- Parish St Pierre du Bois
- Experience Current Deputy
- Party The Guernsey Partnership of Independents
Before entering politics, I had a career with NatWest for more than 28 years, qualifying as a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and with the Chartered Insurance Institute. I also ran a small successful gardening business alongside my day job. I was married to Jill for nearly 30 years, sadly losing her to cancer five years ago. I have one daughter, Rebecca who, like me, enjoys running.
- No to ‘One School, Two Sites’
- No to Paid Parking
- Yes to a strong Economy
- Yes to investing in our Healthcare
- Yes to looking after the Environment
I have been honoured to serve the island as a deputy for over 16 years. I have had the privilege of sitting at the top table of government in the most recent political term as a member of the Policy and Resources Committee and I have represented Guernsey on the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly. Previously, I was Deputy Minister of Commerce and Employment, Deputy Minister of Social Security and held seats on Public Services, Legislation, Health and Public Sector Remuneration.
Besides committee work, over the years I have been successful in securing local birth right, bringing in legislation for high hedges and preventing paid parking. More recently, I have been successful in driving to gain our Territorial Seas, Keeping the L’Ancresse wall and developing the Strong Families initiative. I have been opposed to the ‘one school-two site’ education model - suggesting three 11-to-18 schools instead. I do think three schools in some form should be the basis going forward.
Guernsey is a magical place and we need to do all we can to keep it special. We do need to change and adapt but, on that journey, we must not lose those quintessential local aspects - the ‘Guernsey Together’ community spirit, our autonomy and the beauty of the island and our seas.
I am a keen supporter of the parishes, serving on the Douzaine of St Pierre du Bois since before the Millennium. I currently sit as a Douzenier and Vice-Dean. I helped to re-establish, and still play a part in, the Floral Group, which has gone on to many successes over the years such as winning Gold in Britain in Bloom. It is a great community, where we have been delighting children and adults alike with displays and events, even a decorated Christmas Tree on the Parish Green for the last 20 years.
If re-elected, I would focus on driving forward the Revive and Thrive Strategy, ensuring that our shared vision for Guernsey is met by strengthening our economy and sustaining our environment.
I have worked with Jonathan Le Tocq, Jane Stephens, Gavin St Pier and Lyndon Trott for the last 4 years as a member of the States senior committee of Policy and Resources, not always agreeing at first light but coming to better decisions as a result. As highlighted by Prof. Staite in the governance review we demonstrated “exemplary good behaviour”.
The Guernsey Partnership of Independents is offering candidates with a variety of views, but with the pledge to work with integrity, openness, objectivity and honesty. By moving forward together we can give the States the leadership in what undoubtedly will be difficult times ahead. The next States Assembly will need to face Covid-19 and its financial legacy, Brexit and our relationship with our neighbours to the south and our main trading partner the UK, to the north.
As a member of the Guernsey Partnership of Independents we are committed to making government more decisive, effective and efficient. Our thoughts on the economy, the environment and on Guernsey’s autonomy, health and social care and community can all be found on our website www.moveforward.gg
Our economy will be critical to our recovery. At the moment the estimate of cost to public funds this year alone is about £120m.
The future for Guernsey is bright, but it’s not a given, we need some experienced hands. We all have a part to play to make our Island a truly remarkable place.
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 been a States Member for a number of years so have a good grounding in committee work. In the most recent political term, I sat on the senior committee of government as a member of the Policy & Resources Committee. I have also served as Deputy Minister of Commerce and Employment, Deputy Minister of Social Security, and held seats on Public Services, Legislation, Health and Public Sector Remuneration. I am an active contributor – Just ask my colleagues! and I enjoy the team work but I am not afraid to ask difficult questions or challenge as necessary.
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 ?
Although the unemployment rate has come down significantly from a high during lockdown, it will not feel like that if you are one of those affected. There is always a bias to employ a local person, but we really do need licence holders for the skills they bring or where we do not have enough local people, eg teachers or nurses for example. The more we can improve our on-island training so that we invest in local people and train them to become nurses, for example, rather than recruit from off-island the better for the Island.
