- Parish St Peter Port
- Experience New Candidate
I have been fortunate enough to grow up and live on our wonderful Island for over fifty years in the parishes of St Andrew’s, Castel, Vale and St Peter Port as well as living in Surrey with my family. I have been self-employed in Tourism and Accounts since returning to the island in 2007. I would be honoured, with your collective direction, to be a part of shaping our future.
- TRP charges
- Care and Welfare
Approach to Politics
If elected, I would both suggest and support innovative and prudent choices so that we progress in a fair and sustainable way. I wish to ensure that the Islands are run in the best way they can be, for the benefit of all who live here. My political ambitions are to strive for what is best for the Islands as a whole and are not motivated by ego or personal ambition. I am approachable and would always be willing to listen to, and publicly represent, concerns wherever possible.
TRP charges were identified in response to a States Assembly Direction to ‘raise additional revenues from those most able to bear the burden’ (quoted from a spokesman for the States in the Guernsey Press of March 2019). TRP is already causing unacceptable commercial costs and raised rents (particularly to small businesses) as is evident island-wide. Increases in TRP are also impacting those who have made significant sacrifices to purchase a home in previously rapidly rising property market. A property is often a family’s largest asset; a property is a home and our sanctuary. It seems inexplicable to me to increase taxes on homes in a time of prolonged uncertainty. TRP is not akin to Council Tax (as previously suggested in the States), where Council Tax pays directly for services such as street lighting, policing and rubbish collection. TRP should not be compared to Council Tax or increased arbitrarily.
TRP charges should instead, in my view, be levied on second homes but discounted when let and on those properties which are empty for an extended period of time, encouraging the number of properties on the market for purchase to rise and increasing those available to rent.
(2) Care Home Costs
Guernsey is not alone with trying to find a solution for the cost of care for an ageing population. The performance of care homes needs to be continually scrutinised to ensure good value to the taxpayer and a good service provision to residents. This difficult area needs focus and creative solutions as it will inevitably become even more important in the coming years.
(3) Economic Growth
Whilst population increase is often seen as a simple solution to increase economic output, I would be keen to support Guernsey’s economic growth in a way that is not necessarily dependent on this – for example, by instead focusing on technological advances and carving a further niche for the islands in light of Brexit.
In the current climate with both COVID and Brexit on the horizon, it would be irresponsible to suggest that tax increases were not necessary. In my view, tax should not unfairly penalise those who simply live and work hard; it should be as fair and transparent a system as possible.
With fairness at the core of any change, I would be open to increasing income tax from 20% to a higher flat rate, reviewing all caps whilst generously increasing tax free allowances. I would suggest that retirement ages should be sensitively raised as the portion of our lives spent working is diminishing whilst our overall health improves. I would favour a so called ‘Sugar Tax’ on certain foods and plastic packaging in supermarkets to further fund the healthcare system.
The island has, since the introduction of Zero-10, borrowed for the first time ever and the route to capital taxes is being followed. It does seem to be disproportionately affecting ordinary island residents. The pressure to enact this policy came from the EU. After Brexit I would like analysis and effects of Zero-10 revisited in consultation with the other jurisdictions who were part of the decision and if deemed appropriate, remedial action taken.
(5) Open Market/Licences
Open market attraction is not all about tax benefits; it is also our stable government, relatively low crime rate and not least, our environment. I would propose that those in open market properties should be required to contribute a minimum sum to the tax revenue each year; at present it is enough to simply buy a house. This amount should not be enough to make a move to Guernsey unviable, simply enough to support the local services required by those individuals each year.
I have watched many local children struggle to return to the island after a period away due to rising costs; I feel that returning locals should be offered the same packages for relocation as licence holders and that these ‘packages’ should be reviewed on an annual basis.
I do my best to lessen my carbon footprint but have no illusions that the human race will ever be carbon-neutral; I fully support the idea of the Nature Strategy and increasing environmental awareness. Our tidal deposits clearly show our life flotsam; the attitude of littering needs to be tackled strongly, before important ecosystems are irreparably damaged.
