JERSEY: TAXING FOOD WHILST THE POOR STRUGGLE.

JERSEY’S ESTABLISHMENT:

Taxing the Food
In the Mouths of the Poor;

Taxing the Energy Use
Of the Poor;

Just when the Cost of Both
Soar globally;

Just when Jersey’s Millionaires
Are Finding it Ever Easier to Avoid Tax.

I NAME THE GUILTY PARTIES!

Right! – No more Mr. Nice Guy.

This posting provides a really fascinating and telling insight into the “philosophy”, “ethics” and “social conscience” of Jersey’s oligarchs.

I’ve been writing this blog since January – and I think it could be said that I have been reasonably forthright in expressing my views.

But I have tried not to be too nasty to the accretion of idiots, which by happenstance, error or stealth have agglomerated in the island’s parliament. But the events of the past few days have demonstrated to me – again – that there simply is no point in humouring these clowns with ‘politeness’ or restraint.

So close your eyes, Pip Le Brocq – it’s time to set aside “politeness” and grasp the cudgel of the truth.

Below this post I am going to provide a list of how each of the 50 States members who were present on Friday – voted.

Which of our elected representatives were for – or against – the proposal to remove sales tax from foodstuffs and domestic energy consumption?

If you live in Jersey – or know someone who does – please distribute this blog post as widely as possible – as the island’s two-stage general election occurs in October and November.

The people of this island never cease to express dissatisfaction with their politicians – yet many never bother to vote – feeling they’ll make no difference. Well – all that is changed now.

Changed utterly.

Now – at last – there is a real opportunity for Jersey voters to exercise some effective power.

This time – a real difference can be made. But only if you actually get out there and vote.

If you don’t – and we end up with the same old faces and the same old problems in the newly constituted States assembly – the Jersey public will have no one but themselves to blame.

Never has public dissatisfaction with the Jersey oligarchy been greater.

Yet such is the sheer arrogance – and sense of complete invulnerability – felt by most of these establishment people, that – a matter of weeks before elections – they think they can tax the food on your table – tax the energy required to warm your children’s bedrooms.

And still expect to get re-elected.

It is an incredible spectacle – but sadly, an accurate one. I hypothesise that there is no more intellectually and ethically bankrupt democratic jurisdiction in western Europe than Jersey.

By some margin.

In recent years, Jersey has been obliged to radically alter its tax structure. Where previously, there had been no sales tax – such as VAT – it was decided that we must introduce a ‘Goods and Services’, Tax, GST as its known.

But differing fundamentally from UK VAT in that there are few exemptions or zero-ratings. In the UK, tax is not charged on bread and milk. In Jersey – it is.

Since this tax was fist suggested a few years ago, I have fought with implacable determination to get certain essentials exempted from the tax – such as food, and domestic energy, for example.

Each such attempt failed.

The States of Jersey – presiding over a jurisdiction which, they boast, has the second-highest GDP per capita in Europe – decided that – as we are so rich – as a result of their ‘brilliance’ – what we really needed just now was to tax fruit, bread, vegetables, meat – and the energy needed to heat your home.

And – to add insult to injury – the same oligarchy has admitted that resident millionaires are dodging more tax than ever.

The GST was introduced earlier this year – but, as I had predicted in each of my earlier attempts to get exemptions from the tax – energy costs – and consequently food costs – have skyrocketed.

Just consider the vast increase in energy costs the world has seen during the last year alone?

And consider the even vaster increase in the costs of foods over the same period?

Absolutely staggering increases in price.

Just briefly consider these figures.

Oil prices have increased by 400% since 2001.

Any increase in oil prices invariably drags the cost of all other energy sources up with it.

Oil hit an all-time high value of $147 per barrel in July. Since then prices have dropped back to, at time of writing, $109 per barrel. But this downturn in oil prices is largely driven by what is known as ‘demand destruction’ – the reduced demand for oil at times of economic downturn. The instant the world’s economy begins to grow – those oil prices will rise again.

Perhaps dramatically so.

We have seen inflation in fuel prices of 26% – over the last 12 months alone.

And in the Jersey context, the island’s electricity supplier, Jersey Electricity, has announced there will be a further 25% increase – yes, 25% increase – in electricity costs during the next year.

And let us contemplate food-cost increases. Food inflation runs at an immense 13% average. But many individual food commodities have shown increases dramatically greater than that general average.

For example, the annual inflation rate of ingredients for home-produced food was 36% – just reflect on that – 36% – mainly due to soaring wheat costs. Bread prices rose by 7.5% last year, while milk, cheese and eggs surged by 15%. Pasta has increased in cost by around 50%. In one year.

Many places around the world have seen the streets boiling with rioters because of these cost-increases and the inability of people to live adequately under such a burden.

Moreover – a burden which is only likely to ever get worse, given peak oil.

Now – against that background, let us ask a simple question:

‘Under those circumstances – what kind of government chooses this particular moment in human history to begin taxing all food and domestic energy costs?’

Which administration could possibly be quite so cretinous and decadent?

Sadly – it isn’t the most challenging of questions, is it?

Is there any other democratic jurisdiction – on the face of the planet – that would press ahead right now with new taxes on food and energy?

Only in Jersey.

As I said – the time for “politeness” is over. Now – we must speak frankly.

