Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Laughed, I nearly wet my pants




Senator Perchard



Today on page 4 of the JEP Senator Jim Perchard is quoted as saying




"The current 'stupid'  States Assembly makes him ashamed to be a member" and that Minister are 'running amok'  and that he was 'embarrassed' to be a States Member ( Not for much longer?)



Well, Senator Perchard those decent States Member haven't been questioning the Chief Minister and Home Affairs Minister on the Willtshire /Napier Debacle  for Nothing you know. If you had joined in instead of stamping your feet you cuold have helped save an alleged £500,000 pounds. So, who is to blame? 



All the   FOOT STAMPING LACKEYS OF THE MOTHER LAND ARE NOW SMELLING THE PRICE OF OUR COFFEE -  YOU COMPLETE BOZOS 



Is it it finally sinking in. Are the vast majority of the States Chamber really that stupid. Will they really hold the Chief Minister to account at the next States Sitting or are we going to get even more stupid answers that don't make sense. They have followed this shower up a blind alley




Forgive me but today I just had to purchase a JEP so I could do tonight's post. As I flicked through it in the shop I just couldn't stop laughing. The Hilarity that has befallen our Media / Politicians has reached new highs or lows; I will let you decide which is appropiate. This all stems from the shock horror of ex ChIef Executive  Bill Ogley allegedly receiving  £500,000 for leaving office.



But what could this Half a million be for we ask 



Doing a great Job? Nope



How about



A Civil Servant led plot to remove a Heath Minister who stood up and said we have serious problems in Child Protection

 


The shameful and illegal suspension of the former Chief of Police Graham Power QPM



The Shredding of Notes



The Protection of fellow Civil Servants?



"BILL OGLEY COULD BRING DOWN A GOVERNMENT"




They will see an alleged half a million quid as cheap as chips. Did it come out of the Criminal Confiscation Fund?




I come now to Ben Queree 




Ben Queree writes a piece called "A Week In Politics"



Let us remind ourselves of what Ben Queree said regarding the questioning from decent politicians concern the Brian Napier Report. In December 2010 Ben was already telling us how it was a lost cause yet on June 1st 2011 he is trying to suss out why Teflon Bill is allegedly getting Half a Million Quid. Ben, you and the  Bozos down at the Chamber of Loon should have listened to the Bloggers. Instead  your paper went along with the Child Abuse Cover Up,  the utterly Shameful Wiltshire Debacle plus the ludicrous BDO Alto Report you should have been holding the  clowns to account and cleaning up Jersey.


We are in an awful mess. We need New Leadership and we need it Now 


We need Investigative Journalism and we need it Now



Ben You Said;  "This is a cause that managed to drag in two politicians who normally show a fairly good grasp of political awareness and sense (Deputy Bob Hill and St Helier Constable Simon Crowcroft) as well as a whole bunch without any into thinking there might have been either a) a point to all of this, or b) some political capital in it. There wasn’t. There isn’t. Let it go."



You can now add £500,000



And Today you said "The second lurches uncomfortably close to conspiracy theory territory, but you have to ask yourself the key question in all this: under what circumstances would you be willing to pay someone half a million quid to stop working for you?"



Read the Blogs Ben and all your questions will be answered at once. I know you are in the hands of the editors and maybe you would like to report the truth but this is a real struggle that involves everyone. We have been nailing these clowns for ages and the readership grows. The chief Minister and his Deputy are making it up as they go along start investigating, help the Island survive these clowns.


Remember


Not even Children are Safe


Rico Sorda



Ben Quérée

No prizes for guessing 2010 Villain of the Year


LOST CAUSE OF THE YEAR

Every year, they somehow find it: a subject that almost no one who’s not actually in the States cares about, a subject that doesn’t really affect anyone that much and that doesn’t go anywhere.

Choosing States reform is cheating, really, because it comes up every year. Going for GST exemptions doesn’t really work either, because it’ll happen sooner or later – and so the ‘lost’ part of the whole ‘lost cause’ sentiment falls down slightly.

And that’s why the Lost Cause of the Year is the suspended police chief Graham Power/Napier Report/shredded notes sagazzzzzzzz… hang on, sorry, dozed off for a moment there.

This is a cause that managed to drag in two politicians who normally show a fairly good grasp of political awareness and sense (Deputy Bob Hill and St Helier Constable Simon Crowcroft) as well as a whole bunch without any into thinking there might have been either a) a point to all of this, or b) some political capital in it. There wasn’t. There isn’t. Let it go.



