Monday, May 1, 2017
DEPUTY RUSSELL LABEY
WILL ASK THE CHIEF MINISTER IN THE STATES ON MAY 2nd THE BELOW QUESTION AS MENTIONED ON THE VFC BLOGSPOT:
2. Deputy R. Labey of St. Helier will ask the following question of the Chief Minister –
“Further to his answer to my written question on 18th April 2017, will the Chief Minister advise whether the £33,500 spent on consultancy in preparation for the release of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry’s findings included any expenditure on engaging Ramsay Jones; and, if not, what was the cost of engaging him and what is the total anticipated spend for all such P.R. advice and training relating to this issue?”
THIS IS THE WRITTEN QUESTION FROM THE 18th APRIL 2017
2.20 DEPUTY R. LABEY OF ST. HELIER OF THE CHIEF MINISTER REGARDING THE ENGAGEMENT OF PORTLAND COMMUNICATIONS IN RELATION TO MEDIA TRAINING IN PREPARATION FOR THE PUBLICATION OF THE INDEPENDENT JERSEY CARE INQUIRY’S REPORT: [1(224)]
Will the Chief Minister advise if the services of Portland Communications have been engaged by the States of Jersey to provide media training to Ministers and/or others in preparation for the publication of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry’s report, or for any other reason, and, if so:
(a) which Ministers or other personnel are receiving this training;
(b) if the cost of the programme including fees, flights and accommodation are to be met by the tax payer, how much will this amount to; and
(c) what is the brief Portland Communications are working to and what exactly is the firm charged with delivering for the government?
Portland Communications were first engaged as a result of an open competitive tendering process initiated in 2011 by the Bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey for the provision of combined strategic support to the Islands, which at the time was mainly in relation to UK matters.
During 2012 and 2013, Portland Communications provided advice on UK Party conferences, Global transparency initiatives, FATCA and enhanced engagement with a number of key European countries. Since the offices in London, Brussels and Caen have become more fully established, in partnership with the Bailiwick of Guernsey, those offices have been able to take on these functions and Portland Communications is now engaged only to provide additional strategic advice, as needed, on matters where there is strong national or international interest.
Most recently, this has included the provision of advice on how best to engage with the anticipated national and international interest in the report to be published this year by the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry. The aim is to improve upon the past handling of such matters by the Island and being fully open and informative in the public response.
This strategic advice includes matters relating to anticipated national and international media interest and has been provided to officers and relevant Ministers (the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister/Minister for Health and Social Services, Minister for Education and Minister for Home Affairs), usually during telephone calls. In 2017 this has also involved the relevant Ministers visiting the offices of Portland Communications in London as convenient (usually when in London for other personal or official business).
Portland Communications has received £33,500 from the Department for Community and Constitutional Affairs for the provision of this strategic advice and support, with the aim of enhancing the provision of public information, including to the national and international media, following the release of the report by the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry.
The Chief Minister said in answer to Deputy Labey that he employed Portland in order to learn how to be "more open and informative". Why didn't he mention anything about Ramsey Jones? The Chief Minister said he wanted to "improve upon the past handling of such matters by the island and being fully open and informative in the public response". Is the Chief Minister saying that the Government has NOT been fully open and informative with the public in the past.
Why is the Chief Mnister spending £50,000 to learn how to deal with National/ International Journalists? Sounds to me like he isn't worried about the local journalists. Must protect our international reputation. Our local journalists could take that as an insult.
When did they employ Portland & Jones. Was it before December or after December. Did our Government get wind of a late report in order to get some PR training in?
What the hell are our Communications Unit doing? Does it still exist?
They have been doing PR training over the phone with Portland and Jones. You know it will still go tits up no matter how much money they chuck at it. There advice would be along the lines of "Listen Minister. All ya gotta say is Lessons have been learnt - It was all Syvrets fault and Jersey is open for business." Simples. Now keep repeating it.
Just be honest and give us something from the heart.
Someone ask the Chief Minister how those Innovation Fund reports are coming along.
Days into weeks into months. You get the drift.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
ABUSE INQUIRY WEBSITE NEEDS COMPLETE OVERHAUL BEFORE REPORT IS PUBLISHED. KEY DOCUMENTS MUST BE SAVED, NOT DESTROYED.