The type of regressive, punitive and absurd tax regime chosen by the Jersey government cannot be put down to stupidity alone.

There is also a strong degree of naked self-interest. Let there be no more pretence about that.

Jersey has been run by the rich – for the rich – for centuries.

So many tax dodges and loopholes – it would be difficult to summarise them.

But interestingly, there is another characteristic of Jersey’s legislature, which you just wouldn’t find anywhere else in European democracies.

A significant majority of States members are millionaires.

Cash or property millionaires – and in many cases both.

And so far as I am aware – not one of them is self-made.

This dominant grouping – who feel that because they’re rich, axiomatically they must be economic and entrepreneurial geniuses – merely had the good fortune to inherit the farm, the millions, the properties, the family business etc. etc. etc.

And many of them – like Philip Ozouf – have never actually done a day’s real work in their lives.

We have a cock-eyed tax system which means the more wealthy you are – the more opportunities exist for you to avoid tax. I know that could be said of many jurisdictions – but in Jersey, it’s taken to a degree which could only be described as surreal.

Just by way of one, single example – the rich have a favoured tax-avoidance mechanism in Jersey; capital role-up.

The island has no capital gains tax whatsoever – so if you’re rich – all you need do is structure your wealth-stream in such a way that it accrues as a “capital gain” – as opposed to “income” – and bingo!

Zero tax bill.

Not one penny.

A local company was sold for a capital sum of £125 million. That sum was shared amongst the three owners.

How much tax did they pay?

Zero. Zilch – not – one – God forsaken pound.

Yet our struggling pensioners will have to pay tax on their apples and their bread and the energy to heat their homes.

And it gets worse.

Jersey is a small island – with a captive population. You can’t just commute 50 miles up the road to somewhere cheaper to live.

Instead – the population of Jersey are entrapped in an environment which already has a cost of living at least equal to – probably greater than – central London.

So – “obviously” – when we face a public finance challenge; when the government needs to increase its revenue – the States of Jersey chooses to impose on top of an already astronomically expensive cost-base – a tax on food and domestic energy.

In any normal society, the first place to start would be with those tax-loopholes and dodges enjoyed by the rich. The government would require those who could afford to pay a little more tax – to do just that.

But – but – but – who are those people who would then face the prospect of paying their just and proper dues to society?

Yep – that millionaire-majority of States members – and their various puppet-masters.

So – at a time when the world riots in the face of huge food and energy costs – the States of Jersey decides to introduce a tax on such essentials such as – food and energy.

As I said – stupidity alone just cannot account for such madness.

The forthcoming elections afford the people of Jersey an unambiguous opportunity to route-out those smug, wealthy, idle, rich, self-interested shysters.

Essentially – your elected representatives – who have introduced these taxes on your food and home energy costs – in order to avoid just and equitable taxes on themselves.

You can read the full results of Friday’s votes below this post. But I really feel a few States members deserve singling out for special attention.

For example, consider Philip Ozouf. A man who has inherited a vast fortune in properties and business in Jersey. One of that strange breed one finds in island politics who believe that having had the good fortune to inherit a king’s ransom – gives them some kind of high insight into economics and entrepreneurial skills.

No, it doesn’t. On the contrary – it renders them into some kind of dream-world – in which they have been utterly insulated from the realities most of us face.

Ozouf worked in cahoots with a similar example – Deputy John Le Fondre – in order to sabotage Friday’s vote. Le Fondre tabling a nonsensical, bureaucratic nightmare of an ‘alternative’ proposal – which would have us carry on taxing people on their food and energy costs – then have them go through the absurd burden of making claims for rebates or social security in order to get it back. Rather than just leaving the money in their pocket in the first place – as Friday’s proposals would have done.

John Le Fondre’s late father was also a States member – though as I recollect was reasonably intelligent – unlike his son – who possesses the IQ of a breeze-block – and all the personality of a bowl of stale custard.

Le Fondre junior also inherited the family fortune. Amongst which was a substantial portfolio of properties – including the extremely valuable ‘El Teco’ coastal site in St. Ouen’s Bay. He is, like Ozouf, one of those multi-millionaires whose wealth has fallen into their lap – yet have the sheer temerity to support policies which tax the food bills of struggling families.

Another of the guilty parties in the despicable farrago was the Deputy of St. Ouen – James Reed – who was implacable in his support of the Le Fondre stalking-horse proposal. Reed is one of those people who – like Senator Jimmy Perchard – believes in such concepts as “people having to stand on their own two feet – and not look to the state to support them”.

Err – unless of course you happen to be a farmer. Like Reed and Perchard.

Then – naturally – you’ve needed a range of tax-payer provided benefits to flow into your bank account over the years. Market distorting subsidies – from which you’ve been able to sponge for decades.

‘Social security for the rich’, as Chomsky calls it.

I have to ask St. Ouen residents – if you actually like the politics of Reed – why not just cut out the middle-man and elect Advocate Richard Renouf as Deputy. Let’s face it – he does the research and writing behind Reed’s proposals and speeches – and would at least have the advantage of being moderately articulate.

And whilst we consider St. Ouen – what of that parish’s Constable – Ken Vibert?

