Peter Roffey

The future’s electric, but where does that leave revenue?

Plugging the gap in motoring revenue

The future of motoring is looking more and more like electric, which potentially leaves the States with a £20m. revenue shortfall. How to address that? Peter Roffey has a few ideas

Transport strategy needs another look

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.

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

Let’s not get this party started


Guernsey’s system of consensus government may be far from perfect, but it’s better for our island than any other ideas out there, argues Deputy Peter Roffey

Population: why more is not the answer

Incentives for having children aren’t the way to tackle our ageing population problem, says Peter Roffey. (Picture by Shutterstock)

The island must adapt to its demographic challenges – but mass immigration and ‘incentives to breed’ will not help. Quite the opposite, says Peter Roffey

How about a sorry, States?

Officers at HSSD messed up when they despatched police to raid Dr Rory Lyons’ practice in Alderney. So far, a fulsome apology has been unforthcoming, says Peter Roffey.

Political process wasn’t followed in the Dr Rory Lyons affair and Health & Social Care should apologise not just for that, but for a general failure to ensure he was treated correctly, says Peter Roffey. Even more importantly, they should sound like they really, really mean it

A rough road ahead

The Committee for Education, Sport & Culture, led by Deputy Paul Le Pelley, has Peter Roffey’s support following their survival of the motion of no confidence. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 17143408)

Having survived a motion of no confidence, the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture has Peter Roffey’s wholehearted backing for the mammoth task ahead. A three-school model is the best way forward, he says – and he takes issue with a part of last week’s debate that had him spitting feathers

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...