ANDREW LEWIS MISLED THE HOUSE - FACT.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
ANDREW LEWIS AND THE POISONED CHALICE 4 - LIES - MORE LIES AND DAMN LIES AT THE CARE ENQUIRY
FORMER HOME AFFAIRS MINISTER - DEPUTY ANDREW LEWIS
FINISHES HIS EVIDENCE TO THE JERSEY CARE ENQUIRY
YOU HAD TO BE THERE TO BELIEVE IT
IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE (LITERALLY) AND AS EQUALY SHOCKING.
It was an incredible two hours. The audience gathered for what was to be the most jaw dropping conclusion to a fantastic witness (Mr Lewis) who tied himself in so many knots that even the great Harry Houdini would have walked away with "not a chance" ringing in his ears.
Council to the enquiry Cathryn McGahey deserves the medal of honour in her attempts to get Mr Lewis to agree to the obvious. Not even taking the oath was going to stop Mr Lewis sticking to his line that everyone else was wrong and he was right. This is just a quick posting. Most of this is taken from my notes and not entirely verbatim.
I explained in my last posting that Deputy Lewis was going to have to stick to the line that he was going to have to turn the Met Interim Report into the Warcup Letter to get out of being accused of misleading the States of Jersey during the In Camera debate of December 2nd 2008. Even though this was quite a ridiculous assumption for me to make it was his only option. Well you are not going to believe it he did exactly that. Everyone in the room - in my opinion including council to the enquiry were left speechless at the utter contempt that Deputy Lewis showed not only to himself but towards the Jersey Care Enquiry.
Andrew Lewis told the enquiry that what he was referring to was not in fact the Met Interim Report but that it was the Warcup letter.
He then tried to say that the States Members present during this in camera debate knew that he was in fact referring to the Warcup Letter when mentioning the preliminary report and the Met Interim Report. Even when council tried to give him every chance to think about this impossibility he stuck to his story.
Why is this such an incredible lie from Andrew Lewis?
In December 2008 no one knew that the Warcup Letter existed.
After 20 days to prepare for this 20 minute statement and questions he forgot that to tell the States that he had in fact suspended Graham Power on a letter from David Warcup. Bonkers. Complete and utter bonkers.
The Deputy of St John:
This is exactly what the process is about. That investigation is now under way and that is why the Chief of Police is being temporarily suspended.
1.3 Deputy F J Hill of St Martin:
Yes, could I just follow up on that answer surely that should have been carried out before the suspension. Why was it not carried out?
The Deputy of St John:
Members will be aware that an investigation has been carried out by the Metropolitan Police and I was presented with a preliminary report on the basis of that investigation. So as far as I'm concerned that is the preliminary investigation. I acted on the information that was contained in that and in order to pursue a disciplinary investigation it was necessary to suspend the police officer.
1.17 Senator S Syvret
The Minister has made great reference with great store on the preliminary or interim review by the Metropolitan Police. But, having taken action he has done, that review remains incomplete, it is not yet finalised. No final review document by the Metropolitan Police has been produced. Does he not recognise the fact …. the Chief Minister is no. I know because I have been in contact with Mr Sweeting of the Met and I know that he has still got a great number of people yet to interview, germaine witnesses. So does the Minister not accept that his actions have been pre-emptory and quite unacceptable, given that the Met Review itself is not complete.? The second question is this and I think the Minister needs to think very carefully about his answer to this: The Chief Constable of the States of Jersey Police Force, along with another one of his senior officers who is still employed by the force,he is - they both are - witnesses to the conspiracy to pervert the course of justice as they were present at meetings when this conspiracy was taking place, which they noted and duly recorded in evidence. Does he not accept that, given that the conspiracy did involve the Chief Executive to the Council of Ministers that this action is totally unacceptable and will only do Jersey colossal damage.?
The Deputy of St John:
The Senator's conspiracy theories continue to astound me. I was not part of the Council of Ministers until but a few weeks ago. I am not conspiring in any way at all. The Senator consistently conspires in his own mind to work out conspiracies. This is nothing about that. This is a matter of great interest to me as the Minister for Home Affairs, as a resident of Jersey, as a custodian of the public purse. I am bringing a Chief Officer to account. I am giving him every opportunity to defend himself. As far as the accusation you raise about the Metropolitan Police, when I saw the preliminary report I was astounded. So much so that my actions, I believe, are fully justified. If the preliminary report is that damning, Lord knows what the main report will reveal. So my successor will have an interesting time. The report that I was shown gave me no doubt at all.
1.22 The Connetable of St Helier:
The Minister said that part of his action has been motivated by concern for Mr Power. Does he, therefore think it is satisfactory that Mr Power's daughter learned of his suspension on the public radio and does this not indicate that the process that has been followed was an accelerated one? My second question, and it is an effort to be helpful and it is a question I have already asked the Minister and the Chief Minister, is will he not go away with the code and with his legal advisers, and with an HR (Human Resources) professional -preferably one that has not resigned from the States, but one who is going to be here to serve the Island - and check that he has fully compiled with the code? If he ahas not, not only is he putting Mr Power and his family through unnecessary grief, but he will put the Island through an extraordinary embarrassment and repetitional damage? I really do think it would be more courageous to admit that we have got the process wrong. It often happens in HR; goodness knows I have done it myself. The process has to be correct or we will be in trouble and I would urge the Minister to go away and at least agree to look again at the decision making process.
