Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Napier- The Chief Minister Responds

In this Blog Posting I have reproduced the letter sent to Deputy Bob Hill from the Chief Minister T.Le Sueur.

It is an amazing insight into what is happening with the Brian Napier Report

At the turn of the year Deputy Hill asked the Chief Minister if he was going to have an enquiry into the suspension of the former Chief of Police Graham Power the Chief Minister said 'NO'.

Deputy Hill then informed the Chief Minister that he would in fact bring one and lodged it the very next day.

This then woke up our Chief Minister who told our states members don't vote for Bob Hills proposition P9/2010 but back my far quicker one. This turned out to be the Brian Napier Report, it will take about 6/8 weeks. Now that was in February 2010.



From:    Terry Le Sueur 
Sent:   16 August 2010 14:08
To:     Bob Hill
Cc:     All States Members (including ex officio members)
Subject:        RE: The Review into the suspension of the Chief Police Officer.
 

Dear Bob,
 
I am pleased that you have now received my letter.      I am therefore now copying it to all States members for information.        I am satisfied with the integrity of the process to date and I am anxious to ensure that proper procedures are followed at all times.
 
Terry.



Chief Minister

Cyril Le Marquand House
St Helier, Jersey, JE4 8QT

Dear Bob

Thanks for the e-mail of 6th August.

I am not aware of any interim report being issued as such. I am aware that John Richardson asked Brian Napier for a progress report, which i referred to in my letter of 22nd July as a 'position paper'. I am not aware of the date on which John Richardson received this progress report, and he is currently on leave.

Since the date, I am aware that Mr Napier has submitted a preliminary draft of his report to relevant Key witnesses whom he had interviewed. The purpose of this , as i said earlier letter, was to enable the recipients to respond and put their side of the case before any FINAL report is issued. I have not seen a copy of this draft and nor should I.

When the final report is issued, I confirm that you and I should receive full un-redacted versions, even if we have to treat such versions as confidential.

Yours sincerely T. Le Sueur


So when the House went with the Chief Minister where did they agree that Deputy Chief Officer John Richardson would be the one overseeing the Napier Report.

The DCO is handling a report that concerns his boss. Can this be right. They agreed that Deputy Hill along with TLS would be overseeing this.

So Terry is not aware of any Interim report but knows John Richardson has had a 'progress report' which is a 'position paper' but we don't know when these arrived as he is on holiday ( are they in the safe?).

So we also know that a Mr Napier has submitted a preliminary draft of his report to relevant Key witnesses whom he had interviewed. "The purpose of this , as i said earlier letter, was to enable the recipients to respond and put their side of the case before any FINAL report is issued"

What so they can change there stories?

Remember what Deputy Hills remit was

"I am afraid that the letter's contents do not provide the answers to my questions. Also the fact that you now inform me that a second report has been forwarded which you claim you have again not seen is just not acceptable. You and I should be seeing what is being submitted. I again remind you that you agreed that I would be involved with the ongoing work of the Commissioner, the reporting mechanism and the reports themselves, including the Final Report. The fact that you now say that a second report has been forwarded which you have not seen or informed me of is turning your promise to me into a farce. The perception of openness is paramount, the fact that the reports are being sent to and acted upon be a civil servant who is directly answerable to his boss who is apparently deeply implicated in the suspension is just not acceptable because of the civil servant's conflict of interest,"

So all the witnesses have seen the preliminary drafts this includes John Richardson's boss Chief Executive Bill Ogley who probably has more 'Scott's' than the phone directory . Just what is going on here

Here we have the Civi Servants running the show again and the elected politician pushed to one side.

Remember the Chief Minister didn't even want this review so is hardly bothered about playing ball. This is going on time and time again and no one bats an eyelid.

Who could forget Ben Shenton's complaint against Deputy Hill for saying he couldn't trust the Chief Minister.

Bang on again Bob



From: Ben Shenton
Sent: 25 February 2010 15:08
To: Michael De La Haye (States Greffe)
Cc: Terry Le Sueur
Subject: Complaint

Dear Michael,
 
I wish to make a formal complaint about the conduct of the Deputy of St Martin who has impugned the reputation of both the States Assembly and the Chief Minister.
 
