Monthly Archives: September 2012

TOO BIG TO BE ‘TOO BIG TO FAIL’

The Total Corruption of Governance

In the British Channel Island of Jersey.

In July 2007 the Jersey establishment decided that child abuse and the concealment of child abuse had been too useful and widespread a currency in the local power economy to let the history of those crimes be exposed.

Too many civil servants, managers, police officers and politicians had, over the decades, been too incompetent, idle and negligent in their failures to protect vulnerable children. They thus had a stake – an “investment”, let us call it – in ensuring such child protection failures remained hidden.

Naturally enough, when anyone fails so badly, there will always be others around who note it, and log it for future reference. Colleagues, subordinates and others who will be aware of the “investment” in concealment by those who might later – err – be in a position to “assist” them in some way.  Suddenly those who have witnessed the failures have their hands on some very valuable “currency”. The promotion they’ve been waiting for? The 100% student grant for their teenagers? That well-paid and secure job in the public sector for their graduate daughter? The planning permission for their house? All can be purchased with the “currency” they hold: that knowledge of the negligent and indefensible failures of their superiors to protect vulnerable children.

Naturally, there will be yet others – fewer in number, perhaps – who hold more valuable notes of the “currency”; those who are aware of things that go beyond mere incompetence and negligence, and instead occupy the territory of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Possessing such “purchase-power” over colleagues, superiors, and, indeed, other public-sector agencies, can buy you even more.  Five months holiday a year? Off-balance-sheet “bonuses”? Your mortgage paid, perhaps? (It really is amazing what can be “purchased” – silence for example – by those desperate to “buy” when it’s tax-payers money being used.)

And a few people in the system really do win the lottery; they strike pay-dirt. They find themselves in a position whereby they could give true and convincing statements – were they so minded – of X or Y colleague or manager conspiring in, or actually committing child abuse. They could encourage victims to speak out. They could go to the police. Enriched with such knowledge, then, well – it’s pretty much name-your-price. Such is the value of that “currency” you hold, those over whom you hold the knowledge will pay anything – provided, of course, they’re in a position to. So it pays to choose your “debtor” wisely.

But – on the other hand – what you want in exchange for your “currency” may not be financial? May not be basic graft & nepotism? Maybe you want your “debtor” to do something? Use their position in some way – in support of some bigger objective of yours, and of your friends and allies?

Naturally, when such a valuable “currency” exists – such powerful “dirt” to use the common phrase – it won’t only be the small, self-interested individual who will want ‘in’ on the racket; bigger, powerful entities too will want a piece of the action. Entire departments with something to hide? Suppressive police forces? Corrupt prosecutors? Politicised judiciaries? The security services? Powerful financial institutions? Organised crime? Media empires?

After all – if a person is worth being “owned”, the competition for rights of “ownership” may be intense indeed.

This is why governments, oppressive regimes, security forces and mafias around the world love child abuse. They simply love it. No other criminal activity, no matter how bad, is as foul, or gives such “leverage”, such “ownership” – such control – over those who commit it. And once a person has acted so despicably, or shown an unhealthy interest in the under-age or those on the borderline, or has failed to prevent the crimes, and instead helped to conceal them – then that person is “owned”. Forever more.

Whoever holds the “currency” of your despicable secrets, owns you.

Now, more alert readers may have spotted the inherent risks involved in this system of acquiring and selling such “currency”. It has no societal utility; it is ethically bankrupt; it is shameful, and by-and-large it is illegal. Those who begin to dabble in the “currency” of knowledge of the child protection failures and child abuses and related conspiracies to pervert justice? Well – their hands aren’t exactly clean, shall we say? Indeed – even a small, initial “trade” – perhaps even a merely tacit one, as opposed to overt coercion, contaminates the “trader” – be they individual or organisation – or public authority – with the very same “dirt”. Just one involvement in the concealment of child protection failures, let alone the concealment of actual child abuse? Suddenly, you’re no longer just a “trader”; others – you can be quite certain of this – will hold the “currency” over you. Someone, somewhere, will know of your contemptible actions. For example, the people you were exercising your “currency” over.