FORMER DEPUTY DANIEL WIMBERLEY
BBC RADIO JERSEY INTERVIEW
Daniel Wimberley issued a press release regarding the Jersey (Child Abuse) Care Enquiry Website which was published on the Voiceforchildren Blogspot on Monday, 24th April. Daniel also discussed what was to happen to evidence gathered.
The full press release can be read here:
Below is part of the interview that Daniel Wimberley gave BBC Jersey.
We await the full report.
All the media must be ready for the spin.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
|THE ST HELIER LIFE BOAT|
THE JERSEY LIFEBOAT CREW
A BAND OF BROTHERS
ALL 25 RESIGNED IN PROTEST DUE TO THE REMOVAL OF THEIR COXSWAIN ANDY HIBBS
IT WARMS YOUR HEART TO SEE SUCH LOYALTY
A lot has been written over these past couple of weeks about the goings on with the RNLI and the Jersey Lifeboat Crew. The Removal of Coxswain Andy Hibbs was the catalyst for one of the greatest acts of loyalty shown in Jersey for a very long time.
A BAND OF BROTHERS
I don't want to go into the politics behind the removal of Andy Hibbs as I don't know what it's all about. What I do want to say is how very proud I am of all the volunteers of the St Helier Lifeboat Station. What a show of loyalty to their Coxswain. When they get a shout out they go. No matter what the seas are like they go. No hesitation. They go as a team, they go as a unit and most importantly they go as brothers. The ones on the boat supported by those in the station. They have to have total faith and trust in their Coxswain. They entrust their lives with this individual so that they can save lives. The Coxswain is a man of knowledge. A knowledge that goes beyond Charts and Maps. A man who knows the seas and rocks around Jersey like no other. I'm proud that you all walked out. I salute you for doing so. Don't let anyone break the spirit you have shown.
Together you will conquer - divided you will fail.
Don't let our politicians or anyone else break you.
BAND OF BROTHERS
SO PROUD AS ALWAYS OF THE ST HELIER LIFEBOAT STATION
Saturday, April 15, 2017
|MUSIC TEACHER CHRIS BACON|
ST HELIER BOYS SCHOOL / D'HAUTREE SCHOOL
MUSIC TEACHER CHRIS BACON JAILED FOR 51/2 YEARS FOR ABUSING 6 BOYS
In Part 1 I wrote a little about my first year at D'Hautree School. It was a crazy school that seemed to settle down a little once the girls were introduced the following year. Boys being boys, there was now a distraction. No matter what went on in the school everyone new that Chris Bacon was a 'bummer' if I'm to use the school yard term. The fact that this individual was allowed to abuse pupils at the school and to do so with ease is hopefully something that has been confined to the past. That is probably wishful thinking. You must always be vigilant.. Predators are always out there and looking for the most vulnerable. Did the teachers have any suspicions? Without having access to court transcripts its very hard to know..
Bacon liked spanking. I had the unfortunate privilege of being frog marched to the room and being asked to bend over. I had been for warned and said no. He hit me anyway. I just wasn't bending over. It was a nothing incident to me then as it is now. But what of the pupils who's lives he did affect and destroy? They were the unfortunate victims. They were going to school to learn or in the case of St Helier Boys School to survive. This would be survival against the everyday stuff of school life. This should not involve a teacher preying on the most vulnerable to satisfy his perverted mind. I have nothing but the utmost respect for all of Bacon's victims who were brave enough to come forward and recount their abuse and bring this man to justice. They are the innocent victims who must live with it day in day out.
It can't be forgotten that Bacon was arrested in 1985 following a police investigation. Police had come across a message left on a blackboard in the music block following a theft. The message was along the lines of "you can't catch me asshole bacon is a bent bastard Fuck you Wankers" which to me looks like it was left by a pupil of the school lol. Bacon appeared before a Centanier at St Saviours Parish Hall. He was cautioned and released on the recommendation of then Bailiff Vernon Tomes and States of Jersey Police. This was after Bacon had admitted during police interview to groping, getting intimate and romping around with a pupil. Commissioner Sir Michael Birt, presiding, said that that was the wrong decision even by the standards then.
Jack Maguire from the JEP wrote the following piece following Bacons conviction.
A SCRAWLED message on a school blackboard tipped off detectives about a paedophile teacher’s abuse of a pupil in 1985, new information has revealed.
