Saturday, May 1, 2010

Senator Ben Shenton

After reading Stuart Syvrets excellent blog posting and having witnessed Senator Ben Shenton first hand in the states, now is the time to ask the question.

' WHAT THE HELL IS THIS MAN ABOUT'

He has serious issues regarding any question about the Historical Abuse enquiry or Graham Powers suspension, Why Is This. I believe he has the right as an elected member of the states to raise concerns on any issue but he seems to have problems with the above issues.

Maybe he is being manipulated by his father the ex Senator Dick Shenton. 

Remember Dick Shentons letter to the JEP a little while back ' it was a cracker' I reproduce it in full as there will be no 'Cherry Picking' or  Redaction here.



From Dick Shenton.
YOUR front page article (JEP, 11 January) on questions of conspiracy in the long-running saga of the Chief of Police’s suspension needs comment.
Personally I am sick and tired of the way that much-needed public money is being squandered in this case.
In an article published by your paper a year or two ago I questioned the way that the Island was being policed. I said that if I was a States Member I would bring a vote of no confidence in the Home Affairs Minister at the time and in a letter set out the attitude of the then Chief and Deputy Chief officers.
Since that time we have witnessed reports, totally unfounded, that told the world what a horrible place Jersey, our Island, was. There will always be people prepared to believe the worst but in this case they were being helped by police officers who should have known better.   
The truth of the matter, as I found out in representing a private individual, was a force who exceeded authority and used threats and bluster to silence justice. I was warned by advisers that my phone could be tapped and when I reported this to the then Home Affairs Minister, Senator Wendy Kinnard, she did nothing.
Needless to say I continued with my efforts on the part of the individual but I could not believe that the police force that my father had served in had descended to such depths. The Police Complaints Authority was a joke who could not help the constituent or myself.
I would love to give evidence on oath of my experience with the Power/Harper police force and perhaps the barrack room lawyers among the States Members will listen to the truth.
What happened to old-fashioned responsibility for the failure of a company and its staff, when the chief would resign and fall on his sword?
To Senator Terry Le Sueur and Deputy Andrew Lewis I would offer my support because they are the innocent victims of the failure of the Chief Minister and the Home Affairs Minister to act when they knew the facts.
With regard to any extra money or cost, I would put it towards extending the winter fuel allowance to all pensioners, rather than waste it on our overpaid officers.
Article posted on 14th January, 2010 - 3.01pm


So, is it 'like father like son'. 


Shenton snr does seem to have a problem with Lenny Harper,Graham Power and ex Home Affairs Minister Wendy Kinard as does his son. I don't really want to go down the route of the 'Tow Truck Man'.
Now we come to ex Home Affairs Minister Wendy Kinard and the suspension of Graham Power. This is what Ben Shenton had to say on the matter. 

