GP Opinion - page 2

End this shallow nod to openness

TWO years ago the new information code was heralded by politicians as a sign of this States’ commitment to openness and transparency. What has happened since has demonstrated just what a shallow commitment to those principles backing the code was.

Motor tax a U-turn on promises

WITH the prospect of a re-introduced annual motor tax looming large in the headlights, suddenly it’s hard to imagine why any of us are even surprised. In fact, surely the tax (and its lure of netting the States £6m.) is inevitable?

Is transport plan running out of steam?

ANOTHER transport strategy, another demo. Unsurprisingly, protestors have already mobilised to organise a second mass rally in the wake of Environment’s latest – and surely last-ditch – bid to fund its controversial vision.

Planning for generations of care

IN A month that has seen the release of several key reports that will shape the island’s future also comes the launch of the long-awaited Supported Living and Ageing Well Strategy consultation. A major body of work that has been in the offing for years, its outcome will decide the way we deliver care and support to islanders for decades to come.

Regulator’s surplus is just part of story

NOT too long ago, the news that the island’s financial services regulator had made a surplus of £1.6m. from its activities last year would have caused concern, if not anger, in the community it was regulating.

Damage to island community

NEWS that criminal damage is on the rise is concerning for an island that prides itself on being a safe and secure place to live.

A blacklisted pawn in a political game

IT IS hard not to see Guernsey as the victim of a larger political game when singled out yesterday among the Crown dependencies on an EU tax ‘blacklist’.

Reforms show who has the whip hand

ASIDE from headline proposals to cut the number of deputies and departments there is a section of the Sacc report on States reform that offers a quieter but no less significant revolution.

Road layout proving a trial for all

AS EACH day rolls by in the great seafront experiment, it becomes increasingly clear Environment has well and truly put the proverbial cart before the horse – namely overhauling Town’s busy traffic flow without a proper public debate.

Education debate must be informed

FOR better or worse, the building of the schools at La Mare is now inextricably linked to the Education Department’s commitment to bring a report to the States on secondary education.

Rescue safety message for us all

NOTHING drives home the point more of just how much our island relies on our emergency services and volunteers than when a potential life-threatening situation strikes.