GP Opinion - page 2

Building on community foundations

ONE of the reasons Guernsey is so different to other places is its overwhelming sense of community. Stick a pin anywhere in a map of the island and you’ll find a close-knit group of islanders, most with proud links stretching back generations.

Environment monolith rumbles on

NEW Environment minister Yvonne Burford is right to insist that the job is much bigger than paid parking and the transport strategy.

Kept in the dark over jail death deal

FOLLOWING the death of a 64-year-old civil servant at Les Nicolles – in prison for six weeks for a drink-drive offence – a disturbing series of omissions and failures over his care were disclosed. These came in a Prisons and Probation Ombudsman report and in comments by the judge at the subsequent Guernsey inquest hearing.

Why a spring start for paid parking is apt

FOR many, the unthinkable has finally happened: paid parking has been voted through and will be introduced next spring. It’s actually an appropriate date given the claims by this Assembly to represent a Sarnian Spring because the decision to charge commuters to park certainly represents a freshness of outlook.

‘Least worst’ is not always for the best

IN THE aftermath of the debate leading to Guernsey’s transport strategy, one question has to be posed: what will happen when the population management proposals are finally debated? The island’s traffic issues are so serious, we are told, that nothing less than an integrated system penalising certain classes of drivers, introducing paid parking and spending £20m. on a new bus depot will do.

Home could yet be top of the class

WITH this Assembly half way through its political term, attention has inevitably turned to how well it is doing and whether it has yet earned the title of ‘worst States ever’. The answer is no. It hasn’t done enough yet for islanders to draw an informed conclusion.

Transparent need for more open decisions

‘MUST do better.’ In the face of two damning indictments from the Planning Appeals Panel, the Environment minister’s response is wholly appropriate – and barely adequate.

Prison is for punishment, not pleasure

A DECISION to install phones in prison cells was always likely to divide opinion and two schools of thought have come to the fore. The first is that prison is a punishment and inmates, while treated with humanity and respect, should expect to lose access to a lot of life’s pleasantries.

Uni plans are grand - but not risk-free

GUERNSEY’S chief minister insists that a lot of progress is being made in pursuing plans to establish a University of the Channel Islands in Guernsey and officials are working with the private business behind it to ensure it happens.

Warming us up for the pensioner tax

SINCE this newspaper broke the news that ministers are actively contemplating introducing a sales tax on everything apart from financial services, there has been a change of tactic within the Policy Council.

Transport: try leading by example

AS DEBATE approaches on what will emerge as a far from integrated transport strategy for the island, one thing has typified the absence of logical thinking on this divisive topic: the amendment from two deputies seeking to exempt commercial vehicles from the proposed width tax.

Same service but different demands...

PUBLIC opinion, as Aurigny is rapidly discovering, can be very fickle. But then, going from island hero to zero almost overnight takes some doing.

Town centre row is about governance

AS THE row over the salaried appointment of a new town centre manager smoulders on, there was a rather telling point made online yesterday. One of the organisers of the highly successful Harbour Carnival said that the new manager has no involvement with the carnival, which is organised by Guernsey Round Table.

No change is a missed opportunity

ONE of Guernsey’s less-well-known deputies certainly put his head above the parapet earlier this month when he suggested that the job of a deputy was to outwit senior civil servants and thereby obtain better value for money for taxpayers.