Last month we took Governor Stuart Jack to task for not answering question we had posed concerning the on-going investigation of alleged misconduct at the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.
Our comments were in response to an editorial found in another local newspaper that opined that neither Martin Bridger no any of the members of his team had been given an opportunity rebut criticisms from Judge Sir Peter Creswell.
The Caymanian Compass, in fact, had given Mr. Bridger, his team and the Governor, who has ultimate responsibility for the investigation and the police department, ample opportunities to rebut criticism and answer our questions.
They chose not to do so.
Mr. Bridger and his team even had an opportunity to appeal the judge’s ruling, which they did not.
But now the Governor has answered our questions. His responses appear on the front page of today’s paper.
It is evident that he took our questions seriously and spent time answering them.
We know he is a busy man, but it is unfortunate that we had to wait so long for his response. There was nothing surprising, sensational or anything that would jeopardize the Islands’ security in his answers.
The Cayman Islands is a close-knit society. We don’t need to have things hidden from us.
When politicians appear to go out of their way to ignore queries from the public and from the press, red flags go up.
The role of a free press is to be the voice for the masses. Many times we are the only access the public has to politicians.
It is imperative that those in power be as forthright with the press – and therefore the public – as possible, and not give any indication of hiding anything from the people who pay their salaries and, for those that are elected, put them in office.
While we appreciate and understand that the Governor is an agent of Her Majesty the Queen, it is from the coffers of the Cayman Islands that he receives his pay cheque.
Let’s hope that the next time the Governor, or any politician for that matter, is given a chance by the press to honestly answer questions, he will do so in a timely manner and a willing spirit.
We know he is a busy man, but it is unfortunate that we had to wait so long for his response. There was nothing surprising, sensational or anything that would jeopardize international security in his answers.