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Thursday, 30 June 2011

"Goodbye Governor - And Good Riddance"

"THE MAN WHO DID NOTHING - LEAVES"....

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Lieutenant Governor has left the island today after five action-packed years in office.

Newly knighted Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Ridgway and Lady Ridgway were addressed at a special States sitting this morning where Chief Minister Terry le Sueur paid tribute to the military man's service to the island.

After the meeting, His Excellency and Lady Ridgway were received by a Fanfare and a Guard of Honour in the Royal Square where around 200 islanders gathered to show their gratitude and to say goodbye to the popular Governor.

Sir Andew told us in a special interview that he will be very sad to leave the island, and he and his wife will be "leaving a big chunk of their hearts here".

In keeping with the couple's down to earth style, they chose to take the ferry back to the UK, where they will return to their Devon home.

Sir Andrew Ridgway's successor, General Sir John McColl arrives in the island in September to take up his appointment.

Our reporter Iselin Vale spoke to the Governor in a farewell interview about his memories of his time in the island and how proud he has been to be here. He also revealed how much he will miss Jersey.

In his address to the States he expressed his thanks to States members, the staff at Government House, his wife Lady Ridgway, and the local community.

As part of his role he has regularly attended States meetings but the nature of the Governor's position means he is only able to express political views in the Chamber at his arrival and on leaving the position.

He reflected on the coming and going of old and new States members, recalling that his welcome address in 2006 was given by the then Senator Stuart Syvret. Haut de la Garenne, he said, had been a tough challenge during his term in office, when it became clear that a number of islanders had been subject to terrible abuse. The focus, he said, should have been on caring for those people and prosecuting the perpetrators.

Instead, he said, some people used it for their own political gain, creating fictional scenarios of child murder and the like, which in turn made its way around the world through the media, as a result diverting attention away from the real priority of caring for the abused.

He complimented the island's handling of the economic downturn, in that the island was now emerging from the recession debt free - credit to sound financial management.

He also had a word of caution for States members when it came to Governmental Reform. He said debate on the topic had not been the Assembly's "finest hour", and suggested in military terms, that members had been preoccupied with "tactical issues rather than strategy".

He also suggested there was some confusion about the role of the States, as to whether or not the Assembly made up the legislature or the executive, and said it was vitally important to get that role defined.

He spoke passionately about improving working practices in the Assembly, and suggested that common courtesy between members would help significantly - advising those who regularly stand to speak in derogatory and demeaning ways to sit down and think again.

After expressing his gratitude to the whole island community for having made both him and Lady Ridgway feel so welcome he concluded: "We will never forget our time in Jersey- a true gem of the sea."


Here is our full interview:



Iselin Vale: First of all Sir Andrew and Lady Ridgway - congratulations again on your knighthood - it must be a wonderful way to top off your term in Jersey?

Sir Andrew: Well it was indeed, it was a very nice surprise, a very welcome surprise, but yes as you say a very good time to come and we much enjoyed the announcement at the Queen's birthday reception here and it was fun.


Iselin Vale: I'm sure it will count amongst the highlights of your time here - that aside, what else would you say are some of the key moments or memories you'll be taking with you when you leave?

Sir Andrew: I think the Royal wedding was a great day; representing Jersey, it was a memorable experience. Not just what happened inside but the Abbey but the whole atmosphere in London was extraordinary and so I shall always remember that. But we've had some great memories here. I think the Battle of Flowers is a good one, we enjoy that, not just the day but the night before, going round to the sheds and seeing the extraordinary work going on and seeing them and thinking you're never ever gonna get that ready and then lo and behold it is, all done.


Iselin Vale: What about you Lady Ridgway? Any other memories that you'd like to add?

Lady Ridgway: I love the swimarathon, I think that is a great event, and it just lets you know how the whole island comes together, and everybody has something to do with the event. And the money raised for it is just amazing, and then goes to such worthy causes. So that, I really enjoy that.

Sir Andrew: And you like the art exhibitions...

Lady Ridgway: Oh yes, all the art exhibitions, and in particular the one from the prison. The Inside Out that now have the prisoners are allowed to exhibit. They exhibit and they now have it as an annual event. And they get some money back from what they sell and some of it goes to art in the frame. And it's amazing to see the talent that the prisoners have got and they weren't aware of it until they started having art classes and what have you. But it's all things they do, they do window boxes, garden furniture, it's amazing. Good work goes on there.


Iselin Vale: And the bobsleigh team of course, we mustn't forget them, they've been one of your great passions whilst you've been here. What is it about this sport and this team that's enthused you so much?

Sir Andrew: Well I think when we arrived we discovered that sports facilities in the island are fantastic, and the sporting talent here is huge. I'm sure next week [this week's Island Games] they'll be demonstrating just how good they all are.


And it seemed to me that you could take part in just about every sport, except one, and there was no opportunity for bobsleigh and so we thought we'd just for fun have a team and lo and behold there was some real talent in amongst those who took part and now Jersey boys are competing for Great Britain and there's a real prospect that they could go to the Olympics. And I think that would be terrific fun I think the island would enjoy having someone driving a bobsleigh. And they've done really, really well, all of them, not just Will Golder and Kevin Crowther, all the team and in particular John Hamilton who runs it all and I think it will be good.


Iselin Vale: And undoubtedly you'll be keeping an eye on them even when you're off the island?

Sir Andrew: Yes. Well I run the British team so I'll be keeping a very close eye on them and making sure they get all the support they need. And there is financial support available in the UK once you are a real prospect for a medal. And so what we've got to do is raise the funds to get them to that point so that they can qualify for UK sport funding and I'm very optimistic we can do all of that.


Iselin Vale: You first took office in June 2006. Since then you've both earnt a lot of affection from islanders - how much has the island and it's people come to mean to you?

Lady Ridgway: Well it's part of our life, and you know it's incredible....just so welcoming and friendly, so yeah I'll be very sad.


Sir Andrew: People have often said to us well five years must have gone really quickly, and my answer is yes it has on the one hand but on the other we feel like we've lived here forever. And the reason for that is that we were made so welcome right from the start and that's been the case all the way through and the people couldn't have been more friendly and more welcoming and we've made a lot of friends here and we look forward to keeping in touch with them and the island, and we'll certainly be watching what's going on, in the election and everything else. It's a part of our lives now and when we depart the island we shall be leaving a very big chunk of our hearts here.


