Standing Up For The Jersey Way

"I have often wondered why it is that an insignificant, tiny Island should, from time to time, produce considerable numbers of men and women of outstanding character and ability, wholly disparate to its size. Is it something we have inherited from our Norman ancestors, although diluted over the years by French, English and other strains? Or is it that Islanders, such as we, in their formative years tend to be left to fend for themselves perhaps more than in larger societies? Again, is it that our schools...have maintained a consistency in standards of education and behaviour which other, less fortunate places, have not been able to do?"

- Sir Peter Crill CBE, Bailiff of Jersey 1986-1995

One is appalled to note the proliferation of local websites whose sole purpose seems to be to drag the island's fine name through the mud - or to borrow a phrase, to 'shaft Jersey internationally'.

Thus one has resolved to correct this imbalance. This 'blog' is dedicated to projecting a more positive image of our island, and to celebrating the tireless efforts of the exceptional men and women who have helped make Jersey the stable prosperous and contented community it is today.

Correspondents are encouraged to leave their own messages of gratitude and support for our selfless and devoted leaders...

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

The Devil Makes Work For Idle Hands

One was gladdened to hear of Senator James Perchard's return to the centre stage of local political debate on Sunday's BBC Radio Jersey 'Talkback' programme.

Unbowed and uncowed by the dictates of political correctness, and displaying his charactistic rustic wisdom, the senator rounded on one of the local 'bloggers' who have so mercilessly tormented our 'great and good' in recent years. Indeed, when one hears Senator Perchard speak to such good effect one wonders why he is currently denied the high office his eloquence clearly merits.

One can only express one's gratitude to him, for if the island is to continue to benefit from the combined talents of the 'brightest and the best' amongst us - none moreso than the good senator himself, one hastens to add - those who take every opportunity to sully Jersey's good name need to be confronted and defeated in open political debate.

And the authorities can not afford to subsidise a local cadre of professional revolutionaries. Certainly such individuals would do well to remember that on Jersey free speech is not a right to be abused, rather it is a privilege that should be exercised with due restraint and responsibility.

Equally importantly Senator Perchard also raised the matter of how to protect the moral welfare of the general public at a time of rising unemployment. Besides the risk that those who find themselves jobless may revert to sloth, idleness and immorality, as Senator Perchard pointed out, left to their own devices such individuals may fall prey to the siren calls of the wreckers in our midst and resort to believing in ludicrous conspiracy theories concerning the governance of our island.

Therefore one calls on our leaders to demonstrate their customary compassion and farsightedness by formulating new policies to address this problem, policies which respect the finest traditions of island life - namely the reintroduction the workhouse system of former days, though perhaps shorn of some of its harsher elements to accommodate modern day sensibilities.

Of course one would expect opposition to such a proposal, not least from elements who would benefit the most from a spell of incarceration, but one has faith in the resolution and moral courage of enough of our statesmen and women that they could rise to this challenge. After all it was only a few years since one was seemingly a lone voice calling for the abolition of corporation tax and its replacement of a VAT-style tax.

Indeed, now that Mssrs Gradwell and Warcup have 'tidied up' the unfortunate controversy surrounding Haut de la Garenne which caused so much harm to Jersey's international reputation as a stable and well regulated financial centre, the former children's home would surely now make an ideal site for such an establishment.

Furthermore, rather than being a drain on resources such a system could become an integral component of our leaders' efforts to address the current economic crisis. Men could be put to work on local farms or states capital projects or perhaps even be contracted out to local businesses such as Dandara, thus subsidising the costs of the project. Meanwhile the womenfolk would look after children or perform menial tasks such as filing or data inputting (the modern day equivalent of oakum picking), thus allowing states departments to shed jobs and make vitally needed savings.

Of course those identified as workshy malingerers and troublemakers would need to be dealt with seperately, lest they act as a corrupting influence upon the majority of otherwise good character. I suggest that these 'rotten apples' be housed in the disused wing at La Moye prison. There they would undergo a regime of hard labour and scriptural teaching to provide for their moral rehabilitation.

They would form chain gangs, with the the sight of these degenerates working in all weathers serving as a warning to others thinking of following their wretched example.

Of course to oversee this system we would need a experienced statesman of the highest moral and intellectual calibre, a man boasting a proven track record in office.

Surely given his performance on Sunday, that man would have to be Senator Perchard himself.

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