- Parish St Peter Port
- Experience New Candidate
I want to build Guernsey better, stronger and smarter. I am a business owner and was a Douzenier for four years. I am the father of two boys. I went to Elizabeth College then graduated in Languages and Economics. I am a qualified teacher. I own Accent Multilingual Services and the recruitment agency Personnel Appointments. I have experience in hospitality, finance and retail businesses. I am independent of any parties.
- I want to strengthen and diversify our economy and support our finance sector
- I am prepared to vote against GST and any additional taxes this term
- I want renewable energy to be an important focus of our future
- I will be a champion of SME businesses, hospitality and tourism
- I will support partnerships with eco-initiatives because local produce is best
Guernsey is vulnerable to global economic change and Covid has heightened this. I want to strengthen and support finance. Going forward, I want government to prioritise a vibrant tourist and hospitality sector. Small and medium sized businesses are the backbone of our economy and I want government to remove the barriers that stifle growth. I want major investment in our infrastructure and public private partnerships to do this. This model can also enable the renewable energy sector I believe we need.
I am opposed to GST in Guernsey as it is a regressive tax that hits those on low incomes the hardest. I will fight the introduction of any additional taxes this term.
RENEWABLE ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT:
De-carbonising isn’t a threat but a business and environmental opportunity. I want to reduce our reliance on importing energy from France by forging public private partnerships to make Guernsey a hub for renewable energy.
Solar panels must be widely used and not face unnecessary planning hurdles. Government buildings must lead the way on this.
I want to speed up the electrification process for vehicles. While this is taking place we must outlaw noisy and polluting forms of transport to improve life for everyone.
We have too many derelict greenhouses. Covid has taught us we need food security to reduce our carbon footprint and reliance on imports. An incentive would be to zero-rate the TRP of glasshouses that produce food for local consumption.
I want the States to build partnerships with the growing number of local eco-initiatives to decrease our dependence on imported food.
One of my first priorities will be to focus on getting our sea defences repaired. The hole in the wall at Fermain and the landslip at La Vallette are dangerous and a legacy of wasteful government that can’t prioritise.
I want a new definition of Aurigny’s purpose because we cannot continue to sustain its losses. We should own the airline but it needs to be managed by professional operators under a Service Level Agreement.
I am in favour of government acquiring the vital freight and passenger ferries the Island needs. I see them being run along the lines of the model I advocate for Aurigny.
All properties should have access to fibre optic broadband.
TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY:
Tourists need a reason to visit. I want to forge investment partnerships with local stakeholders, e.g. Festung Guernsey, to capitalise on our military history. I will push for the creation of a Victor Hugo Visitor Centre because his legacy is an important tourist draw yet successive States have ignored this opportunity. Guernsey’s hotels, restaurants and bars are essential to our economy. I intend to help the sector by extending opening hours and changing our Population Management regime to make it easier to attract staff.
The States needs to be less intrusive and more dynamic and efficient. Instead of creating laws we should be removing unnecessary legislation.
Government needs to set the strategy and framework but leave the “doing” to the parish douzaines.
Government must become more business like and live within its means. It needs to abandon the “we’ve always done it that way” principle and be open to cost efficient working.
I support the three-school model with a 6th Form Centre. The smart use of IT can make up for any learning that can’t be delivered across three schools.
NURSES AND TEACHERS:
I want a Population regime that attracts and retains these professionals and I will fight for nurses to be paid what they deserve.
I advocate opening negotiations with the British government to bring back the full reciprocal health agreement.
LET’S BUILD GUERNSEY BETTER:
I believe Guernsey can do better and government needs to be more decisive. It’s time to get the basics right, like education and coastal defences. At the same time we need new ideas and ventures. I believe in our island which is why I want to serve as an independent deputy. Thank you for reading my manifesto and please do contact me to discuss my views.
