PROPAGANDA AND PATRIOTISM.
The Jersey Establishment Hi-Jack Liberation Day.
Child Abuse Survivors and those campaigning for them –
Denigrated and Insulted on Jersey’s Day of Freedom.
Today the community of Jersey celebrates its liberation, on May 9th 1945, from the occupying Nazis.
This annual celebration of freedom usually passes pleasantly and unremarkably.
At this point I might be tempted to ask ‘what do you think, then, distinguishes today’s events from a normal celebration of Liberation Day?’
But somehow – I get the impression such questions are increasingly redundant.
Today – as you will have guessed by now – we saw the nauseating spectacle of the Jersey oligarchy wrapping itself in the flag and, essentially, denouncing child abuse survivors and those fighting for the truth – all in the name of “patriotism”.
You know – I frequently arrive at the conclusion that the Jersey oligarchy cannot – surely – sink any lower? But, somehow, they always manage to plumb new depths of utter moral bankruptcy. And so it was today.
The Bailiff of Jersey, Sir Philip Bailhache, and the island’s Chief Minister, Frank Walker, hi-jacked the island’s national holiday – Liberation Day – to attack the investigations of child abuse in Jersey.
Those who denounce, expose and challenge the clear and appalling systemic failures by Jersey’s public administration – failures which have led to the concealment of decades of child abuse – are, apparently, engaging in the “unjustified and remorseless denigration of Jersey”; this, according to the Queen’s personal appointee and direct agent Sir Philip Bailhache.
Phil Bailhache being the man, let us remember, who was a member of the Board of Governors at Victoria College when child abuse was being concealed at that school; and the man who, when Attorney General, failed to challenge the appointment of a known and convicted paedophile to the post of an honorary police officer. A criminal who went on to commit further crimes against children.
But – apparently – anyone who states these facts is being “unpatriotic” – and ‘an enemy of Jersey’.
At this point, I would like to invite you to consider some famous and very perspicacious remarks concerning “patriotism”.
“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.”
“Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel”
“If patriotism is “the last refuge of a scoundrel,” it is not merely because evil deeds may be performed in the name of patriotism, but because patriotic fervour can obliterate moral distinctions altogether”
Ralph B. Perry.
“If you want a symbolic gesture, don’t burn the flag; wash it.”
“The heights of popularity and patriotism are still the beaten road to power and tyranny; flattery to treachery; standing armies to arbitrary government; and the glory of God to the temporal interest of the clergy.”
“Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.”
George Jean Nathan.
I actually doubt very much that the above-quoted wise words are known to the average Jersey shyster and spiv – err – sorry – Elder Statesman and Glorious Leader. Especially the George Nathan quote – which could have been written with the Jersey establishment in mind.
Which is why, I imagine, they can so shamelessly promote their own interests in the name of “patriotism” – and likewise, denigrate those who oppose establishment interests.
For many decades after World War II, Liberation was a day of private reflection and celebration for the people of Jersey.
But in recent years, this day has been hi-jacked for propaganda purposes by the Jersey oligarchy. There is now a brief meeting of the States assembly, the island’s parliament, after which we process a short distance to Liberation Square where members of the public – many who remember the occupation years – are confronted with the wretched spectacle of serried ranks of politicians.
And after the self-serving propaganda of a speech from the Bailiff, Phil Bailhache and a service led by the profoundly confused head of Jersey’s Anglican Church, Bob Key, the assembled pensioners are insulted by States members joining in with the singing of patriotic war-time songs – the irony apparently lost on the politicians that as they promote themselves in this way to these voters – they have agreed to introduce a sales tax which will be charged upon the bread, fruit, milk and meat on these poor people’s tables.
I would normally join with other States members in going down to Liberation Square – even though I have always been greatly discomforted by the political hi-jacking of Liberation by the oligarchy.
However, after listening to Frank Walker’s speech – and predicting – correctly – a similar disgusting display of self-interest and of calculated insults to the victims from Bailhache, I had had enough. When the meeting of the assembly ended, I left and returned to my home.
So I didn’t take part in the procession to Liberation Square. I left proceedings in protest at the self-interested hi-jacking of our national celebration of freedom.
When I began to write this post, I was seated at my desk listening on the radio to people like Phil Bailhache, who – in an approach both profoundly cynical and ignorant – used the emotive themes of ‘liberation’, ‘freedom’, ‘pride’ and ‘patriotism’ to – ?
