Shenanigans afoot in constitution

The proverbial ink has not dried properly on my last three letters published in the Caymanian Compass addressing the issue of Section 16 in the draft constitution and here we have exactly the situation that I have tried to warn the Caymanian population about raising its ugly head.

In a recent edition of the other on-island newspaper, an article is published titled ‘United Kingdom is OK with Cayman’s Draft Constitution’ reporting the existence of a letter from Mr. Ian Hendry that affirmed the UK’s acknowledgement of a negotiated draft constitution being agreed upon between the negotiating parties.

Is it any coincidence that this letter has never been presented to the public and no information of even its existence has been forthcoming from any official sources? There is a very clear and obvious reason for this because in that letter are written guarantees that the European Convention on Human Rights overrides and supersedes the watered down bill of rights negotiated and being forced down the throats of the Caymanian population by this cabal of political and religious leaders who negotiated to protect their own vested positions. I addressed this very question in a recent letter published by the Caymanian Compass.

The British Government was backed into a corner into agreeing to a less than complete rights charter but still has fulfilled its obligations to its Caymanian British citizens by guaranteeing their complete rights anyway and thus the non-revelation of the existence of this letter.

The attempt to scare the Caymanian population into thinking that the United Kingdom will sanction Cayman if the draft is requested to be changed in respect of Section 16 is a despicable effort by religious leaders to influence the decisions of the voting public that I have already clearly warned was coming and all the more reason for the Caymanian voters to reject this draft constitution until Section 16 can be reworded to give the population the full rights that they are due.

This should serve as clear proof that the negotiating process was not a trustworthy one and that the general Caymanian population should now be able to see why they need full rights protection and from whom. If Caymanians allow this golden opportunity to pass them by to exercise their full power to protect themselves, the Cayman Islands might regret it in future years to come, taking in all the shenanigans that have taken place in the last year or so and are still ongoing.

I rest my case.

Ricardo Tatum

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