A BRIEF REFLECTION ON EVENTS IN JERSEY.

The Personal is Political.

Well – it’s late at night again, and fighting the battle has kept me from finishing the post I promised – in which I will provide a lay-person’s guide to the Sharp Report.

But don’t worry – it’s on its way – provided I don’t get assassinated first.

So I thought I’d offer just a few, random, stream-of-consciousness assessments, thoughts and feelings on how things stand now – the Jersey situation – and which way the fortunes are swinging in the child protection war – towards the Jersey oligarchy – or towards the victims?

Difficult, difficult question, that last point.

Looked at from any normal, civilised, perspective – legal and moral victory to the survivors should now be virtually a ‘done-deal’ as far as the Jersey Child Abuse Disaster is concerned.

Anyone faintly familiar with the facts, the evidence, and the survivors – can state with certainty that the case against the States of Jersey is proven – 50 times over. So if it comes to legal battles – the outcome would be plain; plain, that is – if we were looking at a normal, civilised environment.

But sadly – it’s the deeply strange, stagnant, intellectually malnourished, ethically festering Jersey establishment we are considering.

A power-environment like no other in any western democracy.

But we have allies.

We’ve had some fantastic, moral-boosting support from Esther Rantzen – who has visited Jersey on two occasions now, in order to speak with survivors.

I said I’d offer a few personal perspectives of mine, and this might give you a flavour of how things have seemed to me.

When I first heard that Esther was taking an interest in the Jersey case, and would be visiting – I just knew – instantly – that Jersey’s only newspaper – the Jersey Evening Post – would do all it could to assault her involvement – that she would be depicted as some kind of “interfering busy-body” – whose involvement was not wanted – because we do things via “The Jersey Way”.

Sure enough – letters published in the JEP, and some columnists’ comments, have said exactly that – and equally predictably, letters in support of Esther have simply not been published.

Standard fair from The Rag.

And being able to – so, so accurately – predict these things is profoundly dispiriting.

As events have unfolded I’ve been able to predict with depressing accuracy how things would play out.

I suppose I’ve only had two phases of surprise in the whole, wretched episode.

The first being the gradual discovery – throughout the first half of last year – of the disgusting and horrifying true scale of failure in Jersey’s child protection systems – over a period of decades.

The second surprise – though, really, it shouldn’t have been – was at the sheer and mind-boggling stupidity of the Jersey political establishment. God knows – I know well enough that most of them are insular, ignorant, arrogant – utterly unused to any kind of challenge to their customary power – and thus complacent and smug in their assessment of their “correctness”.

But so obviously backing the wrong horse – in something so fundamental as a major child protection battle?

Becoming the first and only “democratic” administration on the face of the planet to sack a social services Minister – for whistle-blowing?

Siding with abuse-concealing senior civil-servants?

In flat defiance of the facts and evidence available – even at that early stage?

Yes – I was surprised.

I genuinely didn’t think people could be so bloody stupid. But they were.

But aside from those two examples of the unexpected – everything else has been exactly as I – and those survivors and campaigners I work with – predicted.

No, actually, there was a third moment of surprise – though with hindsight, it shouldn’t have been – which was the wretched spectacle of the establishment stopping my Christmas speech in which I was attempting to express some recognition for the victims.

I try to blank that episode out of my mind these days – as it was such a nadir – such a dreadful revelation of just how despicable people can be – that it left me seriously contemplating suicide during the following 48 hours.

So, kind of surprised – but post-event – no, not really. And it was probably that thought – that – actually – it shouldn’t have been surprising – which made the episode so crushingly bleak.

As I have written previously – I was interviewed in the aftermath by the Jersey media, and one of the BBC Jersey TV hacks asked, ‘was I surprised at States members actions?’ I was about to say, ‘yes – how could anyone not be surprised at opposition to an expression of empathy to child abuse victims’. But at that instant, the awful truth engulfed me – so the answer I gave, which was used on the local TV news, was very different: ‘am I surprised at States members reactions? No – not really. Let’s face it – we all know the States is largely a collection of gangsters and halfwits; so surprised? No.’

But apart from those two – (and a third I’d rather forget) – surprises, everything else has been tediously predictable.

Every – single event.

