Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Interview with Reform Jersey's Senator-Elect Sam Mezec.

Senator-Elect Sam Mezec

Now that the dust has somewhat settled around the recent Jersey elections. VFC asked Senator-Elect Sam Mezec for his first, exclusive, in-depth, video recorded interview and kindly he agreed.

We wanted to ask Sam about his/Reform Jersey's campaign and how the negative,organised and funded smear campaign against his party had affected him and the party. What was the truth behind the nomination papers which saw two of Reform Jersey's Candidates being taken to court? What role did the "accredited" media play and what role did Social Media play during the election campaign and subsequently? Were the court cases accurately reported by the "accredited" media? The court cases deserve a Blog Posting of their very own and something we might return to.........If the MSM won't.

According to Senator-Elect Mezec at one stage the Solicitor General changed the whole case against them/their candidate overnight. Now where/when have we seen this happen before? Perhaps former Health Minister and whistleblower Stuart Syvret might have an idea? It sounds like the whole court business was a complete shambles but that's not how I recall the MSM reporting it. Indeed "shambles" is how it's described by Sam and something that could/should have been sorted out with a phone-call rather than the expense and intimidation of candidates.

We asked the question(s) that hasn't/haven't been asked by the MSM. Including; "is it really conceivable to believe that out of somewhere in the region of ninety six candidates only two (who just happen to be Reform Jersey candidates) of them made a mistake on the nomination papers? Did any other (establishment) candidate make any mistakes and get the phone-call from the parish to sort it out rather than a court summons?" I mean what are the chances/odds of that happening?

Further discussed in the interview below are subjects such as the Independent Election Observers who were overseeing our election process, fake news, MSM campaign against the threat (to the MSM) of Social Media, BBC bias and much more.............


  1. This is a very useful interview because I believed some of the nonsense published by the media and it's good to see responsible reporting by social media after the irresponsible reporting of the so called professional media. Sam Mezec is challenging the status quo and is not afraid of the establishment and that's why the media has turned against him. We've got plenty of examples where the media turn against those who try and hold power to account. Simply think of Syvret, Power, Harper, Pitman and the knives are out for Higgins. Keep up the good work Senator Mezec and don't let them bully you into silence.

    1. Jerry Gosselin1 June 2018 at 01:05

      What a load of nonsense you speak, Anonymous at 15.13 (or is it Sam?) - "challenging the status quo" and "the media has turned against him".

      He hasn't challenged anything of relevance to ordinary people. As for the media, they were copied in to correspondence I sent to Southern on 3rd April (carbon copies sent to 7 other States Members as well as ITV Channel TV) asking serious questions about why Southern (Deputy Chair of the Scrutiny Panel that examines Social Security) has said absolutely nothing for the past 3 years about Social Security unlawfully preventing sanctioned benefit claimants from getting their claims reopened at the earliest time that the law allowed them. I haven't received one response from any of those 8 States Members to that e-mail of 3rd April and Channel have ignored it. Why has a group of apparent Labour Party supporters like Mezec, Southern and Tadier sat silent for 3 years about very senior Social Security Department officers knowingly ignoring their own Regulations and then refusing to admit they did anything wrong in spite of a Royal Court judgment which conceded exactly that?

      Far from turning against Mezec, the media are helping him to cover up a very inconvenient scandal which proves how Jersey lawmakers have connived with their civil servant friends to cover up unlawful policies aimed at the very poorest.

      Now watch him and his cover-up goons vote Gorst back into government next week and lose whatever shred of credibility they might still have...

    2. I guess his credibility is still very much intact then Jerry.

  2. I don't doubt what Senator Mezec said in the interview however I do find it difficult to comprehend the fact that he only found out he was due in court from the JEP. If this is the case then we need our own Leveson Enquiry over here. Journalists being told about a court case before the accused are notified is a very worrying revelation.

    1. Well, I don't "find it difficult to comprehend the fact that he only found out he was due in court from the JEP."

      It is an evidenced and known fact to so many people in Jersey and beyond that what passes for a "judicial" system in Jersey is merely a criminal enterprise - in-and-of-itself.

      And several profound examples of, let's call it "a two-way-dependency" between Jersey's gangster "judiciary" and Jersey's gangster "media" - can be cited - by multiple witnesses - before any respectable court-of-law.

      And that train is a-coming.

      As it was always going to.

      Stuart Syvret

    2. Not that Stuart needs me to back him up, but didn't Le Marquand say publicly that he wanted the JEP to have a scoop before announcing something in the House?

