Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Senator Philip Bailhache Asks UK To Intervene?


It has been reported (in local State Media) that Senator Philip Bailhache is to ask the UK, including the Minister of Justice, Lord McNally to intervene after Jersey has been put on a "blacklist" by French President Francois Hollande for apparently being an uncooperative Tax Haven.
Philip Bailhache asking the UK to intervene? This is the same man (according to former Police Chief, Graham Power QPM) while Bailiff, along with his brother, William Bailhache, were looking into breaking ties with the UK altogether!
Regular readers will be aware that a document was leaked to the discredited, and disgraced, BBC which it subsequently BURIED. (Despite reporting on the prosecution case). The document was the interim defence case of the former Chief Police Officer and in it he wrote;


"where some notable figures favour an eventual severance of links with the U.K. and would see the ready acceptance of U.K. working practices as running counter to this agenda.   I recall that in 2007 I assisted a small working group which included, among others, the Bailiff Sir Philip Bailhache and the Attorney General William Bailhache. The purpose of the group was to prepare a draft contingency plan for complete independence. I submitted papers to the group on the implications for law enforcement, and used some contacts from my previous role to offer suggestions as to who outside of the island, could assist in developing such a plan. I provided contact details of key figures in the Scottish Government and Administration including the Scottish National Party. I recall that some of the advice and contacts I provided were in an email I sent, probably in July 2007.   This and other experiences reinforced my understanding that there was a tide flowing against closer association with the U.K, and a strong local agenda to develop working models and solutions within the island."(END)
But beside the apparent hypocrisy of Senator Bailhache, one has to ask, just what mandate does the UK really have to interfere with Jersey affairs? According to Lord McNally, the UK really has no business in Jersey affairs as we are apparently a self governing jurisdiction and has refused, on many occasion, to get involved, with what looks to be Jersey's corrupt and politicised judicial system.

Senator Bailhache is not the first island politician to request the intervention of the UK. Deputies Trevor, and Shona, Pitman have also called on Lord McNally to fulfil, the apparent, "obligation" of the UK to ensure good governance, and the Rule Of Law, in the Crown Dependency of Jersey in a Press Release HERE. Lord McNally/UK has refused to get involved claiming it doesn't have the remit. 
With that in mind, what remit does the UK have, to intervene between France and Jersey? Will Senator Bailhache (unlike Deputies Pitman) find a sympathetic ear in Lord McNally and what could that entail? How CAN the UK intervene? Will Lord McNally see the apparent hypocrisy of Senator Bailhache? One minute he's looking into independence from the UK and the next minute asking it for help. If it doesn't intervene will Senator Bailhache use this as another excuse for Jersey to break ties with the UK and go independent?

How can Lord McNally turn a blind eye to this lot (below) and then take Senator Bailhache seriously?


17 comments:

  1. Jon Gripton said on the radio he uses Graham Power's document as research when questioning TPTB. If this is the case why isn't he pulling Bailhache up over the hypocrisy?

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    1. You just asked an important question. Jon Gripton's excuse is not credible. As a man who pretends to be involved with journalism, he has no ethical grounds for the choices he's made and treatment he's not given, to that document. The Graham Power statement is a game-changer and everyone who cares knows it. If released from the mainstream media and analysed in a professional manner, the local BBC's entire reporting history on Haut de la Garenne would be in dire conflict, shambles really. BBC can't handle the truth and that's the truth.

      What does this have to do with Senator Bailhache and his criminal cronies in Jersey and beyond? Everything.

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  2. I'd like to know what Trevor Pitman Stuart Syvret and Mike Higgins think of Senator Bailhache's running off to the minister for justice in the UK since they all have been castigated for it!

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  3. I hope that the UK tells Bailhache to sod off and sort out his own mess. He is no friend of the UK government and expect that when they meet his pomposity and arrogance it gets up their noses. They might enjoy watching him grovel.

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    1. Sadly, I don't think he is a friend of Jersey, either as he doesn't seem to get that his meddling gets people's backs up.

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  4. Being on a French blacklist is of little day to day consequence to Jersey's finance industry. As we are frequently told, the finance industry has very few French clients and the concept of a trust is alien to the French legal system.

    There are however a number of wealthy Jersey residents with second homes in France who, right now, would be subject to 75% tax on any profit if the property were sold. As they say en France....va comprendre!

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    1. If finance have few French clients, why do BNP (Banque Nationale de Paris the last time I heard) have two sizeable offices in St Helier, including a trust division?

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    2. Probably to service a diverse range of international corporate clients, as per their website

      http://www.bnpparibas.je/en/corporate_institutional_services/our_offer.asp

      You didn't bite at the "second homes of rich Jersey residents" issue, so I'll give you another go...

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  5. Good work linking the lack of intervention on Pitmangate with the plea for intervention on Blacklistgate.

    10/10, keep up the good work!

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  6. I bet Mr Bailhache will not be getting a knock back letter from the crown dependencies team.

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  7. Has he gone with the intention of having a quite private chat, so he can explain the misunderstanding in the Jersey sort of Way :-)

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  8. Of course Sir Philip Bailhache should raise this with the UK because of the amount of business the UK gets from Jersey Finance and the Agreements the Island has agreed with the UK to put in place in order to fight tax evasion.
    This is another Blog post I fail to see a story in.

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  9. At the heart of this is a delay in providing information under a TIEA. Given the not so subtle response of the French, and the predictable attempt to play it down by the usual suspects in Jersey, you can bet your bottom euro that the sums involved are enormous. Probably some French billionaire, or a major French multi-national. Whatever the circumstances, the ramifications are likely to be significant. This is hardly likely to be about Mme Bertillon squirrelling away 10,000 Euros at the BNP in St Helier.

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  10. Jersey would be the last place a French billionaire would use.
    If you follow the news they are shooting off to Russia.

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  11. On page 4 of the JEP today 4th Sept 2013, French tax expert Virginie Deflassieux of accountants BDO in Guernsey is reported as saying that "Islanders could face punitive capital gains tax of as much as 90.5% and other harsh taxes if they sold their homes while the Island was still blacklisted"

    There is also the prospect of "yo-yoing" on and off the list each year, dependent on the response to any request for tax information made by the French authorities.

    It's a clever move by the French. Hit the Jersey establishment in the wallet. Zut alors, they don't like it up 'em, do they?

    Funny how we have to rely on a Guernsey accountant to be told the truth, eh?

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    1. That would never be passed by the EU.
      Ever heard of the word 'scaremongering'?

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