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Personal Statement

I strongly believe in democracy, equality, fairness and the right of everyone to have the opportunity to enjoy a full and good life and fulfil their maximum potential. I’m proud of Guernsey, our community and our way of life. I am also pragmatic and believe that we must nurture, expand and diversify our economy if we are to continue to enjoy the excellent standard of services we now have.

  • A fair society where the needs, contributions and aspirations of everyone really count.
  • An Education system fit for the future and for the needs of all islanders throughout their lives.
  • Affordable, reliable and resilient sea and air links which our diverse island community deserves.
  • Modern Consumer and Employment legislation to protect islanders and allow our community to thrive.
  • A government responsive to the opinions of islanders between general elections.

Manifesto

About Me

I am 61 years old. I was born in Guernsey and have lived here all of my life. I was educated at the Vale School and Elizabeth College having gained an 11+ scholarship. I worked for 39 years in the public sector predominantly in finance roles and am very well acquainted with the States Budgets and Accounts. I was a member of the executive of the Association of Guernsey Civil Servants branch of PROSPECT for a number of years and became branch president during my last year at work.

A Fair Society

It is my belief that whilst we live in an affluent island there are great inequalities in our community. There are foodbanks, charities distributing hundreds of presents at Christmas to children and the elderly and there are local voluntary organizations which assist many islanders with basic essentials. I believe that there is nothing wrong with being ‘ordinary’ or ‘average’. The sun shines equally on us all rich or poor, old or young, whoever we are.

The present pandemic has worsened these differences. Whilst we must all be thankful that the Finance Industry which is the powerhouse of our economy has largely functioned as normal, huge numbers of us have seen our circumstances nosedive. The island’s furlough scheme is not generous, effectively moving many islanders onto the local minimum (non-living wage) and opening up the rift between the haves and have nots. In 2018 only 59% of Local Market homes were owner occupied compared to 66% in 1981. As no government efforts have been made to alleviate the plight of private tenants many local families have seen their savings wiped out and their debts mushroom. We need to record and publish indicators of the financial health of islanders (household savings and debts being an example) in addition to reporting on the performance of the economy.

We need to actively encourage full or partial home ownership. There is persuasive anecdotal evidence to suggest that local ‘affordable’ new builds are often bought up by individuals who would never dream of living in them, but buy them to rent out. I would support and encourage schemes to facilitate States Loans for deposits, first time home purchases and insulation upgrades for those purchasing older properties. If the island is to thrive our young people need to have the expectation that they have a decent financially secure future here.

Education

I believe that the future of Education in the island needs to be properly resolved as a matter of extreme urgency. The views of all stakeholders including teachers, parents, pupils and neighbours of the proposed sites need to be taken into account. It is self-evident that the previous engagement with all groups was unsatisfactory. We need to get this right. We need an Education system which is fit for purpose and fit for the future. We will be building upon the strong foundation of our local teaching staff. A good education system is one of the key reasons the island is an attractive place to live.

Sea and Air Links

We are an island community and sea and air links are vital to us. It is my feeling that islanders essentially want to be able to buy ferry tickets at a reasonable affordable price and have a high degree of certainty that they will travel on the dates and at the times on their bookings. I would support and encourage robust action to improve ferry services which have deteriorated considerably since 2015. As regards air connectivity, we own an airline. The airline has a very large level of debt and makes increasing losses each year (pre-Covid). Conversely it has been pulled in different directions by a number of States bodies and has lacked steer from government about how to conduct its business in 17 years of public ownership. The airline needs to know what is expected of it. Operating an air route has many overlapping effects. Flying full aircraft is beneficial to the airline, the tax payer, the passengers and the environment (income increases, costs go down and environmental impact per passenger is lessened). A long hard look needs to be taken at air links.

Consumer and Employment Legislation

I would support the introduction of modern consumer protection legislation. Islanders need this, as do local businesses if they are to compete effectively with off island suppliers. I would also like to see an ombudsman service introduced for islanders to use to resolve disputes with providers of professional services. As regards employment legislation, home office working is now a reality and is likely to remain so. The States need to act decisively to ensure that the island is not left behind and costs to employees are correctly addressed (lighting, heating, telephone & broadband connection etc) and that employers provide suitable furniture and equipment for the health and safety of their staff, wherever they are based and provide such items as ink tanks and stationery. Working from home is likely to increase and has financial benefits for employers, social benefits for employees and environmental benefits by cutting down on commuting but it must be done properly. People Matter.

A Responsive Accountable Government

It is clear that there is understandable public dissatisfaction with the way the States take account of public opinion between general elections. I would support the introduction of a petition system similar to Jersey’s which would require a ministerial response at 1,000 signatories and consideration for States debate at 5,000 signatories.

