Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Serious Complaint (1).
4.4 The Deputy of St. Martin:
The Senator has recently overseen a serious complaint made against a senior civil servant, will the Minister inform Members whether the investigator into the complaint interviewed the former Police Chief Office and the Q.C. (Queen’s Counsel) who investigated the circumstances into the Police Chief’s suspension? If they were not interviewed, will he explain why?
Senator P.F.C. Ozouf:
I did discharge those functions because the Chief Minister asked me to and an independent investigator was appointed. He carried out the review. These are not matters which should be ventilated into the public domain. The Deputy of St. Martin made a number of allegations and they were not upheld but unfortunately he continues on this line of questioning in relation to various matters in relation to this. I looked at this issue and as far as I am concerned that matter, which I do not think it is appropriate that we talk about in the public domain, is now closed after a satisfactory independent review.
4.4.1 The Deputy of St. Martin:
I ask the question I asked be answered: were these 2 gentlemen interviewed?
Senator P.F.C. Ozouf:
No, and I do not believe it was relevant. The independent review was made. But they are not relevant, the Deputy continues to makes comments and casts aspersions on people and individuals and I hope that we have drawn a line under those issues in a way that we should have closure. We need to move on and stop attacking individuals who are discharging public office and have done so properly. [Approbation] This issue was basically thrown out.
This exchange raises a number of questions, firstly how is it that allegations made against our Former Chief Police Officer, Mr. Graham Power QPM, can not only be made public, but spread all over our "discredited" media, but a "serious complaint" made against a Senior Civil Servant remains secret and the media aren't interested?
It turns out that just like the BDO/ALTO REPORT, the "independent" external company commissioned to review Deputy Bob Hill's serious complaint against the Deputy Chief Executive Officer to the SOJ didn't even interview possibly the two most crucial witnesses, Mr. Brian Napier QC and Mr. Graham Power QPM. It appears they have reached their conclusions, but guess what? Deputy Bob Hill, nor anyone else is allowed to see this Report to find out how they came to their conclusions......without interviewing key witnesses!
In this in-depth and insightful interview with Deputy Bob Hill, we learn just how these Reports commissioned by our "powers that be" just take on a life, and Terms of Reference, of their own. For instance Graham Power QPM believes he is being interviewed by Brian Napier under one Terms of Reference, Mr. Napier believes he is interviewing Mr. Power under another Terms of Reference, and is under the impression that Mr. Power believes he is being interviewed under these new Terms of Reference and all that the majority of our Government can do is stamp their feet in approval. A complaint made against the Deputy Chief Executive Officer to the States, for the subsatantial role he played in all this, goes un-reported, we're not allowed to see it and we are expected to believe that everything is all above board and we have an open and transparent government.
On top of all this, the Deputy Chief Minister, Senator Phillip Ozouf, has sent out a clear message, if/when he becomes Chief Minister we are going to have much the same as we've got now....................