By this stage, things have become more interesting. Bluff and brinkmanship enter the equation; the scale of the respective malfeasances will be weighed in competition; who has the worst knowledge over the other? Which party’s “currency” has the greater value, by being “backed” by more “investors”, those who also hold a “stake” in the “currency”? Who, indeed, has the more powerful protectors? Which third, or fourth, or fifth parties might also hold some of the “currency”?

It’s easy to see, is it not, just how terribly, terribly – err – complicated things become. Especially when so much child abuse has been concealed by so many for so long. It is an inevitable consequence of permitting such system-failure – of allowing child protection failures to be heaped upon child abuses, to be heaped upon child abuse concealments, without corrective intervention – that your entire system of public administration becomes contaminated, and bound by a corporate, shared interest in concealing the truth.

The “currency” that is exchanged through the system – the knowledge – is never used in anger. Were it to be, the consequence for everyone involved and the very system of administration would be Mutually Assured Destruction. Younger readers may not be familiar with the phrase; it comes from the days of the Cold War, when the West and the Soviet empire were poised in militaristic stand-off, the only thing preventing nuclear war being the assurance that such a war was not winnable, and would only result the annihilation of both sides.

“Mutually Assured Destruction”: it is what holds defective systems, criminals, competing power factions and corrupt administrations poised in grudging status quo.

In fact, the more astute of those who you hold “currency” on, will encourage you into the “trade”; they’ll let you get your hands dirty; get a bit contaminated, maybe over-reach just a little. We can borrow a mafia expression to describe one who has gone through this contaminating process: a “made man”.

To become a trusted foot-soldier in a mafia, certain “initiations” are required. One of these is to kill a person as a contract-killing. Once you have thus produced your first corpse – “made your first bones” – you are a “made man”. Committing such a crime demonstrates various things. Amongst which is that you too are committed to serious criminality.

In respect of failure, incompetence, malfeasance, negligence, corruption and other forms of out-right criminality, there are an awful lot of “made men” in Jersey.

That’s a lot of people with a powerful shared interest in stasis.

Where might one look for evidence that the recognition of “Mutually Assured Destruction” had united individuals, state-institutions and media in concealing the true scale of Jersey’s child abuse atrocities and attendant breakdown in governance? What might such evidence look like?

On the 20th September the Jersey Evening Post, published an editorial comment which said, amongst other things:

“In the House of Commons earlier this week Mr Hemming, a political ally of former Senator Stuart Syvret, asserted that this Island is utterly corrupt and a hotbed of conspiracies and cover-ups. We have, of course, heard all this before, but the one thing that is consistently missing from these allegations is any sort of proof that would stand up to serious scrutiny.”

Sometimes it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that people who pay for the Jersey Evening Post buy it because they like being lied to. It’s hard to imagine any other reason.

So dripping in fear, and incredible are the assertions of The Rag, as it’s known locally, it seems scarcely worth spending time on these days. Nevertheless, for the record, for anyone who is still so foolish as to believe what the JEP says, and who requires sight of the bloggers’ evidence, and proof what lies are written in Jersey’s only “newspaper”, I recommend the blog postings I have linked to below this article. They are merely a few of my postings – there are many others, and also highly important and dramatic evidence published on other blogs, such as Rico Sorda, and Voice for Children. But you will find enough documented evidence at the links below to keep you reading for many, many hours – in fact, days.

The Jersey oligarchy and its media can only pretend that the evidence is on their side  – and the destiny of such pretence is the death of legitimacy – meaning the death of the public’s faith in the Jersey system and its media.

Happily, that inevitable public awakening is accelerated by every deafening silence of the BBC – and every plainly untrue editorial leader comment in the Jersey Evening Post.

