THE SPEECH THE JERSEY PARLIAMENT REFUSED TO HEAR.

Empathy for Abuse Survivors vs States Members Christmas Lunch.

A number of people have asked me if I would post the speech I attempted to make in the Jersey parliament in December last year. So I produce it here below this post.

Some background information.

Believe it or not – I am the “Father of the House” in the States assembly, this by dint of being the longest continually serving Senator.

And by tradition and custom, the Father of the House leads the Christmas speeches, made at the end of the last assembly meeting before the Christmas break.

Admittedly, these speeches are usually a load of hackneyed, smug and platitudinous rubbish.

But as I had spent most of 2007 learning of the terrible things endured by the survivors of the Jersey child abuse disaster – and attempting to battle on their behalf for truth & justice – I thought I would write a speech which addressed their sufferings.

Having spoken with many of the battered, abused and raped survivors of several generations – it seemed to me to be entirely apposite to express some kind of recognition and empathy towards them at Christmas.

This speech represents the first ever occasion a member of the Jersey parliament had stood in the assembly and acknowledged the truth of what had taken place and had tried to express how dreadful it was.

Now, to be sure, I knew the speech would be a departure from the clichéd effusions of self-congratulation which are usually displayed on these occasions.

And I knew it would deeply anger some members of the assembly who – even at that stage – were still trying to suppress the truth in an effort to conceal the utter folly of their decisions to side, during the year, with abusers and those who would conceal abuse.

However – it did not occur to me that the States of Jersey would be so degenerate, so cretinous, so immoral and so decadent as to actually stop the speech from being delivered.

Yet – that is precisely what they did.

Only about a quarter of the way through the speech, I was barracked, interrupted and halted.

And – in another of those ‘You Couldn’t Make It Up’ episodes – the Bailiff, Sir Philip Bailhache – Speaker of the assembly – sided with the mob.

He ordered me to stop delivering the speech. I declined, as the speech was ‘in-order’ – so he cut my microphone and adjourned the meeting.

You see – in addition to being very annoyed that a member should speak the truth – Jersey politicians were impatient to get to their Christmas lunch in the Old Library.

If you’re interested in this extraordinary episode, I have written about it in two previous posts, ‘Parallel Universes’ and ‘Anatomy of a Spin – Temps Passé #1’.

But I haven’t previously posted the actual speech I was prevented from delivering.

So here it is.

As you read this, bear in mind a few key facts:

It was the first ever speech by a Jersey politician which attempted to acknowledge the victims of decades of child-abuse in the island.

I attempted to give this speech as we approached Christmas.

Phil Bailhache – speaker of the Jersey parliament – in siding with the mob-rule of the Jersey establishment, became probably the only Speaker of a parliament in any western democracy who would support tyranny by the majority and prevent minority opinions from even being expressed.

Not one single sentence of the speech conflicted with any rules of procedure, standing orders or code of conduct – it was entirely ‘in-order’.

Therefore the halting of the speech – in addition to being a sickening display of immorality – was also an assault upon democracy and the rule of law. Phil Bailhache and his Jersey establishment allies had, precisely, zero legitimate grounds for preventing me from speaking.

I suppose, in many respects, it was the final illustration of an establishment drowned in its own moral turpitude, incompetence, hubris and decadence.

It was, perhaps, the moment when I realised my political career was over. I knew then, if I didn’t before, that I just had to get out of it and cleanse myself of the sensation of filth, decay and futility.

In my post “Parallel Universes” I described the way I felt attempting to deal with the banalities of the local media interviews in the immediate wake of this episode. I quote some of that post here:

“Midst this scene like something from ‘Drop the Dead Donkey’, I was asked a question which suddenly attracted my interest. I was asked by a BBC Jersey TV journalist whether I “was surprised at the attitude and actions of States members in response to my speech?”

I was about to tell the truth – “yes – very surprised. How could one imagine people objecting to an expression of empathy for abuse survivors?”

But then a greater truth struck me – of course I wasn’t surprised. Being shocked at this reaction by States members was like being surprised to discover that lawyers charge too much and string-out cases to maximise fees.

