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Personal Statement

I am Phil Smith, I am 29 and I have got what it takes to be a great deputy. I may not be ‘local’ but I consider the bailiwick my home. I have a young family with my first son born during lock down I am excited to help keep Guernsey great for him and his friends to enjoy as they grow up.

  • No new taxes - no GST, no CGT, no IHT
  • Three schools and a sixth form college

Manifesto

Being a great deputy requires three key things:

  1. Full engagement with a committee to produce policies that keep Guernsey great. If elected I will join Treasury & Resources or Education, Sport & Culture.
  2. Support other committees to achieve their policy objectives. I’ve always supported others and being a deputy will be no different. Especially when a well functioning states depends on it.
  3. A great deputy needs the right skills and attitude.
    • I’m fair; I believe that everyone should have an equal opportunity to excel in life.
    • I have an open perspective; I see an issue from all sides before coming to a conclusion.
    • I am reasonably smart; I can keep track of many complex ideas enabling me to find solutions that work in the long term, not just the short.

I would love to rush into the states and make a difference on every issue but that is not possible. Instead the best way to create action is to champion one cause at a time and this is where I want to hear from you.

There are lots of causes I care about but I haven’t yet decided which one to champion first. So if you have a cause that you feel really passionate about then convince me it’s the cause I should make my number one priority and I’ll champion it in the next states.

Answers to questions proposed by the public:

Most of the detailed work of the States is done in committees, like the Committee for Environment and Infrastructure. What experience do you have of being on a committee and how did you contribute?

My main experience working in committees has been through my role as a Chartered Tax Adviser. One example is as part of a committee to implement the new substance legislation for an international trust & fiduciary business. My primary role was to lead the Technical Sub Committee which was responsible for digesting the legislation, producing meaningful guidance for our staff and preparing training material. This involved delegating tasks to colleagues and third parties, setting deadlines and reviewing the quality of the material produced. My secondary role was as a member of the main committee where I was responsible for presenting the technical position, assisting the different departments and jurisdictions with its implementation and helping to devise a realistic timeline for them to do this.

With unemployment currently running at an all time high, what measures would you like in place to ensure local people are offered jobs before license holders ?

The population management law needs to be reviewed so that it serves our island. My main ambition is to see investment in our island's youth so they can be our future workforce. I'm not aware of any endemic instances of license holders creating a job shortage for non license holders but if there are particular instances you are aware of them then I would grateful to hear about them.

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

Two initiatives I'd like to see are; for the island's utilities to invest in renewable energy generation, either on or off island, and to continue to support the infrastructure necessary for the adoption of electric vehicles.

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?

Island Wide. With the ever increasing complexities of modern Government I believe our Deputies should be focused on island wide issues. I would like the States to support our parish representatives to take the lead in dealing with localized issues.

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

This is not something I am particularly aware of, if you have experience/knowledge then I would be grateful to hear from you. My email is [email protected]

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

I plan to focus on one or two key issues at any one time and achieve those before moving on. I believe the States would achieve so much more if all 38 members took this approach.

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

I believe there is man made climate change. Given Guernsey's limited size and resources I think it is much better suited to protecting its local environment first, biodiversity etc. If Guernsey is to have an outsized impact on climate change then I believe this will only come through investment in green initiatives rather than regulation.

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

Leadership. Focus. Integrity.

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?

I believe there is a case for extending the runway. However, whilst not perfect, the current runway and Aurigny serve the island well. Therefore, if there is strong opposition in the next States to a runway extension I will vote against any further investigations so that we can concentrate our energies on projects that do have a likely chance of success.

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?

No. I believe we must protect our finance industry as it is the foundation of our economy. To cope with the changes in the global economy I believe we should invest in the digital economy (think 'Talbot Valley' not Silicon Valley)

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

The current maternity arrangements served my family well on the recent arrival of our son and I'm not aware of a pressing need to change the current set up. However, in the longer term we should aim to follow other jurisdictions with a level of paid leave of up to 12 months, shared leave and our government aiding funding businesses with this expense.

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?

Mine is to shift our focus exclusively from the financial and material aspects and to incorporate the well being of our society back into the discussion. I believe restraining our consumption and investing in our future society will allow us to thrive.

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?

I think a lot of people are waking up to the realisation that less time spent driving is quite positive. I don't support regulation to reduce people's car use, but I do support giving people the option to use their car less if they wish. Two areas I'd like investment in are; public transport and our roads.

Do you support outsourcing of States services?

Not for front line services. Yes in certain circumstances for back end operations such as some IT support where a high level of skill is required and its not practical to recruit a member of staff for that post.

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

If elected onto Education, Sport & Culture I will encourage further development in teaching our children about the environment. However, I believe there will be a number of other Deputies who will bring forward initiatives in the next States on the environment and therefore I am best placed to support these rather than to bring my own initiatives.

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

I don't think growth is necessarily the issue but rather consumption. I would like to move towards a society where we balance our well being alongside our material consumption and financial considerations.

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?