Yet another millionaire land-owner and former farmer – and thus another beneficiary of social security for the rich. Once the States of Jersey Hansard of last week’s debate is on the States web-site – check out Ken’s speech – in which he poured damnation upon the propositions – and rabidly supported taxing the food in the mouths of the poor.

I think in many ways, Ken Vibert’s contribution was note-worthy in that it captured all that is decadent and broken in Jersey’s power structure.

This man epitomises the smug, insular, ignorance and arrogance which is the defining characteristic of Jersey’s oligarchy. But worse that this – here is a man who has never faced so much as one – single – contested election in his life.

As a parish grandee – it was simply “his turn” to be Constable – so he succeeded into the post – unchallenged when his predecessor retired. And many terms of Office later – there he sits – in the States chamber – bellowing about how we must tax the poor – yet not having faced so much as one contested election in any of his terms of Office.

You know, it must take a special kind of man to be quite so arrogant, haughty and self-satisfied – in his votes against the island’s poor – when he actually possesses no credible democratic mandate to even be in the chamber.

And if that’s not bad enough – this character with precisely zero democratic endorsement – has a seat at the table of the Jersey cabinet.

You just couldn’t invent this stuff.

Consider another of those members of Jersey’s traditional ruling elite; those who believe – like the feudal robber-barons who were their forebears – simply being rich confers an automatic right to a seat in the Jersey parliament.

Senator Jimmy Perchard – multi-millionaire land and property owner, big-time farmer – and naturally therefore – yet another one of those beneficiaries of social security for the rich – otherwise known as ‘farming subsidies’.

Jimmy’s never bee terribly bright, so he forgets the things he said and the way he voted mere days after the event – let alone any greater passage of time.

Jimmy – multi-millionaire – Perchard – who spent much of last week shouting-down the proposals – in a manner that would have made Margaret Thatcher look like Che Guevara – suddenly, realising that taxing the bread and apples of the poor might just have been a little unpopular, sends around e-mails this weekend in which he claims he would support exempting food – but only if it were a simple list of ‘healthy’ foods.

It, apparently, eluding all grasp or recall that I tabled just such a proposal, which was debated in October 2006. Now – can we guess which way Jimmy voted on that occasion?

I know, I know – these questions and answers just get boring after a while – so lacking in challenge are they. But here goes:

“25th October – 2006 – P86/2006/ Goods and Services Tax – Exempt or Zero-Rated Items – paragraph (a) – basic foodstuffs. Senator Perchard – CONTRE”!

‘Contre’ – that’s ‘against’.

And people wonder why I’m sick of this wretched occupation.

It’s one thing – always being on the losing side – but quite another having to be in that position in the face of such awesome stupidity and hypocrisy.

And if still not convinced at the mutually-exclusive stumblings and bumblings of our Glorious Leaders – consider St. Brelade Deputy, Sarah Ferguson.

In these elections – she’s seeking elevation to the Senatorial benches. And is doing so on a ticket of – supposedly – bringing high-performance, rigour, efficiency and accountability to the public sector!

The absurdity is she expects this platform to be taken seriously – when only last Tuesday she voted against the establishment of a Committee of Enquiry into the massed-dumping of hundreds of thousands of tonnes of toxic incinerator ash into the sea-porous land-reclamation sites around St. Helier.

An utterly monstrous and unmitigated disaster on the part of public administration in Jersey; gross incompetence, dishonesty, ignorance and collusion on the part of every relevant States department in an attempt to hide the truth.

A situation so overwhelmingly well-evidenced – that not even the Official Comments of the Council of Ministers could argue against the central premise of the proposition – and, indeed, even went so far as to accept that the law had been broken over a period of many years.

How much greater an example of inefficiency and incompetence by the public sector do you need?

Yet Sarah – ‘efficiency’ – Ferguson couldn’t even bring herself to vote for an enquiry into how things can have gone so catastrophically wrong.

Yet she will – without embarrassment – hit the Senatorial election trail – proclaiming herself to be some kind of enforcer of “efficiency and accountability”.

Christ help us.

But – of the above-described States members – we have to make this observation. Their actions and votes cannot be regarded as surprising. Oh, for sure – in some cases their votes may bear no relationship whatsoever to their manifesto – but that isn’t surprising; just as it isn’t surprising that a grouping of entrenched, power-welding Jersey fact-cats would want to tax the food on the tables of the poor – rather than alter the tax policies which have rendered them and their families so well-upholstered over the decades.

But what of certain other States members? Those elected representatives who are supposed to be on the side of the general public – but who vote with the fat-cats?

In many ways – they’re even worse.

For the time-being let us look closely at one such example who voted against the propositions last week:

St Saviour Deputy Rob Duhamel.

Obviously – it’s up to the people of his district – but my recommendation is:

NEVER VOTE FOR THIS MAN AGAIN.

Every time he gets re-elected – it’s always regarded as a great surprise in political circles. He does a great deal of very plausible canvassing during elections, lot’s of door-knocking, so I guess that’s how he cons people into voting for him.

But if there were a States of Jersey prize for the most indecisive, directionless, un-productive, time-wasting, unconstructive dithering member – it would have gone to him every single year since he was elected. And that’s saying something.

His voting is utterly inconsistent, often to the point of irrationality. There was one notorious occasion when a vote was taken – and he changed his mind just before the result was declared.

