- Parish St Peter Port
- Experience New Candidate
- Party The Guernsey Party
I spent 25 years working for some of the world’s leading Financial Services companies. An analytical and creative thinker, I have strong financial and commercial skills together with a proven track record of building consensus and working across highly matrixed organisations. I am married with two children. I am passionate about Guernsey and spent time studying the island’s economy and demographics before launching Unlock Guernsey’s Potential, earlier this year.
- A more effective and accountable States. Better decisions, more accountability.
- The Economy. Focus on rebuilding the economy.
- Infrastructure and Connectivity. Enable Guernsey to compete with other jurisdictions.
- Education. 3 schools and 1 Sixth Form College.
- Health and Social Care. To provide care for all islanders.
A more effective and accountable States
Deputies have let islanders down, over the last term. Bad decisions and bad behaviours have resulted in money being wasted, infrastructure falling into disrepair and, ultimately, people losing faith in politicians. I want to see a smaller, more efficient government that spends money wisely, eliminates waste, prioritises front line services and listens to the people of Guernsey.
I support new legislation that will make deputies more accountable, not only for their decisions but also for their actions and behaviours. A new code of conduct should be backed up by an independent panel that can set up enquiries, demand to see evidence and take action where appropriate.
I want to see a government that helps businesses by removing unnecessary regulation, bureaucracy and red-tape. This will help existing companies to grow and encourage people to expand or start up new companies on the island. In this way, we will create new jobs, boost spending in the local economy and generate additional government income (tax) without actually needing to raise taxes. Raising taxes will destroy Guernsey’s hard-won reputation as a low tax economy and take money out of people’s pockets when local businesses need it more than ever. If I am elected, my number one priority will be rebuilding the economy and to do this I will work closely with local businesses to understand what the government can do better to support them.
Historically, Guernsey’s success has been due to its ability to adapt to economic / political changes affecting its larger neighbours. We need to rediscover that entrepreneurial spirit and continue to innovate. To maintain / extend our links to the outside world, we need high-speed broadband, a longer runway and our main harbour needs updating. We also need an ongoing maintenance programme to repair existing infrastructure so that it does not fall into disrepair. But, most of all we need Deputies to stop ‘reviewing’ (delaying) projects and get on with investing in Guernsey’s future.
It is essential that Guernsey has efficient air and sea links so that people and goods can move freely on and off the island. What we have today are unreliable and expensive services to a limited number of destinations. This is unsustainable. We need politicians who understand that until the island has reliable and competitively priced connections, families and businesses will suffer and our tourism industry will continue to decline. If elected, I will work with key stakeholders to find ways of providing cost effective and reliable air / sea links. This will be part of a wider programme linked to the infrastructure projects outlined above.
Guernsey’s future depends upon how well its children are educated. I want children to leave school with skills that enable them to enjoy careers across a wide range of employment sectors. I believe that a three-school model is the right model for Guernsey and Covid-19 has reinforced this position as it means that children will not be squeezed into two huge schools. Further thought needs to be given to the location of the 6th form college but I believe that this should be on one site.
No one wants to see Guernsey covered in concrete so we need to relook at the what housing stock will be needed in the future and plan accordingly. I want to see a review of our housing stock together with a demographic analysis that shows us what the population will look like in the future. This will enable us to provide the right kind of housing. I would also like to change planning guidelines so that empty property can be repurposed. Unused buildings could then be turned into accommodation instead of simply building new flats and houses whilst existing buildings fall into disrepair.
Health and Social Care
The physical and mental health of Guernsey’s residents is of paramount importance. Our health professionals have demonstrated, throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, how committed they are to looking after the welfare of islanders. It is, therefore, only right that the government provides our health service with the resources that it needs to look after us
in normal times as well as in emergencies.
I support investment in our health service and want to ensure that we can look after everyone, particularly our ageing population and our most vulnerable residents to whom we owe a duty of care.
Guernsey might be small but it is important that we do all we can to lower harmful emissions as part of a Global effort to tackle climate change. I would like to make more of Guernsey’s location, which is ideal for generating Green / Blue energy. If elected, I will support Green / Blue initiatives that make Guernsey greener without damaging our economy or our local environment. I support development / investment in wind, wave and solar power generation because this will make us less reliant on imported electricity / fossil fuels and could be a source of income in the future.
