Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Scrutiny Review - The Findings- 1
Ex Senator Ben Shenton
Ex Senator Jim Perchard
Scrutiny Sub Panel the Findings -1
As I start to digest what has come out of the Scrutiny Sub Panel Review my attention is now swinging in the direction of one EX Senator Ben Shenton plus his side kick one EX Senator Jim Perchard.
The reason for this is simple. On the 19th September 2007 Senator Ben Shenton became Health & Social Services Minister. He appointed Senator Jim Perchard as Assistant Minister with special responsibility for Social Services. What follows with these two concerning the Jersey Historical Child Abuse Investigation in my opinion doesn't make for comfortable reading. They have come across as hell bent on discrediting the investigation under Lenny Harper at any given opportunity. The question that must be asked and found is a simple "WHY". The fact that they held such positions of authority makes it even more serious.
There are the very serious allegations concerning Jim Perchard leaking information to David Rose. This infamous Journalist was writing articles for the Daily Mail back in April 2008 which were trashing the investigation he continued with this trashing right into 2009 with the help of Mick Gradwell.
It is Ben Shenton where I believe a very bright light should be shone. I just cant figure it out yet but I will. Why is he so hell bent on discrediting anything to do with Lenny Harper & Graham Powers involvement with the "HCAE" and yet doesn't bat an eyelid on the actions of D/Superintendent Mick Gradwell. Shenton, along with Perchard and the Data Thief Deputy Sean Power even wrote a lovely little letter to the Attorney General to look into a possible leak between Lenny Harper & the "NOTW". No letter to the AG about Gradwell though.
I cant help but think that the Shenton interference stems back to when his dad the former Senator Dick Shenton was president of the then Defence committee. This committee was the political body in charge of Policing in Jersey. It is so important that we look at this. Do the Shentons have influence down the "SOJP?"? Especially Dick Shenton.
Dick Shenton was no fan of Lenny Harper they had crossed swords on numerous occasions. Can someone, would someone use an Abuse Investigation to settle some old scores?
Before I get onto Lenny Harpers guest posting here are some links referring to the issues I raise above.
I believe im getting closer to understanding how the Abuse Cover-up happened. It has been a painstakingly slow. This is being done with fellow bloggers and good old investigative work. I follow my instinct. I need to know that the newly promoted Andre Bonjour of the SOJP was fully cleared by the South Yorkshire Police. Again, my instinct is telling me to look there. Is there a link between Bonjour, Shenton & a certain person that gets Police Protection. These are questions that must be asked and looked at. Maybe there is nothing there but I just keep getting this nagging feeling.
Ben Shenton was dead against the recent Scrutiny Sub Panel review into BDO ALTO.
Here are some links and posting at to why im looking at the actions of the Shentons.
Everybody loves it when the "PIPE FITTER" comes a calling
Here is Lenny Harpers reply to the Scrutiny Sub Panel Report
GUEST POSTING 10TH November 2011
The publication of the Scrutiny Report into the circumstances surrounding the BDO Alto report on the use of Financial Resources during Operation Rectangle should be grasped as an opportunity to renew focus on the most important people of this whole tragic saga and who seem to have been totally forgotten. They are of course, the abuse victims. Attention should now be switching once again to how it was that such vile abuse was allowed to flourish in establishments run by the States of Jersey and how this abuse was permitted to blight young lives forever, and to continue to do so over decades despite being reported time and time again to many agencies and individuals.
Of course this consignment of the victims to the status of a side issue is not and has not been an accident. Indeed among the most bizarre and ghastly sights of the week has been one of the main architects of the denigration of abuse victims, Ben Shenton, appearing on BBC television defending the professionalism and integrity of the mainstream media whilst pouring scorn on those who have sought to publish the truth on various blogs. I must have missed the utterances from Mr Shenton which showed any knowledge of the qualities of truth and integrity. Those who have so willingly and enthusiastically misreported most aspects of the HCAE could have no more fitting apologist!
The same could be said about the quite appalling performance of Ms Gallichan in delivering her PPC statement on the BDO report, where she blatantly, although not very successfully, tried to discredit and smear the Scrutiny Sub Panel and in particular Deputy Pitman. Anyone who did not realise that her hesitant and wavering attempt at destroying the impact of the Scrutiny Report was a scripted and hastily put together damage limitation exercise by her political masters must also believe that Channel Television only report the truth and deserved the award they received which has now turned into egg on their face. True to form, they this evening led with another beautifully deceptive online headline which made me think they were reporting yet another attack on my running of the HCAE. The headline, “Operation Rectangle – More criticism” was ingenious as it bore no resemblance to what the Scrutiny Report actually said. Moreover, CTV managed to totally ignore the stinging criticism they suffered in the report. Their looking glass is obviously steamed up.
As CTV seemed to have totally ignored the actual findings of the Scrutiny Panel perhaps we should look at some of them.
The Scrutiny report concluded that the Terms of Reference for the BDO report had been drawn up too narrowly and that this led to a focus only on internal police arrangements and use of resources by the police. The sub panel found this promoted the perception that high levels of expenditure were caused by lack of control by Police management and that accordingly the Scrutiny report concluded that it was inevitable that this narrow focus would be seen by some as less than objective and an attempt to discredit the HCAE.
BDO of course didn’t think it worth arguing that they should interview me so neither they nor anyone else, except a few bloggers, thought it worth asking how items like the building of a new major incident suite for the enquiry could ever have been facilitated without the prior knowledge and approval of Home Affairs, Treasury, and any number of politicians and States Departments. Funnily, none of the mainstream media have yet asked that question. Instead, BDO and the media focussed on attacking me for presenting officers who had come to Jersey to work away from home on a difficult and stressful investigation with a pair of crystal tumblers on completing their stint, business meals in an Indian restaurant, and for spending on average £160 a month more on expenses than the Deputy Chief of a rural English force who had no major investigation and who did not have to fly across the channel when he wanted to liaise or meet with other colleagues providing assistance. Never mind that lives had been ruined by States sponsored and States concealed child abuse. The ‘lavish lifestyle’ was a much more appealing headline to those such as Mick Gradwell who played no small part in the direction that the BDO review took.
