Cayman Islands Governor Stuart Jack has started a blog.
For those who are not entirely hip to the internet lingo yet, ‘blog’ is short for ‘weblog’, an internet site where people can sign in and post comments back and forth.
Mr. Jack, not usually recognised as being the most verbose individual residing in these Islands, said he intends to use the blog, available on the site www.ukincayman.fco.gov.uk, to communicate better with the public.
‘From time to time there are things I want to say to the people of the Cayman Islands which do not always justify a formal press statement,’ Governor Jack writes in his first blog entry. ‘Sometimes I have had complaints that the governor was not communicating with the community frequently enough.’
He also said the blog would provide a tool for people to be let in a bit on his thinking on certain issues and also let the governor know what they think.
A few posters have already done so.
One post, attributed to political candidate Vincent Frederick, congratulated the governor for starting the blog.
‘His idea to open forth weekly discussions with the Caymanian people necessitate that he has a heart filled with love and care for all Caymanians,’ the post read.
Another writer advised that the governor should keep a tighter rein on Cabinet, and not allow them to ‘abuse the Public Management and Finance Law.’
Governor Jack said he would try to get on the site a couple times a week and post new topics and responses. He also urged posters to make only ‘constructive comments.’
Mr. Jack has about six months left in his term as Cayman Islands Governor, and his replacement, Duncan Taylor, has already been selected.
‘Duncan has extensive knowledge of the Caribbean,’ Mr. Jack wrote. ‘His style will not be exactly the same as mine, but I do not expect any radical changes in the policies he pursues or the (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) wants him to pursue.’
Mr. Jack said he was recently asked by a journalist if he was ‘winding down’ now that a successor had been named.
‘The very suggestion that I am winding down is more likely to wind me up!’ the Governor wrote. ‘I am determined to push ahead with the work we have been doing, for example, to deal with the problems in the police force, to improve parole arrangements…and hopefully, start implementing a new constitution.’