Bailiff: ‘Adopt The Jersey Way’
The Bailiff has used his traditional Liberation Day speech to encourage us to think about our Jersey identity.
William Bailhache has called for all people in the island to “adopt the Jersey Way.”
He told the crowds gathered in Liberation Square that “the Jersey Way” means being tolerant, competent in what we do, and showing integrity and compassion.
He has called on us to “treasure” island institutions such as the Royal Court, the States and the Church.
Beginning in Jerriais – which he joked was spoken in a La Rocque accent – the Bailiff used his speech to encourage us to keep the language alive, saying it is “as much a part of our identity as the Jersey cow, or the Jersey Royal potato.”
He said that Jersey’s national day is for all communities in the island – adding “it brings us all together in 2017 and in future years too”.
He concluded: “Let us adopt the Jersey Way, whatever changes arise in the composition of our people in the future, because that sums up what we were liberated from on the 9th of May 1945.”