In my quest to find the Truth behind the actions of the Home Affairs Minister Ian Le Marquand as laid out below. I thought I would try the Assistant Minister Deputy Hilton. This is where we are at the moment.
Just for reference sake I have not included the email I sent to ILM as it is further down this posting. I did include it in the email to Deputy Hilton so she is fully aware of the facts.
All I want are answers to the points I have raised.
Truth,Honesty and Integrity
From: rico sorda
Sent: Friday, January 14, 2011 7:33 AM
To: Jacqueline Hilton
Subject: Fw: The JEP/ most urgent
Dear Assistant Minister
Having not received a reply from the Home Affairs Minister to the serious points I raise below could you please get back to me ASAP with an explanation as to why the Home Affairs Minister was making allegations against the former Chief of Police on the 31st December 2010 when he had in fact dropped them in January 2009.
I find these actions from the Minister unacceptable.
Remember Wiltshire? The same has happened again
Now the reply
RE: The JEP/ most urgent
Dear Mr. Sorda,
It is not for me to second guess why the Home Affairs Minister makes comments one way or the other, there is nothing more I can usefully add to this.
Deputy Jackie Hilton.
Re: The JEP/ most urgent
Dear Assistant Minister
Thank you for your very prompt reply.
I was not expecting you to second guess your Minister I was expecting you to ask him. Are you not the Assistant Home Affairs Minister? If the good Minister was to resign tomorrow, would it not be good to know what he is basing his allegations on.
Im getting very worried with the actions of the Home Affairs Minister and his department. If the Minister is in the JEP making allegations that he had dropped two years previously then I think that is very serious. I have emailed Senator Le Marquand as you can see and he has failed to respond.
This is very urgent.
Why did the Minister raise these allegations on the 31st December 2010 in the JEP when he had dropped them in January 2009
Assistant Minister I also believe it is essential that I have your view on this as I believe the Home Affairs Ministry is a collective
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2011 17:44:29 +0000
Subject: RE: Rico Sorda blog
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Dear Mrs. GeeGee, thank you for your e-mail. I am now in the final year of my current term as Minister for Home Affairs. There are 8 priority items which I need to deliver this year all of which are of great importance. I am therefore almost totally focussed on these. I have already made it clear to VFC that I will not respond to any further correspondence in relation to Mr. Power, Mr. Harper or the Historical Abuse Enquiry from him or from any other of the individuals who categorise themselves as Citizen's media but who are in fact merely individuals who have a fixed and firm idea as to what has happened notwithstanding the weight of evidence in the opposite direction. The States of Jersey Police now have a new and excellent leader and need to move on. Frankly, the speculation on these blogsites is going nowhere and I am simply not prepared to give any further time in this area. It is my judgment that it is in the public interest that I now concentrate my time on my 8 priority items and that is what I am going to do. Yours sincerely, Ian Le Marquand.
On this blog I will be concentrating on the Home Affairs Minister, Senator Ian Le Marquand, and his article that appeared in the Jersey Evening Post on 31 December 2010. This article, written by Diane Simon, appeared on the night of the great Jersey Evening Post special marking the closing down of the historic abuse enquiry. In amongst the garbage that appeared that night was the article under the headline "Police 'bullying' is a thing of the past". This article really grabbed my attention because not only did it go against everything I knew from the HMIC reports concerning the running of the States of Jersey Police force but fully exposed Senator Ian Le Marquand as someone prepared to manipulate the reporting of true events to fit his own agenda.
As I always try to do, I wish to evidence this comment through the use of facts. Please bear with me with the length of this blog posting but I feel it is essential for you to read the evidence. What I will be reproducing below is a series of emails sent to the Home Affairs Minister and which, at the time of going to press, have not been responded to.
What I find completely staggering is that Diane Simon did not challenge and, as far as I am aware, has never challenged anything that the Home Affairs Minister has said. Let us be under no illusion of how badly the people of Jersey are being let down by the local media. Ian Le Marquand, as the old saying goes, wants to have his cake and eat it. Are we now saying that it is perfectly acceptable for a former magistrate, who should possess ethical traits such as truth, honesty and integrity, to table allegations then withdraw the allegations and then, when the persons at whom the allegations are levelled has turned his back and left the Island, sees fit to resurrect the allegations as concrete facts.