      The Beano is not The Rag

    3. You have a good memory Beano! Indeed ILM did promise a scoop to the JEP rather than give the evidence to Scrutiny first. It was published HERE. Mentioned by former Deputy Trevor Pitman in the short interview.

    4. Which reminds me. I am attempting to secure a Guest Posting from former Deputy Trevor Pitman. Hope to hear/have something soon.

    5. That would be great. Looking forward to it!

  3. Well done VFC and Sam Mezec for a very open and honest interview which clarifies everything I felt about bias from the MSM towards Reform during the election campaign. Recollections of Trevor and Shona Pitman's treatment, and if I remember correctly reporters at the Five Oaks offices would not even speak to Trevor if he called up there. Clear bias indeed and we would have hoped that the MSM would have learnt lessons by now, but clearly not. On the basis of this I will now be saving myself £4.50 a week and also look forward to Sam's interaction on social media.

  4. Comment from yesterday reproduced off Póló's Jersey blog:

    "At 20:38, 23 May a comment asks the following, 'Does anyone know if Syvret reported nurse m to the Jersey police before he whistle blew on the case?'

    The answer is 'yes' Syvret did report the case to the Jersey police before whistleblowing on it. I have seen an email Syvret wrote in late 2007 addressed to Police Chief Power, Deputy Police Chief Lenny Harper, and Officer Alison Fossey. In it Syvret explicitly explained the nurs m case and asked that it be reopened as soon as resources permitted given the high demand which was on the Police at that time dealing with the decaders of child abuse coverup. According to the email Syvret also attached some pretty heavy evidence.

    Given the gravity of the pre existing nurse m coverup Syvret was reporting to the Police, having the case reinvestigated and re opened would have raised the most serious questions about the ability of Jersey's traditional ruling authorities to govern safely. It therefore seems a certainty that preventing the reopening of the nurse m case and the 1999 coverup thereof would have been one of the main motives of your junta in illegally suspending Police Chief Graham Power. "

  5. Main stream media vs Social media, especially blogs like VFC where we are provided with in depth honest journalism. I do not recall you ever being brought to task for promoting 'fake news' VFC which is a distinct comparison to all the local media outlets going back quite some time, and still continuing to do so.

    Says an awful lot really when you can quality in depth journalism on line, and nothing comparable from other sources. Keep up the good work VFC - this Island needs you.

  6. It's rediculous the JEP can't even get a correction correct. But as the JEP reflects the establishment agenda, it's not surprising. Well spoken Sam and well done for surviving the barrage of assaults thrown at Reform over the past 3 months... since it's inception really but especially in the run up to the election. I also want to say how gutted I am about Marilyn Carre standing down as Constable for St. Brelade following the intimidation of the court. She has excellent credentials and she would have been an excellent States Member as well as Constable. The fact that the Parish confirmed her nomination application as 'in order' makes the Parish of St. Brelade culpable in my view. I do hope the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association gave her a private interview to follow this up.

  7. Oh lets not forget!
    All the people who asked Reform Jersey candidates questions about their Manifesto only to be abused, ridiculed about their intelligence or blocked.
    When asked about tax rates on empty properties and higher social security contributions they did not have any answers. Reform Jersey were a useless disorganised ill informed political party but don't let that get in the way of another biased blog story.

  8. Well, I’m flabbergasted. I’ve just come from the royal court for the swearing in of the recently elected politicians, and, unbelievably the bailiff, who was presiding over these proceedings, gave a speech in which he offered guidance that was unashamedly political in nature to the politicians whom he had just sworn in about the forthcoming referendum to decide whether the bailiff, ie himself, should continue as speaker of the house as opposed to having an elected speaker. It was surreal. I nearly fell off my seat!

    1. A close second was watching the reform jersey candidates, under the direction of the bailiff, swearing to serve her majesty the queen! Now that was funny!

    2. The Chief Minister should, when elected, bring a proposition to remove the Bailiff from the States’ Chamber without reference to a referendum; the Bailiff, as the head of the judiciary, is wholly conflicted in the role and, in any event, is unsuitable give his overall attitude towards the administration of justice in Jersey. The sooner the Island gets rid of the Bailache - Birt - Bailache - Le Cocq legacy, the sooner it can begin operating as a modern, fair democracy rather than one based on a feudal model.

  9. Interesting that the JEP is now allowing truly racisist comments to stand , this was on the article about multicultural festivals two days ago.It should be remembered that under the Discrimination ( Jersey) Law 2016 that nationality includes being of Jersey origin ( art 16).

    Boy 2018
    If we have to decend in to this multicultural Jersey, there should be a stand representing Jersey people.

