PPM says comments were ‘tongue-in-cheek’
member of the former ruling government and now opposition MLA Arden McLean said
late Thursday that he would bring a motion for a vote of ‘no confidence’ in
Premier McKeeva Bush to the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly.
comments were made during a gathering of about 125 supporters of the People’s
Progressive Movement political party outside the downtown courthouse Thursday
McLean’s statements were not echoed publicly by any other elected PPM
at Thursday’s event. In fact, one PPM party member later said the East End MLA’s comments should be taken “in the tongue-in-cheek manner they were made”.
lamenting the state of Cayman’s economy and the numerous fees brought by the
current government to help balance the budget, Mr. McLean urged PPM party
supporters to lobby ruling United Democratic Party lawmakers to cast ‘no
confidence’ votes as well.
only thing we can do to help you at this time is bring a vote of no confidence
in the premier, but you have to help us,” Mr. McLean said. “What you have to do
is impress upon a few of those who are on the other side that they got to vote,
and we’re going to have a secret ballot.”
they don’t do anything else they can at least mark an X, to rid this country of
McLean said that the PPM members did not want to form the government
immediately if such a vote was successful.
he said they would move for another general election to be held prior to the
next scheduled date – which is likely to be in May 2013.
vote of no confidence, and we don’t want to form the government, we want to go
back to general election and let you decide who you want to have there,” Mr.
McLean said. “That’s what the country needs, and let’s do it now.”
of the concerns expressed at the Thursday night political meeting had to do
with a range of fees approved within the past year by the ruling UDP
Bush – who is currently off island – has repeatedly said that most of those fee
increases were needed precisely because the previous PPM government left Cayman
with an $81 million operating deficit in its last budget.
Bush has said the PPM left Cayman in such dire straits as to force the country
to “beg the UK” to borrow more money just to keep its daily operations going.
there are 15 elected members in the Legislative Assembly. Nine, including Mr.
Bush, sit on the government side of the aisle.
are five members of the opposition PPM party, and one independent lawmaker,
Ezzard Miller, who sits on the opposite side from the government, but away from
the opposition party as well.