MLAs go back to work

| 24/03/2010

Cayman Islands News, Grand Cayman headline news, Cayman Legislative Assembly(CNS): The people’s representatives will be back to work on Wednesday morning as the Legislative Assembly returns. The government is expected to open three days of business in the House, with at least two motions, two amendments to bills including the penal code, and a number of other issues, including motions submitted by the opposition and the independent member for North Side. The opposition benches have also submitted a number of parliamentary questions to the government. At the close of the last session the opposition claimed that government had closed down debate and was attempting to silence them.

This latest sitting of the country’s parliament also takes place against the recent publication of the Miller Report, an expectation from the UK to see on outline of Cayman’s three-year budget plan before the end of this month, and while the UK economists are on their annual visit to review the government’s economic situation at one of its most challenging times in history.

It is expected to be a busy session, and Ezzard Miller told CNS that he has submitted a number of questions, amendments to proposed bills and several motions, including one to establish a committee to review the Public Management and Finance Law.

Check back to CNS for full coverage of the proceedings during the course of the week.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    CNS please change the title of this article. It suggests that if MLA’s are not at the legislative building then they are not working. Nothing could be further from the truth. If I am to read this at a glance – I would take from it that the opposition has nothing to do and should be fired from their jobs because they are hardly ever seen and that is not fair to them at all. 

    In all fairness please change this to give the opposition some equality.  

  2. Right ya so says:

    Humph! to do what ??? sit on their bums all day & argue about who gets to put the biggest/highest wall around their house!!

    This is ridiculous – these people are being paid to do nothing! They have done nothing at all to address the crime in Cayman.

    I want my money back!

    Come on LA members – AT LEAST ADDRESS THE ISSUE!!

  3. Anon says:

    They work?

  4. Anonymous says:

    A lot of fool fool talk is all that we are likely to hear from the government. There is no hope that our Beloved Leader will do any "work" bringing in the legislation we need to combat the gangstas. That is assuming of course that he is taking a break from his holidays to visit Cayman.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I hope when they get back to work, they will bring to the table the opposition views as well, as the Miller-Shaw report which is lopsided and only have 1 party’s view.  The Miller-Shaw report should also include the Opposition ideas as well as the sitting Government, afterall both parties should be representing the people of the Cayman Islands and not just the rich foreign people.  They need to scrap that Immigration bill also, as it will have long term detrimental effect to the Caymanian people and we will be left to foot all their expenses.  When are we going to have a voice in our own Islands? I say no to the sale of the Government Building, the Schools, Cayman Airways, the Airport and yes to Boatswaine, the expensive land in West Bay, the land fill and the sewage system. Cut expenditure by cutting on unnecessary spending, such as salaries for ex MLA’s, ex employees, building that 8′ Wall at the Premier’s private residence, Cut off all those family members of Cayman Airways employees free trips, let everyone pay school fees, implement the Head Count Tax and  collect the concessions from Dart and The Ritz Carlton.  XXX

    • Anonymous says:

      Does this mean ("MLAs go back to work") that Mckeeva Bush is back on island from his 10 month round-the-world holiday?

    • Anonymous says:

      So you propose cutting expenditures to the tune of around $2.5m per year, significantly raising everyones living costs and implimenting a psuedo income tax. WOW, that will solve all the islands problems in one fell swoop, we’re saved – give the man a phd and make him a ‘hero’. Check out the brain on this guy.

    • Anonymous says:

      Not very bright collect the concessions from Dart and Michael Ryan, the concessions where given as an incentive tool for these businessman to invest hundreds of millions into Cayman…Just the same as every other country in the world offers incentives…Three things will happen 1).Cayman will receive no further investments due to Government not standing by concessions 2). Cayman will get sued for breaching concessions granted. 3). Dart and Michael Ryan will look for somewhere else to invest their money…

      Cayman has the worst and least attractive concession package in the Caribbean and Central America, we have the worst record in attracting solid investments into Tourism related projects…

      Lets calculate how much money went into Government Coffers and the local economy because of the Ritz and Camana Bay..How many Caymanians got jobs or got wealthy from service or construction contracts…I figure the Ritz and Camana Bay have raised Caymans Credibility and GDP a hell of a lot…Don’t cook the goose that lays the golden egg…

      Cayman was built on foreign investment, don’t chase it away, the car you drive and the nice roads are here because your parents respected and welcomed foreign investments…creating jobs and need for infrastructure, ergo creating opportunities and the need for a civil service…

      At what point do people need to realize there is no free ride in life….Real decisions have to made to help this country …



  6. Anonymous says:

    Back to work??? What work have they done in the past 10 months??

    When they stop spending our money on their jet set lifestyles and improvements to their personal properties and bring forward legislation to get the criminals off our streets and keep the criminals that are destroying our country locked up, then I will believe that they might be working.

