- Parish Torteval
- Experience Past Deputy
- Party The Guernsey Partnership of Independents
Islanders deserve a sustainable future, that benefits everyone’s lifestyle. Respect for the past will enable us to work together to deliver that future for our community, providing solutions that are better for everyone. My strengths are the experience to look at the information we have and ability to understand and balance the options. I have the skills needed to work towards solutions that will provide benefits for the whole community.
- Economy - Support & grow all aspects of our economy
- Community - Deliver the best possible value to the community in public services
- Population – balance of economic benefit with respect for heritage values
- Environment – Secure investment initiatives and suitable technology to benefit us
- Transport – Maintain effective lifeline to our air and sea links thereby providing value & reliability for passengers
In 2012, I was elected to the States with the call of ‘Let’s work together’. My focus was on teamwork and I continue to work this way now. I am excited with the ‘Guernsey Partnership’ message ‘Move forward together’. These values make strong and positive connections.
Our lives have changed in unexpected ways in the last 6 months and it is clear we need focus, direction and investment from the ‘Revive and Thrive’ plan. This must provide the community and business with confidence that ‘recovery is being well planned’. It is an opportunity to ensure we achieve economic, environmental and social recovery. Now is the right time to consider areas that many people in our community feel should be discussed and put in place.
I will provide courage to make decisions as we go along and confidence to deliver solutions so that options have the right time to grow and develop. I will work independently to express the people’s views fairly and honestly and then support States’ decisions with prompt action.
My aim is to represent the people of our community. I am the voice of your vote and my Key Priorities should stand out as the way I will develop what is essential to Guernsey’s future. I intend to encourage steps towards delivering the right solutions that offer benefits to everyone.
I am of the firm view that Health is key to a vibrant and active community. We must ensure there are services for everyone across the spectrum of need, available and accessible at a fair price within an acceptable time frame. We must understand the demand on the Primary Health Care service and how it impacts on the old and young. I believe government funding of medical expenses needs consideration and improvement. The health grant requires amending to reflect the rising costs of medical appointments, repeat prescription charges and blood test fees to ease financial pressure on those that suffer the most.
The Long-Term Care fund is becoming a concern due to demand for care home capacity and facilities. As set out by the ‘Ageing Well in the Bailiwick’, the ability to live at home as we get older will be the key to cost-effective and sustainable care. Planning and design of funding and services for the ageing population will be essential in relieving the increasing demand on hospital services and associated costs. I also want to see the establishment of a land registry scheme that will provide certainty of land ownership and improve conveyancing services. Finally, I believe in a strong emphasis on lifestyle choices, government department co-operation and good, widespread understanding of the need for a healthy society of all ages.
There is also increased interest in the Blue Economy in a variety of forms. These include the traditional ocean industries of fisheries, tourism, and maritime transport. I support new and emerging activities, like offshore renewable energy and aquaculture. As an Island our relationship is critical we should consider the opportunities available, whilst working to an inclusive Green Economy of low-carbon, resource-conserving and diversity. In this way we will embrace effective new models of economic development for Guernsey, growing new sectors and addressing pressing social and environmental issues.
The time has come when we should re-consider the medicinal use of Cannabis and how the possession of cannabis is dealt with in our community. With informed decision making and Guernsey in mind, there are potential opportunities to be explored. Generally, I want to encourage and support people’s desire to choose plant-based foods and products. This approach will bring environmental and economic benefits.
We must collaborate with interested groups to renew and bring life back into The Bridge area. This can only be done with the development of retail shops, community and cultural facilities and housing as a matter of priority. The retail sector in St. Peter Port also needs support to fight against changing customer habits, like internet shopping. I want to see co-operation between the staff of the States and private landlords to revitalise retail and return it to an important part of our community. I will actively support an overhaul of the existing telecoms network, development of fibre optic connectivity and a review of use and licensing of the Island-wide infrastructure.
Guernsey Together, we can achieve so much - working with the community, as a community.
My full manifesto is available at www.davidinglis.gg
Answers to questions proposed by the public:
Most of the detailed work of the States is done in committees, like the Committee for Environment and Infrastructure. What experience do you have of being on a committee and how did you contribute?
I have already served one term as a Deputy for the States of Guernsey. I had extensive experience of the Department structure and I have kept in touch with developments that took place as part of the transition to a Committee structure. My contribution as a Deputy would be in keeping with the call that I was elected with in 2012 "Let's work together" - that's as relevant now as ever before, if not more so.
