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Flawed code guarantees frustration

A DECISION by ministers to turn down an information request by this newspaper for more details of FTP projects has highlighted another flaw in a code that was meant to drive a culture of openness.

Mental care review is long overdue

PROMPTED by the deaths of two young men and troubled by the increasingly damaging effects of legal highs on the mental health of its young people, Jersey instigated a full review of its CAMHS service last year.

Opportunity lost to clear the air on FTP

THE States cost-cutting drive has been tainted by revelations about some of the projects that have been included. Among them are a budget transfer from one department to another and scratch card sales.

Doubters must not delay change

IN FEBRUARY this year, Policy Council and Treasury committed to making savings of at least £31m. annually by the end of 2014.

Donkey needs stubborn support

ART is often about contrast, so there is something satisfyingly jarring in the clash between two projects which could lie within a few hundred yards of one another.

States turns inside out over voting

GIVEN a choice, the States Assembly and Constitution Committee would not have wasted its time considering the merits of an electronic voting system. And it shows.

Being heard above the bagpipes

AN OPPORTUNITY or a threat? With the skirl of the bagpipes heralding the result of the Scottish independence referendum still ringing in the ears, it is impossible to judge with confidence what the coming months represent.

Better to have fought from the inside

THE resignation of Deputy Laurie Queripel may have been done with good grace and the best of intentions but it is hard to see that it has done any good.

Eyes are wide open to issues for the young

THERE is a renewed focus on helping the island’s young, which is to be welcomed. And, increasingly, it is those working from outside the tight confines of the States who are driving the change.

Lukis House spaces are just a perk

AS A matter of principle, former Environment member Barry Paint will not be paying the £165 charge for parking at Lukis House. That is his right, as it is every States member’s.

Get ready for the long and winding road

YOU know it is going to be bad when the apologies come in a month before the roadworks are even due to start. It is a safe bet that motorists trying to get from Town to the airport or past it will struggle to maintain their cool as they negotiate an alternative route through six parishes.

Better paid does not mean better

UNCONVENTIONAL as he is, John Gollop is often willing to venture where other deputies fear to tread. With his popularity at the ballot box seemingly bulletproof, the St Peter Port North politician is happy to talk deputies’ pay and even to suggest that the £32,000 basic rate is far too little.