—Michael Nixon, Deputy Chief Financial Secretary
The story on the use, misuse and possible abuse of Cayman Islands government credit cards has yet to be fully told.
The Compass will be returning to the subject now that former premier McKeeva Bush has been cleared of all criminal charges of corruption levied against him in relation to his behavior with credit cards in casinos.
During the trial, which proceeded for nearly a month, the Compass refrained from publishing voluminous information in our possession on credit card spending by public sector officials inside and out of central government.
To be frank, our restraint was encouraged by a “Letter to All Media Houses” sent out by Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryll Richards which referenced stories in “certain publications” about government credit cards. Not wishing to influence the trial in any way, we voluntarily agreed to withhold further stories and comment on this topic (although not all media houses took this position) during the trial.
Now that the proceedings have concluded, we will return to the subject to examine the most significant past transgressions and hopefully inform debate on establishing a workable government-wide credit card policy going forward.