It is totally outrageous not to reveal these costs

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From John de Carteret.

I HAVE to say at the outset I have long held the view that Jersey will be politically poorer when Senator Frank Walker quits politics (as in England without Tony Blair) for a number of very good reasons.

However, and it is a big however, it is a step too far and totally outrageous and unacceptable to taxpayers to refuse to make public the costs of consultants’ and members’ expenses (JEP, 31 May).

It is bad enough to have to swallow one of the ‘angry men’ being elected three years ago partly on a platform of reducing expenditure and thereafter refusing to make public the amount of subsidy being given to airlines. Why is this such a big secret?

As a very meticulous political observer, I find it deplorable that our politicians are above reproach, unaccountable, verging on arrogance that they believe the Jersey public are not worth consulting or informing on so many cock-ups and decisions that are supposedly taken on their behalf – for example totally ignoring a petition of 19,000 taxpayers along the way.

With enough like-minded people I do not intend to sit back and watch my beloved Island rollercoaster from one disaster to another and slip into total obscurity.

The Jersey public can make change with enough real candidates coming forward for the next elections.

Today it does need a party to achieve this as it did in 1947. The public do have a choice.

Finally, I am not suggesting a total change of government but I am proposing that we field enough like-minded candidates who can bring some balance and common sense to decisions in the future once elected.

As an example, we do not need 28 politicians and civil servants travelling to France to discuss a bridge to Jersey.

I have it first hand from one of the French delegates that they thought the whole scenario was a ‘Poisson d’Avril’ !


Rue de la Presse,

St Peter.

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