Friday, 17 March 2017

Ian Gorst's Guide to the Galaxy.



Chief Minister Ian Gorst.


The meaning of everything, according to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, was/is 42 but Chief Minister Ian Gorst has his own version.

After the scandal of the Jersey Innovation Fund (JIF) was exposed serious questions needed to be asked, or more importantly answered, of those politically responsible i.e Senator Philip Ozouf who signed off two of the loans, and Senator Lyndon Farnham, along with Senator Alan Maclean who between them signed off five of the loans and last but not least Chief Minister Ian Gorst who surely has ultimate responsibility for the actions/in-actions of his Ministers and Assistant Ministers?

We reported HERE. how it looked like Senator Ozouf was being slung under the bus for his part in this fiasco, and in fairness to him, he resigned as Assistant Minister So we know he did "The Honourable Thing." What we DON'T know is if Senator's Maclean and Farnham have also offered to do "The Honourable Thing" or if Chief Minster Gorst asked them to?


Deputy Montfort Tadier.

Reform Jersey's Deputy Montfort Tadier attempted to find this out on 14 February 2017 by tabling the following Oral Question to the Chief Minister:

“Given that Senator Ozouf was not the only Minister to have signed off loans from the Jersey Innovation Fund, will the Chief Minister also be asking Senators Farnham and Maclean to 'step aside' from their Ministerial duties until the relevant investigation has fully reported back?”

This is where we discovered that senator's Farnham and Maclean signed off the majority of the loans but we DIDN'T get an answer to Deputy Tadier's question. So on 14 March 2017 the Deputy attempted once more to get his question addressed if not answered where he tabled the following Oral Question to the Chief Minister.

“Will the Chief Minister state whether, following the publication of the Comptroller and Auditor General’s report entitled ‘Jersey Innovation Fund’ (R.3/2017), Senator Farnham and/or Senator Maclean offered to resign as Ministers or whether he, as Chief Minister, asked them to resign?”

Again a pretty straight forward, clear and concise, question? But this is where we discovered that Chief Minister Gorst has his own version of "42" which appears to be "the former Assistant Minister did the honourable thing."

If this (edited video below) didn't make such a mockery of our so called "Democratic Process" it could almost be funny. The fact that the (unelected/unaccountable) Chair(s) of the States Assembly rule it perfectly acceptable for the Chef Minister (and by implication ANY Minister) to "come out with their own version of 42" in "answer" to any question makes the whole so-called "Democratic Process" that much more (almost) laughable and tragic............ 




39 comments:

  1. That 4:25sec is just plain crazy.He might as well just said that his wife makes a nice cheese cake.

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  2. Gorst will not acknowledge either question asked. If Farnham and Maclean had offered to resign, Ian Gorst clearly did not accept the resignation Why? If he himself asked them the named Farnham and Maclean to resign then that would admit his own failing he is boxed in to the situation and we as the public are not entitled to the information.

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  3. Deputy Tadier, you are a mischief-maker. CM Gorst and gang donot like mischief-makers! Keep up the good work Deputy.

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  4. The states is a farce these days. At least Higgins and the Reform Deputies try to get straight answers. Trouble is there is now no one in the Chamber like Trevor Pitman who would have treated these insulting non-answers with the contempt they deserved, going straight for the jugular. Our backbenchers have to stop allowing our Bailiff to silence them so easily. It is question time but rarely any answers time.

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  5. Good blog from Rico Sorda on the other channel. Team Voice what would we do without them?

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  6. The only reliable news sources for political matters now that we don't have the blogs of Stuart, Bob Hill and Trevor's Bald Truth blog and videos. You two knock the State Media into a cocked hat. Long may you both continue.

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  7. Don't know how old you are at Voice but if you want to see what most of Jersey's ministers are like without the civil servant written scripts seek out and post a short clip of the Gumbies from the old Monty Python TV show.

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  8. The Bailiff in frustration, once reminded Deputy Anne Pryke to answer the question, why did he not ask Gorst to do the same. If nothing else this would have been a formal and recorded slap on the wrist for Gorst.

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  9. The man without a spinal column obviously has a problem with letting his one grey cell compute a straight forward question. what is of interest is that in all the attempts by Deputy Tadier and Mezec to get an answer it is noteworthy that Philip Baillache and Paul Routier seemed to find something very interseting in thier feet? Bring on the next election PLEASE!

