GP Opinion - page 2

Being heard above the bagpipes

AN OPPORTUNITY or a threat? With the skirl of the bagpipes heralding the result of the Scottish independence referendum still ringing in the ears, it is impossible to judge with confidence what the coming months represent.

Better to have fought from the inside

THE resignation of Deputy Laurie Queripel may have been done with good grace and the best of intentions but it is hard to see that it has done any good.

Eyes are wide open to issues for the young

THERE is a renewed focus on helping the island’s young, which is to be welcomed. And, increasingly, it is those working from outside the tight confines of the States who are driving the change.

Lukis House spaces are just a perk

AS A matter of principle, former Environment member Barry Paint will not be paying the £165 charge for parking at Lukis House. That is his right, as it is every States member’s.

Get ready for the long and winding road

YOU know it is going to be bad when the apologies come in a month before the roadworks are even due to start. It is a safe bet that motorists trying to get from Town to the airport or past it will struggle to maintain their cool as they negotiate an alternative route through six parishes.

Better paid does not mean better

UNCONVENTIONAL as he is, John Gollop is often willing to venture where other deputies fear to tread. With his popularity at the ballot box seemingly bulletproof, the St Peter Port North politician is happy to talk deputies’ pay and even to suggest that the £32,000 basic rate is far too little.

Ministers let target spoil their vision

IT MAY be couched in political terms but there is a tangible sense of irritation in the chief minister and Treasury minister’s defence of all things FTP.

New route gives critics an answer

AURIGNY gave a good answer to those who question the value of owning an airline when it wisely yielded to pressure from the business community and launched its service to London City Airport this week.

Time for taste test on road policing

THE latest ‘sandwich surveillance’ operation against motorists by police may be a well-meaning bid to make our roads safer, but have they really thought this one through?

Beau Sejour chicanery discredits FTP

TO RECAP: Consultants brought in to help pull the island out of its financial black hole identify opportunities to save £31m. a year through States efficiencies. As and when these ideas come to fruition, the consultants get a cut of the savings.

The need for a truly fair society

DECIDING on priorities for social policy will always be a challenge. News that legislation will be launched in Jersey from the start of next month outlawing racial discrimination in the workplace can’t help but highlight sharply the fact that no such measures are in place, or even being actively considered, over here.

Market plays its part in flight path

DESPITE recent revelations that the number of passengers this year travelling on the Gatwick route has slumped by almost 6,000, you still can’t help feeling it’s not all doom and gloom on the air travel front at present.