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Personal Statement

Firstly, thank you for reading this far! My partner Natasha and I live in St Martin’s with our 5-year-old son Ted. I am proudly standing as an independent, with some fresh ideas. I am 45 years old and have lived in Guernsey most of my life, building a 25-year career in technology as a software developer. I believe in open and accountable government that listens to the people.

  • THREE SCHOOL MODEL: Listen to what the people want
  • FRESH THINKING: New ideas to help improve our island
  • OPEN GOVERNMENT: I will champion a Freedom of Information Law
  • ACCOUNTABILITY: Increase our democratic checks and balances
  • PARTICIPATION: Engage with the people on the issues

Manifesto

On the 9th of March this year, rumours circulating on the Guernsey grapevine were confirmed by the first positive case of Coronavirus. Sixteen islanders died in the outbreak, and each represents an individual tragedy, but the toll could have been so much worse. Our response showed the island at its best and proves we can succeed, when we put our minds to it and work together. We saw clear direction and leadership guided by advice from our own scientific advisors and international authorities. But at the same time, listening and responding to the concerns of the public and business on the island.

What a contrast with the situation just a few weeks previously. On the 2nd of February, thousands gathered in Town to protest against proposals which would combine secondary schools into one school, on two locations. Many felt these would be overcrowded and were saddened at the loss of local schools in their corner of the island. Education professionals warned standards could worsen rather than improve. Others foresaw traffic chaos from the move. Yet it seemed the States was not listening to these concerns.

In this election you have many choices. You can vote for the same “business as usual” approach, but you can also vote to make a difference. I believe we should have an open, accessible, and transparent government. I would like to see freedom of information made a reality. I’d like to see a more inclusive States that listens, and less reliance on external consultants brought in to bolster unpopular ideas.

Having worked in technology within banking, fund administration, the public sector and insurance, and earned my business degree locally with the GTA, I have a broad view of industry in Guernsey. I am used to finding novel and creative solutions to complex and difficult problems.

As a parent with a son about to start Year 1 at St Martin’s Primary School, I have been inspired to seek election because I’m determined that when my son gets to secondary school, we provide the best education our island can deliver. I’ve seen politics close up when my father was Deputy in SPP for many years, Rhoderick Matthews for those that remember. I believe that the States can only be at its best when it listens to the advice of professionals and the concerns of the public.

Economy

  • Guernsey’s enviable position as a global finance centre provides much of our employment and inward investment. We should support its growth and development, but remain conscious of our international reputation
  • Borrowing during the COVID-19 emergency was the right choice, but we need to face up to the difficult choices ahead with additional debt of up to £500m
  • There is extremely limited scope to increase tax rates without damaging our competitive position as a low tax jurisdiction
  • Broadening the tax base with new taxes will likely be proposed. GST should be a last resort, because it affects those on low and middle incomes the most

Education

  • The protest clearly showed most parents and teachers prefer a three-school model
  • An option for three 11-18 all-ability schools is worth serious consideration, it can offer the fairest balance
  • Rebuilding La Mare de Carteret should be reconsidered, the plans already exist and as it’s ideally located for the West coast
  • Schools should create their own identity, not merge into one. Parental choice and competition drive up standards

Planning

  • The planning authority should be more open in its dealings with the public. All planning meetings should be open
  • Planners must open up the policy process, and let the public have a greater say
  • Small applications could be decentralised, and processed by parish Douzaines more quickly, reducing bureaucracy and with local accountability
  • There has been too much development in the North of the island and too much emphasis on high density housing. Following lockdown, more people want gardens and home offices

Transport

  • Air and sea links are poor, but travel has much reduced globally. Public ownership of Aurigny might enable some direct routes that avoid UK airports
  • Our roads are narrow and congested, but improving the alternatives works better than trying to frustrate drivers into leaving their cars at home. Too many roads are dangerous for children and older people to walk, and difficult for cycling by all but the most experienced cyclists
  • The way dangerous roads are prioritised is too opaque. Some could be improved with pavements or become one way, whilst others are already safe enough to increase their speed limits
  • I would not support paid parking, innovative solutions such as congestion charging are more efficient. Parking fines must not become a profit centre

