If proof was needed that the political directorate with its warped agenda is taking the Cayman Islands from the ‘sublime to the ridiculous’, then search no more … for, alas, the evidence is here.

For according to Thursday’s Cayman Compass page 1 story, (‘Government claims port petitioners can “unverify” signatures’), to encourage signatories, who, of their free will, signed and further verified their signatures, now to retract those signatures smacks of disingenuousness, duplicity and desperation.

Such a suggestion disregards the democratic process, takes no cognisance of the individual’s right to his or her unfettered opinion and is more symptomatic of a banana republic or a one party state than it is to a vibrant and some would say thriving parliamentary democracy.

It is clear that the stakes are too high for public opinion to be allowed to disrupt the agenda of the proposed new port development. The questions that beg answers are, whose interest is being served by railroading this development down the throats of Caymanians? Is this part of a larger and more sinister plan to turn the jurisdiction into a 21st century Sodom and Gomorrah? And, as always, for whom are we developing?

Has the political directorate stopped to consider that such behaviour creates an unwarranted precedent … one which conceivably could come back to haunt Caymanians? But even more frighteningly, what does such behaviour say about the honesty and trustworthiness of us as a people if, after we have given our word, we can so callously and nonchalantly retract our recorded position?

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The current development agenda of the Cayman Islands seems to be motivated more by greed than it is by any sense of what is decent, fair, sustainable and to the benefit of the majority. When officialdom behaves idiotically, our collective voice should be heard.

But how can our voice be heard when, in its arrogance, the political directorate spits in our faces and treats us with disdain and contempt. This behaviour motivated by greed is more representative of the routine than it is an aberration.

There is one consolation, however, and that is that greed being one of the seven deadly sins will not go unpunished. What a pity that the innocent in this case will have to suffer with those who brought ruin to our environment and made us slaves to our debtors.

J. A. Roy Bodden

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