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Diane Elizabeth Mitchell nee Brochet

  • Parish St Peter Port
  • Experience New Candidate
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Personal Statement

I was born in Guernsey, brought up my family here and have experience of teaching on island and in the UK. I became a Headteacher of a Special School and latterly a Director of Education. The values I have and the experience and expertise I have gained, will be crucial in helping to move Guernsey forward, particularly in the Education debate, one of my main priorities for the next Assembly.

  • I believe I have the skills and experience to serve as your Island Deputy
  • I will seek to stabilise and improve education
  • Ensure value for money for all islanders
  • Commit to investment in renewable energy
  • Work to ensure that the Bailiwick is connected well, both in transport and the digital world

Manifesto

I am seeking your vote as an independent Deputy with no affiliation to any party but with plenty of expertise to be an active member of the States of deliberation.

I have a set of values embracing the three R’s, ‘Rights, Respect and Responsibility’ This is based on the UNICEF Rights of the child with many Guernsey schools achieving awards in these values. Each value is just as important as the other and are in no specific order. We all should expect protection of our human rights in any aspect of our lives. We should respect ourselves and others, and with this comes responsibility for our actions, including how we behave and make decisions that impact on everyone’s lives.

Whilst we separate our daily lives into manageable compartments, such as Health, Education, Environment, the Economy, Housing and more, they are all inextricably linked and need to be considered as a whole as well as individually. We need an over arching plan, costed, that gives Guernsey people an idea of what is happening, when and how milestones will be accomplished and what is achieved on a regular basis. There are too many policies with no flesh on their bones , which makes it difficult for islanders to scrutinise their effectiveness. I am used to being answerable to the public and working in a planned way.

1. The Sustainable Economy Plan

We have had plenty of time to reflect whilst in Lockdown. I think the ‘Revive and Thrive’ strategy is a good platform on which to build futures and select priorities. We need to ensure trust and openness in any decision making in an era when COVID and Brexit have already impacted on the island. The latest announcement regarding fishing rights post Brexit will affect many of our fisherman and our fish stocks. The town appears to be dying, businesses are closing, unemployment is higher as a result. We need to be clear about how we recover our economy and explore new platforms in business and tourism. We also need to remain vigilant in what is going to be covered by free trade agreements. We need to look carefully at our air and sea links and invest in the Seafront and Harbour, whilst investigating local growth in sustainability to buy locally.

Education, Sport and Culture will be a vital aspect of that ongoing recovery. I support the Guernsey Institute idea of Further and Higher Education for an all in one campus.

We certainly need more than two secondary schools to deliver post COVID. The partnerships being developed that provide a broad and balanced curriculum, accessible to all now need a stable estate to secure ongoing improvement for both staff and pupils. I am used to delegation of budgets, good governing bodies and recruitment of staff firmly placed in the schools themselves.

I am able to read, digest and summarise documents quickly and communicate well so that views are prioritised when decisions are made. I have been involved with good governance including monitoring and reporting so that improvement is achieved and sustained and I believe I can contribute to the economic debate.

2. The Community Plan

Jobs, health, high cost housing, tax and expenses are on the agenda of every household in the Islands. We need to help people get a good standard of living whatever their background and support those who want access to housing either buying or renting. We need to develop a workforce who are seeking new skills and want to play their part in the island and across the Bailiwick. We need to see what our pensions are providing, particularly for those who need additional support when they leave the work environment. We need to be more Inclusive and use emotional intelligence to create a great place to Live, Work and Play.

I have been involved with change management programmes within diminishing budgets and believe that I can help with the changes being developed in the island, with islanders, to move forward in a positive and sensible way.

3. The Health and Care Plan

We work for ourselves, our families and when we are happy we take a look around us. Some people seem extraordinarily poor! Others seem very rich. Some families are able to be together, others are not. We learn more and more about adverse social issues including domestic violence, abuse and mental health to name a few, that impact on our lives. The importance of charity groups helping to get families up and running successfully is making that difference. We also need to have better systems in place to help change attitudes and develop social support systems that have an impact for the better. Healthy lives and care in our old age will be at the forefront of the new Assembly.

We need more platforms for people to engage in debate. Many people in Guernsey are engaged in social forums on a regular basis. I am in favour of social media, well used, it is invaluable in understanding how people feel. This helps us to think more clearly. I am well versed in engaging with the public in establishing views. This does not mean that difficult decisions won’t be made, but in the context of open and honest accountability it should be easier to see the reasons behind them.

