Tuesday, 28 April 2009
To cut a long story short Deputy Ann Pryke got the job. The question is did she get the job because she has the experience and strength to bring some kind of order to the shambles the health service is in, or did she get the job because she does what she is told by the Council of Ministers and will be easily manipulated by Mike Pollard?
Cast your mind back to the CTV live interview with Senator Jimmy Perchard when he said he would apologise to Senator Syvret and would love to talk to Mrs. “GARCIA” about the tragedy of her son’s suicide in order to get a better understanding of suicide.
Unfortunately the good Senator delivered on neither and after resigning from his post as Health Minister a couple of weeks ago, put himself forward as a candidate today. This is after a huge public outcry for his removal after it had become apparent that he was insincere, lied to the States, used foul language in the States and it was proven, when he held the position of Assistant Health Minister he actively encouraged another States member to take his own life. Depending on whom you believe he did the same, to the same States member that fateful morning in the States.
Senator Perchards position had become untenable as Minister for Health, some argue his position as a States member became untenable also but none of this deterred him from attempting to regain his post.
Now this does not happen often but I must pay tribute to our elected “representatives”, (well, all but 10 of them) who did not support Senator Perchard in his attempt on re-election. I can’t say if they gave the electorate what they did want, however it appears they knew what, or who, the public didn’t want and voted accordingly. So credit where it is due to all but 10 of our “representatives” and let’s hope they carry on voting in line with the public’s wishes.
In Senator Perchards defence I do believe he is remorseful for uttering those words to Senator Syvret. I do believe that day has, and will, torment him for a long time. I do believe he had passion and drive and was totally committed to his role as Health Minister. Unfortunately I don’t believe he is aware of the hurt he has caused to families who have experienced mental health issues or loved ones with mental health issues or families of suicide victims.
As Senator Perchard failed to contact Mrs. Gracia, who lost her son to suicide a little over 5 years ago, she took the opportunity to make herself known to him today outside the States, before the election, and I managed to catch it on film (below). Mrs. Gracia is a very humble lady who has been to hell and back and was traumatized by Senator Perchards comments to Senator Syvret, something she finds difficult to forgive him for, but is trying, because that is her nature.
Mrs. Gracia went into the States to watch the election, praying Senator Perchard would not be successful, all the time holding up a photo of the son she lost, for all to see. She held the photo up for a couple of hours and nothing was said. Then Senator (please sir!!) Phillip Ozouf walked into the chamber looked up at the public gallery and swiftly scribbled a note and got it handed to the Balliff. The Balliff promptly instructed Mrs. Gracia to either remove the photo, or remove herself from the gallery, nice one Phillip! She put the photo away but her prayers were answered.
Anyway here is the video of “The Day Jimmy met Jill”
Monday, 27 April 2009
Saturday, 25 April 2009
One of the main objectives of this march was to highlight the very hidden world of paedophilia and child abuse that is rife in society all over the world and to say the good people of Jersey are not going to rest until it is stamped out and the guilty are brought to justice.
I will leave this Blog short, naturally there are political and Police issues that seriously need addressing involving child abuse but I shall leave that for another day. Today is a day of recognition (not sympathy) of all abuse survivors and their families.
I took very little video footage and decided not to interview anybody as my primary purpose of being there today was to offer some support however small.
Dr Mark Forskitt, himself a Care Leaver, though I believe escaped abuse, kindly gave a speech in the Royal Square and I shall leave the last word to him.
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
On October the 21st 1996 up to 300,000 Belgian citizens took to the streets wearing white ribbons and arm bands as a symbol of hope which became known as “The White March”. It was not only a march for hope but also a silent peaceful protest against their governments handling of the of the Marc Dutroux case which bears many similarity’s, not only to the way our government has handled the child abuse scandal that has hit Jersey, but the way child abuse is handled by some governments across the world.
We would like the Jersey White March to be non political or critical of our government or police investigation. We believe it will be an opportunity to show abuse survivors and the rest of the world that the good people of Jersey do not condone abuse of any human being - child or otherwise.
Abuse survivors, across the globe, have had theirs and their family’s lives torn apart, wrecked, and destroyed, not only by the heinous abuse they have suffered at the hands of their abusers but the wall of silence that inevitably surrounds the taboo subject of paedophilia and child abuse.
This March has the support of the Care Leavers Association (CLA) and the Jersey Care Leavers Association (JCLA) Please give this march and all abuse survivors your support and show the world the good people of Jersey DO care.
