More than 75 per cent of respondents to last week’s caycompass.com online poll said they have no faith in the ruling United Democratic Party government in the Cayman Islands.
Of the 643 total respondents, 487 of them – 75.7 per cent – when asked how much confidence they had in the existing UDP government responded “none”.
“Why do you even have to ask?” commented one person.
“The only thing they have accomplished it to increase the cost of living,” said someone else.
“They lost me with the expat tax plan, which, had it been implemented, would have undone decades of building the financial services industry,” said another respondent.
“It’s the worst government we have ever had, by far,” said one person.
“I am extremely confident that this UDP government has risen to new levels of incompetence never achieved by any previous governments,” echoed someone else.
“The UDP has done essentially nothing … but to waste the public’s money and to cause damage and havoc for our country,” said another person.
“We must stop their abuse of power come May 2013,” wrote someone else.
“They should stand up and be men especially those in the back bench,” commented one person. “They just go along with whatever the leader says, even when they don’t like it. Tell a wise man why you disagree with him and he will be wiser still.”
The vote against the UDP government was not a vote for the People’s Progressive Movement or the independent Legislative Assembly members, judging by several of the comments.
“Absolutely none!” said one person about their confidence in the UDP. “And neither do I have any confidence in the leader of the opposition nor Ezzard Miller.”
“The PPM was terrible, but these guys have found a way to be worse,” said someone else.
“But I also have zero confidence in the PPM,” said another respondent. “It is time to stop thinking we need a two-party system. What we need is candidates who run and by popular vote are elected to be our representatives. The position of premier should be voted on separately. We can trace our bloated ineffectual government directly to the introduction of a party system. Dump it!”
“I have zero confidence in anyone in government except Ezzard and Arden,” noted one person.
“There is no place for party politics in a country this size,” said someone else.
Another 74 respondents – 11.5 per cent – said they had a little confidence in the UDP government.
“I have little confidence in the UDP or the PPM,” said one person. “Cayman desperately needs a change of leadership in 2013.”
“I say a little, because now they are being more closely watched by the FCO,” commented someone else.
“A little more than the other set of jokers, but that’s not saying much,” said another person.
“No worse or better than the PPM,” said one respondent.
Fifty-one people, 7.9 per cent, said they had a lot of confidence in the UDP government.
“No others to choose from,” said one person. “Sorry Alden’s PPM.”
“I’m worried more about the damage PPM does to business and internationally with the CNS blog and Rooster show,” said someone else. Twenty-eight people – 4.4 per cent – responded “I don’t know” to the question.
“Politicians divide people, but you should support your present leadership, otherwise you can’t achieve your goal,” said one of those people. “Caymanians should unite behind their leader.”
Three people – 0.5 per cent – responded “other” to the question.
“About as much as the PPM,” said one person.
“Time for new faces in our parliament – representatives that truly care for Cayman,” said someone else. “PPM put our country into a deep hole and the UDP had a good chance to take us out but only sank us deeper instead.”
“What is the point,” asked another respondent. “I cannot vote.”
Next week’s poll question
How much spending on Christmas will you do this year?
A lot more than usual
A little more than usual
The same as usual
A little less than usual
A lot less than usual
Other (write in comments)