THE GOVERNMENT YOU DESERVE.
Victory for the Oligarchy:
Jersey Establishment Party
Takes five of the Six Seats –
Well – that’s another self-inflicted utter catastrophe for Jersey.
As I remarked in an earlier posting, some people regard me as a miserable bastard, but I don’t bother arguing – I just look at them and think ‘I know the awful truth – which is beyond your understanding’.
And knowing the truth just doesn’t sit well with a sunny disposition.
Pessimism is always a better bet than optimism.
Though I hoped there might be some significant change – and worked positively to support the anti-oligarchy candidates – in my heart and my mind, I knew that things would go pretty much as they did last night.
What I hoped – and that which I feared – were two very different t things.
We just couldn’t be surprised. And I’ll give you a clear example of why I was deeply pessimistic – and found the results unremarkable.
In the build-up to these elections I kept thinking of the startling ability of Teflon Terry Le Main to carry-on appealing to voters.
We can take his electoral success as a reliable ‘gauge’ as to what appeals to the Jersey public; what ‘works’ for them; what ‘chimes’ with them.
He was re-elected as a Senator in 2005, playing – for all he was worth – the tired old ‘cheeky-chappy’, inarticulate, pseudo-working class hero, ‘lovable rogue’ act which has – bizarrely – appealed to voters, time and time again.
If you let your defences down, and admit a little optimism – you find yourself slack-jawed in amazement at the sheer irrationality of voters.
Let us consider Terry – Tel-Boy – Le Main.
This is a man who – as is well documented – spent a significant part of his early career conspiring to import stolen cars.
Was a dodgy used-car salesman.
Is an ignorant and inarticulate moron.
A man who – whilst in Office – was revealed to have been forging the signatures of little old ladies.
A man who, when President of the Housing Committee, was annoyed by a letter published in The Rag from a Housing tenant – so went and rummaged through her personal files – in straight defiance of all law – and then wrote about her rent-arrears in a letter subsequently published by the JEP.
A man who has turned his intrinsic stupidity to his advantage by playing the pseudo-working class hero.
A man who goes to the voting public as a ‘down-to-Earth ordinary bloke’ – and pretends to be on their side – whilst consistently voting with the oligarchy in support of policies which are a kick in the teeth to the working classes.
A half-wit – a crook – an ignorant moron – a liar and a spiv – and a class-traitor.
But – you know what?
Had he been a candidate in these elections – he’d of romped home.
People get the government they deserve.
So – no surprises, really, in yesterday’s results.
But let’s look on the bright side – Ozouf, Le Sueur, Le Marquand, MacLean et el, will be at the helm – just as the ship is ploughing into the ice-berg
Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of guys.
They, and others like them, are, after all, the architects of this destiny; it is they who have charted the course. But sadly – it won’t be them who go down with the ship. These millionaires have more than ample financial ‘lifeboats’ awaiting them.
It will be the mugs who voted for them who really suffer.
In the infamous satirical open-letter I wrote back in February 07 – you remember the one? It was when Ozouf made his first attempt to manipulate others into throwing me out of the Council of Ministers – I wrote this:
“I used to lay awake at night thinking ‘things might get very hard for us in the next five to ten years’; that the tower blocks, the traffic jams and the concrete might simply be simulacrums of success; that we had absolutely no plan of any description to deal with issues such as peak oil and the resultant global economic and societal crisis. I used to fear that the architects of this destiny would – when the end of our hallucinated economy arrives – jet off to luxurious climes to their first, second, or fifth “holiday” home, having ‘cashed their chips’ and safely sent on their millions in advance – leaving a bitter, wrecked and betrayed community behind.”
Though written with irony – I knew it was true.
And so it is coming to pass – with the probable exception that ‘five to ten years’ will prove to have been decidedly optimistic.
I’ve given this post the title “The Government you Deserve”
Because there comes a time when the people of democratic societies – sooner or later – have to stop blaming politicians – and start blaming the people responsible for the politicians – namely, the electorate – in other words, themselves.
Let’s take a close look at each of the toxic-five who were favoured by the voting public.
Ian Le Marquand.
A man who is so brazen in spin, he claims his victory was an “anti-establishment” expression of will, and that he is centrist – and not a part of the establishment. In fact – goes as far as to assert that people who voted for him were “looking for change”.
Let’s test those assertions against the facts, shall we?
Hard Right-wing religious fundamentalist.
Belongs to some weird sectarian cult called ‘Alpha’.
