‘ALDERNEY solutions for Alderney problems’ are what is needed, one of its States members, Neil Harvey, said as he defended the stance taken over a recent governance review.
Mr Harvey said he and other States members had always supported a review of the island’s governance, but few were impressed with the recent independent report, which showed a lack of appreciation of the realities of Alderney.
He was responding to comments from the Chamber of Commerce president Andrew Eggleston, after the business group expressed its sadness at the ‘derailment’ of the second part of the Good Governance review.
Mr Harvey said the independent report, in its lack of understanding of Alderney’s realities, suggested solutions, such as the Commissioner for Standards in Public Life, which while appropriate in the Scottish and UK parliaments were over-engineered and vastly too expensive for Alderney.
He said in one respect at least, ‘transparency’, the report recommended something agreed and minuted last May, which was not evidence of good research.