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Taking a joint approach

FABLED wisdom suggests that in unity there is strength. And it is hard to argue that striving towards a common goal breeds success. Society is littered with shining examples of trophy-winning sports teams or wealthy global corporations espousing the benefits of achieving clear mutual targets. Yet when it comes to governments, while some political partnerships may buck the trend, others are fragile at best and often destined to fail.

Condor is to blame for lack of day trips

WITH reference to the letter in the Guernsey Press of 8 June, I must take issue with the response from Condor’s spin doctor Helen Day regarding the problems surrounding day trips between the islands. Ms Day states that an inter-island passenger-only ferry was unable to happen due to ‘reasons outside of our control’. I’m sorry, but from where I’m looking from, the reasons day trips are few and far between nowadays are entirely down to Condor.

Deputies drove deal onto rocks through meekness

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An unwillingness by the States to be seen publicly in disagreement backfired when it came to a possible deal with Condor to run an inter-island passenger service, says Nick Mann. That ship has sailed until next summer, but if a proposal had gone before the Assembly there is a good chance that the combined economic and social case would have won the day

Silver bullets miss their target

THE metal may change but the metaphor remains remarkably consistent. Three times in the past few weeks ministers have insisted that there is no silver/golden bullet to kill off key problems. The first to reach for their guns was the chief minister. Seeking to play down expectations after two upbeat financial statements Deputy St Pier employed a range of images. First two swallows did not make a summer then the island had not found a silver bullet to kill off its long-term financial woes. An ageing population, welfare reform, capital investment, the costs of Brexit and data protection. The list of fundamental issues was long.

Condor has ‘no real back-up’ for Liberation

HAVING sent in a few letters to your paper since the ill-thought-out purchase of the Liberation, which together with other readers’ letters seem to have had zero effect on Condor, I had more or less decided to ‘hang up my pen’ but Deputy Jennifer Merrett’s excellent statement in a Guernsey Press article on 12 May prompts me to write in support of her ambition to get Condor Ferries to obtain a new UK ferry. Deputy Merrett correctly says Condor has no real back-up if the Liberation doesn’t sail. Her proposal to re-introduce a third UK ferry is an eminently sensible business proposition and if Guernsey is to grow the sea visitor tourism sector back to the 2014/2015 levels, it needs more scheduled sailings and more back-up. The years 2014/2015 are the last period when we had three UK ferries (instead of just two as now) and many more scheduled sailings to/from Guernsey... as such these are the years Condor has to compare present figures against.

P&R refused funding for inter-island ferry service

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A BID to secure Guernsey funding for underwriting a trial inter-island day trip ferry service was refused by Policy & Resources, it has emerged, as talks between Condor and Jersey over the matter continue.

Public expects more from the States of Inaction

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A year after they were elected, and weighed down by the need to show financial restraint, Guernsey’s deputies have yet to make any major decisions. But they did decide what we could burn on our bonfires. A lot of store is being put by the Policy and Resource Plan, but Nick Mann wonders if this will be enough to steer a drifting States onto some sort of course of action

Condor try to draw support from States

THOSE looking for easy answers and quick fixes will be sorely disappointed by Condor’s service review. In exhaustive detail, the report tells anyone willing to wade through its 212 pages that while it recognises the demands of the public and politicians for a more reliable, flexible and resilient service that can only come at a cost. So while the ferry company is working hard on customer care, turnaround times and communication, more fundamental changes such as buying new ships or more convenient departure and arrival times are not going to happen without States backing.

Port move confirms end of an era

ANY lingering ambitions of a ferry operation returning to Weymouth appear to have finally sailed, following news the town is now looking to build a leisure centre on the harbour site instead. The update feels like official confirmation, if any were still needed, that the days of Guernsey’s historic association with the seaside port are over. It is hard not to sympathise with the borough council’s decision, coming as it does after its long, yet fruitless, battle to keep the cross-Channel operation afloat.