Wednesday, 27 March 2013
"The Church V's Emperor Bailhache - It Was Only A Matter Of Time"
Senator Sir Philip Bailhache believes the report is unfairly critical of the Dean and has damaged his reputation.
Senator Sir Philip Bailhache has written an open letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury expressing his ‘deep dismay’ over the suspension of Dean Bob Key, saying the Bishop made a ‘mistake’.
The former Bailiff is confused over how the Dean could have been suspended saying this action has caused shock and bewilderment in the island.
He believes the report is unfairly critical of the Dean and has damaged his reputation.
Senator Bailhache is concerned as to how the reviewer published the report and believes she was bias in her review.
He says, “The reviewer appears to have approached her task with a predetermined view that procedures in Jersey were inadequate. In my view she has allowed her empathy for HG to cloud her objectivity.
The Senator is also concerned that the Bishop, the Right Reverend Tim Dakin is not aware of Jersey Canon Law. He says, “His failure to show a copy of the report to the Dean was in breach of the principles of natural justice and arguably unlawful.”
“Both the Dean and Mrs Key have been treated unfairly and great distress has been caused in Jersey.”
He says it is unclear if this investigation in disciplinary. Because if it is, it would breach Jersey’s law, the 2012 Canons.
Senator Bailhache believes the bishop does not appear to fully understand the traditional connection between the church and state in Jersey.
He wants the Archbishop to take a personal interest in this situation because he says, “it threatens to do serious harm on the church in Jersey and could cause lasting damage.”
Yesterday the Bishop of Winchester published the terms of reference of the inquiry.