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Ray McLean

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Ray McLean
  • Parish St Peter Port
  • Experience New Candidate
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Personal Statement

I am standing because I have grown increasingly concerned with our previous assemblies behaviour, there is no room for infighting, back biting and attention seeking while in government. Again we have seen repeated attempts to get failed policies passed that were rejected brought back....this is not good governance but time wasting. The island and our community’s trust has been compromised time and time again, this is not good enough and it’s no wonder the States are rated so low by the public. As the island slowly recovers from the pandemic, its clear we need a house that can set aside petty differences and work as one united body...and this election is one step towards that goal. It can be said we already have party politics just by going over the voting records in house over the years....has this really helped the island or just to advance individual agendas? You have 38 votes, 38 potential opportunities to make a real change to the way our island is run, remember what has happened during the last terms, not just because of Covid. Use as many, or as few as you wish, it is that straight forward. I wish I could say I have all the answers but that wouldn’t be true....me wanting to be a part of those who find the answers would be. Many thanks again and please read on, I’ll be happy to answer any emails from you all should you have any further questions. I hope the few bullet points here will give you some idea of my feelings on just some of the issues we have to deal with in our island.

  • Married with 3 children.
  • Wants less interference from government.
  • For a more effective government.
  • Wants a more realistic tax system.
  • Will be a voice for you.

Manifesto

I Support:

  • Equality, Diversity, LGBTQ & Disabled – people of any ethnicity, circumstance or background should feel safe and welcome, knowing they can apply for jobs and services without pre-judgement, and to have access similar to able bodied folk.
  • A fairer tax system – this can be achieved by a banded system reflecting those who are in a position to pay and relieve some of the burden from the everyday person.
  • A review on Zero Ten – this has placed a bigger strain on the already stressed Guernsey wallets and purses, this needs
    to change.
  • Tourism – the island cannot survive by taxation alone, we need to reverse as much of tourism’s misfortune as best we can.
  • An assembly that looks ahead long-term,
    not just for a quick fix. Plans for development must be thoroughly planned out to avoid ‘fag packet’ ideas.
  • Healthcare – Our healthcare workers need our support, they are a vital component in keeping our mental and physical well being in good shape. Applause does not pay the rent, being treated as a number must stop.
  • Cannabis – its long overdue for this to be seriously discussed, its health benefits have been known but hidden....a properly regulated system could generate income for the health system, peoples fear of ramifications are removed. One person’s glass of wine is another persons joint...we are allowed to relax aren’t we? Cannabis has killed no one by itself, alcohol and tobacco does and they are legal. Not to mention other legal pharmaceuticals.
  • Economy – as well as zero ten we must truly diverse where money comes in from....taking from the same sources constantly is unsustainable...fresh thinking is needed.
  • A thinner, more efficient government.
  • More Transparency..it is public money and property after all & people have a right to know.
  • Freedom of information – this plays into accountability of the States.
  • Inclusion.

I do not support...

  • Spending beyond our means.
  • The Stick approach to policies....you need to sell a policy, not bludgeon islanders with it.
  • Constant removal of parking – our towns needs our support, tenants need parking no matter.
  • 1 School 2 Sites.....we should have at minimum 3 or 4 schools with higher education.
  • The Vision Document in full – we cannot afford to lose the charm that St Peter Port has. By all means repair when needed, change for change sake is not prudent.
  • GST.

I wish I had all the answers but its something cool heads need to address, there are many more reasons for being pro or against policies that I don’t have room for here.

If you would like more details please download the PDF from
https://www.facebook.com/raymclean2020/ which has more details explaining my stance.

My promise is that I will be that voice you need in Chambers when it is needed, to actually take onboard what you the public feel and express in any decision making that could affect your daily lives, and it will be my main job.

You now have this historic chance to make the change so many have asked for, with your votes it really is in your hands now.

My best wishes to you all.....hope to see some of you on polling day.

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?

Minimal on a govt level, close as ive been is with the earth fair festival as a helper – contributed with whatever I was able to at that time, be it time, actual hands on help or contacts.

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

I'd like to see a kind of job link where if a person was claiming social security, if a position came up with skills the claimant had they would be notified first for an automatic appointment.

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

I'm not convinced net zero is achievable as some people think it may be. There will always be emissions as we saw thur the lockdown, some areas c02 emissions went up despite no aircraft or no vehicles. As technology moves on emissions will fall but there is way too much in manufacturing, power generation, construction etc to eliminate it towards zero.....a neutral stance I think would stand a better chance.