Answers to questions proposed by the public:

Most of the detailed work of the States is done in committees, like the Committee for Environment and Infrastructure. What experience do you have of being on a committee and how did you contribute?

I have served as a committee member for a number of voluntary organisations in the past. I was also a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Guernsey Civil Servants Branch of Prospect becoming president at the end of my career with the Civil Service. During my career I also regularly attended Home Affairs Board meetings where I advised on Revenue and Capital budgetary matters.

With unemployment currently running at an all time high, what measures would you like in place to ensure local people are offered jobs before license holders ?

It is a very difficult thing to balance the needs of the ecconomy and local residents when it comes to the job market. At present the ability to move to the island and work is governed by Population Management Regulations which replaced the former Housing Control Laws. I would hope that as regards the public sector preference is given to local residents. In the longer term it may be necessary to provide education provision to upskill islanders so that recruitment off island just becomes unattractive to employers.

What concrete measures would you like to see implemented in Guernsey during the next term to achieve net zero carbon by 2050?

Probably the single most important enabler to a Carbon Neutral future would be the completion of the two proposed European Electricity Inter Connector Cables - GF1 (Guernsey - France) and the GJ1 (Guersey - France via Jersey) replacement. The transition from internal combustion engined vehicles to electric cannot happen without a resilient high capacity off island carbon free supply. Similarly the transition to electric heating will be thwarted without these cables. On that basis I feel that it is vital that these works are either completed during the next term or at least agreed and set in motion if the 2050 target is to be met.

I live in St Peter Port but have interests in the Vale, St Peters and Castel. Will you be looking at Island Wide issues or more so in your Parish of residence?

The transition to Island Wide Voting means that the next assembly will be voted into office by the whole of the island's electorate. On that basis I feel that Deputies will need to be looking at Island Wide Issues. Every islander wherever they live should be able to contact any Deputy about an issue they may have.

Are you concerned about the large amount of agricultural land that is being lost for private gardens?

Agricultural land is by it's very definition for the use of the Agricultural Industry. Loss of that land for whatever reason therefore impacts adversely on the island's agricultural industry. In addition the ceding of such land to domestic curtilage (gardens) has an adverse effect on the island's biodiversity and character. I am therefore opposed in general to encroachment of gardens into agricultural land.

You will make many commitments as a politician, but how will you actually ensure these are achieved? If you have been a deputy before, what will you do differently this term to improve achievements?

My greatest wish is that after this election the island will have the assembly it would wish for and deserves. In a consensus government such as ours no one can in truth guarantee exactly how things will turn out and what will be achieved. I've not been a States Member before but if elected I would seek to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible and remain true to my manifesto and receptive to the wishes of islanders. I would seek to establish good working relationships with the Douzaines, Third Sector organisations, other Deputies etc, for the greater good of the island.

What are your opinions on climate change and Guernsey's role in tackling it?

Guernsey together with all other countries has a need and a moral obligation to confront climate change. As an island state with many areas below or close to sea level it is particularly important to us all. We have achieved much already and I believe we can punch above our weight in this endevour going forward.

What are the attributes and skills you will be looking for in the next President of the Policy & Resources Committee?

Above all we need a leader who is able to unite the whole of the States Assembly and has the best interests of every single islander at heart. We need someone who understands that a 'balanced budget' has not been delivered if only the money side of things has been balanced but financial impositions and cutbacks have left swathes of our population 'just about managing' or worse and left others without up to date medical treatments.

If the independent Cost Benefit Analysis supports lengthening the airport runway, would you vote in favour of investing in this key element of island infrastructure?

We are an island nation. At present our travel options are seriously restricted due to the ongoing pandemic. All of the island's infrastructure must be maintained but for obvious reasons our airport and harbours must definitely be the best that they can be. A cost benefit analysis would be the most logical way to approach this contentious issue. The aviation industry has changed irevocably over the last 6 months. This issue will need to be revisited.

Do you believe that diversification of the island's tax base is an important consideration for Guernsey in today's volatile and fast-moving global economy? If so, how can this specifically be achieved for Guernsey?

One of the most promising areas for diversification albeit within the boundries of our existing finance industry appears to be 'Green Finance'. To be a credible player the island would need to be able to demonstrate its 'green' credentials which I believe we are well on the way to acheiving. The cultivation of cannabis for medical purposes is also a step forward although the processing of the actual product is the most profitable (which I understand is the next step). Basically the island needs to seize any opportunity for new income generation as these occur.

What are the candidates' views on maternity pay and leave and how would they improve the current arrangements, if at all?

We need to review our Maternity Pay and Leave provisions regularly to ensure that they are fair and equitable compared to other jurisdictions. We need to do this to ensure that the island is a good place to bring up a family and that we remain competitive in the global job market.

