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Personal Statement

I grew up in St Martins and have lived in Guernsey for 37 years of my life. I went to school in Guernsey, studied Maths at university, then pursued a career in marketing and IT, working abroad for several years for multinational IT companies. I now work in data and Business Intelligence. I am a member of Living Streets and the Guernsey Bicycle Group. I have ties to education and I am a supporter of the arts. I have a car but I am a regular cyclist, pedestrian and bus user. I am 52 years old and have an 13 year old son and a daughter at university. I am taking the opportunity presented by Island-Wide Voting to offer voters the possibility of a green voice in the States.

  • Implement and accelerate the Climate Action Plan for sustainability, social justice and a better quality of life.
  • Active transport strategy - a network of access only lanes for active travel.
  • Diversify the economy - focusing on sustainability, fairness and social inclusion.
  • Focus on education as a way of balancing out social inequality.
  • Evidence-based policies - restorative justice and legalising medical cannabis.

Manifesto

Road transport

Roads can be the building blocks of local community but there are too many cars on our roads - and we have become over-reliant upon them. Transport is also the area in which Guernsey has the greatest scope for reducing its carbon emissions. Guernsey needs a greener traffic strategy - giving people more transport choices.

We should build a network of access-only quiet roads across Guernsey which give priority to pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. Along these quiet lanes, people and animals can move freely and safely, children and the elderly will no longer be disenfranchised, kids can play and everyone will be safe to meet, to keep fit and to enjoy the newly peaceful environment. Local “ownership” of roads could show us what residents want - rat runs or community spaces?

As is proposed in the UK, Guernsey should introduce a hierarchy of road users in which road users who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility.

We should do more to encourage e-bikes and smaller, cleaner, quieter vehicles. Electric bikes make the use of scooters by 14-16 year olds unnecessary and accident statistics tell us that it’s not safe anyway. We shouldn’t be turning our children into motorists - they should be keeping fit walking, cycling or using public transport.

The buses are better but we must improve information to make it a viable, attractive option.

Car clubs could reduce car numbers - use a car when you need to but no worry about storing it.

Revive and thrive - green economy

We are justifiably proud of our response to Covid but let’s not forget that we have half a billion pounds to repay. It won’t be easy but we must tackle this fairly. The less well off have already suffered disproportionately. Sales tax is regressive and is not fair.

Guernsey’s finance industry is mature and there are higher level jobs. However, AI and automation still threatens many finance jobs - not just in Guernsey. We should diversify our economy. Guernsey has always been entrepreneurial - we must encourage small businesses. The high street is changing as traditional retail declines. We must re-imagine our towns and village centres to encompass something other than retail as their central purpose. We should support and invest in Mill Street and St Sampsons.

“Where there’s muck, there’s brass” - but where there’s muck there might be the green grass of recovery. We are a wealthy community and we waste more than we should. We should encourage businesses in recycling, up-cycling and re-use. Green tech like electric transport, energy efficiency and renewable energy are other areas in which we could get ahead of the game - and create jobs doing so!

We need to stay connected to the world - we need air transport but to take responsibility for our carbon footprint. We should also foster our sea links - to the UK, Jersey, Alderney and France. We should be ready for a future in which air transport is less attractive. Regular, dependable sea transport will need investment but will pay off.

Education

Our young people are facing an uncertain future - let us give them the best start we can. Education should be a priority and should be used to balance out social inequality. A decision about the 11+ has been made - let’s not allow a rearguard action to bring it back destabilise schools any further. Children, parents and teachers need certainty.

From a green transport viewpoint, more schools means less but more active transport.

Climate, ecology and environment

It may not be apparent in beautiful Guernsey but we are in a double emergency. We must take immediate action to reduce global carbon emissions and to halt species loss. The Climate Change Action Plan commits us to making climate central to all decisions. We must implement the plan but it would be far better if we could accelerate into a green future. There is much to be done but the future could be bright - and green - if we embrace our responsibilities rather than ignoring or trying to deny them.

We should listen to the young people who are demanding meaningful change so that they have a future! They must ultimately build that future but we must be the architects of its foundations.

We should encourage local food production, protect our marine environment and rebuild local ecosystems/life support systems by rewilding and encouraging land owners to foster biodiversity.

