Internet rumours are spreading that the current Bailiff of Jersey and Knight of the British Empire, Sir Philip Martin Bailhache was the governor at the Jersey boy’s school (Haut de la Garenne) currently being investigated by police in the 70’s and 80’s.
Whatever the case it seems that this abuse had been reported to both the authorities and the local media many times and nothing was ever done.
Stuart Syvret, Jersey’s former health and social security minister, has no doubt that an officially orchestrated “culture of concealment” has been in place on the island for since the late 1940s.
Syvret was sacked from his position shortly after claiming to have uncovered evidence that abuse of vulnerable youngsters had been going on in state-run institutions for decades.
On going public with his claims he was “shouted down” by colleagues in the States Assembly and even had his microphone switched off. Syvret continues to expose the culture of secrecy on the island noting:
“In a period of time of under two weeks, journalists with no prior knowledge of Jersey – let alone the atrocities against children – have uncovered twenty times more important information – than the entire panoply of Jersey media has – in six decades.”
Syvret has started a blog discussing Jersey’s murky underbelly at: http://stuartsyvret.blogspot.com/