Today's JEP has an item on page 4 headlined 'Hospital death experts called in on abuse inquiry'. For one brief monent I thought the Chief Minister might actually be contemplating the significance of the evidence - the teeth, the fresh fleshed burned bones , the collagen bearing fragment. But no, this is the news that Verita are to be commissioned to 'assist in recommending terms of reference and options for the establishment of an independent inquiry into historic child abuse in Jersey'. He refused to comment on costs, but did say it would be finished by the end of September.
Now I believe that date is no coincidence. Having prevaricated and done nothing significant since June it is now jolly expedient to appoint someone , and have their recommendations at the end of September. That timescale will of course mean that by the time it has reported to the Council of Ministers, and they have taken some time to consider its contents and decide what to do, there is no prosepct of it being examined or challenged during the coming elections. It seems the earliest the States will be able to discuss the recommendations and terms of reference is the sitting of the 8th November. So the outgoing Council of Ministers gets, for practical considerations, to determine the inquiry terms and membership.
You might also note another factor. Implied in the piece in the JEP the only people involved in the decision to engage Verita are the Council of Minister and senator Le Gresley. Verita were selected because of their knowledge of such things, and of Jersey. It seems to me there is at least one other group who have expertise about this matter, and of Jersey, who could easily have been consulted. This of course is the Jersey Care Leaver's Association.
No chief minster we are not so blinded that we cannot work out your game plan.