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Personal Statement

My career has been spent in public service - working for the States and in public service broadcasting at BBC Guernsey. As the station’s Political Reporter only three politicians have sat through more States meetings than me in the last two decades. So I have a wide understanding of the issues facing the island. And with challenging times ahead I believe we need continuity, but also some change in the Assembly.

  • Vast experience and knowledge of Guernsey politics as BBC Guernsey’s States Reporter
  • A career of public service - as a civil servant working on environmental issues; and then in public service broadcasting
  • Priorities for this political term are the economy, education and the environment
  • Transport links on/off island need to be reliable and affordable
  • Greater power needs to be given to scrutiny of the States

Manifesto

I am going into the election with my eyes wide open. This next political term is going to be one of the most challenging for many years. Rather than perceive the impact of the recent pandemic as a threat I see it as a real opportunity for the States. However, we need a cohesive group of politicians with a range of different skills that best represent the interests and makeup of our society. I believe we don’t need parties to achieve this. We just need committed people who will work together in the island’s best interests.

Too much time is spent on the floor of the Assembly – we need more concise and focussed meetings and debates.

States members should set policy and civil servants should implement it. This should mean fewer sittings - there have been more than ever in the first six months of this year.
Too much talk. Too little action.

Before every election there’s lip service paid to greater accountability, openness and transparency. When in reality there is now less of all three. We need a proper Freedom of Information law, greater access to politicians and a more powerful and adequately resourced Scrutiny function.

There is much work to do. A debate is needed early in the term on what States priorities should be. Much thought needs to be given to how to revive the economy. The Budget debate in December will be crucial. A full appraisal is needed of States spending – alongside the already planned tax and benefits review – before key decisions can be made on how to tackle the inevitable deficit in public finances and how to pay back the massive borrowing. Investment is needed in the local economy.

We need to focus more on our environment. While targets have been set to tackle climate change we should be more ambitious in achieving them. There should be incentives for greener energy use, generation and energy efficiency. Our open and wild spaces need protection – native species and habitats are at risk and in decline. The islands’ unique marine environment and fisheries need appropriate management. Far too many “agricultural fields” are being converted to gardens. The Island Development Plan needs to be revisited.

The way secondary education is delivered should be resolved once and for all. The mishandling of this over the last two Assemblies shows we need change in the makeup of the States. This was one of the major election issues 4 years ago and the last Assembly failed to deliver. I am in favour of three States secondary schools, not two, but I believe we need to await the outcome of the review of possible models before making a FINAL commitment. Students, teachers and parents have been messed around for far
too long.

The States also failed to deliver on another one of the key election issues four years ago – the islands’ transport links. These have deteriorated, not improved. FlyBE has disappeared and Blue Islands has effectively relocated to Jersey. Establishing reliable, sustainable and affordable connections with our closest neighbours - by air and sea - has to be a priority. I would like to see the Frontier Economics Report on a possible runway extension brought forward and debated as a matter of priority. The States also has to decide what it wants from its own airline. There is little strategic direction and taxpayers could end up subsiding Aurigny more than £20m this year alone. This is unsustainable. Much thought needs to be given as to the future strategic direction of our airline. Transport links will be essential as we try to help the island’s visitor economy back to its feet.

In my opinion too much time and resources have been spent on reviews, plans and strategies, rather than getting things done. An expensive housing strategy took years, yet not a single unit of affordable housing has been built this term. Too much money is wasted on consultants. An expensive review of all States property is overdue. This is our money.

The States have passed significant social policy reforms in recent months but I now want to see the requisite laws brought forward. Work has begun on the issue of funding long term care for the elderly but real progress is now necessary. More support should be given to carers and those who look after the vulnerable in the community. The work done by local charities is amazing and the third sector needs the full backing of the States.

The focus in health should be tackling the backlog of operations and treatments for islanders, and honouring the commitment made to spending on NICE treatments. It should be more affordable to see a doctor. Prescriptions for the elderly need to be kept low. And a Reciprocal Health Agreement with the UK should be revisited.

Sport is of vital importance to the island. Along with a resolution to the education debate I want to see sport move up the agenda of ESC with all the benefits it can bring, economically, socially and health wise.

I do not pretend to have all the answers but, if elected, will work hard with others and act with integrity in the best interests of the Bailiwick. I am keen to learn and will listen to your views, try to answer your questions and look forward to meeting you in the coming weeks.

