Tax coming to Caymanians

Letter to the Editor

Friedrich Gustav Emil Martin Niemöller (14 January 1892 – 6 March 1984) was a Protestant pastor and social activist. 

 

First they came……. 

 

When the Nazis came for the communists, 

I remained silent; 

I was not a communist. 

 

When they locked up the social democrats, 

I remained silent; 

I was not a social democrat. 

 

When they came for the trade unionists, 

I did not speak out; 

I was not a trade unionist. 

 

When they came for the Jews, 

I remained silent; 

I wasn’t a Jew. 

When they came for me, 

there was no one left to speak out. 

 

The origins of this poem first have been traced to a speech given by Niemöller on January 6, 1946, to the representatives of the Confessing Church in Frankfurt. According to research by Harold Marcuse, the original groups mentioned in the speech were Communists, the incurably sick, Jews, and people in occupied countries. 

The Reverend Martin Niemoeller had personally welcomed the coming to power of the Nazis in 1933. In that year his autobiography, From U-boat to Pulpit, had been published. The story of how this submarine commander in the First World War had become a prominent Protestant pastor was singled out for special praise in the Nazi press and became a best seller.  

To Pastor Niemoeller, as to many a Protestant clergyman, the 14 years of the Republic had been, as he said, “years of darkness” and at the close of his autobiography he added a note of satisfaction that the Nazi revolution had finally triumphed and that it had brought about the “national revival” for which he himself had fought so long — for a time in the free corps, from which so many Nazi leaders had come. 

He was soon to experience a terrible disillusionment. … By the beginning of 1934, the disillusioned Pastor Niemoeller had become the guiding spirit of the minority resistance in both the “Confessional Church” and the Pastor’s Emergency League. 

William L. Shirer, The Rise and Fall of he Third Reich (1964), p. 233 

Niemöller had once again delivered a rebellious sermon in Dahlem; at the same time transcripts of his tapped telephone conversations were presented to Hitler. In a bellow, Hitler ordered Niemöller to be put in a concentration camp and, since he had proven himself to be incorrigible, kept there for life. 

Albert Speer, on Hitler’s decision to arrest Niemöller, in Inside the Third Reich: The Memoirs of Albert Speer (1970), p. 98 

Caymanian’s you are being fooled by our Premier and the FCO. Stop rejoicing about the new income tax on work permit holders.  

Today income tax is upon the private sector work permit holders (not expatriate civil servants), tomorrow income tax will be upon Caymanians and all civil servants.  

Impossible you say……..just wait and see! 

 

William Adam 

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