Mac claims to forgive

| 07/01/2013

mckeevagt (221x275).jpg(CNS): In a contradictory message delivered for the New Year, the former Cayman Islands premier claimed that he forgives the former Cabinet colleagues who brought down his government but accuses them of stabbing him in the back. In the only New Year’s message delivered from any politician to the media this year, McKeeva Bush says that he was hurt by his former colleagues and those he had helped the most. And although the governor has gone against his wishes and appointed the minority government, ousting him from office, he still asks the country to give them a chance. Distancing himself from the moves by the UDP membership to oust them from the party, Bush said the party had rules which appled to all members and was out of his control.

However, it is still not clear exactly what the position of the minority cabinet is. Although Rolston Anglin, Cline Glidden, Mark Scotland and Dwayne Seymour have all been formally ejected from the UDP, the position of the new premier is unclear.  Juliana O’Connor-Connolly has not yet resigned and it is understood that her Sister Islands committee has made no move to oust her. As yet there has been no comment from the premier about her position in the UDP and whether there will now be a fight for the party or whether there will be reconciliation.

In his message Bush, who is now still considered the UDP leader, talked about the need to be conciliatory on the one hand, even as he accused his former colleagues of betrayal on the other. He also issued a warning to the governor that the UK should be looking to unite the country and not to divide it.

“The law should be followed by all, but you should not be a partisan referee, who is always ready to pounce when the ball is on one side, and turning a blind eye against the infringements of the other team or in your own infringements wherever they are found,” Bush told Duncan Taylor.

Talking about the need for a government that can address the country’s economic woes, and not to engage in endless political bickering, Bush insisted that he had left Cayman in good shape and said his record of accomplishments would speak for themselves. The former premier, ironically, called for a different kind of Cayman, “where everyone wins, and not a winner take all”, and a change in “the way we do business”, as he urged people to “embrace one another and encourage democratic space".

He stated that, as a country, the people must learn to forgive and forget and minimize the divisions.

“The country must have a shift from vengeance and vindictive politics by all, including the media and the Chamber of Commerce,” Bush stated in the message. “We must go beyond parochial politics; we have to look beyond our petty differences. I will say that I bear no grudge to the minority government or anyone else.”

Bush said that he may not have “expected to be stabbed from behind by the friends I have lived to trust, trained and nurtured,” as he accused those that he had “helped the most politically” of hurting him the most. However, he said he forgave the new Cabinet and wished them the best as they carried out the business of government.

See Bush’s message in full below.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I will do or say anything to stay in power…zzzzzz

  2. Anonymous says:

    When God was sharing shame around McKeeva was out looking for a country toscrew.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Pure unadulterated Bushit!

  4. SANDFLY says:

    The Puppet Master still has plenty of stooges for all that needs to be done. Collecting money for his defense fund his best looking stooge Ellio will get that done. Calling the radio show after he has been trashed by a caller and re-trashed by the hosts his 80 year old stooge will call and defend him on air no matter what. The morning the police snatched him up at 7am like a common gangster, tons of women stooges were calling the talk show praising our Premier innocent until proven guilty was their rant. The Puppet Master has stooges in every district, under every rock and in every tree. You could say he is king of the stooges. He even has legislative stooges. His public relation stooges call them selves “We got Your Back” are a strange sort. They never said if they have his back in the slammer. If you’re going to be a public relations team please be clearer. I think if they are going to be loyal stooges they should come out and say they will serve his time. Four or five years in Northward couldn’t hurt any loyal stooge. Three meals a place to sleep reading newspapers and sprucing up your tan couldn’t hurt anyone. They could write a book as well. They could call it “I did time for the first and worst Premier”. Or “I stood in for my leader. If he can only get them to share the time between all his stooges I mean he has so many it could be a happy ending for the Puppet Master.

  5. Anonymous says:


  6. Anonymous says:

    This is one dangerous and vindictive egomaniac….He cannot be trusted and anything he says or does has a self serving purpose.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I think if we dont have anything good to say,we should shut our mouth, because God don't sleep. some of you sound like children in primary school, try and grow up, and leave the man alone. and go get a life.

  8. Anonymous says:

    "He also issued a warning to the governor that the UK should be looking to unite the country and not to divide it."… Meanwhile the division to these islands caused by McKeeva's insistance in playing a part in party politics and local government rages on!

