MATT TAPP - 9
THE WAITING GAME
We all hope that Senator Le Marquand will start clearing up some very serious issues this Tuesday.
My past experience with these states sittings is not to get to excited or expect anything explosive. I know he has some explaining to do but lets just wait and see what happens.
On Saturday morning I emailed politicians and the press. I did this for a number of reasons. The main one being that not all politicians read the blogs - by reading my email they would get a good idea of what is going on.
No one has asked me to do this work. I do it because I believe it is the right thing to do. I have zero protection with what I do. What happened to the Abuse Survivors and continues to happen absolutely disgusts me. It makes me angry, very angry. If we all did nothing then that would be unforgivable.
The work I have done is easy. Why did it have to come down to a member of the public to do this when we have 4 media outlets and countless journalists.
I reproduce the email I sent to members and the rather strange one I had back
The email I had back, came from one Deputy Baudains - the Deputy of St Clement.
I have had it confirmed to me that it is in fact the Deputy. I have asked him to confirm this, but as of going to press i've yet to receive a reply.
I don't really want to discuss the Deputies reply as I believe it speaks for itself
If it really is from Deputy Baudains then it disgusts me
Lets see what Tuesday Brings
From: rico sorda
Subject: The Politicised Suspension of the Former Chief of Police
Cc: email@example.com, A.Breckon@gov.je, "Sir Philip Bailhache (Senator)"
Date: Saturday, 28 January, 2012, 10:03
As you will be aware, a number of Oral questions have been lodged for tuesdays sitting concerning the suspension of former Chief of Police Graham Power QPM.
This suspension happened on the 12th November 2008 during a live investigation into decades long abuse in the Jersey Care Homes.
All the evidence is now pointing to this being a politicised act. Now is the time for bravery from all States Members. Now is the time to say enough is enough.
What was the former Chief Executive to the States of Jersey Bill Ogley former Chief Minister Frank Walker and former DCO David Warcup doing going behind the back of former Chief of Police Graham Power on October 8th 2008. Why was the CEO & CM getting involved with police matters? I find this absolutely staggering. The person we are talking about is an outside media consultant called Matt Tapp. A media consultant, as like most consultants, are guns for hire. You get what you pay for. Matt Tapp was called in by DCO David Warcup to help the 'SOJP' with a future media plan concerning a press briefing and related issues. After a couple of days down the SOJP he had a 45 minute meeting with Graham Power. From the outcome of this meeting Matt Tapps position was untenable and made plans to fly home. In the world of consultancy work this is no big deal - you win some you lose some.
What happened next has got to be one of the blackest days in the history of the 'SOJ' & 'SOJP' I will let Matt Tapp describe what happened - under oath - to the Wiltshire Police.
This is from my Blog posting. When you get to point 11 you will not believe what you are reading.
1. In August 2008 Tapp is contacted by DCO Warcup
2. Was contracted in September 2008
3. Came to Jersey on October 5th 2008
4. He has a set of TOR's, it was agreed that Tapp would conduct his report in two parts:
. Four days in situ in jersey, with access provided to all media coverage generated to date , all external communications strategies produced in relation to the investigation, and a detailed briefing of the investigation to date, including the substance of key witness statements
. The production, from his office in Cambridge , of a written report in line with the Terms of reference
6. On Sunday the 5th October Tapp flies to Jersey and commenced the review on Monday 6th October, based at the SOJP Headquarters in Rouge Bouillion
7. Tapp reached conclusions about the most appropriate way the SOJP should close this aspect of the investigation publicly , and how to proceed in terms of the external communications around the on-going child abuse investigation
8. Tapp says he shared his results and recommendations with Warcup & Gradwell
9. Tapp was made aware on Tuesday October the 7th by Warcup and Gradwell that Graham Power , had a very strong view about what the force should say to the media about conclusion of excavations at Haut De La Garenne, and this view differed significantly from my own.
10. Tapp made an appointment to see Graham Power on the Wednesday October 8th. That morning Tapp shared his conclusions and recommendations with Graham Power. The meeting lasted 45 minutes and as a result of the discussion Tapps position as consultant advisor to David Warcup was no longer tenable. He informs David Warcup and Mick Gradwell and makes arrangements to rearrange his flights back to England
11. Later that day, at the request of the Chief Executive of the States of Jersey, Bill Ogley, he attended a meeting with Mr Ogley during when they were joined by the Chief Minister. As a result of that meeting , the subsequent correspondence via email, he agreed to produce a report for the States of Jersey with the following , term of reference.
Why is this so serious? Well take a look above. We have a Media Consultant that is no longer required by the 'SOJP' - now being commissioned to work for the 'SOJ' on matters that relate to a live investigation into child abuse - child abuse that happened in the care of the States of Jersey. This is a total and utter breakdown of the rule of law in Jersey. This is as politicised as you can get.