Health

  • Healthcare has been amazing during the pandemic, we must protect our bubble, ensure affordable healthcare is available for all, and healthcare workers are fairly paid. A reciprocal healthcare arrangement is a priority too

Law & Order

  • Our sentencing policy appears too lenient for crimes such as for child sex offences, whilst harsh for others such as drug offences. I would like to see this reviewed, and I would support Canadian style regulation of legal cannabis

Social Security

  • We need to make sure work always pays, not trap people with benefits that discourage earning. This will become more important as our recovery progresses

Environment

  • Globally, aim for net zero emissions before 2050, and invest in renewable energy generation to get there even sooner. Locally, let’s stamp out recent fly tipping by ending charges for domestic refuse, and reimburse recycling instead.

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?

Yes but a "smart" reduction not a simple cut- this has been tried and failed many times before. In some cases, we have genuine diseconomy of scale, in others there is more scope.

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 ?

Firstly I would like to make sure that Social Security policies always make work pay, not trap people in benefits. Secondly, maintenance of population measures

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

Development of renewable energy solutions is our best option to get to net zero before 2050

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?

Island wide issues, I live in St Martins and work in St Peter Port but have friends and family located all over the island!

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

Yes and this affects our biodiversity negatively

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?

I am independent, but will seek to work with others to achieve my objectives- and argue the case passionately!

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

Climate change is a huge issue for mankind. Development of renewable energy solutions locally can contribute.

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

The role of the President is to Preside - I will be looking for an individual who can balance the diverse interests of the elected Assembly.

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?

I will be very interested in the revised report from Frontier Economics on this subject.

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?

Yes to diversification however I oppose GST as it affects those on low and middle incomes. New taxes must be fair. I am in favour of looking again at Territorial taxation.

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

I would support improvements to statutory maternity pay. I would like to see this extended to paternity pay too!

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?

The element that guides my vision for Guernsey is a more open, accountable, and engaging government that listens to the wealth of talent and experience we have on these shores. Check out my manifesto for more information for how we can get there!

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?

I would love to see a reduction in traffic and danger to pedestrians. I do not support measures intended to frustrate drivers into leaving their cars at home.

Do you support outsourcing of States services?

I support "smart" sourcing in specific cases.

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

I am convinced a majority if islanders are well aware of the consequences of climate change for the island.

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

There are a number of strategies to improve our well being that are interesting, I'm not convinced de-growth would be a popular option however - perhaps some elements though can be incorporated into our own strategy?

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?

I support a prioritised action list for E&I to tackle dangerous roads for pedestrians and cyclists, including one-way streets where needed. I believe the dangerous, narrow roads are holding back alternative travel options.

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

I support a prioritised action list for E&I to tackle dangerous roads for pedestrians and cyclists, including one-way streets where needed. I believe the dangerous, narrow roads are holding back alternative travel options.

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

We need the whole island to contribute on this, there is a wealth of experience in the third sector. I didn't know we're one of the few jurisdictions that doesn't survey for bats on planning applications- we should do this! And include organisations that can improve our policies in general.

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?

Yes I saw the plans (and others) and they looked amazing, I would like an update too! We do need to balance conservation of the sea bed there, but if we can develop proposals that could have huge advantages for the island, they must be considered.

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

Yes and I am convinced a majority if islanders are well aware of the consequences of climate change for the island.

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?

Yes I am interested in preserving both the sea life and land biodiversity of the island.

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?

Development of renewable energy solutions can help us to achieve this before 2050

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?

Yes. And Fermain too! We need to look after all our coastal defences and infrastructure.

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?

Yes I think the budget should be revisited, for example, I support the option to rebuild La Mare de Carteret which has previously been rejected on cost grounds. Post coronavirus, I support "build back better" as a principle.

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?

Yes I believe we should investigate Territorial taxation, we have suffered since the introduction of Zero-10.

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

Very high, I have discussed this with CAB and I am aware of the issues.

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?

There are a number of equality issues that Guernsey should address, I support keeping up to date with values expressed in UK & European policy / legislation.

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?

I would look at each such proposal on its individual merits.

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?

