Tuesday, July 7, 2015

HOW 26 JERSEY (MUPPETS) POLITICIANS KILLED OFF SCRUTINY WITH ONE PUSH OF A BUTTON













THE STATES OF JERSEY



THE DEATH OF DEMOCRACY PART 2



WE ARE GOVERNED BY COMPLETE MUPPETS PART 2



AS THE OLD SAYING GOES  "YOU CAN'T POLISH A TURD"


HOW 26 LOBOTOMISED POLITICIANS AND 2 ABSTENTIONS KILLED OF THE SCRUTINY PROCESS IN JERSEY.


DEPUTY NORTON: 

P.44/2015 

"What about Scrutiny?  Scrutiny is crucially important.  I think this entire Assembly recognises how important Scrutiny is and how important a role it should and must play and will play.  The overall principle of Scrutiny looking at the Jersey International Finance Centre will happen, is happening and will continue to happen.  The first building, we have signed a lease.  Sorry, about that.  We have actually done some business.  This is not the time to stop it.  Nor should we attempt to.  Of course should we be involved in building; what do we know about building anyway?  What do we know about telecoms?  What do we know about harbours?  Flying aircraft?  We do it in other forms.  This is just another form of that.  I cannot support this proposition.  We must allow the first phase of that development to happen."



THE 26 WHO KILLED OFF SCRUTINY


Deputy of St John and Deputy Andrew Lewis abstained from the vote. 



In part 1 we looked at the death of scrutiny in Jersey. We have seen how collective responsibly works.  We can see how the executive and their collective "do as you are told lackeys" work in the states chamber. The States of Jersey is so bad at the moment it wouldn't even make for a credible B movie. It's a joke. Laughable. Complete Muppets. Its painful to listen to states sittings but one must  keep abreast of the shambles unfolding before us. The only blessing is that the majority of these muppets don't lodge any questions or propositions so its all over in a couple of hours. £45,000  wham bam thank you mam.  Where shall we go for our summer holidays. 

You would think that there would be some loyalty in Scrutiny. A brothers in arms mentality. All scrutiny members knowing what a difficult and pointless job they do with their reviews. If it's worth something then the executive will kick it into the long grass and then come out telling us what an important role scrutiny has to play. Its Carry on up the States. 


In part 1 we asked this question: 


"Scrutiny is a function that is there to scrutinise  government policy and procedure - it is evidence based and it serves to help states members come to an informed decision based on the facts before taking a vote on our behalf. 

26 of our states members unbelievably ignored scrutiny and intern the democratic purpose. They should be made to resign their seats as states members and representatives of the public.

On the 16/06/2015 Deputy Tadier brought P.44/2015 asking the states to halt  work on the finance quarter for 6 weeks until the Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel had concluded their report. 26 of our Muppet states members decided that they would vote blind and kill off scrutiny in one push of a button. This is shocking. This isn't about a building on the Esplanade Car Park  this is about democracy or the death of it. What is the purpose of scrutiny when it continues to be ignored? The executive will back scrutiny when it suits their agenda. How many of those 26 sit on scrutiny panels themselves? Why didn't they support the process they are apart of? "


These are the members below. Part of the 26. Sitting on scrutiny panels. These Muppets voted against the very same function that they are a part of.  No, they thought, lets not support the process of democracy. Lets vote against it. We sit on scrutiny and there is no better feeling than killing it off.  


 I'M NOT JOKING. WE ARE GOVERNED BY MUPPETS.  


Simon Crowcroft. Environment Housng and Technical Services Scrutiny Panel. http://www.scrutiny.gov.je/Panels/Pages/Panels.aspx?PanelId=3

Len Norman PPC Scrutinise States Members conduct?

