LA silent in Mac’s absence

| 04/09/2012

leg ass_2.jpg(CNS): Despite having a packed legislative agenda for the remaining seven months of this parliamentary term, the Legislative Assembly was silent again on Monday after the House was adjourned by the premier on Friday evening before he left the islands. The country’s leader is understood to be overseas but there has been no official report about where or why he is currently travelling or whether he has taken personal leave or is away on government business. Ezzard Miller, the independent member for North Side, said he was unaware of where the premier was or the reason for his departure and wondered why his whereabouts had to be an official secret.  

“We have not been told where he is or why he is off-island,” said Miller, referring to himself and other members of parliament. “We should be told where he is, what he is doing and when he will return if he is on government business. If he is on personal leave, then fine, he has no need to tell us what he will be doing but he needs to tell us who will be acting premier while he is gone and for how long.”

Although CNS has submitted questions to the premier’s office regarding the premier’s latest departure, we are still awaiting a response.

Although bills have been left on the order paper, Miller said the Legislative Assembly was adjourned for a date still to be fixed, which, he said, essentially concluded the budget meeting and will now require government to carry over the outstanding business, which includes the much anticipated National Pensions Bill, and start a new meeting.

Miller pointed to the packed legislative agenda government is currently facing, the numbers of outstanding parliamentary questions and motions from the opposition benches, as well as a significant number of issues that government needs to address sooner rather than later.  

The North Side representative noted the need for government to pass the Framework for Fiscal Responsibility agreement with the UK into law, the settling of the issue regarding the three additional parliamentary seats and the need to address the law as set out in the Boundary Commission, as well as a catalogue of legislation that is set out in this year’s budget document.

“Given the circumstances, it is not acceptable for the premier to disappear into thin air,” he said.  “The trouble with this incompetent UDP government is that it seems incapable of working to any kind of plan, so all of us are constantly left in the dark,” Miller added, referring to the management of the Legislative Assembly.

According to the recently published Annual Plan and Estimates, between now and next March when the House will be prorogued in preparation for the May 2013 election, the government intends to bring some two dozen pieces of legislation as well as a significant number of new and changes to existing regulations for a number of different laws.

From the long anticipated and much awaited National Conservation Law to the overdue amendments to the Freedom of Information Law, as well as legislation to support the constitution, the government will need to find significant time for the legislative body to sit if it is to complete its proposed legislative plans.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Everybody is upset that Mac is gone…Have you noticed we haven't had any juicy gossip headlines lately..Come on Mac, Come home soon or you will put the media out of business and we bloggers are starting to get bored…

    We don't want to hear about parrots, turtles or fishing for Lion fish…whatever happen to the good ole Mac headlines??…The best we can get now is something about Elio on Pensions and Mark on mentalHealth…not nearly as exciting…….


  2. NeoSurvivor says:

    If the Premier (et al) are on vaction, it should be stated as such by his office.    We don't need to know where he is if he is spending his own money. 

    If he is on "official" travel, (spending OUR dollars) we have the right to know where he is and the purpose of said trip.  It's just that simple.  

  3. St Peter says:

    I hear that Mac is gone to Greece to see if he can get a job fixing their economy, after he finishes fixing Cayman's economy.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Dear Lord, the man has taken his wife with him and they have gone for a few days rest. Don't you think he deserves that, like any other human being? Besides if he publicises every move, CNS and you bloggers would probably be trailing him like papparazzi! Just give him a break, for once, please.

    • Anonymous says:

      How quaint, that somehow the electorate is not entitled to know the whereabouts of its head of government. It's a lunatic notion.

  5. Adult Fiction says:

    I..I..I..kinda miss the man… gotta admit in his indiscrete, incompetent, insulting way… he is kinda likeable in a superfluous way.. and he is good for a few laughs in these tough times. In a macabre sort of way I almost enjoy following his antics  Like a cartoon.….Wiley Coyote!!  Remember him?? And CNS and all the rest of us are the Roadrunner. What will he do next??? That kind of thing. I just wish it wasn't for real.

