- Parish St Saviour
- Experience Past Deputy
- Party The Guernsey Partnership of Independents
I am Guernsey born and I’ve lived here most of my life. I’m married with a teenage son. I worked in local finance for a decade, followed by 25 years as an airline pilot, including as a 737 Captain for BA. In 2012 I was honoured to be elected as a Deputy for the West. I have a Master’s degree in Renewable Energy and Sustainable Construction, and I recently completed the IoD Certificate in Company Direction. My voluntary work has included flying as a pilot for Airsearch and serving as President of La Société Guernesiaise. I’m currently a volunteer director for Safer and the Women’s Refuge.
- A former airline pilot with a finance industry background
- Experienced in government, leadership and the charitable sector
- Passionate about fairness and the wellbeing of all islanders
- Determined to protect and enhance our natural environment
- Pragmatic, practical, analytical, and ready to get to work for Guernsey
Before writing this manifesto, I asked myself “What kind of community do we want to be?” For me, the answer is one that is prosperous and ensures that everyone can participate in that prosperity. It’s a place where we protect and enhance our natural environment, and it’s a place where our children feel they have a future. It’s also a place where we have efficient and effective public services and healthcare, a quality education system and a fully employed workforce. It’s a community which isn’t polarised, like so many around the world, but one that respects the expressing of different views and perspectives but still pulls together.
There are many challenges ahead; both in an island context and also from global events over which we have less direct control, such as Brexit, Covid and climate change.
Our best defence against these events is to have a government with the skills, knowledge and competency to rise up and meet those challenges head on. I believe I have the qualities to be a part of such a government. I offer you experience that is wide-ranging, delivered with energy and positivity.
It is also critical that we never lose sight of the impact government policy has on people’s daily lives.
Here is a very brief summary of my views:
- I don’t believe that taxes should be raised significantly overall. I voted against GST in 2013 because it impacts those on the lowest incomes the most. It’s clear that we need a fairer and more sustainable tax system. We’re a wealthy island but some people in our community struggle to get by and we cannot ignore that if we really believe in Guernsey Together.
- We need to look after the finance industry and nurture other industries to support our economy. Efficiency and the right person in the right public-sector job is key to containing costs without cutting services. Key workers should be properly rewarded.
- Population numbers should be kept broadly stable whilst allowing entry for essential workers. We need to use the talents and skills we already have on island.
- As a Guernseywoman, with parents who lived through the war, I have an instinctive dislike of debt, waste and extravagance. That said, I support necessary capital borrowing to invest in assets such as the harbour and in income-generating projects that will also provide jobs and attract tourists.
- We need to positively look after our natural environment, thinking globally and acting locally. There are many opportunities for meaningful change at little cost, particularly for biodiversity and nature. We need to be more proactive in saving energy as we switch from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy in order to meet climate change targets and to cut pollution and cost.
- I favour three schools but I would wait for the review to make a fully informed choice on the best configuration. It must have broad parental and professional support and the best educational and pastoral interests of our young people at heart. I support the Guernsey Institute, lifelong learning, and retaining all our primary schools.
- Quite simply, everyone should be treated fairly and have the same rights. Progress needs to be maintained on measures that help make the lives of people with a disability easier.
- We must endeavour to preserve green spaces and we need to take another look at the issues around development in the north of our island, and planning generally. Full transparency and public participation is vital in decisions around developments of significant public interest.
- We need to be serious about preventing avoidable ill health so as to enhance quality of life and contain costs.
- I support the vision of the Youth Commission that the Bailiwick should be a place where all children and young people are able to reach their potential.
- The parishes remain an important feature of island life. Island Wide Voting must not mean the end of deputies’ links with their parish Douzaines.
Please do take a look at my full manifesto and the record from my last term which are both on my website. I hope you will conclude that you wish to give me one of your votes when you complete your ballot paper. Thank you.
What others say...
"The States needs more of Yvonne's type: intelligent, committed, thoughtful, articulate and considered."
Gavin St Pier
" I am completely confident that Yvonne has the ability, skills and pragmatism needed for the role of deputy at this very challenging time for the island. She has a genuine desire to help others."
Fiona Naftel, Chair of Safer
Sir de Vic Carey
Mrs Annette Henry
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 been a committee member of Public Services and a minister of Environment. Outside of the States I was President of La Société Guernesiaise and an (unpaid) board member of Safer LBG, The Women’s Refuge and Guernsey Environmental Services. I have contributed in both leadership and non-leadership roles. At La Société, I presided over significant change resulting in an increase in membership and a new look, as well as a financial reorganisation.
