- Parish St Peter Port
- Experience New Candidate
I am Lucia Faith. I was born in Guernsey and I am 33. I am a mother of a 17 year old, 21 month old twins and our dog, Ruby. My own business, Healing Hands is dedicated to helping my community. Many of us struggle. There is no shame in that. As the founder of the Guernsey Drug Strategy Campaign I have fought tirelessly for over 6 years for change in current drug policy and our justice system. Our next elected deputies are crucial in whether or not Guernsey move forward or back with an evidence based drug policy and a far fairer justice system for all. For many, we are fully aware what a regulated Cannabis model could do for our economy right now. With a little bit of courage it will also support our Health Service, Police Service, workforce and a more diverse economy. I am honoured to be nominated for the 2020 Pride of Guernsey Awards for Overcoming Adversity by campaigning for the community of Guernsey to be treated fairly and in a non-prejudicial way. My work demonstrates my values of ‘Guernsey Together.’
My background includes:
• 10 years in finance
• 6 years in Holistic Health & Plant Medicine Shamanism
• Founder of the Guernsey Drug Strategy Campaign since 2014
My manifesto is a call to action.
Please support me to continue to challenge old rhetoric. We can continue the compassionate community we found during COVID. We need a social movement embodying forms of political activity that encourage the fundamental values of human compassion in all significant aspects of our lives – in education, justice, business, health and welfare provision, in religion and in politics at local, national and international levels, and in proper care for the natural environment, our planet, which sustains all
HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE
Health is not solely about wellness. It is also about the need to live within a community that supports each other and is inclusive of all.
People who live with chronic ill health, life-threatening or life-limiting illness, their caregivers, and the bereaved are segmented social groups, forced to experience lifestyles that are commonly socially hidden and disenfranchised from the wider community. Outside of the health services that deal specifically with their immediate problems, these individuals suffer from a range of separate but linked conditions or social circumstances – loneliness, isolation, addiction, job loss, stigma, depression, anxiety and fear, and even suicide. These individuals also suffer from a range of other debilitating health problems often caused by their social and psychological troubles – insomnia, cardiac arrhythmias, chronic fatigue and headaches, hypertension, and gastric-intestinal disorders.
As a community we must do more to recognise this, and seek to enlist all the major sectors of a community to help support them and reduce the negative social, psychological and medical impact of serious illness, caregiving, and bereavement. As a community we need to recognise that care for one another at times of health crisis and personal loss is not simply a task solely for health and social services but is everyone’s responsibility.
True education goes beyond the skill of simply acquiring knowledge. It has a moral purpose, and for that reason the development of compassion needs to be enshrined in all educational programmes. This requires education in the values of emotional development as the mature way of dealing with difficult emotions while avoiding the harm that they might otherwise cause in adulthood.
Education is so much more than the building our children are in. It’s about what our children are learning, how they are being nurtured and encouraged to flourish in their own individual ways. We have a way to go with education but here in Guernsey we have the right tools to make something magical happen for our children and I am open to help creating this with your support.
With investment in programmes and schools in service of the community, we can have greater faith in our future ability to thrive.
Environmental degradation and the unsustainable way we are living is our single biggest threat. The danger rises from the use of fossil fuels or other sources of energy that cause environmental damage, and the excessive exploitation of natural resources. I am passionate about looking at the use of renewables as a primary source of all energy production. We have the responsibility to live harmoniously with the life of our planet and its species, making sure that we hand it on to our children in a better state than we found it.
The avoidance of pollution and other forms of damage causing harm to ecological diversity is the responsibility of all individuals, businesses and states. That responsibility includes active concern for animal welfare. Like humans, other animals experience emotions and seek happiness. We have the responsibility to live harmoniously with the life of our planet and its species, making sure that we hand it on to our children in a better state than we found it. Education is key to a more sustainable way of living and sharing this earth and I hope to encourage this if I am one of your chosen deputies.
BUSINESSES AND MEDIA
If I am chosen to represent you, I wish to call on all businesses to adopt and promote compassionate activities.
As a community we need to call on all local media to promote human values of being impartial, with compassion and care, and to move away from the old idea of judgement
While recognising that accumulation of wealth and power is part of human society, I call on all who have accumulated those advantages to use their assets and resources for the present and future benefit of their community.
Politics conducted without compassion causes harm.
It must embrace renewable resources as the primary means of energy production.
It must care for the environment and the wider wellbeing of future generations.
It must be inclusive of all people, because that is the true nature of ‘Guernsey Together.’
