Senator Syvret should do the honourable thing

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From Philip Mourant Pallot.

MAY I, through your columns, add my opinions on the behaviour of Senator Stuart Syvret to the general comments arising in our ancient democracy?

With rights and privileges, there need to be responsibility and respect for the rule of law. The Senator has knowingly abused that position on a number of occasions. Having been suspended from the Assembly on a previous occasion, it would be reasonable to expect that he had learned a lesson.

He has with impudence released confidential material, not just to the printed media but also on to the internet via his blog site, rather than in the States Chamber, where it belonged. He has not broken House rules; he has allegedly broken the law.

I have taken the trouble to read Senator Syvret’s blog, and all I came across was

vituperative verbiage of the worst kind. Do all his utterances rely on a cheap thesaurus? Was he not in the Chamber when the Data Protection Law was passed?

He was arrested because he is alleged to have broken the law, and has further shown no respect for it in the Chamber unless it has suited his own ends and inflated ego.

The police operation was heavy-handed and has just served to give him more verbal ammunition.

This politician should give serious consideration to his position. His behaviour is a disgrace to the conventions of historical privileges awarded to members of the States of Jersey. Remember, our franchise pays his salary and expenses.

He should consider the honourable course of action. However, I won’t hold my breath – I’d probably asphyxiate beforehand.

La Maisonette,

Mont du Gouray,

St Martin.

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