Much of my previous blogs have focused on the topic of electoral reform in Jersey which is, in my opinion, the solution to virtually every problem that Jersey faces. I believe that more democracy and more responsibility for the people (together with support to empower them) is the way that all injustices will be solved, and to achieve this we need an electoral system that is fit for purpose and puts each individual in as much an equal position of power as possible.
The more democratic, accountable and receptive the States of Jersey is, together with a system that enthuses all of the electorate to take part, the better Jersey will be.
But as I and others have said before (to the point where it's a cliché now), Turkeys don't vote for Christmas and the States is incapable of reforming itself. It needs an independent commission to look at all the options, without bias and put forward a suggestion that goes to the public in a referendum. Politicians must be kept out of that process as much as possible because they all have a vested interest in what the make up of the chamber is.
You're probably thinking that I've said all this before, why regurgitate it all again now? Well, as I read in the JEP the other day, it is now official that on the 6th of March, the States will debate an amendment put forward by Deputy Roy Le Hérrisier on removing the reserved 4 seats on the Commission for States Members. *
This vote will be the crucial moment.
If it is lost, then reform in Jersey is a lost cause for God knows how long, again. It really is vital that this vote is won so that the independence of the Electoral Commission is preserved. And so I call you to action!
At the bottom of this post I will copy all of the contact details for all of the States Members who you should email, it doesn't have to be a long message, just saying that on the 6th of March you would like them to vote for Deputy Le Hérrisiers amendment regarding the Electoral Commission. Don't be scared to contact them, that is exactly what they are there for! The more canvassing people do, the more likely the member will be swayed to voting as you are asking them for.
It will only take a moment of your time, couldn't be simpler and is incredibly important! So please hear my plea!
As usual, if anyone has any questions, doesn't quite know how to word their email, or just outright disagrees with me and wants to tell me the error of my ways, please feel free to leave comments, email me at email@example.com or catch me on the Facebook!
Many thanks Comrades!
Senator Paul Francis Routier M.B.E.
Senator Philip Francis Cyril Ozouf
Senator Alan Breckon
Senator Sarah Craig Ferguson
Senator Alan John Henry Maclean
Senator Bryan Ian Le Marquand
Senator Francis du Heaume Le Gresley, M.B.E.
Senator Ian Joseph Gorst
Senator Lyndon John Farnham
Senator Sir Philip Martin Bailhache
Connétable Daniel Joseph Murphy
Deputy Carolyn Fiona Labey
Connétable Stephen William Pallett
Deputy Sean Power
Deputy Montfort Tadier
Deputy John Hilary Young
Connétable Leonard Norman
Deputy Gerard Clifford Lemmens Baudains
Deputy Susan Jane Pinel
Connétable Alan Simon Crowcroft
Deputy Judith Ann Martin
Deputy Geoffrey Peter Southern
Deputy Jacqueline Ann Hilton
Deputy Shona Pitman
Deputy Trevor Mark Pitman
Deputy Michael Roderick Higgins
Deputy Andrew Kenneth Francis Green M.B.E.
Deputy James Patrick Gorton Baker
Deputy Roderick Gordon Bryans
Deputy Richard John Rondel
Connétable Philip John Rondel
Deputy Patrick John Dennis Ryan
Connétable Deidre Wendy Mezbourian
Deputy John Alexander Nicholas Le Fondré
Deputy Edward James Noel
Connétable Michel Philip Sydney Le Troquer
Deputy Stephen George Luce
Connétable Juliette Gallichan
Deputy John Michael Le Bailly
Connétable Michael John Paddock
Deputy James Gordon Reed
Connétable John Martin Refault
Deputy Kristina Louise Moore
Connétable Sadie Anthea Rennard
Deputy Robert Charles Duhamel
Deputy Roy George Le Hérissier
Deputy Kevin Charles Lewis
Deputy Tracey Anne Vallois
Deputy Jeremy Martin Maçon
Connétable John Le Sueur Gallichan
Deputy Anne Enid Pryke