Yes, I support a complete overhaul of our planning policy development as expressed in the IDP. We have an outdated model of encouraging work / commute to main centres that did not fit previously, and certainly does not now.

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

This sounds interesting but would not be one of my top priorities. I do think that fines for owners caught allowing their dogs to foul public areas should be enforced.

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?

Our coronavirus response showed Guernsey at its best: clear direction, guidance from our own scientific advisors, listening and responding to the concerns of the public. Education’s two school proposal was a disaster, a refusal to listen to the people. Lack of transparency, accountability, and engagement is the root cause of many of the problems.

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 am a believer in finding consensus, and consider myself a centre ground candidate. We have too much divisive politics, here and globally.

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

Possibly, though there are a number of options and complexities to consider with changes in this area. I support the principles of the Local market as a protection for the local population from high property prices.

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?

The Island Development Plan and planning policy in general needs comprehensive review, with a view to enabling growth not holding it back.

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

Yes I support Canadian style regulation of legal cannabis.

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?

Yes! I remember attending from years ago when my dad was a deputy in St Peter Port. Now that I work, listening in from Gsy Radio (or web page) is the most viable option.

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?

We have a responsibility to provide aid outside the island as well as internally. I would like to see more focused programmes which can be publicised locally and improve the public perception of foreign aid.

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 ?

Yes and Scrutiny should be much stronger - I would like the Public Accounts Committee separated once more and given more resources.

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?

I support Canadian style regulation of legal cannabis.

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?

Absolutely, and the NICE TA list needs to be given greater priority.

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?

I think we should restart the States Loan scheme and ensure suitable sites area available for affordable housing- the States owns some locations itself already. All policies should be co-ordinated to ensure house prices stay stable, not increase beyond the level that young people can afford to rent or buy, or decrease which would unfairly disadvantage those who have recently bought.

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?

Absolutely, and the NICE TA list needs to be given greater priority.

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

I support regulation of noise from vehicles.

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?

Absolutely, and the NICE TA list needs to be given greater priority.

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 I support continued investigation and I understand the report is to be revisited in the light of global changes since the pandemic.

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?

I am aware of the potential benefits to runway extension, though it is not without drawbacks and I would want consider conclusions and alternatives in some depth.

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?

That's a fantastic idea, New Zealand in particular stands out as having a lot in common with us, despite being on the other side of the world, I have many friends living there and my partner's parents emigrated to live there, before returning back to Guernsey.

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?

Very much so, and age discrimination needs to be considered too- I am aware of instances that have happened on island which would have been in contravention in other jurisdictions.

What criteria do you use for decision making?

It is essential to balance the interests of all stakeholders fairly, each decision must carefully weigh the sometimes opposing views.

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?

It's important to have a public conversation on such emotive subjects. There are always going to be strong views on each side, but have confidence the Guernsey population will be able to make a strong case for modern and caring regulation.

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?

I agree and I will assess any new tax proposals on their individual merit. A am against GST for this reason. I also believe Territorial taxation should be investigated. I do not support increasing the basic tax rate, nor introduction of inheritance or capital gains tax, as this will damage our competitive position with other low tax jurisdictions.

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?

It will be difficult to promote new tourist attractions at the moment, because we have no tourism happening as a result of the pandemic. There is a plan to open a new Victor Hugo centre for tourists, sadly the old Income Tax building that would have been perfect for this wasn't used -- poor co-ordination from the trading board which owned the property -- shame as we don't make enough of the local connection. Also there are various plans for the development of the seafront which need a push along. We won't get back attractions like the Strawberry Farm though while there are such high prices for development land, owners will always look to get permission for housing. Planning policy is long overdue an overhaul.

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

It’s not really possible to assign an ordinal position to each of these, as some are continuous high priorities (such as Guernsey's economy, infrastructure investment and protecting the environment) whilst others such as sorting out the schools and extend the runway have immediate decisions to be made. I do not support opening borders whilst the present coronavirus situation is not safe.

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

I'm an ordinary working man with a family, but I hope my future achievements could be of some benefit to the island if elected or not- I am, for example, particularly keen to see that we explore our available options on education, not rush into second best solutions.

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

Yes but a "smart" reduction not a simple cut- this has been tried and failed many times before. In some cases, we have genuine diseconomy of scale, in others there is more scope.

