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Christopher Paul Nicolle

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  • Parish St Peter Port
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Personal Statement

I arrived here fourteen years ago; my genes have been here many centuries. Father left the island at the onset of war; he was eighteen so joined up. My grandparents were here throughout the occupation. I felt at home within half a day, that remains the case, a beautiful, safe place. Taught Citizenship at SSHS I arrived on a fifteen-year license, also represented colleagues on NASUWT Local Executive for six years.

  • Social equality; narrow the gap and eradicate poverty.
  • Innovating Guernsey; don’t wait to follow another jurisdiction.
  • New Reality; not carrying on as we always have.
  • Engage with and listen to the public.
    It’s democracy.
  • Business leaders prepare for down-turns not bail outs.

Manifesto

Often, when raising an issue regarding an inherent injustice, the response is a trite ‘but that is the reality’.

This is the time for a ‘New Reality’, a more just and inclusive society, a new order which carries ALL residents of Guernsey forward together. It’s the time to narrow the gap between rich and poor, the haves and have nots, the go getters and those whose heads dropped in despair. I am frankly embarrassed by a society that fuels avarice and greed whilst turning its back on want and despair.

Guernsey needs to move forward as a unified society, whilst the finance industry is deemed important, we do not call on a banker or an accountant when our health is in jeopardy. High fliers may provide the means by which much island income is acquired, however, this is the lubricant not the beating heart and soul of society. We should heed valuable lessons afforded us by the ongoing pandemic, reform the current culture of overly high bonus schemes, set aside sufficient contingency for future crises, by doing so less reliance on public funds will be needed. Too often, we turn our eyes to the UK for a lead, let’s innovate more frequently. This is a wonderful home, let’s ensure its social integrity as well as its safe environment, move forward with compassion.

Health Care.

If nurses are to operate effectively, eradicate their fatigue by negating the need for second jobs. These are graduates and professionals, treat them as such. Ensure nurses, beyond those at the PEH, also have a work environment worthy of their importance, not a squalid backwater avoided by others. Budgets should be notional, too many imponderables for precision here. If patients received a voucher, to display in the car windscreen, when attending hospital, this would eradicate the current problems associated with parking.

Civil Service Reform.

Eradicate duplication of roles, improve communication between departments and ensure management communicates clearly with all staff.

Billets should be written in plain English so as to be understood by Deputies and the public at large. Deputies to swear an oath that they have read them prior to casting their vote.

Education.

As a retired teacher, I am for the child first, don’t choose an option because it is cheap, ALL CHILDREN MATTER! Provide a broad curriculum not just an academic one, make our education provision relevant for a wide range of students thus engaging ALL of their interest, rather than risking a skills gap on island. Public discussion is essential in this.

Transport.

Cyclists and horse riders to prove proficiency/carry insurance, this is not finger pointing but a need for responsibility as road users, with mutual respect and consideration. Let’s innovate with electric planes between the islands, electric buses when next replaced, investigate the prospect of hydrogen cell cars (Hyundai).

Taxation.

Abolish Zero Ten, Corporation Tax/Robin Hood Tax in preference. Review income tax; introduce a sliding scale of tax bands and increase the personal allowance so that those on very low incomes are exempt. Let’s become fair and equitable.

Disability/ Discrimination.

All new homes to be disability friendly, retail/commercial establishments to become so. Employment law, on Guernsey, must be water tight and ensure that people with disability are not discriminated against. Their needs must be catered for and the employer must respond, appropriately and fully to the provisions Occupational Health and other bodies determine an individual requires, be it equipment or duties. Neither should the law ignore discrimination on age, gender, gender preference, hidden disabilities or race.

Recruitment.

When attracting people from outside the Bailiwick to fulfil required roles, rather than a substantial ‘Golden Hello’, ensure the salary is attractive and remains so. We should be mindful to pay the jobs true value to us.

Tourism.

If we are really serious about re-igniting interest in our island, the investment must be made upfront. Provide things for people to do, I already have some ideas on this. Also make far more of the history of occupation, it is what many tourists visit to see evidence of. Firstly, we have to ensure that they can afford to get here.

