Royal Square Tales is series which provides an antidote to those who have had enough of serious States reporting.
Heard on BBC Radio Jersey every Friday following a States meeting, “Royal Square Tales” is a sideways look at the activities this week in the Chamber.
Each episode starts with the announcement from the chair that “Les Etats sont constitué” and Hamish Marett-Crosby looks at those moments during question time and debates which Members might prefer to forget.
This week Hamish examines that permanent failing of public life; using long words to disguise a normal activity. If something looks ugly or untidy then it “doesn't' look nice”; it doesn’t “harm the visual amenity”. Furthermore, can “facilities be facilitated”?
There is consideration too of the problems of working in a hierarchical organisation where ideas are only as good as the seniority of the person proposing them.
There are examples of the use of sarcasm and barbed comments as a way of dealing with questions, and of course we hear which Senator refers to which Deputy “Darling”. They are named and shamed: Click on the link to hear this week’s episode of “Royal Square Tales.”