That is a very complex question, and one best left to our future Environment & Infrastructure committee. I believe heavy investment is needed in our roads, pavements and paths so they are suitable for all users in the future.

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

Investing in the infrastructure necessary to support electric vehicles.

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

I will support the policy letter that has been put before the states.

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?

Hopefully one of the current Deputies will answer this. I share your enthusiasm however and believe we could do more with its seafront.

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

Yes.

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 will listen to the future Environment & Infrastructure committee's views on this and support them to come up with a strategy that is in the best interests of the island.

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 will support the responsible committee in their policy objectives. Two initiatives I'd like to see are; for the island's utilities to invest in renewable energy generation, either on or off island, and to continue to support the infrastructure necessary for the adoption of electric vehicles.

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 isn't perfect but it does serve the island well and has proved essential through the pandemic. I don't believe debating past purchases is conducive to getting the best from the airline, and I think this better reviewed by the new board so that lessons can be learnt. I believe what the States must do as a priority is debate exactly what service we want Aurigny to provide to our community so that the Aurigny management can best implement that.

If elected, would you fully support the retention, repair and ongoing maintenance of the Sea Defences provided by the anti-tank wall at L’Ancresse Bay?

I would like to protect our sea defenses, including L'Ancresse wall, but I will wait to hear from the future Environment & Infrastructure committee on this issue.

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?

Yes. £50 million.

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. Reversing Zero-10 would sink our finance industry without an alternative, which we rely on. I support the sensible changes that have been made to the regime thus far.

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

I will support the responsible committee to bring this forward.

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?

The legislation and forms I have completed recently for my son are out dated for all families. So I will support the relevant committee in reviewing and updating the legislation to ensure all families are treated and respected equally.

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. Privatisation of utilities only works where there is competition and Guernsey doesn't have any. The UK examples also show that investment is significantly reduced when privatised and we need to continue our investment if we are to thrive. Our utilities are also strong assets on the Guernsey balance sheet protect us from our borrowing risks.

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?

I don't believe this is an immediate issue and we need to see the longer term trends. I will support the Environment & Infrastructure to review this and I recognise that any review into encouraging conversion and curbing green field development should also consider the shortage of quality accommodation available.

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

I have a dog and I'm extremely disappointed when I see fouling that has not been picked up. However, DNA testing would be extremely beaurucratic and disproportionate to the issue at hand. No enforcement has happened on this issue for years and a better strategy would be to do targeted enforcement and awareness campaigns to discourage the small minority who do not pick up their dog's litter.

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 resolve the secondary education issue and have begun action towards a new system.

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.

Excellent. I go into any situation with an open mind but always with the support of the knowledge I have previously gained. I look for pragmatism in order to resolve issues and focus on the key objectives not the minor details. Supporting the elected committees is essential to a well functioning states.

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

Our population management strategy needs to be reviewed to ensure it is in the island's best interest. If I was part of that review then I would be consider this as an option but it would need to weighed against its fairness and effectiveness.

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?

Our Heritage department laws need to be given a clear objective that is in the island's best interest. I believe the Heritage department has overstepped its mandate and I would support the relevant committee to correct this.

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

Not at this time. I encourage the future Home Affairs committee to review their current enforcement strategy against the negatives and benefits of recreational drugs.

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?

No I have not watched but I have listened in on several occasions. My priority has not been the debates themselves but the functioning of the individual committees and how they listen to other as this is where I believe we have the potential for the greatest improvement in government.

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 agree. Guernsey is a very prosperous island and we have a duty to help our less well off islanders whilst also helping other less prosperous countries. We can best show our care for other parts of the world by funding development of infrastructure in those countries.

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 believe in scrutiny of government, I believe the current system, whilst not perfect, is adequate. More importantly I believe we must foster better decision making and this is why I have made a commitment to support other committees.

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?

The current enforcement strategy appears to be disproportionate to the risks posed. I encourage the future Home Affairs committee to undertake a review in this respect.

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?

I believe you should be held accountable individually but especially as a committee. We need clear leadership from the future P&R committee on the broad policy objectives and the funding constraints. With that and the support of the rest of the assembly, individual committees should be empowered to pursue the policy objectives they feel right. I plan on improving the pace within the states by working well with my committee building strong and effective policy and supporting other committees in their decisions. That way we can all work together to move things along.

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?

Support further development of quality accommodation so that supply keeps up with demand. I would also like to investigate the potential for a government backed scheme to provide the majority of the deposit required. My experience is that a lot of people can afford the mortgage payments but not the deposit. This scheme would need to restrict the overall LTV to stop over inflation of house prices. I support the recent moves to remove mortgage interest tax relief and believe the money saved can be used in a more targeted way. I support the shared ownership strategy but recognise that more can be done to help growing families get the right accomodation when they need it.

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?

I believe we need clear leadership from the future P&R committee on the broad policy objectives and the funding constraints. With that and the support of the rest of the assembly, individual committees should be empowered to pursue the policy objectives they feel right.

