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Updated Statement 18th June 2017

Why am I writing this blog? I have no option but to speak out as it’s clear the CM – who I support – is being pressurised by an unnamed group of people who are demanding my head for allegations that have either been investigated and dealt with and being tried by kangaroo courts with no option to defend myself. I will always put Jersey first. But what has been going on in recent days is beyond the pale. Votes of No Confidence A vote of no confidence was threatened in October 2016 by Chris Taylor, the Constable of St John. The C&AG report into the Innovation Fund was published on the 12th January 2017. Any member is entitled to bring a Vote of No Confidence in any Minister, Assistant Minister, the Council of Ministers or the Chief Minister. That’s democracy at work. 9 months of after threatening, a proposition was lodged on the 7th June 2016. The are three reasons cited for the Vote of No Confidence in the Chief Minister 1. Hospital Funding late withdrawal 2. Alleged failures in Human Resources 3. Innovation Fund – disputed findings of Simor Inquiry I wish to serve the people of Jersey, and, as repeated, doing so with a defined role and a States-Assembly mandate to discharge the job that I have been asked to do. The pressure to resign, and leaks of my alleged sacking, is intensifying ahead of the Vote of No Confidence in the Chief Minister which has been brought allegedly for a number of reasons.  My reappointment is Now said to be the catalyst. However, the proposition... read more

FOI Question on Expesnes – voluntary enhanced disclosures

Here is what I hope is an a more detailed explanation to the Expenses which were answered in a recent FOI. The FOI answer https://www.gov.je/Freedom%20of%20Information%20library/ID%20FOI%20Senator%20Ozouf%20Expenses%2020170221.pdf BACKGROUND Jersey has some of the far reaching Freedom of Imformation Laws of any country. Here is our law https://www.jerseylaw.je/laws/enacted/Pages/L-15-2014.aspx                                                    The following request was received.   The following answer was given                                                       My concern is that the data issued had no explanation. It does not the full picture of a ministers  travel, transportation and accomdation costs. There is understable concern amongst most islanders say that expenses should be valid and justified. After numerous scandals about in the expanses of UK MP’s and other places – it’s quite understandable the public want assurances that there are not incidents such as the expense of business class travel to Cape Town. Whilst there had been previous little criticism in Jersey about expenses – as its public money the public has a right to know more than just the totals but the detail of expenses should explain the activity, why it was incurred and justified.  I announced some ago the intention to publish a more detailed breakdown of the expenses.  An FOI been published from records held, however it is not complete and doesn’t not give the information. I’ve spent of hours of work to check the information published... read more

Statement 17th June 2017

I am once again being pressurised to resign, step down. The pressure is coming from within and without the States. There is a specific online campaign group which has published an ‘Ozouf Dossier’. This alone has generated a significant amount of social media comment – much of it by anonymous, shadowy figures hiding behind aliases. The Waterfront Action Group or Jersey Action Group is attacking me again after ditching its obsession with campaigning just against the International Finance Centre. This group has said the Finance Centre was going to bankrupt Jersey, wasn’t needed, and prejudiced the private sector. They have said: Jersey’s Public Finances had a massive inherited and previously hidden black hole which I was responsible for and we were going to go into massive debt. The Finance sector is going into melt down and zero-ten is a disaster. Police Station was a disaster and should have been built at Lime Grove and the existing site. And so on and so on. There are certainly some issues which should not have been allowed to happen by this and the previous Council of Ministers. The Group’s grievances have caused huge angst and arguably have been an extraordinary waste and diversion of valuable time. This group appear to be riding on a wave of global dislike for the ruling establishment – most especially me – as they see them and riding the crest of the wave of the issues which have gone wrong in Jersey such as the Innovation Fund and so on. This group is an alliance of the the genuinely dissatisfied, often undisclosed conflicted self-interested vested interests who... read more

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