Iselin Vale: Have you ever considered staying here?

Lady Ridgway: No, we haven't really, because we couldn't afford to!


Sir Andrew: We wouldn't have a housing qualification for a start! And then I suspect wouldn't be able to afford to buy something like we have in Devon here. But we're only a 100 miles away and so we'll be looking forward to coming back after a reasonable period, very important we let the new people settle in and the last thing they want is the old team hanging around so keep out of the way for a bit, but as soon as we can we'll be back.


Iselin Vale: Now you mentioned Devon there, what will you be doing next?

Sir Andrew: Well, we've got a lovely house in Devon and we'll go and live there. But I plan to carry on working and I've got a number of irons in the fire, one is non-executive work, and I shall be doing a bit of intelligence work in London and also of course running the Bobsleigh team, keeps me very busy as it is without anything else...


Lady Ridgway: For me I'm going to become a lady of leisure and pleasure!


Iselin: Sounds lovely!

Sir Andrew: "So no change really! (Laughing). No, but you'll be keeping involved in charitable work.


Lady Ridgway: Yes, I will settle down and then I will get involved with charity or see how the charities are run compared to Jersey back in Devon and hopefully get involved with that. And just go back to being a housewife and a mother and a grandmother.


Iselin Vale: Now, Sir John McColl is set to fill your shoes in September- do you have any advise for him?

Sir Andrew: I think just to throw yourself into it, I mean there is no point coming unless you're going to take part in everything. And there's an awful lot to take part in. But we know them well, we served together in Bosnia, he was Batallion Commander in my Brigade, Lady McColl was one of Valerie's wives in the garrison in Germany and so on and I think they'll be absolutely fine and I'm sure they'll play a full part in everything.


Yes, and really all I would say is that, and I'm sure they will be, is just be yourself and that's all there is to it really.


Iselin Vale: What will you both miss the most about Jersey?

Sir Andrew: Well I tell you the thing we won't miss is never knowing if you're going to get off the island or not whether the fog or the snow or the volcanic ash is stopping you getting to things- so it'll be much easier just to get in the car. Won't miss the green lanes, although, oh, yes actually in Devon they're pretty much the same. But no, I think one of the perhaps big things that became clear to us and that we didn't' appreciate fully when we came was the extent of the community spirit here. The way the community has a responsibility and takes responsibility for itself, the terrific charitable sector and the way people are prepared to commit themselves to so much.


I mean you have these wonderful youth organisations here, whether it's sea cadets, air cadets, scouts, guides, boys, girls brigade, and they are not just organisations, they are the best. I mean they compete right at the top in the UK and there's only one reason they can do that and that's because the adults that give up their time, huge amounts of time, to run these organisations, to give their children, the children of the island, these terrific opportunities and I don't think you have that everywhere.


I mean it's interesting that Prime Minister Cameron has been trying to explain to people in the UK what he means by this big society of his, well actually all he needs to do is come and look here because it's alive and well and I think what happens in Jersey is what he has in mind to happen all over the UK.


Iselin Vale: Now you've both spoken very affectionately about the island, this interview will air on the 30th of June, which is the day that you leave, is there anything you would like to say to islanders as a final sort of farewell?

Sir Andrew: Well, I think we'd both like to say thank you, thank you, thank you for making us so welcome from the day we arrived and we have really enjoyed being part of the community here, loved it, and we will miss it hugely, and as I say we will leave a big part of our hearts here because it's become part of us and we don't qualify to be a Jersey bean but Jersey is in our heart now and we're very passionate about Jersey, and we're very proud to have been here.


Iselin Vale: Well on that note, Sir Andrew and Lady Ridgway, thank you very much and we too of course wish you the very best for the future.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

"Another Jersey Politician Moves To End Corruption In The Septic Isle"

Chief Minister Has Failed Miserably, Says Deputy


DEPUTY Trevor Pitman has proposed a censure motion against the Chief Minister over
‘failures in leadership’.
The Deputy has proposed the motion – a formal reprimand that stops short of a dismissal vote – over what he described as ‘a whole catalogue of mismanagement’.
In the report accompanying his proposition, Deputy Pitman cited 13 failures by the Chief Minister.
The proposal has been listed for debate in the States during the sitting on 5 July.


"Below, are the complaints against the Chief Minister,
Terry 'The' Sewer"


Deputy Trevor Pitman - Sick of Corruption
 He is, after all, our equivalent of the Prime Minister and must be expected to lead from the front. This I contest Senator Le Sueur has failed to adequately do again and again. Thus below I briefly outline thirteen major failings of leadership and incompetence why our Chief Minister fully merits this vote of censure. I am equally certain that other members may well be able to add to the list:


A catalogue of failures

1.    The broken promise of ‘inclusive’ government.  This promise made within Senator Le Sueur’s election pitch for Chief Minister sadly set the tone for what has transpired over the subsequent years of his office. What must be seen as hollow promises with the benefit of hindsight; delivered one can’t help but feel, made to help secure his tenure. Even Senator Frank Walker had found room for ex-Senator Stuart Syvret in seeking some degree of wider political inclusion. Senator Le Sueur offered nothing in terms of consensus building and 'inclusivity' at all. Indeed, far from ‘inclusion’ we have seen the majority of Ministers and Assistants regularly appointed by merit of allegiance rather than any proven ability or expertise in a particular field;

2.    Health and the Verita Report.  The tragic events that underlay this eventual investigation were bad enough. The issue of the appalling subsequent treatment evident in the suspension of Mr. John Day, however, at huge and unmerited cost to the Island’s taxpayers should have been reason enough for any self-respecting Chief Minister and Executive to stand down. As was to unfold again and again this was further compounded by a tooth-and-nail fight to try and prevent Members from gaining information as to how these failings came about. With a fourth Health Minister in as many years floundering where was the necessary leadership from the top?

3.    The Public Sector pay-freeze.  Another prime example of a Chief Minister and Executive’s arrogant and contemptuous attitude to its employees. Would any self-respecting, democratic government really treat staff and union negotiators with such contempt that officials were left with no resort but to finally publicly complain that those sent to meet with them did not even have the mandate to negotiate?