Island wide voting should not mean that politicians divest their responsibilities to the Parishes. Whist it is important that deputies focus on issues that affect the island in general, I do not want deputies to lose sight of what is happening in their local parishes. I live in St Peter Port so, if elected, as well as representing Guernsey in general, I will also make time to represent the people and businesses in my parish.
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 have not worked on a committee within the States but I have worked with many boards and committees in the private sector
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 ?
Ensuring that the economy recovers as quickly as possible. We need local and non-local people to fill positions. We have a declining birth rate and an ageing population.
What concrete measures would you like to see implemented in Guernsey during the next term to achieve net zero carbon by 2050?
Focus on renewables. We are located in one of the worlds best locations for generating green energy. We should be actively looking at how we can use our location to best effect. A solar fund is one example.
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?
If elected I will be focusing on issues that affect the whole island but I will also be there to support local people and businesses in my local parish - St Peter Port.
Are you concerned about the large amount of agricultural land that is being lost for private gardens?
I would prefer fields to be used as gardens rather new residential / industrial estates.
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?
As I do in business, I will treat other deputies with respect and work with them to build consensus so that we can collectively make the right decisions.
What are your opinions on climate change and Guernsey's role in tackling it?
As a small island, nothing that Guernsey does will really move the needle. However, as a small island, Guernsey is a great place to try out new ideas that, if successful, could be rolled out at scale elsewhere.
What are the attributes and skills you will be looking for in the next President of the Policy & Resources Committee?
Leadership, openness and the ability to build consensus.
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?
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 and the key is infrastructure investment. For example, super-fast broadband is essential if we want to diversify and compete with other jurisdictions. Better air / sea links would improve connectivity with the outside world. Harbour improvements would provide cruise visitors with easier access to the island, improved facilities for vesting yachts / super yachts and a range of other services that would provide incremental jobs and revenue for the island.
What are the candidates' views on maternity pay and leave and how would they improve the current arrangements, if at all?
I need to know more about this. This is an example of where, in a collaborative States, you would reach out to experts and seek advice.
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 want Guernsey to rediscover its entrepreneurial spirit. To begin with, Guernsey needs to invest in both its existing infrastructure and new infrastructure. Too much of our existing infrastructure is falling into disrepair and not enough money has been invested in new infrastructure. New infrastructure investment should be measured by the economic and / or social benefits that it delivers.
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?
People will continue to use cars. Rather than encourage people to use cars less, the island should introduce more fast-charging points so that electric cars become a more attractive proposition. Carrot rather than stick!
Do you support outsourcing of States services?
Yes, if the service provided is better and/or more cost effective.
What will you do to educate the islanders about the reality of the climate crisis which is the biggest threat currently facing the world?
I think that most people are aware of the reality of climate change. Therefore, we should focus on renewables and encourage inward investment to try out ideas that, if successful, can be rolled out at scale elsewhere. I also support a solar fund.
Most environmental problems are caused by the love of growth. Would you consider de-growth?
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?
Compared to many other places, Guernsey already has incredibly safe and clean roads. However, I do like the idea of cycle corridors and would like the concept to be investigated further.
What environmental policies would you support to reduce Guernsey’s reliance on the internal combustion engine, in support of International global warming initiatives?
A solar fund for PV panels and cheaper electricity. More car fast-charging points so that electric cars become more attractive proposition. Carrot rather than stick!
What measures will you put in place during the next term to ensure that environmental biodiversity will be protected and enhanced?
We have a duty to protect the environment. We live on a small island so I want to see policies that protect our land and sea eco-systems.
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 cannot comment on why the current government has not provided an update on this project. I also think that this is an excellent idea.
Do you agree that there is a climate crisis caused predominantly by the actions of humans?
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?
I agree that this site should not be used for inert waste. However, if this site is not used that means that another site will need to be found.
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?
I have provided a number of examples of what I think Guernsey could be doing to reduce carbon emissions.
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 want Aurigny to be a success but there needs to be an open and honest dialogue about what its purpose is. At the moment it is conflicted because it offers both lifeline services and commercial services. It also operates too many types of 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?
Yes, immediately. As I mentioned above too much of our infrastructure has been left to fall into disrepair. There should be an on-going maintenance programme for all existing infrastructure. The longer things are left, the bigger and more expensive repairs become.
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?
No. People were opposed to the 2 school model for a variety of reasons, not just the capital costs and space standards (loss of a local school, increased traffic, increased noise and increased pollution). A 3 school model with one sixth form is the way forwards. I also support scholarships. All this could be delivered for less money than the 2 school model.
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?
