Thank you for my 2011 election experience from Linda Corby

October 23, 2011

I Just want to say a big thank you to those of you who honoured me with your votes in the 2011 election, and give my congratulates publically to those who were elected and my sympathy to those who were not and I say “I’ll be Back”.

There are some things people need to know during an election in order to fairly decide who to vote for.

Firstly people need to know how much a candidate has at their disposal and intend spending for their election campaign, this information should be in the public domain, that is their estimated spend before hand and their actual spend afterwards.

I will publish my expenditure account at a later date on this blog, but I can tell you it was in total under £1000.00 and I will also tell you exactly how my funds were raised.

I spoke to a number of other candidates on this matter and you would be surprised at how many used the total amount allowed.

A quarter page add in the JEP costs around $500.00, one big banner costs £99.00, of course some candidates have banners and posters they can also reuse from previous elections, such as the banners etc that I will hopefully health permitting reuse in the 2014 elections.

I am not in the least surprised by the 2011 election results in fact any other result would have surprised me.

I say this because the media reporting across the board and not just the accredited media actually played right into the hands of those who were elected. They picked their sides and reported accordingly, in doing so they actually managed to do the voting public a miss-service between them in my opinion.

I will explain this to you from a personal perspective of some of my observations and experiences during the election in a later post as I am still analysing the factual factors involved.

Here is a taste for you.

What I will say is that in the main what the general public got to see hear and read about the Senatorial candidates was cherry picked, for example all the questions and all the answers, plus the full speeches given by candidates at the hustings should have been reported on fully without editing by the JEP as it is the only newspaper in the island, they were not, in consequence not only were a number of questions repeated at hustings, but the majority of people had no idea what had actually been said at any of the husting apart from the very first one, before the JEP changed their format for reporting on the hustings,

As for the media blogers, well some did a reasonable job, but one to my amazement got hoodwinked and even showed a bias for one particular establishment candidate plant, and in doing so showed an obvious bias against myself and another genuine candidate whose heart was in the right place, and others. I will leave you to work out who this one was?

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My proposals and thoughts on the issue of population & immigration in Jersey

October 9, 2011

I am personally horrified by the manner in which unchecked immigration has been having a significant impact on the Island’s environment, infrastructure and quality of life. I believe that an ageing population or any other sector needing support cannot be supported by a growing immigrant workforce whose members (and whatever family members they bring with them) will obviously themselves grow old in due course and need support.

I would support something akin to the Australian points system if proposed, and if nothing was proposed I would do further research properly and do a proposal along those lines myself.  I would give serious consideration to any proposals put forward to cut down the present unchecked immigration that is being allowed to continue, and back those that where viable, realistic and sustainable.

The advantage of the Australian points system is that amongst many other desirable aspects the Health checks would help stop further strain on our health service and Police checks would stop those with a criminal record from coming here.

The Australian work visas/permits or point system would ensure that future jobs would go to those already resident in the island first.

You can read my 2011 manifesto here  and you will find that I have not changed my views on immigration I could see a really bad situation arising if you read my 1999 manifesto.  I am not one  for doing u turns and going back on my word.

You can read my manifesto from 1999 when I stood for Deputy in the parish of St Peter.

I have actually started looking into this, my oldest daughter lives in Australia  with my two grandsons and her husband, both my daughter and her husband are Jersey Born, so I do know what paperwork they had to do in order for them to immigrate there, and I have also visited there twice on a holiday visa.

I would be interested in hearing what your opinions and views on this are, thank you.


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