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Personal Statement

Guernsey came together superbly when Covid hit. We helped our neighbours, clapped for carers and took lockdown seriously. We got it. Now we need Deputies with integrity, honesty and a good work ethic to take that spirit into the new assembly. If elected, I would lead when asked, form part of a team and criticise constructively and with respect. I am ready to serve you.

  • Professional Director, well qualified (BA Hons Economics, IOD holds cert & diploma in company direction).
  • Wants politics to go back to collegiate. Bring back respect, drop the showboating and point scoring.
  • Passionate about helping ‘generation rent’ into property ownership.
  • Realistic environmentalist. Seeks practical, ways to reduce our carbon footprint.
  • Truly independent. Local. I’ve never been a fan of group-think.

Manifesto

Economy

The economic effects of Covid 19 will rumble on for some time to come. The value of our ‘rainy day’ fund has already been used up and the final cost will be far more. There are calls to ‘revive and thrive’, but we need to be more nuanced than that. This will not be the last pandemic. We need to protect ourselves from the next ones too. There is no point in the Government reviving businesses which will not be sustainable in future. That’s the sort of value judgement for entrepreneurs to make with their own money. We need instead to refine and shine. Build infrastructure. Encourage businesses which would be more robust in the face of further pandemics. This will take a lot of thought and planning and for that we need to tap the talents locally which Guernsey has in abundance.

We only need a small slice of some very large pies. The games industry (£5.7bn) or post-production film industry (£1.4bn) are just two examples. We could access it via joint ventures with Universities. I would be happy to help achieve economic development.

Education

The debate has gone on for far too long. The 2020 house must come to a conclusion and stick with it. My heart goes out to the students who have suffered so much this year: not just with schools which are not fit for purpose but also the consequences of Covid 19. The selection debate was decided and, for me, that is now written in stone.

That leaves us with the present resolution: to consider how many buildings, and which buildings that means. We should look to use as much of the present estate as possible. Now is not the time to consider ‘dream builds’. If Elizabeth College believes it can re-use a former bank building as a school, then I’m sure the campuses we have now can be made to fit the purpose - at relatively low cost and with minimum disruption.

Sustainability

The Government’s Climate Change and Mitigation Plan contains a lot of useful information but lacks suggestions. Whilst on a personal level we can all change our behaviours, the role for Government must be to enable measurable and effective change. The best way to do this is to concentrate efforts on avoiding carbon generation altogether.

An example of this would be to fund insulation in houses. This can be expensive but does pay for itself over time. Plus it means living in a more comfortable house all year round. How then can it be paid for?

The simple answer is for Government to loan the funds and recover them from utility bills. Much as water rates were raised to pay for sewers, but in this case the homeowner would not have to pay more, so long as their heating bill was reduced by the improved insulation. Government would need to introduce Energy Performance Certificates legislation. At the same time, it would make sense to enhance building regulations to improve thermal efficiency in new builds.

Housing

This is the area I am most passionate about. The KPMG Housing Market review of 2017 and its subsequent interpretation and response leaves much to be desired. We need hundreds of housing units. The report threw fundamental questions back at the Committee but they were missed. Essentially, we need a better housing policy.

At present we have social housing for those in desperate need, a market for private purchases and a rental market. There are many problems even within these markets. What we lack however is State housing for ordinary people. This can mean rental or it can include buying. In other countries this is not unusual. Indeed people believe housing is a right and the State should provide it.

So, how would this work? First we need to see that renting out properties is a common strategy for making returns in the private sector. So why not State owned properties? Second, the State can borrow monies cheaply to finance this. Something similar is already done with the GHA. Third we need the properties to be sold leasehold, with property ultimately returning to Government.

We need excellent properties to be built on States land, which can be rented or bought leasehold. High quality, passive houses with facilities on-site. It could be done - and I could lead the project.

Health and Social Care

Perhaps unusually, I support the existing initiatives. I don’t think candidates should suggest change for change’s sake.

Disability

This is not my area. Many other candidates will have their passion here. I support the disability proposals but I remain to be convinced that legislation is the answer in combatting prejudices. We need instead to showcase differences and dispel ignorance. Everyone in our community should feel welcome.

Cannabis

Whilst I am broadly in support of legalisation, this is a complex matter and I don’t have enough space to comment fully.

Summary

I stand as a true independent. That’s important because others may have fixed party views. Decisions may come down to how the independents vote.

I’m particularly on the side of pensioners, our squeezed middle earners, and generation rent.

Thank you.

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?

I am a professional Director and as such am well versed in corporate governance. I contribute as Chairman, member or invitee and my contribution varies reflects the different requirements, i.e. the Chair is responsible for timing and managing the debates. I like a collegiate style with frank and open discussion but always respectful.

