Foreshadowing what could become a People’s Progressive Movement mantra at elections next year, Leader of Government Business Kurt Tibbetts told his party’s faithful Saturday that the alternative to his government ‘is a hell of a lot worse than us.’
Acknowledging that it has not been all smooth sailing during the PPM’s term in office, Mr. Tibbetts asked those gathered at the party’s National Council Meeting for their continued support.
‘I am not one of those that will tell you all kinds of nice stories. Life has not been perfect,’ Mr. Tibbetts said. ‘Nothing that we endure in life we find to be perfect – God didn’t make it that way.’
But he said his government has done all it can with the resources it has to provide the services citizens require while keeping an eye on Cayman’s future infrastructure and education needs.
‘Some of the decisions we have made, you will not be able to see the benefits of it tomorrow, but I want to assure you in the years to come the entire country will benefit from it. Not only with infrastructure but also in the area of education,’ Mr. Tibbetts said.
He added that the government would like to take their educational infrastructure projects further, but has recognised they will need to be stretched out over a longer time period given the global economic climate.
‘I am satisfied in my heart and in my soul that the government has done, and will continue to do, all that we can,’ he said.
Mr. Tibbetts asked those gathered at the meeting to keep track of what government is doing and to think carefully when they cast their vote on 20 May, 2009.
‘I ask for your continued support, because the one thing I can sit here and tell you – and I hope that you will accept what I am saying – is that the alternative is a hell of a lot worse than us,’ he said. ‘I say that simply by track record.’
The comment drew hearty applause from about 60 supporters that turned up at the PPM headquarters to hear from party leaders and socialise over a fish-fry.
Also on hand during the meeting were Cabinet Ministers Alden McLaughlin and Arden McLean, as well as MLA’s Alfonso Wright and Lucille Seymour.
Mr. Tibbetts pointed to declining electricity bills as one area of good news amid a gloomy economic outlook.
While the decreases are the result of declining global oil prices, Mr. Tibbetts claimed that electricity bills could have easily been 50 per cent higher over the past several months if not for a deal his government struck with Caribbean Utility Company earlier this year.
‘I don’t know what you would have done to us then,’ Mr. Tibbetts said.
‘Light bill rates are now down by, on average, more than 25 per cent. As long as fuel can stay down low, the customers will receive the benefit of lower bills.’
The LoGB also thanked God that all three Cayman Islands had not been hit as hard by Hurricane Paloma as Cayman Brac was.
‘If all three islands had gotten the same extent of damage as Cayman Brac did, we would still be looking at each other today wondering what to do,’ Mr. Tibbetts said.
‘Even though we face challenges, God is still a good God, because he spared us from all three islands being devastated.’