Deputies’ rift with Policy Council is ‘not personal’
Friday 30th August 2013, 3:00PM BST.
A RIFT between politicians and the Policy Council is down to the States’ structures, not individuals, backbenchers have said.
Their comments follow Chief Minister Peter Harwood’s belief that a ‘them and us’ attitude had crept into the Assembly.
This was highlighted when two major Policy Council reports – the Government Service Plan and Strategic Asset Management Plan – were slated by deputies for lacking detail.
However, Deputy Matt Fallaize, who led two amendments against them, said the move had been an objection to their poor quality, not a ‘visceral anti-Policy Council vote’.
‘Although I don’t feel that there is an anti-Policy Council sentiment about the States, there is a problem in the rather ill-defined relationship between the States, the Policy Council and other committees of the States,’ he said.
Deputy John Gollop said an ideological split between politicians was one of the reasons for the divide.