September 27, 2021

The Editor Speaks: CIAS cash removal gets put back but where did the money come from?

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Colin WilsonwebIt is all very nice that the Cayman Islands Agricultural Society (CIAS) has now received its regular $20,000 donation from the government to help with the costs of staging the Annual Agricultural Show, but where did the money come from?

Was there a whip round with all the government ministers putting their hands in their pockets and placing $5,000 each into the passed around hat? If that is so I must applaud them.

You see, money must come from somewhere. It doesn’t grow on trees. No amount of time having been spent on trying to manufacture gold or using magic spells has produced anything.

But the Cayman government have managed to come up with the required cash even though there was zero in the budget for any monetary contributions to the Ag show.

No explanation was forthcoming from Premier Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, who is also Minister for Agriculture, where the unbudgeted money was found “at the 11th hour”.

She has publicly berated her staff on Radio Cayman, including Chief Officer Alan Jones, for the removal of the Ag Show funding from the budget.

But all is smiles now. Jones took the responsibility for the error in removing the cash from the Budget, even though he had been away when the situation arose and has apologised to the premier.

How nice.

Can the premier find some more money to pay for all the essential services that the country needs but can’t have because there is no money for them?

Now there is the question of my driveway ……..



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