“THE JERSEY WAY”
In Action Once Again
In All Its Toxic Inglory.
Well – was that fun?
A reader asked if we can do another quiz – guess the identity of The Pinball Wizard. I think that’s a great idea – but don’t send in your suggestions just yet, I’ll do a dedicated blog on that most fascinating of topics.
What a knowledgeable set of readers I have. A big response – lot’s of very accurate hints – and the correct answer from a reader.
The identity of “The Two States Members” who were able to so readily persuade Jersey Attorney General William Bailhache into pulling the prosecution against a man who had admitted the offences against him – under oath – in court?
Not only are both ‘active politicians’ – both are involved in elections – right now.
Deputy Colin Egre of St. Peter.
Deputy Sarah Ferguson of St. Brelade.
These two Jersey politicians exhibited “The Jersey Way” – in a text-book example of all that is rotten, stagnant and corrupt in Jersey politics.
There may well be a number of people in Jersey who believe that there’s nothing wrong with “The Jersey Way” – as displayed in this – and many other similar cases.
They’ll agree with the bent cop who phoned me up last November – and spent 20 minutes trying to convince me that there was nothing at all wrong with a bit of graft.
‘Selling a bit of number plate data? Taking bribes from people in exchange for information? Using your policing position to obtain sexual ‘favours’?
‘Nah – nothing wrong with that. That’s The Jersey Way of doing things.’
‘A bit of you-scratch-my-back-I’ll-scratch-yours. It helps people to get along OK.’
‘These bloody “outsiders” – bringing their damn rules and bureaucracy to Jersey with them? They just don’t understand how we do things in Jersey.’
To any Jersey resident who is persuaded by such view – I say four words:
Jersey Child Abuse Disaster.
Just how were such atrocities able to happen – and remain unexposed – and unpunished – for decade after decade – after decade?
Could it be anything to do with the knee-jerk closing-of-ranks?
The nepotistic giving of improper support and protection to colleagues, constituents, family members and friends?
The abuse of power to help one’s own little clan?
The Culture of Concealment?
Yes – it is. The very culture of implacable mutual support, cover-up and privileged treatment – The Jersey Way – underpinned and enabled the Jersey Child Abuse Disaster.
And whilst the case of these two States members and the Attorney General – using their privileged positions to abandon charges against a man who had already admitted to committing the offences – in court and under oath – does not involve child protection issues – the underlying syndrome is the same.
We are already pretty familiar with Attorney General Bill Bailhache, and his various misfeasances. So let us, for the time being take a look at the two States members concerned.
Bill Bailhache deserves a dedicated post of his own in the near-future. Let’s face it – it was quite bad enough that two politicians should intercede in this manner – but far – far – worse that they were even entertained by the AG – let alone gain agreement from him.
Jersey’s elections are underway now, and both politicians are seeking re-election. But not only re-election to their present seats; each is seeking ‘promotion’ to higher positions.
Deputy Egre is seeking election to the position of Constable of St. Peter.
Deputy Ferguson is seeking election to the position of Senator.
And what are we, then, to make of these two candidatures?
Deputy Ferguson is seeking election on a platform of “high standards of performance”. “Efficiency”. “The application of proper standards of regulation and discipline”.
But the reality is that this Jersey politician will intervene in a quite extraordinary manner – to gain favourable treatment for a constituent of hers – who had plainly been engaging in criminal activity.
But this being Jersey – the complete disconnect between the spin, the public appearance – and the seedy reality is remarkable.
But it’s even worse in the case of Deputy Egre. The ancient post of parish Constable – to which he seeks election. – carries with it the leadership of the parish’s honorary police force. The parish constable still – to this day – is a seriously empowered police officer.
Yet this man – who would seek to become Constable of St. Peter – makes private interventions on behalf of his associates to Jersey’s Attorney General – in what was a successful attempt to prevent his acquaintance from facing justice.
Deputies Sarah Ferguson and Colin Egre – each seeking election to higher public office, but both doing so on a platform utterly incompatible with their day-to-day conduct.
You couldn’t make it up.