PLEASE VOTE FOR ME: Diane Mitchell, Islander through and through!

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 lead and been part of committee locally and nationally when working in the UK. I lead on Building schools for the future when I was Director of Education in Bournemouth and worked on the National and local stage when Local Authorities were being inspected when I was a Director In Portsmouth. I also lead on Education in the Children and Young Peoples plan.

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 ?

I believe that any local who has the required skill set should be considered for any role. If they are not the right fit for the business then that would compromise the effectiveness of that business. Unemployment is high even more so because of Covid. Education in Key skills should be a focus for all unemployed staff through employment or training so that roles are filled. License holders are part of the workforce and will continue to be so I think a system that discriminated purely based on birth right would be unlawful.

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

We have an Environment Plan on the island, it needs some measures to show success with timescales and adequate funding to make a difference. Some large capital projects such as wave energy regeneration alongside other smaller projects could be considered. We can make major changes ourselves in the way we recycle and buy our products. I do question the reliance on the UK for food given Guernsey is so close to Europe, with most of the produce travelling to the UK and then to us when were only a few miles away from France. Is 2050 too late?

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?

Its an Island Wide election, therefore Island Wide Matters are my concern.

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

I believe we should all try and be more self sustained and I am worried about the outcomes for the island when this happens.

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 think any commitments made would need to be part of a larger plan, with goals and timescales, costed so that progress is ensured would be my preference. Too many plans seem to flounder because there is very real lack of clarity about what they want to achieve. I would seek to ensure Education is stabilised and that Headteachers can do their work well.

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

I think Climate change is real, our sea defences are crucial over the next decade plus of course the reduction in greenhouse gases. Guernsey has far to go on this one!

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

There is a very clear mandate for the President, to co ordinate policy including leading the policy planning process, the allocation and management of resources, including the States’ budget and facilitating cross - committee policy development. We need a Leader who is committed to ensuring policies are delivered, that smoothes differences, that is clear about consensus priorities and makes a real difference to the island locally and globally. If our economy fails and we lose the finance houses we will be in real trouble. This should be the main focus for the Leader who has demonstrated strong mediation and people skills in any previous role.

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?

There would need to be a very clear needs analysis before investing in this infrastructure with positives outweighing the negatives and long term sustained benefits. Until I see the review I am yet to be convinced.

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 do believe we need to look at our tax base as we are being challenged on a Global level by countries such as Lichtenstein and Switzerland who are looking increasingly attractive to Investors. If we lose investment the Economy for all will reduce significantly.

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

I think that the current situation seems very different to my experience. It is not as generous as the UK provision which is an entitlement to 52 weeks a year, 22 weeks ordinary and 25 weeks additional leave. I think we could review this and provide guidance for employers as part of Health and Social Care.

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?

My manifesto clearly states my views in these areas. It requires more that a few lines to adequately cover this question well. The manifesto is accessible to all in the booklet sent to all households.

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 think we should use cars less, make less journeys, use bicycles, scooters and improve public transport. Make it free! Gradual shift to electric vehicles, more cycle/scooter lanes and ongoing benefits for those who manage this.

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

It is already part of the curriculum in schools, there could and should be more public events like the environment Hustings for Candidates, perhaps on a smaller scale in Douzaine Rooms. I think the biggest threat for us is rising sea levels without thinking about harnessing its power for energy.

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

I think that society should prioritise environmental justice and a good life for all over corporate profits, over production and excessive consumption.

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?

There is a strategy already in place on the island to report back in 2023. The review of progress in December 2019 shows that improvements have been made. The new Committee for Environment and Infrastructure will no doubt be looking at this in some detail over the next term.

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

I think the Environment committee should prioritise this during the next Assembly. It was very clear during the environmental hustings that there is not enough legislation in this area that tackled misuse of the environment.

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?

I have no idea why there has been no update on this project! Sorry

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

Yes fundamentally I think this is true!

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?

Research the facts and vote accordingly well as support those who can come up with suggestions as to how we can do this effectively whilst acknowledging we have to do something.

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?

The target is not ambitious enough and there are solutions as discussed at he environment hustings. more needs to be publicised regarding solutions so that folk decide.

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?

I think what is reprehensible is that nobody seemed to know about governance of this project. A major part of any project should be governance with value for money. Who was responsible and why didn’t they know what was happening?

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?

