Today’s Editorial July 16: A parting of the veil?

We found a recent article in the UK Guardian newspaper ‘Warring judges create chaos in the Cayman Islands’ to be quite a revealing look into perceptions and motives across the pond.

Just take a look at the following direct quotes from the story:

‘All the island’s (referring to the Cayman Islands) judges have, at some point, been arrested, suspended, or mired in controversy.’

‘…one of Scotland Yard’s most senior officers — John Yates – has flown out to try and sort out the mess. He couldn’t.’

‘Britain…subsidises the island’s budget by licensing thousands of offshore companies, many involving tax avoidance schemes.’

‘British legal and police figures have flown out to try and stabilise the situation.’

Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.

Anyone reading this Guardian article might get the distinct impression that Cayman’s legal system is falling to pieces; that stability in the country is hardly to be found; and that UK officials have done their best to sort things out, but just couldn’t seem to manage in such a chaotic and turbulent environment.

Look around you, good reader. Is this the situation you see in the Cayman Islands today?

We’re frankly starting to wonder if this isn’t just the wishful thinking of one Mr. Gordon Brown.

Now for those few who may be interested in the facts:

*Both police investigative operations, Tempura and Cealt, were proposed, carried out and led by police and other officials from the UK.

*The amount spent on all of these investigations, an estimated CI$10 million through the end of this coming October, is paid for by the Cayman Islands taxpayers. Exactly what all that money was spent on has never been made known to said taxpayers.

*No one ‘investigated’ during this now two-year effort has been convicted of anything, including the three top police commanders that were ‘temporarily removed’ at the behest of UK operatives in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office via their local governor. One of those commanders has been charged in connection with matters unrelated to the initial investigation. The other two were cleared.

*All ‘dirty laundry’ exposed during a judicial tribunal convened on the orders of the local governor amounted to accusations of one judge writing improper letters to a newspaper, and further accusations that the judge was ‘rude.’ Shocking, we know.

After spending CI$10 million and with not much to show for their purchases (with the possible exception of a boat bought by former Senior Investigating Officer Martin Bridger), we have to again wonder what is the true motive behind these ‘investigations.’

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