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Personal Statement

Having sold my business, Orchard PR, I am now free to devote my time and energy to serving the island as a States deputy without conflict or distraction. I am a confident person with the interest, energy and enthusiasm needed to be a conscientious deputy. I am coming to Guernsey politics with a fresh perspective and I believe this is the time for boldness in the States.

  • I founded and ran my own business for 21 years
  • 40 years interested in local politics while working in journalism and comms
  • A good listener with a career of researching, analysing and evaluating
  • I can challenge, sense-check and highlight the consequences of a course of action
  • A team player, I will do all I can to work collaboratively and constructively in the Assembly

Manifesto

Let’s stimulate Business. Following the Coronavirus, we must do all we can to stimulate and support all sectors of our island’s economy to help fund much-needed services.

Focus on Connectivity. Lock down showed how reliant the island is on digital connectivity. We need to invest in making this as resilient as we can. We also need to bring the transport strategy to a head and decide how we can fully work our Aurigny asset.

Let’s get Education done. The yo-yoing debate over Guernsey’s secondary schools must be concluded urgently so that our young people can fulfil their potential and for the sake of their teachers and parents.

Emphasis on the Environment. We must preserve what is good about our wonderful island, further enhance the environment and counteract climate change.

I am an independent candidate and I have aligned myself with the Guernsey Partnership because I admire its values and objectives. I will not follow a whip.

A thriving economy is vital

I want to champion measures that will support the revival of the island’s economy. It needs to be buoyant to help fund an inclusive community that provides everyone living in Guernsey with what they need, from health, care and wellbeing to financial support.

For a strong, dynamic, sustainable and diverse business economy to thrive we need a first-class education system, economic diversification, world class telecoms and the best digital and transport connectivity. We must remain competitive and high profile in the international business arena – our principal industry.

Also, it is shocking that one in five of our fellow islanders lives in relative poverty, including those in in-work poverty which hits many hard working families. Any increases in tax and other contributions will make life even harder for middle-income households.

I am committed to creating a community that gives all islanders fair access to what they need. We have a tremendously strong third sector, often filling the gaps, but it needs ongoing States partnership which will be both cost-effective for the taxpayer and an effective mix of “being with” and “doing for” those in need.

I want to maximise and protect the potential of Guernsey’s unique environment for its current residents and generations to come.

Time for action

It is the time for action. The States needs to move forward cohesively in a more responsible, respectful, transparent and accountable way, putting unhelpful factions behind us so that we can make the Revive and Thrive vision a reality.

I believe passionately in two-way communication – the States should communicate loud and clear with islanders and listen at least as much as it speaks – this might mean more referenda on major issues.

Working together

I share the desire of the Guernsey Partnership to Move Forward Together – to work collaboratively, collectively and conscientiously. To make the progress urgently needed we must stop revisiting issues time and again. I am an independent candidate and will be guided by evidence, expertise, experience and my conscience rather than a party line.

The coronavirus produced excellent leadership and strong communication from our government. Let’s have more of this!

For the States to become decisive and effective we need the right people in the Assembly.

I should like to be one of the 38 deputies entrusted with this extremely important task at a critical time in Guernsey’s history. Please give me your vote.

My CV:

Grammar School for Boys.

1980 to 1988 – Journalist at The Guernsey Press and Oxford & County Newspapers.
1989 to 1996 – Public Relations practitioner at White Knight PR (part of the Wallace Barnaby Group).
1996 to 2017 – Founder and Managing Director of Orchard PR.
2017 to Present – Freelance writer and consultant.
Director of Elizabeth College, IOD Committee Member.
Former President, Young Business Group, and Council Member, Guernsey Chamber of Commerce.
Fellow, Chartered Practitioner and former national board member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.
Former member of fledgling Guernsey Language Commission.
Interests: Running, performing music, acting and writing. Christian and a member of St Peter’s Church.
Married to Lois with two adult sons.