Yep – you’ve got it:
Denigrate and insult those who have fought to root-out the decades of concealed child abuse in Jersey.
Actually – the kind of child abuse he was involved in concealing back in the early 1990’s.
And during the short States meeting before walking down to Liberation Square, the assembly and listening members of the public were treated to a speech by Jersey’s Chief Minister, Frank Walker – in which he too, in addition to the Bailiff, used the opportunity to attack the campaigners against the child abuse cover-ups and the national and international media who have reported the saga.
This afternoon I have had telephone conversations with abuse survivors who were in tears having heard these two speeches broadcast on BBC Jersey. People who were shocked and disgusted at Walker and Bailhache’s cynical misappropriation of a day of freedom.
In essence, both men were proclaiming that anyone who took a critical view of the political establishment which had permitted all these dreadful things to happen was – “denigrating Jersey and her people.”
This approach being, of course, one of the most well-known and contemptible devices of propaganda.
You’re part of the ruling elite?
Your deficiencies are under attack?
Therefore denounce your critics as attacking the community and wrap yourselves in the flag.
So tired and, frankly absurd, is this type of spin, that, really, only a group of halfwits could use it in the West, in the year 2008, and expect to attract anything other than utter derision.
The speeches of these two men, Bailhache & Walker, were absolutely brilliant – albeit in an unintentional fashion. Truly – you just couldn’t make it up.
I re-produce Bailhache’s speech below, for you to judge.
As soon as Walker’s is available, I will re-produce it too on this blog – with a commentary – just to make sure you can grasp the entire, disgusting, magnitude of the self-serving sophistry of these two contemptible creatures.
Walker’s speech in particular was absolutely fantastic; I mean real, laugh-out-loud stuff. I was sat at my desk in the chamber, trying to write a letter on behalf of an abuse survivor, and it was all could do to not just throw back my head – and roar with laughter.
Just wait until it appears on the Jersey Hansard and I post it here. You’re just going to love it.
Some people – the impression I get is of a very rapidly diminishing number – think I’m too harsh in my condemnations of the Jersey oligarchy. I expect another great wave of converts to the truth after today’s disgusting hi-jacking of Liberation from the Nazis by an establishment merely desperate to carry on concealing its malfeasances, dishonesty and incompetence.
To illustrate just what I mean, let me invite you to cast your minds back to the public rally which took place a while ago in St. Helier. About three hundred people turned out to express support and solidarity with abuse survivors, and to demand change.
Indeed – many abuse survivors were present at that rally.
Now – let us remind ourselves what the reaction of Walker and the rest of the Jersey establishment was to that grass-roots protest?
Walker actually issued a press release which denigrated the organisers, mocked the numbers of people who had come along, and insulted and dismissed the abuse survivors who were attending.
He accused these people of “using the child abuse disaster for political purposes”.
Now – you think I’m too harsh when I describe people like Walker as simply thick?
Well, this is his approach:
‘Oh-no – we can’t possibly have members of the public speaking of the Jersey child abuse disaster at a public gathering called for that sole purpose’
Apparently – it’s OK for him and his ally Bailhache to politically abuse Liberation Day in order to denigrate and insult abuse survivors and people like me who are campaigning for them?
Truly – you just couldn’t make it up.
Some people ask me not to give up politics. But – really – when confronted with such cretinous, stinking, decadence – can you blame me?
These days, pretty much no States meeting occurs without me feeling an overwhelming need to go and have a shower afterwards.
As I sat in the States assembly this morning, I looked around at the assembled worthies. And what creatures there were to behold!
Let’s have a look at some of the terribly, terribly important people who were to be seen this morning – either in the chamber – or in the public galleries.
The Bailiff, Phil Bailhache – one of the people who failed to report and stop child abuse at Victoria College; the man who failed to challenge a convicted paedophile who had become an honorary Police officer; the same man who had illegally blocked the publication of my official comments in response to the dismissal debate; the self-same man who joined in with mob-rule and unlawfully halted the Christmas speech I was attempting to deliver on behalf of abuse survivors.
The Deputy Bailiff, Michael Birt – the man who, when Attorney General, failed to prosecute those who had concealed child abuse at Victoria College; the man who abandoned the prosecution of the Maguires; the man who blocked Police applications for warrants to search the Sea Cadets headquarters, where abuse was known to have taken place.