Environmental.

Ban certain types of packaging from entering the island, States departments to use electric vehicles where possible. Cheap loans to enable house owners to effectively insulate and glaze their homes, thus saving energy consumption. Cease developing Greenfield sites, prevent unnecessary packaging entering the island (waste prevention).

Answers to questions proposed by the public:

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

More emphasis on renewable energy, specifically tidal and wave power, considering that we have the third largest tidal range in the World and we are surrounded by sea. Also innovation in offering flights via electric planes (inter-island and possibly Southampton). We could offer ourselves as a test bed for a manufacturer, not compromising safety but allowing a manufacturer scope to analyse their craft. This could translate into a cheaper and more frequent service for us. Electric cars leave us with dangerous chemicals in the form of spent batteries, also no second hand market. I propose that it makes greater sense to promote the use of hydrogen cell cars (three Japanese manufacturers already sell them plus some American brands), the only emission is water, let us be innovators on Guernsey. Solar panels on our roof tops, economies of scale could make this cheap (a local authority in Cheshire has covered many roof tops with such panels, we are even better placed to be successful with this).

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 consider the whole island to be my home, I am not concerned with individual parishes as I believe we have shown greater concern for the welfare of our neighbour through the pandemic. For me, moving forward as an island is what matters, not 'one upmanship', we are a small jurisdiction and our strength is working together not in identifying reasons to draw away from one another.

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

Most definitely, it is one of the comments that I made at the Environmental groups hustings. We need to prevent further green space being lost to manicured lawns and encourage households to allow for 'pollenator patches' within their private gardens. Also we need to re-schedule the use of land left under derelict glass houses for far too long.

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?

To persuade fellow deputies, I will ensure that I remain engaged with them. More importantly, I will be very ready to talk with islanders, to ensure that I fully understand what it is you wish me to persuade them of. In other words I want to work with YOU for the whole term of four years, to listen, listen and then listen once more.

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

More emphasis on renewable energy, specifically tidal and wave power, considering that we have the third largest tidal wave in the World and we are surrounded by sea. Also innovation in offering flights via electric planes (inter-island and possibly Southampton). We could offer ourselves as a test bed for a manufacturer, not compromising safety but allowing a manufacturer scope to analyse their craft. This could translate into a cheaper and more frequent service for us. Electric cars leave us with dangerous chemicals in the form of spent batteries, also no second hand market. I propose that it makes greater sense to promote the use of hydrogen cell cars (three Japanese manufacturers already sell them plus some American brands), the only emission is water, let us be innovators on Guernsey. Solar panels on our roof tops, economies of scale could make this cheap (a local authority in Cheshire has covered many roof tops with such panels, we are even better placed to be successful with this).

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

Realism, compassion, forward thinking not short termism. We often end up paying far more because we dither and only think of short term savings, resulting in poor quality. This translates in to spending far more over time. We are fleeting custodians of a wonderful island which must be fit for your grand-children and beyond.

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 BUT not based on just one point, all of the issues need to be fully researched and the benefit has to be for ALL islanders, not selfishly for one sole interest group.

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?

I believe that the islands tax regime requires investigation and review.

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

The States, as an employer, has recently modified its maternity leave provision as a good employer. In an ideal world, this model would be replicated by all businessess, however we must be appreciative that many smaller businessess are not in a position to offer this provision. I notice that this question does not ask about paternity or adoption provision irrespective of gender or gender identification of the adoptive parents.

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?

Firstly I would wish to tackle a reform of income tax, one which considers a more equitable approach. On this basis, the WHOLE community and its welfare is being considered so that we are truly a community. Then ensuring dialogue with the whole electorate involves sufficient listening AND taking account of EVERYONE'S interest, not a select few. For me, the pandemic suggests strongly, that we must take the opportunity to 'reboot', ensuring we leave injustices behind and regard ourselves as having a fresh outlook, an inclusiveness that has been lacking.

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?

