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Town Hall, hustings.

What will you actively do about the annual sea lettuce that is only dealt with around the Battle of Flowers and air display?

It is ridiculous that the sea lettuce problem in St Aubin’s Bay has still not been solved, given the scientific and technological resources now available. The ugly green weed that regularly covers the beach and its terrible smell are a serious environmental problem for residents of St Helier No.3 and 4, as well for the thousands of Islanders who use the promenade every day. It is also very damaging for tourism. If elected, I will take a proposition to the States to allocate sufficient funds to finally identify the source of the problem and, as far as possible, eradicate it once and for all.

How would you cope with not knowing who is running the States?

The programme of reorganisation has been very badly handled. The aggressive style of the new States chief executive, Charlie Parker, has undermined staff morale and public confidence. Mr Parker and his spin doctors should be reined in by elected politicians, who should demonstrate that they one who make political decisions. His unchallenged drive to impose UK-style structures and names on Jersey institutions is an insult to the Island’s independence and identity. It is very clumsy and insensitive, as well as undemocratic. Jersey deserves better and the States Members are letting down the public by allowing it to happen.

What was the best non political job that you had in your career and what aspect will convince voters to vote for you and to perform in government of Jersey?

Stroke. To Listen. To Listen. We are making progress, and I hope that initiatives like Beresford Street Kitchen are changing, in a subtle and slow way, how we as a society feel about disability.I still feel a stigma, but less so than I would have done many years ago. Technology is having an impact here, but ultimately this is about hearts and minds.I hope that by standing, I am helping to show that disabled people can play a full role in our society.

The Disability Discrimination Law is positive, but it is the start of a journey. With a magic wand, I’d end the discrimination and stigma around disability, gender issues, mental health, sexuality, age and race. This is a cause that needs political leadership.Changing perceptions is difficult and there are no easy answers, but attitudes are changing. Many young people especially see disability as normal. 

I want everyone, disabled and able bodied, treated the same and I am proud to play my small part.

Do you think it is fair for people who earn £4000 a month pay the same social security as some one earning £10000.

No. We all know that in the past the States have found it all too easy to just heap the extra burden on low, middle Jersey. It is sad.

How important are the repairs to the Fort.

Yes. Minister have not treated this as a priority despite saying that they would, and have not put nearly enough effort into resolving this. 

The fact that the Fort Regent swimming pool is still standing all of these years later is the clearest possible evidence that they do not care. It is not good enough.

If part of the site must be sold to get the capital to redevelop the rest, then let’s get on with it – not put up with more years of delay, and an even more expensive bill at the end

 

 

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Building accommodation in St Helier, why can’t we build else where?

The easiest way for the government to put its money where its mouth is if it is serious about reducing the cost of family homes is through shared equity. This is about allocation of capital – there is still profit to be made by the States in this area, if the laws are reformed. My question is – why have we taken so long to get this working?
Gst off food.
States Members have talked about this for too long but GST remains on food. It is wrong to punish people for buying the bare essentials to feed their families. If it is as complicated as claimed to differentiate between healthy and unhealthy food, we should exempt (or zero

zero-rate) all food. I will bring this important proposition to the House for debate within my first six months if you elect me.

What is the implications and cost to the island?
Scrap 0-10%.  Let’s get on with it! Incorporate companies Island, 0% tax.
Scrap it!
What do you think about the proposal about building a bridge to France?
No!
What is your first target for when you get in the States?
The new name of “the government of Jersey” that we have started to hear from Cyril Le Marquand House is a sad step because it shows how disconnected senior ministers and top civil servants are not just from normal people, but even from politicians within the States Chamber. It worries me that the politicians who we elect appear to have less and less influence and control over how we are governed, and this new title is a sad symptom of that trend.
GST food? I will bring this important proposition to the House for debate within my first six months if you elect me.
What will you do about La Pouquelaye?

Environment, traffic and road safety. Or more. There are more cars on our roads than ever before – and while we may not be able to put the genie back in the bottle, we can take steps to reduce traffic and disruption.

Cruise ships in Jersey?
Brilliant. It is great!
What would you do if not elected?
My personal experience of disability following a stroke ten years ago.

