Blasts FCO over investigation announcement
Editor’s note: The following is the full text of a statement released to the Caymanian Compass by Charles Glidden, the Press Secretary to Premier McKeeva Bush.
“The Premier understands, by
way of a press release from the Commissioner of Police on the 21st April, that
there are three matters which allegedly concern him and which are being
investigated. Premier McKeeva Bush has received no formal notice of any police
investigation into his affairs.
“The Premier is confident that
whatever these ‘so called’ allegations may be, they are baseless and that he
has done nothing illegal whatsoever.
“The Premier, his Government colleagues, and his supporters
are of the opinion that the announcement of these investigations and their
timing were designed to coincide with the visit of the UK Minister and to cause
maximum embarrassment to the Premier and the people of the Cayman Islands.
“It is obvious to the Premier
that the announcement is carefully intended to detract from the positive
relationship which the Premier has reestablished with the United Kingdom
government. The Premier views these allegations and the timing thereof as
politically motivated, and calculated to detract from the many efforts that the
government have been making to promote the success of the Cayman Islands and
its economy; to stimulate the economy of the Cayman Islands and to create jobs
for the many Caymanians whose businesses and personal lives and that of their
children have been badly affected by the financial slowdown and the policies of
the previous government.
“The continual rumors of
investigations without any formal notice to the Premier, the possible involvement
of certain Civil Servants in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are
reminiscent of – and consistent with – the Operation Tempura fiasco and other
attempts over the years, such as the Brian Gibbs and the David Ballantyne
operation, (both of whom are now employed in the FCO) to destabilize and damage
the government of the Cayman Islands. It has not been forgotten that Operation
Tempura unjustifiably ruined reputations of respected Caymanians and others and
cost the people of the Cayman Islands in excess of ten million dollars.
“The Premier has re-established
a very good working relationship with the new Coalition Government of the
United Kingdom, and appointed the well known and very respected Lord Blencathra
to assist Cayman in further enhancing its relationship with the UK Government,
as its Overseas Territory. It is now obvious to the Premier that there are
certain Civil Servants in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office who do not share
the same views as the Premier and the United kingdom Government as expressed publically
by Minister Bellingham in his recent visit and who continue to apply the
policies of the former UK Labour Government with a view to destabilizing the
“Mr. Bellingham has asked the
Premier to continue to work closely with the Governor and he has given his
assurance that he has and will continue to do so, when it is in the best
interest of these Islands.
“The Premier would like to
issue an immediate and comprehensive statement dealing with the innuendoes
suggested by the inappropriate statements issued by the Commissioner of Police.
However, the Premier has received legal advice that to avoid any excuse for a
further investigation the Premier must first obtain specific legal advice and
is doing so from United Kingdom Counsel in keeping with his usual adherence to
the principles of good governance and the “rule of law”.
“When asked for comment,
Premier Bush said, “I have done nothing illegal, much to the disappointment of
the opposition and those that see themselves as the Premier, or as new
government Ministers. I therefore have no intention of resigning, and will
therefore hold the course of continuing my Governments efforts to restart the
economy, see our people’s businesses bounce back strong, and making money and
to reduce the unemployment in these islands. A key part of my job is to keep us
on the course of financial responsibility, and to take back full sovereignty
over all our financial affairs. That is what I was elected to do and
what I will continue working towards.”