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  • Party Alliance Party Guernsey
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Personal Statement

Having spent many years in the Met. Office in the UK, I have a passionate interest in the ecology of our Island, and want to protect our unique habitats, before they are lost forever. Since coming to Guernsey in 2010, many will know me as an Operations manager at Waitrose, Rohais. I am currently Chief Ranger of the Foresters, supporting affordable access to health care.

By voting for Arron Hawke you will get fairness:

  • Fairness in quality healthcare for all Islanders
  • Fairness in housing, which we all know is way out of many people’s pockets
  • Fairness in the Tax system. The low – middle income families are overtaxed
  • Fairness to the Island and the planet with an effective Green policy
  • Fairness for the vulnerable in society

Manifesto

Alliance Party Guernsey has developed Six Key Policies on which candidates will fight this election.

These policies were produced after listening to the people of Guernsey.

As an Alliance Party Guernsey candidate, I promise to do everything in my power to turn these policies into reality.

I offer the electorate a clear and transparent vision of how I will vote as I play my part in helping to create A Better Guernsey For All.

When you see the Alliance Party Guernsey name on the ballot paper you know our candidates are committed to delivering on our promises.

The Six Key Policies:

Health – Improve access for those on low to middle incomes, for whom costs are a real barrier to accessing doctors and dentists.

Education – Stop going round in circles. Implement three quality schools, plus sixth form college. Work with the private sector and re-introduce college bursaries, giving equal opportunities, irrespective of parental wealth. Settle education debate in 2020!

Housing – give locals a genuine opportunity to stay on the island by introducing a property class available only to locals, not licence holders. Create leasehold properties on states owned land to make property ownership possible for more locals. Maximise the current housing stock by simplifying controls on open market properties.

Environment – Make environmental protection and enhancement a must-do priority, not simply a lip-service vote-getter. Protect our open green spaces and coastline. Reintroduce common sense into planning by urgently changing the IDP.

Policing & Social Infrastructure – make anti-discrimination laws a reality. Protect those exposed to bullying and abuse (mental and physical) and ensure that policing reflects and builds on the Guernsey community spirit. Make access to medicinal cannabis an immediate reality and pursue the decriminalisation of personal quantity cannabis possession.

Economy – NO increase in tax rates for those earning less than £50,000. No VAT, GST, or Capital Gains Tax. Review Civil Service, focusing expenditure on front-line staff, not bureaucratic senior layers. Actively and professionally manage Aurigny and other states assets, using proper ownership controls, to ensure they support the strategy for Guernsey.

Much more detail can be found at apg.gg
If you want to vote for political change, vote for the Alliance Party Guernsey candidates!

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?

As a newbie, all I have to draw on is my time on the Foresters committee. I am ‘Chief Ranger’, which makes me the chair. I like to believe I fought for the less well-off in society.

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

I think most people understand and accept the reasons for transport turning electric and I totally support this. There are also interesting plans for Guernsey to produce its own electric with hydrogen plants. Something we’ve already taken the first tentative steps with. This could supply cheaper, carbon neutral electric to Guernsey, even allowing us to sell excess to France and/or the UK.

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 think Island wide voting will mean island wide concerns. I too live in St. Peter Port and thus will be very interested in issues affecting the town, but issues affecting Torteval or St. Martins are equally as important to these people.

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 in a Party for this EXACT reason. What hope does one person have? A block vote is the way to get things done.

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

I spent many years in the Met. Office when it was based in Bracknell and have seen models for many years that I have found scary. Climate change IS happening and there is no point denying it. Electric cars and a hydrogen power station will help Guernsey towards carbon neutrality.

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?

Ultimately I believe it will happen and will support it. Tourism will never get back to the levels of the 60’s and 70’s, but I do believe this will help promote it by getting people to the island and slightly bigger planes will mean cheaper flights (in theory).

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. Cycling is the obvious way and making cycling safer will allow more people to do it. Also electric cars, smaller cars and electric public transport needs to go hand-in-hand with this.

Do you support outsourcing of States services?

I support efficiency.

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

Great question. In truth I would be more about doing something as opposed to education, but you are right, we do need to educate as well, as there are frightening amount of people who believe it’s a hoax.

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 believe we should have electric powered buses. To answer the finance part of the questions requires seeing the state of the finances first. But certainly the next batch should be electric.

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

We need to make electric vehicles more attractive from an economic point-of-view. Once they are cheaper to buy and run than petrol/diesel then people will buy them. Also we can’t encourage people to buy them and have diesel buses on the streets.

