Saturday, July 29, 2017

CHALLENGING FORMER HOME AFFAIRS MINISTER SENATOR IAN LE MARQUAND ON THE SUSPENSION OF GRAHAM POWER 9TH NOVEMBER 2012




FORMER HOME AFFAIRS MINISTER SENATOR IAN LE MARQUAND










BBC RADIO JERSEY


9TH NOVEMBER 2012


I WENT HEAD TO HEAD WITH THEN HOME AFFAIRS MINISTER SENATOR IAN LE MARQUAND
CONCERNING THE SUSPENSION OF FORMER CHIEF OF POLICE GRAHAM POWER.


IT MAKES FOR INTERESTING LISTENING


I THANK "THEJERSEYWAY" BLOGSPOT FOR THE RECORDING.


WE DISCUSS WILTSHIRE - THE DISCIPLINARY INVESTIGATION INTO WHY GRAHAM POWER WAS SUSPENDED.


THE VERY SAME WILTSHIRE THAT DEPUTY ANDREW LEWIS CONTINUES TO TRY AND USE TO JUSTIFY HIS ACTIONS.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

WILTSHIRE IS NOT THE LIFEBOAT ANDREW WANTS IT TO BE




DEPUTY ANDREW LEWIS 





WILTSHIRE (OPERATION HAVEN 1)




THE FACTS



On the 12th November 2008 Deputy Andrew Lewis as Home Affairs Minister suspended the Chief of Police Graham Power QPM on what can only be described as spurious grounds. This act was the only significant Ministerial decision he made during his very short tenure as Home Affairs Minister before retiring from politics at the end of 2008.The above action set in chain an Independent Disciplinary Investigation by Wiltshire Constabulary.This was named Operation Haven 1.

Wiltshire were called in to conduct a disciplinary investigation into Operation Rectangle. This was led by Chief Constable Brian Moore. Wiltshire was not the end of a disciplinary procedure but the beginning. What happened next went beyond farcical. Graham Power prepared his defence case which included a 94page 62,000 word document. Wiltshire then missed every deadline set. In fact, they didn't finish their report until mid 2010. By then Graham Power had left the States of Jersey Police. Wiltshire was meant to report their findings in March 2009. Graham Power was denied the opportunity to state his defence case. Deputy Andrew Lewis has continuously attempted to rely on the allegations made against Graham Power in Operation Haven 1 in order to justify his suspension of the former Chief of Police.

Andrew Lewis wants to rely upon unproven - untested allegations contained in the prosecution case.


Andrew Lewis has no shame and is bringing the States of Jersey into disrepute by continuing this absurd attempt to clear his name. Clearly Deputy Andrew Lewis doesn't comprehend that natural justice dictates that an accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty. He is clutching at straws. Graham Power is innocent of all allegations in Haven 1. That's not me saying that - that's the law.

Even in the States today Deputy Andrew Lewis was saying how Wiltshire was a damning report. This makes Deputy Andrew Lewis incredibly stupid or extremely desperate.. He should just resign from the states and save himself and his political colleagues anymore shame.


The verdict is in. It cost the taxpayer 23million pounds. P.P.C should be looking at what sanctions they can impose on Deputy Lewis not rehashing such a costly investigation.



WILTSHIRE WAS THE PROSECUTION CASE



DO THE HONOURABLE THING DEPUTY LEWIS AND GO


Rico Sorda


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE JCLA

STATEMENT FROM JERSEY CARELEAVERS ASSOCIATION (JCLA)
Monday 3rd July 2017


On behalf of the JCLA and as a survivor I welcome today’s publication of the IJCI’s report.

We have waited a very long time not just for this report but to obtain an independent opinion and to understand why so many vulnerable children came to be abused in Jersey some for many years whilst in the care of the States of Jersey.

The report makes for disturbing reading. The inquiry exposes repeated failures in good governments and managements on the part of the States of Jersey. 

Very often and too often the term “historical” is applied like a label to the accounts of child abuse. This is both wrong and misleading. Survivors in Jersey and further afield are living testimony to the fact that there is nothing historical about the abuse they suffered. They are living proof that what happened is a challenge for today and tomorrow. A challenge in the sense that as a community we have to face-up to the failings identified in the report, to put those failings right, and to ensure that we have a fit for purpose child protection system in place for tomorrow.

The report identifies where the SOJ has gone wrong on child protection year in year out. Too often the interests of vulnerable children were secondary, and the risk as identified in the report that the lessons that could be learnt from the past will not be. Far too often the SOJ diverted its considerable resources on short-term measures to shore-up reputations. Those concerned may well have thought they were acting wisely at the time, but they were blinkered as to the real issues. Children were being failed and in the worse possible way.