As bad, if not possibly even worse, was the fact that this Chief Minister  - the Chairman of the SEB let us not forget – allowed the hugely damaging portrayal to unfold  of thousands of hard working employees as inefficient, greedy and over-paid. Indeed, as many employees have told me this creation of a false ‘them and us’ between public and private sector workers may have consequences that have negative impacts for long to come. Where, I ask again, was the expected quality of leadership here?

4.    Comprehensive Spending Review.  Again, whole chapters could be written about a process that in being pushed up to 65 million, also saw embarrassing hasty retreats from Executive colleagues with regard to the Minister for ESC’s proposals on cutting support for fee-paying schools. Indeed, to many observers this week’s vote to overturn the policy – with the Chief Minister away in China and not even there to defend his colleague’s policy – was a case of this Executive finally being holed below the credibility waterline. With firm political leadership once again conspicuous by its absence the CSR has appeared to many members of the public to be driven at times by random pressures from external lobby groups rather any consistent logic.

5.    The suspension of the former Chief Police Officer fiasco.  A shameful saga that seems to go on and on despite the Executive’s determination to bury it. Obviously this is inexorably tied up with the HDLG inquiry which in all fairness has its roots in the failings of previous regimes. Nevertheless, would any other ‘government’ survive such disastrous displays of incompetence and/or bad practice as played out within a ‘disciplinary’ process that never was; and which resulted in not only revelations of clear senior civil service failings but zero resultant accountability?

Not only this but an unprecedented public media promotion of accusations against an individual with an outstanding record of public service. Yet with no equal, balanced official portrayal of what would have been – had there ever been any genuine intention to hold disciplinary proceedings - the case for the defence. A Home Affairs Minister who did not wish to give information to a Scrutiny panel because he had promised ‘a scoop’ to a JEP journalist! All of this cruelly spun out, of course, over a period of not months but years. 

Yet still further questionable leadership followed with regard to the agreed TOR.  And yet even in the past few days we also find ourselves about to be faced with damning revelations relating to the independence of the so-called BDO/Alto Report. How could a UK journalist be able to quote from an interim ‘independent’ report - not just before it had been published but seemingly even before it could have been completed?

6    Broken promises on GST.  Of course, as history will record our Chief Minister had infamously said that he didn’t care if 100.000 Islanders signed a petition saying that they did not want this regressive tax, and that government should find other, fairer taxation measures. Nevertheless, his Treasury Minister gave the categorical promise that with GST in place it would not rise above 3% under his current stewardship at the Treasury.

Indeed, the Chief Minister’s Treasury Minister gave this undertaking at a time when not only were many ‘non-local’ businesses not paying a single penny in tax into Jersey’s coffers; but more than 80 of our super-wealthy 1 (1) Ks were paying far less than the much-trumpeted £100.000 tax ‘benchmark’ – 17 of these actually paying less than their likely cleaners or gardeners at under £5.000 tax! If ever there was an example of a Chief Minister failing to lead; and with his Executive happy to condone and even promote a two-tier society by default if not deliberate intent this is surely it. 

7    The Zero/Ten fiasco. Just how many people outside of the Executive argued that what has eventually come to pass on zero/ten was the only outcome possible? Not just States Members but also external tax experts such as Mr. Christensen and Mr. Murphy. Of course, what all of these critics had in common is that all were viewed as coming from outside of the Executive fold so were dismissed as just ‘enemies of Jersey’ once again ‘doing the Island down’.

The misguided zero/ten policy being the inevitable result of the so-called race for the bottom – a race that no-one ultimately wins in terms of ordinary working people; the Chief Minister and his Treasury Minister would insist again and again that all was well. It wasn’t and to suggest that they couldn’t have known is only another argument for why this Chief Minister and his Council really should have fallen on its sword and been replaced . Few would argue deserving of a censure motion in itself.

8    Health Director’s salary. An obscenely over-the-top salary arrived at by a highly questionable process involving the very same agency the appointed individual had apparently come to Jersey from within. And all, it appeared from States ‘Question Time’, whilst the Health Minister was wholly oblivious or unable to grasp what was going on. Yet again the Chief Minister – Chairman of the SEB - failed to display political leadership; ensure accountability and act. The Health Minister surely should have been axed. The result of it all: the taxpayer picked up a tab far more expensive than it should have been

9    The creation of the new role of ‘Minister with responsibility for International Relations. Of course a new role of ‘Foreign Minister’ in all reality, it is not the question of whether this position is needed that is at issue. But once again, the manner in which the Chief Minister set this in motion. It was neither brought to the Chamber for approval nor even discussed.

Yet another example of failing in leadership, openness and accountability that left many Members with the feeling – rightly or wrongly – that here was yet another instance of ‘jobs for the boys’. Further evidence, as if any was needed, that to this Chief Minister whilst there may be 53 democratically elected Members in the Chamber the only ones that matter are a small and secretive inner circle.

10    Opposition to a Committee of Inquiry into the Historic Abuse saga. Few would deny that this sad saga in Jersey’s history could merit a book’s worth of material setting out the failings in itself. Suffice to say that the flawed and deeply insensitive treatment of those who suffered abuse when they were meant to be being protected by past governments; and the feeling of many politicians that even getting an official apology was akin to pulling teeth is all that really needs to be said in reminding Members of this further damning failing of the necessary leadership, accountability and openness. Add to this the drawn out, tooth-and-nail Executive fight to resist a Committee of Inquiry into what went on and little more has to be stated. In a word: shameful.

11    The ‘top secret’ 1 (1) K report.  A report which was claimed by the Assistant Treasury Minister to “verify” that ‘High Value Residents’ are worth in excess of 50 million to the benefit of other Islanders. Great news, indeed, if accurate. Yet we ‘backbenchers’ as elected Members outside of the chosen ‘inner circle’ could not see this to verify for ourselves. Once again, so much for transparency, leadership and taking Members and the public with you. A disaster only deepened by proposals from the Treasury Minister to effectively allow the richest to pay even less – purely because they have more.

