People can ask questions all day but its up to the host to make sure the questions are answered and challenged. They must make sure the minister is held to account. All we get is caller asks a question, Minister gives an answer. Now, it could be any answer because the person in the studio is none the wiser. We then we move onto the next caller and so on. I love the five live phone in's because they get answers.
"I think the idea is that people can call up and put their own questions to the ministers - which creates a challenge in itself."
What challenge would that be? There is no challenge. I think all the local media should have a serious workshop and decide if the want to be independent and for the people, or, remain the establishment mouthpiece. Just like in the middle east ryan the local media have been found out. They must shoulder a lot of the blame for our standard of Government. How many big stories or scoops have our media uncovered in keeping our Government in check? School Exams.
Starting from 1948 lets name them
I take it you don't listen or watch the local ITV and BBC stations much then? I've seen and heard people being grilled on ITV, equally on BBC Jersey too.
I do wish people would stop being so sensationalist and general when they in some cases don't actually listen, watch or read the content they are talking about.
As for the media shouldering the blame for the current government. What utter drivel. Some of this islands stupid rules stop talented people going into the States and making a difference. You can't vote or stand for the first two years you arrive on the island and Jersey being an inward looking place you'll find people "vote for a mate" because they think that's good for the country.
Reduce the qualifications restrictions to 5 years, allow people to vote and get involved as soon as they arrive here and admit that the current crop of politicians are there because of decades of mistrust of the outside world.
We have, in effect, a town council running a country. Surely everyone realises that isn't going to work? The skills simply aren't here.
Rico - if you want to make a difference instead of posting articles online to a few followers to gush at your every word - stand for the States. You never know, your followers may vote you in!