Editorial for 13 May: Reputation is everything

Reputation: Overall quality or character as
seen or judged by people in general; recognition by other people of some
characteristic or ability; a place in public esteem or regard.

Thank you Merriam-Webster.

A reputation is easy to get, and if it’s a
good one, important to maintain.

Right now our country’s reputation doesn’t
look all that good on the international scene.

Cayman’s former Auditor General Dan Duguay
had some unpleasantness to share about us with an international audience
recently.

And while you may feel like throwing stones
at the messenger, don’t.

He wasn’t telling anything out of school.

The bottom line is that the Cayman Islands
is awash in corruption.

It starts with buying votes through a $50 note
or an appliance and continues with politicians and others having a sense of
entitlement.

While those of us who live here have long
turned a blind eye to corruption and justified it as “that’s just how it works
here”, it’s time to bring it to an end.

We are no long the islands that time
forgot. Time has indeed caught up with us and today the world can see what’s
going on in our small country via the Internet and social media.

The members of our younger generation are
realising that our international reputation is being sullied because we
continue to let corruption slide and they are letting the world know every time
they log on to Facebook, Twitter or any other form of social media.

Do international investors really want to
bring their money to our shores if they’re going to have to make under the
table deals to do so?

That may have worked in the past, but those
days are fading away.

We are at a critical stage in the history
of the Cayman Islands with elections just a little more than a week away.
Please make a thorough examination of the candidates seeking your vote. Do you
trust them? What will they do for the future reputation of the Cayman Islands?
We implore you to vote with your head and heart for the good of country.

 

 

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  1. Excellent editorial.

    We the voters of this country must see to it that no kleptocrats and no ethically challenged politicians are elected this month or ever again.

    At the same time the Governor and the Deputy-Governor must adopt a zero-tolerance for civil servants ignoring the law. There has been too much turning a blind eye to lawless behaviour and too many instances of nothing more than a slap on the wrist for instances of clearly unlawful behaviour.

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