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Personal Statement

If elected:- I will serve the island I love, with passion and commitment to the very best of my ability. I will represent the electorate by being consistent with my stated aims and values. I will listen and fully respect the views of others. I am a team player and will collaborate with colleagues in the pursuit of common goals and in the interests of good government. I have huge respect for our community and I understand that, above all else, it is them I serve. I thrive by working hard and will always, seek out the evidence. I am a person of integrity and I believe this is a prerequisite for those in public life.

  • Elected Peoples’ Deputy in 2016 - Member of Home Affairs Committee (CfHA) - until 2019 – (Vice President 2018) - Member of Health and Social Care (CfHSC) - all term. Worked on the CfHSC response to COVID 19, Hospital Modernisation and “Partnership of Purpose”.
  • Signatory to successful Secondary Education “Pause and Review” Requete.
  • Led Amendment for P&R to negotiate with the UK on a Reciprocal Health Agreement, similar to Jersey and the IoM.

Manifesto

The Economy and Employment

  • Following the COVID 19 pandemic and huge government borrowing, the economy and employment are without doubt the political priority of the next term. The programme of social policy reforms agreed this term, as well as the commitment to fund NICE approved medicines and treatments (which I support), require large sums to implement. Economic growth and employment must be our primary issue if we are to achieve these goals.
  • Much greater political effort must be deployed to Economic Development and growing the economy. We must not forget that our finance industry is our economic bedrock which we must continue to support and nurture. The contribution to the economy from the digital sector is another area requiring further progression along with tourism and hospitality. Transport connectivity also remains a real issue and the already identified challenges tackled, to better effect.
  • Despite the introduction of a new law in 2016, our development and planning regime is not fit for purpose and needs a complete overhaul. It fails to properly protect our economy, the environment, green spaces and biodiversity. It is overly complex, immune from the democratic process and fails to serve either the needs of the community or developers.
  • The capital reserve, has been under utilised this term, (£230 million unallocated – 2020 budget). Investment is urgently required in ways that keep local residents in employment such as building our infrastructure, health initiatives and protecting our environment.
  • Our tax structure and fiscal policy must maintain and support our major industry – finance. However, I am very concerned that we over tax the lower and mid-range earners, from every direction, including those who have reached pension age. Pensioners must never be forced to sell their homes to fund their care needs. We need to make tough decisions on all general revenue expenditure and prioritise much more effectively. We now have government debt to service!

Education

  • This States has badly let the island down on this vital service provision. Not one Deputy elected in 2016 had a ‘one school on two sites’ model in their manifesto. Decisions have been ideologically driven, without listening to the public, the professionals or the students.
  • Grammar school education was abandoned in 2016 with no plan B - only to have a replacement ‘three school model’ worked up, also abandoned. This was initiated by an unprecedented decision allowing a group of four Deputies, funded and resourced by P&R, to form a shadow Committee to investigate the ‘one school on two sites’ option.
  • This caused the Education Committee to resign and was replaced in 2018. The £157m, “one school, two sites” became policy. This was a fiasco as it clashed head on with stakeholders and the public and was halted in 2020 by the Education Requete.
  • For the sake of those students, current and future, we must find better and publically accepted options. A brand new Committee post-election must sort out this mess – in full consultation with all key stakeholders, teaching professionals, end users and the public.

Health and Mental Well-being

  • Health’s ‘Partnership of Purpose’ - ‘NICE Drugs and Treatments’ - ‘Hospital Modernisation’ programmes must continue to be developed, working closely with the professionals, third sector and commissioned service providers. The negotiations with the UK, on a Reciprocal Health Agreement, must also be concluded.
  • Social care and mental well-being services continue to need strengthening.
  • Front line services including all those who provide health care and those who keep us safe and secure, must be nurtured and valued (equal conditions for work of equal value).

A Safe and Secure Bailiwick

  • The provision of a safe and secure Bailiwick is absolutely fundamental.
  • Justice policy, debated at the end of this term, requires momentum to take us to the next level. This must be done in consultation with key stakeholders and the public.

Democracy

  • Democracy and natural justice must underpin government and be at the forefront of the machinery of our States structures.
  • Our current system of government, agreed by the 2012 to 2016 States, but only implemented this term, needs urgent review. The P&R Committee are divorced from the delivery end of government responsibility and there is a disconnection not seen in other parliamentary systems. Our Committee structure desperately needs change and become a more collaborative and collective system.

