Monthly Archives: July 2017

July 13 2017 – “I’m angry. I’m upset. I’m ashamed” – Comment – Jersey Evening Post


I’M angry. I’m upset. I’m ashamed. And above all else, I’m sorry. I wrote these words just a few short hours before Deputy Tracey Vallois stood up in the States and said something very similar. She explained that she was not sure if she’d be able to give her whole speech without breaking into tears.

She was speaking during last week’s in-committee debate on the findings of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, which published its final report nine days ago.

And the Deputy’s feelings that she went on to explain during that speech are reflective of the response many Islanders her age will have had to the inquiry’s findings.

Until now we have all considered abuse in the Jersey care system to be a thing of the past, perhaps from before we were even born, certainly from before we became adults and starting being responsible within our community.

The blame, therefore, rested with previous governments, the services and systems of the past, and with a different generation. It was a naïve view, perhaps, but a natural one. It didn’t mean we did not acknowledge that abuse had occurred, nor that we did we not accept the seriousness of it. It just meant we were a generation removed, and thought we were less affected.

But the findings of the inquiry gave us all a wake-up call because it concluded that, contrary to what previous reports commissioned by the States may have found (which in themselves raise serious questions that need to be addressed), children in Jersey may still be at risk from a care system which is not ‘fully fit for purpose’.

It is a damning indictment, and a worrying one, particularly in an Island that is wonderful in so many ways, relatively wealthy and promoting itself around the world as a top-class place to live and do business.

And it is a state of affairs that all adults, young and old, have to take responsibility for because it is no longer good enough to say that it happened on someone else’s watch, or even that it was nothing to do with us personally.

There are so many people identified by the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry as having been at fault in the past, even if the inquiry itself does not apportion blame. And the removal of front-line States employees criticised in the document who were still in post sent out a bold and important message.

But Deputy Tracey Vallois and co have been in positions of power while this situation has continued. I’ve been in a job where I am privileged to be able to help expose injustice and raise issues of public interest and even, hopefully, help to change things for the better. And we have all probably been neighbours, friends, relatives, co-workers or exercise buddies with someone who has been affected, even just a little bit, by some of the issues raised in this report, even if we did not necessarily realise it.

We’ve all been part of a community that has allowed this to happen, not just happen to us. It is no longer good enough to blame others, a previous generation or a different time because doing so threatens to let down a whole new generation of children, and that cannot be allowed to happen.

Jersey has failed children before, and, although the institutions, staff, systems and social norms may now be different, history cannot repeat itself.

The greatest tribute we can now pay to those who suffered in the past is to listen to the inquiry and, most importantly, work together to implement its recommendations on whatever levels we can.

Serious questions, obviously, also need to be asked about why a system has been allowed to prevail that potentially means children are still at risk.

Community engagement in the short and long terms is crucial, and the public at large have an important role to play in holding those in power to account to ensure that they do follow up on all of the recommendations and all of the issues that the inquiry has raised and exposed.

In the past report after report after report has been commissioned, given some findings and come up with some recommendations, some of which have been followed up on.

But we all stopped asking questions and following up on them too soon.

This newspaper’s headline the day after the inquiry’s report was out read simply: ‘Jersey’s shame’. And I now realise just how true that is – for all of us.

Comments for: “COMMENT: ‘I’m angry. I’m upset. I’m ashamed'”


July 13, 2017 7:47 am

Dogs have more rights than abused human beings in Jersey.

Shoot to Thrill

July 13, 2017 8:00 am

Whenever I read a story featuring Deputy Tracey Vallois these days its either a strop, toy throwing or some sensation act of emotion in the States created by something so wickedly bad that we need therapy for it.

Is she actually suitable for this Job?

constables out

July 13, 2017 8:07 am

What about an interview with Stuart Syvret to balance these articles?


July 13, 2017 10:08 am

If there were true emotion in the States they would see through the fog and and thier own ego’s, such a sad state of affair, so sorry for the poor vulnerable people of Jersey, mind you if your a dog you will you will be treated better. So sad.



July 12 2017 – Law protects liars in Jersey


IT is simply astonishing that the law protects States Members who are found to have lied to a public inquiry. Last week, the Attorney General told the House that the law did not allow criminal action to be taken against a Member because the absolute privilege parliamentarians rightly enjoy to discuss matters of public interest in the Assembly extended to evidence given to the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry.

As we now know, the inquiry panel found that Deputy Andrew Lewis had twice lied – once to the States and once to the panel – about events concerning the suspension of former police chief Graham Power.

Last week, this newspaper called for Deputy Lewis to stand down. He has not done so, a refusal which leaves a shadow hanging over every Member of the States Assembly and, therefore, in the eyes of many, over the whole Island.

Deputy Lewis is adamant that he did not lie and says he will fight to clear his name when the allegations are examined again by the Privileges and Procedures Committee. But the debate is not now about a personal battle to save one man’s reputation, it is about the standing of Jersey and of its leading democratic institution.

