POWER IN JERSEY.
THE RAPE, TORTURE AND MURDER OF CHILDREN,
THE JERSEY ESTABLISHMENT STRIVES TO DOWNPLAY THE ATROCITY;
THE WORLD LOOKS ON IN HORROR –
‘THE TIMES’ NEWSPAPER GIVES ITS OPINION.
Read its leader comment below this post.
I suppose, in a tragic kind of way, one could find it quite entertaining – watching the Jersey oligarchy walk down the path of its own destruction.
It was, after all, going to happen – one way or another – sooner or later.
But if only the engines of that demise were one, or several, of the many other corruptions which possess the ruling elites here – one could indeed indulge in a degree of schadenfreude.
Creative accounting? Embezzlement? Bribery? Racketeering? Blackmail? Fraud? Tax dodging? Corruption of the planning process? Money laundering? Misconduct in public office? Perjury?
Okay, that last one, perjury, is, I concede, long-shot. For such an offence to be prosecuted, we would first require a functioning judicial apparatus.
Any of these cultural ‘features’ of “The Jersey Way” could have been the cause of the inevitable implosion.
But of all the rancid toxins which course through the veins of our stagnant ruling elite – it is the battery, torture and rape of children – and the concealment of such crimes – which has – finally – boiled to the surface like some metastasising canker.
Even now – after 20 months of becoming reluctantly familiarised with this awful subject – I cannot think of what so many of these children must have gone through without being gripped by a cold black dread; like some kind of icy vacuum.
Under normal circumstances I could have observed the corrupt shower who form our Glorious Leaders, being the author of their own destruction with a certain degree of satisfaction; perhaps even smiled a little at each new self-administered train-wreck.
Instead – I just want to shout at them “in the name of Christ – enough! For God’s sake just stop.”
But instead, with a seemingly endless stream of amoral absurdities, those who rule us descend to ever greater bathyspheric depths of moral turpitude.
For example, even in recent days, we have seen a Jersey oligarch begin the process of eliding from the judiciary to the legislature – largely on the grounds that today’s police force are exhibiting too much independence and need to be brought under greater direct political control.
This is one of those examples of the final stagnation of the Jersey establishment.
In which other established democracy would you find elites possessed of such stupidity and arrogance as to seek election on the grounds that the police force needs to be brought under direct political control – at the precise time the same police force has been sufficiently free of political interference to – finally – expose many decades of the most appalling child abuses?
Only that sense of invulnerability enjoyed by the terminally stupid could lead people to exhibit such folly.
And it is not as though we’re considering only a few embarrassing eccentrics.
The entire panoply of power in Jersey – most politicians, all institutions of the state, and the entire local media – all participate in the faintly deranged Groupthink which grips public life in the island.
The Jersey establishment and its media, through a blindingly obvious succession of omissions, distortions, half truths, perverse emphases and out-right falsehoods strives – with the obsession of the crazed – to maintain the fiction that The Atrocity – The Jersey Child Abuse Disaster – is some minor, passing controversy – as opposed to a final, signifying definition of what our community has come to.
So marginalised, slandered, and attacked have I been throughout this wretched episode that I have had to constantly gauge my perception of reality along side that of other people; people outside the crucible of Jersey.
For in Jersey, during the last 20 months, I have been labelled a communist, a thug, an anarchist and generally some kind of off-the-wall, lunatic-fringe extremist. I have, in all seriousness, been accused of engineering the entire controversy in order to “shaft Jersey internationally”; I have been depicted as being mentally ill; dammed as “not a team player” (I guess that means not joining in with the teamwork needed to maintain the culture of concealment) and “using the situation for my political purposes” – as though it could be imagined that my actions have been, even faintly, beneficial to me in any way.
As I have already remarked, I look at the conduct, the behaviour – the simple stagnation of the Jersey oligarchy, and I just want to say “in the name of God, enough!”
For in truth, the Jersey establishment serves as a warning to the world.
A warning of just what such arrogance, hubris, megalomania and sense of invulnerability can possess those who rule society when their power is near-absolute.
In the year 2008, in the eyes of Jersey’s ruling elite, it is as though the French and American revolutions never happened; as though unquestioning deference to one’s “social superiors” – as through they were infallible beings – is simply the natural order of things.
But time and again, the verdict of history has been cast upon those who indulged in such untrammelled power.
The words of John Dalberg-Acton remain as powerfully relevant today as they were in April, 1887:
“I cannot accept your canon that we are to judge Pope and King unlike other men with a favourable presumption that they did no wrong. If there is any presumption, it is the other way, against the holders of power, increasing as the power increases. Historic responsibility has to make up for the want of legal responsibility. Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”
Jersey’s traditional ruling establishment would have you “judge them unlike other men”; as though they were ‘Popes or Kings’ of centuries gone by.