I find the actions of the Home Affairs Minister quite unacceptable. On speaking to people in the course of general conversation and through more formal correspondence I have tried to understand why the Home Affairs Minister is acting as he is. At the time of writing, I do not know if it is simply arrogance, corruption or even if there is a heavy church influence somewhere in the background because, make no mistake, through just a little bit of investigative journalism, something is not quite stacking up.
As you will see Ian Le Marquand first asks the former Chief of Police, Graham Power, on 31 December 2008 about the bullying allegations. In January 2009 Ian Le Marquand drops all proceedings into these allegations, as will be evidenced below. Two years to the day, 31 December 2010, Senator Le Marquand resurrects these allegations as he knows there is no form of recourse for the former Chief of Police, Graham Power. This is shocking, scandalous and answers need to found as to why this has been able to happen. It gives me no pleasure in exposing the Chief Minister and Home Affairs Minister as lying cretinous buffoons. Now some might feel these allegations harsh, but then I will just drop them and when they leave office resurrect them. That's how it's done after all.
This all ties in with the cover up of child abuse. All these actions are designed to discredit the SOJP under the leadership of Graham Power and Lenny Harper. If someone can come up with a better argument or alternative point of view, I am all ears. As you will see, I base this all on evidence.
The Home Affairs Minister was meant to remain "Neutral" as was the Chief Minister
What is now evidenced fact, ILM was setting an Agenda before the Suspension Reviews and long before the Wiltshire Debacle.
Now for the eveidence
This is the email I sent to the Home Affairs Minister asking to explain the article
From: rico sorda
Sent: Sun, 2 January, 2011 17:55:37
Subject: The JEP
As you are well aware. I have been researching and investigating the historic child abuse investigation for many months now. Along with the many matters for concern I have uncovered, not least the Chief Minister, Terry Le Sueur, openly misleading the House with regard to the dropping of Part D of the Napier terms of reference, I have found your role and your judgement so very hard to work out.
I have tried and failed to gain a reasonable understanding of your actions concerning the Wiltshire Report. If I am not mistaken, the Wiltshire Report was part of a disciplinary process of the former Chief of Police, Graham Power QPM. I still find it absolutely staggering that a former magistrate, who is meant to know, practice and abide by the law and above all should demonstrate absolute neutrality and fairness, dropped all disciplinary charges against Graham Power and on the same day made a statement to the House without having informed Mr Power of the action taken. You then proceeded to hold a kangaroo court with the full weight of the local media in hanging Graham Power out to dry with no right of redress through the proper channels. I have spoken to many people regarding your actions concerning Mr Power's suspension and the reason for doing this, Senator Le Marquand, is to establish your role in the history of the matter and the reasoning behind your more recent actions.
Below I reproduce an article that appeared in the Jersey Evening Post on bullying in the States of Jersey Police.
By Diane Simon
Home Affairs Minister Ian Le Marquand
SIGNIFICANT progress has been made during the past two years in changing the culture of bullying and arrogance which affected the States police, says Home Affairs Minister Ian Le Marquand.
And the positive changes have come under the leadership of former acting police chief David Warcup and his deputy, Barry Taylor, said the Senator.
Commenting at the end of the historical child abuse inquiry, Senator Le Marquand said that there had been cultural issues in the force which were exacerbated under the leadership of police chief Graham Power and his deputy, Lenny Harper.
‘I noticed a culture of bullying in certain areas and a culture of arrogance,’ said Senator Le Marquand. ‘The message coming from senior management tended to be “We are the expert professionals and we know better than you”, and that attitude was being passed down the force.’
Having read the HMIC reports during Graham Power and Lenny Harper's terms in office, I can see nothing but praise for the way in which they turned the Police force around. As you are aware, there was a HMIC report released in 2001/2 which was very critical on the running of the States of Jersey Police force.
Could you please send me the link to the report upon which the statements made in the above article are based. The reason I say this is that I will be astonished and shocked if the Home Affairs Minister was in fact just expressing an opinion based on his own interpersonal relations with the individuals concerned.
I very much look forward to receiving your reply as I believe this is a very important issue.
So, as you can see this is a very straight forward email. I then contacted the former Chief of Police Graham Power for his response to these allegations, what came back left me shocked. What I reproduce below is a reply from Graham Power to the original allegations by Senator Le Marquand the date was the 31st DECEMBER 2008. I repeat 31st DECEMBER 2008.
QPM MA (Oxon)
3rd January 2009.
Urgent by hand.
The Minister for Home Affairs.