During the Covid crisis, many inhabitants have discovered/rediscovered, other ways of moving around the island. This has been to the benefit of the health and wellbeing of many and to the environment at large. We need to promote and encourage people to continue in this vein.

Do you support outsourcing of States services?

Yes, by eliminating duplication of roles and assessing what can be 'out-sourced' for greater efficiency and cost effectiveness. This is something that I would push to see as part of a reform in the first year of office.

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, to a large extent, the pandemic has done this for us. However, as a retired teacher, I strongly believe that educating the youngsters in school on this topic, lends itself to a filtering up of knowledge to parents and grand-parents. More importantly we need to be seen to adopt cleaner forms of energy generation and transport, if these are not to be hollow words (see my responses to 6 here and 8 here).

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?

Exploring the potential to engage and work with a manufacturer of electric planes for intra-island travel ( a symbiotic relationship with us gaining a cheap form of travel by providing development data for the constructors). Hydrogen cell cars rather than electric , we do not know how to dispose of the battery containing dangerous chemicals, energy made in a power station, even if nuclear the waste is an environmental time bomb. The only emission from hydrogen cell vehicles is water, this is likely to prove cost effective in environmental, health and monitary terms (three Japanese manufacturers already market them plus German and American companies). Mutual respect between all road users can be enhanced by cyclists proving proficiency and carrying insurance (as road users we ALL have a responsibility for the safety of others, motorised or not). Some of our small lanes could, potentially, be access only at certain times of day, thus creating safer areas for pedestrians and cyclists alike.

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

More emphasis on renewable energy, specifically tidal and wave power, considering that we have the third largest tidal wave in the World and we are surrounded by sea. Also innovation in offering flights via electric planes (inter-island and possibly Southampton). We could offer ourselves as a test bed for a manufacturer, not compromising safety but allowing a manufacturer scope to analyse their craft. This could translate into a cheaper and more frequent service for us. Electric cars leave us with dangerous chemicals in the form of spent batteries, also no second hand market. I propose that it makes greater sense to promote the use of hydrogen cell cars (three Japanese manufacturers already sell them plus some American brands), the only emission is water, let us be innovators on Guernsey. Solar panels on our roof tops, economies of scale could make this cheap (a local authority in Cheshire has covered many roof tops with such panels, we are even better placed to be successful with this). Exploring the potential to engage and work with a manufacturer of electric planes for intra-island travel ( a symbiotic relationship with us gaining a cheap form of travel by providing development data for the constructors). Hydrogen cell cars rather than electric , we do not know how to dispose of the battery containing dangerous chemicals, energy made in a power station, even if nuclear the waste is an environmental time bomb. The only emission from hydrogen cell vehicles is water, this is likely to prove cost effective in environmental, health and monitary terms (three Japanese manufacturers already market them plus German and American companies). Mutual respect between all road users can be enhanced by cyclists proving proficiency and carrying insurance (as road users we ALL have a responsibility for the safety of others, motorised or not). Some of our small lanes could, potentially, be access only at certain times of day, thus creating safer areas for pedestrians and cyclists alike.

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

Severely restrict, preferably to zero, any deveopment of greenfield sites. Promote to installing of pollenator patches in private gardens and public spaces, potentially re-schedule land use were derelict glass houses have remained for decades and turning over to green spaces in some circumstances. Identifying portions of our coastline as 'areas of special interest' both on land and in our seas. Restrict some human activities in these areas, so as to disturb marine, bird and animal life less.

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 first consideration (as a Geographer) is how this will impact on our and neighbouring islands coastlines generally. Marine coastlines are very dynamic and a gain at one point ALWAYS results in a loss elsewhere, so this must be modelled. However, I am not saying no to this proposal, in fact I am very much in favour! There may even be a prospect of taking motorised traffic subterranean (even if only in one direction) between St Peter Port and St. Sampson. The prospects for providing all that you state, plus a safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists would also make this worthwhile. Perhaps even a tram system between those two points and possibly further?

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

The evidence is irrefutable evidence that man's activities have had a detrimental impact on the planet.

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?