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  10. This is without doubt about as clear an example of the total bias of the (unelected) Bailff in not telling CM Gorst to answer a legitimate question. This is why nothing will change until these unelected spokespersons are removed from our government. It is sad to see the new Queens Governer already 'toeing the line' instead of standing up for the ordinary islander. Come on your Majesty smell the coffee!!

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    1. I got the impression that Her Majesty was happy with the situation hence her most recent representative telling us that the States are jolly good people and to be 'obeyed'. After all, that's the idea of democracy..

      The Beano is not the Rag

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  11. Kaz D Bumblebee19 March 2017 at 11:15

    Gorst is appalling but then so are the ministers generally. Personally I would really like to see Montfort Tadier become Chief Minister with Sam Mezec as his Deputy. I would also like to see those who have served the island so well over the years get some proper recognition from the UK instead of all thses establishment stooges, such as former Chief Ministers and jurats. A good example would be Deputy Mike Higgins. I would really like to see him get a well earnt OBE for his political work and his wonderful development of the Battle of Britain Air Display. Possibly a Knighthood would be even more appropriate?

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    1. This an early April Fool?
      Made me giggle :-)

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    2. Jurats getting OBEs? I agree that must be an early April Fool! Court cases should be heard by a cross section of the mebers of the public. Not establishment party lackeys who are always old, white and wealthy.

      Agree on Dep Higgisn and his stirling work with the air display. Probably brings in more visitors and cash to our island than all of the idiots like Farnham, Ozouf and Locate Jersey spongers with their £13.000 air jollies.

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  12. Like it or not, Chief Minister Gorst is doing a good job for the Establishment. He is following well in the footsteps of Walker and Le Suere. Realistically who could replace him or take him out at the next years elections? Any ideas or predictions anyone.

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    1. The point is he is not doing a good job for the majority of Jersey.

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  13. That any individual involved in Jersey's bent Royal Court and so called justice system can be awarded an OBE by the Crown or UK government demonstrates just how far up the line the corruption goes. Paedo protectors and anti democrats like Bailhache and Birt already have their kinghthoods. How much more blatant could it get?

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  14. Jimmy Savile got knighted and he was Jerseys Mr Battle three times.... How more blatant could that get!?

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  15. See in the Rag some 62 year old in court for riding his motorbike through red lights when a mother was nearby with her young children. All well and good but how strange that when a man knocks down a well known anti-Jersey Way politician on a zebra crossing with the lights red and against him Bowron's police don't even charge him and our bent court don't prosecute.

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    1. Yes.

      That's absolutely right. Well observed.

      What passes for a "Police Force" in Jersey is - repeatedly - pro-actively engaged in shielding criminals - that is, the "well-protected" - Jersey oligarchy approved - criminals.

      I've been trying to make formal statements of criminal complaint to the Jersey "police" - of child-abuse - of corruption - of perjury.

      They won't even take a statement.

      States of Jersey Police Force - since being illegally hi-jacked via illegal suspension of Graham Power = a criminal enterprise.

      Stuart Syvret

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    2. I waatched the interview about the case referred to above on vfc. Former Deputy Shona Pitman was the victim of the Bowron Keystone Cops and their selective charging mantra. That the police should claim that what had happened was "just an accident so nobody;s fault" was incredible.

      Yet shocking as what happened to Shona Pitman was the most mind-boggling part still was when Deputy Higgisn brought this up in the States and the Home Affairs minister Deputy Moore just made excuses on the lines of "Well, this is a person we all know". As if who the victim was made the police behaviour irrelevant.

      I seem to recall the police then "mislaid" the witness statements and would not even give the victim her own! I hope Stuart, Trevor, Shona herself and even bloogers like you and Rico are careful when you are out walking. As for refusing to take Stuart's statements WTF?

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  16. The baloney is ozzing out of Ozouf again with this Soft-Bank garbage. Him and his JEP chums are trying to spin this fund being 'managed' by one of our tax-dodge specialists as being huge for the island. Truth of the matter is that a few people will make loads of dosh but the benefit to the island generally will be zero. I just hope for their sake Soft-Bank don't ley Ozouf himself, or Farnham and MacLean manage any of it. Fund will be bolloxed within a year.

