Category Archives: Jersey Inquiry

September 12 2017 – “Abuse victims ‘need specialist help'” – Jersey Evening Post

Abuse victims ‘need specialist help’

Jersey Evening Post

News | Published: 


THE States should be prepared to fund specialist psychological help for people who suffered abuse while in care in Jersey, a clinical psychologist has said.


Tina Baker

Tina Baker worked at the General Hospital from 1991 to 2004 and set up a service for people who had been sexually abused.

She says that, as far as she is aware, the specialist ‘integrated approach’ she developed during that time is no longer available.

Ms Baker, who is now retired, is concerned that the publicity surrounding the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry will have caused considerable distress to those who suffered abuse as children, some of whom came forward to give evidence.

‘This brings it all back, like a scab that is weeping again, and it needs someone to help it to heal,’ she said. ‘These people have suffered enough and they deserve the help.

‘It needs to be someone qualified, who knows all the therapies and who has the time to give – not a counsellor or hypnotherapist or a counselling psychologist, but a clinical psychologist, particularly for the more severe cases where there is concern about an overlap of psychiatric conditions.

‘It needs someone who has done this work before, even if they have to come from England.’

Susan Devlin, managing director for community and social services, said that since 2008 a full-time psychologist post had been in place to help those affected while living in Haut de la Garenne, with monthly clinical supervision and consultation for psychologists provided by the Tavistock Centre for Trauma.

She added that immediately following the publication of the care inquiry report in July, a 24-hour helpline had been set up offering telephone, email and face-to-face support. Ms Devlin said that ‘significant investment’ had already been made through the Mental Health Strategy, such as the Jersey Recovery College and Jersey Talking Therapies while two primary mental health workers had been assigned to schools and funding given to the local NSPCC programme working with child survivors of sexual abuse.

She added: ‘Our services will be part of the changes needed, as outlined in the recommendations of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry report. Additional resources will be considered as part of these recommendations.’

Well, well. As I said on the article about the stupid idea to flatten HDLG, the £23M spent on the inquiry, mainly Mrs Oldham (how much did she get overall at £2000 per day) and other lawyers and bills in Longueville Manor, could have been spent much better on care.


    For some, perhaps for many, the truth is part of care.

    And it is certainly the case that if we do not understand what happened in the past we are likely to repeat our mistakes.

    Maybe we could have got a bigger dose of truth for the money, it is a moot point, but we have a plenty big enough dose to be getting on with.

    And on lawyers’ fees, please do not use that stick to try to discredit the whole Inquiry.

    Yes, lawyers do get paid an excessive amount (but then with a fair and effective progressive tax system the public should get a fair bit of that back in tax. if there is not such a tax system, then change it!

September 10 2017 – “Sex Abuse Inquiry To Probe Ted Heath” – The Mail On Sunday – Front Page

Sex abuse probe WILL investigate Ted Heath over paedophile claims: Public inquiry set to look at explosive report by Chief Constable who says allegations against the ex-PM are ‘120 per cent’ genuine

  • Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse will look at theoutcome of Operation Conifer, a inquiry into Heath by Wiltshire Chief Constable Mike Veale
  • His confidential report is due to be published in the next few weeks 
  • The developments came as one Tory MP warned his party not to try to stop Mr Veale from publishing his findings 
  • Findings of Operation Conifer support claims that Sir Edward’s alleged crimes were reported to police years ago but buried by the Establishment 

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The controversial investigation into allegations that Sir Edward Heath was a paedophile has been dramatically widened, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Officials at Britain’s biggest ever public inquiry confirmed that they are to study the findings of an explosive police report into claims that the former Prime Minister was a child abuser.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse – set up to investigate claims that a Westminster paedophile ring was covered up by the Establishment – will now look at the outcome of Operation Conifer, a two-year inquiry into Heath led by Wiltshire Chief Constable Mike Veale. His confidential report is due to be published in the next few weeks.

The controversial investigation into allegations that Sir Edward Heath was a paedophile has been dramatically widened, The Mail on Sunday can reveal

The controversial investigation into allegations that Sir Edward Heath was a paedophile has been dramatically widened, The Mail on Sunday can reveal

A spokesman for the IICSA told The Mail on Sunday last night: ‘In the context of the Westminster investigation, the inquiry will be interested to see and consider the outcome of Wiltshire Police’s investigation into allegations against Sir Edward Heath.’

It is believed to be the first time the inquiry has referred specifically to the Heath investigation.

The statement follows a little-noticed change on the IICSA website on August 30 that the scope of its Westminster inquiry is to be widened to take account of ‘recent police investigations’.

The amendment did not refer to Operation Conifer, but The Mail on Sunday has been told that it was linked to the imminent conclusion of Mr Veale’s probe.

The website added the IICSA would be ‘reviewing, collating and aggregating the work of previous investigations, some of which may not be in the public domain’.

The Mail on Sunday revealed earlier this year how Mr Veale defied pressure to call off his investigations because he believed some claims were ‘120 per cent genuine’.

The developments came as one Tory MP warned his party not to try to stop Mr Veale from publishing his findings.

Several Conservative politicians have called Operation Conifer, which has cost £1.5 million, a waste of time and public money. They say it is pointless because Sir Edward died 12 years ago and could never be prosecuted.

But Tory MP Andrew Bridgen said Mr Veale had been wrongly vilified and there were ‘powerful voices who would like to silence Operation Conifer’.

Mr Veale was a ‘courageous and honest’ policeman and ‘must be allowed to complete his investigation, free of abuse, intimidation or pressure,’ Mr Bridgen writes in today’s Mail on Sunday. There should be no cover-up, regardless of any embarrassment to the Conservatives – or anyone else.

In February, this newspaper reported that more than 30 people had come forward to Wiltshire Police with allegations of sexual abuse by Sir Edward. The alleged victims were said to have given ‘strikingly similar’ accounts of incidents, even though the individuals were not known to each other.

According to some sources, the findings of Operation Conifer support claims that Sir Edward’s alleged crimes were reported to police years ago but buried by the Establishment.

Inquiry One: Wiltshire police probe

Wiltshire Police have been investigating child abuse claims against Sir Edward Heath for the past two years. Led by Chief Constable Mike Veale Operation Conifer has cost taxpayers £1.5 million so far and will finish in the next six weeks.

Led by Chief Constable Mike Veale Operation Conifer has cost taxpayers £1.5 million so far and will finish in the next six weeks


Led by Chief Constable Mike Veale Operation Conifer has cost taxpayers £1.5 million so far and will finish in the next six weeks

At one stage there were 20 people working on the case: six detectives, a PC and 13 civilian staff. They have interviewed Heath’s former friends, staff and sailing companions, fellow politicians and civil servants, and even examined his papers in Oxford’s Bodleian Library.

A panel of experts was brought in to provide independent oversight of Operation Conifer following claims that it was a witch-hunt, and a waste of money given that Heath is dead and so cannot be prosecuted. Two people were arrested and questioned following claims made as part of Operation Conifer but in April they were told they faced no further action.

After the investigation is closed, a summary will be published, while a fuller report will be handed to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse to consider as part of its investigation into an alleged VIP paedophile ring in Westminster.

Inquiry Two: VIP sex ring report

The public inquiry into historic child abuse was set up by David Cameron in July 2014 after growing pressure from MPs and campaigners who feared the Establishment had covered up sex crimes by public figures.

