Pomp and ceremony to greet new governor

| 12/01/2010

(CNS): Preparations are well underway for the arrival of the UK’s latest representative. Duncan Taylor, the Cayman Islands’ new governor is set to arrive at noon on Friday 15 January and will be sworn into office at the Legislative Assembly, George Town at 2:00pm. Taylor who will be the islands’ 11th governor will be greeted by the Acting Governor, Donovan Ebanks, Speaker Mary Lawrence and Police Commissioner David Baines and sworn in by the chief justice, Anthony Smellie. Although arriving at a time when relations between Cayman’s elected government and its UK masters is considerably strained, the senior British civil servant will still be received with the usual pomp and ceremony.

Following the various speeches, ceremonies and gun salutes surrounding the official swearing inthe governor and his wife will be attending a public reception being held for him at Pedro St. James in Newlands. The reception, which will begin at 6:00 p.m. this Friday, 15 January, includes a receiving line, messages from government officials as well as live entertainment. According to government information services the dress code for the reception is smart casual.

Taylor, who is 52 years old, began his career with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1982. In addition to home postings in London he has held the positions of Second Secretary in Havana, Head of Commercial Section in Budapest, Director of Latin American Affairs on secondment to Rolls Royce Plc.; Deputy Consul-General and Deputy Head of Post in New York. His last position, which he held from 2005, was as British High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.

In 2002 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his work in helping the families of British victims of the 9-11 attacks in New York.

Taylor is married to Marie-Beatrice and they have five children; three girls and two boys.

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  1. Bobby Anon says:

    It’s a disgrase that the premier is not here to greet the new Govener. It is not as if he is coming at short notice. We are after all British, like it or not.

    God save the Queen!

  2. Peter Milburn says:

    where is Mac during all this?Should he not be leading the greeting party?

  3. Fallen Angel says:

    Here’s hoping a message from a certain gov’t official won’t be as long and winding full of Me – to infinity and beyond.


  4. Anonymous says:

    If you think Jack chastised us with whips, this fellow will chastise us with scorpions. Caymanians, are you sleeping. Wake tf up!!

    Sitting right here on your government website is draft legislation that essentially waives your human rights.

    Here is the link:-


    Guess who gets to declare the emergency? Yep the Governor and if you read the fine print of the other publications, you will see that the police report directly to the governor and the Premier and LA are effectively sidelined. For those of you too lazy to look up the link, here is an except from page 11.

    Where the Director is satisfied that it is necessary for the performance of his duties under this Law to do so, the Director or an authorised officer may enter any premises with or without the consent of the owner or occupier, and take such action as he may consider necessary in the public interest.

    So my fellow Bodden Towners, East Enders amd North Siders, when you are getting your doors kicked in, remember that you have been warned. GT and WB are either too ignorant or have sold their souls.

    This is an utter disgrace, but like good caymanians, let’s just swallow whatever the UK throws us at us.

    • Good says:

      Given how desperate the current government has been to crush basic rights, I am glad these provisions are in place.  And do not be a fool, the UK is under more effective human rights obligations than the comedians in the LA.

      • Anonymous says:

        What a ridiculous statement to make. It is because of politically correct "let’s play God" buffoons in the UK as to why it is in the diseased state that it is.

        I grew up in the UK during the 70’s and 80’s and went to boarding school with kids from all over the world, Africa, Hong Kong, Malaysia, South America, Australia etc and we did not need to have this human rights garbage stuffed down our throats.

        We lived together, became friends andput out bloody good teams on the sports field playing to the strengths of each individual.

        Look at the UK now, full of feral scum getting blasted on cheap booze lying in the streets, immigration out of control, taxation through the roof, politicians claiming extortionate and dishonest expenses, a benefits system that discourages people from going to work and rewards them for living like hell.

        We were better off without this ridiculous, nonsensical legislation. Not to mention the idiots that make up these stupid lawsuits claiming their "Human Rights" have been violated.

        You may be the vociferous majority, but you are also wrong. The Cayman Islands did not need a New Constitution. They already had one, it was very simple and it said this, "Love your neighbour as yourself and do unto others as you would have them do unto you". There, a constitution that exposes every transgression a man could commit against another.

        But oh no, we are too smart to have something so simple, so we fashion meaningless laws to inflate our already excessive arrogance. Argue all you want and stamp your feet, I don’t care. Truth trumps opinion, every time.

        The uneducated Caymanian politicians deserve everything they get as they have forgotten basic common sense and now as they pander to your perceived superiority, they cannot see that the emperor is wearing NO clothes.

        I cherish my Caymanian friends, most are warm, kind and loving people. The majority of them are not the sort of people to spout off in a forum so it may appear that they are saying nothing, but sooner or later, they will have their say. You should have seen this place years ago. It was absolute paradise and all this complex legislation was not even necessary.

    • Anonymous says:

      There’s no such thing as Human rights in Cayman, never has been, or you wouldn’t be able to discriminate against somebody of the grounds of nationality, race etc.

      At least the governor has an idea of what a country with human rights looks like and can at least try and install some basic human rights in Cayman.

      • Sally Vation says:

        We have rights, they can be enforced in England against the FCO for failingto require the Cayman government to protect our rights.  The problem is the regime in Cayman is so oppressive no-one can raise these issues without fear of reprisal.  But it is just a question of time before justice is done in the face of abuse.

        You can be sure that this new Human Rights Commission is not there to protect us.

  5. Anonymous says:

    The Governor’s swearing in provides an opportunity for the people of these islands to demonstrate against the rising levels of crime in our community. Let everyone who can show up on Friday to make it clear to our do nothing politicians and the UK’s representative that we are fed up with the lack of any concrete action against crime. The media and the politicians will be there. Let us use this event to send them a message.

    • Anonymous says:

      Excellent idea. I am going to be there. I would ask anyone with any interest in the future of Cayman to show up to let these politicians know how we feel about nothing being done to stop the crime in our community,