The Jersey Oligarchy Rages Against the Dying of the Light,
Against all respectable law and precedent.
And in so doing, batters the credibility of Jersey.
Pre-Script – Jersey’s Attorney General.
When writing this blog post this morning, I alerted readers to the fact that The Rag would be carrying a substantive interview with Jersey’s Attorney General. Sure enough – said screed of neo-Victorian paternalism duly appeared.
As you might have guessed – I plan to write a detailed post in response to the interview.
And having now read it – I can say that won’t be a difficult task.
William Bailhache’s assertions are so lame and vacuous that they almost elicit pity.
And even more crucial – and startling given the gravity of the situation – is not what is said in the interview – but that which is not said.
The core, fundamental principles of good jurisprudence. The very insurmountable obstacles he, and the system of which he is a part, just cannot overcome.
They sit ignored and unaddressed – just as the proverbial elephant in the room.
To borrow a phrase from the great Swedish poet, Tomas Transtromer, the real issues and questions remain:
“Unanswered – and vehement – like the telephone ringing in the dark.”
There is, however, one useful and revealing feature of the interview. On page 9 of The Rag, there is a photo of William Bailhache which accompanies the interview.
If you are able to get hold of a copy of The Rag – take a good, long look at that photo. Absorb that face; read what is revealed by those eyes.
It is fear. Fear, self-doubt and uncertainty.
It is the expression of a lost and frightened schoolboy.
The face of a man who is, perhaps, just beginning to grasp just how far out of his depth he is.
Read the post below – and wait for my detailed analysis of the assertions of Bill.
The Lies of The Rag.
The mouthpiece of the Jersey oligarchy is the island’s only newspaper, the Jersey Evening Post. And the “voice” which issues from said orifice is to be principally found in the leader comments – the editorial comments – that The Rag is wont to produce – usually liberally supplemented with an extensive range of fake, manufactured letters.
The JEP – AKA, The Rag – leader comments are the ‘authoritative’ representation of the objectives, ‘integrity’, ‘intelligence’ and ‘rationality’ of the Jersey establishment.
You want to gain an accurate assessment of the ethics and intellectual capacity of Jersey’s oligarchy?
Just read the JEP leader comments. For here is to be found the true voice of unopposed, entrenched power in Jersey.
Reading The Rag’s comments is, therefore, a very good gauge of just how particularly stupid and unethical the Jersey oligarchy is being at any given point. (usually, extremely.)
The editorial comment of this Friday is such a splendid example of stupidity, mendacity, ignorance, straight-forward lies and McCarthyite agitprop – that I thought I’d share it with you – along with a deconstruction, as I did in respect of the load of laughable cobblers The Rag spouted in response to the tragic garbage that was the Williamson report.
I analyse the leader comment in this post – just so you can savour the marvellous conflation of stupidity and lies which so well reflects the “opinions” and “thoughts” of our Glorious Leaders here in Jersey.
But what is any rational, honest, thinking person to make of such mendacious and harmful garbage?
Let’s take a stroll through the Hieronymus Bosch-world of the Jersey establishment, gripped as they are in some kind of final dreaming, in the darkness of which they seek to fend-off the black fact of The End.
And we can, perhaps, best do that by analysing the situation from their own perspective – on their own terms.
Imagine: you’re a younger, reasonably intelligent, supporter of the Jersey oligarchy. You work in a bank – and draw a big, fat salary; or perhaps you’re an accountant – certain to climb up the tree of advancement into a world of riches – which, of course requires this island to remain attractive and credible to Jersey’s off-shore clients.
Or maybe you’re a lawyer rolling in the riches delivered by the island’s finance industry; in fact – perhaps you’re an Advocate, maybe – very lucratively – working as a senior partner in one of the island’s many law firms.
Perhaps you’re a property speculator – dependent on continuing inward investment into Jersey – to keep your property deals going. Maybe you are a major shareholder in one of the big construction firms in Jersey?
Or a proprietor of a swanky restaurant. Maybe an owner of one of the many Jewellery shops which are found up and down St. Helier’s main shopping area.
Perhaps your livelihood depends on selling £100,000 cars? Or multi-million pound yachts?
It may happen that your family are traditional landowners, able to cash your chips – big time – by selling your family’s old farm houses to tax-exiles. Or by wangling development permission to rake in millions of pounds by developing your farm-land.
Perchance, your just one of those individuals – or Families – which own loads of very lucrative town properties, residential and commercial, from which you make an idle fortune because of the demand for your product, which is accommodation.
