Why the Channel Islands Must Embrace Political Parties.

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Just a brief post today.

As a commenter recently moaned – ‘don’t I get bored with churning out the same old stuff?’

Actually – no. Because it is very necessary. The very concept of “boredom” lays in some distant paradigm when compared to the importance of fighting the child protection war.

But the same commenter has submitted a near-identical “same old stuff” “circular argument” comment, in which they repeat their point.

Well, if the commenter is bored by this blog – no one is forcing them to read it. Indeed – just as I won’t be boring myself reading their repetitive and tedious comments.

So, that’s that off my chest. I’ve only been rude and obnoxious to 17 people so far today; one gets withdrawal symptoms if one doesn’t keep it up.

But – to the point of this brief post – which is on a different subject, my bored reader will be happy to know.

Quite extraordinarily, the Channel Islands have a political culture – a habit – of not engaging with party politics.

The vast majority of candidates seek election as so-called “independent” candidates – as indeed, did I.

Were I ever to be so masochistic as to seek election again – it would never be as an “independent”.

It really is quite extraordinary – that here, in a supposedly respectable, functioning democracy – in the 21st century – the oligarchies of these islands still succeed in propagandising their populations into thinking that organised politics is A-Bad-Thing.

But, in truth, the lack of political accountability inherent in the Channel Island ‘system’ of so-called “independent” politics, leads to fundamental breaches of the public good.

You’d have to be some kind of idiot not to see why the hostility to organised politics should have prevailed.

The channel islands are, essentially, single-party states – ruled by undeclared, covert de facto political parties. Obviously – this is a state of affairs which suite very well indeed the self-interests of the islands’ traditional oligarchies.

The last thing they’d want would be some kind of organised opposition.

Anyway – I have written a detailed post on this subject for the Channel Island forum, Vue des Isles. You can find it by hitting the Channel Island forum link in my links list, or going to the address, which is this:

Take a look; join the debate.


44 thoughts on “ORGANISED POLITICS?

  1. Anonymous

    yes, again you are right. There is an organised political party. The old boys club – they know who they want to recruit amongst their ranks. “Teamplayers”, FC, PO, etc

    It is covert politics. Time for more (dare I say) transparency.

  2. Anonymous

    How is the Jersey Charter coming on.

    Funny today, that stuff about the constables doing a u turn. What a surprise.

    Its all about power, m8 and boy do they not want to lose it.

  3. Anonymous

    We need more canditates to stand for election. People with integrity – although power is persuasive. Who, but the rich, can afford to stand for election?

  4. Anonymous

    It is precisely because of this situation that the Jersey public needs you Stuart. Please give it one more term of office and use that time to mobilize a political party for the people.
    Presumably the Jersey Charter will be out soon. I’m assuming it provides a blueprint of necessary social and political reforms that are not ‘revolutionary’ as the elite will portray, but are merely very overdue fundamentals in a 21st century western old ‘democracy’ such as the oligarchy claims Jersey to be.
    T4C, JDA, any other group coming forward,they will just get ridiculed and dismissed because they are new and have not had the time to get organised- unlike the oligarchy which has had centuries to perfect its grip.
    You provide the catalyst for party politics. You are already a proven politician of the people. I think many more people would put themselves up for election with you directly or indirectly behind them, than with other groups. Please do this for the dis-empowered people of Jersey.

  5. The Moving Finger

    The only way a party could succeed in Jersey would be to gain the trust of a large cross section of the island.

    I believe that your Jersey Charter would work. Particullry as you have huge support outside of the self seeking establishment.
    Thing is,isn’t it getting a bit late?

    What is you opinion of Don Filleul’s letter to the JEP?

  6. Anonymous

    Stuart,I wish you would just publish articles here. That website tries to load stuff that
    my firewall doesn’t like.

  7. Not really an ogre

    Well said Stuart, it’s amazing how often the media colludes to brainwash us against party politics. It’s tawdy and downmarket, somewhat disgusting they would have us believe – open to sleaze and scandal. Well, I think the public’s eyes are finally being opened to the possibility that our current system isn’t exactly whiter than white.

    It’s funny how competition is considered a good thing in other walks of life, yet what would a Monopolies Commission make of our one-party state?

    Clearly it’s good for progress in general if parties compete for votes. New policies, updated policies, issues reviewed and brought up to date – all these things are more likely when one party is pitched against another.

