Letters to the Editor: Playing human rights games

The implementation of single member
consultancies is a must for human rights, international law and modernisation
of the Cayman Islands.

It can be argued that the political
parties control absolute power in these Islands under a fraud they call
democracy. In George Town alone, with single member districts, it would cost
about $4,500 for a person to have a reasonable chance to get elected to the
legislative assembly. Without this being put in to effect, you can spend $40,000
and still don’t make a good effort to get your message across to the voters
because you have to run district wide.

This violates one person one vote
and the parties will continue to control political power while women and
marginal candidates will not fully participate in the political process a major
violation of international human rights.

The two parties knew what they were
doing when they left this most important constitutional change out of the
constitutional review process. What I don’t understand is why the UK did not
complete the job.

One party represents power and privilege
and the other party represents cash and rule. Neither represents truth and justice.
The present system will not hold up under international law because it violates
basic human rights.

The leaders of government cannot
run with the foxes and hunt with the hounds on this one. Neither can the
FCO. 

Albert Jackson

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  1. Dear Mr. Jackson

    Thanks for your insightful and coureageous commentary on an issue that has crucial impact on how things are done in the Cayman Islands on a daily basis.

    At the same time, this ‘human rights’ issue is one that has been ‘demonised’ by the ‘powers that be’ to such an extent, in the consciousness of the Caymanian public for the very purpose of scaring the average person away from discussing and addressing the issue any at all.
    You have clearly pointed out the political culture of the Cayman Islands in your letter and, to any intelligent reader, the reasons behind why a constitution was passed without the protection of an immediate ‘rights’ clause would be very apparent but it takes a very brave person to say what you have, in the Cayman Islands.
    As one contributor to the Caymanian Compass, I’m one person on record who repeatedly warned the Caymanian public of letting the opportunity pass to have a fully protected constitution and to not vote for the new constitution until it had been amended to include an immediately implemented ‘rights clause’.
    There were other strong voices, particularly evident in another media publication, who ‘shouted down’, this suggestion, even going so far as to respond to my contributions in a personal manner but now the ‘chickens are coming home to roost’ in more ways than one.
    The Labour Govt. in the UK that brokered that ‘constitutional deal’ with the Caymanian political parties was only ‘ticking the boxes’ and cared not a hoot about human rights in any of the British Overseas Territories and as I correctly pointed out at the time, would be history come the next election here in Britain, just like the PPM was in the last Caymanian election.
    The job remains for people like yourself to hold the current Premiere McKeeva Bush to the constitutional deal of implemeting the ‘Bill of Rights’ in the agreed time frame and make sure that this agreement is not side-stepped again.
    Hopefully your letter will have the desired effect on public opinion as to why it is imperative that this is done, for their own protection.

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