Jersey should be rightly proud that it held the inquiry and credit is due where it is deserved. Those in the SOJ and others who supported the creation of the inquiry and allowed it to go about its work should be acknowledged.

The inquiry would not have been possible had not so many witnesses come forward, and by no means least survivors. It took courage and dignity to give evidence to the inquiry. 

We must now look to the future. It would be absurd for this report to be allowed to gather dust. It is incumbent on Jersey’s leaders and the SOJ to take this report, and act on the recommendations made by the IJCI’s Panel to ensure that there is a fit for purpose child protection system in place for all children from now and into the future.  


 History of JCLA

The JCLA was formed in 2008 in the wake of the announcement that an investigation into years of child abuse in the Island was being undertaken by the States of Jersey Police. Survivors/victims of abuse were offered the opportunity to join the charity, and it attracted members from as far afield as Australia. The objectives of the charity were fourfold -
  • To provide an open door for survivors to call as and when they felt they wanted to talk and be believed, to be listened to and to express their feelings without being judged. Survivors had a great mistrust of anything and anybody with States of Jersey connections and the JCLA was a place of 'safety' to them. 

  • To offer practical help in many ways to make it easier for members to obtain records whether it be their child care SOJ records, or police statements made by them. Many Care leavers were looking for answers and needed to understand what happened to them as children and why they ended up in care. For some, this process was invaluable to help them understand more about their past and gave them a better sense of identity with more of an understanding about what happened to them as children.  We helped with completing forms and attended meetings with those who were too nervous to go alone. Contact was made on behalf of JCLA members with agencies involved to make the many processes of the redress scheme and the Inquiry easier for Survivors. 

  • To ensure a Redress Scheme was put in place and reached out to as many Care leavers as possible to make them aware that this was in place. 

  • To ensure that a fully robust and independent Committee of Inquiry was enabled, and that JCLA’s input and recommendations for the Terms of Reference were taken on board. 
We kept members up to date with all updates and news through a regular newsletter and e-mails. We attended many meetings with Lawyers, the Chief Minister and other States members as well as various SOJ Departments to negotiate a way forward for all.  Not all the abuse survivors wanted to be members of the JCLA which we fully understood and respected, but it was hoped that any achievements and progress we made was of benefit to all. We worked very hard for justice for all survivors and recognition that at last the awful history of the past would come into the public domain, and expose the failings of the States of Jersey and the many agencies that should have prevented this ever happening. 

It is not something Jersey should be proud of, but we hope the Inquiry Report highlights not only the great failures, but recommendations will be made that will ensure that this will never happen again. 

This has been a very long journey for all but in particular for the very brave survivors who, having already been through the ordeal of a traumatic and abusive childhood, had to re-live their experiences once again. We would also like to thank all those who have helped and guided us throughout these many years, there are too many to mention but you know who you are. To you all - thank you.

We hope that we have given some form of comfort to those needing our help and hope that in time, Jersey will be able to heal and move forward from this dark chapter in her history however……… 

…..for some Survivors this can never happen. To them, this is not historic; the memories continue to consume their lives today and tomorrow. For these people, there will never be closure.     

Carrie Modral 

JCLA

Sunday, July 2, 2017

AN END TO THE JERSEY WAY?

PRESS RELEASE ON BEHALF OF:
CAMPAIGNERS FOR AN INDEPENDENT INQUIRY INTO JERSEY CHILD ABUSE

“An end to the Jersey way.”

