Thursday, 29 August 2013

Senator Sir Philip Bailhache----------A Man of Influence---Part 1.

I had been going through a number of my files when I came across one about Victoria College. The contents reminded me of how the States was duped into making a decision which it later had to overturn. The contents also revealed the part played in the shenanigans by the now Senator Philip Bailhache who at the time was Attorney General and soon to be Bailiff. Also and very interestingly he became Chairman of its Independent Governing Board during the period when Mr Jervis-Dykes was teaching there and was later sentenced to a lengthy prison sentence for sexual assaults on a number of pupils.

One will have to go back to 1991 when Jack Hydes had been appointed Head Master at the College but was denied membership to the Head Masters Conference (HMC) which is a bit like an old boys club where one of the perceived benefits is that their pupils are able to shoot at Bisley.

A way had to be found to allow for Mr Hydes’ acceptance and it was perceived that if the College’s Governing Board was independent it would pave the way for Mr Hydes. This perception was inaccurate because membership is determined by the Head Master’s credentials and not the School’s nor the Governing Board, but this fact was not made known to States Members.

At that time the Education Committee of the day was also embroiled in a debate about the introduction of a 6th Form College for the Island’s non- fee paying students. It was also intending to lodge a proposition to establish Governing Bodies for all the Island’s schools but it required Law drafting time which would be some way off.

I had been elected at the end of 1993 and on 12th April 1994 the States debated the Education Committee’s proposition to amend the “Loi 1960 au sujet du College Victoria" to establish a new Governing Body. This in affect was jumping the queue ahead of all the other schools.

I still have a vivid memory of the debate and felt like Oliver Twist asking Mr Bumble for more porridge when I rose to speak. The late Sir Peter Crill was in the chair and apart from being an Old Victorian (OV) was known to have little patience for new members particularly if he considered them to be wasting time. The Education President Connétable Iris Le Feuvre had outlined the proposition which was expected to be approved on the nod because she asked whether it was necessary to go through the Articles. Sir Peter said the simplest way was for them to be taken as read and just answer any questions should any arise. His tone was such that none or speeches were expected.

I was first to speak and said the proposition was more to do with the Head Master’s acceptance to the HMC than providing for a democratically elected governing body in line with Education’s own guidelines. It was establishing quango which was independent of the States who was still expected to pay the College’s maintenance and educational costs. I remember Sir Peter being very agitated by my speech and moved from one cheek of his backside to another. In conclusion I suggested that the proposition be taken back to the drawing board.

Sir Peter was clearly upset with my suggestion and instead of calling for the vote had to ask whether it was necessary for anyone else to speak. There were but it was a short debate with questions mainly answered by Sir Peter who at one time said “I shouldn't be doing this, the President should being doing this.”  There were a couple short speeches from former students (OV’s) reminiscing on their school days and the pleasure of shooting at Bisley which would be denied to current students if the head master was excluded from the HMC.  Although this was untrue it would not have made any difference as the Articles were accepted en bloc on a standing vote.

Law drafting time is important and the order of precedence in those days was approved by States Members. In normal circumstances the Draft Loi would have been put to the end of the queue unless the President sought States approval to move it up the list. However this was not necessary because unknown to States Members the necessary drafting had already been done thanks to the intervention of the Attorney General who was Philip Bailhache and soon to be appointed Bailiff and Chairman of the Victoria College Governing Board. 

On 4th January 1994 some 3 months before the debate a memo was sent by the Law Draftsman to the Assistant Director of the Education Department stating that by way of a “farewell gift” and because of Attorney General’s personal interest in the matter the 1860 Loi had been drafted.

The memo was subsequently leaked to the JEP whose reporter Phil Falle later published a report in which the explanation for the “farewell gift” was described as a characteristic joke by the Law Draftsman and the likelihood of such a thing happening again had been reduced.


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It is evident that Senator Bailhache was able to use his influence to arrange for the law drafting for which he had a personal interest to the detriment of other laws which were higher up the queue. It is sometimes said that “rank has its privileges” but should it extend to using one’s position to further one’s means?

The Governing Board was later established with the newly appointed Bailiff Sir Philip appointed its first Chairman. This was subsequently to lead to further complications, conflicts of interest and abuse of position.

This will be explained in a further Blog which I shall publish shortly.


53 comments:

  1. I have long struggled with understanding the apparent influence that PB has over this island.

    He proves time and time again that he is a fool.

    A fool of some intellect but nonetheless a fool.

    A fool who thinks his past deeds will remain secret forever.

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    1. A fool who thinks he is going to heaven

      Apparently only good people who are truly sorry and make amends get entry to that club

      He is living on false promises, not just making them.