12    Non-implementation the Freedom of Information law. That such an important piece of legislation has not been driven forward vigorously by the leader of our government is surely incredible to many members of both the Chamber and public alike. The excuse of cost – highly questionable suggested costs at that – simply cannot be acceptable in a 21st Century democracy. Such a fully functioning law is at least a decade and a half overdue. Following on as it did from the Chief Minister’s incredible U-turn on support for the common sense step of initiating an independent Electoral Commission; like many I view this as further evidence of highly inadequate political leadership in the key area of political transparency.

13    ‘Golden handshakes’ allegedly totalling in the region of £800,000 to discredited civil servants.  And so we come to the latest in a catalogue of failures under Chief Minister Le Sueur. Two very senior civil servants inextricably linked to some of the events outlined above. Accountable, it seems, to no-one. Just as to why one has left and the other is effectively on ‘gardening leave’ on his way to joining him we are doggedly denied clear cut answers.

Details can only be revealed, so we are told by both the Chief Minister and his Treasury Minister, in ‘exceptional circumstances’. What I ask are exceptional circumstances if not these? Whatever the rights and wrongs of these individuals’ situations to say that they found themselves departing ‘under a cloud’ would be a statement few if any would even seek to contest.

Yet as I have pointed out above: with GST rising to 5%; some companies contributing nothing to the economy in tax; and many of the Island’s ‘High Value Residents’ paying an effective pittance in taxation we are told that we – elected representatives of the public of Jersey - cannot have full details of how these huge payouts came about. And, though we managed to extract the deeply worrying information that one negotiated the payout of the other, neither could we find out full details of who ultimately decided upon, authorised them and why.

As I have already said: if someone is not doing the job to the expected level they should be dismissed – not given huge payoffs. For me like many other Members, this insulting affront to the hardworking people of Jersey is the final straw. Zero leadership. Zero openness. Zero accountability.

Conclusion
Thirteen reasons…

And I haven’t even talked about the Reciprocal Health Agreement saga which obviously, in all fairness, had its roots within the failings of the previous regime. Yet even now I have little doubt that we will still hear a plethora of excuses wheeled out as to why - whatever the failings and shortcomings of this Chief Minister and Executive - we shouldn’t support a motion of censure.

To any such Member I would simply refer them to the examples highlighted from the Code of Conduct above. Can any Member really argue that sufficient leadership, openness and accountability have been displayed on all too many occasions during this Chief Minister’s regime. The answer I suggest must clearly be: no.

This vote of censure is both fully merited and long overdue. That it happens to come late in the life of this Executive should be of no consequence.

Financial and manpower statement

There are not any financial or manpower implications arising from this proposition.

http://thebaldtruthjersey.blogspot.com/2011/06/vote-of-censure-on-chief-minister.html


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"Fingers Crossed We Have A Decent New Cop"

First female chief inspector appointed


Chief Inspector Alison Fossey

THE former head of the historical child abuse investigation has been appointed as the new chief inspector for crime operations.
Chief Inspector Alison Fossey (44) wrote the States of Jersey Police’s child protection policy and co-wrote the first domestic abuse strategy, as well as having been the senior investigating officer at the end of the abuse inquiry.
She is the first woman promoted to her rank in the history of the States of Jersey Police, and will be responsible for the public protection unit, the criminal
investigations department and the crime support team, as well as scenes of crime officers and the high-tech crime unit.

"Corruption Takes It's Toll On Jersey"

Finance Profits Drop


PROFITS in the finance industry last year were at their lowest levels since records began, according to official figures released today.
The level of profits at £605 million fell by 25% last year from £809 million in 2009 and plummeted by 60% compared to 2008 when profits were at £1.5 billion.
They were at their lowest since the survey of financial institutions started being compiled in the mid-1990s.
The Island’s Treasury Minster Philip Ozouf said that the falling figures did not mean that there would be any need to hit Islanders in the pockets with tax increases to make up the difference.
He said that financial forecasts had already been revised downward twice and that actual taxes received for 2010 were not reflective of such a large drop in industry profits.

"With All The Corruption In Jersey - Police Are Investigating A Dead Turkey?"

Dead turkey mystery


Could the red car & turkey death be linked???

Jersey police are appealing for information on two incidents - including one where a turkey was attacked.

The turkey was discovered dead, with puncture injuries to its body - which police say are consistent with having been bitten by a large breed of dog.

It was found in the area of La Rue de La Petite
Falaise, Trinity, between 8.30am and 4pm on Monday (27 June).

Anybody with information regarding the incident is urged to contact Rouge Bouillon Police Station on 612612 or Crimestoppers anonymous freephone on 0800 555 111.

They are also appealing for information about a collision between a red BMW and a silver Ford Mondeo on Victoria Avenue near the Burger Bar entrance (Westbound) on Sunday.

No one was injured and minor damage was caused to both vehicles. It is unclear how the two cars collided.

Again, police can be contacted on 01534 612612 or anonymously on 0800 555 111.

"It is unclear how the two cars collided." Hmmm? Perhaps they couldn't stop in time!!!

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

"Le Sewer Nips Off For A Chat With Other Paedophile Protectors"

Chief Ministers in London to promote economy

The Chief Ministers of Guernsey and Jersey are in London today to promote economic links between the capital and the Channel Islands.

Deputy Lyndon Trott and Senator Terry le Sueur will speak at the All-Party Parliamentary Channel Islands Group event at Westminister.

Both leaders say the group is a good place to build strong relationships.

Deputy Trott said: "This is an excellent opportunity to speak with and listen to a group of experienced and influential Parliamentarians - to tell them more about the Channel Islands and Guernsey, and our relationship with the UK.

"The All-Party Parliamentary Channel Islands Group has provided support to the Channel Islands on a number of issues since it was formed. This ongoing support is very much appreciated, and has helped us in building strong relationships with decision-makers in the UK."

The All-Party Group was set up to encourage discussion between members of the States of Guernsey, the States of Jersey and United Kingdom Members of Parliament.

Senator Le Sueur said: "The All-Party Parliamentary Channel Islands Group enables us to promote a better relationship between the UK and the Channel Islands, as well as to enhance the understanding among UK Members of Parliament of the issues facing the Channel Islands."

Meet some of the UK Parliamentary Thieves & Paedo's at either of the two links below.

http://eotp.wordpress.com/

http://www.chris-uk.org/


"Are We 100% Sure The Sexual Abuse Has Finished???"