What concrete measures would you like to see implemented in Guernsey during the next term to achieve net zero carbon by 2050?
Insulation; I would like to see help and advice available for people to help insulate their homes. Landfill gas; deal with the methane from landfill which accounts for 23% of our emissions.
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?
I have been representing 4 parishes already as the ‘western district’ for 4 terms although I live in St Pierre du Bois, most of the issues are Island wide so I have helped Islanders from all over the Island, and, if re-elected, I would be pleased to continue to do so.
Are you concerned about the large amount of agricultural land that is being lost for private gardens?
There is a real balance here. The number of fields we have is fully sufficient for the dairy industry and there is even spare capacity. The legitimate use of a back garden or area for home amenity is to be expected; all of the land as far as I am aware that has been turned in to domestic curtilage has not seen animals on it for many, many years and is unlikely ever to, so is it fair to prevent that becoming a private garden? A private garden can always be turned to productive food use if needed.
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?
Be a bit more insistent!
What are your opinions on climate change and Guernsey's role in tackling it?
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges the planet is facing. Whether or not you believe humans are the primary cause, the proposals to mitigate global warming are good, responsible things to do anyway. Guernsey must play its part at both the local and international. There are a lot of things we can do locally, such as encouraging people to use alternative forms of travel and further reducing the use of and with the Green Finance initiative, we can make a change on a global level.
What are the attributes and skills you will be looking for in the next President of the Policy & Resources Committee?
Someone who puts Guernsey first. Someone who understands the issues and is able to work with a diverse group of people both on and off Island.
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 have not seen the evidence yet to support the lengthening of the runway. The runway is fully sufficient for our owned airline, Aurigny.
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?
The wider the tax base the better but we have to remain competitive and fair. As one of those who instigated the tax review recognising that the current system is unsustainable
What are the candidates' views on maternity pay and leave and how would they improve the current arrangements, if at all?
I have not had much contact on maternity pay since I was on Social Security. Just as background I have had no recent calls that I can remember to make changes and of course some companies will have their own provisions as well.
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?
I have been a Member of the Policy & Resources Committee that took to the States the Revive and Thrive Strategy, which sets out how we will recover our economic prosperity, improve our health and wellbeing, and build on our inclusive community values. The Strategy sets out short-term and long-term actions that will help us to achieve our goals.
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?
We should be encouraging people to use cars less by making the alternatives more appealing. To encourage less use of cars, I would like to see ‘travel plans’ taken on board by all island businesses.
Do you support outsourcing of States services?
Yes, in some instances where we do not have sufficient in-house resources or a particular skill. But I do not support a wholesale move to outsourcing as the States will lose control and in a small economy there is not always the competition for contracts, especially on renewal. Inevitably we then end up negotiating with a monopoly supplier which is then reflected in the price to the detriment of the States, and no ability to bring the service back in house.
What will you do to educate the islanders about the reality of the climate crisis which is the biggest threat currently facing the world?
One suggestion in my manifesto as part of the Guernsey Partnership of Independents is to create a Centre for Energy, Nature, tourism, Research and the Environment
Most environmental problems are caused by the love of growth. Would you consider de-growth?
I think de-growth is very difficult to achieve, but what we can do is change our behaviours from linear [dig out of ground use and throw away] to circular, where what we discard is reused again and again
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?
We have a strategy the ‘On-Island Integrated Transport Strategy’ at present and that is encouraging active travel in the first instance such as walking, then use of public transport and reducing vehicle movements. That plan is up and running.
What environmental policies would you support to reduce Guernsey’s reliance on the internal combustion engine, in support of International global warming initiatives?
I voted in favour of the ‘Climate Change Action Plan’, which is a set of policies that have recently been approved by the States of Guernsey. For more information on what I have supported, please see: https://www.gov.gg/article/177829/Mitigate-Climate-Change---States-of-Guernsey-Climate-Change-Policy--Action-Plan
What measures will you put in place during the next term to ensure that environmental biodiversity will be protected and enhanced?
