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#IJCI some initial thoughts ahead of tomorrow

The Oldham report highlights a political approach that in the past too often failed to ask questions and failed to recognise the importance of learning from evidence from the world beyond Jersey Jersey has much to be proud and has achieved much over the centuries which has changed the world around us for the better However like many places the Jersey Authorities from the 50’s to early 2000’s did not acknowledge the existence of Child Abuse The Oldham Report acknowledges it was not intentional However it is clear that this attitude failed and damaged irrevocably the lives of many There should have been for more questioning by politicians There has been too much reliance on process and hierarchy If a minister has appointed or accepted the continued employment of their most senior and therefore accountable that minister – whether assistant or not – is  responsible for the acts and decisions of those officials and departments whether they know or knew of those acts or them or not It’s the fundamental foundation stone of parliamentary democracy There has been a failure to take responsibility There has been a failure to act There has been a failure to put in place the appropriate and qualified leadership in the States This has failed children and others for too long The expression the ‘Jersey Way’ was in common parlance 10 or more years ago and has recently re-surfaced Some will disagree, but to me this terminology has always had too many associations with isolationism inward-looking island nationalism a closed society  sweeping things under the carpet being secretive and segregated detached  a blinkered parochial approach... read more

Updated Statement 18 June 2016

Why am I writing this blog? The Chief Minister is facing a Vote-of-Confidence Whilst I have always supported the CM he is being pressurised by an unnamed group of people – and for the vote on Tuesday – members of the States including some ministers – who are demanding my re-appointment should be reversed.  Certain ministers are conditioning their support justifying their demands because they have never agreed with me being a member of the Council of Ministers and/or they disagree with the CM’s Statement of the Jessica Simor QC report into the Jersey Innovation Fund.  Democracy is about debate, discussion and appropriate challenge: it is how politics works. Ministers are responsible and accountable for policy decisions that impact people’s lives.  The Jersey Action Group have run an online campaign against me. They have published the Ozouf Dossier This has the risk of compromising my ability to serve – I have now no option to defend myself. I will always put people and Jersey first. Votes of No Confidence Chris Taylor, the Constable of St John, first threatened a vote of no confidence in October 2016.                   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.   A proposition was finally lodged on the 7th June 2017.                 There are three reasons cited for the... read more

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

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