Unemployment, a disappearing middle class, and a police service in turmoil.
Bodden tTown MLAs Anthony Eden and Alva Suckoo took these and other issues to constituents last night at a two-and-a-half hour public meeting.
This, as the progressives-led government both men walked away from months ago says they will not attend tomorrow’s special session of the LA.
“When you have a tourist sitting at a restaurant and a gun is stuck in their face, you think they’re coming back?” said Mr. Suckoo.
“The type of policing we are getting here is not conducive to the way we live here in the Cayman Islands,” said Mr. Eden.
The MLAs took turns aireing their frustrations with the RCIPS, one of several issues raised at Monday night’s (11 April) public meeting.
“Is this the kind of policing that we’ve got to continue to live under? I say it’s time we have a change of pace and that we get policing that’s acceptable to the people of these islands. People want to be protected,” said Mr. Eden.
Mr. Eden chastised government for its position that issues raised by opposition and independent members about the effectiveness of police, the reasons for Wednesday’s (13 April) special session of the Legislative Assembly, can wait another two weeks.
“We’re hoping that they will come down and act responsibly and debate this motion, and let us work together to solve what’s going on,” said Mr. Eden.
“When the government says they are too busy to come down to the Legislative Assembly, I have to wonder what it is they are so busy doing,” said Mr. Suckoo.
Mr. Suckoo saidsocial issues like unemployment and a cheap foreign labour are compounding Cayman’s policing problems.
“People are not able to sustain themselves, sustain their families and their children, and some of our young people are turning to crime,” said Mr. Suckoo.
Both men believe these issues are too important to the country to wait even one more day to be debated on the LA floor.
The Legislative Assebly told Cayman 27 it is business as usual for its staff tomorrow whether government shows up or not.
It said speaker Juliana O’connor-Connolly will have a wide discretion under the standing orders of what to do if a quorum isn’t reached.