My colleague and friend Deidre Mezbourian was re-elected unopposed yesterday night.
First, I would like to address the notion of being unopposed. Some make a lot of it by saying that it is somehow a failure of democracy. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Jersey is one of the easiest places in the world for members of the public to become politicians. All it takes is ten signatures and you can stand for whichever post you may like, including Chief Minister. There are 3899 registered electors in St Lawrence, any of whom could have stood if they wished to.
What happens is that we are just pragmatic and if somebody is doing their job well, we give them a vote of confidence by not opposing them. Being a Constable is a very demanding role and most of us understand just how difficult it is.
I met Deidre for the first time in 2012 and she immediately impressed me with her sense of fairness, her well researched and educated views and her absolute loyalty to her office. Just a few months later, she had persuaded me to become a Constable’s Officer and I got to know her better through our monthly Parish meetings and the many municipal events.
What I learnt over the years strengthened my respect for her. It is a function of my latin heritage that I will enjoy a good argument but through the volubility and waving of hands, we do listen and are receptive to actual data and logic. She always won with calm application of carefully curated information and impeccable reasoning.
She has my vote and my congratulations for winning the confidence of her Parishioners for another term.