Peter Roffey

New Health minister Paul Luxon has warned that the current HSSD budget is inadequate. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 7793929)

Halfway house should be Health’s aim

Enforcing the same spending constraints on HSSD as other departments was always unrealistic, but the needs-driven budget its minister now seeks is equally so. Let’s get some balance, says former health minister Peter Roffey, who detects a whiff of hypocrisy...

Off the buses

(Picture by Peter Frankland, 1344509a)

For the last two years bus use has dropped by just under 10% in a 12-month period. Peter Roffey looks at the causes and, most importantly, the consequences.

It all comes down to teamwork

‘The biggest threat to the civil service in future comes from interfering politicians’. That was the valedictory comment from the former deputy chief executive of the States, Nigel Lewis. Was this an outrageously anti-democratic sign-off from a disillusioned career civil servant? Or a refreshing, frank, shackles off analysis from someone who knows what he’s talking about? It depends on what he meant.

Perceived wisdom isn't always right, by Peter Roffey

I’M REALLY not sure how it comes about, but there are some stances on political issues in Guernsey which become so universally and firmly accepted as correct that people parrot them endlessly, without feeling the least need to back up their opinion with reasoned argument.

A £2.4m. damp squib, by Peter Roffey

Two stories caught my eye this week – the planned introduction of kerbside recycling and the proposal for Blue Islands and Aurigny to ‘share’ the Guernsey-Jersey route.

Reform is on the way, by Peter Roffey

While the current States is still hard to read in some ways there’s one prediction I think is absolutely safe to make. They will definitely make some big changes to our system of government.

easyBet was not worth the risk

FROM the moment the States guaranteed a loan for Aurigny to buy a new jet, it was clear the strategy was totally dependent on no significant new competition arriving on the Gatwick route.

What about the workers? By Peter Roffey

THE fact that former Guernsey employees of defunct shipping company Huelin-Renouf are to get no redundancy pay while their colleagues in Jersey and the UK do should come as no surprise.

Compare and contrast, by Peter Roffey

HERE’S a question. During a period of economic downturn, is it absolutely essential for the States to balance its books? Or is it more important to avoid structural damage to the island’s broader economy, even if that means depleting government reserves?

In need of closure? by Peter Roffey

UNDERSTANDABLY, all of the immediate reaction to Education’s policy letter on primary education has focused on the proposed closure of St Andrew’s and St Sampson’s.