Personal History

  • Educated at St Martins School (where my late mum was a teacher) and Elizabeth College.
  • 40 year + Career in the Customs and Immigration Department (now the Guernsey Border Agency).
  • Chief Officer, Customs and Immigration for eight years.
  • Member of the Institute of Professional Investigators (MIPI).
  • Member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI).
  • Former Member of the Board of Directors of the Charity Drug Concern - now renamed In-dependence.
  • Former Management and Information Security Consultant.
  • Enjoys football (former President of the Sunday Soccer League) running, cycling and family time.
  • Elected Peoples’ Deputy in 2016 - Member of Home Affairs Committee (CfHA) - until 2019 – (Vice President 2018) - Member of Health and Social Care (CfHSC) - all term. Worked on the CfHSC response to COVID 19, Hospital Modernisation and “Partnership of Purpose”.
  • Signatory to successful Secondary Education “Pause and Review” Requete.
  • Led Amendment for P&R to negotiate with the UK on a Reciprocal Health Agreement, similar to Jersey and the IoM.

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 served on the Committee for Health and Social Care all of this term. I was fully involved with HSC's response to COVID 19, the hospital moderisation Programme and the Partnership of Purpose. I also served on the Committee for Home Affairs and was Vice President when I left in 2019.

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

This is the fundemental pupose of the Population Management Law. It is important that local workers are given opportunuities and that workers are only imported where there are evidenced skill shortages. We must also ensure locals are given the training and skills needed to progress in the work place.

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

The States has already resolved to do this. The Energy policy must be a key driver in this Bailiwick playing its part in a greener future.

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 was elected as a Deputy for the South East district in 2016. Whilst I did engage regularly with the Douzaines in St Martins and St Andrews, a Deputy's remit has always been island wide. I will do my very best for everybody in the island wherever they live.

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

I am concerned about the loss of agricultural land full stop. The IDP Law passed in 2016 is not fit for purpose and needs an overhaul. I am also worried about biodiversity issues, losing open spaces and damaging the coast line.

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?

Some Candidates will make commitments that they simply cannot achieve as a single Deputy. I have learned a great deal over the last four years in the States. Politics is the art of the achievable. Much policy is driven by Committee work and it is important that a successful Deputy tries to join a Committee where they have the most political aspirations to achieve. I am a team player who understands collective responsibility and will collaborate with colleagues in the pursuit of common goals and good government.

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

The impact that a tiny jurisdiction like Guernsey can have, is sadly insignificant. However we must do everything we can as an island to reduce our footprint below the international targets. I say more on this in other answers to this questionnaire and in my manifesto.

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

Leadership - focused upon delivery and action - especially the economy and employment, combined with good judgement skills.

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?

We need to be looking at all the island's infrasture and invest where it can be shown to grow the economy. Expanding the economy is the one way to avoid higher taxation and to enable recovery from the huge cost of the response to COVID 19.

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?

Diversification is certainly one element to consider. Establishing a sustainable and relevant fiscal policy was not achieved this term. We need to review our spending and priorities and invest in growth. It is only then that the tax structure can be meaningfully assessed. We must avoid taxing working people and pensioners every which way. I also suggest that politicians should listen more and support industry organisations, as they are far better qualified to understand the risk and harms caused by poor taxation policy.

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

I believe in equal conditions/pay for work of equal value.

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?

This current States is full of vision statements - "The Policy and Resources Plan", "Revive and Thrive" "Guernsey Together" and so on. We need action plans to deliver a strong economy, delivering the services people need including developing Health and mental well-being, Education, protecting the environment and keeping the island safe and secure. I hope the new States doesn't waste too much time on debating noble vision statements, but rolls up its sleeves to quickly get on with building a better and sustainable place to live.

Do you agree that people should be encouraged to use cars less and if so what measures would you like to see introduced to achieve this?

Yes. International initiatives will themselves inevitably see the demise of the internal combustion engine.. The impact that a tiny jurisdiction like Guernsey can have, is sadly insignificant. However we must do everything we can as an island to reduce our footprint below the international targets. I say more on this in other answers to this questionaire and in my manifesto.

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 believe that we need to globally face up to the fact that over population is a major threat to the planets future. I believe the message is being heard and now is the time for actions and delivery.