Our recycling rate is great but we could do even better! We should have an iterative process which will bring us toward Zero Waste! We should immediately ban the use of polystyrene food containers.

Justice and community

Restorative justice reduces repeat offending, brings more people to justice, costs much less and rebuilds communities by giving satisfaction to victims.

Criminalising the possession of substances which are less harmful than alcohol and tobacco has caused more harm than it has prevented. We should adopt a mature, evidence-based policy regarding drug harm and legalise medicinal cannabis and consider decriminalising and taxing the recreational use of cannabis.

Communication

When the election is over, there is a tendency for politicians to disappear into their own bubble. If elected, I will press for more transparency and accountability in government and better communication.

The States web site is comprehensive but it needs renovation and improving, especially search.

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?

Green committees, STEPS, Stand Up For Guernsey's Environment Election Ctte. When chairing meetings in any context, I try to maintain focus and avoid wasting time.

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 ?

Training, education, incentives to return to Guernsey after degrees.

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

Reduce reliance on cars, energy efficient building, renewable power generation, tax frequent fliers, Guernsey Green Fund.

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! But would expect there to be some 'pastoral' duties in my parish (St Martins).

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

Yes. We should be maintaining wild habitats and re-wilding, not domesticating!

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 hope to devote a large part of my time pursuing quality of life changes and ensuring that wherever the States has control or influence, it sets a good example - especially on environmental issues.

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

Climate change (and species loss) are genuinely existential threats (ask David Attenborough!) and Guernsey, although it's small, is wealthy and must accept its responsibility as a consumer of the world's resources. We are free to set our own policy and must do what we can locally to reduce our impact.

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

A genuine selfless concern for the welfare of EVERY islander, inclusion, openness, no political ideology, leadership, a willingness to take tough decisions.

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?

If the review includes ALL externalities (noise, full carbon cost, loss of habitat) then yes. However, I don't imagine the report will prove to be favourable for the runway given the new economies of flying which we will be facing due to the impact of the Covid crisis.

Do you believe that diversification of the island's tax base is an important consideration for Guernsey in today's volatile and fast-moving global economy? If so, how can this specifically be achieved for Guernsey?

Yes, we need to reduce reliance upon finance whilst we can and diversify our economy and tax base - especially given the possibility that the UK may decide to start competing on tax post-Brexit. I would not support the introduction of GST - it is a regressive tax and not fair on the less well-off. Zero-Ten also has a limited shelf life. The "growing out of the black hole" policy has not worked. We will either need to increase tax on businesses - or increase personal taxation.

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

26 weeks or 12 weeks pay is better than it used to be but babies need their mothers for longer than 6 months - they shouldn't be put into child care (which incidentally is also expensive) thereafter. Maternity could be offered at a reduced rate for longer and could also be combined with paternity leave to allow parents to decide how they will allocate it between themselves.

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?

We should go green to improve our quality of life, reduce our impact on the planet and build community simultaneously. We should get ahead of the game by investing in sustainable businesses, local food production, energy efficiency, and an active transport network across the island. We should encourage green finance.

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?

Evidence from the Netherlands show that we need to separate cars from bikes. We should build an island-wide network of cycle, pedestrian and horse friendly lanes which make active transport more attractive for everyone and give parents the confidence to let children get to school independently. We should reintroduce vehicle tax based upon on emissions, weight and dimension and increase the number of small car spaces whilst slowly decreasing the total number of parking spaces in town to allow people to adapt. We should invest in the bus service and improve bus information. Taxi despatch in Guensey is archaic - for that reason alone, we should allow a local Uber-style taxi service. We should support car clubs - which would be attractive especially to town dwellers.

Do you support outsourcing of States services?

Tricky one.sometimes - for instance when purchasing specialist areas like IT. We should insist that companies which benefit from outsourcing train local residents.

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

We need to start communicating the urgency of the issue to schools, businesses and the wider public. It genuinely is an existential crisis - the UN has given us the evidence, we must act to avert disaster.

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

The idea that we can keep growing for ever whilst our economy is underpined primarily by access to physical resources is obviously very doubtful! We have already overspent on our sustainable means. We should consider metrics other than GDP such as equality of access to opportunity, and quality of life as alternative valid measures of our success as a community.

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?

