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Personal Statement

Hi, I’m Dave. I am 54 years old and have an adult son. But for a Covid postponement I would now be married to Angie. After 34 years in finance I am Managing Director of a local trust company. With Angie, I own the Off-Road Coffee Company, and perhaps you know my face from that. I am a director and treasurer of the Guernsey Rugby Academy, and a rugby referee.

  • Common Sense Sensible and pragmatic choices over the next 4 years.
  • Accountability Ownership and responsibility for the decisions made.
  • Prudence No more wasted money on vanity projects or overpriced consultants.
  • Crime Tougher sentencing and greater support for the police.

Manifesto

As a newbie to politics, it isn’t lost on me just how much faith candidates are asking the public to put in them as strangers. It is a heavy responsibility and one I will not take lightly. Across the entire government, I want to see some COMMON SENSE decisions that don’t have people wondering what the States were thinking. I want to see ACCOUNTABILITY for Deputies and anyone drawing a salary from the public purse. In the private sector we are accountable for our mistakes, with consequences if appropriate – why should the public sector be different? I want more PRUDENCE in the financial decisions being made.

I would like the States to stop wasting millions on expensive consultants, and for people’s individual agendas and ideologies to take a back seat. Stop telling us how to live our lives!

Finally, I’d like to see greater back up for the police in the courts when dealing with local crime. Bad decisions should have immediate and real consequences for those breaking the law.

After deciding to stand, I read the previous manifestos of each of the current Deputies. In 2016 we were promised financial prudence, accountability, cost controls, proper scrutiny, and rebuilding of trust in the States. The list goes on, but how many of these have we seen? Don’t get me wrong, a few have done the job they were elected to do, and they will get my vote in October. Would political parties serve a meaningful purpose? These are strange times when ‘independent’ can mean whatever you choose. Look to the UK with Conservative/Labour, or the USA with Democrat/Republican to see how divided people become, and both places are the worse for it. It all sounds very wrong for Guernsey, and there are a lot of current members that seem to want safety in numbers. Ask yourself why. With Island Wide Voting this is the moment when the Island gets what it deserves.

Education I’ve always been from the ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ school of thinking, and that is never truer than when the ‘fixed version’ is entirely untried, and not thought through. I was not educated locally, but I am the product of the UK grammar system. It works. Whatever you may be told, we do not grow and learn at the same rate, and that should mean we are allowed to learn in an environment that best suits individual needs. The two-school model would be a disaster. When a vast majority of the Island teaching professionals believe that it won’t work - I’m inclined to listen.

Economy The finance industry is vital to our economy giving us an enviable level of services and facilities. We must continue to protect this industry. However, we must also encourage small businesses in the face of ever-increasing outside competition. Our vibrant small business community must be encouraged. I would like to see the talks of a Guernsey Bank reinstated.

More than ever, post-Covid, the demands on public funds must be tightly controlled, and scrutinised like never before. Our grandchildren mustn’t be left holding the can for today’s poorly thought out policies and spending. In the coming sitting there may be pressure from some quarters to impose a sales tax and I will not support this.

Environment Guernsey is already up with the best in the world for recycling and we should continue to be as green as possible - with a caveat. Let’s be pragmatic about our position in the world. The most industrialised countries in the world are building or reopening fossil fuel power stations at a huge rate with no intention of limiting carbon emissions. Guernsey is responsible for approximately 0.001% of global CO2 emissions. We must not put too heavy a social or financial burden on islanders in the pursuit of an idealist agenda.

I would be in favour of reviewing the entire bus service for something greener and more suitable. The current buses are not fit for purpose and were subsidised by the taxpayer by over £4m last year.

Transport Our current ferry service does not provide the cover we need. We need to push Condor for a significantly better service or look elsewhere, even if that means a State-owned operator. The Aurigny losses must be better understood and managed lower.

Health/Social Care We have an amazing health service staffed by a dedicated and largely underpaid workforce. I would look for ways to ensure those on the front line are properly rewarded for their dedication. We must fine tune the welfare system such that it is beneficial to be in work rather than unemployed.

Sport/Leisure I make no apologies for separating this area as I’ve always found it strange that this is not its own committee. I believe it should stand alone.

Why me? I have the relevant business, people and management skills and would support policies to build a stronger community. I’m not afraid to listen and learn, and I have no personal axe to grind or agenda to push. I will speak my mind when required and would bring a pragmatic approach to government.

Let’s get the right people, with the right skills, in the right jobs. People that listen, debate, and act. Please have a read of my full manifesto for more details online. Thank you.

Dave

Answers to questions proposed by the public:

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 ?

Anyone holding a valid licence has the right to work and I cannot see how that could possibly be legislated for nor why you would want to as whichever person got the job the unemployment number would be reduced.

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

We should continue our excellent recycling efforts, look to support household-level efficiencies through solar or underground heat exchangers and begin infrastructure changes for electric vehicles.

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?

We have to get away from Parish-centric thinking. We are only 24 sq miles and must think Island-wide. What is best for the Island, not a small section of it.

