Give investigation a chance

It is never a nice feeling to feel you are being hunted; especially when you know that your hunters may have the smell and taste of your blood in their nostrils and upon their lips.

Politics in the game of savages, played best by those who feel empowered by the smell and taste of their foes; William Shakespeare the great English playwright described for us best this kingly sport played by those with a thirst and appetite for power. And always, political ambition is disguised as an absolute right design by God or a moral dictate evolved from a moral obligation to protect the good of the majority.

The concept of good governance, which today is dragged about by the British government and those not as yet civilised, gives me reasons to be concerned. Perhaps what I am attempting to explain is too far removed from the realities of those not aware of history or the thirst for power, but today the Caymanian political stage, upon which this ancient savage sport is unfolding, gives me reasons to feel concern.

The political party system in Cayman is not as new as those of us that have pretended that Cayman was before its economic miracle a homogeneous society, where the struggle for and distribution of political power and influence was absent. The civil service elite, which is now being held up as the equivalent of the perfect moral order that needs to replace the power and rights of the people who are constituted to elect representatives to govern them, was not too long ago labelled as running a nepotistic system.

I am old enough to remember that not so long ago little people did not receive a proper education because they did not come from the right families and the right side of town. Today we still see the social and economic consequences of this paralysing form of administrative dictatorship, which ruled the Cayman Islands until the late 1970s. Look at the complexion of those marginalised and in our prisons. Who would dare say that race and class and therefore family connections have not played a role in the stratification of modern day Caymanian society?

The two party systems is looked down upon as divisive and destructive but so were the old systems of oligarchic rule preserved by the dictatorship of our merchant families that controlled and distributed the resources of our country by way of their contact with and control over our civil servants.

Should we really give up on our attempts for a more fair distribution of the resources of the society by asking the British to become again responsible by way of direct rule?

Who will then be their advisers and the benefactors of their so called benevolent dictatorship if not those with influence over the economic and social systems?

The Premier, the Honourable William McKeeva Bush is trying a difficult balancing act but we the people need to know that some cry fire only to have us run from our homes so they can occupy or destroy them. I have never had the taste for the hunt nor a feeling of moral superiority; so I say give the man a chance and let the investigation take its course.

Frank McField

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