Make a fast buck perhaps?
Inquiry is ordered into £1.7m doors sale
The Environment department want to make sure that the doors, by the famous French designer René Lalique, were removed from Villa Millbrook, the former home of Jesse Boot of Boots the Chemist, before the building was listed in 1992.
The move follows claims that they may have been in the house, which is regarded as of important historical, architectural and artistic interest, until recently. However, the auction house that made the record-breaking sale last week, Sotheby’s in Paris, have confirmed that they have in their possession documents to prove that the doors were removed from the house and sold in 1988, before the building was protected. They were restored in 1989, Sotheby’s say, and had been in a house in the UK until their sale last week.
John Hemming's Address
JERSEY AND THE IMPRISONMENT OF STUART SYVRET
That this House notes the imprisonment of Stuart Syvret; believes that the public authorities of the island of Jersey do not operate in a manner compliant with the requirements of the European Commission of Human Rights (ECHR), there being overt and significant overlaps and contaminations between the legislature, executive and judiciary; further notes that Her Majesty's subjects in Jersey are not protected by effective checks and balances, and that there has been the political repression of former Chief Police Officer, Graham Power and former Senator Stuart Syvret; further notes that, notwithstanding the responsibility the Secretary of State for Justice has for good governance and Convention Rights in Jersey, the island's authorities are permitted to repress opposition activists, and that the Secretary of State for Justice and Jersey's Lieutenant Governor have failed to act; further notes that successive governments of the United Kingdom have committed this nation to securing real democratic freedoms and the rule of law in other jurisdictions, yet in the British enclave of Jersey on the United Kingdom's very doorstep, ordinary powerless people are oppressed by an entrenched oligarchy; and calls on the Secretary of State for Justice to appoint an independent Commission similar to that which investigated corruption in the Turks and Caicos Islands, to investigate the conduct of Jersey's public administration and to urgently bring the protections of the ECHR to Her Majesty's subjects in the island.