Before you read the response from the former Chief of Police, Graham Power QPM, I thought I would add a few words to what has been a stressful week.
These past three years have been nothing short of a roller-coaster ride. It is very hard to stay detached emotionally from the work I have been undertaking. What we, the Jersey Bloggers, have uncovered is corruption at the highest levels of government. There can be no doubt about this now. The evidence is out and published. What saddens me is the blatant bias of the Jersey mainstream media and yet no one is challenging it. No one is standing up and saying "enough is enough". Deputy T. Pitman is one of the very few courageous politicians that we have left. He, along with Deputy M. Higgins, could be our only chance of political representation in fighting this toxic mess. Yet we must not forget the very serious issue that this has stemmed from. We are talking about decades of child abuse going undetected in the Jersey care homes. This is why they do not want a committee of enquiry ("COE"). They are scared that they will not be able to control it and fashion outcomes that would be palatable to the general public. Let's be honest here, there has been a serious breakdown between all the agencies who have responsibility for children. This all stems from the removal of the former health minister and senator Stuart Syvret. The role played by the former Chief Executive, Bill Ogley, and the former Chief Minister, Frank Walker, must be examined to gain a picture of what was to follow. Those who live in a proper functioning democracy would be shocked to learn that this led all the way to the Chief of Police being illegally suspended and when we look at the facts and the evidence he was, indeed, illegally suspended.
So, what of the abuse survivors? Having spent decades living with their experiences of the Jersey care system, they continue to be marginalised by the States of Jersey government and its State sponsored media. On 1 March 2012, it will be one year since the COE was passed in the States of Jersey. Still we have nothing to say that this will be carried out any time soon. Chief Minister Gorst said it should be brought to the House in the first quarter of 2012. It now looks like that deadline is going to be missed. They simply do not want this COE. The fact that Sir Senator Bailhache of the feudal empire whose position is wholly conflicted is taking part in the meetings concerning the COE goes beyond the realms of any functioning democracy.
In 2008 Sir Senator Bailhache of the Feudal Empire was Bailiff and chief judge in the Island of Jersey. His brother, Not Yet But Hopes To Be Sir William Bailhache, was the Attorney General. These two brothers have more conflicts than the Middle East and are Jersey's answer to the Ewings; except we don't have a Bobby. We just have two JRs. Every big decision emanates from the Jersey Law Office. My hope is that the Jersey abuse survivors will get some form of justice and compensation for their suffering, not only whilst in care but also during the course of the scandal thats unfolding. What has been uncovered makes me sick to the pit of my stomach. The Jersey authorities, led by the Law Office, have committed the same grave and criminal acts that led to these decades of abuse in the first place. You simply cannot get rid of a Chief of Police without any due process and, lets be frank here, without due ANYTHING as the evidence shows without consent having been giving by the highest reaches of the Jersey Law Office. I simply refuse to believe that Bill Ogley could have or would have made such catastrophic decisions without the go ahead from the Attorney General or above. One only has to look at the actions of our present Home Affairs Minister, Senator Ian Le Marquand, to see what a farce this has all become. How this man has maintained his position is in fact more of a damning indictment of the States of Jersey than anything else.
- The first of the two grounds is the Warcup Letter dated 10th November 2008 which contains allegations of deficiencies in the command and control of the investigation, the pivotal allegation being “There is no evidence of a strategic coordinating group (Gold Group) which is required to set, review and update the strategy.” (Warcup letter third page.).......... AND:
- Concerns which had built up over a period of months as a consequence of “information coming out of meetings of the Gold Group.” (Napier Report paragraph 79.)