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Personal Statement

I’m Guernsey born and bred and Guernsey is my passion. I have worked in finance since I left the Grammar School. I believe we need new faces and new ideas rather than more of the same. Now is the time to be bold and sweep away the tired and self-interested old guard. With my ‘can do’ attitude and Guernsey spirit I think I can make things better for everyone.

  • Education I support the 3 schools and 6th form college strategy.
  • Tax I want NO net tax increases in the next term. NO GST.
  • Energy I propose a subsidy scheme for home solar panels.
  • Transport We need to own our own ferry. Aurigny to be put on a more commercial footing, but with some route subsidies.
  • Recovery I want to see Covid-19 recovery spending to be kept on island.

Manifesto

Education

  • I support the 3-school model and the Grammar School converted to a 6th Form College.
  • We should continue to fund places at the Colleges for those pupils that can pass the entry requirements and whose parents cannot afford to self-fund.
  • All States run schools should be more independent. Central control should be exercised only when strictly necessary which would reduce costs.

Tax & Public Finances

  • No net tax increases during the next term and no GST. Increase the tax cap for High Net Worth Individuals.
  • Rigorous independent review of States staffing levels, particularly middle and senior roles. Downsize where possible while maintaining or increasing front line staff using savings from elimination of management layers.
  • Introduce a fair tax and social insurance charge on non-local ‘white van man’ travelling here on short term jobs.

Covid Recovery

  • Invest in infrastructure projects. Local contractors employing local staff should be the default option.

Infrastructure

  • Accelerate harbour and sea front development.
  • Install fibre broadband to the home for the whole island.
  • Repair all damaged sea defences and enhance where required to take account of rising sea levels. The entire coastline of Guernsey should be defended.
  • I am not in favour in demolishing the L’Ancresse “anti-tank” wall.

Energy, Renewables & the Environment

  • Home solar panels should be subsidised and made planning permission exempt. Repayment of the subsidy would be by way of selling surplus electricity to Guernsey Electricity who should enhance their ‘buy back’ feed-in tariff.
  • There should be enhanced focus on renewable generation including tidal and offshore wind.

Business

  • Ensure the Competition authority investigates UK chain stores to justify their ‘VAT’ inclusive prices.
  • Local alcohol brewing and distillation should be taxed at a lower rate than imported alcohol.
  • Introduce a Buy Local campaign and encourage Guernsey businesses to be more competitive.

Tourism

  • Seek to develop unique events to encourage visitors.
  • Improve tourist offering for our unique history, Victor Hugo, Renoir, Nazi Occupation.
  • Consider a tourist information centre at each States operation, for example the Dairy.

Transport & Connectivity

  • We should own our own ferry, as the Isle of Man does to give Guernsey complete control over our sea links.
  • Give Aurigny a long-term, strategic objective to at least break even on the routes Aurigny deems commercially viable.
  • Where the needs of the island demand uneconomic routes and timings the States should subsidise those routes.
  • The disastrous ‘open skies’ policy should be revisited. There should be a joined-up government approach to avoid the previous fiasco of subsidising Flybe to Heathrow while causing Aurigny to make losses. This can be achieved by placing all transport matters with one committee.

Constitution & Governance

  • Reiterate our constitutional independence from the UK to prevent external interference in our affairs. Develop a plan to deal with a future unfriendly UK Government.

Housing

  • Introduce new initiatives such as “help to buy” deposit loan scheme for first-time buyers.
  • Introduce controls on non-residents buying and renting out local market properties to the detriment of first-time buyers.

Health

  • Reduce staff nurse turnover - develop nursing as a rewarding, career choice for islanders with on-island training.
  • Renegotiate the reciprocal health agreement with UK.
  • Improve access to on-island mental health treatment.

Planning

  • Embargo on further large developments in the Vale and St Sampsons where infrastructure is under extreme stress already.
  • Expansion of exemptions from planning permission. Simplification of the planning process.

Traffic

  • Halt removal and shrinking of parking spaces island wide.
  • Increase access to parking in St Peter Port to drive regeneration of the town.
  • Encourage transition to electric vehicles by improving charging infrastructure and providing grants for low-emission vehicles.

Social Policy

  • Support the creation of consumer protection legislation.
  • Support the creation Freedom of Information legislation.

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 am on many committees in my professional career. I am qualified and I very often provide advice as a 'Centre Of Excellence'

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 ?

