A poll of readers of the Caymanian Compass shows that nearly a third of respondents believe McKeeva Bush will remain premier after the next election.
Of the 739 people who responded to the online poll, 235 – or 31.8 per cent – said Mr. Bush would likely be Cayman’s next premier, with the Leader of the Opposition Alden McLaughlin coming a close second with 198 votes, or 26.8 per cent.
The poll question asked: “Who do you think will most likely be Cayman’s premier after the next general election?”, giving the options as McKeeva Bush, Alden McLaughlin, Ezzard Miller, Other and Who cares?.
Independent North Side MLA Ezzard Miller came in fourth position, with 75 votes, or 10.2 per cent, behind the “Who cares?” option, which 162 people, or 21.9 per cent, chose.
A respondent who felt Mr. Bush would return as premier wrote: “McKeeva will be the first king of the Cayman Islands for sure. The others are full of air and not weight.” Another wrote: “He’s the only choice at the moment. Hopefully, we’ll start grooming some new blood to take over leadership at some point, and let’s hope it isn’t Ellio [Solomon]!”
Another wrote: “I’m not enamoured with McKeeva Bush, but Alden McLaughlin? No thank you. Ezzard Miller? A big no thank you. After that, who else is there?”
Respondents who opted for Alden McLaughlin had more to say about Mr. Bush than about Mr. McLaughlin in their comments. One wrote: “I don’t think Caymans will have a place to call home if McKeeva Bush and his UDP puppets are returned to office. What little we do have left will be sold off completely.”
Another wrote: “McKeeva should be barred from politics because of his Windsor Development Ltd. involvement”, – an apparent reference to an investigation involving Mr. Bush.
Respondents who opted for “Other” put forward other potential candidates, including politicians Rolston Anglin, Cline Glidden, Captain Eugene Ebanks and Mike Adam from the United Democratic Party and Moses Kirkconnell and Arden McLean from the People’s Progressive Movement.
Other suggestions included Ritz-Carlton developer Mike Ryan, attorney Sherri Bodden-Cowan, radio talk show host Sterling Dwayne Ebanks, West Bay resident Cadian Ebanks, Turtle Farm managing director Tim Adam, businessman Ken Dart, Mitzi’s Fine Jewellery owner Mitzi Callan, dive industry veteran Ron Kipp, Governor Duncan Taylor and Caymanian Compass journalist Alan Markoff. Another respondent even suggested Mickey Mouse get in on the action.
Some readers called for new blood in Cayman’s political arena and a move away from the current party political system.
One wrote: “Hopefully someone new steps up – they need only speak English and have a pulse.” One “Other” voter responded: “Hoping that some other intelligent young professional makes a bid,” while another wrote: “Anyone but those idiots listed here.”
Another reader wrote: “We need new independent leaders to take our country back from the party political wars that are destroying the people and the country. We deserve representation from those who will protect the interest of all.”
One of the 75 respondents who felt Mr. Miller would be the next premier said: “Many may say that Ezzard Miller is not cut out to lead such a role for the Cayman Islands. That might have been 10-plus years ago, but the changes that have taken place in our own small backyard has grown into my living room and my kids’ bedroom, meaning Caymanians have now come to the breaking point to do or die for their babies… The time has come for Caymanians to see, bear and eats its fruits with Miller Time!”
Another person who chose the Ezzard Miller option wrote: “If the same politicians who are in power now are in the majority in the 2013 elections, then I believe the best choice as premier for the next four years would definitely be Ezzard Miller; however, I would like to see another person, new to the political scene, emerge as premier … I’m tired of representatives looking after their own interests first…”
More than a fifth of respondents chose the “Who cares?” option. One cynic wrote: “None of them are interested in what’s good for Cayman, only their own pockets.”
Another respondent commented: “There is not one single person who is currently in the running that I would vote for. There are plenty of intelligent Caymanians who could do better but, they won’t, of course, because for the most part Caymanians are simply too greedy and are only out for themselves first. Sad. Very sad.”
Next week’s poll question
In what circumstances should the government be allowed to make a compulsory purchase order to take private land?
To build a road
To build a shopping mall
To build a church
To create a park
Under no circumstances