The problem with a lack of checks and balances is that slowly but inevitably the Jumper will unravel. In Jersey the lack of checks and balances is now showing itself as it was always going to.
The Chief Minister, Terry Le Suer, refuses to answer questions, put by elected and honest states members, a true dinosaur in an old Jersey mind set. This makes him a dangerous ally in forthcoming elections with an informed public hungry for truth and honesty, about many subjects that directly effect their lives.
Clear examples of relevant issues that the public should have full information to, but have been refused data, to name but a few,
1) How do various secondary and primary schools compare with mainland schools for exam results generally or exam results, against each other? Not allowed to know.
2) How does the hospital measure up statistically regarding health care in different departments to similar size hospitals in the UK? Not allowed to know.
3) Which organisation or individual put forward Mr Frank Walkers name for an OBE, why are they not coming forward, why are the States not publishing that information, a request would not be refused if submitted by the Jersey Government. Not allowed to know
4) The Wiltshire report with all names removed very reasonable, but instead, over 65% of the paragraphs were redacted, making the report unreadable and disjointed. Not allowed to know.
I take it the writer ( who seems informed ) means no resident, wants the job, all quotes are selective please read full articles.
Unfortunately, Angela has asked the wrong question. The hospital is required to have an MD following the Veritas report. The problem was, nobody wanted the job so we are left with having a pay a fortune to a contractor. He will probably do a good job although I do not recommend looking into the scandals at Oxford Radcliffe during his time in charge if you want to sleep well at nights.http://www.thisisjersey.com/2011/02/16/revealed-cost-of-new-hospital-managers-contract/
Dr Rosemary Geller, who has held the position since 2005, has been off work since late last year because of a chronic back condition. It is not known whether she will remain in the Island or return to the UK.
Her duties had included recommending how to improve the health of the Island population, protecting Islanders from infectious diseases and DEVELOPING HEALTH SERVICES. http://www.thisisjersey.com/2011/02/12/poor-health-forces-early-retirement-of-moh/#ixzz1EKJKqesm
ACTING Chief of Police David Warcup has said he does not want to be police chief and has blamed ‘malicious’ politicians for his decision.
Mr Warcup, who released a statement yesterday saying that he would not be putting himself forward for the role following the controversial retirement of Graham Power, http://www.thisisjersey.com/2010/07/20/acting-police-chief-says-hes-leaving/
When the game is up, normally caused by some external pressure testing an unsafe and weak structure, then top people responsible for those structures ( departments ) leave because, the truth is coming their way. They leave the stage before the building collapses, taking the money and running, is a far softer option.
My personal view is that Government secrecy is a very endangered animal. The unstoppable Internet will shine into every corner. The in depth investigation will not be done by paid reporters, but by those with a deep social conscience from all walks of life and all abilities from within organisations (whistle-blowers ), or people in society that will hunt the truth with a vengeance.
To put it very simply, only five years ago we were told how good our hospital was, how fantastic our schools were, how lucky we all are living in Jersey. These were not supported by figures just spin. Now we are able to find out for more for ourselves. Small effort by ordinary people well informed will become an army of difficult subjects to rule by those using the lies, deceit, and non transparency of the past. "Truth becomes an enemy, only when its been forgotten as a friend."