Sure – on the face of it, his candidacy may tick some of the right boxes. For example – he likes to promote himself as an environmentalist. But even if this were true – is he any bloody use at it? Does he succeed in driving forward such policies? Nope. I remember years ago, he took over running the Jersey Friends of the Earth group. We all knew it’d sink without trace as long as he was responsible for it. Sure enough – that’s what happened.

Last week I was amongst a random group of about 7 States members who went for lunch on Thursday. Rob Duhamel was amongst that number. During the lunch, as we discussed the ongoing debate, he said he would be voting in favour of exempting food from the tax.

How did he vote on Friday?

Of course – you know the answer:

Rob Duhamel voted against the proposal to exempt food from tax.

As a result of Duhamel’s actions – the vote was tied – 25 for – 25 against. Procedurally, a tied vote counts as a negative – and thus the proposition fails.

Had Rob Duhamel been faintly reliable, trustworthy, consistent and rational – the vote would have been 26 for – 24 against.

We would now be making preparations to remove the sales tax on food.

I do – and make no apologies for it – single him out for utter condemnation.

This episode was merely the latest – but in terms of impact on people, the greatest –example of his unreliability and inconsistency.

And as explained d above – for all the policies he espouses – he is utterly bloody useless at delivering on any of them.

Enough is enough.

If voters in Jersey want to politically sacrifice a few of the dithering, directionless, unreliable, inconsistent and untrustworthy clowns – who always seem to creep, back in at election time, unnoticed – Duhamel must go.

As I said – it’s bad enough when our elected representatives insist in trampling upon the poor in the name of what they imagine to be “good economics” – but at least when it’s the multi-millionaire fat-cats doing it , like Ozouf, Le Fondre, Perchard, Reed etc – it is, frankly, to be expected.

But when a States member who represents a predominantly poor, urban area – as does Duhamel – joins in with them – it’s time for voters to act.

And in the same category as Duhamel are three other pseudo ‘working class heroes’.

Terry Le Main – whose “man of the people” act has, throughout his career, been just that – an act. Another is Jacky Huet. She too has carefully cultivated that ‘ordinary, down-to-Earth’ image, but in truth is as Right-wing as hell – and always votes with the establishment when the chips are down. And Ben Fox – another man who represents a poor, urban district – yet who always votes with the fat-cat oligarchy. And in these two crucial votes – in what is perhaps worse, a display of utter spinelessness – contrived to be absent – so he could approach the election with the claim he hadn’t voted to tax islander’s food and household energy bills.

It never ceases to amaze me when such obviously crusty, useless, burnt-out, class-traitor old dinosaurs carry-on getting elected.

It’s bad enough that we have to fight the oligarchs – without having to fight traitors as well.

The proposition debated last week was tabled by Deputy Carolyn Labey, of Grouville. It had, essentially, two components. It asked that the assembly agree to not tax food; and secondly, to not tax domestic energy.

The proposal to remove tax on food was tied at 25 for – and 25 against. Procedurally, this means it fell.

The second proposal to remove tax on domestic energy was defeated by 19 votes for – and 31 against.

A typical States of Jersey “performance”.

Jersey’s indigenous millionaires – and the tax-exiles – able to avoid even greater amounts of tax.
A global crisis in food and energy costs.

And a parliament which chooses this precise moment in human history to introduce a tax on food and domestic energy.

In many ways, we can’t really be surprised that Jersey has harboured such dreadful horrors as the Child Abuse Disaster.

Or the creation of waterfront land reclamation sites which are giant toxic waste dumps.

Voters of Jersey – are you happy with this inchoate hotchpotch of clowns, fat-cats and class-traitors – or have you finally had enough?

In these elections, there is going to be an awful lot of information out there on the “performance” of your elected representatives – far, far more so than at any other time. Citizen media has finally ripped away the pro-oligarchy biases of the local traditional media.

Take a good, long look at the results below. When Frank Walker votes in favour of removing the tax on food – and members, such as Rob Duhamel and Jacky Huet vote against – finally, the time has come to wield the axe in these elections.

If we can’t get rid of a load of these idiots this time – frankly, even just replacing them with a fresh load of idiots would be preferable – then there’s nothing more to be done.

Nothing will avail.

Stuart

HOW YOUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES VOTED:

The following vote was tied – 25 – 25 – therefore the proposal to remove tax from food was defeated.

1: To Remove Tax From Food:

MEMBERS VOTING FOR:

SENATORS:

Stuart Syvret.

Len Norman.

Frank Walker.

Wendy Kinnard.

Terry Le Sueur.

Paul Routier.

Mike Vibert.

Ben Shenton.

Freddy Cohen.

CONSTABLES:

Simon Crowcroft.

DEPUTIES:

Alan Breckon.

Gerard Baudians.

Peter Troy.

Celia Scott-Warren.

Roy Le Herissier

Judy Martin.

Geoff Southern.

Carolyn Labey.

Colin Egre.

Jacky Hilton.

Paul Le Claire.

Deidre Mezbourian.

Shona Pitman.

Kevin Lewis.

Ian Gorst.

MEMBERS VOTING AGAINST:

SENATORS:

Terry Le Main.

Philip Ozouf.

Jimmy Perchard.

CONSTABLES:

Ken Vibert.

Ken Le Brun.

Tommy du Feu.

Derek Gray.

John Gallichan.