  6. biker says:

    "Although CNS has submitted questions to the premier’s office regarding the premier’s latest departure, we are still awaiting a response."

    ***crickets in the background…….***

    • Chris Johnson says:

      Bush has done a Nero. He’s fiddling while Rome burns.

    • Chris Johnson says:

      He has gone to see Paul Simon his new speech writer. Remember?


      Hello darkness my old friend

      I've come to talk with you again

      Because a vision softly creeping

      Left its seeds while I was sleeping

      And the vision that was planted in my brain

      Still remains

      Within the sound of silence



  7. South Carolina Cayman Lover says:

    Well .. the Governor of our fine state (and former British Colony) disappeared .. and showed up in Argentina … with a beautiful lady that now may become his wife.  Never know … the Premier may have important business as well!?!


  8. Anonymous says:

    So the Mouth of Cayman is not here?  What will CIG do now?  Well what they ususally do NOTHING. (except picking up the paycheck)

  9. Knot S Smart says:

    'My people' – as the monkey said.

    'Once we get a job we just take time off whenever we feel like it'…

  10. Anonymous says:

    Hes in Canada

  11. Anonymous says:

    The Mac is missing, AGAIN?

    Let us pray that this is self-imposed exile!

  12. Anonymous says:

    DeMACracy = DeMOCKERacy

  13. Anonymous says:

    “Given the circumstances, it is not acceptable for the premier to disappear into thin air,”

    I hardly think that's possible..

  14. Anonymous says:



  15. Anonymous says:

    Is this a job for the RCIPS helicopter to gohunt for him??

  16. Taking his toys and going home says:

    My money says Mac is pissed about getting fired, and he's xxxxed off to sulk without regard for the fact that technically there's this little nation that could use some leadership.  I say "technically" because it appears that the CIG is more effective in the present closed state, since at least while it's closed they're not xxxxing things up even more than they already are, which may sound surprising or impossible but you should never underestimate the potential of Mac the Sulker.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Gotta be Vegas, baby. After all when yer double-dipping on the salary/pension there's bound to be some spare cash just beggin' to get blown away on the roulette wheel at the end of the month. Guess he's blowin' off some steam up there.

  18. Annie Port will do says:

    Try an island off the Honduras coast.

    • anon says:

      I can confirm that he is there.

      • Anonymous says:

        Not wishing to come across as perticularly pernickety, but this information coming from someone called "anon" doesn't exactly inspire confidence. Now, "Deep Throat" , by contrast, had awesome credibility. (Meet me on the third floor of Billy's car park tomorrow night at 11 p.m.)

  19. Anonymous says:

    I'm waiting on the ransom note.

  20. Baldric says:

    The washing machines are already stacked up at a secret warehouse  (and b.t.w nothing washes whiter than a Mac-o-Matic: dirt never sticks).


    What Mac's gone looking for is a humongous pack of soft soap.

  21. Frank says:

    Maybehe pulled the same stunt as the Leader of Turks and bailed to a country with no extradition agreement never to returm. I hope thats the case anyway.

  22. Anonymous says:

    So Mac is gone.., I thought this was a good thing! He does less harm when he's not here

  23. Anon says:

    Imagine if we all did the same – just didn't turn up to work with no explanation given to our employer!  Don't know about you all but I have to either book a vacation well in advance or ring my boss first thing in the morning to explain why I am sick and not coming in.  Plus I work in an office where I deal with email and telephone enquiries so if I am away I have to put my out-of-office and voicemail on leaving the name and contact details of the person covering my workload for me, effectively my "deputy".  Mac has the most important job in Cayman and answers to thousands of 'bosses", he disappears on the job without giving us a reason and he expects to keep his position? Not likely.  We're going to fire you in 2013 so start packing your boxes!

