He's certainly kept his head down, but that could be an indication he's been quietly doing a good job?
whereby the overgrown and bloated overheads of government can no longer possibly be afforded, this time we must anticipate rather than react. We need to examine the parts of our society which may actually be costly and harmful and see what can be done to save money and improve our society.
We've mentioned this already, but that's a brave thing for any candidate to say given the proportion of public sector voters. He's right, it does need examining closely, but that should be an ongoing thing not a kneejerk to any VAT changes.
Green energy should be encouraged on any practical scale in every way possible that makes economic sense. I would support lots of small scale projects rather than a grand plan giving many people the opportunity to learn to use renewable sources of energy. After all even if climate change is a reality not a fiction then the island is unlikely to run out of wind and rain and certainly the tides will never stop. As many properties as possible should aim to be energy independent and self sufficient. Grand plans to hook up the island to the UK electricity grid and UK gas main were of dubious value to an island that is geographically separate. Good insulation would seem to be sufficient to vastly reduce heating bills while flat rooves for public buildings seem to be inappropriate.
Hmm. He nearly had me here, but 'even if climate change is a reality and not a fiction' does my nut in. Does anyone else think gas mains and electricity cables to the UK are of dubious value? I'd have thought they were vital to offer energy security. He wanders off a bit here, so what about insulation? Your right, but what are you going to do about it beyond the current grants and building regs system?
I believe that there should be an examination of both the government and of the 3rd sector which receives taxpayer funding as well receiving the benefits of charity status to determine what is truly beneficial to the people of the island rather than to the providers of the service.
Anyone understand this?
There is in general a lack of cutomer service throughout government but the contempt for the general public is naked in some 'civil servants'. This is clearly demonstrated by the shocking service levels of some staff at the NSC, the police, children's social services and social security.
Again, after a promising start, it's dropped into finger pointing. Are the police service levels clearly demonstrated? Where? What needs to happen to improve the attitude of public sector workers?
Media should be independent simply to maintain home rule as things stand and we should not merely accept the UK media. Attitudes and beliefs along the lines that 'This is the way it is done in the UK' are too subtle and pervasive to be tolerated if home rule is to be maintained and therefore the licence fee agreement with the BBC should be terminated. The money should be kept on the island to finance our own (hopefully independent) media, which should include other media analysis, media criticism and of course investigative journalism.
Brrr. I can't see this going down well should the BBC cut off the island, just as with TV over IP they're even more empowered than ever to do so. Doesn't seem well thought through. Perhaps a renegotiation of what we get from the license fee would be more appropriate?
We should insist that incomers to the island with a chronic health problem should pay taxes for several years before the entitlement to expensive healthcare costs which exceeds the tax contributions they pay.
I've no idea how this works currently, how long does someone have to live here and what status do they have to enjoy free healthcare?
Agree with the central government stuff at the bottom.