Bush settles into opposition role

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. 


Governor Duncan Taylor, left, presents the new Leader of the Oppositon McKeeva Bush with his instrument of appointment during last week’s swearing in ceremony. – PHOTO: NORMA CONNOLLY


  1. PPM you better watch your step, because if the opposition McKeva Bush does not oppose when he see you dancing out of tune, then you are heading straight for the ravine.
    My suggestion that you both dance a new tune together for a better Cayman. Forget about the oldies and goodies we are in a new era.

  2. Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything. Einstine.

    Good leaders first learned how to be a good followers.

    And as old Hank sang; you got to know when to hold them, know when to fold them.

  3. Who are you and what have you done with McKeeva Bush?

    What happened to the paranoid rantings about vast conspiracies, the wild eyed, rabid attacks on anything within your peripheral vision, the righteous condemnation of any that dare question your actions?

    By the way caymanian-on-guard, Kenny Rogers recorded The Gambler.

  4. this will be my last term in this honourable Legislative Assembly.

    No sweeter tune was ever uttered by the loveliest of songbirds..music to my ears…

  5. It baffles me that McKeeva with the depleted membership of the UDP would or could become Leader of the Opposition. Where were the rest of those MLAs not in government hiding or were they not up to the task of Leadership?

  6. Panama_Jack – It is baffling to me as well. Apparently the Independents in opposition did not understand that they could organise themselves into a parliamentary group and nominate one of themselves to be Leader of the Opposition. That would have given them an equal claim to the office with Bush and the Governor would be required to choose between their nominee and Bush.

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