ONE election candidate at the hustings, in response to a question about the legalisation of cannabis, expressed concerns about what such legislation may do to Guernsey’s image and reputation, because as a finance centre we are dependent on having a good reputation. Obviously to maintain a good reputation we need to adhere to the principles of good governance, one of the cornerstones of which is to avoid conflicts of interest wherever possible. It was interesting to note, in your business pages, senior Ogier lawyer Claire Smith’s observation that the Sam Allardyce sting would have not caused many ripples had he been a low-ranked club manager. The point being, as I understand it, that not only he was high profile, but he was seemingly telling people how to get around his employer’s rules. In other words, he was conflicted and, together with a high profile, it was a recipe for a major scandal. Irrespective of the fact that Allardyce was almost certainly sacked for telling the truth, this is a valid observation.