Scion of the traditional oligarchy.
A direct emission of the Jersey oligarch production-line. Born into a moneyed family with “traditional” interests in Jersey politics.
Became even richer as a lawyer.
Became a member of Jersey’s deeply politicised judiciary.
Repeatedly stone-walled cases, such as that against Boschat.
Delivered a variety of utterly perverse judgments.
Was a pro-active and enthusiastic component of the institutional child abuse involved in the various solitary confinement regimes.
Actually operated the ‘Status 1’ & ‘Status 2’ categorisation of children in custody.
Consistently battled – rabidly – for the courts to be given more power to imprison children – notwithstanding the fact that Jersey has a substantially higher child custody rate than the UK – which itself has the worst record for jailing children in the established European democracies.
Simply got around the law by abusing the remand process as a de facto means of jailing children.
Wants to bring the States of Jersey Police Force back under direct, political control – a return to the bad old days.
Possesses presumptions to power which lead him to blithely assert he’ll walk straight into the post of Home Affairs Minister.
This notwithstanding the fact he is manifestly conflicted – on several grounds – from holding that Office. For example, a recent close colleague of his remains under criminal investigation – and the role of the magistrates court in the institutional abuses of vulnerable children is itself a part of the police investigation.
At a survivors meeting, shouts down and heckles – along with, ironically, Jimmy Perchard, the man with political responsibility for child protection – a national BBC journalist. And in doing so, exhibiting all of the traditional oligarchy fear and hostility to external scrutiny.
Were I ever to become religious – though I move further away from such a concept at every single encounter with such supposed ‘Christians’ – I would thank Christ that none of the deeply disturbing dinosaurs who appear as Mr. Le Marquand’s supporters in the photo on page 5 of The Rag would ever have voted for me.
Mr. Le Marquand – a vote for “change”?
You’re having a laugh, right, Ian?
You weren’t voted for on the grounds of “change”. You were elected because you tick all of the public’s boxes: you do it for them; you tickle their fancy; they want you: Right-wing, religious, ultra-conservative, paternalistic traditionalist from a Jersey oligarchy back-ground.
At least be honest about it.
As has been well-documented on this blog site – and by many commenting members of the public – a shameless liar.
A man who pledged – during his last election – to support exempting medical costs and children’s clothing from the Goods & Services Tax – only to betray this promise to the predominantly poor, working class people of St. Helier #2 district.
Not only did he fail to support the exemption proposals – he actually made a rabid speech against exemptions a matter of months after getting elected.
And so contemptuous of the public is he – that he had the sheer gall to trot-out reference to this “pledge” again in these elections – confident that no one would notice – or if they did, not be especially bothered about being lied to.
Well, he had you lot correctly assessed in that regard, didn’t he?
A multi, multi-millionaire spoilt brat who inherited an utterly vast fortune, and like Ozouf, has never had to do a day’s real work in his life.
But a big-time property speculator and estate agent – is just what you needed, right?
Incidentally – isn’t it bad enough having to have politicians – without having to have a politician who is also an estate agent?
Perhaps if he were a lawyer and a journalist as well – so he had all four foul and disgusting bases covered – you’d have returned him with 40,000 votes?
A nice guy – but possessed of the IQ of a fence-post – and who – plainly and on the most cursory examination of his voting record – simply does what he’s told by people like Walker, Ozouf, Le Sueur, etc.
Shamelessly hypocritical. Repeatedly opposes exempting essentials from GST – on the supposed grounds that exemptions “wouldn’t be targeted” – and then, just as soon as his election approaches – gives a blanket exemption to prescription charges – so that multi-millionaires can now have free prescriptions.
Has been at the helm of Social-Security for some years – and has steadfastly maintained all of the pro-rich, pro-businessman loopholes, dodges and avoidance mechanisms that enable the better off to avoid paying their full dues.
The consequence of this being that around £60 million – yes – I’ll repeat that – around £60 million – a year has to come out of your taxes in order to “supplement” the scheme.
But, hey – I guess you like being taxed – and seeing £60 million of it blown, much of it to subsidise the rich?
I mean – what other possible reason could there be for him being returned to Office?
Another, spoilt-brat inheritance baby – worth millions in property and business interests – none of which he himself had to ever do a day’s real work for.
A triumph of style over substance. Appears plausible when speaking – but is, in fact, grossly economically incompetent.
For many years was a member of the old Finance & Economics Committee – which allowed absurd levels of economic leakage from the island, gross levels of inflation, and an increasingly vulnerable mono-economy to develop.
