- Parish Vale
- Experience Past Deputy
I am extremely proud and privileged in the past to have been a member of the States of Deliberation, totally dedicated with the support of my wife and family, whilst also running the family business. Now retired my past has provided me with a vast amount of experience, being in business and being part of major departments within your States.
- SIGNIFICANT POLITICAL EXPERIENCE
- DECISIVE PROVEN LEADERSHIP
- COURAGE TO MAKE DIFFICULT DECISIONS IN YOUR BEST INTEREST
- A PEOPLE’S PERSON
I no longer have any Financial interests and am only hopeful with your support of being able to focus solely in the future of Guernsey and extremely aware of the amount of work which will be needed.
I have never lost my energy, compassion, enthusiasm or ability to confront any political issues that our Island faces. Being a businessman and a past member of the States, has given me significant experience and an understanding of the way our Government should and must be run efficiently and effectively.
This Government over the last four years has been dysfunctional, resulting in a waste of time and resources. With nothing done.
The current States have been fiscally irresponsible, the next 4 years will be the most difficult we as an Island have ever faced, major issues that will affect everyone, economically, financially and environmentally.
I can sincerely state if fortunate enough to be elected, I will work tirelessly together with my fellow members, with the courage to make well researched decisions, regardless at times how difficult they may be in the sole interest of every resident to rebuild our future prosperity. I will respect majority States Decisions to ensure agreed policies are swiftly and effectively implemented.
Education, our children are the future of Guernsey. I now welcome that ESC has started working collaboratively with their advisors holding meetings with union representatives teaching professionals, whilst also engaging with parents and other interested parties. At the outset ESC should have explained all the difficulties and advantages of each option especially the road network, which was not done, just focused on what ESC wanted.
My support would be at least 3 schools and a sixth form, providing the same facilities for students and most importantly also more space for special needs children. This, I believe, will be the top priority for future capital expenditure together with careful financial planning.
Economic and Financial Development - Looking at the financial future of Guernsey in the wake of Covid-19, Guernsey over the next four years and beyond needs to make important decisions in respect of maintaining our future through a Sustainable Economy plan. These objectives are carefully indicated in the recent Revive and Thrive plan, we need to invest in our economy and in our community. We need new initiatives implemented now, to help the unemployed and students, job creation schemes, subsidised retraining packages, and encouraging people to be more entrepreneurial.
The Finance Sector remains the engine of our economy, now is the time to encourage growth in this area, remove the bureaucratic and unworkable planning policies, the finance sector must be preserved at all costs. Attracting new business to Guernsey is also essential to our financial growth, we need to look at the island’s competitiveness, opportunities and diversification, which will encourage new major investment, also supporting local companies with capital works.
Leale’s Yard with multiple investors would be an early start to help the Bridge and kick start our economy. Also, a Guernsey Institute is essential. Again, The States will need to prioritise capital expenditure.
The States must go above and beyond the talking and the optimism stage and focus on action. During these difficult times Policy and resources have provided a vast amount of much needed help to most of Guernsey’s businesses, however, our tourist industry together with others are still effected solutions must be found with the respective parties is essential to ensure they can remain in business during 2021 and beyond.
Business success, good Financial Management, will boost our economy pays for all our infrastructure and other social benefits, No more easy way out taxes, people find it difficult to pay bills now, no GST.
Housing. I am also deeply concerned that part of the essential criteria must be to help our young people to buy their first homes. Many schemes over the past few years have been rejected, States owned land was passed 15 years ago to help young couple’s self-build, but nothing has been done, Planning is also of great concern, especially in the North. I would certainly support a Guernsey Bank to offer islanders, savings and loan products appropriate for local needs.
I totally support the recently passed, discrimination review, I believe everyone is equal in our society. I am concerned about the anomalies on pay inequalities for our Nurses, essential workers, and States employees. The time scale for implementing reform gives me cause for concern, especially if we do have a second pandemic. I certainly support the work of the GDA.
Transport links. The States must improve on current links, together with affordable costs both sea and air, to ensure business and the general public have confidence in Guernsey’s future. I also support more use of cycles, electric cars and our bus service, no road user should feel intimidated.