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 ?
There is no easy answer to this question. Business must be given every opportunity to flourish and "thrive". A diverse, vibrant and active population is equally essential to Guernsey's future success. My key interest is to ensure that any local residents who have useful skills and a desire to work are given every opportunity to fulfil their own potential and find a rewarding role that enables them to sustain and improve their lifestyle and pay their bills. The burden of unemployment on the tax payer must also be monitored, especially during the next political term. I will be asking relevant questions about how the population regime is overseen and what statistical information is recorded and monitored across a variety of Committees in order to inform myself of any practical solutions that might work for everyone in our community.
What concrete measures would you like to see implemented in Guernsey during the next term to achieve net zero carbon by 2050?
The more carbon-off setting initiatives that we can support in Guernsey the stronger our contribution will be to local, national and international efforts. As Guernsey residents, however long we have lived and worked in the Island, our relationship with the environment & nature is essential. The Island itself may not be able to sustain planting of large expanses of forest but there are many viable renewable energy sources and passionate individuals that we can work with to make progress towards a carbon neutral island. I would also support the Island’s participation in a globally recognised environmental initiative.
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 voting is about representing the interests of our community as a whole. Whilst there are locally important issues and points of view that must not get overlooked, we are a relatively small, island community. I will be looking for the common ground and the issues that are significant to all of us and that can move the whole island forwards together without ignoring the issues that are important at parish level. It won't be easy to achieve but I have the skills and experience needed to find the right balance that will make the best use of the common ground that we can find.
Are you concerned about the large amount of agricultural land that is being lost for private gardens?
I am currently of the view that the Island has appropriate land planning services and that applications are made and given the correct level of scrutiny before approval is given. I would not want that process to be overwhelmed by change of use requests where private gardens are improving the local environment, as compares say to disused vinery sites. If I am elected I will be looking to ways to increase the Island’s economical activity, if there are opportunities for those agricultural sites to be used by business and entrepreneurs that would also be encouraged.
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?
My aim is to work collaboratively and for the good of the community. I don't expect there will be individual achievements that I will want to take credit for. My commitment to the role will be to use my abilities, character and commitment for the good of the Island as a whole.
What are your opinions on climate change and Guernsey's role in tackling it?
The need to tackle climate change is undeniable. The impact of human beings on the environment we live in is becoming increasingly alarming and damaging to nature and also now to human society. Guernsey's role must be proportionate and in keeping with our life and the strengths of our local environment. There is enormous potential here for Guernsey to benefit from environmental initiatives that are suited to our island.
What are the attributes and skills you will be looking for in the next President of the Policy & Resources Committee?
They would need to be a clear, open and accountable communicator. I am also looking for an inspirational and inclusive leader. Their knowledge would need to cover as a minimum an excellent understanding of our island: knowledge about its government and relations with relevant jurisdictions and its standing as a global finance centre.
If the independent Cost Benefit Analysis supports lengthening the airport runway, would you vote in favour of investing in this key element of island infrastructure?
The current States has reached the view that no further expenditure of tax payers money should be made on government sponsored reports into the lengthening the runway. In order to give such a proposal any consideration it would be necessary for that spend to be approved by the States. This would be the first step towards giving any proposal about the runway my consideration. If such a Billet were brought to the States I would vote on it according to the facts of the matter presented for debate within it.
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?
Guernsey will need to look at every suitable opportunity to ensure high quality and sustainable future for its residents and resident businesses. If diversification of the tax base will achieve this in part or by significant means, I would support that providing it was not to the obvious and unmanageable detriment to any particular sector or demographic
What are the candidates' views on maternity pay and leave and how would they improve the current arrangements, if at all?
Supporting the community and strong families in Guernsey is essential to the strength and size of the working population in the island. Maternity pay is one way to encourage the birth rate and ensure that women who choose to have children are given suitable financial support to do so. Any increase in maternity pay would need to be balanced with other finances so I would have too look at how spend could be prioritised against other demands.
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 will be supporting the Revive & Thrive plan which meets all of your objectives as well.
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 like to encourage active transport - walking, cycling or running to get around and use of our local bus service. Of course, I understand this isn’t always practical in our everyday lives, but if we could find a workable variety of ways that provide alternatives to cars that are suited to our community and that people would really like then I would be very supportive.
Do you support outsourcing of States services?
