Non partisan approach gets favour

During the past five years that I have called Cayman my home. I have been extremely fortunate. It has been my thrill to work with hundreds, if not thousands of this beautiful land’s wonderful people.

As a guest to these uniquely blessed isles, I was always made to feel welcome and I have always felt the immense pleasure for the opportunity to contribute in some small way. Whether it was with management students at the University College of the Cayman Islands, Royal Cayman Islands Police Service officers during the Hurricane Ivan emergency, or colleagues in the construction industry – my passion has been to help people develop themselves and realise their potential, achieve outstanding results, to the benefit of the organisation they work for, its people and this country.

Recently I attended a very special meeting. The invitation was sent from our leaders in government, published in your paper and over 300 guests crowded the Ritz ballroom to hear the prayer for us to work together and face this economic challenge.

I was impressed. To me this was an immense leap forward for the people of this country. As stated by others, we are in this together. Whether we are Caymanian: born, bred, processed or expiry-dated, if we want to make this country something special, we will have to work at it immediately and give up some of the things we take for free or granted.

I was not impressed to hear the impositions from London and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Born a Londoner, there was no surprise for me to hear the words ‘raise taxes’. That is a typical, lazy, no-brainer solution offered by government mandarins (no offense intended towards any Asian friends – I trust they understand what I mean). Brainless officers of that jurisdiction love tax revenues; it saves the hard work of tough leadership and management. It saves thinking the problems through, formulating strategy to become stronger in the process, and implementing, monitoring, adapting and delivering beneficial action. Perhaps they should mandate the same constraints to their own Cabinet and see the impact to their job security, before it is slammed down our throats.

At the meeting much was said about, against, and by civil servants. We know the civil service is requisite to our society. We appreciate the hard working civil servants. My experience has been positive when working with public servants attending college, in the service, and in all day-to-day interactions. But any organisation can improve its productivity and performance – ask any management scientist.

My view is that Mr. Manderson made a huge contribution to immigration and I believe his future is assured if he maintains the same vision, industry and integrity in his new role. He has our full support.

Without question, this country has the human resources to address and overcome this crisis. Mr. Bush, I cannot vote, but I beg you to push ahead on your path. Your non-partisan agenda is in the right direction. Please continue to call upon the whole country to contribute, for so many are willing so to do – even the expiry-dated. We will get through this with the right leadership and management.

May God bless all people who call these islands their home and take action.

John Harvey