I believe Guernsey needs a vision; a forward-thinking concept for the future of the island’s infrastructure, community wellbeing and economy. What’s yours?

We will need to seize the momment post pandemic. We need to live on an island with an excellent modern eduction system which caters for the needs of islanders throughout the whole of their lives. We will need to encourage full or partial home ownership preferably through States deposit, first time buyers and home insulation loans. We will need to ensure that our health provision remains good and that our nurses are rewarded properly to keep them in the profession and that all islanders once again have as a minimum access to the same range of drugs available in the UK via the NHS. We need everyone taken care of. It's morally right and also vital if the island is to retain its workforce

Do you agree that people should be encouraged to use cars less and if so what measures would you like to see introduced to achieve this?

The pandemic has accelerated the concept of Home Working for a considerable number of office staff. Even if people worked 3 days a week at home and 2 days in the office this could produce massive reductions in carbon emmissions. It is highly desirable that we reduce the number of car journeys however it should always be remembered that the primary purpose of all these measures is to reduce our green house gas emmisions. A large fuel inefficient 'chelsea taxi' stuck in slow moving traffic is far worse for the environment than a small engined (and ultimately electric) fuel efficient vehicle moving at a more fuel efficient speed.

Do you support outsourcing of States services?

Where appropriate.

What will you do to educate the islanders about the reality of the climate crisis which is the biggest threat currently facing the world?

Education should begin in school.

Most environmental problems are caused by the love of growth. Would you consider de-growth?

A significant amount of environmental damage is caused by consumersim and the perceived need to replace perfectly serviceable items long before they are worn out or broken. This would require a significant social change. For example do you need to replace that mobile phone? Want to rather than need to most probably. These items in turn are manufactured using enerngy from coal fired power stations and consume vast amounts of rare earth metals. A matter of personal choice.

What intra island transport strategy would you support to ensure safe and ‘clean’ travel on island for all road users, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists? And how do you plan to deliver that plan financially?

The primary driver to a cleaner road environment will be the migration to electric vehicles.

What environmental policies would you support to reduce Guernsey’s reliance on the internal combustion engine, in support of International global warming initiatives?

First and foremost we need to secure the islands emission free electricity supply by means of a new Guernsey - France power cable and a replacement Guernsey - Jersey - France cable. We can then progress the roll out of electric vehicles.

What measures will you put in place during the next term to ensure that environmental biodiversity will be protected and enhanced?

Areas of importance such as the seabird breeding areas at the Richmond end of Vazon need to have proper protected status. Encroachment by domestic curtilage into agricultural fields needs to be curtailed.

The Guernsey Press had an article and a picture of a proposed East Coast development called HYDROPORT. It seemed to me to be a brilliant plan and included a new deep water harbour, a hydro electric supply by enclosing Belgrave bay and changes to St Peter port harbour to accommodate cruise liners and super yachts. It would provide jobs, produce an ongoing and substantial revenue stream and make us to some extent self-reliant on electricity, why has there been no update on this project?

As far as I am aware there was a second protest march against the reclamation of the area. There was a previous scheme. As a result I believe the concept fell into abbeyance

Do you agree that there is a climate crisis caused predominantly by the actions of humans?

There is persuasive evidence to suggest that this is the case. Whilst some people would argue that it is just part of a natural cycle it seems to me that it is happening too quickly and coincides too conveniently with the industrial revolution and the rise of consumerism. If it is all down to human activity and we do nothing the world we all live in will be in big trouble very soon. I don't want to take that chance and I don't think many people would want to either.

Longue Hougue has been proposed as a site for inert waste disposal despite it being a site of international importance in terms of wildlife. La Societe Guernesiase and other scientists have advised against this. What will you do to ensure that this valuable habitat is protected?

As far as I am aware Spur Point (the habitat of the endangered scaly cricket) has been proposed. I have heard it suggested that as an alternative Longue Hougue Quarry (presently used for water storage) could be used. Unfortunately in 2017 Guernsey Water pointed out that Longue Hougue Quarry is the island's largest water storage facility (bigger than St Saviours resevoir). It seems highly likely that this question will be revisited by the new house.

Most scientists and experts agree that a target of 2050 to achieve ‘net zero’ carbon emissions is nowhere near ambitious enough and will have catastrophic consequences around the world. What will you do to ensure that Guernsey takes action to significantly reduce carbon emissions during the next term?

We are fortunate that the States have agreed both the Climate Change Policy & Action Plan and the Energy Policy 2020 - 2050. Both of these decisions include interim targets of 57% reductions in carbon emissions by 2030 and regular mandatory progress reporting and updates to the asembly. This is a very good start and is also highly commendable when benchmarked against other jurisdictions with far greater carbon footprints than Guernsey's. We cannot be complacent and I believe the reporting and review regime put in place should ensure that the momentum is not lost.