Constable Michael John Paddock Economic Affairs Scrutiny Panel. http://www.scrutiny.gov.je/Panels/Pages/Panels.aspx?PanelId=1

Constable John Edward Le Maistre Economic Affairs Scrutiny Panel. http://www.statesassembly.gov.je/Pages/Members.aspx?MemberId=197

Deputy Richard John Renouf Health and Social Security Scrutiny Panel. http://www.scrutiny.gov.je/Panels/Pages/Panels.aspx?PanelId=6

Scott Michael Wickenden Public Accounts Committee http://www.statesassembly.gov.je/Pages/Members.aspx?MemberId=212

Deputy Robert David Johnson. Economic Affairs Scrutiny Panel. http://www.scrutiny.gov.je/Panels/Pages/Panels.aspx?PanelId=1 and Environment, Housing and TTS Scrutiny Panel. http://www.scrutiny.gov.je/Panels/Pages/Panels.aspx?PanelId=3


IT GETS BETTER


TAKE A LOOK AT THIS WRITTEN QUESTION.

Deputy McLinton is worried about the cost of asking questions in the States. Yes, asking bloody questions. Yet, he is one of the 26 who has taken a 50million pound punt on a building without even waiting for the Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel Review to report back to the states to inform as to whether its a good deal or not. He didn't make a speech.

Deputy McLinton not only informed Save our Shoreline (SOS)  while campaigning for deputy in the 2014 elections that he was against any new office space on the Esplanade car park as shown below and that its to be built upon toxic deposits he also wants to bypass the democratic process of not only ignoring scrutiny but attempting to curtail questioning of the executive. That is quite remarkable and un democratic.




2015 - it's a time to shine alright. 


Question
WRITTEN QUESTION TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PRIVILEGES AND PROCEDURES COMMITTEE

BY DEPUTY P.D. McLINTON OF ST. SAVIOUR ANSWER TO BE TABLED ON TUESDAY 2nd JUNE 2015

Given that all States departments are being expected to make considerable ongoing savings does PPC consider that such financial savings should also be made in relation to the functioning of the States Assembly and, if so, would PPC consider bringing forward for approval amendments to Standing Orders to limit members to two written questions and two oral questions per sitting of the Assembly?

Answer
A majority of members of PPC agree that the States Assembly should participate fully in the current initiatives to reduce States expenditure and, although the budget of the States Assembly is set by PPC without interference from the Council of Ministers, PPC has already notified the Minister for Treasury and Resources that it is content to make savings in the Assembly budget that match the percentage reductions being made in ministerial departments. PPC has not yet finalised the precise details of how these savings will be made but is satisfied that it can achieve a total on-going annual saving of £392,000 by 2019. If the States agree to the filming and web-streaming of the Assembly there will be an additional need for savings to offset that cost as PPC has agreed to absorb the cost of filming within its current cash limits.

PPC does not, however, believe that it would lead to any noticeable financial savings in the Assembly’s budget if the number of written questions were restricted to two per member per sitting as suggested by the questioner. In addition PPC considers that questions are an important way for members to hold Ministers and other officeholders to account and the committee has no current plans to amend Standing Orders to change the provisions on the number of questions permitted


Then we have Deputy Norton

 Lets remind ourselves again at what Deputy Norton told SOS before being elected.



Now let us look at what an assistant ministerial position does.


