Well first things first, thank you very much to everyone that attended our meeting on Monday. We were really pleased with the turn out (around a hundred people) and everyone really seemed to respond to what we had to say. The Electoral Commission sent an officer there to take notes and relay what was said to the members.
Videos are posted below of the main speeches from the panel.
I ended the night by reminding everyone there that the whole purpose of Reform Jersey was to create pressure from the people to the politicians to make it politically impossible for our voices to be ignored. The purpose of a political process is to empower the people, and we shouldn't need the consent of anyone when it comes to that empowerment. So it is up to the people to make it clear what they expect of this Electoral Commission and not let them get away with giving us anything less than what we deserve.
One member of the public who asked a question said "how much of a say do we actually have?" to which I responded that we have as much of a say as we choose to. If we all forget about it, this will blow over and nothing will change. If we all write in to the commission, and demand those three democratic principles, we cannot be ignored.
So please, write to the Electoral Commission (at email@example.com) and demand from them an electoral system that is fair for the people of Jersey. Every politician must represent the same number of people, the system must be simple and every person must have the same number of votes. This is the only way to make Jerseys system truly democratic.
My understanding is that the commission intends to release a preliminary recommendation later in the year before going across the island to hear the views of the public and decide on amendments. So I suspect that our next major push will be around that time to engage the commission depending on their preliminary recommendations.
In the meantime we will work to encourage as many people as possible to write to the commission demanding those democratic principles. So please make sure you do write in. They'll accept any submission, whether it's pages and pages or just a few lines, so don't worry about how it's formatted. If you just want to write in and say "I agree with Reform Jersey's proposition" feel free! If you want to write something and contact us to have a read and offer our thoughts, we are happy to do so.
So please comrades, get active and get writing, it's up to you!
My speech -
Deputy Le Herissier's speech -
James Rondel's speech -
Daniel Wimberley's speech -
Some contributions from the audience -
Nick Le Cornu -
Deputy Tadier -