Monday, December 5, 2011

A Real Party Here At Last?

Press release

A group of Jersey residents are planning to set up a Jersey branch of Lib Dems Abroad. A new States is in place. We recognise that Jersey needs policies that face up to the scale of the economic, environmental and social challenges facing the island. To help to draw up these policies, Lib Dems Abroad in Jersey can look at the work of the UK Liberal Democrat party and can consider how far they apply in a local context. We feel that their strong emphasis on local community issues alongside an outward looking international agenda fits well with the best of Jersey traditions.
While we endorse open debate and fairly placed criticism we do not collectively associate with the views of any particular Lib Dem MP or spokesperson on matters affecting Jersey.. However a grouping of people, proud of traditional Jersey values, who wish to see them continue to flourish in the best interests of all Jersey people, not just in finance, can help to promote positive new policies here.
An initial meeting has been planned for 5.30 pm on Wednesday, December 7th at Hautlieu School to form a committee and receive ideas from everyone interested in the proposal. Later there will be a vote on a constitution for the Jersey branch, using a draft provided by Lib. Dems Abroad.
We are supported by two candidates in the recent Senatorial elections, Rose Colley and Mark Forskitt, both of whom have served as Lib Dem councillors in the UK in the past.
We hope to involve both young and not so young. Maureen Lakeman, studying the International Bacclaureate at Hautlieu, has already attended two Lib Dem conferences in UK. Ed Le Quesne was a member of the SDP and then joined the Lib Dems when it first formed and through the Amos Group of Christians Together in Jersey has long taken a close interest in local affairs.
If you can’t attend the initial meeting, please register your interest by e-mailing one of us. It is not necessary to be a member of the Lib Dems to attend.
Maureen Lakeman 07797 920606
Ed Le Quesne 730131
November 2011

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  1. What are "traditional Jersey values" ?
    Tom Gruchy wonders

  2. Tom Gruchy might be well advised to look back over the JEP letters pages, where Ed Le Quesne set out his stall for a "citizen's party". I think he will find it around August 2010. But it may require a full subscription to do so, as I can't find it on

  3. Interview with Maureen Lakeman on
    So we all live in a yellow submarine do we?

  4. The Lib Dems are, if I am not mistaken, in alliance with the Tories in the UK. Do we really need another Jersey Tory Party when the authentic version serves us so well? Surely they will all run for cover when accused of being “Left wing” and critical of Finance; the first light breeze will blow down the house and scatter to the winds.

  5. In the 80s Capitalism defeated Communism.
    In the 90s Capitalism defeated Democracy.

  6. In the 20-teens Capitalism ate itself.

  7. Anybody got any better ideas or do you just like to moan and do nothing?
    Tom Gruchy wonders

  8. Back in 2005 when I was in discussions with both the Lib Dem and Conservative parties about setting up an 'abroad' branch in Jersey.

    When I finally decided on the Conservatives there was an outright horror and the JEP propoganda machine went straight to work to discredit the idea... Obviously the Lib Dems are not seen as a threat to the status quo.

    I'm all for joining a Jersey Libertarian Party, maybe I should speak to UKIP about a UKIP abroad party.

    The Lib Dems I'm afraid are going to be back where they were in the aftermath of the Lib-Lab pact at the next election with fewer than ten seats.

    Let's see what the by-election brings

  9. The Jersey version of UKIP is just Bailhache, isn't it?! :)

  10. No: Bailhache's paternalism is a long way from UKIP's libertarianism. Darius is a bit to the right of them, but a lot closer on the whole.

  11. Teen and eldier should support this in Jersey


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