In the last few weeks we have seen a groundswell of support for Guernsey’s long-overdue non-discrimination laws. Community groups, business leaders and thousands of concerned citizens have all stepped up to say: “Now is the time for action.” So it [...]
Protests against police violence, which started in the USA, are shaking the world: opening our eyes to racial injustice and leaving us asking “What can I do?” I can’t speak for the US or the UK, and I can’t speak [...]
The States is about to make a dreadful decision. We have no choice but to do it – but we owe it to the people of Guernsey to be honest about it. It is a dreadful thing for any sitting [...]
On Wednesday, 11-year-olds around the island will be ready to start secondary school for the first time. Their year group is the first not to have taken the 11-plus, ushering in the long-awaited beginning of non-selective education in Guernsey. The [...]
What a fantastic event from YouthAction4ClimateGsy yesterday! Young people from schools across the island gathered in the Grammar School Hall at half twelve, ready to make their concerns about climate change heard, loud and clear.
Last week, towards the end of a long debate on In-Work Poverty – sometimes constructive, sometimes grandiose – Deputy Barry Brehaut said that long-serving States Members, term after term, have tried to bring policies which would allow poorer islanders to enjoy a decent quality of life. Those have been batted back by other politicians who turn up their nose at the cost, or even the concept, of doing so.
Like every Deputy in the States, I've had to cut my cloth – I'm left with a small but critical pile of things that, come hell or high water, I will try and see through to the end. I want to use this blog to talk about what those are – and to spend a little time on what I've left behind.
Happy New Year. Perhaps it’s getting a bit late to say that – we’re already double-digits into 2019. But I’ll say it while I can: if you are reading this, I really do wish you and yours every good thing for the year ahead.
The votes are in and Option A – a single, island-wide election for all 38 States Members – topped the poll in the first and last rounds of voting. That means big changes for Guernsey and a very short window – only eighteen months – to get them in place before the next election. It's going to be a tough two years!
With five days to go until Guernsey's first referendum, here are five reflections on our current political system, its virtues and vices. They're not a direct commentary on any of the options, but I hope they might help to highlight what could be gained and what could be lost, as you weigh up your choices for Wednesday's vote.