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A Better Jersey / Re: The Electoral Reform Commission
« Last post by Jerry Gosselin on April 25, 2017, 06:00:57 AM »
This was just a comment left by some Telegraph reader below what looks like a Telegraph editorial. Since when does anyone quote from the comments section rather than the main article itself? We don't know anything about the writer or whether they've even been to France. It could be one of the nutty Barclay twins writing under a pseudonym for all we know.

Worthless drivel, just like the paper itself. Mind you, a great future as a JEP columnist awaits this person if they ever decide to move to Jersey.  ;D
A Better Jersey / Re: The Electoral Reform Commission
« Last post by boatyboy on April 24, 2017, 04:22:47 PM »
What has France in common with Jersey ? A comment on the French election where obviously the elite mainstream politicians are so clever they all got kicked out ! In the article below it struck me that Jersey politicians living in their ivory tower, leaving to go on tax funded jollys or to get instruction from expensive spin doctors, are similar in many ways to the French politico.

Mainstream politicians are so out of touch with the electorate it is painful.

Christine Constable 24 Apr 2017 8:43AM

It is a sad day for France, this new upstart has no political base it is a bit like Farage becoming PM without any supporting MPs - what can he do to make the really massive changes France requires - nothing.  It will be a figleaf of a protest by the French who will still be fighting like cats in a bag between the failed Trotsky model of a heavily socialist France and the external forces of globalisation - the problem is France cannot deal with it huge structural problems without the same kind of economic blood letting the UK went through during the Thatcher era - France has managed to stave off this suffering  through support from the CAP - support which will no longer be forthcoming when the UK finally extricates itself from the bloc - it will be the leaving of the UK cash which will precipitate a massive economic crash for France, which is why the French are so bitter about the UK and are among the front runners that want to "punish the British"!

France has been living in cloud cuckoo land for a long time now, a failing agriculture sector, protectionist tendencies, ridiculously high taxation, anti business rules and aggressive employment policies compounded by  poor general government.

The French want to live in their one cow six chickens nirvana, but do not have the cash to do it, meanwhile the country has been filling up with antagonistic, often unemployed and welfare draining migrants   further eroding their parlous state.

One man elected as President who knows what difficult things need to be done, will be unable to do anything without a political base to support him, it will be just like Obama in a Republican held Senate and HofR.

The French are afraid of taking the big decisions and hope a vote for a token politician will deliver them from servitude to Germany and financial reality - history shows us that it won't and France's problems could grow and become more intractable.

Ironically the French who are so antagonistic to the EU are in their charmed position (spending more than they earn for decades) because of the largesse of the EU made possible by the UK's contribution - this situation for the British is intolerable that we should be forced to subsidise a lazy ideologically flawed and politically spiteful partner who, now realising they are going to have to pick up the tab for their own failures rather than expecting everyone else to pay for them wants to create an unpleasant backlash to Britain, a country that has enabled it to stay in its torpor of failure for quite a few decades.

France should wake up and smell the coffee and recognise that Britain is doing it a favour - change only comes about through necessity and Brexit means that France must now do the tough things to get itself back into a functioning economy without the need for subsidies.

The EU should be nervous indeed - no change on the EU front or "more Europe" followed by a French President that is paralysed to do anything could create a very dangerous situation in France - just a handful more of terrorist outrages could tip the country into a very volatile situation and I would not be surprised if France ends up with another election in a few months time.

The EU elites have monumentally failed Europe, their one size fits all, over ambition, politically driven agenda, and spectacular failures with the Euro and economic growth, let alone mass unwanted migration will continue to sow the seeds of its eventual collapse.

Sadly the EU never had the intellectual capacity to do the obvious thing and consult with the people subjected to Europe about what  THEY wanted, the elites presumed to themselves that THEY knew what the people wanted  and that their very specific vision was a shared vision - which it wasn't.  We now have a huge number of subsidy junkies in Europe - one of the biggest being France itself and without massive structural change the expensive subsidy driven model that runs the EU will crash into reality.

It is a political embarrassment for mainstream politicians in France that none of them made the Presidential run the same way the UK had to use Farage as a bulwark against which to demand a referendum on membership of the EU - mainstream politicians are so out of touch with the electorate it is painful.

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Simon Crowcroft - St Helier / Re: Wickenden's holiday snaps
« Last post by Jerry Gosselin on April 24, 2017, 07:13:18 AM »
Somehow I overlooked the fact that Deputy Scott Wickenden also attended that Mallorca Smart Island World Congress with Constable Crowcroft, as this tweet confirms:

Apparently, Jersey's Digital Policy Framework is a finalist in the Smart Island World Congress Awards.

Another tweet by Wicko (link below) seems to suggest that he will also be attending a separate event - the Smart City Expo - for the same reason (Jersey's Digital Policy Framework is a finalist in the Smart Island World Congress Awards). The Smart City Expo is being held in Barcelona on 14-16 November 2017. So if I understand this correctly, Jersey appears to be attending both the Islands and the City events and is a finalist at both awards:

Only last month it was revealed that Jersey's eGov project has already used 75% of its £9.9 million budget without any major changes to the way islanders interact with their government having yet been made:

Simon Crowcroft - St Helier / Re: Crowcroft's holiday snaps
« Last post by Jerry Gosselin on April 22, 2017, 08:20:37 PM »
Simon's on junket duty this week, as this States of Jersey re-tweet from yesterday shows:

Mallorca for the 'Small Island World Congress' (who dreams these things up?). Poor guy. I bet they had to drag him kicking and screaming onto the plane at Jersey Airport.

