New line-up for ethics fee

Cayman News Service

Sonia Bush

(CNS): Local family lawyer Sonia Bush has been appointed the new chairperson of the Commission for Standards in Public Life. Bush will be serving alongside retired attorney Richard Addlestone, insolvency expert Keith Blake and banking executive Rosalie Twohey after most of the existing members step down. The appointments were made by the governor but officials confirmed that the new premier and opposition leader were consulted before they were confirmed. Bush will be leading the new team, which includes the only current member, Isatou Smith, at a time when the country is expecting far greater scrutiny of their elected representatives and other public servants.

The outgoing members, who were led by chairperson Rosie Whittaker-Myles for six years, were unable to do much during their tenure because the commission was faced with a government that dragged its heels on the legislation needed to give it teeth. While there were a number of reasons why two PPM-led…