OK, so we know how Phil Bailhache and Frank Walker shamefully co-opted the Jersey Liberation Day celebration as a means to slam the media, downplay the child abuse investigation, profess innocence of any governmental cover-up and pitifully insult the victims.
Well, it comes, as no surprise the Jersey Evening Post is right behind them as their mouthpiece.
From the JEP:
Liberate us from lies
By Carly Lockhart
THE Bailiff has called in his Liberation Day speech for an end to the international media's 'remorseless denigration of Jersey' over the Haut de la Garenne abuse scandal.
Speaking to an audience of over 1,000 Islanders and visitors at the celebration of the 63rd anniversary of Jersey's liberation from the occupying German forces, Sir Philip Bailhache paid tribute to those who 'kept alive the flame of freedom' here and in the UK throughout the Occupation.
But he said that the 'feeding frenzy of righteous indignation and further wild speculation' that had spread across the world since the discovery of part of a child's skull at the former children's home in February was an unjustified smear on the Island and its inhabitants.
More from the JEP:
Chief Minister in call for 'a new liberation'
By Ben Queree
CHIEF Minister Frank Walker has called for 'a new liberation' from the cloud hanging over the Island from the historic child abuse scandal in the traditional Liberation Day States sitting.
On the 63rd anniversary of the Island's liberation from the occupying German forces, and to a reception of sustained applause, the Senator said that Islanders should never forget how precious the gift of freedom was, and the price that so many paid for it.
And Senator Walker - who described giving the Liberation Day speech to the States as 'one of the greatest honours a Jerseyman could aspire to' - hoped that Jersey would soon be liberated again, this time from what he described as the judgment of 'kangaroo courts' of the international media that sought to portray the Island as a den of iniquity.
'In the past few months at Haut de la Garenne and elsewhere we have learned of another, darker side of life which existed in the intervening years between our liberation and today,' said Senator Walker. 'A cloud has descended over us all and it is clear that it will not disperse until we have met the challenge it represents.'
See? It’s all about the image of Jersey and how unfairly they are being treated. Stop with the self-pity. What about the victims? What about the truth being told?
As Frank says, a cloud is hanging over the island. It’s time Phil, Frank and the JEP realize they are part of that cloud!
More happening in Jersey –
Today, an independent team - the Howard League for Penal Reform – will begin its investigation of Jersey’s child protection system. The Howard League for Penal Reform was invited to Jersey by Senator Stuart Syvret.
On Monday, Gordon Wateridge, a former warden at Haut de la Garenne, will appear in court charged with sexually abusing three girls in the 1960s and 1970s.
Also, later this month, Claude Donnelly, will appear in court. He has been charged with raping a girl between 1971 and 1972.