Take the Jersey establishment doing all it can – with implacable determination – to minimise the scope and scale of any prosecutions. I knew this would be the case last summer – before I was even aware of the covert police investigation.

Or that the senior civil service would close-ranks, lie, engage in cover-ups – and, essentially, display the customary Teflon-coated, bullet-proof invulnerability.

99.9% of people reading this blog will know the hard realities of employment. You are there to do a job on behalf of your pay-masters. They need and require you to be competent, law-abiding, efficient and effective. If you fail to meet such standards – your employment will rapidly come to an end.

But not in Jersey civil-service-world. Here you can be demonstrably incompetent, idle, over-promoted, unethical, a danger to service clients, utterly ineffectual and provably criminal – and yet be completely invulnerable.

There are senior civil-servants working now who should – on the plain evidence – have been sacked last year – and that’s at best. A number of them should by now have been charged with various criminal offences – for example, perverting the course of justice.

But – predictably – none of these things have happened.

And to take that phenomenon a step further – how many people reading this blog know that there is at least one – very senior – Jersey civil servant under investigation by the States of Jersey Police for child abuse?

And how many people could predict that – notwithstanding the signing of a Disclosure Notice in recent weeks by the Police to inform his employers – the States of Jersey – that the civil servant is under criminal investigation – they remain at work – and are not suspended?

Even though suspension is the policy requirement, and is not regarded as a judgement or punishment – merely management best-practice?

95% of people would be deeply surprised – shocked in fact, at such reckless irresponsibility.

Not me.

This is “The Jersey Way”.

Zero accountability or responsibility.

I actually confronted the civil servant in question at a States briefing earlier this year; I asked them about their past activities – and those of their colleague – “The Pinball Wizard”.

Predictably – the response was smug, complacent dismissiveness.

I knew – by reason of the same arrogance born of utter invulnerability – that Jersey’s Attorney General, William Bailhache, would feel so perfectly protected that he could trample over and spit in the face of all established jurisprudence and simply ignore the requirement to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interests. The requirement for justice to be seen to be done.

In similar fashion, I knew – though very much underestimated the scale of the abomination – that the Bill Bailhache’s brother, the Bailiff, Phil Bailhache, would administer some form of put-down to the child abuse investigation in his Liberation Day speech. But I suppose I was taken aback to some extent at the sheer cretinous extremism of his words.

As I later remarked to other politicians – most of whom were saying ‘how marvellous’ the speech was – “look at it this way; if I had been somehow secretly able to write his speech – and attempt to make him and the oligarchy he leads look utterly ridiculous – I couldn’t have done a better job.”

It was predictable that suspects against whom the Police have well-evidenced cases – would be released without charge.

Predictable that papers from the Police seeking the extradition and charging of two suspects have sat – un-actioned – on Bill’s desk for 5 months.

Predictable that the supposed “independent expert” the Jersey establishment carefully selected, produced the requisite whitewash.

Predictable that my 25 page report to Jack Straw – sent nearly 6 months ago now – would receive no substantive response.

Predictable that – even today – even given what has happened – States of Jersey departments are still failing to properly help survivors with access to their records, better housing, additional financial support, etc, etc.

Predictable screeds of shameless nonsense in The Rag’s editorial comments.

Predictable that the vast majority of letters sent to the JEP in support of the survivors never get published. (I have a stack of them – sent to me by their authors – on my desk as I type.)

Predictable that the Jersey judiciary – notwithstanding the clear conflictedness which engulfs them – would carry on insisting – like Bill Bailhache, in face of all established jurisprudence – that they are competent to deal with court cases arising from the Jersey child abuse disaster.

Predictable that what few arrests and charges the oligarchy cannot avoid – will be held over – until after Jersey’s elections later this year. The last thing the oligarchy wants is a load of dreadful, seedy, former civil servants – and maybe one or two current ones – being charged in the build-up to the election. Too much of a stark display of the truth to the voting public.

But those are events which have occurred, or in that last example, are occurring now.

What of the future?

Will most of the suspects be charged?

Will the whole saga be dealt with by an independent judiciary? Which – axiomatically means a non-Jersey judiciary?

Will the victims get justice?