The states has just passed the Climate Change Policy and Action Plan attached to that was the framework for the ‘Guernsey’s Strategy for Nature’ in it there is some really good material, a comprehensive list of action points, objectives etc. which is a journey we need to travel on now, and there is much to do to make it a reality.
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?
I think it was a very good idea, although not new, this is an element of the ‘Revive and Thrive’ I would like to see taken forward by the next States, I think it has great potential.
Do you agree that there is a climate crisis caused predominantly by the actions of humans?
In light of the wealth of scientific information now available, we cannot ignore the impact humans are having on the planet and must act responsibly and make an effort to live more sustainability. The changes needed will be good for the planet and society.
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?
I wished the inert material was used to extend the facilities at the harbour where ‘new land’ is needed and voted accordingly.
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?
Insulation; I would like to see help and advice available for people to help insulate their homes. Landfill gas; deal with the methane from landfill which accounts for 23% of our emissions.
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?
I am a supporter of Aurigny as we need to be in control of our air links. Most other airlines have come and gone. The most recent review of Aurigny, said it was efficient in doing what it is being asked to do. I supported the new planes.
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, very much so and in the last States I led the requete that saved the wall from being removed and sought a maintenance programme to keep it in place.
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?
I am not so sure the capital costs are so uppermost; what we have to do is get the right model, and the one school two sites is, in my view, too big. The aim has to be about every child achieving their potential, to be the best they can.
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?
A review is underway to look at the options for a sustainable and fair system of taxation, as you point out we have an increasing demand for services and expenditure.
If elected, what priority will you give to the introduction of the already-drafted consumer protection legislation?
This item is in train and in drafting. There is pressure on the drafting team with other demands the States are making.
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?
This needs to be changed. It was recently raised in the States and it will be progressed, but it is more complex legally than it appears on the surface.
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?
No. Islanders would lose control of their vital services. Prices would rise and instead of being run for the benefit of the Islanders as shareholders they will be run for the benefit of the investors. Do not repeat the mistake in giving away Guernsey Telecoms.
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?
You make a good point. I would be supportive.
What is your attitude towards enhanced and mandatory registration, chipping and DNA recording of dogs and control of their fouling, island-wide?
I can see the value in it but I would be concerned of the resources and proportionality of the solution.
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?
Besides working in the Policy and Resources Team on significant policies and budgets , probably the Requete to keep L’Ancresse sea wall and seeing the Strengthening Families initiative up and running.
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.
Reasonably good, as highlighted in the review of Policy and Resources Committee. We worked well as a team and delivered a consensus view to the States.
Would you support not giving Local Market licenses to those earning above a set level to support both LM and OM?
That’s an interesting concept. The Sates has previously moved away from restrictions which we had on the licence holder, I suppose if the level is high enough it may help.
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?
As part of the Revive and Thrive Strategy, the planning department will have a role to play and the unlocking of properties would fit in well.
Would you support changes in the law to make cannabis for personal use legal?
I am fully in favour of cannabis for medical use. With regard to recreational use, I have not reached a strong position.
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 am an existing States Member.
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?
Compared to many other jurisdictions, Guernsey has political and economic stability, and a high standard of living, We have a moral obligation to play our part in the world by helping those less fortunate. I support the work of our Overseas Aid Committee which help in specific projects as well as appeals. Also by supporting Green Finance we can help mitigate climate change, which is/will affect those in some areas very hard.
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 am an existing States Member.
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 am fully in favour of cannabis for medical use. With regard to recreational use, I have not reached a strong position.
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?
The Covid-19 pandemic has called on the resource of the same people who were introducing the additional drugs etc. Some of the new medicines can be introduced sooner and the Committee for Health & Social Care are working on this. Ultimately, it is the electors who will hold members to account.
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 am very much in favour of the Guernsey Housing Association and their shared ownership scheme in particular. The challenge is to ensure we find suitable sites for them to continue to build.
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?