Geoffrey Fisher.

Dan Murphy.

Mike Jackson.

Silva Yates.

Peter Hanning.

DEPUTIES:

Rob Duhamel.

Jacky Huet.

Bob Hill.

Sarah Ferguson.

James Reed.

Guy de Faye.

John Le Fondre.

Anne Pryke.

Sean Power.

Alan Maclean.

Andrew Lewis.

Julliette Gallichan.

ABSENT THROUGH ILLNESS:

Patrick Ryan.

ABSENT:

Ben Fox.

Graeme Butcher.

The following vote was lost – 19 FOR – 31 AGAINST.

2: To Remove Tax From Domestic Energy.

MEMBERS VOTING FOR:

SENATORS:

Stuart Syvret.

Len Norman.

Ben Shenton.

Freddy Cohen.

CONSTABLES:

Simon Crowcroft.

DEPUTIES:

Alan Breckon.

Gerard Baudains.

Peter Troy.

Celia Scott-Warren.

Roy Le Herissier.

Judy Martin.

Geoff Southern.

Carolyn Labey.

Colin Egre.

Jacky Hilton.

Shona Pitman.

Paul Le Claire.

Kevin Lewis.

Deidre Mezbourian.

MEMBERS VOTING AGAINST:

SENATORS:

Frank Walker.

Wendy Kinnard.

Terry Le Sueur.

Paul Routier.

Mike Vibert.

Philip Ozouf.

Terry Le Main.

Jimmy Perchard.

CONSTABLES:

Ken Vibert.

Ken Le Brun.

Tommy du Feu.

Derek Gray.

John Gallichan.

Geoffrey Fisher.

Dan Murphy.

Mike Jackson.

Silva Yates.

Peter Hanning.

DEPUTIES:

Rob Duhamel.

Jacky Huet.

Bob Hill.

Sarah Ferguson.

James Reed.

Guy de Faye.

John Le Fondre.

Anne Pryke.

Sean Power.

Alan Maclean.

Andrew Lewis.

Ian Gorst.

Juliette Gallichan.

ABSENT THROUGH ILLNESS:

Patrick Ryan.

ABSENT:

Ben Fox.

Graeme Butcher.

38 thoughts on “JERSEY: TAXING FOOD WHILST THE POOR STRUGGLE.

  1. Anonymous

    Well put Stuart,

    Duhamel is in my area, as is Frank’s sister in law Celia Scott-Warren..
    I hope we get some opposition as they are both useless.
    Like you said, we only see Duhamel once every 3 years.
    Also, my Constable is Peter Hanning.
    Super pro GST and walked straight into the job, with no opposition.
    We need a decent man or woman to stand against him as well.

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  2. Res Nullius

    Absolutelty spot on Stuart.

    Ozouf – a despicable human being.

    Duhamel – a complete waste of space. Hwe may not be in it for the money but certainly is for the kudos. Consumed in his own self importance but utterly useless.

    Ferguson. The only silver lining I can see is that by standing for Senator we all have the opportunity to show her where to get off the bus.

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  3. Anonymous

    Duhamel and Scott Warren are also in my area.

    I have no intention of voting for Duhamel who we have not seen for 3 years. Also if you e-mail him on a Parish matter he does not respond.

    Hope he is jobless after the election.

    Unfortunately Hanning will not be challenged.

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  4. Anonymous

    Taxation in Jersey is a disgrace.

    We’ve had Terry Le Sueur telling us that is would be “immoral” to increase the rate paid by millionaire 1(1)K residents above 5%, and yet our lowest earners pay 27% of their income above £11,300 (surely a bread-line level).

    I’ve had discussions with elected JDA members about this atrocity: representatives who have waxed lyrical about the unfairness of “20 means 20” on middle earners. Their response has been that taxation is inherently unfair.

    Sod poor people, what about the middle earners?

    I won’t name names, we know who they are.

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  5. Anonymous

    Who was the States member who said `you wont make the poor richer by making the rich poorer’.

    Who ever it was, certainly has no problem of making the `poor poorer in order to make the riche richer’!

    Odd that the logic and the practice of the transferal of wealth can in Jersey only work one way! Ie, from poor to rich!

    Not really that odd, when you think of the multi-millionair parasites that lounger around the States Chambers in the guise of representing the electorate!

    from excile

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  6. Anonymous

    Reverse Psychology

    Stuart
    I havent read your latest blog yet – I just wanted to offer you some advice!

    Re CTV News tonight clip concerning the Bayleafs speech.

    Please don’t react to it – or the crap that will be printed in the rag tomorrow – I suspect that they are baiting you, (it must give you a feeling of smug satisfaction knowing that you have upset their applecart)

    The chattering classes will be awaiting your response, expecting the usual contemptuous reaction.

    Behind the pomp and pagentry of traditional correctness there lurks an attempt to keep people in their place, however they will not win the battle for hearts and minds.

    History and tradition can only enforce authority and communicate a sense of superioty if their utterances are unquestionaly accepted.

    The good people of this island, to quote Lenny Harper, really don’t buy it, so please practice some reverse psychology and dont bight the bait!

    A short statement will suffice – should you feel the need to respond at all………Reverse Psychology please!

    Don’t bight the bate!

    Nerdess!

