Quite marvellous. So, our favourite retired accountant notes that crime is increasing in the Cayman Islands.
To Ritchie this is clearly to do with the fact that the whole place is simply a bunch of gangsters, Vampire Squids sticking a straw into the bloodstream of the global economy.
Only occasionally, but persistently none the less, have I argued that their business models are also deeply and fundamentally dangerous to the people who live in the small island secrecy jurisdiction.
There are two reasons why I have argued this. First of all, is is obvious in the case of the Crown Dependencies, Cayman and others, the model is incapable of funding the necessary functions of government.
Second, as in Turks & Caicos and Antigua, corruption has destroyed the state already.
This social unrest is spreading. You cannot build a state on the corrupt premise that is inherent in the abusive structures promoted by secrecy jurisdictions - structures that were always and solely designed to facilitate crime and, I will candidly suggest, for no other purpose - without crime spreading, including in your home jurisidiction.
Cayman is the latest jurisdiction where this is being seen. It is suffering enormous tension in an island of just 55,000 people, an outbreak of violence and murders and has an inability to now police itself - showing how absurd is its claim to be an independent territory.
Cayman is collapsing fiancially.
Cayman is collapsing as a society.
Who knew accountancy could have such effects?
Looking at his actual source document though shows something a little different:
To counter the crime rise, the police commissioner cancelled all rest days and vacation for police officers and put them on 12-hour shifts. Nonessential services were suspended to boost police visibility on the streets.
Drawn from a number of Britain’s police forces, the reinforcing officers, who will be on four- to six-week assignments, were investigators and detectives with expertise in running murder inquiries and tackling gang-related crime.
“It is not about bringing in a SWAT team,” said Baines. “It’s about filling in the skill shortfall we have because our existing detectives are stretched.”
Like most of the local police force, the reinforcements will not carry firearms, but will be backed up by armed officers if the need arises, a police spokesperson said.
Varying factors like the release of violent gang members from prison, a greater prevalence of firearms and leadership battles appeared to be contributing to the violence.
Gangs, which gained a foothold in the Caymans in 1996, have been involved in transhipment of drugs to the United States, as well as in the local drug trade, said Detective Chief Inspector Patrick Beersingh of the Joint Intelligence Unit.
Shipments of marijuana and cocaine from South and Central America are brought into the Cayman Islands via Jamaica, Honduras and Panama and then moved on to the United States. So-called Jamaican canoes also frequently smuggle in guns.
Police say there are some 30 criminal gangs in the Caymans with names like Jamaican Posse, Central Crew, West Bay Mobsters, East End Crew, Fern Circle and Wild Dogz. They each have special hand signs, colours and tattoos.
Ah, the islands are being screwed over by exactly the same thing that is screwing over Northern Mexico (a place which, we might note, doesn’t have any offshore financial system): the absurd prohibition of drugs in the US and the military nature of the “War on Drugs”.