The Chief Minister, Frank Walker – the man who has consistently fought on behalf of the corrupt and dangerous civil servants to help them suppress concerns about child abuse; the man who considers criticising institutional child abuse and in so doing “undermining staff moral” to be a worse offence than lying about the battery, torture and rape of orphans; the man who gets more worked-up if anyone is rude to his precious senior civil servants than he does about paedophiles being allowed to resign, rather than be sacked; the man who can slag-off a genuine public rally for abuse survivors as being “political” – yet then, without apparent embarrassment – hi-jack Liberation Day for his political purpose of attacking anti-child abuse campaigners.
The Attorney General, William Bailhache – brother of the Bailiff – and the man who wilfully obstructed me and my old Health & Social Services Committee when we were attempting to carry out post-Bichard reviews of child abuse cases in Jersey; the man who has ventriloquised the Jersey Data Protection Office into waging an oppressive campaign against whistle-blowers; the very ‘clubbable chap’ who has gone out of his way to wilfully obstruct the current States of Jersey Police investigation into historic child abuse – this by obstructing charges and prosecutions, and attempting to interpose one of his Crown Advocates into the Police enquiry team;
And – quite fascinatingly – in 1998, the then Senior Partner in the law firm – Bailhache LaBesse (now Appleby Global) – which was representing the victims of the Maguires – when those victims were betrayed by the system and conned into believing the charges against the Maguires had to be dropped.
One Francis Hamon – presently a judge in Jersey’s Royal Court, formerly Deputy Bailiff – and the man who told the headmaster of Victoria College – whilst they were playing a game of squash – to do nothing about the complaints of child abuse.
Indeed – one of the men who should have been jailed for Perverting the Course of Justice for his actions as a Governor of Victoria College; but who wasn’t even prosecuted by his friend, then Attorney General Michael Birt.
Also in the gallery, one Charles Woodrow – ADC to Jersey’s Lieutenant Governor – and all-round fixer for the island’s oligarchy. Linchpin of communication with the infamous “Friends at Court at Whitehall”, the protections of which seem to confer utter immunity upon the collection of crooks and morons who run this place.
And, naturally, the Lieutenant Governor himself, one Andrew Ridgway – the official representative of Her Majesty in Jersey – and a man who insulted me and treated me with contempt when I went to see him last year with my concerns over the child abuse disaster.
The self-same representative of the powers-that-be in the UK, who has worked tirelessly in recent months to persuade Whitehall that I and the victims I’m representing are all just a load of trouble-making scum-bags – and, ‘really there’s nothing wrong with Jersey’s establishment’. ‘All fine chaps – so don’t take any notice of these muck-raking maggots’.
The very man who has been participating in a pro-establishment smear-campaign against me – and who was an enthusiastic supporter of their latest bonkers spin strategy – which was to accuse me of “emotionally abusing” the survivors.
You know – I really wonder if Her Majesty knows what these clowns get up to when they’re sent down here. They invariably become instantly co-opted by the very oligarchy they should be overseeing in order to protect the good name of the Crown.
Indeed, one of Ridgway’s predecessors – Sir Michael Wilkes – performed a very similar service for the Jersey oligarchy when assisting them to oppress me in order to cover-up the corrupt actions of Reg Jeune.
He was – within weeks of leaving office – rewarded with a very lucrative seat on the board of one of Jersey’s major businesses.
Perhaps Ridgway is hoping for similar reward for services rendered?
Oh dear – there goes the ‘gong’. Bugger.
Jurat, Sally Harrison Le Brocq – along with her halfwit husband, Pip – the man who believes in ‘politeness’ over the truth; she being a multi-millionaire scion of the Guiton Group – the company which used to own the island’s only newspaper, the Jersey Evening Post – you know? The one that made a very tidy profit indeed by churning out Nazi propaganda during World War II.
Cousin of Frank Harrison Walker – Jersey’s Chief Minister, and another multi-millionaire scion of the Guiton Group.
In fact – whilst I’m on the subject – I wonder if The Rag would care to subject itself to some independently appointed forensic accounting – just so that we can all gain a clear understanding of just how much money it made when the island was under Nazi occupation?
Whatever the amount – it was certainly enough to buy the proprietors – and their descendants – a few very expensive gin palaces.
