The leader of the opposition and he who presumes he will be our next political Boss announced during his weekly spot on the Roster morning talk last week that I am running in the next general elections although I have not made up my mind to stand in the May 2013 elections. Alden made this announcement of my candidacy in order to explain to the general public that what is hidden behind my vocalised assessments of Cayman’s failing economy, and unbalanced socio-political conditions is my own personal political agenda.
But had the presumed Premier of Cayman been fair he would have mentioned that Dr. Frank has always provided the people of Cayman with as much insight into their condition and challenges as he has been capable of doing without charge or expectations. In fact my entire adult life has been spent either writing plays, letters to the press, speaking to my friends in my community or actively participating in our clouded political waters and not because I saw myself as a politician but because my conscience told me to do so. Certainly the Caymanian people must have recognised by now that Dr. Frank has never structured this thoughts and feelings nor couched his language to gain favour with any group in these Islands.
When I returned from university in Germany in 1977 with my PhD it was said by Mr. Truman Bodden and others, as it is still said by some, that I had not achieved this distinguished honour and I could therefore not be trusted and valued. Today even after some of those that finally received their PhD’s know the pain it takes to get one many have still not realised that the real test of knowledge is in finding ways to impart it to others. Learning to me is valuable only in so much as it serves in human development and happiness. One reason why I am viewed by many as radical or socialist and perhaps even communist. But one can see why if they followed the American presidential election this year. For it is without a doubt that the political philosophy of people of intellect in my generation and those that have followed has been that all men are created equal by their creator and entitled to equal opportunities. That all persons deserve respect in their community and before the Law, which represents their values; and regardless of each of our education or social circles, we are all entitled to be allowed to secure at least our basic needs and vision of personal happiness.
My life has been philosophical first and whatever my real politics, have stemmed from my personal philosophy and my continuous study and analysis of our social, economic, political, cultural and other human environments. My political perspective is no reflection of any narrowly defined narcissistic contemplation and definition of self and self realisation. If Alden does not know by now he should be told that the conservative English legal education system makes a class and knowledge separation between barrister and solicitor and unlike the American system where the person wanting to become a lawyer spends four years studying pre-law in college and another four years in law school where they are thought and tested in their analytical skills, British legal training remains rooted in feudalism. Therefore I would never expect that his training in law school would have thought him the significance of ethical philosophy, critical thinking and their true origins in the Greek society of Plato an Socrates.
It is no wonder then that justice is very often not seen to be done in Cayman if the great majority of lawyers were never educated in the ethics of social and philosophical learning and are committed only to that which they are paid to do. Mr. Alden has no distinguished career in law or any other academic discipline that I know of; however, my sociological and psychological observations have been published and performed in theatres in many countries. Thus the people are allowed to known and evaluate my thoughts and feelings about the human condition if they choose to do so. So Mr. Alden I am not vocal just for the sake of gaining political office or socio-economic mobility in my community, I am vocal because my education was specifically for this purpose.
On the Rooster programme, Mr. Alden answered by constant calls for him to say what his vision is for our country by challenging me to declare mine. My reply is that my platform, should I gain the support necessary to make a rational decision to stand for election, would be very simply to fight for security socially, economically, politically and ethically for the real people by continuing to educate rather than conceal from them the real facts of their condition. I would put their interest first and this would-entail a restructuring and realignment of their socio-economic and cultural positions in relationship to the dominant foreign owners and managers of our economy and socio-cultural systems.
This would demand more discussions in open and honest forums in a coalition type setting rather than the negative and self serving rhetoric during election time and debates in the House. I would place the restructuring of labour and rehabilitation at the top of my agenda and if elected, I would fight to create a Ministry of Human Resources and Rehabilitation. Place the prisons under that minister and become that minister or her or his advisor. I would use the labour law he approved of in 2004 and then ignored, as the basis for a new labour law if I was satisfied that the law referred to is still the best for our present economy. I would make immigration reforms that would change the work permit system by making it possible to grant employment certificates for all categories of employment or professions and allow them to be used by the holder who would now pay for the certificate, to be employed by any employer, thereby creating productive and fair competition between employers and more ethical treatment of employees regardless of nationality. And I would make changes in our departments providing serve to the public so as to bring back their human faces.
My restructuring efforts would impact the cost of labour and treatment of workers in the work place thereby leading to the creation of a more level playing field for Caymanian workers who are very aware that our negative work permit system is a form of indentured servitude that has for decades kept their wages low and their-employment possibilities few. This would be implemented jointly with the restructuring of Immigration to deal with border security issues only and move their clerical support to the department of Human Resources and Rehabilitation, creating its Departments into competent and genuine human resource management and development agencies. And I would create different employment certificate costs for Caymanian small business whether restaurants or small law and accounting firms. I would fight crime by amending the relevant laws to allow the court to sentence juveniles and some young adults to Marine duty with the mandate of assisting with the task of protecting our coastal waters and shores and reemploy former Caymanian uniform branches members to head up these crime prevention and rehabilitation efforts. This would be a one strike and you out programme that would utilise the neighbourhood and school gang leadership structure, which would allow for these youths to assist in manning part of our security apparatus. This would entail re-defining the values and objectives of this most deeply rooted form of organised behaviour existing in our grass root communities and if the sea is what made our forefathers then it will be the sea that will reform our youths.
The prison farm will be renamed The Fatherland Rehabilitation Farm and become a training and re-socialisation camp for our-youths. And I would ask government to examine the possibility of mandating that security companies with government contracts to be required to hire a certain percentage of Caymainians at much improved wages.