    Mariusz Le Feuvre Oh Boy 2018
    a day ago
    yep cant agree will be the one full of paedophiles ;)

  10. It has been clear that the Jersey Establishment have had an agenda to 'spike the guns' of Reform Jersey and as Sam pointed out in the interview this was done astonishingly in full view of the independent Commission - we await this report with interest and how it will be reported when published!! The court case saga, sadly aided by the MSM reporting cost Reform Jersey votes it must be said 'big time' which is why they did what they did, certainly cost Reform several seats and almost Sam and Montys.

    Something that appears to have been missed is the Chief Minister role currently contested by Gorst and Le Fondre. As I see it the Jersey Establishment have not forgiven Gorst for bringing the proposition last year to remove the Bailiff from the States and as such they (again with the assistance of the MSM) have tried to 'spike his guns' (remember the JEP brought ex editor Chris Bright out of retirement to do a one page 'demolition job' on him at the time!) to ensure he does not retain his position. Their worry being Gorst will move to remove the Bailiff and then move on the AG splitting his current farcical dual role - remember the COI report? Le Fondre on the other hand voted to retain the Bailiff and can be relied on not to 'rock the Establishment boat' for the next four years - this is who they want to take the top job. Gorst can then be shunted off out of the way to sort out the Brexit issue for the Island!!

    1. It has been said before but where Reform really fell down was in not having any recognisable faces to run alongside the three sitting members. This is a point that ties in nicely with your mention of a possible guest post (why not an interview?) with former Establishment bogey man, former Deputy Trevor Pitman. I would love to know why he has been so quiet. I would also like him to know that judging by my own circle thousands would like him back in Jersey politics.

  11. Today’s breaking news, Ian Gorst has the numbers to be elected tomorrow as Chief Minister, several members who had previously said they would support John Le Fondré have jumped ship, worried about his intention to appoint Constable Chris Taylor as Treasury Minister. So with the votes of the 5 Reform Jersey members promised to Gorst he will win by about 26 to 23. You read it here first before the MSM got the story!

    1. May I politely ask as to what is 'wrong' with Chris Taylor?

      The Beano is not the Rag

    2. I hope you did not wager any money on that one.

    3. Being first isn't as important as being correct. Less haste, more accuracy next time Mystic Meg.

  12. Watching documentary on Panorama last night re Jeremy Thorpe cover up reminds me of the cover ups we have here & like the Thorpe one how far up the ladder the conspirators are.

  13. Trev PItman was brilliant. A huge loss to local democracy. Be great to hear from the great man.

    1. The above would have been precisely what is needed at Home Affairs. Or better still as a new Justice Minister.

      He would likely have had the balls to get the Power and Syvret cases looked in to independently.

      Can't believe Le Fondre has given the incompetent witch Pinel Treasury.

  14. Deputy Mike Higgins asked a straight question yesterday about any deals with the potential CM and he was lied to.
    So I've lost faith in the new CM already.

    1. Yes, l totally agree. In answering the question, Le Fondré failed to mention the written deal he had made with reform Jersey. This was a blatant attempt to mislead by omission. Had people known that by voting for Le Fondré that they were signing up to a deal with reform Jersey they may well have voted the other way. So much for “openness” and “transparency”. I am really disappointed. What is wrong with just being honest?

    2. Agreed.
      Le Fondre should have come clean when Deputy Higgins asked him.
      What a poor start by a CM who says he wants better communications, only shows you cannot trust any of them.

  15. Interesting line up for nominated Ministers.

    External Relations - Senator Ian Gorst.

    Treasury and Resources - Deputy Susie Pinel

    Education - Senator Tracey Vallois

    Health & SS - Senator Sarah Ferguson

    Social Security - Deputy Judy Martin

    Infrastructure - Deputy Kevin Lewis

    Economic Development - Senator Lyndon Farnham

    Environment - Deputy John Young

    Housing - Senator Sam Mezec

    Home Affairs - Constable Len Norman

  16. Interesting. 5 of them voted for Sen Gorst as CM. Sen Farnham must have been brilliant at Economic Development - he's the only minister to have retained a portfolio! Politically aware observers might spot that in general the spending departments have been assigned to long standing critics. The financially important (as some would see it) ministries - treasury, external affairs and EDD all the hands of old guard, Gorst supporters. If I were a CM wanting to keep tight control of the finances it is exactly what I would do. Strangle the spending departments financially whilst setting up the more progressive ministers to carry the can for being unable to deliver changes.

