The £ 400,000,000 Question

New Hospital Funding – The Options Probably the most important States Assembly debate in 2017 This note has been prepared following my appearance on BBC Radio Jersey on Thursday, 13th April, 2016 when they asked me to come into the studio to discuss hospital funding. The Jersey Action Group requested that I put my thoughts on paper, albeit I am … Read More

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Sadly – I was right……………………………….

In 2010 – as Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee – we tried to force through expenditure cuts. With no support from the Council of Ministers, who represent the Public Sector rather than the public, and no support from the left, who never support expenditure cuts, we were heavily defeated. Everything we predicted came true, the forecasts of the Council … Read More

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States Spending – Adapt or Die

Four years ago, in 2011, I sat in a coffee shop as Chair of the Public Accounts Committee with the then Comptroller & Auditor General and we discussed the economy. The Public Accounts Committee, whilst achieving a number of notable successes over the years, had been heavily defeated in all its attempts to control spending, having listened to false promises … Read More

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Is the States Assembly Obselete?

Government not respecting spirit of propositions, nor delivering promises made.  Just before Christmas, with my Co-op hat on, I was at the Planning Meeting dealing with the Charing Cross application. This was approved and quite rightly the Planning Department insisted on numerous stipulations to ensure that we kept to our word regarding the heritage buildings – which we shall.  These … Read More

bshentonIs the States Assembly Obselete?

Childhood Influences

During my six year Senatorial career, 2005 – 2011, I was fortunate to be able to draw on my late father’s insight and experience. We would talk frequently, especially concerning difficult issues that would affect the people that I represented. ‘Politics are people’ was a phrase often used by Dad to highlight the human consequences of an action. He deplored … Read More

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