The future drugs review. I support changes in our local legislation especially for controlled medical purposes, recreational use, availability, controlled suppliers, should also form part of that review.
Elderly care. After working hard all their life paying insurance taxes etc should NOT need to sell or bond their home.
Health. An essential reciprocal Health agreement with the UK, needs further discussion.
Social and environment policies. Must also be addressed positively and effectively.
I sincerely ask you to please consider me for your support, you have my word I will not let you down.
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 was on many Committees, IDC Environment and Board of Trade (as it was known then). However I always given each Department fully comprehensive well researched policies that the Staff had to follow. I was also President of Recreation and responsible for the refurbishment of Beau Sejour, free admission and many other positive benefits to our sporting world not to mention I placed the important bid for our past successfully Island games in conclusion the building of Foote's Lane was always my vision and presented the policy successfully to the States for a joint building venture which as now brought many a great deal of enjoyment to many.
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 ?
Prior to an employer seeking a license for a new member of Staff they must first prove with all written applications for that post to the Commerce and Employment making a solid case that the role cannot even with a small amount of training be filled by a local person, only then should a licence be agreed, this applies to all types of Business.
What concrete measures would you like to see implemented in Guernsey during the next term to achieve net zero carbon by 2050?
Following my recent environment meeting I have learned so much regarding our precious environment, I found it enormously interesting and informative, I believe an amended Energy Strategy report will be presented to the States hopefully in November which I will certainly support The recommendations is Zero Emissions by 2050, however if the will is there this could be achieved by 2040. We all care for our beautiful Island and marine life, therefore when this report is presented it will receive my full support. There is many organisations that protect our environment and should be supported, however with very limited funds from the States. The Environment and Infrastructure Committee must consult more frequently in assisting these organisations to encourage climate change initiatives, Community Growing, Cycling, Green Finance, electric vehicles, our Habitat and many more environmental objectives. Hopefully when the energy report is debated it will be fully supported by the new States.
I live in St Peter Port but have interests in the Vale, St Peters and Castel. Will you be looking at Island Wide issues or more so in your Parish of residence?
I am proud and honoured to have been in the past elected on a Parish basis but also as a conseiller island wide elected, I can say sincerely everything I have done policy as been for the island as an whole, I have also been available to discuss any subject to future proposal with everyone either in the Vale were I live or Island wide you have my word on this matter.
Are you concerned about the large amount of agricultural land that is being lost for private gardens?
I certainly am and I strongly believe the planning process warrants a complete review, however this must be in conjunction with environment as many of our habitats are being destroyed especially within our precious green areas, yet currently nothing is being done and this is something that seriously concerns me and I will address in the new States.
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 sincerely believe in the past I achieved many of my objectives, if elected within the new Government, we have four major objectives being our Economy, Health, Environment and of course Education and I will work extremely hard together with all new members to achieve these and other objectives fully. In the past I achieved many objectives and managed to leave a legacy of good projects behind me, however what I would do differently is ensure whatever policy I intended to put forward would have the full support of the Policy and Resources Committee and a majority of members, in the past individual committees were working in isolation and not together in a corporate manner. We must all work together in your interest, after this term and watching my performance you can then judge me, I will certainly be fully committed in a corporate and strategic manner.
What are your opinions on climate change and Guernsey's role in tackling it?
I totally support the new energy strategy report and any measures for climate change, I fully support the transition from hydrocarbons to electricity, setting the emissions target 2050 or even reviewing this to possible 2035, subsidised solar panels ensuring Guernsey is aligned with international standards and is able to meet its obligations, encouraging investment in the development of renewables and supporting alternative energy initiatives.
What are the attributes and skills you will be looking for in the next President of the Policy & Resources Committee?
We need an approachable, strong person no matter who he or she may be to provide strong leadership over all members, together with the major committees, Policy and Resources must work strategically and corporately with all departments regarding future policy, have new fresh policy initiatives, forward thinking for the future, a strong leader as President is essential to good Government ensuring every member works together, not like the past when Presidents of various Departments presented there own policy reports to the States they are at times amended many times with nothing done a complete waste of resources this must stop, obviously not working corporately, this is not good government. That person as President must receive all powers if needed to remove a person from there presidency or committee if they are not working corporately as a Government are sole reason for being in Government is working together for the whole community, that person must ensure this happens.
