Mac heads to London for OT’s talking shop

| 12/11/2010

(CNS): The country’s premier will be leaving for London this weekend on his way to the annual Overseas Territories Consultative Council (OTCC) meeting, which starts next week, the premier’s press office revealed on Friday afternoon. While there, McKeeva Bush will hold bilateral talks with the overseas territories minister Henry Bellingham on Tuesday, 16 November. Following that Bush and the other OT leaders will visit Windsor Castle for an audience with Queen Elizabeth II. The premier will be travelling with his political assistant, the education minister, the attorney general, the cabinet secretary, the financial secretary and the director of the CAA.

The OTCC is a forum where British Ministers and the Heads of Overseas Territories meet to discuss policy issues and this is the first forum since the new UK coalition was elected in May of this year.

Chaired by Bellingham, the main meeting on 17 November has a full slate of issues on the agenda. The heads of delegations meet with the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee the following day –Thursday morning — and that afternoon Bush will meet with the Friends of Cayman at the Cayman Islands Government Offices and then members of the Cayman Islands All-Party Parliamentary Group at Westminster.

On Friday, both Bush and Rolston Anglin will host a reception for Caymanian students again at Cayman’s London office.

The premier returns home on 20 November and during his absence Deputy Premier Julianna O’Connor-Connolly will act as premier.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Let’s just hope that he is briefed on the protocol when greeting the Queen – I can already see him now addressing her as "sweetheart " or "Darling"

    Ha Ha Ha

  2. Anonymous says:

    Not participating in Pirates Week then?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hope the Queen tells him: ‘you are on my territory now’.

    Let’s hope he can show the Queen more respect than he did the Governor when he arrived in Cayman.  Otherwise, it’s off to the ‘Tower’.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Director of the CAA – Why???

    • anonymous says:

      You people seem to be sleeping and in deep slumber. Do you really think the UK is going to allow Big Mac to implement an immigrationpolicy that will put them in hot water with the United States? The policy is a threat to our national and international security that even could get the attention of the United Nations. I don’t expect the average Joe to understand the depth or magnitude of the breach of national security that is at risk if he gets away with a careless lax policy such as the one he recently proposed for tourist investors. Mother Country is not going to buy into it Nor the UK I’m afraid.

      The CAA is invited because  they’re going to outline his responsibility to him and question him on why he did not object to putting us all at risk!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I hope the UK Officials gives him a good whopping!!  I hope National Security would be the main topic, as Mac wants this open door policy all for the love of money.

  6. Anonymous says:
    This is good for the people of Cayman to know.  We want to know where our elected official are and what they are doing.  Now we would like to know what is on the slate at the OTCC meeting and what is Cayman’s position on those issues.  CNS, can  you ask these questions?  Some ideas of what might be slated may be found here (column WA 184):


  7. Lachlan MacTavish says:

     17;38…….I have been called an idiot from numerous people LoL. I would bet you that Big M’s travel schedule equals or exceeds the PM of the UK. Excessive travel can be justified IF inward investment, financial services, economic stability and tourism increase. You answer that question.

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh Lord, please save us from another embarassing situation.

      We dont need the Premier to meet The Queen as we will all be judged by her impression of him and he far from has a true representation of us!

      OMG, I am already embarassed.

    • Anonymous says:

      Uhhhhh!  Travel pros include the Premier,The  A,G, The Cabinet members and the CAA?

      Civil Aviatiaon Authority !’ am I correct?  Why? (It has to do with safety and Cayman’s national security  I bet)

      Dear friends, remember this, any statements  coming from the mouths of the UDP , believe all you hear and half of what you see.Take it with a grain of salt.

      Bet you the Overseas Territory Minister wants to discuss this questionable and unsafe immigration policy with huge concessions for foreign investors flying in here!

      No lap tops being confiscated for inspection.

      No questioning of purpose of visit

      Who is responsible if the lap tops contain harmful weapons to destroy our nation or our fellow Americans who are always targeted along with the UK?

      According to the Premiers proposed policy for immigration,Every Goon, Cartel, and ligitimate business imposter along with Tom Dick and Harry will be able to enter our shores WITH SPECIAL CONCESSIONS AND PRIVILEGES  enjoying the same privilege and diplomatic treatment as our  governor! 

      Did the governor write to the UK about this or did the UKM minister spot the letter in the Compass on last week regarding the dangers of Mr. Bush’s new immigration policy?

      I’m just wondering. If such a big meeting was scheduled with such BIG PEOPLE, Why only notify us on FRIDAY?  Hmmmmmm! if the meeting is that huge wasn’t it planned months ago?  Something is not right.

      There’s something more to this. Someone is being called up, mark my word. And the AG will have to talk for them this time as he is directly responsible for any flawed laws, not  Mr. Steve McField this time!; …


      • Anonymous says:

        Before you go writing and making yourself look ignorant and paranoid, please educate yourself and refer to the below website.  It’s an annual high level meeting namely, LONDON – Overseas Territories Consultative Council and Forum attended by Premiers, Chief Ministers, Councillors and equivalent senior politicians from the Overseas Territories.  JEEZ!

        • Pending says:

          You will also probably find that the majority if not all of those attending are well spoken, concise and well prepared  for the talks. I don’t know if you have actually seen our leader in a public forum that involves talking? If you are not worried  then you need to pull your head out of the sand. If he is asked questions he doesn’t like he is going to shout at those present?

          You alo better hope  Mac doesn’t refer to the Queen as "sweet heart and darling" either if confronted about the current situation here in Cayman or start blithering like an idi** while trying to grab answers out the air (oops, I meant his head).

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hmmm, so minister of finance, financial secretary and the only accountant in the party are all jetting to London.

    I wonder who is going to be doing the 3 year strategic financial plan that is due in the house in less than two weeks while they are away? Lord help us if it’s Ju Ju

    • Anonymous says:

      18:48, you ask "minister of finance, financial secretary and the only accountant in the party are all jetting to England" you hope its not Ju Ju, well I dont think it makes a difference as all 4 are incapable of doing the 3year strategic plan and what we get delivered to the house might turn out better if all 4 had no part in it!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Let’s see which idiot starts with the complaints about Mr. Bush’s travels so I’m jumping the gun beforehand.  How are they supposed to conduct business with the OT minister and counterparties, by messenger pidgeon?  Those are the same people that probably never got on a plane or left their district.

    • lol says:

      I was hoping PPM were planning to attack the cost of his trip to St. Lucia!  Ungrateful things!

    • Dick Shaughneary says:

      People who finish sentences with prepositions should be slow to call other people idiots.  And pigeon lost the "d" at about the same time as electricity made it into homes.

    • Dred says:

      There are legitimate travel and just sheer waste. Bush has done both and a lot of each.

      This may be legitimate but it’s all the waste that will make for the attacks. So you can’t really blame people for attacking.