0568059_3_cropped.jpgPOLICE chief Graham Power should 









go because of the mishandling of the Haut de la Garenne case, according to Health Minister Ben Shenton.
Senator Shenton – who faced widespread criticism when he voiced suspicions that the murder inquiry was not justified back in March – said that Mr Power’s position had become untenable. And he added that yesterday’s announcement was clearly the real reason for the resignation of Home Affairs Minister Wendy Kinnard last month. ( How do you feel now Ben)
Yesterday, Mr Power was suspended from duty after newly appointed Home Affairs Minister Andrew Lewis said the investigation had not been handled correctly. He says that there will be an investigation into the conduct of the investigation and why the absence of any evidence about murders at the former children’s home was not revealed earlier.
And it has been revealed that Chief Minister Frank Walker has tried to gag States Members on the suspension. He sent all Members an e-mail yesterday which said that under usual suspension procedures, neither he nor Deputy Lewis would make any further comment on the matter, and he urged them to keep quiet too. ( now we can see why, it was a bloody farce suspension)
Both Senator Walker and Deputy Lewis will leave the States after the next States sitting. Under the Police Force (Jersey) Law, the suspension of the chief officer must be reported to the States at the next sitting. Any discussion of the suspension has to take place in secret, and under article 9(2) of the law Mr Power could be summarily dismissed.
he article says: ‘The Chief Officer may be suspended from office by the Minister which shall refer the matter to the States at their next sitting and may be dismissed from office by the States.’ Senator Shenton said that yesterday’s announcement by the police that they had concluded that no children were murdered there, that no blood was found and that most of the bone fragments found came from animals completely vindicated his earlier scepticism.
He said: ‘I believe that the position of Graham Power is untenable and I am surprised that he does not accept this fact.
‘At a time when important political questions needed to be answered he failed, in my opinion, to show the strength of character that was required. This weakness was shared by a Home Affairs Minister who was clearly out of her depth. What we now need is to achieve closure of this side of the investigation, be thankful that no murders of children took place, and ensure that those guilty of abuse are brought to justice.’
Asked about Senator Kinnard, he added: ‘This is the reason Wendy resigned, isn’t it? Because she got wind of the investigation. ‘Unfortunately, that is just the way I would expect her to react.’ The Senator says that he was criticised when he raised concerns about the way the inquiry was being handled back in March. He told colleagues at the time that he had been told there was no body, but just a bone fragment ‘possibly thousands of years old’ and that the investigation had been blown out of proportion by the police.
Senator Shenton says that he was threatened with legal action by former deputy police chief Lenny Harper over his comments, and that both he and his wife received abusive e-mails from around the world. He also says that he was warned off by Chief Minister Frank Walker – who told him that any approaches to the police or public statements on the case would be regarded by them as interference, and would be publicly disclosed. Senator Walker said that any minister who asked such questions would be in an untenable position and anyone ‘who may be responsible directly or indirectly for any suggestion of interference, will be on his/her own and will be exposed as such’.
• Picture: Senator Shenton
Article posted on 13th November, 2008 - 2.57pm
He was so wrong about Wendy Kinard and must off felt like a right idiot when he was told.
Do the Shentons hate Power,Harper and Kinnard because of the ' Tow Truck Man'?
Then we have Ben Shenton putting in a complaint about Bob Hill, why did he do that, was it because Bob was asking awkward questions about the Abuse enquiry.
And lets not Forget Simon Bellwood and the Greenfields cover up.

Reasons for Greenfields dismissal

0601122_2_cropped.jpgHEALTH Minister Ben Shenton has revealed why Greenfields manager Simon Bellwood was sacked last year.
In a letter sent to all States Members marked ‘strictly confidential’ and entitled Greenfields: Time for the Truth, Senator Shenton writes that he wants to expose what he calls ‘the myths, mischief and speculation’ surrounding the secure unit and explains why Mr Bellwood was dismissed.
He said that Mr Bellwood used foul language and his management was chaotic. The minister decided to speak out after Mr Bellwood revealed details in a JEP interview about the settlement of the employment tribunal that ruled he had been improperly dismissed. Senator Shenton’s nine-page letter has been leaked and published on sacked social worker Mr Bellwood’s blog.
Last week in the JEP interview, Mr Bellwood claimed that he witnessed the Grand Prix system being used to hold children in solitary confinement for 24 hours at the Greenfields Secure Unit in St Saviour. Senator Shenton denies that the Grand Prix system was ever used at the new £5m remand home, but admits that it was used at Les Chênes, the previous children’s home.
• Picture: Senator Ben Shenton with Simon Bellwood, who has published the Health Minister’s letter on the internet
Article posted on 1st December, 2008 - 2.58pm   

This is a little on the Shentons
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18 comments:

voiceforchildren said...

Rico.

I thought I was pretty well researched on matters concerning the HDLG Investigation, but evidently not according to the JEP, where it says this, in the body of your main text.

"Senator Shenton – who faced widespread criticism when he voiced suspicions that the murder inquiry was not justified back in March."

As it is in the JEP, then it must be true, but I've never heard of any "murder inquiry back in March"!!

Perhaps Ben Queere could come on here and tell us all about this "murder inquiry" because from what I've read of the 4 ACPO Reports there never was one. As the JEP are "accredited" and I am not, naturally I should bow to their superiority and take their word for it, that they know things that I don't and even ACPO don't!

Lenny have you, ACPO and just about everybody else been keeping a secret? If so it's time to come clean, you've been "outed" by the JEP When in March or any other month did you launch "a murder inquiry"?

Anonymous said...

I think its desperately personal attacking Ben Shenton. I have known the family for over 20 years and you Mr Sorda are sadly going down the Syvret hate route and have now stooped to his level. Ben Shenton has every right to make these statements. You sir have no authority to silence him and you will only make matters worse.

rico sorda said...

Anonymous

Now lets all in live in a beautiful little island where our dear little politicians must never be questioned,ridiculed,held to account etc etc was it not our great leader that said it's the rough and tumble of politics.