Were this not the case, this island’s leaders would have acted with wisdom during this disaster.
The worst peace-time crisis in the island’s history.
Instead, we are forced to witness and endure the smug complacency, the arrogance, ignorance, stupidity, the venal self-interest, the moral vacuity and the faintly deranged belief that it is the Jersey establishment which marches in step – and it is the rest of the civilised world which has got it wrong.
The truth, of course, is brutally – and tragically – different.
And no amount moral dereliction, distortions and lies by the Jersey Evening Post will change that fact.
Should you ever be tempted to believe the Jersey oligarchy spin, which would have you believe that survivors, whistle-blowers, the Police Force and campaigners are merely some kind of marginal and extremist irrelevancy – set aside what I say.
And instead read the leader comment – reproduced below – from The Times newspaper of Friday, 1st August 2008.
The Times is a very traditional, centre-Right conservative newspaper. Not a journal whose motivations are the anarchic de-stabilisation of respectable democracies.
The Times has covered the Jersey Child Abuse Disaster from the very outset; nearly a year ago – before most other media knew where Jersey was.
So this is a newspaper that knows of what it speaks.
A centre-Right, conservative publication – who’s views are unambiguous.
Read the comment below – and fix it in your mind.
And recall it – next time you see the Jersey oligarchy implying that the Child Abuse Disaster is some kind of Lefty plot.
Leader Comment from The Times Newspaper:
1st August, 2008.
August 1, 2008
JERSEY CHILD ABUSE: CASE NOT CLOSED.
Jersey’s Government should take a more robust stance over the child abuse investigations, and should prevent closure of a murder investigation
There was a note of resignation in the statement yesterday by Lenny Harper, the deputy chief officer of States of Jersey Police, that there may never be enough evidence to mount a murder inquiry into the partial remains of five children found at Haut de la Garenne.
As a policeman who has been central to the painstaking efforts to sift and analyse bone fragments and teeth found in the cellars of the former children’s home, Mr Harper is clearly eager to bring to justice anyone responsible for whatever crimes took place. As an employee of a government whose commitment to this investigation has been at best lukewarm, however, he knows that the case appears, for the moment, to have reached a dead end. His job, and that of the Jersey government, is to ensure that this case remains open and that the inquiry goes on.
To the public, things appear straightforward. Dozens of Jersey residents have testified that, as children sent to Haut de la Garenne, they suffered physical and sexual abuse and knew about punishment rooms in the cellars. A police investigation, the biggest mounted in the Channel Islands, has uncovered underground rooms and found disturbing evidence: a shallow concrete bath with blood on it and the words “I’ve been bad for years and years” scrawled on a wooden beam, the letter K written in black on a wall with whitewash covering the rest of the word, a total of 65 milk teeth and more than 100 human bone fragments, one coming from a child’s leg and another from a child’s ear.
In addition, a member of the public said that he had been told by staff to dig two holes near the boys’ dormitory, and police have found in one of them a large amount of lime at the bottom. That is certainly enough to prompt the reasonable suspicion that horrific crimes, including murder, have been committed at the home.
Bringing specific charges may prove to be much more difficult, however. First, the timeframe being investigated ranges from the late 1940s to the 1980s, and the remains, which were burnt, cannot be carbon-dated. Secondly, there are no reliable reports of missing children during this time, as those sent to the home were often illegitimate, unwanted or were listed as simply having left for the mainland. And thirdly, although some 97 allegations have been made of abuse dating back to the 1960s, and more than 100 people listed as suspects, several potentially key witnesses are dead and there are no clear links between the abuse and murder.
The frustrations of the case have also been reflected in public attitudes. Many people in Jersey, especially at the start of the investigation, have been angered by what they see as attempts in Britain to disparage their system of justice, force the pace of the investigations and impose independent judicial control. A former health minister, a trenchant critic of the Jersey government’s attitude, was sacked and Mr Harper himself is known to have been close to resignation over official reaction to the abuse inquiries.
The Jersey government should take a more robust stance over what has happened. For Britain, this is a delicate matter. The island, a Crown dependency, is not part of the United Kingdom and not subject to Home Office regulation. Ministry of Justice officials have held talks with those involved in the case and although there are ways of intervening – either directly or through the Privy Council – the British Government is extremely loath to do so or pre-empt the findings of an investigation still under way. But it should not be necessary. However baffling the case, it remains a homicide investigation. There is no reason to curtail or curb it. What happened in the dark cellars of Haut de la Garenne must be revealed, whatever the financial or political cost.
1st August 2008