Casually gives huge grants of tax-payers money away – without following requisite procedure – so that a sleazy “glamour model” can be brought to the island to participate in the community’s main family event.
Was always rabid and implacable in driving forward the building of a variety of appalling and vast concrete excrescences on the Waterfront – when 90% of the public could just see the developments were going to be disastrous.
Not only supported – but actually gave planning permission to the monolithic, orange, nightmare that is the Waterfront hotel.
A building which has just won a “worst carbuncle in Britain” award.
Wants to keep the toxic ash dumping scandal covered-up.
Preferred to see the culture of concealment of child abuse continued – regarding it as nothing more than an opportunity to get rid of me from his fiefdom of the Council of Ministers.
Is rabidly pro-population growth – rather than exhibiting the leadership required to help the community face reality.
On page 8 of The Rag – there is a photo of Ozouf and his supporters – taken inside the palatial country house he inherited.
Take a close look at the photo. You can see several other Jersey Establishment Party members in the assembled adoring crowd. These being Terry Le Main, Freddy Cohen, Guy de Faye, as sitting politicians – plus a couple of former States member oligarchs in the shape of Lynden Farnham and Geoffrey Grime – tax-dodger guru to the island’s tax-exiles.
But – you obviously love the man, his record, his metier and his party political allies.
Everything about him, basically?
I guess you must like being lied to? As I wrote in a speech to the Chamber of Commerce early last year, the public’s demand upon politicians is, “tell me lies – and if you don’t, I’ll take my political custom to someone who will tell me lies”.
“Mrs Efficiency” Ferguson – the person who will make the States more “accountable” – actually votes against every such proposition – if the question happens to be inconvenient for the oligarchy.
Voted against the establishment of a Committee of Enquiry into the toxic ash dumping scandal.
Voted for the child abuse concealing civil servants.
Voted repeatedly and determinedly in favour of taxing your food and heating bills.
Is supported by Frank Walker.
And – in many ways, most significantly – secured a private, secret meeting with William Bailhache, the Attorney General – in which she was able to readily get Bill to pull criminal changes against the brother of her constituent; the brother being one Roy Boschat – he of bribing bent coppers infamy – in order to graft business away from his competitors. With the combined obstructions of Bailhache and Le Marquand – Boschat getting away with everything. Plus a big, fat ‘costs’ payment from your taxes – in exchange for him making diversionary attacks on Lenny Harper, as a part of the oligarchy attempts to discredit the police investigation.
So – oh happy voters of Jersey – you have paid you money – and you have made you choice.
Of the 6 Senators you elected yesterday – 5 of them can be seen as representing the customary toxic amalgam on money, power, religious fundamentalism, dishonesty, incompetence, greed, hypocrisy and charlatanism.
More of the same.
It is the will of people – so – so be it.
But do not come knocking on the door of whatever anti-oligarchy States member might be left in a year or so – complaining about such inevitabilities as:
Dramatic economic melt-down.
Utterly destructive and abusive child ‘justice’ policies which have bred generations of criminals.
Appallingly regressive taxation which you can ill-afford.
Millionaires paying no tax.
Health-problems cause by toxic waste dumps.
Public finance collapse, accelerated by, amongst other things, economic leakage.
Those lovely fields next to your house disappearing beneath a sea of concrete as the latest Dandara mega-project gets built next to you.
Senior civil servants who have exhibited a range of malfeasances – from giving promotions to people they’re having affairs with – to committing appalling acts of child abuse – to concealing that abuse – remaining in post on £180,000 salaries plus huge pension.
Taxes on food.
Taxes on your home-heating.
Did I mention over-population?
And an island so wrecked, expensive, and economically knackered that your children and grandchildren all emigrate.
So – Mr & Mrs Average Jersey Voter – these outcomes are what you have voted for. That is what you will get for your votes – so we have to assume the above policies and results are widely accepted – and regarded as just fine by the population of the island?
I have no doubt at all that most of the people who voted for the foetid five – did so on the grounds that they seemed like “nice people”; you’ve heard of their name; you belong to the same church, golf club, lodge, old-boys’ network, cult etc – and they generally seem like nice, traditional Jersey characters.
But as I have pointed out – there comes a time when communities have to stop blaming politicians – and face the fact that they’ve been the authors of their own misfortune.
Jersey is at the point.
People of Jersey – as you have sown – so you shall reap.
The Man who laughs in the face of defamation actions.