Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Statement of Former Deputy Chief Police Officer Lenny Harper.


Former DCO Lenny Harper.


"With the report of the Committee of Inquiry being delivered on 3rd July I have over the past few weeks been contacted by various media outlets in the United Kingdom and Jersey. Each of them has asked if I would be willing to speak to them when the report is delivered.

Whilst none of us know what will be contained within the report, I feel more confident in being able to predict the different ways in which the contents will be dealt with by media in the UK and the local media in Jersey.

Jersey’s media, and admittedly some have been worse than others, have continually sought to protect the image of the Jersey establishment to the detriment of the abuse survivors. There have been many ways in which they have sought to do this. One of the most used tactics has been to discredit anyone who was seen to be acting in the best interests of the abuse victims and survivors. By smearing and attempting to discredit myself and others, vested interests have ignored and trivialised the sufferings of the abused.

I find it inconceivable that the horrific abuse suffered by children through the decades in Jersey could have been covered up, both pre and post Operation Rectangle without at least the tacit complicity of the main stream media in Jersey. 

I have witnessed at firsthand how actions of mine have been deliberately misrepresented and how evidence which did not suit the agenda of the Jersey media has been ignored, twisted, or just plain perverted. Only through the blogs of Voice For Children, Rico Sorda, Stuart Syvret, and other public journalists has the truth emerged. There are numerous examples of this but I will mention only a few.

Despite all the evidence to the contrary, and in denial of the facts, the Jersey media still insist on referring to the coconut myth. Evidence that the item concerned was never conclusively identified as a coconut and indeed, was even found to contain collagen, (only found in mammals) has been ignored. The evidence of a respected Professor who stated that the bones found had been burnt and buried whilst fresh and fleshed has been totally ignored. Even a few weeks ago a media source in Jersey was asking me about this nonsense.

The fiasco of the BDO Alto report was a stunning example of how the establishment went to great lengths to deflect from the abuse and the evidence of the survivors by discrediting myself and others. The Scrutiny Report was scathing in its condemnation of the behaviour of the Jersey media, elements of the States, and of course Mr Gradwell and Mr Warcup. What happened to the Chair of that Scrutiny Panel, Trevor Pitman, was intended by the Jersey establishment to be a stark lesson to all who dare to challenge their version of history on behalf of the abused.

More recently we have had the desperate attempts to discredit me and by extension the abuse survivors by the efforts to somehow link me to the criticism by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (Operation Belfong) of the States of Jersey Police in its failings regarding Data Protection issues and much more from 2009 onwards. This despite me leaving the force in 2008 and being told by the PSNI that I did not feature in its investigation, which is why they declined my invitation to be interviewed as part of that investigation.

It was perhaps an unfortunate “oversight” that the Inquiry Terms of Reference did not include how the Jersey mainstream media was able to manipulate public opinion to try and turn it against the survivors and those acting on their behalf.

For all of these reasons and more, I have decided before knowing what is contained in the report, and no matter what is, that I will not be speaking to the mainstream media in Jersey. Should the public journalists that I have mentioned above wish to speak to me I will of course agree to do so. I will also be happy to speak to United Kingdom media sources.

Lenny Harper

24th June 2017"

92 comments:

  1. well said Lenny, absolutely hit the spot, could not agree more, don't forget the bones !! When reading the testimony of certain witnesses such as FW,BO,AL,they state that "no remains were found". Now correct me if I am wrong but my understanding was that the bones and teeth found were insufficient to mount a murder inquiry. That you had a "potential" murder scene but never a murder inquiry yet AL in his testimony keeps referring to the murder inquiry so this is in 2016 and he still misses the point .If incorrect information keeps being repeated then magically it becomes fact.
    The local media don't deserve the story, they are part of the story and not a good part, they need a few coconuts thrown at them!

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  2. BBC Jersey and the JEP have definitely turned a corner regarding their reporting.. They have done some good pieces but back in the dark days of 2008 and beyond it was abysmal.. Those days can't be forgotten. Who can forget the Rankin induced garbage coming out of CTV. Truly shocking. Sucking up to, and letting that so called top Cop Gradweĺl spurt his sh.the like a muck spreader.. We could go on and on.

    I have faith that BBC Jersey and the JEP will report this fairly and without bias.
    We will find out next week.

    The Blogs have led the way..

    The right decision Lenny.


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  3. BBC Jersey and the JEP have definitely turned a corner regarding their reporting.. They have done some good pieces but back in the dark days of 2008 and beyond it was abysmal.. Those days can't be forgotten. Who can forget the Rankin induced garbage coming out of CTV. Truly shocking. Sucking up to, and letting that so called top Cop Gradweĺl spurt his sh.the like a muck spreader.. We could go on and on.

    I have faith that BBC Jersey and the JEP will report this fairly and without bias.
    We will find out next week.

    The Blogs have led the way..

    The right decision Lenny.


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    1. You did some great work on your "Hollywood Harper" posts Rico which exposed the local MSM (of the day) agenda. It was all about discrediting Lenny on how much he spent on a prawn cocktail and ignoring the abuse that occurred.

      Back in November 2011 former (possibly illegally suspended) Chief Police Officer Graham Power QPM wrote"

      "The attempts to divert this debate into discussions concerning the trivia of expense claims, is a scandal of which all involved should be thoroughly ashamed." Published HERE.

      Never a truer word spoken.

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  4. It will certainly be interesting to see MSM reaction to the Report irrespective of what is in it. As far as the Jersey MSM are concerned we have seen them attempting to get their ducks in order from a while back.