The report that Matt Tapp produced was used to shut down certain aspects of the Jersey Child Abuse Investigation - the report was used at the presentation on the night of the 11th November 2008 by David Warcup & Mick Gradwell to dupe then former Home Affairs Minister Andrew Lewis that is was from the MET- the report was then used on the 12th November 2008 at the press conference given by Warcup & Gradwell at police headquarters following the earlier suspension of Graham Power. The reason Graham Power had to be suspended in the morning is blindingly obvious - he thought he had sent TAPP on his way - then the report ends up in the Royal Court after being disclosed to the defence of 3 alleged abusers - Judge Pitchers then quotes the report like it's the lost scriptures of the dead sea and the JEP give it about 20 pages of complete mindless rubbish.
THAT IS ALL EVIDENCED FACT
If that isn't a breakdown in the rule of law then show me what is. This has the most serious repercussions for the SOJ -SOJP-OPERATION RECTANGLE & THE COMMITTEE OF ENQUIRY.
I will leave you with this question that was asked in the States by the former Deputy of St Mary Daniel Wimberly to the Home Affairs Minister Senator Ian Le Marquand in 2010; Look how evasive the answer is. There is no mention of the facts produced above. That is for a very simple reason. If the Senator had come with the real answer he would have simply said "There is a breakdown in the rule of law in Jersey"
This part of the answer has intrigued me ever since it was given. It has proved to the most important part of jigsaw. The jigsaw is now complete; "The external media consultant gave advice on these matters and subsequently resigned from his role. He then produced a written report in relation to his advice."
If you have any questions relating to this email then please feel free to ask.
The Victims of Abuse deserve so much more than this. The Committee of Enquiry was passed on March 1st 2011 and still they wait. They have suffered nothing but disdain from past Governments this must all stop now. Decades upon decades of decadence must come to an end.
Now is the time for Bravery. If members of the public can show it then so can you.
( Ask yourself this; Why didn't our Media uncover this?)
35 THE DEPUTY OF ST. MARY OF THE MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS REGARDING THE AUTHOR OF A REPORT ADVISING THE STATES OF JERSEY POLICE ON MEDIA-RELATED MATTERS:
In his reply to a written question from the Deputy of St. Martin on 23rd March 2010, the Minister referred to the lengthy quotation which forms part of the judgement in the matter of the Attorney General v. Aubin and others  J.R.C. 035A. in the following terms “The quotation above which is attributed to an outside expert is a quotation from the report of an independent media expert who was called in to advise the States of Jersey Police on media related matters.” Would the Minister inform members who called for this report, when and why, who conducted it, how were those who undertook the review were selected and what their qualifications were? Will the Minister release the report to members as it has already been used in a public court judgement?
In September 2008 an external media consultant, experienced in working at ACPO level in the UK, was formally engaged by the then Deputy Chief of Police with the knowledge of the Chief Officer of Police to develop an appropriate external communication strategy regarding Operation Rectangle. This was primarily to ensure:
•That trials and ongoing investigations were not compromised or challenged on the grounds of an abuse of process, based on the information supplied to the media by the States of Jersey Police.
•That the public were presented with accurate facts.
The external media consultant gave advice on these matters and subsequently resigned from his role. He then produced a written report in relation to his advice. Other issues relating to the report fall both within the ambit of the enquiry being conducted by the Commissioner and the terms of the first Wiltshire Police Report and it is not appropriate for me to express an opini
Sat, 28/1/12, clifford baudains
From: clifford baudains
Subject: Re: The Politicised Suspension of the Former Chief of Police
To: "rico sorda"
Date: Saturday, 28 January, 2012, 18:17
I'm tired of people trying to justify the actions of the incompetent Power & Harper. Trying to dress it up as some sort of political corruption would be laughable were it not so damaging, especially to anyone who was abused. Kindly remove me from your mailing list.
From: rico sorda
Subject: Re: The Politicised Suspension of the Former Chief of Police
To: "clifford baudains"
Date: Saturday, 28 January, 2012, 18:44
Is this email a hoax?
I email a Deputy Baudains who represents the public of Jersey. Could you please inform me who this is.
From: rico sorda
Subject: Hoax Email
To: "gerrard baudains"
Date: Sunday, 29 January, 2012, 10:29
Dear Deputy Baudain,
I believe someone is spoofing your email. I received a ridiculous email yesterday evening proclaiming to come from yourself. I have reproduced a copy below.
During my 3 year research into the Jersey Child Abuse Scandal I have faced many types of threats to distract me from my work, even death threats. I have sat and spoken to Abuse survivors and heard first hand their harrowing stories.
As you will know, the internet has allowed us all a chance to research and investigate. I remember well your work on humiliating frank walker in the states regarding Harcourt. They thought it was a conspiracy, just complete waffle, but you were proved right.
For that reason alone - I knew that the compete garbage I received last night couldn't be from you.
Here is the Hoax email I received last night; What a sad day it would be in the free world of democracy if a member of the Jersey States asked a member of the public to remove them from their mailing list when they are paid to serve the public.
I will be sending this Hoax email out to all members and the press to inform them what is going on.
You might like to add something.
So there you have it.
£45,000 per annum for what exactly?