If you fit into one, or several, of the above-categories – you will be doing handsomely from, and with, the present status quo. Money’s rolling in – whether you ‘earn it’ by working as a lawyer or banker – or whether it just falls into your lap through happy inheritance of family real estate.
Naturally enough – you very much want the above-described commercial opportunities to continue. Business as normal. Steady-as-she-goes. No rocking of the boat.
You’re an acolyte of that famous Jersey cult – “stability”.
If you fit into the above-described categories – you want – you need – Jersey to remain respectable; credible; a modern, functioning democracy. You want the island to have a low-key, yet respectable, world image. The last thing you need is controversy – or to see the island’s reputation going down the pan and the place becoming – at best, a laughing-stock – at worst, something far grimmer.
You really need all this present very distasteful controversy to end, and for the island to re-establish some kind of respectable reputation and standing
Status-quo – business as usual. That’s what you want – that’s what you believe would be best for Jersey.
Then why – in the name of Christ – do you support the collection of dingbats, neo-Victorians, nutters, propagandists, clowns, ignoramuses and halfwits who have “led” Jersey ever-deeper into this mess – the island’s greatest ever peace-time crisis?
Because if you support and agree with the Bailhache Brothers, Big Frank & Co., The Rag, the immensely expensive – yet crap – and wholly unaccountable – Jersey senior civil service – that is what you are doing; supporting an inchoate hotchpotch of the insular, the eccentric, the ignorant.
Generally, a collective – gripped by text-book Groupthink – who support and encourage each other into ever greater acts of folly; people who are at the bottom of that proverbial hole – yet who just keep on digging.
And we have at our disposal a prime exhibit of evidence which proves the above – courtesy of Friday’s JEP leader comment.
So lets have a close, analytical look at it; a dig into the subtext – and a re-analysis of the truth. And remember this editorial Rag comment is THE VOICE of the Jersey establishment. We’ll give it a close reading – section by section – and whilst doing so we will stand back from the issues and ask ourselves, ‘who is taking the more de-stabilising, threatening, eccentric, unsustainable and dangerous approach to this island, its public administration and its reputation and standing:
Me – or our insular and ignorant establishment?
The leader comment in question is titled: “A Threat of Constitutional Disruption”, and its target is the legal action John Hemming, MP and I have initiated against UK Justice Secretary, Jack Straw.
Aside from being the customary amalgam of lies, ignorance and stupidity, the essential thrust of the comment is that Jersey is currently a qua paradise; our establishment and all their works are wondrous examples of wisdom; all the bad publicity is the foul work of an evil national media – and that people like me don’t care about this community – we just want to smash it; for reasons never quite explained.
Except, perhaps, when Erstwhile JEP boss – and Jersey Chief Minister, Senator Frank Walker – blurted-out, during one of his frequent diatribes of personal abuse at me, that I was simply “trying to shaft Jersey internationally”.
The great irony of that now internationally infamous remark being that “the shafting” of Jersey’s reputation was actually being caused by people like Frank Walker, Phil Bailhache, William Bailhache, Philip Ozouf and the JEP.
So let’s make an examination of The Rag’s comment.
“It is undeniable that the present investigation into alleged historical child abuse at Haut de la Garenne and elsewhere has cast a dark shadow over Jersey and its people.”
This spin and propaganda is so elementary it would be an embarrassment in a communist dictatorship. For in this phrase we see both those great spin ‘trigger-words’ used “Jersey” and “its people.”
Patriotism in the use of ‘Jersey’, and – plus forte – THE PEOPLE.
This phrase could just as well read as a propaganda statement from North Korea –
“It is undeniable that the present investigation into nuclear weapons casts an international slur upon the great people’s republic of North Korea and upon her enlightened and peace-loving people!”
It really is that absurd – beyond parody. So, remember – if you have a vast wealth-stream accruing from Jersey’s present status – this is the kind of stupid and insular crap which threatens your wealth by making Jersey look a laughing-stock.
But it gets worse; next we come to this:
“However, in spite of what some critics seem determined to assert neither the great majority of Islanders nor our political and legal establishments can be damned by awful events which, as far as we can tell, unfolded decades ago and clearly involved a restricted number of people.”
I mean what can you say to this? How much more comically absurd do you want your propaganda? How much more laugh-out-loud crassness and absurdity do we need for it to become one of those parodies of Pravda we read in Private Eye magazine?