Where outsourcing provides benefits in terms of expertise, cost and delivery time I would be supportive. I don’t think a strategy of outsourcing for its own sake would be suitable - we need to keep our aims in mind and choose appropriate partners.
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 in Guernsey we are generally well informed about the impact we are having on our environment, we only need to look at the fantastic recycling rates Islanders were achieving last year. I would call for alternative and renewable sources of energy that are suited to our local community and island life , but in doing this I would only be reflecting our communities views and expectations.
Most environmental problems are caused by the love of growth. Would you consider de-growth?
Simplifying certain aspects of our activities and ensuring that we are channelling our efforts to the maximum benefit is definitely in keeping with the way I want to do things. In some cases this might end up being “de-growth”. I just don’t believe in doing anything unless there is an efficient and effective reason for it.
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?
Guernsey has a unique and challenging geography that does need careful consideration in transport terms. I am not sure that there will be one solution to intra-island transport improvements - it is more likely to be a strategy of working with what we have to maximise the benefits we can offer to the community and reduce or remove the negative impact.
What environmental policies would you support to reduce Guernsey’s reliance on the internal combustion engine, in support of International global warming initiatives?
The days of the petrol and diesel fuelled vehicle do seem to be relatively numbered if Guernsey follows a path of phasing out these vehicles which other jurisdictions are looking at. Electric vehicles are already on our roads in increasing numbers and technology for this is improving all the time. Our environmental policies, and the ones that I will be supporting will be the ones that offer us workable alternative means of fuelling our business and community activities with maximum opportunities for the reduction in our carbon emissions and opportunities for new industry and economic activities.
What measures will you put in place during the next term to ensure that environmental biodiversity will be protected and enhanced?
The environment in Guernsey is certainly one of the themes covered by my manifesto. We have some beautiful landscapes and spaces and one way or another our environment has an effect on the lives of each and everyone of us. Biodiversity will be improved and encouraged by offering it dedicated spaces and eliminating harmful things or managing the risk of that harm. This would be my main approach wherever possible.
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?
In my opinion it will be essential that the Island focusses initially on the recovery and the key activities that will get us over the recent and unexpected impact of Covid-19. I am not aware of the reasons for there being no update on the plan that you mention, but I would be looking at our priorities and cruise liner travel is likely to be lower down the list of Guernsey’s potential income streams for at least the next term if not even longer.
Do you agree that there is a climate crisis caused predominantly by the actions of humans?
Longue Hougue has been proposed as a site for inert waste disposal despite it being a site of international importance in terms of wildlife. La Societe Guernesiase and other scientists have advised against this. What will you do to ensure that this valuable habitat is protected?
I will need to get hold of all of the relevant information that is available and find out what the benefits are and what can be done to reduce any impact of the threats. Working together with the Society Guernesiaise to find out what their key concerns are and explore any ways that these could be addressed would be my first step.
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?
During the Covid-19 pandemic we have shown that we are a strong and highly motivated community that is capable of amazing and unique results. I don’t see any reason that we would not be able to work towards shorter timescales with some clear milestones for becoming carbon neutral providing we can stabilise our recovery by supporting the Revive and Thrive initiative as our main focus.
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?
Aurigny provides the island with essential lifeline services. This must be supported and protected as part of the Islands connectivity to the UK and if appropriate elsewhere.
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?
Guernsey sea defences must play an essential role in protecting the Island’s coastline and dwellings from damage by the sea. The importance of any structural defence also has to be balanced with the cost of maintenance in the context of how any such expenditure might be better used more efficiently with greater benefits to the Island . I would need to be persuaded as to the impact on the kiosk, road and land behind the wall before I could definitely support its maintenance in this case.
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?
In respect of education and the amount of spend that the model requires, this must without doubt be driven by the education needs or our Island’s children. The number one focus must be to find a satisfactory solution that resolves all of the issues that have been raised so far - if that did involve an increased spend that could be justified in those terms, I would support a higher spend within reason.
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, I am very keen to ensure that we learn from our past and the events that have brought us to this point. I think we need to look forward for our solutions and keep moving in new directions to find better opportunities.
If elected, what priority will you give to the introduction of the already-drafted consumer protection legislation?
I would like to see retail in Guernsey receive whatever support it needs for shops and small businesses to remain open and grow. I am not aware that our consumers in Guernsey experience significant issues with poor products or services. On the whole I believe our retailers do their best to address the needs and expectations of customers locally. Providing consumer protection would encourage business without causing obstacles, I would support this legislation progressing during the next term.