    The publicly available witness material would allow a person to construct any scenario of choice by selective quotation. For instance Lenny Harper does not come well out of the testimony of Fossey, Cornelisson and Bailhache.

    What seems to be ignored in all the criticism is that the impossibility of knowing who they could trust left Harper and Power in a very isolated position. If they were to get anything done they were going to have to go at it bull headed and criticism regarding their lack of compliance with existing bureaucratic procedures misses the point.

    People who, over the years, were not in the least concerned with bringing the criminals to justice were now suddenly preoccupied with the risk of abuse of process.

    I am reminded of the film "In the Heat of the Night" which is the nearest I have ever come to what must have been the feelings of those two officers.

    Again my litmus test: did Gradwell interview 737 under caution as a suspect. If so, what was the result? If not, why not? It was on his task sheet for the period just following Power's suspension. This is not the first time I have mentioned it and nobody has taken it up despite my reproducing the entry online from the documentation provided by the Inquiry.

    Interesting times.

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    1. Thank you Polo. You're litmus tests are always valid and reliable. You raise a very important point in regard to the outcome of Gradwell taking office and 737. I suspect the decision to interview or not to interview wasn't taken by Gradwell. And regardless of whether there was an interview or not, the outcome will always be 'move on. Nothing to see here.'

      There are similar 'dropped' cases- the son of _____ who was caught smuggling drugs. Charges dropped despite bringing in a quantity that would merit a heavy sentence. I recall (but it appears to have left the internet now) a speech by one of the Bailhache brothers- William I think. It was about the rule of law. In it, the brother mentioned how drug offences could expect a heavier sentence than comparable in the UK. Sorry. I digress.

      Another investigation to vanish from the radar was that of a nurse suspected of being linked to a series of suspicious hospital deaths but the investigation was mysteriously shelved despite corroborating empirical evidence and witness statements, and, an initial search of the nurse's property which found stashes of medicines stolen from the hospital, illegal drugs and fire-arms? Some sort of deadly weapon.

      So Polo, the 737 matter you refer to, why would it not go the same way when it all depends ultimately on whatever suits the Establishment at the time. Sad really. There clearly is no rule of law.

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  5. So pleased to see this statement from someone who the victims know was a hero to the survivors for his bravery with Graham Power in refusing to back down on dragging the conealed truth in to the light of the 21st century.

    I was also very pleased to see Mr Harper highlighting the establishment setting up of former Deputy Trevor Pitman and his wife Shona for his daring, not just to stand up against their own smearing by the JEP and a wealthy client, but doing so for the victims by screwing them in a kangaroo court.

    The Scrutiny investigation in to the joke of a BDO "investigation" in to the financial management of Operation Rectangle was the sort of thorough work that Scrutiny should be. Unfortunately the report remains something of a rarity of a toothless function nowadays. Scrutiny's investigation so what an unprofessional hatchet job was done by BDO not even interviewing Harper.

    I might be over-stepping the mark here but I believe that it only Voice and Rico Sorda managing to persuade Trevor Pitman to try and get this Scrutiny review up and running that led to official investigation of and damning condemnation of the local media smearing/distortion of Harper and Power's work.

    This bravery obviously cost Pitman and by default his equally outspoken wife dearly as we have seen. But it nevertheless must be said that for doing so Team Voice collectively deserve the hugest amounts of praise. You both persuaded a politician who was still in a position to undertake something of huge embarrassment to establishment, judicary and media to do it.

    Thank you.

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  6. Has this statement gone out nationally or is it just to the local media? If so I doubt they will use it given their treatment of Mr Harper. I do hope he does some national press interviews once the report comes out. A true man of the people.

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    1. As mentioned in his statement Lenny will be responding to national/international media.

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  7. Hope Lenny comes to Jersey to say his piece.

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  8. Yes ,I would love to see Harper and Power sitting in the public gallery on Thursday.I would like to shake there hand and buy them a drink,

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  9. VCF / Rico I thought you said you trusted BBC Jersey!

    Well I suggest you look at this evenings 6.30 BBC Channel Islands news - biased or what and the 'coconut' issue was also raised.

    Lenny you are right not to speak with the Jersey MSM.

    Dread to think how they will 'spin' the COI report.

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    1. Well they are bound to say that Health Minister Syvret refused to give evidence to the CoI.

      They won't mention that he was constructively excluded by the refusal of legal representation unless he signed their protocols first.

      They won't mention that the CoI failed to subpoena the Ex Health Minister (which would have overturned their decision to refuse him unconditional legal representation)

      How can a £23,000,000 CoI invalidate itself by failing to call him and other essential witnesses?
      Was it incompetence or a deliberate act?

      A first year student would not be that incompetent.

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    2. Nobody buys the legal representation argument anymore.
      Every ex States Member including Walker and Shenton had a duty to give evidence without fuss.

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    3. How right you are anonymous. I was dismayed at tonight's BBC coverage on the Inquiry Report. Indeed the coconut and bones were mentioned, but left it wide open to the viewer as to what that involved in truth. Furthermore why oh why do they base their reports around Haut de la Garenne when in fact the abuse happened in all States run facilities, even 'family' group homes. It was rife everywhere so the BBC must drop this fixation with Haut de la Garenne because it is wrong. Abuse was taking place everywhere.

      Very poor reporting BBC - let us hope it improves in the next week or so.

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    4. The paedo-troll @19:23 does not mention that it is actually the *duty* of a £23,000,000 CoI to call (subpoena if necessary) all the essential witnesses?

