The Progress Party was formed to provide a forum for Islanders, who share values and are committed to working together, to develop and deliver policies to shape the future direction of Jersey.
Our Members are concerned individualistic politics is no longer serving Jersey in a positive way. No one person is able to deliver on policy promises. When a government is formed, all policy and change remain uncertain. Propositions are debated out of existence by individual members, watered down or delayed, leading to increased cost and endemic indecision.
Decisions are made whether good, bad, or indifferent. States Members come and go, Ministers and Governments come and go. The Government and the States of Jersey as a body are not accountable to its people.
Democratic values are entrenched in accountability. If The Progress Party makes the wrong decision, it is accountable, both to our Members and to Islanders.
Real Democracy needs political parties. Jersey needs permanent parties that earn political power and govern, that are forced to articulate disparate interests and viewpoints, that can recruit and develop future government leaders and that can monitor those already in power.
This is your Island, this is your chance to make a real difference.
Steps to Real Progress
To play a critical role in a democracy a political party must be democratic itself. The Progress Party’s commitment to democratic principles is reflected in our written constitution, day-to-day interactions with Members, and among the party’s leadership and party members. Internal democracy in a political party is characterized by transparent, accountable, and inclusive rules, organizational structures, and processes.
The Progress Party has/ will:
developed a robust constitution and set of rules
introduced a whip system to maintain a discipline
hold elections in autumn 2021 to provide for all officers
Reflecting on words in the Clothier report 2000
”We believe that Jersey, small in size and population but endowed with much wholesome tradition, could become a shining example of a true modern democracy, in which the issues vital to the Island’s future are honestly presented, widely debated, and clearly understood.”