PPM berates Mac's travel
(CNS): The opposition party has attacked the UDP government and in particular the premier for leaving the islands in limbo while he is on world excursions and not explaining the details of his frequent trips. The PPM's executive committee released a statement Tuesday describing McKeeva Bush's travel as unacceptable, especially given that the deputy premier was also away when the premier took off to Asia earlier this month. The PPM pointed to the recent headline on CNS which questioned who was in charge that generated close to a hundred comments, very few of which were in support of the travelling.
Despite making enquiries regarding the details of the latest trips taken by the premier and the deputy premier, including the reasons for the trips and who went with them, few details were forthcoming. As a result CNS has now submitted FOI requests regarding the full details and costs of the official travel of both the premier and the deputy premier. It is understood, however, that the premier, who is currently in Asia, is not expected back in Cayman until 28 October.
The Executive Committee of the People's Progressive Movement said it was deeply concerned with the ongoing absence of the premier from the country.
“Not only has the Premier been frequently absent for long periods, at times with the public not being advised of the reasons for his absence from the Islands, but recently we also see that the Deputy Premier was at the same time visiting Qatar for a Postal Union conference,” the opposition said in the statement.
In the face of the concerns raised by the public about the usefulness of the globetrotting by the UDP given the costs, the party said that as Cayman continued to face the results of the economic mismanagement of the UDP Government, the country needed all hands on deck at home to resolve the many challenges.
“The ongoing regular absence of the key leaders in the UDP Government, particular the Premier, in part explains why the Cayman Islands seem to be regularly adrift, or on autopilot but going around in circles. The fact is that no major decision can occur while the leadership is away,” the opposition added.
Pointing to government's failure to address the Framework for Fiscal Responsibility or the changes to the country's political landscape, as required by the constitution ahead of the General Election, for the addition of three new seats in the Legislative Assembly, the PPM said these were just two of many issues that were stalled while Bush was absent without leave.
“We cannot continue to accept the many instances of bad judgment and bad governance that Mr Bush and his Government has surrounding them," the PPM said as it called on the UDP to explain the whereabouts of the leadership and ensure that important matters received due attention.
Related article on CNS:
|PPM press statement Oct 16 2012.doc||63 KB|
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