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 ?

License holders will be tied to the job. That means that locals will always be looked at first for new jobs, as laid out in law.

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

I do not believe in net zero carbon. That simply means shifting the problem elsewhere while still producing carbon. I believe in a circular economy and avoiding carbon production at source. We need to look for the simple "wins" first - reducing at source, such as insulation.

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 would put the island first and help anyone from any parish.

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

Yes. That limits diversity.

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 would be to analyse every issue on its own merits and vote accordingly, not as directed by a party and not to win favours. For my policies, I would push forward a strategy with all my heart. If it makes sense, it would be supported.

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

Climate change is real. In Guernsey I will try to prevent the causes by practical initiatives such as improving energy efficiency in housing, for example. I will support policies so long as they do not become a burden on the less fortunate in our society.

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

I would like a President who understands that to lead is to serve. They should be charasmatic, supportive and kind. They should have integrity and not be afraid to criticise, where constructive criticism is required. They should be assertive but not arrogant. They should listen as much as talk, and remain open minded but decisive. A tall order!

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?

It seems that is likely. Post Covid we must balance investments with anticipated return but also the cost of not taking action. I am inclined to support it but would need to see the evidence before agreeing to it. The report itself says that it needs to be reviewed in the light of Covid.

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 I do. Ironically, the reliance on the finance industry turned out to be a benefit but it is always better to spread risk. I would encourage both new niches to be developed in this industry and new industries as well. My thoughts are creative industries (film post-production, games industry for example). Government should build infrastructure, it is for industry to invest.

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

This is not an area I am familiar with.

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?

My vision is to harness the awesome community spirit we rediscovered during lockdown. Government should restrict itself to providing essential services and only step in where markets are exploitative and the most vulnerable in our society's needs are not being met. Basically laissez-faire but with a social conscience.

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 I agree. Lockdown showed us how great it can be to have quieter roads but I do not want to punish drivers either. We need to find ways to introduce cycle routes which are safe. I support further incentives to buy electric cycles.

Do you support outsourcing of States services?

Yes, with caution. Sometimes the State can provide an attractive alternative to industry which is concerned more about profits than social welfare.

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

We must not forget climate change but right now Covid is the greater concern. We need to be smart going forward and always consider climate change in our strategies.

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

I support the circular economy. Growth is manageable if the investment decision fully accounts for the environmental impact, including ultimate disposal.

What intra island transport strategy would you support to ensure safe and ‘clean’ travel on island for all road users, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists? And how do you plan to deliver that plan financially?

The world is moving towards clean transport. It is inevitable that we will have that here. Government will have to ensure that infrastructure supports the trend.There will be an impact duty revenues and this will require a new strategy as fossil fuel usage drops.

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

I am not going to bash motorists. The world commitment to electric vehicles means they will replace internal combustion engines over time. I was disappointed that diesel buses were chosen recently rather than electric.

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

I am in favour of legislation which protects vulnerable areas of our environment. I would ask however what is meant by biodiversity: my understanding is that Guernsey's natural flora is bracken, gorse, bramble and blackthorn.

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?

Good question. It could be the type of project needed post Covid but we would have to be sensitive to environmental issues.

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

The weighting of evidence would seem to say so. If it isn't, and we reduce emissions anyway, would that not be a good thing in terms of pollution and air quality anyway?

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?

Choose a different site. There must be a suitable quarry available.

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?

Net zero is nonesense. We can't simply carry on as before and expect somewhere else to limit their economic advancement. That is not equitable to other developing nations. My plans for insulating houses and introducing energy ratings would have an immediate and positive effect on lowering the use of fuels.

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 could be run as a virual airline with another operator taking the financial risk. It does not need to own any aircraft.

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?

No.

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?

Just the opposite. I would aim to spend less. I would use as much of the current estate, within a 3 school model, as possible. If Elizabeth College can make a former bank building work, I'm sure that education isn't about the buildings.

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?

Yes. Both by further extension of the "net" to capture more companies and by the introduction of a modest 3% level.

If elected, what priority will you give to the introduction of the already-drafted consumer protection legislation?

I would focus on housing. There is an enormous amount of work to do there. I would carefully consider any consumer protection legislation presented to the house.

Did you know that same-sex families aren't treated equally when it comes to registering the birth of a child? What will you do to change that?

Yes I do. I will consider any proposals to change that.

Would you support a programme of privatisation of island utilities and other facilities such as Beau Sejour to help reduce record levels of borrowing resulting from the cost of Covid defences?