States agree to a new centre for Jersey Sea Cadets

Sea Cadet headquarters The current Jersey Sea Cadet headquarters was "falling apart" according to politicians who visited the building
 

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The States has agreed to provide land at the harbour for a new centre for the Jersey Sea Cadet Corps.
It was allocated as part of the Island Plan debate, a States debate on development in Jersey over the next 10 years, that began last week.
Politicians who had been to visit the current Sea Cadet headquarters said the building was falling apart.
The unit has been hoping to move out of its headquarters at Fort Regent for years.
Constable Dan Murphy said the group needed support.
He said: "We have an outfit up there that is doing the most incredible work on behalf of the younger people of Jersey.
"We have 100 cadets going through there, male and female, marines and ordinary seamen and they clock up so much goodwill for Jersey when they go around the country... they are an absolutely excellent outfit."

http://therightofreply.blogspot.com/2011/02/sun-sea-satan-ferryman-revisited.html

"States May Help Those In Debt By Stopping Their Illegal Parking Fines"

Bankruptcy law review now urgent, say legal experts



Commission chairman Clive Chaplin

NEW powers should be given to the courts to help poor Islanders crippled by huge debts rebuild their lives, say a group of legal experts.
In its latest report, the Jersey Law Commission, a voluntary body which reviews laws and makes recommendations to the States if it believes they ought to be amended or repealed, looks at ways to alleviate Jersey’s growing debt crisis.
The commission was asked to do so by the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, which has seen the number of people seeking help to deal with debt increase significantly over the past three years.

Monday, 27 June 2011

"Crime Figures Down - Has Mr Bowron Put A Stop To The Perjury & Lies?"

Crime in Jersey falls to lowest level for 10 years

Crime in Jersey is at its lowest level for 10 years, police have said.
Jersey's Police Chief, Mike Bowron, said a combination of more daytime patrols and visits to pubs and clubs by police officers had led to the fall in crime.
There were just under 1,600 crimes reported in the first five months of the year.
That is 11% less than in the same period last year and a third less than in 2004.
The figures cover all types of crime, including violent offences which were down 20%.
The report said this was mirrored by the lowest number of people in 10 years needing emergency treatment because of assaults.
Mr Bowron said it was hard to pinpoint why crime figures, especially daytime ones, were down.
He said: "I do not think it is down to a lack of reporting, I think people in Jersey do report crimes.
"Hopefully it is associated with lots more licence visits during the night-time, more patrols during the day and consequently less crime."

http://ianlevans.blogspot.com/2010/12/obar-incident-vile-corruption.html

"This Just Sums Up Greedy Jersey"

Overstretched charity asks for help

"The cost is so high that it is beyond the General Hospital's budget". No Bloody surprises there then! Anne Pryke is to busy paying hundreds of thousands of pounds "each" a year, to those wonderful individuals manning all those essential typewriters that save peoples lives!!! A kidney charity is pleading for donations to help them continue their life-saving service, after spending more than double their budget.

The Jersey Kidney Patients Association is relied upon by the Health Department to pay for vital dialysis equipment and provide support for people.

But this financial support means so far this year that the JKPA has spent over £19,000 on an income of just £9,000 - meaning it might not be able to provide the Hospital with the further funding it needs.

And with dialysis machines costing over £10,000 each, they are struggling to meet the demand of patients in the island.

The cost is so high that it is beyond the General Hospital's budget and it is only thanks to the JKPA that the renal unit is fully equipped.

There is now a rising demand for dialysis, with more and more people being diagnosed with renal disease. The Hospital needs to extend the Unit and it is relying on the JKPA to help with funding.

But the charity says it has run out of cash, and is making a plea for help.

Peter Morris, Chairman of the Jersey Kidney Patients Association, said: "I think there's always pressure there, there is for all other charities in the island. It's tough out there and it is hard for the charities to do it.

"But the people of Jersey will rally round, we will do it, it just means we have to work doubly hard, we have to tell people when we're struggling, we're not quite there yet but by this interview, we're just saying it is hard, keep helping us, we do need it."

The JKPA relies solely on donations to support kidney patients both financially and emotionally. It helps patients with doctors fees, as a post-transplant patient needs to visit the doctor three times a month.

The charity also pays for flights for a friend or family member to support a sick renal patient needing to go to Guy's Hospital in London and it gives food vouchers to patients and their families who are really strapped for cash.

The JKPA is under pressure to fulfil its promise of funding and says every penny that islanders can donate will mean the charity will live on.

For more information on how to donate to the Jersey Kidney Patients Association you can log on to their website: http://www.jkpa.org.je/

"Time To Stop The Parasites"

Third world debt role questioned



Chief Minister Terry Le Sueur

AN official inquiry has been launched into Jersey’s role in forcing third world countries to pay millions of pounds in crippling debt.
Chief Minister Terry Le Sueur has revealed that senior Law Officers, top-ranking civil servants and finance experts have met to look at whether so-called vulture funds should be allowed to use Island courts to chase debts.
The funds buy up the debts of developing countries for a fraction of the amount owed and then aggressively pursue the debtors through the courts to recover as much as possible. Some of the debts date back to the 1980s, with nations having already paid back the original figure borrowed several times over.

Below is a green link to the Tom Gruchy blog that covered this topic very well last year.

http://tomgruchy.blogspot.com/2010/11/jersey-vultures.html

Saturday, 25 June 2011

"How To Deal With The Jersey Government's Blackmail & Extortion"

Before we start this posting, we would like the reader to know, and acknowledge, that anything in this posting is "NOT" Legal Advice, and should "NOT" be perceived as such. Everything written here is merely our own theory on the deconstruction of a Government demand.
Please also note, that anyone using these tactics or copying what we have done here, "MUST" know how to defend themselves properly in a courtroom. Lawyer's and Judges have a wealth of knowledge and trickery to get you to consent to their codes of practice, thereby rendering you liable to their penalties after you have been coaxed into giving up your "Inalienable Rights".

"Common Law is the greatest protection anyone has against tyrannical Government, and injustice. The States of Jersey have trampled the Law of the land into the dirt."

Having gotten myself hooked on the "Freeman" principle of Common Law through Robert Menard's wonderful video, Bursting Bubbles of Government Deception. I have been studying Common Law for some weeks now. Below, we show you how to get around Government tyranny and deception. The example we will be using is the Governments assertion that you are "obliged" to do Jury Service, and that you will be "liable" to a "fine" of up to £500 if you do not "comply". We will also be deconstructing what we have written to explain in greater detail how the deception works.
 