So, I answered. I forget the precise words, but it was something like this:

“Am I surprised at States members’ reactions? No, not really – after all, let’s face it, we all know the States assembly is largely a collection of gangsters and halfwits. So, surprised? No.””

Anyway – for those who have requested it – here is the actual speech that the Jersey parliament refused to hear.

Stuart.

CHRISTMAS 2007

FATHER OF THE HOUSE SPEECH
TO THE STATES ASSEMBLY
BY
SENATOR STUART SYVRET

Sir, Your Excellency, fellow members – but especially the people we are here to represent,

As Father of the House, it is customary for the senior Senator to lead the seasonal exchange of greetings with which we end the year.

In these addresses, it is common to reflect upon the year past – and to contemplate the coming year. And it is the birth of Christ that we mark with these reflections and which we celebrate in this season of goodwill.

Christ taught many things in the course of His life. Amongst His teachings was the virtue of honesty.

For even though I am an ordinary, fallible person, with no particular religious convictions, still, I could not stand here and falsely claim that the past year has been an episode upon which we, as an assembly, could look back upon with satisfaction – or even self-respect. This has not been a year in which we have displayed wisdom, compassion or even basic common sense.

As is now public knowledge, we as a society – Jersey – this community – have begun the awful task of facing up to decades – at least – of disgraceful failure – and worse – towards children.

I will not refer to my personal experiences of 2007; perhaps I will speak of such things on another occasion.

Instead, I wish to speak of the children, the victims, the innocent – the many – who have been catastrophically failed by the edifice of public administration in Jersey – year in and year out. Decade after decade.

We like to imagine ourselves as being some kind of model community; a safe, well-governed and happy group of people. Whilst I cannot speak in detail of individual sufferings now; nor of the many betrayals – I can say this: that as far as I am aware the coming months and years are going to require the most painful reconsideration of our communal values, our competence – and our collective ethics.

Indeed, I am not aware of a more wretched and shocking example of communal failure in the entire 800 year history of Jersey as a self-governing jurisdiction.

How much worse could things be than the systemic decades-long betrayal of the innocents?

As we approach the birthday of Christ, we should reflect upon his words. When on an occasion, some little children were brought to Jesus, Jesus’ disciples became angry and rebuked those who had brought the children into Christ‘s presence. Scriptures then tell us, “But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them “ Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.”

Jesus is also recorded as saying, “And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name received me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea”

I would hope that these simple words – that place children and their welfare at the heart of human values – could be accepted by any decent person – regardless of their particular religious thoughts or beliefs.

Greater minds than mine have said that we may gauge the quality of a society by how it treats its children. Having learnt what I have learnt in the course of this year I have to say that our smug self-satisfaction as a charitable and civilised community in fact conceals a festering canker. For though it would be bad enough for us to have amongst our midst’s the abusers that are to be found in all societies – the victims in Jersey have been doubly betrayed – betrayed with indifference, betrayed with contempt, betrayed with the naked and idle self-interest of an administration that should have been protecting these – the most vulnerable of the vulnerable.

Sir, some people seem to enjoy being politicians. This is not a view I ever understood. My 17 years as a States member have, to me, been a fairly consistent period of struggle; on some occasions so Kafkaesque, so dispiriting that many times I just wished to cast it all aside and seek a civilised occupation instead. But nothing – nothing – nothing in those 17 years even begins to approach the sheer existential bleakness of this year; of trying to contact, to listen to, to help so many people whose childhoods and lives were wrecked by abuse – often abuse at the hands of the States of Jersey and its employees – and doubly wrecked by the conspiracy of cover-ups engaged in by public administration.

A few brave people – front-line staff, victims, and whistle-blowers began to bring these failings to my attention. As my understanding developed, I took extremely high-powered specialist advice on child protection issues – and I think this assembly should acknowledge with gratitude the involvement of Chris Callender, Andrew Nielson and their leader, Frances Crook of the Howard League for Penal Reform. The support and guidance of the Howard League was a great source of strength to me and those whom I was working with in Jersey.

