Jersey: Why does the Church support tax havenry?
Reverend Thewlis did not respond to our invitation to discuss our concerns. Nor have any of his colleagues in Jersey's Anglican communion who also used their positions to attack our tax justice agenda and defend tax havens. This includes the Dean of Jersey, who completely lost his rag when asked why he felt that Jersey's bankers were morally superior to those on Wall Street.
Now a little snippet has come our way which might explain why Reverend Thewlis has his nose so firmly up the derrières of Jersey's financiers. Last night his daughter took part in a communion service at Saint Marks church in Saint Helier. Her sponsor for communion was none other than Terry le Sueur, Jersey's chief minister, a former accountant and arch-proponent of tax havenry. Le Sueur lives in Saint John and is a practising Roman Catholic.
Could this explain why Thewlis is so opposed to tax justice?
Footnote - the information referred to in this blog was provided by a member of the congregation at the event in question. We have had confirmation that Terry le Sueur was indeed at the ceremony, and that he has close connections to Reverend Thewlis. But the suggestion that Mr le Sueur sponsored the confirmation has been challenged.
However, TJN supporters in Jersey remain deeply concerned that Mr Thewlis is so prominently engaged in providing what they see as ethical support for tax haven activities. They have also told TJN that Mr Thewlis continues to openly challenge the tax justice agenda. We hope that someone in the Church will be prepared to mediate between TJN and the Church in Jersey. We know from visits to Jersey in the past three years that genuine Christians have left the organised Church as a result of its support for tax havenry.