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 have sat on committees for the last 30 years, including Young Business Group, Chamber of Commerce and the IOD, which I'm still on. I've been on the board and council, nationally, of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations in London and I'm on the Elizabeth College Board. I am a conscientious committee member and I am told that my value is in asking challenging questions, sense-checking and highlighting the consequences of a course of action as well as ensuring that the organisation/committee communicates well with its external stakeholders. I am confident and willing to voice my opinion and take on delegated tasks.

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 see this as part of population management. If a professionally qualified local resident can do a job I cannot see why we'd go elsewhere to fill a role.

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

There are many small things that could be done which, in total, will make a difference. It should start with strong communication and ongoing education in a bid to change behaviour.

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?

If elected I will have an island-wide mandate and I will be responsive and accountable to all islanders.

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

I'm not sure that there's a great demand for agricultural land and I'd rather see well kept fields than overgrown and neglected land; however I do accept that there's an environmental and conservation aspect to this. I was surprised by the recent headline and I think that the Environmental and Infrastructure committee need to keep a close eye on the trend.

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 will work hard to back up my convictions but I can only do my best.

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

I think 2050 is a long time away. Jersey target for net zero emissions is 2030 and we should strive to move closer to that.

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

Leadership, Honesty, a collaborative mindset.

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 can't ignore a cost benefit analysis and if it's in favour I would take it seriously. I'd also want to know how the "new normal" post-Covid might have changed things and what we could achieve without extending the runway as I'm not sure all the alternatives have been fully considered.

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?

A tax review is due shortly and, if elected, I will look carefully at the proposals with diversification in mind.

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?

Vision is very important and there are a few already in place, the Economic Development Strategy for example. The Revive and Thrive strategy is an overarching one that needs to be further developed. What I strongly believe is that there must be better communication and engagement around all these plans and strategies.

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?

Lock down allowed many of us to explore and appreciate the island much more, including by bicycle and on foot and there is much to enjoy and appreciate. As a convert to the electric bike over the last 12 months, now only using my car about twice a week, I'd like to see a survey of the island, possibly in partnership with the Guernsey Bicycle Group, to identify locations for more cycle lanes.

Do you support outsourcing of States services?

Yes, for some things. It's much easier to negotiate a competitive price for services and to dispense with the supplier if they're not doing a good job than it is to remedy and under-performing team or department.

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

Communication and education are key. Unusually, in this instance it is the younger generation who have a better understanding about the damage being done to the planet and we need to focus on the adult population. I'd like to see the target date for zero carbon emissions brought closer than 2050. Jersey's target is 2030.

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

With the ageing demographic combined with the need to stimulate business I don't see any way forward other than growth. It's not a love so much as a need. However, the impact of growth should always be a consideration.

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'd like to see more cycle lanes and some kind of disincentive for those who use narrow lanes as rat runs. It needn't be expensive. Educational campaigns would be a good start to encourage a change in behaviour. I would not support additional taxation on the motorist however and I believe this would disproportionately disadvantage those less well off.

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 incentivise cyclists and encourage more people to take up cycling following the renewed interest seen during lock down. I'd like to see an audit of island roads to determine where more cycle lanes might be established.

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

I think this needs to be led by education rather than legislation.

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?

It's something of a grand project and it just hasn't found itself in the list of priorities, I assume. I do favour private public partnerships, however, and this seems to be a great opportunity to explore that approach.

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?

In balancing the island's needs we do, unfortunately, have to accept some unsightly and undesirable processes. It's not a complete solution but we could try to mitigage such operations by preserving, protecting and enhancing other habitats in the island.

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

This consideration must be embedded in all policy making. I don't understand why we have accepted 2050 when Jersey is aiming for 2030.

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've not heard any convincing argument as to how we can otherwise preserve our lifeline links with the outside world. Of course it should be run as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible but we may have to accept that it will never break even. I can't comment on whether it is run efficiently but by having a number of different aircraft types there is a requirement for more specialist engineers than might otherwise be the case. I don't think the new aircraft were purchased on a whim or as a luxury.

