Former premier announces this will be his last term in office
In his first speech as leader of the opposition in the 2013-2017 political term, McKeeva Bush told the government what it could expect from him on the opposition benches and ended his speech with the announcement that this would be his last term in office.
After quoting from a poem he has often cited in the House – Robert Frost’s “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” – Mr. Bush said this would be the last occasion he would quote the poem and that “this will be my last term in this honourable Legislative Assembly”.
Mr. Bush has served as opposition leader in the past, but this time around, he said he plans to give the government a “wide scope”.
“My time in opposition is going to be quite different in this four-year term,” the former premier told the first meeting of the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday, 29 May, after the legislators were sworn into office.
“My form of opposition is not to stand here or in the street or some radio or elsewhere and battle the government on every front, I’ve never done it, I ain’t going to do so now … I plan to take a good rest and give the government a wide berth and offer my hand of fellowship and friendship,” he said.
Mr. Bush, who has served 28 years in office, insisted he would not oppose everything the government did for the sake of opposition. “My tenure as opposition has always been one of Cayman first,” he said.
The former premier was ousted from office in a vote of no confidence following his arrest in December and he was subsequently charged with 11 counts of fraud- and theft-related offences.
Describing the last four years as a “tumultuous period”, he said history would tell how his tenure in office between May 2009 and December 2012 is viewed. “I await that time,” he said.