I think all our sea defences will need strengthening if water levels rise over a metre!

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 don’t think we need to spend more! I think we need to stabilise the estate, really get to grips with costed budgets with regard to the specific issues in Guernsey. Create a costed plan so that everyone knows what is happening and stick to it.

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?

I think the question regarding the big black hole says enough! We need to review capital costs, prioritise and agree a costed way forward that all islanders have confidence in.

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

My priority is Education, I would read the papers and respond appropriately in terms of prioritisation.

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?

Encourage re visitation of the issue in light of the consensus agreements regarding Equality and Diversity.

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 would encourage a value for money approach with possible privatisation, staff ownership models plus others if elected.

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 first look at the need for this revision dependent on the possible resurgence of the pandemic. It may be self evident that this will be necessary.

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

I would go ahead with this, it makes sense.

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?

My biggest political goal is stabilising Education in the context of improving our economic position with all that that entails. One plan prioritised, costed and open and transparent with timescales.

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 been in a position that has required all of those skills in moving forward. I have worked as a Leader inheriting toxic environments and been able to mediate towards consensus. I have well developed people skills that would help in this area.

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

This is a what if issue too complicated to have a clear yes or no answer. some professions require flexibility, others may not. Each case needs to have its merits discussed.

First time buyers are encouraged to buy new build developments taking up green space, while there are vast amounts of listed properties facing dereliction on the island - buildings ripe for restoration, renovation and to be lived in. Currently, people are put off as they are greeted with stringent and outdated views by The Planning and Heritage Department - it takes too much time and money so are immediately put off. What will you do to change the process for the better?

I agree that this needs review. I see too many empty properties that could provide a mix of ownership possibilities that would alleviate the shortage. Part ownership rent for example may help.

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

I would support legalisation with Regulation and Enforcement in the same way as for Alcohol and any other drug prescription or otherwise.

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 was the only attendee in the gallery for the debate on elderly care. That was fascinating in itself!

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?

If we believe in Equality I think we should care for others as a matter of course. I personally support particular charities that are education orientated.

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 ?

I am very clear that government should be scrutinised. I am in favour of openness and transparency. I believe SACC has a role in this which may need to be strengthened in light of recent decisions which have raised eyebrows in some quarters.

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?

The pace does need to change. Papers are too long, speakers waffle and focus is lost. I think the new States will collectively agree to change the pace. My understanding in the Revive and Thrive document is that Executive Powers will be considered. Not sure i fully understand what that will mean but we will need to be clear about the way forward if elected.

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?

All of this will need to be considered in the context of prioritisation in the new States. I would see this as a high priority.

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?

This affects me as I live there. I think the introduction of MOT will achieve something albeit unpopular, similarly a police presence with legislative support should have an effect. The police would have better answers than I do at present.

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?

Needs to be in the context of revision of all priorities in post covid. Will these big planes ever take to the skies again? The Harrison model seems interesting, we need to look at both air and sea travel and freight.

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?

Essential in my view

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?

Fully committed, my own family are a range of diverse and minority ethnic groups and I expect equality for all. I was an equalities champion in my work life.

What criteria do you use for decision making?

Clear, honest, open and transparent arguments fully costed with timescales and benefits explained.

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 in the right of the individual to make decisions themselves as long as they are in right mind and body to do so. If I am ever in that position I have made a will and informed my family of what is to happen. I would encourage all people whatever their age to consider these very emotive issues and make their views known.

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 do think we need to revisit this given we seem to have borrowed so much money without a buy or leave. Taxes are inevitable but Would expect debates to be had before decisions are made seemingly in a vacuum. What do our laws say about this?

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?

This has been a priority since the paper published in 2012! Not enough has been done to attract tourists, actually I have seen the opposite with more hotels closing and attractions deteriorating. We would need to open our borders in order to achieve this and I don’t see it happening for some time. We are in a different world Post Covid.

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

My manifesto clearly states my views in these areas. It requires more that a few lines to adequately cover this question well. The manifesto is accessible to all in the booklet sent to all households.

Do you support a reduction in the cost of running the civil service? If so, how would you do that and over what timescale?

There are a number of factors to take into account the when looking at this issue. I have been part of a massive restructuring and Job Evaluation programme supported by Deloitte when I was Director in the UK. Overall the aim was value for money, ensuring sustainability, with a strategic plan that took into account: looking at roles and responsibilities across departments, minimising recruitment, freezing pay, reducing managers and supporting those who did manage to flexibly reduce their pay bill. Overall we achieved a 10% reduction year on year. Noticeably Guernsey seems to have increased civil service numbers which may or may not be reasonable.

