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Personal Statement

As a proud Guernseyman and father I have been so frustrated over the last States term. Unfulfilled promises, overspending, lack of public consultation and the bonds on homes vote recently have all resulted in a distrust of the current Deputies. Alliance Party Guernsey and I share a vison for how Guernsey could and should be. Our children are our future and at the moment their future is grim, this cannot continue.

  • Wants to make Guernsey a better, fairer place to live
  • Believes Party politics will deliver on promises made on manifestos
  • Believes three quality schools and sixth form college is the best current model
  • Believes low to middle income are already over-taxed
  • Believes that GST, VAT and Inheritance Tax are NOT viable options at present
  • Believes the housing market needs reform to make it more affordable to all

Manifesto

Alliance Party Guernsey has developed Six Key Policies on which candidates will fight this election.

These policies were produced after listening to the people of Guernsey.

As an Alliance Party Guernsey candidate, I promise to do everything in my power to turn these policies into reality.

I offer the electorate a clear and transparent vision of how I will vote as I play my part in helping to create A Better Guernsey For All.

When you see the Alliance Party Guernsey name on the ballot paper you know our candidates are committed to delivering on our promises.

The Six Key Policies:

Health – Improve access for those on low to middle incomes, for whom costs are a real barrier to accessing doctors and dentists.

Education – Stop going round in circles. Implement three quality schools, plus sixth form college. Work with the private sector and re-introduce college bursaries, giving equal opportunities, irrespective of parental wealth. Settle education debate in 2020!

Housing – give locals a genuine opportunity to stay on the island by introducing a property class available only to locals, not licence holders. Create leasehold properties on states owned land to make property ownership possible for more locals. Maximise the current housing stock by simplifying controls on open market properties.

Environment – Make environmental protection and enhancement a must-do priority, not simply a lip-service vote-getter. Protect our open green spaces and coastline. Reintroduce common sense into planning by urgently changing the IDP.

Policing & Social Infrastructure – make anti-discrimination laws a reality. Protect those exposed to bullying and abuse (mental and physical) and ensure that policing reflects and builds on the Guernsey community spirit. Make access to medicinal cannabis an immediate reality and pursue the decriminalisation of personal quantity cannabis possession.

Economy – NO increase in tax rates for those earning less than £50,000. No VAT, GST, or Capital Gains Tax. Review Civil Service, focusing expenditure on front-line staff, not bureaucratic senior layers. Actively and professionally manage Aurigny and other states assets, using proper ownership controls, to ensure they support the strategy for Guernsey.

Much more detail can be found at apg.gg If you want to vote for political change, vote for the Alliance Party Guernsey candidates!

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?

We believe that the success of the committee structure is dependent upon the committee chairperson commanding the respect of the assembly and having demonstrable applicable skills, not appointed on a back scratching you vote for me and I’ll vote for you basis. Alliance Party Guernsey members standing for committee chairs will have extensive experience of committee membership, in business and industry.

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 ?

This question talks to the population law and its aims. We believe that there should be an agreed “plan for Guernsey”. This links to the question regarding the civil service. We need to agree what is the minimum that the states should do on behalf of the Guernsey population. This has a price. That price determines how big the tax base needs to be which tells you what the population needs to be. Only then can we determine how many licences should be issued. This work has not been done, but will be on our agenda for the coming term.

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

As you will see in our manifesto, we are supporters of Guernsey working with the private sector to see renewable energy created on Guernsey to meet both our needs and potential export partners. We have outlined our plan for accelerating the move from petrol and diesel vehicles, but without proposing that cars should be banned. We believe technology will enable a change in approach to vehicles once driverless cars are proven. We support the electric aviation plans put forward by a Guernsey based business for use in island hopping type journeys. If we do this, we will be pushing Guernsey in the right direction and ahead of the pack.

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?

