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Friday, 7 December 2012

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Jersey senator says discrimination claims

'a wake up call'


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A survey suggesting one in four people in Jersey have been discriminated against is a wake up call says the Social Security Minister.
Senator Francis Le Gresley said the States was working to introduce an equality law, early next year.
The 2012 social survey showed 25% of respondents felt they have been discriminated against in some form in the past year.
Nearly 2,500 households responded to the survey in June.
For example, more than a third of people born in Portugal and a quarter of Polish nationals living in the island said they had been unfairly treated because of their race.
'Culture clash'
The survey results also show that the most common place people say they experience discrimination is at work, including from civil service staff working in States departments.
Catholic Dean of Jersey, Monsignor Nicholas France, said he runs masses for members of the Polish and Portuguese community in Jersey and said people had come to him for advice over discrimination.
He said it was often to do with a culture clash.
"Culture does matter, the way people sometimes speak can be abrupt in one language and in another language they will go around in circles," he said.
"We are all different and sometimes one way can irritate one person or another."
The States has been working for 12 years to introduce an equality law and Senator Le Gresley said it will be brought in in stages, starting with racial equality.
He said more needed to be done to tackle unfair treatment in the island.
Nearly one in ten islanders believe they have suffered age discrimination.

Never mind the headland, who’s saving Jersey?
From Satpal Kaur.

ONCE again the great and the good are being trotted out by the spin machine for Save Plémont.
We have politicians, current and former, and all manner of Jersey blue bloods queuing up to demonstrate their credentials as the guardians of Jersey, while the wider society struggles, the economy falters, unemployment hovers around record highs and planners thwart private investment and regeneration.

This side-show of public meetings, letters and articles distracts from the much wider issue that should be the focus for all of us, while we are all busy saving Plémont, who’s saving Jersey?
Who’s saving Jersey from a civil service, public services and infrastructure that we cannot afford to sustain with our current taxation model?

Who’s saving Jersey by championing education and seeking employment opportunities for a generation of school leavers that has spent over a year out of work?

Who’s saving Jersey from years of poor personal diets, and drink and tobacco addictions that now overwhelm the current health service?

Who’s saving Jersey from populist politicians who would rather squander time and money on a small patch of privately owned scrubland rather than address the real issues affecting hundreds of families on a daily basis?

If it really is all about a legacy for our children, aren’t these issues far more important than a tussle over ownership of a piece of land of which two-thirds has already been offered to us for free?
If our elected officials really do speak for the majority, as they keep on insisting, then why not put this to a vote by asking all current tax payers if they want to divert funds from the services they need in order to subsidise a private organisation, allowing them to buy some land they cannot afford?

1 comment:

  1. let them build there and let there children fall they get what they deserve