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Post BREXIT Day 29

A week is a long time in politics; the last four weeks have changed the landscape politically, economically and constitutionally. It would normally take a decade to create so many shifts. It has been described as the political earthquake by some, and if that earthquake has an epicentre, it is BREXIT. When it became clear in the early hours of the morning on the 24th June that the voters of the United Kingdom would vote to leave the European Union, this was not the result that most people unexpected.It seemed that most governments around the world, including dare I say it, the United Kingdom, had not even contemplated a BREXIT decision. Hindsight is always a great thing and today peoyple will often say that of course they knew, but the wise words of one of our highly respected members of the Fiscal Policy Panel sums the situation up well – “nobody has evidence of the future”. However, it is important that even without evidence of the future, that there is always cool, level-headed realistic assessment of risk. At the end of the day, most opinion polls were narrow enough to have at least considered an exit result as an option. And government should always have ad two plans – a plan for remaining and a plan for exit. In Jersey, we are more cautious than some places, because our size and constitutional nature means we must take care to protect ourselves against the radical shifts of external markets.   That is why, 18 months prior to the BREXIT Referendum, we set up a Political Oversight Group, to consider the... read more

Day 28 : Jersey has a prosperous future in the post-Brexit world

  Update 22 July 2016 A week is a long time in politics; the last four weeks have changed the landscape politically, economically and constitutionally. It would normally take a decade to create so many shifts. Some have described it as the political earthquake, and if that earthquake has an epicentre, it is BREXIT. When it became clear in the early hours of the morning on the 24th June that the voters of the United Kingdom would vote to leave the European Union, this was not the result that most people unexpected. It seemed that most governments around the world, including dare I say it, the United Kingdom, had not even contemplated a BREXIT decision. Hindsight is always a great thing and today people will often say that of course they knew, but the wise words of one of our highly respected members of the Fiscal Policy Panel sums the situation up well – “nobody has evidence of the future” However, it is important that even without evidence of the future, that there is always cool, levelheaded realistic assessment of risk. At the end of the day, most opinion polls were narrow enough to have at least considered an exit result as an option. And government should always have ad two plans – a plan for remaining and a plan for exit. In Jersey, we are more cautious than some places, because our size and constitutional nature means we must take care to protect ourselves against the radical shifts of external markets. 18 MONTHS OF PREPARATION  That is why, 18 months prior to the BREXIT Referendum, we set up... read more

Coding for the future

Coding: delivering Jersey’s digital future  This week, I was delighted to speak at the Digital Jersey coding course graduation. As well as the graduating students, there were a number of businesses from Jersey’s growing technology cluster, many of whom are now taking on thoe leaving the course with technology skills that make them stand out in the job market. Whether it’s technology companies developing FinTech and MedTech solutions or those from other industries who are digitising their companies, it’s clear that industry is crying out for digital skills.   The team at Digital Jersey have shown great leadership in providing the course, especially alongside mentors Tom Luce, Matt Chatterley and Rob Dudley who have made the course possible through their time and expertise. Digital Jersey does not exist in a bubble, it rightly relies on the human resources we have on island.   During the evening, we were treated to presentations by the graduates who were showing us what projects they had been working on. Among them were software projects to help keep your keys safe and to manage property assets for a family business. These are not simply nice hobbies to do in your spare time, but are giving islanders real skills that provide real value to businesses and people in Jersey.   I’m delighted that the success of the course has already spread. For next year’s course, we have over four applicants for every place, which shows the demand from islanders. The successful applicants will be able to take part in the course for free, spending two evenings a week in the Hub at Digital Jersey for... read more

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