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?

We need to have some competition in my view with a regulator in place as described.

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

There would need to be a clear case as to how this would benefit the community whether its fair housing, affordable franchises, free trade and Brexit. All possibilities to be explored in the next States.

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

We do need air and sea links but I fail to see how supporting one above the other using tax payers money is fair. No wonder Condor has come back to the table asking for more when Aurigny is owned by the tax payer.

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

This is a real issue for us as we are an ageing population. Some of us will require care, others will not. We were asked to pay more social security some time ago towards addressing this issue. It clearly does not seem to be enough for some complex requirements. Families should be engaged in the issues for their loved ones with solutions agreed accordingly.

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

It may be necessary but you can’t keep taxing people without a reasoned argument about the spend that’s accrued.

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 it may be a way of encouraging tourists and therefore their spend should even out the ongoing costs.

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

There are many ways that growth and development can be promoted on the island. Policies to attract inward investment, tourism and other services, increase in incomes and savings, infrastructure investment and improved state welfare to name a few. This will be a main priority in the next States post Covid, Pre Brexit and Free trade. The next States will need to be clear on the way forward and obtain a consensus to move forward quickly given other jurisdictions will be competing with this small island.

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

I don’t know the answer yet. My understanding is that this has been a major priority for the States over the past years. There is still a need to review however as some cases where folk do not meet criteria appear to devastate some individuals and families. We shouldn’t disregard the fact that some working families still live in relative poverty whilst others seem to thrive. Constant revisiting of welfare will be a task for any government.

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

We are an ageing population, young people seem to be reluctant to stay given the high cost of living, rents and housing. Nurses in particular, essential, struggle to recruit and retain as do teachers. They tell me licences and wages are the key issues here. I would be keen to see this looked at as well as training opportunities at 6th Form level alongside the GTA work.

How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?

I believe that I am a fair and broad minded individual that bases decisions on their merit. A tenet of all faiths I believe although I think a lot of us were brought up as methodists.

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?

There seems to be inequality in the system which needs addressing. why do some professions have health care as part of their offer but even the Nursing community do not. There are insurances that are available to subsidise their care which are a lot cheaper than UK alternatives. I don’t have all the solutions but am willing to listen to those who have ideas in order to take a measured view.

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 think it should depend on individual and family preferences.

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 new courses following GCSEs and are equivalent to three A Levels. The first 3 are available in the UK from September and a further 7 will follow. I think we should introduce this over here to allow students a wide choice for their very different futures.

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 any innovative practices to support businesses in the contact of clarity about our overall economic plan.

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 is a very real issue for the island and one which will be a work stream for the next States with some priority expected.

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 have answered this in other questions, I believe it is a personal matter for families and individuals, not for others to decide my future in this way.

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

With regard to the model of education, there is much research on this subject enough to support large or small schools, however I  have spent many years looking at this in detail as I was a former OfSTED Inspector and saw many of the large schools in action. Some worked although I personally saw there was possibility for isolation, poor behaviour and falling behind for some children and where there were larger numbers disruption was magnified.  Where they did work was when they were based in large acreage and usually grouped into three or four separate houses and ran as such so that all children were known and felt cared for.  Additionally post Covid it is clear that we need far more space to socially isolate if appropriate. Guernsey also has a transport problem which could bottle neck cars, buses etc if we go down  the two school model.  I also favour a separate 6th form as I believe that there is a shift in expectation and maturity when students go into 6th form. Not all students want an academic route, they may favour a mix and match of academic and vocational or purely one route over another.  Either way we need to let Headteachers do their job, stabilise the estate, organise the schools for the benefit of youngsters and hold them to account for their work. I’d like to see governing body/bodies in place with the States providing statutory responsibility only. We may need to tweak the law tho to achieve this. Not impossible!

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?

Reviewing the Economy should address all of these issues, we would be foolish to ignore ongoing repairs which will be essential to attract people to the island whether for work or as tourists. We also need to look at how we can sustain our freight services as we are certainly not self sustaining in any way. Is this the only way forward, I've seen other solutions which need to be considered before we prioritise.

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"?

My understanding is that there are changes awaiting Royal Assent already in the pipeline for some aspects of a complex law including Trusts Law and modernisation of Charities. April 2020 States approved.

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