      How can Christians be so stupid ?

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    2. There have been many people who have described as fools and going back in history King James 1st was known as the wisest fool in Christendom, but was he the fool or was it his followers? It is not necessarily the individual who is the fool but those people who allow themselves to be fooled who are the real fools.

      Senator Bailhache was able to persuade the Law Draftsman to draft the legislation as indeed was he able to persuade fellow members of the Privileges and Procedures Committee to overturn a States Decision re the Electoral Commission. Even worse was to follow because he was able to persuade sufficient States Members to elect him to chair the Commission. Was he the fool or was it those who allowed them selves to be led like sheep.

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    3. Yes, you make another good point Bob re. "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me"

      Some of the fools are little better themselves and are horizontally integrated into the "house/businesses of Bailhache"

      And some just follow the pied piper in a tank top
      to hell, but probably not back again

      I feel sorry for the followers who gazed open mouthed as the media built Sir Philip up to be some sort of god
      Why did the media do this ?
      How did an otherwise intelligent population largely swallow it?

      It was done with a relative stranglehold on power & information. A stranglehold which they fully intend to reassert.
      Mark my words.

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    4. "It was done with a relative stranglehold on power & information. A stranglehold which they fully intend to reassert.
      Mark my words."

      And so it came to pass:

      http://stuartsyvret.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-crown-and-newspeak-justice-part-1.html

      If Ex-Health Minister Syvret's comments and revelations were predominantly untrue he should have been prosecuted for libel/deformation.

      "Data" is commonly understood to be TRUE information so the failed Super-injunction judgement does nothing to clear the names of the 4 taxpayer funded claimants.

      The judgement is an attempt by the establishment to dig it's way out of the hole it dug but only serves to reinforce Syvret's allegations with the hijack of the data protection office rather than risk a libel case.

      This sets a number of dangerous precedents. We are all "data controllers" non libellous/true commenting and even investigative journalism must not cause "distress".

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  2. Sir Philip really must do something about you bloggers expressing your unaccredited opinions.

    Perhaps it can be done under data protection or perhaps we need to similarly hijack the new anti-troll/anti-bullying law.

    Some of you little people are constantly forgetting just who this little island belongs to.

    You may even think that it is high time to call the police

    http://therightofreply.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/bent-twisted-corrupt-little-jersey.html

    Go ahead, be my guest ........

    Perhaps you could even be detained at the shysters' pleasure ......
    you would not be the first

    If it happened to Syvret and it happened to HG, so do you little, little people think you could do a flying f*** if you got in the way of 'the great and the good' ?

    [/truth in satire]

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    1. Many a true word is spoken in jest!!!

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  3. Jersey's rulers are very sensitive about Victoria College as it touches on their privilege.

    It is good to reminded about these events about which many may not know or remember, so keep up the good work.

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    1. There is no reason why sacred cows cannot be milked.

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  4. Democracy is the opium of the masses

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  5. Great investigating Bob. Philip Bailhache conspired with other senior figures to protect a paedophile and smooth the way for Piers Baker to get a tranfer to the harbours dept. If you dig deeper I think that you will find that this is only a small part of a larger conspiracy to protect an international ring.

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    1. By sheer co-incidence Senator Bailhache had “retired” just prior to the release of the Sharp Report.

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  6. *sends Bob back in the cupboard for more information on Bailhache*

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  7. The false belief that Jersey functions as a real democracy is the opium of Jersey masses.

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  8. The curious thing in all of this is that Phil isn't an OV... his dad didn't think it was good enough for his boys, so both of them went to be boarders at Charterhouse.

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    1. Thanks for that reminder, it explains a lot

      A basically rather average boy has been over-educated in the art of shysterism. No wonder he keeps fouling up. Hitherto the golden boys have fouled up with impunity. Thanks to unaccredited media the corners are at last being lifted of cover ups over these catalogue of errors and malfeasance. Shamed franchises like the ultra-savilesque BBC Jersey will report years after the event and pretend that they are doing journalism.

      We are four decades in to our financial services gold rush and beneath the veneer Jersey is still a "frontier town"

      Yes, Bob is at risk of a 'fishing trip' dawn raid by the data protection posse but he knows this.
      Bring 'im in boys - We dare you!

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    2. Charterhouse Boarding, Registered Charity No. 312054

      Fees: £32,925 per annum* per child (without extras)

      Man to man and without his legal entourage or his own umpires whistle and claque, Bailhache is creamed time and time again by The St.Helier ghetto boy.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJo9JbZ3z-o
      (now remember Bailhachegate)

      But it is funding, PR and exposure which win elections everywhere, including in the island of the unwary.