    Even if there are only two main contenders who end up swapping power in a cycle of “we want change, let’s vote the opposition in”… followed by a the newly elected party’s ‘honeymoon period’.. until the public get fed up with them and decide to try the other party just for change… and the cycle continues… even THAT is a good thing.

    At least the public have the chance to join the party and effect change from within. What could be more democratic then that – actually helping to shape the policies from within by being a member of the party?

    Better than voting for Mr Le Bloggs just because he’s a nice sensible chap and should be a decent egg… without having a clue how he’ll vote on future issues! (and not knowing who he plays golf with, rubs shoulders with at cocktail parties or wears an apron and rolls up his trouser legs with!)

    Good luck with the Charter

  8. Anonymous

    time you started your own party Stuart. Not an independent but a fullrecognised party I feel sure will will get the support of the good people of Jersey.

  9. Anonymous

    Hi Stuart

    Yes lets have an open and honest POLITICAL PARTY not the secretive
    abuse covering gang we have now

    I hope and pray that we can all bring real change at the elections

    Keep fighting I for one will join in assisting the fight for change

  10. Anonymous

    It is clear Stuart that you have the requisite Integrity, Morality and Dignity and a host of other ity’s that are now to numerous to write.

    This is a strange ground you walk upon Stuart as most MP’s who become MP’s, want so badly to be an MP, but not many have the list if ity’s that you have.

    So it seems to stand for the election the requirement needed in reality is you must not want to be an MP, and anyone who does have motives of their own….

  11. Anonymous

    Jersey Elite thought it said “A duty to swerve the people.”

    Back to the drawingboard!!!

    Lots of luck with Jack Straw you will need it as he is worse than all your baddies put together…

  12. Anonymous

    Not wanting to stand for the elections makes you the best candidate for the job Stuart imagine what you could do with a proper party for the people.

    It has got to be worth a punt!!!

  13. Anonymous

    A political party with you leading it…..YES PLEASE.
    I’m sure there will be loads of people who may stand if you pave the way for them.
    Also, nearer the election time, could you announce which of the deputies you think are OK? I don’t believe there are any Senators worth holding onto but I would be surprised if you genuinely thought all 29 deputies were rotten to the core. I can think of 7 or 8 who generally vote against the establishment.
    Good luck with the charter. I’m sure loads of people would offer their support but I can understand why you may be wary of it.

  14. Anonymous

    new poll: Should Senator Stuart Syvret stand in the next elecions on Jersey as head of the new party?

  15. Anonymous

    Why would Stuart need to form a party? He has another 3 years to run for starters. I agree with a lot of the comments on Planet Jersey in that the current parties/groups are promising the impossible.

  16. Anonymous

    I would like the opportunity to vote for Stuart just to show those
    people who denigrate and dismiss him.I would love to see thousands of islanders turn out to give him a landslide victory.
    But seriously what hope is there if the government does not contain at least some politicians with integrity who are willing to serve the people and not their own interests.

  17. voiceforchildren

    I believe party politics is the way forward and agree Stuart would have unparralled support if he was to head up a party.

    That is so much easier said than done. Our “gangsters and halfwits” are never going to relinquish their power and have more amunition in their arsenal than Stuart, or anybody, could ever wish to have.

    Stuarts MASSIVE following is predominantly from the working class, the opressed, the shat on. The very people who predominantly don’t vote. To the people with money and power he is a threat, these people predominantly do vote.

    The “powers that be” have besides multi million pounds at their disposal, very influential friends in high places and an entire local media as their mouth piece.

    Stuart is portrayed as “public enemy number one” through our media, party politics is portrayed as public enemy number two. What realistic chance does anybody believe there is in Stuart and a party getting any kind of power?

    I fully support Stuart and party politics but not blindly. There is a massive mountain to climb it starts with encouraging about 70% of our electorate to use their vote, encourage them to get their “news” from the internet and not to believe everything they see and hear in our local media. That’s just for starters!

    Personally I am not one of these people who whinge and moan over the internet and do nothing about it. I am trying to start up a “news channel” to help give The world an insight into our “ruling elite”. I have personally been door to door on two housing estates (so far) filling out voter registration forms for those who either can’t or haven’t bothered.

    Stuart I commend your tireless work for the victims of abuse and for the every day Jersey citizen if anybody deserves a knighthood it is you.

