Encyclopedia BritannicaWe call those who run “confidence-games”, or “confidence-tricks” – con-men, con-artist or grifters.
Their targets – the “suckers” – known as “marks”, will often be manipulated by very elaborate cons, involving impressive locations, and “shills” - smartly-dressed people who appear plausible but who are “in” on the racket.
Indeed – some “confidence-games” are so elaborate – so staged – the spectacle is not unlike a piece of theatre.
The potential diversity of racketeering swindles – the invention and sale of fake services - is virtually boundless, and as old as organised society. And by no means limited to small-scale, “private-sector” confidence-men. Entire state-agencies can be rackets.
But not, of course, those authorities we look to for public safety – for our protection – for the rule-of-law – for basic honesty and truth. At least, not here in the West – not in respectable Britain.As a society, we pay for – and we cherish – a complex policing, prosecution and judicial system that is amongst the best – if not the best – in the world.
But if, say, hypothetically, your wife or daughter was raped – or murdered – and this vast, elaborately expensive “structure” that you had placed “confidence” in – that you had been duped into believing was a real “criminal justice system” – in fact turned-out to be a confidence-game run by grifters and their shills, and instead of protecting your loved-one, was in fact a scam, that actually covered-up for rapists and murderers if that’s what it took to protect the “image” of the racket – then you would be a “mark” – a sucker.But you’re not like that, are you?
You’re smart – you’re no fool. Some poor schmucks might fall for such racketeering – but you’d see through the flim-flam a mile away.
So when you read this –http://stuartsyvret.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-bright-shining-apocalypse.html
- and then you hear someone who looks and sounds plausible – and who claims to be an independent director of public prosecutions, on the side of the proper rule-of-law and of the truth – asserting that the secret interferences by Crown Advocate Baker with the NMC – and his subsequent lies in court – were not, in fact, secret interferences by Crown Advocate Baker with the NMC – nor lies in court – why, then you’ll be quite certain that there must be - really, really must be – a genuine reason just why black-is-white.Because you’re no fool.
Meanwhile – those of us a who aren’t dupes – who are not “marks” – have to ask, “are the Crown functions in Jersey – such things as the judiciary, the prosecution system - anything other, in truth, than a racketeering operation?”
After all, when we listen to our grifter telling a collection of idiots that “black-is-white” - we look at the facts – like the letters – the transcripts – the evidence - and those of us who are not schmucks can see as clear-as-day that there is only one thing the Crown could say in the Jersey parliament on Tuesday, in answer to the stark fact of the Crown’s corruption – the Crown’s perversion of the course of justice – so as to conceal the most serious of crimes – and to oppress democratic opposition politicians – and that is - “it’s a fair cop”.
Or words to that effect.The Crown won’t, of course, say that – because the Crown – in Jersey at least – is a “confidence-game” – and no matter what the plain facts are, if enough men with received pronunciation and wearing suitable fancy-dress assert the opposite of the plain facts – then the hallucination will be maintained.
At least, that is, in the eyes of fools.But remember, this is not merely the conduct of some local party boss – or a few “bought-and-owned” hick-town grifters. This is the conduct – these are the behaviours - of shysters who have been expressly gifted the power and immunity to enact such corruptions via the personal – executive - grant of “Letters Patent” by the British Queen.
So when we listen to crooks like “dim” Tim Le Cocq, or Howard “blunt” Sharp – in response to questions from Deputy Trevor Pitman - lying to the Jersey legislature on Tuesday 4th June 2013 – to the ultimate purpose of attempting to criminally conceal the fact that a number of my former constituents were subjected to monstrous crimes – and that those crimes have been criminally concealed - it’s important to understand the “chain-of-agency”. Whilst it’s individual holders of Letters Patent who are lying to us, they’re merely links in that "chain-of-agency”; the ultimate power – the “authority” – that is, in fact, conning us with a racket, is the Crown.At least, that is, if the highest Crown authority knows the truth of what is being done in the name of the Crown?
If the Crown authorities in London have been “suckered” – like so many “marks” in Jersey – then that would be a different matter.But the truth will never be passed up to the Crown by the Jersey oligarchs. So insular – so insulated from reality – so crazed with groupthink are the local collection of flim-flam men and grifters – they’ve actually succeeded in conning themselves into buying their own shtick - into believing their whole confidence-routine is reality.
Of course seasoned Jersey watchers are already familiar with the antics of these nutcases. These spectacles are ever entertaining, but not surprising. The fascinating question, and it’s one that’s going to become more and more of a curiosity, is just how on Earth the Crown – the very British state – and all that it’s supposed to represent in respect of “values” – of democracy - of the rule of law – came to be in a position whereby its name, authority and fiat was being so abused by a collection of manifest villains and halfwits, so as to cover-up child-abuse, murder, rape and assorted examples of conspiracies to pervert the course of justice – including the evidencedly illegal suspension of the Police Chief?It has to say something powerful – and not a little alarming – about decadence – of stagnation – of decline and fall - of the failure of the self-protecting robustness of the British system. As I’ve observed before, the manifest criminal anarchy the Crown functions in Jersey have descended into in recent years is “too-big-to-be-too-big-to-fail”. If, that is, the “system” has any sense of respectable self-preservation? The usual way – with the British system – and the British establishment – is that scandals – even very, very serious ones – can be “discreetly” “parked” – kept on the back-burner – fiddled with by one or two defective, ‘make-believe’ “inquiries” – until sufficient time has passed – a couple of decades maybe – when the various culpable officials – and establishment villains – have passed away. Then, eventually, something like the truth is permitted to emerge. As with Hillsborough, Orgreave, Mid-staffs, Savile – and many other, though lower-profile, examples of the endemic – but startlingly unacknowledged - corruption of British society.
It is in such cases that we see the “safeguards” we’re supposed to enjoy – that “thing” known as “the-rule-of-law” - can fail, often disastrously. But then that the bigger illusion – that the UK actually has the effective rule-of-law – can carry on being projected to an hallucinating society via the occasional – decades-too-late – major “revelation”.But is the stark collapse in the rule-of-law, of democracy – of basic public safety – in Jersey in that category of scandals, in which the truth can be held at bay until the various gangsters and shills responsible for it are dead?
The Crown has sleep-walked into permitting London & Jersey’s Freemasons to run this conveniently “self-governing” enclave as a de facto mafia-state – with corruption actually worse than you find in Sicily – on open display. For example – the Crown’s Attorney General answering questions in the Jersey parliament to the purpose of covering-up dramatic crimes – and further covering-up the corrupt cover-up of those crimes – and further compounding all of the evidenced conspiracies to pervert justice.This is a racketeering operation – a confidence-game – in which the key grifters, empowered by her Majesty’s Letters Patent, are conducting themselves in ways in which all pretence - even any attempt at subtlety – has been abandoned, and claims are made that “black-is-white” to the applauding claque of foot-stamping lackeys most of whose place in the Jersey parliament has been carefully engineered precisely because they are a-moral, pliable cretins.
Still, as much as we may marvel and be grimly fascinated at the parallel-universe antics of Jersey’s feudal fantasists – for the public good, they have to be - sooner - or later – confronted with reality. Later this week I’ll publish a fresh application that will have been filed in court in London.The facts and the consequences are going to out.
As they always, inevitably, were.Stuart Syvret