(7) Child and Prisoner Welfare
I would favour active, easily available and practical pastoral aid in schools for unhappy pupils. Pride of pupils in their school reflects in their behaviour outside it and that benefits us all.
Victim support and support for those who genuinely want a new start in life both need building further. Personal self-respect and appreciation for our island by all is an aspiration to work towards.
I look forward to discussing my approach to both the above and any other concerns you may have about the Island in the coming days.
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?
Aside from running my own small businesses for which I have to constantly scrutinise myself, I have previously have been on various Toddler Group and Parent/Teacher committees holding the positions of both Treasurer and Secretary. I have also previously led sub-groups within these committees. My contributions to these positions have been based on my skills and experience gained through my life (such as in my Accountancy and Finance background). When put in a situation that requires additional reading and knowledge to effectively execute the role in an area with which I am less familiar, I welcome the opportunity and will do the required work to serve the community as best I can.
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 ?
Current measures in place can be distorted when an otherwise suitable local is overtaken by an individual from outside Guernsey who has more experience; I understand this process can be very frustrating. I would encourage a review of the current system to ensure more weight is put on the value of training local talent i.e. ensuring (and checking) that those hired from outside Guernsey contribute to the career development of those more junior to them; and (2) where an individual can be trained on-island for a role, this is prioritised over hiring a licence holder. This system should be thoroughly transparent.
What concrete measures would you like to see implemented in Guernsey during the next term to achieve net zero carbon by 2050?
As a starting point, I would fully support climate change awareness drives, continuing discussions in schools and suggestions on how to reduce personal impact given on a continuous basis by the States through media channels, so that it becomes an ongoing conversation., I would also support subsidies for housing insulation, disincentivising the installation of air conditioning, supporting the sale of less synthetic clothing (with research into alternatives such as a Future Fabrics Expo) including for school uniforms and increasing the pressure on importers and suppliers to provide food with less packaging. In terms of energy production, Guernsey has a unique set of climatic factors which could enable renewable energy to flourish; developing projects such as hydro-power from our fast flowing waters should be seriously considered, among other renewable energy solutions.
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 would be available for the whole electorate, to represent either Island wide issues or Parish issues. With the new system of island-wide deputies, if elected, I would consider it my duty to fairly represent both.
Are you concerned about the large amount of agricultural land that is being lost for private gardens?
Very much so; linked to the climate change question above, I think we should be striving as an island to produce as much food on Island as possible to reduce the carbon footprint of our food imports. I am particularly concerned about the loss of biodiversity through the removal of trees and hedgerows due to both agricultural and domestic use and think that this should also be preserved as much as possible, balancing the factors mentioned above.
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?
Achievements are made by persuasion and co-operation; results are a win for all. I would ensure that I fully researched issues and had all the facts to hand, in order to be the most persuasive negotiator I could be. Although I would wish everything I supported to be achieved in the States, I am realistic and know when to put an issue on pause in the interests of achieving a goal which would have a more meaningful impact for the community as a whole. Later, that issue would be picked up once more and not just forgotten about!
What are your opinions on climate change and Guernsey's role in tackling it?
Climate change is an issue very close to my heart. Every one of us needs to be more mindful of our personal impact and moreover the impact we can have in educating others. The States has a big role to play in incentivising behaviours that reduce personal and commercial adverse impacts on our climate. Every country can do more (and should do more) to tackle climate change as there is no Earth v2.
What are the attributes and skills you will be looking for in the next President of the Policy & Resources Committee?
An individual who is fair-minded, prudent, modest and understands human psychology and incentivisation.
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 would carefully consider the Cost/Benefit Analysis; if an extension of the runway were to proceed on the basis of this analysis (which I would support), it would have to be made as carbon neutral as possible with carbon offsetting. We should also only consider this analysis once travel has returned to pre COVID-19 levels.
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, it is important, not least to offer interesting career developments. As an Island, we should build on what we have, providing specialised short learning/taster courses for locals and visitors alike to build skills. For example, marine, stonemasonry, flora and fauna management which utilise the unique characteristics of our island. I'm particularly keen to diversify the tax base into the rapidly growing areas of scientific research and fintech.
