Cayman Politics

Poll: Do you support the early election call?

Cayman will be heading to the polls six weeks earlier than initially planned. Governor Martyn Roper, following consultation with Premier Alden McLaughlin, has announced the decision...

Schedule of dates for general election

2021 General Elections Programme for the Cayman Islands, including dates on the dissolution of assembly, nominations day and elections day.

Bush no confidence motion in jeopardy

Premier Alden McLaughlin has said he has not planned any further meetings of the House of Parliament before it is set to be dissolved to make way for the 26 May general elections.

Howell: Elections Law changes ‘administrative’

With four months to go before the May polls, the Elections Act 2021 has been published, with Elections Supervisor Wesley Howell stressing that the legislation does not contain any policy changes or modifications.

Gov’t financial statements improving but 51 annual reports tabled late

Government has made great strides in improving the quality of its financial statements, but 51 government entity annual reports have not yet been tabled in Parliament, the Public Accounts Committee heard on Friday.

Lawmakers looking for agreement on Legal Services Bill

Government and opposition are negotiating once again over the reform of the Legal Practitioners Law. The Legal Services Bill seeks to replace the law and introduce a Legal Services Council to regulate the practice of Cayman Islands law.

Gov’t shoots down motions on pensions and vacations

Government members, on Thursday, voted down Opposition motions aimed at reviewing the impact Cayman's pension changes and increasing vacation leave for employees.

Lawmakers give green light to Defence Bill

Following two days of debate, a bill to give statutory underpinning to the Cayman Islands Regiment passed a second reading in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday evening.

Legislative Assembly management bill moves ahead

The Legislative Assembly Bill, which seeks to separate the management of the legislature from the civil service, has moved to the next stage.

Premier refutes claim regiment is ‘illegal’

Premier Alden McLaughlin defended the legality of the Cayman Islands Regiment Monday as he piloted the Defence Bill in the Legislative Assembly. 

McTaggart welcomes premier’s endorsement

Finance Minister and George Town East MLA Roy McTaggart has said he was taken by surprise when Premier Alden McLaughlin announced this week that he was endorsing him as the next leader of the Progressives party.

Opposition hits back at criticism over assent of Civil Partnership Law

Cayman's official Opposition has described the assenting of the Civil Partnership Law Friday as a "sad day" for the country as its Leader Arden McLean called on Premier Alden McLaughlin to end what he called "the blame game".

Roper releases UK instructions on Domestic Partnership Bill

Governor Martyn Roper has made public instructions issued by UK Overseas Territories Minister Baroness Elizabeth Sugg approving use of his reserved powers to push ahead with the Domestic Partnership Bill.

Explainer: How the governor can assent to the Domestic Partnership Bill

Governor Martyn Roper is using his powers under Section 81 of the Constitution to assent to the recently defeated Domestic Partnership Bill. Section 81 details the governor’s reserved power.

East End retirement home project on hold

The eastern districts will have to wait a while longer for a new retirement home as Premier Alden McLaughlin said on Thursday that government will not be embarking on any new capital projects.

Bryan rejects Miller’s call for no confidence motion in House Speaker

George Town Central MLA Kenneth Bryan rejects North Side MLA Ezzard Miller's call for no confidence motion in House Speaker McKeeva Bush.

Bernie Bush resigns as Deputy Speaker

West Bay North MLA Bernie Bush has resigned as Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.

Miller maintains call for Bush to resign

North Side MLA Ezzard Miller maintains his call for House Speaker McKeeva Bush to resign, saying there is no legal provision for his "leave of absence."

Port opponents kick off campaign with rally

A crowd of more than 200 people filled much of Celebration Park in downtown George Town Wednesday night as the Cayman Port Referendum group held its first rally in the runup to the 19 Dec. vote.

Transportation and business focus of Hew address

A new Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing office in West Bay, improved transportation and enhanced cybersecurity were among the items Minister of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure Joey Hew touched on during his address to the Legislative Assembly Wednesday.

MLA Bryan pushing for voter survey

Member of the Legislative Assembly Kenneth Bryan said during a press conference on Thursday that the upcoming cruise port referendum is a unique opportunity for gauging public opinion on other topics. 

Gov’t runs 4,376 pro-port radio ads

The Cayman Islands government has run more than 4,000 Radio Cayman adverts as part of its ‘Support our Tourism’ campaign promoting the cruise and cargo berthing development, according to a Freedom of Information response.

McLean: 19 Dec. ‘worst possible time’ for referendum

Opposition leader Arden McLean says government’s scheduled referendum date of 19 Dec. is the “worst possible time” to hold the historic vote.

Mail call: George Town cruise pier

Discussions of a George Town cruise pier have been dominating the headlines. Let’s take a look back at the developments.

EDITORIAL – UK wins ‘war’ against EU … then surrenders

Perhaps half-hearted Brexit officials secretly hope, if they manage to bungle the negotiations sufficiently, that the people of the U.K. will change their minds about leaving the EU.

Noriega: Castro’s survival plan may be crumbling

Today, only a few U.S. diplomats remain in Havana after suspicious “health attacks” did physical damage to two-dozen Americans – likely with the complicity of the regime.

MLA Austin Harris: I have not joined Progressives

Prospect MLA Austin Harris said Monday that he has not joined the Progressives political party, despite taking up the position as that party’s “whip” in Cayman’s government of national unity.

MLA puts former rival on district council

They were political opponents during the May 2017 general election, but Newlands MLA Alva Suckoo has announced that local businessman Raul Gonzalez, Jr. will now serve as deputy chairman of a new advisory council for the district.

Letters – Giving a voice to the people

The free exchange of ideas is a necessary component of any healthy democracy. That is why the Compass reserves space in each issue for readers and leaders to share their perspectives as letters to the editor.

The permanent residence predicament

The year 2017 began with nearly 1,000 people waiting for rulings on their permanent residence applications and no visible effort on the part of the Cayman Islands government to deal with those matters.

Responding to the crisis in Honduras

A week after voting in a bitterly contested presidential election, Hondurans still do not know who their next president will be.

Legislative Assembly wraps up with committee appointment, private motions

Before adjourning on Thursday, Legislative Assembly members appointed an oversight committee for the Ombudsman Office.

Budget targets crime, education

Plans for an influx of 75 new police officers, a $9.6 million cash injection for education and funding for a series of major infrastructure projects were among the key commitments announced in the Cayman Islands government’s budget presentation Friday.

UPDATED: Few surprises as government sworn in

A 13-member government was sworn in by Cayman Islands Governor Helen Kilpatrick Wednesday morning in a Legislative Assembly ceremony.

BREAKING: PPM-CDP coalition forms … again

It’s Premier Alden McLaughlin and Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush … again.

Bush strikes deal with independents to become premier

McKeeva Bush is set to become premier of the Cayman Islands, striking a deal with a group of independents, and reversing an announcement made hours earlier with the Progressives.

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