Jurat John Le Breton – I confess I didn’t actually see him, thank God or the urge to vomit might have been overwhelming. But he was probably present. He being the man who, along with the then headmaster of Victoria College, attempted to humiliate and intimidate certain of the victims of child abuse into withdrawing their complaints.
So – sat there – gazing dazedly around this gathering of living, breathing decadence – thinking of the victims – and struggling to coin a new word that goes beyond Kafkaesque – I looked at most of the creatures I name above – and occasionally caught them staring at me with an undisguised mixture of fear and loathing.
Michael Birt, William Bailhache – both men who, notwithstanding their age, are probably experiencing for the very first time in their lives a serious challenge to their casual abuses of power.
Pip Le Brocq – with a strange amalgam of smile and hate painted upon his features.
Charles Woodrow, the ADC – who I caught looking at me in an unguarded moment, and I could read his features as he was thinking, – “what are we going to do with this bastard?”
And his boss, Ridgway – clearly a man all-at-sea and lost when faced with an uppity prole who has the temerity to challenge his pseudo-credible authority and defy the natural order of things by disrespecting a social superior.
Indeed, so confused and frightened did this particular clown look I thought ‘it’s hardly surprising Britain has lost most of its wars since 1945.’
Ah – the British Establishment – in all its ‘glory’: thick, ignorant yet arrogant, in-bread, incompetent – and still – in the 21st century, waging Class War against the scummy lower orders.
Especially in regimes which are essentially governed as colonialist, banana republic back-waters – as Jersey is.
You think I exaggerate?
Look – tell me where else in the democratic world ( apart from Guernsey – obviously) dozens of child abuse survivors would be having to fight for an impartial, non-conflicted prosecution service and a neutral judiciary; one which was only interested in the Rule of Law – and didn’t give a monkeys about how that might make the government look?
In the year 2008?
Instead – we have the comically stupid spectacle of the chief judge of Jersey – making yet another nakedly political speech.
And, like, we’re supposed to take the Jersey judicial apparatus seriously?
Well, we have to imagine that Ridgway must have some particularly brilliant and novel arguments to use with the “Friends at Court at Whitehall” – arguments of such brilliance they can overturn over two centuries of the established acceptance of the need for a separation of powers.
But, I really must return to the subject of Phil Bailhache and his crypto-fascist speech, which I reproduce below.
These observations are so bleeding obvious, that you probably won’t need them explaining – but for my Jersey establishment readers here is a nice simple account of several clear defects in Bailhache’s speech.
Firstly – several of the assertions he makes in his speech are simply lies.
For example – he claims “it all started with the discovery of a fragment of a child’s skull.”
Err – no it didn’t. Long before there was any suggestion of human remains – of possibly murdered children – we were still facing an apocalyptically bad sustained child abuse disaster.
The Police knew this from late 2006. I knew it, through my own researches, from February/March 2007.
The scandal had attracted national media coverage last summer – again without any suggestion of possible child killings. Community Care Magazine broke the story, which was picked up by The Times and The Guardian.
This also led Andrew Brown of the BBC to take an interest in the whole situation. His first regional TV piece was broadcast before any suggestion of a search for human remains.
And it is these facts which reveal the true colours of the Jersey establishment.
Bailhache and Walker were content to hi-jack Liberation Day to crow about the possibility there may have been no killings – yet shamefully ignoring the awful fact that even in the hopeful circumstances of no child deaths – we are still facing a child abuse disaster of world-scale.
And it simply isn’t true for Bailhache to assert that “there is no evidence of cover-ups by government.”
Yes – there is. Look, Phil – I suggested a while ago that you were so out of your depth it would be better for you to just retire- not to mention it being better for the rest of us as well.
But, Phil – there is evidence of government cover-ups. You are a part of those cover-ups.
How else would you describe your blocking of the publication of my defence Comments in response to the dismissal debate?
Do you not think your quite unconstitutional and anti-democratic halting of my Christmas speech was an example of cover-up?
Still not persuaded?
How about the concealment of the Sharp report?
Or the wilful – and most likely criminal – concealing of the Dylan Southern report from the H & SS Committee in 1999?
Or senior civil servants – and establishment politicians – getting together to oppress and silence people like Simon Bellwood and me – this in order to try and keep hidden the simple illegality of the regime of coercive and punitive solitary confinement as used against children in Les Chennes and Greenfield’s.