Christopher Roy Bacon (74), a former music teacher at St Helier Boys’ School and d’Hautrée School, is due to be sentenced this month for eight counts of sexual abuse of six male pupils dating back to the 1970s and 80s.
The JEP revealed last month that he was originally arrested in 1985, and after making admissions to officers during a police interview, his case was referred to the then Attorney General, Vernon Tomes, who recommended that he be dealt with by a parish-hall inquiry. He was cautioned at a meeting in St Saviour in 1985 by Centenier Snowden Robbins and was then released.
It was not until 30 years later that another victim came forward and Bacon was rearrested as part of the States police’s historical abuse inquiry, codenamed Operation Whistle. Bacon was convicted by a jury in the Royal Court last year. Now, a court judgment released online has shown that on 7 October 1985, detectives who were at d’Hautrée investigating the theft of a micro-computer from the music block saw a ‘derogatory’ reference about Bacon, who was nicknamed ‘The Bummer’, written on a blackboard.
The police spoke to staff and pupils and Bacon was linked to the abuse of a former student. They tracked down the boy, who claimed that he had been abused by his teacher, and Bacon was arrested two days later.
In a police interview, Bacon admitted getting intimate with the boy. He also admitted getting pleasure from ‘spanking students’.
A police file was prepared and letters were sent between the Attorney General and Acting Detective Chief Inspector Le Brocq, whose first name is not given in the judgment. He agreed that Bacon, who had been suspended as a teacher, should not work in education again because he could be a risk to young people.
The detective recommended that Bacon be cautioned at a parish hall because he was concerned about the quality of evidence and ‘considered that there was no useful purpose in pursuing a prosecution’.
Mr Tomes later confirmed to Det Chief Insp Le Brocq that Bacon had been dismissed from teaching and that his sacking would not be affected if he was not prosecuted in court.
In a separate document, which has been leaked to the JEP, the defendant claims he was represented at the parish hall inquiry by William Bailhache, who is now the Island’s Bailiff. He told Commissioner Sir Michael Birt at a plea and directions hearing ahead of his trial last year that he believed he had made a deal with that police that ‘if I resigned my job and made a statement, that would, in effect, be the end of the matter’.
He added: ‘I was cautioned by Centenier Snowden Robbins... Advocate William Bailhache, now Bailiff, was present, having been instructed by the National Union of Teachers on my behalf. I do not recall what he advised me, but certainly I was not advised that there was any prospect of future prosecution.
‘In accepting a caution at the time, I knew I would lose my job. I regarded this as punishment which went along with the caution. I would not have resigned my job nor accepted a caution had I thought it possible for a prosecution to be brought 30 years later.’"
A very sad story from a very messed up school.
There are questions that will no doubt remain unanswered
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
ST HELIER BOYS / D'HAUTREE SCHOOL
MUSIC TEACHER CHRIS BACON - GUILTY OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING PUPILS
Where to start about this school and the music teacher Chris Bacon. Previously to Starting at D'Hautree in 1980 I had been at St Saviours primary school. I loved it. The teachers were great - I had no complaints. Then it was time for senior school. I was going to D'Hautree - the secondary school that was situated half way up St Saviours Hill. It had previously been called St Helier Boys School. We were to be the last all boys year. It was like walking into the Bronx.
Then there was CYRIL.
Cyril was a Holly bush. You would never ever walk along the path from the bike sheds to the music block during break time or lunch break in case you were told that you were going to meet Cyril. To be thrown into Cryil is one thing but to clear Cyril meant you would be landing on St Saviours Hill and taking your chances with the oncoming traffic… Thank god I never met Cyril.
If all that wasn't bad enough my 1st year form teacher scared the living daylights out of me. Mr P.H.Meyrick. I would liken him to Quinton Crisp. Very Camp and very brutal. You sat in his form class - you looked forward and you didn't mutter a word unless required to do so. Those who did or those who were stupid enough to mock him were met with the immortal phrase of "Don't you snigger at me boy" Those are the words you would here before his ringed fingers would snap across your skull like a cobra strike from behind..
