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Christmas is coming...

Competition for seats was fierce in Castel during the 2012 election, as the hustings showed. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 10293642)

States members voting for fewer deputies is like turkeys voting for Yuletide, yet three out of seven in Castel have done just that. Peter Roffey says it is the only sensible plan in the short term – and that some other suggestions are a long way from ideal

It is about more than turning up

TALK to some of the harder working deputies and they will tell you that the published list of members’ attendance records is a meaningless sham.

The target is pointless if it can’t be hit

AS ‘finger in the air’ planning goes, the Strategic Housing Target takes some beating. Four years ago, a large and detailed study was conducted by UK research experts based on interviews with 1,500 households. It determined that Guernsey had a ‘requirement’ for 451 new dwellings to be created each year.

There is one answer to Sunday trading question

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The thorny subject of Sunday trading returns to the States next month, but the discussion will not be helped by the C&E minister having to represent a board divided over which path to take. Nick Mann believes that there is only one answer to the question of whether shops should open – and a unified approach from the department supporting that would lead to a cleaner debate

Bitter milk debate leaves a sour taste

A CONDEMNED man asked whether he wants a blindfold has four choices. Decline the offer, accept, say nothing or beg the head of the firing squad to let him go.

Deliver us from imports

It makes economic sense for the dairy to deliver its products direct to shops and businesses. (Picture by Tom Tardif, 10212021)

The death knell for milk rounds has been sounded, and while he believes it is the only economic way forward, Peter Roffey is firmly behind roundsmen receiving some compensation. A thank you for their services would not have gone amiss either, he points out. And then there’s the long-overdue protection against imports...

Showing what makes us special

YOU can’t keep a good show down, whatever the weather, but somehow Guernsey’s West Show always rises to a whole new level.

Money talks

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An independent panel has been given just a couple of months to decide on politicians’ pay, and with a new committee structure and fewer deputies in the next Assembly, there is much to consider. Peter Roffey wishes them well and muses on some of the issues the panel should take into consideration

Deputy will never be a team player

WITHOUT knowing any of the details of the code of conduct allegation against Deputy Mike Hadley it is impossible to have an opinion on his guilt or innocence.

A lack of trust is no laughing matter

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The Environment Department’s refusal to go public over the expert advice given on the Town Quay road layout and courtesy crossing has given islanders even less reason to trust their elected representatives. And, says Nick Mann, it makes people wonder what else may be hidden

Cycle of abuse must be broken

IF EVER there was an example of the value of being pro-active it is in combating the neglect and abuse of children.

This is no joke, it’s a metaphor for failure

THIS is getting silly. States deputies sometimes wonder why people give them such a hard time. Why there is so little respect and understanding for all the difficult work they undoubtedly do.