      In this case an  essential witness who has already TWICE been a political prisoner of the paedo authorities.

      Wilfred Krichefsky (of CTV) and others used HDLG as a brothel.


      @19:23 tells us that "Nobody buys the ....."
      The paedo-troll is also a gobshite that he ventures to speak for others in clear contradiction of the facts.

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    5. "Wilfred Krichefsky (of CTV) and others used HDLG as a brothel."

      If that is true, then CTV no doubt fears being sued out of existence. Which would explain a lot.

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    6. Subpoena!!!
      How does that look for the ex States Member?

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    7. Q. "Subpoena!!!  How does that look for the ex States Member?"
      A. - Just fine! After being a political prisoner it would add further kudos to the whistleblower
       .... and more importantly would add unconditional *legal representation* to the Ex-Health Minister.

      Health Minister Syvret applied to give evidence to the CoI with *legal representation*
      The CoI *refused* him that legal representation

      But it has been said 100 timea and you know all this.

      @08:25 -you are evidently one of those people who is fixated on astroturfing a narrative on how the Health Minister 'looks".
      Ex-Health Minister Syvret will come out of this just fine, having been proved right on nearly every aspect of his criticism of Jersey's Children's Services, so don't worry your slow little mind on his account

      There indeed is a sort of person who thinks that the "appearance" of is more important than decades of child abuse and cover up and the wrecked lives and even suicides which inevitably result.

      There are even darker explanations of your behaviour and attitude.....


      AN ALTERNATIVE TO YOUR NARRATIVE:
      Q. "failed to Subpoena!!!  How does that look for a CoI into decades of child abuse?
      A. - It makes them look like the *fake* that they are.

      Q.E.D.

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    8. Anonymous  at 23:07 says
      "Wilfred Krichefsky (of CTV) and others used HDLG as a brothel.
      If that is true, then CTV no doubt fears being sued out of existence. Which would explain a lot."

      It would of course be very bad PR for CTV, but Krichefsky was not anally raping little boys in his capacity as CTV's founding director.

      He is more likely to have been raping orphans in his capacity as the political head of Jersey's Police Force.


      A paedophile at the head of Jersey's Police !
      That indeed also explains a lot.

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    9. Sometimes it needs to be put into really simple terms. It all becomes clear.

      So, a major paedophile was:

      - a senior politician
      - political head of Jersey's police force throughout the worst years of HdlG abuse
      - a director of the TV company whose journalists might otherwise be expected to expose the scandal

      What's the chances of the Inquiry coming to the same conclusions on Monday?

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  10. As comment above says the coconut bit on Channel ITV News was shocking but you have to remember they,(ITV) have an award for slagging down Harper, proudly on display.
    And as comment one above that says about Power and Harper, and don't forget to include Syvret, and the Pitmans, all sitting in the public gallery. How wonderful would that be. Five of the best with nothing to hide.

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    1. I concur, the JEP recently attacked Lenny Harper over the removal man report.
      He has no friends in the Jersey MSM.

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    2. ITV are just out and out shysters. Always out to misrepresent the good guys/gals. Did it to Lenny and Graham time and time again. And Syvret made out to be a loon. And who can forget the report they did in the aftermath of the Pitman's tribulations making out being lumbered with a dishonest (police opinion we heard at the COI) jurat was their problem and even using untrue info they were illegally given by the former Viscount to make up a lead story as The Pitman Files? Hope you or Rico never forget to post your tax forms. They say Jersey's judiciary is of a standard you would expect in the Third World. Even many London lawyers now tell clients simply not to get embroiled here because it is corrupt. Almost as many point out that Jersey's MSM are about as professional as a 9th grade charity car wash. We are stuck in feudalism and those lording it will do anything to try and ensure we stay there.

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  11. Nobody should be surprised at the Jersey media's continued distortion of the facts. As Mr Harper points out Deputy Pitman's Scrutiny Panel tore the media coverage of Harper's and Power's alleged failings to shreds. They can hardly do anything but keep shouting, fingers in ears against the truth, repeating the same old lies. It is that or admit they were part of the cover up. It isn't going to happen is it.

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  12. Good to hear from lenny Harper. A diamond geezer and a true hero.

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  13. I did not see the earlier broadcasts however I note that any nonsence about coconuts has been dropped by the late news bulletins on both local channels. The MSM need to decide whether they are agents of analysis and relevance or of what they assume to be current popularism. Popularism is what we are left wuth when taken for granted assumptions are amplified by those who should know better but believe they have their finger on the pulse. Recent events have showm that mainsream commentators get it wrong. Local news and opinion commentators should bear this in mind during the next few days if they are to claim to have any relevance in the future. Their future public legitimacy will depend on how they handle the report of the public inquiry into child abuse. So far they have failed to report matters in an objective manner. They have an opportunity to change this and to save thenselves from the widespread suspicion that they are part of what is seen by many to be a discredited establishment here in Jersey because of the inability to to safeguard children in the past. I hope there will be change. I won't hold my breath however.

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    1. If that really is Wendy Kinnard saying the above, I just want to say I was so pleased when you were elected and became Home Affairs Minister, and I was so very disappointed when you left the post, all of a sudden, and completely out of character. So it's excellent that you're now making your voice heard here on the best blog in town.
      Between your election and departure, you helped me with something. I would have thanked you at the time but I've never forgotten it and I'd like to thank you again. Sorry I can't leave my name or details about it. But thank you all the same.

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  14. At least two commenters (RL and Stuart) have pointed out that it is ridiculous to think that there could be any considered response to the Inquiry's report on the spot, or even in the few days up to the States debate. I agree, but there are particular factors at play here.