The two things I loved most at D'Hautree was music and sport.
|THE MUSIC BLOCK|
I loved the Guitar and wanted to learn to play the Guitar. I Loved music lessons for this reason. A lot of mates just used it as an hour of free time but I loved it. My friends in the year above, who I knew from living in St Martin, warned me about Chris Bacon. All the jokes about not bending over for him, he will bum you etc etc. Everyone knew. I can't remember how long into starting D'Hautree but I knew his reputation. Just like I knew not to walk past Cyril and not to piss in the middle urinal or use anything in the middle as this would result you being called a derogatory Jersey name. You just knew that Chris Bacon was a bit off the garden path. That's what it was back then. If we all knew then the teachers must have known. There were boys who would hang around him down at the music block for whatever reason.
When news broke of Chris Bacon being convicted in the Royal Court for messing with former pupils it reminded me of the time he pulled me out of class for no apparent reason. Sorda come with me is all that I heard. Up I get and follow him to the room where all the trumpets and guitars were hanging up. I believe this might have been the sound proof room. In I go thinking what the hell is this all about when Bacon Say's bend over you have been a naughty boy. "Not a chance said I. I have heard all about you." From out of nowhere he had a shoe in his had and hit me once or twice across the small of my back and told me to get out. Didn't think twice about it as I walked out but now know he was getting off on it. What a bloody school. What a bloody sicko.
In part 2 I will be looking at how Chris Bacon was let off in 1985
I have mixed feelings about D'hautree. Loved some of it hated most of it. Liked some of the teachers disliked others. There were some real characters in my year. All no doubt with a story to tell.
But how Bacon was allowed to get away with it for so long should leave some teachers having a good hard look at themselves.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
THE BATTLE FOR AMERICA
THE WAR AGAINST THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA (MSM)
PRESIDENT TRUMP AND INFOWARS TELL YOU HOW IT IS.
THE INTERNET IS THEIR WEAPON OF CHOICE
The election victory of Donald J Trump in November 2016 caused shock waves around the world. I stayed up that night and watched the events unfold. I had no idea if Trump could win it but was curious as to how well he would do. As the night wore on and the unthinkable began to happen it became more and more obvious that something monumental was happening before our eyes. Here was a man that had taken on the Democratic shoe in Hillary Clinton and against all the odds gave her one hell of a beating at the polls. The American establishment, along with their CNN puppets and bogus exit polls had thrown everything including the kitchen sink at Donald Trump and yet he still won. His victory was incredible. I don't agree with everything Donald Trump stands for but the one thing that really stood out to me was his distrust of the (MSM) and the way he isn't scared of saying it publicly. Never did I think that I would see the day that the man who holds one of the most if not the most powerful jobs in the world denounce the MSM under the banner of #fakenews.
This is everything we had been fighting in Jersey during the dark days of exposing the Jersey Child Abuse Cover Up. Fighting the establishment narrative that was being pumped out to the Jersey public via their in the pocket news outlets. The only way we could combat this was to arm ourselves with computers and laptops and use the Internet. The same happened in America. Instead of listening and believing all the lies that was being force fed via their establishment news outlets the American people took to the Internet. For me there was one site leading the way and that was Infowars. Infowars have worked tirelessly and continue to do so in informing the American people and indeed the world on what is really going on. They are worth checking out. I have supplied the links. You might like it you might not.
Alexander Emerick Jones is the man behind Infowars. He is, shall we say, a colourful character. Been described as the leading conspiracy theorist in America. He is ridiculed and mocked in some quarters like our very own Davis Icke. Again, I don't agree with everything that Alex Jones or David Icke put out but I agree with most of it. Another person who is of the alternative view is Graham Hancock. I have followed Graham Hancock ever since reading his book 'Fingerprints Of The Gods' as a young lad. To me they are all inspirational in their own right. Don't be afraid to express your view. Don't be scared about being shouted down. If you believe in what you stand for and what you are saying then say it no matter what.
We all have the right to go to where we so please for our news and information. I use the MSM and the alternative sites to formulate my own opinions on what's going on around the world. I have no doubt that the majority of the American public are now doing the same. The Internet age is well and truly upon us. The new generation are getting their news online. They have access to more than one view. This is what the establishment the world over are struggling to come to terms with. This is what Team Clinton couldn't work out. This is why it has taken a businessman and not a politician to tell the world what is really going on with some aspects of the MSM. Even the CIA have received the Trump bashing and rightly so. From Pearl Harbour, Gulf of Tonkin, Weapons of Mass Destruction, failure of 9/11 etc etc why was he going to believe anything they said about the Russian vote rigging. He is bang on the money. We now have the MSM attacking Trump for keeping his election promises. It's comical. Did the war mongers Bush and Obama receive the same treatment?How come Bush wasn't ridiculed for having the bare faced cheek to turn up on inauguration day when he should have been turning up at the hague with Tony Blair.