    • Anonymous says:

      This would be funny if it wasn't so sad! The greatest "divider" of all is Mad Mac himself. His idea of unity is simply "DO IT MY WAY!"

    • Anonymous says:

      Blaming UK and Governor and Commissioner of police is now going to be his main theme.

      You watch and see how from now on, he will rabble rouse to make everything their fault as he steers the blind toward Independence….which now remains the only way he can have absolute and uncontrolled power over everything.

      You have been warned.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Is he going to re-born again again???

  10. Anonymous says:

    anybody ever heard more hogwash than this?  its very contadictory to start and anyone who knows the man and hears him here saying to not be vindictive and he's not bitter knows they are two of the biggest lies he ever told!!!  this man is one step now removed from where he should be, and that's completely out of Parliament for the sake of this country and its people as we move ahead.  another 4 yrs of Mac running this country would certainly spell the end of Cayman as we know it.  he has done enough damage in his 28yrs folks.  enough is enough!!  ride off into your sunset sir and live with your conscience (if u can)

    • Anonymous says:

      Dear Mr. Bush

      Thanks for forgiving your colleagues.  Now Mr. Bush let me forgive you for 5 things that have hurt Cayman and Caymanians the most:-

      1. The mass status grants of 2003

      2. Touring the world and talking down the economic since 2010

      3. The selling off and swapping of crown lands

      4. The $6 million owing to our treasury by Ritz Carlton

      5. Not stepping aside after it was revealed that you were under investigation

      I am praying for you and wish you the best of everything for 2013.  I believethat your intentions were good in 1984 when you were a young politician politician full of zeal to represent your people.  Caymanian are very forgiving you know that we don't hold grudges and want to welcome  you back but you have to do the right thing.  You are a son of the soil and we will never turn our backs on you if you are truly sorry.  Many of our prodigal sons and daughters have returned and we did not cast them out.  We await your return home with open arms and forgivness but you have to do the right things.   Cayman is your country and Caymanians are your people and don't ever forget this because we are always there to give you a hand up when you fall, we will get mad at you for doing wrong but we will never stay mad at you that is not our nature. 




  11. Anonymous says:

    I am sure that Mr. Bush just thinks this is a little misunderstanding and that the Governor will call him up and tell him he really is still the Premier.

    He has to believe it otherwise he would have removed the sign at his residence that says "Premiers Residence". 

    Mr Bush you are no longer the premier face facts and remove the sign.

    • Anonymous says:

      Remove sign and the fence and the cook/helper and guard house and security officers.


      If he wants to keep them he needs to pay from his own (or his supporters) pocket.

    • St Peter says:

      i think that taxi drivers should give tours to show the tourists the home of the former Premier but explain to them that he was deposed, and tell them the reasons why…

    • Anonymous says:

      It is Thursday and the sign is still up.

  12. Sickened says:

    Listen to his words, he has fogiven no-one, but expects forgiveness himself. Maybe he can get it, but the least he can do it apologise and stop the constant excuses and blaming others.

    This is the same vindictive "man" who barred certain journalists from viewing the LA from the Public gallery, from attending press conferences, and their only crime was refusing to bleat out his propaganda and print the truth,

    He threatened and then blocked government expenditure in certain newspapers that refused to print his lies.

    He attempted to block the main hotel on the island from recieving any permits, stopping them bringing in tourists to spend money on island for the good of the people all over a percieved loss of face for him and a buddy.

    This man only acted in his own interest, even to the detriment of the Cayman people.

    If he truely wants our forgiveness he should truely confess his sins to the people first. He should own up to all the money he has lost. Why did he suddenly jump on a company that never even tendered for the cruise dock?


  13. Anonymous says:

    Every one except Mack figured that miss juju was going to go against him from a long time ago. Remember that barefoot gal likes power.Look at the pictures with that smirk on her face that shows how happy she is to be in that seat. Now she should retier and dont run, as she is going to loose and if she retires now in that position her pension will be more. Maybe she has not figured that out yet. We want a sincere Godly, educated,beautiful, and sincere woman like Virginia Castillo running in Cayman Brac. Who say that Cayman Brac dont have good intelligent Business men and women coming from good back grounds to win in this election. Mack should have know that after helping her he would get a rotten dessert in appreciation. Most of we knew it all along. PPM and the Independents dont have a thing to be happy about, the truth is we are now more afraid.

