NEVER HAVE SO MANY PAID SO LITTLE; THE GREATEST THREAT TO DEMOCRACY IN 60 + YEARS; AND OTHER UPDATES…
DON’T MENTION THE GERMANS…
The big question that has to be asked once again though is surely: where were our ‘accredited’ investigative media? To be fair the JEP did surprise me with a phone call asking for info. Funny how when they had a highly detailed press release blowing out of the water all of the nonsense being spun about the Electoral Commission by Senator Philip Bailhache they didn’t use a word. Then again, I suppose they were among those helping him spin it…
But this particular story will be blowing up a storm very soon!
DON’T MENTION SIR PHILIP TRYING TO SCUPPER THE ‘HISTORIC’ ABUSE SAGA COMMITTEE OF ENQUIRY…
If the Home Affairs Minister’s face was a picture last Tuesday then it still probably had nothing on the scarlet, rosy cheeks of the biggest ego in politics, Senator Philip Bailhache when I revealed the fact – and it is FACT – that he has been lobbying to get the Committee of Enquiry agreed by a large majority of us after Senator Francis Le Gresley’s proposition last year torpedoed. How do I know? Again, that would be telling.
Let’s just say that sometimes you have to play people at their own game. Who knows – I might even be adding a new series of ‘guest’ posts to the blog in the near future. Never mind the JEP’s ‘Fly’. What about the ‘Ministerial Mole’? Contrary to the report in the newspaper if you heard the answer to my question put to the Chief Minister; or read through Hansard it is quite clear that Senator Gorst DID acknowledge the accuracy of what I said.
But the question that the media really should be putting to Senator Bailhache - and any and all - of the motley little band of ex-Senators; farcical hate bloggers etc who continue to be so desperate to scupper the full truth coming out about the Abuse Saga is simply to ask: WHY?
Meanwhile, look out for some massively inflated, deliberately exaggerated estimates of ‘likely’ costs that are going to be spun soon as an excuse not to do it. Likewise an attempt to at the very least try and sabotage Deputy Montford Tadier’s essential amendment…
THE GREATEST THREAT TO DEMOCRACY FOR 60 + YEARS… COME AND SEE THE BATTLE TO SAVE IT INSIDE PPC…
Just as Senator Philip Bailhache wants to sabotage the Abuse Saga Committee of Enquiry his other reason d’etre is, of course, is to ‘reform’ the States. ‘Reform’ it into a sham institution where the interests of the wealthy and powerful will for ever be protected by hamstringing any potential for strong representation for the ordinary people who have made Jersey the success that it has been.
An off-shoot of this, however, has been the setting up of three PPC Sub-Committees. The first to examine Public Elections. The second to examine Standing Orders and Internal Procedures. The third to look at the Machinery of Government. The only one of these Senator Bailhache wanted to be involved on was – surprise, surprise – looking at internal procedures. His goal being to disenfranchise all of those in areas such as St. Helier and other urban parishes by reducing the ability for their Deputies (who will always be excluded from ‘inclusive’ government) to hold Ministers to account.
This would be achieved by a brutal hacking away of ‘back-benchers’ rights to ‘dumb down’ government to the aforesaid ‘rubber stamp’. For example: reducing question time; limiting speeches and, perhaps worst of all in a display of total contempt for democracy seeking to restrict anyone wishing to propose alternatives to Ministerial policy via propositions. To this regard it was essential that we didn’t allow these Sub-Committees, which will have a heavy workload, to be dominated by the Establishment and their sycophants.
As such I am pleased to be able to report that I am on both the Public Elections Sub-Committee and the one looking at proposals to change Standing Orders and Internal Procedures. Hope you have your gloves ready, Sir Philip…
NEVER HAVE SO MANY PAID SO LITTLE IN TAX…
Finally for now, anyone still under any delusion that giving totally unwarranted preferential tax breaks to the most wealthy automatically then makes the pie bigger for all of us really should go back to my first post on the works of award-winning economist Ha-Joon Chang.
Better still - go read the full works of the Great Man himself. They are highly accessible to anyone and unlike the vested-interest driven con men who will seek to tell you otherwise Chang never attempts to baffle people with jargon. Sorry, Senator Ozouf and Co but –shock, horror - he isn’t even anti-capitalist!
But in the mean time just to give you further food for thought. Here’s the latest very interesting statistics for how much most of our multi-millionaire 1 (1) K residents REALLY pay. Read the spin that they ALL pay at least £125.000? Think again…
Less than £5,000 23 individuals!
Between £5,000 - £10,000 10 individuals
Between £10,000 - £20,000 14 individuals
Between £20,000 - £30,000 14 individuals
Between £30,000 - £40,000 7 individuals
Between £40,000 - £50,000 4 individuals
Between £50,000 - £60,000 4 individuals
Between £60,000 - £70,000 4 individuals
Between £70,000 - £80,000 No individuals
Between £80,000 - £90,000 4 individuals
Between £90,000 - £100,000 4 individuals
Those paying £100,000 and above 39 individuals
Number paying less than £100,000 88 individuals!
Sleep well. Your government is fully committed to a ‘fairer or more equal’ society. Honest…
Keep the Faith