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 consider all parishes concerns as now in a geo politcal way we are now one parish effectively. My only hope is the douzaines remain in place to continue to contribute.

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

DPA seem to be sending mixed messages...one I do not agree with. If a house has allotted area for it and a garden thats fair enough, but to build on green and agricultural land is wrong.

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

If Guernsey is basing its data on noaa's it is flawed as it is constantly changing despite being claimed to be a “settled” science. Einstein never changed his theory of relativity once but tested it for decades. We need locally sourced data to get a better idea.

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

Human approach, sensitive, longterm view....less tribal attitude. Fiscally responsible, able to control the top levels of civil service and bring to heel.

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 would need to see it for myself, plus all relevant info from env studies, locals and farmers as I believe it would impact them. Im not against the idea but need to see all....plus there is the tourist / business element to factor in also.

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?

I believe we need a different tax system to accurately reflect the individuals and companies ability to pay, address zero – ten, the medicinal and recreational cannabis market also as potential long term income streams.

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

Maternity pay should be statutory for both partners, I would support a better implimentation of it but without that data I cant say for certain how I could do it. Safe to say I consider it very important.

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 are free to choose whatever mode of transport they see fit. It has been tried to force people against their will's and it refelcted badly on the states. I would certainly not discourage anyone making a change of their own volition.

Do you support outsourcing of States services?

I find it hard to believe we do not have the local talent on island.

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

Love of growth? What exactly does that mean? We progress as a society...how would de-growth work and its impact to everyday people's income? If by that you mean an increase in taxes to cover the shortfall of income from businesses or families here I would have a hard time with that. And not forget our planet has a habit of heating and cooling by itself that has happened for thousands of years without humans being here.

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?

Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians all have a part to play and have a responsibility not only to themselves but to others. Clean is a subjective term as a lot of our so called green power from the cable isnt that clean to start with. Motorists need to calm down, cyclists must obey road signs, specifically one ways as I have had many close encounters with cyclists coming out of a one way and almost stacking into me, plus the law states 2 abreast not 4 or 5. pedestrians need to stop looking at their phones while crossing a road, and use the pedestrian crossings that are provided for their safety. I would much rather that approach than forcing all responsibility onto motorists, they have enough to content with already. Its a lazy approach and installs a sense of entitlement into others.

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

If a person chooses to buy an e car that is their choice, as electric cars increase in sales the ICE vehicles will eventually become un-usable, considering the prices of electric vehicles though that remains a barrier to people who may wish to make the change.

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

I would not support any policy letters that would force green areas to be built on or removed. Our green areas are important for all people.

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 would need to see the reports and plans for myself. Public opinion is against losing belle greve and this must also be considered, the local fish and marine life would be impacted. As for why there has been no update I cannot say, its for the states to do that. It not a simple yes or no question without the right info.

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

No. there are many other factors at play. Our planet's magnetic field is flipping which it has done for thousands of years, nasa is tracking a weak spot in the field as I type this, we dont know the full impacts of this as yet. The sun is also In a period of weak activity sunspot wise, many people forget if the sun decides to have a bad day, so will we about 8 mins after it.

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 would have preferred inert waste to be used to build an extension at the end of north beach rather than Longue Hougue.

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 isnt achievable as there will always be some process that will cause emissions across many industries. The same scientists have claiming things like that since the 70's with not much to show for it.

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 needs a complete audit in my mind, something is clearly wrong and the taxpayer should not being paying thru the nose for it.

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, I disagree with wanting to rip them down. The states have failed in their duty of upkeep.

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?

Again I would need to see all relevant data on it. I don't support the 1 school 2 sites model though.

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?

Zero ten must be reviewed....its been said many companies have offered to pay something in lieu of zero ten so I am puzzled as to why the states have not done something about it. And its a no to GST from me.

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

I would pressure PnR to move on that as soon as is possible.

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 and it is wrong and I would push for that legislation to be changed. Its bad enough for unmarried hetro couples so I can identify with that frustration for same sex couples.

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?

If it came to that id much rather a local based company take them than an outside company. I don't agree with selling off the family silver as such.

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 would yes but I'd prefer to see some structure in place to encourage startups who could occupy some spaces, I would like to definitely see 1st time buyers conversions to be made available to young and small families as opposed to constant high value homes, and yes they should not be developing on green fields.