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?
Equal treatment of same sex couples is important and Guernsey is making some progress in this respect since same sex marriages began to take place in 2017. If there are straightforward ways that issues with recording of births could be improved for same sex couples I would support those changes being put into effect. I would need a bit more information about why this is not already straightforward. If you would like to talk, please contact me.
Would you support a programme of privatisation of island utilities and other facilities such as Beau Sejour to help reduce record levels of borrowing resulting from the cost of Covid defences?
I think it is important that, as a small Island, local government gives careful attention to the services that it provides to the community. Beau Sejour is at the centre of a lot of our sporting and cultural life in the Island. At this moment, I believe it is important that the States continues to make the decisions about our leisure centre’s use and pricing, so I can’t say that I would immediately see this privatisation as a solution to Covid expenditure.
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?
It is my opinion that there needs to be a suitable variety of office space, residential and green-field land use in Guernsey so that the economy can operate and grow and people can find affordable homes. I would not see the recent changes in home working to be a reason to make urgent changes to Planning Policies. If in the longer term, there were clear social and economic benefits to doing this, then I would support this as a good idea.
What is your attitude towards enhanced and mandatory registration, chipping and DNA recording of dogs and control of their fouling, island-wide?
The environment in Guernsey and the surroundings we live in play a key part in our wellbeing and lifestyle in Guernsey. I would prefer to encourage responsible dog-ownership in respect of chipping dogs and keeping the footpaths and streets clean. We all have a part to play in this in various ways and I would encourage good behaviours through cost-effective initiatives that are efficient for the States or parishes to oversee.
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?
Personally, I would say that my biggest political goal over the next four years will be to be an active representative of consensus government - representing our community in decisions that benefit everyone in some way and that leave no group or community feeling left out or left behind.
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.
I couldn’t agree more. This is exactly what I am working for and the reason I am part of the Move Forward Together party. I would say that I have enough experience to listen and understand different points of view and also the ability and character to reach common ground and decide to act on it.
Would you support not giving Local Market licenses to those earning above a set level to support both LM and OM?
I would like to understand a bit more about the specific background to this question. Generally, I think as an island we should be encouraging a vibrant and diverse community. I would see the Local Market licence system as a way of ensuring that Guernsey has a suitable number of working aged residents who are contributing to our economy. I would also ensure that Guernsey-born individuals are not disadvantaged with rising house prices that are beyond what they can afford though.
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?
One of my manifesto pledges is to make conveyancing services more accessible and straightforward with a Land Registry service. I think clearer and more readily available information about land ownership will improve the market for derelict properties and help with the purchase of existing properties.
Would you support changes in the law to make cannabis for personal use legal?
I also have stated in my manifesto that we need to explore the opportunities for medicinal uses of cannabis and look carefully at how possession is dealt with in our community. This may well result in a desire to see changes to the criminalisation of cannabis use.
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 have spent time in States Meetings as a previous Deputy elected in 2012.
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 am aware that the Overseas Aid Committee is already doing the work that you suggest with representation and funding from the States of Guernsey. I would not wish this to change in the future as there is much good work already being done overseas as a result of money that we are providing.
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 ?
There is a Scrutiny Management Committee already in place whose responsibility it is to lead and co-ordinate committees of the States of Guernsey. I totally agree with the importance and need for this approach.
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?
As I have already mentioned, this is one of the topics that I want to represent if. I am elected. I am of the view that it is time that we look at this legislation and see how we can ensure that it works with the best interests of our community, the taxpayer and also future generations of Islanders at heart. I am not suggesting it will be a simple route to decriminalising the use of cannabis, however, we need to ensure that our measures are in proportion with any problems and risks of cannabis use. This is very much something I think we can work to improve.
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?
Yes, I believe that there needs to be accountability collectively for prompt action that results from decisions made by the States. I also think it is important to understand that the Covid pandemic has changed the course of much of the work that was being done to prepare the Island for a new political term and a change in the way democracy works in the Island through Island-wide voting. I would want to see a rapid assessment of the impact of this delay on the real lives of the individuals effected, and if possible, interim solutions found until the full policy can be put into action.
What ideas do you have to ensure there is affordable housing including support for first time buyers and ensure affordable rental property is available for locals so they can continue to live here? What is your stance on mortgage tax relief and shared ownership initiatives?
