Separation of the powerful

The classic separation of powers involves the executive, judicial and legislative arms of government. This is to ensure that the elected or sinecure officials do not run off the reservation on a private war party.

The attorney general cannot promote a relative in the police force and the commissioner of police cannot rule on files of arrested persons. To do so would be the height of illegality.

An additional cornerstone of democracy has been the separation of church and state. This principle arose in earlier times when religion had an inordinate influence on the affairs of state. A resurgence has taken place in the Middle East and elsewhere where extremists have sought to implement a religious based government. Most prominent among them was the Taliban of Afghanistan.

There has been significant controversy on donations having been made to several churches in the Cayman Islands by the government of the day. There was no widespread and equal dissemination of funds to the multitude of churches in the Cayman Islands but specific 
handouts to a few.

The premier patiently explained her strong personal religious beliefs in the discussion on dispensation of previously agreed grants. These questions arose because as commonly happens in the Cayman Islands, scarce resources have been allocated to a select few in precarious economic times. The implementation of an earlier error is no excuse when people are losing their jobs and families are going without. One in four public schoolchildren need that money for their lunch. People first must 
be the new proverb.

Perhaps the premier should reconsider her position in view of the obvious contradiction between religious based donations and the political responsibilities of her office. There is not an abundance of principle among politicians in the Cayman Islands so it would be admirable if the premier resigned to resolve the conflict with her personal beliefs. She would demit office under the umbrella of God not a cloud of suspicion.

Peter Polack

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