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?
First of all, our current States have made very little investment over the last four years with are infrastructure, roads, sea defences, buildings, schools I could go on, however regarding the airport I believe the Committee for Economic and infrastructure are working closely with Frontier Economics regarding the airport runway. The States will then be in a position to make an informed decision based on the economic value to Guernsey, which I would support. Aurigny are becoming un-sustainable at the costs to the tax payer, with expensive fares for both islanders and visitors, the charges are beyond believe, this does nothing for are economy, we are pricing ourselves out with an airline we as tax payers own costing millions a year, something must be done. I have advocated an open skies policy and with the current changes in the aviation world Guernsey with the correct runway could encourage more affordable carriers at affordable prices. Therefore this report is certainly essential for everyone, the economy, tourism, advertising Guernsey as a great holiday destination at affordable costs, with Aurigny operating as was in the past interisland, I appreciate we must protect are slots into the UK however agreements can be reached with certain carriers.
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 totally agree with these sentiments, the finance sector remains the engine of our economy. Now is the time to encourage growth with diversification and opportunities which will encourage new major investment ensuring our tax base and opportunities remain competitive, remove the bureaucratic regulations and planning restrictions, Guernsey could become a financial hub in the future and beneficial to our Islands taxation growth and employment, creating new jobs with specialist retraining packages. I would also like to see a Guernsey bank to offer islanders, savings and loan products appropriate to local needs.
What are the candidates' views on maternity pay and leave and how would they improve the current arrangements, if at all?
In believe the current arrangements with the majority of employers is fair, however with a buoyant economy improvements can always be made, sadly all companies do not have a maternity policy which needs to be addressed.
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 vision would be investing in our infrastructure and community being an essential part of good Government this as been severely lacking. Guernsey has sufficient funds to address this issue yet nothing as been done, my personal vision and the reason for standing is to be part of a new government that acts positively and invests wisely in all infrastructure, the words rebuilding Guernsey is being used quite frequently however to achieve this we need to be forward thinking and acting positively by going above and beyond the talking and optimism stage and focus on action if we are going to succeed.
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 see Guernsey use less vehicles when they possibly can, encouraging more use of smaller cars on our narrow roads, more use of public transport, smaller buses covering more routes, encouraging lower emission travel again were possible deregulations on certain vehicles, scooters motor bikes, more larger companies providing transport for there staff, I do appreciate some large vehicles are required, however with benefits on smaller cars and encouraging less car usage will certainly help, this is a very difficult I do appreciate, all of which will be subject to a new integrated traffic and transport policy, something the States have never really adopted comprehensively in the past. Which if elected I would dearly like to be involved with regardless of the difficulties.
Do you support outsourcing of States services?
No I do not, we gave away Guernsey Telecoms which provided 3 million pounds profit each year and pioneered GSM in Guernsey, bad mistake. While Guernsey owns its own utilities we can control policy and pricing. We spend and waste millions each year on outside so called consultants when a committee have not got the courage to undertake the work themselves assisted with advice from many local people who have sufficient expertise in may subjects, even lately Education are outsourcing to Consultants, why? As a Government we employ may professional people.
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 have spoken in depth regarding climate change globally, which will need positive action from the Environment and infrastructure committee, soon to be debated is the Energy policy letter, which I will support, you also mention the word educate yes, however sufficient funding will be needed to help the many organisations working extremely hard to protect our environment who care affectionately for our beautiful Island.
Most environmental problems are caused by the love of growth. Would you consider de-growth?
This is a difficult question as growth within our business community good financial management will boost our economy and pays for all our infrastructure and social benefits which are so important to everyone, however we must also be aware of population expansion within our island with strict controls.
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?
I mention this in a previous question, I would dearly like to be involved in forming a new positive island integrated traffic and transport strategy so many proposals in the past have been submitted to the States however only a few initiatives have been approved, I would propose spending a great deal of my time with the relevant department, creating with workable sensible policies to for safe and clean travel, cycles, electric cars more affordable, more small bus usage covering all areas and many more positive solutions, this will be difficult but not impossible.