Read more: http://www.thisisjersey.com/2010/12/30/no-prizes-for-guessing-2010-villain-of-the-year/#ixzz1O3VmCV1U




Ben Quérée

The culture of the States is alien to the idea of saving money

NOT being an expert in the fields of human resources management or accountancy, I almost feel ashamed to say this, but isn’t there just the slightest possibility that instead of giving £800,000 to two departing civil servants, we could have (and bear with me here) not done that, but instead spent the money on something else?To be a bit more precise, could we not have spent it on something better? Something more worthwhile? Something that might help?

The world is, let’s face it, a target-rich environment when it comes to better things on which to spend money than pinstripes with excess time on their hands. There are schools. And hospitals. And things like that. In fact, given where this alleged £800,000 actually ended up, you might as well have taken it to the bookies and gone wild.

It’s no exaggeration to say that, given that these pay-offs are a) tax-free, and b) not likely to be spent in Jersey by dint of being given to people who are heading off, as far as we are concerned it amounts to setting fire to a 26-foot stack of £10 notes, and then wandering away whistling.

While I harbour some vague doubts about the figures quoted last week by Senator Jim Perchard to a Scrutiny panel – he mentioned one senior civil servant (understood to be former chief executive Bill Ogley) leaving with a £500,000 cheque, and another (understood to be former Health chief officer Mike Pollard) leaving with £300,000 – there are two serious points to be made about this.

The first is that it’s this, and stories like the ‘we spent £21 million less than we thought but screw it let’s keep the cash anyway’ one the other week, that show why the attempt to save £65 million off the Budget will never work. It just won’t.

It’s not about school milk, swimming pools or sending foreign prisoners home – the whole culture of the States is alien to saving money. By the time anyone knew about this, the money was already gone.

The second lurches uncomfortably close to conspiracy theory territory, but you have to ask yourself the key question in all this: under what circumstances would you be willing to pay someone half a million quid to stop working for you?

‘Mutual termination’ was the line in the press statement announcing Mr Ogley’s departure in February, and nothing in that statement went any further than Mr Ogley and Chief Minister Terry Le Sueur agreeing that ‘now would be a good time for a change at the top of the civil service’.
It may be worth mentioning here as an aside that Mr Ogley declined an interview request from the JEP, and did not respond to an alternative suggestion of a written Question and Answer-style interview.

But how many people do you know who get two years’ pay (the 2009 States accounts put Mr Ogley on a salary of around £210,000 a year, not including pension contributions) when they leave a job?

Obviously, the answer is no one – because that just doesn’t happen.

We all understand the idea of an employee being sacked (when you leave a job because your boss wants you to go), and an employee resigning (when you leave a job because you want to go). What many of us might struggle with is the idea of a half-way position between the two that costs the employer a lot of money. How do you arrive at the point where rather than paying a man £210,000 a year to do a job, you pay him £500,000 to stop doing it?

To put it another way, what were the respective ends of the ‘mutual termination’ agreement? How did it become a good idea, and a good use of taxpayers’ money, to pay this man half a million pounds to go away? That’s a pretty spectacular turnaround by any standards.

And while it’s nice that Treasury Minister Philip Ozouf has let it be known that figures about pay-outs to senior staff will be included in the 2011 accounts, it would be even nicer not to have to wait 12 months to find out the real figure (assuming the figure itself isn’t going to be part of some larger aggregated sum).

There has been, in the not wildly distant past, a reticence by States departments to reveal ‘golden handshake’ deals to departing civil servants.

It may seem like a statement of the blindingly obvious, but having agreed to publish top-earners’ salaries in line with UK rules, ministers are hardly in a position to hold a high moral line against publishing what they are paid when they leave.

More to the point, a much fuller explanation is in order of why Senator Le Sueur and Mr Ogley felt that ‘now would be a good time for a change at the top of the civil service’.

Article posted on 1st June, 2011 - 3.44pm



Read more: http://www.thisisjersey.com/2011/06/01/the-culture-of-the-states-is-alien-to-the-idea-of-saving-money/#ixzz1O3Vywx6A



13 comments:

voiceforchildren said...

Rico.

It looks like Ben Queree has got as many questions as the rest of us. But as a "JOURNALIST" isn't his job to get the "ANSWERS?"

It's "Jersey Journalism" not to be confused with "Journalism." In the real world if Bill Ogley won't give you the answers Ben, then get off your arse, stop waiting for something to fall on your lap, and "investigate."

A good starting point might be to put it to the Chief Minister that a deal was struck with Bill Ogley after the latter received a "Scott Letter" from Brian Napier QC and it had become even more blatantly obvious that Ogley's position was untenable.

