- Parish Vale
- Experience New Candidate
Dear Elector, I am a family Man with two children. My wife is from Guernsey and I came from the Isle of Wight, where I served as an Independent Councillor for nine years. I am self-employed as an Island badminton coach for Juniors. I’m a great champion of equal opportunities. I successfully deal with my own disability of mild autism. Please vote for me so I can serve the people of Guernsey.
- To Listen to the people of Guernsey, research and solve issues that matter to them.
- To promote an Education system FOR ALL that educates not only mind and body, but for enjoyment.
- To protect and help the Environment, for our Health and Enjoyment.
- To tackle Mental Health and solve the ongoing issue.
- To maintain Equality for all walks of life.
- To promote a healthy Environment in school, work and leisure.
A brief summary of what I believe in:
Strong and compassionate decision making.
Fully assessing all facts to make the best decisions for the Island’s future.
Protection of the Long-Term Care scheme and keeping it as a universal benefit with no means testing, selling of homes or assets.
No cutting of any States services, including for those who are disabled or disadvantaged.
Investing in the economic recovery of Guernsey.
I notice there are some political groupings in this Election.
I am determined to be totally independent and will make decisions in the States based on what is good for Guernsey rather than good for the political groupings.
I believe in enhancing the many good aspects of the Island and also taking notice of good government examples elsewhere.
I understand the complexities of being self-employed as I am one myself.
I believe in contributing to the community and very much enjoy my role as a badminton coach for youngsters in the Island teams and fully understand that having a life altering condition need not hinder our living.
I would like to be a champion of the disabled in the States as part of my efforts to work hard for the well-being of all people in the Island.
I also believe that the wellbeing of people – mind, body and spirit – is key for Guernsey to truly thrive.
I would look to promote: Equality and respect for all with disabilities – physical, or mental.
An equal say in our everyday politics for all.
I love to promote a fair chance and hearing to the futures of my fellow people.
We are committed to working and serving Guernsey to our best of our Abilities, whether
it be small or large.
I am committed to supporting and delivering the correct support that my fellow people deserve.
These things that I have listed are what I
I have a strong and moral intent for change but also a voice for the people by the people.
I am Driven by your feedback in matters that matter to you just give me a call or email.
Clint Ian Peter Gardner.
Vote for #change2020.
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?
My involvement with committies hasn't ended, if theres been a committee ive been on it the highest post I have been on is vice president. I have always helped in what every way shape or form from bin duty, toilet cleaning, to organising fundraisers and tournaments.
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 ?
The measurements I would take would be to make a law where local places of work would need to advertise and interview local candidates first.
What concrete measures would you like to see implemented in Guernsey during the next term to achieve net zero carbon by 2050?
Make guernsey fully green, anything to generate our own electricity needs to be implamented ie, aqua ducts to generate electricity from the water, off shore wind turbines, solar pannels, find alternative fuels that doesn’t cause carbon foot print.
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?
Island wide issues! Contact me on my email
Are you concerned about the large amount of agricultural land that is being lost for private gardens?
The Environment needs to be preserved to help the eco system sustain our natural island.
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 a Politician, any area of concern to the people would be researched first, then look at the law and make an amendment and offer the amendment to my fellow deputies.
What are your opinions on climate change and Guernsey's role in tackling it?
We as an island need to take the incentive to beat our foot print and tackle the main issues which cause our big imprint!
What are the attributes and skills you will be looking for in the next President of the Policy & Resources Committee?
Proper leadership, looking at both sides of the argument, casting the tie vote, listening to the public.
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?
Island infrastructure first, carbon foot print we don’t need bigger planes.
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?
Taxes shouldn't rise all the time! We have a balanced economy and we should not tamper with it. Lower the end of year tax to 10% of everything.
What are the candidates' views on maternity pay and leave and how would they improve the current arrangements, if at all?
We need to support our future and the first step starts with the parents! We need to support them.
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 believe that as an island we need to develop our island first! Tourism shouldn't be our focus, we need more industries to promote island life and fun for our kids and teens.
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?
I would limit the amount of cars in one home to 1 for the family! We need to promote walking and cycling to help the environment.
Do you support outsourcing of States services?
States services should be for islanders!
What will you do to educate the islanders about the reality of the climate crisis which is the biggest threat currently facing the world?
Show them the harsh reality of their future, show them the facts!
Most environmental problems are caused by the love of growth. Would you consider de-growth?
To a degree, I would look at what is not important and what is to our island.
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?
To make dangerous drivers retake or take a theory test and ban their licences until they can prove they can drive safely, to make every cyclist take a cycling proficiency test.
What environmental policies would you support to reduce Guernsey’s reliance on the internal combustion engine, in support of International global warming initiatives?
Every car needs to have a emissions test to reduce emissions, get a police check on lights!
What measures will you put in place during the next term to ensure that environmental biodiversity will be protected and enhanced?
Educate the uneducated about the global crash! Help people to recycle properly and fine people who don’t.
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?
There was no development because of the money! I would follow this up and make sure it happens.
Do you agree that there is a climate crisis caused predominantly by the actions of humans?
Yes I agree! We are all to blame not the select few all of us.
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?
To check that all the protocols are met! To make sure there not buring our rubbish! But bio degrading it properly.
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?
To promote clean and green energy, to look at reusable sources.
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?
Empty seats and high prices are the main reason! We don’t need new air craft (unless its broken).