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 ?
There are already measures in place, but if they are not proving effective then they should be reviewed. I also support more skills training for islanders to help them in to jobs. The Guernsey Institute will also be a help in this regard. I was pleased to see the most recent fall in the figures, down to 690 from a peak in May of 1631.
What concrete measures would you like to see implemented in Guernsey during the next term to achieve net zero carbon by 2050?
The Climate Change Action Plan, recently approved by the States is a good starting point, but we need to accelerate it.
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?
Even before this election, all deputies were elected to serve the whole island. In my previous term, I helped islanders from the four western parishes, as well as from other parts of the island and would continue to do so if elected again. In my manifesto, I have committed to making myself available to the four Douzaines in my old district of the West to attend Douzaine meetings to discuss forthcoming States business if so required.
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?
By only making realistic promises and by working with others across the political spectrum to achieve the best for Guernsey. I learnt a great deal in my previous term, both on how to do things and how not to do things. I’ve written about it in detail on my website – please take a look.
What are your opinions on climate change and Guernsey's role in tackling it?
Guernsey must play its part in tackling Climate change. This can also be an opportunity for new jobs. We need to accelerate the Climate Change Action Plan.
What are the attributes and skills you will be looking for in the next President of the Policy & Resources Committee?
Competence, the ability to lead and to bring other deputies together. The ability to command respect and to listen to and consider other points of view. Importantly, a lack of hubris.
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?
The first thing to say is that with the emergence of Covid, all bets are currently off as regards a significant investment of £80m to £100m in a runway extension. I have read the latest consultant’s report and there are numerous assumptions contained in it which have little substance. My biggest objection to a runway extension is that there are already who have aircraft that could use our runway and they are not coming here – and it is not the length of the runway that is stopping them.
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, absolutely. We cannot continue being so heavily reliant on one source of public income (personal income tax). The switch away from fossil fuels is welcome but it also means a loss of fuel duty. A review is underway to consider this in detail and what is certain is that there is no single solution. Rather there will need to be a range of solutions.
What are the candidates' views on maternity pay and leave and how would they improve the current arrangements, if at all?
When I was last in the States, I intervened at Policy Council level to successfully accelerate progress on implementing parental pay and leave and think it is something that should be periodically reviewed to ensure that we are striking the right balance.
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?
My vision is called CENTRE which stands for the Centre for Energy, Nature, Tourism, Research and the Environment. Please see my website for more details.
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?
It should be made easier and more attractive to choose alternatives. The rise in walking and cycling during the pandemic, and the emergence of electric bikes which deal with the hills, are already having a significant effect. We must now do the best we can within our limited space to make cycling and walking feel safer and more attractive. There is evidence to show that one of the biggest incentives for people to walk and cycle is other people doing it!
Do you support outsourcing of States services?
This is not a question to which one can answer yes or no. There are some disastrous examples of government outsourcing but there are also times when it makes complete sense. I don’t take an ideological view on it, I take a practical and pragmatic view as to what is best for the taxpayer.
What will you do to educate the islanders about the reality of the climate crisis which is the biggest threat currently facing the world?
Most people already understand this. The government can help by making it easier and more attractive to do the right thing for the environment.
Most environmental problems are caused by the love of growth. Would you consider de-growth?
There is no doubt that the planet simply cannot sustain continued exponential growth – we are already exceeding the carrying capacity of the planet. This question has been asked, in serious circles, since the 1970s. But it is extremely difficult in a small community when everyone else is playing by a certain set of rules to be the one to step off the merry-go-round. The solution for now is to be guided by the Sustainable Development Goals as appropriate to our community. This includes reducing greenhouse gases and waste.
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?
It should be made easier to choose alternatives. The rise in walking and cycling during the pandemic and the emergence of electric bikes which deal with the hills are already having a significant effect. We must now do the best we can within our limited space to make cycling and walking feel safer and more attractive. There is evidence to show that one of the biggest incentives for people to walk and cycle is other people doing it! There is already funding within the transport strategy.
What environmental policies would you support to reduce Guernsey’s reliance on the internal combustion engine, in support of International global warming initiatives?
In many ways industry changes will dictate this switch. However, I support initiatives that make it easier to use more environmentally friendly forms of transport. I brought a policy to the States in 2014 that introduced a subsidy for electric vehicles but it was overturned after public objections.
