Editorial for 17 October: The talk of independence

Independence.

It’s a scary little word, but one we have to start talking about.

The Overseas Territories Consultive Council is already in the process of determining the future of the Cayman Islands and other overseas territories.

We will soon have to deal with the elephant in the room.

Basically it all started in 1999 with the publication of the White Paper, Partnership for Progress and Prosperity.

Since then many Overseas Territories, including us, have adopted modernised constitutions.

Now there is a website – www.cabinetoffice.gov.ky – where you can leave your comments about the possibility of our independence from Mother Country, United Kingdom.

Some things to think about that are on the website include:

Strengthening the engagement and interaction between the Territories and the UK by not only the sharing of expertise, but also by pursuing partnerships between local governments, the private sector, NGOs and professional bodies in the UK and their counterparts in the Territories.

Collaborating with Territories to strengthen public financial management, economic planning and good governance arrangements where necessary.

Improving the quality of support from the UK. For example, strategic investments in those Territories where the needs are greatest. Premier McKeeva Bush wants to know what you think about our relationship with the UK and where it should go.

We don’t think independence is an immediate issue, but it is probably a done deal for our future generations.

We have to decide now what kind of future we are going to leave them with. This is an important exercise. The UK is set to publish another White Paper next year detailing its approach to Overseas Territories.

Mother won’t keep us at the hem of her skirt forever. We have to be proactive in the picture of our future. 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Independence cannot possibly be a good thing for the Cayman Islands. You only need to look at the differences in other island nations in the Caribbean, that were once Dependent Territories as well.

    The elephant in the room is obviously Jamaica but you can also look at the differences between St. Kitts and Nevis, and their former partner Anguilla. Anguilla is far more peaceful, law-abiding and stable than the other two islands. It is still a Dependent Territory, and would probably prefer to remain that way.

    You could also look to the situation on Montserrat, also a Dependent Territory. After the volcano eruption many of the citizens there took up the offer to move to St. Kitts and Nevis. Every single one of them that I met have since moved on to the UK, or Anguilla. They simply could not stand the mentality and the petty jealousies that are so common there.

    Your national heroes were right all along. Your connection to the UK is far too important to give up. It is what sets you apart from the rest.

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  2. OH NO not that nasty (i) word again . Look at the behavior of our childish politicians with mother England watching over them , look at a house speaker who does not know the rules , look at the human rights violations in our prison system . Can you imagine how these unmanageable children would behave if mother left the house ? Please bury me before independence .

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