What are the candidates' views on maternity pay and leave and how would they improve the current arrangements, if at all?
Maternity pay and leave should match paternity pay and leave. The option to work reduced/flexible hours for a longer period may be helpful to some individuals, which I think should be an option for those who wish to take it. Flexible hours in particular would be beneficial to all staff and increase morale (irrespective of whether for maternity or paternity leave). After any leave of abscence, it is important that previous positions and conditions are fully restored.
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?
Providing opportunities, training and support to innovative individuals and ideas, focusing on our young people, in every field.
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?
Yes, physical activity as a mode of transport should be encouraged not only from an environmental perspective, but also a health perspective. However, we must acknowledge that cars are required for businesses. I would favour education as to the benefits of exercise, providing a "Boris-bike" type system in Guernsey and providing more incentives to use public transport wherever possible.
Do you support outsourcing of States services?
No, if skills are required that are not currently present within the States, these should be taught or hired in, especially given the current high rates of unemployment. However, if there is a particular service which was time-limited and could be outsourced more effectively, I would be open to hearing the arguments for it.
What will you do to educate the islanders about the reality of the climate crisis which is the biggest threat currently facing the world?
Increase education for the entire population. Climate change should be an ongoing discussion and we should all strive to be better at minimising our own impact and encouraging others to do likewise.
Most environmental problems are caused by the love of growth. Would you consider de-growth?
Yes; but a gentle simmering down rather than an immediate cliff-edge.
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?
Physical activity as a mode of transport should be encouraged not only from an environmental perspective, but also a health perspective. However, we must acknowledge that cars are required for businesses. I would favour education as to the benefits of exercise, providing a "Boris-bike" type system in Guernsey and providing more incentives to use public transport wherever possible.
What environmental policies would you support to reduce Guernsey’s reliance on the internal combustion engine, in support of International global warming initiatives?
Implementing tidal power; its implementation seems to be the least damaging and our Island is favourably positioned to fully utilise this advantage.
What measures will you put in place during the next term to ensure that environmental biodiversity will be protected and enhanced?
Increasing the level of education on this important issue and ensuring it is tied in with policies to address climate change. In particular, as a small step, encouraging bee-keeping on island!
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 I am not currently a member of the States, I cannot give you an answer to this, I'm afraid.
Do you agree that there is a climate crisis caused predominantly by the actions of humans?
Yes; the scientific evidence is overwhelming.
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?
The alternatives have been evaluated in depth and have now reached the Independent Planning stage.
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?
As a starting point, I would fully support climate change awareness drives, continuing discussions in schools and suggestions on how to reduce personal impact given on a continuous basis by the States through media channels, so that it becomes an ongoing conversation. I would also support subsidies for housing insulation, disincentivising the installation of air conditioning, supporting the sale of less synthetic clothing (with research into alternatives such as a Future Fabrics Expo) including for school uniforms and increasing the pressure on importers and suppliers to provide food with less packaging. In terms of energy production, Guernsey has a unique set of climatic factors that could enable renewable energy to flourish; projects such as hydro-power from our fast flowing waters should be seriously considered, among other renewable energy solutions.
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 is an essential strategic investment and lifeline into and out of the Island for many. We should also only consider the analysis of new aircraft once travel has returned to pre COVID-19 levels. I would also emphasise that climate change factors should be focused on for this analysis.
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; with the knowledge available to me at the moment, this seems to be the best approach.
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?
We should listen to the concerns of the pupils and teachers primarily. Pupil numbers were assessed. It appears that the designers were working to a budget rather than a specification. I don't think that a two-school model is the right one.
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. See my manifesto.
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?
Unfortunately, I did not, thank you for bringing this to my attention. The Birth Certificate subheadings should list 'Parents' and also list the occupation of both parents. I will be interested to see the final draft of the Anti-Discrimination legislation that is pending.
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 support the privatisation of Beau Sejour but resist the privatisation of utilities as this could cause the Island more severe financial hardship in the long term and potentially price islanders out of the level of essential products they require.