    The Inquiry has displayed its customary arrogance and lack of engagement by scheduling a brief no-response presentation of the report. The take the money and run approach.

    Ideally, they should have a longer embargo, include the bloggers who are ten times more trustworthy than the local MSM, and devote at least half a day to an initial Q&A. It should be quite clear from a cursory perusal of the main features of the report what the stance of the Inquiry is. And this should not preclude a further day or week long engagement after the summer holidays. But that would only happen if the Inquiry was genuine.

    As far as the States are concerned, the same considerations apply.

    There will need to be some more or less instant reaction to the report. The MSM will certainly jump on it and this will set the tone for the ensuing debate. There is an advantage to getting States material on the record at an early stage for reference purposes but there is an equally clear need for a considered debate at a later stage.

    No doubt the powers that be hope the whole thing will go away quickly but that will hopefully not be the case particularly if the issue can be kept alive through links with the "mainland" inquiry.

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    1. Similar comment made by the Doctor too. More pressing business

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  15. Third highest ranking cardinal in the catholic church. Even the irish are turning their backs on the church because if their " kiddy fiddling " and cover up's.

    Mail:

    The Pope's finance chief and third most senior cardinal in the Catholic Church has been charged with historic sex offences.
    In revelations that have rocked the Vatican, Australian Cardinal George Pell has been ordered to to face a court in Melbourne in three weeks.

    There is no extradition agreement between the Vatican and Australia, but Cardinal Pell, 76, has already vowed to return to fight the charges.

    He is the highest-ranking official to be charged in the sex abuse scandal that has dogged the Catholic Church for years.


    www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4649004/Cardinal-George-Pell-summoned-sex-abuse-investigation.html#ixzz4lNGNYYxr

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  16. Only four days to go to the release of Oldham's report. Will this be the end or the beginning? Maybe to borrow Churchill's phrase it will just be the end of the beginning? I really can't see Stuart Syvret's talk of a whole new inquiry coming about. But surely it will finally bring some UK intervention if the Bailhaches and Gorst attempt to just bury it? One question I have to ask is will anyone in the States be hardy enough to call for PB's removal as External Relations Minister if he gets discredited as he should in the report? I think this one fact will be an indicator of which way this all swings.

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    1. On that last question, I guarantee you the answer is yes.

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    2. It is not just about the exposure and removal of Bailhache1 and Bailhache2

      it is also about the charging and hopefully imprisonment of a number of priority suspects they let off

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  17. Good to hear from Wendy Kinnard, her testimony was fantastic, what a woman! shot the cover-up bods down in flames,she deserves a medal.

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  18. Talking of the report's release does anyone know if there is any change on hard copies being made available for the public? If not will this mean that we can just click on to the not very good COI website and read or download it there? You would think someone might be a bit more forthcoming on this information. Possibly someone just doesn't want Joe Bloggs to read it?

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    1. Our Chief Minister did say that he would 'find out' if they could be published as a hard copy. However there has been no update on that and at this late stage, I am quite prepared to e-mail and ask what the position is on this as I feel it is very important that everybody should have the opportunity to read this. I will let you know if and when I get a response.

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    2. Quite a lot of older people will not have on line access. So this is very unfair. As the Establishment largely depends on the older vote you have to think this is deliberate. Keep them in the dark about the truth like mushrooms.

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  19. Auditor General reveals even more damning evidence of taxpayers money being paid for old rope by these Conservative incompetents under Gorst, Ozouf, Bailhache and co with bodies like Visit Jersey and Digital Jersey having next to no controls on who is on the boards, for how long or how much they are paid. We need a proper left leaning council of ministers come next year or our island is finished.

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  20. Jersey Development Company also Andium Homes included in this report by the Auditor General. But not reported by the BBC in their evening bulletin.

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  21. Nor in the JEP!!

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  22. Personally - I hope the Jersey MSM carry on peddling the "coconut" fiction.

    Because I know that it is fiction.

    A Big Bad Fiction - which certain Big Heavy Real Scary Journalists - out there - in the Real World - away from Jersey - know to be a Fiction.

    A Fiction which has serious - most serious - implications for policing in Britain.

    No hiding place.

    Stuart.

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  23. It's going to be really interesting to observe if any of Jersey's MSM attempt to redeem themselves after years of collusion and cover-up hand in glove with your local mafia. It's obvious to us external observers that your local media was always a huge part of the problem. Personally, as a long term interested observer, I'd be amazed, just amazed, if any of Jersey's media tried to redeem themselves. Look at it logically, if they had grown up, and realised the cover ups couldn't carry on, they'd have given your public inquiry utter hell, for ignoring an important part of the decision of your legislature, that part which required consultation with stakeholders, the kind of consultation thats long been recognised as necessary. Like is being undertaken now, in the UK with the victims and survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire disaster. It's actually pretty shocking, that Eversheds thought they'd get away with that.

    And yes, as others have mentioned, the failure of the public inquiry to use its powers to subpoena a load of obvious witnesses, of which Syvret is only one, is hardly credible! It's going to be pretty entertaining, if they've slagged off Syvret, but didn't give him legal representation, and then didn't subpoena him either. I bet he's slapping his chops with the anticipation! He's going to be on to them like a barrel house dog!

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  24. Minor diversion....on the "Jersey Politics" Facebook page, it has dawned on Mark Proudfoot and several others that "Paul Holmes" is our old friend JSH.