Professor Alexis Jay became the fourth chairman last summer but immediately faced a fresh crisis as counsel to the inquiry, Ben Emmerson, was suspended and then resigned


Professor Alexis Jay became the fourth chairman last summer but immediately faced a fresh crisis as counsel to the inquiry, Ben Emmerson, was suspended and then resigned

But the inquiry struggled to get off the ground as the first two chairmen, Baroness Butler-Sloss and Dame Fiona Woolf, were forced to quit over perceived conflicts of interest.

The inquiry then chose New Zealand judge Dame Lowell Goddard to take over, but she too quit after a year in charge.

Professor Alexis Jay became the fourth chairman last summer but immediately faced a fresh crisis as counsel to the inquiry, Ben Emmerson, was suspended and then resigned.

Several other lawyers left and a series of survivors’ groups severed their links over their concerns about the inquiry’s leadership, scope and lack of progress.

The inquiry finally held its first public hearing in February this year after spending some £20 million, but it could last as long as a decade and cost more than £100 million.

Some of those who said he abused them are believed to have told police they went on to commit sexual abuse themselves as a result.

Operation Conifer was set up in 2015 in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal, but Mr Veale came under pressure to abandon it last year after separate claims of a paedophile ring at Westminster involving the late former Home Secretary Lord Brittan and ex-Defence chief Lord Bramall were found to be groundless.

The claims investigated by Wiltshire Police, understood to date from the 1960s to 1990s, are not linked to the discredited evidence of the man known as ‘Nick’, who made the false claims against Lord Brittan and Lord Bramall. The Met has now apologised and paid a reported £100,000 compensation.

Allegations that Sir Edward was involved in satanic orgies have been dismissed as fantasy by one expert asked to review the case.

Several senior politicians have dismissed allegations against Heath as absurd and unfounded. Former Tory Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind complained Sir Edward’s reputation was being ‘besmirched’.

Former Cabinet Secretary Lord Armstrong of Ilminster, who was Sir Edward’s private secretary in No 10, criticised the inquiry in a letter to The Times last week, saying the allegations were ‘totally uncharacteristic and unlikely.’

Lord Armstrong referred to unspecified ‘concerns about the conduct of the inquiry’ and called for ‘an independent review of the investigation by a retired judge’.

And Wiltshire Tory MP James Gray said: ‘I do not believe the allegations against Sir Edward. If Mr Veale fails to justify his inquiry, he will be in serious difficulties.’

Sir Edward’s sexuality has been the source of speculation for decades. Some believed he was gay, others said he was asexual. At one point, he was being investigated by five police forces: the Met, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Kent and Jersey.

The claims, some of which were proved false, include alleged links to a convicted brothel keeper known as Madam Ling-Ling.

A paedophile dossier compiled by Labour peer Baroness Castle, a member of Harold Wilson’s Labour Government in the 1970s, said Sir Edward offered young boys trips on his yacht. In a separate incident, one man claimed Sir Edward picked him up in the 1960s when he was a 12-year-old hitchhiking in Kent and lured him to his Mayfair flat.

A IICSA spokesman declined to say if the change in its official stance, as detailed on the website, was to enable it to consider the findings of Mr Veale’s report.

Wiltshire Police said it had not yet sent its findings to the national inquiry, but expected to do so within the next six weeks.

  • REPORTING TEAM: Simon Walters, Glen Owen, Martin Beckford and Brendan Carlin

Thirty alleged victims and an inquiry mired in controversy 

By Martin Beckford  

The police investigation into Sir Edward Heath was controversial from the very beginning.

Superintendent Sean Memory stood outside the gates of Arundells, the late PM’s home in Salisbury, to declare in a televised statement that ‘anyone who believes they may have been a victim’ should come forward.

Wiltshire Police has since acknowledged this was inappropriate, while Supt Memory is now on sick leave and being investigated for misconduct over an unrelated matter.

FLASHBACK: How The Mail on Sunday has reported the probe


The original claim under investigation was that the trial of a brothel keeper had once collapsed because she threatened to reveal how she procured boys for Heath.

But the Independent Police Complaints Commission watchdog later said there was no evidence of a cover-up.

More than a dozen people came forward to make allegations against Heath, who died in 2005 and who had been widely regarded as ‘completely asexual’ by friends.

Detectives were accused of going on a ‘fishing expedition’ by interviewing former Downing Street staff, Heath’s yacht crew and even the editor of Private Eye magazine, which had published jokes about ‘Sailor Heath’.

The most contentious allegation, however, was that Heath was linked to a network of paedophiles who held satanic orgies and stabbed children in churches.

The lurid claims were dismissed as fantasy by an expert in ritual abuse cases. Dr Rachel Hoskins concluded they were false memories unearthed in therapy.

She was also alarmed to discover that detectives were studying the discredited statements made by a man known only as ‘Nick’, who had falsely accused military chiefs and MPs, including Heath, of being part of a murderous VIP sex ring. After The Mail on Sunday revealed the astonishing allegations, Wiltshire Chief Constable Mike Veale strongly defended his investigation, declaring in a rare open letter: ‘This is not a “fishing trip” or “witch-hunt”.’

Earlier this year this newspaper told how Mr Veale is convinced the claims against Heath are ‘120 per cent’ genuine.

The number of alleged victims to come forward has risen to more than 30 and some of their accounts are ‘strikingly similar’.

Because Heath is dead and so cannot stand trial, his guilt or innocence can never be proven, and so the controversy over the accusations will likely continue long after Operation Conifer finishes its work.

My party may not like it, but there must not be a cover-up, says Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire 

I was greatly concerned when I read a letter in the Times on Friday concerning the police inquiry into claims of historic child sexual abuse by former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath.

The letter from Lord Armstrong of Ilminster, who was Sir Edward’s Downing Street private secretary, criticises Operation Conifer, led by Wiltshire Chief Constable Mike Veale.

It refers to unspecified ‘concerns about [its] conduct’ and calls for ‘an independent review of the investigation by a retired judge’. In my view this is both unjustified and improper.

Lord Armstrong, who went on to become Cabinet Secretary, has made no secret of the fact that he thinks Sir Edward is innocent. He has described the allegations as ‘totally uncharacteristic and unlikely’.

With all due to respect to Lord Armstrong, I believe he would be well advised not to interfere.

He is not the only one who has criticised Mr Veale: he has been vilified by sections of the media and some of my fellow Conservative MPs.

My message to them is: Leave Mr Veale to do his job.

The timing of Lord Armstrong’s intervention is no coincidence. Mr Veale has indicated that he intends to publish a summary of the findings of Operation Conifer shortly. It would be wholly wrong if the Establishment had any part in this investigation.

It is natural that some will be sceptical about the investigation into Sir Edward. A separate inquiry by the Metropolitan Police, called Operation Midland, collapsed last year after the main allegations were found to be groundless.

For decades, rumours about Jimmy Savile were dismissed by institutions such as the BBC, terrified about the impact of negative publicity on their reputation

For decades, rumours about Jimmy Savile were dismissed by institutions such as the BBC, terrified about the impact of negative publicity on their reputation

Mr Veale declined calls to abandon his inquiry on the grounds that he believed the allegations concerning Sir Edward deserved to be taken seriously, on their own merit.

