Why don’t we share in GWP pride?

IT COMES with the territory. The States of Guernsey gets knocked by the media – and often by this column – and doesn’t much like it.

The response? Hit back at the media during States meetings, with the benefit of open microphones broadcasting to the Bailiwick.

Yesterday was no exception. Deputy Heidi Soulsby presents the Government Work Plan and says ‘sometimes it feels like States-bashing is a national sport’.

Now if it was, it’s certainly one that this community would be quite good at.

So what difference is the GWP making to help this States avoid the omni-present threat of being known as the ‘worst States ever’?

‘There is strong evidence of how the Plan has had a key role in making things happen and is the glue that binds the States under our consensus system of government,’ said Deputy Soulsby, going on to outline how this was the closest yet that the States has come to working from a costed and affordable plan where all government’s significant actions of government are coordinated.

‘We have shown what we can do when we work together and long may that continue.’

She may be right.

But while granting themselves a little pat on the back, the States might wish to consider that if there is a real success story contained within this report, why doesn't the electorate see it or feel they can share in it?

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