What measures will you put in place during the next term to ensure that environmental biodiversity will be protected and enhanced?
In December 2015, I was pleased to bring the first Biodiversity Strategy to the States. It was something of a battle, but with support from many in the community, the States agreed to pass the strategy with funding of £80,000 per annum (it might sound a lot in household terms, but it represented 0.02% of the States’ annual budget and a fraction of what has been spent on repeatedly investigating a runway extension). I’m pleased to see the 5-year update in the form of the Strategy for Nature
Do you agree that there is a climate crisis caused predominantly by the actions of humans?
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?
The easiest way to protect this area is by finding a suitable alternate site for inert waste.
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 support accelerating the Climate Change action plan as agreed by the States.
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?
When I first flew Trislanders for Aurigny in 1994, there was talk that it was the last year and that they would need replacing very soon. I was sorry to see the Trislanders eventually go over twenty years later but if they weren’t at the end of their life then, it can’t realistically have been that far away. Aurigny as a private company was able to run a profitable inter-island and Southampton-Alderney service because the aircraft had long since been written down and, essentially, they cost nothing in capital terms. Also, there was only one pilot. The introduction of the Dornier was badly mishandled and the costs to the company rose steeply, both in terms of cost of capital and cost of personnel. However, despite being a poor solution when compared with the Trislander which was no longer available, it was probably, unfortunately the only solution. I think the jury is still out on the value of the ‘fog-busting’ aircraft. Overall, yes, it is worth having our own airline, but what is desperately needed is a clear decision on its role, purpose and management. We can’t go on as we are, especially having just seen the latest accounts.
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?
The premise of the question is wrong as the anti-tank wall is not a sea defence. It was a tank wall built just below the high tide mark on a beach that had no need for a sea defence and with the purpose of stopping an allied tank invasion. We have numerous sea defences that we do urgently need to maintain. It therefore seems nonsensical to maintain one that was never actually needed for that purpose. My question to you would be: If L’Ancresse east bay was still in the condition it was before 1940, backed by maintenance-free dunes, would you now be advocating building an unattractive concrete anti-tank wall just below the high tide mark? If not, why should we spend money protecting one that we didn’t ask to be put there and that is not needed?
A significant proportion of the concerns about the two college model of secondary education related to the capital costs and space standards: they could have been addressed with higher spending. Would you be prepared to spend more money on the future model of secondary education than previously agreed by the States in September 2019? If so, how much more?
I do not wish to second guess the review that is due to come before the States early in the next term, except to say that I prefer a three-school model but would want to see the review in order to understand which 3 school version provides the best balance of education, pastoral care, facilities and cost.
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?
Since the imposition of zero-10 the States have continually made changes to it, such as puling more businesses into the 10% bracket, while at the same time not falling foul of regulations.
If elected, what priority will you give to the introduction of the already-drafted consumer protection legislation?
A thorough review of the legislation priority list is needed. I support consumer protection legislation.
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 understand an amendment was approved earlier this year to address this issue.
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?
I’m not at all certain that the premise of your question is correct in that such privatisation would achieve that effect. However, broadly, I do not support privatising Beau Sejour as it is a public good. The risk would be that it would become only available to well-off people. It belongs to the people of Guernsey. Neither do I support privatising utilities. Things that are so vital to our daily lives should not be put in the hands of people, possibly foreign corporations, who have zero interest in the daily lives of Guernsey people. I would not have sold Guernsey Telecom either.
Increasing home working will likely result in surplus office space. Will you encourage an urgent revision of Planning Policies to facilitate conversion of retail and office space to residential & curb green-field development?
I support the 5-year review of the IDP that is due in 2021 and all issues that have arisen in the first 5 years of its operation need to be considered. This includes social change. I support the preservation of green spaces.
What is your attitude towards enhanced and mandatory registration, chipping and DNA recording of dogs and control of their fouling, island-wide?
I think this is worth investigating.
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?
It cannot be one thing (I can never answer the ‘what is your favourite film’ type of question either. It depends!) To bring the island back to a balanced budget, to restore unemployment to minimum levels, to make Guernsey fairer and to protect the 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 have worked on Committees and Boards and have successfully resolved issues to enable moving forward with a consensus view. I agree that this is an important skill in politics.
Would you support not giving Local Market licenses to those earning above a set level to support both LM and OM?