    Regular commentator Jean Lelliott has found him out:
    "As I understand it though, the Paul Holmes alias actually belongs to [you know who] who originally set this group up and so obviously admitted himself. This was before Mark and Mike took over and so they cannot be blamed for this. He has been having conversations with himself for some time now so I suspect he needs medical help. He also goes under the names of James Le Gallais and Alan Gower. If those profiles are on here they should also be removed."

    He's a toxic influence on sensible public discourse in Jersey. He had found himself a home in the echo chamber that is https://www.facebook.com/groups/jerseypolitics/ but it now seems that he has been well and truly found out in his last little refuge, just in time for the release of the Inquiry report. Bingo! Nice work, Jean Lelliott and Mark Proudfoot.

    Look for a thread started by Mark Proudfoot entitled "I have been asked by several members if anyone knows member Paul Holmes. If you do please say so."

    If you're reading JSH....please seek help. Surely it's no life, behaving as you do?

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    1. As 'they' said in Monty Python's Holy Grail 'I'm JSH and so is my wife'. Look out for Kaz, Basil, Digger, Ally and Shoot to thrill all claiming they know PH. To be quite fair I suppose they do.

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  25. The Doctor gets it.

    http://jerseytoday.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/more-pressing-business.html

    "....Odd then that the same States members who couldn't analyse a 111 page report in April in a day or two are now confident enough to read digest and debate in detail a probably (hopefully) much larger report of the Committee of Inquiry in to abuse in less than 3 days. It just does not stack up.

    What does stack up to my mind is the stage management of the publication of the report. Only accredited press (no interested parties?) will be at the launch on the 3rd. As I read the information there will be no opportunity of question and the lock in session will only be revealing the executive summary at that stage. In effect the immediate press coverage will be what the chair and panel are telling the press is the important stuff, the 'party line'. and of course that will dominate the public information available just ahead of the States debate.

    The ancient Chinese general Sun Tsu wrote
    All warfare is based on deception.
    Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.
    The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.

    and


    Every battle is won before it is ever fought.

    There is nothing quite as important in practicing deception than to have a compliant unquestioning fourth estate."



    As said,the Doctor gets it.

    To the Jersey oligarchy: victory.

    To the Jersey powerless: defeat.

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    1. One always has power even if it is only in the way one dies.

      We can die on our feet fighting for what is right.

      Or we can die on our knees whining that we are victims.

      Just like those on here already saying the battle is lost, rather than fcuk them, we'll take a swathe of the bastards down for carrying out the injustice.

      I know which I choose.

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    2. Stuart and the Doctor are campaigning to win the war. You don't have to win every battle on the way.

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    3. But you need to win the battles that matter. Stuart's campaign sounds more like shouting while hiding in thr nuetral Swis moutains.

      Tomorrow, tomorrow is only a day away.

      He should have stepped up at the inquiry and he didn't.

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    4. I left the comment at 21:24 ending with the quote pasted off the previous blog thread:
      "To the Jersey oligarchy: victory.
      To the Jersey powerless: defeat."

      This is not a prediction (certainly not mine anyways) It is a warning of how the expensive PR script has been written.

      The £20m campaign that is the "Care Inquiry" has in violation of the States and the Taxpayer been formed and conducted to deliver that oligarchy victory.
      To dispense some kind words and skiploads of other peoples money, but to get off scot-free and continue as before.

      I agree with @22:21 but would counsel against the action that you may be hinting. Not because it is necessarily wrong to ensure that crime is punished, but rather because we are not at that stage yet.

      Oligarchy victory is ensured by an easily led majority and a compliant population.

      The future has many strands.
      There are many reasons why the war is not lost (and why it won't be). A steel wire strand of that future is that Health Minister Syvret refused to sign away his rights, and by extension also the rights of the victims.
      A fit-for-purpose Inquiry would have Subpoenaed him -but they bottled it because they were too scared to let him have unconditional legal representation.

      This was a fatal error because it turned an imperfect Inquiry into a farce that PR can only keep afloat for so long.

      Mr Syvret can be relied upon to pursue his strand of the campaign -maybe until a 'Dr.Kelly' befalls him -but he is not the only chestnut in the fire.

      To deny victory to the oligarchy requires for a large proportion of the population to say "No" quietly
      or for a small proportion of the population to say "No" loudly.

      Your hint @22:21 is not the right sort of "No"
      (except occasionally in very specific circumstances)

      If the Inquiry Report is the candy-coated cover-up that we all fear, there are so many other options.

      We may not have the talent of Banksy but circumstances give us an equal right to engage in public art

      Public art without time and talent must therefore rely on quantity not quality.

      To wake up to a well planned and executed colourful display on chosen sites including the major roads into town? would capture the attention of the authorities, the silent majority and the media.

      To be effective this requires buckets or barrels of the stuff. Normans-yellow would be a nice touch (good luck asking them for sponsorship LOL)

      Non violence should always be the first choice. It would be an interesting social experiment to see how quickly a tiny (or not so tiny) paint blemish on the motor vehicle of the comfortably silent majority makes them rediscover their intellect and conscience and notice the massive blemish they suffered to be inflicted on scores of other people's children.

      IOM, Timing and intensification are important.
      One could start with watered down or thinned emulsion and move on to a more permanent gloss

      ASAP after an unfit report would engage the present off-island media, then monthly, or randomly, or annually around the significant dates.

      When people don't get to work. the business of making money ensures that the "No" is heard by the real power.

      The above is only a thought for consideration and is a relatively harmless way of ensuring that the moral stain upon the island remains a real stain for all to see.


