Proving yet again that the Cayman Islands Government is a model for inefficiency and political hypocrisy, Auditor General Dan Duguay did something no other government official (who still has a job) has ever done - he put his stones on the table and officially stated that the government’s financial reporting process is a total disaster.
The Cayman Islands Government has been laying claim to the theory that they will be “transparent” in all they do so that the public can hold them accountable for their actions – from a results and a revenue basis –
and the government is failing colossally.
Does it matter? No.
And to make matters worse, I don't think anyone in government or the LA actually cares. All they care about is picking up a paycheque, counting down until the next public holiday, throwing political barbs at colleagues and journalists and insisting that “the people’s house” needs a dress code.
Authorities aren’t validating their financial existence? So what.
And it’s not surprising that the biggest offenders of the PMFL are the Health Services Authority, The Public Service Pensions Board and Cayman Airways.
I can tell you from personal experience that the PSPB is supposed to be distributing account statements for participants at least annually, but I know I’ve never received a statement – ever.
Needless to say the HSA is the sorriest excuse of an authority the Cayman Islands has and expecting anything more than their current level of attained mediocrity is nothing short of an exercise in futility. When the government finally pulls their heads out of their arses and realizes that the hospital needs to be sold to a private company we’ll all be a lot better off and Duguay will get his annual financial statements on time.
Cayman Airways? It is what it is. I’m not going to complain too much about an authority that has consistently done their job at least well enough to not put my life in eminent danger – unlike some authorities… I honestly feel I have a greater chance of dying by walking into the George Town Hospital than I do by boarding a Cayman Airways 737.
Funny that the authorities that are the biggest offenders in not complying with the PMFL are the three that could have the biggest impact on our lives. The hospital could save our lives (if they had qualified staff), the PSPB manages our money so we can survive financially (we hope – we won’t know if they don’t provide us account statements), and Cayman Airways flies us off the island so we can survive mentally.
But let’s be realistic: At the end of the day who really cares how government spends money? Who really needs to know how the government spends money? All I know is that because of or in spite of government spending we will all continue to be held captive by a government that scoffs at accountability and ignores their own claims of transparency; oft times blaming Hurricane Ivan.
But even if they are held to the PMFL, they will still continue their unqualified spending with no resulting increase in results or their precious transparency.
By not filing annual financial reports the government departments/ authorities / agencies, etc… are saying, “Sit down, shut up and don’t ask any questions.” They play by their own rules and if you don’t like it, tough!
You and I are held to different standards. Don’t pay a speeding ticket? Get arrested and fined. Late with your phone or cable bill? You get disconnected. Don’t renew your work permit? You get booted off the island. Don’t tell the Cayman people how you spend millions of dollars and fail to comply with the PMFL? Screw you – we’re the government. Do as we say, not as we do.
This is more proof that the government just doesn’t care about the public. They have no respect for their own laws and have no inclination to make the government “transparent” and every inclination to stonewall the auditor general and flat out lie to everyone else. Why? Because the very government that holds us accountable for our actions does not hold itself to the same standards.
They have job security and to heck with you for challenging their actions. The government operates best which operates within itself – and citizenry be damned.
I say “well done Dan Duguay” for going public with what we all know: that our government is replete with hypocrisy, unaccountable at any level, and flagrantly and willfully ignorant of the laws - which supports the notion that they have a wholesale lack of concern for the public they claim to serve.