Government members running as People’s National Alliance

 

In the waning moments of the last sitting of the 2009-2013 Legislative Assembly, the interim Cayman Islands government finally revealed its party name as the People’s National Alliance. 

Tourism Minister Cline Glidden, who was among the last members of the Legislative Assembly to make his winding up speech during a late night session of the House on Monday night, declared that he intended to run for election again as part of the Alliance. 

The government had been nicknamed the “Fab Five” in some quarters as the group did not have an official name, but had indicated in weekly media briefings that they would be running together and not as independents. While they acknowledged they were a team, and they favoured purple as a party colour, the group had repeatedly refused to be drawn on what they were actually called. 

As of Monday, the People’s National Alliance was planning to field six candidates – interim government members Mr. Glidden, Rolston Anglin, Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, Dwayne Seymour and Mark Scotland and new member Richard Christian, who announced his candidacy Friday, 22 March. A former Young Caymanian Leadership Awards finalist, Mr. Christian, who had previously been the head of the Young United Democratic Party, plans to be a running mate of Mr. Seymour and Mr. Scotland in Bodden Town. 

Mr. Glidden told legislators Monday, in the final meeting before the House was dissolved by Governor Duncan Taylor on Tuesday, that although he had stated last year that he did not intend to run again for office in 2013, his last three months as part of the interim government had reinvigorated him. 

He said that while the events of December, which saw the arrest and subsequent ousting from power of then-Premier McKeeva Bush and his United Democratic Party government – to which the five interim government members belonged – had caused “some serious breaks in long-term relationships, long-term friendships and loyalties”, being part of the minority government since then had given him back “a feeling of satisfaction in terms of actually being able to follow process … and work towards significant achievements for my country.” 

The previous UDP government, of which all five members of the interim government were either ministers or backbenchers, has been criticised for failing to follow the required procurement process in a number of projects. 

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