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Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Former Bailiff is likely to lead reform programme
Monday 9th January 2012, 2:56PM GMT.
Senator Sir Philip Bailhache
WEEKS after calling for a drastic reduction in the number of States Members, Senatorial poll-topper Sir Philip Bailhache seems poised to lead the States reform campaign.
The former Bailiff has confirmed that he wants to chair the Electoral Commission, and says that work needs to start soon to get the work done in time for the 2014 election.
After the Privileges and Procedures Committee agreed last week to change the rules to allow politicians to sit on the body, Senator Bailhache appears likely to get the job of leading it.
He topped the Senatorial poll on an election platform based on States reform in which he advocated axing some Members’ seats, and is the preferred nominee of Chief Minister Ian Gorst.
Asked whether his established views would stop an open discussion of the reform options, Senator Bailhache said: ‘I do not think so. I have expressed provisional views about what the solution might be but I think most intelligent people in the Island have expressed views about the reform of the States over the years.
From Deputy Montfort Tadier, Vice Chairman of PPC
These comments are my own, and do not represent the view of the Committee as a whole:
I am a member of PPC and I certainly do not endorse this.
I outlined my position very clearly in my manifesto, in the States and more recently to the committee that the Commission should remain Independent, as agreed by the States last year.
This was supported by Deputy Judy Martinl. It is nothing personal, but NO States member should be leading the review, let alone those who have expressed clear views about their desired make up of the future States.
Sir PB’s position is one of regress, not progress, making the ultra conservation voice in the States, entrenching the disproportional power of the Constables further.
If he is allowed to chair the commission (which the States has already agreed should NOT include states members on it) there will certainly be a battle of attrition.
On the plus side, it will no doubt speed the formation of party politics in the island.
If Sir Philip were not a politician, then fine, he would have a valid claim to chair the commission, but when he became a States Member, with clearly stated intentions for the future of States reform, he must abide by the decision of the commission.