UDP no longer ‘united’

| 18/12/2013

(CNS): The United Democratic Party (UDP) will be no more when the opposition party ratifies a change in its name at a planned party conference in the New Year, party officials said. The new Cayman Islands Democratic Party (CDP) has been registered under the Elections Law (2013 revision) as a political party and it will replace the UDP, which was formed in 2001 by the opposition leader and former premier, McKeeva Bush, when the infamous coup overturned Kurt Tibbett’s government and introduced the era of party politics. However, officials said Wednesday that the re-naming of the party was in response to public encouragement to modernize.

The UDP had a rough ride in 2013, starting the year with a cloud hanging over its future following the party split after Bush was arrested and charged on allegations of fraud, corruption and misconduct. A no confidence motion after his arrest in the LA saw the fall of the UDP government but five former UDP members retained the Cabinet under the People’s National Alliance banner until the general elections in May, sending Bush and three of his remaining UDP members to the crowded opposition benches.

The split did neither party any favours at the election, with Juliana O’Connor Connolly, who had served as a short term premier, being the only PNA candidate returned. After the election she joined the PPM when it won the majority of seats and accepted the offer from party leader, Alden McLaughlin, of the speaker of the House position. 

The United Democratic Party was unable to win any seats outside of its stronghold base of West Bay and even lost one of the four seats there to Tara Rivers, who had run on the Coalition for Cayman platform but also joined the government and Cabinet.

Though she has not yet formerly joined the PPM, she has already made an appearance at the party conference.

Although the party has just three members, Bush is still the opposition leader with members Eugene Ebanks and party deputy leader, Bernie Bush, who share the opposition benches with the two independent members from the eastern districts, Arden McLean and Ezzard Miller.

With the party rebrand, McKeeva Bush will remain as leader of the CDP and leader of the opposition, while Bernie Bush also retains the deputy leadership of the new party. 

Tessa Bodden remains as chair of the new party and Dr Joe Marzouca as deputy chairman, despite his position as the honorary consul for Jamaica. Renard Moxam has also been confirmed as the second deputy chair of the re-named party.

Bodden said the party has also renewed its constitution. That and the amended name were viewed as necessary by the party's General Council in response to overwhelming public encouragement to modernize and move forward.

Following the announcement, McKeeva Bush said he welcomed the opportunity for the party to continue the process of growing and addressing the needs of the people of the Cayman Islands.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Mac wants another feather in his cap; to be the first person named as leader of six different political parties.

    • Anonymous says:

      …IT'S the Cayman way…get into trouble, form a new company….but the're still gonna get you Mac.

  2. Centrist says:

    OK, lets see:

    • With the possible exception of some of those who quit the UDP to form the short lived PNA, McKeeva and other UDP representatives have yet to admitt that they ever did wrong. While it is Christian to forgive, Christians are also required to repent of the ther sins, admit that they were wrong and try to do better. Apparently McKeeva and his supporters think it is OK to abuse the power of the highest elected offices of the country.
    • It is a sick joke that Rooster 101 Cross Talk on Wednesay has been renamed "Truthful Wednesdays".  In my opinion, McKeeva's track record would suggest otherwise,  trying to hide that he was a Director of First Cayman Bank, claiming that the country would be saved money using a NY money lender, etc. Again, he has never done any wrong according to him and his die hard supporters.
    • I believe in freedom of expression and freedom of the press.   Nevertheless I am very disappointed that Cayman Net News carried the front page head line for McKeeva's version of the pssage of the National Conversation Law in the LA.  Very reminscent of an infantile school yard bully bad mouthing his betters.  There are many better ways to deal with that type of behaviour. I often disagree with the Caymanian Compass editorials, but giving due credit, I was pleasantly surprised that a Compass Editorial acknowledged that it is a sign of maturity that the Government would entertain ammendments to the law even though they already had more than enough of the votes needed to pass it.
    • The still new elected Government is doing a fine job and yet much remains to be done.  I am confident that they will continue to prove themselves equal to the tasks, and as citizens we also should do our part.

    Onward, let's progress together!


  3. Anonymous says:

    It think the Cayman United National Topical Society would be a good name for Mac's party.

  4. Anonymously says:

    Cayman does not need parties what is needed are good policies for all Caymanians and a way forward for the young.

  5. anonymous says:

    UDP or CDP…its still McKeeva!! We don't need any party. Look how smoothly the the current Government is now working together as a team. Its no longer a one man show. Not that much pigs at the through, anymore.  The CIG Money, the people's money is not being dished out to lazy people, anymore. This Government is now teaching their people to fish, create and produce. 

  6. Anonymous says:

    Can Da Premier?