Or how about the very well-evidenced cover-up of the abuses carried out by the Maguires – as reported on BBC Panorama?
Or maybe the perversions of the course of justice that saw the victims conned into believing the prosecution had to be abandoned – and this being cheerfully announced in court by your now Deputy Bailiff Michael Birt when he stood to withdraw the charges?
And perhaps the ethical and professional betrayal of the victims by their legal representatives – Bailhache Labesse (now Appleby Global) – the senior partner of which firm was your brother – now Attorney General, William Bailhache?
And so it goes on.
You know, it’s quite bad enough being ruled by ethically bankrupt shysters – but the fact that they’re simply so thick adds insult to injury.
In this speech, Bailhache refers to “freedom” – and, indeed, “the flame of freedom”.
Well – I’d like to invite Phil to answer a few questions.
Tell me, Phil, would this be the kind of “freedom” that saw you – quite illegally, and in an open assault upon democracy – have me suspended from the States for six months because I had caught your friend Reg Jeune engaging in a straightforward act of brazen corruption?
Was attacking my 15,000 voters by excluding me from the assembly your idea of supporting their “freedom”?
Was your unprecedented, illegal – and deeply personally conflicted – decision to prevent the official publication of my Comments in response to Walker’s dismissal action against me supportive, do you think, of the principles of “freedom”?
You think – do you – given the two acts of oppression described above – that denying a man an opportunity to defend himself from the oppressions of the powerful is compatible with “freedom”?
Perhaps you consider – and if so, I’d be most interested in hearing your reasoning – that siding with mob-rule and unlawfully halting the Christmas speech I was attempting to give on behalf of abuse survivors was somehow conducive to “freedom”?
We won’t get answers to these questions, of course, because Phil is a weak and snivelling little coward; a text-book example of the bully who is ready to abuse his power over the less powerful, oppress them; tyrannise them – but runs away just as soon as someone stands up to him.
You know, taxpayers fork-out something in excess of £300,000 per annum in salary and pension to this disgusting little maggot.
If you live in Jersey – if you’re a poor pensioner – perhaps someone who survived the occupation – think of that money.
Think of it as you pay tax on your bread and apples.
And ask yourself did you endure the war – and work hard in the following decades – just to be taxed on your food – so the States can employ – at vast cost – stupid and immoral little worms like Bailhache?
Last September, when I was facing the dismissal debate which had been engineered against me by a corrupt and self-serving civil service who wanted to carry on with the culture of concealment, I produced a substantial dossier of evidence in response to the “91 page dossier” Walker & Ogley produced against me. As I said above, Bailhache blocked publication of my document.
He did so for two, clear reasons.
Had my comments been officially published, they would have attracted parliamentary privilege – which means the whole world could have read them with impunity.
And – a significant part of my evidence related to the Victoria College child abuse scandal – and was thus deeply damning of Bailhache himself.
When I received word of his utterly unprecedented blocking of the publication of my defence comments, I responded to him in an e-mail.
After today’s disgusting spectacle, I think a few of the choice phrases I used will serve to conclude with.
The tragedy for this community is – all these remarks are true.
And remember – the unlawful blocking of my comments was carried out by a man who – without apparent shame – stands on Jersey’s Liberation Day – and speaks of “freedom”.
Select Quotes From my E-Mail to Bailhache in Response to his Blocking the Publication of My Defence Dossier.
“When I think that my grandfather fought the Nazis at Dunkirque, I know he would be spinning in his grave to see such a contemptible, disgusting, corrupt, self -interested perversion of the level playing field of democracy.”
“You are anti-democratic – a gangster – and a spiv. But perhaps more fundamentally than this – you are simply thick.”
“You are a disgusting and silly little man – with the ethics of a Bangkok pimp – and a grasp of democracy that wouldn’t be out of place in Zimbabwe.”
Have a nice day, Phil.
BAILIFF’S POLITICAL HI-JACKING OF LIBERATION DAY
Sir Philip Bailhache’s Speech
9TH May 2008
“I am sure that many of those who were here in May 1945 will remember
the old saying that one of the first casualties of war is the truth. This year
we have learnt that even in peacetime, once a media bandwagon starts
rolling, it is difficult to distinguish what is true from what is fictitious.
