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Saturday, 24 December 2011

"Most Of Us Don't Have Very Many Blessings To Count!"

Let’s count our blessings

JERSEY’S community spirit, generosity and passion for helping others have been praised by three of the Island’s leading public figures in their annual Christmas messages.

The Bailiff, Michael Birt, the Lieutenant-Governor, General Sir John McColl, and the Dean of Jersey, the Very Rev Robert Key, all picked out the positive aspects from what they recognised as a difficult economic year.

Sir John has been in the Island for just three months but said that he was already aware of the altruism that existed in Jersey.

‘The most striking aspect of our early months in the Island is the strength of the sense of community and the generosity of people in giving both their time and money,’ he said.

Jersey will 'not be sad to see the end of 2011' says Bailiff, or the Bay-leaf for that matter!!!

Jersey's Bailiff Michael Birt  
Michael Birt said: "I suspect that many people will not be sad to see the end of 2011."

The year 2011 may be a year lots of islanders would like to forget, says Jersey's Bailiff.
But he said people in Jersey have a lot to be thankful for.
In his Christmas message, Michael Birt said a combination of recession, unemployment and the shocking murders in the summer had spoiled the year for many people.
He said: "I suspect that many people will not be sad to see the end of 2011."
But he said islanders' generosity and sense of community had helped to overcome many problems.
Mr Birt said: "Christmas is a time for reflection and an opportunity for us to take stock, reminding ourselves of all that has happened in the world, it allows us to appreciate the relative peace and stability we enjoy in Jersey."
Gen Sir John McColl  
Gen Sir John McColl was sworn in at Jersey's Royal Court on 26 September
'Hectic months' Meanwhile, Jersey's new Lieutenant Governor said he had been overwhelmed by the amount of time and money islanders give to charity.
But he has warned unemployment and high costs of living mean those charities will have to work hard to keep up with demand.
In his Christmas message, Gen Sir John McColl said he had only been in the island for three hectic months, but that had been long enough to appreciate the generosity of Jersey people, and the difficulties they face.
Meanwhile, Jersey's Catholic Dean, Monsignor Nicholas France thanked islanders in his Christmas message.
He said the sympathy and care they showed towards the Polish community in Jersey after the stabbings in August helped bring communities together.
'Difficult time' Jersey's Chief Minister has used his Christmas message to pay tribute to Jersey members of the armed forces serving overseas.
Senator Ian Gorst said the festive season could be a difficult time for servicemen's families too, if they are apart.
The senator also praised the work of the island's essential service workers, who make sure the island is maintained while other people have their holidays.
The Christmas messages are being broadcast on BBC Radio Jersey on the Christmas Day breakfast show.


King Birt, that concealer of police reports, and Bob Key, who turned his back on the Child Abuse Victims, spout their (Jersey image enhancing) dross.

Any promise of a thorough TOR for the forthcoming CoI boys? Naaah, not a prayer, excuse the pun Bob! A bit much to ask hey?

The only one with any credibility is the newcomer, General Sir John McColl.

His message can be treated with a sense of optimism, he is new and hopefully has no idea of the evil that has infested itself on this island.

Being the Queen's Envoy, let us hope that when he does find out what goes on in Jersey, he will act with compassion and haste.

The meaning of the name John is literally "God Is Gracious"
I bet Keys couldn't have told you that Sir!!!


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