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

As with any kind of regulation a cost will be attached to it...fouling does represent a health hazard and should be discouraged. If information is to be kept the data needs to be secure as to not fall out of GDPR legislation......I would consider it.

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.

In my job we either work as a two person or more team, I have been known to step in and gee my colleagues on to get things together – not talking on a massive scale to be honest but it has worked so far. I dislike a lack of focus personally.

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

I would like to see local market housing being just that, available to locals only and obviously open to those who can afford to pay. Our children need a chance to get on the property ladder, which as it stands is increasingly difficult when outside sources buy up local properties thus keeping prices high in my opinion.

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?

The dpa do need a kick in the pants on this, some of their choices have been very questionable. Id be fine with putting pressure on the committee for a rethink, and also be fine to bring a requette in order for this to be changed. Of course getting support from others is another issue as some deputies are landlords themselves. And I am nowhere near wealthy incase you are wondering!

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

Yes with legislation. Not in public....in your home is and shuld be acceptable. One persons can of beer or galss of wine is another persons joint. Same thing.

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 during the width and emissions debate...observing the manner how they speak, behave etc. being there for a debate can be an eye opener depending on the debate itself....during the one I attended a deputy fell asleep.

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 have a bit of an issue where money or aid is sent to countries that can afford launching satellites seemingly at the cost of their citizens......i personally have no qualms in sending aid as a general rule but we do have our our in distress that need help as well....if we can make a sensible balanced approach based on priority (people over moon launches) then I would support it.

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 do, our scrutiny department doesn't have teeth and I suspect it done that way deliberately. Im not putting chris green down in anyway as he is good when he gets his teeth into something. I would prefer to see a more powerful dept with ability to audit a committee in full and if needed temporarily suspend the members so the audit team can through everything until the issue is settled one way or the other.

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 have stated in both my 2 page and expanded manifesto this needs to change, the law has failed, countless millions has been wasted and lives have been ruined sometimes unintentionally. We need regulation like we do for alcohol, cigarettes etc. the potential income stream from the medicinal side alone could be a huge benefit to our health system over all. Private and medicinal use.

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 as it stands it is a particular committee's responsibility to bring a policy letter to debate once that committee has been directed (if passed) by the states. It is then down to that committee to present its work in a timely fashion for approval. Then it is down to the states as a whole to either pass that law or fail it. Every deputy is different and will have different values and perspectives on things if the committee in question delivers on the directive then to me they have done their job...if the rest of the states fail that work, in a way they have done their job but the outcome may not be what you want. I guess if it comes to the latter the states as a whole would be the ones accountable on their action and currently that is only done by an election.

What ideas do you have to ensure there is affordable housing including support for first time buyers and ensure affordable rental property is available for locals so they can continue to live here? What is your stance on mortgage tax relief and shared ownership initiatives?

I'd prefer if local market housing was just that, available to locals....no option for outside parties to buy as an investment because I think that keeps prices too high. I do not agree with removal of mortgage relief removal....my wife and I are never going to be able to buy a local market house as an example, so if it is that difficult for us the it will be just as difficult for others. I don't have access to any shared ownership info apart from what the term implies, sorry.

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?

There is a lot of aspects in the states that need looking at and deeply so. As a way to make extra funds available I think the export and legalisation of cannabis for a start would help fund those drugs as well as our health service and supporting staff. I would be for this move, it may not be desirable to everyone but sadly the bottom line applies to almost every aspect of our lives. If legalisation secures an income stream to help support that then as a long term item I would support such a move.

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

Speeding is a matter for the police to crack down on, no amount of speed limit signs are going to make someone slowddown, in honesty I dont know how much influence you can put upon the force without it becoming political interference....should a vehicle be in such a bad state it shouldn't be on the roads....an MOT would be one way to remove dangerous vehicles from the roads.

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?

There is a lot of aspects in the states that need looking at and deeply so. As a way to make extra funds available I think the export and legalisation of cannabis for a start would help fund those drugs as well as our health service and supporting staff. I would be for this move, it may not be desirable to everyone but sadly the bottom line applies to almost every aspect of our lives. If legalisation secures an income stream to help support that then as a long term item I would support such a move.

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?

I cant recall how many reports have been made into the runway, at substantial cost to the taxpayer. Should there be a substantial case in a future states that made it a very viable option I would support investigation further.