What environmental policies would you support to reduce Guernsey’s reliance on the internal combustion engine, in support of International global warming initiatives?
I have mentioned this in a previous question however certainly support the new energy strategy with amendments to create zero emissions by 2050 however I would like this sooner say 2040 also management of the transition from hydrocarbons to electricity, solar panels, I believe should be subsidised and removed from the planning process wherever possible, removing barriers to on island low carbon generation through proportionate regulations and licensing, this is so important for our environment, however there is so many actions we can take.
What measures will you put in place during the next term to ensure that environmental biodiversity will be protected and enhanced?
Address the economic, social and environmental challenges as I have previously stated, marine life, more financial assistance to organisations who I was pleased to meet which I found extremely informative.
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 article I was very impressed with, deep water berth is an excellent idea to generate more tourism with cruise liners, our harbour however as been neglected badly and needs something like 50 million pounds spend on it, this is an extremely important infrastructure, creating hydro electric by enclosing Belgrave bay as beneficial advantages, the reason nothing more as been said or mentioned I cannot comment however if elected I will ensure this will be discussed.
Do you agree that there is a climate crisis caused predominantly by the actions of humans?
I do agree with you, this is something I would more detail on I have my own views I would be grateful for your expertise on this very important issue.
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 would vehemently fight to avoid this site for inert waste disposal, the current states are looking at an easy way out without considering alternative solutions we must protect our wildlife and habitat something I discussed at the environment meeting and will carry forward to the States if elected.
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?
We are in total agreement, I have mentioned this in previous questions we should work to have zero emissions by 2050 or even sooner, not just pay lip service to the recommendation of the current Environment and Infrastructure Committee. When their Energy Strategy is placed before the States as amended, positive action must follow, no new carbon combustion vehicles should be sold after this date.
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 am extremely concerned on this matter Aurigny is costing the tax payer millions each year, with the current crisis in aviation transport many carriers have aircraft that could possibly land in Guernsey with a low cost service linked to an agreement to protect our slots, or at least be investigated and Aurigny could operate inter island, however this I have been assured by the Committee of Economic development will produce a report with Frontier Economics, in respect of extending our runway.
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 certainly support our sea defences but not in the way Environment proposed for L'Ancresse, removing 130 metres of wall, this would be a disaster, I want the wall retained.
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 certainly would please read my manifesto, I am so pleased that the two college models have been subjected to a new consultation process, I support at least 3 Schools, a Sixth form and more room for children with special needs, not to mention a detailed proposed road network, with the professional expertise we have on island I cannot understand why we need to pay for outside consultants, schools must receive our top priority with an in depth cost analysis, they are the future of Guernsey.
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 have never supported the 0-10 concept, I appreciate certain amendments have been made but a complete review is essential whatever is recommended we must fully ensure Guernsey remains competitive with other jurisdictions.
If elected, what priority will you give to the introduction of the already-drafted consumer protection legislation?
I would certainly support the consumer protection legislation in the interest of all islanders.
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 everyone is equal in our society, an innocent child being of parents of the same sex should have the right to be registered and legislation must be implemented to allow this, a family is a family in our society, I would press the new Government to enact this.
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 do not support the concept of Privatisation, look what happened with Guernsey Telecoms a fantastic asset to Guernsey given away. Beau Sejour is a marvellous facility for everyone to enjoy sport and keep healthy, people who can afford private clubs I have no problem whatsoever, however many children and adults are able to enjoy sport at reasonable affordable costs, in private hands people on lesser means could be priced out, this building is a great asset to Guernsey and its community.
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 totally support a complete review of our planning process for many reasons cost of applications building on green field sites over development of the North of our island, also with more people working from home yes office space could become redundant and in certain circumstances if carefully planned certain buildings could be converted to either houses or even retail all these issues would be contained within a complete review.
What is your attitude towards enhanced and mandatory registration, chipping and DNA recording of dogs and control of their fouling, island-wide?
I have a Beagle Dog myself which is walked daily and the majority of dog owners for safety reasons have their dogs chipped, I am aware while walking my dog that certain owners either don’t see their dog fouling our lovely beaches purely by accident when they are off the lead, however the majority always pick up there dog faeces, sadly a small minority don't which spoils it for others, perhaps beach controllers run by volunteers may help, however more legislation regarding DNA testing is just more unnecessary regulation.
