From Colin Le Maistre.
AS one of the 12,000 ‘parasites’ who are working in the finance industry (not to mention our families and all the other businesses supported by finance firms — airlines, restaurants, car dealers, employment agencies, stationers, IT suppliers etc — I read with interest the doom-laden predictions of John Christensen (Jersey Evening Post, 18 July).
He weeps crocodile tears for the grim future we all face and refers to the need ‘to plot an entirely new course’ away from financial services. But he gives us no clues as to what this might be.
I am married with two teenage children and soon they will start thinking about their careers.
Obviously, according to Mr Christensen, there is no future for them as bankers, accountants or lawyers, and it seems likely that most other businesses will be hit hard.
I wondered about the States, but as the banks close their doors and tax revenues collapse it seems likely that public spending will have to be slashed.
Estate agency might be a possibility, as there will be many houses for sale — but alas few buyers.
Mr Christensen is, I believe, an economist by training. He once work-ed in Jersey but now has a cosy job in the UK.
Any chance of a few tips for those of us still here?
Or would it be more honest to say he doesn’t care a stuff about Jersey or its people?
63 Clos des Sablons,
Grande Route des Sablons,