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Chief Minister: “We’ll do more to help Syria”

Chief Minister: “We’ll do more to help Syria”

Tuesday 29 December 2015

Chief Minister: “We’ll do more to help Syria”

Tuesday 29 December 2015


The Chief Minister has pledged more support for the humanitarian crisis in Syria in his Christmas message.

In the annual message, Senator Ian Gorst wrote that the war in Syria and the refugee crisis “is one of the biggest challenges facing Europe”.

Senator Gorst’s plans to offer shelter to some Syrian refugee families here in Jersey had to be shelved when lawyers said it would create a precedent that could create open access to any number of refugees from any other country.

He said: “This issue is one of the biggest challenges facing Europe and we all want to see a long-term solution.

“We will be increasing our donations through the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission.

“We have already given £1 million in aid to Syrian refugees and will be allocating more in 2016.”

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Posted by Joe Le Gros on
What about supporting the the oap's and those in poverty in Jersey. Charity begins at home.
When asked the question (on local radio).regarding Poverty in Jersey he quoted some memorised figures that did not even come close to answering the question. On being asked the same question 3 or 4 more times he blatantly continued to spew the same reply. He would not answer. The radio presenter had to give up. This man is inhuman here's no feeling for the people he represents.
Could be that he is trying to get himself noticed for a future knighthood.
We need new people in the States a dozen intelligent people with some knowledge of current and world affairs some business experience and a care for their fellow man could do the job a lot better than that pile of human waste that at this moment sit in the States Chamber and pretend to make good political decisions when they don't understand what is going on around them.
If they were not so dangerous they would be funny.
Posted by DavidLe Quesne21 on
It would seem that our CM still sees Jersey as a wealthy Island, and so being feels that his remit is to ease all our social consciences is to continue to donate taxpayers money in anyway he sees fit.
Maybe as Joe suggests our CM gets out and about a little and sees the poverty that really does exist here in Jersey.
We have increases in just about everything to pay for the excesses that our CM and COM seem to be unable to control.
The CM's favourite saying of "we are all in this together" is now wearing a bit thin particularly those thyat have had to rely on the genourosity of food banks over this Festive season.
When oh when will this bunch wake up and realise the truth about living here in Jersey, the goose that lays the golden eggs flew away a long time ago for many Islanders.
Get a grip COM, stop the waste, stop the excesses, stop the hand outs to other countries and sort out the situation here, you are after all OUR GOVERNMENT, elected by the people here in Jersey.
Posted by David Morgan on
Surely Senator Gorst was elected to govern Jersey, not to be an international statesman. He should concentrate the island's dwindling resources on looking after the population of the island rather than going on about grandiose schemes to help the people of Syria. Maybe it would be different if he actually visited the refugee camps and did something practical himself, rather than give away islander's money. Who in their right mind borrows money to give to someone they don't know in some far way land? What does this tell you about Mr. Gorst's judgement on handling the island's precarious finances? Is he doing what the majority of the electorate want, or is he just determined to do what he wants and damn what the others think, or what is right.
Posted by john garner on
Gorst doesn't think it through. He changed his position on housing Syrian refugees due to the immense public backlash but dressed it up as "making a precedent".
I must agree with Mr Bergerac above ...Gorst is not the sharpest knife in the drawer..indeed in relation to Joe le Gros comment ...I seem to remember a gift 30 years ago to the Falklands with similar possible motives.The sad thing is whatever criticism is expressed here they do not care one iota ....aka .".I've got my snout in the trough for another 4 years" or whatever the term is ..
It is almost a pointless exercise venting off here.
Posted by richard davy on
Knighthood hunting .........simple as......
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