"I stand for sense and ability in the governing of our island during these challenging times"
"I am not a very political politician - I prefer to use common sense, reason and emotion" ...
"I like to help people and the office of Senator offers a great capacity to do that"
"My politics are not about left vs right or socialism vs capitalism, my politics are about hope, health, vigour, vitality and opportunity for all"
"States Members should realise that Politics is about serving their Island and not themselves ... "
In what appeared to be a good idea at the time, I agreed to participate in The Rock White Collar charity boxing event on Saturday 28th June. I expect many of you would pay handsomely to see a States Member take a few legitimate shots from mainly younger and fitter opponents whilst contributing to an inspirational […]
How could an Olympic 50m pool and Acquatics Centre benefit Jersey? Here are some suggestions but please feel free to add your own; Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo, other Water-Sports Development, Tourism, Health, Education, Investment in the local Construction Industry, Economic Benefit, Jobs…
Update – 19th February 2012: States approve Justice proposition (P120/2013) unanimously by 49 for and no votes against. My Proposition (P120/2012) asking the Chief Minister to consider ways of introducing political accountability with appropiate ministerial oversight of the Justice System is scheduled for debate on Tuesday 19th February: P120/2013 together with supporting comments from the Council of Ministers: […]
Today the States voted not to suspend the rules that prevent them from debating Members pay. This was the correct decision as it is not appropriate for States Members to set their own levels of remuneration. This is done by an independent body. I have advised the States Greffe and the States payroll department that I […]
- I am sorry I did not post an entry in December – it appears to have been the busiest month of the year for me! December saw two very busy States sessions culminating with the Plemont debate the outcome of which is now well known. You can read my speech here I was also pleased […]
Plémont – Speech delivered to the States of Jersey 12/12/2012 at 1640hrs I would like to focus Members attention on the key points of the debate and begin by briefly touching upon the principles of compulsory purchase in such circumstances, and try to address the genuine concerns that some Members have, including myself, with reconciling […]
Thank you all for taking the time to contact me with your views about Plemont. I feel that I have to say that I am reluctantly leaning towards supporting the purchase of the Plemont Headland. I say reluctantly because of the potential costs involved. In my opinion, the environmental argument for protecting the area is […]
The States are being asked to consider alternative options for the location of the new Police HQ. Although Green Street is the preferred location and the building a bespoke design of the Police themselves there appears to be a general mood against? Please let me know your views ..
The decision to approve the submitted plans for the Plemont Headland came as no surprise to me. I would very much like to see the Headland purchased by the States and retained for future generations but level heads must prevail. I am lead to believe the current value (with planning permission) to be in the […]
- I have attended two of the Electoral Commission’s public hearings (St Brelade and St Helier). The recommendations have received mixed reviews but I have to say that most people want to retain the Island Wide Mandate in one form or another. On Tuesday 13th November I lodged my Proposition asking the Chief Minister to […]
After three days of debate the first ever MTFP has been approved by 36 votes to 7 with 1 abstention. Having voted in favour, I do hope the advice of the Fiscal Policy Panel will be heeded and increased funding will be leveraged and injected into the economy to help end the ongoing recession and bring some […]
A gap in the law has led to a convicted killer receiving a sentence that even the court passing sentence deems to be inappropriate. The Royal Court was unable to impose a life sentence because it cannot set a minimum period before early release is considered for manslaughter. It is therefore time to identify and […]
If Senators are put into the mix for the referendum, then I would suggest the following could be workable; Deputies in six districts (24) Constables (12) Senators (6) 42 .. Every member of the electorate would then be able to vote for eleven members (as opposed to 7 under the current proposal) and we would […]
Let the people decide. This is key my aim and objective in relation to the current proposals to reform the States. The electoral Commission, in their interim report, have recommended that the public should decide in a referendum whether or not the Constables should remain in the States. A worthy question but why are they […]
- Today the Electoral Commission presented their Interim Report and it is exactly as I suspected. Whilst I agree that they are on the right track I can not subscribe to their recommendation to ask the people if they want to retain the Connetables but NOT ask the same question of the Island Wide Mandate […]
The Electoral Commission will be presenting their first Interim Report on Monday 22nd October 2012. I have a feeling that the office of Senator may be under threat!
I will be lodging an amendment to the MTFP tomorrow (Monday 22nd October 2012) which could save the States hundreds of millions of pounds in the medium term – details to follow .. http://www.statesassembly.gov.je/AssemblyPropositions/2012/P.069-2012%20Amd(6).pdf
- The second half of September and early October has seen a proliferation of meetings on subjects including; Historic Child Abuse (Committee of Inquiry), Health – the presentation of the new health strategy, Tourism Strategy and the creation of a Tourism Board, Fire Sprinklers in private homes (a sensible idea), and the Fiscal Policy Panel’s […]
- Today I presented my case to the Electoral Commission although I have a feeling that they have already made up their minds and are just going through the motions – we shall see. Follow the link for Transcript of my hearing.