Our deliberations will be for the island as a whole. This means we will be conscious of the historical weighting towards concreting over the north. Our policies (apg.gg) clearly spell out the steps we will take to create a more island wide balanced approach, which will mean greater protection for the north than has been the case in the past (a position supported as much by our southern candidates as by our northern candidates). We believe the Douzaine should be more empowered on local issues.

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

Our published policy (apg.gg) clearly spells out our dismay at the loss of our green lung, be it agricultural, leisure or horticulture. We will oppose the change of status of any green space other than the possible re-engineering of derelict greenhouses with the financial windfall value creation going to the states.

You will make many commitments as a politician, but how will you actually ensure these are achieved? If you have been a deputy before, what will you do differently this term to improve achievements?

We are a group of “newbies” with a desire to bring fresh blood into the states and a more honest and open relationship with the electorate. Therefore, we have limited our commitments to six areas. We will stick to those commitments and seek out others who agree with us, so that we can deliver on our stated aims. Without a party with a common manifesto and a majority in the states (which we think would be bad for Guernsey) the reality is that no candidate can “promise” anything other than telling you what they will fight to achieve. We want to avoid false promises and aim to overachieve! We are not career politicians, so we can remain focussed on what is the right solutions to Guernsey’s issues.

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

We believe that environmental destruction, of which climate change is a consequence, is one of the biggest global threats, regrettably overshadowed by covid for 2020. We believe that Guernsey cannot hide behind the idea that, we are so small, anything we do will not make a difference. We must be at the forefront of responding to the causes of climate change, by genuinely protecting our environment. If many “little” countries do this, then we can together influence the big ones. Politicians must stop playing lip service to environmental issues, happy to sign a treaty to protect one day and then vote to tip rubbish in the sea the next. Our policy (apg.gg) commits to treating the environment as a priority in decision-taking, not an irritant.

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

We are a consensus government, a concept we fully support (parties are not against consensus). The president should be “the chairperson”, whose responsibility is to ensure everyone has a voice and who works to aid consensus. A good chair should not be about simply pursuing their own agenda. We feel the closing days of the last assembly demonstrated that was not the case last time and it is time for change.

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?

This question triggers so many issues, so well done to the questioner. Firstly, the brief of those producing the “cost benefit analysis” is key. The states, perhaps initiated by the civil servants involved, have a tendency to ask the question in a loaded fashion (a charge already leveled at the education review), or ask it of those who will benefit from a particular answer. For this reason, “independent analysis” is often not what it says on the tin. We believe that, pre covid, there may have been an argument to look at an extended runway. However, we believe covid has turned a reasonable business proposition into an unacceptable gamble with tax payers money. We also believe that the review is firmly tied to an equally necessary consideration of the correct future for Aurigny. As a general point, we believe far greater control is needed over the use of consultants to create “independent” reviews.

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 islands tax base is firmly linked with the missing “plan for Guernsey” and the right size for the civil service. We are against a covid blamed knee jerk response. That is why we believe the tax base should be largely left alone (see our policies) for the next term. Use some of the covid funding, if necessary, whilst working out a proper longer term strategy.

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

We often hear “keep Guernsey for locals”, “reduce the tax rates for all but the wealthy” and “improve the benefits and support given to the elderly, the pregnant, the sick.” in the same breath from the same people. These goals are mutually exclusive. That’s why we need to develop the long term “plan for guernsey”, to enable us to strike the right balance. We do not have the information to answer this now and are not going to make it up just to get votes!

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?

Hallelujah, so do we. We believe it must start with the cost of doing “what must be done” by government. This will lead to the size of the necessary tax base. We then need to focus on attracting the right future based businesses that are built around world level expertise, which means Guernsey won’t be the location axed by the “right sizing” multinational. Our strategy for Guernsey needs to be more diverse and more “expert” focussed. This will create higher per capita income and hence a higher potential tax base per head of population. In turn, this stops the perpetual chase to be bigger. We want to be smarter, not bigger. This will then determine what size our population needs to be. This will underpin the housing and employment licensing. So our policy is based around “lets create the “plan for Guernsey”, which is needed to answer many of these questions. However, it has yet to be on a states agenda.