These are some of the tortures he has had to endure on our behalf:

I don't know if he's staying here but this is one of the hotels being used for this latest mass get together of island bureaucrats and movers and shakers:

It must feel weird for a Jersey resident to be on a holiday island which boasts large, high-quality hotels built in this millennium rather than the last one. And hotels by the sea too. How many of those do we have left in Jersey that aren't yet the subjects of Planning applications for either demolition or conversion into high-value homes?

The Congress speakers were all yawn-inducing bores (er, eyes to the left!):

And the Azores speaker wasn't much better:

Nothing very tempting to see here either:

Poor Simon is going to need a holiday to get over this er, holiday. He has my sympathies.

Presumably this has gone on the Public Accounts Committee expenses tab because Simon isn't a member of anything else (other than the Constables' Committee). The other politicians on this Committee are Deputy Andrew 'Powergate' Lewis (pictured below last month with Simon outside his new padded cell), Constable Christopher Taylor and "the Rt Hon. Member for Albert Square", Deputy Judy Martin.

Child Abuse Enquiry / Re: Child abuse in the Channel Islands
« Last post by shortport on April 22, 2017, 03:17:09 AM »
The care inquiry has been delayed.
Now we find out ministers are being trained by spin doctors to deal with the fallout.
How much interference did the COM have to delay the report so they can be brainwashed.
Seems like political interference to me.
General Discussion / Re: £35,000
« Last post by Fritz on April 21, 2017, 12:18:59 AM »
If they are not competent to answer questions what the heck are they doing in politics?
General Discussion / £35,000
« Last post by Chevalier Blanc on April 20, 2017, 04:04:13 PM »
Well now, another £35,000 i know is not much for our government to spend but on bringing over a spin doctor just to train the CoM's to be able to lie with a straight face and duck and dive questions about the Child Abuse report.
Just let the public read and make up their own minds who is to blame.
It is disgusting that they are going to do this. Can they not just answer a question straight when asked and not try to cover up who is to blame.
A Better Jersey / Re: The Electoral Reform Commission
« Last post by Jerry Gosselin on April 20, 2017, 05:46:26 AM »
Andrew POWERGATE Lewis being "pleased" with the media and "not so pleased" in the States.

Oh- a devastating bit of editing there. Well done!

On a lighter note, I thought Susie Pinel and Mrs Ozouf were snogging each other in the top right hand corner starting at 0.55 on the tape, but after upgrading the picture quality it seems that they were just whispering something. I can't help wondering what they were saying though. Probably nothing complimentary if Deputy Lewis was the subject of the conversation.

How long before States Members start covering their mouths with their hands like Jose Mourinho when chatting to other Ministers in the Chamber? There is bound to be a lip reader out there somewhere who will eventually catch one of them saying something really embarrassing.

One thought: if the States do decide to change their mind and back the Lewis reforms in a fortnight's time, what should be the response of the PPC who brought the original proposition in order to implement the will of the house as decided in February? Withdraw the proposition, as Deputy Lewis intended to do himself before changing his mind? And if the PPC proposition was then withdrawn, would that mean no change at all in electoral districts next year unless another proposition was very quickly lodged and then adopted? What a total mess.
A Better Jersey / Re: The Electoral Reform Commission
« Last post by voiceforchildren on April 19, 2017, 10:11:16 PM »
Andrew POWERGATE Lewis being "pleased" with the media and "not so pleased" in the States.
A Better Jersey / Re: No joking - Powergate reforms to be debated YET AGAIN
« Last post by Jerry Gosselin on April 19, 2017, 07:41:12 PM »
This is quite simply beyond parody: Deputy Andrew 'Powergate' Lewis has today lodged two amendments to a proposition of the Privileges and Procedures Committee which would seem to have the effect of requiring the States Assembly to consider afresh his electoral reform plans, only 3 months after the States decided to amend his proposition.  :o  >:(  :-[  ???

The Committee had lodged P.18/2017 on 14th March in order to implement the decision of the States on 2nd February to approve the Farnham-amended version of the Powergate proposition.

This latest attempt by Lewis to impose his will on the electors of the island is set to be debated on 2nd May and one of his propositions clearly intends to remove the Senators from the House, which he tried and failed to achieve only 3 months ago. After that debate on 2nd February, he went outside and told BBC Channel Islands News on camera that he was "pleased" with the amended Farnham version of his proposition. Now it seems that he wasn't actually pleased at all and wants his own Farnham-free proposition debated all over again.

He is also trying to overturn Farnham's amended super constituency borders which the States agreed, to get his own borders reinstated. This would have profound effects for some parishes. For example, the Farnham plan would see St Clement and Grouville form one constituency, whereas the Powergate plan (rejected in February) would see St Clement, Grouville and St Martin form one more rural-dominated constituency. In the west, the Farnham plan would see St Brelade, St Ouen and St Peter form one constituency, whereas the rejected Powergate plan would see just St Brelade and St Peter form one constituency. There are other differences which I shall not repeat now.

The media doesn't seem to have picked up on the story yet and I haven't had time to properly study the two propositions he has lodged today, which can be viewed below:

Powergate 1st amendment:

Powergate 2nd amendment:

There have been no changes to the membership of the States in the 3 months since his plans were last substantially amended. Is this man so stubborn (or just thick?) that he thinks the same group of Members who rejected his ideas then will now suddenly be swayed to adopt them? This is the ultimate abuse of the legislative process and if rules aren't in place to stop him getting away with this then the rules urgently need to be reviewed.
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