WHEN Kevin du Feu next appears in front of the Royal Court it will be to learn how long ‘a very substantial’ jail term actually is for having downloaded and shared a library of more than one million child abuse images and videos.
FORGET the inter-island government photocalls, upbeat States soundbites and shiny pronouncements about the dawning of a new spirit of Channel Islands cooperation. When it comes to the crunch, are we ever going to get on?
A BLUNT appraisal from the Commerce and Employment minister that the island’s finance industry is running out of steam is worrying.
BY THIS morning there were more than 230 comments on our online story that Deputy Yvonne Burford is determined that paid parking should be debated by the Assembly despite a majority of the Environment board on which she sits being opposed to it.
AN OFFER by the Commerce and Employment minister to buy the chief executive of Sure a dictionary for Christmas because he needs to know the difference between a tax and a charge might have the required element of festive pantomime but does not address the underlying issues.
NO ONE reading the Korris report into allegations by a vulnerable adult parishioner who complained about abusive behaviour by a churchwarden in Jersey can fail to be disturbed by a catalogue of failures by the Church of England there in dealing with the situation.
A SUGGESTION that Jersey and Guernsey might withdraw from the Diocese of Winchester might not affect most islanders – but the threat is hugely significant.
TALK to an ordinary States employee and the pensions issue is very clear. The fund has nearly £1bn in assets. Government itself is taking in more money than it spends. It is only when cash from the £24m. surplus anticipated this year is hived off for use elsewhere that the island makes a loss.
WHEN it comes to retail, it is clear that the landscape is changing fast and the announcement that Guernsey Post is looking radically to revise its collection and delivery services better to accommodate online shopping is just one illustration of that.
BY NEXT summer, islanders should have the choice of adopting a Guernsey system of cabinet or ministerial government or else substantially modifying the current committee set-up to make it significantly better.
IT IS now 12 days since one of the island’s senior civil servants punched a police officer in Jersey.
WHENEVER this newspaper comments on Sark in anything other than glowing terms, the predictable occurs. What Lord McNally, the UK Justice department minister with responsibility for the Crown Dependencies, described as ‘poison’* begins: