A recent article regarding the child abuse or physical abuse of a teen by an adult in the UK really has stirred me up to take a closer look at where the Cayman Islands is really headed.
Government’s duty to the people now is to begin to think comprehensively and not continue this spiral of over-development of the Cayman Islands.
The continued abuse of swapping Cayman’s crown land, which is the people’s land, and extensive over-development of our little Islands must come to an end very soon. Alternative plans for developing other types of businesses besides selling real estate and selling apartments that must be occupied by people who are employed should be pursued. This roller coaster way of government doing business is nothing but a scheme to import not only labour to continue over building and construction buildings that seems to be a scheme based on greed supported by a government that lacks vision and comprehensive planning skills.
Today, more Caymanians are out of work and more are working harder for less. Many of them have lost their homes or are struggling to pay the mortgage note. Some are watching their home values plummet. Many of our people, expatriates and Caymanians, have cars they have to pay for and tuition that’s beyond their reach.
These challenges are not all of government’s making. But the failure to respond is a direct result of broken politics in the Cayman Islands and the failed policies of the past and elected government of the day.
As we are all aware, we already have 60,000 people here in the Cayman Islands, let us be satisfied with those numbers and begin to make life more comfortable and successful for everyone to progress, including Caymanians and expatriates living and working here. Why overcrowd the Island with development by people like this man who some child advocates believe should only be welcomed at the door of our ports of entry, greeted at the end of a double-barrel shotgun. They feel passionate about the manner in which his kind should be greeted since he is a child beater and a physical abuser.
Our premier, Cabinet and work permit board must understand that 60,000 people at this time in our history is a large enough base to build and organise a Cayman Islands that we can be proud of. I’m sure those people among us will live and work in Cayman, marry, reproduce, multiply, having children and grand children. There is absolutely no need to speed up the process by engaging in a synthetic substitute for normal growth in pursuing an accelerated plan to overcrowd the country causing much social discomfort and economic burden on our physical infrastructure. Diminishing the quality of life for a population of only 60,000 people already here is a result of ignorance and lack of comprehensive planning and neglect on the part of our leaders being totally insensitive to the needs of the people. Taking a lesson from a page from President Barack Obama in his 2008 acceptance speech, the Cayman Islands Government’s motto should read that “We are more compassionate than a government that lets our people sleep on our streets and families slide into poverty.” It’s time Cayman politicians begin to understand what partnering for progress and prosperity for the people of the Cayman Islands is really all about.