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  7. Anonymous

    I admire your tenacity but hope you also appreciate how frustrating it is for the 30% that do actually vote.

    You often state that the person is political and I agree, trouble is that people generally have such a low opinion of politicians, they simply do not bother to engage politically………………they just don’t GET the link between their vote and social policy.

    I listen to debates,phone ins, blog and vote but in my circle of friends I am viewed as a nerd ( nerdess in my case) I am hypothesing here but I’d wager that in general the electorate in Jersey know more about the personalities in UK and USA governments than they do about local politicians……….even I must question Hanning? never heard of him!

    Many of my friends say – you should stand – I’d vote for you..but what is the point with the present set up and for 43k a year why would I? ……as a backbencher you dont have a cat in hells chance of getting a proposition off the ground, in a microstate like this everyone would know the ins and outs of your proverbial – it’s a 24/7 job..for what?

    As said I admire your tenacity, I understand your frustrations, hope the masses will heed your clarion call, but predict a 30% turnout – IF THAT and live in the hope that turnout will get so low that pressure for reform will come from outside…………failing that I look forward to the launch of your Peoples Charter……………..finally middle Jersey is now poor……..
    Nerdess

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  8. Anonymous

    Sarah F always appears to be such a fool. Full of her own self importance. She is always blowing her own trumpet and boasting. She will not get my vote – none of the GST (25/28) will. I would vote for a monkey first.

    The electorate can see through her and the other mindless millionaires/power drunk idiots or just plain idiots, who masquerade as caring politicians.

    Is what happens when cousins marry?

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  9. Anonymous

    The only thing that seems to be certain is that we are all paying more tax but we don’t get much back.
    We have a large public service who enjoy pension rights that the tax payer subsidises.
    The inflation on the island seems to be self inflicted- £300million for WEB a scheme in which most of the states members have vested interests.
    Public spending continues unchecked and unabated – yet we can’t even give the new cancer prevention vaccine to the island’s children. My daughter is just outside the age group being offered the vaccine by the health service. I want to keep her safe so I’m going to have to save to buy privately because she is 14 and according to my doctor I have to pay GST on the medicine because its private.
    Its private because the health service I pay taxes for wont follow the UK example.

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  10. Elaine

    Thanks Stuart for telling it how it is. I will forward a link to your blog round to everyone in my address book, however I think they all read it regularly already, but just in case I missed one…

    Also, I no longer live in Jersey, and my phone has been beeping at me for the past 7 hours with sms messages from family and friend at home raging about the bayleafs. I read the post by Nerdess,and please take notice, don’t waste too much of your precious energy responding to them, however,if you would like to let them know that you have the full support and backing, and heartfelt thanks of many thousands of Jersey voters, unlike the bayleafs whose popularity is as low as low can be with the good people of Jersey. I am just as raging at that speach as my dear friends and family are back home, but it is not worth your time to respond to such rubbish.

    Thanks for the info…. uh oh here goes my phone again, another very angry Jersey person no doubt.

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  11. Anonymous

    BBC Radio Jersey, this am

    GOOD ON YOU LENNY HARPER for speaking out about the ‘JERSEY WAY’

    No doubt you will now be demonised like Stuart, I do hope that your successor will take note and realise that the goo dwork that you started must continue…………the can of worms is opening wider!

    INSIDE OUT BBC 1 7.30

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  12. Red Rag

    I, for one, would not vote for a man who supports and helps to fund international terrorism, obviously not publicly but, in his own little way.

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  13. Anonymous

    Anonymous said…
    “I would vote for a monkey first.”

    I thought that Terry le Sueur had already refused to stand for re-election!?!

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  14. Anonymous

    I remember my mother and father saying, “money is the root of all evil”.

    An old saying, yes, but isn’t Jersey the proof of this. My God, isn’t there a lot of evil goings on in our States and in our streets? You can feel it in the air, when you walk about the town.

    I’m not going to vote, who is there to vote for? Those who are not driven by money and greed, those who are in touch with the real people of this community (do we still have one?) don’t have the clout or the intelligence to represent us at the highest level.

    No, I’m sorry, I’m not going to vote – I’M GOING TO LEAVE. I’ve been told to, enough times, by many people protecting their nice comfortable lives, raking in £100,000 a year or more.

    Another Jerseyman taking the boat out in the morning!

    Abetot

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  15. Anonymous

    Soon there will be no people left to rule over in Jersey.

    Lenny on e BBC news24 today is saying that the victims may never see justice.

    At home in Scotland Lenny says” the victim’s interests have been sacrificed for some reason me and my team always felt let down.”

    The victims feel that those responsible will walk away from this while they are left with the trauma of the horrors they went through as well as not getting their tormenters brought to justice.

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  16. Anonymous

    Lenny Harper is a wonderful man, but he is wrong about this. The victims of this appalling abuse WILL get justice!

    The wicked ones who plotted against me for seven years said that I had no chance of winning my seven year court battle against a rapist – they showed me no mercy and no compassion at all. I just kept praying to God and I kept fighting my corner. I won, and it’s taught me NEVER EVER to stop fighting for justice.

    We just won’t let those bad men get away with what they have done. We can’t, or they will do the same thing to a new crop of children!!! PLEASE don’t talk loser talk – we have to keep fighting!

