Values & Political Agenda
I believe that no one is born with a pre-determined set of abilities and that all islanders are entitled to life-long learning, equity, feeling safe, being fairly represented in government and able to thrive in their personal lives on a professional and personal level; regardless of their age, socioeconomic, racial background or sexual orientation and gender.
As a teacher and an education researcher in Guernsey, I understand the crucial importance of high-quality education and consider our unique island setup. We must not sacrifice the quality of our education provision for the next generations. We must consider the magnitude of the proposed changes and I support exploring other models that may suit our island community.
Email sent to all deputies in 2017: 3 responded
My view is also that our world is made of finite resources, and the need for sustainability and promotion of renewable energies is now essential. In this sense, all Islanders have a right to benefit from common resources but have a duty to support their community to face the challenges of tomorrow, thinking of the next generations. These challenges may have local or international implications, such as Brexit. I believe in increasing cooperation between government, businesses and individuals as we can achieve more together than individually, as shown during lockdown.
The circular Economy
Digital Innovation & Lifelong Learning Provision
Innovation and problem solving which take into account past experiences have great potential in a small community such as Guernsey. The digital age has changed our world in the last decades. I believe that technology has the potential in Guernsey to bring a modernised model of participative democracy and raise the engagement of young citizens. Many in our community need to be provided with opportunities to upskill, as some feel alienated by the current pace of change. People who have lost their jobs, business owners, people in need of a new career and school leavers should be entitled to upskill at any point in time so Guernsey keeps a constant competitive edge in the global market. Education should not stop when school ends or even when one retires. Guernsey needs to upskill through embedding community-based initiatives from using volunteering schemes, competitive educational provision and enhance corporate support to produce and retain highly skilled individuals.
I believe it is time that we have a governing body that embraces innovative thinking and place sustainability at the centre of the next political agenda.
Modernisation of Democratic Processes & Social Changes
I want our democratic processes modernised to enable more direct consultation with voters, placing the needs of our community at the centre of my actions. The island deserves effective high-quality services. We should use local expertise and evidence-based approaches that have a proven track record of success so we can continue to foster a tight-knit community that puts well being, sustainable economy and respect for its environmental heritage at the centre of its core values.
I also believe that we should continue to bring our legislation up to date to reflect other social changes of the 21st century. For instance, I would welcome further debate on employment equity and the relaxations of laws concerning cannabis use in the near future.