Peter Roffey - page 2

Why this Budget is a real stinker

Take shelter: if 2016’s Budget proposals are passed by the States, tax hikes will rain down on us.

We were told that the island’s finances were heading firmly in the right direction, thanks to expenditure restraint. Now the States has changed its tune and 2016’s draft Budget makes shocking reading, says Peter Roffey. Were those claims spin or a gross miscalculation? He’s not sure which is worse...

Late for the bell

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

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

Scrutinising scrutiny

Deputy Heidi Soulsby has called into question the project to replace the Leopardess, which Peter Roffey argues is a prime case for a ‘one-off, subject-specific PAC review’. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 10832728)

Peter Roffey takes a closer look at the States scrutinising committees and considers the projects that got the treatment, those that didn’t and those that still could

In danger of mis-selling

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This year’s uprating report is guaranteed to spark public debate, as it leaves behind the realms of familiarity and heads firmly into the controversial. Peter Roffey considers the options and comes down in favour of the poor and the people who’ve already paid up

Searching for a solution

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How to help first-time buyers in the island without affecting the market... and should the States try? Peter Roffey has a couple of suggestions, including the reintroduction of a loan scheme that helped him onto the ladder back in the day, but which might look like a socialist suggestion in today’s political climate

Let’s have more openness on population

Population for Roffey

What’s the States policy on population? They don’t seem to have one – or if they do, they’re keeping it very quiet. Staying as we are is not an option, so Peter Roffey considers some of the issues a future rise or a fall in the population would create, as well as the problems

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

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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

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

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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...

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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...