  14. Blah says:

    I like Mr. Bush.  I think he is a Christian man.  Christian men forgive.  By forgiving the people who betrayed him, Mr. Bush has shown that he has changed his ways.  I think Mr. Bush would also like to be forgiven.  Let's be kind and forgive him please.  I think Mr. Bush would also like to be Premier of this country again.  I think we should give him one more chance.  Next time Mr. Bush is Premier I hope he stops visiting so many countries like East End, Bodden Town and the Brac.  I think he should focus his energies on his own country, West Bay.  If he does win again and goes to prison instead, I hope he has a nice retirement. 

    • Anonymous says:

      Mack will be victorious again, he has done too much good for his people. Cant keep a good man down, just like his Cayman Brac friend said 'Thats MAN".

      • Anonymous says:

        Yes we understand he is soon to be appointed the new premier of the inmates at Northward Prison.

  15. Anonymous says:

    “Distancing himself from the moves by the UDP membership to oust them from the party, Bush said the party had rules which appled to all members and was out of his control.”

    But you the Party Leader…. What kind of stupid response is that? Pssssh.

    PREMIER JULIANNA……hello? What you got to say for yourself Miss Lady?!

  16. Ching Ching says:

    I had a big problem being able to read the letter in its entirety, when I finished I took it to the humane society with with my other waste papers which they use to clean the sh!! up with.

  17. Anonymouse Man says:

    MacKeeva your brain washing, rhetorical, scizophrenic news releases are not going to make people believe that there is an ounce of good in you. You are to the Cayman people, what Paul said to the Thessalonians about the return of Jesus Christ," …that day will not come ……until the lawless one is revealed….the one doomed to destruction…….he sets himself up in God's temple procliaming himself to be God"  With every release I hear from this mad man, Paul,s words becomes more prophetic! 

  18. Anonymous says:

    What we have here is the saddest of little bunny rabbits. I am going get some nice fuzzy yarn and knit him a warm little blankie to stay under until he feels better.

  19. Anonymous says:

    SHUT UP !!!

  20. SANDFLY says:

    Mac is one entertaining fellow. Fullof gamma radiated Horse manure but never a dull moment. He is the type of guy you would want to have a beer with and listen to the Horse shit politics he has on his mind. Trashing the Brits and all his political enemies, saying how jealous they all are of him and his Chinese Black Power suit because they don't have one. But every word is about him big me and little you. One of the most self centered self righteous politicians in the world. Cayman’s first and only foppish politician. As well as a world class creep that never knew when to hang it up. He thought he could get away with anything. By the way, he is the first leader of any country in modern times that the police have picked up just before breakfast. In the United States that is how they pickup the gangsters. It is my impression that all the authorities had enough of our world traveling worst Premier. You can probably say that dog eat his supper.


  21. Anon says:

    Give me back all the money you wasted, and all the extra money I had to pay for your insane fee increases, and then, maybe, just maybe, I’ll consider forgiving you.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Bet there will be more refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers and Microwaves imported into this country before the next election than was taken to the dump after Hurricane Ivan. The big boys will put their cash on Mac again, because he is the only one they can rely on to give them everything they want and more.

    I certainly would not want to be a turtle at the Turtle Farm come next election time.

    I hear a Bodden Town politician stating just how much mud can be expected for the next election. He wont be getting my vote for certain.

    • Anonymous says:

      Maybe not!

      His backers provided all that largesse in exchange for favours, (thats my bet!) Now he cant give the goodies to the backers, maybe they give the "fridges" to someone else!

  23. Anonymous says:

    What I see happening…lol, is pure unadulterated bureaucracy. McKeeva Bush is a political thug and I hope 2013 deals him the cards that he deserves (or spins the wheel).

  24. P A Rody says:

    I would love to see what Moses saw: A burning Bush

  25. Anonymous says:

    Nothing to say here.

    I can see clearly.

    Go McKeeva.

    Give it up, baby.

    Else you might lose.

    Run for government again.

  26. Anonymous says:


    Please go away!


  27. Shock and Awe says:

    He seems to have confused once again the opportunity to give a political message with a sermon.  As long as the stage remains open to him he will continue to do so.  Listen up Cayman is up to here with your pontificating. One more thing it was awkward, but you did it Mr. Bush. You stabbed yourself in the back!