There is a battle going on for America at the moment. The Democrats still can't believe that Donald Trump wiped the floor with Hillary Clinton. Thank God he did. The establishment had all the deals lined up and Hillary had chosen the wallpaper but it didn't go to plan. Now we are witnessing the attempted derailment of the Trump Administration..
There is more information out there than just what the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 pump out. Newsnight has been especially bad with their Trump biased and made to look foolish.
Go and check it out.
Interesting time ahead.
Monday, February 13, 2017
FROM JERSEY DALE TO JIHADI DALE IN THE SPACE OF A FACEBOOK COMMENT
WHERE DOES THE LINE GET DRAWN
A MAN EXPRESSED HIS FEELINGS RIGHTLY OR WRONGLY
HE ENDS UP IN THE JERSEY CASH COW MAGISTRATE COURT AND EARNS THE STATE A NICE LITTLE WEDGE..
WELCOME TO JERSEY
Last week in a man was fined £1,000 in the Jersey Magistrate Court for grossly offensive Facebook comments. Dale Minikin basically said something along the lines of - the one way to solve the refugee crisis was 'shoot them.Job done.'
Where does the line get drawn? Who decides when that line has been crossed? The Jersey Telecomunications 2015 Law was used to prosecute Mr Minikin. Where does the fine go? Not to the Syrian Refugees I bet. More like the State Coffers. Why wasn't Mr Minikin given a warning? Parish Hall enquiry?. Also, does Mr Minikin not have a Human Right to express his views no matter what? I might not agree or like what he says but surely he must be allowed to say it. What about his Advocate? Did he not advise him on any Human Rights issues or was it just get in there son and plead guilty. Lot simpler for everyone then home for tea... Mr Minikin might have been just wanting to express a view and didn't put it across very well. I know it was posted on the 'The Real Rock' Facebook page which sounds more like something to do with WWF than anything else but he still ended up charged and fined. Where does "Offensive" begin and end.
What about the vile comments that appeared online when the young lady so tragically drowned last year. Don't remember anyone ending up in the Cash Cow Magistrate Court over that or anything else for that matter.
Where does it begin and end?
Tensions are starting to run high in Jersey. We live on a very small Island. It's only 9x5. It's already at bursting point. Ageing population. Schools, Hospital the whole infrastructure is beginning to crumble. A totally out of touch Council of Ministers. How many of you would like to put that lot up against the wall. How many have actually said something similar to that online or worse online? Are we just a complaint away from a trip down the Old Jersey Cash Cow Magistrates Court Think about it. Everybody feels for the refugees. I do. But do I want a load turning up in Jersey "NO I DON'T." That is how I feel. I'm not a racist nor a homophobe nor does it mean that I don't care about people. I care about our Island. People must be allowed to express the opposite view to the open door policy.
Immigration is a very serious issue for a number of reasons not least because of the decades of failed policies by the Establishment.
I'm happy that our Overseas Aid committee does an excellent job offering help where it's needed. We do our bit. I believe 5 million went to the Syrian Refugee Crises.
People like Mark Baker and Mark Proudfoot have been expressing their views online. I actually agree with a lot of what they say and disagree on other aspects. That is my choice. If I don't like what they write then I don't have to read it. If I don't like what is written on a certain Facebook Group then I don't have to join it and read it. We all have our choices. You don't have to read my blog. That is your choice. I just call it how I see it. Jersey is at a crossroads. People are angry and wanting to express certain views. My view is that the Island is at breaking point and we can't have continued inward migration at this current rate. Close the door and have a good think about what happens next.
