"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.
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
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.