    Zoompad

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  17. voiceforchildren

    Zoompad. You are a true inspiriation. These shysters can be beat, and will be beat. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to make sure they are not subjected to the atrocities that have been allowed to go on for decades and subsequently covered up.

    Speaking of “covering up”. I was waiting with bated breath this afternoon to read the rags online version of the Lenny Harper sketch.

    It is so woefully predictable that I had no suprise to discover we would be unable to “have your say” on the subject.

    Rob Shipley, Chris Bright, wake up and smell the coffee, you sorry, sorry, wretched men. The internet is here!! You are no longer able to silence the masses.

    This Blogsite reaches more people WORLDWIDE than that sorry piece of bumwipe you still insist on churning out on a daily basis.

    You can no longer protect our “ruling elite” your cover has been blown!! You remind me of a boxer who just doesn’t know when it is time to retire.

    All around you are saying it is time to call it a day but you have delusions of grandure, remembering your hey day, your adoring fans, your status.

    When everybody else knows there are younger, hungrier, newer fighters on the block that will take you on just to have your name on their record, all be it not a very big name.

    Save yourselves the inevetable defeat and the humiliation that goes with it, and give some real contenders at “JOURNALISM” the opportunuty they deserve.

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  18. Anonymous

    From the Jersey Evening Post

    LENNY Harper went on national television and radio this morning to claim that the interests of abuse victims have not been the primary concern of the Jersey authorities.

    Speaking from his new home in Ayrshire, Scotland, Mr Harper said: ‘I think the victims’ interests have been sacrificed for whatever reason, and I don’t have an answer to that, but I think that interests of the victims have been sacrificed for some reason, and that there has been a marked reluctance to vigorously pursue the allegations to their natural conclusion in court.’

    Mr Harper was speaking to BBC and former Island journalist Robert Hall. In the interview, Mr Harper repeated his criticisms of the Island’s law officers. He explained that his inquiry team would put together a file on a suspect outlining its evidence against them, but then they would run into ‘inexplicable delays’.

    And he added that ‘the goalposts were being moved’ and the decision-making process for the Jersey legal system appeared to be ‘whenever, wherever’. Mr Harper has also been critical of warnings from Jersey’s Attorney General, William Bailhache, that extensive media coverage may have jeopardised future court proceedings. He told BBC News today: ‘Whenever you’ve got allegations that children’s bodies may be disposed of at a care home and you find bones, some of them burnt, and you find children’s teeth, that’s not a matter any police force in the UK would hide.’

    *******************************

    This should be a murder inquiry! How ridiculous that everyone is not jumping up and down in rage! Has murder now been legalised for certain catagories of people then? The UK should be banging it’s fist to get a proper murder investigation here!

    The UK so called justice system are covering this up – they know perfectly well what a barrel load of sh*te would come tumbling out if the full truth of the horrors of Haut de la Garenne came out in a properly conducted trial. Remember, the West Midlands was sending kids from Birmingham to Jersey!

    We will get justice, but not until these selfserving bas*ards are gone. They are a corrupt cartload of devils.

    I’m so angry at the moment because I am having to deal with reading through my own Social Services records, which I have recently acquired. It’s very upsetting, it makes me feel mad with rage to see what they did to me. It’s just dreadful, and I keep crying because of what I am reading. I skimmed through it, but now I am reading it through properly, I can hardly believe how they treated me, it is just so vile.

    There will be a murder inquiry for Haut de la Garenne. This lousy corrupt UK government won’t be in charge for much longer, and the next UK government will demand a proper unhampered investigation. When these child abusing boneburning devils are finally found guilty and lined up for punishment, they ought not be sent to jail. They ought to give them an open boat, a map and a few ships biscuits and tell them to make their way to the Philippines and not bother coming back, seeing as to how they like kiddyfiddling so much. With a bit of luck and a good brisk storm, the boat would quickly sink!

    Zoompad

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  19. Anonymous

    how can they get away with this. The two brothers in cahoots lording it over the ordinary man. The state of jersey is unbelievable. It is like some Victorian novel only difference being that the baddies always get caught in the end in the books. Don’t think this will happen here there is too much to lose for some. Shame on you both : take a long look in that mirror soon and see what you really are. Remove your power and what have you got. Nothing of real worth. Remember, alone and without his nest shall the eagle fly the sky. At the end of the day, all your power and money will not help.

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  20. Anonymous

    Baillhace brothers clamouring for independence, and a connetable seeking a gun ban.

    It’s just a coincidence!?

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  21. Anonymous

    The Brothers Grim really believe that they are untouchable don’t they.

    The fact that their speeches were co-ordinated is an absolute disgrace. It shows, without a shadow of a doubt that the chief judge and chief prosecutor are more than just kin, they are conspirators.

    As for their untouchable status, have we not signed up to the Convention on human rights which GUARANTEES a fair trial in front of an impartial tribunal as a right?

    What next? European Courts have no legal standing in Jersey because the brothers say so?

    Phil said “the independence of the court from political interference was one of the pillars of democracy” – Wow. That coming from the guy wearing a political and a judicial hat!

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  22. Anonymous

    I made a statement in November 2007 about sexual abuse to me as a ten year old, Not once have the “Cover-up merchants at States Of jersey Police” given any sort of feed back, in fact they won’t even answer e-mails…..

