Following on from this mornings truncated thread,.............
I believe there is not a huge amount wrong with the Jersey way of doing things. Yes, there are faults and there has been abuse. Yes, there has been limited miscarriage of justice. No justification for that. It happens everywhere, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, most everywhere. I cannot understand why it happened but it did.
Jersey is a fair place as far as I can see. Many people want to live and move here. Those that struggle with poverty here are to be helped as much as is possible. However, the appalling tenements of Liverpool, Limerick, Nicholson Park and the rest are banished to history, Thank God.
I believe in this Island and it's future. It will have to change the way it does business. The Great God of Finance will be replaced and I agree with Simon Crowcroft. Education, learning and 3rd level research can do that.
Jersey could become a centre of educational research and development quickly. We have some of the biggest tides in the world and the world is crying out for renewable energy. Jersey can take it's place in the world to do this. We can generate 10 times the energy we consume. I have seen the figures. Jersey could be a net exporter of up to 400megawatts of energy. The technology is not quite there yet. It is not far away. Give research a chance.
Give JCG or St.Saviours Hospital over to academic work. Donate the buildings on a low lease. Give academia a chance to just start here.
Let's invite Canadian, UK, French, US, Austrian, German, Polish, Irish, Portugese, Australian, New Zealand, South African Universities a chance to research here. We can only benefit and keep some of out great buildings intact and used.
In Limerick, my home city, it did not have a centre of learning until 1972.That university started then and now, in 2008, there are about 35,000 students there for four years]. That employs about 12,000 people from professors to cleaners. That could be a model for Jersey. Replace part of the finance industry with education. We are perfectly placed. However, there is no political will to take a risk. I would.