Please consider using one of your votes for Simon FAIRCLOUGH on October 7th.

Thank you.

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?

Having been a civil servant I was involved with Committee work - for example the Board of Administration's Environment Committee, however not as a politician. I believe too much time can be spent in Committee meetings and the numbers involved should be kept at a minimum.

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 believe closer and more co-operative working is needed between the Employment and Social Security Committee and employment sectors and representative bodies to ensure local jobseekers can be more easily matched with vacancies. However I believe there are positions that cannot be filled locally, and we need to keep ensuring our Population Management Law is flexible enough to meet the needs of the economy.

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

I would like us to be more ambitious than 2050. That's a whole generation away. The concrete measure I would NOT like to see is concrete and other builders' waste tipped into a unique bay on the island's east coast - destroying 10% of our eel grass - which is a superb carbon sink. We need an ongoing commitment to only sourcing our electricity from renewable sources. We should press ahead with a DIRECT cable link to France to secure our energy supply. But we also need to start incentivizing local energy production and sale to the grid.

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 think the priority has to be on island-wide issues as there are so many key challenges facing the island as a whole at the moment. However, I believe island-wide voting is actually an opportunity for parishes to fill a gap. And the recent lockdown has shown the importance of our really local communities within the wider Bailiwick.

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

Absolutely. This appears on my manifesto. There are sometimes as many as half a dozen a week in the Planning List. We are seeing too much "suburban creep" locally and I would like an urgent review of the Island Development Plan to include the addressing of this issue.

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?

Obviously only significant policy decisions should come before the States and need a majority of members to be approved. But I feel there needs to be more accountability for decisions made and would like to see a list of the outstanding decisions made by the States made publicly available so Committees can be judged on their performance.

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

Climate change is one of the biggest threats facing the planet. And the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit have overshadowed this reality in the last year. But Guernsey is part of the international community and must play its part. It's too easy to think "we are small so we will do nothing". We now need to get behind the climate change action plan and be even more ambitious.

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

Someone who can bring the States together. The unfortunate 20-20, 20-20, 20-19 vote 4 years ago set the tone for a divided Assembly and its subsequent failure to make progress on key issues.

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?

Yes.

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 do. We have too many eggs in one basket and I believe there's too much emphasis on the finance industry.

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

I'm not sure if the questioner means maternity pay in the States or private sector. I am lucky enough to work for an employer which provides maternity leave, but payment has to be down to individual companies and circumstances.

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?

Well done for submitting the toughest question on here. Successive States Assemblies have spent many years and resources trying to come up with a plan, with little success. I think the answer gets lost in the detail at times. Because everyone probably has a different view on this. I think the States needs to focus on the deliverables. And with health, wellbeing and happiness for all being the Arcadian vision I think we need to focus on addressing issues which hamper this - including the widening gap between haves and have nots.

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. I would like to see incentives for people using public transport, but I think the private sector also has a part to play here.

Do you support outsourcing of States services?

Yes, but decisions as to when this should be done are needed on a case by case basis.

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 are all in this together and the Climate Action Plan needs to carry the Bailiwick's population along with it, through awareness and education campaigns.

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

Well I believe the world's population growth is one of the biggest challenges facing the planet. I believe the problem in Guernsey is more a demographic one. I think we need to look at ways we could change behaviours rather than reduce them per se. For example not insisting everyone travels from their home to an office everyday. We should incentivise changes which have a positive impact. But this is down to us all - government, businesses and individuals.

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?

I think we have to at least consider the introduction of an M.O.T. There are too many poorly maintained vehicles throwing poisonous gases into the atmosphere and these have to be taxed and regulated off the roads.

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

Reduced import tariffs and charges for electric vehicles, more charging points.

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

Guernsey's Strategy for Nature is a step in the right direction, but we must now ensure it is acted upon and funded appropriately. We haven't got any second chances to save our native habitats and species.

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?

Good question!

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

Yes.

Longue Hougue has been proposed as a site for inert waste disposal despite it being a site of international importance in terms of wildlife. La Societe Guernesiase and other scientists have advised against this. What will you do to ensure that this valuable habitat is protected?

I will vehemently oppose this development and make my views known at the Planning Inquiry.