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 substantial experience of working in teams which is like committee work to get results done positively and efficiently. However I do have experience in committees from my 4 years at the St Peter Port Douzaine as well as on the Round Table where I sat on various committees to get things done. Also working for 5 years at Social security on a contracted tender I liaised in meetings with both the senior team of the job centre and my colleagues on the private company team.
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 ?
This is a matter of economics and market forces as we see businesses grow, there are specific areas where we not only need permit holders and welcome them but it is on a need basis as any good employer will take a person from Guernsey without the difficulty of permits and accommodation associated with permit holders.
What concrete measures would you like to see implemented in Guernsey during the next term to achieve net zero carbon by 2050?
Electrification of vehicles will drive us a long way towards this goal and a careful approach to protecting our environment.
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?
Should I be elected as a Deputy of the people of Guernsey (not just ST PP) I would ensure that I respond and hopefully work with fellow deputies to ensure we know what is required on a parish that I would be less knowledgeable on.
Are you concerned about the large amount of agricultural land that is being lost for private gardens?
To a certain extent yes - I see a lot of derelict greenhouses where no TRP is paid and I think one solution would be to state that active greenhouses do NOT pay TRP where they grow produce for the Island. This would encourage people to do something about these poor derelict sites and penalise them (not via TRP). If some can afford to keep them as gardens there is little we can do apart from encouraging and working with eco partnerships to try and stimulate / grow on those sites.
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?
By listening, understanding the various arguments and being able to understand complex situations to then be able to work alongside others to then get something done.
What are your opinions on climate change and Guernsey's role in tackling it?
This is essential to our island but does not have to dominate every aspect. Firstly understanding that this is an important issue and secondly working in partnership with the growing ecological initiatives. Many required factors can be taken into account for any developments and infrastructure we build going forward.
What are the attributes and skills you will be looking for in the next President of the Policy & Resources Committee?
Leadership, transparency, people management, understanding and listening to complex arguments and discussions, a doer!
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?
The Frontier Economic Report confirms it’s viability. I believe we should, with proper planning, start on this extension now because the benefits by far outweigh the disadvantages. I am not implying any action to invite Easyjet or other operators to monopolise these routes, rather to support Aurigny and Blue Islands with the added opportunity of flight sharing from April to October to increment the number of visitors and workers on a scale that will help the economy grow, especially as we need to prepare for the eventual exit of this recession.
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?
We have a current tax system in place and we could look at other options but we are where we are and if diversification means GST then no is the answer. Over time we could maybe look at increasing the tax threshold should a form of GST come in but this is only if there is no other option.
What are the candidates' views on maternity pay and leave and how would they improve the current arrangements, if at all?
This is something I encourage as a supporter of keeping the island as a community and I see it as important to allow parents the time to bond as much as possible before returning to the work place
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?
This is something key in my manifesto to build on infrastructure across owning our routes and transport (but managed out by SLA) and placing ourselves in a position for the next generation in the same way that our forefathers built the markets, the harbours and most interesting the loop towers across the island in only 8 months! we need to be strong in our actions to prepare our infrastructure for generations to come.
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 and bikes and motorbikes but also electrification will be a good contributor.
Do you support outsourcing of States services?
That would depend on the service as outsourcing does have its merits but depends on the impact on the rest of the business and community.
What will you do to educate the islanders about the reality of the climate crisis which is the biggest threat currently facing the world?
This should be led via education. We should ensure that, if not part of the curriculum, we add this in. Parents need to support this by volunteering , helping and sponsoring.
Most environmental problems are caused by the love of growth. Would you consider de-growth?
I will interpret this as GDP and I appreciate that this is a measure used for many decades but if we want to look at sustainability we need to review the way that we measure this and there are good papers on this as well as taking a pragmatic approach to growth without excess.
What intra island transport strategy would you support to ensure safe and ‘clean’ travel on island for all road users, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists? And how do you plan to deliver that plan financially?
The Health Improvement Commission has an Active Travel Officer and a team of one. Their work should get more support to encourage walking and cycling as viable personal transport alternatives when commuting, visiting friends and family or shopping. Given most journeys in Guernsey are short, active travel should become commomplace. Electric bikes can help in this as they take away the strain of cycling in hilly terrain.
