Friday, 19 July 2013
"Perhaps We Should Get Rid Of The Criminals Before Government Reform Can Be A Valid Topic Of Debate?"
"Life is a dream for the wise,
a game for the fool,
a comedy for the rich,
and a tragedy for the poor."
"....the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must."
Political reform campaigners in Jersey are outraged after the States ignored the result of a referendum on how to change the government.
It is now back to the drawing board for politicians to come up with better ideas on modernising the States.
The decision not to implement the will of the people has broken down trust among Islanders.
The States asked the public for their opinion then chose to ignore it.
That hasn't gone down well with political reform campaigners.
Ben Shenton, a former politician said: “I think when the States decided to have a referendum, they should have known at that point that they should've implemented whatever the choice of the public is. And I think to turn round and basically put two fingers up to the public , that you don't know what you're talking about but we know someone who can sort it out, we know a young man who'll we'll put in charge of privileges and procedures and he knows more than you do, I think it's insulting”.
It is now up to Jeremy Macon the new chairman of the Privileges and Procedures Committee to find better ideas on how to reform the government.
Deputy Jeremy Macon said: “Members supported me to become the new chairman of PPC because I wasn't tainted than some of the other candidates because of their previous involvement in PPC or electoral commission. I think in a sense members wanted a new face there and I think also they wanted a member who they felt was approachable and would listen to the other members of the assembly”.
But what about listening to the people? The States aren't in a hurry to ask the public for opinion again.
Senator Philip Bailhache said: “I don't think a referendum would be sensible for quite a long time, I think that the assumption was that although there's no legal requirement to comply with the results of a referendum, if members of the public voted decisively in favour of one or another of the options there was a belief that those views would be expressed in legislation, now that didn't happen so I think it would be very difficult to go back to another referendum in the immediate future anyway”.