GP Opinion

School vision deserves its sporting life

THE debate over how much to spend on sports facilities at the new La Mare de Carteret Schools will be worrying for the island’s sporting community, which already fears some important lessons have not been learned.

Problems at La Mare arrive too late

GIVEN that the schools at La Mare de Carteret passed their 25-year lifespan at the turn of the century and have been high on the agenda for redevelopment ever since, it is disappointing that the States will be under considerable time pressure over its decision in November.

Paid parking opponent false starts

AS IS his democratic right, paid parking opponent Al Brouard wants to reinvigorate the debate by placing a requete demanding improvements to the bus service before Town parkers start paying.

HSSD facing triple crisis

NOT before time, the costly deal to keep the ambulance service running came more into focus last week.

CIAS readies for safe return

FOR more than 30 years, volunteers from Channel Islands Air Search have been the ‘eyes in the sky’ for rescue operations. The organisation did this until last November without incident and is proud of an excellent track record.

System will resist change

FRUSTRATION at the pace of change was all too evident last night as 800 guests of the Institute of Directors called for a slimmer, faster States capable of adapting to the modern world.

Ambulance deal done in the dark

IN A FLURRY of double negatives, the deputy chief minister yesterday declared that the island had somehow been saved. Quite what from was hard to tell as all the minister would say was that ‘we are now not in danger of not having an ambulance service in Guernsey’.

Resignations shift focus from tragedy

THE folly of the HSSD board’s sudden resignation was laid bare at the weekend as the focus inevitably shifted all too rapidly away from the crisis within the department and on to a grubby game of political musical chairs.

Why choose now as time to resign?

AMONG the myriad questions that remain about the death of a newborn baby and the subsequent resignation of the HSSD board, many concern timing.

Kerbside bit of mixed bag

JUST a few months into the island’s kerbside recycling scheme, it would be unfair to rubbish its success. But with an increase of just 0.4% in the recycling rate, even the most environmentally-friendly of juries must still be well and truly out.

£190k fine, but no one was at fault

FOR an investigation almost three years in the making and which brought down one of the central pillars of the island’s finance industry, there was little to learn from yesterday’s GFSC statement.

Flawed code guarantees frustration

A DECISION by ministers to turn down an information request by this newspaper for more details of FTP projects has highlighted another flaw in a code that was meant to drive a culture of openness.

Mental care review is long overdue

PROMPTED by the deaths of two young men and troubled by the increasingly damaging effects of legal highs on the mental health of its young people, Jersey instigated a full review of its CAMHS service last year.

Opportunity lost to clear the air on FTP

THE States cost-cutting drive has been tainted by revelations about some of the projects that have been included. Among them are a budget transfer from one department to another and scratch card sales.

Doubters must not delay change

IN FEBRUARY this year, Policy Council and Treasury committed to making savings of at least £31m. annually by the end of 2014.

Donkey needs stubborn support

ART is often about contrast, so there is something satisfyingly jarring in the clash between two projects which could lie within a few hundred yards of one another.