Tag "States"

System will resist change

FRUSTRATION at the pace of change was all too evident last night as 800 guests of the Institute of Directors called for a slimmer, faster States capable of adapting to the modern world.

Think of long-term effect on families

I HAVE read with interest the Budget proposals released on Wednesday and would urge all deputies to think long and hard and consider the impact of these proposals on the families of the island before approving them without challenge.

Resignations shift focus from tragedy

THE folly of the HSSD board’s sudden resignation was laid bare at the weekend as the focus inevitably shifted all too rapidly away from the crisis within the department and on to a grubby game of political musical chairs.

When will States start listening to us voters?

SURELY it is time for the people in government to look around at this island and realise that we are a small (or were) community very happily living on a rock in the English Channel and they have been, and are continuing to destroy what was a simple way of life.

Flawed code guarantees frustration

A DECISION by ministers to turn down an information request by this newspaper for more details of FTP projects has highlighted another flaw in a code that was meant to drive a culture of openness.

Why I resigned...

I UNDERSTAND and appreciate that a decision to resign will always split public opinion. Doing things out of principle and policy differences will not satisfy everyone.

Diluting responsibility

RECENTLY, Martyn Torode wrote in objecting to the amount of decision making that is outsourced by our government departments, at considerable expense, to consultants.

States turns inside out over voting

GIVEN a choice, the States Assembly and Constitution Committee would not have wasted its time considering the merits of an electronic voting system. And it shows.

Lukis House spaces are just a perk

AS A matter of principle, former Environment member Barry Paint will not be paying the £165 charge for parking at Lukis House. That is his right, as it is every States member’s.

‘No one works for just money’

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SALARY is not the be-all and end-all of a job, business groups have said, following a deputy’s call for a wholesale review into how much they get paid.

The need for a truly fair society

DECIDING on priorities for social policy will always be a challenge. News that legislation will be launched in Jersey from the start of next month outlawing racial discrimination in the workplace can’t help but highlight sharply the fact that no such measures are in place, or even being actively considered, over here.

States-owned telecoms would have struggled

I AM responding to the recent letter under the title, ‘It Sure is baffling’ (Guernsey Press, 7 August). It is another letter penned by Alec Forty, again referring to the sale of Guernsey Telecoms, the theme of many previous letters by this well respected former ‘business head’ and leading civil servant.

Pensions crisis is easily solved

I READ with great interest, and equally great relief, Peter Roffey’s excellent piece on the debacle commonly known as the States Superannuation Scheme. I was so pleased someone else could see the real problem.

Tax money should not be given away for free

I AM prompted to write this as I have just received a little brochure from the States regarding the personal tax, pensions and benefits review, which just reiterates the problems that are well known about the island’s finances and smells very st...

Two islands’ needs must be balanced

TO HIS credit, the chief executive of Aurigny faced a potentially hostile audience in Alderney without flinching. Understandably, the people of the northernmost Channel Island take air links very seriously. It is a lifeline service in the truest sense and any suggestion of a reduced timetable or fare hikes is a threat to the economy and lifestyle of residents.