Friday, 7 July 2017
I heard the Chief Minister's summing up speech in the States of the debate on the committee of inquiry report and I have to say I am totally perplexed.
After decades of abuse of children in care as evidenced in the report the proposal is to have a a new Children's Commissioner, set up yet more panels and boards of States members and produce a new strategy document. That's it. More talking shops, more bits of paper, one person - a Children's Commissioner - to change everything!
According to some this is the most damning report from an inquiry they have seen. With the exception of the Connetable of St John who argued against one item, no one contested the Chief Minister's prescription of signing up to all the recommendations. Yet many of those same recommendations are exactly the opposite of the States policy and the programme of the Council of Ministers since ministerial government started. Overnight they collectively volte face and start being the best to implement policies that last month they collectively opposed?
We now have ministers in the CoM who opposed the very set up of the committee of enquiry, ministers who opposed the creation of a Children's Minister in 2009. We have ministers who have derailed or opposed every significant move to reform the States who are now it seems going to support the exhortation in the report to adopt Clothier and Carswell. Ministers who have spent a decade or more in the Assembly gleefully pushing every opportunity to adopt laws facilitating the finance industry are overnight going to now prioritise social justice measures as the report indicates.
To quote Jim Royle , My Arse!
Where else in the world would you receive such a damning report and wake up the day after a debate on it to find exactly the same ministers and assistant ministers in office. No one accountable, no one taking responsibility in any way that matters.
The Chief Minister quoted Deputy Bree in saying something like nothing can be the same again. To me it looks like if you are in the magic circle everything is still exactly the same.
Plus ça change.....