Prepared for independence

Over the past year we as a nation have wasted great energy debating the controversies of our day including independence, good governance, reserve powers and conspiracy theories. In the meantime, the cloud that was once the size of a man’s fist has now transformed into a Category 5 storm, battering our reputation and seriously jeopardising our future prosperity.

History provides many lessons that we should never ignore or be misguided enough to believe we can somehow avoid. One of those lessons is that whenever a colonial power is about to depart a colony, they usually uproot all systems of value to the colony whether they be economic, social, political, educational, spiritual or cultural, leaving behind a legacy of chaos and confusion which eventually leads to pervasive instability and poverty.

So, while we debate what is happening, ‘it’ is happening. Taking all the recent scandals into careful consideration, one can conclude that the UK is beginning to pull out of Cayman.

The final act of our colonial master’s reign here is being played out in almost the identical manner that left India, large parts of Africa and many of our Caribbean neighbours reeling, as evidenced by many of the challenges they still face today.

For while we are not rich in natural resources such as gold, diamonds, oil, cotton, sugar, bananas or grain like many of those former colonies, we still have a vibrant financial services industry, which our direct competitor the UK, would love to eliminate.

And as if they were handed a script from our colonial masters, our politicians on both sides of the house and on the airwaves are blindly playing the role of substitute masters lining up for whatever scraps of power that will be left behind when the pull-out has ended.

We, the people should demand that they elevate the national conversation from the politics of personality and defend our nation from the ongoing assault on our reputation and our stability. It is time for them to show visionary leadership and act now to prepare our people and our nation for greater autonomy and eventual independence.

The days of hiding behind our ‘mother country’s’ frock-tail will soon be over for we have become worse than a contingent liability; we are a real competitor.

To all who love Cayman, let us no longer be shackled by fear or the inferiority complex that our colonial masters have used against us for generations to trust them blindly and mistrust one another. This old slavery days’ trick is being used on us now to great affect.

Now is the time to ‘suspend’ campaigning, grandstanding and personal/political party agendas. There has never been a more critical time for us to unite. We must consider all of our options carefully, because while we are thinking that independence is a matter for future generations to decide, our masters are putting in place their contingency plan to ensure that whenever that day comes, we will not have a nub yet alone a leg to stand on.

Cayman’s Future Hope

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