Torture and battery of children?
Never mind – just so long as we’re all “polite” about it.
Sorry for not posting for a while; I often feel like I’m running out of steam.
Being a one-man opposition seems to have that effect.
I will, as I suggested, produce a detailed post on the “performance” of BBC Jersey soon. But I just haven’t had the time or energy to get around to it yet. And – to be honest – there are higher priorities than writing about these clowns everyday.
Some of you will have seen the BBC south-west regional television news at 6.30 this evening. It will still be viewable for some time on the BBC iPlayer site in case you missed it.
And don’t let anyone run away with the idea this redeems BBC Jersey – it most certainly doesn’t.
The BBC regional broadcast led with a piece concerning the appaling sexual abuse suffered by a number of children whilst in the “care” of the States of Jersey.
Readers will be familiar with the abuse episode in question; some of the story has been covered in earlier TV programs and has been referred to on this blog.
Following the broadcast this evening, I had a long telephone conversation with one of the abuse survivors amongst the many I have come to know, and whose story was featured in the piece.
What this particular victim – and all the others – went through was utterly appalling.
In my post, “Civil Servants and Accountability”, I wrote of reading some substantial files of evidence which were drawn to my attention last year by whistle-blowers.
I could only read a few pages at a time – before having to stand and walk around the large board-table in the room in an effort to re-compose myself.
Frequently – whilst reading the two substantial lever-arch files and a smaller ring-binder of evidence – I had to leave them and just stare out of the window down into the main road that runs by the Jersey General Hospital.
I stood there and trembled.
It was a profoundly strange moment – one I had never even rehearsed in my mind as a possibility. God knows, as one of a tiny handful of anti-establishment politicians in Jersey, I was cynical enough about the Jersey establishment – and its habits and venal betrayals of this community.
But nothing had prepared me for this.
Reading these catalogues of foul abuse against small, vulnerable children – discovering that some of them had been taken into “care” because their mother had died of cancer when they were little children – all my partisan political preconceptions fell away. This wasn’t an ‘establishment’ versus ‘anti-establishment’ epiphany.
Rather it was a truly bleak confrontation with the brute fact of human nature.
The horror of it all left me unable to do anything but shake my head at the base foulness which can be found in so many human beings.
Sadly – not a perception that has been weakened during the last eight months.
I don’t know what horrified me more – the fact that the abusers could behave in this way – or that the Jersey civil service could permit the abuse to continue for years – and then conceal it when it became too significant to ignore?
As I have written previously, the abusers were allowed to “retire” from running the group-home in question back in 1990.
It is quite appalling enough that the Police were not informed of the abuse at that time.
But – even more horrifyingly – as you can see in tonight’s broadcast – the abusers were allowed to keep one of the child victims in their “care” for a further two years.
She continued to suffer appallingly.
To spell it out; here we have Jersey Social Services – finally – in 1990 – the best part of a decade too late – accepting that two of their employees were committing monstrous abuses against little children. But instead of going to the Police – allowing one of the abusers to carry on working in a social services environment – and even worse – permitting them to keep a vulnerable orphaned child in their care for a further two years.
This particular victim speaks of her ordeal in tonight’s program.
I succeeded in stealing some of this evidence – the excellent 1999 report by Dylan Southern for example – not to mention the sickening letter of “thanks” written by Iris Le Feuvre to the two abusers who featured in tonight’s broadcast.
No doubt Jersey’s comically disgusting Data Protection Office will be looking to add this to their grounds for harassing me.
Nevertheless, I knew I had to make contact with the victims of the abuse episode in question.
I had to make contact with them and give them the documents I had stolen. If nothing else – they had a right to know the truth.
I didn’t know their contact details – but given the immense public controversy which was unfolding in Jersey, many other victims and whistle-blowers were making contact with me.
And it was through one of these survivors I was able to make contact with the Blanche Pierre victims.
Each time I met with any of them, I made certain to give them a photo-copy of the secret documents which described the truth of what had happened to them.
I knew – and they knew – the potential personal impact of reading these things. But they and I knew they had to have them and read them.
And, sure enough – it was a profoundly traumatic experience for some of them. As though it wasn’t already bad enough – that they had endured this abuse throughout their childhoods – to learn that the authorities who were supposed to be protecting them in fact betrayed them again – and then again – was almost too much to endure for some of them.
And that is not an exaggeration.
I can, though, say that many of them have noticeably grown in strength and confidence during these recent months.
Finally they are being listened to, believed, and treated as though they existed.
They are speaking to the national and international media; they are beginning to feel empowered; they are beginning to regain control of their lives.
In the coming weeks they will be establishing a Jersey branch of the UK Care Leavers Association. And I have no doubt that it is going to become a formidable force for the interests of abuse survivors.
Some of you may follow the Jersey Evening Post – or The Rag as it is more popularly know on these shores.
Check out tonight’s edition for a further illustration of what we are battling against in Jersey.
It contains two letters attacking me – the general theme of which is that I should be thrown out of politics because my “behaviour” towards Jersey establishment oligarchs has not been “polite”.
These letters are fairly typical of that which The Rag chooses to publish. Which is not, incidentally, an accurate representation of letters they receive. I know this because my JEP moles have told me so – quite in addition to receiving significant numbers of copies of letters sent to me by the public – following the JEP’s refusal to print them.
Apparently, it is simply insufferable that I should be describing my “esteemed colleagues” as ‘bloody idiots’ and generally exhibiting what the authors of the letters describe as:
“Petulant, self-centred, ill-mannered politics.”
Well – if “petulance” and being “ill-mannered” are the characteristics needed in an effort to prevent the battery and rape of children – as carried out at tax-payers’ expense – so be it.
If you didn’t see the broadcast tonight – check it out on the BBC iPlayer.
It is these victims – and many others like them – in whose name I have challenged the terribly, terribly “polite” world of “traditional” Jersey politics.
There is a saying to the effect that:
“People get the government they deserve.”
Let us – just for arguments sake – assume that the views of the authors of these letters represent a majority of Jersey opinion.
If that be the case – then this population is welcome to an establishment which will carry on concealing the rape, battery and torture of orphans.
But never mind – I’m sure they’ll be terribly, terribly “polite” about it all.