Likewise Professor June Thoburn, who agreed to bring her world-renowned expertise to the post of Chair of the Jersey Child Protection Committee.

In particular I believe we should acknowledge the bravery, integrity and unshakable commitment to child welfare exhibited by Simon Bellwood. He alone – amongst the entire panoply of the child “protection” apparatus in Jersey – said that the way we were treating children in custody was simply wrong. He alone took a stand against the appalling ill-treatment of children who needed care – not abuse. That he was sacked for his efforts really speaks volumes, and illustrates well the ethical void within the system we are responsible for.

Sir, I repeat, we must focus upon the victims – and the friends and families who suffered along with them.

For a period of many months, I investigated these issues – and the more I investigated – the greater became my alarm and anger at what I was learning from people throughout our society. Jersey being the kind of place where many people know other people, the chains of contacts which developed – the networks of victims and witnesses simply grew and grew. Sometimes new revelations occurred – almost by the hour.

As I met, and spoke with people of all ages – young teenagers to retired people – it became clear to me that what we were facing was something far worse than occasional, isolated instances of abuse. What Jersey had tolerated in its midst was a culture of disregard, abandonment and contempt for children – especially those children in need; the vulnerable; the defenceless. During these dark days, when I contemplated how people could treat children in these ways, I was often reminded of the words of Sartre, when he said “hell is other people”.

But, the strength and bravery of the many victims was a source of strength to me as I contemplated several years of bitter struggle against the Establishment, who were clearly going to use the predictable range of oppressions against me in an effort to keep the truth concealed.

So when the States of Jersey Police Force took me into their confidence and gave me a comprehensive briefing about the work they were doing – it was as though a great burden had been lifted from my shoulders. I had been steeling myself for years of struggle to expose the truth and to seek justice for the victims. The realisation that I was not going down this road alone was a tremendous release – to me – and to the victims. So I must pay tribute to the leadership of the Police Force. This time – finally – there is no hiding place.

During my work I have had conversations with people – teenagers, parents, young adults and older people. People from all parts of society and all backgrounds. Many of these people – victims and witnesses – naturally enough found speaking about their experiences extremely difficult; and many of them were, and are, reluctant to become identified. Likewise the many brave front-line staff who still contact me regularly – notwithstanding the blocking by management of e-mails sent to me by Health & Social Services staff from their work computers.

Such is the climate of fear that victims, witnesses and decent staff experience, that very many of the meetings I have taken part in – have had to be arranged in great secrecy. For example, one brave employee who gave me very important information, made initial contact with me via a text-message sent from her daughter’s mobile phone.

I went about the back-streets, the housing estates, the tenement blocks, the foul, overcrowded and exploitative “lodging houses” in which the poor in Jersey often dwell. And I listened to people opening up; often for the first time in their lives speaking of what they experienced – what they saw – and how they had been failed by everyone. For many of these people, I was the first person in authority they felt able to speak to about what happened to them.

I listened to things – things sometimes said through tears – that I hope never to have to hear again.

As time passed, I found myself moving from these dark rendezvous with witnesses – going amongst the soaked and blackened streets – experiencing encounters with victims – and clandestine meetings with brave whistle-blowing front-line staff.

In the early stages of this odyssey – this drizzle-soaked sodium-lit quest amongst the night roads and back alleys of St. Helier – in the unspoken underbelly of Jersey – I realised what I was seeking – and finding – were ghosts.

Shades and spectres – the vaporous trails of long-departed children – still haunting the outer shells of people I met. Sometimes you catch a glimpse of these ghost children – in eye – or word – or gesture – and you want to reach out to them – but these burnt and vanished phantoms disappear into the scars, the tattoos, the needle marks, the self-harm lacerations, the haunted faces and the wrecked lives.

