Peter Roffey

The education debate is badly timed, Peter Roffey believes, but vital nonetheless. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 10958250)

Late for the bell

As islanders offer their views to the States on the future of Guernsey’s education system, Peter Roffey examines the problems with the timing and suggests it could prove divisive come election time

Why make things easy?

The controversial road layout at the Quay has taken up a disproportionate amount of States departments’ time, and it was not an issue that Peter Roffey feels should have ended up involving the top brass. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 10284836)

Peter Roffey has plenty of sympathy for the States’ workload – until they choose to take the most difficult route. Here he examines three instances where their choice of path caused unnecessary problems

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

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...

Money talks


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

Never mind the ‘strategy’, it’s the waste that gets me...

An exhausted Environment board will be relieved to have ended up with a transport strategy of sorts, says Peter Roffey. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 9983007)

With more twists and turns than Le Val des Terres, it’s taken three years for the States to decide on a limp traffic strategy that is unlikely to please anyone much. And their wanton squandering of time, money and resources has been enough to drive anyone round the bend, says Peter Roffey

Sometimes the ‘Guernsey way’ is right


The year-on-year, real-terms reduction in HSSD’s budget has been like watching a flawed pressure cooker waiting to explode, says Peter Roffey. But that doesn’t mean that just throwing cash at our health service will cure all its ills...

Trade-offs before borrowing

The States have their work cut out balancing spending and saving. (pogonici/Shutterstock)

The answer to our fiscal problems is neither borrowing nor austerity. Rather Peter Roffey would have the States make tough decisions over the best way to spend our money – and that will mean trading off good plans for better ones

Scrap ‘open skies’

The smaller an island community, the more important good connectivity becomes – but the harder it is to achieve. (Picture by Tom Tardif, 9377293)

As the Scrutiny Committee looks at our air links, Peter Roffey suggests that sole operators are the way forward – but with agreements that would protect islanders

Mind the gap

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A look at George Osborne’s budget tells us that the gap between the UK’s low-paid and Guernsey’s is growing – and not in our favour. All but the highest earners here are actually paying more tax than their UK counterparts, who are to enjoy a rise in their personal allowance and in the minimum wage. Peter Roffey makes some unfavourable comparisons and considers the way forward for us

38÷4…How island-wide voting could work...


How many deputies do we need and how should they be elected? That and the issue of how to direct commercial States-owned businesses were the main points of dissent in last week’s system of government debate. Peter Roffey has views on all three...

No insurance company would get away with this...

house sale for roffey

For two decades islanders have been contributing via social security to an insurance  scheme set up to pay for residential and nursing care. Now the States is considering forcing them to sell their homes to fund their own care needs. And that, says Peter Roffey, would be a gross act of betrayal. Here he explains why...

No right to be rude

Deputies Yvonne Burford and Peter Harwood passing the Enough is enough protest outside The Royal Court last year. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 9395298)

Public criticism is guaranteed in politics, but rudeness and abuse are a step too far in Peter Roffey’s opinion. He has first-hand experience of the island’s unique proximity to its politicians and believes it would be a disaster if online abuse led to a lack of candidates and less access to those willing to stand

The buffet approach

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Too many dishes can make it harder to choose, and with a smorgasbord-style situation facing the States on the traffic strategy, Peter Roffey is worried that an impasse will be the only thing on members’ plates

Prepare for the worst

Should the UK decide to leave the EU, the impact would be clearly felt here in Guernsey. But does that give us the right to be involved in the decision?

In light of our recent addition to the European Union‘s blacklist, Peter Roffey considers our position in the run-up to the UK referendum on EU membership – and what the impact on us would be...

Should Sundays still be sacred?

The Sunday trading debate, due to take place later this year, could go either way – again. (Gajus/Shutterstock)

It’s been raked over too many times to count, yet since Sunday trading is back on the debate list Peter Roffey sticks his head above the parapet and takes on the hoary old issue for what he hopes will be the last time

Courtesy better than road rage

Guernsey has been gripped by collective road rage and the Town Quay courtesy crossing is to blame. Confusion over the ‘courtesy’ element is at the heart of the delays it’s causing and one way or another it needs a rethink. But engaging all 47 States members in debate on the matter? Excuse me, says Peter Roffey. That’s just not on...

When the chips are down...

The chip parable echoes the unfairness of the union civile proposal.

In an effort to clarify his position on unions civile, Peter Roffey treats us to ‘the parable of the chips’. Keep things simple, he advises, and points out that rather than being against equality, he is very much for it...

Review report is positively excellent... almost

Peter Roffey welcomes the Review Committee’s approach to scrutiny.

The policy letter on government review is excellent, says Peter Roffey. Set out in plain English and easy to read, its logic on most issues can’t be faulted. But there are one or two issues that merit a quibble...

Not so civil proposal

If the House chooses the Policy Council’s preferred option, then Greffe weddings will not be an option for straight or same-sex couples.

He might not be the marrying type, but Peter Roffey is shocked at the proposal to stop the non-religious from choosing a secular wedding. Surely we should follow Ireland and embrace equal marriage rights for all?