THE GOOD, THE PROMISING
AND THE APPALLING:
A Candidates League-Table.
How I Will Vote;
Well – it’s a day and a half to go until the election begins. And as promised, in this post I’ll be ranking the candidates in descending order – from the good – to the truly appalling – and be offering a few brief observations on each.
[Post-script: Went to St. Helier Hustings – couldnt get in the building, as so many people were there. Though as we chatted outside we could hear a good deal of angry booing. Sounded good. :-)]
I’m going to the St. Helier hustings this evening – so you’ll have to forgive me if I rush through my comments on some of the candidates. Those who are a known quantity – or who come into the ‘promising’ category – will only get a passing reference.
Instead my comments will focus on those who I will be voting for – my recommendation, as it were.
And – those I wouldn’t vote for even if it was under pain of torture.
And in case you’re wondering – I’ll try and say a little on the Constables’ elections in tomorrow’s posting. But for now, we’ll just focus on the Senatorials.
Before I begin – a reminder of my general recommendations.
The field of candidates is unusually strong – I could easily vote for 10 of them – perhaps more.
In an Assembly of 53 members – we are electing only 6 during Wednesday’s Senatorial election.
Do not – therefore – swallow the establishment spin and propaganda that it would somehow be risky or dangerous to vote for a raft of new candidates. Even if all 6 of the candidates to succeed were non-establishment candidates – still, the great majority of the Assembly would remain unchanged.
So, far from being dangerous or a gamble, such an outcome would have an immensely positive effect on the public good.
It would be exactly the rude-awakening – the slap across the face – that the Jersey oligarchy needs.
The establishment States members always display a degree of haughtiness and arrogance – ignoring both public concerns – and frequently their own manifesto pledges – because of the sense of invulnerability they feel.
They are complacent because it is so rare for sitting members to be slung-out.
For the good of Jersey – we must deliver a real shock to the establishment.
Of the existing States members contesting this election – only two merit a vote, Deputies Breckon and Southern.
Use all 6 of your votes.
Too many clever attempts at tactical voting – such as using just three of your votes – leaves the way open for the establishment candidates to get in.
This time – we need a massed-vote for non-establishment candidates.
Actually make a real effort to encourage friends and family to vote.
Do not think ‘why bother? – We can’t change anything.’
Yes we can – especially this time. But people must turn-out to vote.
Low turn-outs are what the establishment likes. The lower the turn-out – the more likely the result of the election will be business-as-usual for the oligarchy.
Finally – remember – even if you despise all 21 candidates – you should still go out and vote.
Vote for those you consider to be the least-bad.
Because if you don’t vote – those you hate the most will get in.
RANKING THE CANDIDATES.
Best First – Last Worse.
As I’ve said previously – I consider the non-establishment candidates to constitute a particular strong field these elections. I’ve found it difficult to whittle my choice down to 6. But – one has to make that choice – no matter how difficult.
So here are the 6 candidates I’ll be voting for.
1: Mark Forskitt.
Mark’s name will be the first I put my cross against. Those of us who love Jersey and do not share the crazed materialism of our ruling oligarchy are sick and tired of seeing our beautiful island wrecked. We need to stop being conned by the usual fake environmental claims which the establishment trots-out at each election – only for them to carry on with environmental destruction. Mark is a genuine champion for the environment.
He also recognises the difficulties faced by the less-well off people in our society. He, like the other non-establishment candidates can see just how crackers it is for a government to be taxing food and domestic energy costs – right at a time of immense financial difficulty for people.
Unlike any of the Jersey Establishment Party candidates – Mark recognises the huge challenges we face because of world peak oil production – and the imminent decline of that resource – upon which modern society is so dependant. We need politicians who understand and face this reality.
It is certainly the case that all of the above comments could be applied to the other strongly environmental candidates – so forgive me if I don’t repeat all of the above observations – just take it as read that the others show the same degrees of awareness.
So why place Mark as my number 1 choice?
Mark has valuable experience of being a Lib-Dem Councillor in the UK; he understands real-world politics – unlike most present States members.
But more importantly than all of the above – Mark had the experience of living in-care as a child. He is a founding member of the Jersey Care Leavers Association.
At this moment in our history – Jersey needs – and I use the word deliberately – needs – to elect a person with some direct understanding of the lives led by vulnerable children. Firstly – today’s children in care need a States member who can empathise with them, and secondly – Jersey as a community needs to show to the world that we are not an evil place; that the malfeasances of our establishment over the decades do NOT reflect our values as a community.
