Mac attacks Taylor
(CNS): The Cayman Islands premier has launched a full frontal attack on Governor Duncan Taylor as relations between the elected leader and the UK’s representative deteriorates to an all-time low. McKeeva Bush accused the governor of doing “nothing of substance” to help Cayman and of “stealthily and insidiously” undermining what Bush said were his efforts to get the local economy off the ground. In his attack on Taylor the premier said he was playing the UK’s “age old game of divide and conquer” as he once again claimed to be innocent in the face of three police investigations and implied that these were nothing more than a conspiracy. (Photo by Dennie Warren Jr)
“He’s done nothing for three years to help us but to throw cold water on whatever we were trying to do,” Bush said in an official statement. The comments came in the wake of a short statement issued by the governor on Thursday in which he denied Bush’s accusations of a conspiracy between himself and the FCO bureaucrats.
Bush accused Taylor of announcing the additional police probes into his affairs as deflection form coverage in the UK press about the governor’s family as well as extending his stay in Cayman without telling Cabinet.
“When the London press went after him a few days ago, he made the commissioner send out that statement on me to draw attention away from him, and his troubles,” Bush claimed in his statement. “To top it all off, he went and got an extension of his time in Cayman without so much as a hint to me as Premier or to my Cabinet because he figured I would oppose it. That is not how Governors are supposed to behave,” the premier added.
The premier said neither the governor nor the Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials had done anything to help the Cayman Islands and when criticized in London they have not stood up for the Islands.
“We have suffered unemployment. Has he tried to help us? What has he done? He has done nothing of substance to help these islands,” Bush added, accusing the governor of opposing his projects. “He opposed Dr Shetty’s hospital project and I had to tell him 'you don't like this but you have no vote in cabinet' He didn't support me hiring Lord Blencathra. This is just a bit of what I've had to put up with; that’s the way he has performed,” Bush said.
“He has stealthily and insidiously undermined what I've been trying to do to get our economy off the ground and get jobs for people. Meanwhile he's got an extension of time for his job where he's never had it so good,” the premier lamented.
The tirade against Taylor comes following Bush’s persistent comments over the last week that the three police investigations surrounding him are baseless and merely a conspiracy against him.
The police commissioner has confirmed that Bush is involved in an investigation relating to an illegal shipment of dynamite, one into a land transaction involving developer Stan Thomas and a further issue regarding “financial irregularities", all of which the premier says are without merit.
See Bush’s full statement below.
|Reply to the Governors Statement -Final-4-5-2012.pdf||72.14 KB|
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