      Closure happens when the survivors say so, not when a taxpayer-funded, oligarchy-instructed, rent-a-mouth QC says so.........

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    5. The kind of "Paint Protest" discussed by 11:20 would be a very serious grime against property

      We would have no alternative to launch a massive investigation involving analysis of hours of security camera footage, tracing of decorating related credit card receipts and raids on garages across the island to compare brands and paint colours.

      Readers should be in no doubt that this sort of crime will be dealt with far more swiftly and effectively than any number of offences against children.

      I shall personally be mounting a covert operation in King Street and any talent that stops for a  chat.

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    6. Private Policing - Bow-wow Bowron has form in the tiny City of London Police force

      60 minute document at
      www.cityoflondonpolicecorruption.co.uk/

      City of London Police flush over £1m using anti terror legislation to multiple arrest and harass a plumber at the behest of a city client.

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    7. Sussex police won't touch it because "civil matter" and the wronged small businessman had "acted reasonably" but after a few strings are pulled Bowron's City of London Police take it on

      www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2005375/Ian-Puddick-says-sinister-forces-tried-destroy-life-exposed-wifes-affair-multi-millionaire-lover-web.html


      The Daily mail only briefly mention the corruption but would like to tess us lots about the sex

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  26. Digital Jersey in the spotlight again? Ill this impact on old Phil Ozouf's planned comeback? Talk about King Midas in reverse.

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  27. A couple of comments have been submitted on the subject of the multi avatar chap after I published the comment at 29 June 2017 at 21:13. As a rule I do as much as I can not to give him any attention on this Blog and only published the comment because he had been bombarding me with (what he thinks are) "anonymous" comments.

    There are 39 comments that have not been published on this posting and around 35 of them I would guess are from him.

    In order not to have this posting hijacked by the trivia of his Trolling I have decided not to publish any more comments which relate to him, his multi identities, or related matters.

    Hope readers understand that subjects of this Blog are far too important to be hijacked by a bunch of lunatic.

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  28. Can VFC confirm (along with Rico) that by the CoI policy you will be excluded from the 'Lock In' primarily because you are NOT accredited media? If so this really is the final insult, CTV, BBC and JEP have collectively over the decades been the purveyors of lies and deceipt and 'they' get the title of accredited media when VFC, Rico and others have been the real force that got this CoI started, WAFJ.

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    1. I can confirm that I did apply to be accredited for the "lock in" and was refused.

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    2. Well that pretty much say's it all, did the CoI give a reason for the refusal? Well I would not lose sleep over this VFC, in the final count you and others will be so far ahead of these useless tosers that it will be worth it.

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    3. I didn't expect your application to succeed but, and it's small consolation, in this case refusal can be worn as a badge of honour.

      Time for a North Korean video :)

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  29. Just to keep your readers up to date on an issue that was raised on a previous post -

    Currently, the plan is for the Greffier of the States to preside over the Assembly for the in-committee debate on the CoI report next week. The Greffier was and is the CoI's accounting officer.

    In my view, this is inappropriate as there will clearly be a perception of a conflict. It is difficult to be critical of this decision when I'm genuinely struggling to think of a feasible alternative because many of the States Members who could preside are also conflicted.

    I have had my objections to this raised with the Bailiff, but he hadn't changed his mind (and his decision cannot be appealed).

    Having done that, there isn't much else I can do, but I will raise this issue early on in the debate and make sure that the fact we will have a presiding officer that day who played a role with the CoI goes very clearly on record.

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    1. Thanks for the work you are doing on this Sam. Doesn't it just demonstrate how dysfunctional and incestuous our current set up is? One of the most conflicts party's (the UNELECTED Bailiff) gets to chose another conflicted party and there is nothing our ELECTED members can do about it.

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    2. One of the most "conflicted" not "conflicts."

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    3. Thank you for the update Deputy Mezec. Good to see someone is standing up to the Bailiff in the absence of former Deputy Pitman. Perhaps you should consider standing up at the very beginning of the debate and making your feelings known then as well? At least it would be on the record in the instances of you or your colleagues being ignored or shut up prematurely during the debate.

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  30. In response to Anonymous 29th June 2017 at 11:16.

    I did e-mail the Chief Minister and have had a response both from him and Ruth Johnson which indicates that copies of the Report will not be widely available, but if I could give some indication as to how many people would wish to have sight of one, they will make copies available. Clearly I do not have a clue how many people would wish for a hard copy of this - it could be an awful lot of people, and I find it very disappointing that,the public having in effect paid for this cannot have easy access via hard copy rather than going on line.

    If I am able to help anybody who can let me know asap if they want a hard copy availble to them I am very happy to let the 'powers that be' know, but I think it will have to be a.s.a.p. I am very disappointed that this is the only way members of the public will have easy access,




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    1. The planned presentation reminds me of the Muppet Show.

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    2. Akf for 25 Gill. Then at least you have something that can be handed around and photocopied to stop the Establishment just burying it on line.

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  31. Surely the answer is to have a States Member who was not in the Assembly prior to the last election chair this debate? So long as they aren't a minister or assistant minister?

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  32. Sounds like a job for Stuart?

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  33. They will end up asking Deputy Andrew Lewis to Chair the debate.

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    1. LOL! Are even the Jersey Establishment THAT brazen or stupid?

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  34. Pending the publication and analysis of the CoI report I would like to re-post a comment lost way up the thread.

    An important subject for discussion is for people to form a plan as to what can be done if the report does not set us on a road to the proper protection of children, justice and the rule of law.

    lying down and taking it every which way is not a good option.


