Sunday, 11 September 2011

Running for Chief Minister Mr Ozouf?-1

Cc:,,,,, "ben queree" , "Ben Shenton" , "Bob Hill" ,, m

Dear Senator

Im still awaiting your reply to my email dated the 7th September 2011

You have found the time to tweet these past couple of days so one would be hoping that you would find the time to reply to a member of the public concerning your intentions of running for Chief Minister
Senator Le Marquand has shown the way in this respect 

I have no doubt that the Lime Grove fiasco has been a huge blow. The blame game is in full swing, no point in 'HEDGING' any bets down at the Treasury as to who will be the fall guy on this one. Im sure Ian Black will be following it closely
So, Senator Ozouf - Do you intend running for the position of Chief Minister Yes or No?
Lets, just for once, have a straight honest answer devoid of any waffle or Rankine Spin

Kind Regards

Rico Sorda


tom Gruchy said...

Submission by Tom Gruchy to Senator Philip Ozouf’s Blog dated 9 September 2011 regarding Lime Grove House – St Helier.

“I have attended most of the Scrutiny hearings regarding this failed project and been impressed by the professionalism of expert witnesses.
On the other hand, I have been appalled at the blustering and bullying attitude of yourself and the inconsistencies of your evidence.
In spite of the large team assembled by your Treasury Department to support you and your actions I have heard more than enough to convince me that your decision to abandon this project was wrong.
Your decision is certainly not supported by the spurious reasons offered before the Scrutiny Panel or the written statements offered by you since.

The financial loss to the public of Jersey by your personal decision could be many £millions and this is of course particularly blameworthy since you are forcing cuts and your CSR policies elsewhere.

The further delays in providing adequate accommodation to an already demoralised Police department is just one part of the considerable practical, public loss arising from this and related developments.
The reputational damage that has been caused to so many by your words and actions must also be considered and it is possible that legal actions will follow from those who have been damaged.

All in all, I hope that you will take the earliest opportunity to step back and to reconsider your ministerial position. I have no doubt that the Scrutiny Panel must publish a damning report of your department’s behaviour very soon. But we are now in the midst of Jersey’s first ever General Election and there are many other important issues that need to be discussed with the electorate. If you now allow this particular failure to dominate the elections and if you leave the public in any doubts about your political future it will be especially unfortunate for the democratic process.

Of course, the failure is a very important issue and needs to be discussed as part of the election process but such matters in Jersey have a habit of dragging on for years with reports being made upon reports - and those who are blameworthy allowed to slip away into the fog.

On this occasion, I would ask that you make the clearest statement now about your own position. I think that your resignation is inevitable but I am aware of the personal magnitude of such a decision for you since politics is an important part of your life.
In all the circumstances I invite you, in the public interest, to make the appropriate announcement.”

rico sorda said...

That is exactly how it is.

The dark clouds a are gathering above the Treasury Minister

The Scrutiny Panel must deliver the truth and nothing but the truth on this shambolic fiasco.

The States are sitting this monday - This might just be the end of Senator Ozouf as a leading figure for the 'conservative right'


GeeGee said...

Absolutely spot on Tom Gruchy.

He has cocked up big style and can't handle the heat in the kitchen.

We all know the end of that saying!

Nick Le Cornu said...

“The Minister made a foolish gamble and lost” David Flower, former head of Jersey Property Holdings - evidence to Scruting sub panel

I have attended all the Scrutiny hearings into this abortive purchase of Lime Grove House and blogged it extensively.

It is a possible resignation issue and certainly something that goes to the credibility and competence of the Minister as a potential Chief Minister.

There is many a slip between cup and lip.