Maybe Ritchie should try this argument with Dame Margaret, Lady Hodge?

But I am not surprised. I have been a persistent Jersey watcher since 2003. It has not always made me popular there, but I had something important to say and that is that the Jersey government is rotten to its core. It has gone out of its way to assist tax abuse and those seeking financial opacity, but despite all the ongoing warnings made over the last decade children are still apparently at risk in Jersey. What better evidence of the corruption tax haven culture delivers could be there be than that?

Islington child care homes, used the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility.

Hey, you know what, maybe he’s got a point this time?

20 comments on “Maybe Ritchie should try this argument with Dame Margaret, Lady Hodge?

  1. The inquiry into the Haut de la Garenne childrens’ home recommends that the building be demolished. Apparently the problem wasn’t the individuals who worked there, nor the management structure, nor even the politicians: but the building itself. As with Grenfell Tower, we must now investigate all similar buildings to check for abusive bricks.

  2. Let’s just adapt this paragraph slightly and turn it on its head….

    ‘ I have been an avid North Korea watcher since 2003. It has not always made me popular there, but I had something important to say and that is that the North Korean government is rotten to its core. It has gone out of its way to persistently persecute huge numbers of its citizens, forcibly detaining people without due process and engaging in systematic abuse described by the United Nations as ‘ crimes against humanity’, but despite all the ongoing warnings made over the last decade people are still apparently at risk in North Korea. What better evidence of the corruption The Courageous State delivers could be there be than that?’

    Is that paragraph any more ludicrous than Murphy’s?

  3. Van_Patten, no, it’s much less ludicrous. Murphy’s argument is the finest correlation = causation fallacy I’ve ever read.

  4. I wonder how many of Ely’s residents are child molesters and how that compares with the proportion in Jersey.

  5. @Andrew M: I’m tired of this superstitious peasantry approach, demolishing a perfectly good building because ‘bad things happened in the past’. Its 2017, FFS!

  6. @JuliaM: it is equally superstitious to suppose that the date being what it is implies that we either are, or ought to be, wiser than we used to be.

  7. What better evidence of the corruption tax haven culture delivers could be there be than that?

    Talk about monomania. For fucks sake.

  8. Stans t’reason dunnit!

    Tax abusers and child rapists, one and the same thing.

    I look forward to Spud demanding an investigation into the tax affairs of certain Rochdale taxi drivers and kebab shop owners.

  9. “I had something important to say and that is that the Jersey government is rotten to its core”

    Well, no, oh Fat One. What you predicted back in around 2005 was that by 2012 there would be an ‘effing big whole in Jersey finances.

    That was before the banking crisis and world recession and despite these occurrences there wasn’t an effing big whole in Jersey finances in 2012.

    But, in 2015, Jersey produced a report saying that if they didn’t do something about it, there would be an effing big whole in Jersey finances by 2019. But that they planned to do something about it.

    This led to the Fat One triumphantly squawking that he had been right all along in his prediction made in 2005.

  10. I’ve just come back from a holiday in Jersey. I found the island not only a bit claustrophobic, like most islands, but also creepy. It gave me the same sort of willies I get in Germany; not sure why. There’s something indefinable in the atmosphere.

    Maybe it’s all those potato fields.

    However, it’s incredibly prosperous, apart from one or two grotty parts of St Helier. If you weren’t born there and want to take up residence, you have to show that you will contribute a minimum of £125K a year in taxes. In that respect, at least, we could do worse than impose similar conditions on our immigrants.

  11. If you weren’t born there and want to take up residence, you have to show that you will contribute a minimum of £125K a year in taxes.

    Tough gig. Still, there’s the massive irony that every foreign born resident of Jersey will pay vastly more in tax than the self-appointed Chief Tax Evasion Witchfinder does himself.

  12. Surely as a country in its own right the channel islands can decide how they will run their own affairs, including choosing rotten people to be members of their government.
    We can disagree with what they do but we can no more force them to do things our way than we can force the US to spell stuff correctly.

    Personally I don’t see the Channel Islands being any worse than many other places, indeed better than some.
    Funny how the biggest statist does not call for an invasion of one of the more statist countries in the world. North Korea.
    With him leading the charge of course…

  13. Off Topic.

    It’s obviously a Fahkin’ disGRACE that councils don’t keep tower blocks next to other tower blocks completely empty just in case one of them burns down. To expect people to be re-housed somewhere they don’t like when they can swan it up in a hotel is an insult. I blame that bleedin’ wassername Terry May.

    From the BBC.

    “All Grenfell Tower fire survivors who want to be rehoused have been offered temporary accommodation, officials say, but only nine offers have been accepted and many are still in hotels.
    The Grenfell Response Team says 139 formal offers have now been made.
    But North Kensington Law Centre, which represents many victims, said some had been offered homes in other towers, other areas, or without enough rooms”

    If only we’d had the North Kensington Law Centre during the blitz.

  14. Andrew – years ago when I worked with homeless they were offered accommodation and if turned down they would have to start the process all over again. Generally not offered accommodation where anyone else wanted to live.

    These days – how many spare houses and flats in decent areas will be available at any one time?
    Particularly as other boroughs are rehousing tenants at the same time….

  15. Meanwhile the twat rejoices about the EU voting for country by country reporting. Why not leave the EU?

  16. I won’t go into the details but I was once arrested in Jersey – dawn raid on my hotel sort of thing – on very serious charges. A mate of mine was nicked too. The whole thing was complete bollocks, as they had to concede quite quickly, and so I was ‘de-arrested’ and converted to a witness and asked if I would mind making a statement.

    (Their main target was a third guy who we vaguely knew.)

    I said sure, spent x hours making my statement, not on tape but hand transcribed by a DC, and then they asked me to sign it.

    I said I would after I’d read it. Halfway through I saw that the DC had changed a crucial part of my statement to say something I hadn’t said, to implicate this third guy in this very serious offence, and told him to change it.

    He changed it, I signed and was driven back to my hotel.

    Where I met my mate who told me that they’d done precisely the same thing to him.

    We went back six months later to give evidence and the third guy was acquitted. No doubt that he’d have been convicted if we had just signed our statements.

    This third guy had basically taken the piss big time out of a very wealthy man on the island, fucked his daughter too I think, but was guilty of nothing more than that.

    Never been back to Jersey, doubt I ever will.

  17. “If you weren’t born there and want to take up residence, you have to show that you will contribute a minimum of £125K a year in taxes. ”
    I would be happy if it were a minimum of £1k net – it would still be a big improvement.

  18. The fact is that predators gather where they have access to prey, problems in children’s homes is not unique to Jersey

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