This is a brief post.
Those who follow events in Jersey will know by now that the child protection disaster has become even more appaling.
The States of Jersey Police Force have recovered what they believe to be the remains of a child, buried within the old Jersey children’s “home” – Haute de la Garrene.
The early indications, as expressed by the Police, are that they may find further remains.
The work of the Police – which I cannot praise highly enough – will run its course – and the truth ‘will-out’ this time – even in Jersey.
For the present, I am thinking of the victims – how lost, betrayed and abandoned they were in their hour of need; how failed by our society.
Those who survived – and those who did not.
That the suffering and disregard of these little ones can have continued – largely undisclosed and unpunished – for decades – shows that something has gone very wrong with our society and our system of government. It is a disastrous failure to have in place effective checks and balances which has led to this catastrophe.
Can the polity of Jersey learn its lessons – and change?
I hope so.
But I fear not.
Even today – Jersey’s political leader, Senator Frank Walker – still fails to grasp the horrifying magnitude of what has taken place – and what it says about our government.
So divorced from any grasp of the truth – of reality – is this man, that he accuses me of making this disaster a ‘political’ issue.
This is the diametric opposite of the truth – as is shown by the evidence.
As the facts show – it was no decision, or wish of mine, to make this tragic and wretched episode a “political” matter.
That decision was his and that of his Council of Ministers. It was theirs alone – when they decided to have me sacked for whistle-blowing – and the heinous “offence” of “Undermining Staff Moral”.
That is what actually happened. It is well-evidenced.
Yet here is Jersey’s political leader still demonstrating a truly startling aversion to the facts – the truth.
When this is the culture of power in Jersey; when our “leaders” can so blithely turn away from the documented facts – can we really assume child protection to be safe and reliable today – in our island?
I don’t believe we can. For until the island’s establishment begin to understand the importance of the truth – of honesty – of the acknowledgment of things which have gone wrong – we are forced to assume that the culture of cover-up and concealment remains.