Oligarchy Terrified of Jersey Charter!
And it isn’t even fully written yet!
Just a brief post to keep you up-dated in respect of the fall-out from yesterday’s victory by the Jersey oligarchy.
I mentioned in my closing speech that I would be attempting to launch a Jersey Charter movement – which will hopefully be in a position to contest the forthcoming elections on the basis of a set of simple, fundamental principles of democracy, justice, accountability and freedom.
I subsequently spoke to the local media about this idea.
The undisguised naked panic and terror on the part of the oligarchy has been wondrous to behold.
I know from journalists – local and national – and various other sources, that the Jersey establishment has – for quite some time – been very, very worried about the possibility of me getting involved in some kind of political movement.
Other attempts at organised politics in Jersey – past and current – have been viewed with contempt by the establishment; indeed – even regarded as a helpful bogeyman with which to frighten the voting public. This isn’t a criticism of those who have, or are, making such efforts – but there is no escaping the reality that they simply haven’t been credible or regarded as a real threat.
But now – with the unprecedented degree of public contempt for the establishment, the various disasters and scandals engulfing them – and the looming elections – a shiver has gone down their collective spine.
They know that – this time – this might just be it.
Over 800 years of entrenched and, effectively, unopposed power could finally be about to crumble.
To be honest – the incompetence, arrogance and hubris of the establishment – their seemingly un-ending succession of disastrous misjudgements – has actually been very helpful to our cause.
For example, as I’ve said to some people, Phil Bailhache’s speech last Monday – in which he attacked me and made manifestly insupportable assertions concerning the Jersey judiciary – was brilliant. If I had written it myself – I couldn’t have calculated it to be more damaging to the establishment.
And the vibe I’ve picked-up – both freely offered – and – err – overheard – is that the powers-that-be in Jersey are afraid – very afraid.
As I said in previous posts, I’ll write a detailed autopsy of the debate and the oligarchy when I have time – this is just a brief up-date.
But in the mean time – just check out today’s copy of The Rag – AKA, the Jersey Evening Post.
Jersey’s only newspaper has always – throughout its 118 year history – been the house-journal of the island’s oligarchy. The bias – and worse, actually – such as the concealing of child abuse scandals – by the Jersey Evening Post has been beyond parody – by some margin – for a very long time.
But – in 2 or 3 editions in recent weeks, it had actually shown some marginal movement away from total pro-establishment propaganda – and had actually challenged the authorities – and even published one or two anti-establishment stories.
Did this herald some final recognition on the part of The Rag of its embarrassing failure to even faintly appear like a credible part of the Fourth Estate?
The Rag has always known that – to retain a faint appearance of credibility – it does have to – very occasionally – do the odd anti-establishment story. Hence their 2 or 3 recent examples of meaningful journalism.
But today – with the threat of the Jersey Charter movement – it’s straight back to business as usual.
For an example of the establishment’s fear, check out their editorial comment in today’s edition. It’s a classic.
And remember – when reading this – that I will write a detailed autopsy of the debate – in which I will include various quotes from the speeches given by other members – especially Senator Ben Shenton.
The Rag says of the Council of Ministers – and me – that:
“Their ability to meet targets and their generally measured approach fails to win popular support whereas the passion and demagoguery of Senator Syvret still succeeds in winning a degree of public approval – even when he so willingly sacrifices substance in favour of bitter invective, intemperate personal attacks and plain abuse.”
The Jersey oligarchy are measured, calm, effective elder statesmen – who’s every utterance is a model of factually analysis, substance and polite and restrained interpersonal debate.
And my performance – by way of contrast – is merely ‘demagogic invective, of no substance.’
Now – fix those assertions by The Rag and its bosses in your mind – and then wait for my detailed analysis.
I’ll be providing you with a factual account of the debate – of what certain members said – and of what I said. Of the oligarchy’s speeches, we will be taking a particular look at Ben Shenton’s “measured” contribution of “substance” – in which he described me as a “destructive communist”, who’s speech had been “a me, me, me speech.”
No “demagoguery, invective or plain abuse” there, of course.
I’ll also be comparing and contrasting the written and verbal – err –contributions of the oligarchy during their removal of me last September.
Not to mention an account of the plain, evidenced, shameless lies they peddle.
As I’ve said many times before – you think I’m too hard in my judgments on the Jersey media?
Wait for my detailed response to events – and then judge for your selves – just who the vacuous, abusive, demagoguery comes from – me – or them?
Hell – I know I’m no diplomat – but frankly, my retaliatory efforts against the Jersey oligarchy are models of restraint compared to their output – and also have the certain advantage of being factual and evidenced – to the extent I’m prepared to be cross-examined on them under oath – when things come to court.
As they will – one way or another.
In the interim – result!
Naked fear and panic from the shysters.
If we needed any encouragement in our attempts to organise politically – this is it.