The 'success' of the Jersey economy over the years has traditionally been put down to several factors (by success, of course, we mean the high cost of living of food, drink, utility bills, high house prices, high rentals, sub-standard non-quals housing and the prospect of increased GST):
- The sacrosanct and stable 20% tax rate (or much less if you are really wealthy)
- Political Stability (electing docile 'noddy' dogs who will not rock the boat)
- Years of Prudent Budgeting (Including investing in child welfare, hedging the Euro for the incinerator; the incinerator, the 'Cavern', and paying for the permanent modern art scaffolding installation to St James' Church)
But now it seems that there is one other much more important reason for Jersey's economic success, as revealed on the Jersey Finance website, namely that we have a legion of very powerful, sinister friends. The last paragraph quotes James Hines from the STEP Report 2009:
"International Financial Centres promote good government and the benefits that flow from demoncratic accountability. The evidence indicates that by far the most successful international financial centres are those whose governments score highly on the World Bank's indicators of governance quality."
Now let's see how long it takes the well connected folk at Jersey Finance to pick up on their typo. The devil forbid that any God-fearing prospective clients pick up on this error lest they be put off from bringing their hard earned investments to these satanic shores!