Historical Explanations and Fact
Those who have attained the chief places are led to seek the character of “safe men,”—which is gained by avoiding entering into questions or giving reasons, that they may “not commit themselves;” by evading difficulties neatly; and by speciously turning away from troublesome duties, and letting evil principles work themselves out at the expense of the public, unless forced into notice by clamour,—applying the rule—“Never to act until you are obliged, and then do as little as you can,” …
I noted Kevin Keen’s recent tweet: “Disagree with him often but Ian_Gorst is a good man. I for one want to see less playing the man & more playing the ball in Jersey politics.”
Imputing motivation is fraught with dangers, but whenever history is written, there is a need to consider motivation, either in the absence of a response, or even when a politicians statement might not be taken at face value. Anyone who has watched "Yes Minister" understand this only too well!
But in fact no one has taken the view expressed by Sir Humphrey in the photo....
The Evasive Politician
One of the Newsnight’s most famous interviews in 1997 saw the presenter Jeremy Paxman ask then-Home Secretary Michael Howard the same question twelve times. He was asking what had led to the head of the prison service, Derek Lewis. “Did you threaten to overrule him?” asked Paxman. And again....
Retconning the Past
Reconsider, v. To seek a justification for a decision already made. (Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary)
In his defence of the shambles of the Innovation Fund, Senator Ozouf says he is "disgusted and dismayed" that he was "given the responsibility" but not "all the information that was required".
But when the Logfiller managed to grab a loan which disappeared, he was much more bullish about his knowledge. In a JEP report of June 16, 2016, he said: “What I can say is that I am totally satisfied, and have been throughout the procedures....
The States Innovation Fund: A Disaster Waiting to Happen
Now that the Auditor-General’s report is out, a lot of blame will undoubtedly accrue to Mike King, who has just resigned as Chief Officer for EDD. That may well divert attention from other failings by others, or statements made which should not have been made by others in defence of the fund.The Case of Philip Ozouf
The report states:06 Nov 2014 New appointment as Minister for Economic Development with responsibility for the Fund. Assistant Chief Minister (Senator Ozouf) assigned responsibility for Innovation
12 Jan 2015 B Board advised that Assistant Chief Minister with responsibility for innovation would have delegated responsibility from Minister for Economic Development to approve loans from the Fund
01 Jun 2015 Approval of loan applications delegated to Assistant Chief Minister with responsibility for innovation.
So Senator Ozouf appears to have been effectively signing off loan applications as approved, which no doubt explains why he has recently tweeted “Expect proper analysis on performance of officials”, suggesting blame will be shifted firmly off his shoulders, and probably onto those of the hapless Mike King, who has resigned, and no doubt signed a gagging order as part of his resignation deal....
|Canbedone Productions Keith Cavele and Mike King|
The sudden resignation of Mike King was not perhaps a surprise: his position had clearly become untenable, prone to media revelations about profligate spending.
He will certainly become a scapegoat for a few decisions - namely the Innovation Fund, where the decision on Logfiller was, as I understand it, pushed by States member in the Council of Ministers with undue haste, and undue diligence.
While he was extravagant with regard to South Africa, it seems that he was to some extent set up, the information being deliberately leaked to the press. His rugby trips, funded by the tax payer, were another example of flouting the States drive to austerity and cut-backs.
What did indeed emerge from the South African trip that has brought some benefit to the island?...
This update (see below my comments) came my way as a comment on my blog in the closing hours of last year and is reprinted below.
My own fear with the Waterfront comes with the picture from the Masterplan shown above. No one has ever rescinded this piece of nonsense which I blogged about it in March 2010:https://tonymusings.blogspot.com/2010/04/tunnelling-into-debt....
|Election expenses? Just let me find the file, Sirs!|
Freedom of Information Request:
Please may I have details of the election expenditure by candidates, which does not appear to be available online?
I understand it is available at the Greffe but my working hours and the hours available there to view it do not match.
Reports from the Jersey Innovation Fund show that a loan was given to “Logfiller Limited” 18 months ago to support the development of “a sophisticated computer software solution that measures user experience of application and system use”.
The States Innovation Fund Board granted a £400,000 States loan to the company. Online records showed:
“Logfiller is a private company founded in 2013. It is the brainchild of Jeremy Barker, Co-founder and CTO and is now the No.1 REAL User Experience company....
Politicians Pay, Patronage and EquityPlace your duties before reward.
Appointing good people to government and paying them well is an ancient Confucianist concept .
Goh Chok Tong, Prime Minister of Singapore, National Day Rally Speech, 20 August 2000
The quotations above illustrate how easy it is to misquote an individual thinker, especially when the misquotation supports your own point of view, and thereby legitimises it.
I've selected those quotations because they sum up the divide between those who think that States membership is to some degree, even if paid, a public duty, and those who argue that you have to increase the pay of States members to what they are really worth.
It might be thought that most people, in these times of economic austerity, regards States members pay as very good indeed....