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Vision must be applied with direction

THIS week’s political events in the UK have only served to highlight why Guernsey is right to be cautious of blindly following educational reforms being trumpeted by whichever politician happens to be in charge.

Smoke bans move beyond passive steps

WITH the exception of a diehard few, not many people would willingly return to the days when smoking was commonplace in pubs, cinemas and even on flights.

Cost-cutting must come before taxes

MINISTERS behind plans to overhaul Guernsey’s tax, pensions and benefits system are taking every opportunity to get their message across. But it is proving a hard sell to a disillusioned electorate.

The price of being rubbish with waste

HAVING at times been unhappy with what it sees as this newspaper’s unreasonable focus on how much the new waste strategy will cost islanders, Public Services has decided to take the bull by the horns in its latest consultation.

Self-review system will not quiet critics

THE Education minister’s confirmation that the department is finally to be inspected is welcome. But what sort of review will it be? The minister says it will cover the board and its officers ‘and it will be covering everything involved in the way things work’.

Ensuring an equal case for all

IT’S temping to mock news that deputies may soon receive ‘diversity’ training offering tips on how to deal with people from a range of backgrounds.

Does anyone want to go to this party?

DULL and disappointing though it must have been, in a strange way the lack of interest in the recent three-hour drop-in was an endorsement of the States Review Committee’s position.

Net effect of politics

IT’S welcome news that controls on broadcasting States meetings could soon be scrapped. If proposals from the States Assembly and Constitution Committee are approved next month, then at some not too distant stage in the future, historic mandates could be changed, leaving the door open for proceedings to be streamed live over the internet.

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.