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?
The next four years we will be facing major issues, mine is our economy, building Guernsey economic future, health, we have fantastic medical expertise in Guernsey, supporting improvements to our hospital, the environment, however first and foremost resolving the education system for our children's future, I want to work together for the benefit of Guernsey, sound researched policies.
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.
Being a past member of the States of Deliberation, I have gained a vast amount of mediation and conciliation skills in running and being part of many departments, also running my own very successful large electrical and fire alarm company for some 40 years taught me excellent managerial skills in ensuring my whole work force worked together to benefit the company and its clients, our Government must be run with the same skills and objectives which I certainly posses to benefit our community.
Would you support not giving Local Market licenses to those earning above a set level to support both LM and OM?
Yes I would we have many high earners receiving local market status buying houses on the local market rebuilding them, basically taking what was perhaps an affordable local market home into one which could not be truly classified as a local market house due to new value.
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?
This is a very important question again I would dearly like to be involved in a complete review of the planning process, many derelict properties could be renovated using the self build concept for first time buyers yet with our current planning restriction and unnecessary regulation does not permit this, changes I would definitely address, along with many others.
Would you support changes in the law to make cannabis for personal use legal?
I support the future review, especially for medical reasons, I do have first hand experience with a personal friend of mine who suffered from multiple sclerosis and the only relief he had was from cannabis (sadly now not with us) which he obtained from Holland, therefore hopefully the review with details together with the availability, benefits, usage, controls, medical comments, which will enable everyone to make an informed decision.
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?
Being a past member both as a Deputy Parish Elected and a Consieller Island wide Elected I have spent many years in the Royal Court debating chamber which as given me a vast amount of Experience and knowledge I am totally and completely aware of our Parliamentary procedures furthermore I have had the privilege of representing and promoting Guernsey in various countries as a delegate, being a great honour, my hope if elected is to work hard, with new initiatives to benefit our community.
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 do believe in the concept of charity begins at home, we must ensure our community first and foremost receives all the benefits both social and health with the limited funds we currently have. I am aware that many Business donate money to both local and outside charities which I certainly commend. The states do have an overseas policy which must be controlled and managed carefully.
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 totally agree with scrutiny of Government and must cover not just a department but individual members, our data protection law needs addressing many important recent issues have not been made available to the public by hiding behind data protection legislation, this is a serious matter that must be addressed we need and deserve total transparency if information is required it must be given no matter what, we are they serving the public.
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?
People who import Cannabis in large amounts, the law I believe is correct, however if a first time offender carries a minute amount, for personal reasons and not for gain should receive help in certain cases or medical guidance may be required to avoid merely giving them a criminal record for the rest of there life, hopefully the review will address this.
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 time scale for any major important policies say the HSC with nearly 4000 patients on sub optional treatments can only be recovered if the new Government under strong leadership list policies that need immediate action will these be done, baring in mind new members now receive a vast amount of money and if this means working seven days a week to benefit our community so be it this is the job, I am willing to perhaps having States meetings every two weeks and not three, we all whoever is elected must realise this will be an extremely busy four years working some seven days a week.
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 being made available on a 100 year lease, renewable for first self build local young couples, this was past 15 years ago yet nothing as happened, stringent rent controls must be implemented for first time local occupancy, I also believe for first time buyers mortgage tax relieve, must be increased to encourage young people to buy their first home, a Guernsey Bank to offer loan products appropriate to local needs would be advisable, regarding shared ownership with the States owning part but never being able to purchase it fully this policy needs review yes it does help but when you can never own your home this is a difficulty, therefore the new initiatives of self build I have mentioned would be a way forward.
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?
The time scale for major important policies say the HSC with nearly 4000 patients on sub optional treatments can only be recovered if the new Government under strong leadership list policies that need immediate action will these be done, baring in mind new members receive a vast amount of money and if this means working seven days a week to benefit our community so be it this is the job I am willing to do perhaps States meetings every two weeks and not three, we all whoever is elected must realise this will be an extremely busy four years.
