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By Ryan Morrison
Do unelected officials have a place in the States of Jersey? The Dean thinks so. Have your say.
According to the Anglican Dean of Jersey, unelected officials do have a place in the States.
A vote of no confidence against the island's Bailiff is due to be discussed in the States next month.
But the Very Reverend Boy Key feels non-political appointees like himself and the Attorney General can make a valid contribution to government debates.
He told BBC Jersey his "concern is not to worry about whether I'm there for the next 15 years until I retire or whether I'm there until a week next Thursday.
"The important thing is that while I'm there, and I hope I'm there until I leave Jersey, to make the best use of that.
"That is to make interesting and I hope informed contributions with reasonable expert research."
He also hopes he represents the wider community when he makes comments in the States and not just Anglicans.
He explained that he doesn't think he has ever made an "Anglican comment" in the States.
He explained that: "I make lots of Christian comments and lots of common sense comments, because that is what I'm there for.
"It is that tradition and history that makes Jersey what it is."
Have your say
Should the Dean, the Bailiff and the Attorney General have a place in the States Chamber?
If you think they should be there what restrictions should be in place?
Should they be allowed to speak only when invited by an elected States Member or should they be allowed to join a debate like any other member?
If the Bailiff were to be removed who should be the Speaker of the House? Should it be an elected official? Who should elect them?
last updated: 01/07/2008 at 10:53
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