I congratulate him for doing so. I believe he is an honest, courageous and diligent police officer who deserves the chance to complete his investigation and announce his findings in public.

There are powerful voices who would like to silence Operation Conifer. My own party will be severely embarrassed if it transpires the claims against Sir Edward were true. But that is no reason for covering it up.

We have been here before. For decades, rumours about Jimmy Savile were dismissed by institutions such as the BBC, terrified about the impact of negative publicity on their reputation. It seems we have not learned our lesson. Sometimes the unthinkable does occur, and our knee-jerk reaction should not be to put a lid on it.

A brief period followed during which the chastened forces looked into historic allegations of abuse. But the process was tainted by a few bad apples who spotted the chance to revel in the limelight – and possibly make some money in the process.

But that should not be used by the Establishment as an excuse to shelve the entire process.

For all the problems associated with investigating these historic allegations, we have learned the hard way the perils of sweeping them under the carpet.

If we assume that all accusers are fantasists, we compound the distress of genuine victims who have carried their burden in secret for years.

As an MP, I have taken a close interest in trying to help these victims – the powerless against the powerful, battling to be heard when the weight of the state is lined up against them.

That is why Chief Constable Veale must be allowed to complete his investigation, free of intimidation of any sort.

Referring to the inquiry, set up when she was Home Secretary, Theresa May said last week: ‘If we turn a blind eye to this abuse, as has happened too much in the past, more crimes will be committed and more children will be suffering in silence.’

The Prime Minister is right.



August 22 2017 – “Reporter Who Exposed BBC Pedophilia Cover-Up Found Dead” – News Punch

Reporter Who Exposed BBC Pedophilia Cover Up Found Dead

Liz MacKean, the former British investigative reporter who exposed Jimmy Savile and the culture of pedophile protection at the BBC, has been found dead.

Liz MacKean, the former British investigative reporter who exposed Jimmy Savile and the culture of pedophile protection at the BBC, has been found dead. She was 52.

MacKean worked at the BBC until she quit in 2013 after executives decided to ban her groundbreaking and brave investigation into predatory pedophile Jimmy Savile in order to protect him and other pedophiles.

Dismissed by the establishment as mad and dangerous, MacKean was finally vindicated when the truth about Savile’s pedophilia eventually came out in 2012, a full year after MacKean first tried to bring his notorious crimes to light.

The BBC, who blocked her groundbreaking investigation from airing and spent the next few years attempting to destroy her reputation, are reporting that she died of “complications from a stroke.”

Acknowledging her life was under threat during the time she was investigating Savile and BBC elites, MacKean said her conscience left her no option but to pursue the truth and expose the culture of pedophila. The mother of two children believed it was her duty.

When it became public that BBC News blocked her investigation from airing, she admitted on Panorama: “I was very unhappy the story didn’t run because I felt we’d spoken to people who collectively deserved to be heard. And they weren’t heard.

“I thought that that was a failure… I felt we had a responsibility towards them. We got them to talk to us, but above all, we did believe them. And so then, for their stories not to be heard, I felt very bad about that. I felt, very much, that I’d let them down.”

Big name stars

Liz MacKean is the second high profile BBC journalist to die in suspicious circumstances after attempting to expose the truth about the pedophile ring operating in the upper reaches of the establishment. Jill Dando, former Crimewatch host, also tried to alert her bosses to the pedophile ring at the BBC, warning that “big name” stars were implicated.

Jill Dando, who was 37, was shot dead on April 26, 1999 on the doorstep of her West London home in a crime that still remains unsolved.

Before she died, Dando had passed a file to senior management in the mid-1990s, proving that big name BBC stars, including Savile, were involved in a pedophile ring, but senior management chose to cover up the child abuse rather than organize and investigation.

No one wanted to know” when Dando raised concerns about the alleged ring and other sexual abuse claims at the BBC, according to a former colleague and friend.

I don’t recall the names of all the stars now and don’t want to implicate anyone, but Jill said they were surprisingly big names.

 “I think she was quite shocked when told about images of children and that information on how to join this horrible paedophile ring was freely available.

“Jill said others had complained to her about sexual matters and that some female workmates also claimed they had been groped or assaulted.

“Nothing had been done and there seemed to be a policy of turning a blind eye.”

The former colleague said female BBC staff confided in Jill, one of the best-known TV faces of the day after fronting primetime shows including Holiday and the Six O’Clock News as well as Crimewatch.’

The source said: “I think it was in the mid-1990s. She was seen as the face of the BBC and a magnet for women with problems.

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Jersey Evening Post

August 14 2017 – Legal protection for lying politicians may be removed

A LAW which protects politicians from being prosecuted for lying to official inquiries could be changed as part of an overhaul of the rules on parliamentary privilege, the JEP has learned.

A review of parliamentary privilege has, according to the Greffier of the States, been under way for months and the arrangements involving committees of inquiries make up part of the work.

The review was commissioned by the Privileges and Procedures Committee, which handles States reform and standards, earlier this year and has now been completed by Sir Malcolm Jack, a former Clerk of the UK House of Commons.

He has submitted his report and it is due to go to PPC next month.

Earlier this week Islander Madeleine Vibert, who was abused at Haut de la Garenne in the 1960s and 1970s, described the current law whereby members of the public can be prosecuted for perjury if they lie on oath to a committee of inquiry but States Members cannot as ‘unfair’.

She called for it to be changed.

Her comments came after St Helier Deputy Andrew Lewis was found to have lied to the States and the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry when giving evidence about the suspension of former police chief Graham Power.

Following the inquiry’s conclusion that it had been lied to, Mr Power said that the inquiry had appeared to allege that Deputy Lewis had committed perjury.

However, Attorney General Robert MacRae said that parliamentary privilege extended to committees of inquiry and therefore politicians were protected from prosecution for the offence, even if they were found to have lied.

PPC recently concluded that Deputy Lewis had breached the States Members’ Code of Conduct through his actions. It is yet to announce what, if any, sanction it will impose.

Mr Power has welcomed the review of the law and said changing it would be an important step towards restoring faith in the justice system and the Jersey authorities.

States Greffier Mark Egan said: ‘The purpose of the review was to look at existing legislation and case law on parliamentary privilege with a review to recommending how it could be improved, drawing on experience in other jurisdictions.

‘The scope of the review includes the possibility of providing for States Members to be subject to prosecution, if they commit perjury when under oath before a committee of inquiry.’

PPC has not yet seen the report but would be responsible for taking forward any legislative changes that may arise out of it.


December 5 2015 – Background to “The Jersey Way” – Photopol

Saturday, December 05, 2015


Graham Power


In 2000 Graham Power was recruited from the Scottish Police to take over as Jersey’s Chief of Police. This was against a background where the Jersey administration knew there was a problem both within the police force and in policing on the Island.

Jersey is a small tight community ruled by a few families and there can be a general resentment of people or ideas imported from other jurisdictions. Scotland, however, has its own legal system distinct from that of England and Wales and this was a factor in Power’s favour. It was expected that he would be adaptable and sensitive to the local environment, at least up to a point.

Lenny Harper

When Power felt he needed a strong Deputy, in 2002, he recruited Lenny Harper, who was then with the Scottish Force, but who had served in the London Met and the Northern Ireland RUC.