    "I left the comment at 21:24 ending with the quote pasted off the previous blog thread:
    "To the Jersey oligarchy: victory.
    To the Jersey powerless: defeat."

    This is not a prediction (certainly not mine anyways) It is a warning of how the expensive PR script has been written.

    The £20m campaign that is the "Care Inquiry" has in violation of the States and the Taxpayer been formed and conducted to deliver that oligarchy victory.
    To dispense some kind words and skiploads of other peoples money, but to get off scot-free and continue as before.

    I agree with @22:21 but would counsel against the action that you may be hinting. Not because it is necessarily wrong to ensure that crime is punished, but rather because we are not at that stage yet.

    Oligarchy victory is ensured by an easily led majority and a compliant population.

    The future has many strands.
    There are many reasons why the war is not lost (and why it won't be). A steel wire strand of that future is that Health Minister Syvret refused to sign away his rights, and by extension also the rights of the victims.
    A fit-for-purpose Inquiry would have Subpoenaed him -but they bottled it because they were too scared to let him have unconditional legal representation.

    This was a fatal error because it turned an imperfect Inquiry into a farce that PR can only keep afloat for so long.

    Mr Syvret can be relied upon to pursue his strand of the campaign -maybe until a 'Dr.Kelly' befalls him -but he is not the only chestnut in the fire.

    To deny victory to the oligarchy requires for a large proportion of the population to say "No" quietly
    or for a small proportion of the population to say "No" loudly.

    Your hint @22:21 is not the right sort of "No"
    (except occasionally in very specific circumstances)

    If the Inquiry Report is the candy-coated cover-up that we all fear, there are so many other options.

    We may not have the talent of Banksy but circumstances give us an equal right to engage in public art

    Public art without time and talent must therefore rely on quantity not quality.

    To wake up to a well planned and executed colourful display on chosen sites including the major roads into town? would capture the attention of the authorities, the silent majority and the media.

    To be effective this requires buckets or barrels of the stuff. Normans-yellow would be a nice touch (good luck asking them for sponsorship LOL)

    Non violence should always be the first choice. It would be an interesting social experiment to see how quickly a tiny (or not so tiny) paint blemish on the motor vehicle of the comfortably silent majority makes them rediscover their intellect and conscience and notice the massive blemish they suffered to be inflicted on scores of other people's children.

    IOM, Timing and intensification are important.
    One could start with watered down or thinned emulsion and move on to a more permanent gloss

    ASAP after an unfit report would engage the present off-island media, then monthly, or randomly, or annually around the significant dates.

    When people don't get to work. the business of making money ensures that the "No" is heard by the real power.

    The above is only a thought for consideration and is a relatively harmless way of ensuring that the moral stain upon the island remains a real stain for all to see.


    Closure happens when the survivors say so, not when a taxpayer-funded, oligarchy-instructed, rent-a-mouth QC says so........."

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    1. Can you still buy whitewash ?

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    2. "Can you still buy whitewash ?"
      Eversheds used to be a respected brand but it is eye wateringly expensive and there are now serious concerns over it's effectiveness

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  35. As we head into Monday I must say that the tension is beginning to mount. Years and years of hardwork by the victims and their supporters to get the truth out.. I really hope that the COI delivers for all. Will we be fully happy with the findings?

    I want all the failures laid out clearly for all to see.

    Thank you to everyone who have supported the survivors of abuse in the jersey care system.

    Thank you to everyone who have supported and shared our blog postings in getting the truth out.

    Now we wait.

    Rico

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    1. Quite so Rico.

      Well done to you, well done to Team Voice, well done to Stuart Syvret and all the other good politicians and individuals.
      Well done to all the good guys who gave evidence, and wishing all survivors the best for the future.

      The CoI has got to be better than nothing. How much better, and 23million pounds better remains to be seen.

      We hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

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    2. Rico,

      My sense is that they will give you half a loaf. In other words, limited hangout.


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    3. " The CoI has got to be better than nothing. How much better, and 23million pounds better remains to be seen.

      We hope for the best and prepare for the worst. "

      That seems sensible, Anonymous.

      We know from statements and evidence published on the inquiry's website that babies were taken into 'care' at the age of one.

      We have evidence from brave survivors of forced abortions conducted on 14 year olds in 'care' that were raped by adults who were supposed to be looking after them.

      None of this is normal.

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    4. Rico - I was going to leave my final comment pre- Report release until today. Indeed the tension is rising - what to expect? Will we get the damning report we should after all the evidence that we heard? Will the survivors get the justice they deserve after being villified and disbelieved before this Inquiry hit the ground? Being an optimist I hope so and believe it will deliver. Knowing the 'Jersey Way' and all that involves, notwithstanding the obstructions and interference that the Panel had to deal with from the SoJ and it's servants I have to have a little apprehension. It has been a long, long journey so let us hopethe destination is worthwhile.

      So many people have played a part, however big or small, but I can honestly say that without Team Voice who have dedicated themselves to this without fear or favour, the public would not have been privy to half of the truth and the facts that you uncovered and worked so hard to unveil to all. There have been so many other brave and honest people, politicians who have paid a huge personal price for their fight, very moving and powerful testimony from survivors and others who despite many fears and concerns gave evidence to the Inquiry.

      Friendships have been forged between people who had not know each other prior to all this, but all have had a common aim.

      Monday looms large and I hope and pray justice will at last be done and be seen to be done.

      Thanks to everybody.

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    5. "Being an optimist I hope so and believe it will deliver."

      I am not an optimist, Gillian Garcia. I would prefer to call myself a realist.