  17. Sorry Mark have to disagree,

    If Sarah Ferguson, Sam Mezec, Tracy Vallois and John Young all become ministers and as you say are progressive and some may notice have been critics of the departments they may now head ? Then good changes and management stand a far better chance of seeing the light of day due to changes at the top having these new Ministers installed.

    This is obviously supported by a new Chief Minister who has a wide experience of corporate scrutiny meaning accountability.

    Further more, with the head of the civil administration Charlie Parker being on record, stating that departments will follow and enact Government policy efficiently, let us all see which policies and changes come forward with this new look Government before we condemn them.

    Granted the last Government must be one of the worst on record.


  18. 'Granted the last Government must be one of the worst on record.


    How can you say that when the economy is one of the strongest in decades, or do you prefer FW and TLS back at the helm like it was a decade ago?


  19. Anonymous at 1.14.

    You have not done your homework. The economy is one of the strongest in decades you say.

    Please explain the £250 million borrowing plus up to £275 million States outside loan provision towards the projected new hospital. Jersey has never borrowed before in this generations memory and will soon be half a billion in debt ? Even the £110 million incinerator was purchased without borrowing. As was St Martins school and all other capital expensive projects in recent years.

    Ex Treasury Alan Maclean warned of much needed tax increases and Senator Sarah Ferguson recently asked in the states why with all the new people ( no immigration policy ) coming to Jersey the tax department has 10,000 - less - residents paying tax ?

    Parking and other charges, plus the cost of food are steadily rising so most lower and middle income families have less disposable income but the good news is that employment is not difficult to find on Jersey.

    Your turn to tell us how the economy is so strong using facts please.


    1. Think you should be sending all these questions directly to States Members unless States Members are on here in disguise...

    2. "unless States Members are on here in disguise..."

      Well someone must be coming up with soundbites like "the economy is one of the strongest in decades"

  20. Replies
    1. The Jersey Way in action. None of the media asking about the South Yorkshire Police Report which investigated Mr. Bonjour.

    2. Investigated for what?

    3. The information you seek (including the South Yorkshire Police report) is contained in the Jersey Independent Care Inquiry REPORT.

  21. Never a truer word was spoken. Indeed VFC, a prime example of the Jersey Way.

  22. To get back to the post topic. I am glad Sam scraped in. So what if it was in eighth place. What disappoints me is to see that even now for all the good aspects of him and Reform you never once hear him, or them speak out about the staggering corruption here. When has Sam spoken out about what was done to Graham Power? When has he spoken out about the legal abuse perptuated on the Pitmans? He is a Senator now he needs to step up and fulfil his potential.

    1. I would say that Sam Mezec lacks the experience he would need to tackle corruption in Jersey without being burned by the Establishment, acting in concert, to smear and criminalise. Reform is also somewhat compromised by the presence of Geoff Sourthern in its ranks. I would say that very few politicians would be willing to place their careers and reputations at risk by commenting on the degree of corruption that exists in Jersey’s public services: it is easier to turn a blind eye and pursue “positive politics” acting, much like the MSM do, to encourage the majority of the populus to maintain confidence in the individuals and institutions that purport to serve them.

      I think it is only when one of them truly get to suffer at the hands of the corrupt civil service and judiciary that the problem will become sufficiently apparent to them that they might wish to do something about it, by which time, they will have been bankrupted or smeared in the States’ Chamber for pursuing their own interests rather than those of their constituents.

      It is also noteworthy that the one individual that does appear to be pursuing the corruption line in the States’ Chamber also seems to be being quite selective in the cases he is prepared to refer to. There is plentiful irrefutable evidence of collusion between the civil service, the judiciary, the police, the police complaints authority, the financial services commission and the Attorney General to avoid publicity inquiries into systematic and persistent corruption. The MSM also overlook this as well, treading carefully not to offend their friends in government to ensure that advertising revenue, sources of news and their well-being are not unduly compromised.

    2. The States would have you believe that they spend a small fortune on advertising and communicating with their electorate but the local MSM see very little of this. The real money is in providing services like PR or Recruiting off island and consultancy etc. If you boiled it all down to local only media spend you would find it insufficient to pay for a good night out, never mind enough to turn a blind eye.

    3. Members of the States assembly are only Legislators and have no authority to interfere in Court Cases.

      So who keeps on suggesting this?

      Besides it looks even worse when suggested the States should break protocol and look into the cases involving ex States Members.

    4. Anonymous @ 11:53 your statement, above, concerning the limits of States’ Members’ powers shows why they are in fact largely irrelevant to the governance of the Island. The rule of law is routinely disapplied by the courts of Jersey if there is a prior interest that ought to be preferred. It is one of the reasons why the Bailiff does not want to be excluded from the States’ Chamber as he uses the position to disallow certain open discussions from taking place under cover of Parliamentary privilege.