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

I do not agree with the assumption implied in the question. Economic growth can be achieved in many ways.

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?

Traffic impact assessments should be joined up and not limited to particular developments. The issue is that our densly populated island has a narrow and strained road network . As the question suggests any plan which would make any real impact will be hugely expensive. Much more work and thinking needs to be done in consultation with the public.

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

International initiatives will themselves inevitably see the demise of the internal combustion engine.

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

We need actions and enforceable legislation to draw red lines that protect biodiversity, habitats, including parts of our coast line and at sea. Our Planning Laws must absolutely protect agriculture land, green open spaces and areas of special significance.

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?

Much more discussion and engagement with the Guernsey public on how this specific plan would be achieved and funded This needs to be done before any such scheme could even start to be considered. The envionmental considerations are a major obstacle. It would received stiff oposition. There are far more urgent infrastructure need in developing our existing harbours.

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

Debating the cause is one thing - finding the answers is fundamentally important.

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 voted against this last term and will if elected do so again. There are other inland options for inert waste which need exploring.

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?

The impact that a tiny jurisdiction like Guernsey can have, is sadly insignificant. However we must do everything we can as an island to reduce our footprint below the international targets.

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 believe that as part of a government restructure we should consider having a Committee for Transport and Tourism. Connectivity issues go beyond the running of Aurigny and need to be addressed in the round. Air and Sea links require co-ordinated policies and more forward thinking.

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?

Investment in our sea defence infrastructure must be a priority not just at L'Ancresse and contracts awarded to local construction companies. The use of outside consultants should be discouraged.

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?

I do not go along with the assumption that we can't develop our Educational needs unless we throw eye watering sums of money at it. Of course capital projects are urgently needed as we have not invested in infrastructure, as we should have done, over the last decade. We need to move forward by engaging with teachers, students and the public and sort out the current mess we find ourselves in.

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?

As I have already outlined we have procrastinated as a States over fiscal policy. We need to consult with the finance industry and indeed all businesses before bringing proposals to the States. It is paramount that any revision of our taxation policy must protect and enhance our major industry, which is the bedrock of our prosperity. But it is now time to re-visit both spending and fiscal strategy. We need to look globally on how other jurisdictions manage their taxation, including the other Crown Dependencies and Gibraltar, and see what we might do to improve our revenue take in a way, so as to look after working people and pensioners whilst sustaning vital services, which are costing more year on year. What we must not do is keep taxing the same working people and pensioners every which way

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

The new States urgently needs to prioritise all outstanding legislation, including much needed Consumer Protection, rather than doing this in a piecemeal fashion.

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?

I did know and this States has resolved to amend the Registration of births accordingly.

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?

Everything must be considered next term when designing our budgets and fiscal policy. Some things are best done by the private sector, some by government. However selling off our assets is not a silver bullet.

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?

As I have said the Planning Law is not fit for purpose and requires revision. I believe it is too early for us to truly understand the effects of COVID 19 on working practices.

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?

I have a few. Working on Health and Social Care's response to COVID 19, Hospital Modernisation and leading an amendment instructing P&R to negotiate a Reciprocal Health Agreement with the UK, similar to Jersey and the Isle of Man

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 completely agree.

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?

I have already outlined that the IDP is not fit for purpose and the question teases out another aspect of that. The only way to rectify this and other issues, is to bring the Development and Planning Law back to the States for an overhaul.

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

No. Cannabis is a Class B drug. Guernsey is a signatory to the Narcotic and Drug Trafficking international conventions. I am guided by the information contained on the NHS and UK Addiction Centre websites, about the harms caused by recreational cannabis use. Guernsey HSC has already rightly legislated for medicinal cannabis use and again I am guided by the NICE guidelines on its effectiveness, rather than the postings of lobby groups. I would consider some sort of arrest referral scheme which could identify people who need treatment or other interventions when found in possession of very small amounts of class B drugs and divert them away from the Criminal Justice System.

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 supported the work of the Overseas Aid and Development Commission all of this term.

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 note that there is a public lobby group campaigning to make recreational cannabis legal. Cannabis is a Class B drug. Guernsey is a signatory to the Narcotic and Drug Trafficking international conventions. I am guided by the information contained on the NHS and UK Addiction Centre websites about the harms caused by recreational cannabis use. Guernsey HSC has already rightly legislated for medicinal cannabis use and again I am guided by the NICE guidelines on its effectiveness, rather than the postings of lobby groups. I would consider some sort of arrest referral scheme which could identify people who need treatment or other interventions when found in possession of very small amounts of class B drugs, which could divert them away from the Criminal Justice System.

