What could we expect from a Panton government?

Wayne Panton campaigning with Osbourne and Heather Bodden.

Like other political candidates, the ‘Community Creates Country’ manifesto of Wayne Panton and Heather Bodden notes that Caymanians are being left behind, with young people struggling to find a job even if they have the right qualifications.

Labour

The manifesto advocates limiting certain occupations, such as real estate, to Caymanians only.

It proposes to increase the minimum wage from $6 to $9 per hour.

Education

To strengthen the education system, more vocational training and trade schools are required to produce masons, carpenters, electricians and plumbers locally rather than import them.

Teachers should receive more support but also be performance-managed and rewarded depending on the results.

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Investment

The Panton manifesto suggests government should establish a sovereign wealth fund that would invest into both financial and real assets.

Development

Panton and Bodden call for a reform of Cayman’s Development Plan and a concessions policy that focusses also on smaller businesses and more value for money.

The manifesto suggests that land ownership should require development within a certain timeframe “or the land is returned to the market”.

Housing

The new Members of Parliament seek to revamp and relaunch a government-funded mortgage-assistance programme for Caymanian first-time home buyers and the construction of more affordable homes through the National Housing and Development Trust.

Traffic congestion

To tackle traffic issues, the manifesto suggests mandating staggered work and school hours; a reliable public transport system; and measures that would disincentivise private-vehicle ownership and investigate banning car-ownership for work-permit holders.

Pension and healthcare

Panton and Bodden further aim to reform the pension and healthcare systems, including moving to a national health insurance system and expanding CINICO coverage to seniors.

Environment

The former environment minister emphasises the importance of the environment for Cayman’s tourism product and overall quality of life. To that end, proposed measures cover, among other things, the introduction and support of recycling programmes, composting facilities in each district and the full implementation of the National Conservation Law as well as the National Energy Policy and its renewable energy targets.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Restricting car ownership to Caymanians only will not work – we will lose the financial industry. Three things are needed – incentivise job development in the east so that there is a job market east and north-east of Bodden Town; stop dilly-dallying and construct the East/West bypass road as far as Frank Sound Road; add a monorail to the centre of the East/West bypass road.

    • Like the idea of a monorail or similar (Tram perhaps?)
      Seems to be a very logical solution and works well numerous other jurisdictions that got rid of them but now realize their practicality and social value and have reintroduced modern versions.

  2. Many of these policies sound half baked.. Mandatory staggered work hours .. so we’re going to create a communist society with enforced work hours and fines for offenders to move a peasly 20,000 daily community members rather than felling a blade of grass organizing our affairs and making a new road? Full implementation of a national conservation law is a regulatory road to economic hell paved with good intentions. Land must be developed or resold, by when and to whom? Does that mean all Caymanians will finally be forced to sell land that has been in their family for hundreds of years? All socialism (which is what this sounds like), ends in Communism which is what a lot of these half baked ideas sound like. Some are good and well intended, but the ecosystem that makes Cayman great and makes Wayne want to be premier and you and I want to be resident here, was predicated on the opposite of many of these il conceived and frankly immaturely considered policies.