No. The government is responsible for the increase in costs. A new administration needs to manage costs, prioritise expenditure and balance the books. Increasing taxes will make Guernsey less attractive and play into the hands of competing jurisdictions..
If elected, what priority will you give to the introduction of the already-drafted consumer protection legislation?
It is a manifesto commitment.
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?
This is not an equality issue. Registration is a legal obligation and exists for the benefit of a child, to establish biological parentage and therefore the legal duties of parental responsibility and/or to enable the transfer and/or terminate those legal rights and duties (including rights to inheritance) upon adoption. Adoption is the process for assuming parental responsibility for any person who is not the biological parent of a child, whether same sex, heterosexual, or otherwise.
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?
Possibly, I would have to look at each one on a case by case basis.
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, I have spoken publicly about the need to reform planning rules so that empty buildings can be repurposed and turned into accommodation.
What is your attitude towards enhanced and mandatory registration, chipping and DNA recording of dogs and control of their fouling, island-wide?
No, most pet owners are responsible and it would be almost impossible to police.
I have one question for sitting Deputies and one for new candidates. Deputies:- what, in your mind, was your greatest political achievement in the last four years? New candidates:- What is your biggest political goal in the next four years?
To rebuild the economy and not have to raise taxes. I would also like to see some key infrastructure projects get underway.
How good are your mediation and conciliation skills? The key to the islands well-being and progress is in working together to achieve the projects approved - to see sustainable, innovative solutions. Leadership in pulling the team together to move forward, rather than in circles.
I have worked for large, multi-national corporations so I am used to working in highly matrixed organisations. To be successful, you have to be able to negotiate, build consensus and compromise. You also need to be respectful to others and demonstrate that you can be trusted.
Would you support not giving Local Market licenses to those earning above a set level to support both LM and OM?
No, it would be better to reinstate the OM rights that have been removed.
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?
Yes, Nobody wants Guernsey to be covered in concrete. I have spoken publicly about the need to reform planning rules so that empty buildings can be repurposed.
Would you support changes in the law to make cannabis for personal use legal?
Only if it was properly regulated and THC limits were imposed.
Question for New Candidates: During the COVID-19 lockdown States Meetings were held virtually. On 24th of June Meetings resumed in the Royal Court Chamber. As a prospective States Member have you spent any time at all in the public gallery observing our Parliament (potentially your future workplace) in action? If not, why not?
I have been in the Chamber but not during a States meeting because I have been working.
In 1945, the generosity of people outside Guernsey enabled the delivery of Red Cross parcels to the island on the SS Vega. What is your view on the statement that ‘charity begins at home but should not end there’? How can we best show our care for people in need in other parts of the world?
I think that we should help people in other parts of the world. I think that practical help or the provision of goods and services is preferable to cash.
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. I support new legislation that will make deputies more accountable, not only for their decisions but also for their actions and behaviours. A new code of conduct should be backed up by an independent panel that can set up enquiries, demand to see evidence and take action where appropriate.
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 think that is something that should be reviewed.
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 comes down to strong leadership at the top. To get legislation through, senior political leaders need to be able to build consensus across government. Deputies should be held accountable for their decisions and for delivering on their commitments.
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?
We would like to see the reintroduction of states loans. I have also spoken publicly about reforming planning rules so that empty buildings can be repurposed and turned into flats and houses.
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?
This will need to be taken up with the new Health Committee to understand why it has been delayed.
What would you do to address traffic noise pollution from vehicles speeding and backfiring along St Georges Esplanade/Les Banques and towards town?
If cars are speeding, it is a matter for the police.
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?
This will need to be taken up with the new Health Committee.
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?
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?
Brexit presents a unique opportunity for Guernsey to strengthen its ties with other Commonwealth countries and stand on its own two feet on an international scale. Would you be willing to make an effort to strengthen our diplomatic ties to countries like New Zealand, Australia, and Canada?
Yes, all opportunities to increase trade should be followed up.
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 believe that all people should be treated equally.
What criteria do you use for decision making?
You need to be more specific. Generally facts but then you also need to know about the circumstances.
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?
Disposing of a persons life' is not progress. However, it is not a binary decision. I support end of life care and assisted dying is not possible without practitioner support and that is very unlikely to happen any time soon anyway.
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?
The way to increase taxes is to make Guernsey an attractive location to live and do business. If you increase taxes, you make the island less attractive and the only beneficiaries will be other jurisdictions. If we invest in the island, people and businesses will want to come here so revenue (tax) could increase without having to raise tax levels themselves.
