Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Manifesto Summary

I am standing in this by-election because faith in the States of Jersey is at rock bottom and I believe that the way we do politics has got to drastically change to regain the respect of islanders.

The Annual Social Survey at the end of 2013 showed that 75% of people do not have faith in the States of Jersey. This follows a year when unemployment hit the highest it has ever been, the cost of living has continued to rise and of continued in-fighting in the States.

I believe we need States Members with a 21st Century view of justice and fairness who are on the side of ordinary hard working islanders and will fight for policies that are in line with our values as a community.

Ultimately, this by-election is to fill out the last 8 months until the general election, so what I can achieve in that time will be limited. It is often said that it takes new States Members 6 months to get to grips with the job. For me, this will not be the case. I have been campaigning for two years, following States debates and procedures very closely and (because of the referendum last year) have a good working relationship with many States Members already. I will be active and effective from day one, and that is exactly the kind of States Member that St Helier No. 2 needs to see out the rest of this term.

I can make few credible promises, other than that I will always be a voice for the values of the people in St Helier No. 2 and that I will always work hard for constituents that need help.

My priority in the States will be to pressure the government to –
  1. Reduce unemployment and enhance job security for those already in work
  2. Address the increasing cost of living
  3. End excessive population growth
  4. Improve housing standards
  5. Reform the States to increase St Helier’s voice in government.

Policies –
  • Massive crackdown on inappropriate use of zero-hour contracts.
  • Promote a real “living wage”, higher than the minimum wage, enough for working people to live on without income support.
  • A stricter work-permit scheme to end excessive population growth.
  • Improve quality and affordability of private and social accommodation, as well as security for tenants.
  • Oppose any attempt to increase GST and support any credible moves to remove it from food and utility bills.
  • Fast-track the introduction of anti-discrimination law.
  • Introduce statutory maternity leave at full pay for a decent length of time.
  • States to pay Parish Rates to improve funding for St Helier services.
  • Reform the States to increase representation for St Helier in government.
  • Introduce a “recall system” so voters can hold “votes of no confidence” on States Members.
  • Invest in renewable energy to make the island self sufficient and protect the environment.
  • Improved access to child care facilities for parents wishing to go back to work.
  • A public vote for Chief Minister.


  1. Good luck Sam.


  2. How are you going to deal with the drunken noise which blights District No 2 every weekend into the small hours?

    1. If the police believe in extending opening hours in nightclubs, but with the last hour no alcohol being served to stagger people leaving or allow them to sober up a bit, then I wouldn't be against that.

      I haven't seen it for a while, but have on occasion seen drunks making noise in the Town Park, but stick a bobby in the vicinity and it tends to stop. At the end of the day, that will always be the most effective solution because people behave better when near a police officer. Just a case of resources there.

    2. Try walking the streets of District Number 2 between 2.30am and 4.30am on a Friday and Saturday night. That's something I would suggest to all candidates.

  3. You get used to it!
    Not as bad as it used to be though as most pubs in Bath Street close early at weekends.

  4. Hi Sam, If (when) you get elected, will you look into the pushing through of the SoJ Development Company's International Financial Centre on the Esplanade car park which was supposed to go back to the States for approval? What is your current view on the proposed development?

  5. Much better manifesto than the first draft on the facebook page, considered, polished and addresses all major concerns without giving too many people the opportunity to disagree with you, (except me but then I just love to argue).

    From here on in just get round the doors and introduce yourself to as many people as possible, you have a real chance to get elected... its down to you.

  6. Your nomination night speeches from your proposer and yourself are available to view on
    Tom Gruchy Youtube
    Perhaps you should link them here - ?

  7. Sam

    Credit where credit's due - a very persuasive performance at the Town Hall and although I don't necessarily agree with all you have to say you are, by a mile, the only credible candidate for No. 2.

    I do have one question though. Do you believe the American journalist Leah McGrath Goodman was banned from the UK and Island for deception/visa infraction or do you believe that she was banned by Jersey for writing about Haut de la Garenne.