Most scientists and experts agree that a target of 2050 to achieve ‘net zero’ carbon emissions is nowhere near ambitious enough and will have catastrophic consequences around the world. What will you do to ensure that Guernsey takes action to significantly reduce carbon emissions during the next term?

I agree with the scientists and experts. Guernsey has the ability to lead the way here rather than follow. There are lots of things that can be done but I believe the single action which would have the greatest impact would be pressing ahead with a direct cable link to France.

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?

It's unsustainable. A full strategic review, rather than one that is fudged, like last time, is needed. It was the wrong time to buy new aircraft.

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

Yes.

A significant proportion of the concerns about the two college model of secondary education related to the capital costs and space standards: they could have been addressed with higher spending. Would you be prepared to spend more money on the future model of secondary education than previously agreed by the States in September 2019? If so, how much more?

No. But I do think we need to see the review of models and then consider costings.

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 shouldn't be ruled out and has to be considered in the rounds as part of the tax and benefits review.

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

As I have stated elsewhere I think the prioritising of all States projects is needed, and each Committee should have a realistic programme of its work and objectives.

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 believe this will come back to the States in the next phase of the anti discrimination legislation.

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 believe there are other ways of doing this. I think the States has borrowed too much money and an early report and subsequent debate is needed on our financial position. Financial reporting needs to be better and more regular.

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?

The IDP needs to be reviewed urgently, and this is one item that needs to be considered as part of that process.

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

It sounds like a good idea in principle, but there are lots of considerations - not least cost, administration and policing.

I have one question for sitting Deputies and one for new candidates. Deputies:- what, in your mind, was your greatest political achievement in the last four years? New candidates:- What is your biggest political goal in the next four years?

To ensure the Strategy for Nature is working, being supported and funded and showing positive results for environment.

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 believe my mediation and conciliation skills are sound.

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

No.

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?

Again this is an issue which needs to be considered as part of an urgent review of the IDP, which I think has let the island down in being too prescriptive and over complicated.

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

No. But I would consider de-criminalising it.

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've been in there many times, and attend every meeting as part of my job as States Reporter for the BBC.

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?

We should increase our contribution to Overseas Aid and play a full part in the international community.

This is a question for new candidates; do you agree with the principle of scrutiny of government and if so how would you ensure that it was fairly carried out ?

Yes. I believe in scrutiny by all members, but I also want to see greater powers and resources given to our Scrutiny Committee to ensure that openness, accountability and transparency aren't just buzzwords used by candidates on the eve of an election.

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 would consider the decriminalisation of personal use of recreational cannabis, but have concerns about the effects of legalising it.

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?

Lack of progress on such important issues should be challenged regularly using written and verbal questions. And yes Committees, politicians and officers should be accountable for their actions - they are all public servants.

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

We need greater provision of such housing stock. A move away from office use and towards working from home may help this. But the IDP also needs reviewing to see where we can build more affordable units of accommodation.

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?

Through questions in the States and pressure on HSC and P&R. A commitment has been made. The States must honour this.

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

We have legislation to tackle this, but it is difficult to enforce. But I do think the Police should be adequately resourced to tackle such issues. However I am keen that politicians should not get involved in operational issues.

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?

Yes. It needs to happen. It's as simple as that. The present States made the commitment, but hasn't delivered on it. It's why we need change.

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?

100%

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 didn't know that. But I would support a runway extension.

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 think we need to resolve and strengthen our ties with our closest neighbours first and foremost.

The current states assembly has approved proposals for a Discrimination Ordinance, but much work needs to be done. How committed are you to ensuring that LGBTQ+ people, people of colour, people with disabilities and people of faith are protected on this island?

I'm fully committed.

What criteria do you use for decision making?

Risk and reward.

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?

No. And no. I don't believe it's as simple as that, but those are my direct answers to those particular questions.

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?

I would support a more progressive tax system. Income tax is one of the fairer ways of taxing people. We have seen too many stealth taxes introduced by recent Assemblies.

In light of covid-19 and the hit that the tourist industry has taken what plans (if any) would you try to put in place to make Guernsey more attractive to tourists after travel bans are lifted? And do you feel tourism should play a more crucial role in Guernsey? If not, why?

I think we need cheaper and more reliable transport links. Supporting our tourism sector is a no brainer for me and I think it's fallen down the list of States priorities. We need an Economic Development Committee that will give it the due attention and support it deserves.