Last week, Deputy Jackie Hilton echoed calls for her fellow St Helier No 3 and 4 Deputy to go, saying that she does not want to be tarred with the same brush. The public interest of Jersey is now best served by Deputy Lewis resigning. He can, of course, work to clear his name and he can see if the voting public has faith in his ability to represent them by standing in a by-election or in next year’s general election.

It is also imperative – and in the public interest – that the law which protects States Members who lie is reviewed as a matter of urgency.

Comments for: “JEP Opinion: Time to limit the privilege?”

Basil the rat

July 11, 2017 8:43 pm

At the end of the day Dep. Andrew Lewis was right to suspend Graham Power and this suspension was further endorsed by the next Home Affairs Minister who happened to be a former Magistrate.

I seem to recall it happening again when Graham Power was found to be doing illegal criminal record checks on States Members without their knowledge. Then some years earlier I also recall Graham Power having a run in with the Data Protection office.

He was a useless Chief of Police and he retired early to avoid a disciplinary.

Anybody who has doubts about the suspension of Graham Power who was also supposed to be watching over the clown Lenny Harper should read the Wiltshire Report. This Report shows that Dep. Andrew Lewis made the right decision.


July 11, 2017 9:56 pm

This has got nothing to do with him suspending GP, other of course, than not following the correct procedure.

It’s about him lying and then us finding out that all our politicians are allowed to lie. Time to get my voting hat!

Basil the rat

July 11, 2017 10:37 pm

Its all about the suspension of Graham Power and this alleged lie ended up being a big truth. The Interim Report was an indication of bigger things to come.

You need to loo at the bigger picture and how things turned out to be before Power took the easy way out and resigned early.

Sotte Voce

July 11, 2017 11:54 pm

Do you take bigger pictures in the loo?


July 12, 2017 2:48 pm


I think what Ratty is trying to say, is that he is a sewer rat.


July 11, 2017 9:52 pm

I agree, but I’m surprised that the JEP has suddenly grown a pair, having been such a timid fellow for so long.

Basil the rat

July 12, 2017 4:55 am

You still cannot beat the old Broadland Xmas Cartoons.

4 x Salary Darling was one of the funniest they ever did.

Sotte Voce

July 12, 2017 2:35 pm

It certainly was very peculiar and unprofessional.


July 11, 2017 10:05 pm

There are two different matters here.

Criminal action cannot be taken as has been stated, and this must and will change.

However there is a case of Gross Misconduct which as I have stated elsewhere is all encompassing. He should have been suspended immediately on grounds of Gross Misconduct of which this is one of clearest cases I have ever seen.

Again, if he is to be believed and he made incorrect statements on a number of occasions that he later corrected, then on such a serious matter this is incompetence.

Incompetence is not a defence for Gross Misconduct – so suspension at the least would be expected.

Deviance or incompetence the end result is still the same.

The fact he did not offer his resignation straight away tells me all I need to know about the man. The lack of communication / action / thoughts from our leaders …! Tells me it’s the same old same old……l

Finding Me:Mo

July 12, 2017 7:25 am

I am getting worried about our rodent friend, he is not getting enough sleep, and the Mailonline ( a revered source) say that less than seven hours sleep affects your IQ.

8.43pm 10.37pm 4.55am

Try this test :

Which of these has the lowest value?

Privilege>perjury> democracy

Basil the rat

July 12, 2017 8:01 am

At least he turned up to give evidence.

Finding Me:Mo

July 12, 2017 8:34 am

Proves my point ,your non sequitur shows your sleep deprivation.


July 12, 2017 2:45 pm

Answer the question Ratty

Shoot to Thrill

July 12, 2017 7:45 am

What does the JEP suggest the States does, wire each States Member up to a Polygraph machine during debate?

Reform Jersey’s would be going off at every speech.

Mickey Mouth

July 12, 2017 3:22 pm

…and out comes Ratties alter ego.

Bandiera Rossa

July 12, 2017 3:25 pm

As I have said before, the JEP at the time he gave evidence said his position was untenable. They have continued to keep the pot boiling. He is now saying it is a distraction from the work needing to be done to ensure child protection.

This is rubbish and his credibility is further eroded (if indeed he had any left). Just go.

Adios Companeros

Mickey Mouth

July 12, 2017 5:05 pm

Any man with a little bit of integrity would resign because he was causing a distraction to child safety – let alone being named as being a liar/incompetent (choose whichever).

Basil the rat

July 12, 2017 6:25 pm

I’m impressed to be advised that my Rat fan base includes the Sorda blogger.

I knew he would see sense in the end. It’s easy to concentrate on one point of time if you are simple and ignore everything that happens afterwards.

Basil the rat

July 12, 2017 6:34 pm

People talk about Politicians saying lies but what about Deputy Montfort Tadier’s Manifestos?

He lies every-time he seeks re-election, surely he should be made to account for that?


July 3 2017 – Jersey Child Abuse Report “lifts lid” at Haut de la Garenne; but the stones are left unturned and undisturbed.