An expert, independent enquiry into the concealment of child abuse in Jersey – during the 1990’s.
Follow the link from the list on the right.
Just a brief post. Someone has submitted a link to a web site on which has been posted the famous Sharp report.
I have placed the link in my list on the right.
This is the address to copy and paste, if the link doesn’t work:
This report was commissioned by authorities in Jersey following the conviction of a child abuser who was a teacher at Jersey’s leading private school, Victoria College.
An enquiry was felt to be necessary because it became clear that the school had been receiving complaints of child abuse for years – and had simply ignored them.
At the time of the commissioning, the Jersey authorities said the report would be published – warts and all.
The Jersey oligarchy are real experts at employing the “right” ‘independent expert’ – whenever they need to spin in order to make themselves look like a responsible administration by holding an “investigation” into something which has gone wrong.
98% of the time, they’re very clever at choosing the ‘independent experts’ who will say exactly what they want him or her to say – quite regardless of the facts. Witness the Andrew Williamson report for example – a report which so embodies the he-who-pays-the-piper-calls-the-tune syndrome as to actually be fall-about comical in its absurdity.
However – the law of averages dictates that the Jersey oligarchy will sometimes get it wrong.
Very occasionally – they’ll make the profound mistake of employing a person of high quality; real professionals – people with good ethics.
People who tell the truth – and tell it like it is.
An example of this being Kathy Bull – who – to the outrage, anger and fury of the senior Jersey civil service spivs – produced a report which was comprehensive, detailed – and utterly damning – from cover to cover.
That report too, would have been kept secret had I not given it – to the fury of my “esteemed” political colleagues – to Anthony Lewis of the Jersey Evening Post. The resultant reporting was one of about three occasions I can recollect the JEP doing a real, journalistic job on a really important matter.
Tony has had some health problems. Tony, if you’re reading this, or someone who knows you does, take our best wishes.
But, what of the report by Mr. Stephen Sharp?
Mr Sharp – to the perpetual nightmares of the Jersey establishment – was also a real professional – a man of immense integrity and high ethics.
The report he produced was accurate, succinct, very well researched, informed by his own great expertise – and apocalyptically damning.
When the Jersey authorities received his report, they took one look at it and ran screaming into the distance.
Upon reading it – they saw – immediately just how atrociously damning the report was to the whole Jersey oligarchy – at the highest levels; all the sleazy back-scratching, cover-ups and mutual protections which comprise “The Jersey Way”.
Suddenly, they decided that the report would not now be published after all. Their attempted justification for this was the simple lie that the report identified victims. It does not – but obviously they needed some excuse to keep it under wraps.
Follow the link – the report isn’t that long – have a good read of it.
There is much in the report, the significance of which may not be immediately apparent to people not familiar with the Jersey oligarchy, it’s monopoly of power – and how it runs this rock according to “The Jersey Way”.
But don’t worry – now we have the report posted – for my next post I’ll provide a lay-persons guide to the report, what it says, what it means, who’s who – and the damning implications of it all.
Watch this space.