To increase employment the economy needs to grow. An issue is that many locals do not have the right skills. We need to bring them up.

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

We should focus on renewables on the Bailiwick

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?

Under Island Wide Voting Deputies are under a duty to apply the best interests of the whole Island.

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

Conversion of agricultural land into gardens can lead to a lack of wild life habitats. There are arguments for and against but I wouldn't like to see the increasing trend continue.

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?

As an individual it isn't possible to make a specific difference except by consensus. Working collaboratively is the way to achieve progress.

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

Guernsey can't make any material difference, we are simply too small. We need to protect ourselves from effects of climate change and set a good example to others but not by excessive zeal.

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

He/she needs the ability to lead effectively by achieving consensus

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?

Yes

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, grow the economy, new industries, new infrastructure spending

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

While a longer term aim, we simply can't afford it at present. The economy is in a bad way due to Covid and other issues.

I believe Guernsey needs a vision; a forward-thinking concept for the future of the island’s infrastructure, community wellbeing and economy. What’s yours?

I want to see the economy grow, islanders becoming better off and investment in local renewables is one way to achieve it

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?

No not until the options for change are improved. Islanders need their cars.

Do you support outsourcing of States services?

Yes with careful monitoring. It is a way to reduce the cost of government.

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

I think most islanders are already aware of climate change. There is a lot of coverage in the media.

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

No, without growth there is no money in the pot to achieve our aims which include aims of reducing impacts on climate

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 would like to see some cycle corridors and knowing it's difficult with our small roads I would ask interested groups to develop proposals

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

We can encourage change by grants and tax incentives but we also need to enable the infrastructure.

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

Encouraging organic farming would help our image and the dairy.

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?

Not being a current Deputy I have no information. Please pose that question to current Deputies

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

Yes that is clear but it needs deeper research to determine if that is the sole cause.

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?

Some disused quarries that are unsuitable for water and in the right places could be used and when filled they would become wildlife habitats thus increasing bio diversity.

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 an individual it isn't possible to make a specific difference except by consensus. Working collaboratively is the way to achieve progress.

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?

As we demand Aurigny service Alderney then a mix of types is required. The size of Aurigny is sub optimal. The States should give clear instructions to the board and make them accountable to achieve those targets

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. It's a disgrace to have been left unrepaired so long.

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?

No. Three schools and a single sixth form together with scholarships can be achieved without significant cost

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?

No. We need to remain competitive. The States have not controlled costs and let them get out of control. It now plans GST, income tax or tax on rateable value increases. Grow the economy, less need for tax increases.

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

The Guernsey Party has made it a commitment

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?

Registration is not an equality issue. Registration is a legal obligation and process which exists for the benefit of a child, to establish biological parentage and therefore the legal duties of parental responsibility and/or to enable the transfer and/or terminate those legal rights and duties (including rights to inheritance) upon adoption. Adoption is the process for assuming parental responsibility for any person who is not the biological parent of a child, whether same sex, heterosexual, or otherwise. All persons who are not biological parents are already treated equally"

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?

Yes if services can be maintained at a high level and lower cost.

Increasing home working will likely result in surplus office space. Will you encourage an urgent revision of Planning Policies to facilitate conversion of retail and office space to residential & curb green-field development?

Yes

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

I think it's going to be expensive to obtain, record and use DNA as evidence. The Police should crack down on the small minority of dog owners that flout the law.

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?

Get the economy going and not to have to increase taxes

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.

In my professional life it is a daily requirement to lead teams and mediate where required.

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

No, it would be better to reinstate the rights for OM householders to house others on their property, as in former years prior to the new legislation.

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?

Expand planning exemptions, allow the Douzaines to deal with small development and cut red tape. Remove individual politicians from the decision making process and require it to meet time and performance deadlines.

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

Not without regulation and THC limits and a full investigation

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 sometimes but not often

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 prefer practical help rather than cash

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 need scrutiny to have proper powers and it needs to be made up of independent people, not politicians

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?

Yes , we need scrutiny to have proper powers and it needs to be made up of independent people, not politicians

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?

With Island wide voting, all candidates will become accountable to the whole of the States however without cabinet government things move too slowly.

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?

