Today’s Editorial, May 8: High cost of constitutional modernisation

It is hard to believe that Government will have spent close to $2 million on constitutional modernisation before the process is complete.

We do understand that it costs money to advertise, print informative brochures, pay salaries and print ballots, but $1.7 million?

We still don’t have legislation to approve a referendum and we still don’t have a referendum date, but Government has seen fit to approve $119,000 to plan and execute a referendum.

No one is sure that the electors of this country are going to approve any form of a new constitution in a referendum.

It is still possible that those who go to the polls when the referendum is held will tell the Government ‘no, we don’t want constitutional modernisation.’

The United Kingdom’s position is that we should, at some point, adopt a new constitution and that it should contain a bill of rights.

But that has been the sticking point with many at the public meetings, which have been held in each district. The meetings come to a close this week.

If anyone in the Cayman Islands has ignored the constitutional modernisation process, the price figure alone should convince them to begin paying attention.

If the non governmental organisations or the Opposition makes a worthy claim to Government for money to get out their own constitutional modernisation information they should be given it, which means the $1.7 million anticipated price tag could increase.

The bottom line is that we, as a country, have been talking about constitutional modernisation for the better part of seven years.

It’s starting to hit us where it hurts – in our pocketbooks.

No matter what the decision, one should be made this time around. The price isn’t going to get any cheaper.

We literally can’t afford to waste any more time or throw more money at the issue.

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