- Parish St Peter Port
- Experience Past Deputy
A passionate believer in Guernsey, I want to use my experience and expertise to take the Island forward in a sustainable, dynamic and democratic way, to ensure our long-term position within the broader, global business community. The individual and small businesses suffered considerably during the pandemic and have my full support - they are vital to Guernsey. I am approachable and committed to a safe and prosperous Bailiwick.
- I act responsibly, with integrity and use my common sense.
- I am not afraid to be a lone voice and will challenge on behalf of the underdog.
- I am active in the community to assist with any problems.
- I always read Billets carefully, listen to the debates and consider the arguments before voting for what I believe to be in the best interests of the Island.
- I am a Girlguiding Ambassador.
Accountability and Scrutiny are linked, both requiring changes in order to make progress. Currently, the processes used create inefficiencies which affect the way Committees can operate. Such bureaucracy has caused problems with recruitment for schools and the delays in making and implementing democratic decisions by the States have meant work is not carried out as it should be. Non-States businesses (construction, for example) suffer, as well as the States wasting money. I will make every effort to change that culture.
The Scrutiny function has improved but there are still those who will not answer for their actions, which causes distrust among Deputies and the electorate. More independence is needed to ensure concerns are properly dealt with in the public domain. I would seek to assist with developing such changes.
The Justice Review lists many areas that require attention, which will take time to resolve. Restorative justice should be implemented quickly and there should be more support provided for victims of crime, who may be forgotten or not dealt with in a manner which creates confidence in the justice process. All our emergency services (Law Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, Coastguard and Ambulance) plus Probation and Prison need our support so that we remain a safe community.
The delay caused by the States revisiting decisions applies to Education with the Pause and Review. Proposals are awaited and whatever transpires will be such an important step for the future of young people in the Island. It must provide equality of education in a fair and future-proof way. Training opportunities for up-skilling are a necessity for those who are unemployed or wishing to move on, but also for those who require basic skills’ provision. The current pre-school education should also be revisited to confirm its success and that it fulfils the needs of young children, who benefit greatly from effective provision.
The Island Development Plan does have reviews built into it, but I do not believe that it is working in the best interests of the community. Draft Development Frameworks cause consternation. The continuing erosion of green field sites and using Main Centres, mainly, for most developments, are real concerns. Consultation about proposed developments does not meet expectations and in the case of that which took place a while ago about vacant, poorly maintained premises has not been progressed. That is something of concern in St. Peter Port. I am particularly interested too in how the Eastern Seaboard Enhancement proposals will move ahead in a practical and consultative way.
Infrastructure – the built environment, the effects of climate change and protecting our biodiversity, as well as public utilities – requires States’ action to ensure that the future remains bright. Delayed capital projects, hospitality and tourism, Social Security, Health Services’ re-development all come under this heading, alongside digital connectivity and travel to and from the Bailiwick. Progress has been slow and I intend to exert my authority to make things happen.
The Economy is fundamental to Revive and Thrive. The finance sector, generally, has been carrying on as normal with much home working during the Covid19 pandemic, but other industries and businesses have suffered. Support given has helped, but it must be recognised that new businesses and entrepreneurs will need assistance to provide any or enhanced employment opportunities. Creative thinking is required and the reality of revive and thrive must be driven home. Locate Guernsey has my support, as has the Digital Greenhouse as an enabler to those who have ideas and wish to develop them successfully.
Electronic Voting in the Assembly has to be prioritised. States’ Members have a duty to the electorate to decide upon many issues, which include legislation. It is clear from my experience as a deputy, and by watching from the Public Gallery, that some deputies do not vote at all! By clicking a button, each member has to make their own decision, they are then accountable and the record is kept.
Women make up over 50% of our population and have to be encouraged to put themselves forward so that their talents are recognised, used to advantage and prejudice is overcome. The recent acceptance of the Anti-Discrimination proposals will assist in action for all, but I will do my best to bring forward the ‘equal pay for equal work’ aspect of those proposals. Starting salaries are the way to deal with this for new employees.
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?
States' Committees: IDC, Environment, Home, PAC. Also non-States member on same committees/departments. Deputy Minister, Environment (2008 - 2012) and Education (Oct. 2011 - 2012)
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 ?
Ensure that Businesses train people employed by them by those brought in for a short period of time.
What concrete measures would you like to see implemented in Guernsey during the next term to achieve net zero carbon by 2050?
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?
Always assisted people with any problems from around the Island, not just from st. Peter Port South. Will continue that as I have since being in the States.
Are you concerned about the large amount of agricultural land that is being lost for private gardens?
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?
Be more forceful but respectful and make comment if that was not done by others.
What are the attributes and skills you will be looking for in the next President of the Policy & Resources Committee?
Leadership, knowledge, concern for global issues, empathy.
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?
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?
The effect of Zero-10 may have to be revisited.
What are the candidates' views on maternity pay and leave and how would they improve the current arrangements, if at all?
Some employees have better conditions than others. Not suggesting all should be the same, but could be looked at.
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?
All important aspects of life and they are important to support.