  23. Sam Mezec, Stuart Syvret and Trevor Pitman are all intelligent and tallented politicians the difference between them is Sam seems to of learned by Stuarts and Trevors mistakes, which is to turn a blind eye to the corruption. More so now that he just scraped in this time. Give him time to find his feet as Senator. You never know he might even venture into the bad Jersey Way.

  24. Well done to The Bailiwick Express for reporting this. One step ahead of the rag as usual

    1. I have mixed feelings about The Bailiwick Express: on the one hand, it does appear to want to challenge the establishment in the news it publishes. However, it also publishes articles based on Royal Court judgements assuming that the true facts are being reported, and points of law have been properly considered. This is not always the case: judges are apt to manipulate both facts and law to reach their intended outcome, as we know.

    2. erm,the JEP also carried this both in print and online yesterday so not sure Bailiwick were ahead or just reacting to the same PR spin from the States as released to all media outlets in order to keep their massive communications unit busy (30 plus staff at last count). looks like Charlie Parker could be Jerseys biggest media business if he has his way?

    3. erm, Bailiwick were ahead, therefore the JEP obligated to follow.

  25. What is wrong with JERSEY and it's choice of heads of childrens services as another failure is flown in by Charlie Parker ?

    Today there is a very good chance that the court ruling may go in favour of family X the abused children sent to the UK who cannot live without being cared for . One has been sectioned. Jersey has officially offered £14 million, the claiments lawyers want over £200 million. Is the ex head of Childrens services Anton Skinner living off a juicy states pension if so why, after creating this mess through incompetence by himself and those that surrounded and protected him.

    Barry Faudemer, who is now head of enforcement at the Jersey Financial Services Commission, told the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry that Anton Skinner's failure to deal properly with allegations of abuse by Alan and Jane Maguire had been a missed opportunity to prevent further abuse.

    Speaking yesterday, Mr Faudemer, who worked for the States police from 1979 until 2007, said that he was 'saddened' by Mr Skinner's failure to deal with the Maguires and was 'deeply troubled by the fact that Mrs Maguire had just been moved sideways'.

    In his witness statement Mr Faudemer described Mr Skinner as 'incompetent', the inquiry heard.

    Ex Deputy Paul Le Claire.

    78. My immediate response was that we needed to call the police to take these children off their parents. The response we got from Mr Anton Skinner was that the police already knew of this case and that the ‘last thing’ the States wished to do was remove the children from their parents. This they said was the last option, when all else had failed.

    79. However it has recently come to light as a direct result of this Inquiry’s hearings that on previous occasions Mr Skinner had decided not to inform the police in relation to child abuse allegations because he believed, the Inquiry were told, that he believed it would cause more harm to the children for them to have to give evidence at trial. With this recent admission by Mr Skinner I urge the Inquiry to ascertain what the police knew about the X Children and the abuses at this time that they were suffering. These children were, I believe, the same children identified the guardian appointed to their care as some of the most seriously abused in the United Kingdom.

  26. All the assistant ministers have been named

  27. I think you will find that these children came under the care of Marnie Baudains for most of their lives

  28. Interesting, accurate but certainly not the full story. Why are executive directors or people like Ms Marnie Baudains Directorate Manager, Social Services (HSS)

    Employed and paid a high wage because they are supposed to be in charge of the good management and quality of service. They sit at the top of the department pyramid overlooking the care of vulnerable children. Anonymous @ 10.12 is correct but there are others involved.

    In any large organisation there are excellent people, and incompetents’ like children’s manager Anton Skinner. It was in 2008 that a report by Ms Thoburn cast doubts about the Jersey Child Protection Committee. On this committee sat individuals in charge of the protection of children and others who were frankly padding. States departments are well known for their love of endless useless meetings.

    The same child social service administration that Stuart Syvret stood up in the States assembly and called not fit for purpose.

    The truth I suspect is closer to the look the other way don’t rock the boat, also known as the “Jersey Way “ which also tarnishes all those at the top of the “ care for children debacle “ most of who are now retired on very high Jersey States pensions.

    The empowered but not effective Jersey Child Protection Committee 2008.

    Children 'failed by the system'


    The review, which is being chaired jointly by Jersey Child Protection Committee chairman Professor June Thoburn


    “Important information was not properly shared, action taken was not considered in the light of this information and any lack of action was not adequately challenged. ( By Managers or Directors, my note )

    From the view of the public, Stuart Syvret is correct and accurate.