    I’m sorry to say, unless we get a new batch of voters, I don’t see any major changes to this dictatorship.

  18. Stuart Syvret

    Certain Comments

    I received a couple of comments which I won’t be posting.

    One of them attacks a certain politician & his wife. I don’t want my site to be used for that kind of thing. If you want to attack politicians for being fools, idiots, political incompetence, whatever – fine. But I’m not bringing politician’s families into these discourses unless it’s expressly relevant to a political issue.

    The second one is another attempt to re-open the web-site wars. As I said some months back, I think the web site wars are a waste of everyone’s efforts; it just isn’t constructive debate.


  19. Anonymous

    I agree with you completely Stuart ,web site wars are totally unacceptable. But what a great tool the Internet is. My god I am 48 years old and only became computer literate in January, some might argue computer illiterate but my husband thinks I am having an affair with you .I am trying to encourage more people in my circle of friends to get out there and google don’t believe every thing they read in the rag, don’t believe every thing they read on the net but for god sake get out there and draw your own conclusions .I hope the meeting at the Mayfair hotel on the 30 of august will be well attended We need to listen and learn and help the victims

  20. Anonymous


    This is pertinent to politics and abuse (of children and vulnerable adults): Social workers and their power structure in the UK, and their spin offs. I know nothing about that in Jersey, but I know a great deal about here in the UK. You will discover that, social workers (with their massive power hierarchy) control most everything to do with the vulnerable. Yet, their knowledge base is incredibly flawed, but with their power they can do anything; and it’s usually awful; and they always get away with it. I suggest that you look at Jersey, especially as you were on the inside, and think about a caring and insightful system that will work in the future – for the vulnerable, or to prevent the children then becoming vulnerable adults.


  21. Anonymous

    Re the lacal media!

    You know it’s a free market, so why not get another news paper up and running? One that represents the whole island and not just a few!

    Any takers?

  22. Anonymous

    It is apparent that the local media have to accept some blame for the perceived phobia against political parties in Jersey.

    My theory is that the electorate need to be spoon fed the idea that paty politics is the way ahead for Jersey. In the first instance people need to be made fully aware that the manifesto of an independant candidate is merely a wish list. There is absolutely no corelation to a manifesto and delivery of policy. NONE.

    Jersey is presently in the grip of a legislature that is driving forward a policy of growth that is sustainable only at great cost to people and the environment, there is no real opposition.

    The electorate are disengaged – 30% at the ballot box, suits this paternalistic assembly they think they are unstoppable and they think they know what is best for us.

    To conclude where I came the media lack balance when reporting on the political system, will deride the JDA and any other party type set up, Stuart Syvret has the ear of the people and he needs to get his opinions to as wide an audience as possible because REFORM Is required.JT

  23. Anonymous

    You would need a very strong form of Proportional Representation to ensure groups such as the French and minorities (even majoririties women) were represented

    Otherwise the media just buy the result as witnessed with the Evening Standard in London

  24. Anonymous

    When the great Norman Le Brocq stood and won he was finally beaten by the JEP, never mind other progressives who stood up just after the war.

    The JEP has full time staff to promote its candidates and slag of ours

    as stated PR and low threshold of 5% would be vital

    Ok we are in crisis now and I am sure we will win….but in 10years will people still be turning out to vote ?? and candidates willing to give up their time

    This is the problem of a democracy its so easy for the media to subvert

  25. Anonymous

    newspapers are only successful because of adverts

    what do you think would happen if a paper was produced that supported say minimum wages

    some free market
    some free press

  26. Anonymous

    Jersey’s legal system criticised

    By Louise Hubball

    Lenny Harper said the authorities had “moved the goalposts”
    The detective who led the historic child abuse inquiry in Jersey has strongly attacked the way the island’s legal system is handling the scandal.

    In an exclusive interview with the BBC, Lenny Harper, who retired from the States of Jersey Police earlier this month,
    blamed “inexplicable delays and decisions” by the States of Jersey lawyers for some cases failing to reach court.

    Mr Harper has now left the island, but before his retirement he led the major police investigation into child abuse within Jersey’s care system from the early 1960s to 1986.

    So far, three people have been charged in connection with the inquiry, focused on the Haut de la Garenne former children’s home, and there are more than 80 other people being investigated by police.

    Lenny Harper talking exclusively to Louise Hubball

    Police have found 65 milk teeth and more than 100 bone fragments at the site.

