Today’s Editorial for March 10: So what if people disagree?

As we have commented before,
Premier McKeeva Bush has found himself in a position where difficult decisions
must be made.  Leading the Cayman Islands
through what are some of the most challenging times in its history cannot be
easy.

Mr. Bush has outlined what he
believes needs to be done for Cayman to get through these tough times and to
have a prosperous future.

The problem is many people disagree
with his solutions.  We say: so what?

The United Democratic Party
impressively won an election not even 10 months ago and the party elected Mr.
Bush as the leader of the government. 
What we need him to do now is to lead, even if some people don’t agree
with him.

To back away from selling the
Government Administration Building simply because the People’s Progressive
Movement caused a “ruckus” doesn’t make sense, especially if the consequences
of not selling the building are as dire as Mr. Bush suggests. 

As the opposition party, the PPM’s
role is to cause a ruckus and if that ruckus includes marching, so be it.  We believe an active opposition is good for a
democracy.  But that doesn’t mean the
government should back away from what it believes it should do.

The same goes with the cuts in public
servants’ pay and pensions.  Obviously, civil
servants aren’t going to like the idea of earning less money and will resist
it.  So why ask them if they will accept
it voluntarily because their answer is predictably ‘no’.

Most people are coming to the
realisation that something has to change in the Cayman government’s business
model.  If the government believes direct
taxation isn’t the answer – and we have to agree with that analysis
particularly when it comes to payroll taxed – then the only thing left to do is
make substantial cuts in the public service.

Ultimately, we need the government
members to make the decisions that need to be made. They were elected to lead,
not to worry about being re-elected. If their decisions right Cayman’s flailing
ship and bring back prosperous times, then re-election shouldn’t be a problem.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Why market Cayman as being the 5th largest financial center in the world, and one of the richest island in the Caribbean if we cannot afford to own our own Government Headquarter.. The Government has made it possible for many to have great financial success here, while being very fugal; but it should not be to the point of having to pay rent.. Looks like the tail wagging the dog.

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  2. What a surprise. The Compass supports the government. Surely the key component of a great democracy is the freedom of the press? I fear the meaning of that word is lost in Cayman.
    It is not a democracy if the government can go above the law and break contracts with good, honest, hardworking people that were signed with confidence and it is not a democracy if the press and television news tell us simply to accept it because it is what the government wants without fairly reflecting the opposition of the people. If YOUR employers were ripping up YOUR contract before your eyes, would you be so generous with your support?

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