On the flip side life is fickle. If the French Nuclear Reactor at Flamanville had blown we would all have become refugees. Looking for boats. Paying high prices for a safe passage heading West across the Atlantic to Trump Land.. Life can change in a second. How much would we be willing to pay for safe passage? All refugees overnight. Maybe Mr Proudfoot would take some on his boat. If you ask nicely. Jersey abandoned. Radiation falling from the sky like assassins bullets looking for an easy target. Beaches deserted. Town like a barren wasteland (some say heading that way without radiation) People in St Ouen with 3 heads instead of 2. And still those muppets in Cyril Le Marquand house pump out their propaganda "Don't worry, everything is ok, we are open for business". BBC Jersey running on an endless loop of asking everyone to send in their radiation photos and Channel ITV resorting back to sticking their hand up puffins backside. Even after all that when you think there is no hope left you hear a distant rumble of an engine heading your way. Though one is near death you can't believe what you are seeing - it's only the Terry Le Main Campaign Bus hurtling down district Number 2 with the great man on loudhailer issuing the immortal words "Vote for Terry. Jersey Born -Jersey Bred. If you breathe in Radiation you end up dead" followed by the old Jersey saying "And if you don't like me there's a boat in the morning"..
If only Terry - if only
Life is fickle.
It can change in an instant.
Freedom of Speech must be protected
Part Time Investigative Jornalist
Sunday, February 5, 2017
|Andy, I'm telling you now. I just don't trust that Farnham. Cheap Suit, Cheap aftershave and those bloody amendments. Sammy my love. Don't you worry.. My vacant gaze into nothingness will win the day|
DEPUTY ANDREW 'POWERGATE' LEWIS
ANOTHER WEEK - ANOTHER STATES DEBATE - ANOTHER SHAMBLES
THIS TIME IT'S THE BACK OF A FAG PACKET P133/2016 STATES OF JERSEY REFORM
SOMETHING GOT PASSED - SOMETHINGS GOT REJECTED - AND AT THE END OF THE DAY NO ONE KNEW WHAT THAT SOMETHING WAS…..
REFORM JERSEY VOTED AGAINST P133/2016 AS AMENDED
What a month. The States of Jersey has been a Shambolic mess. From the innovation fund, hospital funding, stepping aside, 20 means 21with the is it a tax or is it a charge, weak leadership, SEB not fit for purpose ETC ETC…
P133/2016 has been more about the reinvention of Deputy Lewis and his wish to join the ranks of the establishment than Reforming the States of Jersey. As soon as the Senator Farnham amendment was accepted Deputy Lewis threw his 'met interim' report - sorry I mean proposition out of the pram. I'm taking it home and throwing it in the bin. You can't have it he said. I'm withdrawing it immediately. Ok, you can have my proposition, but I'm not voting for it… I don't recognize it. It bares no resemblance to the load of dung I lodged oh shit I've only just gone and voted for it. Right, outside he goes, jumps in front of the T.V cameras and Say's 'fookin great result that was - proper bang tidy."
JUST LISTEN TO THIS CLIP
He really is something else. I can fully understand how he was the right lackey to suspend a former Chief of Police. The man has no backbone. No loyalty. No nothing. His betrayal of Scrutiny and the Scrutiny process whilst being the Chairman on P.A.C is breathtaking. His voting with the COM so obvious and his leading of Reform Jersey into the Vally of Death was sad and predictable. I hope Reform Jersey have learnt from this. I have no issue with Deputy Mezec. I just called it how i saw it. Senator Farnham didn't join with Deputy Lewis but instead he lodged some amendments. Granted he didn't know what the hell he was lodging but it did the trick. We have ended up with something that probably won't be ready for the 2018 election.
Reform Jersey were warned
Part Time Investigative Journalist
Saturday, January 28, 2017
FORMER DEPUTY DANIEL WIMBERLEY
DANIEL RESPONDS TO MY BLOG POSTINGS ON P133/2016 AND MY TAKE ON THE DEPUTY LEWIS / REFORM JERSEY LOVE IN.
I HAVE A LOT OF TIME AND RESPECT FOR DANIEL.
DON'T AGREE WITH ALL THAT HE SAY'S BELOW BUT IT WAS GOOD TO HEAR FROM HIM.
This will be a rather long post but some have said that that Wimberley fellow would say NO to P133. with no evidence to support this claim apart from the fact that I warned people away from being on the Electoral Commission a few years ago now, and did the interview about that Commission, which was indeed hijacked disgracefully by the powers that be..
First, a minor point, but it allows a bit of context. You write that P15/2011 was “unanimously passed” – if only. Just for the record you wrote that a bit too fast. It was a good majority, no recounts required, but it was not unanimous! The vote was 29 to 18 for my proposition AS AMENDED.