    Mr Harper said his officers had to wait “months and months” for decisions, and the decision making process for prosecutors in Jersey seemed to be, “whenever, wherever”.

    Describing repeated delays in the legal process, he said there were a number of occasion where officers felt “the goalposts were being moved”.

    “If it hadn’t have been for what I would see as inexplicable delays and decisions, then yes more people would be before the courts at the moment I believe,” he said.

    Mr Harper also claimed the legal hierarchy in Jersey was “absolutely held in contempt by the vast majority of victims”.

    He paid tribute to the performance of the police team, but said the delays in dealing with prosecutions has resulted in victims not being given the service they deserved.

    Bone and teeth fragments have been found at Haut de la Garenne

    William Bailhache, Jersey’s Attorney General, said that while he could not comment on individual cases, of the six files which had been sent to his office three had resulted in charges, two were under review and one was still the subject of police inquiries.

    Mr Harper’s criticisms follow a bid for a judicial review which was launched at the High Court last week.

    A campaign group, set up by the UKs Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming and Senator Stuart Syvret from Jersey, says it does not have confidence in the way the island’s authorities have handled the investigation.

    It wants a judicial review of what it has called the “failure” of UK ministers to “enforce the rule of law”.

    The Ministry of Justice has refused to comment.

  27. Anonymous

    William Bailhache, Jersey’s Attorney General, said that “while he could not comment on individual cases.”

    Except the fact that he stepped in and stopped some of the cases himself means he can’t comment as he is one of the cases.

  28. Anonymous

    I think your most recent posting should be re-named

    “Organised Crime” as opposed to “Organised Politics”

    because that is what the political representatives we have at the moment are members of.

    Take a look at the report on the States Assembly website (under reports about 3rd or 4th down) on the progress on the Kathy Bull report to date. Allegedly, we have an excellent childrens service, just needs a little tweeking around the edges.

    How can we believe that when we hear that there is a criminal investigation under way regarding a senior civil servant and the scandalous Simon Bellwood affair.

    If there is a possibility that they would lie in a criminal situation, what are the chances of them telling the truth to their political masters or indeed to the electorate – but then again their political masters know about the failings but just want the truth to be spinned.

  29. Anonymous

    Ethically redundant leaders of Jersey the world now knows what your like and who you are, it is clear that you collectively have and are still responsible for the perversion of children, the perversion of criminal investigations the perversion of the islands culture and the perversion of Jersey’s leadership.

  30. Anonymous

    David Davies (Conservative said today about the civil service:

    “One of the problems is that it is very hard to get rid of people who are not doing their jobs properly.

    “Once you get into the government civil service, you’re virtually unsackable no matter how incompetent you actually are.”

    He was speaking about the home office (Department of constitutional affairs) Ran by Jack Straw.

    “And you think Jack Straw will be competant enough to deal with Jersey’s problems, like I said he will do nothing.

  31. Anonymous

    With our current generation of intrusive political figures who have shown themselves to be irresponsible, over authoritarian and incompetent. As well as the political appointees and familiars they have put in charge of our civil service, to subvert and manipulate all information that could harm the “status quo” coupled with the Jersey Evening Post monopolising propaganda machine running at full belt there is little hope for us.

    I just hope “when” these oligarchs have been “voted” out of office the day will come for a reckoning, where all those involved will not have the power to manipulate their world around them and others will be in their jobs and doing them democratically.

    Until then, I think we have to mistrust and treat the government like we would any gang of organised criminals.

  32. Anonymous

    Government ‘must intervene in Jersey abuse case

    The Government is legally obliged to intervene in the investigation into the Jersey child abuse scandal, according to an MP challenging ministers in the High Court.

    By Jon Swaine
    Last Updated: 1:38PM BST 22 Aug 2008

    John Hemming, a Liberal Democrat MP, said that “systematic problems” with the Jersey legal system meant that the Justice ministers Jack Straw and Michael Wills must now fulfil their “duty to maintain the rule of law in crown dependencies” by stepping in to ensure justice is done.

    Together with Stuart Syvret, a Jersey senator, Mr Hemming has filed an application for a judicial review into what they call the Government’s failure to act so far. They are calling for a judge and jury from outside the island to preside over court cases arising from the investigation.