Will the Sates of Jersey – for once in its wretched existence – do the honest, decent thing – and accept culpability for what public administration in Jersey has done to these children over a period of decades?

Will – for the first time ever – in over 800 years – the Jersey oligarchy lose?

Will – for the first time ever – the people win?

What are the answers to these questions? Yes – or no?

The survivors are an extremely diverse group of people, of all ages and from many backgrounds. They are individual people – with their own views and opinions.

And the same is true of the diverse range of campaigners and organisations, each with their own perspective on the situation.

Given this diversity, there can be no surprise that there should be differences of opinion as to which course of action is most likely to produce the right outcome – which approach will deliver a load of “yes” answers to those questions above.

I think it was in late June last year – even before I first stated publicly that we had huge problems – that, knowing the path we were on would lead to the law – to the courts – I said to some survivors and whistle-blowers that ‘we will simply not win this war – we will not achieve the good administration of justice – unless we can succeed in forcing London to intervene.’

I knew it then. And God knows, it’s an assessment which has been proven to be completely correct by events since then. We have publicly seen example after example of the Jersey oligarchy doing all it can to minimise the scope and scale of any charges and prosecutions.

Therefore, it remains my view today. In fact – it’s a conclusion which has been ever more powerfully enforced with the passage of time.

I accept that some others involved don’t share this view – they have legitimate opinions which, for example, have it that sweet reason – and appeals to human decency will have the desired affect.

But – drawing on 18 years of experience as a States member – and having experienced first-hand the disgusting response of public administration in Jersey over the last year or so – my assessment remains this:

We force – because they certainly won’t do it voluntarily – London to intervene – we win.

We fail to make London intervene – we lose.

The oligarchy wins – yet again.

The pubic interest loses – yet again.

I believe it is as simple and as clear as that.

Without outside help – we’re left facing the all-powerful, unchallengeable, Teflon-coated, bullet-proof , power-crazed, undefeated Jersey oligarchy – an entrenched establishment facing huge stakes; its greatest ever crisis – and thus motivated to be even more utterly ruthless and inimical than usual.

Our situation could be likened to playing a video-game. One of those were you have to run around a bleak and dark maze of tunnels, doing battle with space-aliens. But no matter how far you get – no matter how much ammunition you have, or lives you have left – ultimately you always meet that indestructible, slavering space-alien boss – who is invulnerable to all your weapons, all-powerful – and unbeatable – no matter what you do. Your lasers run-out of power, your energy expires – you lose – game over.

The Jersey oligarchy is not defeatable. At least, not by the efforts of ordinary islanders.

Short of an asteroid strike – the only force which will – and it will – ultimately destroy them is their own arrogance and hubris.

But will that inevitability occur in connection with present events?

All I can say with absolute confidence is that it certainly should.

Stuart.

29 thoughts on “A BRIEF REFLECTION ON EVENTS IN JERSEY.

  1. Stuart Syvret

    Interviewing Esther

    Yeah – The Rag may well have interviewed her – but I don’t recollect them using it as a major feature, like the Saturday interview or some-such thing.

    All I recollect being published was a news item in the ordinary run of the paper, which had some quotes from her in it.

    No big surprise, really, at The Rag’s approach.

    The structured attempts to depict her as an ‘interfering out-sider’ in the management of the letters page were always going to happen.

    The paper itself wouldn’t dare attack her, because of her standing in society – her very well-deserved national reputation as a very committed and formidable campaigner for children’s rights.

    But as the Jersey oligarchy are terrified of her and her influence – they have to find a method of attempting to spin against her to the local population.

    But manipulating and structuring what appears in the letters pages is an old and well-tried technique of the Jersey Evening Post – especially when it comes to things its bosses would like to say – but can’t. Instead they select a preponderance of letters which match their views and publish those – with only the slight, token publication of the occasional letter which supports the anti-establishment view.

    The JEP has behaved in this manner throughout its history. Indeed, it used to frequently manufacture fake and invented letters to publish itself – it probably still does to an extent.

    But these days letter publication in order to manipulate the depiction of public opinion tends to be done be external agents – obviously with the tacit support of The Rag.