And there’s the rub. The amendments of Ben Shenton got big majorities. At the time I was suspicious that their purpose was to wreck the idea further down the line, but I had to vote for some of them because it looked like they could not be stopped. Some of my colleagues told me categorically that the wrecking of the Commission would happen if the amendments were passed.
And they were right. Shenton’s amendments made possible the shenanigans of Sir Philip and PPC and eventually killed the intention of the proposition. One lesson therefore is do not trust Shenton who is a populist and sometimes sounds appealing but is dangerous and also on occasion talks serious tosh!
Now to the serious stuff.
First, PLEASE everyone on here cool down !!
We have Sam slagging people off and calling them liars. And on the other side we have people talking tosh and saying for example that Sam is “getting into bed with” Lewis. He has said many times that he isn’t – and that for example he will highlight any criticism of anybody who has failed when the COI report is published (which will presumably include Lewis, unless it is a total whitewash and no one is criticised at all, which I doubt, but which is possible).
Sam says for example (rightly) that if Lewis brought a proposition tomorrow to raise the minimum wage he would support it for the same reason – that it is better than the present situation, a lot better, and that the possible rehabilitation effect for Lewis is outweighed by the benefit of the proposition. This is a reasonable position to take.
The only people who are happy with what is going on over here on your blog are the powers that be, who are quietly rubbing their hands in glee. Why are the left so good at tearing each other up? And please everyone be aware of the trolling which is undoubtedly what some posts are. They are carefully angled to prey on people’s prejudices and spread misinformation about RJ and Sam in particular.
Here is an example; “The arrogance of deputy mezec goes beyond belief after supporting reform and after reading he's comments I will never support reform again and now none of my family and friends will either it's as other people are saying he's just a boy with no real life experience stand down deputy it is my belief you have lost so much support over this you will do more harm then good to the party.“
Think about it – does this ring true or does it sound like someone seeking to paint RJ and Sam in a bad light regardless of what the discussion is really about? To my mind this is (pretty obvious) trolling.
Second, the key issue is how the States system actually works.
Sam writes, for example: “I worked with Philip Ozouf on the gay marriage proposition, then signed a motion of no confidence in him as Treasury Minister just a few weeks later.” This sums up how Jersey’s system works exactly.
There are no overt parties in jersey, Yes there is the establishment party, or the COM + loyal poodles, and many issues are decided along those lines – COM vs the rest.
But there are many issues where people vote more freely. Two examples from my time in the States:
We won the Electoral Commission (to my surprise) because enough members voted with their conscience and respected the strength of the arguments, so while the COM party voted against we still got enough votes to win comfortably.
Of course there was something else going on, which was that Shenton’s amendments had weakened the proposition as I described at the beginning of this post. But the Powers that Be could not know that everything would turn out hunky dory. For example Sir PB was not even in the States. The hard establishment still voted against having a Commission.
We won the vote to force TTS to take hazardous waste out of the waste stream at Bellozanne and not burn it. The COM were pledging, in the Strategic Plan, to take the toxic waste out when environmental taxes were put in place. “NO” we said - it had to be taken out now, no ifs no buts no conditions, the environmental taxes might never happen. And again this was won, comfortably, because people voted against the COM because the COM’s position was indefensible.
Now look at this statement of Sam’s again:
“We are not supporting P.133 in return for anything. It's not our style. We look at a proposition on it's merits, irrespective of anything other than the propositions content, and we've reached an independent conclusion that P.133 is in line with our election manifesto, so we should keep our promise to the public and vote accordingly.”
P133 is better than what exists now, and there is a real possibility that it weakens the position of the Constables enough. For example with fewer members it will become less and less tenable for a reduced States Assembly to “carry” so many unproductive members.
Yes it is a pity that RJ did not bring the proposition, and even something better still. However a) a really good proposition would not win (that is why I spent so much time to set up a real, independent, robust Electoral Commission whose process and conclusions would be effective in preparing public and States for real change, and I saw this as the ONLY way to get democracy in Jersey) and b) the SAME proposition as Lewis is bringing might not win if brought by RJ.
So yes hitch on to the bandwagon, you never know, P133 might get through. Embrace and use the resulting change, Feel absolutely free to say and do whatever is right about Lewis when the COI report comes out. Probably bring a vote to sack him from PAC as being unfit to hold that office, and /or act to remove him from the States which he has disgraced.
All that is for later. My open letter about the Electoral Commission was then, my interview was then and I stand by them. But at the same time they are history.