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?
Not always possible to use other forms of transport.
What will you do to educate the islanders about the reality of the climate crisis which is the biggest threat currently facing the world?
Most environmental problems are caused by the love of growth. Would you consider de-growth?
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?
The States' Strategy to be considered.
What environmental policies would you support to reduce Guernsey’s reliance on the internal combustion engine, in support of International global warming initiatives?
The States' Strategy to be considered.
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?
Interesting and something that has to be considered. States must look at a Developer to come in to present.
Do you agree that there is a climate crisis caused predominantly by the actions of humans?
Longue Hougue has been proposed as a site for inert waste disposal despite it being a site of international importance in terms of wildlife. La Societe Guernesiase and other scientists have advised against this. What will you do to ensure that this valuable habitat is protected?
Set up proper survey of the seabed.
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?
States' Strategy already put forward to be further considered.
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?
Need to have this company for the good of the island.
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?
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?
Wait for suggestions, no 11-16 at Les Varendes site, could be 6th form college.
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?
If elected, what priority will you give to the introduction of the already-drafted consumer protection legislation?
Should be considered.
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?
Yes, regulation could achieve that.
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?
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?
A reasonable idea. Green sites should not be used.
What is your attitude towards enhanced and mandatory registration, chipping and DNA recording of dogs and control of their fouling, island-wide?
Why not? Cost perhaps a problem.
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?
Electronic voting in the Assembly and Scrutiny with teeth.
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.
They are good.
Would you support not giving Local Market licenses to those earning above a set level to support both LM and OM?
TRP used to be used for LM licence holders.
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?
Some items have to be kept but materials could be considered.
Would you support changes in the law to make cannabis for personal use legal?
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?
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?
Overseas Aid Commission does good work, with care to ensure NGO's are OK. I visited one of our projects in Tanzania and was impressed with it.
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 ?
Return to an independent organisation with teeth.
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?
Do not agree with pressure. Medicinal purposes, properly monitored.
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?
Need to review all costs and organisation (those at the front line) and those savings could be used to provide the medicines that would enhance people's quality of life.
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?
Implement the idea in the IDP of Developers having to have a percentage of affordable housing in their developments.
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?
In conjunction with so many other priorities, the cost and manner of implementation will be considered carefully.
What would you do to address traffic noise pollution from vehicles speeding and backfiring along St Georges Esplanade/Les Banques and towards town?
Operate the decibel levels in legislation!
Have you been made aware that every report that the SOG has commissioned for 20 years has flagged the need to extend the runway to circa 1700m+ and the commercial benefits it will bring for the island as a whole?
Brexit presents a unique opportunity for Guernsey to strengthen its ties with other Commonwealth countries and stand on its own two feet on an international scale. Would you be willing to make an effort to strengthen our diplomatic ties to countries like New Zealand, Australia, and Canada?
CPA allows meetings with them and these could be strengthened.
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?
Work on Law must be expedited.
What criteria do you use for decision making?
Listening and considering carefully what I feel is best for the Island.
In the last two years two pieces of legislation have come to the States which specifically target the most vulnerable members of our society - euthanasia and abortion - where a person’s fundamental and basic right to life is overridden in the name of lesser rights. Do you believe that disposing of a person’s life is a sign of progress? Do you believe that failing to protect human life at any age or stage of development is the mark of a civilised and enlightened and caring society?
The manner in which a person wishes to die must be considered and palliative drugs used appropriately.
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?
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?
Yes it should.
List your achievements to date which have been a benefit to Guernsey.
Good Headteacher at LMDC Secondary school; active Parish Constable and Douzenier; charity supporter.
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?
Not all air routes as not enough 'planes for that.
Should the island be spending tax payers money on maintaining air and sea links?
What is your view on future funding for long term care as current funding will be insufficient by 2040?
Has to be revisited.
What is your opinion of introducing a goods and sales tax?
Would you support the ‘listing’ of all remaining historic military structures, as Jersey has done, to ensure their ongoing protection, repair and maintenance?
What initiatives would you put in place to grow our economy?
Support Locate Guernsey and Digital Greenhouse as well as upskilling course being provided at GC>FE
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?
Our own youngsters should be encouraged to return.
How will your religious faith influence your voting 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?
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?
Too many have this for free while middle earners suffer.
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)?
Use of palliative drugs needs careful monitoring and proper states' organisation.
Education - Do you know what T levels are and if you do, would you be enthusiastically demanding that they are available here in Guernsey?
Not sure why this should be important.
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 Locate Guernsey and Digital Greenhouse as well as upskilling course being provided at GC>FE
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?
Encourage the use of services now available.
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.
Always have been publicly debated and deputies contacted.
What is your position on the opportunity to debate the abortion issue more openly and fairly with more balanced representations to the Deputies?
Plenty of opportunities to contact Deputies.
How do you see the way forward for secondary education in the island? Do you favour a particular model and if so which one?
Wait for suggestions, no 11-16 at Les Varendes site, could be 6th form college.
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?
Has to be part and parcel of whole infrastructure.
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"?
Costs will rise!