That he was thwarted by Senator Gorst in achieving that ambition at the last hurdle does not seem to have hindered his political ambitions however, since like Putin formerly in Moscow, he rules from the shadows. Sir Philip already now roams the world speaking to the great and powerful as Jersey's "Foreign Secretary".
Quaintly, in his role as Chairman of the Electoral Commission he is a known advocate of a return to feudal values with a States Assembly built around twelve harmless Parochial Constables and wholly subservient to the Crown Officers.
This was the battle that Thomas Gruchy and his supporters won on 28 September 1769 when they overthrew the old system of government dominated by these officers and the Bailiff in particular.
Bailhache is trying to return Jersey government to eighteenth century standards of non-democracy and he wants a drastically reduced number of elected States Members who all agree with the official line. The Constables are of course the traditional basis of such an unchallenging assembly.
Yet Sir Philip at the same time is known to favour "Independence" for Jersey so that the Bailiff et al would be able to wear their ermine trimmed cloaks immune from challenge by the plebs here or any unpleasant governments elsewhere. Of course the finance industry wants to be able to fiddle away without restraint but it is a dream based upon long dead realities.
Independence would require that yet more elected members will be needed to meet all the international challenges that would arise. Far from reducing the number (or calibre) of States Members that will be needed this move must demand a huge increase in government duties and the staff that administer them.
Even without independence, this Island already needs more rather than fewer States Members to properly address all the domestic, national or international issues that arise in a changing world. Of course, by ignoring such international responsibilities as human rights truly demand - the Island will find itself slipping further behind the rest of the world both morally, economically and politically. Isolation is the most likely result which hardly sounds like the base for an international looking finance industry...
The removal of the Crown Officers - Lt Governor, Bailiff and Deputy Bailiff, Dean, Attorney and Solicitor Generals - from the States has already been examined by the lawyer dominated "Lord Carswell" Inquiry and of course will not happen for as long as the likes of Sir Philip strut the corridors of pwer.
Nevertheless, for what it is worth I publish here my Part Two (of three) submissions to Lord Carswell for those that are tired of trying to find savings among the elected States Members or to turn the fundamentally flawed Assembly into something fit for the 21st century....
...Alas the gremlins won't let me publish my Part Two submission so if you want to read that you must try to find the Lord Carswell file on the States gov. internet system - and the best of luck to you.
My own version of Part Two has been somehow taken over by Adobe and appears in a jumbled form when pasted on this blog - if anybody knows how to overcome that problem I shall be pleased to learn how...perhaps the eighteeenth century was not so bad after all...