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

I encourage the future Environment & Infrastructure committee to investigate what can be done and I will support them in this endeavor where possible.

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?

I believe we need clear leadership from the future P&R committee on the broad policy objectives and the funding constraints. With that and the support of the rest of the assembly, individual committees should be empowered to pursue the policy objectives they feel right.

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?

The appetite of the next States needs to be tested. If there is strong opposition to a runway extension then I do not believe it wise to continue further investigation.

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 wasn’t aware that every report had but I was aware that the most recent had. However the general appetite of the next States is important to consider before any further work was undertaken in this area. If there is strong opposition to a runway extension then I do not believe it wise to continue further investigation.

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?

We should do our best to strengthen diplomatic ties with any country that shares our values. Doing so with New Zealand, Australia and Canada could bring vast benefits to our island. However I must stress the importance of our relationship with the UK and the protection it affords us and therefore we should just as importantly continue to strengthen our ties with the UK.

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 our island is finally making great progress on this area and I will support further progress.

What criteria do you use for decision making?

I first consider the big picture and what the different issues at play are. I then decide what I believe is the best solution. Where others are involved, I then assess whether others are likely to support my favoured approach, adapting accordingly if not, in order to ensure that action is taken on the best possible outcome.

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?

I believe these two issues are far more grey than black & white and we would be doing our society an injustice if we did not consider all sides of the issue properly. No legislation is ever perfect but we must find the optimal solution that is right our community and the people that our most affected by these decisions.

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?

No. The finance industry is the foundation of our economy and we must protect it by not making unwise decisions regarding tax.

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 believe we should invest in new tourist attractions and maximising the potential from our existing tourist attractions, for example investment in our cliff paths and green trails.

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

Very clever question. driving Guernsey’s economy - invest in Guernsey’s infrastructure and improve - sort out the schools - addressing social needs - protecting the environment - implement revive and thrive as a priority - focus on air and sea links - reduce states expenditure - extend the runway - open our closed borders as a priority

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

Very clever question. driving Guernsey’s economy - invest in Guernsey’s infrastructure and improve - sort out the schools - addressing social needs - protecting the environment - implement revive and thrive as a priority - focus on air and sea links - reduce states expenditure - extend the runway - open our closed borders as a priority

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

Our civil service isn't 'bloated' or unaffordable per se, performs quite well and we must also respect that it performs essential functions for our island's well being. So whilst reducing costs for taxpayers is an ideal, I don’t think it a pressing need for our civil service. I would much rather the States continue to invest in digital technology and essential front line staff in order to keep costs in check.

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. I believe Aurigny should focus on key routes at affordable fares with the help of route licensing and then let other airlines to make commercial decisions on other routes.

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

I believe the majority of our States owned entities are commercial and operating well. I believe the exceptions to this, such as Aurigny, should be given a clear mandate of what is the best interest of the island.

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

Yes where it produces a better outcome.

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

We need clear leadership from P&R on the future of the budget and how long term funding will be met.

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

I'm against GST. It is unnecessary and not in the island's interest.

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

No. I believe this issue is best reviewed and considered in the whole.

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

I would seek investment for a digital hub to foster on island tech companies.

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 not my area of expertise. No policy is perfect but I believe the most pressing issue to address is those who want to escape income support but face a financial shock if they try to do this.

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?

Our population management strategy needs to be reviewed to ensure it is in the island's best interest.

How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?

It does not. My decisions are based on my understanding of our very complex society and trying to find solutions that work for all islanders.

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 I have read it. However the appetite of the next States needs to be tested. If there is strong opposition to a runway extension then I do not believe it wise to continue further investigation.

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?

We should streamline the process of primary care which will at least bring the overall cost down. One idea could be to limit the follow up appointment required after a blood tests and instead refer straight to a specialist where adverse results are found.

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)?

Health is not my focus. Our current palliative care is good. I believe our society should continue to work in this area and support those most affected whilst protecting the vulnerable.

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 believe they should be considered as part of the review into Secondary Education.

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?

Invest in infrastructure. Encourage the further adoption of high speed internet. Support a digital hub for new tech companies.

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?

Health is not my focus. I understand the difficulties being faced by islanders with mental health issues and I will support the future HSC to improve mental health care.

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.

I do not believe public debates on these issues would be in the best interest of our society. These two issues are far more grey than black & white and we would be doing our society an injustice if we did not entrust our Deputies to consider all sides of the issue properly.

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

I do not believe public debates on these issues would be in the best interest of our society. These two issues are far more grey than black & white and we would be doing our society an injustice if we did not entrust our Deputies to consider all sides of the issue properly.

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

I support a three school model as size is not the most important factor, there is broad support from the public and staff, it works for our island infrastructure. With regards to sixth form site I am less sure and welcome feedback all whilst eagerly awaiting the conclusion of the most recent report.

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?

I will support the Environment & Infrastructure with these objectives. Yes, we should invest in our roads and sea defences etc in 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"?

No. I believe that Probate should be brought under the administration of the States.

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