  24. Anonymous says:

    He just got his budget passed with all his slush funds intact.  Surely a little overseas celebration is in order?

  25. Anonymous says:

    'likeable rogue'…………..zzzzzzzzzzzz

  26. Anonymous says:

    any comment mr governor???

  27. Anonymous says:

    Is  he not entitled to personal leave?

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, of course he is!  But you've missed the point – wouldnt you expect him, or his representaties, to say he is on leave? 

    • Anonymous says:

      Is the country not entitled to a little work time?

    • Annie get your gun says:

         Of course the Premier is entitled to personal leave, but just like the rest of our Employees he cannot just F*** off whenever he feels like without informing his Employers …. inspite of it being a very "Caymanian" thing to do.


    • Anonymous says:

      Of course he is entitled to personal leave, but not using OUR money..

      • Anonymous says:

        Correction:  It's still our money but, take it out of his own salary (which should be drastically cut, we already pay them too much) and double-dipped pension (which should be outlawed) rather than claim it as an expense on the public purse.  And the same people who are spending their double-dipped pensions had the audacity to entertain in WB recently, the insane notion of trying to stop expats from taking their own pension money with them when they have left the island for more than two years… how hypocritical.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Tomorrows CNS Headline:

    "Mackeeva and Lord Lucan Seen In Las Vegas"

  29. Anonymous says:

    Maybe he will turn up on a milk carton ?

  30. Anonymous says:

     I am sure the MLA's can think of some emergency to have the premier come back, but why would they ?

  31. Anonymous says:

    This has to be a record!


    As leader of a nation with a population of approximately 45,000, in the past year he has traveled internationally more than the combined total of the leaders of the UK andthe U.S.


    And to what end result?

    • SSM345 says:

      He has probably travelled more in the last 3yrs than the entire population of this island combined.

      And we pay for it and he has the nerve to not even bring back a souveneir!

    • Anonymous says:

      The result was he put on 100 pounds.

    • Anonymous says:

      Where did you get 45,000 from?  

    • Anonymous says:


      2010 Census = Total Population 54,878 …not that this makes any difference to the point you are making, which I entirely agree with!
  32. Anonymous says:

    I hear he flew to Miami for a personality transplant.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Just consister is AWOL (Absents With Out Leave) as his sign that he quit.  Why all of a sudden he just up and left.  Be prepared something major is going to happen or already is.  The man is not to be trusted anymore.

  34. Anonymous says:

    The bigger problem is that he might come back.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Breaking news… the Police Helicopter has been launched to look for the missing Premier.  Last seen refuelling Texas on it's way to Las Vegas to find him.  An RCIPS spokesman said "the missing person report is being taken seriously, and it thought appropriate the helicopter, which he feels is a waste of money, be used to track him down".  They have programmed the ATM's into their search computer, so hopefully it will be resolved quickly.

  36. Annonymouse says:

    Well I’ll be damm… Ezzard of all the people questioning as to the whereabouts of the Premiere. Mr. Miller could you please go to CNS and ask them the same question- as to where you were when you was supposed to be in the LA speaking to the Nation Building Fund? Could we please have an answer on that also? It kind of sounds like the Pot calling the Kettle Black to me.

    And just for the record- you cannot go to the Hansards years from now and expect to find any of your contributions on the NBF- because you never contributed. You are a man that always looking for documentary proof or evidence when needed and I can’t blame you for that. But why did you deny yourself this golden opportunity to put your objections on record in the Legislative Assemble so that you could look it up later?

    The explanation you provided on rooster Tuesday morning (September 4th) was very poor. But it’s obvious- once you see you can’t win- “You’re out”. – It’s how you play the game that mostly matters- not the outcome.

    Your job is to represent! Not disappear in thin air.