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?

It's not a sea defence and I think the bay would be very attractive in its original 1930s state but I understand that some people are very much in favour of repairing it and I wonder if alternative, more cost-effective solutions might be explored?

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?

We need a workable model that is fit for purpose and I'm not convinced that this will be achieved by additional expenditure. That said, the new Assembly will need to study the forthcoming report comparing the four models in play and cost should not be the overriding factor.

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?

I'd never say never to reviewing whether something put in place some years ago is still fit for purpose, however we do need to ensure that our business sector remains internationally competitive and compliant. This is a specialist area and requires expert knowledge and advice.

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

Consumer protection is important. We are a heavily legislated island with a backlog of legal drafting. I agree that the list of legislative priorities must be kept under review.

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?

No, I didn't know that. It does not sound right.

Would you support a programme of privatisation of island utilities and other facilities such as Beau Sejour to help reduce record levels of borrowing resulting from the cost of Covid defences?

If the reality bears this out then we should look at how we can make best use of no longer needed retail and office space, yes.

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

There are positives to this approach and it is unfortunate that some dog owners are so irresponsible. I am wary of the potential cost of administering such a scheme however.

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?

My biggest goal is to do everything we can to stimulate business.

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 led a business for 21 years and I am a team player. In dealing with and advising clients over three decades I have often used mediation and conciliation to bring two opposing sides to, at least, a position of acceptance.

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

I'm not sure that decision can be made in isolation to the need for experts in certain areas or whether it would comply with human rights.

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?

This is a big problem that I observe when out walking my dog in various parts of the island. There are too many empty or derelict properties in Guernsey and it's already something I've noted for pursuing should I be elected.

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

No.

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. In my time as a Guernsey journalist (8 years) I reported on many States meetings. It's what first inspired a lifelong interest in Guernsey politics. I've also attended meetings from time to time when debates have been of particular interest to me or my clients.

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 are, generally, a well-off community and I support the relatively low level of support that we offer to crises elsewhere in the world so long as it is via verified, credible organisations.

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 ?

This is quite subjective. In principle government departments and committees should be held accountable. Ideally, they should have to be reviewed six months later to see whether any shortcomings highlighted have been remedied.

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?

For a number of reasons I am against decriminalising the possession and personal use of cannabis.

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 have spoken to some people affected by this delay and I do have sympathy with them. I expect it is partly related to the diverting of resources towards dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. Any delays in delivering important services must be challenged, otherwise they undermine trust in the States.

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 support all existing measures to assist Guernsey residents to access affordable housing and I hope that collaboratively the new States can introduce more assistance for those who need it. I have not given thought to specific ideas at this point.

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 spoken to some people affected by this delay and I do have sympathy with them. I expect it is partly related to the diverting of resources towards dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. Any delays in delivering important services must be challenged, otherwise they undermine trust in the States. The new Assembly should press for this delay to be shortened.

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

I would request that the Guernsey Police embark on a campaign to deal with this public nuisance.

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 spoken to some people affected by this delay and I do have sympathy with them. I expect it is partly related to the diverting of resources towards dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. Any delays in delivering important services must be challenged, otherwise they undermine trust in the States. The new Assembly should press for this delay to be shortened.

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 know there is a lobby for the runway extension. The new States will have to look at this again, based on the Frontier report and decide whether or not to proceed.

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 know there is a lobby for the runway extension. The new States will have to look at this again, based on the Frontier report and decide whether or not to proceed.

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?

Definitely. We should share with and learn from as many other nations as possible. The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is a good starting point.

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 am against discrimination of all kinds.

What criteria do you use for decision making?

Evidence, research, engagement with stakeholders and cost.

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 am pro-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?

