Sark Newspaper 08 February 2019

3 At the 16th January 2019 meeting of Chief Pleas he declared: “I see from the papers sent to me yesterday, he put a Code of Conduct report against me on or about 18 th December. MR SPEAKER, YOU MAY STAND YOUR CODE OF CONDUCT PANEL DOWN AS YOU WILL HAVE MY LETTER OF RESIGNATION AS A CONSEILLER OF CHIEF PLEAS AT THE END OF THIS MEETING TO BE EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY”. The Speaker of the house Arthur Rolfe, to his credit, was having none of Guille’s protestations that he is above being held to account for his ac- tions: “ Can I just say that I had no concept from you Conseiller Reginald Guille that that was the sub- ject of your statement and as the Returning Of- ficer for the elections I took professional advice and accepted Michael Doyle as a fully eligible candidate. Regarding the Code of Conduct, when you say your Code of Conduct it happens to be Chief Pleas’ Code of Conduct; it was passed by Chief Pleas and I am sorry to hear that you feel that somehow or another you are not bound by it. Actually you are and so is everybody else in this chamber”. Speaking to the Guernsey Press directly after the meeting Guille declared that he had no plans to play any further part in the governance of Sark and: “At the moment I have retired from politics and I’m not planning to be involved in Sark politics other than as a resident of the island”. Three weeks later Guille has, through behind-the -scenes skulduggery, installed himself back onto the most powerful government committee that has ever existed in Sark, the Policy & Finance Committee. The fact that Guille himself was the principal architect of this committee is lost on no one. When Guille brought his proposition to the house to create this ‘super’ committee which he has now manoeuvred himself back into, he met with considerable opposition. At the time, the Speaker of the house stated that he had: “A deep concern that a hybrid group acting against the Rules of Procedure can challenge the working of Standing Committees and, in particu- lar, a Policy Committee. It is, to me, fraught with constitutional problems”. The then chairman of the Finance & Resources Committee, Sébastien Moerman, summed up the fears of many Islanders when he observed that: “The Report fails to analyse the tasks and skills required by this new shape of Chief Pleas and expects six Conseillers to be responsible for the workload of three-fourths of the Government. To be quorate this would mean four Conseillers and a majority vote would be three Conseillers. We believe this is too much power in too few hands, whoever the hands belong to - especially the one [Reginald Guille] I am thinking of”. Having refused to abide by the democratic pro- cedures of our sovereign parliament by answer- ing to the Chief Pleas Code of Conduct Panel, Guille should have followed the example of his old comrade-in-arms Edric Baker and removed himself from public life with at least a semblance of self-respect and dignity. Instead, on Wednes- day evening, he connived to re-establish his con- trol over the governance of Sark via the back door. The first indication of how operation ‘reinstall Reginald Guille to power’ was going to be achieved was revealed courtesy of the unelected Sandra Williams and her newly democratically elected member of parliament Amanda de Car- teret. Proposition four of Wednesday’s agenda called for the nomination of members of Chief Pleas to numerous vacancies on the various com- mittees. Williams’ mind must have been else- where at the time as she was to be found to be furiously prodding de Carteret in the back to remind her that this was the newly democratical- ly elected Conseillers’ big moment. Up she stood to proclaim: “I propose Reginald Guille as a member of the Child Protection Committee”. Unfortunately for de Carteret and her puppet- master Sandra Williams they had lost sight of the fact that Reginald Guille was no longer a member of Chief Pleas and was ineligible for election to any committee as a sitting Conseiller. Following this miserable attempt to reintegrate Reginald Guille into the governance of Sark, it was William Raymond, a long-time ally of Guille, who picked up the mantle and cleared the way for Guille’s re-emergence as the most pow- erful figure in Sark’s government. Raymond is an accountant by trade, a profession which is no- tably short of creativity, imagination and wit. Nevertheless he sought to soften the blow of his attempt to turn the principles of democracy on their head by framing his proposal to bring the unelected Guille back onto Sark’s most powerful committee somewhat enigmatically: “Sir, I came here this evening footloose and fancy free. I would like to propose Mr Reginald Guille

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