In passing, it is worth noting that yesterday was  the first anniversary of the day the BBC were given a copy of the interim statement of Jersey’s former Police Chief Graham Power. You can read that statement for yourself, at the final three links posted below this article. That the BBC never reported a word of the statement is a fracture in the foundations of the organisation.

Even the BBC has failed to wake up to the new reality of the internet age.

What that reality means, is that the former immense power of the media – namely, that of omission, which was always a greater power than publication – is dead. Now, any media still attempting to trade in that power only accelerates the destruction of its credibility.

The various individuals  in the Jersey system over the years and decades who had failed to ensure child protection, those who had covered-up child abuse, those who had abused children, must have felt increasingly confident in the course of the last five years  as the envelop of Mutually Assured Destruction grew and grew, reached ever upwards, to bring in senior civil servants, corrupt police officers, States departments, the island’s parliament, the judiciary, all of the local media, the Law Officers Department, the Attorney General.

Many of those with an “investment”, as it were, in the “currency” of concealment must have relaxed, begun to sleep easy at night – confident that the culture of cover-up, by now embraced by the very organs of the state in Jersey, was “Too Big To Fail”, just like certain banks.

Ironically, it was that ease of conspiracy, that willing involvement, that mutual commitment to the corrupt enterprise – the very nature of “The Jersey Way” and its complete failure to manifest any functioning checks and balances – that has contained within it the very seeds of its own destruction.

Corporate failures, conspiracies and the corrupt concealments of crimes occur in all systems. But in most systems, sooner or later, a boundary is reached; eventually the crimes are thwarted, the scandal exposed – like Hillsborough for example. Eventually, some check and balance halts the malfeasance – before it itself becomes the very defining essence of the jurisdiction in question.

Jersey’s authorities never reached that restraining boundary. Indeed, given the crypto-feudal nature of power in the island, there quite simply was no limiting boundary – no ultimate lawful constraint – to be reached.

We are then left contemplating the sheer scale of what we observe; an entire edifice of public sector administration – and the arms the state, legislature, executive and judiciary – and the local Fourth Estate – all component-parts of, and protectors of, a system in which “the rule of law” no longer has any deterrent value.

A system in which the only strong deterrent effect to be seen and noted by the public is the corrupt oppression of those such as Social Services  Ministers and Chief Police Officers who try to uphold the law, and to protect the vulnerable and  weak from child-abusers and serial-rapists.

The entire notion of good governance, civil society and the rule of law has been stood on its head in Jersey, on such a scale it threatens  the very respectability and credibility of Britain.

It may have seemed invulnerable, but “The Jersey Way” has become too big to be “too big to fail”.

The rule of law will out.

Stuart Syvret

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SIGN THIS E-PETITION – HELP US FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY & THE RULE OF LAW

Help to #FreeJersey –

Sign E-Petition to Overturn UK Ban on American Journalist

Leah McGrath Goodman

In common with a number of other Jersey bloggers, I’m publishing the posting below to draw attention to the unlawful repression of independent journalism, and to ask readers to sign the important e-petition which can be found by clicking on the following link:
 

You can also join in the discussion, and express your views about the Jersey government, by going to the comments section at the bottom of this article.

The American journalist, Leah McGrath Goodman was excluded from re-entering the United Kingdom by Immigration officials, following her being “flagged” by the Jersey authorities, after it became known to them that she is researching and writing a book on child abuse atrocities in the island and the associated failures of Jersey’s government, prosecution system and judiciary.


Her exclusion from the United Kingdom was also “conveniently” timed in such a way as to prevent her from being in Jersey to observe, monitor and research Jersey’s last election, which took place in October 2011.

Please read the posting below, and help us to spread the word via the web. For those who use twitter, the hashtag is #FreeJersey.


Sign the e-petition – and help the fight for independent journalism, democracy, the rule of law and free-speech.

Stuart Syvret

The E-Petition:

THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE IS ISSUED BY JERSEY BLOGGERS, IN THE NAME OF CIVIL SOCIETY AND THE RULE OF LAW

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

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.



Posted on behalf of Jersey bloggers and civil society.