From our perspective, this country is having an extraordinary week…and it’s not even over yet.
There have been protests in George Town and East End, political rallies in the heart of Cayman’s tourism district, allegations of police investigations – targeting the Premier, no less – and general uproar and hub-bub in our typically peaceful and serene Islands.
These events are rare here, but the fact that they have all occurred without violent incident and in keeping with the principles of sound democracy and governance should be looked at as a positive for the country.
Cayman is suffering through some difficult times, but difficult is always relative to your situation. We should all be thankful that such issues have not come anywhere near the violence and desperation that has been seen in other countries of late.
We should also take time to remember that other important events, both tragic and hopeful, are occurring in our home.
This week, we lost another young man on our roads in a senseless accident.
Three people were heroically rescued by the crew of a local dive boat with assistance from the RCIPS helicopter. Sadly, the fourth person on that craft didn’t make it, but that doesn’t demean or lessen the efforts of the Sunset Divers crew or the police.
We have, for the first time in our country, proposed legislation that seeks to establish equal rights in the workplace for both sexes. This is an historic moment that, perhaps, didn’t get as much recognition as it should.
The Cayman Islands government also passed one of its toughest budgets in recent memory, seeking to add only one new tax to the books while maintaining a small operating surplus – no small financial achievement, and definitely good news for the country. Lawmakers have also proposed a bill that would essentially nullify financial accountability measures contained in the Public Management and Finance Law over several past years. This is less hopeful.
It’s easy to lose sight of all these other important events in the political manoeuvring, but we should strive not to. There’s more to life than politics.