“In spite of what some critics seem determined to assert neither the great majority of Islanders”?
“in spite” – “critics”! – Ooh! God preserve us from “critics”!
“The great majority of islanders”?
Did you see what they’ve done there? Clever, no?
Cast a “patriotic” Groupthink, communal identity throw of the dice.
The theory is – The Rag hopes – that Jersey people are somehow ignorant and stupid enough to buy into this; to identify with our establishment. They want people to read their shameful garbage and think, “Ooh – those dreadful “critics” are attacking me – attacking us – as Jersey people! Well – the world’s media – and campaigners of international repute – they can all be damned! We’re Jersey people and we won’t be attacked!”
Actually – one has to wonder if Frank’s spin-doctors didn’t take lessons from North Korea. The crass, ‘patriotism’ card being played for all its worth.
I mean – just look at the “skill”! See how “the great majority of islanders” become juxtaposed as a concept – right, nestled-up to – “our political and legal establishments”.
So – you’re a part of the “great majority of ordinary islanders” – and here you are – being misappropriated and used as somehow analogous to, and supportive of, Big Frank & Co. and the rest of the oligarchs.
Are you happy with that? Do think it’s OK for The Rag – with no authority whatsoever – to associate you with, and assign your support to, a manifestly incompetent and generally despised group of politicians?
The Rag isn’t quite so stupid – though close – as to imagine many people would go along with being described as Frank Walker’s and Philip Bailhache’s ‘infantry’ – which is why the play the “patriotism” card – that famous “last refuge of the scoundrel”.
But as any thinking person will see – immediately – the straightforward lies in the paragraph from The Rag comment are an insult to the intelligence; a ‘straw-man’ argument.
The JEP lies that critics are determined to assert that the great majority of islanders should be ‘damned’ for the awful events.
No critic, nor survivor, no campaigner, no politician – not even any national media – have stated that the ordinary people of Jersey are to be dammed for the awful events.
This spin – which has been used throughout this whole wretched episode by our oligarchy – is simply a lie. Far from anyone depicting the ordinary people of Jersey as being in any way condoning of, or in someway responsible for, the atrocities – it has been universally said that child abuse, sadly, happens everywhere; there is nothing unique about Jersey.
But what has been said is that our “political” and our “legal” establishments have been – and are – fundamentally flawed. Which is simply a stone-fact, of the kind that could only be denied by an idiot. How else could one view decades upon decades of concealed child abuse to be anything other than the product of a legal and political system utterly broken and stagnant? An entire apparatus of public administration which failed so disastrously to manifest even remotely effective ‘checks and balances’?
Which is why – as it’s so obvious and undeniable – the Jersey oligarchy and its Rag desperately attempt to conjoin the inescapable legal and political establishment failures – with some fictitious failure of the island’s people. It’s text-book propagandist opinion-management; try and make people identify themselves with a political establishment under attack; make them feel it’s them under attack as well – and there you have your propagandised army.
Then we come to assertions which have left the mere sphere of transparent propaganda – and have simply become outright, crude lies.
The Rag says this:
“Awful events which, as far as we can tell, unfolded decades ago and clearly involved a restricted number of people.”
This is such shameful rubbish; it’s difficult to know where to start. Well, let’s start with the two words in the phrase which are true: “awful events”.
The rest of the sentence is simply brazen lies, intended to con the average Jersey person into believing that the atrocities were (a) – committed decades ago, and (b) – only involved a “restricted number of people” – and therefore are, by implication, nothing much to get worked-up about these days.
I suppose the lesser of these two lies is the reference to ‘restricted numbers of people’. What – exactly – is this phrase supposed to mean? Maybe that there were 37 child batterers, 24 child rapist and 17 sodomists of children? You tell me?
Are we supposed to assume that these figures – or some such similar figures – reduce the atrocities to a comparatively minor and trivial event?
Maybe if there were only 15 rapists of children, that’d be OK in JEP-world?
And what, really, are we supposed to do when confronted with the phrase “restricted numbers”?
“Restricted numbers” could be the population of China. It would be restricted to the nationals of that country. That is not an attack on China – merely an illustration of the utter intellectual bankruptcy exhibited by the Jersey oligarchy in, (a) using such a meaninglessly unquantifiable phrase, and, (b) – expecting people to swallow such garbage as though they were fools.
But by far-and-away the most startling lie in the paragraph quoted is that the atrocities “happened decades ago”.