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?
I entirely agree that if working from home does create surplus office space, this should be utilised rather than left empty. However, we need to be sure that individuals will continue to work from home in the post COVID-19 era so this will require addressing once the position is clear.
What is your attitude towards enhanced and mandatory registration, chipping and DNA recording of dogs and control of their fouling, island-wide?
I agree with mandatory registration and DNA recording of dogs (and potentially cats) but I do not think microchipping should be mandatory as it is an invasive procedure. Individuals who deliberately litter in any form, do not pick up after their dogs (or do not dispose of full bags responsibly) should be publicly shamed and fined heavily.
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?
To serve the Island with dedication in the best way I can and make meaningful change for the good of all.
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 will always support open debate on any issue; Deputies should attend open debates in a listening capacity for any issue that is important to Islanders; (realistically, time constraints permitting).
Would you support not giving Local Market licenses to those earning above a set level to support both LM and OM?
There are difficulties with this proposal due to repercussions on, for example, residency. Therefore, no, however I do support solving the pressure on the supply of local market housing.
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 Planning Department has a perceived inflexible approach with regards to derelict properties, in particular, which would greatly benefit as you say from renovation. I would support a review of the process for such derelict properties within the Planning Department.
Would you support changes in the law to make cannabis for personal use legal?
Legalisation and regulation of cannabis in Guernsey could be considered; for personal medical reasons on prescription. The benefits need to be balanced against potential long-term harmful effects on both individuals and society.
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 all have a duty as an Island and as individuals to help where we can; in light of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, I would propose resources were funneled into getting the island back on its feet - starting at home - before further contributions are sent abroad (always ensuring as much as possible they are not misappropriated and go directly to the causes intended, such as fair trade) to help those who require it most.
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. We must do our best to ensure we have trustworthy and honorable individuals within the Scrutiny Management Committee.
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?
Legalisation and regulation of cannabis in Guernsey could be considered; for personal medical reasons on prescription. The benefits need to be balanced against potential long-term harmful effects on both individuals and society.
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 States collective decision is the one that must be adhered to, but accountability should lie on the shoulders of the senior individuals within each decision making process.
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?
Document duty could be greatly reduced (or waived) for first-time buyers to lower the acquisition costs. As for mortgage tax relief, this should only be available, in my view, to primary properties (not buy to lets or second homes). Alternatively, or in addition, mortgage tax relief could have a cap on it so that it is directed at those who need it most and first time buyers. Shared ownership initiatives should be carefully considered to ensure that individuals are not disadvantaged if, for example, they need to sell quickly. For renters, I think that service charges on flats should be open to scrutiny and published. In terms of the rents themselves, these follow market conditions; they will not drop unless TRP does too.
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 consider this to be very high priority. If elected and once I am in possession of all the information, I would try to tackle each of the hurdles in turn and lobby hard to ensure the implementation of this important issue and to ensure the drugs are available to those who need them as soon as possible.
What would you do to address traffic noise pollution from vehicles speeding and backfiring along St Georges Esplanade/Les Banques and towards town?
Ask residents to take the numbers of such cars and the ask police to speak, not in a heavy-handed way, to owners offering them the opportunity to remedy their behaviour in the first instance. For repeat offenders, at the very least I would suggest a speed safety course.
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 would carefully consider the Cost/Benefit Analysis that has been done; if an extension of the runway were to proceed on the basis of this analysis (which I would support), it would have to be made as carbon neutral as possible with carbon offsetting. We should also only consider this analysis once travel has returned to pre COVID-19 levels.
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?
If an extension of the runway were to proceed on the basis of these analyses (which I would support), it would have to be made as carbon neutral as possible with carbon offsetting. We should also only consider this analysis once travel has returned to pre COVID-19 levels.
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?
Yes, absolutely, every opportunity should be explored in a post-Brexit world.
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?
Everyone deserves to live in a caring, integrated and tolerant culture. I will be an effective ally in standing up for this vision and for those who cannot or do not feel comfortable standing up for themselves, even when nobody is watching.
What criteria do you use for decision making?
