…………………its fun, its who really said what – it is for us to discover, why and how the Electoral Commissions referendum questions, and the big massive result cheered by the powerful "B" team ended up in such a sticky mess on the floor of the assembly.
Some say, the result was anti democratic after a public vote was cast, some say it was self preservation, people even say the States at last saw sense and trashed a conflicted referendum which was the work of self interest and lacked integrity and honesty and the future democratic well being of Jersey. So now its up to you.
The Hansard link below will tell you everything about the characters you and I have voted in to make our lives better or a dam site worse. Learn more about the people that will want ( sorry beg for ) your vote at the 2014 election, is he / she worth your time.
Recycled from the Trevor Pitman Blog.
Anonymous 24 July 2013 00:12:00 BST
The Hansard for the electoral reform debate is online. It makes interesting reading. It's a good debate, with some cogent arguments put forward. The media are nevertheless presenting it as "28 members ignored the public". I urge readers to read the debate and make their own minds up.?
In particular I noticed that Senator Philip Bailhache said on p 31 that he is?"not in the slightest bit interested in my own political future". That has to be good news. Perhaps he can stand aside and let a younger man have the opportunity in 2014???
He goes on to say that the legislature should be smaller and more "efficient". I completely disagree. The States is a government, not a business. I've had enough of the Chamber of Commerce types preaching smaller, fitter, leaner. It might work in a computerised bank, but it doesn't work in government.
For once I agree with Deputy Macon - there is a case for MORE members, to ensure effective scrutiny and that a heavy workload is adequately shared. I mean, preventing just one Bill Ogley pay off would pay for an extra 10 States members for a year!!!http://thebaldtruthjersey.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/transmissions-from-twilight-zone-of.html#comment-form