    Mario Lundy, Marnie Baudains, Anton Skinner, Mr and Mrs Maguire and others do not come out of this sad episode in Jersey’s history as champions of the vulnerable child.

  29. Mario Lundy is retired and travelling, but at least he willingly attended the Jersey Care Inquiry and allowed himself to be cross examined.

    1. Mario Lundy was NOT “cross-examined.” The Inquiry basically had a non cross examination policy.

      Frances Oldham QC:

      "This is an inquiry: no individual or institution is on trial. This does not mean that the Inquiry will avoid making criticisms, but it does mean that there are no parties and no sides; no scoring of points. Every witness will have a valuable perspective. There will be no cross-examination of witnesses."

      Although the only witness to be officially cross-examined was former DCO/SIO Lenny Harper.

      The commenter could be forgiven for believing there was a cross-examination policy due to the inaccurate and (at best) sloppy “journalism” of (among others) ITV/CTV.

      Further - Mr. Lundy should not be seen as some kind of hero for giving evidence. He did not make a good account of himself and the Care Inquiry report was very critical of him.

      The only heroes to give evidence at the Care Inquiry were/are the Victims and Survivors.

  30. If I recall correctly VFC, the day Lundy gave evidence the public seats were filled with his 'supporters' from the Education Department and others. There were also some of his victims who had been in Les Chenes who rightly expressed outrage between themselves at some of the answers he gave in evidence. At the end of his evidence one man in particular stood up and criticised these victims and said they were 'rude'. I had no choice but to turn around and say 'they are not rude, but very angry, and if you came here expecting not to see angry victims of his, you should not have come at all'. Yes, he mustered his troops together, but that is not the actions of a hero. As you say quite rightly VFC, the heroes were his victims who had no-one there to support them on that day, but turned up to face him.

  31. In 2010 a serious case review was published into the eldest child Child BA, by this time Prof Thoburn had appointed an independent chairperson to head up and reform the child protection committee, Mike Taylor it was to him that Tim Hanson went and requested a SCR. This was the first independent ,professional SCR done in Jersey ,This review did not please the powers that be as the children service were heavily criticized. The report is in the public domain and was submitted to the care inquiry,

  32. sorry the previous posting refers to the excellent posting on Tony's Musings got the wrongg blog sorry

    1. An excellent, but very disturbing, Blog. It can be viewed HERE.

    2. "The Guardian is appointed to protect the interests of the children and the Minister has a duty under Article 19 to give due consideration to the Guardian’s views. The notice of a FEW HOURS given to the Guardian to make written representations was impossibly short and wholly inadequate.

      There seems to be no good reason why the Guardian and his legal adviser should not have been permitted to articulate their views to the Panel as they considered the different available options..."

    3. All good things come to those who wait.

  33. VFC,
    I note your recently reblogged press release on this:

    My, my, Jersey's Paedo-Troll was quick off the mark on that post.

    The current claim by the representatives of just two of Shenton and Perchard's "Family X" children is £238 million. The Health Minister has accepted that damages are appropriate and is currently offering £14.5 million.

    I wonder if the Paedo-Troll still says that nobody is interested in this?

    Or if he would rather bang on about the price of a prawn cocktail, like his mates at the JEP?

    1. The hidden costs of the Jersey Way just mount and mount

      It is truly frightening to try to add up the total cost.

      £50 million would look like a lower bound figure for the above + the CoI etc +the costs of silencing and even imprisoning opposition politicians.

      To this we can add the personal cost of corrupt courts, the hijack of the police force, generations of raped and beaten children, many, many ruined lives and suicides.

      One way or another these are all ultimately the result of the lack of separation of powers and an unfit political system.

      £26 million on a supposedly independent inquiry and nothing has changed.

      You are screwed for generations to come.

  34. Stuart Syvret has often quoted the old saying that the " train is coming down the track " he also has an uncanny habit of being correct.

    Is this £238 million cost of servicing the needs of family X before the Jersey royal court now the train ? Half the cost of a new hospital that Jersey cannot afford as it is wants to borrow £250 million which will entrap younger generations in payback plus interest.

    How about all the senior excecutive heads and directors of states departments who helped cause this, will they be taking a pension cut to help soften the cost should the royal court find in " Xs " favour. Where will Jersey credibility be when / if the UK papers pick this up ? In another words one giant " Jersey Way " mess which could have been avoided.

    Finally the Child Care Inquiry, should have been a judicial review not a please yourself chat stacked with defending lawyers. If the court does indeed find for family X then there will be no one held responsible as the tax payer again picks up the bill and the high pensions costs of the incompetent states executives and directors who will be laughing al the way to their well funded holiday homes.

