- Parish Castel
- Experience New Candidate
- Party The Guernsey Party
- Ensure fiscal prudence and low taxation. No tax increases.
- Support business to ensure the prosperity of ALL the people of Guernsey.
- Encourage small, efficient government and light regulation.
- Help the less fortunate with cost effective and proportionate social policies.
- A clear “NO”to the two school model.
Tax and Spending
With the current path of uncontrolled spending the States are setting us on a path to massive tax increases as proposed in the 2019 Tax Policy Paper from the Policy and Resources Committee. Increased taxation does not grow an economy. Proposals for tax increases are not being discussed ahead of the election but they surely will return thereafter, probably after we have blown through £500 million of additional borrowings and need to start repaying.
The States over the past four years have, by poor decision making, wasted hundreds of millions of pounds. To give examples; wasteful off Island consultations; the L’Ancresse wall; regulatory costs; excessive borrowing costs and fees; the Two Schools plans.
We seem to be spending £200m on an IT contract, but find that doesn’t seem to cover upgrades to the Health Dept or the Tax Office so another £20m for each. Nearly a quarter of a billion. That alone is £8,000 per employed person.
It goes on and on.
At this point, with business under severe pressures including competition from Jersey we must cut back on unnecessary regulatory and other impositions or more jobs will be lost.
Planning procedures and restrictions on open market housing must also be looked at with a view to making affordable local market housing more readily available and reinstating flexibility in the open market.
Regulation of the finance sector also needs to be reviewed, ideally after the UK has left the EU Transition Period when we can judge our options between London and EU demands.
The Disabilities Law needs to be implemented in a pragmatic manner to avoid undue costs from “over lawyering” its good intentions. I would also propose a parallel initiative of working up specific proposals between the States, the Guernsey Disability Alliance and other stakeholders to assist those with disabilities and other limitations. For example, an electric vehicle running between and through the car parks, bus station and High St to make Town more physically accessible.
The current plans are unpopular for good reason. We need at least three States secondary schools. Squeezing hundreds of extra pupils into Beaucamps and St Sampsons will produce overcrowding and all the “ big school” problems that we don’t need.
Each school should be run independent of the States with a Board of Governors and Headmaster in control of spending, hiring teaching staff and curriculum.
This must all be coupled with a great, independent College of Further Education or Institute.
I would favour reinstating the modest grants to the Colleges and a system of scholarships.
We will review all of the principal health service contracts entered into by the States with value for money in mind and will explore further deals with off Island healthcare providers, both NHS and private, to provide the operations and specialist care that cannot be provided in Guernsey.
We will ensure that Guernsey has the best possible MRI, CT and other imaging equipment on the Island to provide these services to the highest standard and without delays. This should facilitate general screening of the population to ensure early detection of disease, in particular, cancer.
We will take the steps necessary to reinstate the reciprocal medical agreement with the UK and will explore the possibility of similar arrangements with the EU.
We will pay close attention to the terms and conditions enjoyed by our nurses and also on Island training. Terms need to be sufficiently attractive to retain nurses in Guernsey to ensure good patient care and avoid uneconomic agency arrangements so far as possible. On Island training must be a priority.
Capital expenditure and Environment
We must review this carefully with an eye to growing the economy, and in particular, look promptly at:
airport and air links with an eye to reducing fares;.
upgrading internet speeds;
harbour development and sea links;
green energy, heat pumps, wind, solar, tidal and wave; one big decision will be on whether the new cable link to France remains economic in a greener scenario;
improving our attractions, eg a Victor Hugo and a Renoir themed facility and use a new dairy as the centre of a Guernsey cow/ dairy attraction;
improved cycleways to include segregated cycle paths around the south, west and north coasts, planned in such a way that they do not cut down on road space for motorists;
maintaining our infrastructure and sea walls;
a truly first rate development at St Sampsons;
tree planting and a biodiversity programme.
I propose that the maximum contribution that permits the States gross up be increased to assist our crucial charitable sector.
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?
Four years on Public Accounts Committee plus company boards
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 ?
Licences should not be issued in jobs with qualified and willing locals available
What concrete measures would you like to see implemented in Guernsey during the next term to achieve net zero carbon by 2050?
The big point for Government is consumption reduction eg heat pumps. The local generation tidal solar and offshore wind possibly
I live in St Peter Port but have interests in the Vale, St Peters and Castel. Will you be looking at Island Wide issues or more so in your Parish of residence?
