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Inside the States


Tales from the Royal Square

Royal Square Tales - Episode 1

Hamish Marett-Crosby
BBC Radio Jersey's Home Affairs producer brings you an alternative look at the States; it's the perfect remedy for all of you who are fed up of serious reporting on our government and fancy an irreverent look at life in the Royal Square.


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.”

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