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?

There’s a decision to be made about if we can continue to own a competitive company using the "commercialisation" pattern, or if Aurigny should be run as a "lifeline" where we accept subsidy is taking place, not just business losses. In the latter case, I would expect much more information to be published, e.g. about route profitability so that the States (perhaps via a regulator) and the public in general could assess which routes are worthwhile and which ones not, and co-ordinate with other States decisions such as a runway extension to allow other airlines / aircraft to more easily compete.

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

Commercialisation has been successful for Post and Electricity, however the cost of regulation is high and it is sometimes difficult to see how this pattern of ownership sits with the States taking a strategic vision for objectives such as renewable energy generation.

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

There’s a decision to be made about if we can continue to own a competitive company using the "commercialisation" pattern, or if Aurigny should be run as a "lifeline" where we accept subsidy is taking place, not just business losses. In the latter case, I would expect much more information to be published, e.g. about route profitability so that the States (perhaps via a regulator) and the public in general could assess which routes are worthwhile and which ones not, and co-ordinate with other States decisions such as a runway extension to allow other airlines / aircraft to more easily compete.

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

I strongly object to the proposal to fund long term care through mandatory bonds against property - in my view, this is a retrospective tax and immoral. I would also like more emphasis on reducing the cost of long term care, as the figures strike me as high. Ultimately, funding will have to be achieved through general taxation, and any new tax introduced must be fair.

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

I oppose GST as it affects those on low and middle incomes.

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

This sounds sensible though I would need to consider the implications in greater depth than time allows at the moment.

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

I support careful investment in infrastructure and schools to stimulate the economy following the pandemic. In the more medium term I support investment in the digital economy to grow our presence here.

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 would like to make sure that Social Security policies always make work pay, not trap people in benefits.

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?

Clearly house prices are a big problem here, and we should aim to keep prices stable rather than increase beyond the reach of our young people. I would be in favour of the States setting that as an explicit target. In addition, a more general change in culture to make Guernsey less unattractive could help, the island is often seen as more oriented to the older generation.

How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?

I am a member of the Church of England and while this guides my own moral decisions, I believe the state must support people of all religions and none to make their own moral choices.

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?

I am aware of the conclusions, however I am also aware the report is to be revisited in the light of global changes to travel and aviation following the pandemic.

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?

Doctors appointments are expensive and I would like to ensure that guidelines are in place so that check ups and repeat prescription appointments need not charge the full amount. During lockdown some visits were possible as remote via phone, we should investigate wider use of this as a cost reduction method for those that are able to do so.

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)?

It's important to have a public conversation on such emotive subjects. There are always going to be strong views on each side, but have confidence the Guernsey population will be able to make a strong case for modern and caring regulation.

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

Yes I and would like to see all vocational options, plus the chance to mix academic and vocational qualifications, supported by our education system. I believe any of the three school options can sustain this, but the 3x 11-18 model offers some exciting possibilities for this which have not been fully explored.

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?

Initiatives like the Digital Greenhouse show us how the government can support technology and aid start ups, funding and grants are also worth investigating. The government can lead the way with digital transformation of our own public services, including voting platforms, collecting and making more datasets available for public use. We can assist business to set up and scale in Guernsey with e-Residency as countries like Estonia have demonstrated.

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?

We can fund the many third sector organisations that assist with access to services but ultimately these should be brought into HSSD as far as possible

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.

It's important to have a public conversation on such emotive subjects. There are always going to be strong views on each side, but have confidence the Guernsey population will be able to make a strong case for modern and caring regulation.

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

It's important to have a public conversation on such emotive subjects. There are always going to be strong views on each side, but have confidence the Guernsey population will be able to make a strong case for modern and caring regulation.

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

I favour the 3x 11-18 model but would support all viable three school models in the current review. I am opposed to the two school model for numerous reasons and particularly as it does not offer any parental choice. I would like La Mare de Carteret to be reconsidered as a site for rebuilding. The schools should have their own identity, not merge into one.

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?

Essential maintenance should always take priority over new development.

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"?

Recent changes such as Lasting Power of Attorney need greater priority.

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