We are making progress, and I hope that initiatives like Beresford Street Kitchen are changing, in a subtle and slow way, how we as a society feel about disability. I still feel a stigma, but less so than I would have done many years ago. Technology is having an impact here, but ultimately this is about hearts and minds. I hope that by standing, I am helping to show that disabled people can play a full role in our society.

The Disability Discrimination Law is positive, but it is the start of a journey. With a magic wand, I’d end the discrimination and stigma around disability, gender issues, mental health, sexuality, age and race. This is a cause that needs political leadership.

Changing perceptions is difficult and there are no easy answers, but attitudes are changing. Many young people especially see disability as normal. I want everyone, disabled and able bodied, treated the same and I am proud to play my small part.

What is the largest single threat to the Jersey economy?Putting resources into education is the only investment that is guaranteed to pay off – that’s because it is an investment in our own future.

How would you give your time as Deputy around work and family life?
Environment  Population, Elderly or more.
Yes. And disabled. And campaigner…….
And family?
Yes.

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Who is going to pay the tax and cover the cost of the ageing population?

I would challenge the assumption that the cost of the ageing population must be paid by tax – in my view, a combination of contributions will be needed from public sector efficiencies, increases to tax for high income earners who can afford to contribute more, and people paying a proportion of their own bills for care. My concern is that the people who are benefitting from a service should be the one paying for it – but we all know that in the past the States have found it all too easy to just heap the extra burden on middle Jersey.

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First Tower hustings..

 

What is your view on the pension poverty.

Life is getting more and more expensive for more and more of us.

We don’t need a review or another report – we need to remove GST from food as a first step, and then to look at what more can be done. The utilities should be praised for keeping price increases low, but given that they are all entirely or majority States-owned, they should be limited by statute to the RPI for any price increases.

Where should the hospital.

The failure by the States to deal with this issue makes us a laughing stock. We have nothing to show for an estimated 38 million pounds worth of expenditure. The priorities should be a) to find a site, b) to build the hospital  and c) to establish who is accountable for this expensive failure. It is not good enough to talk about “lessons being learned” – this is wasted money that could have been spent on our schools, on sustainable homes, or taken from our tax bills entirely, or used as compensation for removing GST from food.

Resolving pay dispute with states employees and Charlie Parker.

I support public sector workers who feel that they have been exploited over pay, excluded from the debate over their own future, and taken for granted by an employer that knows many of them have no options because only the States employs people with their skills. Reform was absolutely necessary to pay and terms, but it has been mishandled by an expensive group of UK-imported civil servants on enormous pay, who will be long gone by the time the full mess becomes apparent, and who will never be held to account. I will be joining the protests against this cuts programme even though I think some reform is necessary – my issue is with how the process has been handled, and the total failure to communicate in a meaningful way.

Number 1 issue facing islanders today.

We all know that the population is too high, and that ministers have ignored this problem because they don’t want to face the facts. Of course we need people to come in and do jobs, and of course we benefit from having different people from different countries here. But the numbers are just too high. We need a return to sensible controls – and that means a cap on the number of people who can enter Jersey to live and work.

What are we going to do with St Helier House, price of care homes.

Good question. No easy answer at the moment. People are living longer these days.

That is a good thing and the ageing population should be seen as an opportunity, not primarily a problem.

Many older members of the community have much to offer beyond normal retirement age, whether through sharing their wisdom and professional skills or volunteering to help charities of all kinds.

They also have an increasingly important role in family life, which should be at the heart of St Helier and Jersey.

We also need to ensure, though a programme of education and adaptation, that everyone in future has a sympathetic understanding of dementia.

What do you wish to do about Fort Regent.

I agree entirely with Senator Steve Pallett – ministers have not treated this as a priority despite saying that they would, and have not put nearly enough effort into resolving this.

The fact that the Fort Regent swimming pool is still standing all of these years later is the clearest possible evidence that they do not care. It is not good enough.

If part of the site must be sold to get the capital to redevelop the rest, then let’s get on with it – not put up with more years of delay, and an even more expensive bill at the end.