OLD NAZI HABITS DIE HARD FOR THE RAG.
Just a brief post which I thought my readers might find entertaining.
A group of Jersey citizens – representing a broad-cross section of our community – recently gathered at an event organised by a new group, Time4Change. This Sunday gathering elicited some very interesting discussions; observations and ideas driven by the present unprecedented wretched state of the Jersey polity.
Naturally, the gathering attracted the predictable de minimus coverage from The Rag – you know the kind of thing – as little as they thought it could get away with.
The piece was buried in the in the paper and used a photograph of one of the organisers briefly speaking with me about the timing of contributions to the discussion – but framed and used in a way quite calculatedly to appear as though we were discussing some foul, conspiratorial plot.
You know, I remarked in a recent post how the Jersey Evening Post happily – and very profitably – churned out Nazi propaganda and diktats when the island was under Nazi occupation during World War II. I also suggested that it was during this period The Rag learnt all its Nazi-like propaganda skills.
And I wasn’t joking.
A few of my commenters have submitted pieces concerning the occupation – and the money-raking, Nazi-arse-kissing habits of the Guiton Groups finest – owners of the JEP – back in those dark days.
I’m including those submissions in this post below my refused letter which I am posting – and would invite any other such submissions; they make fascinating reading, don’t they?
I’ve read a great deal about spin, propaganda and the calculated manipulation of public opinion by the rich and powerful. So I spot the tricks quite easily.
For example – the coverage The Nazi Rag gave to the Time4Chang meeting ticked many of the boxes on the Joseph Goebbels propaganda check-list.
Minimise the relevance of the gathering?
Minimise the public exposure of the event?
Calculated use of photographs to make people look conspiratorial and evil?
Focus the article on the peripheral and irrelevant?
Ignore the real issues that were being discussed?
Convey the impression, obliquely, that the organisers are some kind of dark and dangerous “enemy within”?
Indirectly and obliquely link the meeting with “the enemy without” – in this case the national media?
And refuse to print letters from the organisers, attendees and supporters?
The Jersey Evening Post uses this methodology time and time again whenever an anti-establishment story emerges. And it is the very methodology as used by the Nazis.
For example – whilst some Nazi propaganda was simply out-right crude statements of hate – people like Goebbels realised that to be really effective – propaganda had to be faintly credible; that it had to subtly massage people’s already extant prejudices.
The Rag has this approach off-to-a-T.
It doesn’t do anything so crude as to state “Syvret and Tadier Will Eat Your Grannies”.
Or, “All the International Media are in League With Syvret!”
No; what they do instead is simply imply a few subtle key “messages” – lies, in effect – deliberately designed to work with and upon peoples fears.
For example – it is hinted and imputed that people like me are simply dangerous trouble-makers whose only wish is to destroy the economy – thus implying “and all you decent people will be bankrupted if these people are not crushed.”
Or, as the coverage of the Time4Change gathering demonstrates, the message is: “these are just a tiny minority of disaffected and bitter trouble-makers. Really – 90% of people in Jersey actually love the island’s government.”
I suppose one of the things I’ve always found so puzzling is why the average Jersey Journalist should be so spineless, so devoid of ethics, so morally decayed, so weak, so fearful, so ignorant and so cowardly as to just not stand up to their bosses.
I mean – you’d think there might be one or two?
For example – why – when Denzil Dudley, Roger Barra, Mathew Price and John Uphoff decided that BBC Jersey was going to calculatedly and wilfully do all it possibly could to minimise publicity for the first BBC regional documentary program on the Jersey Child Abuse Disaster, in order to support their establishment friends – did not the other staffers at BBC Jersey say: “this marginalising of the up-coming broadcast is bloody appalling – it’s disgusting pro-establishment bias – and we won’t put up with it!”?
But no – I guess as long as the pay-checks keep rolling in, it’s a case of just keeping your heads down and not upsetting the bosses.
The Jersey climate of fear – on open display amongst its journalist – in the year 2008.
Likewise at The Rag – most of the journos and sub-editors there exhibit about as much journalistic integrity – actually, about as much human decency – as a mob embarking upon a pogrom.
There are one or two honourable exceptions.
But, sadly Ben Queree isn’t one of them. He quite shamelessly does whatever is the bidding of his pay-masters; tries to entrap and stitch-up anti-establishment people – and writes the kind of crap described above in the report on the Time4Change meeting.
What is it with these people? If I worked there – or anywhere so devoid of ethics and of human decency – I’d tell them to shove their job.
I’d take my chances elsewhere – actually – as I have done with the cess-pit which is politics.
But not people like Ben. Maybe he hopes that if he plays his cards right in the service of his bosses he too will be able to settle in a retirement cottage on Sark?