    Indeed, I know from my moles that certain spin-doctor firms actually offer the ‘service’ of using their team of friends and relatives to write to The Rag in a co-ordinated manner. They don’t guarantee to their clients that all will be published; instead their sales pitch is along the lines of: “we can guarantee getting 15 letters in support of your position written and sent to the paper over the course of the next 2 or 3 weeks’.

    The editor knows perfectly well that this goes on – but doesn’t object as invariably such professional campaigns reflect The Rag’s position. In fact, the oligarchy often don’t even bother using a real person to sign such letters. Certain estate agents – knowing which empty properties they have on their books, will get their spin-doctors to invent non-existent, fictitious people – but have the letter sent from a real, but vacant, address.

    I wrote a letter to The Rag a few weeks ago, in response to a letter from Ian Le Marquand – Senatorial candidate who wants to bring the police under direct political control – and recently retired magistrate – the one responsible for the continuous adjournments in the Boschat case – until such time as Lenny was off the scene. This meant that Boschat could be let off – I guess because bribing Police officers in exchange for business is nothing to get too worked up about, it’s just “The Jersey Way”.

    But needless to say – The Rag wouldn’t print my letter concerning political control of the police, as it blew holes in Le Marquand’s sophistry.

    But – yep – don’t ever be so naive as to expect balanced, public interest reporting by The Rag. As I’ve said on many previous occasions, it’s the house-journal of the Jersey oligarchy – and has always been their main instrument of power.

    Though, thank God, its days are numbered. Falling circulation, same tired old nonsense in its reporting, a population who are less and less easily conned by its spin, citizen media on the internet providing stiff competition, falling advertising sales and a growing awareness on the part of the population of just what it is The Rag actually represents.

    It’ll take a few years – but its plain the tide of history has turned against The Rag – thankfully for Jersey.

    The Jersey Evening Post has always been an enemy of this community – a propaganda rag for the local shysters.

    Stuart.

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  2. Anonymous

    Write to your own mp a letter leting him know that your vote hangs on one question being answered.

    Setup or sign the online petitions appearing on the No 10 Downing street website petitions.number10

    Write to the House of Lords demanding action to be taken.

    Should this turn nasty and victims decide they’re not going to get justice then what?

    Will they unite and take the island back?

    Who would stop them?

    If Jack Straw can say he will not interfere in the justice systems of Jersey, will that not mean the British government will not be sending help?

    Demonstrative action is the only way so contact your member of parliament or any member of parliament and register your own personal complaint.

    The British government also have need of a shake up so be persistent with them, let them know you are not voting for someone who will not stand up to those who think they can rape, torture and murder children and just walk away because they are rich and powerful.

    Those days are at an end where the succubus rule…

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  3. voiceforchildren

    Stuart.

    Wouldn’t a re-enactment of “the white march” be worth considering?

    This, as I’m sure you are well aware, was a peaceful and silent march held in Belgium in the nineties.

    It was a protest involving the Marc Dutroux case that has many similarity’s of the Jersey case involving alleged cover ups in convictions (or lack of) of child abusers.

    I can’t seem to find out too much about it but here is one link that I have found.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/3520819.stm

    Keep up the good work and as difficult as it may be don’t let the basta-ds pull you down.

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  4. Tom Perry

    I really do not want to rain on anyone’s parade – but the value of No10 petitions is nil for the signatory or the cause but great for Brown.

    It tells Brown’s apparatchiks what the great unwashed are “pissed” about. Anything less that 50k they press the delete button and ignore it because all those who have signed are unlinked with each other and it was all a huge waste of signatories’ time to sign in the first place.

    Much more valuable for Jersey would be to create a simple website (instead of a blogsite) with a subscriber option. It’s all simple stuff and easy to manage. The subscribers can then be called to “action” and those who wish can assist in whatever way helps draw attention to these appalling abuse matters. It’s all about headcount which indicates a constituency has been formed and one that potentially provides a powerful voice with multiple talents which can be called upon. This will prompt the politicians to think.

    To such a website I would subscribe because I am confident that my signature would bring about a difference, and potentially force change. If I loose confidence in the initiatives I have the option to unsubscribe.

    My being a subscriber then has ongoing value – and won’t the politicians both on the Island and in London know it!