We would like to see reintroduction of States loans and a shared ownership scheme

Earlier this year, the States passed the introduction of life-saving and life-changing NICE-Approved drugs & medicines by a massive 32-1 vote; these drugs are readily available under the NHS and SHS in the UK. HSC have now announced that the implementation of this is now to be delayed by a year or so. Out of all projects the States have on their list - this has to be THE single most important one because it will affect up to 4,000+ residents of our island. How do you intend to bring forward the delay of this incredibly important topic to a much quicker implementation date?

The cost of implementation needs to be reviewed in the light of the economy nose diving.

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

It is an offence to run a noisy vehicle. The Police should enforce that. The proposed island 'MOT' would address that.

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?

This depends on the cost of implementation

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 but not in the short term until we see how COVID affect travel.

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?

Many reports return results that have been pre ordained by the terms of reference. That said, maybe the runway should be extended but as I said above COVID changes everything in travel.

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?

Absolutely if given the opportunity

The current states assembly has approved proposals for a Discrimination Ordinance, but much work needs to be done. How committed are you to ensuring that LGBTQ+ people, people of colour, people with disabilities and people of faith are protected on this island?

Very wide question and we need to prioritise the most needing protection from discrimination.

What criteria do you use for decision making?

Depends on the matter in hand

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?

Assisted death will never occur locally until the medical profession's governing bodies support it, which seems unlikely. All human life is precision but abortion is already a fact and has recently been debated. We shouldn't keep reopening issues hoping to achieve different outcomes, it delays other priorities and is wasteful.

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?

The questioner assumes that businesses and the wealthy don’t pay a fair share, which isn't correct. Many of our wealthiest residents pay significant amounts of tax but do not use services such as the schools or health provision. I would prefer to see government spending what we can afford, not tax and spend. We have significant amounts of financial reserves and borrowing for capital expenditure, it does not require tax to be raised to spend on infrastructure if it provides a return. Government should grow the revenue cake, not start a spiral of decline.

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?

Yes I support tourism, we need low fares on Aurigny for an extended period so that packages can be developed by hotels to encourage visitors

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

Economy, infrastructure, schools, implement revive, open borders, reduce expenditure, air and sea links, runway, environment, social

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

In the financial business

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, and quickly. Plans are already made, they simply haven't been pursued despite being promised

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?

No. It requires a restructure and for government to decide what it wants it to achieve.

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

Depends on which ones, some are important strategic assets, others might be possible. With hindsight we should never have given up Guernsey Telecoms

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

Yes

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

We need to overhaul our pension system by looking at taking people out of the state system and consider whether we can reduce our long term liabilities by the purchase of reinsurance for longevity risk

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

Totally against it as it harms the poorest in society more

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

Yes but I'd support protection by planning law but actual listing as is seen elsewhere on the island is too expensive. The structures while a valuable part of Guernsey are mostly low in money terms value. It can't be afforded in many cases

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

We need lighter touch regulation, reduced cost, simplified and faster planning process, decentralise control from the states

Do you believe that the rates of income support are a) too low b) about right or c) too high? Explain your answer in some detail.

I prefer a proper living wage approach rather than a mixture of minimum wage topped up by income support.

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?

Review and relaxation of the P&M law, longer licences for nurses, teachers and entrepreneurs willing to establish businesses in the Island.

How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?

It won't

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, Yes but we need to see how post COVID travel pans out before making a decision on extension

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?

I would like to see some innovative ideas for islanders to opt out of the States schemes by insurance based approaches. Low income elderly should be helped more, or even free healthcare.

Do you support developing end of life care (including palliative care) or would you look to introduce a form of euthanasia as in assisted dying (assisted suicide)?

It is not possible to develop assisted dying without practitioner support. That seems unlikely at present.

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

Many young people want to be out working post 16, not in a schoolroom. Apprenticeships are the way for these pupils

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?

We need superfast broadband installed urgently island wide. Like Jersey and the IOM. If we need to import businesses that work here well on an island location and pay a fair rate of tax then I would encourage that.

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?

I would need to be on the Health Committee to progress realistically. I would be guided by clinical advice.

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.

Islanders already have significant access to deputies. We are not remote. Everyone knows our contact details

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

The debate has taken place and decision made

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 11-16 schools, one sixth form, means tested scholarships for the colleges with entrance exams set by the colleges

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?

Sea defences are important strategic assets and should be repaired. They protect your property. The whole of the island should be defended.

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"?

The old system may put off non Christians simply by the name. However I am not convinced a new system is better and cheaper.

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