      Odd how the plethora of 'unacredited' soundbites never got onto the BBC etc. pre-election (or ever come to think of it)

      But I do remember them airing a soundbite where "Sir Philip" announced unchallenged that Mr.Syvret was once impressive but had unfortunately "lost it"

      Syvret is clearly not (and never was) "mad".
      Yes, angry-mad but his only human and must have been deeply damaged by what he has been through (and what he is still going thought).

      BBC Jersey, The Bailhache Broadcasting Co.
      Totally lost it's 'Gripton' (or vary soon to do so, lol)

      Here are some wise words from Jersey's favourite 'loony lefty':

      http://sammezec.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/its-time-to-talk-about-bbc.html

      The truth is the truth, whoever speaks it.

      £32,925 per annum* per child
      oddly, the speelchecker suggests "anus" ??!
      Come to think of it; I wonder where Mr. Jervis-Dykes is now and if he managed to so deftly fill all those embarrassing holes in his CV

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    3. Does anyone remember BBC Jersey having a morning phone in for each Senatorial candidate? And come the morning for Sir Philip Bailhace's opportunity to be question by the electorate, the telephones weren't working and his turn was thus cancelled as opposed to just being postponed.

      The Beano is not the Rag

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  9. Dear Bob, we have a Man called Sir Philip who has lived the life of a King, eaten like a King and lived like a King. Untouchable! Wines and dines in the most expensive places and is protected by those who benefit from him. But this is one Man and one Man can't keep up being in control of everything, already the cracks are appearing. The sad fact is his arrogance will be the end of a Man who could have done better! Alas, there are others that follow his pattern. It's people who are not afraid to question the system, question, question.... that is the key! never just sit and say 'well that's the way it is' so much has already been achieved and there is no doubt in my mind much more to come x

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    1. No.

      We the public need the law to be tightened up on our behalf.
      (or just reinterpreted vis. "judge made law" trumps public interest)

      It would also be cost effective to treat our local royalty to a private jet or two.

      http://therightofreply.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/cancer-sufferer-russell-ormerod.html

      Sir Philip would lament that these funds might have to come out of cancer treatment, but that is not his fault. It is the fault of the traitors and wreckers who want to rock the boat and resist what is good for them.

      A corporate Island needs an executive management. Of course in such a place it is down to each individual to protect their bottom line against an aggressive take-over, be they adult or child.
      [/truth in satire]

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  10. When will Sir Philip do the right thing and resign!

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    1. Never of his own free will, I fear! We can hope that he will be made to, however.

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  11. everyone posting comments is anonymous, are we scared of this Bailhache? Are we worried what he will do to Bob for posting these blogs?

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    1. Let us not overstate the overblown puffball's power.
      Bob is a tough decorated ex-copper and does not have the basic vulnerabilities e.g. of being reliant on employment.

      This not a free functioning democratic island but nor is it a police state, as eventually London would intervene.

      Things might be different after UDI and the honoraries get Tasers.

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  12. Law and Police; the stitch up continues

    http://stuartsyvret.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-ogier-group.html

    The old boys and politicos do like it tight

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  13. Bailhache once said to a friend of mine that he considered his family to be the "Royalty" of Jersey.
    Oh my!!!

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    1. "Bailhache once said to a friend of mine that he considered his family to be the "Royalty" of Jersey."

      If you hadn't told us, most of us could have guessed he said and believed that anyway- that arrogant, pompous feudalist who thinks he IS and should be king. Who are we to question him? He doesn't allow the press, POLICE, COURTS, fellow elected officials, London, bloggers, or mere voters to hold him to account.

      Keep at it, Bob and other bloggers. Jersey's tiny shreds of democracy are riding on blogs like these. Yes, only a few are in a position to speak freely without risking loss of employment. Jersey is fortunate to have these few to carry the weight of the Fourth Estate.

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  14. I for one have always used my name. My blog is run under my own name. I have never shown Philip Bailhache or his cronies any fear. I have repeatedly stated only blog, that Jersey will only start to breathe and move forward once this man has nothing to do with affecting policy or good governance. He really showed his true colours on May 9th 2008.

    His time is about to pass as his influence wanes. Patience and time are on our side. Good will win over evil in the end.

    rs

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  15. Thanks for your Comment Rico, you have done much to highlight many issues which would have normally remained under wraps. Keep up the good work.

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  16. I used to be a real supporter of what Philip Bailhahce stood for. I don't anymore having heard so many stories at how this man controls Jersey, his downfall is I am afraid is going to be his very own making. He had the opportunity of being a great leader, he blew it when he meddled in Law, in Politics, he just can't let go, he has run this Island his way and god help anyone who got in his way. And that also applies to his brother William. In fact I think his brother is the one who is not getting held to account, he is so protected. It makes me very sad.