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 completely support the findings of the Review commissioned by HSC. It was a thorough and excellent report and I further support the Resolutions of the States to implement the policy to bring about the NICE drugs and Treatment Policy. Both the decision and the funding were agreed and I believe the programme must be put in place, as soon as practically possible. Policy and Resources must release the funding into the Health Reseve fund now for 2020 and agree the funding for 2021 and beyond. Any decision to delay by a year must be urgently challenged by the next States. It is incorrect to suggest HSC have stated there will be a delay of a year.

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?

More needs to be done to help first time buyers. We must continue to support the Guernsey Housing Association who do a fantastic job. Whilst canvassing a lady suggested reducing document duty for first time buyers , an idea worthy of a follow up.

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 completely support the findings of the Review commissioned by HSC. It was a thorough and excellent report and I further support the resolutions of the States to implement the policy to bring about the NICE drugs and Treatment Policy. Both the decision and the funding were agreed and I believe the programme must be put in place, as soon as practically possible. Policy and Resources must release the funding into the Health Reseve fund now for 2020. It is incorrect to suggest HSC have stated there will be a delay of a year.

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

Excessive vehicle noise legislation should be updated to make it more workable to enforce and I would request Home Affairs to consider this in the new term.

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 completely support the findings of the Review commissioned by HSC. It was a thorough and excellent report and I further support the resolutions of the States to implement the policy to bring about the NICE drugs and Treatment Policy. Both the decision and the funding were agreed and I believe the programme must be put in place, as soon as practically possible. Policy and Resources must release the funding into the Health Reseve fund now for 2020 and agree the funding for 2021 and beyond. This is a priority for me.

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?

As already outlined, we need to consider investing in all infrastructure projects which will grow the economy. I therefore support the continued investigation but this now needs to be re-prioritised in the light of the effects of COVID on the travel industry. The situation of any property owners affected also needs very careful consideration.

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?

Yes. I spoke in the States debate supporting the decision to investigate a longer runway and upgrading the Instrument landing system.

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 absolutely agree that Guernsey should expand upon its "Crown Dependency" status and increase its international position in the world. We need to join forces with Jersey and the Isle of Man and negoitate a new relationship with the UK post BREXIT. This needs to go beyound just our links to Commonwealth countries and include other jurisdictions that we do business with, especially in finance. Opportunities must be grasped and we also need to be aware of the threats. The UK and the EU 27 are negotiating an economic partnership as we speak. The UKs' and our interests will not always coincide and we must be vigilant and stand our ground.

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?

The policy letter supporting this was unanimously agreed in the States this term. There is therefore much work now to be done to ensure implementation. This positive momentum needs to be supported by all.

What criteria do you use for decision making?

Full research and hard work.

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 did not support the extension of late stage abortion and I support the right to life.

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?

Government has to invest in infrastructure and public services - that's a fundemental. I have consistently argued for a proper debate on fiscal strategy. We tax working people and pensioners every which way. Our fiscal policy must support our major sector - finance.

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?

Yes, tourism and hospitality is a part of Guernsey's DNA. It also supports our vital finance sector. We must nuture this local industry. Polititians must listen to this sector, as they are best placed to recommend what needs to be done. I recommend that there should be a review of our Committee structure which could include the formation of a Transport and Tourism Committee.

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

Prioitising our spending must be the first task of the new States. In setting the budget and fiscal policy it is imperative that we grow the economy. It is relelativly easy to support the items listed in the question! The hard bit is deciding what government will not do and its size. I look forward to this process if elected.

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

I served in HSC all this term. I am most pleased with being involved in Guernsey's response to COVID 19 and the development of the Hospital Moderisation Plan. I was also fully involved in the P&R BREXIT Group, when Vice President of Home Affairs, negoitating with the UK on Customs , trade and border issues. I also led an amendment to the P&R plan instructing P&R to negotiate a Reciprocal Health Agreement with the UK, similar to those in place in Jersey and the Isle of Man.