What is your view on current spending on Aurigny, is it worth how much we are paying? Is it run efficiently? Did we need new aircraft?

Aurigny's losses (pre-covid) have probably reached unsustainable levels. On the other hand during the 17 years of public ownership the airline has been pulled in different conflicting directions and influenced by - STSB, The former Paseemger Transport Licencing Authority, Ecconomic Development and P & R. As to the new aircraft most likely they were not needed. The ones they replaced were hardly old by industry standards

If elected, would you fully support the retention, repair and ongoing maintenance of the Sea Defences provided by the anti-tank wall at L’Ancresse Bay?

I am a member of the Channel Islands Occupation Society and a supporter of Festung Guernsey. I feel that the Anti-Tank Wall is of historic significance and should be retained. The Pembroke end was repaired decades ago and seems fine now. Removing it apparently would cost more than repairing it so it seems bizarre that removing it is considered an option

A significant proportion of the concerns about the two college model of secondary education related to the capital costs and space standards: they could have been addressed with higher spending. Would you be prepared to spend more money on the future model of secondary education than previously agreed by the States in September 2019? If so, how much more?

My feeling is that the problems of the two school model revolved around the insoluble problem of the available footprint at the sites and effect on the infrastructure of the surrounding areas and the conflict with the professional opinions of the teaching staff (backed up by the results of the most recent staff survey results).

With the general increase in costs of running the island and with various capital projects requiring funding; and with limitations on the amount that islanders can be taxed; do you think that it may be time to revisit the 0-10 tax scheme that created a big black hole in the island's finances?

There is a major fiscal review under way and it's probably best to await the results of that review before making a qualified judgement on the matter. It would also be sensible to ascertain the state of public finances (income reductions, expenditure increases, level of public debt and reserves) post covid.

If elected, what priority will you give to the introduction of the already-drafted consumer protection legislation?

I believe that the lack of consumer protection legislation lets islanders down and is also not a good thing for local businesses as it places them at a further disadavantage when compared to on-line retailers. I would also favour the introduction of an Ombudsmen service to help islanders in disputes with providers of professional services. I believe this is long overdue and needs to be given a high priority.

Did you know that same-sex families aren't treated equally when it comes to registering the birth of a child? What will you do to change that?

I am against all forms of discrimination. This is clearly discrimination.

Would you support a programme of privatisation of island utilities and other facilities such as Beau Sejour to help reduce record levels of borrowing resulting from the cost of Covid defences?

Guernsey Electricity has in the past and continues to serve the island well. In my opinion such a vital infrastructure business should remain in public ownership particularly as it is going to be a major driver to environmental improvements.

Increasing home working will likely result in surplus office space. Will you encourage an urgent revision of Planning Policies to facilitate conversion of retail and office space to residential & curb green-field development?

Broadly speaking yes.

What is your attitude towards enhanced and mandatory registration, chipping and DNA recording of dogs and control of their fouling, island-wide?

Dogs are presently registered or should be via the parishes. Chipping would be a sensible move but DNA testing of dog faeces is probably overkill.

I have one question for sitting Deputies and one for new candidates. Deputies:- what, in your mind, was your greatest political achievement in the last four years? New candidates:- What is your biggest political goal in the next four years?

I'm a new candidate but I will be cheeky and answer for sitting Deputies as well. I feel that the passing of Proposals for a New Discrimination Ordinance was probably the greatest acheivement of the present house and getting the ordinance actually in place will be my first goal if elected.

How good are your mediation and conciliation skills? The key to the islands well-being and progress is in working together to achieve the projects approved - to see sustainable, innovative solutions. Leadership in pulling the team together to move forward, rather than in circles.

I was president of the Guernsey branch of Prospect the trade union and I feel that my mediation and conciliation skills were honed whilst in that role.

Would you support not giving Local Market licenses to those earning above a set level to support both LM and OM?

The present population regime is relatively new and is likely to require fine tuning particularly post pandemic.

First time buyers are encouraged to buy new build developments taking up green space, while there are vast amounts of listed properties facing dereliction on the island - buildings ripe for restoration, renovation and to be lived in. Currently, people are put off as they are greeted with stringent and outdated views by The Planning and Heritage Department - it takes too much time and money so are immediately put off. What will you do to change the process for the better?

Having spent several weeks walking around the island canvassing it is astonishing to see just how many viable houses are empty and as you say falling into disrepair. We need to initiate schemes to bring these properties back into occupation - States loans for deposits, first time buyers and insulation upgrades would be highly beneficial. As I said in my manifesto a significant number of so called 'affordable' which are not affordable to first time buyers, new builds are being bought up for rental income making the problem worse rather than better. We need to encourage full or partial home ownership if we are to retain our population.

Would you support changes in the law to make cannabis for personal use legal?

