Peter Roffey

It works in the US, so why can’t we put our car culture to one side when it comes to school transport wonders Peter Roffey.

Transport strategy needs another look

It was controversial when put forward by the last Assembly and the watered-down version of the transport strategy could do with a few tweaks. Let’s talk about size and school buses, says Peter Roffey

Please, voters, we’d like some more

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Intelligent, articulate, opinionated, feisty and with backbone – when it comes to the subject of women deputies, and the new intake in particular, Peter Roffey’s view is ‘more, please’. Which brings him to the subject of one able member who is currently in the spotlight – in his view for reasons of sexism and ageism...

Let’s not make it a popularity contest

A States meeting in 1987, with a young Deputy Peter Roffey on the right side of the central section of the chamber, second in on the second row. (16706162)

In an era of seemingly populist politics, Peter Roffey looks back to the ‘good old days’ of his early years in the States to contrast and compare – and finds some of the changes a surprise

It’s not easy being green

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He might not wear bobble hats or be regularly spotted hugging trees, but Peter Roffey considers himself an environmentalist – even if it means his hope to see more cyclists on the roads means he’ll be ducking the inevitable missiles thrown by those who disagree

So, what do you think...?

So many questions – but are we really listened to?

What are your views on the burning issues of the day? Increasingly, the States is asking that question – but do they really listen to the answers? Peter Roffey has some questions...

Squaring the population circle

As the States’ first policy planning debate looms, Deputy Peter Roffey examines the current population policy and suggests some of the questions we should be prepared to answer if the island is to secure its long-term economic future

Why rolling elections may become essential

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Should we introduce a system of rolling elections instead of one big one every four years? That, says Peter Roffey, depends on whether or not island-wide voting is a goer...

‘Making it so’


Whether he believes it is possible or practical is beside the point – Peter Roffey’s job is to minimise the problems of island-wide voting ahead of a referendum and fulfil the will of the people. But that doesn’t mean he thinks all the options are good ones

No time for ‘delusions of Grande Havre’

More traditional times: In 2004 politicians were expected to talk to the media directly, including the newly-appointed Policy Council – back row, from left, Peter Roffey, Lyndon Trott, Bill Bell, Bernard Flouquet, Stuart Falla and Peter Sirett, and front, from left, Martin Ozanne, Mary Lowe, Laurie Morgan, Mike Torode and Dave Jones. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 15567716)

There have been many changes in the States since Peter Roffey was last a member, and some of them rankle – especially when it comes to spending. Can such a tiny jurisdiction really afford or justify the ‘nice to haves’ of in-house PR people when frontline services are being cut? He thinks not…

...and it’s goodbye from him


Seven years after taking up his pen, Peter Roffey has decided to hang it up. When asked to become a political commentator for this newspaper, he accepted with some trepidation. Would he run out of things to say? Never. As he admits in his sign-off column, if anything there has been too much to comment on...

Making a list and checking it twice...

Peter Roffey has been quizzed by all local media – and worked on the other side too – and found plenty to irritate him. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 12689848)

Peter Roffey has a few gripes for local media and when better to get things off one’s chest than Christmas Eve? Pouting in pictures and lazy journalism are just a couple of bugbears our political columnist is laying under the media’s festive tree...

Island will regret ‘Friday afternoon’ decision

Population growth will only increase the number of vehicles on the island’s already busy roads.

The large-scale population growth that will follow last week’s States’ decision will make it easier to support our ageing population, but has anyone thought ahead to what it will mean for our children? It’s a shallow and irresponsible makeshift ‘solution’ says Peter Roffey

A long time coming

A member of the public speaking at the public meeting on abortion in 1995.

The winds of change might have blown slowly, but as Peter Roffey reflects on a series of political changes over the years that show a social and political shift towards liberalism, he reveals just how far Guernsey has come

A rave for reviews


Having called many times for more scrutiny, Peter Roffey feels it only proper to give credit where it’s due – to the committee’s commissioned review of the implementation of the Children Law and its questioning of the report’s author

Cause to cry over spilt milk

Peter Roffey at a Guernsey farm in 2000, when he was president of the Agriculture and Countryside Board, which was responsible for Guernsey Dairy. (12499522)

Milk prices are a cause close to Peter Roffey’s heart, and as the former president of the Agriculture and Countryside Board he has plenty to say about price hikes, loss of contract payments and the potential problems facing farmers, fields and the Guernsey cow

Low-cost cost would be way too high

Bringing easyJet flights into Guernsey might boost the tourist economy, but Peter Roffey fears the impact of an open-skies policy on the existing carriers. (Picture by Tony Pike, 12392672)

We really must maintain a significant tourist industry or our air and sea links will suffer. But an open skies policy isn’t the right way forward, says Peter Roffey, who believes the probable impact of a low-cost carrier coming to Guernsey doesn’t bear thinking about...

Sark’s future – a few ideas...

Is there any way Sark could work with Herm to offer two-centre holidays? (Picture by Adrian MIller, 12372857)

Stop talking-down Sark, says Peter Roffey. Yes, it has problems, but as a friend of the island he has a few, tentatively-offered suggestions that might help solve some. And a fresh look at tourism seems a good place to start...

Time to face up to population issues

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If stabilising Guernsey’s population at roughly its current level is firmly in the States’ ‘too difficult’ tray then it will be equally unachievable when the numbers living here increase, says Peter Roffey. Rather than flood the island with young people who will inevitably grow old, wouldn’t it be more useful to work with our ageing demographic and tap into people’s skills whatever their vintage?

Island-wide voting a very real addiction for States


Far from seeing an island-wide voting requete as imperative for here and now, Nick Mann believes the perennial voting debate that will be investigated again in the next Assembly should be put on the shelf until then so the States can get to grips with more pressing matters in the run-up to next year’s election

Sark must sort out its own problems

Sark has difficulties that need to be resolved, but it’s shameful that when the island has implemented democratic reform, outsiders should try to undermine its autonomy, says Peter Roffey I’VE been giving a lot of thought to the call from 22 individual Channel Islanders for a Royal Commission-type inquiry into the future of Sark.

Refugees wouldn’t stay for long

A woman looks at floral tributes and candles at the Place de la Republique in Paris, after the terror attacks in the city last Friday.

The suggestion is that 40 homes might take in Syrian refugees but with limited support systems, few Arabic speakers and no ex-pat community why would they want to stay here? Peter Roffey offers his views on the latest Isis atrocities and their impact