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

The States is Guernsey's largest employer. I support all front line staff who deliver our services. It is often forgotten that they make a fantastic difference to the quality of our island life. I'm sure some candidates will offer to cut the Civil Service back dramatically but then services would also need to be reduced. However without doubt the States must look at all costs and I believe a complete overhaul of the structure of government is urgently required. We need to look at the size of government and decide what could be done better by the third sector and business. Clearly their must be opportunity to make real savings.

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?

The role of Aurigny needs to be clarified. This needs to be done in the round also considering sea conectivity as well as air. I recommend that there should be a review of our Committee structure which could include the formation of a Transport and Tourism Committee.

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

Commercialisation might be appropriate for some but not others.

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

The issues remain on air and sea links. I suggest that there is a government restructure looking at all Committee mandates. Much work still needs to be done on connectivity and political responsibly for this is in the hands of at least four Committees.. I suggest a Committee for Transport and Tourism is set up.

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

Pensioners and home owners must never be forced to sell their own home or take out mortgages to fund their long term care. This was the principle upon which the fund was established 20 years ago. The investment funds management must be urgently reviewed to ensure better returns.

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

Any new tax especially one that taxes the same people again, must be a last resort and only considered after prioritising spending and examining all amounts and purpose of existing pots of States money. Buy way of example, the capital reserve fund has £230 million unallocated sitting in it and we have a bond we hardly use. The other problem with a sales tax is that VAT is often not adequately deducted from retail prices in Guernsey.

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

Listing is probably worthwhile. Protection, repair and maintenance comes at a cost. I am a big supporter of Festung Guernsey who have done fantastic restoration work.

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

As already said, business leaders are much better placed than polititians to come up with development ideas and opportunities. Government must urgently engage with all industry organisations to support growth in the economy.

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 subject that cannot be considered in isolation. Fiscal policy must match budget.. This is the urgent debate needed.

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?

We need to make sure that all young people on the island have the skills and opportunities to remain in Guernsey and enjoy prosperous lives. We need to do much more to make sure the talent pool matches the needs of industry and to encourage university graduates to return here.

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 spoke in the States debate supporting the decision to investigate a longer runway and upgrading the Instrument landing system. Any investigation must also consider the affect on property adjacent to the airfield.

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?

HSC are already considering this and are working with the primary Health Care providers. This is a real issue for lower paid workers and pensioners and we must ensure that every body can afford the doctor. Decisions have already been made to divert some family allowance money, towards reducing the cost of children's primary care bills. A whole range of options must be explored. This is a key aim of the Partnership of Purpose. We need to do more work on preventing illness and social prescribing which will take the pressure off Primary Care.

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)?

We have an excellent pallative care team in Guernsey. I will continue to support and enhance the work they do.

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

Yes I do. T levels are just one tool in the box for increasing student opportunities in Guernsey. I have already said Education must work more with businesses so that the learning provision meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work.

What will you do to help Guernsey businesses revive and thrive and make Guernsey a 'smarter' and technologically advanced place to do business, and to encourage new start up businesses?

The contribution to the economy from the digital sector is a real and tangible opportunity for Guernsey. This is an area that Economic Development, Skills Guernsey and the Digital Greenhouse must continue to invest 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 profile of social care provision and mental well-being needs to raised and investment made to match the emphasis placed on Health. We need to strengthen our partnership with the third sector who do a fantastic job for the community. This is work in progress which must be continued.

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.

Assisted dying and abortion were both debated in this term. The public seemed to be very engaged and I received hundreds of e-mails for which I was very grateful. Opinion appears quite divided. We live in a democracy and public disscussion is a very healthy part of island life. I have made my views and research known on these subject, which is available on Hansard.

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

I believe the decision to extend earlier terminations should be reviewed.

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 believe the one school on two sites option is dead. It clashed head on with the teaching profession and the public, who do not see super 1400 pupil schools as the way forward, especially in a small congested island. I favour smaller community schools with one sixth form Center. Education must quickly develop cost effective options working with key stakeholders for the sake of students in the system and those about to join secondary education.

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?

Our natural environment is key for both our longer term economic interests and the well-being of islanders. We have left so much of our infrastruce without essential repairs, that we now have to consider the capital works as described in the question. This has been a mistake and too much energy went into wacky ideas at L'Ancresse. For me these repairs are a priority and we should invest in a programme of work using local companies to undertake the construction.

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"?

Yes.

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