Jersey’s Only Newspaper
Mounts an all-out assault
On the rule of law
And established principles of jurisprudence.
Another day – another example of the stupidity, ignorance and frank criminality of the Jersey oligarchy.
I re-produce below this post the leader comment from the Jersey Evening Post of today, 4th August, 2008.
It makes for a remarkable and implacable contrast with the leader comment from The Times newspaper of last Friday. (See Friday’s blog)
This is a stark example of the type of propaganda by which the population of Jersey have been corralled and controlled for 800 years.
It is an approach which certainly worked, extremely effectively, for all that time; until, that is, about 20 years ago. But, whilst waning in its effectiveness, it still works reasonably well for the Jersey oligarchy. It helps them keep the rabble in-line, so their bosses & pay-masters can carry on minting it, with the prime function of this island continuing to be merely a piece of money-making apparatus to be used by the elites and their clients.
However, the kind of moronic garbage reproduced below, will ‘work’ on a certain traditional cohort, but, alas for the oligarchs, it no longer works on any thinking people – nor, particularly, the outside world.
And that much is so obvious, we have to ask how can a journal – in the year 2008 – be so tactically ignorant of just how absurd their stance appears to the real world – let alone of how embarrassing the sheer non-compatibility of its views are with basic, long-established principles of jurisprudence?
I don’t have time to provide a detailed, point-by-point analysis of the leader comment tonight – but I will do so tomorrow.
You may recollect I did just such an analysis of The Rag’s leader comment post-Williamson.
It was actually a very entertaining exercise – I mean real, laugh out loud, kind of amusement. So dishonest, so non-compatible with the facts, so absurd, so wicked and so full of lies was that JEP leader comment, that one could only regard it as an act of bleak self-parody on the part of The Rag.
Occasionally a few of the hacks who work there will speak to me privately and say things like “hey – we feel wounded by the stuff you write on your blog. OK, our bosses and subs are w**kers, but we’re just trying to do a good job under really difficult circumstances.”
Another great inadequacy of Jersey “journalists” is that they think everyone else is some kind of retard; people who just don’t grasp what is going on. Like we just don’t know about “the bonuses” – the “performance” remuneration available – in several forms – to Jersey hacks who are pleasing to their bosses.
And it’s not only the hacks who have such “opportunities” to enjoy “performance related pay”. The oligarchy was always an equal opportunities employer when it came to buying those who would serve its ends.
For example, The Jersey Evening Post was, until a few years ago, owned by a local “company” called the Guiton Group.
How many Jersey voters – do you think – are aware of the fact that the Guiton Group funded the election campaigns of certain pro-establishment candidates?
Heavy stuff, no?
Mafioso kind of conduct.
By way of example, a former Deputy of St. Saviours had their election printing cost ‘dealt with’ on the Guiton Group’s account with the printers in question.
As I said, I’ll write a more detailed analysis, maybe tomorrow.
But in the mean time, just to illustrate the simple stupidity and ignorance of The Rag’s leader comment, consider:
The Rag – in all seriousness, condemns opinions which have it that the good administration of justice cannot be carried out successfully under the present, Jersey, arrangements.
The Jersey Evening Post – in all seriousness – attempts to argue that the any legal issues which arise from the Jersey Child Abuse Disaster can be dealt with locally – and that “attacks” which point out the manifest conflicts of interest which bedevil the so-called administration of justice in Jersey, just don’t require independent prosecutors & judges.
This argument of The Rag’s is so far removed from reality as to be laughable to anyone vaguely familiar with centuries of established jurisprudence which makes it clear that any judicial process must – I repeat, must – meet the test of the “appearance” of objectivity.
But perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised at such a simply ignorant, thick and unethical approach from a newspaper which has only ever been the house-journal and propaganda rag of the local gangsters.
The true feebleness of The Rag’s position is actually revealed in its own words when it says “we” have the “freedom” to “March to the beat of our own drum” in matters “of the rule of law.”
And there was me – thinking that not only did we have centuries of British case –law, but also the European Convention on Human Rights adopted by virtually all of Europe since World War II, as “the drum-beat” to which all respectable, civilised democracies in Europe marched.
Clearly, I’ve been mistaken. In Jersey-Evening-Post-world, the rudimentary standards of the good administration of justice – as followed by the rest of Western Europe – must be a load of misguided, anarchist nonsense – and that the Jersey oligarchy has, by way of contrast, got it right.
As I wrote in my last blog entry, ‘we are forced to witness and endure . . . the faintly deranged belief that it is the Jersey establishment which marches in step – and it is the rest of the civilised world which has got it wrong.’
So, reading today’s half-witted leader comment, we have to conclude that it’s QED – again.
Once more – it’s the Jersey oligarchy and its media which, supposedly, have the valid analysis – and it’s the rest of Western, European democracy which must, surely, have got it all wrong.
Even traditional, conservative, centre-right newspapers like The Times must have been infiltrated by a load of anarcho-commie fifth-columnists. I mean, how can it be otherwise, when the Jersey Evening Post takes a diametrically opposite view to that of The Times?
It couldn’t be, surely, that The Rag is wrong?!?
No, let us put such absurdities out of our minds.
And instead, let us wish the JEP hacks, subs and editors well; who could begrudge the rewords of hard work?
I do not doubt for one second that every, single penny of those “performance bonuses” have been well-earned.
Read the parallel universe nonsense from Jersey’s only “newspaper” below.
I’ll provide a more detailed de-construction later.
Jersey Evening Post, Leader Comment, 4th August 2008.
Pressure on an old relationship
WHY disturb Jersey’s relationship with Britain, which was established eight centuries ago and has been robust and satisfactory enough to survive not only massive social and political change but also the English Civil War and occupation by Nazi Germany?
Currently, the most satisfactory answer to this question must be that it would be foolish in the extreme to upset the status quo – unless, that is, such a dramatic change were forced upon us by unacceptable threats to our political, judicial or fiscal autonomy.
However, in spite of the manifest benefits of a situation which couples the protection offered by the ancient direct link with the Crown and freedom to march to the beat of our own drum in matters of taxation, public administration and the rule of law, two separate and inimical sets of forces have begun to push constitutional change and independence higher up the agenda – as described in the six-part News Focus series which begins today on these pages.
The investigation into child abuse at Haut de la Garenne has given those at home and abroad who object to the Island’s already high level of independence a new line of attack. Their insistence that UK judges and prosecutors must officiate when abuse cases come to court strikes at the heart of our right to operate an independent judicial system and therefore at one of the foundations of our constitutional position.
But if critics of autonomous Jersey are attempting to push the Island into the arms of the UK, others believe that constitutional realignment as far as full independence might eventually be necessary to protect not only ancient freedoms but also our ability to make a living. It is argued that if the UK government were to try to force fiscal changes fatal to the finance industry – perhaps to secure favour with its fellow EU states – the Island would be compelled to go it alone.
It is further argued that the increasing extent to which our government relates directly to other governments and international agencies without UK mediation shows that we are already extending our autonomy.
Moreover, although the idea of a break with the UK – even while retaining the Queen as Head of State – has in the recent past been seen as far-fetched, influential voices at the highest levels are now saying that impediments to full independence would be few and anything but insurmountable. It is also pointed out that, in the opinion of many authorities, the UK would not stand in the way of a constitutional separation.
The second interim report of the Constitution Review Group, chaired by the Bailiff, Sir Philip Bailhache, spelled out very clearly that an independent Jersey is no mere pipe dream. It remains to be seen whether the picture of the future that, by implication, this groundbreaking report described ultimately becomes reality.
Jersey Evening Post.