It is interesting to see how the establishment in Cayman Islands is protecting its interests. Whether it is the UDP or PPM, at the end of the day, the two parties by and large, are made up of the same people that were in Government 20-30 years ago.
So as Mr. Ezzard Miller is saying that the proposal for one man one vote was originally initiated in 1972 and then subsequently discussed four times since without favourable action, it’s fair to say that the elected members of the Legislative Assembly are protecting their interests. I have to mention, in regards to Mr. Ellio Solomon, that he is only half right. An electoral district in the United States is a one man one vote system; however, this does hold the elected member responsible for the constituents that got him elected to represent them in Congress. The American Congressional system, though mainly made up of two parties, is not a two part system and allows a better chance for independents to get elected.
As with all political parties, money rather than issues, influence the vote. As a Caymanian living in the United States and having been exposed to true political punditry, I can safely say that the Cayman Islands is deeply mistaken if they think they have a true two party system. A party political system would require each party to have fundamental differences, and in the case of the UDP and PPM, there are none. Each party is only after what will get them re-elected and make them rich while they are in office.
So I guess the two political parties of the Cayman Islands are “the establishment” and “the non-establishment”. Keeping the current multi-vote political system in place only allows for political party campaigning, where a party rather than an individual, would get elected. This directly supports the establishment’s interest.
In my personal opinion, the seat of Premier should be a national vote and the person running for Premier cannot run for a legislative seat simultaneously. Each town or district should have a council or mayor that are responsible for that town’s schools and infrastructure; positions that are also found through election.
Then have divided electoral segments of the districts, based on population, that are responsible for electing the member of Legislative Assembly. For example, if each electoral segment is divided up based on a 5,000 person constituency, and there are 20,000 people in George Town, George Town gets four seats in the Legislative Assembly; therefore leaving each member of the Legislative Assembly directly responsible for the welfare and representation of 5,000 people. As the population in George Town grows, so does its representation; until an electoral college re-establishes the size of the electoral segment, based both on area and population density.
Truly the Cayman Islands is in disrepair and in desperate need of young Caymanians to stand up and get involved. Maybe this will bring me back to the Cayman Islands in the future and lead me to run a campaign against the entrenched establishment.
Mr. Miller I applaud you, for standing the course of political independence.