  37. Live Free.... says:

    I think he just realized yesterday that he is not really the Finance Minister, and took a trip. He probably took a trip to go in Exile, or deliberately  MIA ( Missing in Action). Not even his Puppets know where he gone to. To bad , and no entourage gone with him, now this is a very strange movement by the Mac…Exile? No, not now, the Caymanians are not finishing with you Mac. Election is May 2013, come back, and get your proper removal, and you can go back in to Exile if you like.

  38. Anonymous says:

    I don't know about anyone else but I'm sick and tired of paying fees, taking pay cuts, etc to finance KeKe's trips.

  39. Anonymous says:

    "…facing, the numbers of outstanding parliamentary questions and motions from the opposition benches…


    Talk to the hand. Do you really think that McKeeva cares about questions and motions from the opposition?

  40. Anonymous says:

    McKeewa probably needed rest after his Budget ordeal, so if you are looking for him, try the Atlantis in the Bahamas, the Casinos in Miami or Las Vegas.  He needs money and relaxation, so those are the places he enjoys the most. This is also September and he wants to start that Dock, so he could be meeting up somewhere with the Chinese.  You done know, this has to go his way, not the people's way or what is best for Cayman.

  41. Anonymous says:

    Unna needs undastan their are less then 9 months left before the next election. But their are still some countrys that I not guan to yet. I just travlin to see what kind ideas I kin git from other places to simiulate the economies here in Cayman. But do worries too much cuz I in touch every day usin that blackcherry thing and ms Julie taking care of tings for meh too. plus she praying foh me in all unna.

    Always honourable number one bayer

    • Anonymous says:

      Your comment reads like an uneducated idiot. Try to learn some proper English before you post again.

      • Anonymous says:

        Unna no understand the way CNS work  If you say Unna enuf it gets lots of LOLs

      • Anonymous says:

        I mays be a idiot but this baya made more money then you will ever see

      • Anonymous says:

        11:40, You finally realised what our Leader sounds like, well done.

  42. Anonymous says:

    They tried to make me go to rehab, I said "No, no no"

    Yes I've been black, but when I come back you'll know, know, know

  43. Anonymous says:

    Mckeeva went to panama for the long weekend.We JUST CANCELLED his personal government credit card(national building fund money) for now.Until the auditor general do an audit on it.

  44. Anonymous says:

    Maybe he went to China to sign an MOU.

  45. Ants Nest says:

    Might be cleaning out his closet. 🙂

  46. Mon E Ting says:

    Mack is in deep do do! But he is standing on our tender shoulders!

    • Anonymous says:

      I believe that our Premier is on official business and I am sure when he returns to the island we will know the outcome.  These are trying times the world over and Cayman is no exception. Most of us will not read what is taking place in the international world of business and finance.  As Minister of finance the Premier have to deal with lots of international issues.  Does the average Caymanian know what is happening with the HSBC matter and how this will affect us?  There is also the Credit Suisse matter and many others that if one would do a little research we would take off the rose coloured glasses and see the true picture of what is happening in the world which includes Cayman.  The government must find $650 million in nine months this is not easy to do given the world's economy.  One only have to look at the many first world countries in Europe and to the USA to see what has happened, sooner than later it will happen here.  It is my opinion that the Premier is trying his best to soften the blow to these islands before it happens.  The world is in a deep mess and getting deeper the "dollarbubble" is about to burst. If you think that the housing bubble was bad the latter will be worst.  

  47. Anonymous says:

    We soon hear here is a new Deputy Premier, and a Chinese at that! He can do anything and get away with it! Roll on 2013!

  48. Anonymous says:


  49. Anonymous says:

    He's in Canada!!

    • Carl the Canuck says:

      He better not bring that corruption and failed economy cloud up here, eh? We're doing just fine with our economy here and we don't need that hoser xxxxing up a perfectly good economy.  Oh, and he's got to pay for any condos he wants at the Ritz up here, 'cause thery're not free, except that he should not try to get one here and just go home instead, because we don't really need that sort of stuff going on around here, eh?  Hoser…  Now where's my 24 of beer and my touque? 