Answers to questions proposed by the public:
With unemployment currently running at an all time high, what measures would you like in place to ensure local people are offered jobs before license holders ?
I don't wish to discriminate against either local or license holders. Both are human beings and need to feed themselves and their families.
What concrete measures would you like to see implemented in Guernsey during the next term to achieve net zero carbon by 2050?
Education is key to living in a more sustainable way. Until you know why and how, why would people change?: 1) Eat less meat. Just limiting your meat consumption can make a huge difference. Greenhouse gas emissions from agribusiness are an even bigger problem than fossil fuels. So while we often talk about cutting our reliance on fossil fuels – and this is still critically important – we rarely discuss the worst culprit. Red meat is particularly to blame, consuming 11 times more water and producing 5 times more emissions than its poultry counterparts. 2) Drive Less. Choose to walk, bike, or take the bus – leave the car at home or even better, communicate with eachother and journey together with colleagues etc in one car instead of 3 or 4. 3) Plant a Garden. Whether you live in a house or an apartment, planting fruit or veg is a quick and easy way to reduce your carbon footprint. We all know plants absorb carbon dioxide a beneficial relationship for humans. 4) Eat Local & Organic. Whenever possible, try to eat local, in-season produce. Sticking to foods that are grown locally helps to reduce the carbon footprint created by shipping foods from elsewhere. When a fruit or vegetable can be grown in your own backyard, or a local farm, the environmental cost is significantly reduced. Small farms are more likely to adopt beneficial soil-care practices and maintain borders for local wildlife, and eating locally-grown food supports your local economy and promotes food security. It’s equally important to eat organic produce, which hasn’t been sprayed with toxic pesticides and other environmentally detrimental chemicals. 5) Disposable World. Too many of us buy clothes, toys, electricals and other items that are made of poor materials that are terrible for the planet and end up in landfills for hundreds or more years. Try alternatives like re-purposing old clothing, choosing locally handmade garments, buying vintage, or participating in clothing , toy and electrical swaps with family and friends.
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 in this for all living things.
Are you concerned about the large amount of agricultural land that is being lost for private gardens?
Yes. Agriculture forms the backbone of any economy. Without a strong agricultural base a nation will always find it difficult to sustain its economic growth. This is primarily because it will not be able to meet the food demands of the economy. Not only does it sustain the food requirements but it also acts as a huge source of employment. It also provides opportunity for export. This is unfortunately what we have lost in Guernsey and what we need to gain again like we once had.
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 not here to make promises, I am here to be open, honest and transparent to do what I can to help my community. It is hard to fully commit to anything at this stage when you do not know what hoops you have to jump through once elected to actually get anything done. Hence why my manifesto isn't one of promises and commitments. I have tried to keep it real.
What are your opinions on climate change and Guernsey's role in tackling it?
Climate change is the greatest environmental challenge the world has ever faced, but we can all do something about it. Education is key for not only individuals but businesses too to reduce their impact and emissions. We need to also look at renewable energy as a matter of urgency.
What are the attributes and skills you will be looking for in the next President of the Policy & Resources Committee?
Someone who is compassionate and inclusive of all. Because that is the true nature of 'Guernsey Together.'
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?
Yes, but I would need to know more.
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?
Yes but this wouldn't be my area of expertise.
What are the candidates' views on maternity pay and leave and how would they improve the current arrangements, if at all?
We have come a long way in the last four years but we still have a way to go. We need to look at places like Finland, Germany & Belgium which have some of the best policies in the world for mothers. We also need to look at supporting for multiples , as a twin mum, and both self employed parents, we had no income and one amount given from the states, even though we had two babies to clothe, feed etc. I would be very keen to look at something better for paternity too as its only fair we give men the same options as we do women, so they to can bond with their children. I am aware that we now allow women to transfer over to men and they can have the same benefit, but unfortunately its one or the other, and not both at the same time to bond at that special unique time.
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?
I believe we can continue the compassionate community we found during COVID. We need a social movement embodying forms of political activity that encourage the fundamental values of human compassion in all significant aspects of our lives – in education, justice, business, health and welfare provision, in religion and in politics at local, national and international levels, and in proper care for the natural environment, our planet, which sustains all our lives.
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?
If we want to take climate change and the environmental issues seriously then yes, but its key to compassionately educate communities rather than dictate and force. I believe once the majority of human beings understand a harm that is being caused to themselves, others and the planet we can be quick to change our perspective and choices.
