Few think Cayman will rebound stronger

Only 75 people or 12.4 per cent out
of 604 respondents in last week’s caycompass.com online poll think the Cayman
Islands will come back stronger than ever from its current difficulties.

The question asked in the poll was
“What is your opinion on the long-term success of the Cayman Islands?”

Another 69 people – 11.4 per cent ­–
responded “We’re doomed” to the question.

“As long as we
let gangs and other lowlifes run our Islands, we will never recover,” said one
person. “I am telling my friends to stay away from Grand Cayman for now. Plus
the cost of a vacation here is very costly compared to other locations.”

By far the largest segment of respondents,
307 people or 50.8 per cent, said Cayman faced a long, hard road ahead.

“Cayman’s best
years as a financial centre are history,” said one person.

“Without a
changing of the guard, so-to-speak, the poor leadership and management of not
only this country’s people and culture, but also its claim to financial fame
will be irreversibly damaged,” said another respondent. “We, the people, need
to take back the true governance of our beautiful land before it is run to
ruins by the so-called elite, whether they be domestic or foreign.”

“Where is the
fear of the Lord?” asked another person. “Where is good policing that will make
the residents and visitors feel safe? We hear we can’t go back to live like we
did… so a long hard road may be ahead without God’s hand on our beloved isle

“We’re too
divided and too hateful,” said someone else.

 “With crime on the rise, the outlook isn’t
good,” said a different person.

Another 129
people, or 21.3 per cent, thought Cayman would come back, but not as strong as

“Cayman has
proved incredibly resilient over the years, but I’m afraid a perfect storm has
damaged us permanently,” said one respondent. “I believe things will get
better, but never as good as they were – for anyone.”

“It depends on
what you call success,” said someone else. “A service industry must always be
prepared for a long, hard road. And never forget how to read the eye on the cassava

“The new way
forward is to charge taxes on payroll for work permit workers, who come to the
country only to make money,” said another person.

Only 24 people
– 3.9 per cent – said they thought Cayman’s current difficulties had been
over-exaggerated, however, none of these people made comments.

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believe government should reduce its personnel costs?



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