A friend of mine, and fellow Freeman, was summonsed for jury service in Jersey last week. Within three days we were able to get his exemption from Jury Service substantiated, despite the Government informing him this was "in accordance with the LAW".

The Viscounts Department is a limited liability company, as are all States Departments. The fact that the States of Jersey is a Corporation - has massive implications for ordinary folk.

The States of Jersey operate in commercial law and admiralty law, and not the law of the land (common law).

Some of us have woken up to this unlawful state of affairs. We are in lawful rebellion and will no longer comply with this criminal regime.

Below, is the initial summons received. We have masked the full name and address of the man to whom this document was served.
Please left click on the pic to read it.

THE SUMMONS



THE SUMMONS - DECONSTRUCTION

1/ This Summons is in fact, a notice, "I hereby notify you" nothing more. It is simply an offer, an offer for you to attend court.

2/ The way to deal with any notice/offer, is to send a notice back! To discharge a notice simply "conditionally" accept it. Lay out and attach your own terms and conditions to the notice as we have done below. Never be afraid to ask questions.

3/ Their assertion that you can be fined up to £500 for non attendance of court, is simply ludicrous. It is quite simply a veiled threat to get you to comply with their wishes, and akin to demanding money with menaces, extortion, and fraud.

4/ At the end it clearly states "if you fail to attend, you will be liable to a fine not exceeding five hundred pounds sterling, in accordance with the law". This is not true, there is no law to empower them to fine you, there are only statutes, statutes which are "NOT" laws. Statutes can only be given "the force of law" with your consent.

OUR NOTICE OF DISCHARGE OF SUMMONS


NOTICE OF DISCHARGE OF NOTICE OF SUMMONS
AND REQUEST FOR CLARIFICATION
The Viscount
The Viscount’s Department
Morier House
St.Helier
Jersey
20th June 2011

Notice to agent is notice to principal and vice-versa

You have apparently made allegations that I am obliged to provide you with a service.
You have apparently made demands upon me.

I do not understand those apparent demands and therefore cannot lawfully fulfil them.

I seek clarification of your document so that I may act according to the law and maintain my entire body of inalienable rights in doing so.

Failure to accept this offer, to clarify, and to do so completely and in good faith within 7 (seven) days will be deemed by all parties to mean that you, and your principal or other parties, abandon all demands upon me.

I conditionally accept your offer to agree that I am Mr C**** **** ****** and that I am obliged to provide you with a service, upon proof of claim of all of the following;
1.      Upon proof of claim that I am a Mr and not a man.
2.      Upon proof of claim that I am a person and not a man.
3.      Upon proof of claim that I have a lawful contract with your Company.
4.      Upon proof of claim that any of your Companies rules apply to me.
5.      Upon proof of claim that there is a law obliging me to provide you, or your company, with any service.
6.      Upon proof of claim that I have signed an international contract.
7.      Upon proof of claim that I am a member of the Armed Forces.
8.      Upon proof of claim that my inalienable rights do not apply to this matter.
Furthermore, I reserve my rights not to be bound by any unrevealed contracts.

Sincerely and without ill will, vexation or frivolity.    

OUR NOTICE OF DISCHARGE OF SUMMONS - DECONSTRUCTION

1/ Make it clear that the authorities are dealing with a man or woman. When dealing with the legal world it is essential to remember that we ARE just men and women, Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms, Sir, Dr, are titles, and have no place in the real world.

2/ What is a PERSON? A person is a legal fiction created by Government at your birth, and by way of a birth certificate, it only exists in law, not in the real world. Lawfully, men and women are NOT PERSON'S. Interpretation (Jersey) Law 1954 defines a person as a body corporate. Government can only act upon your person, and with your consent, not upon you as a man or woman. Remember that ALL men and women are equal in common law and that no one can claim any power or authority over you unless you grant them consent to do so. Notwithstanding of course, that you have not caused anyone injury, loss, or have not used fraud or mischief in your contracts.

3/ & 4/ A company can only make demands on it's employees, or those that have a lawful contract with them.

5/ No one is "obliged" to provide a limited liability company with any service unless 3/ and/or 4/ of the above apply.

6/ & 7/ Because ALL Jersey courts are courts of Admiralty (see colonial courts of Admiralty act 1890) to have jurisdiction over you, you must have signed an international (i.e. be an embassador/political instrument for your Government)  contract. OR, be a member of the military, OR, consent to Admiralty jurisdiction (be tricked into handing over your consent) either tacitly or expressly. We will touch upon this in a later posting, the way and manner in which they trick you into giving your consent.

8/ This is self explanatory. Reserving your rights not to be bound by any unrevealed contracts takes care of the (silent adhesion) contracts that we all have with the States of Jersey Inc.

An example of a silent adhesion contract is registering your automobile, wherein, the silent adhesion contract (unrevealed contract) is that you must obtain insurance and have a license to travel in said automobile.

As an aside, it is interesting to note that if you privately own an automobile i.e (don't register it with the authorities - which is within your rights) you are not required by law to hold a drivers license or obtain insurance in order to travel in the automobile, unless of course, you are engaging in commerce on the highway.

CERTIFICATE OF EXEMPTION





CERTIFICATE OF EXEMPTION _ DECONSTRUCTION


1/ Please note that the Viscount's reply addresses this gentleman by his correct name, and with the omission of the title "MR". Proving to you all that "Mr" is as we stated, just a fiction. Even if your name appears correctly, as is the case here, the truth is that it is a commercial document, so they are again talking about the person, and not a man or a woman.

2/ It says "I hereby grant your application" this made us both chuckle somewhat, as the word "Application" means literally "To Beg" !!! We certainly did not see any begging going on here - Do You? Any time you see the words Submission, Application, Registration, you know that you are giving them consent, and they do it with everything! That is why the lawyers are in all the power...."YOU CAME TO THEM AND BEGGED".

3/ At the top of the document it says "Loi (1864) reglant la procedure criminelle" Why are some of Jersey's statutes written in an obsolete language, Norman French? These same statutes having been repealed in France over 200 years ago? I WONDER!!!