10.1.15 Deputy M.J. Norton:
Firstly, I would just like to touch on the members of the public who were outside this building earlier on at a very well-organised get together.  I would rather say “get together” rather than “protest”.  Perhaps it was a protest, for some people it was.  For some they had reasoned arguments.  For some the answer was going to be: “No; now what is the question?”  There was many a time when I did engage outside for a good 20 minutes and I enjoyed the chat that I had with most of those outside.  Some were very vociferous, some were very polite.  I asked them what they wanted.  “What do you want?  What do you want?  Not what we as States Members want but what do you want?”  Some of the answers I got back: “We want jobs.”  Well, the finance industry is great for jobs.  “Oh no, it is not.  No, we want jobs for local people.”  90 per cent of the jobs in the finance industry are filled by local people.  Going forward more and more of those graduates, as soon as they become graduates, before they become graduates, are being snapped-up by those within the financial services industry.  “What do you want?  What do you see for the future?”  “St. Helier.  We would like to see a St. Helier with a soul in it.  We would like to see a St. Helier where we could enjoy our life, where we could live.”  If you do not have the Finance Centre the chances are you will not get the regeneration of St. Helier that is so important.  This is not just about a Jersey International Financial Centre.  This is about St. Helier.  This is about its regeneration.  This is about spending that money forward and making plans and freeing-up some of the wonderful real estate that we could have if some of that finance centre was put together and some of that free space in other parts of St. Helier were freed-up for regeneration.
[15:15]
To make them better places to be.  Many years before I joined the States I did not really know a great deal about the finance industry.  I have never worked in it.  I was never particularly a big fan of it.  I did not really know what it did.  But when asked my opinions on many occasions it was not really where my interest was.  Tourism, that is where we should go.  Agriculture, that is where we should be.  Those are the sole reasons that Jersey is what Jersey is.  That is all fine.  That is great except when you get down to looking at the figures of it.  Suddenly you get down to the real importance of the finance industry and like it or not, a fan or not, the reality is that if you want an industry that supports all other industries in the Island, that spends £1 million per day in other services outside of its own finance industry then you look at the finance industry because that is what it does.  It spends £1 million in everything from carpet fitters and decorates to builders, to people that supply photocopiers, to everything else.  £1 million a day.  There is not another industry doing that.  It brings in 40 per cent of our G.V.A.  Its footprint is very good, 25 per cent.  That is it, but 40 per cent of our G.V.A.  It is very important.  Yesterday I was lucky enough to attend a series of meetings throughout a very, very long day where in London we met a lot of potential inward investors.  The message there was: “Jersey is open for business.”  The message there is: “We are very confident of our future.”  That Jersey is the place to do your business.  There were some very, very powerful people within the rooms that we were in, that were listening, were taking note and are very interested in being part of Jersey.  Now what we are going to do is say: “Oh, actually we are not really sure now.  Can we hold it off for a little minute?  I know we have signed an agreement with someone but, you know, just wait a little bit longer.  Let us mess around UBS, shall we?  We have signed a lease with you but, you know, it might cost us a few quid to get out of it.”  That is not where we should be.  We need to woman-up, man-up, stick our chest out, be a little bit more confident about what we do because that is what the rest of the world is watching.  To support this proposition would be a catastrophe, reputation for us throughout the financial world.  Think very carefully about that.  Our masterplan is a masterplan that is flexible.  That has always been said.  The masterplan of the Esplanade Quarter is flexible.  It is flexible enough to be able to incorporate other suggestions should they come along at the right time.  It is phase by phase.  Who knows, we might even get a hospital down there as well.  But at least it is flexible enough to incorporate it but then we will have to find some money to pay for it.  What about Scrutiny?  Scrutiny is crucially important.  I think this entire Assembly recognises how important Scrutiny is and how important a role it should and must play and will play.  The overall principle of Scrutiny looking at the Jersey International Finance Centre will happen, is happening and will continue to happen.  The first building, we have signed a lease.  Sorry, about that.  We have actually done some business.  This is not the time to stop it.  Nor should we attempt to.  Of course should we be involved in building; what do we know about building anyway?  What do we know about telecoms?  What do we know about harbours?  Flying aircraft?  We do it in other forms.  This is just another form of that.  I cannot support this proposition.  We must allow the first phase of that development to happen.  It should happen on a schedule.  It should give confidence to other people that wish to take out leases that I feel confident are coming our way.  Jersey is open for business and the message we must send out is that we are open for business.  Of course we are listening to the public outside.  I listened to the 50 people outside.  I take note that whether you believe on 900 to 1,000 or 2,000 people, that massive demonstration, I take note of that as well.  There are another 98,000 people living there.  There are 12,000 people in the finance industry.  I take note of what they say as well.  I take note of all those other people that benefit from the finance industry as well.  I take note of all those people that want a job in the future.  My child, your child, your grandchildren, whoever it may be.  They all want jobs that are well paid.  They want jobs that focus on what we do best.  What we do best in the world is finance and financial industries.  It is our golden goose.  It is laying golden eggs for us and we must support it.  You may support it by rejecting this proposition.  [Approbation]



They are not alone. The executive rule the chamber. They rule through collective responsibility. The States of Jersey are seriously letting the good people of Jersey down. They are not interested in due process. The chamber is a shambles. 

Part 3 this weekend. 




Rico Sorda

Part time investigative journalist