From S Shepherd.
I HAVE recently read in this paper that some investors who lost their shirts in a game of chance are to be compensated.
Would those same investors have given our government anything if it had come off, made bucket loads of money, over and above the due amount of taxes?
I doubt it. In a game of chance, if you bet your shirt and you lose, you are bare-chested, learn your lesson and, maybe, don’t do it again. You cannot expect to be baled out.
If our government can do this when it’s not their fault, why don’t they do it when it is a local government issue?
For many years now, I have been asking for a small amount compared to this, of about £500 in doctor’s bills caused by the compost/green waste site at La Collette. I have it on record with an official at the Town Hall, BBC phone-ins, letters to States departments, news copy in this paper, and have had nothing.
It is not only money lost to doctors, through no fault of my own, of my family and myself of being ill, and still so. My boys have, over a long period, lost time from school.
We still have to put up with some disgusting, sickly smells, inside and out of our home, so bad that we have to leave. It’s now getting to smell awful in town.
My point is this, investors take a chance and the government pays out if it goes pear shaped. With my family, the government became the problem with stupid decisions which we and others have to put up with.
I pay all my taxes, rates, etc, put money back into the States’ coffers and get nowhere. These investors, if it had come off, would maybe have had a system ready to avoid paying their due taxes, but who gets looked after? It’s not fair, it’s unjust.
When I see and read of other waste going on over here, I just wonder where has the fair play gone?
My belief is that we should have a national anthem to suit the Island. My choice is Send In The Clowns.