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?
Tourism is an important part of our economy and Guernsey is already an attractive destination. The issue is not the island, it is the lack of connectivity with the outside world, expensive fares and unreliable services. If we can resolve these issues, I think that we can start to rebuild our tourist numbers. A longer runway would increase connectivity and a new harbour development would help to attract more visitors and increased spend. A Victor Hugo centre and a Guernsey Cultural Centre / Art Centre would also be super additions.
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
If I am honest, all of these points are priorities and I would not want to run them in sequence because they all need urgent attention. However, given the question, rebuilding Guernsey's economy and cutting waste come first. This is the best way to increase revenue (tax) which we need if want to invest in anything else. Infrastructure projects come next but should be prioritised based on the economic and / or social benefits that they deliver. Examples include super-fast broadband, connectivity, harbour redevelopment and runway extension. Education should be a relatively easy one if we can agree to the three school / one sixth form model. Opening the borders is also important. There are ways to do this and minimise the rick of a new pandemic. Social needs and protecting the environment cut through everything so I have not put them last because they need to be part of the whole Revive and Thrive strategy.
List your achievements to date which have been a benefit to Guernsey.
I set up Unlock Guernsey's Potential to look at the economics and demographics of Guernsey. I also use the site to promote Guernsey and promote the island to the outside world. I am also an active member of the Guernsey Chamber and IoD. Some people might say that standing to be a deputy is doing something for the island too.
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. A Plan has already be agreed but not yet implemented.
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 not have a monopoly on all air routes. Aurigny should focus on some key routes but we need other carriers to come in and up new ones that give us access to there destinations.
What is your view regarding commercialisation with respect to States owned entities?
Would need to be reviewed on a case by case basis.
Should the island be spending tax payers money on maintaining air and sea links?
What is your view on future funding for long term care as current funding will be insufficient by 2040?
This issue needs to be addressed urgently as we have an ageing population. However, forcing people to sell their homes to fund long term care is not the right solution.
What is your opinion of introducing a goods and sales tax?
I want to avoid raising taxes so no. Plus GST will hit the poorest the hardest.
Would you support the ‘listing’ of all remaining historic military structures, as Jersey has done, to ensure their ongoing protection, repair and maintenance?
What initiatives would you put in place to grow our economy?
Infrastructure investment. Remove unnecessary red tape and regulation. This will help Guernsey to compete with other jurisdictions and allow companies to focus on growing their business instead of constantly having to deal with excessive bureaucracy. Work harder to attract and welcome inward investment. Business enablement rather than business prevention.
Do you believe that the rates of income support are a) too low b) about right or c) too high? Explain your answer in some detail.
This is a complex area so this is to simplistic a question.
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?
The island needs more young people to fill roles so that we can increase the tax take to pay for things like old age care. It is very difficult for people to come to the island. I find it remarkable that even people born here can find that they are no longer considered a local! Therefore, we must look at the rules and see how we can make improvements.
How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?
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?
This is not my area of expertise. This is an example of where, in a collaborative States, you would reach out to experts and seek advice.
Do you support developing end of life care (including palliative care) or would you look to introduce a form of euthanasia as in assisted dying (assisted suicide)?
I support end of life care.
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 do know what T levels are. Generally speaking, I suspect that if someone wants to remain in education they will continue to study for A-Levels. However, if they want to leave education, apprenticeships are probably a better solution because they provide in-work experience.
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?
First and foremost, roll out super-fast broadband. We are way behind Jersey in this regard so it has to be a priority.
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 is clearly a gap in support and this will need to be looked at by the HSC. Deputies would then need to look at the recommendations.
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.
Islanders have more access to their politicians than almost anywhere else in the world.
What is your position on the opportunity to debate the abortion issue more openly and fairly with more balanced representations to the Deputies?
This has already been debated and approved.
How do you see the way forward for secondary education in the island? Do you favour a particular model and if so which one?
3 schools 1 sixth form. Means tested scholarships to the colleges.
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?
Guernsey needs to invest in both its existing infrastructure and new infrastructure. Too much of our existing infrastructure is falling into disrepair and not enough money has been invested in new infrastructure projects like the East coast development. We need an ongoing repair and maintenance programme for existing infrastructure so it does not fall into disrepair and any new infrastructure should join that programme. In the meantime we should, as a priority, repair all of the broken assets that you have mentioned plus the ones that you have not.
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"?