Firstly I support the medical use of cannabis. I would not like to see cannabis for recreational purposes legalised purely to obtain tax revenue from users. I can also appreciate that sentences for the possesion of very small quantities of cannabis for personal use and the impact a conviction has upon a person's life (possibly never being able to travel to for example the USA and Australia and often losing a job) are very severe and may seem disproportionate. As to the general issue of legalising cannabis for recreational purposes I think it is likely to need to be debated by the new house and decisions need to be based upon sound verifiable medical and scientific evidence first and foremost primarily for the protection of users health. All things considered it is also worth remembering that other recreational substances which are known to be harmful - tobacco and alcohol are both legal and taxed significantly and the States issue gambling scratch cards which are very detrimental to the lives of problem gamblers. As with all things a balance needs to be struck between freedom of choice and public safety.

Question for New Candidates: During the COVID-19 lockdown States Meetings were held virtually. On 24th of June Meetings resumed in the Royal Court Chamber. As a prospective States Member have you spent any time at all in the public gallery observing our Parliament (potentially your future workplace) in action? If not, why not?

I worked for just over 39 years in the public sector (the civil service) in a variety of posts including time at Guernsey Electricity and the former Guernsey Telecoms. Most of that time was spent in finance roles and I am familiar with the operation of States Departments in general and the States Budgets, Accounts and Capital procedures in particular. Never the less I attended two WEA courses prior to standing ('Do You Want to be a States Deputy in 2020' and 'Econmoic Viewpoints of Guernsey - 2020'). I have also taken the time as you say to observe the States Assembly from the public gallery as well as attending a number of open planning meetings and a highly informative planning presentation at the Performing Arts Centre. I have read Darryl Ogier's excellent book 'The Government and Law of Guernsey' and numerous appropriate Billets. I have taken time to explore the differences in Income Tax and Social Insurance Contributions here and in the UK and Jersey. I have tried my very best to be in a postion to hit the ground running should I be elected in October.

In 1945, the generosity of people outside Guernsey enabled the delivery of Red Cross parcels to the island on the SS Vega. What is your view on the statement that ‘charity begins at home but should not end there’? How can we best show our care for people in need in other parts of the world?

My grandparents were here during the occupation and as you say after D-Day when the island was cut off from France the generosity of the International Red Cross saved many islanders' lives. We are an affluent island and I think we should do the best we can for people in need elsewhere in the world whether this is by way of voluntary donations or State run schemes. I recently attended a speed hustings event and was particularly impressed with the Fairtrade presentation. It would appear that the States have most probably due to budget cuts stopped using Fairtrade tea and coffee for meetings. That is really quite reprehensible. Every little helps and we should never lose sight of the poverty and need elsewhere in the world.

This is a question for new candidates; do you agree with the principle of scrutiny of government and if so how would you ensure that it was fairly carried out ?

I strongly believe that scrutiny of government should be effective and as unrestricted as possible. It is clear that there have been issues that the public have been aware of that have not been adequately resolved and appear to have been swept under the carpet. Deputy Chris Green has made strenuous efforts to improve scrutiny during this term but more remains to be done. In particular freedom of information legislation is crucial if government is to fully regain public confidence.

Considering the mounting public pressure against the way our current justice system deals with cannabis offences, what is your stance on the legalisation and regulation of cannabis in Guernsey?

Firstly I support the medical use of cannabis. I would not like to see cannabis for recreational purposes legalised purely to obtain tax revenue from users. I can also appreciate that sentences for the possesion of very small quantities of cannabis for personal use and the impact a conviction has upon a person's life (possibly never being able to travel to for example the USA and Australia and often losing a job) are very severe and may seem disproportionate. As to the general issue of legalising cannabis for recreational purposes I think it is likely to need to be debated by the new house and decisions need to be based upon sound verifiable medical and scientific evidence first and foremost primarily for the protection of users health. All things considered it is also worth remembering that other recreational substances which are known to be harmful - tobacco and alcohol are both legal and taxed significantly and the States issue gambling scratch cards which are very detrimental to the lives of problem gamblers. As with all things a balance needs to be struck between freedom of choice and public safety.

In a review last year into drugs and treatments and States debate in January, HSC acknowledged that the disparity between life changing NICE TA drugs available in Guernsey compared to the NHS had become too great to be justified, with nearly 4000 patients now on sub-optimal treatments. The Guernsey Health Reserve was identified as the funding source. HSC announced last week a delay of at least a year to the implementation of this policy. How do you propose to tackle the pace at which change takes place within the States? Should you be held accountable for delivering on commitments you make individually, as a committee or collectively as the States?