The Covid-19 pandemic has called on the resource of the same people who were introducing the additional drugs etc. Some of the new medicines can be introduced sooner and the Committee for Health & Social Care are working on this.
What would you do to address traffic noise pollution from vehicles speeding and backfiring along St Georges Esplanade/Les Banques and towards town?
There is legislation in place, but it is not well defined. With regard to its action, the police have to prioritise their resources to best effect. If re-elected I will be pleased to pursue the issue of noisy motor bike, an issue which is of much annoyance.
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?
The Covid-19 pandemic has called on the resource of the same people who were introducing the additional drugs etc. Some of the new medicines can be introduced sooner and the Committee for Health & Social Care are working on this. I do agree this is an important area.
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?
I do not think the benefits are there in lengthening the runway I have not seen the evidence to convince me to support the lengthening of the runway. The runway is fully sufficient for our owned airline, Aurigny. With covid the airline industry is in a very different position now.
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 do not think the benefits are there in lengthening the runway, I have not seen the evidence yet to support the lengthening of the runway. The runway is fully sufficient for our owned airline, Aurigny and following covid the airline industry is in a very different position.
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?
Being part of the Commonwealth is important and making ties with other countries is to be encouraged, however, our short-term focus should be on our relationship with UK and the EU.
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 was pleased to support the proposals, it was this term that brought the policy to the States. Legislation is one form of protection, but better education in the community is very important to change attitudes and behaviours.
What criteria do you use for decision making?
Multi, it depends on the issue: my knowledge, advice, even gut instinct!
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?
There are difficult decisions to make. I supported the Committee for Health & Social Care on abortion, but was unable to support assisted dying, favouring extended palliative care.
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?
As a Member of the Policy and Resources Committee, we instigated the tax review, which is under way at present and will look at the issues you raise. What taxes we do end up having should of course be fair and proportionate.
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?
I think tourism has a role to play, we have many attractions, the natural beauty, the historic story from Stone Age to the German Fortifications. As part of the ‘revive and thrive’ there are ideas of new attractions a centre for nature, making more of our association with Victor Hugo, arts etc. We also must not forget the positive relationship tourism has with the transport carriers and the finance industry.
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
Driving Guernsey’s economy, ‘revive and thrive’ and invest in Guernsey’s infrastructure are all interrelated. The schools are already in review and that report is awaited. The very fact of spending the ‘revive’ monies are going to increase States expenditure. No need to extend the runway and I do not advise opening our boarders at this time, especially with covid entering a second wave.
List your achievements to date which have been a benefit to Guernsey.
Please have a look at my manifesto; from working in the senior States committee producing the finance budgets to retaining the L’Ancresse wall. Strengthening Families. Helping those in our community with issues. Passing laws and regulations to keep our community safe and our industries able to function on a global stage.
Do you support a reduction in the cost of running the civil service? If so, how would you do that and over what timescale?
Of course – where savings can be made they should be made, and services re-prioritised as things change, but not to the detriment of the quality of services. The new contract with Agilisys is one example of where the States is aiming to improve its digital platform, which will make efficiencies and over time save over 150 posts. But, there is a constant and increasing demand for more new services.
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?
I did not vote for open sky’s and prefer the idea as you suggest, a regulated monopoly, [not for all routes but] for all our lifeline and strategic routes.
What is your view regarding commercialisation with respect to States owned entities?
If you mean selling? I am against. If you mean run on a commercial basis with the States as shareholder as we do with Guernsey Post then I have no issue.
Should the island be spending tax payers money on maintaining air and sea links?
Yes certainly on the airside where we assist Aurigny and offer incentives for new routes to other carriers. With regard to sea links they are operated by private concerns and in normal times are profitable and are not subsidised at present. We should have in my view greater control over our lifeline links.
What is your view on future funding for long term care as current funding will be insufficient by 2040?
There was a recent debate and Social Security will be returning with proposals. The cost and demand is rising, there is an inevitability that we will have to contribute more, the debate is who how and when. I suspect it will be a combination of increased Social Security payments and increasing the co-payment from the beneficiary.
What is your opinion of introducing a goods and sales tax?