    “The UK Government has control over the judiciary in Jersey,” Mr Hemming said. “Ministers have a duty to ensure the rule of law is upheld in Jersey, and the power to ensure it is upheld if necessary.”

    “If therefore there’s a reasonable case that the rule of law is not being maintained, they must act,” he told BBC Radio 4. “It is quite clear the rule of law is not currently being maintained, and therefore the Government must intervene.”

    Mr Hemming said that he is pressing for urgent consideration of the application and is in daily talks with Government solicitors.

    Detectives are continuing to investigate claims by more than 100 people that they were abused at the former Haut de la Garenne care home on the island between the early 1960s and 1986. They have so far charged three people and have a list of 80 suspects.

    Forensic teams believe they have discovered what victims referred to as “punishment rooms”, where they say they were drugged, beaten and raped. As well as the partial remains of five children, they found shackles and a bloodstained bath.

    Lenny Harper, the former head of the investigation, who retired as Deputy Chief Officer of Jersey police earlier this month, launched a scathing attack on the island’s legal system, claiming that victims in the case held the authorities there “in contempt”.

    Mr Harper said his team encountered “inexplicable delays” when attempting to carry out their duties and consistently felt that “the goalposts were being moved”.

    He said that abuse victims were being denied “the service they deserve” by a legal system whose attitude towards decision-making seemed to be “whenever, wherever”.

    “The legal system has to accept the reality of the situation. They are not trusted at all by the victims. They are held in contempt by the vast majority of the victims,” Mr Harper said.

    William Bailhache QC, the Attorney General of Jersey, insisted: “We will fulfill our functions independently and professionally.” A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice said it could not comment while legal proceedings were ongoing.

  33. Anonymous

    Top UK Police Officers Murdered For Investigating Children ‘Loaned Out’ For Rape Cruises

    By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers (Traducción al Español abajo)

    A most disturbing story is unraveling in the Bailiwick of Jersey which details the horrific use of children reported to have been ‘loaned to rich paedophile yachtsmen’, and, also, used to blackmail some of the West’s most powerful politicians, and is an investigation so feared that British press sources are reporting today:

    “Such important figures have been implicated in the cover-up of abuse on the island that the cops feel the evidence should now be passed to the British government

    “The latest revelations are explosive. It is going to cause massive waves within the political and legal world and could bring the whole of Jersey’s infrastructure crashing down.”

    One of the most serious lines of inquiry in the investigation is that children were regularly loaned to wealthy yachtsmen to “do with them what they chose for the day,” according to our source close to the investigation.

    Haut de la Garenne staff described the trips as a treat for children who spent long hours cooped up at the home. But in reality the kids were subjected to the vilest sexual abuse on board the luxury boats.

    Our source said: “The allegations about the yachting community have come in from a number of different people. It is a very strong line of inquiry and when the evidence is made public people will be horrified.”

    Meanwhile about a dozen bones found at the home have been sent to a DNA lab to find out how old they are —yet some bone fragments were too burnt to be tested.”

    It is important to note that the Bailiwick of Jersey, located off the coast of Normandy, France, is not a part of the United Kingdom, or the European Union, but is British Crown Dependency controlled by Britain’s Royal Family and overseen by Prince Charles, the former husband of the late Princess Diana.

    Even more disturbing, about these events, are the number of British Police Officers, involved with the investigation of the child sex horrors that occurred on Jersey, now turning up dead and ‘suicided’, to include; Manchester Chief Constable Michael Todd who was one of Britain’s top investigators into CIA activities, Sgt Richard Fuller, who was the top bodyguard for Prince Charles’ wife Camilla, and Bournemouth Inspector Neil Munro, who was found dead in the waters off Millionaire’s Row, in Dorset, where he was tasked with investigating the yachts of the superrich believed involved in this growing scandal.

    One can only imagine the horror, and degradation, suffered by these British children abused by these monsters and then killed for the perverse pleasures of those who believe they live by no other law than those they make up for themselves, the West’s superrich and elite.

    Also, and as history has long shown us, the full accounting of these crimes will, most likely, be covered up and relegated to the growing list of atrocities pinned to these Western madman, especially in light of the Belgian peoples long fight with these paedophile monsters after the discovery of the child sex slave dungeons where the bodies of 4 murdered girls were discovered.

