



      The personal delight of an individual expressing a view is not evidence of a vendatta, as much as the team assigned to deflecting attention to Macs wrong doing suggests. Besides small mac started it by challenging the gov on day 1.

    • Anonymous says:

      Can't quite follow your train of throught here. Are you saying that in light of these undoubtably questionable emails we should forget about Mr.Bush's conduct? That it is all somehow irrelevant? Really? Be honest here. Nothing the governor wrote caused Mr.Bush to rehave in the manner he did, and if you think it did I would be interested to hear exactly how. I note Mr.Bush is as silent as the grave in regard to his conduct and his explanations to civil servants about his reasons for using his government credit card. I wonder why? And one last thing, do you, sir/madam, believe in your heart that Mr.Bush actually did engage the sevices of security guards? It's an honest question and I'd appreciate an honest answer.

      • Realist/ says:

        Get a life!  What politician in the Uk or elsewhere you know has good conduct.  I don't think MB is worse than many of the MPs you see running the Uk to the ground. If everything was ok there Scotland would not had referendum in the first place.

    • Anonymous says:

      I beleive that the Governor's comments were very relevant at the time; he was the one pushing the authorities to charge Bush. Even when poor Cheryl did not see a case to answer, the Governor wrote that she was dragging her feet.

      To the governor and the UK it was important that Bush be charged prior to the 2013 election.

      They are fully resonsible for him losing his premiership and the election. He should sue the Governor/FCO/comish / deputy FM  and the Cayman Islands.

      • Anonymous says:

        08:45.  Not  " his premiership" but our premiership,that was loaned to him.Please do not forget it.

      • Diogenes says:

        Umm – he was re-elected. Think what you must mean is that they were responsible for other UDP candidates not being elected – of course that would mean they were entirely dependent on Mac and incapable of being elected on their own merits 😉

    • Anonymous says:

      What is not evident to you is that there was much, much more "evil" communications between much of the Cayman islands community when your King was doing his thing and dragging Cayman back into the pirate days of Caymans past and making a the island a laughing stock to all the real countries that do business here.  What you can't seem to fathom is that what you call personal vendetta, conspiracy, and evidence of blame is called crime fighting in all other parts of the developed world.  The fact that after all his "dealings) came to light you still belive he is of clean hands, pure heart, and honorable for life tells more about the people that follow him then it does for the man himself.  He might have been the target but you people are the cause.

    • Christopher Wight says:

      I hope people will stop throwing around that word conspiracy so easily in future seeing as how there is a new meaning for it now. The meaning for it as it will appear in the dictionary in future is "CONSPIRACY: When a person, preferably a governor or FCO official, forcefully takes the hand of a minister & leads him into a casino, then forcefully takes the minister's hand & makes him pay for his gambling with a government issued credit card." I'm not sure how true this is but I'm told it was used & strongly argued & reinforced in a recent court case. So unless a real "conspiracy" takes place, one where an "innocent" minister is forced by an FCO official to gamble using our government credit cards, let's hush with the fake conspiracy theories, ok? Thanks

      • P :/ says:

        wha???  you must be speaking to yourself   : /

        • Christopher Wight says:

          Hey P (??), I suppose the obvious SARCASM fly right over your head? I never knew I had the authority or power to change the dictionary, but thanks for the vote of confidence lol

  20. Anonymous says:

    Most likely the same Tony Bates who served as SO to Governor, but not 30 years ago! Tony was here in the mid to late 1990's

    • Anonymous says:

      You are correct 13:41. Tony Bates served two Governors here between 1993 and 1996.

  21. Anonymous says:

    OK its a verdict…personally I think its wrong, but the jury decided. The man has still lost a moral right to be in any kind of public life..he has now got away with using public funds for his gambling funding, even though he may have paid it back, he should not have used it in the first place. Sets a horrible example for others. So far from conspiracies, how about a little tidying of our own back  yard??

    • CayStar says:

      If the UK's Foreign Office was all concerned about tidying our back yard, do you think they would have allowed this to drag on… but no… they watch it damage our name. They are no different when it comes to looking out for your own interest. Nobody it seems stand for the people of these islands and put their interest and rights first.  A shame

      • Anonymous says:

        Yes 15.37..everyone blamse the UK for everything, especially people who do not have the brains or will to tidy up their own back yard..

  22. Anonymous says:

    To every story there is some truth to it! The witch hunt style has always been the British style!

    • Anonymous says:

      And Bush's style is and always will be theCaymanian style?