    The whole Island of Jersey is one cesspit of evil corrupt self centerd people…Im glad I´m out of it.

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  23. Anonymous

    Stood at the pedestrian crossing that leads from Liberation Square to the Town Marina earlier this week, I was unlucky enough to be passed by a heavily laden lorry, partly tarped over, driven by a white-suited employee. The lorry’s contents, clearly visible & being gently scattered in the vehicle’s slipstream, were a fine, dark powder. Is this right?

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  24. Stuart Syvret

    Statement to the Police in November 2007

    Could the person who submitted this comment contact me directly? I would really like to speak with you about this. I know a lot of survivors have found the delays deeply disturbing – even traumatising. But please bear in mind that it may not be the fault of the police.

    It is most likely just the – by now, well-documented – obstructions by Jersey’s Attorney General William Bailhache.

    If you want to contact me privately at the details below, I’m happy to speak, and raise your case with the police.

    I know it’s hard – but everyone has to hang-on in there. We all know that weight of testimony is crucial in securing convictions in these cases, so if some survivors begin to drop-out, it weakens the cases of others.

    It was always clear to me that one of the prime actions of the Jersey oligarchy would be to introduce as much delay as they possible could into the whole process – precisely in the hope that it would grind people down and make them give up.

    Do you want to let the Jersey establishment bastards win? I don’t think you do.

    If you want, get in touch, I can enquire about your case.

    My e-mail: st.syvret@gov.je

    My phone number: 01534 610833

    Be strong.

    Stuart

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  25. Stuart Syvret

    Liberation Square and Lorries Spilling Toxic Ash

    Yep – that was it.

    You’ve had a dose of Jersey very own cocktail of proven toxins.

    PCB’s, dioxins, furans. Toxic heavy metals, such as mercury, cadmium, arsenic, lead, zinc etc, etc.

    And a load more besides.

    All the above-cited ingredients are scientifically proven human health hazards; for example, many of them a carcinogenic, teratogenic and/or mutagenic.

    Two pathways and exposures need to be considered – acute or chronic. Acute exposure to these types of poisons – which would be an immediate, large, single damaging does – would have rapidly noticeable physical effects – in many cases utterly irreversible physical damage and death. For example, in the case of arsenic. Or the immensely physical damage effects which were publicly visible on the Ukrainian President when his opponents tried to poison him with dioxins.

    However, in respect of Jersey’s toxic ash billowing around our environment, it is almost certainly chronic effects we need be concerned with. These being the effects which gradually accrue over time as a result of repeated environmental exposure to low-doses of the ash.

    Which comfortingly means that when you breathe in the ash as the trucks billow past – it won’t make you drop dead in 12 hours; instead it might take thirty years for your renal necrosis or cancers to emerge.

    The States of Jersey – don’t you just love em?

    Stuart

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  26. Anonymous

    I heard a friend say “is the Jersey way the legal way?”

    I said without thinking That would depend on where you were when you asked the question?

    If you are in England then the answer has to be No!!! However if your in Jersey the establishment would have you believe Yes!!!

    Simple questions simple answers I would say but if the question is asked of the law itself then the only answer there could and should be is no man nor group of men is above the law no matter where you are from in the world.

    They’re golden calf has tarnished and taken an Anti-Midas turn as it turns to shit.

    But like Zoompad says we will win our war! We may lose a few battles along the way however were strong through adversity and tough as old boots because we have had to be, we are no longer victims we are Survivors, proud people who have been through things that if the oligarchs families had to go through them the so called international caring governments of the world would stamp it out in an instant.

    Onward & Upward!!!

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  27. Anonymous

    There are about 4 comments about your title _ taxing the poor, yet sure enough, here we go again, child abuse, child abuse, the Bailiff and child abuse. Really Stuart, you need to get a life.

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  28. Stuart Syvret

    Obviously, you don’t consider child abuse to be a fundamentally significant blight in society – which must be fought implacably.

    Sorry – but I don’t agree. As long as the fight needs fighting – which is as long, basically, as the Bailhache Brothers & co try to cover things up – I’m going to fight it.

    As long as I have breath in my body.

    Stuart.

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  29. Stuart Syvret

    Accountancy Age – and How ‘Taxing The Poor is the Right Way Forward’.

    Hi Craig

    More desperate peddling of your regressive tax obsession, I see.

    As I’ve remarked to you many times in e-mails – the Mirrlees view is not – nor will it ever be – UK government policy.

    No democratic government on the face of the planet would introduce taxes on food and domestic energy at this moment in human history – when we hitting the boundaries of growth and the costs of food and fuel are rocketing.

    Err – apart, that is, from the States of Jersey.

    Nuff said, really.

    Stuart.

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  30. Craig

    Regressive taxes bad, progressive taxes good. Right?
    Two points: it does not matter if a tax is regressive so long as the outcome for a poor person is that he receives far more than he pays – in public services and benefits.
    Secondly GST succeeds where other taxes fail in obtaining revenues from tax avoiders, tax evaders and tourists, and big spenders contribute most – money that is used to pay for public services and benefits for the less well off. A tax to be welcomed! Hope readers read Mirrlees and make their own minds up. However agree that it will be very difficult for the UK Gov to dig itself out of the legal and bureaucratic hole it created with exemptions – but Jersey does not have to make the same mistake.

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