We would ask if you are able to attend the march that you wear something white, a symbol of “hope”
If you are a Blogger and support abuse victims around the world, please copy and paste this onto your Blog until the day of the march SATURDAY 25th OF APRIL 2009 12.p.m
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
Local BBC Radio Jersey and the BBC in general come in for a bit of stick regarding their "Journalism". I would like to share with you a little bit of their "Journalism" at work.
Below is an interview with Senator Terry Le Main conducted by one Gwyn Garfield Bennett of the local BBC. This was on the day Senator Terry Le Main held on to his seat as Housing Minister, narrowly beating Senator Alan Breckon. Also the same day as Deputy James Reed was elected as Minister for Education Sport and Culture who was kind enough to allow me an interview here from what I can gather, the said reporter had waited outside the States building, all morning, to say to Senator Le Main "you must be pleased"
So effectively the BBC licence fee payer are paying a "Journalist" to wait outside a building all morning just to state the bl00dy obvious! This is the sort of shoddy, sloppy and downright laziness the BBC expect us to accept as "Journalism"
What I don't get is what was the point of paying a "Journalist" a mornings wages just for her to say "you must be pleased". What was she expecting him to say? "no i'm pretty gutted really, i'm incompedent, haven't got a clue what i'm doing and Senator Breckon would have been a much better Minister and I only put myself forward for the crack".
Unfortunately this is the sort of thing a lot of people have come to accept as "Journalism" over here. When in reality it is just a little bit of a soundbite that fills a little bit of air time and requires no research or preperation, in fact it could have been done over the phone in a matter of seconds.
Christ even the filthy Rag and CTV are starting to look a little bit like "Journalists" these days. If the BBC want to be taken seriously they are going to have to come up with a bit better than this. They are going to have to start giving the licence fee payer value for money and that also means stop sh1tting themselves when Senator Syvret phones up the phone in and cutting him off.
Thursday, 2 April 2009
Regular readers/viewers of VFC will be aware of my ongoing struggle, as a parent of 2 children in the States Education system, to find out if there is any truth in the allegations that a senior Civil Servant in the Education Department has been - or is - a suspect in the ongoing child abuse investigation.
I asked my "representative" Deputy Anne Dupre (who is also assistant education minister) to "represent" me and ask a question in the States of her Minister which would hopefully give me an answer as to whether or not the allegations were true. She told me "I can't go against my minister" although I wasn't asking her to go against him, I was merely asking her to "represent" me and help put my mind at ease. She refused to do this but said she would "have a word" with him and get back to me.
I was then forced to ask a Deputy of another Parish to ask my question which Deputy Montford Tadier did as you can see in previous posts. Needless to say Deputy Dupre didn't "get back to me" so I had to chase her up.
She first told me she is in "negotiations" with the said Civil Servant and will "get back to me", needless to say she didn't "get back to me" so I had to chase her up.
After chasing her up she told me she has written to the Attorney General on my behalf (without consulting me about what to put in the letter) and will get back to me. Needless to say she didn't "get back to me"
I have asked her what she put in the letter (on my behalf) to the AG. She has told me she has "been informed" that she can't tell me what was written in a letter on my behalf! I have "chased her up" asking who informed her and what were the reasons? and she still hasn't replied.
Let's put this into perspective I am asking whether or not a high ranking official in the Education Department is a suspect in a child abuse investigation. Deputy Anne Dupre, who according to her Manifesto is "Compassionate, Considerate and Caring won't go against her Minister? She might be the three C's but the three above don't even come close!
This woman, in my opinion, is more interested in protecting Civil Servants and the Oligarchy than "representing" any member of the public and wasted absolutely no time in "going native" as shown by her appalling voting record. And after writing this in her manifesto.
I am totally against GST on food and children's clothes. In 1973 the UK government introduced VAT, but food, children's clothes, books, newspapers and magazines were zero-rated or exempt. We normally follow the UK in a somewhat slavish way, but on this occasion, the States thought they knew best – how wrong they were! The majority of Islanders are against this tax as it affects every single person, from the young to the old. It affects the care homes, hospitals, nursing homes, nurseries etc. She votes AGAINST Deputy Labey's proposition of excluding GST from food.
I am still waiting to hear back from her as to who "informed" her that I am not allowed to see the letter she wrote to the AG on my behalf, and exactly why I am not allowed to see it. I have decided not to bother "chasing her up" with e-mails any longer as it appears fruitless. Instead I will be asking her on camera. I do not enjoy "sticking a camera" in anybody's face but after exhausting every other avenue it seems there is no other alternative.
Deputy Anne Dupre in my opinion is nothing more than an Olly Dolly and has been recruited as Lobby Fodder. I will ask her the relevant questions - on film - when I get the next opportunity until then, this is how willing she is to talk to Citizens Media and her Parishioners.