Electing Mark will be a powerful means of doing just that.
2: Chris Perkins.
Chris, too, is a highly intelligent and well-informed person. He is articulate, tough, and determined. He has a powerful record of campaigning for real environmental protection for our island – as opposed to the fake kind we hear once every three years from the oligarchy.
Understanding the real-world difficulties of raising a family in such an immensely expensive environment, he has a far more realistic grasp of day-to-day struggles than the average States member.
Chris has also long-recognised the mathematical absurdity of endless population growth as a means of growing the economy. In essence – for all their pretensions to “realistic” policies – the Jersey Establishment Party has but one idea in its collective head, namely, ‘growth is the solution to all our problems.’ With some basic demographic information – and some simple maths – Chris has shown the oligarchy’s ‘one big idea’ to be a dream-world fantasy.
We need politicians who will face hard realities; something the Jersey Establishment Party has shown itself to be simply incapable of doing.
3: Alan Breckon.
Believe it or not – there are actually about 10 good States members amongst the current assembly. And Alan is most certainly one of them.
A working man from humble origins, he has, throughout his time as a States member, shown himself to be steadfast and consistent in his work for ordinary people.
He regularly champions the cases of individual members of the public in their battles with officialdom.
He has reliably fought for the interests of the poorer people in Jersey. And he has been a fine Chairman of the Jersey Consumer Council – in which job he has shown himself to be deeply irritating to the powers-that-be – which has to be a good recommendation in itself.
4: Daniel Wimberley.
Daniel has a proven track-record of selfless and committed work for social justice and environmental issues. Very intelligent – a person who makes sure to be well-informed before coming to conclusions.
As remarked in my previous blog post – Daniel absolutely nailed the attempts of the Jersey Establishment Party to spin and con the public with the so-called “Imagine Jersey” event. In a devastating and concise (I must ask him for lessons) letter, he exposed the exercise for the attempted example of “opinion-management” that it was.
Not one of the very expensive spin-doctors or civil servants would answer Daniel’s critique when I sent it to them. They knew they’d been exposed.
Daniel – as is true of all the candidates I’m voting for – will perform as advertised. Just how many more times do we allow ourselves to be conned at election time with the same old lies from the Jersey establishment? They treat the public with utter contempt – completely disregarding their election promises once in.
Daniel will be true to his word.
5: Nick Palmer.
Once again – a highly intelligent and very well-researched individual. If Nick needs to learn about a subject – he will do the necessary work required to make sure he’s properly informed.
In the early 1990’s Nick fought a lonely battle against what is today known as the Transport & Technical Services department. Long before it became fashionable, Nick was battling against the filth spewing out of the waste incinerator.
And believe me – it was not a battle for the fainthearted – given the attitude of the management of the Public Services department, as it was then known.
Nick is brave, determined and resourceful.
6: Montfort Tadier.
Montfort is a principled, well-educated young man who is not afraid to stand up for what is right – even if it means being abused by the Jersey oligarchy for his efforts.
It is also of fundamental importance that we have a few younger people in the States.
Intelligent and articulate – he believes strongly in social justice issues. He sees that we are a very wealthy society – yet we are a divided society – with the gap between the haves and the have-nots getting wider all the time.
Taxing food? Taxing your household heating bills? In an environment where people are already subjected to a cost of living as high as that in central London? Montfort can see such polices for the madness they are.
Unlike the average States member – he actually understands the struggles faced by real people leading real lives.
He is courageous and determined; not afraid to stand-up for what is right – even though he has been subjected to the predictable barrage of pro-establishment bias and lies from the local media, such as The Jersey Evening Post.
This is what happens to anyone who the oligarchy perceives as a threat. I know – I’ve suffered it myself for 18 years. Comical levels of pro-oligarchy bias from CTV and from BBC Jersey – and, of course, the predictable unvarnished lies from The Rag.
The JEP could not, for example, even bring itself to print accurately and honestly the campaign précis of people like Montfort, and, indeed, some of the other anti-establishment candidates – instead preferring to make a load of “mistakes” in a comically obvious attempt to sabotage their campaign.
But be it lies in The Rag, fake, manufactured letters written by Phil Ozouf’s spin-doctor or startling degrees of bias from the local broadcast media – Montfort has bravely resisted all such oligarchy intimidation – in order to stand up for the interest of ordinary people.
The above 6 candidates are those who will be getting my vote.
But it hasn’t been an easy choice.