    Today our prayers go out for these unnamed British children sacrificed upon the alter of Western decadence and idolatry, with a special plea that these peoples will see their leaders for who they really are, depraved monsters

  34. Res Nullius

    In typical, cynical electioneering style GST is removed from food today.

    Frank Wa#ker said “This is a positive and appropriate reaction to absolutely unprecedented increases in food and fuel costs.”

    Absolutely unprecedented eh? Could’t see it coming eh Frank?

    On 22nd November last year – yes, only 9 months ago to the day, a proposition was brought to the States to do just this.

    Remember, in November 2007 the credit crunch was already biting, oil prices were still rising to record levels and golbal markets were already suffering.

    So our esteemed government, only 9 months ago, could not forsee that little old Jersey would be affected by the impending global economic downturn.

    Incompetant or thick as pigs kaka. You decide.

    Back to the proposition….

    The below politicians all voted against the zero rating for GST on food. That’;s right. They said NO to the proposal that you should not have to pay GST on your eggs, bacon and 5 a day.

    Senator Norman
    Senator Walker
    Senator Kinnard
    Senator Le Sueur
    Senator Routier
    Senator Vibert
    Senator Ozouf
    Senator Le Main
    Senator Cohen
    Senator Perchard
    Connétable Vibert
    Connétable Gallichan
    Connétable Fisher
    Connétable Murphy
    Connétable Jackson
    Connétable Yates
    Connétable Hanning
    Deputy Duhamel
    Deputy Hill
    Deputy Troy
    Deputy ‘Skate park’ Fox
    Deputy Ferguson
    Deputy Reed
    Deputy Egré
    Deputy Hilton
    Deputy puffin’de Faye
    Deputy Le Fondré
    Deputy Pryke
    Deputy Power
    Deputy Maclean
    Deputy Lewis
    Deputy Gorst
    Deputy Gallichan

    How very strange that, with an election just weeks away, these very same politicians now think it ‘appropriate’ to respond to the economic downturn….

    Don’t be fooled.

    This is the same bunch of inept, incomptetent clowns who failed to factor economic growth into the equation and thus have millions of pounds more than they anticipated from YOUR GST.

    And who is ulitmately the person responsible for that??? The man who should carry the can?

    The very same man who will be our next Chief Minister (barring an ‘absolutely unprecedented’ surprise).

    The man who is so cowardly clinging onto his power that he doesn’t have the bottle to stand down and allow the public to choose whether he should even be in the States.

    The Poison Pixie of the Public Purse…

    …… Terry Le Sueur.

    Give me strength

  35. Anonymous

    Not sure what the answer is. If not party politics then certainly the sheer number of elected personnel needs to be reduced. There are more people in office than there are seagulls flapping their wings around St Helier.

    2 elected people per parish (4 for St Helier maybe), and thats all. Then hopefully things might actually get done and the average man on the street might actually understand the system.

    Obviously this would need a “turkeys voting for xmas” scenario so is never likely to happen.

    If you halve the number of states members then we could afford to pay them more to attract the top end candidates.

  36. Anonymous

    by Liz Davies

    Jersey care leavers and whistleblowers are fearing the worst – that the truth about child abuse including alleged murder may never be exposed, and perpetrators will not be brought to justice. For some of us who have been involved in the investigation of institutional and organised abuse since the early 1990’s there is a sense of déjà vu.

    In 1995, the Islington Inquiry concluded that allegations concerning 61 children reported as possible victims of organised network and ritualistic abuse were not substantiated. The authors said that Islington police, Scotland Yard and the social services inspectorate had found insufficient evidence. Yet, as the social worker who reported these issues, I know what I witnessed and recorded. I was doing the work of child protection I was employed to do and I still do not fully understand why it was so important to deny at every level these most serious crimes against children. I believe the Inquiry was misinformed.

    Throughout the 1990s, a great deal of professional knowledge emerged about the international child sex abuse industry and methods of investigating organised abuse. We learnt that abusers exert their power and influence, feed us misinformation and divert our attention to protect their activities. They seep into our academic and political worlds and persuade us that survivors of child abuse invent stories and that whistleblowers are over-zealous and obsessive. Jersey must learn these, and other, lessons from the UK.