      Syvret - much as I'd disagree with him on some issues - has brought it back to basics.

      It's about the rule of law. I am pessimistic that the rule of law can be established in Jersey, given the fundamental, and basic failings for the oligopoly to comply with the separation of powers.

      This is basic stuff, for any democracy.

      Legislature, executive, and judicial.

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  36. I have had my doubts about what the report would ultimately reveal (or not?) ever since I watched your interview with ex-Deputy Trevor Pitman on his experience of giving evidence. Not much has happened to lift those doubts since. Hope I am wrong for all of the victims/survivors sakes.

    Please also allow me to add my thanks to yourselves (this blog has become a legend of true journalism even if you are't good enough for a lock in), Rico, Stuart Syvret, the aforesaid Trevor Pitman and his good lady wife Shona, Bob Hill, the Care Leavers Association, Daniel Wimberley, Monty Tadier, Dr Mark, Mike Dun and belatedly even young Deputy Mezec for the efforts they and others too numerous to mention have put in over the years.

    If this report is half as damning as it should be Jersey should be turfing a lot of silent assassins out of office come May of next year!

    PS

    Come back Trevor. Your island needs you. Though I am sure you don't need it after all they have done to you and Shona.

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  37. "P"

    Thanks for the comment, I agree with what you say, and thanks for the support.

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    1. Who is having a 'P'? Let us hope the inquiry isn't taking it? Team Voice is/are just that. The Voice of the real people. Good luck.

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  38. Elisabeth Saxe-Coburg-Gotha1 July 2017 at 21:43

    Good evening my loyal serfs. I mean subjects.

    I am watching for this report with bated breath I can assure you all. Should it prove that any of my Bailifferal minions have been naughty then I can promise you all there will be no more gilt plated bog chains being handed out to lunatics in silly red cloaks.

    Toodle pip. Must fly. That nice Jeremy Corbyn is popping round for a night cap to discus how we can get rid of those awful Tories while keeping me in a job.

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  39. I would like to thank Stuart Syvret, Trevor Pitman, Daniel Wimberley and the Jersey Care Leavers for working to get this Independent Inquiry going and hopefully Monday delivers a truthful and accurate Report for everyone to digest.

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  40. Bailhaches Out!1 July 2017 at 21:50

    Thank you to all of the above plus Lenny and Graham. Most of all our love and admiration with Monday looming goes out to all the victims who have told their stories, and our hearts to those who never survived to do so.

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  41. Same sentiments as comments above.

    Just add a thanks to proper journalists like Leah Goodman as well for staying interested.

    Long may your blog continue because like rust corruption never sleeps.

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  42. I hope Stuart Syvret has a change of heart and supports the Care Inquiry Report with everybody else and I further hope it's reporting is meticulous and honest.
    Count down begins.

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    1. Just to correct that trolling.

      No - "everyone else" does not necessarily support this CoI. Some do, certainly.

      And, equally, some don't.

      Amongst that latter number are a number of abuse survivors I know, some of who even gave evidence to the CoI (but don't trust it) And others, who didn't.

      Likewise, some key whistle-blowers; again, some who gave evidence. And others, who didn't.

      So much has been written about Jersey's so-called "public-inquiry" - that there's no point in writing huge amounts about it now.

      But in many ways, I don't need to.

      My view can be summarised very simply - very easily.

      Question: - "What was at the foundation of - what enabled and facilitated so many appalling decades of child-protection failure - and child-abuse - and child-abuse cover-up - in Jersey?"

      Answer: "The complete absence of functioning - independent - lawful - checks-and-balances; the absence of the proper oversight - and impartial - non-conflicted - non-contaminated - rule-of-law - the absence or a real, independent policing function, prosecution function, and judicial function."

      And as the Jersey mafia - who control the present feudatory which exists in Jersey - instead of a lawful society - will never change voluntarily - the only way we secure real child-protection - is by requiring the responsible UK authorities to intervene.

      If the CoI report is - expressly - issued by them to Privy Council, Justice Department, and Crown - with a strong recommendation for urgent intervention - then the CoI might have got close to hitting the target.

      Anything less than that - it's just another gangster enterprise.

      Stuart Syvret

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  43. Thanks also to Rico Sorda. Not bad for a pipe fitter, eh? *

    * He's not a pipe fitter, Ben. But he is a total legend.

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  44. I would like to give thanks and praise to Gill Gracia who like VFC sat through every session of the Inquiry, this must have been at great personal cost, both in the loss of family life and the emotional toll it took. Without the hard work of Team Voice the Inquiry would not have taken place, for almost ten years they have reported the facts ,given voice to those who could not be heard in the MSN, they have exposed lies and spin and to me they are heroes! Credit must be given where it is due. The local media will be buzzing around but it is too late now, I have never trusted them and now hope that the National Media will approach the story in a professional and accurate manner.

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  45. Reporting on Trump today who as we know has little time for the mainstream media.

    Guardian.

    " The president suggested the press “destroyed themselves because they went too far” and told supporters “Their agenda is not your agenda.”

    The question for people that call Jersey home is - is the JEP agenda now the peoples agenda or still a mouthpiece of the States of Jersey ? How about the BBC or ITV Jersey ? All will be revealed very soon.

    Well done to Neil, Rico, Trev Pitman, Shona, Stuart, Gillian, Dan Wimberely, and many important others, that have never given up in their determined fight to get to the truth about corporate long term child abuse on Jersey.

    Paul Letherbarrow.

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  46. New Posting.

    What To Look Out For in the Abuse Inquiry REPORT.

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