There are a number of strong non-establishment candidates on the ticket – many of whom would be getting my vote, were it not for the fact that the Jersey Establishment Party is being challenged by so many good candidates.
Ranking this next category of candidates has been difficult, and I couldn’t say I’ve necessarily placed them in the same order in which I’d vote – assuming my 6 preferred candidates weren’t on the ballot paper. But, I’ve made a quick attempt at ranking them anyway.
Make of it what you will.
7: Geoff Southern.
Geoff has certain strengths – strengths which also happen to be in short supply in the assembly. Namely ability to research matters on a detailed basis – and produce cogent, well-reasoned propositions, amendments, questions and arguments.
He also has a strong social conscience – having constantly and reliably fought for the interests of pensioners and the less-well off in our society. He is politically reliable – what you see is what you get. He will stick to his election pledges.
He is also regarded as a deep irritant to the powers-that-be in the States – who do not like having to deal with his well-researched arguments.
8: Jeremy Macon.
Young-blood – which the States certainly needs. A well-educated young man who takes a genuine interest in his community.
On the election campaign trail, he has already shown himself to be unafraid of standing up to the thugs and bully-boys of the establishment.
Some may feel 21 is just a little too young for a Senatorial post – but I certainly hope he does well enough to not be discouraged. I’d most certainly like to see him as a Deputy.
9: Trevor Pitman.
Would work hard, display a good social conscience – and – crucially – be politically reliable.
What you see is what you get. Should Trevor get in, in this election, or as a Deputy – you could be quite certain that when he next stood for election he will have stuck to his election promises.
I think it is an important quality in any candidate. I may not agree with the views of X or Y politician – but just let them be honest – that’s all I ask.
But, sadly – as we all know – it’s not something we can expect of the Jersey Establishment Party.
10: Adrian Walsh.
I know that some people will regard this as a strange recommendation from me. But look at it this way. If – as may be inevitable – the voting public decide they want a few centre-Right people in the States – who would you prefer – Adrian – or Philip Ozouf? Or Alan MacLean?
See – it isn’t a difficult choice.
11: Cliff Le Clercq.
As I said in yesterday’s posting – were it not for the fact we’ve a very strong field of candidates, I’d be voting for Cliff.
But this time around, I think it would be good to see him challenging as Deputy – maybe in St. Ouens?
12: Nick Le Cornu.
As is well-documented – I don’t see eye-to-eye with Mr. Le Cornu. But in politics you have to be able to set aside personal issues and make rational judgments instead.
I would say of Nick that if elected – again, in complete contrast with the oligarchy candidates – he will be politically reliable. He has a social conscience and would battle hard for the interests of ordinary people.
13: Mike Higgins.
I’ve been told-off by a few commenters that I was unfair to Mike in the previous posting – where I predicted – given his background – he would naturally be an establishment supporter if elected.
OK – maybe I was too hasty in reaching that judgment. For example, I said he had been a member of the Financial Services Commission – when, in fact, he had simply been an employee of said body.
Should he get in – I look forward to being proven wrong in my assessment.
14: Michael Pashley.
I’m starting to struggle now. As I said in yesterday’s posting – what do we know about Michael? What are his policies? What are his political views?
He did say at one of the broadcast hustings that he wouldn’t run as Deputy if unsuccessful. I think that’s a wise move, as I feel he needs to establish himself a little more clearly in the public sphere before people vote for him.
He could be a perfectly decent candidate. But we just can’t tell at present.
So – those are the candidates – in the very approximate order in which I’d vote for them – were it not for my 6 favoured candidates being so good.
Those who I know about – either through their record – or detailed manifestos – I could be reasonably confident about. But some of them are unknown quantities – so I’m taking a risk in not placing those in the category below.
But surely anyone who hasn’t disgraced themselves deserves to avoid being tainted by association with the next category?
I would sooner face a firing-squad than vote for ANY of the following candidates.
15: Peter Troy.
Nice guy – but a total dope.
If ever there was an example of what a load of cobblers membership of MENSA is – it’s Peter.
In any event – do we really need yet another millionaire property developer in the States? No. We need to clear some space for someone fresh – who understands reality as lived by most people.
16: Paul Routier.
Like Peter – another nice guy, but what has he actually done in all his years in the States?
I’m afraid I find Paul altogether too weak for my liking. He is, essentially, one of those members who will simply be told what to do be people like Terry le Sueur, Philip Ozouf, Alan MacLean – etc.
Very much time for some change in his case.
17: Alan MacLean.