The pair were in the process of cleaning up the Jersey scene when the child abuse scandal broke in 2007. At first the police operation (Rectangle) was covert. The rationale was to get it established without political interference and then launch it in public with such a high profile that it would have its own momentum and in this way not be subject to political interference. The fear of political interference came from Jersey being a small community where the concept of the rule of law was tempered by kinship and proximity. There was also a fear, in this case, that many prominent people could ultimately be found wanting in the area of child protection.

To cut a long story short, the island administration finally came to the conclusion that the high profile investigation, accompanied by some riveting, if not entirely evidence based publicity, was shafting the island’s reputation internationally. This was a serious problem as Jersey was highly reliant on its financial sector, effectively a tax haven.

Within a fairly short space of time, the Health Minister who had responsibility for child protection and who was not only supportive of the police investigation but had carried out his own investigation, was dumped. The Home Affairs Minister, also supportive of the police, resigned under pressure, to be replaced by more pliant successors. The Deputy Police Chief (Harper) retired in the normal course but was subject to a concerted campaign of maligning by the administration. And finally the Police Chief (Power) was himself suspended from duty in a rushed, botched and illegal operation by the administration. Following all this, the police operation was shut down and life appeared to have returned to normal.

Frances Oldham, Chair of Inquiry

But the thing just won’t go away. Following pressure from a variety of sources within Jersey, and particularly a few parliamentarians and a group of bloggers who just wouldn’t let go, a public inquiry into child abuse by State run institutions was eventually set up.

Effectively, this was to determine (i) the extent of child abuse that occurred since the end of WWII (ii) who had been responsible (iii) if the State’s response had been adequate, and free from political interference and coverup and (iv) what should be done next.

In its first phase the inquiry, apart from scoping its work, heard from survivors of child sex abuse. In its present phase it is examining the role of those on the State side with responsibility for this area. And that is where the former Police Chief comes in. He has just given his oral testimony, over a day and a half, and this, along with some 1,200 pages of background documentation which he submitted to the inquiry, is now online.

I have just finished reading that material and I am setting out below some of the points that struck me as particularly interesting.

For those who may wish to go directly to the source, documentation it is available online as follows: documentation submitted by Power (PDF 67MB); day one transcript (PDF 580KB); day two transcript (PDF 643KB).

Power’s Submission

Power’s submission consists of

(i) a personal statement on oath. This is 181 pages long and is a serious indictment of the administration.
(ii) a further 1,026 pages of backup documents, some of which are particularly revealing:

  • Decision by Complaints Board on request for dates of suspension letters.
    This may sound trivial but it shows the lengths to which the régime will go in an attempt to protect its own wrong doings. It contains blatantly ridiculous reasons for refusing access to the information sought. It may, however, have attained one of its goals, ie obstructive delay. I have looked at this in more detail under the suspension heading further down this post.
  • Report of the Wiltshire Constabulary on the conduct of the child abuse operation (Operation Rectangle). 
    This report was commissioned by the Jersey administration to provide the basis for disciplinary action against Power. It is a flawed report which judges Power (and Harper) against criteria which apply to the police in England and Wales, but not in Scotland, and particularly not in Jersey. It is therefore very critical of both CO Power and DCO/SIO Harper. Power is seen as weak and not properly supervising Harper. Harper is seen as headstrong and resisting appropriate oversight and customary checks and balances. The report accuses them of a lack of strategy for dealing with the evolving inquiry, sloppy paperwork, and their risking jeopardising upcoming court cases by leaving the States of Jersey Police open to accusations of abuse of process, where their “sensationalist” publicity could preclude a fair trial.Presentation of the report faced the authorities with a dilemma. If they chose to act on it and further discipline Power, they were admitting that English standards and procedures were all applicable in Jersey. If they chose not to act on it they were exposing its flawed terms of reference and the waste of £1m on a useless report. So with a customary Jersey sleight of hand, they just published a slightly redacted version and simply indicted Power in the court of public opinion.This is now the first time that the unredacted version is published. You can get an idea of the original redactions here. I should clarify that I am only talking here about the one 383 page summary report, a redacted version of which was published by the Jersey authorities, and the unredacted version of the same report included in Graham Power’s documentation publishd by the Inquiry. I understand that the full documentation of the Wiltshire Report would fill the boot of a family car and that the extent to which the summary report reflects the voluminous evidence is hotly contested.
  • Power’s interim statement to the Inquiry by the Wiltshire Constabulary
    When the authorities refused Power legal representation for what was expected to be a week long interview with Wiltshire, he chose, as was his right, to confine himself to a long written statement in which he contests points being put to him arising from the statements of other witnesses. While this statement preceded the drafting of the final report it is effectively a critique of the report itself. A further and more pointed critique is contained in an interview with Power by the Voice for Children blog. Power’s statement to Wiltshire was published on Stuart Syvret’s blog and leaked to the BBC in Jersey. However, the broadcaster has not referred to it to this day.
  • Transcripts of phone calls
    These were only made available to Power on his way into the Inquiry and he was then quizzed on them. These are very confusing and even the Inquiry’s lawyer seemed at a loss in trying to interpret them.

To follow the story it is important to clearly distinguish between two things.

The first is Power’s suspension from duty. This is a basis for criticising the régime and Power is the victim here.

The second is the conduct of Operation Rectangle itself, which shows up shortcomings by the state administration but has also led to criticism of the roles of Power and Harper.

These are dealt with separately below, insofar as it is possible to separate them, and all this is in the context of Power’s appearance before the Inquiry.

The suspension

On 12 November 2008, Power was called into his office by his Minister (Andrew Lewis) and in the presence of the Chief Executive (Bill Ogley – head of the Civil Service) served with (draft) letters of suspension and told he had an hour to “consider his position”. He was informed of a letter written to the Minister by Power’s deputy (David Warcup) which, largely on the basis of a review report from the London Met, said he had mishandled Operation Rectangle.

Power took it that he was being given an opportunity to go quietly but he refused and objected to what was being done and the way it was being done. This seemed to have surprised those present and they were ill-prepared to deal with this turn of events. In the event Power was suspended (on full pay) on the spot.

When Power joined the Jersey police he was accountable to the Home Affairs Committee, under the committee system which was the form of government then in operation in Jersey. This was subsequently replaced by Ministerial government and he was now accountable to a single person, the Minister for Home Affairs. And there was no appeal mechanism against the Minister’s decision. The administration were careful to suspend him on full pay as otherwise it would be construed as a dismissal and would have to be got through the Jersey parliament.

Despite the fact that proper procedure had not been observed on the day, Power felt there was even more to this kangaroo court than appeared and he subsequently asked for a load of information, including the dates on which the various letters which had been produced at the meeting had first been drafted. The point here was that the grounds for his suspension were a letter from Power’s deputy which the Minister had received only the previous evening and which the Minister claimed was the sole factor leading to the suspension. Power eventually succeeded in determining that two of the three letters had actually been drafted three days earlier. And the London Met report was subsequently withdrawn as it was confidential to the force and specified not to be used for any disciplinary purpose. The Met subsequently confirmed that it had not criticised Power or Harper in the report.

