Guernsey Press

Beware the 'politics of ennui'

YESTERDAY a national newspaper published a comment piece, cleverly-titled ‘The politics of ennui’. It was another intelligent take on the UK General Election that resonated strongly with the situation in Guernsey.


Britain faces huge structural challenges – the article listed a stagnant economy, crumbling national infrastructure, bloated national debt, high taxes, emboldened enemies and an ageing population for starters – and the piece went on to complain that the two main parties are largely ignoring those issues ‘in favour of soundbites and gesture politics’.

The author’s recommendation was to pursue a ‘radical reset’.

We could argue that Guernsey is equally blighted by big issues, all linked to a chronic shortage of cash, and with little or no prospect of resolving any of them quickly.

The danger of the ‘politics of ennui’ is that the voting public have seen a five-year term where virtually nothing of major importance has been achieved.

The 2025-29 States will now have to take some of the most significant decisions directly affecting islanders that we have seen for many years.

And as in the UK, any prospect of a radical reset from this Assembly, arguably this political system, is highly unlikely. So based on the performance of the past four years, voters will go into that election in a state of rejection, rebellion, simple despair – or ennui.