    Fear and intimidation

    The Jersey police, as was the case in Islington, are unsure of which professionals in other services were actively involved in the abuse of children, who colluded with the abuse or failed to protect children through fear, intimidation, incompetence or inexperience.This makes joint investigation problematic. There is already emerging evidence of UK children placed in Jersey children’s homes and of children sent to and fro on holidays.It is therefore important for the UK to assist the Jersey government and police through widening the investigation to include the mainland and to establish an independent social work and police team. Given the proximity of Jersey to France there must be also be liaison with the French authorities.

    The Islington Inquiry identified 32 staff members who were deemed unsuitable to work with children. These names were placed on the Protection of Children Act list to prevent them from working with children and every effort was made to identify their current places of work. Where prosecution is not possible in Jersey these other protective measures must be firmly in place.

    Accounts of care leavers

    In Islington very few survivors came forward and very few professionals blew the whistle. The Jersey investigation is unique in the extent to which police are informed by the accounts of care leavers and survivors and intensive forensic work. With the internet, and increased public knowledge about child abuse, the climate and opportunity for disclosure is very different from even ten years ago.

    In the absence of prosecutions there are likely to be current child victims. The Jersey investigation provides an opportunity for both the UK and Jersey governments to demonstrate a willingness to support staff, children, adults and families in speaking out to inform both current and historic investigation.

    Liz Davies, social worker and senior lecturer at London Metropolitan University, blew the whistle on the Islington child sex abuse scandal in the 1990s

  37. Anonymous

    My mother and father now eighty odd years old, cannot afford their old age! Despite having paid into the system, thay are as poor as the day they were born!

    Yet Walker, Bayleaf, & Bros continue to get thier fat salaries regardles! I bet they have no idea what GST is or means to the poor!

    Democracy and reality now!

    Stuart, say the word and your army marches (to the big houses first though!).

  38. Anonymous

    Re the `rag’

    Walker, the Bayleaf and little bros Bill own (on a social climb scale) the JEP.

    The management, reporters and staff like many people in Jersey want to be part of the `social elite’. And, the best way of achieving this is to stick your tongue out as far as it will go and, start licking!

    Am I right or am I right!

  39. Anonymous

    You want the British justice system to step with inderendent judges when the home office doesn’t know its arse from its elbow I do wish you luck but perhaps this glitter that has arrived back in britain will get the labour party to change its whole stance on the historic abuse of children issue and show the world that it does actually care and take Jeresy under its judial wing but thats not likely as the old boys clud is exactly that OLD and entrenched throughout all countries and infrastructures its the only way they can keep the power….

  40. Anonymous

    “IT is undeniable that the present investigation into alleged historical child abuse at Haut de la Garenne and elsewhere has cast a dark shadow over Jersey and its people.”

    That would be some of the people not as this reporter asserts “The people.”

    “The great majority of Islanders.” in other words all those who agree with the current leadership.”

    “Nor our political and legal establishments can be damned by awful events which, as far as we can tell, unfolded decades ago and clearly involved a restricted number of people.

    The crimes may well have unfolded many years ago however the horrors that are unfolding today is not about the abuses from years ago, its about why they have taken so long to surface. The reason for that is that those in power would not let these events come to light and kept it that way for decades by the inbreeds and their pure nepotistic views in the hope that the Status Quo be kept stable.

    “But it would signal that the established order is not beyond challenge.”

    The established order like Hitler’s or the established order of Mugabee?

    The order of any nation who not only tolerates the abuse of children should be having it autonomy questioned, and laws are transient and metamorphic that’s they way the law works and they meant to change with time and greater understanding of how the complexities and effects of the law itself upon those who are meant to obey them and that is all of us not just the poor.

    “It would rock one of the foundations of a relationship with the Crown, and therefore Britain.”

    Foundation are designed to build upon and not to be relied upon especially when the foundations have been corrupted so that the rich can buy their way out of the obvious criminal behaviours that the world is hearing about and actually the rag may fool some of the people some of the time and (yada yada yada)

    No smoke without fire!!!

    “This is not to say that the imposition of English judges would mark the immediate end of our status as a Crown Dependency.”

    I would say that it would make that dependency even stronger but make the Status Quo of the oligarchs too transparent to the UK and would show that Jersey as a people are not all stupid, indoctrinated automatons who are still plugged into the matrix controlled by the elite.

    And I would say that senator Stuart Syvret is well aware of the ramifications his actions could have on Jersey that is exactly why he is taking this remarkable step to gain some semblance of true justice for the many victims.

    Many! As the number of victims out way the needs of the few oligarchs.


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