Former UK parliamentarian wishes Cayman well
The founder of the UK-Cayman Islands Parliamentary Group, Matthew Gordon-Banks has sent his best wishes to Cayman for 2013, following the recent changes in government.
Mr Gordon-Banks founded the British-Cayman Parliamentary Group, which still flourishes, in 1994 when he was a Member of Parliament, and in a personal capacity advocated a change in government in the islands in the 2004 election.
The Parliamentary Group was founded for a variety of reasons but, said Mr Gordon-Banks, “the public sector and taxpayers of Cayman were having to pay a heavy price due to humanitarian work involving a then influx of Cuban refugees. We set the group up to help give Cayman a further voice in London and Europe and that group and its current officers in the British Parliament continue to play an important and helpful role today”.
Mr Gordon-Banks, who hopes to visit Cayman later in the year, told Cayman Net News, “This is a challenging time for Cayman with what, in effect, is almost an interim government for a period, ahead of elections this year.”
“I am very sorry that Mr Bush has had to leave office in the manner he has, but it was frankly unavoidable. Friends of Cayman who live abroad know that any criticism of the RCIPS and the Governor are unfair. The Governor would have been informed of any potential arrest only at the last moment and only because of his constitutional position. I wish Mr Bush had stepped down quite some time ago with dignity. However, I say ‘innocent until proven guilty’. I know what it is like to be accused of an offence and then have to wait a long time to be exonerated, although in this case, the current allegations are much more serious.”
Mr Gordon-Banks added: “It is important Cayman islanders make as many decisions affecting their lives as possible, locally and by elected Cayman politicians. Following recent changes, Cayman has an experienced new Premier and a very capable Leader of the Opposition in Alden McLaughlin. I am very confident The Cayman Islands will have a good 2013.”