Ogley successfully negotiated a "back hander" for keeping his mouth shut and nobody was implicated in the massive Child Abuse cover-up and related issues.

Something tells me Ben that you are going to choose to sit on your arse and dismiss such ideas as conspiracy theories and pick up you pay-cheque by writing an article about conspiracy theories rather than trying to establish the truth, the facts, as to how Ogley and Pollard can get paid so handsomely for leaving.

You might want to point out also that Jimmy Perchard just might be playing the "anti establishment" card in an election year after stamping his feet in this "beacon of Democracy" in full support of the establishment since he's been in the States.

Anonymous said...

No doubt in my mind the reasons Mr. Perchard speaks out now is for personal gain.

Look through his voting record.

On reading Ben Querees piece tonight, He knows the answers to his own ponderings I'm sure one or two of his comments I have read as comments here on this very blog. Whats his game?

Anonymous said...

As well as investigating these disgusting severance packages, Ben Queree might also wish to delve deeper into the ongoing multi-million pound cost of suspended/excluded/restricted employees of the States of Jersey.

That's assuming him and his colleagues have found a pair at last, and have stopped being neutered by their hugely conflicted editors/owners. Whoops, silly me, I was daydreaming for a bit there!

Anonymous said...

All the FOOT STAMPING LACKEYS OF THE MOTHER LAND ARE NOW SMELLING THE PRICE OF OUR COFFEE - YOU COMPLETE BOZOS


10/10

Anonymous said...

"The current 'stupid' States Assembly makes him ashamed to be a member" and that Minister are 'running amok' and that he was 'embarrassed' to be a States Member ( Not for much longer?)

VFC is right about it being election year. This beacon of democracy has just slapped Senator Perchard in the face. Lets see who holds the Chief Minister to account at the next States Sitting.

BQ said in his piece...

"The second lurches uncomfortably close to conspiracy theory territory, but you have to ask yourself the key question in all this: under what circumstances would you be willing to pay someone half a million quid to stop working for you?"

OBE

Don't Grass

No Book Deals

Good Interest

Anonymous said...

This interview on its own should be enough to have Ian Le Marquand LOCKED UP

Ian Evans said...

A MUST WATCH SHOCKER FROM PANORAMA

Anonymous said...

It is stunning, really, to read that anyone in Jersey still debates the relevance of bloggers as journalists. It is utterly impossible to imagine a mainstream newspaper journalist failing to read the far more in-depth investigative reporting provided here, especially when said newspaper columnist is supposedly a POLITICAL reporter. Has he learned to google his own subject matter yet? Or even his own name?

Bloggers are established members of the press in most post-industrialized countries, and have been for some years. There is a substantial crossover to be sure, between online journalism and mainstream press, which has resulted in studies showing that younger, more affluent media consumers prefer to read their news online. Usually, that news is provided by an assortment of mainstream media online (what in Jersey is often described as "accredited") and independent blogs (citizens media to you). Blogs everywhere do contain everything from bizarre nonsense to the best in award winning investigative reporting, which is also true of more traditional media.

What should be surprising in Jersey is not that the MSM is of poor quality, but that its own newspaper reporters do not know what is going on in the larger world of online investigative journalism, much less in their own extremely tiny back yard of an island.

Perhaps it is too early to ask if newspaper reporters understand the facts you have posted in evidence online. To Mr. No-enquireee, I would recommend first asking him if he even uses computers to access the world wide web. Then you should also take heart in the fact that the political corruption and journalistic hackery around you is too unsophisticated to catch up to the excellent level of your own unpaid efforts.

B.

rico sorda said...

Hi Anon

Thanks for your comment

We really are in a desperate mess concerning our MSM and maybe we should highlight the editors a little more seeing as they hold the power over their journos. Im sure if I said to Ben come work for me you can investigate and write what you like as long as you expose these bozos for what they are he wouldn't have written junk like this

"and that’s why the Lost Cause of the Year is the suspended police chief Graham Power/Napier Report/shredded notes sagazzzzzzzz… hang on, sorry, dozed off for a moment there."

And now cant work out why Ogley has fox trotted off into the sunset with an allegedly half a million quid.

Staggering

rs

Anonymous said...

you bloggers are hitting them hard please never ever give up.

Ian Evans said...

THE END IS FAST APPROACHING

Anonymous said...

Yes, please do not ever give up. Even threatening to give up when you are viciously mistreated and maligned is fuel for the liars. The only way the truth can be defeated is with the surrender of truth tellers. You have brought a bigger spotlight to Jersey's darkest corners than you probably know.

Ian Evans said...

LEGALESE - MY FIRST ATTEMPT AT DECONSTRUCTION