Standing Orders clearly state –
Elected members should at all times conduct themselves in a manner which will tend to maintain and strengthen the public’s trust and confidence in the integrity of the States of Jersey and shall endeavour, in the course of their public and private conduct, not to act in a manner which would bring the States, or its Members generally, into disrepute.
Elected members should at all times treat other members of the States, officers, and members of the public with respect and courtesy and without malice, notwithstanding the disagreements on issues and policy which are a normal part of the political process.
In a document circulated to All Elected States Members, Channel TV, Radio Jersey, Spotlight, JEP and other media, dated 21/02/2010, he wrote;
 
“ The Chief Minister now offers this concession, not because he is persuaded that it is a good thing.   He does so through clenched teeth because he is now cornered and can think of nothing else.   Why should anyone trust the Chief Minister to deliver anything which is impartial and fair now?   He has opposed fairness, justice, and transparency at every turn.   I regret to say that he does not deserve to be trusted, and nobody should accept his assurances.   His ineffective proposal should be rejected and a proper, independent and robust Committee of Enquiry be established in accordance with my proposition.”
 
Furthermore the JEP Headline dated 25th February, 2010 reads “They want it swept under the carpet”.
 
In a comment on a debate held ‘in-camera’  Deputy Hill outlined issues to the journalist  that had been raised in the confidential debate and is quoted as saying – “There will be a cosy in-house inquiry with the leading players saying what they want.” The headline and story casts doubt on the reputation of every Member that voted against the proposal of Deputy Hill.
 
An allegation of a Government cover-up by States Members when there is no evidence to support the claim is a very serious matter. Similarly the assertion that the Chief Minister “does not deserve to be trusted, and nobody should accept his assurances” undermines the whole of the States Assembly and in particular the position of the Chief Minister and reputation of the Council of Ministers.
 
Please advise the correct procedure in order that this complaint may be lodged.


So that was Senator Shenton watching Terry's back

But look at what is happening here

Deputy Hill is being proved right

We will bring you the news as we receive it. You can all make up your own minds but look at what Terry's letter says

"When the final report is issued, I confirm that you and I should receive full un-redacted versions, even if we have to treat such versions as confidential"

Not the Redaction again

Deputy Pitman " The Shambles is on its way"

READ ALL ABOUT IT P9/2010

RS











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29 comments:

Anonymous said...

voiceforchildren said...
Those who voted against an open public enquiry into the (illegal?) suspension of Graham Power as brought to the States by Deputy Bob Hill and will go down in Jersey History infamy are commonly known as "The P9-26" And here they are.

The "P9-26"

Senator Terry Le Sueur
Senator Paul Routier
Senator Philip Ozouf
Senator Terry Le Main
Senator Ben Shenton
Senator Freddie Cohen
Senator Alan Breckon
Senator Sarah Ferguson
Senator Alan Maclean
Senator Ian Le Marquand
Connétable Ken Vibert
Connétable John Gallichan
Connétable Mike Jackson
Connétable Graham Butcher
Connétable Peter Hanning
Connétable John Refault
Connétable Juliette Gallichan
Deputy Ben Fox
Deputy James Reed
Deputy Jackie Hilton
Deputy Ian Gorst
Deputy Phil Rondel
Deputy Angela Jeune
Deputy Ann Dupré
Deputy Eddie Noel
Deputy Andrew Green M.B.E.

rico sorda said...

Anonymous said...
The enormous criticism of the new Island 'LOGO' (now affectionately known as the 'Flying Banana') was in fact a true stroke of Genius??....it exemplifies everything that is wrong with the COM (i.e Banana skins can send you very quickly onto your bottom) and their concerted efforts to cover up the truth, so a word of simple wisdom to the ministers..."a colander is not a good vessel to hold secrets" (for colander substitute Jersey). This whole sad tale is reaching it's inevitable climax and when the truth will emerge it will be devasting for us all, how terribly, terribly sad when as so many seem to have forgotten that this was all about the abuse of small children, and a simple statement of acceptance of responsibility of wrongdoing would have been the way forward.

rico sorda said...

I have just transfered some comments that came in late on my last posting

rs

Anonymous said...

I am still trying to work out what you are trying to say here? Why isn't Graham Power or his lawyers requesting updates but only a couple of deputies who have no ties to Mr Power? Its all very strange. If people are trying to imply that there is a scandal going on then can they be more specific? I wish they would get straight to the point instead of re-posting questions and answers all the time which just confuses matters all the time. If TLS says people involved need time to respond then thats just normal isn't it? All Napier is trying to do us get an accurate picture. Just cut the chaff as they say.

rico sorda said...

Anon

Start by reading P9/2010.

rs

GeeGee said...

Rico - Like that old washing machine advert it just goes on and on and on. Sadly though what comes out at the end will be far from washed and squeaky clean.

Whilst not at all unexpected, I am so very concerned that Bob Hill's involvement at this stage has been zilch. I was in the States the day that Comical Terry said Bob would have oversight of this report and so far he has seen nothing!!

