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Friday 26 January 2024

"Just got off the phone to Lyndon Sunak, he was having a whinge about Lyndon Biden and Lyndon Putin"

Friday 26 January 2024

After news broke that Lyndon Farnham will be Jersey’s next Chief Minister, scores of islanders and political watchers from afar took to social media to share their thoughts on the new leader – and couldn’t resist a few jokes about how Jersey and Guernsey are now led by men with the same name…

Deputy Farnham secured the top job yesterday after beating rivals Deputy Ian Gorst and Reform leader Sam Mézec.

Deputy Mézec dropped out of the race following the first round of voting, and his party’s 10 votes then went to Deputy Farnham in the record second, which was enough to beat Deputy Ian Gorst.

Did the new Chief pick up the tab?

Reform Jersey’s Sam Mézec – whose party were said to be “entitled” to a seat at the table by the new Chief – was among the first to congratulate the new leader.

After Deputy Sam Mézec shared a photo on Twitter of his party eating lunch together after the States Sitting, Former Deputy Lindsay Ash joked that Deputy Farnham "picked up the tab" as a thank you for Refrom's support in the second round of voting.

More "inclusive"

Many were very excited about the idea of a new, more “inclusive” government.

Others simply expressed that they felt Deputy Farnham was a better option than Deputy Ian Gorst, who was described by one Facebook commenter as “more of the same”. Another used the same phrase in relation to Deputy Farnham – but this time with “Moore”.

“Experienced and effective communicator”

Retail guru Dr Tessa Hartmann CBE was enthusiastic about the new leader.

She described him as an “experienced and effective communicator whose vision for Jersey will stand us well locally and globally”.

Our Hospital, never forgotten...

Jersey Women For Politics were listening in to the Chief Minister voting session yesterday and said they felt Deputy Farnham was “less clear” on supporting the recommendations of the Violence Against Women report than the other candidates. 

Others drew attention to Deputy Farnham’s leading role in the hospital project under the previous government led by John Le Fondré,

‘Private Jersey’ called the £800m Our Hospital plan a “debacle”, while Anita Rive and Alan Dodd drew attention to the money “wasted” on the shelved project.

Mr Dodd: “Don’t even get why he’s still in politics! All those wasted opportunities to build a hospital on other sites were discarded.”

Well wishes from Guernsey

More congratulatory comments came from across the water in Guernsey.

The island’s External Affairs Minister Jonathan Le Tocq was very positive indeed about the future.

Deputy Sasha Kazantseva-Miller also shared her well wishes.

A tale of two Lyndons...

Others made a point of how Guernsey and Jersey both now have a Chief Minister called Lyndon — with Deputy Lyndon Trott elected for his second shot at the state's top job last month, following a successful vote of no confidence.  

And then came the quips...

On Twitter, one islander joked: 

 Another islander added: 

The founder of Grouville Repair Café Jennifer Bridge said on Twitter: 

An ITV reporter shared a video of Deputy Farnham speaking in the States Assembly in December the day after Guernsey's leader Lyndon Trott was elected, perhaps showing that he may have had a premonition about what was coming...

Time for global domination?

Then the big man himself in Guernsey got involved... Well, sort of...

The anonymous satirical account under the pseudonym of "Chief Minister Lyndon Rott" joked:

The 'Lyndon Rott' - self describing as 'Chief Minister of Guernsey, Genius, Billionaire, Playboy, Philanthropist, Parody' - also shared: 


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