Tuesday, 24 September 2013
"Pooping On The People Is Easier With A Title"
Newly appointed Foreign Minister, Sir Philip Bailhache
Senator Sir Philip Bailhache has been elected as Jersey's first Foreign Minister.
In a three way fight in the States he beat off challenges from deputies Montfort Tadier and Gerard Baudains.
It's felt the new post was needed because the island is having to take more and more responsibility for its own international relations rather than relying on the UK government.
Senator Ian Gorst said the role is essential in protecting and promoting Jersey's interests overseas. He said: "A Minister for External Relations with Cabinet status will inevitably carry more weight overseas, as well as being more easily understandable to those from other cultures around the world.
"The creation of a Minister for External Relations will ensure that the island fills this current gap within the Council of Ministers and so is able to meet the international norm for the conduct of foreign affairs."
Deputy Montford Tadier wasn't giving the former bailiff a free run.