      PS – Welcome to the Great White North everyone – except that guy.  The rest of you come on up and we'll buy you some beer and stuff, eh?

    • Anonymous says:

      No, he really is in Canada!

      He's in Toronto…. 100% I saw him!

      • Anonymous says:

        In that case he's probably attending the Court hearings for Mayor Ford who is being tried for conflict of interest, and may be removed from office. XXXX

      • Anonymous says:

        Was he standing next to an ATM speaking with Hassan of UCCI fame?

  50. The Highlander says:

    I saw him in Tampa, he was in best buy getting a load of washing mashines. I just thought he was getting ready for the next election!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Sorry, I have 2 washing machines now, one from PPM and the other from UDP.  All parties will have to pay money this time, that includes Independents too, so I hope they are saving up the dollars.   Washing machines, stove and fridge is out of style.

      • Stiffed-Necked Fool says:

        Behave yourself, I know PPM will give out Turkeys & Ham but they dont have Dart to finance them so that they can give out fans, washing machines etc., so stop trying to mingle PPM with "U"nna "D"urty "P"eople.

  51. Anonymous says:

    The purpose of his trip has to be a secret. You cant go telling the Public everything. They may arrange some one to await him at the ATM machine.

  52. Anonymous says:

    Maybe he'll turn up in 10 days 'drifting' in a canoe off Frank Sound too !

  53. Anonymous says:

    Party on dude! just because he increases the cost of living in Cayman doesnt mean his cost goes up. He doesnt pay his own bills, gets huge salary and pension monthly and gives himself 3 weeks vacation every month. How dare we expect him to work and tell us what he is doing? Thats one smart 5th grader and we are all dumbasses, who says it is the other way around? Or is it the select dumbasses that keep voting him in, kaching. Roll on May 2013 and lets be rid of the freeload king.

  54. Stiffed-Necked Fool says:

    The man says he is staying on as Finance Minister so who are we to question where he is! He does as he is pleased and he expects us not to question his actions!

    We are still stuck in this creek without a paddle – OMG!

    • Anonymous says:

      Da wha una get, McKeeva fix una.  Stand dey if una think he easy te move.  Might as well give up now.  So una tek dat.

      • Anonymous says:

        Your comment reads like an uneducated idiot. Try to learn some proper English before you post again.

        • Anonymous says:

          Yep, he is one of macs alright, altho a bit more easy going than his eternalness is and far more literate, just my opinion.

        • Anonymous says:

          22:01 you foo foo idiot wha ah goin speak proper english fa.  Ye undestand wha me say so nuh worry bout how mi speak it.  Ye need fe stop talking like merican an limey.

  55. Anonymous says:

    the incomptence never ends..

  56. Anonymous says:

    The Premier now wants to play hide-and-seek.  Wonderful.  

  57. Chef says:

    Maybe the kitchen has become a little bit too warm?

  58. Anonymous says:

    If this is really true, then the Premier is in a very dangerous place psycologically. He clearly feels no need to answer to any authority, not even to the Ultimate authorities of the Electorate and the Crown. And when you feel that you are not answerable to anyone, you can do anything you want, without telling anyone and without complying with any protocol. That is not good for Caymanians or expats alike.

  59. Anonymous says:


  60. Anonymous says:

    Dissapeared in thin air.  I think the Premier did the right thing.  Dissapear in thin air.

    I feel real sorry for that man, for the unkind words and abuse he has been through since the past almost one year. It is terrible to have read the vicious, spiteful unkind words told to the man, and I reallt think the people of Cayman should rethink what they have done for no reason whatsoever.

    However I have a vision, that this Island is spinning out of control because the people of cayman are following the outside world.  You still have time to stop before you have regrets.

    • Anonymous says:

      He has certainly abused and ridiculed others far more in the past year than he has been ridiculed and abused by others.

  61. SSM345 says:

    Apart from Ez, they are always silent.