Here is Fridays JEP news report and interview of being elected unopposed, following the late surprise withdrawal of the sitting member. I was still elated in this BBC Radio Jersey Interview from the adrenalin release of six month’s election preparation.
In the course of the next two weeks I will try to attend many of the senatorial and deputies hustings to hear opinions on the issues.
After months of preparation for an election , at last nights nomination meeting unexpectedly there were no other nominations for Deputy of District No 1 St Brelade, I was declared elected. I want to thank my proposer and seconders and all those constituents who have encouraged me to stand in this election. I am still surprised to be unopposed, especially when so many other seats are strongly contested. It is both an honour to receive such support and a little disappointing as a long standing critic of Jersey’s Electoral system as needing reform. But I will now get on with the job and do my very best to fulfil the confidence shown in me. Here is my published manifesto ” My Commitment” which will be published on Vote.je tomorrow along with all the other candidates.
Working in Jersey’s excellent reference library during Liberation week I came across some very interesting historic engravings of Alderney I had not seen before.
Dates and artists too indistinct to read. Photographed from books published by Robert Mudie and Admiral Sir James Saumerez and John Jacob, on the Channel Islands and British Norman Isles, Published circa 1830 in Guernsey, Paris and London.
Braye Bay before the construction of the breakwater, Fort Grosnez and Fort Albert
The Old Church with clock tower still standing, Government House ,Connaught square
Le Huret St Anne
Essex Hill , Longis
Here is my second article on Alderney after two years working for their government. My experience offers lessons for Jersey . How the Island has adapted to living within limited resources and how its people have developed the resilience to cope with adversity. And for Guernsey, under whose stewardship the Island is just about holding its own due to its people but the Island is slowly dying unless Guernsey provides the financial support and capital investment Alderney needs to help it become more self sufficient .
Guernsey should reflect on its stewardship of Alderney to ensure the Island’s long term future. The historic divisions which for so long have reinforced insular jealousies should be put aside by all our politicians. They need to work together more cooperatively on the huge post Brexit challenges which face all Channel Islanders
Published by RURAL Jersey Country Life Magazine April 2017
Despite the huge difficulties of my weekly commute to Alderney from Jersey since 2015 , I am really proud of being part of this project which is vital to the future of Alderney. In 2016 Phase 1 was completed and Phase 2 is well advanced . Follow this link for update and access to the newly published economic development , environment and heritage strategies which form the input to the draft LUP. Also listen to this BBC Radio Guernsey news item of 17 Feb 2017
The recent state of the environment report was truly shocking, reporting red rights to the nitrate level in our water supplies which the highest in Europe, Ground water pollution from pesticides , and heavy metal run off from urban areas , huge decline of our wildlife through loss of habitat. Our recycling of waste falls well short of our capability.
We can no longer afford to take our environment for granted. At the last bye election there was no focus on green policy issues. Understandably the short term crisis we face took priority.
But all of us need to look to the longer term future of Jersey. We must be open to more radical policies which have long term environmental benefit. We have to control our population .We need States priorities to give greater priority to environment.
Inter- Island travel is too expensive , difficult and unreliable. It is adversely effecting our businesses , and damaging cultural and sporting links between the Islands.
In his new article, John Young calls for Jersey and Guernsey politicians to urgently work together to secure improved Inter Island sea and air links .
Published today in Rural Jersey Country Life magazine , he draws on his experience commuting between Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney , especially the huge problems faced by Alderney from Aurigny’s reduction in their vital lifeline links under their Guernsey States shareholder direction .