Subject always to guidance by the community, Instinct, morals and balance.
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?
I believe in the right to choose.
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?
Yes. In my view, tax should not unfairly penalise those who simply live and work hard; it should be as fair and transparent a system as possible. With fairness at the core of any change, I would be open to increasing income tax from 20% to a higher flat rate, reviewing all caps whilst generously increasing tax free allowances (i.e. the wealthier have a higher tax burden).
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?
Owning my own business dependent on tourism, I agree with you, tourism is crucial. We have so much to offer as a beautiful island, together with the thousands of skilled individuals who work in tourism. Those who live here play their part too, by being extremely helpful and welcoming; it is what we are. Plans to put in place could include improving harbour facilities for visiting boats but on the whole I think the tourism team do a wonderful job with their countless initiatives which should be encouraged and further supported.
Do you support a reduction in the cost of running the civil service? If so, how would you do that and over what timescale?
I do. Over a continuous timescale, I would encourage the promotion of competent, dedicated staff regardless of age, reducing the need for as much middle-management supervision. This is based on the concept that if people are given more responsibility they will rise to it and have more self-respect and job satisfaction as well. I would also propose investigating delays and overlaps in some Departments and solving the imbalance of work in others. Failures should not be rewarded and compassion should be used to ensure those requiring additional training receive it. I believe that the duty of the Civil Service is to provide good value to the Public.
What is your view regarding commercialisation with respect to States owned entities?
I would support the privatisation of Beau Sejour but resist the privatisation of utilities as this could cause the Island more severe financial harship in the long term and potentially price islanders out of the level of essential products they require.
Should the island be spending tax payers money on maintaining air and sea links?
Air and sea links are an essential lifeline into and out of the Island for many and should be maintained for this reason. Most (many) taxpayers could not afford to leave the island without these lifelines on yachts and private jets.
What is your view on future funding for long term care as current funding will be insufficient by 2040?
Guernsey is not alone with trying to find a solution for the cost of care for an ageing population. The performance of care homes needs to be continually scrutinised to ensure good value to the taxpayer and a good service provision to residents. This difficult area needs focus and creative solutions as it will inevitably become even more important in the coming years. I would suggest that retirement ages should be sensitively raised as the portion of our lives spent working is diminishing whilst our overall health improves.
What is your opinion of introducing a goods and sales tax?
Taxes will have to increase, but income tax should be marginally increased rather than introducing a sales tax to ensure tax rises are equally distributed.
Would you support the ‘listing’ of all remaining historic military structures, as Jersey has done, to ensure their ongoing protection, repair and maintenance?
Yes, provided that those in private hands are given additional resources to preserve our history.
What initiatives would you put in place to grow our economy?
Green initiatives to grow our economy wherever possible, by observing how other countries across the world are implementing these and which ones are the most successful.
How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?
My morals and those of the community as a whole will influence my voting.
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 will carefully consider the Cost/Benefit Analysis of the Frontier Economics Report; if an extension of the runway were to proceed on the basis of this analysis (which I would support), it would have to be made as carbon neutral as possible with carbon offsetting. We should also only consider this analysis once travel has returned to pre COVID-19 levels.
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)?
In my experience palliative care is staffed by a team of highly skilled angels and supports relatives too. If euthanasia were to be legalised, the strict controls around it would need to be very carefully considered.
Education - Do you know what T levels are and if you do, would you be enthusiastically demanding that they are available here in Guernsey?
What is your position on the opportunity to debate the abortion issue more openly and fairly with more balanced representations to the Deputies?
I will always support open debate on any issue; Deputies should attend open debates in a listening capacity for any issue that is important to islanders (realistically, time constraints permitting).
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 three plus one model with separate sixth form. This model allows a focus on student wellbeing and anti-bullying and I believe smaller schools provide a preferable environment for pupils. Teachers should have the greatest say in this issue and pupils should also be listened to for their views.
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"?
In light of current circumstances and the focus that will be required for the post COVID-19 recovery, unfortunately yes. However, only due to the unique set of circumstances the Island faces at this time.