IN NOVEMBER 2015 we wrote to the Guernsey Press outlining our concerns regarding calls from the IOD for the island’s population to be permitted to increase to around 70,000 people. Now we see the same arguments being made by the Chamber of Commerce, only now they want it to rise to perhaps 90,000. As the arguments remain the same, perhaps we might be forgiven if we remind members of both organisations of a few simple truths. We said then that trying to resolve the demographic ‘riddle’ by increasing population would be a mistake. We offered the view that this was comparable with those on a sinking ship inviting yet more passengers on board to make bailing that bit easier. We said we should not make the mistake of thinking one can alter part of the economic puzzle in isolation without creating a domino effect elsewhere.