4/ Finally, and this cracked me up. Their motto near the foot of the page is "Investor In People" PEOPLE, PERSON, LEGAL FICTION, NOT OF COMMON LAW....


"Summary Of Posting"

"DO NOT" be fooled by Civil Rights or Human Rights, these can, and will be taken away from you, if need be.

Men, Women, and Children have "inalienable rights", or to rephrase "un-a-lien-able rights", these cannot be taken away from us, but can be given away through our consent (see 2/ directly above).

My friend, and fellow "Freeman" leaves you with a little something to think about:

"If we had a De-Jure Government and Judiciary here in Jersey, I would be only too pleased to do my Common Law Duty to, and in the benefit of my fellow man."



"Population Policy Under Review"

Call to freeze the population


Deputy Daniel Wimberley

A FREEZE on immigration has been proposed until the States get to grips with population policy.
In the wake of figures that showed that immigration has been running at almost double the States-approved target for the last five years, Deputy Daniel Wimberley has proposed a temporary freeze.
He also wants a full independent review into how the ministerial net-immigration target of 325 immigrants per year turned into a five-year average of 640, and for ministers to bring a new population policy to the States next year.

"Jersey Corruption To Be Revealed"

Scrutiny to review report into child abuse inquiry


A sub-panel is to be chaired by Deputy Trevor Pitman

A SCRUTINY panel is to examine whether a report into the financial management of the historical child abuse inquiry was fair, accurate and independent.
The Education and Home Affairs Panel has agreed to form a sub-panel led by Deputy Trevor Pitman to investigate issues arising from the report carried out by accountancy firm BDO Alto and commissioned by the Minister for Home Affairs Ian Le Marquand.
The report, published in July 2010, made strong criticisms of financial management and oversight failures during the historical child abuse inquiry, highlighting the role of the senior investigating officer Lenny Harper.
A statement issued by the panel said that serious concerns had been brought to their attention about certain aspects of the way in which BDO Alto had carried out its review.

Thursday, 23 June 2011

"Jersey's Chief Minister Faces Vote Of Censure"

"THICK AS THIEVES"


"Dumb & Dumber"

A Jersey deputy has said he hopes the Chief Minister will be censured over the way he handled alleged redundancy payments to senior civil servants.
Deputy Trevor Pitman said Senator Terry Le Sueur failed to show the expected quality of leadership over so-called golden handshake deals.
He said the Chief Minister's handling of the early departure of two senior civil servants was "appalling".
Senator Le Sueur declined to comment on the matter.
'Demonstrate their discontent'
Deputy Pitman said: "Golden handshakes - that amount to a lifetime's earnings for someone on the minimum wage - really has been the final straw.
"I now lodge this vote of censure in the hope that a majority of members will demonstrate their discontent with this."
He said that he felt the motion of censure should have instead been a vote of no confidence.
However, he said that with just four months of the current administration's term left, a successful vote would mean the removal of the Chief Minister and the executive.
He said this would "distract government from the problems facing the island's people at this difficult economic time".
States members will decide whether the Chief Minister failed to protect taxpayers' interests in July.


Pacifier or Dummy?

Thank you to Trevor Pitman for the following list of incompetence

A catalogue of failures

1.    The broken promise of ‘inclusive’ government.  This promise made within Senator Le Sueur’s election pitch for Chief Minister sadly set the tone for what has transpired over the subsequent years of his office. What must be seen as hollow promises with the benefit of hindsight; delivered one can’t help but feel, made to help secure his tenure. Even Senator Frank Walker had found room for ex-Senator Stuart Syvret in seeking some degree of wider political inclusion. Senator Le Sueur offered nothing in terms of consensus building and 'inclusivity' at all. Indeed, far from ‘inclusion’ we have seen the majority of Ministers and Assistants regularly appointed by merit of allegiance rather than any proven ability or expertise in a particular field;

2.    Health and the Verita Report.  The tragic events that underlay this eventual investigation were bad enough. The issue of the appalling subsequent treatment evident in the suspension of Mr. John Day, however, at huge and unmerited cost to the Island’s taxpayers should have been reason enough for any self-respecting Chief Minister and Executive to stand down. As was to unfold again and again this was further compounded by a tooth-and-nail fight to try and prevent Members from gaining information as to how these failings came about. With a fourth Health Minister in as many years floundering where was the necessary leadership from the top?

3.    The Public Sector pay-freeze.  Another prime example of a Chief Minister and Executive’s arrogant and contemptuous attitude to its employees. Would any self-respecting, democratic government really treat staff and union negotiators with such contempt that officials were left with no resort but to finally publicly complain that those sent to meet with them did not even have the mandate to negotiate?

As bad, if not possibly even worse, was the fact that this Chief Minister  - the Chairman of the SEB let us not forget – allowed the hugely damaging portrayal to unfold  of thousands of hard working employees as inefficient, greedy and over-paid. Indeed, as many employees have told me this creation of a false ‘them and us’ between public and private sector workers may have consequences that have negative impacts for long to come. Where, I ask again, was the expected quality of leadership here?

4.    Comprehensive Spending Review.  Again, whole chapters could be written about a process that in being pushed up to 65 million, also saw embarrassing hasty retreats from Executive colleagues with regard to the Minister for ESC’s proposals on cutting support for fee-paying schools. Indeed, to many observers this week’s vote to overturn the policy – with the Chief Minister away in China and not even there to defend his colleague’s policy – was a case of this Executive finally being holed below the credibility waterline. With firm political leadership once again conspicuous by its absence the CSR has appeared to many members of the public to be driven at times by random pressures from external lobby groups rather any consistent logic.

5.    The suspension of the former Chief Police Officer fiasco.  A shameful saga that seems to go on and on despite the Executive’s determination to bury it. Obviously this is inexorably tied up with the HDLG inquiry which in all fairness has its roots in the failings of previous regimes. Nevertheless, would any other ‘government’ survive such disastrous displays of incompetence and/or bad practice as played out within a ‘disciplinary’ process that never was; and which resulted in not only revelations of clear senior civil service failings but zero resultant accountability?

