By Sir Philip Bailhache
The Jersey Liberal Conservatives are sometimes asked what differentiates them from the Alliance Party which is, in some respects, synonymous with the current Government. One answer is that the JLC is committed to financial prudence. By contrast, the Alliance Party has an attitude to spending and borrowing which is very different. For centuries Jersey has not had a national debt. The Island has paid its way and been proud of that independence from any creditor. The so-called Debt Framework lodged by the Treasury Minister, (a member of Alliance) on 10 August 2021 reveals that that proud history is coming to an end. Jersey is going to become for the first time a debtor nation.Read on
By Sir Philip Bailhache
Transparency in government is one of the pillars of democracy.
This should not be controversial. Every democratic government pays at least lip service to the proposition that it should be open and transparent in its dealings with the public. Sometimes it is more than lip service. Many governments have legislated to ensure that people have access to information in the government’s possession, unless of course there is some good reason why it should not be in the public domain. In Jersey the States Assembly enacted the Freedom of Information Law in 2011. That Law gives the public the right to information held by public authorities. It is a legal right which can be enforced, ultimately by the courts.
I’m a businesswoman, an ed-tech entrepreneur, so those of you who know me won’t be surprised when I tell you that the JLC is the party of business.
We are also a party with a deep social conscience.
The two are not mutually exclusive. In fact, we believe that it’s the success of enterprise that will enable us to fulfil our socially liberal agenda. When businesses succeed, we can all succeed.Read on
Welcome to the launch of the Jersey Liberal Conservatives, a political movement which aspires to become a political party to contest the 2022 elections.
As anyone who has trodden this path before will know, it is very difficult to find an appropriate name for a political movement or party. Many people have told Susana and me that they do not like the name. They don’t like Liberal or they don’t like Conservative. Well, I am sorry! I ask you to concentrate on the first word which is Jersey. And surely no one can take exception to that!
What the name does do as a label is to describe accurately what is inside the tin. We are in some senses liberal-minded and in other senses conservative. What we are not, is anything to do with either the Liberals or Lib Dems or the Conservatives in the UK or indeed in any other country. We are Jersey Liberal Conservatives. And I would like to take just a little time to tell you what that means.Read on