Presumably your question indicates you would hope that such a policy would make Open Market houses more expensive and Local Market houses cheaper by increasing the demand for Open market and reducing demand for Local market? I would like to find ways to make it easier for young locals to get their first property. Unfortunately, things that have been tried in the past have had little effect.
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?
It would be interesting to know the number of such properties facing dereliction. I’m not sure that first time buyers are generally in the market for listed properties which are often larger, older and more expensive. If it is the case that listed properties are falling into significant disrepair due to onerous heritage restrictions then that is a matter that needs investigation. I do think we should avoid building on green spaces when there are brownfield sites available.
Would you support changes in the law to make cannabis for personal use legal?
A review is needed to take all the evidence into account.
Question for New Candidates: During the COVID-19 lockdown States Meetings were held virtually. On 24th of June Meetings resumed in the Royal Court Chamber. As a prospective States Member have you spent any time at all in the public gallery observing our Parliament (potentially your future workplace) in action? If not, why not?
I spent 4 years in the States 2012-16 and visited the public gallery before that period and since then as well.
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?
By means of our Overseas Aid programme which is carefully controlled and managed to ensure that the funds reach their intended recipients and projects.
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 ?
I’m a former deputy, but yes, scrutiny of Government is vital by means of the Scrutiny Committee and also individual deputies who ask written and oral questions of States Committees, and by the Access to Public Information system.
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 support a review of the issue early in the next term to take all the evidence into account.
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?
Even if all changes cannot be made immediately, we should endeavour to introduce those changes that can be made as soon as possible, to start helping people. Collective responsibility lies with the States on decisions, but with the Committee on implementation.
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?
Mortgage tax relief has been slowly reduced as the States finances are vulnerable to changes in interest rates. Additionally, the amount was considered to be ‘built-in’ to house prices thus not actually helping people afford to get on the property ladder. It is a very difficult issue, but shared ownership is one route.
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?
Even if all changes cannot be made immediately, we should endeavour to introduce those changes that can be made quickly as soon as possible, to start helping people.
What would you do to address traffic noise pollution from vehicles speeding and backfiring along St Georges Esplanade/Les Banques and towards town?
This is an enforcement issue.
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?
Even if all changes cannot be made immediately, we should endeavour to introduce those changes that can be made quickly as soon as possible, to start helping people.
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?
That is £20k over 40 years – which is £500 a year. I certainly support sustaining and enhancing the tourist industry. I do not think a runway extension will necessarily achieve this and it could in fact have a negative effect on air connectivity. We need to improve tourist attractions and diversify accommodation availability, as well as improve sea links.
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?
Being a commercial airline pilot for 25 years I am indeed aware of the various reports that have been done into a runway extension. For many reasons I do not support a runway extension, but even if I did I do not consider now, in the midst of a pandemic, is the right time.
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?
Brexit is happening and it would appear to make sense for Guernsey to strengthen ties with other nations.
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 was pleased to see that the States decided to bring forward proposals from phase 3 to phase 2 in order for this work to proceed more quickly.
What criteria do you use for decision making?
Evidence based decision making, informed by public views. If elected, I would never vote a certain way just because another deputy is voting that way. However, I am open to all arguments and to changing my mind in the light of new evidence.
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 think that in issues which are clearly a matter of conscience such as these, assisted dying in particular, there is an argument for it to be decided by referendum. I do support a woman’s right to choose, but with a time limit.
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?
A tax review has commenced and we need to ensure it is both more sustainable and fairer.
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?
My vision is called The CENTRE which stands for The Centre for Energy, Nature, Tourism, Research and the Environment. This is a self-funding flagship destination. See my website.
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
Many in this list are equally important. I do not support a runway extension. We can achieve much more for travel connectivity by investing the £100million in better sea links and harbour infrastructure.
List your achievements to date which have been a benefit to Guernsey.
I have done voluntary work for Safer, the Women’s Refuge, La Société Guernesiaise, the Prison and Airsearch. When in the States, my department was the only one to meet and exceed savings targets of hundreds of thousands of pounds annually.
Do you support a reduction in the cost of running the civil service? If so, how would you do that and over what timescale?
The cost of the civil service is significant part of the States’ Budget so it is simply not possible to ignore it as a source of savings. Efficiency is the most obvious answer, but I also question the endless reorganisation in the name of savings which always seems to be in process but never reaches its destination.
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?