I am not sure what I would do now if I was in the States. Perhaps campaign long and hard in public to create a climate which would prepare the ground for a proper reform proposition. There are certainly better solutions than P133, I did one myself, never got debated even due to the usual shenanigans.
It is here:
I do not have the time to work out what I would actually do. It would take days. But please please do not play into the hands of the other side in all this. Keep it civil. Keep together. Remember our common interests.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
|DEPUTY ANDREW 'POWERGATE' LEWIS CHAIRMAN OF THE P.A.C|
DEPUTY ANDREW 'POWERGATE' LEWIS
STABS HIS FELLOW SCRUTINY COLLEAGUES IN THE BACK
VOTES AGAINST A REFERENCE BACK REGARDING THE HOSPITAL FUNDING
HE IS CHAIRMAN OF THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE (P.A.C)
THE ROLE OF THE P.A.C IS AS FOLLOWS IT
"The Public Accounts Committee’s role is to receive reports from the Comptroller and Auditor General and to report to the States upon any significant issues arising. It also assesses whether public funds have been applied for the purpose intended."
IT FORMS PART OF THE WHOLE SCRUTINY PROCESS
WHAT IS SCRUTINY I HEAR SOME OF YOU SAY.
"Scrutiny panels are appointed by the States. There are 5 Scrutiny panels which are made up of States members (who are not ministers or assistant ministers) and some members of the public. These panels carry out detailed investigations into ministers' work, and can call for papers and witnesses relevant to their investigations.
Scrutiny helps to improve the delivery of public services by ensuring that decisions are soundly based on evidence and also allows members of the public to influence government policies and strategies which affect their lives by contributing evidence to reviews and attending public hearings. The panels have a code of practice they must follow.
The terms of reference for scrutiny panels are set out in Standing Orders and can be summarised as follows:
- to hold review into issues and matters of public importance
- to consider the current and proposed policy of ministers
- to scrutinise legislation and international conventions and agreements
- to scrutinise the Medium Term Financial Plan, the Budget and other financial proposals of the Council of Ministers
- to report to the States on matters that they have reviewed and make recommendations"
The Council of Ministers (COM) treat Scrutiny with disdain. They have done since the conception of Ministerial Government. We see it time and time again. Late lodging of propositions. Lodging when they know the Holiday period is upon us etc etc. The Chief Minister allows this practise to continue in the hope that States Members are just to plain stupid to notice that the legislation they are being asked to pass is not up to scratch. Or, as nearly turned out, illegal. That is why Scrutiny is essential.
The whole issue of Scrutiny and why it's so important is for another time. But what chance has Scrutiny got if the very members who Scrutinise our Government show no solidarity when they are up against it?
This is where Deputy Andrew 'Powergate' Lewis comes in.
This Deputy is prepared to shaft scrutiny or anyone else for that matter in his pursuit of a Ministerial Position after the next election. I have a feeling he has his eyes on being the future Treasury Minister.
He is the Chairman Of P.A.C and yet during the reference back debate regarding the funding for the new Hospital the Deputy shafted every Scrutiny Panel, every Scrutiny member and everything Scrutiny stands for in the back. He voted with the Council of Ministers in rejecting the reference back. I will repeat that. He voted against his colleagues in Scrutiny and P.A.C in having the biggest capitol spend in Jersey scrutinised.. In the speech below you can hear Deputy Lewis explaining to the States Chamber why this is. He seems to be an expert on the issuing of Bonds -
the whole political landscape from America to Europe and all before Deputy Vallois stands up and drops the is it isn't it Tax/Charge Political A-Bomb in the States Chamber..
Deputy Andrew Lewis is wanting to climb the ladder back into the executive and his voting is how you track him. We, at Team Voice, are no strangers to watching this type of backside kissing. He is not alone. Our Ministries are full of them.. Deputy Lewis has been in the local media being interviewed about the innovation fund - his concerns - how they - P.A.C would also be looking into the failures regarding the distribution of monies etc etc and then he is just prepared to whistle Dixie to the tune of £400 million and not even want it scrutinised. This is what we have representing us in the States.
Once the legislation is passed no point in it being scrutinised.
He voted with the COM during the Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP)
BUT TO STAB HIS FELLOW COLLEAGUES ON SCRUTINY IS SHOCKING
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