So, all in all a very serious abuse of process. This abuse was subsequently compounded by the Minister for Home Affairs when he scuttled Powers Judicial Review of the original decision by a masterful sleight of hand which should not have been allowed. He confirmed the suspension, but this time surrounded by minimal legal hocus pocus, and this made the original (illegal) suspension decision obsolete and not subject to judicial review. At every turn the administration dragged out its dealings with Power in the hope of keeping him at bay until his official retirement in 2010. It succeeded in this.

So what has all this to do with child abuse and why is Power testifying to the Inquiry? Well, for one thing, the whole suspension process shows very clearly the lengths the administration will go to in order to cover its tracks when it makes a mistake or does something illegal.

This is really well illustrated in the attempt by the administration not to reveal the dates of the original drafts of the letters mentioned above. I suppose that this aspect appealed to me because it was a saga in an attempt to get access to information. I have operated Freedom of Information legislation within the Irish administration and the antics of the Jersey administration in this one were really something to behold. Jersey did not have FOI legislation at this time but there was a code for access to information which more or less amounted to the same thing.

After going unsuccessfully through a number of hoops Power ended up at the States of Jersey Complaints Board (on administrative decisions) which, to give them their due, found resoundingly in his favour. But what really caught my fancy was the Minister’s varied and ridiculous reasons advanced for refusing access.

In the first place he claimed that the information was not information in the sense covered by the code because it was on a computer. Then, to give it to Power it would have to be transcribed and that would then be different from the original, something newly created, and which would not be covered by the code. And if that failed the Minister was claiming that it was legally privileged. And remember this was effectively metadata relating to documents in Power’s possession and it was also germane to his (original) judicial review. When the Complaints Board had some difficulty understanding the legal privilege objection, the Minister explained that the the time intervals involved could possibly have allowed Power to figure whether legal advice had been obtained or not. Now Power was only looking for three specific dates, and nothing more. As I said he got them in the end and they were devastatingly significant.

The Jersey administration had tied itself up in legal knots along the way, with the Minister even abusing the concept of corporation sole to avoid overturning the original suspension decision, but that is sort of another story.

Ian Le Marquand vs Ian Le Marquand (aka Andrew Lewis)

The reason I’m labouring the above story is that it is such a clear example of the lengths the administration went to to cover up its wrong doing. If it does it for this what will it not do it for?

While the Complaints Board’s report is included in the documentation submitted by Power it was not specifically referred to at the oral hearing. I thought that a pity as its message is so clear.

You can read the Board’s full report here or just it’s conclusions here.

Operation Rectangle

Operation Rectangle must have scared the living daylights out of a lot of people in the upper echelons of the administration. They had succeeded in sacking the Health Minister because he was critical of the level of child protection on the island and now they were faced with a full blown police investigation into child abuse which was attracting international attention.

Their instincts would have been to close down the inquiry as quickly as possible, but they were now hoisted on their own pétard. They had brought in two policemen from the “mainland” to clean up the place and they were now faced with the same two policemen who were determined to see this investigation through no matter whose boat was rocked.

This led to serious tension between the police and the rest of the administration, particularly the AG and the lawyers. Power was the Chief of Police and Harper the Senior Investigating Officer for Operation Retangle. They divided their tasks with Power fending off political and other interference and Harper ploughing away at the investigation.

Harper was seen by some in the administration as indulging in unnecessarily sensationalist publicity involving possible human remains and homicides. Harper felt he needed to keep the investigation in the public eye to reassure survivors who were coming forward. He felt he was also attempting to pre-empt leaks to the press. The whole situation was very murky and at times it seemed the operation was spinning out of control.

In the heel of the hunt Harper retired in the normal course and Power was illegally suspended. Their replacements, who had not distinguished themselves, scarpered when the going subsequently got rough, and by then the operation had been quietly closed down.

The current Inquiry is probably the last chance of vindication for Power and Harper but the chances of another police operation are slim, and there are even doubts about the bona fides of the current inquiry which has been sloppy and unprofessional in many respects. It may turn out that its only long term benefit will be the publication of documentation and the hearing of witnesses, not in itself a small matter, but way short of many people’s expectations of closure for the survivors and justice for the perpetrators.

In any event, at this stage of the proceedings Power’s sworn statement (pages 1-181 of his 67MB submission) is well worth reading in full.

Power at the Inquiry

I have only read a few of the statements submitted to the inquiry, but having read them and then followed the related transcripts, I am struck by the lack of focus in the oral hearings. I know that the oral hearing is not a cross examination strictly speaking. The Inquiry lawyer is supposed to be helping the witness present relevant material from their statements and endeavouring to test this for consistency.

But my strong impression in the cases of Bob Hill and Graham Power is that the lawyers “interrogation” of the witness simply serves to dilute their contribution. In Hill’s case he was quizzed on documents he hadn’t seen and the lawyer was jumping all over the place. In Power’s case, as I mentioned, there was no following up on the access to information angle which would have encapsulated the stance of the administration and seriously undermined their overall credibility. And Power was also quizzed on confusing documentation which he had not had a chance to consider in advance.

Equally a major revelation about missing files in the statement from Trevor Pitman was not followed up. There is also an impression that witnesses are being rushed through and boxes being ticked.

None of this bodes well for a good result from this inquiry.

Some revelations in passing

There have been some further interesting points arising out of Power’s submission.

Wendy Kinnard
As Minister for Home Affairs and Power’s political boss, so to speak, Wendy Kinnard had been very supportive of Operation Rectangle. Power reveals, however, that she was being bullied by her male ministerial colleagues, and at one point she relinquished her responsibility for Operation Rectangle to her more pliant deputy Andrew Lewis. This was followed sometime later by her resignation as Minister and Lewis taking over just as Power was about to be suspended.

Wendy Kinnard

The unredacted version of Wiltshire in Power’s documentation suggests that she relinquished control of the operation because she had a personal interest in the case. While this is revealing it poses more questions than it answers. No doubt it will provoke speculation over the next while and we may learn a little more in response to this. It was generally felt that her ultimate resignation resulted from a refusal to become involved in Power’s illegal suspension but other more mundane reasons have been speculated on. She has so far refused to comment on any of this.

Person 737
The inquiry has redacted some of the submitted statements before publication. They have done this in an unbelievably clumsy and incompetent fashion. I have seen this in the case of both Hill’s and Power’s statements.

The most tantalising and amusing redaction has been of the identity of person 737 in Power’s statement. This person was suspected of sexual assaults on adult females but, as far as is known, was not arrested or charged. The extracts below, reproduced from the statement, do not leave anyone with a knowledge of Jersey in any doubt about the identity of the person in question. Now if the island had more than one newspaper, it might be a different matter entirely.

Person 737
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Update 9/5/2017
I am very heartened to think that the Inquiry is reading my blog. They need all the help they can get.

You will see, above, that I pointed out significant deficiencies in their original redactions of material relating to Person 737, but I stopped short of naming him myself.

Well, the Inquiry have revisited this material and, inter alia, redacted the reference to the newspaper which had been a dead giveaway.

The final paragraph of the above extracts had not been redacted previously and it is simply Graham Power’s guess at who might have been behind the political campaign against him. It is not solely linked to the activities of Person 737. Nevertheless, the Inquiry have made an unnecessary redaction by overstamping John Averty’s name with their 737 stamp, thus definitively letting the cat out of the bag. Headless chickens.

