Today’s Editorial October 20: Some patchwork needed

We’re not sure what new Cayman Islands Governor Duncan Taylor has in mind for when he arrives in January as far as his agenda goes, but might we be so bold as to suggest a bit of patchwork regarding UK-Cayman relations?

Anyone looking at our story on today’s front page will realise that diplomacy is sorely needed following the tempestuous term of out-going HE the Governor Stuart Jack.

We’re not blaming the current state of play all on Mr. Jack, but his lengthy statement released on Thursday of last week making – again – quite vague statements of ‘serious criminality,’ followed up by what amounts to a dare to some Cayman Islands politicians to seek independence from the UK isn’t likely to help.

Is this really the position of the UK foreign office?

Then some of our local politicians have spoken out, opining that the governor is not acting in the best interests of the Cayman Islands and, in the case of one elected official, taking up the governor on his dare and advocating independence.

In the background of all these statements, is the on-going debate – if we may call it that – between the local government and the UK over Cayman’s budget situation. On one side, there is (still) foreign office Under-Secretary of State Chris Bryant trying his best to convince Leader of Government Business McKeeva Bush that the Cayman Islands really, really want direct taxation.

This is a prospect which Mr. Bush has considered, but continues to do his endeavour best to avoid.

In any case, while Cayman’s financial situation remains a serious concern; in our view, the political one may be just as concerning, if not more so in the long run.

Neither country can afford the current war of words, and the corresponding perception it creates; particularly in difficult times such as these.