I’ve long argued that Jersey is a captured state – indeed, I suggested programme on that theme to an independent television company in 2002, before knowing just how involved in tax campaigning I would one day be.
The evidence that the hypothesis is right grows by the day. Yesterday Jersey’s home affairs minister, Ian Le Marquand, announced he had “chosen” a new chairman for the Jersey Police Authority. The person in question is Advocate Jonathan White. He’s a former partner at the law-firm Ogier, and is now Chairman of Jersey Finance Ltd.
So Jersey Finance now seem to be running the police.
When financial crime is by far the most likely serious crime in Jersey by a long way it is quite simply staggering that the chair of the organisation promoting the finance industry now also chairs the police authority. State capture has reached new heights.