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

I am not aware of the scale of the problem and would need to see how many cases there have been, along with how much land has been affected.

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?

I hope that I would be able to work with other Deputies for the good of the Island. A lone Deputy has no authority whatsoever.

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

Firstly, I have no doubt that climate change is real. We should continue to improve our green credentials where we can but be pragmatic as to the social and economic costs. I would support States assistance to becoming more energy efficient at a household level.

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

A listener. No personal agendas. Someone that has the confidence of Islanders.

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?

I would read the findings and view them in the light of the new business/travel world post-Covid as this has changed things significantly.

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'm not sure how much more the tax base can be diversified unless new taxes are introduced, and you cannot tax your way out of a recession.

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

I think they are ok as they are when comparing the needs of new families and the real issues faced by employers - especially at the smaller business scale.

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?

More energy efficient, and less dependent on French electricity. A stable and well run education system with a syllabus targeted very much at skills relevant to the times ahead. A diverse local and international business economy and improved transport links.

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?

Encouraged - yes. Legislated against in any fashion at all - NO.

Do you support outsourcing of States services?

On a very limited basis having seen a clearly defined rationale for why it is required.

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

Regular communication from the States on its plans and the reasons behind those plans, explaining what benefits the Island will see, to encourage take-up from the next generation.

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

No. With no growth, States income will decline and with it any hope of implementing many of the projects and upgrades that are required across all of the Committee's areas of responsibility.

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?

As a small Island, Guernsey is made for electric transport but the infrastructure problems this will stall very quickly. This must be addressed without delay. I'd also remove a majority of the ridiculously sized buses we currently have.

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

As a small Island, Guernsey is made for electric transport but the infrastructure problems this will stall very quickly. This must be addressed without delay. I'd also remove a majority of the ridiculously sized buses we currently have.

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

Are additional measurements required? Do we not already have a protected areas and incredible biodiversity?

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?

This is a question for the sitting Deputies.

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

Independent scientists generally agree this is to be the case and I am inclined to listed to these views.

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'm afraid that I haven't seen or read those reports and I would have to do so before I could pass comment on this matter. If it has been designated as you state, then is it not already protected?

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?

Some scientists say this. Not most. I am not a denying an issue but using words like 'catastrophic' can have a counter-productive effect. A 'significant' reduction in a 4 year term is not realistic and Guernsey's contribution to global warming is negligible.

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?

Clearly the current (and rising) losses cannot continue. I assume the States have access to information that is not available to the public as to how these losses have occurred. If elected, I would very much like to understand this to see what can be done and what changes need to be made, whether to operational issues, management, routes, etc

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

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 believe the amounts agreed are already too much but not being a sitting Deputy I do not know how those figures were arrived at. Without detail and knowing which education model is chosen it isn't possible to cost out the issue.

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. 0-10 wasn't really an active choice by Guernsey but rather a reaction to Isle of Man/Jersey doing so. To have not done so would have meant risking being left behind as a financial centre. To change now would be to become less attractive as a financial centre for new and existing business.

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

I'm not entirely sure why this has been stalled for so long but I agree it should be enacted into law.

Did you know that same-sex families aren't treated equally when it comes to registering the birth of a child? What will you do to change that?

I believe this has been addressed by the States.

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?

That depends on a number of factors such as which facilities/utilities and what safeguards could be put in place.

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

Yes. Such a proposal would have my support.

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

In theory I like the idea of mandatory 'chipping' but wonder if the practicalities and costs involved would outweigh the benefits. The Island already has laws concerning fouling by pets.

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?

I am a new candidate. I have no 'political' goals, but rather a goal to see an end to the education farce, an economic recovery and better energy efficiency. (Winning the next 4 Siam's/Muratti's would also be pretty good but not a lot I can personally do there!!)

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 have experience sitting on boards of companies in four continents and have spent the last 25 years meeting clients and advisors, working together towards various goals.

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

No.

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?

It seems to me that the current regulations do need to be more pragmatic and sympathetic to changes. No-one is suggesting a planning free-for-all but it seems some changes are refused for no genuine reason.

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

I support medicinal use without hesitation along whatever needs to be put into place to make this happen. I remain unconvinced that the time is right to legalise its recreational use. However, one of the duties of a Deputy is to listen to proper and sensible reasoned argument, and I would be willing to do so.

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. For the most recent budget discussions. It's a shame that more people don't spend a few hours in the Chamber as it is a eye opener to who deserves a seat and who is just picking up a cheque.

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 believe the commitment to double the Overseas Aid budget in the coming term clearly demonstrates Guernsey's charitable credentials.

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 ?

Interested to know why this question is only directed at new candidates. A better question would be to ask current Deputies why the current system of scrutiny has not worked properly. Better scrutiny and a freedom of information law will improve matters significantly.

Considering the mounting public pressure against the way our current justice system deals with cannabis offences, what is your stance on the legalisation and regulation of cannabis in Guernsey?

Yes I have. For the most recent budget discussions. It's a shame that more people don't spend a few hours in the Chamber as it is a eye opener to who deserves a seat and who is just picking up a cheque.