    1. Earlier on this thread it was said "The hidden costs of the Jersey Way just mount and mount. It is truly frightening to try to add up the total cost. £50 million would look like a lower bound figure..."

      It is much more difficult to produce an upper bound figure of the hidden cost of the Jersey Way -even say just over the last 10 years.
      When you add it all up, £500 million looks quite possible, and with claims of £238 million for just one family, £500 million looks like it could be quite an underestimate!

      One guesses that this "Family X" foulup cost. will lie somewhere between the £238 million claimed and the £14.5 million offered. The Royal Court is presumably still a captured and politicised entity so I imagine that the award will be closer to the lower figure which reflects the UK care costs and probably no compensation or punitive damages. The judgement will be upsetting but interesting whichever way the Jersey authorities decide to play it.
      Does Family X have a UK legal channel if the Royal Court tries to stick to the Jersey Way?

      The legal costs of fighting the "Family X" foulup must already be well in excess of £1million (the "safe pairs of hands" of Ben Shenton & Jimmy Perchard spent in excess of £600,000)

      I'm guessing that the costs of silencing Syvret were between £1 & 2million

      The Jersey Way prefers it's victims to die young and penniless but times are changing.

      Changing slowly ….the £23million CoI into decades of covered up child abuse FAILED to find any evidence of cover up.

      All the evidenced cover ups look like cover ups to everyone except Eversheds
      ......who were the retained lawyers of Special Branch.

      This is not going to end well.

    2. ^ these costs are indeed frightening for a small island with a population of just 90k or so.

  35. A comment left on 23rd May 2018 says this, "At 20:38, 23 May a comment asks the following, 'Does anyone know if Syvret reported nurse m to the Jersey police before he whistle blew on the case?'

    "The answer is 'yes' Syvret did report the case to the Jersey police before whistleblowing on it. I have seen an email Syvret wrote in late 2007 addressed to Police Chief Power, Deputy Police Chief Lenny Harper, and Officer Alison Fossey. In it Syvret explicitly explained the nurs m case and asked that it be reopened as soon as resources permitted given the high demand which was on the Police at that time dealing with the decaders of child abuse coverup. According to the email Syvret also attached some pretty heavy evidence.

    "Given the gravity of the pre existing nurse m coverup Syvret was reporting to the Police, having the case reinvestigated and re opened would have raised the most serious questions about the ability of Jersey's traditional ruling authorities to govern safely. It therefore seems a certainty that preventing the reopening of the nurse m case and the 1999 coverup thereof would have been one of the main motives of your junta in illegally suspending Police Chief Graham Power. "

    It has taken 20 years to expose the most awful cover-up of unlawful killings in Gosport Hospital.

    Take note now, the national fall-out from this scandal is going to be vast.

    The Guardian article says, "The report, led by the former bishop of Liverpool James Jones, who ran the Hillsborough inquiry, said the home secretary, attorney general and Hampshire police should all “recognise the significance” of the review findings. It looked at 1,500 deaths at the hospital and found that 456 followed inappropriate administration of opioid drugs and a possible 200 more patients had their lives shortened."

    There was a phrase used in the 1999 cover-up of Nurse M and the suspicion he had unlawfully killed people in the Jersey Hospital. A police officer who was involved in the 1999 investigation of Nurse M wrote that he may have "brought about the premature deaths (sic) of patients albeit patients who were in any event (sic) terminally ill."

    A comment under this blog offered the following judgment, "Far from being a 'good idea', siding with nurse m and using the case to go after Syvret was possibly the dumbest move in the whole collapse."

    I believe Mr Syvret uses an expression referring to the inevitable and unavoidable when he says 'there's a train coming down the tracks' or words to that effect.


  36. Another saying Mr Syvret has used in the past is: This is only the end of the beginning. Maybe he will soon be saying: This now the beginning of the end?!

  37. That is the realistic way in which 'The-Jersey-Situation' must be viewed: "Jersey's 30 year war".

    That is what we are fighting. A war against an undisguised mafia; a war to secure the real and effective rule-of-law in Jersey.

    The so-called "public-inquiry" into decades of child-abuse on Jersey was, beyond peradventure, the most corrupt public-inquiry in modern British history. It is a further tragedy for the survivors, whistle-blowers and present and future vulnerable children that the Jersey polity and the island's media has fostered zero debate on the many terminal ultra vires facets of the CoI.

    What should have been a fully functioning statutory public-inquiry was instead "captured" - and run as a piece of theatre - designed by spin-doctors - and acted-out in a performance of shop-front fakery by the three terminally conflicted law-firms - Appleby Global, Eversheds, & The Ogier Group.