Although many of the people I met are in their twenties, thirties, forties, fifties and sixties – I cannot but see them as children still. And many of these children have passed through the hands of the States of Jersey ‘system’ – I cannot bring myself to use the phrase “care”. Some of these children ended in custody for minor offences – and such was the cruelty, abuse, neglect and violence they suffered – many went on to become habitual criminals. When many of these people explained their criminal life-styles, they did so with humility, many candidly use the phrase ‘we were no angels’, and they have said they were not proud of the things they have done. But as a States member – I cannot look at these people – these victims – and not ask myself the awful question: “had these vulnerable, confused and angry children been treated with love and respect and care by the States, perhaps they would have avoided criminal life-styles; perhaps they would not be – in many cases – alcoholics, drug addicts – often broken and shattered beings, wrestling with mental health issues.”

Could I – could any of us – say with confidence that our failures have not contributed to, or led to, such tragic outcomes for so many people?

No, we cannot say that. We must, at the last, admit the awful truth that many of our regular inmates at La Moye Prison are there because of what we – the States of Jersey – did to them as vulnerable children – in the time in their lives when they most needed love, care, support & nurturing.

Amongst our victims have been many many children who had not misbehaved; children who had to be taken into “care” for their protection; or children who had to be taken into the States-run institutions because of the death of their parent. I have met with siblings who’s mother died of cancer when they were little children. I have met with several of the victims of this particular States-run institution. But when I met with the brother & sister – now adults – and listened to their experiences – all I could feel were two things: shame – that the States of Jersey allowed these things to be done to them – and anger that upon the tragedy of the death of these young children’s mother from cancer – we – the States – heaped violence, cruelty, battery and abuse upon these already bereaved children who needed our care, support & love.

Towards the end of my conversation with them – they embraced tearfully, and the brother repeated a vow that no one would ever harm his sister again.

That meeting took place in a room in this building. And I confess at that moment I seriously considered walking from the door and never setting foot in this place again.

Another, older, man I met explained his experiences of being a resident in Haute de la Garenne in the mid-nineteen sixties. Even for the “standards” of the day, the treatment of the children there was barbaric & cruel – at best; for worse things happened.

What really struck me about my meeting with this man was that he was not especially bothered at the treatment he received. I was touched and moved that his overriding concern was – and still is to this day – the fate of his best friend in that institution. He gave me the name, and some details, such as he could recall, from these days far ago in his childhood.

I was able to look into what happened to this boy who was in our care in Haute de la Garenne in the mid-sixties. Little information was available, but the Office of the Deputy Viscount was able to supply me with the following facts:

Michael Bernard O’CONNELL

• Aged 14 years
• Died on 7th or 8th October 1966, by hanging from a tree, off Rue des Haies in Trinity.
• Inquest held on 17th October 1966.

The memory of this young man is kept alive by his friends – children – people who had similar experiences and who – in the midst of their own struggles with their lives – keep the flame of their friend burning.

But let no one imagine that the things of which we speak are confined to the past; an age of dark and sick attitudes. No – today we have the very same problems.

Recently, I made the appointment and accompanied a young man to the police station so he could add his experiences to the present investigations. This young man had fallen foul of the law in some very minor ways as a young child – and thus he suffered the awful fate of falling into the maw of the so-called youth “justice” system of Jersey. Such was the counter-productive barbarity of the treatment meted out to him – and others like him – that his behaviour became more angry, bitter and lawless. At various stages he passed through Les Chenes and then Greenfields. This young man was, at one stage, held in near complete isolation for two months – passages of solitary confinement which went on for weeks. Having induced – unsurprisingly – a complete mental collapse in this child through this solitary confinement – the response of the institution to his needs was to send a “councillor” from CAMHS to speak with him – for half-an-hour – once-a-week.

As I listened to him recount his experiences over about 2 hours to the police officers who were conducting the initial interview, I kept looking at the vast cross-hatchings of self-harm scars which make his left arm look like a road map of New York, and I listened to him explain how he lay bleeding from these wounds alone in his cell and untended – as a child – I looked at him and I thought “we have done this to him”; “we have wrecked his life”.

