New political group sets out its stall

GUERNSEY’S newest political group, the 2020 Association, is aiming to field a number of ‘sensible and decisive’ candidates in next year’s election, it has stated in its principles and objectives document.

A 2020 Association meeting at Les Cotils in May. (Picture by Mark Ogier, 24976633)
A 2020 Association meeting at Les Cotils in May. (Picture by Mark Ogier, 24976633)

It also focuses on other aims, which could include suspending Guernsey’s population management controls.

The paper was released yesterday, with one year to go until the first island-wide election.

The 2020 Association was formed on 30 November last year with the aim of helping to improve the quality of candidates for the States and providing a set of agreed objectives behind which such candidates could unite.

‘After extensive communication with members and followers and having in the region of 40,000 internet impressions in six months, we are delighted now to be able to publish this account of our principles and objectives,’ association secretary Peter Atkinson said.

‘We already have indications from a number of potential candidates that they agree with the principles outlined in this document. We will, of course, be working on and refining these objectives over the coming months, in readiness for the election.’

The association has formulated general principles and objectives which it intends to expand into a core manifesto to be presented before the 2020 election.

Members will lend support to candidates for the States who subscribe to their approach and aims.

The association aims to bring a cohesive group of politicians who will act sensibly, decisively and avoid procrastination.

They also aim to invest in island infrastructure to support economic growth and establish a framework of reliable, affordable transport links.

The association wants to support the finance industry, cut government red tape and introduce a freedom of information law.

It also proposes to acknowledge the value of open market residents and use their skills. It is suggested that the States could cautiously relax and, if necessary suspend, population management rules.

Other ideas include cutting waste, promoting public transport, improving primary and secondary health care and working to cut in-work poverty.

More functions could be handed back to douzaines, which could allow them a greater hand in planning matters.

Tax is another area the group wants to focus on, saying that it should be imposed fairly, with no stealth taxes.

. The general election will be held on Wednesday 17 June 2020.

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