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

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

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

Setting up the Guernsey Conservation Volunteers - who do amazing work on habitat conservation locally; support of numerous local charities through mainly sporting events and challenges; eight years in the civil service working pre-dominantly on managing the island's environment; public service broadcasting over 18 years to the Bailiwick, highlighting the best of our community and holding the island's government to account where necessary.

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. But before making any commitment I would like to know exactly where we are with regard to progress on reducing the States by some 200 posts as previously announced by the Chief Executive. I would also ensure greater scrutiny of senior appointments as there have been worrying increases in the number of postholders costing £60K+

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?

Aurigny should NOT have a monopoly - we are already seeing the dangers and costs of that.

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

Commercialisation yes, privatisation no. But we have to strike the right balance between profitability and the value of the service to the community. Let me give you 2 examples - the Post Office has returned to profitability but its very expensive to post anything and service levels are poorer e.g. no Saturday deliveries. Aurigny is neither profitable or providing the service levels we need of our own airline.

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

In an ideal world no. But we have to be realistic and given the current circumstances this is not an economically attractive destination for many operators. We should be looking at what we can do to address that, including a longer runway and investing in our tourism sector. Subsidising Aurigny at current levels is unsustainable.

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

I think we will need to increase contribution rates. This issue is due back before the States in the new term, and I think we now have to start making some tough decisions. But I agree with the States recent decision that people shouldn't be forced to sell their homes or parts thereof.

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

I wouldn't like to see it, but will inevitably be considered as one of the options in a tax and benefits review.

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

Absolutely.

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

Investment. In the digital sector. Support for the tourism and hospitality sector to get back on its feet. Improving transport links.

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.

About right. I think Employment and Social Security did a good job in the last term and that the island compares well to other jurisdictions. But I am not an expert in this area.

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?

Yes. We should be falling over ourselves to attract young people back to the island. But affordable housing is needed and the States is not delivering enough or in the right areas.

How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?

It won't.

Have you read the recommendations contained in the Frontier Economics Report in which they state that the long term benefits of extending the runway far outweigh the environmental and capital costs? If so, are you in favour of extending the runway?

Yes. And yes.

What are your views on the cost of Primary Healthcare locally and what innovative ideas do you have that don’t simply involve ‘redirecting funding from a different states pot’ to create fair, equitable and affordable access to Primary Care for all islanders?

It's too expensive to visit the doctor. And the cost prohibits many from going. I think discussions are needed between primary care providers and the States are needed to explore the ways forward. We have seen costs reduced by way of the so-called Partnership of Purpose, but as you say this was the re-distribution of States funds. But it's an example of what can be done. This needs to be one of the priorities for the Health in the new term. I don't pretend to have all the answers.

Do you support developing end of life care (including palliative care) or would you look to introduce a form of euthanasia as in assisted dying (assisted suicide)?

I support appropriate end of life care, tailored to the needs of the individual. I am against assisted dying.

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. And I think they could play a part in the education mix in preparing some youngsters for the world of work. This could be of mutual benefit to the students and the island's economy.

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 need to invest in our digital infrastructure. Covid-19 Lockdown has shown obvious weaknesses in our networks. I believe support for start up business is getting better all the time.

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?

I think there needs to be a speedy review of mental health provision, especially in light of the recent pandemic. I don't mean an expensive review, but a survey of the community to identify the gaps and an education programme to explain to people how they can go about accessing mental healthcare. It's still too stigmatised in my opinion.

How would you as a deputy ensure emotive proposals such as, change to abortion law or assisted dying law would be publicly debated? And allow Islanders to have more of a say in these emotive issues.

I think such issues need to be carefully considered and fully thought through and consulted on, rather than being placed by individuals.

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 welcome such a debate, but do not believe it is a current priority.

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 States schools not 2. I would await the outcome of the review of the 4 models before making a final decision. WHICH THE STATES THEN HAS TO STICK TO AND GET ON WITH.

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 believe one of the reasons little or no progress has been made on essential repairs for Guernsey harbour, is the view that a solution for the harbour area and eastern seaboard can be magic'd up. This has been talked about for decades and a lot of money has been wasted on pipe dreams such as "Little Venice". We need investment in our harbours, and repairs where necessary, but it shouldn't become the saga like the Jersey waterfront development. I believe the focus should be on maintenance, maybe a a new Fish Quay, a new ferry terminal, extension of berths etc.,

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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