It is striking just how many people who passed through the hands of the States of Jersey as innocent children emerged from the other side of that experience, bitter, angry, contemptuous and lawless. Former inmates – current inmates – and those about to become inmates – many many of them are our victims.

Society has a low regard for those who break the law, and that view is routinely echoed in this chamber. So it is not often a member asks us to reflect upon those who have crossed the law and to consider that amongst these people are many – far too many – children who were broken and betrayed in so many ways – especially by the States.

For amongst these people who find themselves imprisoned, these adults cast adrift – within them linger still the ghosts of the children they were – and the spectres of what they should have been.

So Sir – today – the expression of seasonal goodwill, the greeting, the recognition and the charity I stand to offer goes, from me at least, to all the victims of abuse, all those who have suffered – and all those whose childhood experiences have led them to become prisoners. Those who have languished in La Moye – or who are still there now – I want them to know that if their lives are wrecked, their actions driven by the nightmares of their childhoods – some of us understand. Some of us recognise them as victims – tragically and shamefully – often victims of the States of Jersey.

I wish to finish by quoting the final verse of a song by Mary Chapin Carpenter:

Somewhere in a dream like this
The light of love leads us home
Broken worlds will not be fixed
Vengeance take us as thy own
We’re just like beggars now
On our knees we hear our names
God forgives somehow
We have yet to learn the same.

Excerpt from Dead Man Walking by
Mary Chapin Carpenter

Senator Stuart Syvret
Christmas address to States of Jersey
2007

24 thoughts on “THE SPEECH THE JERSEY PARLIAMENT REFUSED TO HEAR.

  1. Anonymous

    Stuart

    What you continually describe shows how weak the island safeguards for children are.

    I cannot look at the TV interviews with the victims without a great deal of anguish.
    Sadly these events are not new, child abuse has happened before and has been investigated at great length. Why do we not learn and who is to blame?

    Extracts from the Victoria Climbie Report:
    “Adults who deliberately harm, neglect or exploit the vulnerability of children often go to great lengths to conceal their behaviour.”

    “But the greatest failure rests with the senior managers and members of the organisations concerned whose responsibility it was to ensure that the services they provided to children such as Victoria were properly financed, staffed and able to deliver good quality services to children and families.”

    “Those in senior positions carried, on behalf of us all, the responsibility for the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of the services delivered. They must be accountable for what happened. That is why their posts exist.”

    “Alas far too often that simple and easily understood fact was either not understood or not accepted by those in these top positions.”

    “Too often they attempted to distance themselves from matters of service delivery. Too often they claimed to be ignorant about what happened at the front door.”

    “Too often they attempted to justify their position in terms of bureaucratic activity rather than in outcomes for children.”

    “No longer should it be possible for senior staff to make a defence for service failure out of what often seemed to be inward looking and self serving procedures.”

    Why is nobody in this island responsible for these events?

    To date you’ve named the following civil servants:
    Mike Pollard,
    Marnie Baudain,
    Tom McKweon,
    Bill Ogley.

    Anybody else joining the role of honour?

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  2. Anonymous

    Stuart

    How strange the reaction your poignant and humbling Christmas speech extracted from your fellow politicians. I too was under the misapprehension that we lived in a democracy, silly me. Clearly freedom of speech is reserved for the chosen few who hold the power.

    I noticed when the Dean of Jersey expressed similar sentiments, once the gross inadequacies of our political system and corrupt civil service to protect the most vulnerable of society had been exposed to the world media, he suffered no such barracking or shouting down from Messrs Walker, Le Main and Troy. Neither did Bally Phil turn of his Mike. He must be one of the favoured few.

    I am sorry that you feel you have to give up politics, without the voice of dissent within the corridors of power, what hope have we got? We will have no champion.

    What thoughts have you about how we get out of this awful mess we’re in?