Person 737
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The latest additional redactions, in the current Inquiry online documentation, are highlighted in the above extracts.

I expect, however, that the additional damage attributable purely to the overstamping itself may be mitigated by Advocate Sinel’s naming of John Averty at a conference on offshore financial centres on the mainland last year.

While I’m at it I should draw attention to something else I noticed in the course of my update.

Graham Power’s hearing was on 5 November 2015 (Day 107) and the online documentation is filed under that day. His statement appeared online on 26/27 November 2015 some three weeks later, which is par for the course. The current online index (extract below) suggests that the latest redaction was on 9 December 2015, but internal document evidence says that the current document was created/modified on 18 February 2016.

This suggests that the indicator in the index is updated manually and not by the system so it cannot be trusted at all. This is just another example of the sloppiness of this abysmal website.

End of Update

Brian Moore, Chief Constable, Wiltshire
The Wiltshire report, referred to above, has played a big role in demonising Power and Harper, so I thought you might like to see Power’s own view of this flawed report. It is not contained in his statement or oral contribution to the Inquiry. It is taken from an interview with Power by the Voice for Children blog and dates from June 2012.

Brian Moore

Moore was an “absentee investigator” if there ever was one. He never met with me and he even planned to have the disciplinary interviews conducted by subordinates. He did not get the basics right at the beginning. He accepted terms of reference which invited him to assess my conduct against the rules which apply in England and Wales (which were incorrectly described as the “UK”). At an early stage I pointed out that these rules did not even apply to Scotland, let alone Jersey, and that I had a clear political mandate to disregard any UK guidelines which were not consistent with local practice. I also drew attention to the fact that the political mandate not to apply UK guidelines in Jersey had been re-enforced by the advice of the Attorney General of the time (now the Deputy Bailiff William Bailhache) who would be called as a defence witness should the matter ever come to a hearing. But Moore carried on regardless without ever resolving that contradiction. In the end he could only do his report and ask an English Lawyer what disciplinary offences would apply to an English Chief operating under English rules. He then said that it was up to the Jersey authorities to decide whether to apply the same reasoning locally. This was an awkward problem for the Jersey Authorities. If they decided that English Guidelines did not apply in Jersey then the whole case collapsed. However, if they decided that English guidelines did apply then those guidelines would then become the “bible” for policing the Island and 800 years of policing tradition would go out of the window. This dilemma presented quite a problem. In the end Ministers dealt with this in the time honored way. They put off making a decision until it was too late anyway. That is after all “the Jersey Way”. What a waste. An enquiry built on sand. No matter how much work is done, if the foundations are not sound then the whole thing falls over. Having accepted wide ranging terms of reference Moore compounded his error by authorizing “fishing expeditions” which involved trawling through every email I had sent and every document I had created. Interviews were conducted with people I worked with 20 years ago, asking them to remember something, anything, that could stick. By any standard this was foolish, wasteful, but also contemptible. A more professional approach would have involved a tight “ring fenced” enquiry focusing on specific relevant issues and bound by clear timescales and budgets. This was never done, and in consequence the investigation took on a life of its own, perpetuating one line of enquiry after another until the original purpose became lost in the mass of data. He also failed to get a grip of the timescales and the spending behavior of his own staff whose apparent determination to leave no expense unclaimed provided a welcome boost to the local hotel and hospitality industry, but did nothing for law enforcement. Perhaps he could not believe his luck that so much Jersey money was being siphoned off into his Force accounts. In all probability he will have made good use of it for the benefit of the citizens of Wiltshire. The benefit to the citizens of Jersey is less apparent. I expect that he will have his excuses but the result speaks for itself. Over £1m and nearly two years spent on an enquiry with no result. And he was the Investigating Officer. Not “overseeing” the enquiry, not the person with executive responsibility, he was the named person in charge. Nobody with their name on the failed Wiltshire enquiry should have the nerve to criticise anyone else’s conduct of any enquiry ever. They have forfeited their right to criticise anyone else. They have allowed themselves to be drawn into a political vendetta, they have wasted over a million pounds, and they have produced a flawed report when they knew it was too late to do anything with it.


voiceforchildren said…


An excellent, well researched, analyses of “The Jersey Situation.” Credit to you for being able to put such a huge, and complex, issue together in such a succinct manner using available documented evidence.

A quality Blog.

Although I will attempt correct one aspect concerning the length of the Wilts report a little later.

Anonymous said…

A very nice succinct and accurate summary of a disgraceful situation.

voiceforchildren said…


Further to my earlier comment and the Wilts Report.

You wrote (of the Wilts Report); “This is now the first time that the unredacted version is published.”

That particular copy is 383 pages long.

Back in March 2011 I interviewed the former Police Chief over Skype and published the interview in three parts. In part one of that Blog posting is a comment from Mr. Power and I offer it to you/your readers in the hope of putting the so-called “un-redacted” Wilts Report into some context.

From Graham Power QPM:

“The full version of the wiltshire report fills two large packing cases (yes…I mean packing cases….the ones Pickfords use.)…………………. there are the “summary” reports some of which have been published. Then there are the bundles of witness statements and documents which make up the bulk of the paperwork. The whole “wiltshire report” would fill the boot of a small family car…………………..

The theory is that the “covering report” summarises the evidence and removes the need to go to the original source documents and witness statements. But as Daniel Wimberly has pointed out…………… are we to be sure that this is what has happened unless we see the original evidence?……. in fact some of the supporting documentation supports the report and some does not. Some actually contradicts what the report says. Summarising conflicting evidence in a complex case is a difficult task. In the wiltshire report it has not been done well. Had the case gone to a hearing then we would have sought to take the case away from the opinions of the reports authors and back to the source evidence and hoped to show that the evidence had been mis-represented in the report. As things worked out we did not get the chance. However, for what it is worth the defence position is that the “Wiltshire Report” does not constitute a fair and accurate summary of the evidence which accompanies the report.”

From HERE.

Póló said…

Thanks Voice for that clarification, which is very reassuring given the negative, and apparently evidence based, tone of the published summary report.

When I mentioned a “slightly redacted” version of the report I was only taking into account the redacted version published by the Jersey authorities and the unredacted version of the same report included in Graham Power’s statement to Inquiry. I will clarify this in the post and take the balance of your comment on board also.

voiceforchildren said…


It should also be remembered that Ian Le Marquand should never have published the Wilts Report according to the confidentiality clauses contained in it.

We asked the question back in August 2010.

“Does this now mean that any states employee, even if un-convicted of any wrongdoing can face the prospect of the publication of a disciplinary report all over the “accredited” media?”

The day Ian Le Marquand published (the hugely redacted) Wiltshire Report was the day he set a very DANGEROUS PRECEDENT.

Former Deputy Trevor Pitman said…

As Team Voice comments a truly excellent analysis ‘Mr P’. You deserve real credit for helping keep the external spotlight on the corrupt cesspit that is Jersey justice and democracy. Keep up the good work and thanks for your support and excellent efforts.

Anonymous said…

Agree entirely with Trevor’s post. A very concise and thoughtful analysis of the grim pantomime that is the political situation in my home isle. When oh when will people wake up and smell the brimstone if not the coffee?

Anonymous said…

Has the Jersey Evening Post run the story of Graham Power’s evidence on witness 737?