What environmental policies would you support to reduce Guernsey’s reliance on the internal combustion engine, in support of International global warming initiatives?
Active Travel should be promoted more and our bus fleet could be more cleverly used so that those on flat coastal routes are replaced with electric ones.
What measures will you put in place during the next term to ensure that environmental biodiversity will be protected and enhanced?
The current Biodiversity and Education officer has done an excellent job to date but she needs more support. I want the States to work more proactively with groups like La Societe and the Pollinator Project.
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?
The plan was the vision of a private company who dealt with some States deputies and departments. I have no internal knowledge of why it has not been progressed.
Do you agree that there is a climate crisis caused predominantly by the actions of humans?
Yes but we have to be aware that a lof of it is also out of our control from shipping in the channel to planes flying overhead etc etc so we have to be practical and realistic to what we can do on our Island.
Longue Hougue has been proposed as a site for inert waste disposal despite it being a site of international importance in terms of wildlife. La Societe Guernesiase and other scientists have advised against this. What will you do to ensure that this valuable habitat is protected?
I believe that there are better options for the disposal of inert waste than the biologically important Spur Point. It is a valuable coastal and littoral resource that breaks up an industrial area. Currently an EIA is being carried out. If elected I would vote against development of this beach.
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?
One of my key priorities is the development of a renewable energy sector which will provide Guernsey with energy independence and help tackle our carbon emissions targets.
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 propose that the management and day to day running of Aurigny is taken over by a professional airline management company under an SLA. I believe its losses are unsustainable yet it charges customers what are perceived as expensice fares. No, I do not believe the purchase of the Clear Vision ATRs was necessary.
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?
Absolutely - the fact we have not already done this is appalling as it is dangerous and a legacy of a wasteful government that has not prioritized.
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?
For me to be able to respond to this will require a lot more understanding of the options. What I can say is that I support the 3 school model and one 6th form centre. We could implement technology for any gaps we need to fill but it will require a lot of further study. This is a subject close to my heart and I would be more than happy to dedicate time on this.
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?
I do not agree to change from 0-10/20 to for example corporate tax as this is the one thing that continues to allow our finance sector to survive and contribute to our economy so efficiently. If we change this legislation we will have a dramatic exodus of funds from the island amongst other financial sector businesses. Already there is pressure on this sector and we do need to bring in new sectors via fintech and digital business to be able to allow us to continue to progress so for now that would be a very unwise direction to take.
If elected, what priority will you give to the introduction of the already-drafted consumer protection legislation?
This would have priority as having read about the volume of cases that CAB deals with, this is clearly an issue that needs review and action.
Did you know that same-sex families aren't treated equally when it comes to registering the birth of a child? What will you do to change that?
I would support any fellow deputies who would rectify this as you cannot focus your strengths on every issue but the key is that it would be something from my perspective that will need changing.
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 do not believe that utilities like water and electricity should be privatised. However, I believe they should be run more efficiently with a remit to return profits to islanders in the form of lower bills.
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?
Where required yes, but above all the planning departments need to be reviewed to simplify the process as is very often an inhibitor due to the layers of administration involved - are they all really necessary?
What is your attitude towards enhanced and mandatory registration, chipping and DNA recording of dogs and control of their fouling, island-wide?
We have to act as a responsible community and only if this fails totally should we ever consider these measures as they will incur new stealth taxes and bureaucracy.
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 be part of an assembly that agrees to work together and make change happen so that would include getting the economy up and running bouyantly - that means more money in the pot and therefore infrastructure projects underway, tourism and hospitality bouyant, funding to support our pension pots and health care - it is very hard to put my finger on one aspect but am sure during my term if I serve there will be smaller victories on the way.
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.
Through my recruitment and HR experience, I have often had to mediate in situations between employees and employers and have been able to bring both sides together to find a mutually acceptable solution.
