Party politics is way forward, says Bailhache

Senator Sir Philip Bailhache

Senator Sir Philip Bailhache said the current system is unwieldy, complicated and can ultimately lead to public apathy.

Currently there is only one political party in the Island – Reform Jersey – which ahead of May’s general election has revealed it intends to field 18 candidates standing under one manifesto.

And Senator Bailhache, who announced this week he would not be seeking re-election, believes that party politics is the way forward if there is going to be radical change in how Islanders view the States.

He said that twice – once before the 2014 election and again last autumn – he considered forming a political allegiance of like-minded people but on both occasions had to stop the plans, the first time because of a lack of support and the second because ill health prevented him from seeing it through.

Senator Bailhache is the latest minister to announce he will not be standing for election.

He said: ‘I think that politics at the moment is not in a particularly good place in…

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