Anonymous said…

The problem is that this all happened years ago, and raking over the same events time and time again will never change what happened.

Neither the Police officers or States Member in title are involved in the States of Jersey anymore. So how can you clean up an alleged cesspit when the main protagonists are all long gone?

Póló said…

@Anonymous at 21:05

Loved that comment. Three strikes in one.

Anonymous said…

Its true though.
Where do you start changing things when almost all the personnel mentioned are gone already?
Nobody in the current Home Affairs, HSS Ministry, Police Force or Law Offices will take any notice of old events like this because it’s not their problem is it?

Póló said…

@Anonymous at 22:16

Don’t forget the Crown Officers and more importantly the survivors and those who may be close to not surviving.

Justice must still be seen to be done if there is to be any closure. Graham Power has described the current situation as a running sore and that is precisely what it is.

Anonymous said…

The Crown Officers have stated that Jersey runs its own affairs so forget them. We’ve been told Jersey is going to the ECHR by 2 ex States Members but nothings happened in 7 years and like I said, the main players are gone already.
So how do you intend concluding this story away from blogs?

Anonymous said…

An excellent analysis Polo, as is VFC’s comment describing how Graham Power would have easily annihilated the Wiltshire report, had Ian Le Marquand not chickened out of giving him the opportunity to do so.

Yet Ian Le Marquand, in his evidence to the Inquiry on 4th Nov 2015, persists in calling the Wiltshire reports “the definitive reports”. Go to this link and search for the two instances of the word “definitive”:

Page 62: “It is on the basis of the Wiltshire reports. All I know in relation to these matters are that which is contained in the definitive reports produced by the Wiltshire Police”

Page 65: “In my opinion the definitive version of what happened and who was at fault is contained in the first two Wiltshire Police reports and I would refer the Inquiry to these.”

As a Jersey resident and taxpayer, let it be known that I find Ian Le Marquand’s actions and opinions totally and utterly disgusting. He span out a sham suspension for 2 years and spent a million pounds of our money on a report that isn’t worth the paper it is written on and which he did not have the balls to put before any competent tribunal. I find everything about Ian Le Marquand utterly repulsive.

Póló said…

@Anonymous at 22:47

Those who have taken over from the faithful departed have a duty to hold the ongoing power clique (Crown Officers: Bailiff etc.) to account. I can’t force them to do that. Hopefully they can be shamed into it, particularly if the voters awake from their Rip Van Winkle slumber.

Anonymous said…

Well talking about it every night on blogs will never change anything.

Like I said before, people have to physically do a lot more than that.


Click HERE to listen to Jersey States death threat troll nail itself said…

Your commenter who thinks that none of these untoward things should ever be investigated, or even talked about reminds me of the JEPeado’s pet troll.

What could possibly motivate such an individual?

Anonymous said…

Kudos! Another excellent post on Jersey. This will be an important bookmark for recommended reading, one I’ll happily link to assist many more outsiders and newcomers. By providing this concise background summary, readers can more immediately grasp the key parts of bizarre Jersey child abuse and cover-up saga, and go directly to the ongoing evidenced reporting on Jersey’s world class blogs.


Anonymous said…

So Barking Bill Bailhache is gone has he? No, still in office. The paedo protector Le Breton still had the title Jurat and earlier this year was even brought back by Bailhache to sit on a child abuse case! Sorry but we need to be just as they were in hunting down and holding to account old Nazis. Most of the gangsters and blind-eyers are still around. They must not be allowed to be passed off as decent, normal citizens.

Anonymous said…

Philip Bailhache is not involved in legal matters who is the only Bailhache attacked so far.
John Le Breton retired at least 2 years ago.
As for being called a Troll, if your only answer to realistic questions is to name call me and label me as a person you always pick on then I must have a point.Cheers

Póló said…


I have had to resort to moderating comments on this blog due to some of the abusive comments which have been left on this and other recent Jersey related posts.

Such comments degrade the posts themselves and limit their subsequent circulation. I do not sit up till the early hours of the morning researching stuff to have it binned so lightly.

It is sometimes hard to distinguish what is genuine comment from trolling or simply messing and I am going to err on the side of attempting to keep up the quality of the comment stream.

It is my blog and I am calling the shots. If that doesn’t suit some people then there is no shortage of other online avenues of expression.

@Anonymous at 3:59 and others (no offence!)
If you are taking issue with a specific comment please reference it at the head of your own comment so that I can judge whether it is reasonable or not. I do have a life and don’t intend to spend it trying to read commenters’ minds.

Thank you to all who have made constructive (including critical) comments so far and I hope you will bear with me in my new and unwelcome role as censor in chief, or as I’d prefer to see it, quality controller.

Anonymous said…

These Blogs have been churning over the same story for years but no Blogger has dared to take anything further than a claim online, which either shows the argument is hearsay or they are bluffing about what they know. After so many years it is on fair comment to ask whether people ever had any intention of taking Jersey to the ECHR at all?
The Jersey Establishment have certainly never shown any ‘fear’ like some people have implied over this time and have carried on with business as usual regardless of Blogs.

Póló said…

I was thinking of doing a general post on the current Inquiry but this will serve for the moment.

Click HERE to listen to Jersey States death threat troll nail itself said…

Jon Haworth is not the only self styled wannabe Joseph Gobbles who blindly supports the Jersey establishment and the forces of cover up at 4am in the morning :
“Philip Bailhache is not involved in legal matters who is the only Bailhache attacked so far. John Le Breton retired at least 2 years ago.”I am trying to reconcile that statement below from another commenter:
“The paedo protector Le Breton still had the title Jurat and earlier this year was even brought back by Bailhache to sit on a child abuse case!”Your defence of Philip Bailhache is touching but fear not Mr. Jon “Cheers” Doe. Both of the Bailhache Bothers are in for a protracted bruising as both their pasts catch up with them 🙂

Click HERE to listen to Jersey States death threat troll nail itself said…

Commenter at 13:43 thinks you are bluffing Polo, and apparently does not give Jersey bloggers credit for their part in keeping the issues alive and even achieving the CoI !!!
(Bloggers of course not being responsible for the fact that the CoI is an incompetent establishment Lawyer-fest)One gets the impression that Anon @13:43 would like you to stop blogging.On the below link Jon Haworth implies that the chronic stalking and threats to
Blogger Sorda’s pregnant and ill wife would stop if only he will stop blogging

No doubt Mr. Haworth is not the only krypto nazi on the island……

Sharrock Paul Holmes said…

As pointed out the ‘retired’ paedophile protector, and according to the former Jersey detective Mr Cornelison, intimidator of abused school pupils John Le Breton was sitting in judgement of the big child abuse case earlier this year. So hardly “all years ago” anonymous. If you care about children, and I say without shame I would kill anyone abusing any of my three, you should surely see the importance of confronting these dark age leftovers?

Anonymous said…

Do you have any idea about the time scale and ultimate cost of going down the ECHR route? To me unless you have pockets the depth of the Barclay brothers all you will get is frustration. Not least because it will take so long most of the guilty will have died before even a successful application is heard.

Anonymous said…

As one who disagrees with your views I would still.not call you a troll. Just a very naive or uncaring person.

Póló said…

@Anonymous at 16:27

Please note that I have asked for people commenting on a previous comment to identify that comment. This can be easily done by quoting the name and timestamp as I have done here. Thank you.

