As the world gently changes so do the creatures that inhabit this wonderful world.
Of course the States of Jersey are full of creatures that hate change, they have good reason, Jersey works just fine for them, the secrecy, the power, the expensive world girdling first class trips, the pomp and ceremony all paid for by the taxpayer.
The peasants ( thats us of course ) that don't understand the debates or the fact they must pay more taxes to keep us in clover. The reality is you might be surprised that Jersey is an island of readers and would you believe it, we can actually write and are reasonably well educated, bloody drat.
To make matters worse we have modern technology probably bought for our kids ( by the older generation ) but they have taught us how easy it is to Google and read blogs like Rico Sorda, VFC and God forbid who won the Brazilian football league if we wish. Its all there for us to read and we certainly do.
Of course some of the old guard are so entrenched in their own importance to see the game is up, it is over - Kaputt - secrets are for lovers, and have no place in a good democratic Government.
Let us focus on how and why ?
Firstly good members of the States and inspired civil servants, when money was flowing proposed Hansard, and a Gov. website. A little grin might appear on the sceptics faces, thinking their names would be put up in lights, ok not lights but screens throughout the world. This is Minister so and so in charge of …………………. pampering by publishing.
Now we know that Ozouf ( to his credit and of blog fame ) Ferguson, Higgins, Tadier, Pitman, Crowcroft, and other States members have been ambassadors for open and transparent Government, they are open and intelligent enough to understand.
The old school, especially Senator Bailhache, Routier, Ian Le Marquand, loath transparency for reasons not yet published, but we can all take guesses !
I advocate secrecy when it comes to national security or medical records. These seriously never appear in debates in Jersey's assembly.
Fifty-one politicians working for the people, are not elected by the people to high office to protect their lying fellow politicians or Senior or other civil servants giving them suitcases of money in, to do so is corruption ?
Truth, honesty, integrity and transparency the hall marks of good Government with nothing to hide.