23rd August 2019

A DECADE ON - THE OLD GUARD REMAIN AS POWERFUL AS THEY HAVE EVER BEEN ON SARK

The few people that visit here in the summer season must walk away and wonder if Sark is an Island paradise. For six to eight weeks the Island looks like any other tourist destination the world over; a busy thriving community isolated from the challenges of a troubled and often dangerous world. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sark has endured a decade of economic ethnic cleansing, the like of which have not been seen in the free world since 1930s Germany. The working men and women of Sark are set for yet another year of state-enforced economic hardship. Where jurisdictions the world over seek and encourage inward investment to improve the living standards of their people, however, on Sark, a powerful coterie of state officials resist it for fear that it will undermine their control of the Island. Nothing illustrates this more than the state-sponsored destruction of Sark’s fledgling wine industry.

Posing as ordinary members of the public Sark’s one ruling party state, its members and supporter, posing as ordinary members of the public held a demonstration and signed a petition calling for the closure of Sark’s vineyards. Any working man or woman struggling to find work in Sark this winter need look no further than those who signed a petition that wiped out more than 25% of the ‘blue collar’ jobs in Sark to understand why they are struggling to make ends meet:

Peter Samuel La Trobe-Bateman – unelected member of Chief Pleas, chairman of the Policy & Finance Committee, ‘chief minister’, Non-Chief Pleas member of the Agriculture, Environment & Sea Fisheries Committee and son of Island judge, Jeremy La Trobe-Bateman.

Anthony Ventress – unelected member of Chief Pleas; deputy chairman of the Education Committee, member of the Agriculture, Environment & Sea Fisheries Committee, Tourism Committee.

Paul Williams - unelected member of Chief Pleas; chairman of the Public Works Sub-Committee, chairman of the Old Island Hall Committee, member of the Development Control Committee, and the Douzaine.

Sue Williams – wife of unelected member of Chief Pleas Paul Williams.

William Raymond – elected member of Chief Pleas; member of the Policy & Finance Committee and Land Reform Committee.

Annabel Raymond – wife of member of Chief Pleas, William Raymond.

Simon Couldridge – elected member of Chief Pleas; member of the Policy & Finance Committee and the Development Control Committee.

Caragh Couldridge – wife of elected member of Chief Pleas Simon Couldridge.

Rodney Lalor - elected member of Chief Pleas; member of the Agriculture, Environment & Sea Fisheries Committee, the Douzaine, the Public Works Sub-Committee and Future Energy Committee.

Helen Plummer – elected member of Chief Pleas; member of the Agriculture, Environment & Sea Fisheries Committee and the Medical & Emergency Services Committee.

Paul Armorgie – former member of Chief Pleas and current deputy speaker.

Andrew Bache - former member of Chief Pleas and current deputy Seigneur.

Siân Bache – wife of former member of Chief Pleas Andrew Bache and current deputy Seigneur.

Andrew Cook – former member of Chief Pleas; now seconded unelected to the Future Energy Committee.

Sue Daly – state employee and partner of former member of Chief Pleas Andrew Cook.

Jeremy La Trobe-Bateman – Island judge and father of unelected member of Chief Pleas and ‘chief minister’, Peter Samuel La Trobe-Bateman.

Sarah La Trobe-Bateman – wife of Island judge, Jeremy La Trobe-Bateman, and mother of unelected member of Chief Pleas and ‘chief minister’, Peter Samuel La Trobe-Bateman.

Ewan de Carteret – Island’s deputy judge.

Simon de Carteret – Island’s tax assessor.

Antony Dunks – former member of Chief Pleas; current state employee.

Mike Fawson – state employee as Constable.

Lynda Higgins – Island’s Treasurer.

James Hodge – state employee as Harbour Master.

Caroline Robins – state employee as Committee Support Officer.

Josephine Birch - unelected tribunal member and unelected Non-Chief Pleas member.

Bertha Cole - unelected tribunal member.

Stephanie Guille - niece of former unelected member of Chief Pleas Reginald Guille and unelected tribunal member.

Jean Higham - unelected tribunal member.

Samantha Hodge – unelected tribunal member.

Karen Adams – former member of Chief Pleas.

Edric Baker – former member of Chief Pleas.

Eugene Baker – son of former member of Chief Pleas, Edric Baker.

Jennifer Baker – sister of former member of Chief Pleas, Edric Baker.

Christopher Bateson - former member of Chief Pleas.

Peter Byrne – former member of Chief Pleas and current state employee as dputy Harbour Master.

Robert Cottle – former resident and former member of Chief Pleas.

Sarah Cottle – former state employed head teacher and wife of former member of Chief Pleas, Robert Cottle.

Elizabeth Dewe – former member of Chief Pleas.

Hazel Fry - former member of Chief Pleas.

Elsie Guille Courtney – former member of Chief Pleas and Reginald Guille’s sister.

Debbie Guille – sister-in-law of former member of Chief Pleas, Reginald Guille, and mother of former member of Chief Pleas, Rosanne Guille.

Peter Guille – brother of former member of Chief Pleas, Reginald Guille.

Rosanne Guille - former member of Chief Pleas and Reginald Guille’s niece.

Janet Guy – former member of Chief Pleas and former deputy Seigneur.

Katie Hamon – partner of former member of Chief Pleas and former deputy Seigneur, Janet Guy.

John Hunt – state employee and former member of Chief Pleas.

Sandra Hunt – former state employee and wife of former member of Chief Pleas John Hunt.

Helen Magell - former member of Chief Pleas.

Charles Maitland – former member of Chief Pleas.

Wendy Maitland – wife of former member of Chief Pleas Charles Maitland.

Elizabeth Jane Norwich – former member of Chief Pleas.

Andrew Prevel - former member of Chief Pleas and Reginald Guille’s nephew.

Richard Axton – former deputy Seigneur.

David Cocksedge - former member of Chief Pleas and unelected Non-Chief Pleas member.

Wendy Kiernan – former state employee.

Each and every one of the people above, a minority but powerful coterie of Islanders bear responsibility for not only the destruction of 30 year-round vineyard jobs, but a further 200 tourism jobs that have been destroyed as a direct result of their support of the state’s rejection of inward investment.


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