  7. Anonymous says:

    I guess they realized there is no such thing as UNITY. But how in the world would they replace UNITY for CAYMAN ISLANDS. Did they really stood up for average Caymanians whilst in was in power?

    • Anonymous says:

      "Did they really stood up" … great command of the English Language!! I like!

  8. Anonymous says:

    There goes another million.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Makes since, it worked for the PPM oh I mean the PROGRESSIVES!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Congratulations, you finally got the name of your Government right. Very important since they are going to be your leaders for the next fifty years. 

    • Anonymous says:

      PPM did not change their name, they simply re-branded as the Progressives. http://www.theprogressives.ky/ UDP have changed their name.

      • Anonymous says:

        UH Please explain the difference ?

        • Anonymous says:

          The difference is the Progressives got elected, while the CDP most certainly wont.

          • Anonymous says:

            The UDP's last chance at abuse of power in this country went out the door with their second pathetic and failed attempt to override the authority and wishes of their constituents under the scapegoat of one disgruntled individual. If that didn't work changing their name isn't going to.

        • Obviously says:

          Obviously this is too much for your poor little UDP brain so lets just move on. The difference between the UDP and the PPM is night and day and this argument is not worth having. Please find some other issue to flap your lips at.



        • Anonymous says:

          The difference between changing your name and not changing your name? If you are that clueless there is no point in explaining anything to you.  

  10. Billy Shakebanks says:

    A turd by any other name is still a turd.

  11. Sam Putt Putt says:

    Mac seems to have left out the "I" in CDP. Any particular reason CNS placed this story in the crime section?

    CNS: It was an error, now corrected.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Looking at the thumbs, we have a lone voice crying in the wilderness here folks. If it ain't mac it must be foolio.

    • Anonymous says:

      where is foolio???

      • Anonymous says:

        He's hiding from Alden.

      • Anonymous says:

        I heard Mac on Rooster Wednesday morning ranting and raving about the bio-metric passport issue saying that Caymanians were not fools that there was some other ulterior motive by the British behind the passport changes. I then waited for him to explain how he keeps getting elected but it didn't happen, XXXXX 

      • Anonymous says:

        He is hiding with Waldo.

  13. Anonymous says:

    'modernize'…..cayman style……zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  14. Len Layman says:

    It is time now for the PPM to pass OMOV as promised.  Lets do it now and get it done.  The people voted overwhelmingly for it.  Just do it.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Rather unfortunate for the law firm of Conyers Dill & Pearman!!!!

  16. Anonymous says:

    They were never United, and more Despotic than Democratic, so the only thing that goes on is the Party.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Would somebody please tell mac the party's over?

    • GTFOH says:

      The electorate being what it is, past history tells us to expect a 180deg flip in a few years.

      Democracy sometimes bites. Usually every four years.

  18. Anonymous says:

    You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. Why change the name unless you’re trying to hide a bad name?

    • Anonymous says:

      The PPM did the same thing when they changed their name from the People Progressive Movement to The Progressives in preparation for the election. Were they trying to hide a bad name..?

    • Anonymous says:

      PPM did it and won he last election you hypocrite

      • Anonymous says:

        You really shouldn't be calling poor mac a hypocrite. He would NEVER jack your utility bill into the cosmos if he didn't need the money for travel and donating to his church. 

        • Anonymous says:

          And lawsuits,,,and committment fees…and through the roof scholarships.

      • Anonymous says:

        That certainly does not mean mekeewa is going to win the next election you hypocrite. Maybe he should stop trying to walk in the Progressives footsteps…

      • Anonymous says:

        PPM did not change its name. It only re-branded.

        • Anonymous says:

          You're an idiot if you actually think there's any difference..

          • Anonymous says:

            You are an idiot because you don't understand the difference between changing your name and not changing your name.

          • Anonymous says:

            What you UDP idiots don't understand is that the PPM did not win because it re-branded as the Progressives but rather because it brought on boardcredible, able new people to chart a new course. So long as McKeeva is the leader of the UDP/CIDP/XYP or whatever it will stink to high heaven.   

          • Anonymous says:

            The difference is the PPM got re-elected.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Leopards can't change their spots.

  20. Generations says:

    Party politics has been the ruin of this country! Just like it's nefarious history throughout the Caribbean, 2 party politics have done nothing but feed greed and corruption while offering empty promises and keeping the Caribbean people undereducated and dependent on blowhard politicians.  

    WHY Cayman has joined this dangerous  downward path baffles me.  In the end, the generations  suffer.  However, it takes a strong mind to step away from the favors and the sheep herd.  Be sheep no more! UDP or XYZ following a party will only bring more of the same.