11 Royal Square,
YOUR LETTERS DATED 31ST DECEMBER 2008.
Thank you for your letters dated 31st December 2008 and for the personal attention you have given to these matters. One letter, which I shall call the first letter, concerns a letter I sent to you on 15th December 2008. The second raises a new issue of an alleged “culture of bullying.” Attached to the second letter is a copy of a letter to the Chief Executive, Mr Bill Ogley. I will reply in more detail to both letters in the next few days. The purpose of this letter is to make immediate representations regarding the course of action you propose in the attachment to the second letter.
In the same envelope and on the same day I have received from you two letters. The first tells me that as a consequence of information I have provided to you relating to the apparent conduct of Mr Ogley, you have referred the matter to the Law Officers Department with a view to determining whether a criminal investigation is required. For what it is worth I support the action you have taken in respect of that issue. The second letter tells me that an allegedly new matter has arisen, and that you have referred this to Mr Ogley for him to take forward. It may be that in the overall scale of events you have inadvertently overlooked the clear conflict of interest which your second action involves. Assuming that to be the case I now formally draw it to your attention.
My own position is that I regard Mr Ogley as conflicted in this matter and that I do not consider it fair or in any way consistent with the principles of justice that he should have any role whatsoever in matters affecting my interests until such time as he has been exonerated of any misconduct in his handling of my case. I therefore request that arrangements be made for the second issue to be addressed in a way which removes any suggestion that Mr Ogley has been in a position to influence actions in respect of my case.
While I hope that this letter is not seen as unnecessarily robust and inhibitive of future working relationships I nevertheless feel it appropriate to make this representation in the clearest of terms in order that my position cannot be misunderstood.
Thank you again for your attention to this matter.
Cc. Dr T Brain.
The above letter shows Mr Powers acknowledgement of the Le Marquand allegation of " Culture of Bullying". The letter below explains Graham Powers position on this matter and is quite self explanatory
QPM MA (Oxon)
7th January 2009.
The Minister for Home Affairs.
11 Royal Square,
YOUR LETTER DATED 31ST DECEMBER 2008 REFERRING TO A “CULTURE OF BULLYING.”
Thank you for the above correspondence, and for keeping me informed on events relating to my case. You will by now have received my hand-delivered letter dated 3rd January 2009 which makes representations regarding the management of this issue.
I have to confess that this latest matter came as a surprise. This is particularly so, given my undisputed inheritance of a serious bullying culture, and the actions I have taken to resolve this, which have been confirmed and supported by independent assessment. Assuming you have been fully briefed, you will be aware of the critical comments of H.M. Inspectorate of Constabulary prior to my appointment, and of the level of concern on the part of the former committee, which led to a senior female officer from the U.K. being asked to undertake a review. You may also have been told of the significant anti-bullying and harassment measures I have put in place during my tenure, including Jerseys only “off island” reporting line. You might also be aware of some of the high profile disciplinary hearings in which I have addressed this inherited culture. This included at least one case in which the perpetrator made counter-allegations against the former D.C.O. I arranged for allegations to be independently investigated by Devon and Cornwall Police under the supervision of the Jersey Police Complaints Authority. The allegations against the D.C.O. were found to be unsubstantiated and vexatious and his actions were fully supported. In progressing anti-bullying policy I have been much encouraged by feedback from staff focus groups organised by H.M. Inspectorate of Constabulary, which have provided additional evidence of a well motivated workforce, with high levels of morale. Police staff members with experience in other areas of the public sector have often commented in a positive way on the progressive measures introduced under my leadership.
The allegation is also inconsistent with the messages which I continue to receive almost daily from within the force, the wider public sector, and concerned islanders. The majority of those who have been in touch do in fact make reference to an oppressive culture characterised by victimisation and bullying. The “culture of bullying” to which they refer is the one emanating from the senior levels of Cyril Le Marquand House, with my own experience being seen as a typical, but not exclusive example of that behaviour.
That said, I await with interest the production of any credible evidence to support what is apparently alleged. You can take it as given that I will be determined and relentless in the defence of my position, and, should any allegations be shown to be false, I naturally reserve all of my options for seeking proper redress against those responsible.
Thank you for your continued attention to these matters. I await a response at the appropriate time.
The above allegations by Home Affairs Minister have been challenged by the then Chief of Police Graham Power.
So what happens next I hear you ask?