    Once again, victims have been put-through-the-mill - used, effectively - by an establishment which needed them, so as to appear to be "Doing-Something!" when, in truth, the process was fake from the get-go - with zero chance of delivering the full truth and real justice - and the necessary real changes to "The-Jersey-Way".

    To anyone who doubts that - just take a look at what real, meaningful changes have occurred post-CoI.

    Where have been the mass-sackings? Where have been the legal sequestrations of the pensions and pay-offs of the dozens of starkly and foully culpable civil-servants, with the money being re-directed to survivors? Where have been the many detailed - profoundly serious - States debates on all of the implications and ramifications of the evidence - deliberately limited and restricted though that evidence was - which emerged in the course of the CoI? The Jersey parliament - in response to the greatest crisis and collapse of the Jersey polity in the island's history - have held one - count-em - one full debate. And even that was held at the direction of spin-doctors - ludicrously rushed through in the few days after the publication of the CoI report - before people had a realistic chance to read, assimilate and speak about the material and make representations to their politicians.

    And most significantly - where have been the many, many prosecutions which should now be conducted in light of evidence emerged?

    Prosecutions for child abuse. And dozens and dozens of prosecutions for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, perverting the course of justice, and misconduct in public office?

    There are, frankly, hundreds of stark, prima facie and unambiguous criminal offences apparent in the material generated by the CoI. Not that one would ever know that by reading the report of the CoI. Let me cite only one example: at least one witness recounts how they destroyed evidence - destroyed the records and data of the children who had been victims of Les Chene / Greenfields - on the orders of their senior managers - once it became known that the Health & Social Services Minister (me) was investigating the abuse those children had suffered.

    The people who ordered that destruction of evidence are criminals.

    Conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, perverting the course of justice, misconduct in public office, and offences against the Children (Jersey) Law 2002.

    Yet, what has changed, as a result of the CoI? Nothing meaningful.

    If the CoI had been in the least little bit effective in cleaning-up The-Jersey-Way - those prosecutions would now be happening, because the Jersey establishment would have been left with no choice other than to prosecute.

    But - those prosecutions are going to happen one day.

    But not until we win the on-going war to secure the real rule-of-law in Jersey.

    A number of survivors are now of the view they’ve been cheated by the whole process. Sadly – they’re right. But they are also strong. The battle for justice - and thus real, reliable, protection for vulnerable children - goes on.

    Stuart Syvret

  38. The beginning of the end?

    1. "The beginning of the end?"
      That would be nice.

      If it is indeed a 30 year war (not including the previous 50+ years of 'war crimes'), then we are barely 1/3 way through so the end of the beginning looks more likely.

      The cranky house of cards is fit to fall and by rights the island should have been cleansed and restructured within a year or two.
      However the protocol used by quasi-democratic cabals in these situations is to deny and delay and prevaricate until the abusers and their enablers have retired, moved on or died -by which time they will have long been referring to it as "historic"

      Keeping the house of cards upright is eye wateringly expensive as the only thing which delays the inevitable is lawyer-goo and spin-doctor-spittle.

      It is a train crash in ultra slow motion

      The Jersey cabal will pay any price and more.
      The cost does not matter because they have used, and will continue to use, *your money*.

      How long before middle jersey wakes up and rediscovers it's conscience and backbone?

    2. This child abuse cancer should have been treated and cut out immediately when it was discovered by the Health Minister and the uncorrupt Police leadership.
      With the sacking and imprisonment of the Health Minister and the hijack of the policing function this is going to be far more painful, damaging and expensive than was necessary.

      Incompetence in child protection leads to massive costs.
      As we have seen in the Family X case, compounding that incompetence leads to the costs exploding out of control.

      Does anyone have confidence in the new states and chief minister?

    3. "It is a train crash in ultra slow motion"

      You can say that again.

  39. Its totally unacceptable the way Stuart Syvret has been bullied, over the last decade. Can Charlie Parker's Gang of Angles not look into this?

  40. I have long thought that the COI funked the main issues and was incompetent to boot - failing to pursue the reason for the sacking of Graham Power and incompetently identifying Person 737 and letting Mick Gradwell off the hook for not booking him.

    The only real benefit of the Inquiry is the evidence it revealed, though it could have revealed more if it had been prepared to give some other people the Lenny Harper treatment.

    Unfortunately the evidence is now just sitting there and will continue to do so until someone takes it up and runs with it.

    I wouldn't be waiting for the JEP or BBC. Anyone else out there?

    1. The Bailiwick Express?