The Guardian, as part of its excellent series on Britain’s Channel Islands, is running a devastating and tremendously important article about the sheer depths of corruption in Jersey, which has been covered up not just by the Jersey establishment, but by the establishment in Britain, too, with complicity from the likes of the Jersey BBC and, by extension the mainstream BBC in the UK. Just one paragraph from this long article:
The former police chief, Graham Power, was suspended after seemingly getting too close to the truth.
“As Power sees it, his suspension was a punishment for daring to challenge Jersey’s “secrecy culture” by investigating serious allegations made against some of the island’s power players. Worse, by allowing Harper to talk freely to the media during the investigation, both men were damaging Jersey’s reputation abroad – a nightmare for a small place with an economy so dependent on foreign finance that it as Power claims, had a “heightened sensitivity to reputational damage”. Or as the Liberal MP John Hemming puts it: “I think he was suspended because he was too ethical. That is very worrying.”
This is exactly, precisely, the kind of thing I described in my ‘Life Offshore’ chapter in Treasure Islands.
This article outlines one shocking story after another, and complements what I wrote about Lenny Harper in my (also shocking) earlier blogging on the subject. There is more from Graham Power – a lot more than you will find in the Guardian article – here.
It is time for the British establishment to take hammer and tongs to The Septic Isle and the other financial whorehouses like it.
The only problem is: the cream of the British establishment is deep in there, with their trousers around their ankles.
Update: Note the comments underneath. I particularly like this sentence:
“The Island is spoilt only by the rustle of money slushing around the corridors and back rooms and the sound of slamming doors as the “establishment” closes ranks.”