Would you support not giving Local Market licenses to those earning above a set level to support both LM and OM?
We changed the structure on TRP for exactly the reason to avoid that happening and we should encourage those few who do exceed financially rather than penalise them - there are a lot of fewer of those than the rest of us.
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?
Our current housing strategy promotes brownfield and urban area developments rather than greenfield land and I support this. Listed properties require a level of financial outlay that makes them unaffordable to first time buyers. I support a clearer, more user friendly planning process that enables appropriate developments for first time buyers.
Would you support changes in the law to make cannabis for personal use legal?
I believe that there should be an investigation of this along the lines of the Canadian model.
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 have but only to see how things function and have listened to debates on the radio - I have been more interested in the way that the events unfold until reaching the assembly but have looked at how the various deputies voted which I think is important for the electorate and in fact would make voting much easier!
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?
I support a phased increase in Overseas Aid so that Guernsey reaches the UN accepted level of 0.7% of GDP.
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 support the concept and the mandate of the Scrutiny Management Committee which carries out this role in the States.
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 believe that there should be an investigation of this along the lines of the Canadian model.
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?
Through good governance procedures all deputies should be held accountable for their actions. I want to be part of an Assembly where this becomes the norm. With important changes ahead of us we will need to work closer than ever to achieve results to enable us to recover from Covid and its economic effects.
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 support the GHA but it would be worth investigating whether its remit could be widened to cover more people, for example those in middle age.
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?
This is important to me both as a citizen but also for personal reasons. I would do my best to see what could be done to bring this back to the top of the list as we will have to live with ourselves if members of our families and communities suffer as a result.
What would you do to address traffic noise pollution from vehicles speeding and backfiring along St Georges Esplanade/Les Banques and towards town?
I have had a lot of complaints from people who are fed up with a tiny minority of small motorcyclists removing their baffles and who proceed to rev at an unacceptably high pitch along the front and elsewhere at all times of the day and night. The solution, in my mind, is to empower the police through “old style” community policing to address these issues or indeed any poorly maintained vehicle spewing pollution.
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?
It is a priority as is part of health care and the reason for delays will be due to funding - I also think that the costs of treatments and drugs are overly high and I appreciate that this is not something one can change as a deputy but maybe lobbying with the UK etc.
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. The lead in time for extending the runway would be around 8 years. We have to prepare for a post Covid future now and a longer runway will attract many economic benefits.
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?
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 and with our closer neighbour France where we could build stronger links than ever before.
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 believe in a society needing to protect its community so this is clearly happening more and more and just needs support from the people and the deputies to ensure this remains on the agenda as an important issue.
What criteria do you use for decision making?
Evidence based, taking into account a diverse range of opinions.
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 am totally opposed to assisted dying and support the development of excellent palliative care. We have already accepted an evolution of our abortion law but I am opposed to extending the time limit for abortions any further.
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?
We need to work within the existing tax framework and focus on not increasing that or adding other taxes, like GST.
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?
Absolutely. A key pillar of my manifesto is the stregthening and support of tourism and hospitality. We need to invest in our wartime heritage and build a Victor Hugo Visitor Centre and market our island much more effectively. Visit Guernsey has failed to do this year on year.
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 / invest in Guernsey’s infrastructure/ reduce states expenditure / Sort out schools / revive and thrive / social needs/protect the environment / extend the runway / open borders (this is a temp issue).
List your achievements to date which have been a benefit to Guernsey.
The work I carried out on behalf of the Job Centre over 5 years; helping job seekers find work as well as building relationships with employers through the use of schemes like Back to Work, Job Fairs and the innovative use of technology.
Do you support a reduction in the cost of running the civil service? If so, how would you do that and over what timescale?
It is essential that we review the costs of the civil service at all levels but not at the expense of the essential front line 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?
Not for profit is very different to the trading loss of circa £19M as the latest published accounts show. We need a new definition of Aurigny's purpose.
What is your view regarding commercialisation with respect to States owned entities?