While I support Aurigny (although we must make a clear decision as to its role and what subsidy is acceptable) I do not believe that it should have a monopoly on all routes. That being said, the ideological Open Skies policy has not delivered, unsurprisingly. We should not be shy about giving Aurigny a monopoly on key routes. I would include Manchester in this.
What is your view regarding commercialisation with respect to States owned entities?
I support commercialisation but not privatisation.
Should the island be spending tax payers money on maintaining air and sea links?
Air and sea links are vital to the island. Naturally we should make them as self-sustaining financially as possible but to the extent that they are not then taxpayer support is inevitable. However, careful decisions must be made. The recent enormous subsidy paid to Flybe to operate the Heathrow route effectively gave £80 of taxpayers’ money to every traveller and largely took traffic away from Aurigny, wasting the best part of £1m.
What is your view on future funding for long term care as current funding will be insufficient by 2040?
This is a very difficult matter but one that has to be grasped. It is clear that there is extremely limited support for using funds from the primary family home so therefore other ways need to be found and a review is set to return on this next term.
What is your opinion of introducing a goods and sales tax?
I voted against GST when last in the States as it impacts those on lower incomes the most, in terms of disposable income.
Would you support the ‘listing’ of all remaining historic military structures, as Jersey has done, to ensure their ongoing protection, repair and maintenance?
I don’t know enough to give an unqualified ‘yes’ but would be interested to learn more about the issue and the costs of so doing.
What initiatives would you put in place to grow our economy?
I think we could do a lot more on tourism. With climate change many people are looking to fly shorter distances and Guernsey should be an ideal destination. I support the building of a landmark Centre for Energy, Nature, Tourism, Research and the Environment (CENTRE) that would be self-funding and put Guernsey on the map for ecological tourism and research.
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.
It is important that supplementary payments are structured in such a way that they do not provide a disincentive to work.
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?
It’s not only about young people coming to the island, but it’s also about making it more attractive for local young people to stay. Young people leave for different reasons but for some it is because of the affordability of housing. It’s not an easy problem to fix – if it was we would have solved it years ago as many have tried. What I can say is that I will be supportive of all sensible initiatives to improve matters.
How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?
I do not have a religious faith so it would not have any influence in my voting decisions.
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 read the entire Frontier Economics report. However, I feel that it makes numerous assumptions that cannot be substantiated (this is not a criticism per se, all such reports have to make assumptions, estimates and projections). I do not agree with all the assumptions and conclusions and I think the disadvantages of extending the runway would outweigh the advantages. Of course, the report was prepared before the pandemic and therefore many of the assumptions don’t apply any more. It is necessary to wait and see how travel plays out once the global air travel situation settles down post-Covid.
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?
We found ways of administering primary health care differently during Covid and I think some of the lessons learned could lead to a restructuring that would enable lower costs and fairer access.
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)?
These two things are not mutually exclusive. While I am pulled in both directions on the issue of euthanasia, what it absolutely must not lead to is a situation that stops people from choosing quality 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?
I think it is vital to support other career pathways and will undertake to read more about this interesting subject.
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 people, small businesses, revitalising the harbours and progressing Leale’s Yard. Improve digital and physical infrastructure and connectivity. Support training and skills initiatives (including the Guernsey Institute).
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?
Mental health issues need to be addressed and a joined-up service is of course needed. At the same time, we need to look at the causes of mental health issues and see how we can in some cases try to prevent problems from occurring.
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.
On certain matters of conscience, I think garnering the views of as many people as possible in the community is important. However, these are often issues which split people and the States down the middle.
What is your position on the opportunity to debate the abortion issue more openly and fairly with more balanced representations to the Deputies?
It seemed as an observer last time that representations were made from both sides. This is a question of conscience which splits deputies just as it does the public and that will never change.
How do you see the way forward for secondary education in the island? Do you favour a particular model and if so which one?
I favour a 3-school model but I would wait for the review to make a fully informed choice as to which version of 3 schools would be best on balance.
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?
It is important to maintain what we have and keep access to our beautiful bays which are not only loved by locals but form part of our tourist offering. I do not see this as an either/or with upgrading our harbours and progressing work at Leale’s Yard/the Bridge.
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"?
As I understand the current situation, the States has agreed to move away from the old system whereby the proceeds went to the Ecclesiastical Court, and the Dean of Guernsey did not oppose this move. It is important that the new system is not bureaucratic or inefficient.