Editorial for 18 October: Absence makes the heart…

It’s difficult to know these days in the Cayman Islands,
with regard to Premier McKeeva Bush, whether absence makes the heart grow
fonder or if another old saying – out of sight, out of mind – should apply.

In any case, it’s easy to see (and hear) the chatter of
Premier Bush’s political opponents about his recent travels, and those of
Deputy Premier Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, and why it allegedly represents all
manner of difficulty for the country.

Now, this newspaper is not and has not historically been,
one to jump to conclusions with regard to the activities of our elected
leaders. There may be entirely reasonable explanations for why the Premier must
travel here and there from time to time.

There may also be mitigating factors with regard to costs of
that travel to the public purse, as detailed in today’s story.

We fully support Mr. Bush’s efforts to drum up international
business and develop relationships that can be helpful now and in the future to
the Cayman Islands – if that is indeed what he is doing.

We also believe, as he does, that Cayman should be at the
table when there are discussions being held about the Islands by people who may
know less about them.

What we do not support, after repeated attempts over the
past few weeks to determine the purposes of Mr. Bush’s travels, is the wall of
silence the has been erected around them.

As the newspaper of record for the country it is our job to
let the public know what the people they elected to lead the country are doing
and who, in fact, is in charge.

Elected leaders; who are placed in their positions by
voters; whose salaries are paid by taxpayers; whose offices only exist because
of the will of the people they serve must explain what they are doing with
those funds and that trust.

To do otherwise is to make mockery of democracy and to hold
in utter disdain the people who put them in that office.



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  1. I don’t know much about international finance and inward investment, since I’m just a simple fisherman. But if I fueled up my boat, filled it with bait, and headed far offshore it would be with some certainty that I would come back with some fish.

    Now certainty can never be one hundred percent, but if I didn’t have any luck the first time, I wouldn’t repeatedly spend all that money on bait and fuel fishing in the same location for the next three years without ever catching anything.

    Of course some fishermen are known to lie, so there might be another reason for repeated trips to far-off fishing grounds.

  2. Today’s Editorial gives us a very fair, balanced, and forthright view about the activities of elected officials and their responsibility to the people who voted them into office in the first place.

    Democratically elected leaders, without exception, are not a law unto themselves in any way, shape or form.

    Government by the people for the people are accountable to the people. Anyone elected to public office work for the voters who put them there and not the other way about. This is an undeniable obligation that they have to the country as a whole. And, as today’s Editorial points out, to do otherwise makes a mockery of democracy.

    If everything is above board, why can’t the press be informed about the purpose and pertinent details of the premier’s travels. The press will then be able to inform the public which has a right to know.

  3. Foreign travel to promote the interests of the Cayman Islands is part of the Premier’s job and he should not be ashamed of it.

    Equally, accountability is also part of his job and he should not seek to conceal the details of where he travels, with whom, at what cost and for what purpose.