Somewhat lost in the shuffle amid Wednesday’s (13 April) game of political hardball in the LA, is the substance of the motions themselves.
Despite government’s insistence that other, more pressing business eclipsed two private member’s motions pertaining to the police response in the “missing five” case, and a lack of confidence in the RCIPS’ top brass, opposition and independent MLAs are furious these issues they feel are deserving of immediate attention have been forced to the back-burner for the time being.
“These are two important motions,” said Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush. “Five lives are still lost at sea and you’re hearing rubbish. You’re hearing nonsense.”
“You’re telling me that the insurance party that Mr. Wayne Panton has gone to is more important than the level of crime in the Cayman Islands,” chastised North Side MLA Ezzard Miller, referencing the Minister’s off-island excuse for non-attendance of the special session. “That’s their judgement call, not mine.”
Meanwhile, Mr. Miller heaped praise on House Speaker Juliana O’Cannor-Connolly for her role in handling of the unprecedented government boycott of the LA.
He told Cayman 27 she deftly fulfilled her duties under the standing orders of the house.
“What she has done, I thought it was quite brilliant actually. She said, ok, I’m adjourning it until 9 o’clock on the 25th, so they have to come to that meeting, and we have to deal with these two motions, and dispose of the business of this meeting before they can start their business,” said Mr. Miller.
It’s been speculated that on the 25th, government, given all are in attendance, could vote to move the business in the special session to the regular session in order to handle its agenda first.