East End candidate John B. McLean Sr. declared at the launch of his campaign that he will not join a political party.
Mr. McLean detailed his manifesto at an open-air meeting near the United Church Hall on Monday night.
The first mention of political parties came from Pastor Oral McLaughlin, who served as master of ceremonies. He said the committee endorsing Mr. McLean did not believe in party politics. ‘He has given us a commitment not to be part of party politics,’ Mr. McLaughlin confirmed.
Mr. McLean told the gathering that he would not join a party because since a party system has been in place in Cayman, ‘we have been going downhill.’ Party politics had destroyed other Caribbean countries, he commented.
Before the party system, Cayman had committed men and women who ran the country the way it should be, Mr. McLean asserted. Cayman prospered from 1976 to 2000, when the party system came in.
Opposition is good, he said, ‘but when you oppose, come forward with a sensible solution.’
He pointed out that he had spent 24 years in the Legislative Assembly, 12 of them at the ministerial level. Even in the years he was not a minister, he brought a fair share to the district.
He especially liked to talk about the two beautiful civic centres he got built in East End. There had been talk that the centres were a waste of money. But the recent hurricane had proved he was right because the centres had kept people safe.
The only reason anything got done in East End in recent times was because there was a hurricane and rebuilding became a national issue, he declared.
He hoped people would recall the years of good service he had given and put him back where he could do something for the district so that people wouldn’t have to wait for another hurricane.
Mr. McLean’s manifesto included both national and district issues. He said he would work for a strong economy, but local people must benefit from it. He will always support Cayman Airways, ‘but we need to control it.’
District clinics were initially built to offer 24-hour service, he noted. They need to be utilised properly.
In his discussion of education objectives, he asked his audience to join him in a minute of silence as tribute to the late Mrs. Hyacinth Conolly.
He said social ills could not be cured if people are not prepared to work with police and other concerned agencies.
He pledged to work toward more strong policies to govern immigration and support better wages, working conditions and working conditions for civil servants.
District issues cited by Mr. McLean included an upgrade of the primary school facilities, a district museum, road and beach work, completion of piped water, investigation of public access and location of more property for a cemetery.