I believe this is one of the highest priority items on the new States agenda. A balanced budget has not been delivered if 4,000 islanders are deprived of treatments available on the NHS. A budget is not just balanced financially it has to be balanced ethically and morally as well

What ideas do you have to ensure there is affordable housing including support for first time buyers and ensure affordable rental property is available for locals so they can continue to live here? What is your stance on mortgage tax relief and shared ownership initiatives?

Most avenues for tinkering around the edges have been used up. The barrel has been well scraped. Mortgage tax relief is gone. Age related tax allowances are gone. Dividends have been take from Guernsey Post and Guernsey Electricity and TRP in the lowest band £200 - 299 has increased by 26.9% this year. We need to give something back to encourage our young people to stay here. A States loan for deposits, first time buyers and home insulation for older properties would be a good first step.

Earlier this year, the States passed the introduction of life-saving and life-changing NICE-Approved drugs & medicines by a massive 32-1 vote; these drugs are readily available under the NHS and SHS in the UK. HSC have now announced that the implementation of this is now to be delayed by a year or so. Out of all projects the States have on their list - this has to be THE single most important one because it will affect up to 4,000+ residents of our island. How do you intend to bring forward the delay of this incredibly important topic to a much quicker implementation date?

I believe this is one of the highest priority items on the new States agenda. A balanced budget has not been delivered if 4,000 islanders are deprived of treatments available on the NHS. A budget is not just balanced financially it has to be balanced ethically and morally as well

What would you do to address traffic noise pollution from vehicles speeding and backfiring along St Georges Esplanade/Les Banques and towards town?

This would be a policing matter and it would probably not be entirely appropriate for politicians to interfere with operational policing. If a lack of resources for Law Enforcement is the problem that would of course be a different matter.

In January 2020 the States passed a policy to make all NICE TA drugs and treatments available to Islanders. Do you see this as a priority and if so how would you expedite implementation?

This is one of my personal highest priorities and I would wish to see this situation rectified as a matter of extreme urgency by the new house.

The recent Frontier report on the runway extension summed up that "the economic benefits of extending the runway are likely to outweigh the costs" with net benefits over 40 years of up to £687m (over £20k per household). Post COVID, do you support continued investigation into the potential for a runway extension to improve Guernsey's infrastructure, air links, and sustain the visitor economy?

Yes this needs to be investigated post covid.

Have you been made aware that every report that the SOG has commissioned for 20 years has flagged the need to extend the runway to circa 1700m+ and the commercial benefits it will bring for the island as a whole?

Yes. Guernsey's existing runway is 1,463 metres long compared to Jersey's at 1,690 metres. Southampton Airport has a 1,723 metre long runway and the airport is in the process of applying for a 164 metre long extension (roughly one and a half times the length of Condor Liberation). Southampton Airport may close if the extension is not approved. The aviation industry has fundamentally changed and contracted as a result of the pandemic and it really would be premature at this stage in the game to reach any conclusions about our airport runway length. It is undoubtably short and severly limits the aircraft types that can operate here. As an island we are crucially dependent on our airport but we will have to await the end of the pandemic to take stock of our new situation both transport wise and funding wise.

Brexit presents a unique opportunity for Guernsey to strengthen its ties with other Commonwealth countries and stand on its own two feet on an international scale. Would you be willing to make an effort to strengthen our diplomatic ties to countries like New Zealand, Australia, and Canada?

I'm unsure exactly how we could stregthen our ties with these countries. We are part of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and send delagates to the conferences as I'm sure they do. Perhaps in the the new digital global environment some there may be some advantages but as i say I'm not sure at the present time.

The current states assembly has approved proposals for a Discrimination Ordinance, but much work needs to be done. How committed are you to ensuring that LGBTQ+ people, people of colour, people with disabilities and people of faith are protected on this island?

I am totally against any form of discrimination and am totally committed as such.

What criteria do you use for decision making?

I am a pragmatic common sense person and am able to reach logical conclusions whilst maintaining ethical and moral standards.

In the last two years two pieces of legislation have come to the States which specifically target the most vulnerable members of our society - euthanasia and abortion - where a person’s fundamental and basic right to life is overridden in the name of lesser rights. Do you believe that disposing of a person’s life is a sign of progress? Do you believe that failing to protect human life at any age or stage of development is the mark of a civilised and enlightened and caring society?

Here we have a moral and ethical conundrum. The abortion debate is over and I did not have to make that aweful decision which must have taken great courage whichever way you look at it. As regards Assisted Dying (not Euthanasia which brings to mind decisions made by pseodo scientests in the 1930's) I would find it very difficult to sanction but can understand why some people in unbearable pain at the end of their life might wish that their suffering could be ended.

It is beyond time to invest in our people, infrastructure and public services. Do you plan to make the island's tax system more fair and progressive, so that more businesses and the wealthy pay a fairer share?