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?

We believe that we want less emissions, but we are not “anti-car”. One of the issues with an island structured such as ours is that cost effective public transport that serves everyone is a contradiction in terms. We believe that personal and public transport opportunities need to be supported. We believe that facilitating increased safe cycling between our major centres should be part of such an integrated transport plan, but we are not about to ban the car from St Peter Port!

Do you support outsourcing of States services?

We specifically mention this in our manifesto (apg.gg). We believe that wherever possible (competitive quotes being available), tasks should be carried out by the private sector. Government should be focussed on the things government must do.

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

Firstly, you must ensure the assembly is appropriately educated. We have a party candidate who is a meteorologist. He has educated us and we are committed to affirmative action to protect the ecology of Guernsey, recognising that the little things do add up to a big thing that really matters for the world. See our policies regarding green spaces, protecting coastline and our biodiversity and our reduced emissions policy (apg.gg).

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

The world’s environmental problems have been largely fuelled by 200 years of the developed world’s pursuit of growth. We now have the problem of the less developed world wanting to catch up. It is easy to agree with questions such as this, but they are too simple. We must look at the steps we are taking that fuel the environmental issues in a Guernsey context, whether growth related or not. We must treat the environment as a priority, not an item to be binned when it gets inconvenient. If we live by this, and encourage others through example to do likewise we then start to turn the corner. See our policies which totally support this, at apg.gg

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?

Our manifesto spells out our plans to significantly reduce emissions from vehicles. We are also supportive of cycle routes along the islands main arteries, good for the cyclist and good for the environment. We do however believe that for our island to operate effectively, given our population distribution, it is unrealistic to consider the car as the enemy. However, we would wish to be at the forefront of new technology, such as driverless cars, which will transform our approach to transport.

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

As you will see in our manifesto, we are supporters of Guernsey working with the private sector to see renewable energy created on Guernsey to meet both our needs and potential export partners. We have outlined our plan for accelerating the move from petrol and diesel vehicles, but without proposing that cars should be banned. We believe technology will enable a change in approach to vehicles once driverless cars are proven. We support the electric aviation plans put forward by a Guernsey based business for use in island hopping type journeys. If we do this, we will be pushing Guernsey in the right direction and ahead of the pack.

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

We understand that environmental biodiversity protection is a bottom up exercise. We are committed to push for an immediate stop on development on our green spaces, a stop to developments along our coastline unless a strategic imperative (so yes we need to maintain/enhance St Peter Port harbour, no we do not need to fill in Spur Point bay!

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?

We cannot answer this at this time. However, we believe that private sector infrastructure projects of this nature should have a specialist rapid response team within the states that review from an aspect of positivity, whilst ensuring we do not sell the island’s soul.

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

We don’t just believe it, there is!

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?

Everything within our power. One of our candidates has been lobbying the states and anyone else who will listen about the need for a proactive recycling requirement. We, as a party, will push for such a policy. If we do have residual waste that needs a home, we believe this MUST be in a hole we have dug (e.g. les vardes), not by dumping in the sea inside a £65m bung! The states attitude to the environmental impact assessment is a classic example of lip service until inconvenient. They signed a treaty to protect biodiversity one day, and then said the scaly cricket, eel grass, maerl and unique Guernsey gabbro can be “mitigated” out of the equation with scientifically unsound propositions the next!

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?

As you will see in our manifesto, we are supporters of Guernsey working with the private sector to see renewable energy created on Guernsey to meet both our needs and potential export partners. We have outlined our plan for accelerating the move from petrol and diesel vehicles, but without proposing that cars should be banned. We believe technology will enable a change in approach to vehicles once driverless cars are proven. We support the electric aviation plans put forward by a Guernsey based business for use in island hopping type journeys. If we do this, we will be pushing Guernsey in the right direction and ahead of the pack.

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 is an example of the states trading supervisory board applying poor oversight of our investments. Can we affords to carry on regardless, no! The solution will lie in a more broadly based transport links policy (see apg.gg).

