Friday, 10 October 2014

"If voting changed anything, it would be illegal." - Elections do they matter?

Here are the boys discussing that fundamental question as to whether one should vote. Too many just satisfy themselves with some nice excuse as to why they should not vote. In District No.1 St Helier we know 60% to70% will abstain. This is essentially the working class. Yesterday, in De Quetteville Court, I won one and possible another two votes from the family, from a working class man who had lived in Jersey for 26 years and never voted. He was sitting outside his flat when I engaged him in conversation. I met the usual indifference. I left with the promise of a pre-poll vote. Between the two moments, was a contested debate as to why nothing ever changed in Jersey. I won the argument and left with the assumption I had his vote. He received from me sufficient confidence that his vote made a difference and that he had my respect. I remember his name, but do not need to mention it here. Lisen:

Monday, 6 October 2014

LIARS ALL - Disillusioned, not registered and not voting - WORKING CLASS JERSEY REJECT THE POLITICAL CLASS

Canvassing this evening at Mont Millais I encountered the following message posted on the front door of a flat, telling me that election literature was not welcome. Naturally I knocked to enter into debate. One day our rulers will wake to realise the truth - they are hated.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

1st HUSTINGS - DISTRICT No.1 ST HELIER - Ommaroo Hotel - Wednesday 2nd October 2014

Here are the videos of opening speeches by candidates in District No1 St Helier, held at the Ommaroo Hotel, Havre des Pas at 7pm.

About thirty people attended and questions ranged over Palestine, Asbestos related deaths in public buildings; the removal of Constables from the States; what changes candidates would wish to impliment in the district and the green composting site at La Collette and its dangers.

The candidates are: Deputy Nick Le Cornu; Deputy Judy Martin; Shannen Kerrigan (Reform Jersey); Scott Wickenden; Russel Labey; Gino Rissoli.

The second hustings will be held on Wednesday 8th October in the Town Hall at 7pm. This will be filmed and available in its entirety on the website.


MANIFESTO - Please re-elect Deputy Nick Le Cornu - St Helier No.1 : ELECTION DAY 15th October 2014 - TOWN HALL - 8AM-8PM

Here is my Manifesto for the  Deputy election in District No.1 St Helier on 15th October 2014:

Thursday, 25 September 2014


"This election seems to be the most dirty I have ever known in Jersey" said the elderly woman as I tied a poster to a lamppost outside her window. I agreed with her and expanded on the most recent dirty tricks campaign being run by the Establishement and its media.

There is certainly an air of deperation from the Right now that the economic situation has been revealed to be worse than previously thought. The prospect of a £95 million deficit, now structural, will call for some radical and desperate measures after the election and the Right is securely back in power. The Establishment will be pursuing a policy of Austerity, which amounts to cuts in public services, cuts in public sector jobs, pressure on public sector salaries, GST increases and new "user pays" charges.

 We are fully aware of the existence of organised far right groups in the island. Indeed Jersey is famous in political history for its sons and their involvment with organisations like Combat 18, an extremist and racist UK grouplet. Abuse is their hallmark and violence is only the next logical step.

 Yesterday as the States met for the final meeting of the term, members arriving at 9.30am were greeted with the sight of a flower basket pole outside the Royal Court steps, bent at an angle of 45 degrees. Quite how this miracle of alcohol fueled strength had been achieved alluded all.

Attached to the pole was one of my elections posters and another for Reform Jersey. Both remained intact, but the obvious conclusion could only be that there was some connection between this act of criminal damage and the presence of political posters. My own thoughts are that it was not directed at the Left particularly but as a protest against the political class in general. Such are the frustrations in society that such acts of criminal violence become an expression of protest.

Approaching the Chief of the States of Jersey Police at lunch time today, (doing the usual PR exercise to reassure the suits there is no crime in King Street at 1pm), I enquired about the pole and whether the culprits might be ascertained. I was referred to the beat officer responsible for the area who noted that no complaints of criminal damage had been notified by TTS. Apparently there is no CCTV in the vicinity of that pole, so once again we see that the omnipotent CCTV fails when it's really needed.