You know – in a strange kind of way, I really hope these people are just being ‘bribed’ with huge ‘performance bonuses’.
It would be pretty disturbing if they were exhibiting such ethical betrayal of this community – and kissing their bosses arses – just because that’s what they wanted to do.
Anyway, returning to Queree’s article, in writing it he deliberately ignored most of what I had to say – but made a point of reporting my comment to the effect that ‘most States members were a bunch of idiots’.
So – all one can really do is just laugh at these clowns – Jersey journos and politicians alike.
Here is the letter I submitted to The Rag – which they didn’t print.
And below my letter, check out the very interesting submissions from readers of this blog on the ‘performance’ of the Jersey oligarchy and its Rag in the service of the occupying Nazis.
I know from my family some very interesting things concerning the Nazi Occupation.
Here’s just one little item: The Bailiff of Jersey during the occupation was one Alexander Coutanche – made a ‘Lord’ no-less – this in order to propagandise the angry population into thinking these Nazi-supporting and profiteering shysters were actually good leaders. The Jersey oligarchy propaganda surrounding this despicable clown is that he was some kind of towering beacon of wisdom – guiding this community through these difficult times.
Indeed – a simply vast portrait of him hangs in Jersey’s Royal Court.
This supposed heroic leader was, in fact, viewed with contempt and loathing by the average person in Jersey, especially the working-classes – to whom he was simply known as “The Ja, Ja-man.”
The man who always just said ‘yes, yes’ to the Nazis.
Please keep similar submissions concerning the Occupation coming.
Senator Stuart Syvret
6 Ralegh Court
Tel: + 44 1534 610833
28th April 2008
Letters to the Editor
Jersey Evening Post
I note that Ben Queree in his report of the Time4Change meeting quoted me as describing the vast majority of States members as ‘idiots’.
I am disappointed he should have chosen this quote to include in the article.
Personally, I thought my description of the States as “largely a collection of gangsters and half-wits” was far more representative of my comments.
Senator Stuart Syvret.
The Jersey Oligarchy and its Rag, the Jersey Evening Post:
In The Service of The Nazis.
Ad in Jersey Evening Post July 1941
A reward of £25 will be given to the person who first gives to the inspector of Police information leading to the conviction of anyone (not already discovered) for the offence of making on any gate, wall or other place whatsoever visible to the public the letter “V” or any other sign or any word or words calculated to offend the German Authorities or soldiers.
This 8th July 1941.
Victor G Carey
who will buckle first – the politicians or the JEP
I would suggest the politicians…but only at the behest of the electorate….
A number will simply not stand others will feel the electorate’s wrath
But it’s the JEP we need to sort out
One hundred years of telling people what to think and who to vote for is a hard act to give up.
We must help them look in the mirror.
Admit their failings (such as its role in the Nazi occupation, its condemnation of the resistance movement and its historical role in protecting the elite against the masses.
We are many they are few…..
What mention of the BRAVE Jersey resistance movement to the Nazi’s on Liberation Day?
What mention in the JEP of its role during the occupation and its role in allowing the Collaborators to escape justice (not one person convicted)?
Yet nearly every Jewish person on the Island sent to concentration camps…many to die in the final solution?
Our resistance movement should be national heroes as in the rest of Europe
Europe got de-Nazification
Jersey still hides from the truth
Justice must come…..soon…
Confronting the Past” is a good theme for liberation, if one considers (a) how brave ordinary islanders helped Russian slave workers and Jews to hide (b) how Clifford Orange, Aliens Officer, and Duret-Aubin, Attorney-General simply followed the line of least resistance in obeying the German authorities regarding the registration of Jews, and the passing on of information about radio sets. Just doing their jobs!
Perhaps Sir Philip should read “British Channel Islands Under German Occupation 1940-45” by Paul Sanders on “The Parameters of Collaboration” which detail these matters, and consider how he might have behaved. His current conduct does not appear promising as an indicator.
“All child abuse, wherever it happens, is scandalous, but it is the unjustified and remorseless denigration of Jersey and her people that is the real scandal.” so says…..Phil Bailhache
Reminds me so much of the JEP after Liberation…..
Collaboration during the occupation was scandalous but the Jersey Liberation Movement denigration of the Jersey government during the war is the real scandal
NO NO NO
The scandal was that hundreds of people died in slave labour camps on our islands, that Channel Island Jews were forced to wear the star of David (Guernsey) and sent to concentration camps, many to die and our freedoms curtailed by the Nazis
It’s a scandal the JEP attacked the Liberation movement
And now it’s a scandal that the JEP in 2008 still backs the elite, scared of losing its control and patronage.