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 would like a programme which aims to help people understand the impact of global warming today and increase "climate literacy" for all people. To provide quality climate change education; encouraging innovative teaching approaches to integrate climate change education in school and by raising awareness about climate change as well as enhancing non-formal education programmes through media, networking and partnerships.
Most environmental problems are caused by the love of growth. Would you consider de-growth?
Growth in the sustainable places, rather than the unsustainable we keep investing in.
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 would need to look into this further but like the idea.
What measures will you put in place during the next term to ensure that environmental biodiversity will be protected and enhanced?
We need to shift to an economic model that accounts for the fact that we operate within a closed system – planet Earth – and that our economic growth is limited by the ecological limits of the planet, also known as “planetary boundaries.” The second roadblock is the ‘short-termism’ embedded in current political decision-making processes. Many environmental and conservation actions are of a long-term nature, going beyond the usual political and election cycles. We need long-term planning for the way we use nature’s capital. Long-term vision grounded in solid science and short-term, practical, implementation action needs to be at the heart of our decision-making. And the third major roadblock is the dominant concept of human separation from and supremacy over nature. This misconception sits at the root of people’s disconnect from nature and the fragmentation we see in environmental governance and policymaking. Significant changes are required in our mindset – as decision makers, producers, and consumers. It is perfectly clear that we cannot halt the biodiversity crisis by working in isolation, cocooned in our own little world with like-minded people. Working in silos to solve systemic problems simply doesn’t work. The complexity of the interdependencies between human, social and economic systems, and the natural Earth’s systems requires interconnected measures and solutions. We also need to acknowledge that our economic model is rooted in unsustainable consumption and production patterns, and neglects to incorporate the costs of losing natural capital and the benefits we all derive from nature.
The Guernsey Press had an article and a picture of a proposed East Coast development called HYDROPORT. It seemed to me to be a brilliant plan and included a new deep water harbour, a hydro electric supply by enclosing Belgrave bay and changes to St Peter port harbour to accommodate cruise liners and super yachts. It would provide jobs, produce an ongoing and substantial revenue stream and make us to some extent self-reliant on electricity, why has there been no update on this project?
I too liked the look of this initially but would need to look deeper into it to make sure our wildlife, environment & community was happy & protected in doing so.
Do you agree that there is a climate crisis caused predominantly by the actions of humans?
Yes I do. Please see my previous answers which should cover this.
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?
We should be listening to the experts and we should not be causing harm to our widlife. I will always do my best to protect nature and be the voice for all living things to live harmoniously together.
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 would need to learn more about this topic.
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 would need to learn more about this topic.
If elected, what priority will you give to the introduction of the already-drafted consumer protection legislation?
I am a believer that all legislation being created to reduce harm in our community should be a priority.
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 was not aware of this. I am supportive of equality and diversity for all as I am an advocate for reducing harm in all aspects within communities.
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?
Hard to answer without knowing more.
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?
Sounds like a sensible idea.
What is your attitude towards enhanced and mandatory registration, chipping and DNA recording of dogs and control of their fouling, island-wide?
Mandatory registration would be sensible. I think the rest would need to be clearly thought over as my first question is who would monitor and pay for this service? Maybe some better education for pet owners and more dog bins, including biodegradable dog bags. I have seen these on my travels and it seems to work well.
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?
Full justice review including an evidence based drug policy, rehabilitation centre, reducing harm in our community and giving those resources back into education and health.
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.
My background as a therapist is holding space for people, and especially large groups where I help guide people to find empowerment and heal. I would like to think I am a genuine compassionate but very authentic leader who could help bring people together and see beyond the illusion of ego's and drama's to actually move forward and get things done together.
First time buyers are encouraged to buy new build developments taking up green space, while there are vast amounts of listed properties facing dereliction on the island - buildings ripe for restoration, renovation and to be lived in. Currently, people are put off as they are greeted with stringent and outdated views by The Planning and Heritage Department - it takes too much time and money so are immediately put off. What will you do to change the process for the better?
I don't know an awful lot about this process but I do hear many friends and family members complaining about it. It seems very out of date, and a little bit 'who you know' if you want to get anything done. Something clearly needs to give way here.
Would you support changes in the law to make cannabis for personal use legal?
Yes. As the founder of the Guernsey Drug Strategy Campaign I have educated tirelessly for the last 6 years on this and would fully support and help create something safer and more effective for all.
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?
COVID has hopefully reminded us all that we can all be in a place of great need and desperation in times of tragedy, not forgetting the support from those around us. We may all be in that place of need again like in 1945 and would hope other places would support us once again. For that reason, its only humane and compassionate to do the same for others to help them to survive. Isn't that all we are trying to do?