Truly, truly worrying stuff especially as the word redacted has reared its ugly head again. Why should this be redacted? We know the sequence of events well enough and those who were involved.

Oh what tangled webs they weave....

voiceforchildren said...

Rico.

From Terry Le Sueur.

“I am not aware of any interim report being issued as such. I am aware that John Richardson asked Brian Napier for a progress report, which i referred to in my letter of 22nd July as a 'position paper'. I am not aware of the date on which John Richardson received this progress report, and he is currently on leave.”

“I am satisfied with the integrity of the process to date and I am anxious to ensure that proper procedures are followed at all times.”

Why aren’t the “accredited” media exposing this nonsense? Call it an interim report a progress report, a position paper or what the hell you like. The fact is that John Richardson has seen it/them and Deputy Hill hasn’t. Deputy Hill is supposed to have complete oversight of Napier’s review. John Richardson’s immediate boss is heavily implicated in the suspicious suspension of Graham Power QPM!!

Once more a Senior Civil Servant holds all the cards and a democratically elected representative, (who is supposed to have complete oversight) is kept in the dark. And Terry Le Sueur is “satisfied with the integrity of the process”!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Senator Breckon's Letter/email sent to ILM, TLS, and the COMs early this year becomes very relevant again.

You have got to remember that he was giving them the benifit of his doubt and for them to do the right thing, that was also why he voted with them against P9.

So surely now is the time when Senator Alan Breckon says enough is enough and doesnot anymore want to be associated with The P9 26 lot.

Senator Breckon, it stands to reason that you are disillusioned by a lot of what is going on in The States at present so now is your time to stand up and show your disgust.

Anonymous said...

TLS says: I confirm that you and I should receive full unredacted versions,
EVEN IF WE HAVE TO TREAT SUCH VERSIONS AS CONFIDENTIAL.

Is The Chief Minister, TLS threatening Deputy Hill with that last sentence?!

Anonymous said...

EVEN IF WE HAVE TO TREAT SUCH VERSIONS AS CONFIDENTIAL, or does TLS mean by this: Deputy Hill I am not going to get away with not giving you with a full unredacted version. But please donot let Citizen Media get sight of it.

Anonymous said...

If the full Napier report does not see the light of day and Graham Power is stiched up once again then if I was him I would pass everything I had over to citizens media and let them publich the lot.

Warcup's letter to Ogley.
The interim met report.
Wiltshire 1 & 2 (in full)
His lengthy written submission to Wiltshire.

There's no way they should be allowed to get away with this. And I'd bet my house Graham Power sees it the same way.

Anonymous said...

Who's to say that citizen's media haven't already got all those documents and are just biding their time?

Anonymous said...

So Terry is not aware of any Interim report but knows John Richardson has had a 'progress report' which is a 'position paper' but we don't know when these arrived as he is on holiday ( are they in the safe?).

Surely a 'progress report' is in the context of Bob Hill's request, an interim report. If TLS cannot understand that point, what the hell is he doing in the job of CM, he must be an idiot!

For example in corporation talk, companies will often release a Interim management statement, which is in other words a progress report on the company normally released a couple of months before year end results.

rico sorda said...

So check this out and look what is going on with Scrutiny and WEB.


WEB ‘altered tone’ of report
By Jo Hutchison


Public perception of the Waterfront development is not in keeping with the glowing report on WEB’s performance which was issued to the media
A GLOWING report into the performance of the Waterfront Enterprise Board was changed before it was released to the public, it emerged yesterday.

A Scrutiny panel heard claims that huge areas of a report by independent consultants had the ‘tone, content and facts’ altered by WEB before the report was released.

Independent property consultants DTZ assessed the performance of WEB, the body in charge of delivering buildings on the Waterfront, before handing it a draft report to check for factual inaccuracies.

But when the final report was released to the media it was markedly different from the draft report given to WEB to check two months earlier.

Now surly this isn't happening with the Napier Report. It will be interesting to see if the JEP probe what has been going on here or just report what they are told.

"But when the final report was released to the media it was markedly different from the draft report given to WEB to check two months earlier"

Just what is going on over here. A 'Government within a Government' are we all being taken for fools and that means all of us.

Even if you are Right,Left, Centre or Farce you can see things are not going quite right.

Just how are they going to spin the leadership of TLS when he leaves office

rs

Anonymous said...

No need for redaction Terry me old son

T.O.R

3. Report

A Report should be prepared for the Chief Minister. The Commissioner must
be aware that the entire disciplinary process for the Chief Officer of Police is
conducted under his Terms and Conditions of Employment, which include a
Code of Conduct for Disciplinary Process. This Code requires confidentiality
to be maintained by all parties throughout the disciplinary process. As such,
the report should therefore be in 2 parts –

(i) Part I should consist of matters appropriate for immediate publication
to States Members and the Public;

(ii) Part II relating to those matters specific to the Chief Officer of Police
which under his Code of Conduct have to remain confidential until the
disciplinary process has been completed.