Island wide is the priority but I live ibn Castel and have a local interest
Are you concerned about the large amount of agricultural land that is being lost for private gardens?
Yes, there are planning restrictions on that.
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 am part of the Guernsey Party. We will work together and are already reaching out to other candidates.
What are your opinions on climate change and Guernsey's role in tackling it?
Worldwide our role is tiny but we should pull our weight
What are the attributes and skills you will be looking for in the next President of the Policy & Resources Committee?
Intelligence, non Left
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?
We need to review that along with Aurigny, open skies, radar upgrade. One big issue.
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 am not in favour of GST. States spending is the problem. Huge waste
What are the candidates' views on maternity pay and leave and how would they improve the current arrangements, if at all?
We cant afford more right now. Review later
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?
Energy independence from renewables is a priority. Tidal and east coast upgrades.
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 encourage the move to electric vehicles
Do you support outsourcing of States services?
Yes where cost effective
What will you do to educate the islanders about the reality of the climate crisis which is the biggest threat currently facing the world?
We have much information already
Most environmental problems are caused by the love of growth. Would you consider de-growth?
No we need growth but less carbon. The two are not mutually exclusive
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?
Encourage electric cars and segregated cycle paths
What environmental policies would you support to reduce Guernsey’s reliance on the internal combustion engine, in support of International global warming initiatives?
Electric cars are on their way by choice. Petrol cars will be going in a few years by gradual reduction
What measures will you put in place during the next term to ensure that environmental biodiversity will be protected and enhanced?
Locally I am in favour of tree planting and would like to look at the introduction of red squirrels
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?
Because the current States obsesses on the wrong issues.
Do you agree that there is a climate crisis caused predominantly by the actions of humans?
Probably but there are other factors out there. Solar radiation for example
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?
The other option is Les Vardes which was not recommended
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 main issues are consumption reduction eg heat pumps. Plus local green generation. Tidal is a big opportunity.
What is your view on current spending on Aurigny, is it worth how much we are paying? Is it run efficiently? Did we need new aircraft?
Aurigny needs a thorough review . Its fleet is sub optimal with two many types of aircraft to be econmoic
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?
I favour the 3 school model is best and better value
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?
Corporate tax can be reviewed after Brexit. Zero Ten was forced on us by the EU
If elected, what priority will you give to the introduction of the already-drafted consumer protection legislation?
I am in favour of that
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 see registration as an administrative issue
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 have a closed mind. Beau Sejour possibly. But I am content to keep Water and Electricity in public ownership
Increasing home working will likely result in surplus office space. Will you encourage an urgent revision of Planning Policies to facilitate conversion of retail and office space to residential & curb green-field development?
Yes. Whatever it takes to keep our Town alive
What is your attitude towards enhanced and mandatory registration, chipping and DNA recording of dogs and control of their fouling, island-wide?
Its an idea that I would consider. But we might start with better enforcement. I always pick up after my spaniel
I have one question for sitting Deputies and one for new candidates. Deputies:- what, in your mind, was your greatest political achievement in the last four years? New candidates:- What is your biggest political goal in the next four years?
I have many goals but cutting staggering wasteful spending has to be a top priority
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 am used to working as a team. I prefer that. I have been on boards and the PAC
Would you support not giving Local Market licenses to those earning above a set level to support both LM and OM?
I prefer to concentrate incoming workers and residents in the open market but we do need some local market licences to fill key roles.
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?
We need to ease the listed housing restrictions. We need to encourage conversion to residential and preserve green spaces.
Would you support changes in the law to make cannabis for personal use legal?
I am in favour of use by prescription. Not so keep on our youngsters addling their brains.
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?
I have seen the States in operation. The debates are not high level by and large.
In 1945, the generosity of people outside Guernsey enabled the delivery of Red Cross parcels to the island on the SS Vega. What is your view on the statement that ‘charity begins at home but should not end there’? How can we best show our care for people in need in other parts of the world?
I am not in favour of funding the big international charities. I would be in favour of Guernsey sponsored projects eg water and sewage piping to a given area.
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 ?
Yes. A more powerful scrutiny committee and a PAC to look at commercial contracts. The waste is terrible.
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?
Sentencing may be over harsh for possession. Legalisation is another issue.
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?
We should honour States commitments to move along with this.
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?