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  3. Anonymous

    Stuart

    “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”

    George Orwell

    Come the revolution. Time to tell the truth Jersey

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  4. Anonymous

    Stuart,

    It really is time your blog is featured daily in the world media. Apart from the serious content your humour in adversity is excellent.
    The Government of the States of Jersey are not only a disgrace to the Western World but also a disgrace to humankind. How can these so called elected and more importantly by Royal Consent representatives of your beautiful island continue to govern when their behaviour is more endemic to the playground of five yr olds (we don”t like you anymore because your saying things about us and we may get into trouble if you don’t shut up ). It really is time that Jack Straw stepped in and reliquished the Bailiff for not only his unprofessional attitude towards an elected member who was making his tradional speech but also because he seems to show no care and concerns even less for the good people of Jersey. The man is an absolute disgrace to your island, along with the many Senators whom seem to be in the pocket of Frank Walker and of course the funny hand shake brigade. What a sad reflection on human kind when a Xmas Dinner and booze up was more important than listening to the Father of the House, apart from being disrespectful to you and the content of your speach they failed to allow you to continue with a statement which came not only from your heart and soul but emphasied how much you actually care about the serious issues of child abuse, be it physical, mental or sexual and the need for these sad events be given recognition by the elected Senators. How dare they and how dare he, the so called bailiff who represents the queen behave in such an unprofessional manner.

    It really is time that the good people of Jersey have access to all the history, the reports, the evidence and have the right of redress. Unfortunately it seems no-one has any rights at all on your island, no human rights, no freedom of press, no freedom of speech because of reprisal.

    More importantly Stuart for the sake of the good people of Jersey do not stand down, Jersey needs people like you more than you will ever realise, you listen, you act, you represent those good people, who will do it in the months ahead when going is really tough.

    Sadly Stuart you just need to read some of the blogs to see what the up and coming candidates for your Government are up to. They like their parents are more interested in who has got what, which is better than the other because of which university they go to and course they also quite willingly discuss their booze culter, who is knocking off whom and they will be the future candidates for the States of Jersey. Do Not Give Up.

    In conclusion,on a lighter note, wouldn’t it be nice to be a Fly on the Wall in the States of Jersey clandestine meetings, even more fun when at night they must be tossing and turning wondering what on earth you are going to disclose next.

    You have got them on the run, in more ways than one no doubt.

    Isobel

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  5. Sigmund Fraud

    As I write through tears of pain and sadness for the victims you have talked about in your 2007 speech some of the remarks are incredible and show a great empathy for these youngsters.

    You sir have my deepest respects from a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of the state. “I too feel using the word care does not seem to fit.”

    You are one true and honest human being. You are one in a billion my friend, broken mould stuff, and you should be the leader of the whole United Kingdom.

    Obviously the Oligarchs won’t allow that to happen but I feel sure if you stood up against the current inwardly thinking shameful pigs of Jersey’s plutocracy you would win hands down Stuart.

    The rights of might will fall at the feet of the might of what is right. As the foot falls of fools tread upon the retched soul’s of the pained and anguished small face that once smiled now ashen with no conquer of age and despair lank lost spirits of nearly a dream ago as you say Ghosts of the child within in a glance, a movement or a word.

    Projected flashbacks of red hot pain searing, marking us as victims, children who enter the adult world sometimes decades ahead of what is natural, child’s play a forgotten story, a myth or legend, something you used to do when times were good at home before your mum died of cancer.

    Rotten to the core that’s what this is no less then rotten stinking vileness unparalleled in even the worst cases of Institutional abuse within the careless system.

    Well done sir you are a gentleman and any country should be proud that they have an MP such as yourself unless that country has something to hide that is.

    Keep it up son!!!

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  6. Anonymous

    On the turning away From the pale and downtrodden And the words they say Which we wont understand
    Dont accept that whats happening
    Is just a case of others suffering
    Or youll find that youre joining in
    The turning away

    Its a sin that somehow Light is changing to shadow And casting its shroud Over all we have known Unaware how the ranks have grown Driven on by a heart of stone We could find that were all alone In the dream of the proud

    On the wings of the night As the daytime is stirring Where the speechless unite In a silent accord

    Using words you will find are strange And mesmerized as they light the flame Feel the new wind of change On the wings of the night

    No more turning away From the weak and the weary No more turning away
    From the coldness inside Just a world that we all must share Its not enough just to stand and stare
    Is it only a dream that therell be
    No more turning away?