What would you do to address traffic noise pollution from vehicles speeding and backfiring along St Georges Esplanade/Les Banques and towards town?
This needs more police presence regarding noise traffic pollution, there is a law to support this, sadly for which the police find very difficult to implement in their defence, if people could possibly obtain registration numbers, which I appreciate is very difficult but would certainly help in reducing distress to many people. Backfiring is something only vehicle testing can resolve, I am advocating MOT testing but suggest when someone is found with a loud exhaust (especially modified motorbike exhaust systems) the Police with legislation from the Traffic Department must insist that exhaust system is rectified to resolve the problem, this is at least one positive way forward. Where I live we suffer from noisy motor bikes which have been modified by there owners to create this and must be stopped, it also scares are elderly.
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 certainly do, this I have explained in a similar question, it will receive my personal priority.
The recent Frontier report on the runway extension summed up that "the economic benefits of extending the runway are likely to outweigh the costs" with net benefits over 40 years of up to £687m (over £20k per household). Post COVID, do you support continued investigation into the potential for a runway extension to improve Guernsey's infrastructure, air links, and sustain the visitor economy?
I am informed that the recent frontier reports will be submitted to the committee of Economic Development very shortly regarding the Airport runway extension, I certainly support the continued investigation in to this subject especially with the current aviation problems Guernsey could become the hub of tourism with possible carriers offering affordable travel to and from our Island.
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?
When the safety area was built a few years ago a vast amount of material was left over, I believe the company offered a special deal to extend the runway then and yet nothing was done, this was a definite lack of future foresight, that is the reason I am looking forward to the Economic Development Committee report on extending our runway, in conjunction with the Frontier report which I will support.
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 certainly would and believe when we know all the final of Brexit it will be extremely beneficial to Guernsey, on an international scale.
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?
I totally support the recent passed discrimination review, I believe everyone is equal in our society, I completely support the work of the GDA and felt strongly regarding anomalies on pay inequalities for our essential workers and nurses, I honestly don’t believe Guernsey suffers a great deal from discrimination of were a person is from, their colour, religion, however people with a disability in cases do suffer from not being chosen for jobs they could easily do, I will ensure everyone is given an equal opportunity, I did while being an employer.
What criteria do you use for decision making?
Carefully reading the report/policy letters thoroughly understanding there contents however large and detailed they may be, arranging or attending public consultation meetings with whom that particular report effects, listen, participate in a positive constructive debate and vote with the total knowledge that I fully understand the subject.
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?
This questions two major emotional subjects abortion and euthanasia, both of which will be debated. Again abortion does concern me, I believe it should only be used in extreme medical circumstances, however the States agreed abortion some years ago. Euthanasia is a very difficult subject. We must protect human life wherever possible, doctors do not allow a person to suffer during the period of end of life. My difficulty with this subject is I do understand when certain people would like to end there life instead of relying on drugs and being immobile. It is very difficult, but who makes that decision, the doctor, the patient, the family? I do not have sufficient information to judge. This is something that must and will receive a vast amount of medical advice and consultation with the public, involving people with personal experience of caring for a loved one with a terminal illness.
It is beyond time to invest in our people, infrastructure and public services. Do you plan to make the island's tax system more fair and progressive, so that more businesses and the wealthy pay a fairer share?
We need to invest in our infrastructure and community, nothing has been done over the past four years I will ensure this is a priority, regarding additional taxation to the wealthy we could investigate tax relief on certain levels of income more fairly.
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 certainly do support tourism in our island and yes they have been suffering badly during the covid-19 epidemic. Some financial help has been given by the States and will continue, our air and sea links need to reviewed regarding the cost of travel to and from our island which at present is far to expensive and must be resolved. Maybe extending our runway would prove a sound long term investment, we can negotiate with other carriers offering cheap packages to Guernsey which will bring more tourism to Guernsey and help Islanders to go on holiday at affordable costs, bearing in mind negotiating the protection of our slots to the UK. We also need to spend at least 50 million pounds on our harbour which as been neglected with no investment and encourage more cruise ships and private boats.