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  5. Stuart Syvret

    Chris Close

    Thanks for the support.

    I had a look at the site you link to; look’s very good stuff.

    I couldn’t see an e-mail address to contact you. I would be interested in having a chat about common experiences, if you’re willing to get in touch.

    My e-mail address is: st.syvret@gov.je

    Stuart

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  6. Anonymous

    can’t you tell us who the civil-servant is?
    And who is the “pin-ball Wizard”???????

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  7. Anonymous

    Watch the rock opera Tommy if you can and pay attention to the peadophile message placed in it by I believe Pete Townshend as a warning…

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  8. Anonymous

    dont forget the establishments use of liberation day

    in using to attack those abused for brining down the good name of Jersey

    rather than celebrating the role of the Liberation movement

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  9. Anonymous

    Stuart, justice will be done. Aren’t you aware of why London is so reluctant to intervene? Don’t you remember the David Abraham scandal? The newspapers didn’t tell the whole story on that affair – they never do.

    This charade has been played out again and again, abuse is discovered, investigated, covered up. Some of the MP’s have tried so hard to get these institutional abuses properly investigated, but the protection mafia get in and take over, and they are crafty little devils. They make black liook like white and vice verca, spread lies and they get a few scapegoats and minions charged and jailed, while the really bad guys get off scot free.

    The good thing about Jersey is that it is so massive that it has drawn all other abuse survivors together, and we survivors from other abuse scandals recognise the way the Jersey survivors have been treated is exactly the same as how we were treated. That must mean that all these seemingly seperate institutional abuses must be connected. Look at how kids were sent from Birmingham to Jersey. It’s a big pedophile ring, Stuart.

    For goodness sake don’t do away with yourself – we need you here to be a pain in the butt to the Jersey pedoprotection mafia!

    Zoompad

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  10. Anonymous

    Hi, not relevant to the post, but just wanted to say, Stuart, You are the thorn in the side of the States Of Jersey, and I for one LOVE IT!!!

    I never vote, I’m 28 and wouldn’t have a clue where to start, or who to vote for.

    But I love your attitude, your relentlessness, your passion and your principle. If we had more like you then the arrogant asses who run this Island wouldn’t have a leg to stand on!

    Keep up the good work!

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  11. Anonymous

    C – Stuart, I entirely agree with what you say, but think that you are a bit vitriolic in the way you express yourself and too verbose. Short, sharp and pithy I think would be more successful. Nevertheless, I would urge you to keep up the good work. As for the majority of your “colleagues” in the States, I just think they are mealy-mouthed lap dogs, only concerned with their own careers and wage packets.
    Justice has to win out in the end!
    P.S. Think a dedicated website would be a good idea.

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  12. Anonymous

    Stuart, have you STILL not recieved a reply from Jack Straw?

    Here is part of a letter I sent to Jack Straw on 3rd June 2008:

    “I am still waiting for an explanation from yourself and from Bridget Prentice as to why the UK Government used a syndrome invented by an American psychologist called Richard Gardner, a man who championed paedophile’s rights in all the self published books he wrote, in a Government document which was the catalyst for keeping the family courts closed. I urge you to respond to this question Mr Straw, as it is imperative that children’s rights and safety must always come before the rights of people with an urge to have sexual intercourse with children in a civilised country such as Great Britain.

    I have been following the Haut de la Garenne story with great interest. This is because I realise that the way the victims of this institutional child abuse scandal are being treated in a similar way to the way the Staffordshire Pindown victims such as myself have been treated. I find it very disturbing to read about the way Mr Harper, the policeman in charge of the investigation, has been obstructed whilst in the course of his official duty, and has even received intimidation and death threats. Therefore, I would also urge you to reply to the letter Senator Stuart Syvret sent to you recently in which he urged you to use the power that you have to impose your will on the otherwise autonomous Channel Islands because the Privy Council, which comes under your jurisdiction, must ensure ‘good governance and the proper administration of justice’ on the islands.

    I hope you will give these serious matters the attention they deserve and take immediate action.”

    I have not recieved a reply from Jack Straw, but I have had one from David Hanson MP of the MOJ. It doesn’t address the issues properly though, and you are not mentioned at all.