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 it is important that governments are transparent and are held accountable where necessary. I feel an independent panel or jury maybe be a fairer way in enabling this, inclusive of community feedback too, seeing as that is who we are working for.
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?
Hopefully you are aware you have my full support on this one : )
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?
This is a very important subject that needs to be addressed and is causing far too many people in our community harm. We have shown during COVID that policy, procedure and legislation can be changed over night to address the harm and suffering that can be caused in our community, so why not with others? It is something I would be honoured to address. The accountability should sit as a collective. There are too many 'pass the buck' games that go on in politics which get in the way of actually getting anything done.
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 don’t have any specific ideas but I would be keen to get stuck into supporting this. I do not own my own property due to how expensive it is to get onto the property ladder. It is becoming more and more out of reach for many. We must do better.
What would you do to address traffic noise pollution from vehicles speeding and backfiring along St Georges Esplanade/Les Banques and towards town?
Once we have freed up police time on personal amounts of cannabis, we can make sure they are present here ; )
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?
No I was not aware. Thank you for enlightening me.
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 very supportive and would do what I could do help get this addressed effectively in a timely manner.
What criteria do you use for decision making?
Extensive research, evidence based & from the heart.
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 is a very individualised topic and cannot be generalised for a certain outcome. Too many of our policies, procedures, legislations are based on a very black or white way of viewing, when in fact life is full of greys too. It would depend on each individual circumstance.
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?
Tax isn't my expertise but I would encourage a much fairer system as I am aware of the inequality.
List your achievements to date which have been a benefit to Guernsey.
I have run my own business, Healing Hands for approx 5 years and I have dedicated myself to helping my community find healing, whether that is physically, emotionally or spiritually. I am also the founder of the Guernsey Drug Strategy Campaign and have fought tirelessly for over 6 years for change in current drug policy and our justice system. We have had great success in the following: • having addiction and drug policy recognised as a health issue and moved across to HSC. • encouraged a whole new evidence-based substance review with new policy currently being written, and we are assured it’s almost finished. • We also lobbied for a reform in our justice system, which lead to three policy and review amendments being put forward and ultimately a Sursis Motive that was subsequently passed most recently. As a founding member of the GDSC I have assisted in providing education to our community, effectively highlighting commonly held but incorrect beliefs about Cannabis and providing the evidence that is available, but not always widely known. I have aimed to help change the stigma and fear around this once controversial topic. We can evidence support from HSC, Cannabis was moved in scheduling to recognise it as a medicine and allow those who need access to gain a licence. UK clinics are now accessible and hopefully by the time this manifesto reaches my community, people will be accessing this with a prescription to their front doors and giving them a far better quality of life. We still have a way to go with this, but we are almost there.
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 currently have far too many high paid positions that are unneccessary and are wasting far too many resources within the civil service where they could be going elsewhere ie children's services, health and education etc.
What is your opinion of introducing a goods and sales tax?
Not for me, no. The last thing our community needs is more rises. We need braver and more creative ways to sustain us all.
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 would be interested to know more.
Do you believe that the rates of income support are a) too low b) about right or c) too high? Explain your answer in some detail.
I don't believe this is a black or white question or answer, this would depend on each individual case and I would need to understand more about each circumstance. I am aware there appears to be many who in times of need or crisis, who may have paid into the system all their lives, then cannot access the help they need. More needs to be done to make sure we have the right policies in place to support everyone who needs it at difficult times in life.
How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?
I don't have a faith as such other than love. I do not mind at all what people believe in as long as it does not cause harm.
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 do and I would be keen to see these 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?
I was sad to see Start Up Guernsey close down and believe we need to more support like this in place again to help businesses and our community thrive.
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 seem to have a gap in effectively referring to some of the amazing therapists, charities and organisations we have available here. I would like to help bridge this gap and look to enhance training, staff and resources that we have available within these services. It was a big issue before COVID and its just got even bigger. It's vital for a healthy and happy community.
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.
Could we have a digital system in place that allowed islanders to have their views and vote on topics before they were debated? Not my area of expertise but throwing it out there.
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 would be encouraged to listen to the real experts, the teachers and the children. From what I have seen, the community seem in favour of a 3 school model and keeping the Sixth Form centre but are being ignored. Many would also like to see a more ‘alternative school’ for those who don’t fit into the standard educational model. As well as more support for those choosing to Home school too.
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?
Essential maintenance should of course be a priority over new development, especially if it's causing or could cause harm.