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?

We support the proper repair and maintenance of all states essential structures, be it the Lancresse sea wall, Vazon sea wall or St Peter Port harbour. We do not support going to offshore consultants to produce a report that simply supports the view of the Environment committee.

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?

We do not support the two school model from an education viewpoint. We believe it is derived from theoretical considerations that apply to large populations, with no regard for the realities of our small island. We also believe that economic issues are a valid part of the decision taking process. We have a finite tax base. We must live within our means. Education is a government priority, so is high on the spend list, but its share must be proportionate.

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?

The drive behind 0-10 was to secure and protect our finance sector. We must continue to do that. However, there are other parts of the economy that are essentially Guernsey business. This must be considered as a potential legitimate increase in the tax base.

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?

Control over monopoly utilities is an important feature of infrastructure management. We are not big enough to operate a normal competitive market in these areas. We need to ensure they are working to a central strategy for Guernsey (see manifesto at apg.gg). Similarly, beau sejour is a critical part of island infrastructure. We cannot risk it going into private sector hands and then future service being defined by the financial controller of the purchasers.

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, see our policies at apg.gg

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?

We are a party of eleven, so we are allowed more than 1. Our aim is: To control spending to what we can afford, not what we would like; To sort education quickly, so there are no “lost generations” of children; To create improved housing opportunities for locals; To treat the protection of our environment as a critical no choice 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.

Agreed. We are working together already as a party and each of our candidates has shown leadership in getting us to a common agreed policy in each of their respective areas of interest. If the states can work as well, we will be in good shape.

Would you support not giving Local Market licenses to those earning above a set level to support both LM and OM?

We have a comprehensive housing plan to address this concern. Please see our policy at apg.gg

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?

Addressed explicitly in our manifesto, at apg.gg

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

Addressed explicitly in our manifesto, at apg.gg

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?

We have collectively been observing states meetings for a number of years. The behaviour and poor quality of debate in those meetings is one of our main drivers for standing.

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 ?

Absolutely. We have a number of directors, both executive and non executive, amongst our members, all of whom are appalled at the absence of effective governance. We believe the scrutiny committee tried but did not have the appropriate authority to succeed.

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?

Addressed explicitly in our manifesto, at apg.gg

In a review last year into drugs and treatments and States debate in January, HSC acknowledged that the disparity between life changing NICE TA drugs available in Guernsey compared to the NHS had become too great to be justified, with nearly 4000 patients now on sub-optimal treatments. The Guernsey Health Reserve was identified as the funding source. HSC announced last week a delay of at least a year to the implementation of this policy. How do you propose to tackle the pace at which change takes place within the States? Should you be held accountable for delivering on commitments you make individually, as a committee or collectively as the States?

The decision taking process has been dismantled through the divisive secret party structure within the last assembly. We believe in open alliances, hence we are a party. We believe that critical issues should obtain the input of the assembly on the policy generating journey. By waiting until the end, you encourage confrontation. Given the consensus structure, you can only be held accountable to having stuck to your policy. It is because of a desire to achieve, not just talk about, solutions that we have formed the Alliance Party. 38 free spirits can easily produce 50 plus solutions during a typical uncontrolled states debate!

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?

Addressed explicitly in our manifesto, at apg.gg

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?

What is absent is an explanation of why this has been pushed down HSC’s priority list. Only when we are privy to the higher priorities on their list (which we are not today) can we answer this.

What would you do to address traffic noise pollution from vehicles speeding and backfiring along St Georges Esplanade/Les Banques and towards town?

See the video from our candidate Jane Le Ber. She shares your anger and will get the issue raised.

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?

We understand that the key decision was taken, but there was then a delay introduced with little consultation. We would commit to the new assembly reviewing this delay as an urgent issue. If the reasons for delay are not justified, we will vote to overturn.

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?

Addressed explicitly in our manifesto, at apg.gg

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?

Addressed explicitly in our manifesto, at apg.gg

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?

