The official Office opening for the West Bay North political candidate for the Cayman Islands 2021 General Election, Mr. Rolston Anglin was held on Thursday 25th February.
Mr. Anglin served in the Legislative Assembly from 2000 to 2013 and was a Minister with responsibility for Education during the last four years of his Parliamentary tenure.
He spoke exclusively with the Caymanian Times during the launch of his new office and explained the importance of having an office in the Constituency.
“This office is going to be the only office in the West Bay North, as the current representative does not have one,” he remarked; referring to his opponent in the race - incumbent, Mr. Bernie Bush.
A former member of the now dissolved United Democratic Party (UDP), Mr. Anglin is running as an independent in this year’s General Election but noted that he and the UDP Founder, the Honourable McKeeva Bush would be working closely together.
“For me it’s about coming back and showing what leadership and representation look like,” noted Mr. Anglin, who added, “It’s about people not politics”.
He explained that his time off from politics had given him time to reflect and that he felt he was now at a point to serve and hit the ground running.
Mr. Anglin’s office actually sits on the border for West Bay West, where Captain Eugene Ebanks and Mr. McKeeva Bush have an office.
“I searched and searched to find this place and it was not easy to find a spot to set up this office; believe me,” he explained, adding that though he was previously a Minister, he wished to serve in whatever capacity he could at this time.
Former Premier and West Bay, West Member of Parliament, the Honourable McKeeva Bush, who was on hand for the opening of the office, shared his thoughts on his former political running mate rejoining the fray.
“I’m glad Rolston is coming back. He gave up a lot to run in the first instance. At the time in 2000 when he entered political life, he was a junior partner at Price Waterhouse Coopers.
“He is very capable and got a lot done for West Bay and the Country.”
Mr. Bush expressed his pleasure at the office being opened and noted a measure of disappointment that there was currently no office for West Bay North.
“The current MP gave up his office, despite being paid to have one,” he said, elaborating to say that he was very optimistic that Mr. Anglin would be successful in his bid to represent the people of West Bay.
“The Country is facing some serious times. Right now we do not have our tourism industry. The only industry that is functioning is our financial sector and as you know, as soon as we clear one hurdle they move the goal post.”
Mr. Bush also commented on his personal aspirations with regard to the upcoming elections and what role he wished to play in the post election Parliamentary framework.
“I would like to be the Speaker again but even if I am not, I will continue to work for the people, as I have for 36 years.
“We have to focus on the family and providing opportunities for people. Expectations are very high and lots of people want so much but don’t want to see change. At the same time, proper infrastructure is needed and a paradigm shift is also needed,” noted Mr. Bush.
He said the crux of any progress would hinge on focusing on development and stabilising Caymanian families.
In addition to his time as Premier, Mr. Bush served as the Speaker of the House from 2017 to 2021 and is the longest serving member in the Cayman Islands’ Parliament with over 36 years in Public Office.