    • Anonymous says:

      So let me get this straight.  A witch hunt is something that asks people holding high office about using a government credit card for gambling purposes.  Interesting.

  23. Sydney says:

    In his closing argument, Geoffrey Cox QC and I understand Member of British Parliament, read a number of emails by Governor Taylor and others that he claimed clearly described a plot of "breath-taking proportions" to remove McKeeva Bush from his democratically elected position as the Premier of the Cayman Islands and the conspiracy to do so. This would effect Cayman's reputation. MP Cox urged the jury to accept that their was no evidence of abuse of the credit card by Bush and that the charges resulted from the conspiracy… the 7 member jury was to decide – no word of any of them being forced or intimidated. The only intimidation was the British warship that was anchored out from George Town.

    I can see now why TCI welcomes this historical event and I hope the rest of the world, the UN takes note of what the UK does in her back yard.

    About him gambling with public monies which he paid back – LET IT BE KNOWN THAT "MORALITY" IS ALWAYS FORGIVABLE BECAUSE THERE IS NO ONE ON THE FACE OF THIS PLANET THAT IS RIGHTEOUS!

     

    • Anonymous says:

      11;35

       

      Are you sure of that? i heard some on the radio show this morning claiming to be righteous.

      bloody hypocrites!!  they all got skeletons, just a matter of time. Christ was the only man came to this earth that was, and is perfect, without blemish.

    • Anon.....(and on and on) says:

      Good critique of life in the Land of the Pure Heart and Clean Hands. 

       

      Serial Moral Turpitude? (Remember the old I-94W Forms?)  Well, God will forgive. 

       

      Lying to the people?  (Armed Security?  Well, they were scary bandits and only had one arm, so I am also an equal opportunities liar.  Essential Medicines?  Well, ethanol is the main component of medical rubbing alcohol). 

       

      It is all an obvious conspiracy to suggest that using lots of our money to play machines designed to take your (our) money and give back a lot less than put in was the act of someone we want to lead our country. 

       

      Intimidation and contingency planning from UK?  OK, this may be true.  The type 23 Frigate visiting GT is an obvious diversion.  Air strikes in cooperation with the USAF have been arranged and the ground troops have all been issued with Sir Turtle Platinum Cards.  (I just hope they are not all depending on the late flight from Miami arriving on time.)

       

      We should all support the calls from the Leader of the Oppositin for a public enquiry into this.  As well as deserving the truth, it would be good to see ALL witnesses summoned to appear and give evidence under oath.  Now that is a sight we would all like to see.

      • Anonymous says:

        Zzzzz …. zzzz…. all the spaces in your lines put me to sleep

        • Anonymous says:

          14:06 And all the ZZs in your spaces are giving me lines (in my forehead).

        • Anon.....(and on and on) says:

          Fair comment.  Extra lines came from cutting and pasting from Word.  Just trying to minimise the spelligna mistookes.

          Mea Culpa.

      • Anonymous says:

        All funds were paid back on time..and even in cases overpaid thanks to lapses and errors by treasury..there was no solid evidence of,and as said by the casino witness no clear way to certify how much(if any) of the money withdrawn on the CIG card was used in any form of gambling

         a true and just verdict is giving based on evidence,never on emotion or preconception

        • Anonymous says:

          Oh so if there was no clear evidence how much was actually spent on gambling, you think its ok to withdraw $50,000 anyway.  Some very sad and worrying reasoning especially in a God fearing land called Cayman.

    • Anonymous says:

      Then you won't mind about your wife and me…. Cuz you know, someone else did it too 

  24. Anonymous says:

    "Let us be mindful that there is a warship stuck out there and I don’t think it is a coincidence. We must put an end to the police state that we are living in,” McKeeva said.

    "Let us be mindful that there is a lunatic wandering freely around here and I don't think it is a coincidence. We must put an end to the asylum that we are living in", the rest of us replied.

    • Anonymous says:

      speak for yourself …lunatic!

      • Anonymous says:

        The poster spoke for him/ her self and for the 109 other people (at the time of me writing this!)  who indicated their agreement!

  25. Anonymous says:

    So i guess the blame will just be thrown around and no one will have to answer for what was clearly a political witch hunt that will cost the country possibly millions. Now why did the DPP continue with prosecution? When they throw that blame then lets ask the next person questions…. lmao! What a joke this is.