I think the third sector and in particular rent-to buy partnerships with developers will be one avenue that Guernsey should consider and explore alongside the work that the Guernsey Housing Association already does.
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?
As previously explained, I understand that there has been a delay which is not acceptable especially where so many lives are effected. If we are unable to move forwards with the whole policy - which is what I would be supporting in the main, I would be seeking an immediate review of what can be done for the individuals whose lives are limited or most severely affected by the delay.
What would you do to address traffic noise pollution from vehicles speeding and backfiring along St Georges Esplanade/Les Banques and towards town?
The environment and how we use transport within the Island will be a key feature of the work I hope and expect to be involved in during the coming term. Noise pollution of any sort should be addressed and resolved. If there are frequent offenders, this should be identified and solved with fines or tickets requiring modifications to exhausts to be removed. If the measures that are currently in place are not working, then I would be calling for a Police Operation specifically targeting this issue in St Peter Port and anywhere else around the whole Island that is affected.
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?
Yes, I do see it as a priority. The funding and implementation would need to be secured early in the new term amongst the other priorities for expenditure that the States will need to meet while it makes progress with the Revive & Thrive plan
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 findings of the independent review are interesting. The States would need to approve expenditure on its own Review in order for me to be able to take an informed view. I believe there will be ways the States will need to fund the Island’s recover in the short term that will mean any such States commissioned report would only be appropriate when a more stable travel and transport market returns after the Covid pandemic.
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 am aware that the extension of the airport runway is a controversial subject. I support economic growth and I want to ensure that Guernsey finds and exploits every cost-effective way to maximise income for the Island. I am of the view that this growth must be connected closely with the main aims of the Island for its residents and local businesses. If the airport runway extension can be shown to meet the strategic aims of our unique island I would be in favour of the extension.
Brexit presents a unique opportunity for Guernsey to strengthen its ties with other Commonwealth countries and stand on its own two feet on an international scale. Would you be willing to make an effort to strengthen our diplomatic ties to countries like New Zealand, Australia, and Canada?
Yes, absolutely. I expect there will be significant opportunities in Guernsey’s future connected with Brexit. I am confident that diplomatic discussions are already taking place and of course, I would support stronger links with appropriate jurisdictions wherever they are in the world.
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?
For many years I have worked in community roles locally encouraging inclusion of various groups, including the ones you mention as well as others. This will not change if I am elected, in fact I would hope I will have more opportunities in supporting diversity.
What criteria do you use for decision making?
Working together, listening & understanding all available information and points of view in order to reach a solid decision that I then act upon in appropriate timescales.
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 believe very strongly in protecting an individuals rights and ensuring the most vulnerable in our community are protected and empowered in their decision making. Both of these topics are highly emotive and of course work for and against different parties involved. I believe that such measures must be embedded into a just and fair society that is also equipped with other mechanisms to ensure that ever party involved is correctly understood and protected.
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?
I support research and initiatives that will help to find new solutions to funding the Islands public services, infrastructure and expenditure whatever form those initiatives present themselves in.
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?
I have previously worked in roles that have involved understanding and promoting the tourist industry in Guernsey. I think the work that is being done with Staycations is one step towards maintaining that aspect of our Island’s economy - it is very natural that when our borders can be opened we would want to encourage those same types of attraction to visitor and business travellers from further afield.
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
Ideally, these would not be prioritised in a simple one, two, three order. I agree with the importance of all of these subjects and I can see no reason why we would not look at appropriate projects and work in each of these areas that would run together and with close timing providing we can identify the appropriate funding needs of each.
List your achievements to date which have been a benefit to Guernsey.
Over the last 40 years of living in Guernsey every thing I have done has made a useful contribution to the Island. I have worked at parish level, in government, business and more recently as Chairman of Age Concern Guernsey LBG. I am totally committed to working for and improving our communities and the opportunities we can explore together.
Do you support a reduction in the cost of running the civil service? If so, how would you do that and over what timescale?
As a community we should be able to expect that the public services were are provided with are the ones we want and need, good quality and at the best possible value. If this is not what is happening then I will be calling for improvements to be made in whatever area is most efficient and effective - whether that is changing the variety or quality of services, the way they are delivered or looking at alternative ways to get things done.
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, I think competition is essential in everyone’s interests. Finding the right balance of providers and destinations with fares that suit are needs is key to this challenge in my view.