I am not in favour and previously voted against a GST, but if we wish increased services, there is a need to raise more revenue, how that will be done is part and parcel of a review on tax which is being undertaken now.
Would you support the ‘listing’ of all remaining historic military structures, as Jersey has done, to ensure their ongoing protection, repair and maintenance?
Having successfully led the requete to retain the Anti-Tank wall at L’Ancresse I would certainly give it very serious consideration.
What initiatives would you put in place to grow our economy?
As a supporter of ‘revive and thrive’ addressing transport connectivity. A digital review to return with clear recommendations for future investment. The opportunities for investment in the blue economy, harbour development, new quays, marinas, leisure facilities. Putting in place the infrastructure that facilitates industry. Leale’s Yard is a golden opportunity for St Sampsons not only for business and homes but for public leisure space.
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.
This question has been asked and I understand that Employment and Social Security are doing a review of the elements and costs that inform the rate of Income Support to ensure that the States support is appropriate and fair.
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?
We do need our young people to stay on Island to help the economy or return after a time away, it’s their home. We also need to encourage those who wish to go off Island to gain qualifications and experience and return with their skills.
How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?
I am not sure it has or will
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 have seen the document but I was not persuaded, I am not in favour of extending the runway. The aviation world looks very different since covid and environmental considerations too will affect the future of air travel.
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?
The cost of seeing a Doctor for some is a real concern, part of the Partnership of Purpose is looking at how that can be addressed, there are other solutions, alternative methods of treatment which are non-pill based. There are also long term health strategies in place which promote a healthy lifestyle so that need for intervention is reduced.
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 support end of life care. [I voted against assisted dying]
Education - Do you know what T levels are and if you do, would you be enthusiastically demanding that they are available here in Guernsey?
I had not heard of them before, I would be happy to learn more.
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?
As a supporter of ‘revive and thrive’ one goal is to have a digital review to return with clear recommendations for future investment. As a member of the previous Commerce and Employment board we set up the Digital Greenhouse to kick start innovation and give a boost to the digital economy helping businesses. We need to continue to putting in place the infrastructure that facilitates industry and commerce.
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 do now have, the new modern mental health provision at the Hospital which we were building when I served on Health and I recall when on Social Security we set up the first Talking Therapies in Primary care to address a need. The hope is to deliver a Mental Health and Wellbeing Centre and upskill community support.
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.
I think it is important for Islanders to be able to have their say and Committees need to give due consideration to allow sufficient time for those debates to happen and where necessary to facilitates open forums where presentations from professional can be given and debate had.
What is your position on the opportunity to debate the abortion issue more openly and fairly with more balanced representations to the Deputies?
We have recently had a debate following on from a States report on part of the abortion issue and decisions were made as a consequence.
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 voted against a one school two site model and voted for, ‘Pause and Review. The aim has to be about every child achieving their potential, to be the best they can. Three schools, in some form, would help achieve that and be of a more appropriate size for Guernsey.
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?
I Think there are two different issues here, the ‘revive and thrive’ will look at the opportunities to enhance the seafront. We have two gems of harbours and St Peter Port has a pretty a backdrop as anywhere: I have no intention of spoiling what we have with inappropriate modern development, you only have to go a few miles south to another Island to see how not to do it. But I do think there is a real opportunity to look critically at what we have and what we are going to need in the next 50 years by way of infrastructure and facilities around our harbours. It is a great opportunity for the Island to have new leisure facilities, marinas and of course with rising sea levels a chance to mitigate flooding along Les Banques. What size ships will our harbour need to cater for in the future, do we have the necessary quays and freight marshalling yards, as nearly all our good are imported by sea. The blue economy is one for us to focus on and it right on our doorstep. Maintenance has not been a strong point of the States, so we do need on the back of the’ revive and thrive’ to drive forward the repair of failed slipways and the like. But to be fair, there are some major issues with land slippage along the east coast including Divette which are not easy to solve.
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"?
Although I appreciate the sentiment, I think it is time to move it to the Royal Court.