Mr Gradwell of course, refused to give evidence to the Scrutiny Panel. This seems at first glance rather odd, considering his almost non-stop pontificating to various media outlets during most of his time in Jersey. This includes delivering confidential information to one journalist who not only admitted to placing false information into the public domain, but who was also a known apologist for convicted paedophiles. The Scrutiny report states that Mr Gradwell undermined Mr Warcup by changing the original reasons given to him by Warcup for employing Mr Kellet. Instead of the overall review of the SOJP handling of the investigation which Warcup told him he wanted, Gradwell directed Mr Kellet to work with BDO and concentrate on a number of narrow issues concerning my expenses and staff issues. The Sub Panel have pointed out the ‘strange situation where it was to be seven months or so before Mr Warcup discovered that Gradwell had ignored his instructions. Mr Warcup was supposed to be Gradwell’s boss and ‘supervising’ him. The supervision would appear to have been lacking for all those months. I seem to recall that a false allegation of something resembling that in respect of his supervision of myself led to the suspension of Graham Power!
The Scrutiny Panel concluded that the involvement of Gradwell in directing the work of the consultant working with BDO undermined the independence of the BDO review. BDO were more than happy to take the direction of Gradwell through Mr Kellet which was in marked contrast to their refusal to even engage with me after their report became known to me, never mind their bizarre acceptance that it was ethical to report on my decisions without even contacting me.
The Panel found that the failure to interview myself or give me an opportunity to respond undermined the credibility and fairness of the BDO Review. BDO themselves must have realised this but were too happy to take the money and run, Matthew Corbin of the company refusing to even engage with me post report.
The Scrutiny sub Panel also criticised the fact that the Terms of Engagement did not make it clear to BDO that their report would have been subject to public scrutiny. Of course one reason for this may have been that the Home Affairs Minister had no intention of it seeing the public light of day.
Another of the Sub Panel’s findings was that the evidence pointed to the fact that it was Mick Gradwell who was responsible for leaking key sections of the draft BDO findings to sections of the media, including the supporter of convicted paedophiles, David Rose. The report points out that having left the island Gradwell is not subject to police discipline regulations. Maybe, but are there not possible Data Protection offences there? The Jersey authorities have not been slow in coming forward to prosecute individuals who do not agree with their views on child abuse, as one very well known former senator found to his cost. Gradwell seems to be enjoying some of the same immunity that a few corrupt police officers were handed by the Attorney General’s office when they were caught red handed in my time there.
Another strange aspect of Gradwell’s shocking conduct is the total silence of the Jersey media in respect of Mr Kellet, Mr Le Marquand and others stating in evidence that Gradwell did indeed leak confidential information. Mr Kellet even stated that Gradwell admitted it to him, but still the Jersey media ignore it. Yet, they screamed headlines at us about other dealings with the national media which they perceived as threatening their cronies in the Jersey establishment.
The report points out that even the Accounting Officer, at one stage, expressed his concern to Scrutiny that no budget had been allocated, although this did not stop CTV and others repeating allegations that I had gone way over the non-existent budget. The account given by BDO in their review as to the arrangements between the SOJP and Home affairs to monitor and challenge expenditure on the investigation differs, according to the Scrutiny report, from Mr Power’s account. I know which version is true.
Throughout the Scrutiny report the actions of Mick Gradwell stand out. From his deliberate refusal to adhere with the instructions given to him by Mr Warcup in respect of Mr Kellett’s terms of engagement, and his substitution of them for his own agenda to try and discredit the investigation which went before him, right through to his leaking of confidential information and then his shameless refusal to give evidence. So much for the gruff seasoned detective as David Rose called him. Of course, it is not surprising. Much of what he fed to the gullible Jersey media at the now infamous press conference of November 2008 has been shown to be untrue or simply malicious. The two best examples of this of course being the issue of the cellars (there were none he said) and the fact that he said with his experience he would never have gone into HDLG. That says it all about him.
I said at the outset that the publication of this Scrutiny report should be the opportunity to re-focus on what is really the important issue here – the abuse suffered by so many at the hands of people employed by the States of Jersey to protect them. The current government should be sparing no effort to obtain justice for those survivors and to establish why and how the abuse was allowed to continue for so many years despite many agencies knowing about it. As we have already seen though, they are not. Shenton and Gallichan are just the start of it. They and their cohorts would prefer to continue to attack supporters of the abused victims rather than the abusers. Shenton, Perchard, Le Marquand and others have already wasted many hours trying to discredit those of us seeking to atone for the missed opportunities for justice previously, now they turn their attention to others seeking the truth such as the bloggers who have printed vast reams of evidence and most recently the Scrutiny Sub Panel who showed great courage in arriving and publishing conclusions which dared to contradict much of the rubbish peddled by the establishment and their pet poodles in the Jersey media. I do not underestimate the courage of the bloggers, Deputy Pitman and the other members of the Sub Panel who all have to live in Jersey with the constant desperate attempts to denigrate them as either layabouts or conflicted individuals. Only in Jersey would the media allow individuals who had hidden evidence in the form of an important letter from a wrongfully suspended police chief, or someone who had previously been proved to be trying to smear abuse victims, to accuse others of being conflicted without that media tearing them to shreds. The news that several United Kingdom journalists are once again showing interest in what is happening in Jersey can only be of benefit to those who matter most.