In some cases this works very well but also I have seen this happen the other way around too - ie states took on the lottery distribution : a lot of work is needed on this topic.
Should the island be spending tax payers money on maintaining air and sea links?
The Island needs to own it to ensure its continuity but should be managed out by professional services on a SLA to ensure transparency and profitability where possible.
What is your view on future funding for long term care as current funding will be insufficient by 2040?
I do not know the answer to this apart from that we need to find a way which is not by taking the assets of the elderly to cover the costs (stealth inheritance tax).
What is your opinion of introducing a goods and sales tax?
NO WAY - it is regressive and inflationary and affects the wrong people - there are ideas to decrease tax or increase the tax thresholds and then apply a tax but surely more layers of bureaucracy.
Would you support the ‘listing’ of all remaining historic military structures, as Jersey has done, to ensure their ongoing protection, repair and maintenance?
This again is an important part of my manifesto. The ones we need to develop into Tourist and historical attractions must be protected. The government should build partnerships. For example, invest into Festung Guernsey to be able to develop these sites and make these sites a reason for people to come to our Island.
What initiatives would you put in place to grow our economy?
Remove barriers , do not increase taxes, simplify planning, ensure we have bandwidth, encourage digital business training , allow businesses to grow and also build relations stronger with France as well to tap into a market we have left out for too long.
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.
They will always appear to be too low but you can live by them. The key is to encourage claimants where possible for this to eventually be stopped by helping the families or individuals to improve their lot where possible. I have met a number people through my own businesses who have reached a point of doing very well in their jobs but when offered further responsibility and money they have declined as it would affect their benefits which to me is wrong.
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?
One early thought is for the States to offer rentals as a business service to provide cheaper accommodation (radical but at least it would make money for the States). In reality we need more affordable housing and to extend the range of people it reaches - often some are excluded as they are willing to take on extra work and responsibility to just remain with their heads above water.
How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?
My religious faith is very personal to an individual but I hope that it translates to a kindness and support to others and apart from say 2 direct conflicts ie euthanasia and abortion all the rest of my principles are based on being tolerant, understanding and using my mind to work in a way that helps to better our Island.
Have you read the recommendations contained in the Frontier Economics Report in which they state that the long term benefits of extending the runway far outweigh the environmental and capital costs? If so, are you in favour of extending the runway?
Yes, I have reviewed the report and although I am not against it, I think we have to rectify other infrastructure, planning and tourism issues first but remain open to debate on this.
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?
Firstly, let’s stop having to go via a GP to get to see a specialist and then revert to the GP for the feedback! Apart from the majority of finance workers, the rest of the Islanders have to pay for private or rely solely on the Social Insurance provided services but this should be equitable across the Island.
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 Palliative care (not a bad idea to see how France deals with this).
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 understand the concept but currently they are not part of Guernsey's curriculum. I support the development of vocational learning.
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?
I have a strong interest in business and technology and will support the speeding up of fibre optic cables island wide as well as nurture and support new sectors from tech to environment to help support our economy which is currently reliant in the most part by finance. Tourism is another area to grow and create specialist events that can attract people all year round.
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?
This is a growing area and partly by the way we live in our society - I will attend as many talks, read papers and listen to the experts to find a way to address this correctly.
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.
This is one of the most contentious issues and if Guernsey wants to be a world leader in a field please not as the centre which welcomes and supports assisted dying - I support palliative care.
What is your position on the opportunity to debate the abortion issue more openly and fairly with more balanced representations to the Deputies?
As a Christian I struggle on any issue which demeans or takes a life so I am not in favour of extending the time allowed to take the life of a human.
How do you see the way forward for secondary education in the island? Do you favour a particular model and if so which one?
3 school model with one 6th form centre. Education is key. There are drawbacks but in my mind this is the best of the models presented.
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?
Yes and this is something which is high on my priorities.
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"?
Yes - as there are only so many items you can review and generally if it either becomes detrimental to the community or Island.