A sense of entitlement

In the rarefied atmosphere of prosperous island enclaves secure behind the foreboding automatic sentry arm reside some of our prospective leaders. Their luxurious repose is unaffected by such little man matters as utility, bank and school bills.

Their financial future now secure, they seek to expand their horizons by dabbling in the small matter of the future of the Cayman Islands. Free of such tiresome matters as declaration of assets, debates and concrete proposals for renewal these paragons of entitlement intend to coast through the election cycle with the least contact with the electorate.

We have not seen them at the christenings, births, graduations and funerals that make up the fabric of our life. We are unlikely to see them after election as none have foresworn the cushion and expense of protocol or salary from the public purse.

The greatest danger would be to exchange candidates of self-interest for candidates of special interest. New thought and direction has always been among us; it was just that they could not obtain election with the pervasive rapture of the status quo.

This should change and it is not the candidates with the most money or education that should win but those with known openness among us of whatever persuasion that can secure our patrimony. There should be specific declarations of positions not blindingly obvious generality. The future is scary enough without making the unknown your handmaiden.

Peter Polack

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