The violence and criminality has not simply been restricted to a poll in the Royal Square, one of my banners on the round about above the underpass has been slashed with a knife. Needless to say, the banners either side of mine; that of Senatorial Candidate Malcolm Ferrey and the Establishment candidate in District No.1 St Helier, remain pristine. Thus political violence is selective and we can draw a conclusion from whence it originates.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

REINVIGORATED - NICK LE CORNU is standing for re-election as Deputy in District No.1 St Helier

Last night I was nominated as a candidate for a further term as Deputy in District No.1 St Helier, the district in which I live.

There are six candidates for the three seats.

“Austerity Jersey Style”

I will be campaigning against the “Austerity Jersey Style”, that will inevitable be pursued by the Establishment in response to the £95 million budget deficit left by the retiring (and hopefully gone for ever after 15th October) Treasury Minister. There will be cuts in Public Services, cuts in public sector jobs, continued pressure on public sector wages and increases in GST, a pernicious tax on the working man and woman’s weekly budget. Every time GST is increased 1% the sum of £15 million goes to government. On these and many other issues, that affect the majority of constituents in my district, I will elaborate further on the door, in my campaign literature and at HUSTINGS to be held in the Town Hall on 8th October at 7.00pm.

Here is my Proposer’s speech. I am grateful to Malcolm Ray as Proposer and to all my seconders for their outstanding act of solidarity:

I know Nick to be a decent and honourable family man.

The important characteristic of anyone is what they have achieved and what they are capable of doing in the future.

Nick Le Cornu’s track record speaks for itself.

Nick was born in the island, educated at Victoria College and went to University in Warwick and Caen, in France.

He studied Law, qualified as a Solicitor and practiced in London and the City.

From a position of relative privilege, he has been a tireless campaigner for social justice since his return to the island.

In the early '90's he formed the group "Pro Choice" along with a number of local women and men, to campaign for women's rights and legalise abortion.

Nick is Secretary of Jersey Human Rights Group, which produced important reports on surveillance and questioned the necessity of the introduction of Tasers.

He helped found the "A Team" and campaigned for Option "A" during the April 2013 Referendum.

He was elected as a Deputy in a by election in March this year, gaining 20% more votes than the Establishment candidate.

I know for a fact that before election, he provided his services pro bono to represent a dozen workers before the Jersey Employment Tribunal,

following unfair dismissals.

In July he helped organise the Equality March for Equal Marriage.

Nick has continued this ethic of service into his constituency work.

We need now to focus on the REAL and pressing issues facing us in the future.

We need a politician who is going to stand up for working people, from every community and nationality.

We need someone who is fearless and determined and has a proven track record of fighting for the rights and concerns of those who would otherwise be voiceless.

I'm confident that Nick Le Cornu is that type of politician.

He is open and accommodating, ready at all times to try and find a solution to a constituents' problem.

Nick’s policies will include fighting against any increase in GST.

He wants a living wage for all workers, not just a minimum wage. He will campaign to end precarious employment contracts and in particular Zero Hours contracts.

He will lend his support to Trade Unionists who want to fight the cuts in jobs and services that are now inevitable as a result of the broken “low tax, low spend” model  that will result in a £35 million budget deficit this year and  £50 million in 2015

Nick will campaign to force the States to find the money to build a 21st Century Hospital on one site, suitable for islanders’ needs.

We need a health service where patients sent to England from Jersey are not left sleeping in an Airport lobby because of lack of administrative coordination.

Rest assured, Nick will continue to campaign for social justice in Jersey and constitutional reform.

I will be posting videos and maintaining a critique of the campaign as it progresses. 

Be assured this election will be about policies to be pursued in the near future and the capabity of any candidate to carry out that task.

This is YOUR candidate:

The Establishment Candidate

One thing I would point out is that there is an overt “Establishment” Candidate running in District No.1 - parachuted in from a Country Parish, with neither affinity or attachment to St Helier and policies inimical to the social and economic interests of the majority of constituents. More of this I will write later.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Aux Armes et cetera. La Marseillaise Reggae

Attending the 14th July Bastile day celebrations at the Town Hall after the States sitting, I encountered a French Anarchist who told me about the Reggae version of La Marseillaise by Serge Gainsbourg.

Eric Hobsbawn in his "Invention of Tradition" notes that Bastille Day is an invention of the French Third Republic and can be dated precisely to 1880. It was an invented public ceremony.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

"They don't like it up em" - Why the political Right is entirely to blame for deferment of the same sex marriage debate.