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  13. Anonymous

    How many knives in your back in the JEP letters on Friday?

    These people, especially Bridget Walker, have no idea!

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  14. Anonymous

    when we get power in Jersey

    we should buold the biggest possible monument to those who fought for Liberation and suffered under the jackboot of the Nazi’s with it’s tool the JEP

    a Jersey Arc de Triomphe

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  15. Anonymous

    http://us.ft.com/ftgateway/superpage.ft?news_id=fto090320081745438461

    Jersey case puts focus on haven cash

    By Michael Peel and Megan Murphy
    Wednesday Sep 3 2008 16:35

    Wealthy business people could exploit Jersey and other tax havens in an attempt to shield themselves from big money divorce payouts, after a crucial Channel Islands court ruling.

    Divorce lawyers said the case – part of a long-running international pursuit of an Indian jewellery magnate by his ex-wife – could make it harder for estranged spouses to gain access to the often huge wealth held offshore.

    The ruling is a striking rebuff by a tax haven to a series of English court divorce orders that have required offshore trustees to pay ex-spouses millions of pounds.

    Mark Harper, partner at Withers, the city law firm, said the case could lead business people such as hedge fund managers to put their money in tax havens, in an attempt to ring-fence it from divorce settlements. Mr Harper said: “The Jersey court is saying stop meddling in its affairs. The judgment will be influential in other offshore jurisdictions.”

    The Jersey case – known as Mubarak v Mubarak – highlights the tensions arising when ex-spouses try to use divorce orders made in England to seek money held by their former partners in tax havens such as the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and Britain’s Caribbean overseas territories.

    In a ruling made last month but not widely publicised until now, Jersey’s Royal Court said assets held in offshore trusts could be released to ex-spouses only if the trustees had the power to do so.

    Grant Howell, partner at Charles Russell, the law firm, said the ruling was a sign of offshore centre becoming “increasingly sensitive to what they see as English courts riding roughshod”, after a number of orders from the High Court in London for rich business people to give their wives a share of offshore assets.

    The judgment “put an obstacle in the way” of ex-spouses hunting for their former partners’ tax haven riches, he said, although he added that the fast evolution of the law meant super-wealthy divorcees would be unwise to “break open the champagne quite yet”.

    The Jersey ruling comes after several judgments in favour of former wives of wealthy business people have led London to be dubbed the “divorce capital of Europe” for ex-spouses seeking to maximise their payouts.

    In the biggest contested divorce payout, the Court of Appeal last year upheld a £48m award to the ex-wife of the insurance magnate John Charman. Mr Charman has since been fighting attempts to make him draw money for the settlement from a £68m trust in the British overseas territory of Bermuda.

    English High Court judges had warned before the Jersey case that ex-spouses seeking payouts should not automatically assume they would have access to former partners’ assets held in offshore centres governed by independent legal systems.

    Lawyers said wealthy business people might be able to safeguard money by putting it in tax havens, although they would still be legally vulnerable if they made obvious attempts to salt away assets offshore shortly before their marriages broke up.

    The Jersey ruling adds to the turmoil in English family law, amid big changes in courts’ views on how wealth from a marriage should be divided. A landmark House of Lords ruling last year, known as Miller-McFarlane, said the fruits of a marriage should be shared equally on divorce unless there was good reason for this not to happen.

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  16. Anonymous

    That is actually a very good idea!

    The Jews did something like that, they had a procession, each left a stone as a monument. Didn’t they do it at the Wailing Wall?

    What about a procession each person carrying a box, to pile up on top of each other, with their abuse story written inside it? The procession could be filmed and put onto YouTube.

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  17. Stuart Syvret

    Knives in the Back from the JEP

    Nah – The Rag’s knives are never in my back – they’re always driven at me in a full-frontal assault.

    It’s tragic, for Jersey, really, that our island has come to this.

    Remember in my last post I said just how utterly – depressingly – tediously – predictable it all was? Such as the attempt to rubbish Esther Rantzen?

    Was I right or was I right?

    I wonder if The Rag’s editor Chris Bright, and his vacuous side-kick deputy editor Rob Shipley, feel they can be proud of themselves? That they’re actually representing the interests of this community – in contrast with the interests of their bosses?

