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Motion of No Confidence – ESC

The email below was sent to the five members of the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture (Deputies Paul Le Pelley, Carl Meerveld, Andrea Dudley-Owen, David de Lisle and Marc Leadbeater) earlier this afternoon, in the names of Deputies Emilie Yerby, Charles Parkinson, Jonathan Le Tocq, Dawn Tindall, Shane Langlois, Lindsay de Sausmarez and Rhian Tooley, inviting their resignations within five working days in order to avoid a formal Motion of No Confidence being placed in the Committee:

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Billet Blog: 30 November 2016

This meeting is the third and final States’ debate in a very long November! The dominant issue will be secondary education – specifically, the question of whether to retain the 11+ or move to a non-selective system. This, and the other items of business, are discussed further below.

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Speech – Policy and Resource Plan

Sir, I entered the Policy and Resource Plan workshops full of energy and enthusiasm to make it work. I left dejected and dismayed. I know I was more than a little petulant in the second workshop, and I apologise for that. But it had become very apparent, in the course of that afternoon, that we were so keen on trying to build consensus – to find a solution broad enough to accommodate all of our views, all of the time – that we were at risk of smudging out some legitimate policy differences between us. And that troubled me. Deputy Roffey and Deputy Graham have both touched on this. Subjective language feels good because everyone can sign up to it. But if we want to take action in any area, we have to choose a direction and pursue it – and not all of us may agree to that course of action, all of the time. Disagreement is healthy, even necessary, in a democracy.

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Speech – Innovation Amendment

Sir, I hope the first part of this amendment is not contentious. Through the Public Service Reform Agenda, and the commitment to transforming services across most of our Principal Committees, we have already embraced the need to think differently, to be creative and innovative, in the way we deliver public services, and in the way we work with partners outside the States. This just codifies that in the Plan. The second part needs a little bit more explanation.

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Speech – Children and Young People

Sir, The aim of this amendment is simple. No plan for the Future of Guernsey is complete without referring to our most important asset and investment for the future – our children. The whole spirit of the Plan reflects a commitment to the children of this island, and a desire to build them a future worth aspiring to. This amendment simply puts it there in black and white – so that we never overlook our children in policy-making; so that we do not leave any of our children behind.

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Speech – Capital Investment

Sir, I have the dubious honour of proposing the only amendment which the Policy and Resources Committee are specifically opposing. Wiser people than I might have advised me to hold on to my reputation a bit longer before coming out as a trouble-maker – but that cat’s out of the bag now, anyway. I promise not to end up in tears if Members don’t vote with me on this one, although of course I hope they will. But I’ll have a bit of fun with it, and I hope we’ll have a bit of a lively and useful debate on the States’ approach to capital spending.

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Speech – Fiscal Framework Amendment

Sir, This amendment replaces Amendment Five, which I was due to propose and Deputy Langlois to second, and which we have withdrawn. We have agreed the revised wording in this amendment with the Policy & Resources Committee, and I’d like to record my thanks to them for working openly with us to find an alternative we are all comfortable with.

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Billet Blog: P&R Plan – Phase One

I had the honour of attending the Youth Commission’s annual “Youth Works” conference yesterday, and taking part in a workshop with the Youth Forum, who are preparing their plans for next year. We learned a useful approach to making plans. It goes like this: take a large sheet of paper and draw three columns on it. At the top of the first column, write: Why? Underneath it, list the reasons why you want to do this piece of work. Once that’s done, move to the second column … and again, write: Why? If, in the first column, you wrote “we’re doing this because we want to hear young people’s voices”, in the next column tell us why it matters to hear young people’s voices. When you’ve done that, move to the third column. And, once again, write: Why?

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Voting Record – November 2016

Voting Record – November 2016

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Speech – Residence Test on Supplementary Benefit

Sir, I will limit my speech to one main item. As Deputy Le Clerc indicated in her opening speech, Deputy Gollop and I have – in his words, I believe – gone rogue on Proposition 23 of this report. I can only apologise to my fellow Committee members for the hard time I have given them in several Committee meetings, and am now giving them – one last time – in this debate. There are few States Members I esteem more highly than my President and fellow Committee members at ESS. There are few whose integrity, generosity and dedication is so far beyond question. I cannot find a single logical or moral argument in favour of this proposition, as will no doubt become apparent — I find it intolerable.

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