No. Beau Sejour helps with mental health by offering entertainment and has an inportant role in offering fitness and recuperation services. We need the community to be fitter, which has long term benefits on health.

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?

No. I would want to see evidence of long term lack of demand first. Once the market has found a new equilibrium, this strategy could be considered.

What is your attitude towards enhanced and mandatory registration, chipping and DNA recording of dogs and control of their fouling, island-wide?

My pets are chipped. I have no problem with making that mandatory.

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?

My greatest political goal would be to assist generation rent with the chance to buy high quality housing at an affordable price. My mechanism would be through a new form of State sponsored housing, but targetted at those with median earnings.

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 style as a company Director is an open one. I like to lead a team of individuals with a range of skills and experiences to ensure that all bases are covered in debates. I favour frank, open discussion within a respectful framework. Following the decision being made, I expect the team to own it. What has been lacking with the present States is the willingness to accept the majority decision and to make it their own. I'll have no flip-flopping thank you.

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

No. If we are to grow new businesses, we may need to bring in high level staff.

First time buyers are encouraged to buy new build developments taking up green space, while there are vast amounts of listed properties facing dereliction on the island - buildings ripe for restoration, renovation and to be lived in. Currently, people are put off as they are greeted with stringent and outdated views by The Planning and Heritage Department - it takes too much time and money so are immediately put off. What will you do to change the process for the better?

We need to build hundreds of housing units in a short time. I don't think this is the answer. I propose a new State sponsored solution and work with the GHA concerning potential sites. I have already spoken with them.

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

Yes.

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?

Yes. I was not impressed with the behaviour of some Deputies. I was also not impressed that some wonder off, which does not come across on the radio feed.

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?

Guernsey people are extremely generous. By keeping taxes low we enable donors to choose which international charities they wish to support. I am not a fan of virtue signalling.

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 ?

As we have seen with the school appointment debacle, Scrutiny has no teeth. We need to enhance this function.

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?

I am in favour but those supporting legislation would have to convince me that it was safe, and that we would not lose revenues from decreased alcohol sales. I would also scrutinise how we would regulate and control the quality and quantity of cannabis sold.

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 temptation here is to promise without fully understanding the problem. I won't do that here.I have considerable experience with life expectancy calculations and know that it is an extremely complex area. We must remember that any monies spent here are also then not available for other health initiatives such as screening, subsidising GP costs and so on. I will not make empty promises.

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?

This is really my passion. I have looked at the various housing reports and concluded that this important topic is not being given due attention. We need a housing strategy. The State can take the lead here as it is done elsewhere. It can borrow money cheaply, build housing of a high standard for sale, or rent, to local families. All it takes is someone to drive this through.

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?

Covid 19 is, in my opinion, our greatest challenge. All strategies are important but we are in the eye of a storm currently. We will have to manage the pandemic both from a health viewpoint and a fiscal one. These have to be the top priorities. This is a highly complex and emotive issue though and must be made with all available evidence on the table. We need to get it right, even if it takes a little longer.

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

Noise pollution has become more noticeable after Covid. I really enjoyed the quiet. But I am not going to bash motorists. Speeding or backfiring vehicles (assuming they are broken) are breaking current laws. Even electric vehicles make tyre noise.

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?

Covid 19 is, in my opinion, our greatest challenge. All strategies are important but we are in the eye of a storm currently. We will have to manage the pandemic both from a health viewpoint and a fiscal one. These have to be the top priorities. This is a highly complex and emotive issue though and must be made with all available evidence on the table. We need to get it right, even if it takes a little longer.

The recent Frontier report on the runway extension summed up that "the economic benefits of extending the runway are likely to outweigh the costs" with net benefits over 40 years of up to £687m (over £20k per household). Post COVID, do you support continued investigation into the potential for a runway extension to improve Guernsey's infrastructure, air links, and sustain the visitor economy?

Yes, but with the caveat stated in the report: subject to change because of Covid.

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?

I am aware of the Frontier report. We should have extended the runway when the last improvements were made.

Brexit presents a unique opportunity for Guernsey to strengthen its ties with other Commonwealth countries and stand on its own two feet on an international scale. Would you be willing to make an effort to strengthen our diplomatic ties to countries like New Zealand, Australia, and Canada?

Guernsey needs to have good external relations. In my career I have marketed worldwide and this would not be dissimilar.

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 broadly supportive but we must ensure that it does not go too far and negatively impact business, as the Disability law was in danger of doing. It must be balanced and reasonable.

What criteria do you use for decision making?

I use three things. Evidence, evidence and evidence. If I do not have sufficient evidence on which to make a decision, I will dig until I find it.

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?