Undoubtably the tax system needs to be adjusted to assist lower and middle income groups. As an example a single person in Guernsey earning £19,000 would pay £1,485 per annum tax, compared to £1,300 in the UK and £806 in Jersey. The same person would pay £1,254 SI contributions here compared to £1,140 in the UK and Jersey.

In light of covid-19 and the hit that the tourist industry has taken what plans (if any) would you try to put in place to make Guernsey more attractive to tourists after travel bans are lifted? And do you feel tourism should play a more crucial role in Guernsey? If not, why?

Tourism will need a major kick start and significant States assistance if the remaining tourist infrastructure is to continue to survive post Covid.

Please list in order of importance: - driving Guernsey’s economy - addressing social needs - protecting the environment - invest in Guernsey’s infrastructure and improve - sort out the schools - focus on air and sea links - extend the runway - implement revive and thrive as a priority - open our closed borders as a priority - reduce states expenditure

In the new post covid world we need to rebuild and normalise our air and sea links, provide targeted support to businesses most affected by the pandemic and speed up our digital connectivity. We also need to nurture our economy and as you put it sort out the schools. We need to do pretty much all the things you mention in one fell swoop.

List your achievements to date which have been a benefit to Guernsey.

As a new candidate I have had no real opportunity to be of benefit to the island although as part of the union I have helped individuals and groups of employees. I have also helped individuals with problems that have been brought to my attention as a private individual.

Do you support a reduction in the cost of running the civil service? If so, how would you do that and over what timescale?

Broadly speaking yes but a balance needs to be struck between cost reduction and detriment to service provision.

As we subsidise the airline, should Aurigny have a monopoly over all air routes to and from the Bailiwick, with a regulator to ensure fair pricing and a policy of not for profit?

It is highly likely that Aurigny will be the only airline serving Guernsey for some time to come.

What is your view regarding commercialisation with respect to States owned entities?

The existing commercialised undertakings seem to generally work quite well.

Should the island be spending tax payers money on maintaining air and sea links?

I think you will find we already are. Aurigny's losses are covered by withdrawls from reserves (taxes). A subsidy. The short answer is probably yes. As I said in my manifesto Aurigny needs to be given a clear instruction about what is expected of it. Most likely make acceptable levels of loss on mandatory lifeline routes, a profit or as near to a profit on other routes and fly to places islanders may wish to go such as Paris or Amsterdam on the same basis as the present Grenoble flights.

What is your view on future funding for long term care as current funding will be insufficient by 2040?

The scheme has been running for seventeen years. It has run into difficulties because (i) there was no legal requirement to compel care home providers to provide basic 'States Rate Rooms' and just be able to charge for additional items like bigger televisions or better furniture, (ii) the annual uprating of the States Grant to Care Providers bore no relation to actual running cost increases and (iii) the scheme was expanded to cover costs currently in the region of £5million per annum for care in your own home previously covered by General Revenue (taxes). There are a number of options - increasing the level of insurance contributions, taking money from people going into care, continuing to fund care in the home from General Revenue (we are after all still paying those taxes) or building and running State owned care homes. This will come back to the house as the problem has not gone away. It may be that the UK government will have reached a conclusion about their own demographic timebomb and we can review their solution when this subject returns for debate.

What is your opinion of introducing a goods and sales tax?

I would not favour this.

Would you support the ‘listing’ of all remaining historic military structures, as Jersey has done, to ensure their ongoing protection, repair and maintenance?

It would be worthy of serious consideration.

What initiatives would you put in place to grow our economy?

Start up loans or tax breaks for new businesses would be worth considering.

Do you believe that the rates of income support are a) too low b) about right or c) too high? Explain your answer in some detail.

I think the whole Social Security System needs review over time. It really isn't restricted to Income Support. For example the maximum weekly rate of State (Old Age) Pension is £175.20 in the UK. In Guernsey the maximum rate per week is £222.58 but 40% of recipients do not receive the maximum rate. In the UK 35 years of work will result in a weekly pension of £175.20. In Guernsey you must work for 42 years to reach that entitlement. Social Insurance rates are also wildly different. If you earn £12,000 per annum in the UK you will pay £300 per year in National Insurance (which of course covers your NHS contribution). Earning the same amount here you will pay £792 Sopcial Insurance Contributions annually.

How will you support and encourage young people coming to the island with regards to housing and licencing to ensure the island has more stable tax base as the population ages?

It is not just a question of encouraging young people to come to the island but a question of creating an environment where young people stay in the island by maintaining and improving our education and health systems and making it possible for people to aspire to full or partial ownership of their own homes.

How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?

It would not influence my voting decisions at all.

Have you read the recommendations contained in the Frontier Economics Report in which they state that the long term benefits of extending the runway far outweigh the environmental and capital costs? If so, are you in favour of extending the runway?