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
I would suggest driving Guernsey's economy, schools, environment, social needs investing our neglected infrastructure, however all these issues must be addressed with immediate effect. Over the last four years, they have been fiscally irresponsible, nothing has been done taking in to account the 250 million pounds of tax payers money for essential infrastructure projects lying idle in our capital works budget account. The new Government which I sincerely hope to be part of must address all the issues raised in your question as a priority, many will be undertaken by each individual committees working corporately together, as soon as the Government is in place with positive action as quickly as possible, if elected I will certainly play my part.
List your achievements to date which have been a benefit to Guernsey.
I am a past Deputy and Conseiller responsible for many achievements to many to mention working and running major Committee's , however my own personnel achievements , Lounge Hogue which as proven to be the most valuable asset to Guernsey, Refurbishment of Beau Sejour, fantastic for all children and families, Foote's Lane, being a vision of mine for many years now a great success, Bidding usefully for the Island Games 12 years ago, Main drains in the North of the Island, Establishing the First Traffic Department, and many more . That is a reason I am standing, I have so much more to offer with a vast amount of experience.
Do you support a reduction in the cost of running the civil service? If so, how would you do that and over what timescale?
I would suggest an independent local business group to be formed with the sole purpose of working with each Chief officer to ensure the amount of staff employed within his or her Department are either adequate, over staffed or under staffed to provide the public with an efficient and effective service, once completed submitted to Policy and Resources for consideration, this should be formed within six months. However from experience we have a fantastic amount of good efficient members of staff, experts in their own categories and fantastic to work with.
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?
Aurigny is unsustainable, we should after receiving the Frontier report on extending the runway go forward with vision and encourage with the changes in the aviation world negotiate with cheaper carriers to operate links to the up and beyond, through negotiation, protecting our slots, to make travel more affordable for both Islanders and encourage more tourism, the cost to travel to the UK is excessively expensive.
What is your view regarding commercialisation with respect to States owned entities?
I do not support privatisation of our island utilities, we must be in control of investment , costs to the consumer, I fought vigorously to not give away Guernsey Telecoms which the States did when they were making over 3 million pounds a year profit and invested in GSM, regarding Beau Sejour everyone no matter what they can afford must be able to enjoy sport for many reasons , people who can afford private clubs I have no problem with, however Beau Sejour is a very important facility and extremely beneficial for all the community.
Should the island be spending tax payers money on maintaining air and sea links?
Aurigny's losses are un-sustainable costing the islands millions, also poor expensive services, sea links also need to be addressed for reliability.
What is your view on future funding for long term care as current funding will be insufficient by 2040?
I am totally opposed to people who have worked all there lives, paying social security, paying there mortgages, then taken into care in later life, only to faced with the possibility of bonding their home in favour of the States of Guernsey. I'm totally aware of the potential deficiency within the fund by 2040, however further options need to be addressed even a small increase in benefit payments or a higher percentage of social security payments, depending on the individuals level of income.
What is your opinion of introducing a goods and sales tax?
We need to keep Guernsey competitive. I do not support the introduction of GST, even items ordered from the UK are VAT free Savings must be made elsewhere not just an easy way out. Which will not benefit our economy, many people find it difficult to pay bills now, far to much money is currently being wasted in many areas especially outside consultants and wasted staff resources, when Major Policy letters are presented to the States being amended.
Would you support the ‘listing’ of all remaining historic military structures, as Jersey has done, to ensure their ongoing protection, repair and maintenance?
Yes I believe this is very important to our heritage.
What initiatives would you put in place to grow our economy?
Support new initiatives to our wealth creators, the finance sector must be encouraged as much as possible, no more regulations, or bureaucratic legislations also unworkable planning regulations. Encouraging island wide job creation schemes, retraining programmes, ensuring we remain competitive with the outside world, creating new job opportunities and diversification, ensuring we have a good solid band network island wide, green finance, investment, and encouraging people to be more entrepreneurial, encouraging new start up business not merely with financial help but training and assisting with upstanding all regulations in place and planning policies. Revisiting are agreed capital protects programme to ensure we are obtaining value for many with good financial management, that will provide beneficial returns on capital expenditure that will benefit our economy and community.
