Having a read through Hansard regarding the debate on removing the Bailiff as speaker of the assembly three short speeches caught my eye.
I thought they may be of interest, as they are just so full of common sense.
Every time this Assembly has addressed this issue, there is always someone trying to sabotage the proposition: whether it be an amendment or a refer-back, or this, that and the other.
I am amazed that the people who are the ones doing it today are some of those who, for the last few years, have been saying: “Oh, we believe that there should be a separation of the powers. We believe that the Bailiff should not be in the Assembly.” They always seem to be the same ones that keep on putting it off. We have got the Constable of St. Helier; probably when he was a Deputy he was arguing the case for the separation of power, but it never comes to pass.
We have got Senator Ozouf, another one who, again, is supposed to have had the view that there should be the separation of powers, but always there is something that is wrong with this. The Assembly has got until May 2018 if this Assembly is going to decide this issue. To be perfectly honest, I think if we delay the debate today and give a steer, perhaps, to P.P.C., it will never be done in this Assembly by the Members that are here. I believe that we should go ahead. All I can say is I am just appalled. It is just another wrecking attempt, and they should be ashamed of themselves.
I love my Constable of St. Helier, but he has the gall to stand here today and tell me he does not know what his public wants. Since this has been lodged, we have had 6 Parish Assemblies. Did the Constable think to put it on?
Did the Constable of any Parish think in their Assemblies:
“Oh, this is coming up. It is a massive constitutional change that the Deputy of St. Brelade is proposing.” Not one. This is why I am told we keep the Constables: “Because
they have their ears very close to the ground.
They meet their parishioners at their Parish Assemblies. They come to the Rates Assemblies, they come and tell them when they are not happy about something.” So if, from 24th May, you - sorry, they are all sitting to the right of me - had wanted any indication, why did you not put it to your Parish Assemblies? But to come here today and say: “Oh, I have got no idea. People are not really phoning up.” No, because they are going down to food banks, or they cannot get on the housing list and they are really ...
It would be nice if the Chief Minister, in particular, could use his great enthusiasm for this urgent democratic change that needs to happen to finally support this proposition rather than finding ways to stall it.