Tuesday, September 11, 2012

#FreeJersey - From the Toxic Old Guard

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

#FreeJersey: Please Help Us Restore Democracy To Our Beautiful Island.

Today is not a day to focus on right-wing versus left-wing politics, but the difference between right and wrong. 

12m 30sec for the Interview with L McGoodman

When a democratic government abuses its substantial legal, legislative and financial powers to crack down on journalists’ freedom of speech, force policemen and elected officials from their jobs and systemically dismantle its own checks and balances so as to deny each of its targets due process, clearly it is a government that has lost its way.

Jersey, the jewel in the crown of the Channel Islands, may be one of the world's leading offshore financial centres, but it has begun to use its clout against its own people – and it is keeping the rest of its population in the dark about it. This is now a place where court and legislative records – those that are public anyway – can now be redacted. This is an island where secret trials are now allegedly taking place and elected officials are forced to debate key issues in secret. Web content is banned and journalists booted out. This is not the way a democratic government is supposed to be run.

Again, this is not about politics. It is about standing up for truth, honesty and integrity. It is about restoring the good name of our beautiful island whose reputation has been dragged through the mud by those attempting to cover-up the facts surrounding some of the most heinous crimes known to man – crimes of violence against children. Crimes the vast majority of islanders would never defend, yet most of those who stand accused of committing them have not been brought to justice and continue to walk among us and our children. Worse, these alleged perpetrators remain entrenched in some of the very highest echelons of Jersey’s government – working in departments that focus on children! It is beyond comprehensible.

On an island where children in need of care have been let down by the government for decades – and continue to be let down – we cannot afford to ignore or repeat our mistakes. More broadly, challenging the government’s current decisions, particularly when not made in the best interest of the public, should not require bottomless financial resources and friends in high places. We are supposed to be a democracy, right?

With our checks and balances hamstrung, the international and independent media may be our last chance at reclaiming our democracy and re-establishing rule of law.

Today, Jersey politician Deputy Trevor Pitman launched an e-petition on Change.org in support of the return of U.S. investigative journalist and author, Leah McGrath Goodman, to the island to continue her research into decades of child abuse at Jersey’s state-run “care” homes and allegations of cover-ups in the wake of the government’s removal of the chief of police and shut-down of the entire investigation.

One year ago today, Ms. Goodman was banned from the UK and Jersey for two years after revealing to the Jersey Customs and Immigration Service during a voluntary meeting that she was writing a book on atrocities against children at Haut de la Garenne. According to the UK Border Force, she was flagged by Jersey Immigration authorities for removal upon her next border crossing – and that is exactly what happened. After the intervention of UK Member of Parliament John Hemming, the ban was reduced to one year and it expires today, 11 September 2012. That said, the UK and Jersey have so far declined to restore Ms. Goodman’s visa or allow her cross the border to continue her research. In order to do so safely, she will need to have her Tier -1 visa status fully restored – hence, the reason for Deputy Pitman’s e-petition today.

Leah McGrath Goodman should be permitted to complete her work in order that there is an accurate record based on the available facts and evidence. Jersey needs to confront the failings of its past so it can redress them and, most of all, ensure the safety of our children’s future.

We ask readers who care about the island’s children, who care about the island’s reputation, who believe in a free press and who want the truth to be told to sign Deputy Pitman’s e-petition. We also ask fellow bloggers to copy and paste this blog onto their own Web sites so that we may show the world that Jersey wants the best for its future and its children. It is time to leave our island’s culture of secrecy behind and demand the kind of free and open society our island deserves. Those who would do otherwise are not representative of the majority of islanders.

Please spread the word and sign this petition (ten seconds). The Internet is the one thing Jersey authorities have not been able to lock down.....yet! The petition can be signed HERE

For those who tweet this campaign, please use the #FreeJersey hashtag. While Jersey may try to keep journalists out, it cannot keep us for letting the truth in. 


Zoompad said...

Signed and passed on.

Ian Evans said...

Some STRAIGHT TALK from Leah McGrath Goodman!!!

rico sorda said...

Jersey's Council of Ministers is trying to block an independent investigation into why the island's Auditor General quit his job.

Deputy Gerard Baudains believes it was political pressure that forced Chris Swinson to stand down.

In the States today he is going to ask members what they think.

But the Council say an investigation would be a waste of money - they claim it will cost around £30,000.

The States must get on with the job of appointing a new Controller and Auditor General and quickly.

There is a need for someone here independently monitoring government decisions.

The Chief Minister and the Public Accounts Committee say they are in the process of doing that.

The Council of Ministers' worry was if an inquiry is held into why Chris Swinson resigned, that would just re-politicise the issue, making it much harder to find anyone willing to step into his shoes.

These are the States Members who voted against a COI into the disgraceful treatment of the CAG.

Do the Connetables know something? Are they going to be protected for their loyalty?

This lot are in the dark ages and a danger


Senator Paul Francis Routier M.B.E. Contre

Senator Philip Francis Cyril Ozouf Contre

Senator Alan John Henry Maclean Contre

Senator Bryan Ian Le Marquand Contre

Senator Lyndon John Farnham Contre

Senator Sir Philip Martin Bailhache Contre

Connétable Alan Simon Crowcroft Contre

Connétable John Le Sueur Gallichan Contre

Connétable Leonard Norman Contre

Connétable John Martin Refault Contre

Connétable Juliette Gallichan Contre

Connétable Michael John Paddock Contre

Connétable Stephen William Pallett Contre

Connétable Michel Philip Sydney Le Troquer Contre

Deputy Carolyn Fiona Labey Contre

Deputy Jacqueline Ann Hilton Contre

Deputy Anne Enid Pryke Contre

Deputy Sean Power Contre

Deputy Kevin Charles Lewis Contre

Deputy Edward James Noel Contre

Deputy Andrew Kenneth Francis Green M.B.E. Contre

Deputy Patrick John Dennis Ryan Contre

Deputy James Patrick Gorton Baker Contre

Deputy Susan Jane Pinel Contre

Deputy John Michael Le Bailly Contre

Deputy Stephen George Luce Contre

Deputy Roderick Gordon Bryans Contre

Deputy Kristina Louise Moore Contre

Connétable Sadie Anthea Rennard Abstained

voiceforchildren said...


Leah McGrath Goodman on YOUTUBE

voiceforchildren said...


Team Voice will be returning to their live and interactive broadcast a week tomorrow Thursday 20th August 2012 at 7pm HERE

voiceforchildren said...


That's September not August.

Ian Evans said...

The SORDA treatment!!!