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Personal Statement

My name is Liam McKenna. I have lived for nearly 50 years in Guernsey. Married to Lorraine with four children. As a Dental Health Care Professional I work in the Care Home, Nursing Home and Hospital and provide a denture service to the Island community. My education from Hautes Capelles gave me a foundation academically and socially to eventually gain a Master’s degree in Advanced and Specialist Healthcare. Over £250,000 has been raised by the Guernsey Dinner Boxing for all local charities. It is an honour to be involved for over twenty years as Master of Ceremonies. More recently the commentating has expanded to all Guernsey swimming events and the Royal Guernsey Golf Club. I love Guernsey. Our working class, social and family values are admired by all who visit our island. The States of Guernsey and Deputies should and must represent us, the working class that built our Island and protect our future.

  • No to GST, No to Capital Gains Tax, No to Inheritance Tax and No to raising Taxes.
  • No to the States of Guernsey taking our parents and grandparents homes to pay for nursing and residential care, robbing future Guernsey generations from owning their own home.
  • Yes to bringing Global Business and Investment into Guernsey, boosting our jobs and economy.
  • Yes to permanent residency licences to the highly qualified professionals that will benefit our children’s education and our community life.

Manifesto

I do not intend to produce a typical manifesto. We read so many that promise the world.

Looking back on the last manifestos of States Deputies in 2016, I was left frustrated and very disappointed. I, like all of us in Guernsey have views and opinions on all local and current issues that will affect all our families in the near future.

I believe the States of Guernsey should:

  • Cut back on the wasteful spending of our money, the current poor decisions of the States has cost us the tax payers dearly.

We had the largest public protest march in living memory before lockdown. Education deputies wanted to borrow £200 million, then some prominent deputies wanted to bring in GST, capital gains and inheritance tax. If we do not vote change we risk financial ruin. The hard working people of Guernsey do not deserve to be treated like this.

Do not allow Guernsey to be changed anymore. We are unique, we are a paradise.
We excel on the world stage in sport. Guernsey provides safety, security and community life that is the envy of the world.

Encourage and offer our children an education that facilitates them to become the best that they can be.

Together, through this political darkness, a brighter day will come.

It would be an honour to receive your vote and to serve the people of Guernsey after the elections of 2020.

If you do wish to contact me, please call on 07781 133131 or [email protected]

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?

My committee experience is, Chairman of the Kent ,Surrey and Sussex Clinical Dental Alumni, Dental Care Professional Committee at the Faculty of General Dental Practice(ENG)Royal Guernsey Golf Club Management Committee, Guernsey Dinner Boxing Committee .Putting forward members proposals for change and managing change, following the will of the members and help create a economically viable future for each committee.

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 ?

The local workforce should be offered further education to fill all jobs available, through facilitated academic learning or apprenticeship schemes.

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

Zero carbon emissions can be achieved by looking at alternative power sources. Tidal and Hydro Power.

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?

All deputies must look at the Island wide issues and concentrate on what is best for Guernsey not just their parish.

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

Yes. The planning authority must stop this. Look at the Vale, St Sampson's corridor and the green field lost.

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?

My commitment is that I will give my very best. I will always have Guernseys best interest at heart and propose that we stop the wasteful spending of the current States immediately.

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

We must get rid of the six diesel plants at the power station, no more harmful emissions polluting Guernsey. Tidal/Hydro power gives us 0% carbon emissions.

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

The president should be a natural leader who will accept the will of the people and implement the management of change. That he will grow business and invite new corporate growth to Guernseys economy and stop taxing the working class to pay for the States mistakes.

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 have fewer hotels and greatly reduced bedstock, let us grow our economy and bring back financial prosperity to all, then we will be in a favoured position to invest in our 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?

we can not tax our way out of trouble, this once again hits hard the working class trying to juggle finances for homes, utilities and food, We need to bring new business to Guernsey and this will increase job opportunity and financial stability.

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

Maternity pay is along way off what is offered in the UK. Laws need updating and every couple deserve the right to have a family.

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?

The vision for me is tidal/hydro power. If we can harness 0.1% of tidal flow between Guernsey and Alderney we could provide free electric to all in guernsey and sell to France and the UK. This would bring prosperity to the economy ,growing jobs in all sectors of our community.

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?

Yes. Cycling/walking is great for physical and mental health and for the health of the air that we breathe.

Do you support outsourcing of States services?

Outsource to local businesses that can provide more cost effective services.

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

Look at our sea around Guernsey, our fish stocks have been decimated, many plant and animal species are under the threat of extinction.

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

To have a healthy economy we must have growth in an environmentally sympathetic way. Business and development must be eco friendly and sustainable.

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?

Give incentives for electric cars and electric/hydro powered buses and States vehicles.

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

We need 0 carbon emissions, electric vehicles, hydrogen powered ships and planes, it is already happening across the world.

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

stop building on green field sites, protect our coastline, do not put inert waste into spur point, no more detergents and pesticides that are contaminating our water supply.

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?

Why has there been no update? As a member of the Guernsey public I want to know as well, why do we read about these things after the developers are so far down the line with their plans, that they are guaranteed States backing without public consultation, this must stop.

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

Humans have caused 100% of our polluting, decimation of fish stocks and deforestation.

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?

