Editor’s note: The following joint statement by North Side MLA Ezzard Miller and East End MLA Arden McLean was released Friday evening. It is in response to Premier McKeeva Bush’s statement sent earlier in the day.
“As members of the Legislative Assembly, we view with great concern the Premier’s press statement released today in which he attacked His Excellency the Governor Mr Duncan Taylor both professionally and personally, in the most vitriolic and inappropriate way.
“This is a typically arrogant and misguided attempt by the Premier to deflect attention from the position he has found himself in as the subject of three police investigations. It is not Mr. Taylor’s signature that is on a demand letter to Stan Thomas. It is Mr. Bush’s. It is not Mr. Taylor who is allegedly caught up in an illegal attempt to import explosives into the Cayman Islands. It is Mr Bush, and in this matter, his own response of “Well, what is that?” on Cayman 27’s The Panel on Tuesday, is less than adequate under the circumstances.
“Mr. Bush as Premier should not risk the long-established and mutually beneficially relationship that Cayman and the UK have enjoyed by his unwarranted accusations and attack on the UK’s representative. We are extremely concerned that Mr. Bush’s approach draws eerie similarities to what happened in the Turks & Caicos Islands, which led to the suspension of their constitution, the removal of their elected government and multiple persons being charged with corruption and other abuses of power.
“The difficulties that Mr Bush finds himself in cannot be overcome by attempting to pit the Caymanian people against the UK’s representative. The solution can only be achieved if Mr Bush would proffer explanations and evidence that are satisfactory to the police so that the investigations can be concluded. This gridlock that the country finds itself in can go away immediately if Mr. Bush explains his relationship to these three investigations.
“We call on Mr. Bush and his supporting United Democratic Party cast to do the right thing by the people of this country and NOT to further risk the reputation and future of these beloved Cayman Islands.”