Today’s Editorial February 13: What’s in a name?

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has once again tried to come up with an imaginative name for one of its operations.

Acting Commissioner James Smith announced Tuesday that a separate investigation into possible criminal offences by RCIPS officers called Operation Cealt would be conducted – perhaps by the same UK Metropolitan Police team that conducted Operation Tempura.

Mr. Smith said that Cealt was the Gaelic word for justice, but online dictionaries and a Gaelic scholar back in Scotland say that’s not a word for justice in any language Cealt is an Old Gaelic word for kilt, but why anyone is naming important police operations in the Cayman Islands after Old Gaelic words of any kind remains a mystery.

Since the RCIPS seems unable to come up with proper and fitting names for its operations, we thought we might suggest some.

Looking at Operation Tempura in retrospect, if the RCIPS wanted to name that particular operation after a deep-fried food, it should have called it Operation Hush Puppy because, so far, there seems to be no meat in it and because much about the operation continues to be hush-hush.

Or maybe it could have called it Operation Refried Beans because the after-effect has certainly left a stench in the air, at least as far as taxpayers of this country are concerned.

If the RCIPS wasn’t totally stuck on deep-fried food as a name for Operation Tempura, maybe they could have called it Operation Naked Eyes, after the 1980s band that had the hit ‘Promises, Promises’.

The RCIPS should also immediately rename Operation Cealt. If it must name the investigation after a legless lower-body article of clothing, we suggest Operation Mini-Skirt, which is sure to get the public’s attention. Also, mini-skirts leave much less to investigate, metaphorically speaking, so maybe it won’t take a year and a half to conduct an investigation named after one.

Finally, the next time the RCIP decides to have a roadblock during the morning rush hour to check vehicle registration coupons and seatbelt usage – as it did last week in George Town – it could call it Operation Road Rage, because that’s certainly what its officers caused in the law-abiding residents who were simply trying to get to work on time through already difficult traffic.

We said in our last editorial on the subject of Operation Tempura that we couldn’t wait to see what Mr. Smith, Governor Stuart Jack and head of the Met investigation team Martin Bridger would come up with next. So far, we haven’t been disappointed in that they’re giving us plenty of things to write about.