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?
We need to support this until we can permanently fix it.
A significant proportion of the concerns about the two college model of secondary education related to the capital costs and space standards: they could have been addressed with higher spending. Would you be prepared to spend more money on the future model of secondary education than previously agreed by the States in September 2019? If so, how much more?
I support a three high school system using the Beaucamps, St Sampson’s and La Mare sites with a separate sixth form on the current Grammar school site. Also, consideration needs to be given to those students with additional needs and there needs to be the option for families to home educate.
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?
Everyone should pay 10% of everything.
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?
As for equality same sex families should be treated as equal FULL STOP, as for registering the child at birth (unless they have been restricted by the court) Should be entitled to do this under human rights act. As a Deputy I would amend this to state that same sex families can register a child at birth.
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?
Beau Sejour should be supported by the states but we need to review our costs.
Increasing home working will likely result in surplus office space. Will you encourage an urgent revision of Planning Policies to facilitate conversion of retail and office space to residential & curb green-field development?
I would urge revision as we are going into a new season.
What is your attitude towards enhanced and mandatory registration, chipping and DNA recording of dogs and control of their fouling, island-wide?
Everyone should be responsible and if you cant look after your dogs properly! I would put the fouling offenders to community service in picking up poop rubbish in all the island.
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 Revisit the need for a stronger better mental health system!
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.
To Empower people to get involved with cleaning up the environment, to get stuck in myself, to reassure people that some change is good and explain why?
Would you support not giving Local Market licenses to those earning above a set level to support both LM and OM?
I would support not giving local market License to the very rich!
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?
We need to get a proper price for project houses and the owners of such places should be fined for letting it get to that standard, also seizing the derelict houses and selling them at a cheap price for project use. Reuse.
Would you support changes in the law to make cannabis for personal use legal?
I believe that cannabis like every plant has a benefit, making it legal for medical use only, people abuse the drug badly.
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 I've been to many, seen some deputies get aggressive too ;) .
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?
Missionary work is important to make connections with other countries and places to build a better future for all.
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 ?
That research, goes into every amendment that is being made! Also we should have a shadow cabinet to make sure that standards are met.
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?
That it should be used for medical only.
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 need to support our islanders as much as possible, first time buyers only shouldn't pay tax on their first buy!
What would you do to address traffic noise pollution from vehicles speeding and backfiring along St Georges Esplanade/Les Banques and towards town?
To introduce an emissions test!
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?
The runway is long enough, we need to tackle the empty seats rather than planes and runway lengths.
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?
Of course working together is key to trade and economical growth as well as tourism.
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?
That people should not be pressuring views on people, people are protected by human rights for the right of freedom of speech.
What criteria do you use for decision making?
Research is key, because it highlights the opinions of people, to get both sides of the argument. Ask the people who gets affected, get there opinions both sides then make amendments (if needed) then present it.
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?
People can make there own decisions on this, I have my views on this, people should read information before making a decision!
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 should make everyone pay 10% tax on everything.
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?
Guernsey should consider visitors and be good hosts, if you are in the tourism business then you should help Guernsey be great in this area, if you're not then it shouldn't be required of you to help but the more the merrier.
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
Addressing social needs, protecting the environment, sort out the schools, driving Guernsey’s economy, invest in Guernsey’s infrastructure and improve, implement revive, and thrive as a priority, reduce states expenditure, focus on air and sea links, open our closed borders as a priority.
List your achievements to date which have been a benefit to Guernsey.
Gave autism Guernsey a place to play badminton!
Do you support a reduction in the cost of running the civil service? If so, how would you do that and over what timescale?
I don’t support any reductions to the civil Service as this would hinder, peoples safty, sign posting to services that may or may not be needed.
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?
Yes we should support local business, but make it a charity!
What is your view regarding commercialisation with respect to States owned entities?
Does it help or hinder us?
Should the island be spending tax payers money on maintaining air and sea links?
What is your view on future funding for long term care as current funding will be insufficient by 2040?
To look at areas to try and generate a good flow of resources.
Would you support the ‘listing’ of all remaining historic military structures, as Jersey has done, to ensure their ongoing protection, repair and maintenance?
Does Guernsey identify with these structures.
What initiatives would you put in place to grow our economy?
Look at all aspects of income and true to cute our expenditures, invest in the areas that generate a good flow of income and get ride of the ones that hinder us (this includes our expenditures).
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.
Depends on family numbers sometimes it's too low, sometimes its about right, each circumstances are different.
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?
If they're not local then they need to prove themselves for 10yrs in open market.
How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?
If they serve the people then you get my vote.
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?
No I'm not in favour.
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?
Mental health needs to be priority as depression is up by a lot!
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)?
All lives are precious and matter and I would vote against it please
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 a great idea for teens in choosing their careers.
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?
By punishing landlords who over charge renting of shop spaces!
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?
Make sure that mental health in all areas is well looked after! ie diagnosis system are implemented, follow ups are carried out properly.
How would you as a deputy ensure emotive proposals such as, change to abortion law or assisted dying law would be publicly debated? And allow Islanders to have more of a say in these emotive issues.
I would sustain as people have their own choices.
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?
Each area needs to be monitored to ensure that if we need to spend money we do in the correct manner.
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"?
Change can happen people have opinions they all need to be weighed and properly researched before anything is changed, but some things don’t need to be changed.