The Caymanian Compass will be releasing some poll data later in the week that will show – perhaps surprisingly so – how few people believe this country will ever become a completely free and independent state.
Yet, in the view of many, including Premier McKeeva Bush, independence for Cayman is unavoidable at some point in the future. When that will occur is anybody’s guess.
Cayman is in quite a difficult situation with regard to its political future. We seem to be stuck at an impasse, loathing to stay but dreading to leave our long refuge under the Union Jack.
From a UK perspective, Cayman operating under a UK flag and UK rules is fine, Cayman operating under its own flag and its own rules is fine, Cayman operating under its flag with UK rules is fine. However, the situation that cannot be tolerated from the view of the administering powers is the one where Cayman operates under the UK flag with a set of rules entirely its own.
Constitutional scholars like Dr. Carlyle Corbin will often state that United Nations guidelines do allow for free associative states – similar to those once enjoyed by other territories in the Commonwealth.
The UK, however, will not allow such options – in clear defiance of UN resolutions – but that is still the reality.
Cayman will eventually be left with choices and there are, in practical sense, only two. In a polite way, what the United Kingdom seems to be telling us is that we can’t have it both ways; we can’t have their flag and our rules.
So, in the end we’re down to picking one flag or the other. It’s up to us to get all the information we can before making a final decision.