  26. Anonymous says:

    I think it shows the Governor had the best interests of the country at heart.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Interesting way of deflecting the blame.  I agree the DPP has something to answer for, because it is true that the decision to prosecute was hers and hers alone.  But the tactic of announcing that someone is under investigation years in advance of a charge being filed and leaking information true or otherwise to the public and convincing Macs own party that the person was guilty of serious crimes, was that of the Governor and the FCO.  This is evident from the emails.  This they have not addressed.  well maybe they have by telling us that they intend to stand by the former Governors emails to the FCO and others.  This is very telling as I know absolutely no one who thought that what was said and done was correct, except for apparently the FCO.  It is very concerning and very scary. It is evident that there is a constitutional crises here.  The Commissioner of police who was included in those emails, chairs the anti curruption committee and the Governor who represents the very administrative body that stands behind these tactics leads us in National security including the police and the appointment of our judiciary.  This represents an untenable situation.  Perhaps Alden should address this in his constitutional 'clean-up' exercise!  Its all a big joke.  but no one is laughing.

  28. Observer > says:

    McKeeva is going to have public meeting around Cayman and tell everyone just what happened. He better be careful because his enemies are not done with him. He will need security and the funds for it. I wish him the best.

    • Anonymous says:

      Why will he need security? I am certain that persons who may not agree with the verdict will in no way try to harm him

    • Anonymous says:

      No worries about having the funds.  He has a government credit card.

    • anonymous says:

      The close protection operatives that I can supply will only accept crockery or government backed credit cards.

  29. Anonymous says:

    I don't know if I understand this correctly. Is FCO pushing this back on DPP?

    Also trying to remember if I have ever seen "bung" used in a news report. Lol. 

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, they are putting poor Ms. Sheryl out with the bath water on this one.  Not surprised at all by this 

    • Anonymous says:

      "Bung" is slang for a bribe. It's also the hole in a barrel. I still love the 18th C insult, "shut your bunghole"!

  30. Anonymous says:

    Duncan should be Knighted for his efforts. Thank you Sir, from the bottom of our hearts.

    • Anonymous says:

      Duncan should have to face a tribunal for his interference into the case – If that had been a Caymanian, the person would already be questioned by the police.

      Knighted is far cry from what I would want to see happen to Duncan.

  31. Walker says:

    This whole Fiasco has renewed my interest in the Tempura investigation. One can only speculate to the comments made in emails tied to the investigators. I would imagine there is a lot of pompas and holyer then thou held within. Maybe even a few " these little island folk" and so on. Seems our "Mother" does not respect her children. Seems she and her agents may come to these shores to conspire against the people and business of these islands. 

    • Anonymous says:

      The Tempura team treated senior civil servants and MLAs like children. I saw it first hand. In fact this is all just a repeat of Tempura.

       

       

    • Anonymous says:

      That has always been said, that the UK is jealours of Cayman success. When will we finally get that notion into our heads that it is true and that the UK cant be trusted when it comes to dealing with Cayman and its affairs.

      And then we have our own Caymanians conspiring with the UK against their own people , but hear this, when the UK ready to discard you they will also hatch a conspiracy to bring you down.

      Any governor or deputy governor we may have are all heavily influnced by the UK, let no one fool you bout that.  They now more English than the English.

  32. The Hypocrits have lost Again! says:

    lol … what a farce!  poor dem!  Smoke one cigar for McKeeva this Friday night and go to Church this Sunday !!! …. ITS PARTY !!!

  33. Anonymous says:

    Here's one for the conspiracy theorists.

    Tony Bates was on-island in April 2012 with Larry Covington. That's about the time this all kicked off and there's even a GIS photo of the two of them with Commisioner Baines to prove it.

    Conveniently McKeeva Bush was off-island during the visit.

    Officially this was a return visit for Bates, who had served in the Governor's office, coupled with his (rather pointless?) observation of an emergency response exercise.

    Was that coincidence or something more sinister?   

     
    • Anonymous says:

      Definitely something more sinister. Anyone noticed how quiet Baines has been since the verdict? 

  34. Anonymous says:

    Who was the FCo representative that stood by taylor, was it the famous tony.  We don't believe a word you guys have to say.

  35. FR says:

    And you should hear Rooster… boy they upset. Mac won and they talkin about morals. I wonder who is righteous?  lol  ha ha.. Congratulations McKeeva, you the man! I hope you sue every one of them.

  36. Anonymous says:

    Is this the same Tony Bates who used to be the then Governor's Staff Officer here in Cayman about 30 years ago?

  37. Anonymous says:

    The Navy come every year, not exactly on a high state of alert with most of the crew in the bars of the waterfront and seven mile beach!  Haven't they gone now, proably wondering McKeeva who

  38. Anonymous says:

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ we don't believe you