    Pink Floyed

    “The wall”

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  7. Anonymous

    Please edit Stuart it was Momentary lapse of reason not the wall. oops big know know they are my all time fav’s

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  8. Anonymous

    “There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known”

    Jesus

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  9. Anonymous

    Hi Stuart.

    What a wonderful and powerful speech by a very brave man and the people who stand behind you. When you talk of children being let down by the powers of Jersey, it speaks also of the victims all across the UK.
    Same old stuff ‘They owed us a duty of care’ none of us got that care whilst in the system.

    We have been fighting for years to get MP’s to stand up and have the courage to do what you have just done, but none of them have the balls to do it incase they loose their jobs and the money that comes with it.

    We are pushed away withy a shitty stick like we are filth and we were the ones to blame for being ‘Naughty Boys’.

    Many of us ended in prison in later lives, we didn’t want to be there, but we fought back against the system, and it was the system that made us what we are today. We know fight back in ‘Packs’ like wild wolves for justice, one of us falls and the rst of us picks him/her up again. We will win in the end. Many of us have lost dear friends on this long road who have taken their own lives because of the shame and guilt that they carried, but we carry that burden on our shoulders for them now, they will not be forgotten.

    We need an Mp in the UK to stand and fight for us, but that day will never come, we fight with letters everyday but are told the same old thing on every reply ‘Go see your own MP’.

    Its a Mafia type Government that we fight, they all stand together and we can’t break down that wall, if we can get just one brick out of that wall, the wall should start to fall. In all our local elections now, not one of them has said ‘We will fight for justice to help the victims of Historical abuse’.

    We will never be hushed up, we will scream for years until this is sorted out.

    Well done Stuart

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  10. Benjamin Langlois

    Stuart,

    I just thought I would mention (to both you and your readers) that an excerpt from your speech is available in audio version here (on the BBC website).

    Sorry if you have already mentioned this in your post, I have not had time to read it in full yet.

    Benjamin Langlois (The State of Jersey)

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  11. Anonymous

    I think thee do protest too much Mr Walker furthermore being fist to do so, the auto cloud of suspicion makes its mark.

    20 seconds of Senator Syvret an that was it the head of the Oligarchs pounced like a stealth fighter, straight for the throat of the father of the house.

    Yet agreeing with what the father was saying and even putting their own bit of self righteous bollocks in, just enough to add minimal camouflage for their own arses, as it was being recorded.

    And the word is Diatribe Mr Walker you brainless twonk. No wonder you need spin doctors.

    Keep it up Stuart the respect in its truest and most pure form is building around you and this blog

    Good luck and send all the victims and survivors our best wishes and profound sorrow. They are in the thoughts of many a true Britain.

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  12. Stuart Syvret

    From Stuart Syvret.

    Re: the audio of the episode and the interventions by Jersey oligarchy members.

    Although Big Frank was one of those who interjected to stop me from speaking, I think the reference you’re making is to one Terry Le Main.

    It was he who said “diatrade” – or something like that.

    But still – Walker, Vibert, Le main, Troy – they all interjected in an effort to stop me from speaking.

    And all were supported by “Sir” Philip Bailhache – a man with less intelligence and grasp of democracy and ethics than G Dubya B.

    Stuart

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  13. Anonymous

    I apologise Stuart for getting that wrong but its had to tell from a radio broadcast and the y do indeed sound similar. As well as acting with a Borg like synchronicity.

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  14. Anonymous

    I have worked and researched in this field longer than anyone involved in the ongoing investigation. Even though Lenny Harper is portrayed as a good policeman I am sad to say that the key – the abused – will not be properly understood and so the inevitable ACPO-lead investigation is doomed to only 60% success. The ‘grey suits and skirts’ will get away with it. Frankly, I feel the important issue is therapy for the abused; and there are few that understand such a complex psychopathology. So beware of the professionals who jumped on the child abuse gravy train a few years ago.