The Deputy of St John:
I will deal with the first matter and that is a matter of the media. As we are in camera I am happy to state this. On leaving the with myself and the Chief Executive to the States, the Chief Officer went immediately to the BBC; he was there within 5 mins of leaving that office. That is why it became World News - not of my making; not of the Communications Unit's making. Secondly, as far as the process is concerned , I have taken advice. I have taken advice from other HR professionals within the States of Jersey HR department. I am perfectly satisfied that the code has been followed appropriately. I have taken advice from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, they feel that such action is wholly appropriate in the circumstance. I HAVE READ AN ALARMING REPORT FROM THE METROPOLITAN POLICE which led me to this decision in the first place. I can do no more(Approbation- Foot Stamping)
Deputy P.N Troy of St Brelade
Can the Minister confirm that the suspension is only in relation to the management of the Haut De La Garenne Inquiry and that there are no other reasons for the suspension? The Minister said that they were very serious allegations, but can he just confirm there were no other reasons? Can I ask why it is that Mr Harper, who probably did untold damage to the reputation to the island, was not suspended prior to his retirement? Why was he not put through the disciplinary process?
The Deputy of St John:
No there are not. I am purely acting on information contained in a report that was about an investigation into an operation that was code-named Rectangle and that is what the report was about and that is where my concerns were. No other concerns have I currently got, other than those of a serious nature.
ANDREW LEWIS MISLED THE HOUSE - FACT.
But that's not all.
It got worse.
In June of 2009 Andrew Lewis gave a statement to Wiltshire Constabulary regarding the Disciplinary Investigation into Graham Powers handling of Operation Rectangle.
In 2009 when everything was fresh in his mind and not having to worry about everything that was to follow Andrew Lewis said this in his statement to the Jersey Care Enquiry:
( This is from my notes but was on screen long enough to get it down as accurately as I could)
154. "I have been referred to my witness statement given to the Wiltshire Inquiry. Paragraph three of the statement reads "up until I received the letter from David Warcup, I had no reason to believe that they were not managing the investigation well." It is now clear that as a result of the independent review of the investigation by the Metropolitan Police, the investigation was flawed. I should point out that I did not draft my statement to Wiltshire Police and it is not written in my own words. The statement was taken by police officers from Wiltshire Police and I was provided with a limited opportunity to make corrections. This line slipped through the net during my relatively review of the statement and should have been qualified."
"The statement was taken by police officers from Wiltshire Police and I was provided with a limited opportunity to make corrections. This line slipped through the net during my relatively review of the statement and should have been qualified."
He was asked repeatedly today by counsel how long did he have to review his (4 page) statement to Wiltshire before signing it off? He consistently said; "I don't recall" or "I can't remember." He was asked for a ball park figure i.e an hour, a day, a week, a month? He just replied "I can't remember."
4 Pages. His Wiltshire statement was only 4 pages long. This is paragraph 154 of his Jersey Care Enquiry Statement.
There are roughly 4 paragraphs per page in a statement. That means that this was from page 39. He has remembered an awful lot over the years yet couldn't remember what he used to suspend Graham Power after 20 days.
Im sure Deputy Lewis could have properly read a 4 page statement but hey lets not get "I had no reason to believe that they were not managing the investigation well." get in the way of the establishment line.
Let us also not forget that Council to the enquiry said words to the effect:
"that they (COI) have taken witness statements from a vast array of people. From Police Officers, victims, care workers, professionals etc. It has NEVER received a statement from anybody quite like his where he has consistently personally attacked those who took a different view to his."
Every time he was asked to back up what he had said in his statement he just couldn't. It was embarrassing. He spent 10 paragraphs impeaching the integrity of Graham Power and Wendy Kinnard. When asked to back up his assertions he couldn't. It was embarrassing.
Deputy Lewis couldn't praise David Warcup and Mick Gradwell enough. He gave all the credit to prosecutions to them. Until he was reminded by council that all the work was done by Lenny Harper and his team. Andrew Lewis has serious memory issues.
His whole evidence was embarrassing.
Sold his sole to the Jersey Way.
Once we have the transcripts we will take a closer look.
I will finish with this.
At the end of his evidence Deputy Lewis asked to make a statement. As I started to listen to him waffle about how he had been the victim over these past years - how he cared about the abuse investigation etc etc I stood up and walked out. The man made me feel sick.
I left with not elation or joy - no triumphant celebration that after years of hard work we had been proved right. I felt sadness and some dejection.
Deputy Lewis treated the Care Enquiry with the same disdain that he treated Graham Power when suspending him and in doing so Operation Rectangle and all it stood for.
In doing so he allowed the cancer to live and breathe. That is unforgivable and no cause for celebration.
"COME ON ANDREW - THINK OF THE FAMILY- THE VICTIMS OF ABUSE - THE TRUTH - SOME SAVING GRACE AT THE 11TH HOUR - DON'T DO IT TO YOURSELF. PEOPLE HAVE SACRIFICED THEMSELVES FOR QUEEN AND COUNTRY BUT FOR FRANK WALKER - BILL OGLEY…"
HE SACRIFICED HIMSELF AND HIS INTEGRITY FOR FRANK WALKER AND BILL OGLEY.
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