Very. Addressed explicitly in our manifesto, at apg.gg

What criteria do you use for decision making?

Addressed explicitly in our manifesto, at apg.gg

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?

As a party, we consider such issues a matter of personal conscience. As such, we will not have a party view, but will seek to understand the views of all party members and listen to the voice of the community before making our own personal decision on such matters.

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?

Addressed explicitly in our manifesto, at apg.gg

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?

Addressed explicitly in our manifesto, at apg.gg

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

How do you measure achievements? We have a number of successful business people in our group, who contribute significantly through employment, innovation, and tax revenue. We have others who contribute through their work, their support of charities and their participation in community activities. We do not have high profile egos who are using the party for their own aggrandisement. We are a true cross section of the Guernsey 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?

We support government only getting involved when it has to (small government). We support those doing the work being properly compensated. We do not support the expansion of higher level often inappropriately skilled, “supervisory” positions that add little but cost to the system. As with our schools policy (see apg.gg), we believe more control and responsibility should be given to section heads, such as a head of nursing, head of police, head of fire, etc.

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?

Addressed explicitly in our manifesto, at apg.gg

What is your view regarding commercialisation with respect to States owned entities?

All states owned enterprises should be “commercial”. Our manifesto spells out our dissatisfaction with how the previous States Trading Supervisory Board has exercised oversight on behalf of the Guernsey people (the owners), and moving this assessment onto a professional commercial footing is essential.

Should the island be spending tax payers money on maintaining air and sea links?

If unavoidable, yes. We would question whether it is truly unavoidable.

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

One of our candidates is an Actuary. He has ensured we fully understand the size of the financial issues facing the island due to the changing demographics. This is a big problem, but needs to be addressed alongside an equally large pensions financing issue and an equally large medical financing issue. We need to see (or build) the financial models before we can even start to address this. We will aim to do this as part of developing our broader “strategy for Guernsey” which you will see mentioned in many of our answers.

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

Addressed explicitly in our manifesto, at apg.gg

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

This should be considered as part of a joined up tourism strategy, not in isolation. See our manifesto details at apg.gg.

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

Addressed explicitly in our manifesto, at apg.gg

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?

Addressed explicitly in our manifesto, at apg.gg

How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?

We believe, as a party, that issues of conscience must follow the individuals own beliefs. Hence we have no party position on such issues.

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?

Addressed explicitly in our manifesto, at apg.gg

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?

Addressed explicitly in our manifesto, at apg.gg

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)?

As a party, we consider such issues a matter of personal conscience. As such, we will not have a party view, but will seek to understand the views of all party members and listen to the voice of the community before making our own personal decision on such matters.

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 the UK government’s recognition of their excessive focus in recent times on pure academic pursuit for all. We totally agree with preparing the student population for a fulfilling future place within our real economy. We believe this will be a goal of the Guernsey institute and we are supportive of such a goal. We are less bothered about labels.

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?

Addressed explicitly in our manifesto, at apg.gg

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.

As a party, we consider such issues a matter of personal conscience. As such, we will not have a party view, but will seek to understand the views of all party members and listen to the voice of the community before making our own personal decision on such matters.

What is your position on the opportunity to debate the abortion issue more openly and fairly with more balanced representations to the Deputies?

As a party, we consider such issues a matter of personal conscience. As such, we will not have a party view, but will seek to understand the views of all party members and listen to the voice of the community before making our own personal decision on such matters.

How do you see the way forward for secondary education in the island? Do you favour a particular model and if so which one?

This is a complex question involving both a journey and a destination. Please see our detailed manifesto to explain our position.

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?

Such maintenance is not “optional” to the wise man. It may be to the politician trying to push expenditure into a later term after they retire. We believe this is at the top of the states infrastructure must do list. Some, such as the maintenance of St Peter Port harbour is an infrastructure and economic emergency that has been kicked down the road about as far as it can go!

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"?

We agree simple and inexpensive are our outcome goals.

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