To be sure, some of them did, indeed, happen decades ago. But what the Jersey Evening Post, its editors, subs, hacks and owners would have you believe is that all the cases of abuse happened decades ago; that at some indeterminate point in the past – years ago – things changed – so we don’t have to worry about the system in recent times or presently.
Let us be clear about two things; even if this assertion by The Rag were not a demonstrable, evidenced lie; a complete and shameless fiction – and that the abuses did stop – say – 25 or 30 years ago – would that make it OK? Or would it, perhaps, at least mean it could be regarded as some trivially distant thing that we really needn’t get too bothered about?
Of course not – and only the kind of ethically bankrupt, lying, unprincipled, ignorant spivs who write The Rag editorials could possibly think otherwise.
I have come to know older survivors – I have learnt of their wrecked lives. Even if all atrocities against children had, miraculously, ceased 30 years ago – still, the suffering of those in their 60’s and 70’s would, alone, be sufficient reason for anger and a wish to see justice.
But remember now – the Jersey Evening Post is the island’s only newspaper; the only regular print media in a self-governing jurisdiction. You might imagine that power, that responsibility, would temper the partisan extremism we see in some national newspapers?
Not a bit of it.
For here we have Jersey’s only newspaper brazenly lying to it’s readership, the people of Jersey – by trying to con and mislead the people of this island into thinking that no abuses – or other crimes concerning children – have been committed in recent times; that everything in the garden is rosy today – and if anything bad did happen – it was “decades ago”.
The Jersey Evening Post knows its assertion to be a lie – because it has in its possession ample evidence of far more recent abuses. For example, the Victoria College abuses which took place for years – until the late 1990’s. I gave The Rag the Sharp report which exposed these things.
The Blanche Pierre group-home abuses thought the 1980’s; I too gave the JEP hard, impeccable, documentary evidence of this episode last September.
The use of manifestly unlawful polices such as the punitive and coercive use of lengthy periods of solitary confinement against already vulnerable children; solitary confinement which could go on for months.
The so-called “Grand Prix” policy document, which describes this solitary confinement policy, was furnished to the JEP last year by me. The punitive and coercive use of solitary confinement against children was only stopped about 2 years ago – following the efforts of Simon Bellwood.
The policy was manifestly illegal – a straightforward criminal offence – engaged in by the States of Jersey until recently – and still to this day, the JEP goes along with the lie that ‘there was no problem’ – and even suggests that the only child abuses occurred “decades ago”.
The plain and evidenced fact is that child abuse, of all descriptions, was endemic in public sector provision in Jersey for decades upon decades – and it only stopped very recently – because people like Simon and I – in the teeth of opposition from The Rag and the rest of the oligarchy – made a stand against it.
The next phase of The Rag’s editorial is truly wondrous to behold:
“It is possible that the Haut de la Garenne scandal could produce lasting effects that go beyond the scars that it will leave on the collective psyche of this Island. If Senator Stuart Syvret’s attempt to force the hand of British Justice Minister Jack Straw through a legal action calling for the intervention of English judges and prosecutors were to be successful, a constitutional precedent would be established.”
I think any decent, thinking person has got the picture by now, so I won’t labour the points; let’s just have a quick look at this garbage:
“Scars on the collective psyche of the island”?!?!
Sorry? Come again?
Doesn’t it occur to any of the senior maggots who work at The Rag that what they imagine to be “collective scars on the psyche of the island” – even if they were to exist, which I don’t accept, because as explained previously, the vast majority of ordinary islanders are not associated with the atrocities, so have absolutely nothing to feel any shame for – that such hypothetical “collective scars on the island’s psyche” would be of minute significance compared to the psychological scars of the survivors – indeed, the scars on those who didn’t survive.
Perhaps the Jersey Evening Post considers any slight embarrassment or irritation on the part of the shysters in blazers it represents to be a far graver matter than the battered wreckage of a life so shattered and in turmoil the person concerned leapt to their death from the top of Patriotic Street Car Park?
Or perhaps the scars on the psyche of Michael O’Connell who – at the age of 14 – died, through what at the time was deemed ‘suicide’, by hanging from a tree in a lane in the parish of Trinity – in 1966?
“The collective psych of the island”. Its things like this which make me wish I could embrace religion. Then I’d be able to comfort myself in some small way with the thought that these Jersey oligarchy spivs are going to burn in hell for eternity.
