More than two-thirds of the
respondents to last week’s caycompass.com online poll think Cayman’s two-party
political system has been a total disaster.
Of the 336 respondents, 226 of them
– 67.3 per cent – thought the two-party system was a disaster.
“This is the most divided I’ve seen
my country,” said one person. “There’s a lot of hatred out there. I wish they
would get rid of the party system. If you are going to represent the country,
then the whole country should be able to vote for you, not just the people in
the district you live in.”
“The politicians have to let go of
what has happened in the past,” said another respondent. “They have to move
toward working together and fixing and completing what needs to be done for the
country, not themselves.”
“There’s no real difference between
the parties,” said someone else. “There are just self-serving individuals
interested in their own position.”
“There are many bright, educated
younger Caymanians who could do a much better job than either of the two
choices we have now,” said one respondent. “Step up and be heard, or watch the
country fall into oblivion.”
The second largest segment of
respondents – 44 people or 13.1 per cent – said the two-party system had its
problems, but would get better.
“None of these politicians really
care about the country anymore – it’s all about politricks now,” said one
“It’s about whether Tweedledee can
fool Tweedledum,” said someone else.
Thirty-eight respondents – 11.2 per
cent – thought Cayman needed more political parties to make the party system
“There are pros and cons to parties
and to having only two,” said one person. “Some may suggest that the more
options the better, while others will suggest that it would bring about even
more division. I believe that Cayman is growing more experienced in this arena
and will not tolerate any shady behaviour too much longer. We do have to
remember that regardless if an MLA is in power or in opposition, we voted them
in. We have nothing to fear but fear itself. As it stands right now, it’s a
complete disaster. I really don’t have faith in either party. In one or two
party members on both sides yes, but not in the party system.”
Only 11 people – 3.3 per cent –
said the two-party system was working just fine. None of them made comments on
Seventeen people answered “I don’t
know” to the question.
Next week’s poll question
How long should the required break
in residency be for foreign nationals who reach their term limit in Cayman?