Not only this but an unprecedented public media promotion of accusations against an individual with an outstanding record of public service. Yet with no equal, balanced official portrayal of what would have been – had there ever been any genuine intention to hold disciplinary proceedings - the case for the defence. A Home Affairs Minister who did not wish to give information to a Scrutiny panel because he had promised ‘a scoop’ to a JEP journalist! All of this cruelly spun out, of course, over a period of not months but years. 

Yet still further questionable leadership followed with regard to the agreed TOR.  And yet even in the past few days we also find ourselves about to be faced with damning revelations relating to the independence of the so-called BDO/Alto Report. How could a UK journalist be able to quote from an interim ‘independent’ report - not just before it had been published but seemingly even before it could have been completed?

6    Broken promises on GST.  Of course, as history will record our Chief Minister had infamously said that he didn’t care if 100.000 Islanders signed a petition saying that they did not want this regressive tax, and that government should find other, fairer taxation measures. Nevertheless, his Treasury Minister gave the categorical promise that with GST in place it would not rise above 3% under his current stewardship at the Treasury.

Indeed, the Chief Minister’s Treasury Minister gave this undertaking at a time when not only were many ‘non-local’ businesses not paying a single penny in tax into Jersey’s coffers; but more than 80 of our super-wealthy 1 (1) Ks were paying far less than the much-trumpeted £100.000 tax ‘benchmark’ – 17 of these actually paying less than their likely cleaners or gardeners at under £5.000 tax! If ever there was an example of a Chief Minister failing to lead; and with his Executive happy to condone and even promote a two-tier society by default if not deliberate intent this is surely it. 

7    The Zero/Ten fiasco. Just how many people outside of the Executive argued that what has eventually come to pass on zero/ten was the only outcome possible? Not just States Members but also external tax experts such as Mr. Christensen and Mr. Murphy. Of course, what all of these critics had in common is that all were viewed as coming from outside of the Executive fold so were dismissed as just ‘enemies of Jersey’ once again ‘doing the Island down’.

The misguided zero/ten policy being the inevitable result of the so-called race for the bottom – a race that no-one ultimately wins in terms of ordinary working people; the Chief Minister and his Treasury Minister would insist again and again that all was well. It wasn’t and to suggest that they couldn’t have known is only another argument for why this Chief Minister and his Council really should have fallen on its sword and been replaced . Few would argue deserving of a censure motion in itself.

8    Health Director’s salary. An obscenely over-the-top salary arrived at by a highly questionable process involving the very same agency the appointed individual had apparently come to Jersey from within. And all, it appeared from States ‘Question Time’, whilst the Health Minister was wholly oblivious or unable to grasp what was going on. Yet again the Chief Minister – Chairman of the SEB - failed to display political leadership; ensure accountability and act. The Health Minister surely should have been axed. The result of it all: the taxpayer picked up a tab far more expensive than it should have been

9    The creation of the new role of ‘Minister with responsibility for International Relations. Of course a new role of ‘Foreign Minister’ in all reality, it is not the question of whether this position is needed that is at issue. But once again, the manner in which the Chief Minister set this in motion. It was neither brought to the Chamber for approval nor even discussed.

Yet another example of failing in leadership, openness and accountability that left many Members with the feeling – rightly or wrongly – that here was yet another instance of ‘jobs for the boys’. Further evidence, as if any was needed, that to this Chief Minister whilst there may be 53 democratically elected Members in the Chamber the only ones that matter are a small and secretive inner circle.

10    Opposition to a Committee of Inquiry into the Historic Abuse saga. Few would deny that this sad saga in Jersey’s history could merit a book’s worth of material setting out the failings in itself. Suffice to say that the flawed and deeply insensitive treatment of those who suffered abuse when they were meant to be being protected by past governments; and the feeling of many politicians that even getting an official apology was akin to pulling teeth is all that really needs to be said in reminding Members of this further damning failing of the necessary leadership, accountability and openness. Add to this the drawn out, tooth-and-nail Executive fight to resist a Committee of Inquiry into what went on and little more has to be stated. In a word: shameful.

11    The ‘top secret’ 1 (1) K report.  A report which was claimed by the Assistant Treasury Minister to “verify” that ‘High Value Residents’ are worth in excess of 50 million to the benefit of other Islanders. Great news, indeed, if accurate. Yet we ‘backbenchers’ as elected Members outside of the chosen ‘inner circle’ could not see this to verify for ourselves. Once again, so much for transparency, leadership and taking Members and the public with you. A disaster only deepened by proposals from the Treasury Minister to effectively allow the richest to pay even less – purely because they have more.

12    Non-implementation the Freedom of Information law. That such an important piece of legislation has not been driven forward vigorously by the leader of our government is surely incredible to many members of both the Chamber and public alike. The excuse of cost – highly questionable suggested costs at that – simply cannot be acceptable in a 21st Century democracy. Such a fully functioning law is at least a decade and a half overdue. Following on as it did from the Chief Minister’s incredible U-turn on support for the common sense step of initiating an independent Electoral Commission; like many I view this as further evidence of highly inadequate political leadership in the key area of political transparency.

13    ‘Golden handshakes’ allegedly totalling in the region of £800,000 to discredited civil servants.  And so we come to the latest in a catalogue of failures under Chief Minister Le Sueur. Two very senior civil servants inextricably linked to some of the events outlined above. Accountable, it seems, to no-one. Just as to why one has left and the other is effectively on ‘gardening leave’ on his way to joining him we are doggedly denied clear cut answers.

Details can only be revealed, so we are told by both the Chief Minister and his Treasury Minister, in ‘exceptional circumstances’. What I ask are exceptional circumstances if not these? Whatever the rights and wrongs of these individuals’ situations to say that they found themselves departing ‘under a cloud’ would be a statement few if any would even seek to contest.

Yet as I have pointed out above: with GST rising to 5%; some companies contributing nothing to the economy in tax; and many of the Island’s ‘High Value Residents’ paying an effective pittance in taxation we are told that we – elected representatives of the public of Jersey - cannot have full details of how these huge payouts came about. And, though we managed to extract the deeply worrying information that one negotiated the payout of the other, neither could we find out full details of who ultimately decided upon, authorised them and why.

As I have already said: if someone is not doing the job to the expected level they should be dismissed – not given huge payoffs. For me like many other Members, this insulting affront to the hardworking people of Jersey is the final straw. Zero leadership. Zero openness. Zero accountability.

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