We should build a network of access-only quiet roads across Guernsey which give priority to pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. Along these quiet lanes, people and animals can move freely and safely, children and the elderly will no longer be disenfranchised, kids can play and everyone will be safe to meet, to keep fit and to enjoy the newly peaceful environment. Local “ownership” of roads could show us what residents want - rat runs or community spaces? As is proposed in the UK, Guernsey should introduce a hierarchy of road users in which road users who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility. We should do more to encourage e-bikes and smaller, cleaner, quieter vehicles. Electric bikes make the use of scooters by 14-16 year olds unnecessary and accident statistics tell us that it’s not safe anyway. We shouldn’t be turning our children into motorists - they should be keeping fit walking, cycling or using public transport. The buses are better but we must improve information to make it a viable, attractive option. Car clubs could reduce car numbers - use a car when you need to but no worry about storing it. None of this need cost a huge amount of money! It certainly doesn't require a huge up-front capital cost and the public health benefits alone will outweigh the costs.

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

We should build a network of access-only quiet roads across Guernsey which give priority to pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. Along these quiet lanes, people and animals can move freely and safely, children and the elderly will no longer be disenfranchised, kids can play and everyone will be safe to meet, to keep fit and to enjoy the newly peaceful environment. Local “ownership” of roads could show us what residents want - rat runs or community spaces? As is proposed in the UK, Guernsey should introduce a hierarchy of road users in which road users who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility. We should do more to encourage e-bikes and smaller, cleaner, quieter vehicles. Electric bikes make the use of scooters by 14-16 year olds unnecessary and accident statistics tell us that it’s not safe anyway. We shouldn’t be turning our children into motorists - they should be keeping fit walking, cycling or using public transport. The buses are better but we must improve information to make it a viable, attractive option. Car clubs could reduce car numbers - use a car when you need to but no worry about storing it. None of this need cost a huge amount of money! It certainly doesn't require a huge up-front capital cost and the public health benefits alone will outweigh the costs.

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

We should introduce regenerative management of our farms and open spaces, for the benefit of our environment, biodiversity and habitats, for our food security, for our quality of life and our legacy.

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?

The £350m price tag.. cruise liners might be a thing of the past too.

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

Yes. The Oct 2018 IPCC Special Report on Global Warming is unequivocal.

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?

Use my position as deputy to apply pressure against this proposal. We should be aiming for a Zero Waste policy.

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?

Road transport is the area in which we can do the most locally. We should aim for Zero Waste and do all we can to encourage green investments flow from and through the island.

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?

Let's face it, it's a community lifeline. We need links to the UK, Jersey and Alderney. There should also be a route to Rennes.

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

No, the tank wall is a moderately interesting historical artifact but it doesn't deserve restoration. Have you been to beautiful Saye beach in Alderney? If we removed the tank wall, we could let nature take its own course and restore the beautiful dunes with their unique habitats.

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. Education should be a priority and what better thing could we invest in? We need an educated population to face the challenges of the future. It's also a tool to address social inequality. We should give all of our children a great education and give them equal opportunity.

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?

It may be inevitable that we have to revist the 0-10 regime owing to international regulation - and possible competition from the UK. We have managed to balance the books but it's been a struggle. Especially after borrowing £500m, we will need to raise either corporate tax - or personal tax.

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 not know that but I have asked around and found out about it. We should accelerate the "modernisation" of our discrimination laws.

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, I don't think so. I'm not sure how much we'd get for Beausie anyway! :-) Especially as we only managed to get £1m for Guernsey Telecoms and £1 for our beautiful market building.

Increasing home working will likely result in surplus office space. Will you encourage an urgent revision of Planning Policies to facilitate conversion of retail and office space to residential & curb green-field development?

Yes - sounds sensible. We should be retaining our green fields and rewilding our brown fields and farmland.

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

I would support registration of dogs - and putting bells around cats' necks to stop them decimating the wildlife. Sorry moggy!

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 don't have a specific personal political goal but I'd like to achieve the establishment of an island-wide network of cycle, pedestrian friendly lanes and roads. This might more easily be achieved outside the environment department that within 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.

Yes, not bad. I'm a good listener and communicator and pretty good at seeing and getting the best of people.