    Carrying on in the LA like 6 year olds when the teacher is out of the class is hardly "work".

    They have failed to bring forward penalties for crime that will deter criminals. They need to double the minimum penalties for all violent crimes. They need to eliminate parole for violent crimes. They need to eliminate funding for AC, cable TV and all of the hotel features at Northward. They need to prohibit cell phones and takeout food on demand at the prison. Northward is supposed to be a prison not a spa.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Back to work??

    Where were they?

    • Pess. E. Mist says:

      On the Rooster, chatting crap with Austin and Gilbert.

      • BORN FREE says:

        I heard the opposition Leader & the President of the YPs on Rooster today & they sure as hell were not talking "crap" with Gilbert & Austin. What I heard from them this morning was very imformative! And what a difference when the PPM representatives get on the radio as opposed to the UDP reps. The PPM, like today, are civilized, courteous & informative, as opposed to the combative, bombastic & rude style of most of the UDP representatives, especially their leader, AND especially when they are asked tough questions! The UDP are disgusting when on radio, & very insulting to callers unless it is one of their sweet talking supporters.
        It is so refreshing to listen to the PPM on the other hand, as it was this morning (Wednesday).

  8. Anonymous says:

    how often does the house sit?

    they should be in there at least 4 days a week!

  9. noname says:

    Yes Back to work doing what they do best taking care of their personal business and their political backers agenda.Happy Easter everybody.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I would like to see the money and energy directed toward the cruise ship docking facility redirected toward sorting out the land fill.

    It seems to me that the same major player in the dock project, the Dart Group would be interested in dealing with the land fill as well.

    The only long term answer in my opinion is to move the land fill to a selected and prepared site in the central part of the island. Most likely in the Boddentown area but I don’t believe any politicians have the courage to upset the voters within the close proximity to such a new location.


    • Bodden Towner says:

      Yes we Bodden Towners get neglected most of the time and are already treated like scum of the earth.  Our yards flood every year, our beaches are a mess and the government dont care (because we’re not SMB), so yes lets toss the dump into BT too… after all, who gives a shyte about Bodden Towners?  The only time we were offered solutions it turned out to be all talk.  The one time we got any attention was when the PPM were finally going to do something with Coe Wood Beach but of course the UDP pulled the plug on that one.  Its a pity they can’t pull the plug on their own spending habits too.

      Take yer dump elsewhere.  We don’t want it in Bodden Town.

      • Anonymous says:

        Who makes your beach a mess?

        • BTer says:

          Did I blame anyone for messing up the beach? No.  I am suggesting that the other beaches of Cayman deserve at least a little bit of the attention the SMB strip gets.  If you’re suggesting I might be contributing to the mess on the beach, which for the most part, is washed in by the sea, you would be wrong.  I save my trash until I find a refuse bin/bag.  I also pick up litter and bottles from the beach every time I walk along it… and I hasten to add dirty old syringes from time to time too. 

          I love BT and feel the former capital of Cayman is being neglected. 

          Am I wrong for that?


      • Anonymous says:

        So "Bodden Towner," Bodden Towners don’t use the dump as well? Where do you think your garbage goes? Yes, it goes to the dump in GT! So don’t come with that "take yer dump elsewhere" crap because it is your dump too!

        • Bodden Towner says:

          I am the first to agree that I we need a solution to the GT dump.  But I don’t think the solution to a smelly, unsightly and unhealthy problem is to move it somewhere else and make it someone else’s problem.  I’m also quick to agree with you that my garbage contributes and its my dump too.  That’s why I feel entitled to have a say on it too.

          I’m big on recycling and the environment.  I’ve seen it being very beneficial abroad where glass, cans, clothing, food, garden waste, paper, almost everything gets recycled.  Clothing goes to charity, garden waste/food is composted and used in parks, roundabouts, golf courses, community farms, etc.  I’m not suggesting we could implement all of that, but it seems to me it wouldn’t harm to at least consider other options that could reduce or eliminate the problem, although I doubt we’ll ever see the latter.

          For instance look at this:

          and this:

          There’s not much in the way of recycling initiatives here, but I do try to avoid using plastic bags, instead using my own reusable ones, and I do try to minimize and recycle as much waste as possible.





      • Anonymous says:

        Bodden Towner, what you have learnt is that you can’t trust MLA’s. Count your blessings, that puts you leap years ahead of the average voter.  Interestingly enough, BT typically decides which party is elected. Perhaps this time around you can demand results PRIOR to voting. I wish you all the best. One of the prettiest parts of the island.

  11. Bobby Anonymous says:

    Three days, wow. I hope they do something with the conservation bill thats been going nowhere in a hurry.

    PROTECT the environment before it’s to late. We need to save it for future generations. I hear everone calling to save the "Caymanian" and their culture. Well my friends your environment IS  "Caymanian".

    Can any MLA please respond and let me know why nothing seems to happen with this bill?