Well this is What Happens next
QPM MA (Oxon)
The Minister for Home Affairs,
11 Royal Square,
DISCIPLINARY CODE IN RELATION TO THE CHIEF OFFICER OF POLICE.
Thank you for your letter dated 26th January 2009 under the above heading which makes reference to your correspondence dated 31st December 2008 in which you gave notice of a possible further investigation relating to an alleged “culture of bullying.”
I am grateful for your notification that you have decided to take this possible additional matter no further and take this as confirmation that all matters contained in the earlier correspondence in so far as they relate to any allegations concerning any conduct on my part are thereby withdrawn.
Thank you for keeping me informed on this issue.
So, on the 31st December 2008. Senator Ian Le Marquand informs Graham Power of a " Possible further Investigation under the Code" ref "Culture of Bullying.
On the same Date Senator ILM informs the Chief Executive Bill Ogley of the possible further Investigation under the code
Graham Power Acknowledges this on the 3rd January 2009
On the 7th January Graham Power write his reply to the Allegations
On the 26th January 2009 Senator ILM writes to Graham Power and says,
Dear Mr Power
Re: Disciplinary Code in relation to the Chief Officer
Further to my letter to Mr Ogley of the 31st December 2008 ( of which I sent you a copy ) and your subsequent letters of 3rd and 7th January, I write to advise you that I have decided to take this possible additional matter no further
Ian Le Marquand
Minister for Home Affairs
Ladies and Gentleman I rest my case. What the hell is Senator Ian Le Marquand up to . How come on the 31st December 2010 this Headline Turns up. He then heaps all the praise on Dave Warcup and his team. Im not a Journalist nor am I even an investigative journalist, im just a very concerned member of the public who is prepared to expose these Bozos because our Media cant.
I have emailed Diane Simon with these facts: Still no reply
I will now reproduce a letter sent to Lenny Harper on his retirement from then Home Affairs Minister Wendy Kinnard
I write on the eve of your retirement from the States of Jersey Police to personally thank you for all that you have achieved on behalf of our island community since joining the Force in May 2002, firstly as Superintendent Head of Operations and thereafter as Deputy Chief Officer from September 2003.
There have been numerous important contributions you have made to policing locally that I could mention but there are some which have a particular significance that should rightly be highlighted.
The 2002/2003 Report of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) noted that the executive team, including the Chief Superintendent (Operations), “enjoys the strong support of staff both in respect of its leadership style and the overall direction of the States of Jersey Police”. This was not evident during the last Inspection in 1999 and it is a compliment to the leadership style that a number of officers described the SoJP as ‘focused’ and ‘continuing to move forward’. (Page 5) This new approach by the executive team has delivered real benefit in terms of falling crime levels year on year.
In the 2006 HMIC Report, by which time you had been in the position of Deputy Chief Officer for 3 years, you were singled out for particular praise in respect of your high profile leadership on all professional standards issues. You were described as driving the need for high integrity and inspiring, promoting and supporting an ethical culture. (Page 9)
In addition, I should like to focus on topics where I feel your contribution has been particularly key to success; one being the development of the first ever Memorandum of Understanding between the Honorary Police and the States of Jersey Police. You were instrumental in the process of building confidence between the Forces and everyone can see the benefit of the Memorandum which has been put in place and continues to work well.
I have also been impressed by your commitment to diversity issues. As you are aware racial and sexual discrimination in the workplace and elsewhere has yet to be prohibited by law. Nevertheless Professional Standards under your leadership and working to an agreed policy framework with the Minister and Assistant Minister has firmly challenged and addressed unacceptable behaviour.
The team of which you have been an integral part were complimented by HMIC in 2002/2003 for numerous positive changes many of which are directly attributable to the dynamism and robust, visible and accessible leadership style (Page 5). It is these very same qualities which you have demonstrated personally during your leadership of the Historical Abuse Inquiry. Since the early stages of the Inquiry I have seen you build and then lead a first rate team. The Inquiry is of huge significance to the people of Jersey and particularly to all those who have been affected by abuse. Your robust approach, whilst showing sensitivity to the victims, has undoubtedly been crucial in demonstrating to a sceptical audience that the States of Jersey Police are taking these matters seriously and that they will be thoroughly investigated.
It is because leadership of this calibre is exceptional that I write as Home Affairs Minister to acknowledge the significant contribution which you have made to the States of Jersey Police. I wish you well for the future in spending more time with your family which I know mean so much to you.
Senator Wendy Kinnard
Senator ILM: 2008, 2010