Longue Hue/Spur point is of international and global importance, we must protect it at all cost.

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 need to remove the six diesel plants that power Guernsey electricity, we need to remove the power station and the tonnes of toxic emissions. We need to facilitate a programme of tidal/hydro power, if we harness 0.1% of the tidal flow between Guernsey and Alderney ,we will all have free electricity. The surplus can be sold to France and the UK.

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 have 9 aircraft, jet embraer, 4 dorniers and four atrs, they operated at a loss of 6 million pounds in 2019 and are projected to lose at least 10 million in 2020,successful airlines operate the one type of aircraft that then only requires the same amount of parts, Aurigny does not. we need to lease all the same aircraft, that will enable flying costs to be reduced and landing fees have to be reduced to entice business, leisure trips and holidays to come back to Guernsey.

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?

L'Ancresse sea wall should be maintained and left in place

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 totally disagree with the two school model. We need reduced class sizes so as teachers can facilitate learning. This allows each student to achieve academically to be the best that they can be.

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?

0-10 has to be revisited, the States are taxing the elderly and working class with year on year increases, let us look at the banks, finance houses and corporate businesses that are not paying any tax.

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?

Same sex families need the law to be changed immediately so as to offer equal rights to all parents.

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?

If you privatise Beau Sejour it will become a business solely run for profit. Beau Sejour is an amenity that is offered to all in Guernsey at prices that can be afforded.

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?

Mill street is a prime example of turning retail units into residential.

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?

To remove the possibility that our mums, dads, grandparents would have to sell the family home to fund residential care. Nurses should be given a large pay increase with immediate effect.

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

Medicinal cannabis and CBD should be legal, de criminalise cannabis use by introducing age restriction and legislation.

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 spent time in the public gallery and I have left States meetings dismayed, every deputy wants to give their opinion on every subject that is brought before the States. On mastermind you are asked "your chosen subject is …………" we need a diverse body of professional deputies that recognise each others professional talents and abilities, that reflect on the evidence put before them and vote,

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?

We need vital aid and support for Guernsey first, there are pensioners who can barely afford to eat, they can not afford fuel to heat their houses ,sleeping with several layers of clothes in the winter. I know this as when I go out in the community on dental visits, I go to these houses. Our vulnerable adults and pensioners need financial support.

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 ?

Scrutiny is vital in any democracy, any deputy failing in his duty should be sacked or resign with immediate effect.

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?

we need to introduce medicinal cannabis and CBD immediately, de criminalise cannabis with age restrictions put in place.

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?

Committees should be accountable, if they do not perform they should be sacked and the deputies resign. We should not have a budget for health, operations and medicines, we need to offer our community the best health care in the world, our hospital should be a centre of global excellence. If we strive for that , we can use the Kaizen Principle of continuous improvement. Strong leadership with both empathy and sympathy to the healthcare workers and the community.

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?

Everyone in Guernsey should be treated equally, and all in a global society should be treated equally.

What criteria do you use for decision making?

Evidence based practice, critical and analytical thinking.

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?

Any business or individual earning above a certain amount is responsible for paying a higher percentage of tax. The burden is greater on the working class, the semi retired and our pensioners at present. Progression will come in growing the economy by bringing new business to Guernsey.

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

Sorting out the schools, addressing social needs and reducing States expenditure are the first three pieces of legislation that needs to be addressed immediately.

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

36 years of dental health provision, care home ,residential home and hospital visits to the community.

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. We must run the States departments like a business and reduce the management costs, this must go immediately after the election for the deputies to resolve.

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 an airline like Aurigny to guarantee our links to the world, fair pricing should be monitored by a regulator.

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

We need to grow new business which will boost our economy and will filter through and fund future long term care.

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

Gst will hit the pensioners and working class hardest, this seems unfair that the highest earners pay exactly the same for goods as those on a pension.

Would you support the ‘listing’ of all remaining historic military structures, as Jersey has done, to ensure their ongoing protection, repair and maintenance?

yes, absolutely, the historic military structures are part of our history

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

look closely at tidal/hydro power. Our tidal flow conditions provide opportunity for global companies to invest in new sustainable,0 carbon emission energy.

How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?

Deputies must follow the will of the people, a majority vote must be respected and supported.

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 healthcare is too expensive, the States can look at employing qualified healthcare professionals instead of outsourcing to other medical surgeries and practices.

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

T levels are innovative, our children need to be offered this opportunity and local employers should support the students in giving them time in their business to prove their value as a future employee.

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?

we need to provide highly qualified mental health professionals with full housing licences to work and live in Guernsey. This will facilitate the best treatment options to all in our community.

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 believe we need a secondary education system that facilitates the best teaching and learning for all our children. We need to offer full time residency to the best teachers so as our children can become the best that they can be, these highly qualified teachers will embrace the new T levels of academia offering our children GCSE,A level and T level which should give them a greater opportunity in future employment. Building two schools is not the answer.

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?

Look at our unemployment figure, we have a new workforce available to help rebuild Guernsey, within the unemployed we should offer opportunities to retrain in trades that will be vital to rebuilding Guernsey, the maintenance is continuous and with a new expanded workforce all these projects can be achieved. The States must grow business by bringing more to Guernsey boosting our economy and offering sustainable jobs.

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