I believe that now is the time to invest. Wise investment in overdue infrastructure will bring wide benefits. A tax review is due and I expect that the factors mentioned in this question will be considered in the proposals that go before the Assembly. I want to see all Guernsey people get fair access to what they need and that will mean ensuring that those less well off are not unfairly impacted.

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 would like to see a more effective partnership between government and the tourist industry. In my view the role of Visit Guernsey should be reviewed, become more transparent and most likely outsourced. Tourism still has legs for Guernsey and there are some very strong and entrepreneurial people in our hospitality sector. Let's get behind them.

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

1) Drive economy; 2) Implement revive and thrive; 3) Sort out schools; 4) Address social needs; 5) Protect the environment; 6) Air and sea links.

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

I'm a first-time candidate. I founded and ran a business for 21 years which provided employment for around 15 people and contributed to the success of many other businesses in the island.

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

To recover from the impact of the pandemic and pay for the services we need, a combination of investment in the right projects and savings, where possible, will be needed across the board. So far, reforms of the Civil Service have not delivered financial savings. I think we should take another look at what can be outsourced to, or partnered with, the private sector. This should start ASAP with KPIs in place and six-monthly reporting on progress.

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?

I'm uncertain whether Aurigny has sufficient capacity to cover all air routes, in normal times, and increasing capacity would only increase its costs, however it does make sense to give Aurigny first refusal on routes.

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

I think we should always be open to this but, on balance, my preference would be for public/private partnerships.

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

Yes. These are the lifeline for the island in so many ways. They are worth investing in.

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

The model of health and care is being transformed and long term care forms part of this. Our aging demographic is a serious concern in a number of areas of island life and will be a challenge for future Assemblies. I don't have an instant solution but we will need to look after our older citizens.

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

I am completely against this regressive form of taxation.

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

I am unsure whether all should be listed but I do believe they should be prioritised in order that we retain landmark structures.

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

More consultation with business as to what they need so that we can ensure the right infrastructure is in place and public/private partnerships.

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 but there is a need for constant review to ensure that certain groups, such as the squeezed middle, are not overlooked.

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?

This is really important and we need to ensure that the development of the right type of housing and rental accommodation is encouraged.

How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?

I am a Christian. I will vote based on my conscience, stakeholder engagement and the evidence presented in policy letters.

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

I have not yet read this yet but I intend to; also I was interested to hear the CEO of Aurigny say that a longer runway would not benefit the airline and that the market is not big enough to justify larger aircraft. All these factors need to be weighed in the balance.

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?

This is not an area that I've developed a view on as yet.

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)?

My preference is for end of life and palliative care.

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

It makes sense for us to include T levels in our curriculum. Not all of our young people will go to university and some are more technically than academically inclined. We need to give them the education they need to thrive.

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, or partner with commercial entities to bring about the very best connectivity we can afford. Guernsey has the right size and scale to be a centre of excellence in this area. We should also divert a limited budget to speculating - picking winners - so that the next Specsavers or Healthspan will feel welcome to make Guernsey its home.

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?

This is a complex issue and I don't feel qualified to give an answer other than to say that any gap in provision is a serious matter and the service must be kept under constant review. We are all so much more aware of mental health and those suffering from poor mental health should not be ignored.

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.

In general I am in favour of much greater communicaton and engagement with the Guernsey community on all major issues and, if elected, I will champion this.

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

Such emotive issues require strong communication and engagement, especially listening, before decisions are made.

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

Three schools and a separate single sixth form provision feels proportionate to the size, culture and infrastructure of Guernsey. However, the new Assembly should remain open minded until the next report is published. Then a final decision must be taken.

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?

We need to balance the maintenance and upkeep of our natural assets with investment in new infrastructure that will bring additional benefits to the island.

What are your views about the proposed way forward with regard to Probate, recognising that the age-old system has been efficient, pastoral, and inexpensive? Are you of the view "if it ain't broke don't fix it"?

I am insufficiently knowledgeable about this to make an informed response right now.

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