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    1. A member of my family feels the same way about PB.

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  17. Sadly when few have power for too long, this happens, it's a certain fact. I am sure PB if asked would say 'he' is doing this for Jersey and I expect he believes he is. But the truth of the matter is very different. I don't think people are born to be control freaks, I just think they surround themselves with people who adorn them with praise and follow them. This gives people like PB false belief that they are infact doing everything for the good of all! when infact if PB looked at his faults and took control of his own faults, he would clearly see that his meddling in Law and Politics will be his downfall. It is refreshing to write this Bob on your blog, the blog is a way of putting one's point across, and yes, I won't give my name, I know how Jersey is and I know how vindictive the Establishment are when they know who is not on their side. It does not make me a sheep! it makes me someone who one day will show my name, but not yet. Keep up the good work Bob, take care. x PB if you are reading this, please resign while you still have some integrity left.

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    1. I understand your predicament about giving your name because that is one of the sad downsides of living in small community where putting your head above the parapet can have serious repercussions.

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  18. Just because someone is well educated, enjoyed the success of being a highly paid advocate, perhaps one who attains the top honour of being an attorney general or for that matter being a Bailiff, doesn't exclude them from being a fool!

    There are those who may consider themselves to be very wise, well educated, rich, but unable to see they are also the biggest fools, mainly because they cannot acknowledge that those with real wisdom are often those who THEY THINK they can fool most if not, all of the time.

    It has been said, that while intelligent people can often simplify the complex, a fool is more likely to complicate the simple.

    So it begs the question, which fool made what should have been a simply yes/no referendum more complex?




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  19. Unfortunately there are some people who can be fooled or mesmerised all the time by people like Senator Bailhache.

    The referendum might have appeared to be complex but it was designed to achieve the result that Senator Bailhache sought that of retaining the Connetables in the States.

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  20. Yes and we all know that Constables can't continue, with 1 vote and have the same voting power as a Politician with thousands of votes, simples! When option B was voted, all the Constables voted for it except Rondel and I take my hat off to him, so infact B was never fair in the first place. As PB knew he would get at least all of the Constables voting for it! so Constables who want to be taken seriously, go out there like the politicians do and get in your votes fair and square, this has to change, we can't have constables getting the same power as politicians. And PB don't get involved please! please, please!

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  21. I laughed out loud at the news coming from my radio this morning -
    Bailhash has run to the UK to ask for help getting Jersey taken off France's tax blacklist!
    The man who would have us become an independent state, rejecting the UK, has had to run crying to UK for help, LOL

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    1. Too funny! Can't have it both ways, methinks.

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    2. I thought Senator Bailhache's TV interviews were interesting and he seemed to be distraught that the French Government had not discussed its intentions with him prior to making its announcement.

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  22. Why go through the sham of a States debate to amend the law, when a decision had been made to do so.

    On 4th January 1994 some 3 months before the debate a memo was sent by the Law Draftsman to the Assistant Director of the Education Department stating that by way of a “farewell gift” and because of Attorney General’s personal interest in the matter the 1860 Loi had been drafted.

    I presume it met with Tom McKeons requirement.

    Joking aside, were all college governing bodies proposals prepared at that prior stage, if not, where's the joke?

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  23. I have a copy of the memo so I know the JEP report was correct. In my next Blog I will publish the names of the Governing all appear to have been approached and ready to take office as soon as the necessary paperwork had been settled.

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  25. Bob.

    Stuart Syvret, Super-Injunction and State Media PART 1

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  26. Bob your comment is very reasonable when you write,

    I thought Senator Bailhache's TV interviews were interesting and he seemed to be distraught that the French Government had not discussed its intentions with him prior to making its announcement.

    The French are know to be very bureaucratic and slow but Senator Bailhache was as at the centre of meetings convincing the French that Jersey is whiter than white. So how did that go for them then ?

    He even went to Paris although there is a typo in the article.

    Maybe he just forgot the meetings and going to Paris and the French Senior politician who sits on the Senate Finance Committee.

    http://www.thisisjersey.com/news/2012/02/07/senior-french-senator-casts-eyes-over-finance-industry/

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    1. I am pretty certain that the delegation was received in a courteous manner but what the delegation had to say went in one ear and out the other.

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    1. Very interesting Blog Rico, has a can of worms been opened?

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    2. That is a very interesting blog by Rico. VFC's and Stuart's blogs are, as well. How is that working out for Philip Bailhache's ploys to silence criticism, I wonder. To the rest of the world, Jersey hasn't looked less democratic in decades.

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