Electors need young Caymanian choices

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.

Christopher Rice

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Nice article Christopher.
    Young Caymanians involved gave us the young fries in West Bay, the young Elio Solomon these are all yes men to the Premier because they have no experience.
    Young people need to express their concerns for their jobless plight and Caymanians being disenfranchised from experience the Cayman Dream, it is a dream for others and a nightmare for young Caymanians, ask our young Law School grads who can
    .’t get a job with the Law society chief blaming it on poor law firms, instead of holding the big law firms responsible who can afford to hire them.
    Young fries in the political seat can not handle McKeeva Bush, he is too strong for them. We need some more Ezzard Millers and people with years of experience under their belt. Too many young people in the race will only spell disaster.

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  2. Liverpool,

    We need young Caymanians that are educated and have experience. I agree, that the young Caymanians that are in power are not who I would want running the country. They stand more for the status quo than anything else.

    We need a fundamental change. We need people that have moral bearing, are educated and have a firm understanding of free market economy.

    Christopher Rice

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  3. Interesting article Mr. Rice.

    However, I am in total agreement with Liverpool regarding the position that need to be taken by young Caymanians.

    In my opinion we appear to have three groups of Caymanians.

    1. Those neglected by parents and teachers who have become lost in a system and have resorted to criminal and or drug abuse to numb their feelings and hold on to the ‘victim’ mentality instead of being responsible and for fighting for their opportunities.

    2. Those who have received their education, connected to those with influence, and or stick to their ‘script’, i.e. marry the ‘right’ person and stay with that person to gain/maintain financial/economic status and refuse to rock the boat by standing up for what’s right in terms of fairness for other Caymanians.

    3. Persons who have faced many challenges and overcome these to attain education, valuable life experiences but have used their knowledge and experience to stand up against corruption and unfairness. They have been ostracised and undermined as being troublemakers because they are a minority.

    Until those in the 2nd category realise their power is not simply to jump on the bandwagon in order to get THEIR TURN at the wheel, their larger lion share of what’s here but to actually refuse to entertain the stereotypes (which exist about locals in any country) and start advocating laws, regulations and best practices that uplift others or at the very least limit the unfair discrimination against natives, the 1st and 3rd groups will continue to increase eroding the dreams/goals of group 2 anyway. As such, in the name of self interest it pays for the young Caymanians with education gain experience which is not merely having the same job, saying yes to same people and same ideas. It will mean mental revolution. It will mean not taking on the goals and aspirations of foreigners but looking at the future and @ C. Rice being persons who simply don’t accept the status quo.

    Good luck with that dream, I really mean that. I used to have it when I returned from university over 20 years ago and watched my educated ‘peers’ fall in line and even worse take on historical connections/values and cultures that have nothing to do with our own.

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