“Liberation Day is as good a time as any to take stock and to shake
ourselves free of the misinformation to which the child abuse inquiry has
given rise. It is extraordinary how quickly it all happened. It all started
with the discovery of a fragment of a child’s skull and a sniffer dog who
showed interest in six different sites. Within days newspapers and
broadcasters had converted that information into stories of finding six or
more bodies of children, and within two weeks those stories had crossed
the world feeding a frenzy of righteous indignation and further wild
speculation. A cover-up by government was suggested, and there was
incredulity that local people had not noticed these sinister events.
“Unjustified smears about wholesale collaboration during the occupation
led to suggestions that the Island was full of dark secrets and that ours
was a community that cared nothing for vulnerable children.
Now we know that the fragment of skull is at least 60 years old and
possibly very much older than that. There are as yet no bodies, no
evidence of any murder, and no evidence of cover-ups by government.
Hardly any of this has been beamed across the world. Yet many
journalists continue to write about the Island’s so called child abuse
“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. The truth is that we do not yet know what happened at
Haut de la Garenne or in other places. What we do know is that a rigorous
investigation is taking place and, in due course, a balanced judgement
will be possible. A brave writer in the Guardian earlier this week was the
first journalist in a national newspaper, so far as I know, to confront this
“Confronting the past, which is one aspect of confronting the truth, is of
course not always easy. After all, it took us some time to confront the
uncomfortable truths about the occupation; to acknowledge publicly the
elements of collaboration and profiteering that took place; and to
remember the suffering of the slave workers and the hardships of the
deportees. It also took time to acknowledge the heroism of those who
rebelled against the occupiers in ways large and small, and the courage of
those who sheltered escaped prisoners at great risk to themselves. It was
easier to try to forget the painful memories of enemy occupation. But we
have now confronted the gremlins, and this annual celebration of
Liberation Day is a means of remembering the lessons of the past. Of
course, it is also the opportunity for those who were in Jersey on 9th May
1945 to recall the jubilation and intoxicating excitement that people felt
when the nightmare was over and freedom was restored. This celebration
is also the chance for younger people to learn more about the occupation,
and its significance in the story of our Island race, and to honour the
perseverance and courage of their elders.
“Confronting difficult situations is sometimes no easier than confronting
the past. I was struck recently by a letter in the Jersey Evening Post from
someone who was comparing her own experience in the Island with the
appalling report of a man in the north of England who collapsed and was
dying by the roadside, and who was ignored by numerous motorists
including one who drove over the poor man’s leg and broke it. Our letter
writer had also come across an injured man sitting on the side of a
country lane and had watched as a driver in front of her carefully
negotiated his car around the man and drove off. She stopped and called
an ambulance, but was lamenting that such callousness could happen in
Jersey. Sadly, such stories are as old as the hills. If only one person drove
around the injured man, we are in fact doing rather better than the men in
the biblical story where both the priest and the Levite passed by the
injured traveller on the other side of the road before the Good Samaritan
came along. The letter writer set a fine example. Confronting the
situation and showing personal responsibility for one’s actions are
qualities to which we can all aspire.
“I do not believe that Jersey is an uncaring society. On the contrary, there
is a strong political will to protect the poor and vulnerable in the
community and to correct any mistakes of the past. Of course Jersey is
not Utopia, and there are many problems to resolve. But equally we have
much for which to be grateful.
“Today our guest of honour is His Excellency Dr Alberto Jardim, the
President of Madeira and I extend a very warm welcome to him and to
Mrs Jardim. Our own Musical Original singers have just returned from
Funchal where they were royally received. I am delighted to say that we
have a group of young visiting musicians from Madeira in Liberation
Square today. I hope that the President’s visit will lead to many more
cultural exchanges of this kind between two Island communities which
have more in common than one might think.
“I also extend a warm welcome to Colonel Alexey Korkach, Air Attaché
from the Russian embassy and to Señor Alveraz Gamido, First Secretary
to the Spanish Embassy, who will both be at Westmount this afternoon
but who are also in the Square for our celebration this morning. And
finally may I thank all the senior citizens from the parishes who have
made this annual pilgrimage to Liberation Square. Whether you were one
of those in occupied Jersey or one of those evacuated to the UK, you
collectively kept alive the flame of freedom and worked to create out of
the ruins of 1945 the vibrant and successful community we now have.”