What is your view regarding commercialisation with respect to States owned entities?
Appropriately considered commercialisation in certain areas that could bring widespread benefits would receive my support. I do not want to see the Island held under close control or with restrictive ties to commercial companies that could exploit us without offering what we truly need and want in our Island.
Should the island be spending tax payers money on maintaining air and sea links?
Where necessary to maintain lifeline links then yes, I believe it should. We must also look at ways to diversify and offer services that are required by our residents and the countries and regions that we do business with.
What is your view on future funding for long term care as current funding will be insufficient by 2040?
Long term care funding has been a concern and challenge for many years even before I was last in government in 2012. I believe we must find suitable solutions as soon as possible and I believe the key to this will be enabling individuals to keep control of their affairs into their older adult life and for them to be able to live at home, with appropriate support and financing, wherever possible.
What is your opinion of introducing a goods and sales tax?
I understand that it may be necessary. I would like to think there may be other options we could explore before this is required, but if the choice was between enabling the Island to have the service and infrastructure that will give us all a positive and sustainable future, I would have to support GST.
Would you support the ‘listing’ of all remaining historic military structures, as Jersey has done, to ensure their ongoing protection, repair and maintenance?
I think this is something that the States could explore working together with the third sector. It is appropriate and admirable, I am not sure that public services should cover all of the necessary funding that would be required.
What initiatives would you put in place to grow our economy?
I support the Revive & Thrive plan. This will be an important first step and from there, I expect growth and development to take place in ways that are suited to our unique Island and lifestyle.
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.
The effect of the rates of income support and the relative benefits will be different from the perspective of each case - for some they will find it too low, for others they will be about right. I do believe that Employment & Social Security will have worked in the taxpayers’ interests to ensure that they are not too high or excessive in any cases though.
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?
The existence of the Population Management Strategy has a central role in achieving this. I would be looking at ensuring it works effectively and with the right aims and objectives to deliver a diverse & vibrant community.
How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?
I have strong morals, principles and a good sense of judgement and fairness. I think these values are what is required in addition to any religion or faith a candidate chooses.
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?
In the current post-Covid period when the demand for travel has decreased dramatically and in light of the Revive & Thrive plan, I believe there will be greater priorities than the airport runway extension. In the future, it will be necessary to monitor developments and changes in air transport behaviours before I can reach a fully informed view one way or the other.
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 have a very strong interest in ensuring Primary Care services that are offered are right for the community and at the right price. I would need to work with all parties to get a fuller understanding of what they see as innovative ideas and opportunities. This is definitely an area that I would want to work in and see improve in response to the demands that residents are making which will only increase as our population ages.
Do you support developing end of life care (including palliative care) or would you look to introduce a form of euthanasia as in assisted dying (assisted suicide)?
I believe that individuals who are reaching the end of their lives will want to know that their final days and hours will be controlled and dignified. This will mean very different things for each of us. I am of the view that Guernsey will need to address a variety of needs and ensure that robust mechanisms are in place to ensure that they are available, used correct and cannot be abused or exploited in inappropriate ways. I believe in choice and dignity in life and at the end of life.
What will you do to help Guernsey businesses revive and thrive and make Guernsey a 'smarter' and technologically advanced place to do business, and to encourage new start up businesses?
I will support a review of the Islands telecoms and & communications infrastructure to ensure suitable services, investment and sustainability with opportunities for innovation.
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?
The gap that you refer to will be an area that requires investment and improvement in my opinion in addition to putting measures in place to ensure good health and wellbeing that prevents the need and demand on these services. Good wellbeing at all ages and early identification and support are key to alleviating pressures on our mental health & wellbeing services in my opinion.
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 want to hear from Islanders who want my representation and who have experiences and cases that support or challenge these initiatives. As a Deputy I will expect early and widespread public consultation and good public service information in these types of policy projects.
What is your position on the opportunity to debate the abortion issue more openly and fairly with more balanced representations to the Deputies?
I agree with this approach.
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?
An attractive and fit-for-purpose built environment is essential to Guernsey’s attractiveness as a place to live and a place to visit in my opinion. The work in these areas would need to be prioritised though giving most importance to areas that could cause irreversible or long-term damage - this is a decision primarily based on a cost-benefit view of the situation.
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"?
I am of the view that improvements could be made in the area of Probate which would give greater assurance and reassurance to many individuals.