    Stuart, your journey is only just beginning – good luck:) … and watch your back.

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  15. Pete Saunders

    “Well done Stuart” sounds wholly inadequate, even hollow, but it is meant with conviction. And yes, do watch your back. People who hurt children are cowardly but dangerous. We run the UK’s only national charity dedicated to supporting adults abused in childhood. see http://www.napac.org.uk. We are a team of about 50 people (virtually all volunteers) and we run a free phone support line, email and letter answering service.We can barely keep up with demand but we have a good website and there are links to forums that may be a source of help for survivors. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to assist you.
    Very best wishes
    Pete Saunders. Chief Executive. National Association for People Abused in Childhood.Registered charity 1069802.www.napac.org.uk. Freephone Support Line 0800 085 3330. Office 0207 378 6122
    peter@napac.org.uk

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  16. Sigmund Fraud

    Good to see you here peter, Stuart is a very brave man and all the help can only be a good thing, Keep it up stuart and I know it must be hard on you however I can’t think of a more worthwhile endevour than stamping out this abuse.

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  17. Sandor Ferenczi

    If you write letters, make noise, and draw attention to how child abusers continually get away with abusing children (past, present and future), the less possible it can be for abusers to continue to abuse. The authorities in Jersey and the UK need to be shaken to their very core – otherwise people who habitually abuse children RIGHT NOW have nothing at all to fear.

    The most terrible face of society is composed of officials who tag along with child abusers, who refuse to open their eyes to what nice respectable people do to children. Like them, they dress in nice suits. Like them, they maintain positions of respect. Like them, their God is power for its own sake.

    People who do not pursue abusers in order to bring them to justice quietly perpetuate further abuse. In this situation in Jersey, there is just such compliance. Power which feeds on weak, defenceless children is real. It is awkward and shameful, but very, very real.

    Those abusers who have very little chance of being brought to justice will continue to thrive on the collective need for respectability that they and their colleagues all share. It’s their favourite place to hide. They will wait for everything to die down. They will arrange for one or two scapegoats to take the wrap, whilst the true ringleaders go free.

    It is assumed that most of us would prefer not to look into this, the most ugly face of human behaviour. But when the price of NOT looking is more pain and torture for children and the adults they become, facing ugliness by bringing abusers to justice is a natural consequence of being human. But here, I mean the sort of human that doesn’t need power over the weak in order to prove itself. The sort of human like Stuart Syvret who serves by serving justice upon the afflicted, who defends the balance of wrong and right. Who actually believes in his very heart that all children deserve to live their entire childhoods in a state of safety and wellbeing.

    Therefore, this battle is not for the faint hearted. It is not for the faint hearted to listen to survivors of child abuse. It is not for the faint hearted to insist on bringing abusers to justice. It is not for the faint hearted to know these crimes in jersey are not exceptional, but part of a world-wide pattern of crime against children that has to be recognised for what it is.

    The ubiquitous pattern of quiet, respectable response to this crime is becoming more intolerable with each day that passes, because there really are only two sides:
    1 Those who tolerate and therefore quietly allow child abuse to go on unimpeded wherever it may.
    2 Those who cannot bear child abuse. They challenge abusers – whatever their connections and status.
    There is no middle way. You are on one side, or you are on the other.

    Please take action, however small, on the part of the abused of all ages living on the island of Jersey. Please contact the police, the parliament, the social services, the churches, the universities, the schools, and to each every public body that may ever doubt the importance of these crimes – especially as they are committed by some of society’s most ‘respectable’ smart suited members.

    It is unforgivable to abuse children – as unforgivable as it is not to pursue their abusers.

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  18. Anonymous

    I don’t know if you use all those long words to try to sound more intelligent than you are, but even if that isn’t your intention, they certainly make it sound as if you’re trying. If the effect was convincing at any stage, it was ruined by “I have met with siblings who’s mother died of cancer when they were little children.”

    Perhaps you should get someone to read over any future posts.

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