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Editorial: STANDARDS IN PUBLIC LIFE

Editorial 16 Dec, 2020 Follow News

Editorial: STANDARDS IN PUBLIC LIFE

Our beloved Cayman, which in many respects projects itself as a beacon to the other Overseas Territories, the Caribbean region - and even beyond, now finds itself at a very uncomfortable crossroads.

Just recently with much pomp and ceremony, we celebrated an historic up on the ladder of self-determination.

But amongst the glowing and even deeply reflective speeches, something was missing.

It appeared that no one, not one MP (Member of Parliament) reflected in-depth in the principles of ‘standards in public office’.

This omission (dereliction of duty?) was patently noticeable especially as unbecoming conduct is now on trial; on the one hand in the legal framework in the court of law (and correctly so), and on the other hand in the court of public opinion (and rightly so) as it involves a prominent and elected public figure.

We will not venture into deliberating on ongoing court proceedings out of respect to the principle of sub judice. Let the court decide on the matter before it.

Indeed, the broad issue of personal accountability by those who hold public - especially elected - office, is worth an airing, especially when by their own admission they fall short.

It is said that admission of guilt is the first step towards redemption. Cayman is a very forgiving nation.

But until that step is taken publicly, our newly-elevated MPs (Members of Parliament) will have failed us and our newly minted Parliament at the first hurdle.

To borrow from a well-known American phrase: “When you see something, say something.”

Failing to do that our new Parliament, and Cayman itself, will be found wanting.

Standards in Public Life regulations have been enacted.

Those who enacted them should now act on them...or is it a case of soft-pedalling because there’s a general election pending?


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