  28. Anonymous says:

    CNS:  On Dec 19th the Governor revoked Bush's Premiership and Senior Cabinet standing rather than dissolve the LA.  Given this act of consignment under the Cayman Constitution, are we sure he is still to be referred to as "Honorable"?  It seems to me that if his qualifying credentials were enulled in such a way, he would henceforth be just another hustling commoner…no longer politically newsworthy.  Perhaps I'm just overly hopeful.

    • Anonymous says:

      Err.. I think you forgot that Mckeeva passed a law saying that he must be called "honourable" for all eternity. 

  29. Anonymous says:

    "the people must learn to forgive and forget" – primarily the forget part. No harm, no foul…LMAO

  30. Ya mon says:

    Mac who? 

    With great respect to CNS, I didn't even read the piece.  The headline said "Mac Claims…" and I tuned out with a thought balloon that read "Mac who?"  Other than an interest in the outcome of his prosecution, he's lost relevancy.

  31. Anonymous says:

    It would seem more sincere is he was on his knees begging for forgiveness.


  32. Anonymous says:

    The lapdogs finally have shown their colors & have a chance to be the Top Dogs.

    But can they take the pressure or prove to be pigs??

    Animal Farm!!

  33. Anonymous says:

    Um two troll votes to each post so far – one for Mac and one for Foolio, LOL!

  34. Anynomous says:

    The sweetest thing about all of this is that Bush can forgive.  Very good Mr Bush, because when we all leave this world we will be going alone.  Don't hold hands with the unforgiving people, because they may want to keep you in a state of unforgiveness.  Remember God is ready to forgive us all, and also remember that there are those of us who do not believe in God or forgiveness.    The devil is like a roraring lion ready to  cast a net.  Let those who think that they and their children will inherit this earth for ever go ahead.  God has a plan.

  35. Anonymous says:

    goodbye and good riddance….

  36. Anonymous says:

    Problem with Mr. Bush is that he expects unending loyalty from those who he "helped the most", when really, their loyalty should be to the country, not to support him in maintaining his status quo in the midst of never ending scandals and controversies and the black cloud of corruption investigations.  Country first, remember that Mr. Bush.   A true statesman would have willingly stepped aside long ago until the investigations were completed.   There are many oppressive societies and regimes around the world who expect their people to have misplaced loyalty to one individual – that my friend, is known as a dictatorship, not a democracy.  Hats off to the 5 who did finally take a stand, although a little too late, considering the massive amount of damage already done to Cayman's international image.

    • Anonymous says:

      Don't worry the ex-premier has some very loyal followers, May will be the month of surprises I predict that he and those that he supports will be voted back in office if he is still eligible to run for elections.  I will bet my bottom dollar on this, maybe many of the bloggers don't know the whole truth of the silent majority that still support the ex-premier maybe they should have gone to the church that the good PhD wrote about in Viewpoint where the ex-premier got a rock star welcome.

      • Anonymous says:

        Was it a chuirch full of voters?

      • Anonymous says:

        You are forgetting one thing- only voters in West Bay can vote for him.  I don't know which Church had the Rock Star concert for him but if they re not registered in West Bay they won't be able to help him.  Most of the real West Bayers are fed up with him so he can't expect them to support him.!!  I really believe he is "out of the fight"

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree with the above except – Hats off to the 5 that too a stand?


      They only did that to save their own a$$es after 3.5 years of loyalty to a lunatic!

      Elections cant come soon enough!

    • Anonymous says:

      Problem with mr bush is he has the emotional intelligence of an angry 11 year old with no proper guiding hand or supervision.

  37. Anonymous says:

    Isn't this isn't the most hypocritical bunch of bullshit we've ever read?  How can this man still be pointing the finger of blame at other people for the things that only he, and he alone did?

    The governor has never sought to divide the country, only Mac did.

    The only blatant and frequent infringements were carried out by Mac or at his command.

    The only one who failed to address the country's economic woes (and most likely caused those woes in the first place) was Mac, and what he left us in was far from what could be described as "good shape", more like good $uck up!

    Who engaged in (and continues to engage in) endless political bickering?  Yes, you guessed it, Mac.

    Embrace each other and encourage democratic space?   That's what we've all been trying to do, but you don't like democracy.  At least we stand a chance now that there's a space where you once ruled… or rather dictated, Mr Bush.  Nobody stands to win except you and your cronies in your book, and that is plain for all to see.

