The Battle Continues.
Well – the great debate is underway. And predictably – it is taking a very long time.
We adjourned, and will continue tomorrow.
Ooh! Can you bear the excitement – the suspense?
Actually – in truth it’s all pretty tedious. I find when preparing for a major debate, you focus your attention and energy on the preparation – and, often, by the time the debate comes around – you’re simply bored by it all.
Especially when the outcome – and even the speeches – are utterly predictable – as in this case.
Though, in fairness to the Jersey parliament – it does exhibit a certain unpredictability when contentious and close debates occur. On such occasions – it can be quite engaging.
The debate will almost certainly go far longer now that it has spread to a second day. Members overcome the boredom – to some extent – and seem to find a ‘second wind’ on the following day.
But hopefully, there will still be two or three interesting speeches.
I have received a lot of messages, comments and expressions of support – which I just don’t have the energy to plough through right now.
But I will – as promised – provide a detailed autopsy in due course.
My blog would appear to be having some effect – which it wouldn’t do, of course, without you, my dear readers. Even the one who calls me “c**t” contributes – unwittingly, I guess – to the viral-like spread of my ramblings.
Now no significant debate passes in the States without some member or other referring to the blog – though they rarely name it. They wouldn’t want to encourage even more people to read it. Which is, I guess, understandable – as I now have a greater readership than The Rag – AKA – the Jersey Evening Post.
For example – Big Frank referred to it – when listing the number of high, Jersey establishment people I had administered kickings to in my various writings here. Though he can’t have been paying that much attention – as he said that the Dean – the head of the Anglican Church in Jersey – and who sits in the island’s parliament, bizarrely enough – had escaped my – err – attentions.
No – he hasn’t. Regular readers will recollect that I have pondered in these writings – just why he should have failed to support me – when the oligarchy stopped my Christmas speech of empathy to abuse survivors.
Especially when he used the very same biblical quotes a few months later – that I had been prevented from delivering in the assembly.
It is, though, a comparatively minor criticism; proportionate, I feel, to his involvement. I do try to proportion the scale of my metaphorical batterings according to the de-merits of the targets.
For example – the oligarchy have suddenly decided that Jersey should become completely independent from Britain. And guess who are the driving forces behind this move?
Why – the Bailhache Brothers – of course.
I described this cracker-barrel madness to the JEP as “the self-aggrandising fantasy of a couple of obsolete, spoilt, over-grown school boys.”
To my astonishment, the JEP actually printed it. Maybe they’re seeing the light – in which case I might have to stop being quite so – err – blunt about them.
But as I said – it is the readers which have made this blog such a great success, so thanks.
Hell – I’ve even achieved an ambition I long-held – namely to get the word “oligarchy” into common usage in Jersey – such is its succinct and entirely apposite descriptive accuracy of power in Jersey.
When you get Big Frank using the word ‘oligarchy’ during his speech – you know you’re having an effect.
And please spread word of this site’s existence.
We are many – they are few.
The greater becomes our communication and contact – the stronger we will be.
Right – I’m off to sample some Shiraz-Cabernet – and watch my monster cat digging moles out of the lawn – the vicious brute.
Don’t worry – if I see him catch any, I’ll rescue them and let them go.
Watch this space for the autopsy. (of the debate, that is – not the moles.)