    World class top-notch education for our 5,000 students will change our destiny. Do not gamble (ha ha Mac) with our children's future any longer!  The only way to defeat politicians is to have a better educated populous. (They know this too and it is why you get favors and civil servant paychecks instead of better literacy) Education will solve all our problems (unemployment, permits, industry, growth) but we need to make a plan that is not party dependent.  

  21. Anonymous says:

    I think everyone would agree that the  party needs to modernize and move forward. However, I don't think a name change was what the people had in mind. Getting rid of Big Mac and his cronnies would have been a more sensible option. People want to see real change, not a white washing.

  22. Anonymous says:

    "A Rat by any other name is still a Rat"

  23. And AnotherTing says:

    CNS boy we really see you have it in for Kiki eh. Mind ya what goes 0 in politics comes 0 .

    Peace be unto You CNS.

  24. Anonymous says:

    The UDP by any other name is still the UDP

  25. Anonymous says:

    Renaming the party will not make any difference as long as it has the same leadership.

  26. Anonymous says:

    "…modernize and move forward…"


    A mere name change does nothing to modernize and move the party forward.


    Modernization and forward motion requires vision, intelligence, and competence.


    Since the same people are at the helm, it looks like the name change is mere political positioning. It puts distance between themselves and their past transgressions. 

  27. Anonymous says:

    PPM were supposed to have introduced OMOV, relegating all this party alligience nonsense to the scrap heap.

    • Anonymous says:

      It won't get rid of parties but it might get rid of the cronies riding the boss's coattails.

    • Anonymous says:

      Rumor has it they have now shelved this proposal due to internal disagreement.

      • And AnotherTing says:

        How what? Whete do you get your news you must be a reporter. And Another Ting.

      • Anonymous says:

        Why is that a surprise, expect them to about face on a lot of promises now that they got what they wanted…..POWER..

      • Anonymous says:

        Controversial Name Proposal?

    • And AnotherTing says:

      Dear Citizen OMOV does not change the Party system, rather it provides for equanimity in voting. and Another Ting.

  28. Anonymous says:

    The skunk can change its name, but it's still a skunk. 

  29. Anonymous says:

    Go ahead, peal off the new wrapper and you will find the same old destructive force that has plagued us for many years.

  30. Anonymously says:

    A rose by any other name is still a rose….  Politics at its best!, you can change your name or the color of your hair but the content of your character is another matter.


  31. Anonymous says:

    "Maybe they'll forget everything I did if I re-name my Party.." said the man who thinks we're as gullible as goldfish.

    • Anon says:

      Goldfish are gullible? I have never had much success myself in convincing them of anything. I must try a more bullying attitude!

    • Anonymous says:

      Sadly, there is, given Cayman's political history, a reasonable probability that McKeeva Bush will be the premier again after the next election.


      This is the product of extremely short term political memory and a political party's name change.

      • Anonymous says:

        Unless he is convicted of any dishonesty charge and cannot run for election, in West Bay anything can happen. 

      • Anonymous says:

        LOL. There is that small thing of a criminal trial in about 9 months time.  

      • Anonymous says:

        Nope, never happen again, he has been a disgrace before but he managed to top all the other stupid things he did in the past in one go. mac done and done for good, just a big mouth in west bay and a criminal trial on the way

  32. Anonymous says:

    Ha Ha A leopard dont change his spots. If youl put perfume and lipstick on a pig its still a Pig.

  33. Anonymous says:

    PPM rebrand to Progressives now UDP rebrand to Cayman Democratic Party they both still the same collection of yes men. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  34. Ha says:

    Same Dog different Fleas

  35. Anonymous says:

    They could rebrand themselves: LIME

    • Anonymous says:

      Lousy In My Estimation

      • Anonymous says:

        Still waiting for Fast Furious Fiber which I applied for several months ago and still have had no indication of when it might be installed. Appalling customer service. This applies to their constant changing of cell phone charges without warning after they have sold you a package.

  36. Just Sayin'.... says:

    Cayman Dictator's Party

  37. Anonymous says:

    I t'ought I saw a Leopard! I did! I did!

  38. Anon says:

    Mac: Why don't you just call it the Cayman Independence Party and done with it?

  39. Anonymous says:

    UDP no longer 'united'?

    As if they ever were to begin with?

    • Anonymous says:

      Neither united or, more significantly, democratic. Autocratic would have been much more accurate. 

  40. GTFOH says:

    "West Bay United" would have been more appropriate……..


    • Anonymous says:

      17.52, oh no, that is too close to West Ham United, which some would argue is of similar relevance to UPD/ whatever they will be called, but at least they fight hard and try to win for all their fans.

      • Anonymous says:

        More like Millwall –  "no one likes us, we don't care"

      • Anonymous says:

        Winning for the fans and giving away money to them are two very different things.