Reform Jersey
Reform Jersey

In the States Assembly sitting tomorrow, Reform Jersey’s ten States Members will vote to support the motion of no confidence in Deputy Kristina Moore as Chief Minister.

When the motion was first lodged, Reform Jersey said “things cannot continue as they are”. Following two meetings with the Chief Minister, it has become clear that the change that Jersey needs is impossible to achieve under her leadership.

Whilst Jersey faces a severe cost-of-living crisis, record levels of foodbank usage and growing inequality, the government has been beset by dysfunctionality, bullying accusations, and Ministers resigning. Faith in politics has further been eroded by the broken promises on the Living Wage and GST on period products. The current leadership approach is not working, and Islanders are suffering the consequences of it.

Reform Jersey cannot stand by and allow this to continue. We therefore offered the Chief Minister an opportunity to reset and consider our policy proposals to turn things around. These proposals were met with little more than nice words from the Chief Minister, and outright hostility from her colleagues.

The final straw came last Friday, when a leaked letter showed the latest attack on Jersey’s teaching profession, including a shameful attempt to establish a database of how each teacher voted in a secret ballot. We share the concerns of the unions on the legality of this action and are dismayed that the government has approached this in such an authoritarian manner. We asked that this letter be withdrawn immediately, but this was not considered.

We believe that Islanders would not forgive our members if we used our co-ordinated block vote in the Assembly to prop up a government that is now characterised by broken promises, dysfunctionality and lacking any clear vision to take Jersey forward. This was not the better way the public were promised and it is time for new leadership.