You don't have to have a gun to be a 'Freedom fighter'...
Tenacious fighters for justice and transparency doing the job that far too many of the island's mainstream media (yes, there are a tiny number of honourable exceptions) appear woefully unwilling or lacking in Testicular Fortitude to tackle. Ordinary, yet extraordinary people such as Rico Sorda, Voiceforchildren and others.
Indeed, I read Mr. Sorda's last post only the other day. Discussing the trauma at the loss of his father within the context of that which abusers and unconcerned governments condemn the victims to, Rico's piece was so moving that I couldn't finish what I was writing myself.
Now Shona and I have seen enough hurt and tragedy these past two years - and no, I am not talking about a court case in essence little better than despicably rigged - losing a whole succession of very close loved ones ourselves. Hard as it has been we have carried on of course. Just as Rico Sorda has carried on. For at least our and Rico's loss/trauma is of the type that just about all have to go through at some point.
The trauma of victims of abuse and uncaring, corrupt governments that worry more about image than justice for damaged people is a trauma no one should have to face or should need to expect. It just shouldn't happen. In fact that it was allowed to happen speaks volumes about the type of people who have dominated Jersey politics and society for decades.
Yet the majority of those at the apex of power now are still trying to water down the abuse Committee of Inquiry Terms of Reference to this day! The question all in Jersey need to ask is a simple:why? Or do we even need to ask? After all, what does it say of any jurisdiction when those in power allow a man proven to happily look the other way on evidence against a predatory paedophile to then become a Jurat? I would suggest it says that they don't give a damn.
Need any further evidence? Then you surely need only turn to this week's shambles of the 'reform referendum' debate.
Bad enough that it had been hijacked by a man, Senator Philip Bailhache, who had not only stated in his 2011 election material what he wanted 'reform wise' - and then by sheer coincidence -gotten exactly this put forward after all of that 'research'. Yet perhaps even more sickening still was the craven, 'we're alright Jack' attitude of the island's Constables in acknowledging my amendment to Option B was far fairer - giving St. Helier residents reasonable parity with other voters - but still voting against it!
Indeed, let us never again hear the utter tosh that the Constables care about all islanders and democracy. That they do not was proven once and for all this Wednesday. Above all else they desperately want to hang on to their jobs; and with it their ability through being head-nodding poodles for the Establishment to forever thwart the people of the island's capital, St. Helier having a fair and equal say in States votes. They are interested only in power and themselves. They have proven that beyond doubt.
Think on Joseph Goebbels words again. After all of these years the Great Lie can no longer be maintained; it is falling apart - even as Senator Bailhache, having ridden at full tilt from the Valley of the Dinosaurs to try to desperately hold the political lightweights of the current Establishment Party together. The lie is in tatters. The only thing that may yet keep it in power a few more years would be a thinnly veiled dictatorship. Let them get away with Option B and they will have it.
Night of the Long Knives
Just consider the Night of the Long Knives action being conducted to oust the unfortunate Deputy Rob Duhamel from Planing & Environment. Forget the apologist drivel in the JEP. Forget Philip Ozouf's 'concerns' about his Ministerial colleague etc. Duhamel is being fitted up simply because he didn't do what the Ego and his glove puppet Chief Minister wanted with Plemont: i.e. buy it with taxpayers money no matter how much it cost over the odds. I gave this truth to the MSM 4 weeks ago. It was not reported so I published it myself on this very blog.
Next consider the mix of Establishment arrogance and sheer stupidity that saw not a one of the Great & the Good turn up to the Public Sector rally at Fort Regent where our nurses and the like were simply pleading for a fair, living wage after years of neglect.
Who did turn up? Just me, Deputies Shona Pitman, Montfort Tadier, Geoff Southern and Judy Martin. That was it - 5 out of 51 politicians. Trust me - this Establishment bunch are too stupid even to prop up their own lies any more. Got no money, boys? Then funny how we don't need to tax foreign companies and other assorted tax dodgers to anything like like fair levels.
Hells bells - did we really even hear Senator Ozouf in the States going on about the 'financial implications' if we didn't cut the number of States Members? The very man who has grown his own little empire at the Treasury faster than a magic beanstalk? Yes, we did, didn't we. Sorry, Doktor Goebbels but the scam of the Great Lie in Jersey is well and truly exposed. Yes, the Establishment Party is still in power - very much so. But the sun is finally shaping up to set on them.
Rigging the reform referendum is their last throw of the dice. Their utterly unfit for purpose 'justice system' is the only last real barrier to democracy, fairness and redemption. Finally expose this once and for all and for the first time in decades there really will be some hope. I mean, after that all we Progressives would have to do was try and sort out the little matter of an economy and social fabric ruined by the 'free-market' Neo-Cons. Should all be a comparative doddle...
Keep the Faith - the dark can't last forever!