All of our coastline is valuable environmentally and any decision to interferre with the delicate balance, which exists in these areas, must be fully considered. Unfortunately difficult decisions do have to be made sometimes, weighing one area off against another. Whilst I recognise the significance of these groups and this area, I don't have the knowledge and understanding of the alternatives to be able to give a definitive answer (as yet).

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?

More emphasis on renewable energy, specifically tidal and wave power, considering that we have the third largest tidal wave in the World and we are surrounded by sea. Also innovation in offering flights via electric planes (inter-island and possibly Southampton). We could offer ourselves as a test bed for a manufacturer, not compromising safety but allowing a manufacturer scope to analyse their craft. This could translate into a cheaper and more frequent service for us. Electric cars leave us with dangerous chemicals in the form of spent batteries, also no second hand market. I propose that it makes greater sense to promote the use of hydrogen cell cars (three Japanese manufacturers already sell them plus some American brands), the only emission is water, let us be innovators on Guernsey. Solar panels on our roof tops, economies of scale could make this cheap (a local authority in Cheshire has covered many roof tops with such panels, we are even better placed to be successful with this).

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?

To the best of my knowledge, airlines lease planes rather than purchase, I am yet to understand why Aurigny insists on owning its aircraft. If we are able to follow the electric aircraft route, perhaps we can lease on preferential rates as a test best for the manufacturer(s).

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, there seems to be little evidence of any coastal systems expert suggesting that removing such a wall to be beneficial. As stated earlier, coastlines are dynamic and where gains are made in one area, there is an equivalent net lose somewhere else. Such a system cannot be tampered with unless knowledge of impacts elsewhere are considered. It is not like removing the boundary wall surrounding a garden.

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?

Is the islands future worth investing in and do ALL children matter? If your answer is 'yes', as mine is then the answer to the amount of money is, what it takes to provide a 'perfect' provision so that all children are appropriately catered for. This should not be about short termism, rather it should be about excellence of provision.

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?

0-10 has never worked. However, I fail to understand why, with interest rates being at or near zero interest for the past twelve years, capital projects remain to do.

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

Well I cannot imagine why there should be any delay, if the legislation is robust in its content it should be hurried through without delay.

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?

We need to be very careful, look at the problems of the rail companies in the UK.

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?

This also appears in my manifesto as I see opportunities for some to become residential.

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

It is a must, I cannot imagine why anyone could object.

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?

A far more equitable society working together for a better future. We have seen greater compassion and concern for the welfare of our neighbour during this pandemic, why not build on this?

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

This is an interesting concept and whilst I am not prepared to give a definitive answer now, I am prepared to look into it and explore the prospect fully.

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?

I firmly believe that our planning laws need, at the very least, revising. It is very apparent and well reported that young people are unable to get onto the property ladder, there is insufficient affordable housing. However this is not the housing stock that developers are building or seeking to construct. Where gentrification of old stock is possible, this should be taking priority in most cases. We should be developing with equity of opportunity in mind, priorities seem very much skewed currently. Also you cannot and should not preserve everything, some listings of properties seem to be done on a whim.

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

Only medical use, I am firm on this, there are enough triggers to destabilize mental health. We need not introduce another.

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?

As a Geographer I see global issues as a complex and dynamic. The rich countries became so, primarily because they raped those countries that they subdued and sudjugated. As such we owe these same countries a duty of gratitude for our ongoing comfortable lives.

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 I do but the Scrutiny Panel requires to have legislative powers, clearly written into the statute book, to enable them to investigate, scrutinise and hold to account, breaches of procedure.

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?

My concerns stem from the mental health impact and, if smoked, the function of our lungs is to process airand nothing else. Why create a further medical time bomb?

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?

P&R hold the purse strings, I would like there to be far greater transparency so that ALL states members are more fully aware of what is happening. If this happens then the whole States can be held as accountable. Under current circumstances, it would appear to be P&R who should be accountable.

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?

Reform of planning laws, for every luxury home given the go ahead, six affordable homes should also be built. Tax relief on mortgages should certainly continue and shared ownership where the scheme is proven to work in a fair way. I would also advocate the repurposing of empty office space for residential use but only if suitable.

