The economy and crime are seen as the biggest issues facing the Cayman Islands, according to the respondents of last week’s cayCompass.com online poll.
The largest segment of the 612 total respondents – 245 people or 38.1 per cent – pointed to the economy as the biggest issue.
“It’s the economy, stupid,” said one person. “The majority of people and businesses are really hurting.”
“The absence of a pragmatic plan to turnaround the economy, which must include training the Caymanians in the labour force to have a proportionate level of participation,” said someone else.
Another large segment of respondents – 163 people or 25.4 per cent – said crime was the biggest issue.
“Cayman is becoming Little Jamaica with all of its crime,” said one person.
“This is the one issue none of the candidates really want to talk about,” said someone else.
“Definitely crime,” commented another respondent. “Especially perpetrated by politicians.”
Politics was the biggest issue facing Cayman for 67 people – 15.1 per cent.
“Inept and corrupt politicians have put this country in dangerous territory,” said one person. “Competence and honesty are needed.”
“All on the list are a result of poor leadership,” said someone else.
“Dysfunctional party politics where elected representatives make decisions based on what’s good for their party and not the country have severely hurt the economy, which in turn has impacted the prevalence of crime and put strains on the immigration situation,” said another person.
Sixty-one people – 9.5 per cent – said immigration was the biggest issue facing the Cayman Islands right now.
“Stop importing poverty,” said one person
Another 41 people – 6.4 per cent – said the biggest issue facing Cayman was over development.
“Unsustainable development,” commented one person.
Thirty-five people – 5.5 per cent – responded ‘other’ to the question, with five people commenting “all of the above”.
“These options are not singular,” said one person. “They are all attached to the other. Our childish politics that have demonstrated poor decisions and mismanaged money. Selfish and self-serving endeavours have resulted in a lack of proper immigration that affects our economy and development. More people, no minimum wage, unemployment, poor parenting and lack of personal self-accountability leads to an increase in crime. Our government seems to like to keep people under-educated despite all their various platforms.”
Five people cited corruption as the biggest issue facing Cayman now.
“Institutionalised theft,” commented one person. “Top-down controls and new systems of governance are needed in the Cayman Islands government to preserve limited and reduced public revenue streams. A radical overhaul is needed.”
Another three people said education was the biggest issue facing Cayman, the same number of respondents who said unemployment was the biggest issue.
Other responses included: the “lingering taxation question”; the “abomination that is the George Town landfill”: the decline in cruise ship tourism and the lack of berthing dock; the high cost of living; the rollover policy; and the lack of Christian morals and values.
Several people pointed to aspects of Caymanian-expatriate relations as the biggest issue facing Cayman right now.
“Too much work permit holders,” said one person.
“The xenophobic and racist attitude towards those who are not born Caymanian,” said someone else. “Terms such as ‘Paper Caymanian’ prove this point.”
“The impression that locals come first no matter that situation,” commented another respondent.
Next week’s poll question
Do you think social media and Internet forum postings should be held to the same libel standards as traditional media?
Yes in all cases
Only in cases where an inaccurate posting is defamatory to an individual
Only in cases where an inaccurate posting is defamatory to an individual or business
No because social media is different than traditional media
I don’t know