    We will forgive, but we won't forget what you did to our country and our people, and we'll do our best to repair the divisions that you and your friend Foolio have created, and continue to try to create, including your own petty differences and twisted rhetoric as to your own fictitious version of "the truth".

    Yes we need a shift from vengeance and vindictive politics but by our politicians not the media and the Chamber of Commerce who, amongst others, must have their right of expression and freedom of speech – otherwise there is no democracy.  Just because people don't agree all the time doesn't make them your enemies – but only you chose to deal with it this way and you clearly still bear a grudge, and have neither forgiven or forgot, when you still seek to name and shame those who did not agree with you or went against you.

    Sir, I respectfully suggest you step down from politics and take down Foolio with you, if you want to do a real service to Cayman.



  38. Anonymous says:

    Boy He Good!!!!! Giving this message before the new elections so he can be sure to get back in by trying to make the country see him as the victim!!!!!

    • The lone haranguer rides again! says:

      He is good, the master!?

    • Anonymous says:

      Forgive????? OMG and we had him running our country for how many years???? Can you see the President of the United States saying he will forgive those who went against him? Can you see Prince Charles saying he will forgive those who went against him?  I don't think so……

  39. Anonymous says:

    Oh My. Is it really possible that Mr. Bush is a Godly man after all?

    • Anonymous says:

      Um, no.

    • P A Rody says:

      He isn't following the Bible though, Matthew 5:38

      "Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth"

      • Anonymous says:

        Please do not misquote the Bible by deliberately taking passages out of context.

        The fullpassage reads:  "You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth. 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you".

        But you're right – he's not following the Bible. Not really.

    • Anonymous says:

      He is surely more Godly than JuJu.

  40. Anonymous says:

    In his mind, if the snow is purple, it is purple and nobody can tell him any different. You can't have any logical discussion or constructive conversation with anyone who has a mindset like that. He and the current government are a lost cause and I surely hope everyone will remember that when election rolls around.

  41. Anonymous says:


    "In his New Years message, former Premier Bush announced, that he intends to start a new career as a Comedian and Ironical Masochistic Political Satirist. To prove the point he then went on to summarise his term in office as excellent and that everyone else was guilty of vengance and vindictiveness."

  42. Anonymous says:

    Stabbed you in the back? thats what you have been doing to the people of Cayman since I can remember, how does it feel?

  43. Anonymous says:

    Delusional nonsense! The referee (presumably the Governor) is supposed to have penalised only his actions, if you just read the earlier annual summary you will see that this man either doesnt understand what he has done, or more likely doesnt care. I hope he reaps the right rewards for his actions!

    • Anonymous says:

      I am much afraid that he will reap a huge reward when he is not charged and proven innocent. If he is guilty then I do believe that he will carry his trusted buddies with him.

      • Anonymous says:

        Don't you mean "if" he is not charged and proved innocent? And that is a very big "if"; I would not not bet on it.   

  44. Anonymous says:

    The statement has a certain narcissist-meets-North Korea vibe about it.

  45. Anonymous says:

    The only "vengeance and vindictiveness" is his own, but it is very sad that no other official had the energy to produce a New Year's message. Once again Bush steals the limelight by simply showing up.

  46. St Peter says:

    Sounds to me like Mac has been born again and he now understands the vengance and vindictive politics that he brought to the political scene in the past 30 years…

    So should we in the spirit of the new year forgive him?

    NAAAH..  Send his ass to JAIL…

  47. Anonymous says:

    rotflmao! What a hypocrite. Bush does exactly the opposite of what he says. What is incredible is that there are still people in this country who will take him at his word.    

  48. Anynmous says:

    If Bush can forgive, then please tell me why cannot you do the same.

    • Anonymous says:

      Um, he hardly forgives and forgets when he continues to lash out at everybody now does he?  You only have to be a Baya to hear him still publicly verbally attacking just about anyone who has a grain of common sense.  Words are just words to him – they have no meaning at all.

    • Anonymous says:

      I would tell you why, but Mac just ain't worth wasting the print for…Incidentally, do you really believe he has forgiven anyone if you read what he said?? If you do then it is time for your Detox..

    • Anonymous says:

      Who the frig is he to offer forgiveness to anyone? What a mindless moronic post. I’ll forgive that jackass when I see Miss Juju do a loop-the-loop over 7 mile beach sat on that road paving machine!

    • ummm says:

      We can forgive people not vindicate them