Ah – the joys of cyberspace.
The ability to express oneself as – and how – one feels. No burdensome and restrictive mediation of what one wishes to say by the conventional media.
A natural environment for someone like me – who says it how they see it.
As regular readers may have gathered – I do not have a reputation for my skills in tact and diplomacy.
I have, by the standards of politicians, been pretty honest throughout my ‘career’. The consequence of this approach has been to bring down upon myself virtually total hatred from most other politicians and other members of the Jersey oligarchy. (Hello, Phil.)
The flip-side of this has been a pretty high level of public popularity which manifested itself in me coming first in the poll during my last two elections.
But that was back in the days when I used to run for election; when I thought being a politician could be a good thing.
Thank Christ those days are over.
So, in addition to the freedoms of citizen media – I am also in the happy position of, officially, “Not Giving A Monkey’s” in respect of what consequences – what further oppressions – the Jersey oligarchy can visit upon me. They simply have no power over me any more.
In the famous words of Bob Dylan:
“When you ain’t got nothing, you got nothing to lose”.
So I simply have no further need to humour the collection of shysters, cretins and over-promoted megalomaniacs of which the Jersey establishment is comprised.
So – I was pleased to see that an old adversary of mine has a letter published in tonight’s Jersey Evening Post.
(By the way, Ritchie, thanks for giving my blog a ‘plug’. First ever mention in The Rag. I look forward to my readership increasing.)
Check out the letter and read it for yourself. Here’s the address:
The letter is, in various ways, comically inaccurate, partial, wilfully misleading – and replete with straight-forward lies.
I will, when priorities permit, write a detailed response to it – but somehow I doubt The Rag will print it.
In which case – I will post my reply here, so watch this space.
But for the time being, let me inform you of a really rather key set of facts which the author omits from his epistle.
The man in question is one Mr Richard Brocken – now a multi-millionaire property developer and speculator – but who, apparently, had little wealth when first moving to Jersey.
He made his fortune here.
An admirable effort, I say. Nothing like a bit of initiative and drive to improve one’s lot.
Just a pity that – back in those early days – his “business” – err – habits were somewhat unconventional.
These included stealing other firms scaffolding, for which he was convicted. It is also well-known amongst the Jersey construction fraternity that he wasn’t averse to collecting his debts with the help of a length of 2 x 4.
Essentially – he is a typical example of that specie, the Latter-Day Jersey Spiv.
Speaking of which – very good friends – indeed – with the Housing Minister, Senator Terry Le Main – himself a man whose business methods have, in days gone by, included such approaches as importing stolen cars – and forging people’s signatures.
Mr. Broken spent around £2.3 million in purchasing a knackered old flea-pit of a hotel which adjoins the Jersey General Hospital.
His plan was to re-develop the site as a private hospital – a scheme which his own advisers said would only be viable if “the risk was shared” with the public hospital.
His plan was to be thus relived of having to bother with the inconvenience of building his private hospital with the full and necessary range of facilities and services a stand-alone medical centre would need.
Instead, the decades of investment by Jersey tax-payers in their health service would enable Mr. Brocken’s scheme to piggy-back upon the public services of the Jersey General Hospital.
But – in a further example of Mr. Brocken’s undoubted entrepreneurial skills – this wasn’t the only “clever” aspect of his plans.
His private hospital would have siphoned-off the profitable private medical treatment provided in the General Hospital – and which generates an income for the public purse. This would have deprived Health & Social Services of an important source of income.
I and my Committee considered Mr. Brocken’s “proposal” – and rejected it.
Every single piece of professional advice we received was absolutely clear – the Brocken proposal brought no meaningful benefit to the public interest – and worse – it would have been harmful to the effective running of the General Hospital, and would have deprived the public service of an important source of income.
So Mr. Brocken gambled – and lost.
He blew £2.3 million of his money in buying the site – in the misguided belief that I would respond in “The Jersey Way”; essentially – apply zero rational thought – and passively role-over to his demands because it was a “Business” proposal – and therefore “A Good Thing”.
So, unfortunately for Mr Broken, he had the grave misfortune to be the first local “Le Business Man” – to have a big-bucks speculation thwarted by an honest politician.
£2.3 million – blown on a pile of crap – and the culture shock of not receiving the customary and expected surrender of the public interest.
Naturally – he has waged unremitting war on me ever since.
It is actually quite funny – but useful as well – in that it illustrates so perfectly the festering malignity of naked self-interest, greed, stupidity, philistinism – and contempt for the public good which characterises the unchallenged and absolute power of the Jersey oligarchy. (Err- did I say ‘hello’, Phil?)
I think that being sued for ‘defamation’ – and thus bankrupted – would actually be a rather splendid way of signing-off from politics.
My political demise at the hands of spivs – who are supported by your “traditional” politicians – and given “justice” by a judicial apparatus which cheerfully includes amongst its number, people who concealed child abuse and individuals who failed to prosecute those guilty of that concealment.
As I said, I will write a reply to Mr. Brocken’s missive – but it isn’t a priority.
I have two main tasks upon which I am concentrating.
Firstly, attempting to ensure that the courts in Jersey are capable of meeting the test of the ‘appearance of objectivity’ essential to any respectable judicial process.
Secondly, helping to establish a Jersey branch of the Care Leavers Association in order to provide direct and much-needed assistance to the survivors of the Jersey child abuse disaster.
I will write more concerning this second initiative in the next couple of days. Real support for abuse survivors is desperately needed here. And in that respect, I am happy to report that not only have I had an initial discussion with the Care Leavers Association – I have also had a much-appreciated offer of legal support and representation for the victims.
So – the important work continues.
As for Ritchie, Tel-boy, Phil and Frank – they, or others like them, will carry on wielding the power in Jersey.
The rest of you? – well, good luck.
You’re going to need it.