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Cliff Le Clercq
Details and manifesto of Senatorial candidate Cliff Le Clercq.
Cliff Le Clercq
Cliff Le Clercq was born and brought up in Jersey and says he's got a passion and desire for his birthplace to remain a special place.
He's a psychotherapist who often works with people with alcohol and addiction problems, which his proposer said proves he's compassionate.
Why am I standing?
Well, I’ve thought about it for a long time and there was a time ten years ago when I thought I’d do this. And I resisted it because it’s quite an intrusion into a person’s life; it’s a huge amount of commitment, it’s a huge amount of hours a week to be in the States.
But finally I could stand it no longer; I kept picking up my JEP and finding yet another catastrophe, yet another overspend and yet another let down for the people.
I began to think we were being seen by our politicians as a problem to be managed, rather than people who need to be represented.
So, why do I feel that? I feel that we’re just not being listened to by the people who represent us.
Time and time again people have written into the paper, called their politicians and said ‘Look we’re not happy’ with whatever it was that was going on; whether it be GST, Waterfront, whatever the issues, and constantly all we’ve heard is sound bites and platitudes.
I think the time is ripe, that people have had enough of being fobbed off, they want a strong person, they want leadership; we need a new champion.
I don’t think there’ll be any significant change in our government without government reform, and it’s one of the things I bring to the party.
I also feel that tourism needs a new injection of energy; we need to really be going out for some event-led tourism.
Those of you old enough to remember Bergerac will remember that that was the peak of our tourist times; the place was full, we had lots of people coming, the spend was high and everybody who was involved was doing well.
I think we should go out and seek new TV commercials, new TV movies, new series, get the film industry involved and get ourselves some proper public relations and publicity going, so that we can start generating some money back into that section of the island, who I feel have been pretty much hung out to dry and left.
Tourism and retail in town are really feeling the pinch now, and these people are all a part of our community.
Whilst I support finance totally, because with spending habits like ours we can hardly afford not to have it now, I don’t think it should be unbridled or uncontrolled and I think the rest of us do need to be included, because we seem to be coming a poor second.
It is said that if you keep on doing the same thing you’re going to keep on getting the same result, so if you’re happy with what you have, don’t vote for me.
If you want some change, if you want some strength, and you want some creativity brought into your politics, then definitely do go out and vote for me for I will deliver.
I need you to vote for me so that I can bring to you what you need, which is to be listened to and properly represented.
You can go and see more of how I think and feel on cliffleclercq.com.
last updated: 03/10/2008 at 14:41