It’s a scandal that young children were abused.
Confronting the Past
Winning the future.
When mainland reporters tried to get onto the Island just after Liberation from the Nazi’s in 1945 to investigate growing anger against the war-time leadership focused on a petition signed by thousands of islanders, the Jersey authorities delayed permission for them to land.
Below is a report by Sam Russell dated 8th April 1945 (St Helier, Jersey)
The Angry Island – Out with the States
I have arrived here two months after the liberation on the only parts of the British Isles ever occupied by Germans, to find the Island seething with discontent.
For five years the people of Jersey looked forward to the day when they would be rid of the Germans. They hoped that with the British troops would come men from Britain who would inquire closely into the actions of those who were in charge of the Government of the Island during the occupation, and particularly into the action of
the States—the Government of the Island.
Two months has gone by and nothing has happened.
The men whose slogan during the occupation was “don’t do any-thing to annoy the Germans” are still holding the same positions and high office. They are the same men who discouraged even such minor manifestations of resistance as the showing of the V sign, the cutting of telephone wires and the keeping of radio sets. They are the same men who assisted the Germans in their mobilisation of the Island’s manpower and who used all their police forces to round up the English inhabitants of the Island for deportation to Germany.
Recruitment for the Germans was encouraged, I was told, by the States by methods such as these:
A man applying for employment was told, for example, that the only work available was “gardening.” When he went to the job he discovered that this “gardening” consisted of cutting and relaying turf to camouflage German strong points and gun positions.
When in early 1942 the Germans ordered the Island to surrender their radio sets, one man with a few courageous companions issued a leaflet calling upon the people of Jersey to resist the order and hold on to their sets by any means.
The Germans retaliated by taking a dozen hostages. Instead of helping the men who had shown such courage or at least shielding them, the Island officials conducted a whispering campaign which finally forced the leader of the group to give himself up to Germans.
He was immediately sent to the concentration camp in Germany, where he is still recovering from the terrible effect of his imprisonment.
But this man, together with many others, will be coming back to the island. Many have already returned, although there is great indignation at the slowness of the repatriation.
The boat bringing people from the mainland regularly comes to the Island more than half empty. Jersey men who have been prisoners of war in Germany have had to wait as much as six weeks before getting a permit from the Home Office to go home.
Wherever I have gone I have found the people here determined to deal with the injustices of all sorts that abound in this Island with its out of date constitution. That is why the Jersey Democratic Movement, an organisation formed illegally during the occupation, is getting widespread support. Headed by a baker, a doctor and a teacher, this organisation is strongly supported by the working people of the Island.
In the two months since liberation it has reached a membership of nearly 2,000. Its meetings are always packed no matter in “which part of the Island they are held”. And this has been achieved in spite of the most blatant and vicious intimidation by-the-powers-that-be.
There is only one newspaper on this Island (The Jersey Evening Post) and it has refused to give any publicity at all to the movement. Not that it needs any, for wherever I go I see chalked on the walls the slogan, “Out with the States.”
Before I came to Jersey the Daily Worker received a letter from a woman whose father is a member of the Jersey Democratic Movement and enclosing a letter from him. “Should his name or mine be printed,” she wrote,” he would be liable to be beaten up and my sister would lose her job in the Education Office.”
“I am asking for this letter to be posted in England,” wrote the father. “I should not like a letter addressed to the Daily Worker to be posted here.”
From what I have seen since my arrival I have no doubt that the States are using their position here to intimidate supporters of the Jersey Democratic Movement.
A young woman teacher of the Jersey Democratic Movement Committee was told that if she continues her activity she would be deprived of her post, so she resigned.
The Secretary, Mr. A. L. Robson, also a teacher, resigned before he was threatened, to devote himself entirely to the growing needs of the organisation.
The British soldiers on the Island are amongst the most indignant at what is going on.
“The great majority of us Tommies of the Liberation Army,” wrote one soldier to me,” are wondering when justice is going to assert her rights, and bring to these despicable informers, collaborationists and ‘ Jerry-bags ‘ their just deserts.
“These traitors,” he continued, “knew the type of bestial race they were helping. They also knew to what horrors they were sending patriotic Jersey people when their informing caused these citizens to be deported to Germany.
“There is no reason whatever why these traitors should not be brought to trial and punished now.
“After meeting the people who have done so much during the occupation to help escaped Russian prisoners and who had their own little resistance movement, it makes me wild to see the traitors enjoying the fruits of liberation and living easily on the money of their German masters.
“Can’t these traitors,” he asked,” be dealt with now, in the same way as in Holland, Denmark and other countries? “
And this is the question that is being asked by the overwhelming majority of the people of Jersey.
Sam Russell 8th April 1945