October 25, 2020

“The lady doth protest too much” and hats off to ‘Killa’

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Queen Gertrude added the word ‘methinks’ at the end of the above quotation from Hamlet Act 3, scene 2. It means that the lady objects so much as to lose credibility.

It seems to me we are in danger of doing just that because everything being proposed here in the Cayman Islands is being objected to. It’s not just here either. All over the world people are protesting. There are marches for democracy, protests against inequality, against austerity, for anti-corruption legislation and the list goes on. There is a wave of “people power” sweeping our planet. It is contagious and are we, on our tiny islands, caught up in it?

At what point do we stop protesting? I would have some sympathy if our protestors could come up with an alternative proposal (that makes sense) re the proposals they are protesting against. But they rarely do.

The latest protest is against the decision of the Government planners to allow Dart Realty to begin development of five parcels on 561 acres in Bodden Town for a proposed waste management facility presaging relocation of the George Town Landfill. In other words, “a dump”.

We have had so many protests recently I cannot remember anything being proposed that some well meaning group hasn’t protested against.

And the opposition party’s abbreviations PPM has been mimicked to the People’s PROTEST Movement because they seem to protest at anything and everything. I am not saying they shouldn’t protest. I am not saying people shouldn’t protest. I am saying too many and “the lady doth protest too much.”

Congratulations to Charles “Killa” Whittaker. He has battled with disappointment for years but he has always come up fighting and not always with his hands. He has never given up. He has promoted his own fights because no one else would. He deserves his world title fight like no other boxer and he is now within a whisker of getting his chance.

Premier, Hon. McKeeva Bush, received a wave of protests when he gave $100,000 of Government’s purse towards Mr. Whittaker’s training and promotion. I can only say I believe it was a lot of money but well spent. The publicity to these Islands alone is well worth it, especially if the title fight is forthcoming. There is also talk the fight might even be staged here. Keep your fingers crossed and let’s only protest if it doesn’t happen.

 

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