The Chief of Police has been shafted so the road is now clear for a a full and public report.

voiceforchildren said...

Rico.

My thoughts exactly. How the hell are the "accredited" media going to spin Terry Le Sueur's tenure as Chief Minister into something positive???

I kid you not, I was thinking about this earlier today, just what the hell can they say positive about this blokes term in office and get the general public to believe it? I truly am baffled as to how they will manage it.

If the States Communications Unit can pull something out the bag to pull this off, then they deserve every penny of their budget.

rico sorda said...

Former Home Affairs Minister said

"My knowledge of this matter stems from my role as Home Affairs Minister. As such I am bound by the confidentiality requirements in the Chief Police Officer's disciplinary code.  Although the decision to suspend the Chief of Police was my decision, at all times I sought legal advice and that of HR professionals and took this advice into account"

At all times he sought Legal Advice

So he goes to a briefing on the 11th November 2008 and decides to suspend on the 12th. Not much time for getting all that advice. Who in the Law Office was giving the legal advice. Surly not the old AG

rs
 

Rob Kent said...

Hi Rico, I don't know what technology you use for your blogging but you should get over to the Farce blog, it's incredible. They manage to post 'Anonymous' replies to my comments before my comments have even been published.

Doesn't that mean that one of the blog admins is reading my post and writing a reply as Anonymous then posting my comment and his/her reply at the same time?

Not only do they want to hide behind a pseudonym, but they want to pretend to be Anonymous as well.

"I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary but slinks out of the race, where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat." Milton

GeeGee said...

'Just what is going on over here. A 'Government within a Government' are we all being taken for fools and that means all of us'.

Yes, we are all being taken for fools, but who are the real fools Rico? Those in high places who think they can carry on trying to pull the wool over our very dreary eyes.

However, 'they' have always been able to do this in the past, but now have to reckon with people like you and VFC, Bob Hill and the other good politicians who will not be fobbed off any longer. Add to that the growing number of members of the public who are starting to see through all this, and the 'accredited' media who must surely be aware that this is becoming another story that they will have to put a helluva a lot of spin on in order to please their Establishment masters.

And yes Neil, how the hell could anybody have one single good word to say about TLeS even if he walks on water between now and when he retires. He truly has been a disaster of the most tremendous proportions, and surely there cannot be anybody equally as bad or worse who can replace him.

Finally, as per the comment from Anonymous above, all things being fair, honest and equal we should demand and expect a NON-redacted report.

rico sorda said...

Rob

This is the only comment I will make on it.

Bollix

One man jerking off

Just like the old PJ days.

I have stopped reading it.

rs

Anonymous said...

Just a question.

Would Brian Napier QC (Queen's Counsel), be of a higher standing/ranking than our Deputy Bailiff or come to that our Bailiff and ex-Bailiff?

Anonymous said...

When you put it all together what a mess we have. What is going on with that WEB report. They sex it up and then Fred gives the green light. They are just preserving their jobs nothing else.

Harcourt are still building that shopping mall. They have been on it for about 5 years they said they could do a finance district in 8.

Anonymous said...

“ The Chief Minister now offers this concession, not because he is persuaded that it is a good thing. He does so through clenched teeth because he is now cornered and can think of nothing else. Why should anyone trust the Chief Minister to deliver anything which is impartial and fair now? He has opposed fairness, justice, and transparency at every turn. I regret to say that he does not deserve to be trusted, and nobody should accept his assurances. His ineffective proposal should be rejected and a proper, independent and robust Committee of Enquiry be established in accordance with my proposition.”


Well said Deputy Hill

What with WEB and Ogley this week whatever next?

rico sorda said...

Like all the brave names on our local cenotaph where shall we place the ones above.

Any Ideas

rs

Ian Evans said...

AMAZING, BLOODY AMAZING !!!

rico sorda said...

I would like to thank Senator Ozouf who has given me permission to publish our email exchange. I will publish it on my next post and it concerns ILM getting the backing SEB and the COM

rs

voiceforchildren said...

Rico.

Some up-dated e-mails

Tee Hee said...

I just noticed with a giggle that ILM also stands for Industrial Light & Magic!
Oligarchy Smoke & Mirrors, more like!! :)

Anonymous said...

S A Vautier was spotted yesterday walking from the direction of the Police Station, to the direction of Cyril Le Marquand House.

He was looking very glum.