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Chief Minister responds to ‘bumbling idiots’ remark

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THE Chief Minister has said he respects Guernsey’s approach to tackling the coronavirus pandemic, after a Sarnian politician attacked the Government of Jersey’s handling of the crisis.

Government of Jersey offices, Senator John Le Fondre, chief minister. Picture: ROB CURRIE. (28443620)

In a States sitting this week, Deputy Peter Ferbrache said Guernsey was a ‘much, much, much better-run bailiwick’ and claimed that people viewed the Jersey government as ‘a bunch of bumbling idiots’.

He went on to say that Guernsey, which has had no new cases of Covid-19 this month, was ‘in the World Cup’ with how it had crushed the spread of the disease, and that Guernsey’s Chief Minister and Health Minister fare favourably when compared to their Jersey counterparts.

The Deputy spoke out while defending Guernsey’s coronavirus ‘elimination’ strategy of enforcing a tough lockdown and keeping borders closed for many months to come.

Jersey, meanwhile, has eased the restrictions and is exploring the possibility of restoring some travel links.

In a statement responding to Deputy Ferbrache’s remarks, Senator John Le Fondré said: ‘We work closely with our political counterparts in Guernsey on many issues that affect both islands, and we respect each other’s approaches to managing the Covid-19 pandemic.

‘Jersey, like Guernsey, is in a good position. We have low rates of infection and an expanding testing regime that will help ministers decide how to progress through the Safe Exit Framework.’

Richard Heath

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