Representative of all that is wrong with the thinking of the traditional establishment heavy-weights. A vast amount of hubris and presumption to power.
A rabidly Right-wing market-fundamentalist who personifies the whole ‘greed-is-good’ mentality which has got Jersey into such a mess.
A vote for MacLean is a vote for yet more of the same – yet more of what you’re already sick of from the States.
There is also the important issue of his total failure to honour his election promises to the voters of St. Helier number 2 district. He pledged – in his written manifesto – that he would support the exempting of medical costs and children’s clothes from GST.
But not only did he fail to support those policies – he actually made a rabid speech against them mere months after getting elected.
His posters actually carry the slogan “Honesty & Integrity”.
Alan – you’re having a laugh, right?
But perhaps you like being taken for a mug? In which case you might vote for him.
But ask yourself – given all that has gone so badly wrong for ordinary people in Jersey – do we really need yet another multi-millionaire, estate-agent and property speculator in the States? A man born with a silver-spoon in his mouth – and who owns a “country estate” in England?
Somehow – I just can’t see this man having even the faintest notion of what reality is like for most of us.
18: Sarah Ferguson.
Busy selling herself on an entirely false election-pitch.
Campaigns as “Mrs Efficiency – the person who’s going to bring accountability to the States.”
Voted AGAINST holding a Committee of Enquiry into the toxic ash dumping disaster.
And voted ON THE SIDE of those senior civil servants who were attempting to cover-up the fact they had been running an “illegal and abusive” solitary confinement regime against children in care.
These are – categorically – NOT the actions of a person who is serious about sorting out inefficiency and unaccountability in the upper-reaches of our immensely expensive and bloated civil service.
These would be grounds enough to most definitely NOT vote for her.
However – following the revelation on my blog that she – along with another States member – interceded with the Attorney General in an attempt to prevent the relative of one of her constituents from facing criminal justice – we have to go further.
We have to ask – “is this person even faintly fit to hold any public Office?”
Personally – I don’t think so.
19: Philip Ozouf.
Well – what to say? A text-book example of exactly the type of States member we’ve had all too much of over the decades.
Arrogant, bullying, scheming, Machiavellian; a person who is the arch-manipulator of others. Attempts to keep himself out of trouble – whilst steering others into doing his dirty work for him.
Possessed of an entirely obsolete and redundant world-view – it may as well be 1983 as far as his politics are concerned.
Intrinsically juvenile. And like his running-mate, Alan MacLean – yet another multi-millionaire, spoilt-brat trustafarian who has inherited a king’s ransom in property and businesses – without having to do a day’s real work in his life.
He’s got to go.
20: Ian Le Marquand.
Whilst Ian Le Marquand would always be well-down my rankings – as Jersey needs change – not merely more of the same from yet another production-line Jersey oligarch who espouses essentially the same policies as people like Frank Walker, Philip Ozouf & Terry Le Sueur.
However – he would be far higher up my list of rejects – (that is, into the less bad region) – were it not for one thing, namely his profoundly alarming, openly-espoused wish to bring the Police Force under direct political control.
Just at a moment in our history when the Police Force – like every other Police Force the length of the country – has been able to be free of political interference – and has – finally – exposed decades upon decades of the most appaling child abuse.
And if that weren’t bad enough – we’d have to note the sheer, arrogant presumption of his position in blithely stating he ‘will become Home Affairs Minister when he’s elected.’
I’m sorry – but anyone displaying such hubris in taking the public for granted badly needs bringing down a few pegs.
It is also deeply concerning that he even thinks it would be appropriate for him to have anything to do with Home Affairs – whilst his recent close-colleague is under investigation for potential offences. (Not related to child protection – but still serious issues.)
21: Mike Vibert.
This comment will be brief.
I’m going to be dedicating a significant part of tomorrow’s post to Mr. Vibert.
I’ll just say this.
Of every singly candidate amongst the 21 – this man – more than any other – must be utterly rejected by the voting public.
His incompetent, ignorant – and frankly utterly dishonest – response to the Jersey Child Abuse Disaster is a stain on our Assembly.
This man must go.
So – this last category represents those I consider to be so utterly toxic – and thoroughly bad for Jersey – that none of them merit voting for; on the contrary – I strongly recommend that none of them receive votes from decent people.
Hope you’ve found this interesting and helpful.
Right – I’m off to the St. Helier hustings. Should be fun.
Check out my election eve post tomorrow.
The man who laughs in the face of defamation actions.