“Andrew Lewis did see the full Report, but didn’t see the full Report. Doublethink” ~ Richard W. Symonds
August 3, 2017 7:41 pm
Deputy Andrew Lewis was the Home Affairs Minister who suspended former Police Chief Graham Power amid much controversy in November 2008 – over his handling of the historical abuse investigation, Operation Rectangle.
Today, he appeared for the second time in front of the panel investigating historical abuse. The panel heard how, during a private States debate, the then Home Affairs Minister told his colleagues he had ‘read an alarming report from the Metropolitan Police’ which heavily criticised Power’s conduct – but today he denied ever seeing that report.
He was also shown evidence of different statements he’d made to other investigating forces and investigations – including Wiltshire Police – where he said he had seen a report by the Metropolitan Police.
He [Andrew Lewis – AL] was questioned by Counsel to the Inquiry, Cathryn McGahey [CMG] and Panel Chair Frances Oldham QC [Chair].
CMG: So it wasn’t right to tell Wiltshire Police that you’d seen the report?
AL: Well I had seen the report. I’ve seen extracts of it.
CHAIR: But the question is, did you see the whole report of extracts from the report?
AL: I only saw the bits of the ACPO report that the Chief of Police felt were appropriate for a Minister to see.
CMG: So why did you tell Wiltshire Police that you had seen it?
AL: Well, I had.
CMG: There’s a difference isn’t there between seeing a report and seeing extracts that the Chief of Police thought it appropriate for you to see?
AL: Yes I had seen the report, I had seen elements of the reports. I’m sorry if I didn’t put the word ‘extract’. I had seen elements of the report, we all had. It was also shown to Mr Walker and Miss Kinnard.
CMG: So that was inaccurate as well.
AL: I would not say it’s inaccurate as well. I’m very clear. I saw the report.
EXAMPLES OF “THE JERSEY WAY”
“Deputy Lewis maintains that he did not lie and merely used poor wording, but during the PPC hearing he admitted that some Members may have been ‘misled’ by his remarks”