|DEPUTY SAM MEZEC -CHAIRMAN OF REFORM JERSEY|
Saturday, April 21, 2018
THE JERSEY 2018 ELECTION - REFORM JERSEY - ROYAL COURT ELECT A CONSTABLE?
THE 2018 JERSEY ELECTION
As we plod along to election day my rather small mind started to turn towards Reform Jersey. Now, before I start, I want to say that I hope Reform Jersey do really well at the ballot box on May 16th. The Constable Party can't be allowed to have it all there own way. 10 Constables returned un-contested - 1 Constable returned by the Royal Court in what can be best described as a shambles - not by Reform Jersey I might add but by the administration at St Brelade Parish Hall ( I heard that the the person who made the complaint is no other than Mike Jackson's partner but I hope that is just a case of classic Jersey hearsay and not in anyway true) We are then left with the good parishioners of St Mary to actually elect a Constable (a re run of 2014) and have us up to the early hours of the morning listening intently to the wireless as they count and re-count 60 votes. This is what makes a Jersey election special.
Back to Reform Jersey.
Reform Jersey have been the opposition Party in the States. I know there has only been 3 of them. Deputies Mezec, Southern & Tadier and they have done their best at holding the executive to account ( Not forgetting the Andrew Lewis faux pas.) but what exactly is the plan after the election? The problem I have is with Sam Mezec going for Senator. Again, I wish him well. I would be shocked if he did not get elected - but why Senator? I take it that he wants the Island Wide mandate to put himself in a strong position for a Ministerial Position but surely Reform Jersey must be the government not a part of the government. They don't have enough experienced candidates to come in and take the big positions. They need to get as many candidates elected as possible and then build a power base ready for the 2022 election. What happens to Reform Jersey as an opposition party if their Chairman is sitting in the executive as a Minister? I don't quite get it. Now I might be getting this all wrong and Sam has no intention of a Ministerial position but I'm sure I read somewhere that he is. I looked forward to getting some comments regarding this issue. Again, I wish them well. Build now for 2022.
The Hustings are underway. This is a special event on the OAP calendar. Off they go to the Parish Hall thinking that they are going to get Billy Ocean but instead get Stevie Ocean uttering the same old pointless nonsense that he uttered 4yrs previously. He is not alone. They all do it. Senatorial Elections are not won or lost at Hustings. You will find the odd young person sitting in the crowd wandering how the hell they ended up there and how the hell do the get out of there.
Then you have the St Clement Hustings. All the candidates think that the oldies have turned up to listen to them waffle on when in fact they have only turned up to hear Constable Len Norman deliver his ageless and timeless one line gag. "Welcome to St Clement. God's own Parish" . They laugh, they cheer then they pop the pills as they realise it all down hill for the next 2 hours. This is what makes the Jersey Election Special.
Also, word on the street is that Moz Scott who is running in the Senatorial Election is the Establishment Plant. After listening to her speeches I'm like her in that I don't have a bloody clue if she is or not. Ben Shenton has his work cut out with that one. Will probably top the poll. This is what makes the Jersey Election Special.