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 believe currently the rates of income support are about right, however this depends on what your question refers to if you are talking about the support during the Covid-19 I would say more or less good, however if you are talking about income support for pensioners I would say this is low, Guernsey is not a cheap place to live, we live in a caring society who should care for everyone.
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?
I would support essential or local young people to come to Guernsey offering affordable homes which I have suggested in other answers coupled to supporting our local businesses encouraging new initiatives and maintaining, reviewing our licence are competitiveness thus establishing a stable tax base.
How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?
My personal religion has never and will ever effect my political decisions.
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?
I mention in a previous question the Frontier report I have seen and await with interest for many reasons the report from the Committee of Economic Development which be laid before the States shortly I do believe for many reasons in the runway extension being extremely financially beneficial to the long term interest of Guernsey's economy.
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?
Primary health care must be available to all families in our community, on an equal basis this we all pay as part of our social security payments and should remain so, through the social security fund not reimbursed from taxation of other sources.
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)?
This is an extremely emotive question one of I am not qualified enough to answer fully, however palliative care our doctors and nurses do a tremendous job in looking after patients during the sad end of their life and long may this last. I am aware many people do suffer beyond believe and wish to be finally relived, a subject that will be debated. Doctors do not allow patients to suffer during their final days, however it is prior to that point which is your concern regarding euthanasia. Currently I am not qualified to comment at this stage but understand the situation first hand, I do believe it will be debated with great detail, information and full consultation with all interested parties.
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 believe T levels are a new initiative covering a period of a two year qualification giving the student a head start towards their chosen career being a new choice after GCSE's and should be available in Guernsey.
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?
Support new initiatives to our wealth creators, the finance sector must be encouraged as much as possible, no more regulations, or bureaucratic legislations also unworkable planning regulations. Encouraging island wide job creation schemes, retraining programmes, ensuring we remain competitive with the outside world, creating new job opportunities and diversification, ensuring we have a good solid band network Island wide, Green finance, investment, and encouraging people to be more entrepreneurial, encouraging new start up business not merely with financial help but training and assisting with upstanding all regulations in place and planning policies. Revisiting are agreed capital protects programme to ensure we are obtaining value for many with good financial management, that will provide beneficial returns on capital expenditure that will benefit our economy. and community.
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?
I am seriously concerned regarding a lack of care for mental health for those who apparently fall into the gap between secondary and primary care, therefore I will certainly make it my objective to assist with this problem as care must be available with whatever professional help is needed, I will address this with whom ever is made president of our heath care system if elected in a positive and constructive way you have my word.
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.
These are two extremely emotive subjects I would definitely ensure public meetings are conveyed within each Parish with a panel including all interested parties not just one large meeting.
What is your position on the opportunity to debate the abortion issue more openly and fairly with more balanced representations to the Deputies?
I would also personally carry out my own research, meet as many interested parties, both on the medical side and those who may well be in favour having personal experience of a loved one, but on such a subject the community must be involved as much as possible. A questionnaire could be sent to every household not at an high cost, obviously a referendum was used for Island Wide Voting but we are elected to ensure we represent your views fully, regardless whether it may emotional or not a decision must be made, well researched and fully aware of all the information available.
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 certainly do please read my manifesto, I am so pleased that the two college models as been subjected to a new consultation process, I support at least 3 Schools, a Sixth form and More room for Children with Special needs , not to mention a detailed proposed road network, with the professional expertise we have on Island I cannot understand what we need to pay for outside Consultants, Schools must receive our top priority with an in-depth Cost Analysis, whatever the cost or children and their education are the future of Guernsey.
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?
No investment whatsoever has been made to our Harbour, apparently some 50 million pounds needs to be spent, we currently have 250 million pounds available to build essential projects also maintaining our infrastructure sadly neglected. I would ensure an immediate programme is produced to maintain are valuable assets, including building and securing access to our beaches safely, maintenance to all our cliff paths bearing in mind environmental issues, also the Bathing places to Clarence Battery, these essential infrastructures will certainly take precedence well above any development to the East coast/town sea front, our town and sea front is the jewel in our crown and no way would I support building mammoth structures to ruin this, the maintenance and infrastructure of our island must will receive priority over these types of vision.
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 views entirely we have far more important issues to address during what will be an extremely busy four term.