GEORGETOWN, Guyana, may 5, CMC – A war of words has erupted between Governor Duncan Taylor and embattled Premier McKeeva Bush over the future socio-economic development of this British Overseas Territory (BOT).
In a statement, Bush questioned what has the Taylor done to support or defend the Cayman Islands when the island is criticised in London.
Moreover, Bush has also questioned what the British government representative has done to help ease unemployment on the island.
Premier Bush’s outburst followed an earlier statement issued by Governor Taylor in response to accusations that he and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) were conspiring against the government and the Cayman Islands.
“The suggestion that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or I are working against the interests of the Cayman Islands is completely without foundation,” Taylor said, noting that Britain’s vision for the Cayman Islands had been set out “clearly during the visit by the Minister for the Overseas Territories, Henry Bellingham, less than two weeks ago”.
Taylor said there is a a vision of a flourishing and vibrant economy, whose public finances are well managed and whose adherence to internationally recognised standards of governance enhances its reputation as a good place to live, work and do business.
“I wholeheartedly support that vision. I have and will continue to devote all my energy to helping make that vision a reality. When I took up my responsibilities as Governor I swore an oath to “well and truly serve Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II … and the people of the Cayman Islands”. I am passionately committed to fulfilling the oath I made.
During his visit, Bellingham also made clear that he was confident that the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) was pursuing the investigations which involve Premier Bush properly.
“I share that view and remain confident that the Commissioner will ensure that the RCIPS carry out their responsibilities in this regard objectively and fairly,” Taylor added.
According to the police, two of the investigations against Premier Bush involve allegations of financial irregularities in relation to a land deal while the third relates to the importation of explosives into the British Overseas Territory.
Premier Bush last week acknowledged publicly for the first time that he was under investigation by the police but insisted that he had done nothing wrong and the allegations against him were baseless.
(Full story in Politics section)