A group of current and former politicians, as well as Jersey bloggers who campaigned for almost a decade on subject of Child Abuse, and who fought for the Independent Abuse Inquiry to take place have said they are awaiting with ‘great anticipation’ the publishing of tomorrow’s report into child abuse. 
Speaking on behalf of the campaigners, Deputy Montfort Tadier said, “This was a hard fought battle and the Inquiry would not have happened were it not for a handful of committed individuals in the States Assembly, careleavers and members of citizens’ media, who successfully campaigned for the Inquiry to take place.
First and foremost, we must recognise that systemic child abuse was allowed to take place in state institutions, and elsewhere, over recent decades, to some of the most vulnerable children in our society. For some survivors and those close to them, there may never be true justice or closure, but today we can stand with them in solidarity and recognise their pain and trauma.
The two important questions that we hope the Inquiry will address are: How was this able to happen in Jersey, and could it still happen today?
During the giving of evidence, many witnesses spoke of ‘the Jersey Way’; by this they meant a culture in which reporting abuse was difficult, where they weren’t listened to, where whilstleblowing was almost impossible, where the island’s reputation came before the safeguarding of the vulnerable and where compacency was the norm. 
There are still examples of some of these failures today: some areas of public sector and institutions remain hostile to criticism. Where this culture exists, it must be replaced by an active pursuit of honesty, openness, and accountability. Where problems exist, staff, agencies and citizens must feel able to raise valid concerns knowing that effectifve action will be taken in a timely manner. This will, no doubt, also mean better resourcing and investment in areas such as social care, education and training. We must also be prepared to reform our institutions where they are no longer fit for purpose and tradition can no longer be an excuse for not adopting modern best practice.”
-ENDS-
NOTE- Due to the timing of the publication of the report, the Campaign Group will be making a public statement on Tuesday at 1pm where members of the media may attend and ask questions. Venue TBA – see twitter for details (@DeputyTadier). 

Contact –Deputy Montfort Tadier, 0779784435

Sunday, June 4, 2017

1 MILLION HITS - A BIG THANK YOU





1 MILLION HITS


STARTED BLOGGING IN APRIL 2010


358 BLOG POSTS


A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAVE TAKEN THE TIME TO READ MY BLOG


WHY I STARTED BLOGGING



The majority of my blog postings have been to do with the Jersey Child Abuse Cover Up. Back in 2008 when Operation Rectangle went public and the resulting denigration of lead investigating officer Lenny Harper, the trashing of Operation Rectangle and the resulting farcical suspension of former Chief of Police Graham Power and not forgetting the tragic abuse of innocent children of Jersey made me want to do something. The Rico Sorda blog spot was born. 

I have no training in Journalism. My spelling, punctuation and the ability to string a sentence together wasn't going to stop me. I was just one of  a small band who was prepared to do something about the Cover-Up. I decided from the very beginning that everything I published would be under my name. I would stand by it. I still stand by it. I just used my instinct. Anyone can do it. The (Pipe Fitter ) nailed it. 

I would like to say a very big thank you to Voiceforchildren (VFC). I met VFC back in 2008. Our paths had never crossed before but straight away I found a brother in arms. After pestering me for quite some time VFC persuaded me to start blogging. We became a Team. Team Voice. We were determined to get the truth about the attempted Cover Up and trashing of Operation Rectangle out into the public domain. We were going to challenge  the spin being put out via our local media, the English media and not least David Rose of the Daily Mail.  During the early day it was just myself and VFC. Taking up the mantle from former Senator Stuart Syvret, who via his excellent blog exposed so much and was brave in doing so. He remains an inspiration to me. Over time we had other decent minded politicians join us in the fight for truth. The Pitmans, Bob Hill, Mike Higgens, Daniel Wimberly Montford Tadier.i have nothing but the utmost respect for all of them.

The work that appears on the VFC blog and my own is probably the most comprehensive piece of Investigative Journalism that Jersey has ever seen or is likely to see for some time. We took risks in publishing what we did. We did it for the greater good with no protection. Nobody had believed the victims of abuse, then when finally they were brave enough to tell their horrific stories, they had to watch the investigation get trashed. It was sickening then and continues to be sickening to this day.

The body of work on my blog is there for all to see and read. From the Metropolitan Interim Police Report, The Warcup Letter, The In Camera Debate, The ripping apart of the BDO ALTO Report into the financial handling of Operation Rectangle.  The exposing of David Rose and Mick Gradwell. The list go on.


For the Victims of horrific mental and physical abuse.

For Graham Power & Lenny Harper who exposed this horrific abuse. 

VFC and Myself gave them a Voice


I would like to thank everyone again for logging on and reading what we have to say. 

The Committee of Enquiry publish their report in July.. I will not pass judgement until then.


Thank You


Rico Sorda



Monday, May 1, 2017

CHIEF MINISTERS DEPARTMENT USE MORE SPIN THAN BESCO LAUNDRY






DEPUTY RUSSELL LABEY


WILL ASK THE CHIEF MINISTER IN THE STATES ON MAY 2nd THE BELOW QUESTION AS MENTIONED ON THE VFC BLOGSPOT:

2. Deputy R. Labey of St. Helier will ask the following question of the Chief Minister –

“Further to his answer to my written question on 18th April 2017, will the Chief Minister advise whether the £33,500 spent on consultancy in preparation for the release of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry’s findings included any expenditure on engaging Ramsay Jones; and, if not, what was the cost of engaging him and what is the total anticipated spend for all such P.R. advice and training relating to this issue?” 