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  17. At least Philip Ozouf is in a different tree to his neighbour Deputy Peter McLinton .
    His latest political tweet on #therealpetermac is this ;
    Our cats enjoy eating bananas? fb.me/10MB4mA3m

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    1. Don't know about a different political tree? After seeing Smashy (or is it Nicey?) McLinton's I was born for this meltdown in the States I'm more inclined to believe he probably fell out of a tree and bumped his bonce.

      Won't get re-elected. He has done bog all in our district and unlike the equally useless Chubby Macon he doesn't have the benefit of the old ladies liking him. Come back Beardy Duhamel and his sharing the bath water ideas.

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  18. Any more news on when the COI report will finally be published? Haven't seen any updates anywhere and certainly not on the COI's website. Talk about treating the victims and the public like mushrooms.

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    1. No news is good news? Or so the old saying goes. We can only hope.

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    2. With barely a week left of Marxh it is a really poor show that no indication has been given. Very worrying too in my personal opinion.

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  19. Interesting case, for followers of the States of Jersey, its civil service, and our broken system of justice.

    https://www.jerseylaw.je/judgments/unreported/Pages/[2017]JRC043.aspx

    Clearly, Mike Higgins has been doing his homework on this one.

    http://www.statesassembly.gov.je/AssemblyQuestions/2017/(168)%20Dep%20Higgins%20to%20SG%20re%20criminal%20charges%20brought%20in%20the%20Magistrates%20Court%20without%20assistance%20of%20the%20Law%20Officers.pdf

    We live in interesting times. All power to you, Mr Neville...

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    1. I would imagine a rather notorious individual who was afforded taxpayer's monies to take Mr Syvret to court should now be feeling somewhat worried about the issue of perjury?

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    2. But only if Bowron's police don't illegally refuse to take a complainants statement? But then that surely could not happen in a democracy with an honest court system?

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  20. I see you are promoting Deputy Tadier's Trews News video on your sister blog. Why did he not do any more of these? If people want to get a lot of people watching they need to do these things regularly. A good example of this was the Bald Truth videos former Deputy Trevor Pitman used to do. These were up on a weekly basis and like a lot of people I know who are interested in politics we used to look forward to them. Deputy Tadier needs to make it a regular thing.

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    1. Hoping to publish episode 2 of "The Jersey Trews" in the next few days. Readers might also be interested to know that a return of "The Bald Truth Review" has not been ruled out..................

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    2. Is this second bit of news your 'Leak of the Week'?!

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  21. This is good news. I hope Lord Reginald will be making a guest appearance? Perhaps Deputy Tadier could interview him to scotch the ridiculous rumours that they are one and the same?

    A return of the Bald Truth would be even better. But I don't see how or why it would happen now? Trevor Pitman is gone from Jersey politics sadly, and I can't really see him behaving like some former politicians who just can't let go.

    Having said that the Bald Truth was often absolutely first class in both content and style. A political overview of the Jersey Way from someone who was one of our political heavyweights could be interesting. Look forward to the Jersey Trews regardless. So little good political comment out there these days.

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    1. Isn't Trevor Pitman based off island at the moment?

      If so a return of "The Bald Truth / The Bald Truth Review" would be brilliant because the Jersey based bloggers operate under the constant threat of abuse by the misused Data Protection Law and now the even more dangerous "telecommunications law":

      https://voiceforchildren.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/p192016-wolf-in-sheeps-clothing.html

      http://tomgruchy.blogspot.com/2016/05/harmful-electronic-communications-and.html

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  22. Stuart Syvret should do some videos too. How about Posts from a Potemkin Village?

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  23. Is Philip Bailhache asleep in the photo accompanying this blog? Or is he just doing a Terry Le Main impression by pretending to be? Gorst's speeches are so rivetting aren't they!

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  24. Three years in to their four year terms have you heard anything from your local representative during States debates? There must be at least twenty states members who I haven't a clue who they are or what they do. They may as well be stuffed or showroom dummies. As just a couple of examples what does Deputy Truscott do? Has he ever said anything since election? What has Deputy Wickenden ever done or said? Who are eight of the Constables? Does Deputy Andrew Lewis ever say anything you can believe? These are the sort of questions that need answering in the lead up to the next election.

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  25. Sir Cecil Bottom-Thwaite (former Constable of the island's 13th parish22 March 2017 at 17:50

    Looking forward to this new Lord Reg Tadier video.

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