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

Hmm.. I've never come across this before but it's an interesting idea. I wonder what sort of upper level you are considering.. but I think it would be hard to deny local market status to a Le Page, a Le Goupillot or a De Croze/Guppy even if they did make lots of money!

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 don't agree with using green field sites - which according to official figures seem to have been rising over the last decade. We should preserve our fields and wild spaces for biodiversity and as green lungs for the island. We already have a shocking low proportion of tree coverage! I'm not sure about the situation you mention.. but it's sensible to encourage reuse of brown field sites.

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

Yes.. definitely for medical reasons and possibly for recreational use. It would be a mature response to a problem which is mainly caused by prohibition. But we should be cautious.. I think other countries will soon start to follow similar policies but in the meantime, I don't think we want to become a destination for drug tourism. However, it would give the island an interesting new source of tax income - and possible exports if we do get ahead of the game.

Question for New Candidates: During the COVID-19 lockdown States Meetings were held virtually. On 24th of June Meetings resumed in the Royal Court Chamber. As a prospective States Member have you spent any time at all in the public gallery observing our Parliament (potentially your future workplace) in action? If not, why not?

Yes - I have witnessed the house. Sometimes an august body of law makers, sometimes a school yard! I visited the States several times when I stood for election in 2004 and 2008 and have since visited several times when lobbying - and out of particular interest in specific debate.

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?

Yes, charity begins at home but as you wisely point out, there is a very important corrollary. We are rightly proud to be very generous people in Guernsey - personally.. but we are and not so generous as a jurisdiction! Despite our troubles, we are in the top 10% of the world in terms of GDP per capita and we must remember that there are countries whose people struggle by on an absolute minimum of resources. We should give more generously to them.

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, of course. I would scrutinise how well the States follows through on its May 2019 commitment to make climate and biodiversity considerations central to all decisions.

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?

Guernsey, like many other jurisdictions has been dragged into the failed "war on drugs". Globally, opinion is softening towards cannabis and I think there will be widespread decriminalisation in Europe within a few years. We should of course legalise the use of marijuana for medical reasons and, without getting too far out of step with our neighbours, consider the decriminalisation and eventual legalisation of recreational 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?

There is too much equivocation, too much deliberate delay and "kicking the can down the road". We must try to speed up the decision making process - I think this may be an inevitable outcome of island-wide election which has already and will continue to lead to political alliances. Yes of course, one shouldn't break promise. However, I think especially new deputies soon find themselves tied up in process and departmental responsibility and lose track of their purpose is getting elected. I think a back-bench position is more suited to achieving manifesto plans.

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 would suggest removing mortgage interest tax relieft (after all, there is no such relief for renters!) and simultaneously removing the tax on bonds to make taking a mortgage cheaper and switching mortgages viable. I think shared ownership schemes are a great initiative for getting people onto the housing ladder.

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 have not kept track of the reasons for this delay but would of course do all I can to expedite this legislation coming into law.

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

I really don't understand how loud vehicles get away with it! Reports from members of the public should be invited and acted upon.

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 have not kept track of the reasons for this delay but would of course do all I can to expedite this legislation coming into law.

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'm not sure that air travel will bounce back very quickly - if at all. Certainly at present, and for the next few years, the cost would outweigh the benefits. We have borrowed £500,000,000 and need to invest internally. We should not commit to large capital projects, the benefits of which will accrue to external companies.

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?

No, thank you. I would be interested to see to what extend externalities (noise, carbon cost, loss of habitat) had been incorporated into the cost-benefit analysis.

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

Yes, of course, though I'm not sure how much relevance we would have for them (apart from perhaps Canada which in part owes its existence to a Guernsey man!). I would also be interested to learn whether we could improve our links to France.

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?

Very committed. Also, I believe, carer status.

What criteria do you use for decision making?

Getting very involved in the decision, then leaving it alone for processing for a few hours/days. Normally you find you have reached a decision when you revisit the issue.

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?

We should not legalis euthanasia but we neither must we criminalise people who often for very legitimate reasons want to die. Abortion, although awful, is sometimes a legitimate choice and should remain legal.

It is beyond time to invest in our people, infrastructure and public services. Do you plan to make the island's tax system more fair and progressive, so that more businesses and the wealthy pay a fairer share?

Yes, we need to invest, especially after the Covid borrowing! Yes, I would be in favour of progressive taxes. Wealth disparity has grown and we must look after the less well off.

