The Caymanian Compass is determined more than ever to report whatever news stories we discover and we’re not going to be intimated by the threat of prosecution for publishing accurately reported articles and our opinion in editorials.
If the speaker and nine legislators want a fight, we say bring it on. We’re not afraid.
There were many things that happened in the Legislative Assembly last Thursday that deserve discussion, not the least of which was that our elected representatives spent virtually an entire day debating a motion to recommend prosecution of the Compass because we, in their opinion, impugned their integrity. Surely, in these difficult times our esteemed legislators could have found a more productive way to earn the salaries they are paid by Cayman’s taxpayers.
In the end, the so-called debate became a whine-fest where members rose to complain about perceived slights by the media.
One of the more laughable whines came from one of the MLAs who feels the press and public aren’t showing legislators enough respect because they call them by their first names and nicknames. He even took offence to people calling Premier McKeeva Bush… ‘McKeeva Bush’!
Apparently our legislators haven’t noticed that most media in developed countries, including Mother England, have long abandoned the use of honorifics for politicians. Most media in other countries don’t even use Mr. or Mrs. before a last name.
Yes, the institution of Parliament and the people chosen to sit there should get a certain amount of respect, but our legislators should realise that at election polls these days, much of the public feels it is choosing the lesser of evils, not someone they really admire. While they whine about the media not showing them enough respect, our legislators should be thankful the Compass is respectful enough of them to stay out of their personal lives, unlike media everywhere in the world, otherwise we would investigate such things as what legislators are doing out driving in the wee hours of the morning when they are involved in automobile accidents.