And a Mini Reader’s Quiz.
A reader asks should I do a new post around now? To which the answer is yes – but sorry – the blog is something I do in-between times – whilst most of my time and energy is going into the child protection battle. And even then, I frankly admit I’m just not keeping pace with all that needs doing.
A good deal of my child protection work materialises on this blog in the fullness of time. So watch this space.
Hopefully our work will bear fruit for the survivors, and kids today and in future, so you’ll have to forgive me if the blog becomes a little intermittent. Be assured – it’s not because I’m lounging around on a floating gin-palace or jetting off to Martinique – as is the wont of many Jersey politicians. It’s simply a question of priorities.
Actually – the only way I’m getting a free ride on a £6 million motor-cruiser is when I’ve been fitted with the concrete boots and I’m off to sleep with the fishes.
But as a teaser for some forthcoming attractions – here is what I plan to cover – amongst other things:
Jersey is in the midst of the first phase of its general election – so watch this space for my recommendations to the voting public as to:
Which politicians you should vote for.
Those who don’t merit a strong view either way.
And those you should only vote for if someone is standing over you with a Glock pressed to the side of your head and your family in chains in the back of a van doused with petrol.
May I ask readers a favour? Please spread word of the existence of this blog and the forthcoming electoral recommendations.
I’ll also be providing a guide to tactical voting – given that each voter can cast – up to – six votes.
During the course of the election I will also, occasionally, be offering some commentary on the hustings meetings – and the various words of “wisdom” from candidates.
So – the battles continue – and in the momentary quite bits in between the gun-fire – I’ll do the occasional blog.
I said at the head of the post we’d do a mini Readers’ Quiz.
Our first two quizzes have proven to be extraordinarily popular – as well as being very important.
How about that? Entertaining and revelatory!
You’d never get that in The Rag.
But today’s quiz is a little less important – but should be a bit of fun
I also think we’ll make it a continuous competition – but I’ll kick things off with a specific question.
Our quiz is:
Spot the Fake, Manufactured Letter in the Jersey Evening Post!
In today’s edition of The Rag, there is at least one fake, manufactured letter.
Which one is it?
As I said – I invite readers to assume this is a continuous competition. I’m asking about the contents of today’s JEP – but from now on, I invite readers to monitor the letters’ page of The Rag – and each day let us know if a suspiciously mysterious letter has appeared upon its pages? You know the kind of thing – “letters” “from” “people” – who no-one knows or has ever heard of; curious addresses – which don’t quite stack-up; people who have never appeared in the phone-book; sudden bunches of pro-establishment letters which share an “amazing” consistency of theme – you know what I’m getting at.
To those of you who are new to this topic – it has long been known that the letters’ page of the JEP has been a readily manipulative propaganda device of the Jersey oligarchy.
I mean going back decades – to even pre-war days.
The Rag occasionally prints letters from non-existent people it has actually made-up itself – when it feels a need to spin on behalf of the establishment by printing “letters” which appear to have been written by ‘ordinary people’ – proclaiming undying love for our oligarchy and damnation upon those who oppose them.
The Rag also prints the same kind of letters, when it receives them – without making any robust check that the supposed “author” of the letter – or even the address they’ve “written” from – exists.
Spin-doctor firms actually offer their clients organised letter-writing campaigns – sometimes using the fake-author tactic – but more commonly using colleagues, friends and family to put their signatures to pre-written letters.
But even with real letters, the JEP also massively biases the contents of its letters’ page in order to give a totally fake impression of public opinion.
Take the Jersey Child Abuse Disaster, for example. I’ve accumulated a stack of letters sent to The Rag in the course of the past year in support of the survivors and those campaigning on their behalf like me. The – real – disappointed authors of many such letters have then sent copies to me expressing anger and bewilderment that The Rag should have refused to print them.
I’ve personal experience of The Rag refusing to print letters from me.
For example, readers may remember a while back that present Senatorial candidate and former magistrate, Ian Le Marquand, when announcing his candidacy, said he wanted to bring the States Police Force back under direct political control.
Essentially – a return to the bad old days when the Force was, basically, a politicised entity. Fortunately, in recent years, the Force has become like every other police force the length of the nation – political independent.
Which is why – at last – decades upon decades of appalling child abuse is finally being exposed.
I wrote a letter to the JEP pointing out just how alarming and quasi-fascistic was Mr Le Marquand’s pronouncement. The Rag – quite properly – printed a letter from him in reply.
His reply was riddled with sophistry, and almost as worrying and as ambiguous as his original comments.
I wrote a further reply – in the naive hope we’d have the type of debate which sometimes occurs – even in the pages of The Rag – but they refused to print my letter.
After all – they couldn’t possibly have some uppity prole pointing out that the Jersey oligarchy’s latest “champion” – and key pro-establishment hope in the forthcoming elections – was asserting a load of really quite dangerous and intellectually bankrupt nonsense.
Not with the elections in the offing.
So, that’s a brief introduction to the spin and manipulations which have been a stock-in-trade of the Jersey Evening Post throughout its 118 year history.
The letters page has always been a key tool of the Jersey oligarchy.
Manipulating public opinion – by giving a fake, rigged and manipulated impression of public opinion.
The Jersey Evening Post has always been simply an enemy of this community.
So come on readers! Let’s be having punts at identifying the dodgy “letters” – as and when they appear in the coming weeks.