More than 45 per cent of the respondents to the most recent caycompass.com online poll think the Cayman Islands should try to negotiate a settlement with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office in an attempt to recover some of the estimated $10 million cost of Operation Tempura.
That police operation into alleged corruption in the Royal Cayman Islands Police Services was conducted by officers of the UK Metropolitan Police. It lasted more than a year and a half and resulted in acquittals in trials of only two people accused of crimes. One lawsuit arising from a false arrest has already been settled in favour of the plaintiff and other lawsuits are pending.
In addition, details of lavish spending and parties by the Met officers involved have come to light, as well an affair with a female Cayman Islands resident under false pretences by one of the officers.
Of the 601 respondents, 272 of them thought negotiating a settlement was the way Cayman should attempt to recover some of Tempura’s costs.
‘There must be a reason why [the Operation Tempura] guys were here,’ said one respondent. ‘We will probably never know the truth, but they did abuse their position to the max and the FCO should be responsible for this mess.’
The next highest segment of voters, 89 people or 14.8 per cent, said the Cayman Islands should forget about pursuing the matter.
‘It’s a waste of time,’ said one person.
Another 87 people (14.5 per cent) thought the UK should be sued while 76 respondents (12.6 per cent) thought Cayman should go independent.
‘Join the Commonwealth like Canada,’ said one person.
Fifty-six people (9.3 per cent) thought the governor’s budget should be eliminated for the next 10 years to recoup the money spent.
Twenty-one people (3.5 per cent) offered other suggestions.
‘Sell the rights to the book/movie/television series and hope for the best,’ said one person.
‘Reduce overhead government spending,’ said someone else.
‘Update the traffic law to include on-the-spot fines and stop wasting money sending people to court for not wearing seatbelts,’ said another respondent.
‘We pleaded for Tempura,’ said one respondent. ‘It failed because too few of us wanted to testify.’
‘Get over it,’ said someone else.