Premier calls governor his ‘enemy’

Commencement address in Ja references Bush’s troubles

Update: Cayman Islands Governor Duncan Taylor has refuted claims that the criminal investigation against Premier McKeeva Bush is politically motivated, or that he is even involved in it.  

Steve Moore, head of the Governor’s Office, said Friday that Governor Taylor had “taken note” Mr. Bush’s comments in Jamaica and that there is “absolutely no substance to those allegations” of the governor being vindictive and political. 

Mr. Moore reiterated that Mr. Bush’s arrest earlier this week had “nothing to do with the FCO or the governor. This is an investigation being directed and led by the RCIPS”. 

Initial story: Cayman Islands Premier McKeeva Bush made reference to his ongoing
troubles during a commencement address to a Jamaican university Thursday, the
Associated Press reported. 

There
has been a growing call for Mr. Bush to step down since his Tuesday arrest.
However, after giving a commencement address to college graduates in Kingston,
a defiant Bush said he has done nothing wrong and intends to stay on as
premier. 

Bush
described Cayman Islands Governor Duncan Taylor, who represents the British
government in the three-island territory, as his “enemy.” He implied
his arrest was orchestrated by the Britain-appointed governor and other
political foes. 

“We
are a British overseas territory and as such it is run by the governor and the
commissioner of police. And so I can’t miss that it is nothing but a political,
very vindictive political witch hunt,” Bush said. 

A
spokesman for the governor, whose post is largely ceremonial, did not
immediately respond to an email seeking comment. 

In
Jamaica, Bush said he wanted to reveal the “whole story” behind his
arrest but his lawyers advised him not to speak specifically about the
allegations. He said he was confident he will be vindicated in coming months. 

“I
would just say that I have done nothing wrong,” he said. “I have made
a lot of friends and I have made a lot of enemies. There are a lot of jealous
people in a very small island.” 

Bush had
been scheduled to receive an honorary doctorate for public service Thursday
from Jamaica’s University College of the Caribbean. But the school’s
chancellor, Herbert Thompson, said school officials decided to wait the outcome
of the investigations. 

But the
Cayman leader did address the university’s fall graduates as commencement
speaker. Among other things, he advised them to be tenacious, always play by
the rules, and tell the truth. 

“A reputation takes a lifetime
to build and a moment to dismantle,” said the 57-year-old Bush, who made
only a few passing references to his troubles during the address. 

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11 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t think people are jealous of you Mr. Bush. They are just sick and tired of the short term thinking, inane comments and blatant sale of the island to the highest bidder.

    They may be jealous of you receiving a doctorate for public service when you never finished high school. This might the be biggest irony of it all.

    And to publicly antagonize the governor is just the last mistake in a long list of mistakes. Enjoy the trip down.

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  2. There has been a lot of talk about the reputation of the Cayman Islands. If the Premier can be forced to step down because of unproven suspicions by the police the Islands will be viewed as some sort of rediculous police state, not any form of democracy. This is a formula for chaos because any opposition party could remove any Premier by simply initiating a police investigation–not a good precident. Who would want to do business in a place where the police have such power over the government and the will of the people?

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  3. Sitting at the Royal palms years ago I listen to Bush screaming on the phone he hates the British Government they are the enemy !! I see nothing has changed ! What a sad person this is who’s inferior complex will cause him to blame anyone who gets in his way of power ! Bush will go down screaming it’s everybody’s fault but his !

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  4. To all those naive commentators about Police state:

    When people close to power can never be possibly arrested, whatever they do, while more common people can be arrested anytime without reason – this is when you have police state. And this is when you know that your country has problems.

    I still didn’t like the idea about arrest without charges. You arrest person, then you put up charges (in one or two days at most). This makes sense. Arrest without charges doesn’t make sense – premier arrested, release on bail, no charges – so what is it all about than?? The only reason could be if person ignores police requests for interrogation. In this case it makes sense to arrest person.

    As far as it is I can only comment that in my opinion premier is not well-qualified for his job. But it is not a police problem, it is democracy problem – majority of voters are usually not well-educated, so in many cases majority votes for not well-qualified people and you can’t solve this problem and still give everybody universal voting right.

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  5. @southernboy………. as a voter I noticed a change in many of our politicians to preach an anti-colonial message. Coincidently people in West Bay also noticed a change with the new party UDP and the obvious links to Jamaica, where an anti-colonial stance led to independence. ON many occasions I have had friends from Ja who thought I could be swayed to speak against the British.

    I have always tried to address policies and local issues based on the impact and not the individuals here. If Caymanians are made to feel they can use the history of the UK from hundreds of years ago and even practices today (many of which I disagree with) to build up anger in locals. My question to my friends who stated that argument was, if I judged all British people on those grounds, how would they feel if I then judged all Jamaicans based on their governance, reports on their level of murder rates corruption and such close ties to our political parties?

    So I wonder if Mr Bush is simply sharing the true feelings of his UDP members and voters who support him when he blames the UK? Isn’t he just representing his people and the British may then be intimidated enough to sure Jamaicans and Jamaican status-holders are treated more favourably than locals?

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  6. Finally… a Governor having the courage to perform his Due Dilligence, as he was appointed, rather than be dictated to by the Corrupt Cayman System

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  7. Arroganced is a wonderful thing. No respect is a more amazing thing. Bush, you have both of these as part of your personna.

    I am sure you think you have done nothing wrong just as you thought going against the laws of the land and making unilateral decisions was not against the law. You were acting in the best interest of Cayman. Procedures do not go well with a dictator.

    You have no respect for the process so how can you have respect for the result. You are a sad man who needs to be taken down and in one method or another, you will be.

    And as usual, theres someone else to blame. Is that a trait or a gene deficiency.

    And as for conferring upon you an Honourary Doctorate, I think I will now burn mine.

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  8. Regardless of the outcome of the investigation this person has complete lack of class and diplomatic skills. Diplomacy 101 should be a requirement for all public officials in Cayman Islands.

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  9. We all knew that would happen. Blame others for his failures.

    To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.

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  10. Our Premier is the perfect BLAME SHIFTER. He calls anyone that don’t agree with him his enemy. That is what he does best. I hope the Governor don’t take it personal because he one of the many members of the human race that comes into contact with Mr. Bush.

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