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?

If people are reluctant to travel by air, Guernsey might be in a good position to benefit from tourism from the UK and Europe. We should aim to have regular, reliable boat services to the UK, Alderney, Jersey and France. I think the airline industry might suffer for some time to come and the price of air travel will almost inevitably rise. There is more space for social distancing on a boat, it's cheaper and, if travelling as a foot passenger, produces much less carbon than air travel.

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

Top 3: revive and thrive, invest in infrastructure (green!), climate and the environment.

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

Playing music for appearing for GADOC/St Stephens, creating a local band, raising awareness of climate change.

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

Yes of course - if possible without any loss of front line services. However, they must first pay fairly - our Covid heroes, the nurses deserve equal pay for equivalent responsibility.

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?

In the absence of competitors, this sounds like a viable idea. Aurigny is after all, a community lifeline.

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

I have no appetite for privatisation - especially after the give aways of Gsy Telecoms and the market!

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

Yes, it's a community life line.

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

.Just when my generation needs it! Guernsey needs more revenue. Pensions already account for 20% of expenditure so it's fairly clear that we need more revenue - and to save for the "bulge". We should prepare for 2040 by focusing on public health and community-building initiatives to make pensioners more self-reliant.

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

Opposed - it is a regressive tax.

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

Hmm.. I'm not sure of the issues here. I'm in favour of preserving our heritage but I don't think the tank wall should be listed. Some structures should be left or encouraged to return to nature.

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

Invest in energy efficiency, local renewable power generation, green finance, improve our food security by becoming more self-sufficient.

Do you believe that the rates of income support are a) too low b) about right or c) too high? Explain your answer in some detail.

Income tax will probably have to rise to pay back the £500m borrowing. We are starting from a very low base and I would like to keep it that way but it may be time to consider a progressive income tax.

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 should grant longer licences to key workers - many of whom are genuinely world class educators, and healthcare workers. We should at least remove the bond fee to make getting (and changing) mortgages cheaper - and possibly pay for that by reducing mortgage interest tax relief and continue to support shared ownership via the GHA.

How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?

Although my morals are based upon my education as a Christian, I must admit that my faith has lapsed so I will not be making decisions based upon faith - other than my faith in science. We should have evidence-based policies.

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 - and think the environmental cost being assessed at a maximum of £9m is dubious - what price loss of habitat, what price the climate? Moreover, I think the parameters have changed after COVID and I'm not sure that air travel will bounce back very quickly - if at all. Certainly at present, and for the next few years, the cost would outweigh the benefits. We have borrowed £500,000,000 and need to invest internally. We probably can't afford to commit to large capital projects, especially those for which the financial benefits of which will accrue to external companies.

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?

GP visits are very expensive - partly because GPs are private companies - but the propotion of the subsidy seems to have dropped. One thing which could be tackled immediately and easily is the requirement to visit the doctor for long term repeat prescriptions. Some chronic but non-life threatening conditions like, mild-moderate asthma, skin conditions and allergies probably don't need to be assessed more than once a year.

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)?

It depends on the quality of life. Palliative care should of course be supported and medical science keeps discovering new ways to manage or even improve some chronic conditions, so never say die. However, if the patient is has a low quality of life and is determined that they want to die, then I think that decision should probably lie with them.

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 - they look like a great idea!

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 small businesses. The Digital Greenhouse is great but instead of just providing space, could the government set up an agency with an annual budget with which to invest!

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?

More funding. Which means we need more money! Which means we need to raise more revenue.

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.

There are strong feelings on both sides of these debates and although deputies should listen to the public, they should also seek to educate themselves on these topics - and then take responsibility for the decision.

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

Yes - that sounds like a good idea. However, the decision ultimately lies with the People's Deputies.

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

3 schools, sixth form centre, technical/arts college. We must make a decision and stick to it!

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?

Yes, maintainance of access to our beaches and Clarence Battery clearly takes precendence over the East Coast development. We must develop a contingency fund for such repairs. They are inevitable and we must start to anticipate them. Inspections and maintenance must be done too! Yes, it all costs money - but it's an investment not just in tourism but in ourselves!

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, I think so.. It seems archaic but we have so much else to think about, that we should leave it for now.

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