Our politicians have been treated like royalty by our mainstream media, apart from stuart,

Dude im not silencing him, can you add a bit more on the 'only make matters worse' bit cheers

I have witnessed the way Perchard and Shenton have reacted in the states, have you?

rs

Anonymous said...

Stuart is a law breaker in case you have missed something and only has himself to blame for his problems with the media who he still insults now. You obviously endorse his behaviour by regularly licking his face on his blog.

But Dick Shenton is a legend Sir.

Anonymous said...

[I think its desperately personal attacking Ben Shenton.]

I do not consider the above copies of JEP stories to be a personal attack on Ben Shenton, but I do consider the Shenton's attacks to be personal or at least irrational.

I do consider that Ben Shenton is fast becoming 'Commical Ben'.

Would I vote for him again?, no not now, not ever!!

st-ouennais said...

I suspect the widespread, long standing inability of Jersey politicians to admit errors or apologise is central here. Simon Bellwood’s dismissal was clearly shown by later reports to have been wrong. The only way to avoid having to backdown, is for Sen Shenton to argue there is no problem. HdlG has to be undermined for him to justify Simon Bellwood's removal.

This is one of the core weaknesses of having a ministerial government system without political parties. All the decisions are seen as personal to the minister, and the natural human tendency to justify decisions and actions in retrospect even though they may have been wrong has no counter balancing accountability, e.g. to party colleagues.

Anonymous said...

The very same Ben Shenton who records telephone conversations with fellow senators isn't that law breaking? Stuart Syvret published documents that are of real public interest ben shenton was a sneak

rico sorda said...

I might also add lets not forget the the secret recording of senator cohen and then using it now that says a lot for this senator.

All i want is the truth

No cherry picking, no redaction, and all the reports used to form an opinion.

Our politicians must be prepared to do that from both sides of the house

rs

GeeGee said...

As a politician Ben Shenton should expect criticism on his 'performance' or otherwise. If he cannot stand the heat he should get out of the political kitchen.
Dick Shenton's letter was an embarrassment. Ben Shenton broke Data Protection Laws and let us see if he will be brought to account as rapidly as Stuart Syvret was for doing likewise.
Furthermore, what Stuart did was in the public interest. What Ben Shenton did was to keep and use information against a 'friend' and fellow Senator.
Nasty, sneaky and unprofessional. Who on earth could trust him as a politician or anything else come to that from now on.
Simon Bellwood was treated appallingly, much in the same vein as Graham Power and Lenny Harper because they had the 'cohones' to tell the truth and stick it out.
Says it all really.

mac said...

Rico,

I think a lot of our politicians are scared of the truth and that's why they struggle so much with it.

Rythm kollition were shite. said...

Rico,

I think a lot of our politicians are scared of the truth and that's why they struggle so much with it.

Like Syvret?

Where do you arseholes actually come from?

GeeGee said...

As one of the 'arseholes' as you call us, we fight in the corner of the truth, transparency, open and honest government.

Stuart Syvret is villified because this is exactly what he has/is giving us, and as I said before so have others who have stood up for the same principles.

It is very sad if these are not the sort of States Members you want, but, as the saying goes 'There is none so blind as those who cannot see'.

rico sorda said...

Ok then Mr kollition what have i been getting wrong, put me straight with some documents or any kind of evidence.

rs

Anonymous said...

As one of the 'arseholes' as you call us, we fight in the corner of the truth, transparency, open and honest government.

I think you are reading the wrong blog mate. The farce blog is wrecking all of you.

mac said...

Kollition, may I suggest you take your head out of yours and have a look at whats happening around you.

Anonymous said...

I think someone very close to Ben Shenton has had first hand experience of growing up in a children's home
Thats why i cannot understand his stance on Haut de la Garrene

rico sorda said...

Anonymous

' the farce blog is wrecking all of you'

Look good luck with your farce blog, if it helps find the truth then good work, what's with this 'wrecking business'.

I believe we all want the truth nothing more and nothing less

Citizen Media have published a lot of documents not 'cherry picked' or 'Redacted' on their various sites SS Blog, The Voice Sites. I hope the farce Blog is doing the same and not just relying on Diane 'coco loco' simon or David Rose.

rs

GeeGee said...

The farce blog is wrecking all of us is it?!

Well, one thing you are right about, it is a farcical blog, so much so that I looked at it once and haven't bothered since.

Get some real facts together, see if anyone will furnish you with credible and real documentation which can't be disputed. Until then it will continue to be a 'Farce Blog'.

As the saying says -
Take the plank of wood out of your eye before you attempt to take the speck of dust out of mine.