First, we need to reverse the changes recently made that push residents from the open market to the local market. That has pushed up local prices a lot. I am in favour of partial ownership. Mortgage relief is self defeating. It just pushes up prices.
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?
I would have to be on the Health Committee to judge competing claims to funding. This is important obviously.
What would you do to address traffic noise pollution from vehicles speeding and backfiring along St Georges Esplanade/Les Banques and towards town?
Police should pull over. If necessary Law should be beefed up.
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?
It is a high priority. And States must make better spending choices.
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?
Yes along with the future of Aurigny in terms of its business plan. I would like to explore triangular routes along with BA and EasyJet.
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?
Yes I have read the Frontier report
Brexit presents a unique opportunity for Guernsey to strengthen its ties with other Commonwealth countries and stand on its own two feet on an international scale. Would you be willing to make an effort to strengthen our diplomatic ties to countries like New Zealand, Australia, and Canada?
Yes very much
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 am against discrimination. Laws in that regard must be drafted to meet specific problems clearly without creating a legal nightmare
What criteria do you use for decision making?
First, what is the problem. Then , what solution works. Then , does the cost outweigh the problem. You have to analyse.
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?
These issues are very personal. I am in favour of assisted dying with stringent safeguards. I am uncomfortable with the 24 week abortion limit. Its too late in terms of medical advances.
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?
Guernsey cannot increase taxes or it will make itself uncompetitive.
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?
We must encourage tourism. We must get airfares down.
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
We have to do them all. We must stop wasteful spending in order to focus on the rest and have money to spend productively.
List your achievements to date which have been a benefit to Guernsey.
I have spend four years on the Public Accounts Committee looking at better spending and outcomes. We need to do more of that urgently.
Do you support a reduction in the cost of running the civil service? If so, how would you do that and over what timescale?
Yes Partial hiring freeze and redeployment over 5 years
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 a thorough review. I don’t think we should ban other airlines but there may be an argument for Aurigny exclusivity on certain key routes
What is your view regarding commercialisation with respect to States owned entities?
I would not privatise electricity or water. Aurigny needs a thorough review
Should the island be spending tax payers money on maintaining air and sea links?
Possibly to a point but it must be minimised. We are not flush with funds
What is your view on future funding for long term care as current funding will be insufficient by 2040?
We have to look at the Social Insurance Funding model. There seems to be no appetite for self funding beyond possibly a very small amount. We cant go against the grain of public opinion
What is your opinion of introducing a goods and sales tax?
No. Cut waste first
Would you support the ‘listing’ of all remaining historic military structures, as Jersey has done, to ensure their ongoing protection, repair and maintenance?
Yes, in principle for those of value or special interest.
What initiatives would you put in place to grow our economy?
Review the P and M Law, all licensing. We are losing business to Jersey.
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.
This needs a review to ensure that work always pays. Low paid workers need careful consideration eg GP fee subsidies. It’s a big issue
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 need the Institute to improve on Island trading options. And we must do all the things necessary to grow the economy and create good job opportunities
How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?
I am a somewhat lapsed member of the C of E. I have great respect for our churches and charitable religious principles.
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?
Yes. I have an open mind. We need to decide this along with the business plan for Aurigny.
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?
We should keep primary healthcare in private hands to keep appointments available at short notice. Look at NHS waiting times and shudder. The subsidies for appointments for the low paid need updating.
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 am in favour of palliative care. In extreme cases voluntary assisted dying with stringent safeguards might be looked at. No euthanasia. That is murder.
Education - Do you know what T levels are and if you do, would you be enthusiastically demanding that they are available here in Guernsey?
Yes. I am in favour of the upgraded Institute and making available locally so far as possible all qualifications available in the UK
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?
Cut regulation. Don’t pass more than is strictly necessary . Revisit the changes to the P and M Law which have been detrimental. Improve connectivity, fibre, airlinks and sealinks.
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 don’t have useful expertise to comment
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.
There should be a full public debate. Deputies should seek out the views of Islanders.
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 answer that as above. Some individuals get drowned out by the special interest groups
How do you see the way forward for secondary education in the island? Do you favour a particular model and if so which one?
3 schools, each with their own heads with maximum independence . Not centralised. Sixth form college. Much upgraded Institute.
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?
I think they can both be accommodated. Essential repairs should never have been left.
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"?
Yes, I tend to that view. We have many real problems. Focus on them.