Senator Ozouf has sought to place the blame for the debacle over same sex marriage in the States upon me rather than where it correctly lies – with a political Right that is beholden to Christian sects –  usually the allies of the good Senator who is "hard" on economic issues. 

It was Senator Le Marquand's last minute amendment that acted as the wrecking motion, designed to put off an awkward decision until AFTER the October election. Members supported the amendment as a “Get Out of Gaol Card”. They feared that if they voted against the principle of same-sex marriage (the substantive basis of Deputy Mezec’s proposition) the “Liberals” amongst the electorate would be shocked; were they to vote in favour then they would alienate their natural voters on the conservative Right, many of whome are religious fundamentalists and whose views include homophobia.

Members who voted to defer a decision to less politically contentious times, when they would have been safely returned to the Chamber, have, ironically, to face the backlash from the LGBT community and socially progressive island opinion. Saturday's demonstration will be the measure of that anger. What the House rejected the Street will demand - and elections are coming.

My remarks in the House merely pointed out this evasion and did not go down well for that reason alone. Yet I was right on the mark – that’s why they are squealing now. As the saying goes "They don't like it up em"

The worst nightmare of the religious fundamentalists may yet occur. The LGBT community in Jersey may be so shocked by this blatant homophobic act, that they will come out to demonstrate in significant numbers, resulting in an organizational outcome – the birth of the first LGBT campaign group in Jersey -that in turn engages in the electoral process resulting in a number of high profile casualties at the 15th October General Election.

The 12th of July is traditionally the day of Orange marching in Northern Ireland; by contrast the colours of Jersey's march will be those of the rainbow.

Make sure you attend the Rally for Equal Marriage and Gay Rights - Jersey's first LGBT Rights Parade - Royal Square - Noon, Saturday 12th July. The march will proceed at 12.20 to Liberation Square to be followed by speakers and music.

Friday, 4 July 2014

REFORM JERSEY - the spur to a revived democratic political system.

Today Reform Jersey was officially registered by the Royal Court as a political party; its name and logo will appear alongside the names of candidates at the October 15 general election.

 The reemergence of political parties was inevitable as they are at the very heart of democracy. Their absence for a decade and more is attributable to the weakness and disorganization of the island’s working people. This is hardly surprising. Jersey is a one party state and the name of that party is Finance.  The interest of Finance has captured the island economically and politically. With that objective reality we live and will navigate to develop politics that allow for the emergence and expression of the working people, so long divided and ignored.

We need to shatter the myth that there is no party politics in Jersey, and indeed any of the Channel Islands. There is no need for a political party to express the interests of capital and the Right since working people are divided and disorganized. There simply is no opposition in existence that poses sufficient threat to the hegemony of the Right that they need to be organised. They will continue to field “Independents”, masking the nature of class rule, for so long as that system functions.

The emergence of party politics, or at least the creation of an organised opposition on a modest scale, is attributable to the economic crisis of which this is Year VI. As I left the States Member’s offices in the Royal Square this evening, a number of members were discussing rumors of emerging deficits in the government budget that the current Treasury Minister is desperate to hide in advance of the October 15 election. The low tax low spend model is coming apart as the state seeks to find ever more revenue by taxing further wages and salaries to the advantage of capital. At some point there has to be an inevitable resistance by working people to the degradation of their lives. The creation of Reform Jersey is one sign of that resistance.

Even sections of Finance are sympathetic to the creation of party politics. They recognise that the present inchoate structure with its half-wit Constables and general amateurism is becoming a liability. They want to see the formation of party of the Right to represent their interests in a coherent manner. This can only be done if there is a spur and the success of Reform Jersey will be that agent.

Reform Jersey has a hard task ahead. To succeed it must break a thick layer of ignorance and indifference that has grown in the minds of working people, who have become deeply cynical about all possibility of change. With voter abstention at dangerously high levels the functioning of democracy is impaired and the rule of the one party state seemingly immovable. Yet we know from history that political regimes collapse with surprising rapidity in response to underlying long term structural fractures. How confident are our rulers and how well can we organise to challenge that rule? This the historic mission of Reform Jersey.