Whenever the State is put in the position of enabling the taking of a life, we must be certain that there are rigorous checks and balances to make sure that the law cannot be abused. We must make decisions based on facts and try not to allow emotions to cloud our judgements.

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?

Yes. We cannot continue to squeeze the people struggling to get by. It is inevitable that taxes will have to rise eventually. It seems logical to me that we tax those who have the money, not those who are just getting by.

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?

I would support other industries before I would support tourism. Wages in that sector are amongst the lowest of all sectors so there is little tax take. Also, this will not be our last pandemic. It remains a vulnerable sector.

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

1 Keep Guernsey safe from Covid or at least have a strategy to live with it 2 build the economy back, better. Not revive & thrive but refine & shine. Not everything we had before will work in the post Covid world. 3 finish important workstreams from the last assembly (if appropriate) 4 be prepared to act quickly, as one team, when Guernsey is thrown a curve ball.

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

I have worked all my life, without a break in career, and paid my way. I was the chair of Fair trade Guernsey and was a founder member of the child youth community tribunal.

Do you support a reduction in the cost of running the civil service? If so, how would you do that and over what timescale?

I support keeping the cost of the public sector down. This is not a simple matter however. Half of the cost of the public sector is wages. They are currently subject to automatic increases. That needs to be reviewed. It should also be remembered that the public sector has strategies (with funding) handed to it. Over £80m of them were written by the last government. That needs to be controlled. What is needed therefore is a complete review of the work flows, pay structures and a restriction form "nice to have" strategies to "must haves". This can be done immediately.

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?

No. Aurigny should be run as a virtual airline with an established fleet operator taking the commercial risk. It doesn't need to own aircraft.

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

States owned entities should be operated on a commercial basis so they can ultimately dividend back to the States. The sale of telecoms shows the folly in letting go of vital infrastructure.

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

If necessary, yes. Imagine we were a town in the UK and we didn't maintain the roads leading in and out.

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

Well I certainly wouldn't look to steal people's houses. In 20 years I would expect advances in medicine and technology to reduce the costs compared with now.

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

I am 100% against it. If that option is added it will only be abused later.

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

We have a very active volunteer sector doing this. Government should only step in if needed.

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

Government's role is building infrastructure and enabling legislation. There may be future opportunities to work with private investment but Government should not crowd out that investment.

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.

Income support shows that we have a problem. Effectively Government is subsidising some business models. We also have a poverty trap which discourages people from working more. This is a huge issue. We may need to move to basic income models and we may need to introduce higher minimum wages.

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?

I will put in place a State housing programme which will mean certainty of housing for them. Rents could be adjusted to encourage key workers as part of an economic package.

How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?

I am an atheist. My voting decisions will be purely evidence based.

Have you read the recommendations contained in the Frontier Economics Report in which they state that the long term benefits of extending the runway far outweigh the environmental and capital costs? If so, are you in favour of extending the runway?

Yes and yes.

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?

Pricing is determined by supply and demand. The supply of doctors seems to be an issue. Perhaps the States should employ doctors directly.

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)?

Both of my parents received excellent end of life care. I would have to be convinced that there were sufficient safeguards built into assisted dying legislation before I could support it.

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

I am aware of T levels. I am not an education expert. I would not look to micro manage the curriculum. I doubt that this would be debated at assembly level.

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?

The role of Government is to enable infrastructure and legislation. We should not overlook our finance sector, which really saved our bacon and is constantly innovating. We do need more industries and we will need to be flexible. I think Government should listen to the requests of industry. I favour the creative industries personally.

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?

There certainly are gaps. Health and Social care is not an area I would want to be in directly, so I would support support the teams there by studying any proposed laws with due diligence and vote only after I have a full understanding of the proposals.

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.

Emotive issues have to be tackled. One of the failings of the current Government is too much emphasis was placed on personal experience. It must be on evidence. We all have cognitive bias. We must recognise that our own experiences, whilst valid, are limited and can lead to poor decision making.

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

Emotive issues have to be tackled. One of the failings of the current Government is too much emphasis was placed on personal experience. It must be on evidence. We all have cognitive bias. We must recognise that our own experiences, whilst valid, are limited and can lead to poor decision making.

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

We need to finish this. The purchase of a bank building by Elizabeth College shows that it isn't a building issue. On that basis therefore I suggest we use what we have, with necessary modifications, and that implies a 3 school model, one of which has a sixth form centre attached.

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?

Access to our coastline is always the poor relative. If we can develop the East Coast at no cost to the States, it will be worth considering. The Town plan has been pushed by a lobby group for years. I don't see it as a priority.

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"?

There are many historic examples of Church being supported through parishes. It needs a review. It is broken.

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