Ezzard Miller resigned as chairman of the Public Accounts
Committee on Friday.
In discussing his decision, Mr. Miller expressed his
frustration with the lack of attendance by the other four members at the
Committee’s monthly meetings.
We don’t blame Mr. Miller for his frustration, but by the
same token, the former Committee chairman seems a bit cavalier in his
expectancy of members to show up to meetings to which he doesn’t even give
notice. Mr. Miller’s argument is that the PAC meetings are scheduled for the
second Tuesday of every month and that the members shouldn’t need any other
notice, or apparently an agenda.
Mr. Miller says he believes the Public Accounts Committee
is “one of the, if not the most important, committees established by
Parliament”. Most other chairmen of
important committees in Cayman probably have the courtesy to send notices of
meetings to members to at least inform them of the topics they will be
Because members didn’t show up, Mr. Miller has essentially
thrown a tantrum and has done the political equivalent of taking his ball from
the playground and gone home. Instead of trying to find a resolution to the
problem, he has stopped the progress he says the PAC has made and let the
Of course, he’s done this with insinuation of possible
impropriety, saying words to the effect that he hopes the reason behind the
three United Democratic Party PAC members’ failure to attend recent meetings
doesn’t involve the avoidance of “serious scrutiny” of the current
administration’s spending. We certainly recognise politics when it is being
It seems Mr. Miller planned this situation to make a
publicity splash. Another news agency actually posted a long story about him
resigning before 8am the day he resigned, suggesting the story was written in
advance and posted at a time it could be discussed on morning talk radio, thus
becoming the political soap opera of the day.
Ultimately, it appears Mr. Miller quit on the country in
a calculated attempt for drama and one-upmanship over those who have certainly
become his political opponents.