Today’s Editorial December 17: Polls show surprising results

It is our hope that you enjoy our online polls at caycompass.com

Sometimes we are amazed at the responses given to certain questions.

The poll up now queries voters; What do you think was the biggest news story in Cayman in2008?

The answers are:

The Commission of Enquiry/Cliffordgate

The Metropolitan Police investigations

The Estella Scott-Roberts murder

Hurricanes Gustav and Paloma

The constitution modernisation process

We knew the death of Estella would get high marks. Her death was – and still is – a shock to the entire country.

We also anticipated that the Metropolitan Police investigations would get high marks, too.

During the investigations many high profile police officers have been put on leave without charges being laid and many reputations have been sullied. And it’s still not over, even to the tune of millions of dollars coming out of the coffers of the Caymanian government and into the pockets of UK investigators.

What does surprise us about the ongoing poll is the lack of votes for the constitution modernisation process.

As of this writing it is in second to dead last place on the poll. Last place is the option ‘other’ where comments are invited.

We find that a little bit distressing for the country as a whole.

Many man hours and much money has been pumped into the edification of the populace of the Cayman Islands on this issue.

Talks are now under way with the UK and will continue into the new year.

A referendum on constitutional modernisation is slated to take place next year and we hope that the voting public has paid more attention to the issue than what our poll is showing.

Constitutional modernisation is a big issue for the Cayman Islands, both in 2008 and in our future.

While our poll voters may not consider it one of the biggest news stories in the Cayman Islands, it certainly is a huge issue that will, if approved, shape the future of this country.

What does surprise us about the ongoing poll is the lack of votes for the constitution modernisation process. As of this writing it is in second to dead last place on the poll. Last place is the option ‘other’ where comments are invited.

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