And Some Really Rather Impressive Self-Analysis.
Jimmy Perchard’s Letter to The Rag.
During these grim times, I’m conscious of the fact that we need to have some light entertainment on occasions; it can’t all be serious and heavy stuff.
And today, an opportunity for a good laugh presents itself in the form of a letter from Jimmy Perchard – Jersey’s Health Minister
You know? The one who’s entirely happy to keep employed senior managers responsible for the unlawful killing of patients? The Minister who is quite content to keep amongst his employees, people who were responsible for multiple failures to protect vulnerable children? People who then concealed that abuse? Indeed – people who then lied about that abuse; dishonestly sacked a whistle-blower – and who are now – plainly – nothing more than a homogenous claque of expensive senior civil servants who possess no greater consideration than self-protection?
Yes – that Jimmy Perchard.
You know – I often use the expression you just couldn’t make it up.
I’m going to write an open letter to Jimmy, which – naturally – I’ll post here.
Once I’ve written it – I’ll be inviting you – dear readers – to compare and contrast the facts in my letter – with the inadequate, jelly-like quiverings as written by Jimmy – which I reproduce below.
But – to be going on with, here is a brief e-mail I sent Jimmy today, after I’d been able to stop laughing.
Have a read of this – and Jimmy’s letter below.
Then look forward to my reply.
E-Mail From Stuart Syvret to Jimmy Perchard.
From: Stuart Syvret
Sent: 28 February 2009 14:14
To: James Perchard
Cc: All States Members (including ex officio members)
Subject:Bullies, Mental Derangement and Personal Inadequacy.
Thanks for sending your letter to the JEP, published today.
It would have made me roar with laughter at the best of times – but after the events of last week – it’s just hysterical. Really, I’ve had tears of laughter rolling down my cheeks.
You’re quite right about one thing – It’ll be attracting a hostile reaction in your direction – something you plainly feel concerned about – just as do all obnoxious bullies when someone stands up to them.
You see, so startlingly accurate was the description of yourself issued in your letter, that I’m going to write you a detailed open letter in response; why, I might even congratulate you on such marvellous self-diagnosis.
Naturally, I’ll be copying in all States members.
And – sadly – I’ll have to place it on my blog as well. You see – after decades – generations in fact – of mere plebs like me being bullied and oppressed by The Rag on behalf of people like you – we know the JEP just wouldn’t give a fair opportunity to reply.
But – that’s the marvellous thing about Citizen Media – it has finally taken control of the news agenda away from oligarchy members like you and the Jersey Evening Post. A fact which is – plainly – why people like you hate Citizen Media so much.
Once I’ve published it – I’m very happy to allow you an opportunity to respond on my blog. Though – in all reasonableness – you’ll have to do it openly this time – rather than cowering behind anonymous comments as you usually do.
As I said – I will write a detailed response and publish it as an open letter. It will be factual.
And you know – as well as I do – just what is going to be in it.
You might wish to begin writing your resignation letter now, in advance of publication?
Bullies in cyberspace
Letter in The Rag 28.02.09
From Senator Jim Perchard.
WE live in an internet age. Communicating to people around the world is a matter of a few clicks of the mouse.
However, if you look at this internet age from a different point of view, you will realise that it has in fact bred some illegal and unethical practices.
While some use the internet for gaining information, others use it for destruction of sensitive data, or for demeaning and abusing individuals or organisations. While some use the web as a communication platform, others use it for and derive pleasure from intruding in the internet privacy of individuals and seek enjoyment from cyber-bullying.
Cyber-bullying and internet abuse is a growing and serious concern. The remoteness, even anonymity, provided by the internet encourages many users to behave with a boldness they would not otherwise display in any face-to-face encounters.
It is widely claimed that adult bullies are unable to cope with their own lives and problems and that they are easily intimidated and have strong feelings of jealousy and inadequacy.
They are thought to be desperate to receive attention, which they probably don’t receive at home or in relationships. I have noticed that they continually seek to discredit those in authority, particularly those who are influential, knowledgeable, capable and successful.
Even though many of them will understand when they have behaved wrongly, they still wish to appear as though they are morally superior. Strangely, they insist that others have attacked them and that they are the victims. It seems to me that they seek to lead and manipulate an unsuspecting group of their virtual friends to bandwagon, or gang up on, a target and try to gain attention for themselves by any means possible, usually through humiliating their target.
It is true that occasionally they can appear plausible, by introducing a cocktail of fact and fiction, but I am convinced that cyber-bullies are always vindictive and manipulative liars. They often, in an attempt to justify their behaviour, threaten their target with referral to a higher authority, e.g. the law, the UK Ministry of Justice, even the European courts, imagining that such authorities would be interested in the detail behind their vindictive tirade of abuse and bullying.
It seems that they are unable to internalise their own behaviours and become angry and unreasonable if someone attempts to point out how they were wrong or how their behaviour was unacceptable.
Cyber-bullies, like all bullies, will eventually prey on those closest to them in order to resist entering into permanent and lasting friendships. This is because they are mentally disturbed people who are incapable of having meaningful relationships. It is symptomatic that they find solace and power alone in their virtual world in front of their computer screens.
We as a society are learning about cyber-bullying at great personal and emotional cost to the many victims and their families. I hope that it will not be long before we establish acceptable boundaries in respect of the rights to freedom of expression, balanced against the rights to security and privacy of the individual.
I have given very careful consideration to the content of this letter, as I know it will provoke a hostile reaction in my direction, from cyber-bullies and internet abusers, those who believe it is their right to publish on the internet defamatory and hostile untruths about others. I for one am prepared to stand up to these bullies. I shall not be intimidated by them.
Rue de la Vignette,