Typical of the chummy atmosphere that has always existed in Jersey between the media and States Members, I learned today that a group of them actually play football together in their spare time. The 'Manager'
of the team is none other than Deputy Murray 'Children in Need' Norton
, which explains so much, doesn't it? Now if you were a local journo playing on that team, would you be fully motivated to investigate and report political news stories which might possibly show the 'gaffer'
of your own footie team in a negative light? I think you might expect to face a prolonged spell on the substitute's bench if you did.
Another team member is Senator Lyndon Farnham
. Well no surprises there either. While he was still a backbencher of no importance, Farnham was so notorious for being constantly invited to appear on local TV news (particularly ITV Channel where he obviously had very close contacts) that I tried to log some of those appearances on a dedicated PJ thread. Here is one such message by me highlighting ITV Channel's blatant promotion of Farnham during the run-up to the October 2014 election:http://planetjersey.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=3369.msg59360#msg59360
Of course this sporting fraternization is nothing completely new. We already knew that a group of them used to play cricket matches every summer. However, if my memory is correct, they had separate teams in those days for the media and States Members. Perhaps it is symbolic of the way that their relationship has got closer over the past few years that they now play together
quite openly on the same team without fear of adverse public comment. It would be very handy to know the individual names of the members of this current media footie team so that we can look back in 2018 and note how many of them went on to get elected to the States on the back of their high-profile media status and then subsequently got invited to join Norton, Mac, Moore etc. on the Jersey Government's front benches supporting the policies that have been implemented in the last few years...
The next obvious question to ask is whether the female
members of the States are playing similar team games in their spare time with local female journalists who might possibly fancy the idea of adding a £50k States Members' salary to their income whilst still being able to continue doing part-time freelance media and PR work. Anyone for netball?