THIS IS THE WRITTEN QUESTION FROM THE 18th APRIL 2017


2.20 DEPUTY R. LABEY OF ST. HELIER OF THE CHIEF MINISTER REGARDING THE ENGAGEMENT OF PORTLAND COMMUNICATIONS IN RELATION TO MEDIA TRAINING IN PREPARATION FOR THE PUBLICATION OF THE INDEPENDENT JERSEY CARE INQUIRY’S REPORT: [1(224)]

Question
Will the Chief Minister advise if the services of Portland Communications have been engaged by the States of Jersey to provide media training to Ministers and/or others in preparation for the publication of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry’s report, or for any other reason, and, if so: 

(a)  which Ministers or other personnel are receiving this training;
(b)  if the cost of the programme including fees, flights and accommodation are to be met by the tax payer, how much will this amount to; and
(c)  what is the brief Portland Communications are working to and what exactly is the firm charged with delivering for the government?
Answer
Portland Communications were first engaged as a result of an open competitive tendering process initiated in 2011 by the Bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey for the provision of combined strategic support to the Islands, which at the time was mainly in relation to UK matters. 
During 2012 and 2013, Portland Communications provided advice on UK Party conferences, Global transparency initiatives, FATCA and enhanced engagement with a number of key European countries.  Since the offices in London, Brussels and Caen have become more fully established, in partnership with the Bailiwick of Guernsey, those offices have been able to take on these functions and Portland Communications is now engaged only to provide additional strategic advice, as needed, on matters where there is strong national or international interest.
Most recently, this has included the provision of advice on how best to engage with the anticipated national and international interest in the report to be published this year by the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry. The aim is to improve upon the past handling of such matters by the Island and being fully open and informative in the public response. 
This strategic advice includes matters relating to anticipated national and international media interest and has been provided to officers and relevant Ministers (the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister/Minister for Health and Social Services, Minister for Education and Minister for Home Affairs), usually during telephone calls. In 2017 this has also involved the relevant Ministers visiting the offices of Portland Communications in London as convenient (usually when in London for other personal or official business). 
Portland Communications has received £33,500 from the Department for Community and Constitutional Affairs for the provision of this strategic advice and support, with the aim of enhancing the provision of public information, including to the national and international media, following the release of the report by the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry.

 The Chief Minister said in answer to Deputy Labey that he employed Portland in order to learn how to be "more open and informative". Why didn't he mention anything about Ramsey Jones? The Chief Minister said he wanted to "improve upon the past handling of such matters by the island and being fully open and informative in the public response". Is the Chief Minister saying that the Government has NOT been fully open and informative with the public in the past. 
Why is the Chief Mnister spending £50,000 to learn how to deal with National/ International Journalists? Sounds to me like he isn't worried about the local journalists. Must protect our international reputation.  Our local journalists could take that as an insult. 
When did they employ Portland & Jones. Was it before December or after December. Did our Government get wind of a late report in order to get some PR training in? 

What the hell are our Communications Unit doing? Does it still exist? 

They have been doing PR training over the phone with Portland and Jones. You know it will still go tits up no matter how much money they chuck at it. There advice would be along the lines of "Listen Minister. All ya gotta say is Lessons have been learnt - It was all Syvrets fault and Jersey is open for business."  Simples. Now keep repeating it. 

Just be honest and give us something from the heart. 

Rico Sorda

PS
Someone ask the Chief Minister how those Innovation Fund reports are coming along.
Days into weeks into months. You get the drift.



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

FORMER DEPUTY DANIEL WIMBERLEY INTERVIEWED BY BBC JERSEY REGARDING COI WEBSITE


DANIEL WIMBERLEY



ABUSE INQUIRY WEBSITE NEEDS COMPLETE OVERHAUL BEFORE REPORT IS PUBLISHED. KEY DOCUMENTS MUST BE SAVED, NOT DESTROYED.



FORMER DEPUTY DANIEL WIMBERLEY 


BBC RADIO JERSEY INTERVIEW


Daniel Wimberley issued a press release regarding the Jersey (Child Abuse) Care Enquiry Website  which was published on the Voiceforchildren Blogspot on Monday, 24th April. Daniel also discussed what was to happen to evidence gathered.


The full press release can be read here:




Below is part of the interview that Daniel Wimberley gave BBC Jersey. 




We await the full report. 

All the media must be ready for the spin.


Rico Sorda