Manderson heads to Jersey on fact-finding mission

| 12/11/2011

_DEW9175.jpg(CNS): The chief officer in the Portfolio of Internal Affairs will be visiting the UK Channel Islands for two days next week to discuss areas including budgeting, performance management, human rights legislation and policing with the government of Jersey. According to the State of Jersey’s official information service, Franz Manderson, will receive an “introductory briefing on Jersey‘s government, its constitutional relationship with the United Kingdom and its international identity,” as well as briefings on a range of topics, such as the implementation of human rights legislation in the Island, its approach to procurement and budgeting, and the drive to reduce spending through a comprehensive spending review. (Photo Dennie Warren Jr)

Manderson, who takes up the post as Deputy Governor at the beginning of next year, will also meet staff from the Probation Department and La Moye prison, where he will receive a presentation on Jersey’s approach to the rehabilitation of prisoners, the information unit stated.

The territory officials have also arranged for Manderson, who was previously Cayman’s chief immigration officer, to meet representatives from Jersey’s Customs and Immigration Department and the States of Jersey Police, as well Sir John McColl, the Lieutenant Governor of Jersey; the Bailiff of Jersey, Michael Birt; and Attorney General Timothy Le Cocq.

Assistant Chief Minister, UK and International Relations, Senator Freddie Cohen, said, “As deputy governor of the Cayman Islands, Mr Manderson will share responsibility with the governor for areas including security, immigration, customs, the prison and the police. I am pleased that Mr Manderson has decided to visit Jersey to meet with representatives from across the States to find out more about the island’s operation as a small jurisdiction.”

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  1. peter milburn says:

    I totally ageree with Chris on this one.I have known Franz for many years and consider him a good friend willing to pitch in and help where possible.These are the kinds of leaders we need for the next election.Those who will put Cayman first and do what is right for the future of this country.Learn all you can over there Franz.It will serve you well in future years.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Couldn"t we exchange Premiers with Jersey for a couple of years?

    • Anonymous says:

      No, believe me, you dont want ours, we are about to get rid of him so he is available!

      Nor do you want our bloated overpaid civil service with gold plated pensions as a millstone around our necks. You dont want our traffic problems, our high cost of living, and a host of other things. You dont need your politicians to travel around the world at hih cost, ours do but not like yours!

      You do want our finance regulatory regime, yours is almost non existant. You dont need our government auditor but you do need to respect what he tells you.

      Trouble is, your leader is worse by miles, but whilst ours is bad because he is ineffectual, at least you can trust him and nobody ever accused him of wrongdoing, whilst I dont think anyone trusts yours!

      Best thing is, find a good one in your own backyard!


      • Anonymous says:

        No, believe me, you dont want ours, we are about to get rid of him so he is available!

        Sounds like Cayman!

        Nor do you want our bloated overpaid civil service with gold plated pensions as a millstone around our necks. You dont want our traffic problems, our high cost of living, and a host of other things.

        Been there, got that here to

        Best thing is, find a good one in your own backyard!

        Trust me we are looking, but most Caymanians are over qualified for the job!

  3. Alice says:

    Excellent decision to travel to Jersey. Shame on the jealous person who suggested an on-line visit. Face to face meeting and seeing their systems first hand is the smart thing to do. I can’t wait for Mr Manderson to take over.

  4. Loopy Lou says:

    Discuss eligibility to vote and stand in elections.

    • Stiffed-Necked Fool says:

      Now this is the quality person we need representing us as Caymanians overseas. Our estimation overseas might go up now, until a certain person travels again!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Among the things he will find in Jersey are:

    Regular and timely accounting from all government departments.

    Accounting on an accruals as opposed to cash basis, ie including known expense not just cash spent

    Audit reports on government accounting and procedures which are available to all,  and do not give rise to open criticism (or firing) of the auditor.

    Thats just a bit of what he will find, so dont worry, no chance your Chief will allow any of that!


  6. Anonymous says:

    You will gain valuable insight on how to manage from this visit, also on immigration matters.

    Be strong and on your return, do the right thing without fear or favour, when our lovely Islands win we all win.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Mr Manderson will also no doubt take note that Jersey very tightly controls who can live there – and will not permit the importation of poverty.

    • Frank says:

      Sorry, but that is not correct. Jersey does not tightly control immigration at all as far as anyone with an EU passport is concerned.  There are lots of people working illegally (i.e. without work permits on less than minimum wage, and living 5 or 10 to a room un non-qualified accommodation).

      • Anonymous says:

        Frank please do tell me what my chances are of moving to Jersey as an unskilled worker from Jamaica or Honduras or Canada or the USA…

        • Anonymous says:

          There are poor illegal immigrants in Europe and other areas of the world that are closer to Jersey than the nations you mention – yes there is poverty and illegal workers in Jersey – why would you think not.

          • Anonymous says:

            The point is that notwithstanding the perception that many British and other expatriates in the Cayman Islands have to the effect that our policies are irrational and even racist, the fact is that we are open to workers from all over the world and all applicants from overseas can expect similar treatment without regard to whether they are European or not.

            Plainly also the lack of effective enforcement is striking here. And how many thousand people have been made Jerseymen in the last decade?

        • Anonymous says:

          Please tell me what the chances are for an unskilled Nigerian or Iranian worker to get into Cayman to live and work?


          • Anonymous says:

            Same as any other country – but with a slight advantage over unskilled workers which make up greater than 20% of our workpermit population already. I have friends here from both Iran and Nigeria and they have found Cayman very welcoming.

          • Anonymous says:

            We import unskilled labour from many counties all the time.

            • Anonymous says:

              Unskilled perhaps, but show up for work, and work.

              • Anonymous says:

                Why else would we import them?

                You seem to think "unskilled" is an insult. Unskilled workers are needed as much as skilled ones.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Another jolly.

    This is 2011 and there's nothing here that couldn't be done on-line.

    • Chris Johnson says:

      Absolutely wrong. Jersey is very well run and there is a lot to be learnt from going there and meeting the people. Many things just cannot be done on line. If so Mr. Manderson would have been the first person to do. Have faith in this man. He will be a major factor for us in going forward.

      • Anonymous says:

        Lets hope that the outgoing DG will make a clean break and not be pulling strings after he has left.