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?

Unfortunately only those involved in the decision and then delay will know the full details surrounding this so I cannot comment authoritively. I know that HSC have made public comment that as ever, it boils down to a matter of funding. Without the details of costings/logistics etc. it is very hard to comment.

What ideas do you have to ensure there is affordable housing including support for first time buyers and ensure affordable rental property is available for locals so they can continue to live here? What is your stance on mortgage tax relief and shared ownership initiatives?

I support the gradual reduction of mortgage interest tax relief

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?

Unfortunately only those involved in the decision and then delay will know the full details surrounding this so I cannot comment authoritively. I know that HSC have made public comment that as ever, it boils down to a matter of funding. Without the details of costings/logistics etc. it is very hard to comment.

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

I understand that the Island has excessive noise legislation already.

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?

Unfortunately only those involved in the decision and then delay will know the full details surrounding this so I cannot comment authoritively. I know that HSC have made public comment that as ever, it boils down to a matter of funding. Without the details of costings/logistics etc. it is very hard to comment.

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?

Let's be clear that we aren't 'post-Covid'. When we are then we should start to think about this again in the light of new numbers and the new business and travel environment.

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?

No, but that is a very wide sweeping statement that I would need to self-verify, and none of those reports are valid now given the huge changes caused by Coronavirus

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 believe Guernsey should be strengthening its ties with all nations rather than limiting the list.

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?

The Law will do those things, and the Ordinance has been passed and it will be the role of the new Assembly to see its passage into law.

What criteria do you use for decision making?

Have the relevant information on the subject matter, weigh up options, circumstances and consequences.

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?

The question is phrased in a one-sided and emotive manner. Euthansia does not 'target' the sick or elderly - it has the potential to offer an additional choice.

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?

A flat tax rate IS the fair tax option. The more you earn, the more you pay. 'Fair' and 'progressive' shouldn't be used in the same sentence when talking tax.

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?

Obviously tourism has been hit very hard and a successful sector would bring plenty of revenue here. Perhaps a wiser use of the promotional budgets, with clearly defined returns targets and metrics, would assist in judging the best place spend our marketing money.

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

Some of these choices are not comparable. Everything on that list is important to the revival and growth of the Island. Without the economy, there is no money for any of the other matters.

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

I've paid my Income Tax and Social Insurance for 36 years, and have contributed to the community through voluntary work and fundraising. I think the more pertinent question should be; "if elected, what benefit would you be to the Island over the next 4 years?"

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, but it is not a quick fix to do it correctly but that shouldn't mean the process gets stalled.

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?

As it is State owned it is the fares and losses that are the issue rather than the monopoly status it holds. Perhaps as shareholder we should be taking a greater part in how it is being run.

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

I think some more detail is required rather than going through all entities.

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

Both are vital to an Island economy and must be maintained, but there should be an urgent review of each.

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

Funds will have to be found from the public coffers, and growth within the Island must be achieved to increase public revenues.

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

I am against GST and will not support

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 a review of each to decide each on its merits is a good idea rather than a blanket philosophy.

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

Start-up lending to encourage new businesses, new digital sector growth.

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.

That is very difficult to judge without supporting evidence either way and I fear sitting Deputies will have a much better read on this (or at least they should)

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?

For properly qualified people, I believe we should be offering far longer-term licences to tie them to the Island as a place to call home, rather than 'somewhere I lived for 5 years'.

How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?

My views and voting decisions will not be influenced by religion.

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?

The reports that have been written over the last few terms unfortunately now carry no weight. Coronavirus has so dramatically changed so many things that the numbers cannot be relied on. If, when the world has returned to something approaching normal, it can be shown that there is a real benefit - something about which, I am sceptical - then the debate can be restarted.

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?

For a small Island I believe we already have wonderful primary healthcare, especially when you look at waiting times and facilities elsewhere. Certainly the cost can be high, but quality isn't cheap. Would we rather have a cheaper second-class service?

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 have personal experience in this area and would welcome the introduction of assisted-dying legislation.

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

I didn't - but a simple internet search sorted that. I would need to understand from teaching professionals what the demands and requirements would be.

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?

A Guernsey based/owned, bank/lender would be able to provide simple start-up lending to assist new businesses. The technology areas should be encouraged and infrastructure put into place.

There is a lack of mental health support available - particularly to those who seem to fall into the apparent gap between the secondary and primary mental health services. What will you do to address this?

This isn't an area where I have much knowledge so I am afraid I can only say that I would have to listen to industry experts and be led by them.

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.

If any matters are to be made subject to public debate, then the forum must be properly controlled and structured to hear all sides of an argument.

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

I welcome all open, balanced and fair discussions whatever the subject matter.

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

I support the 3 school 11-16 model, with a 6th Form college. In addition a trades/services based college for apprenticeships etc.

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?

The proposed new development of the East coast has no place in my plans so maintenance of existing items is far more important in my eyes.

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 unaware of anything that needs fixing with regards to probate issues.

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