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?

P&R hold the purse strings, I would like there to be far greater transparency so that ALL states members are more fully aware of what is happening. If this happens then the whole States can be held as accountable. Under current circumstances, it would appear to be P&R who should be accountable.

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

Stringent fines and potential confiscation and scrapping of offending vehicles.

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?

P&R hold the purse strings, I would like there to be far greater transparency so that ALL states members are more fully aware of what is happening. If this happens then the whole States can be held as accountable. Under current circumstances, it would appear to be P&R who should be accountable.

The recent Frontier report on the runway extension summed up that "the economic benefits of extending the runway are likely to outweigh the costs" with net benefits over 40 years of up to £687m (over £20k per household). Post COVID, do you support continued investigation into the potential for a runway extension to improve Guernsey's infrastructure, air links, and sustain the visitor economy?

I do feel that this is worthy of further investigate, my only caveat being, if we decide to focus on electric planes, will they accelerate with the same rapidity as their motor car cousins? If so then the current runway may prove long enough, even for larger aircraft in the future.

Have you been made aware that every report that the SOG has commissioned for 20 years has flagged the need to extend the runway to circa 1700m+ and the commercial benefits it will bring for the island as a whole?

I do feel that this is worthy of further investigate, my only caveat being, if we decide to focus on electric planes, will they accelerate with the same rapidity as their motor car cousins? If so then the current runway may prove long enough, even for larger aircraft in the future.

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?

I have been very mindful of this all along and have told those with whom I have debated the topic that Commonwealth Countries are our natural trading partners.These are the nations for whom we also owe a debt of gratitude.

What criteria do you use for decision making?

Research, debate and listening to what others have to say that resonates with me.

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 not in favour of diluting the protection of life as it is a precious gift, it is not ours to take. Further to this I feel that it leaves significant mental scarring on those left behind, an impact that may remain for the rest of their live. I have afriend whose daughter saw her best friend die from suicide. Also a first cousin a cousin whose son witnessed a tragic road accident to his best friend. Both of these individuals are still haunted by these events so we are talking about more than one life being impacted by the taking of life. What do we know of the long term impact on an expectant mother who terminates a pregnancy, I am not convinced that their mental wellbeing ever recovers.

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, read my manifesto where I propose a very significant rise in personal allowances to remove the lowest paid from the income tax burden. Then I propose six further tax bands up to 26%. There is no inheritance tax on Guernsey so we need to be far more equitable in the way the tax burden is shouldered.

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?

We could investigate further air bridges with islands such as Madeira, Northern Cyprus, Gotland. Also we should consider using electric planes as soon as is practicable, hopefully these will make it cheaper for people to get here. However, we need a far more reliable and frequent ferry service and we should invest NOW in our Occupation history bunkers. We need also to provide other attractions for tourists, for which I have a strong idea should you wish to speak with me about it. This facility would not only entertain and educate tourists but would be a continued benefit to locals the year through.

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

Sort out schools, a decision had been reached before the present States were elected, this should have been carried through. Social needs (Covid 19 has provided a legacy of compassion we MUST NOT throw away); air and sea links, as without these being improved, the economy cannot see improvement; protecting the environment should be contained in our decisions all of the time. Open our closed borders only to experience what all other jurisdictions have encountered, numerous backwards steps and further misery?

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

Teaching students Citizenship at St Sampson's High. In the last election the highest percentage of sixteen year olds, casting their vote, were from St. Sampson and Vale.

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, by eliminating duplication of roles and assessing what can be 'out-sourced' for greater efficiency and cost effectiveness. This is something that I would push to see as part of a reform in the first year of office.

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?

The purpose of any public transport should be, primarily, to allow other industries to be profitable. Touists will only be enticed here if we are as cheap as the destinations with warmer climates. If Aurigny makes a profit, this is not a negative consequence BUT it need not be its primary objective. However, why not have the first three or four rows of the aircraft as business class (wider seats, computer table, drinks, newspapers)? I am sure that the business community will not flinch at paying a premium price. Subsidise the flight for the other travellers, offer prices so that seats are rarely if ever empty. However, we must also be a place that offers an experience, even on a wet Summers day.