Returning to the merely mundanely wrong, The Rag asserts that the legal action initiated by John Hemming, MP and me, against UK justice Minister Jack Straw, would cause “a constitutional precedent to be established”.
No – it wouldn’t.
There are dozens of well-evidenced precedents for UK intervention into the internal affairs of the island. As one might expect, I have been giving these matters some research. The assertion that the UK has neither the responsibility nor the power to intervene is so manifestly fictitious as to be laughable.
Just consider what such a contemptuous and brazen lie says of Jersey’s only “newspaper”?
It must mean they regard their readers as a load of utter fools.
For if UK intervention in the name of the good administration of justice would be “unprecedented” – why, then did the authorities in London sack – strip of Office – a Jersey Deputy Bailiff as recently as 1992?
They did it because they have the responsibility – and they have the power.
And many, many islanders will remember that 1992 controversy. As I said – the Jersey Evening Post must really think its readers bloody stupid if The Rag believes such a matter has been forgotten about.
This is The Rag’s next paragraph:
“But this would be no mere formality of interest only to constitutional experts and students of an arcane area of the law. It would rock one of the foundations of a relationship with the Crown, and therefore Britain, which has stood the test of the past 800 years. That foundation is the Island’s legal independence – its right to operate a justice system that is separate and distinct from that of the UK and has its own courts, its own presiding judges and its own legal infrastructure.”
The ignorance, stupidity and dishonesty behind this assertion are almost surprising.
The relationship with the Crown has existed for over 800 years because – err – we are, like, a Crown dependency you know. We do not, in fact, have some God-given right to “operate” our own “justice system”. Indeed – we don’t operate our own justice system. Our prosecutory and judicial apparatus works under the good name of the Crown. For sure that relationship with the Crown has existed for 800 years – but the implicit notion that it has always been plain-sailing – and that the Crown – either in its own name or in more recent centuries in the name of the monarch’s government – has always agreed with the island’ oligarchy – and has not intervened – is palpably absurd.
The Rag ‘forgets’, apparently, to remind its readers that, actually, the Law officers such as the Attorney General and the Solicitor General are appointed by London – as are the senior judges, such as the Bailiff and Deputy Bailiff.
The Crown – via it’s government hires these people – the Crown – via its government can fire them.
The next passage of The Rag’s editorial comment runs thus:
“This is not to say that the imposition of English judges would mark the immediate end of our status as a Crown Dependency – in fact, there are occasions when, for reasons of its own, the Royal Court calls in UK assistance in certain cases – but it would signal that the established order is not beyond challenge. It would, moreover, offer encouragement to those who can hardly contain their eagerness to challenge our political autonomy.”
“It is impossible to say how far Senator Syvret’s case, which is also pressed in conjunction with Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming, will progress, although comments reportedly made by the Justice Minister’s department suggest that there will be little appetite for disturbing a status quo to which it has expressed commitment in the recent past and of which it is likely to mount its own defence.”
As is already well-exampled via a number of precedents, what The Rag refers to as the “established order” has – as a matter of demonstrable fact – frequently involved, over an historic period – Crown intervention.
The use of such intervention, when necessary, as in the present cases, is actually a part of the “established order”. At risk of repetition – we are a Crown Dependency – our administration of justice is happy to wear the cloak of the Crown – but a part of the package is ultimate Crown responsibility. It has ever been thus in our 800-plus years of semi-autonomy.
It’s truly quite startling that the Jersey Evening Post can treat its readers with such contempt as to lie to them quite so brazenly.
The Rag maybe right – who knows – as to the ultimate outcome of the legal action; but certain facts are established beyond any credible argument.
London has certain responsibilities for the Crown Dependencies – the good administration of justice being one of them.
London also has responsibility for compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights by the Crown Dependencies.
London, does, therefore, have the concomitant powers, given the responsibilities it – un-arguably – carries, to intervene if necessary.
London has so intervened in the past.
There is but one remotely plausible argument London could mount – though I’m far from convinced they will bother; unlike the JEP – I don’t see – when the chips are done – the UK government dying in a ditch just to protect the Jersey oligarchy. That argument is that – ‘OK – we could intervene – the precedents and powers are certainly there – but we don’t want to because we don’t think a threshold judicial breakdown has been reached which merits intervention.
But – for this argument to work – the government’s layers would have to overturn centuries of jurisprudence, case-law and modern ECHR convention Rights.
