- WATCH: Gary Burgess sits down with Sir William Bailhache.
As trolling goes, Jersey's outgoing Bailiff has proven he is up there with the best of them.
Sir William Bailhache used a paragraph from the 2017 Care Inquiry report which criticised his brother, the former Bailiff Sir Philip, and changed a few words to launch a stinging attack on Frances Oldham QC who led the inquiry.
Compare the words for yourself:
Frances Oldham, in July 2017, wrote of Sir Philip's apparent prioritisation of Jersey's reputation above the child abuse investigation:
Yesterday (8 October), Sir William Bailhache said in parliament:
It is almost a carbon copy.
An extraordinary and unprecedented speech in its own right, but that he has used Frances Oldham QC's words and thrown them back in her face moves this up another level.
He is unhappy at fresh calls for the dual role of the Bailiff as both presiding officer in the States Assembly and chief judge in the courts should be split. He objects to a perception of establishment cover ups and the so-called "Jersey Way" being linked to the high office he holds.
In response today, the Children's Minister Senator Sam Mézec has told me:
Sir William is retiring but he has lobbed a grenade that will spark a whole new debate about power at the top of Jersey back to life. This could get explosive.