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?

This is something I would look in to for sure. We have looked in to plans for a hydrogen power plant. Any other carbon neutral systems with other benefits would be taken very seriously.

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

Yes!

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?

Totally agree, it is nowhere near ambitious enough. Transport and power alternatives will be underway this coming term.

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?

No, No & Yes! (Who said we don’t give straight answers?)

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

I would support a commission to look at Sea Defences. I don’t as yet know enough to give a definitive answer. But in the long-term, let’s stop the sea rising and the problem will look after itself.

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 supporting a 3 school model.

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?

That’s a disgrace and I will do all I can to change that. My thing is ‘fairness to all’.

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?

You’re right, a lot of money has been spent on Covid defences. But we can make savings with efficiency. This is something that without seeing the books a definitive answer is difficult.

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?

If we can convert office space into affordable residential space, then this is something I would encourage.

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?

New Candidate – As a generalisation, I want to believe I have helped make the island a fairer place. A specific one – To have moved Guernsey’s carbon neutral target significantly closer.

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.

Agreed. Having a large block party vote also helps a lot!

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?

Let’s cut through the red tape and get these sites renovated. Surely we can put the sites of derelict greenhouses to better use. We need to encourage this.

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

Yes!

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 and the scrutiny needs to be independent.

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 would legalise it. That way we can control the substance in the same way we control tobacco and alcohol. There is the secondary benefit of extra money coming in to the States coffers too. A win-win. Seriously, does smoking a joint make someone a criminal? Not in my eyes.

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?

The Alliance Party Guernsey have a genuinely new idea on how to make this happen. It’s a too long to explain at length, but involves making a new tier. Check out APG.gg

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

Noise pollution is easy. We need to switch to electric tran-shhhhhh-port.

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

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 have now! And I do agree with this.

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?

Of course. I’d be willing to strengthen ties with any country.

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?

Fairness is the theme I am standing on. Everyone and I mean everyone should be and will be treated the same.

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?

Wow, this couldn’t be more leading if you stuck a collar and leash on it. Obviously these questions are too long and way too emotive to be answered properly here. I am pro-choice in both. If a human being is suffering and mentally able to make a decision, then it really should be their call.

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?

Tax does need to be fairer and more progressive and this is one of The Alliance Party Guernsey’s main policies.

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?

To answer the last one first. Yes tourism should play a bigger role for Guernsey. We need more diversified industries on the island and tourism, as a big one of the past, is the perfect choice. I believe extending the runway is crucial to helping this 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

To me the environment and social needs top the list. Borders can only be done when it is safe. The schools issue is huge and will be near the top of The Alliance Party Guernsey’s list. The infrastructure is also huge, but can be helped by the cutting of red tape, as indicated in an earlier question. And Air/Sea links and runway will come under our drive to invest in tourism. After the first 2, it’s hard to call!

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

I’ve only been here since 2010. That said I am Chief Ranger of the Foresters. So helping with the islands healthcare.

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, although how is difficult to answer having never seen the ‘books’ and not being sure what we have to play with. That said, for sure we can be more efficient and one of the first tasks will be to identify these. The timescale? Over the period of this government.

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 think the extending of the runway would encourage more operators (assuming there are any left after Covid) and hopefully negate this situation.

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

I believe it is only by learning from the past that we can improve the future. So yes, I would.

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

Cut red tape, so we can develop these derelict sites. Let’s build a power plant, producing carbon neutral fuel. This will create jobs and allow Guernsey to sell the electric to nearby countries. Also the runway extension will help the economy, both whilst being built and once built.

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?

Housing prices. We MUST get them down.

How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?

It won’t. What’s good for Guernsey, Guernsey’s residents and the ecology will affect my voting decisions.

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

Yes I am. I believe this will allow cheaper flights to Guernsey and thus encourage those bored Spain/Greece etc. Sure, we’re not as warm, but we are far prettier.

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?

As Chief Ranger of the Foresters I feel I am a bit compromised to answer this one. But affordable Primary Care is my goal!

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)?

Yes. I believe we have the right to go when that time arrives that living is too painful or the quality of life just isn’t there. We don’t let our pets suffer, so why do we let our loved ones? It makes no sense to me.

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

Apprenticeships should be encouraged and valued a lot more than what they are now, so yes.

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’m assuming you are advocating a referendum on these subjects, which may be the best way around such emotive topics.

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

I am all for a debate with fair and balanced representation.

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, as a member of The Alliance Party Guernsey are supporting the 3 school model.

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