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 was told recently that bigger jets can land on our runway as is, but that was countered by the argument yes but not with a full compliment of passengers for stopping purposes. I was not aware of all the reports and if what you state is correct that does put a different spin on the case.

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?

I would have no issue with that at all.

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?

As a deputy I would be committed anyway, the areas you put down I would consider part of that as a matter of course, same for same sex adoption etc.

What criteria do you use for decision making?

Facts & evidence, moral and ethical arguments depending on the choice to be made.

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?

Dispose is a harsh term, I see no dignity in someone being in constant pain, with no hope of recovery as an example, or a woman who has been raped being forced to keep the baby as a result of that. One person I have spoken to had to say goodbye to his father, who was terminally ill at least 5 times before he passed away in agony. To me keeping someone in that state is cruel and humiliating for all parties concerned.

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 I do, id like to see a layered tax regime based on income and ability to pay. Everyday people have subsidised those who don't notice the money going enough.

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?

We have a unique and beautiful island so yes I would support tourism, the tourist pound comes in many shapes and we should encourage that. I do not want to see our harbour and st peter port changed to keep up with the jones' as many tourists have publicly stated our harbour is beautiful as it is......maintain it certainly. As to what else we can do to get people here is find out why and what measures can be taken to ensure the cost to get here is valid and attractive. Other attractions would need to be addressed as and when they are proposed.

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

Schools, economy, infrastructure, travel links, runway, env.

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

Absolutely....there is supposed to be a plan in place which appears inactive. I am referring to the higher up not the workers btw.

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?

As a monopoly Aurigny is proving very expensive – a regulator is a good idea but I would very much like an audit completely on the company and cabernet to identify savings and just where the money is going....IE is it cheaper to lease an aircraft as opposed to buying outright etc. Profits should go back into the public coffers.

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

I'm not really a fan of selling off the family silver....own something certainly but if states are incapable of running it then a seperate on island management team could be used instead and answerable to the various states committees that apply.

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

To some degree subsidising is needed but it should never be excessive – ferry companies should ensure they have the best suited vessels, flight operators the same.

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

Social security was raised if I recall to take this into account, and I do not support forcing anyone to sell the family home – that is a family decision to make not PnR's. Obviously the money has to come from somewhere and it could very well be tied in with tax reform to reflect peoples ability to pay over certain thresholds.

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

I do not support GST.

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

Like our sister island we have our own history and it is important it be preserved for future generations so yes I do agree.

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

Tax incentives for startups, invest in proper capitol projects using on island skills, stimulate tourism

How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?

I am agnostic.

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?

I haven't I'm afraid – I would need to see the reports before I could make a choice on it.

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)?

In this day and age people should have the right to choose their fate in the case of a terminal diagnosis, palliative care here is excellent and the teams that supports them are to be praised. I see no dignity though in extending someone's life for them only to spend it in misery and agony.

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 dont know the specifics of them im afraid, I will look into them...i know that doesnt answer your question though.

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?

we should have fibre optic for a start, we seem to be the one remaining territory stuck with cables. Working from home could be advantageous for working parents but that could have property knock on issues. Certainly business rents should be a lot cheaper.....i would be very interested to explore that if I was voted in.

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?

The health service as a whole is underfunded and needs addressing, but the bottom line is money as always. Its my understanding that PnR have told new elects to stay away from the health service as its too complex, so am a bit puzzled as to why peoples deputies are not challenging that narrative. Its a very complex issue that will take a lot to sort out, however I would certainly challenege that and also id be happy to work on or with HSC to get it resolved, I have family who could benefit from the mental health service so I have an interest there already.

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.

The states has a problem of “selling” a policy to the public and those generally are never fleshed out properly.... clarity must be upgraded from the very start and consultations with the public, especially on this kind of subject should not be rushed and handled sensitively and compassionately.

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

I would take part in it.....having said that a woman is ultimately in charge of her own body.....we men run the risk of “mansplaining” on an issue we would never truly know.

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

Minimum of 3 schools with higher education for me.

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 am very wary of the east coast revamp in general, our harbour etc attracts many positive comments that its naturally beautiful and shouldnt be messed with. Our harbours should be regularly maintained which is an area our states have failed in, and what areas we do have should have the minimum in the way of disturbance to preserve what we do have to ensure its longevity.

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"?

I'm afraid this is an area I know little about, so anything id say would be purely a guess and therefore wrong. As I am aseptic of our govt's motives in general my knee jerk reaction would be to say it's another money stream for them to exploit at the moment.

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