An implacable and immovable foundation-stone of the good administration of justice is that justice must be seen to be done. It is not sufficient for there to be a perception of a conflict of interests on the part of some judge, court-clerk, prosecutor or jurist – and to say ‘well, that just doesn’t matter, because they are fine chaps who can be relied upon to do the right thing’.
There can not even be the merest suspicion of a conflict of interests, or of bias.
These are not ideas of mine. Such established principles are the result of centuries of the good administration of justice.
So – what relevance is this core, legal principle to the present Jersey situation? Neither the prosecution service – nor the judiciary of Jersey can remotely even approach meeting that standard; of appearing to be objective and impartial.
The administration of justice – not capable of achieving something as rudimentary and fundamental as the appearance of objectivity? Ipso facto fundamental breakdown in the good administration of justice. Therefore unavoidable grounds for UK intervention.
The Rag concludes with this:
“It is, though, highly unlikely that the Senator is unaware of the possible far-reaching consequences of his foray into the English courts and of its potential for spurring a catastrophic reordering of not only the legal but also the political, social and economic life of the Island.”
As just described, seeking the intervention of the UK courts has proven to be a regrettable necessity – because of Jersey oligarchy intransigence, and the customary prevarication from London officials.
I would far prefer not to be doing this; not to be engaging in such actions. But I have no choice. It is plain that my constituents will not get, good, objective, justice if things are left to the Jersey oligarchy.
So the need for such intervention – the cause of such actions – is not some whim or wish of mine. Those who have brought us to this pass are the senior Jersey oligarchy figures, such as the Bailhache Brothers – and those who perform as uncritical cheer-leaders for them – such as The Rag.
They are the cause of this crisis – not the survivors, not the whistle-blowers, not the witnesses, not the national media and not me.
Only a fool or a liar could possible come to any conclusion other than that the Jersey oligarchy has – entirely – been the author of its own misfortune in this matter.
A little humility, a little common sense – even a vague grasp of established jurisprudence – and the legal crises need not have happened at all.
Instead – even now – we get yet more of the tragi-comic North Korea-style rabid propaganda and lies which would have us believe that the abuse survivors – seeking something as basic and fundamental as their Article 6 Rights under the ECHR – a fair determination of their civil rights before an ‘objective and impartial tribunal’ are going to cause a “catastrophic reordering” of the “economic life of the island.”
But no. It’s the island’s Half-witted oligarchs, their media, like The Rag, the abusers and the cover-up merchants who are to blame for any crises.
And when the island’s only newspaper – in the year 2008 – can still cling to such laughably transparent lies – can we really be surprised at the mess the island finds itself in?
I fear we’ll have yet more evidence of that fact this Saturday, as the JEP is carrying a substantive interview with the Attorney General, William Bailhache, the man who has prevented suspects from being charged; from being extradited – and who was the senior partner of a law firm, Bailhache LaBesse, which, in 1998, catastrophically failed to properly represent the victims of an infamous abuse episode.
The inescapable and implacably conflicted position this places him in is not credibly deniable – and has been pointed out to him – on several occasions. Yet his response is to, essentially, argue against all established jurisprudence and authority on the subject of the appearance of conflict.
He is also the brother of the Bailiff, Philip Bailhache, Jersey’s chief judge. This being the Philip Bailhache who delivered a truly extraordinary political rant on Jersey’s Liberation Day in which he attacked the investigation of child abuse and the national media.
I began this post by describing those categories of people who would very much wish Jersey to retain its customary standing and economic prosperity.
But the year is 2008 – for God’s sake. Do you seriously imagine that a jurisdiction without an independent prosecution service, without an independent judiciary, with only one “newspaper – which churns out such contemptible, dishonest, ignorant and actively damaging garbage – can remain stable and respectable, in the eyes of the modern world?
Do you not see a danger of us becoming ever more regarded as some deeply strange and concerning banana republic – with similar degrees of “credibility”?
You will read another screed of fantastical garbage from the Attorney General in this Saturday’s JEP.
If you want Jersey to prosper, to remain respectable and credible – the time has come for bankers, accountants, lawyers – to discreetly yet firmly – tell the Bailhache Brothers and Frank & Co – and The Rag, for that matter, to come to their senses.
If some – very rapid – changes can be made to see that my constituents get good, objective justice, then great. There’ll be no need for legal battles and greater controversy can be avoided.
But unless those out there who have power and influence in Jersey can make these insular, ignorant, silly little men wake up and smell the coffee – then we are guaranteed yet more spectacular black farce – and all of the collateral damage which will flow from it.