I thought I’ll bring you the debate that happened this week; it was brought to the States by Deputy Carolyn Fiona Labey of Grouville. It was to reinstate 4 Senators that were demecratitly voted out of the next Election witch is in October. The Government Party want them back because they can see there grip on the House slipping. Now this has been voted on 4 times before & the States agreed to let go of the Senators in all of them, so they are in a panic.
It was one of those debates that you may think “I can’t be bovid to listen” but I just had a feeling that it could be interesting so I recorded it & I’m glad I did.
My view is that we need 1 class of member be it Deputy or Senator. We need to get the Connetable’s out or they can be in if they also run as a Deputy or Senator as well.
I also think the Bailiff should not sit in the States, the job of runing the States could be done by the Greffier.
Now I Know there is a lot to listen to but if you have an interest in our Island & you don’t get the chance to listen to them in the big house, just listen in stages come back & carry on were you left off. But it was one of the best debates.
First of all in the morning you had the feeling that it was going to win, “the whip would have been out to get every one in line” to get the 27 votes that would of got the 4 Senators back. Finished in an hour, But with a couple of long speeches it was running towards lunch time. I can here you say “So”. Well most of the Connetable’s were going be in the Royal court in the afternoon so the Debate would lose because nearly all of them would have followed Senator Ozouf’s lead.
So the games began first a Connetable, not sure witch one called a Closser Motion to try & finish it before lunch which just lost. Then we had Senator La Marquand best speech since he came into the States. By the way I did vote for him as a Senator, I think he has let me down since getting in with the way he has handled the Child Abuse Investigation. But he sertenly showed what he can do with passion & knowledge.
Then in the afternoon when you knew the connetable’s weren’t going to be back for a while. We were getting all the one’s that were not going to speek. Senator Ozouf & Senator Cohen going into the History of the Senator, all the way back if I can remember rightly to 1066!
Then they came back, the vote came & they LOST. 26 to 25 with 1 not voting!
I will put more up if people would like. But for now this is how it went.
First Deputy Labey, put's her Proposition.
Then we had Senator Breckon.
Then we had Connetable Gallichan, who is Chair of Privileges & Procedures Committee. Who came up in the first place of get rid of the Senator's.
Then we had a Connetable from a country parish trying to close the Debate before they go to Court in the Afternoon.
Finally for now, Senator La Marquand gives his best Speech.
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