    Do you – and I ask this, because I genuinely don’t know, as such a state of affairs is beyond my reckoning – that they believe rubbishing an internationally respected child protection campaigner like Esther Rantzen is even faintly credible?

    Has Jersey come to this?

    The founder of Child-Line – a person of international stature – a person who delivered an entirely moderate and reasonable speech on Saturday – getting rubbished and dismissed – with all of the customary haughty, insular ignorance of the Jersey establishment.

    Once again the oligarchy and its mouth-piece would have us believe that Jersey alone walks in step – and the rest of the civilised world has got it all wrong.

    Yes – tragically – Jersey has come to this.

    Stuart.

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  18. voiceforchildren

    Stuart.

    I was going to blog about this myself, but thought Id share it with you and your readers. I have written many “have your says” on the JEP website but only a handful have been published. The e-mails below are part of a much bigger story involving the JEP and myself.

    I will be blogging about that story in the not too distant future. The fact is Rob Shipley who doesn’t return my calls or e-mails is that inept he really didn’t know I was voiceforchildren. That is obviously why it was suggested I phoned him, when he realized it was me…..well the (all be it short) e-mails below say it all really. Needless to say I’ve not heard anything back from them!

    Incidentally I am currently running a poll about the JEP on my site.

    e-mails

    On Wed, Sep 3, 2008 at 3:59 PM, :

    A couple of recent comments submitted to the website have not been published as they are untrue. I refer in particular to those attacking the JEP.
    If you would care to contact JEP deputy editor Rob Shipley, he would be willing to speak to you.
    Regards,
    Sue Le Ruez
    Internet editor

    Dear Miss/Mrs. Le Ruez.

    I did as you suggested and phoned Rob Shipley. He basically said to me “you don’t know what you are talking about and I do” I asked him to help to “educate” me, if you like and he hung up on me!!

    I think Mr.Shipley knows I do know what I am talking about!! It is my opinion your paper should hang it’s head in shame.

    Kind Regards.

    voiceforchildren

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  19. Anonymous

    You know! I don’t really care any more! I give it 12/18 months and it will be history! Another 25 years on and you will read all about it in the JEP titled under the clock! Sad I know but,I’m a realist!!

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  20. Anonymous

    Some people claim they are “Sad I know but,I’m a realist!!”

    No sir you are a defeatest!!

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  21. Anonymous

    “Sad I know” it will not be “history” in 12 – 18 months because you won’t let that happen Stuart while there is breath in your body! Don’t ever give up your dedication and passion for this cause. “Verbose” and “a bit vitriolic” possibly but you are also perceptive, honest and often very entertaining too.You are being yourself so don’t change.

    There are plenty of us survivors and supporters out there to share the fight and we want to see those guilty people charged and tried and where necessary extradited. We have waited 20, 30 or 40 years for justice. We are patient but increasingly angry people.

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  22. Anonymous

    “You know! I don’t really care any more! I give it 12/18 months and it will be history!”

    That’s something which could possibly have been safely assumed 10 years ago. It’s very reflective of the “Jersey way”. Those in the spotlight sit firmly and silently, holding on, weathering the storm – and of course with people having short memories, the whole uncomfortable story becomes history over a rather short period.

    However, times have changed, radically. Those tactics no longer work in the age of the information superhighway. In the 21st Century today’s news doesn’t become tomorrow’s chip wrapper – it sits there on the Internet, fresh as the day it was first published, just waiting to be Googled or linked to.

    The actions of the ageing dinosoaurs currently in the spotlight seem to suggest they are so of touch with the modern world, that they are completely oblivious to that simple fact. They continue to operate as if the sole local news outlet is the JEP, and if the paper puts the emphasis on pushing the establishment side of the story, and distracts the populace for long enough, the whole sorry saga will eventually blow over – consigned to some news review in 10 or 20 years time.

    In 2008 that’s a laughably naive attitude. One which will cost the guilty dearly.

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  23. Anonymous

    I hope your right! But I won’t hold my breath! Money and social class still talk (as the Bonner’ are testamony to).

    Yeah, I agree that a couple of powerless fall guy’s like Wateridge will face the jury. But, that will be all! And the rest will be consigned to the pages of history!

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