Answer questions before vote

It has been reported that, in a recent meeting held at the Family Life Center, the term communism was referred to in relation to free-standing rights and the lack thereof in the draft constitution that the political/religious coalition expects the voting population of the Cayman Islands to endorse, come the May general elections.

While taking into account Cayman’s unique heritage and circumstances, it would do the voting Cayman public well to ask a few extremely important questions before rushing headlong into making any decisions on the May referendum.

Questions should be: have I thought this decision through fully from my own personal perspective? Have I been given all the facts that apply to my own personal circumstances? Have my thoughts and opinions been expressed in this entire process?

I can almost guarantee that the answers to those questions for most voters right now would be a resounding no.

Yet, both political parties, allied to their respective religious organisations, are telling the voters that there will be no changes to a document that needs voters’ approval and ratification in a national referendum to become the law of the land that those same voters will be governed under? That is as close to a communist methodology as I am aware of.

I do not need any religious leader to tell me the meaning of a communist, democratic, theocratic or any other form of government as a well-rounded education and a good Wickipedia search provides those answers for me or anyone else who needs to know.

The issue regarding Section 16 in the new constitution hinges on the fact that if there are limited rights to any section of a democratic population, then that negates the rights to any and all of that population or the principles of rights is totally negated, should any of these issues ever be put to the test in any major way.

The voters of Cayman are all British citizens and are covered, to some degree, under their right of individual appeal to the European Court of Human Rights as such.

If this new so-called bill of rights in its current form is ratified by the voting population, they need to know beforehand that it will not take away their rights as British citizens to appeal before the Privy Council and the European Court of Human Rights against judgements and actions by the CI Govt.

If voters cannot honestly answer that question for themselves, then to ratify this constitution in its present form could be subjecting themselves to the rule of a true communist form of rule, aided by politically-aligned churches and cloaking itself in democracy.

The voting citizens of Cayman will have signed away their protection from any future actions by this negotiating coalition who obviously did not have a national consensus when negotiating this new constitution and negotiated themselves into a position of power over the rest of the Cayman Islands.

I ask the voters of Cayman to take responsibility to find out the answers to these question before making any decision on voting on this referendum as the power remains in their hands to refute and refuse any constitution that they are not happy with until they have had full voice and influence.

No communist or dictatorship government ever came into power claiming to be such.

Ricardo Tatum

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