Tag "States"

Could we save with the States?

MANY congratulations to whosoever it is who is achieving a 7. 4% return on our States money. One assumes this is invested safely. This emphasises the importance of putting a stop to spending our reserves in order to make up revenue shortfall.

We could get a dictator as PM

I PERSONALLY believe it is every citizen’s responsibility to cast their vote; but when talking to people about this am frequently told, ‘well why should we? They do what they want to anyway and take no notice of what we say’. I must admit to having some sympathy with the statement.

If it isn’t broke...

I’VE BEEN following very closely the various articles and correspondence in the Guernsey Press relating to the changes and proposals our politicians are putting forward concerning the constitution of the States of Deliberation and taxation.

Ensuring an equal case for all

IT’S temping to mock news that deputies may soon receive ‘diversity’ training offering tips on how to deal with people from a range of backgrounds.

Does anyone want to go to this party?

DULL and disappointing though it must have been, in a strange way the lack of interest in the recent three-hour drop-in was an endorsement of the States Review Committee’s position.

Reforms would avoid 'land-grab' mentality

Charles Parkinson (Picture by Steve Sarre, 1240421)

PROPOSED States reforms are a ‘recipe for anarchy’ by removing departments from the most senior government committee, former Treasury minister Charles Parkinson has warned.

Kept in the dark over jail death deal

FOLLOWING the death of a 64-year-old civil servant at Les Nicolles – in prison for six weeks for a drink-drive offence – a disturbing series of omissions and failures over his care were disclosed. These came in a Prisons and Probation Ombudsman report and in comments by the judge at the subsequent Guernsey inquest hearing.

Decisions of a dictatorship

WHAT an interesting debate in the Assembly at the last few sittings of the States. I listened with great interest between dozing off at just about everyone saying the same thing over and over again. To be honest, one person could have put it on tape and it could have been played repeatedly throughout all the sessions.

Why a spring start for paid parking is apt

FOR many, the unthinkable has finally happened: paid parking has been voted through and will be introduced next spring. It’s actually an appropriate date given the claims by this Assembly to represent a Sarnian Spring because the decision to charge commuters to park certainly represents a freshness of outlook.

Why paid parking is a silly idea...

APART from the stated aims of the traffic committee, is there another motive for introducing paid parking we don’t know about?  Without wishing to offend, I think there must be because paid parking is just plain silly.

‘Least worst’ is not always for the best

IN THE aftermath of the debate leading to Guernsey’s transport strategy, one question has to be posed: what will happen when the population management proposals are finally debated? The island’s traffic issues are so serious, we are told, that nothing less than an integrated system penalising certain classes of drivers, introducing paid parking and spending £20m. on a new bus depot will do.

Home could yet be top of the class

WITH this Assembly half way through its political term, attention has inevitably turned to how well it is doing and whether it has yet earned the title of ‘worst States ever’. The answer is no. It hasn’t done enough yet for islanders to draw an informed conclusion.

Transport: try leading by example

AS DEBATE approaches on what will emerge as a far from integrated transport strategy for the island, one thing has typified the absence of logical thinking on this divisive topic: the amendment from two deputies seeking to exempt commercial vehicles from the proposed width tax.