I have absolutely nothing whatsoever against Jersey's Dean, Bob Key. Okay, so truth be told I don't actually think the Dean - or any unelected church 'leader' for that matter - should sit in government at all. Indeed, I'll also openly state that as the Dean does currently happen to be incumbent within the Assembly then he really should be speaking out more stridently on 'social' issues.
Now one might respond: 'for moral guidence' and up until the events of two months ago the argument might even have had some degree of credibility. But not any more. And this takes us to the heart of what was so very wrong; indeed, so very repugnant about yesterday's Establishment Party foot-stomping, gang show.
Caring and the Jersey Establishment just don't mix...
The Dean was back in the Assembly after a two month suspension of his Commission. (Imagine if he had been suspended as 'a neutral act' for two whole years like the shafted Graham Power!) But he was not back due to an investigation having been completed; with suitable castigation given and/or important lessons learnt. Nor with the hurt and damage to the unfortunate victim salved.
The Dean was back in the Assembly simply because the Jersey Establishment Party - not being able to stand one of their perceived 'own' being publicly held to account - had bullied, brow-beaten and cajoled the Church of England into backing down from doing what they should.
Nothing new in any of this, of course.
But what is truly important is the fact that these actions demonstrate that regardless of the fine words, the spin and hand-wringing from the Chief Minister and his Establishment Party colleagues following the hard-fought and painful victory in securing the Committee of Inquiry into 'historic' abuse - nothing whatsoever has been learnt! Not a single damn thing.
Can this be because all of these people are intellectually challenged...
Some might argue yes. Personally I don't believe that for a moment. The truly disturbing reality, in my opinion, is actually that the foot-stompers simply do not care about such matters. They simply do not care in essence about what is right and what is wrong. And if you just further consider the MSM 'reporting' of what has gone on you will see that neither do so many of their media stooges truly care.
The Dean, let us not forget, is not the victim here in any shape or form. He is, whether through negligence, naivete, incompetence - or a mixture of all three - the individual who through holding responsibility actually enabled the betrayal of a vulnerable young woman to come about.
Yet here he is, thanks primarily to the colossal ego of Senator Philip Bailhache plus his Establishment Party cronies, being hailed like some kind of returning martyr. It is wrong. It is embarrassing. It is, quite frankly, completely stomach-churning. Yet if you relied on the local Pravda for your information you would never know.
The Jersey 'image' must be protected above all else...
Just as happens again and again due to the octopus-like tentacles of the Jersey Establishment black has been transformed in to white. Victim has been transformed in to villain. Wrong has been transformed in to right. Really, reading Lucy Stephenson's article you would believe that the Dean's return before the so-called 'Visitation' has even been concluded was greeted by all with scenes resembling a Justine Beiber concert.
Well it wasn't. Indeed, so sickened by the wholly inappropriate speech from the Bailiff and the rabid foot-stomping were some of us that both Deputy Tadier and I walked out in protest.And there were others also not doing the Constable benches impression of Lance Armstrong's piston legs racing up a hill. Some just looked wholly incredulous; embarrassed.
None of this because we all 'hate' the Dean or because we want some kind of witch hunt. Everyone, after all, makes mistakes. No. We are all just sick of the Establishment's contemptuous attitude to victims and to anyone daring to argue that their 'boys' should ever be held to account. Hell, we are just sick of their double standards.
And then the Constable of St. Mary showed just how right we are...
Anyone in even the tiniest doubt about all of this need only have waited a few minutes for the response to my awful 'bubble-bursting' in making a formal apology for the Establishment's over-the-top behaviour to the vulnerable young woman who is the victim in all of this: HG.
I didn't insult anyone. I didn't say anything that was untrue. I just pointed out how wholly inappropriate the behaviour had been. How the victim had been completely pushed aside; forgotten. How the triumphant foot-stomping of the crazy gang hadn't got anything whatsoever to do with me.
Yet in response Constable Juliet Gallichan of St. Mary felt the need to spring to her feet and inform the Bailiff - and listening BBC Jersey audience - that my apology to the unfortunate HG - homeless and alone on the streets of London didn't speak for her! Really.
Yes, just like so many of her colleagues all that matters to the Constable it seems is that the Establishment have got 'their' Dean back. Once again - the 'Jersey Way' in action in all of its glory. Still, at least perhaps thanks to the Constables we can begin to guess what the 'B' in Option B probably stands for...
Keep the Faith - The 'meek' will indeed inherit the earth. Its just that some of we more... forthright people might just have to take up 'arms' on the way to ensure that they survive to enjoy it.