Othrwise I will not let comments through.

Anonymous said…

If you are moderating then why do you allow attacks against Jon Haworth on here? He’s one of a few who is not connected to the historic abuse inquiry and I wonder why every critical comment on this subject is always blamed on one individual like him? If we can’t focus on the real people involved then time is being lost. So instead of shooting down commentators on here by calling them Trolls, why not do what people suggest and take these serious claims against Jersey to a higher level?

For example can Leah Goodman do a new article on Jersey?
Can John Hemming do anything?
What about Richard Murphy of the TJN?

Anonymous said…

I’d like to know when Mr Howarth is giving evidence to the Committee of Inquiry because he must be a major player for people to keep on posting about him.

Anonymous said…

Blog starts off about Graham Power and ends up talking about nobodies lol. Admin, sort it out.

Póló said…

@Anonymous at 12:43 and Anonymous at 11:13

I am well aware of the diversion tactic. I have good advice on that matter and have already blocked some abusive comments on this blog in recent days.

I don’t mind the subject of Mr Howarth getting a brief airing. While I am not aware that he is directly relevant to the question of child abuse, he does seem very relevant to the small matter of attempting to pervert the course of justice by interference and threats to bloggers on the island.

I have no intention of overindulging either him, his friends or references to them on this, or any other post. And, as I said, when I get into my stride I’ll be erring on the side of quality control.

So let’s just have three cheers for Graham and Lenny, for the bloggers and Leah etc., get back to the main business.

Anyone like to offer a comment on ILM’s blind faith in Wiltshire. No doubt he has read the boot full of “supporting” documentation that he hadn’t the nerve to publish.

Anonymous said…

Why don’t you ask yourself? Come on Polo you have done a truly great post here. Don’t the self-obsessed take the debate off up a troll cul de sac. ‘Cheers’ and keep up the good work.

Linda Corby said…

As an original Jersey vile blogger I just wanted to say a quick thank you for your post.
Wiltshire Police have yet to contact me ref ex PM Ted heath episode I witnessed & reported at the time, no answer as to what happened to the boy who vanished off his yacht or where my statement to Jersey PHQ at the time has gone either?
Happy Christmas everyone 🙂

Anonymous said…

The bloggers you support have no journalistic qualifications or equal qualifications in child welfare matters so anybody can attack them Polo because they are not legit.

Póló said…

Anonymous at 20:39

Thanks for that perceptive comment. On one interpretation it is simply a statement of fact.

As far as the general public (and the Inquiry) are concerned, bloggers are unaccredited and therefore in some way inferior or less trustworthy than the accredited media. In other words they are not legit.

And therein lies the problem. Those who are legit in Jersey have not been doing their job and it appears the bloggers are having to step into the gap. They are the only local media who seem concerned with the fate of those victims of injustice, whose trust they have earned. And their output frequently outshines that of the conventionally accepted media.

One barometer of the bloggers’ real legitimacy is the volume of criticism coming from those who claim their legitimacy from ticking boxes constructed by their so called betters.

As Stuart has pointed out, the problem in Jersey is that the wrong people are legit, but morally, and even legally speaking, they have no legitimacy whatsoever.

I would never overstate formal qualifications. By their works shall ye know them.

Anyway, thanks for the comment. I’m not sure if I’m agreeing or disagreeing with you, but thanks anyway.

July 29 2017 – Stuart Syvret – Twitter

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Stuart Syvret

  1. One brief example of the witness-testimony and evidence constructively-excluded by the Jersey

  2. A survivor who’d heard this disgusting conduct of the Jersey parliament, wept on my shoulder in broad daylight

  3.   Retweeted

    2nd of 3 times I had an evening of counseling survivors against suicide, because of conduct of Philip Bailhache

  4. A question based on my important experience: ‘why should it take 1 decade, to get even this far?’ Interview

  5. I received one of “those” kind of letters today. Made me laugh out loud at its corruption. & fear. I’m replying. I expect assassination soon

  6.   Retweeted

    I have to say, Stuart, you hit the nail on the head there.

  7. Stuart Syvret Retweeted Wiltshire Police

    Wiltshire Police – A child-abuse concealing gangster enterprise. #2008

    Stuart Syvret added,

  8. “A Decades-Long Betrayal of the Innocents” – how I tried to describe Jersey’s child-abuse cover-up. A decade ago

  9.  Retweeted

    my experience of – don’t know if it rings any (church) bells with anyone else? ?

  10.  Retweeted

    “Hand wringing and apologies aren’t enough” Claims that ‘clergy’s interests are put above C of E abuse victims’

    The Rt Rev. Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham
  11.  Retweeted

    – my abuse story and why mandatory reporting & independent safeguarding is needed. Too late yesterday. Today?

July 29 2017 – “The Jersey Way” and Stuart Syvret

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Frances Oldham QC

July 27, 2017 8:00 pm

Jersey Evening Post

Gary Burgess

The Jersey Way is a vast, deep-rooted beast, with the ability to make itself felt in the most obscure and murky places. It is a cancer which, even in an unspoken way, has the ability to blur the boundaries between right and wrong. It can make ordinarily good people turn a blind eye to bad things. It can forgive the drip-drip of improper process, become a tidal wave of wrongdoing before anybody’s actually realised there’s trouble brewing.

I wrote a fortnight ago about the need to keep up that early momentum.

The national interest in Jersey’s shame has moved on. Decades of abuse that dominated the local headlines for a week or so at the start of this month are already fading.



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Stuart Syvret

Stuart Syvret Interview – “A systemic decades-long betrayal of the innocents” – December 5 2007 [Retrieval from the Jersey Evening Post]

  1. Stuart Syvret on Twitter



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 One brief example of the witness-testimony and evidence constructively-excluded by the Jersey   


3. A Background on “The Jersey Way” – December 5 2015 – Photopol – “Power Points”


July 23 2017 – “Let us also hope and pray ‘The Jersey Way’ does not also become known as ‘The Chichester Way'” ~ Richard W. Symonds

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Frances Oldham QC

“Yes, the inquiry was about child care, but at its heart is the Jersey Way in its sinister, controlling manifestation: ‘protection of powerful interests and resistance to change, even when change is patently needed'”

~ Richard Digard [Jersey Evening Post – “Complacency over Inquiry’s report has been astonishing” – July 21 2017]

July 14 2017 – Politician stands down amid allegations he lied to Jersey Care Inquiry – ITV News

Politician stands down from role after allegations he ‘lied’ to Care Inquiry


Deputy Andrew Lewis is temporarily standing down from his role as Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee amid allegations he lied to the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry.

Deputy Lewis denies intentionally misleading the Inquiry and the States concerning comments he made in 2008.

He will not resume his role until a review by the Privileges and Procedures Committee (PPC) is completed.

My actions in 2008 were based upon evidence presented to me by officers and advisers. I acted with integrity and impartiality, with the full support of the then Chief Minister and the Council of Ministers remaining within the remit of the disciplinary code and the rule of law.

My actions of the day were justified, and in the best interests of good governance and the people of the Island.

Most importantly, the victims of child abuse have always been at the forefront of my mind and I do not wish allegations related to the competence of a former police chief to detract from the real issue, the failings identified in our child care services.

Last updated Fri 14 Jul 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.