Yes I have but I must confess not recently. Guernsey's existing runway is 1,463 metres long compared to Jersey's at 1,690 metres. Southampton Airport has a 1,723 metre long runway and the airport is in the process of applying for a 164 metre long extension (roughly one and a half times the length of Condor Liberation). Southampton Airport may close if the extension is not approved. The aviation industry has fundamentally changed and contracted as a result of the pandemic and it really would be premature at this stage in the game to reach any conclusions about our airport runway length. It is undoubtably short and severly limits the aircraft types that can operate here. As an island we are crucially dependent on our airport but we will have to await the end of the pandemic to take stock of our new situation both transport wise and funding wise.

What are your views on the cost of Primary Healthcare locally and what innovative ideas do you have that don’t simply involve ‘redirecting funding from a different states pot’ to create fair, equitable and affordable access to Primary Care for all islanders?

There are a number of givens that we should not lose sight of. NHS GP practices contrary to popular belief are private businesses contracted to the NHS. The standard of Primary Healthcare available in the island is of the highest quality and GP appointments are generally readily available for those that are ill. If you are receiving Income Support for example GP visits are generally paid for by the States. As with a lot of States assistance there is a 'cliff edge' which the vulnerable in our society can fall off. You have too much income to be assisted but too little to afford services such as those provided by Primary Care. This is the problem which must be addressed.

Do you support developing end of life care (including palliative care) or would you look to introduce a form of euthanasia as in assisted dying (assisted suicide)?

I would certainly be very concerned by any suggestion that euthanasia was to be put forward as an alternative to providing palliative care. Assisted Dying as an end of life choice is likely come forward for debate again. It's really a question of when rather than if. This is an emotive moral question which would require thorough public and States debate.

Education - Do you know what T levels are and if you do, would you be enthusiastically demanding that they are available here in Guernsey?

Our future Education system should embrace and encompass T Levels in the same way as we presently utilise apprenticeships and other vocational training options. Our education system must be as good and hopefully better than the UK.

What will you do to help Guernsey businesses revive and thrive and make Guernsey a 'smarter' and technologically advanced place to do business, and to encourage new start up businesses?

When the current pandemic comes to an end and our situation normalises certain types of businesses which have been in virtual hibernation will need urgent financial assistance from the States to get up and running again. To enable Guernsey to be a 'smarter' more technologically advanced island our digital connectivity will need to be speeded up to match our direct competitors. Finally we should consider start up packages for example tax breaks for new businesses.

There is a lack of mental health support available - particularly to those who seem to fall into the apparent gap between the secondary and primary mental health services. What will you do to address this?

There is anecdotal evidence to suggest that a whole raft of mental health services are inadequate and have deteriorated as a result of budget cuts. The issue needs urgent and serious investigation. It is simply not satisfactory that a section of our population is allowed to suffer in this way.

How would you as a deputy ensure emotive proposals such as, change to abortion law or assisted dying law would be publicly debated? And allow Islanders to have more of a say in these emotive issues.

These are as you say emotive and highly charged moral issues. I am sure that the issue of assisted dying for example will come back for debate. I think as a minimum a comprehensive public consultation on the subject would be valuable in that event.

What is your position on the opportunity to debate the abortion issue more openly and fairly with more balanced representations to the Deputies?

I was under the impression that the matter had been debated and brought to a conclusion by the present States. Obviously should further issues arise I would participate in debate if elected.

How do you see the way forward for secondary education in the island? Do you favour a particular model and if so which one?

Personally I favour a three 11 - 16 school plus separate sixth form college model. This would seem to coincide with the results of the latest survey of Guernsey teaching professionals and utilises the first two completed sites causing minimum disruption to pupils already in those two schools. It also retains the playing fields and facilities on these two sites. Finally of course this solution places no further burden on the road infrastructure around the two existing schools. We will of course need to receive the independent review results to gain a full picture of the situation.

Recognising the importance of our natural environment and our hospitality industry how would you propose to move forward essential repairs and any development at St Peter Port harbour, securing access to our beaches (e.g. Petit Port, Divette, Soldiers bay), the maintenance of our cliff paths and the important access from the bathing places to the Clarence battery? Does this essential maintenance take priority over the development of the East Coast/Town seafront?

Personally I feel that certain infrastructure repairs have waited long enough. Access to Soldiers Bay being one example. It is a question of prioritising works or at the very least initiating a programme to be worked through.

What are your views about the proposed way forward with regard to Probate, recognising that the age-old system has been efficient, pastoral, and inexpensive? Are you of the view "if it ain't broke don't fix it"?

It is perhaps an anachronism in this day and age that probate is handled by the Ecclesiastical Court. However as you say it is presently quite efficient and cheap. One has to question the motivation for transferring the function to government and whether it would remain either efficient or cheap or just become yet another revenue earner.

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