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

I refused to buy shares in public utilities in the UK, it goes against my fundamental principles as they are about providing an essential service and not about making share holders rich at the consumers expense.

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

We should first find companies that can offer a service, currently we are out on a limb. However, I do believe that transport services are just that, a service by which people and goods arrive where they need to be and are able to make profit. From these profits tax should be earned which feeds back into the public coffers (so how does Zero Ten mesh with this model?).

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

Income tax reform; abolish Zero Ten; Robin Hood tax.

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

Don't do it.

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

Most definitely, it is the sole form of tourist attraction that is likely to entice people to visit.

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

First make it accessible, otherwise forget it, we will be spitting in the wind.

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 think that people should be remunerated sufficiently for the work that they do, that our income tax should be reformed as I have said in previous answers.

How will you support and encourage young people coming to the island with regards to housing and licencing to ensure the island has more stable tax base as the population ages?

We need to start by concentrating on retention. Pay what a profession is worth, have a more equitable income tax regime, ensure that pricing for work done does not continue to be five times more expensive than in the UK.

How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?

Immensely, however this does not mean that I am unwilling to listen, I am standing as someone who believes in democracy. I want to represent your interests to the best of my ability. Please understand that I am not a career politician, I do this because I am interested and passionate, it is an extension of what I did as a Geographer and a teacher of Citizenship which constituted my career.

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?

Electric planes, if as rapid as their motor car cousins, will probably need little room to take off and land.

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 they should be audited by a body chosen by the States, not chosen by themselves. Tax payers money subsidises them and has bailed one practice out during the pandemic. Ensure parity of charges between the different surgeries on the island. For those on permanent medication, have an annual set charge.

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)?

Euthanasia is not an option that would have my support.

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

T levels are equivalent to three A levels and are commonly linked to a specific industry. More likely to be of value in a large jurisdiction but not Guernsey, unless you are considering migration after we have funded these courses. If you are thinking in terms of the finance industry, what if that collapses on the island?

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?

Encourage innovation rather than waiting to copy the UK or other countries.

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?

Respond to the gap in a positive way, ensure that we have adequate counselling services and respond with greater compassion and understanding, Strengthen legislation so that we do not discriminate on current or past mental health records of an individual. We need to be a more compassionate and inclusive island, we have shown that we can be during the Covid 19 crisis.

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.

Euthanasia is not an option that would have my support.

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

Euthanasia is not an option that would have my support.

How do you see the way forward for secondary education in the island? Do you favour a particular model and if so which one?

The democratic decision of the island is key, we made the decision prior to the current States being elected, that decision should have been carried out. My main concern, as an ex teacher and one who is child centred in his opinion, a model should not be chosen just because it is the cheap option.

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?

Protecting the coastline from any encroachment by the sea, especially of low lying land (many of which include important habitat) must be protected and this is to be managed as part of a cohesive, structured manner.We must remain appreciative that coastlines are dynamic, that natural forces are a major element of the planets system. Erosion and deposition are in balance, what we achieve in one area of coastline has implications elsewhere, so interventions must be properly modelled prior to carrying them out. Development of the harbour or airport, both sites of environmental importance, must be evidence led and handled sympathetically. Cliff paths may be subject to the consequence of natural erosive forces, sometimes we may have to choose our battles carefully in the knowledge that nature will always have the upper hand. This may mean concentrating on key cliff paths, identified for their environmental and scenic qualities. Clarence Battery is accessible via Fort George accessed from the footpath from the bottom of the Val de Terres. Town sea front developments, along with a number of other, important, capital projects are essential to help re kindle our economy. I feel that this should be carried out alongside 'maintenance and repair' programmes, utilising local skills, knowledge, experience and businesses to produce innovative solutions within all these areas.

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"?

Currently I don't feel sufficiently knowledgable and confident to answer this question.

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