The Bailiff Michael Birt
THE FEUDAL POWER
"The GOOD THE BAD AND THE USELESS"
"Please can we have our Senatorial Seats Back Please"
The Establishment for once let their guard down in the States and voted away 2 Seats
In the forthcoming election there will be only 4 Senators Seats up for crabs. Below I will be looking at who is up for election and who is moving on. Make no mistake, this was a very grave error on the part of the Establishment. Senator Ozouf knows full well he is becoming more and more Isolated in the States. There has always been a very strong power base for the Establishment in the States; from the SG to the AG to the Bailiff . The "Feudal Power" is what controls Jersey. It has for many years. That control must extend to the States Chamber because that is where Legislation is passed and vested interests are protected.
Sir Philip Bailhache ; 1975 became Solicitor General; 1986 became Attorney General: 1994 became Deputy Bailiff and in 1995 became Bailiff. He retired from office in June 2009
With Sir Philip at the helm and the likes of Jeune, Horsfall, Walker, Le Sueur and the dependable Constables "Power" was secured. Lets also not forget that during this time there were two running mates coming up from behind filling the roles of Solicitor General & Attorney General: they were William Bailhace and Michael Birt
In the 90s and right up to 2008 the Unit was watertight. Then things Started to Happen.
2008 Former Chief Minister Frank Walker Retires. This is a huge blow. Frank Walker was the one that took over from Pierre Horsfall when he retired from the States in 2002 this was after Pierre Horsfall completed 27 years of unbroken elected service with the States of Jersey. As President of the Policy & Resources Committee, he was Jersey's leading politician at the time of his retirement from Government. Like him or Loath him Senator Walker ruled with an Iron Fist. the Lackeys were well and truly kept in order. You can read more on these years on the Link Below
This is a very informative read.
When Frank Walker left, the first chink in the armour appeared:Chief Minister Terry Le Suer. Where are the hard hitters now in the States? Senator Ozouf is becoming isolated. Yes, he has the cannon fodder like Deputies Jeune, Noel, Dupree and 9 Constables to take the machine gun fire when being sent over the top, who are his Generals sitting alongside him now? and after the next election? The States started changing when the "Wage" came in. It was no longer the "Rich Mans Domain" the "Feudal Power Base". Im not by any means saying its Extinct but I am saying its weakening by the day.
Why do you think there has been full on panic in the JEP? Championing the likes of Horsfall, Jeune and Farnham? Nothing to do with Democracy thats for sure. No, the problem is they don't have enough seats to get their mates in on an Island wide mandate and because they don't want to run as Deputies
If you have differing opinions to mine then great lets hear them and Debate them. Here are the 6 leaving office seeking re-election.
Remember only 4 seats
"The GOOD THE BAD AND THE USLESS"
First, please play the music when looking at each Candidate.
Senator Francis le Gresley = The Good
Hope he gets back in. Don't agree with all his voting, but the man has Integrity. He has a feel for the States now and should get back in.
That leaves 3 seats