Each of the 15 Senatorial Candidates took time out of their campaign to speak to BBC Radio Jersey's Home Affairs Producer Hamish Marett-Crosby about their election platform and what they would do if they were elected.
Name: Guy de Faye
Read a transcript of the interview with Guy de Faye below or listen to it using Real Player.
Why are you seeking an island mandate?
I believe very strongly in the island wide mandate, after all, all States members whether they are Deputies, Constables or Senators, actually represent the whole of the island, and much of our decision making effects all islanders, and I think, and I’ve made this clear in the past and recently, that if you wish to represent Jersey in the States of Jersey then I think you should be prepared to nail your colours to the mast and put out your ideas to the whole of the electorate so everybody in the island can decide whether they want to back you or not.
So you are going island wide then, but what ideas are you going to be pushing? What are the main planks of your particular electoral platform?
Well it has been a great privilege for me to represent electors in St Helier number 3, and I’d certainly assure them that I shall be pursuing elements of policy that I’ve developed over the years, particularly the future of La Pouquelaye School as an example, but it has become clear to me over the last two and a half years or so that in order to get things done you’ve got to be in the driving seat as a president, and in the future as a Minister.
I’ve been privileged to have been put in charge of looking at the island’s bus service in particular, and take responsibility for crafting a new transport policy, and I make no bones about it, there’s a lot of interesting and good ideas that I think are good for the future of Jersey and I want to follow those through, and I have already made it very clear if I am successful in the Senatorial election that I will pushing for a role as Minister of Transport. I think if you want to be a Minister you’ve got to go out and seek a Senatorial status.
Assuming that you get in to the States as a Senator, what do you think are going to be the main problems facing the States in the next three years?
The looming black hole is obviously going to be the biggest worry. I think already we have put legislation and we’ve drafted laws that we hope will deal with that, but we’ve yet to see how that will pan out. We will have to take decisions, for example on how precisely the shape of taxation that will come.
I know that there is a lot of concern in the island about the General Sales Tax, but that will be a tax that reluctantly I will support having studied all the other options, it does seem the best way forward and comes in at the lowest rate and is applicable to the largest number of people, including holidaymakers for example, as opposed to a graduated income tax that I think could be potentially very damaging to the economy and also as opposed to a pay role tax which of course is simply limited to people who are in current employment.
You can start at agriculture and work your way round virtually to the end of the alphabet with tourism, there are so many issues facing the island all of which require dealing with. So the role of the politician is going to be absolutely crucial over the next five years as we face extremely difficult decisions on how to divide up the monies we have available.
One of the first things which all members will have to concentrate on when they reassemble after the elections is to choose a Chief Minster, what are your thoughts on that and which way do you think you will go?
There is a pressure I know on candidates to back or declare who they intend to support but I take a firm, and rigorous line on this one, it’s a fundamental precept of democracy that you should be able to have a secret ballot; the ballot for Chief Minister is a secret ballot and as far as I am concerned how I vote in that ballot remains a secret, and may I say for a very good reason.
Let me give an example, I’ve already said that it is my current intention to put myself forward for Minister for Transport, let me suppose that I was to announce here and now that I support one particular candidate for Chief Minister and unfortunately through whatever circumstance they don’t happen to be elected, well whoever turns out to be Chief Minister is going to take a pretty dim view of my chances of joining his or her Ministerial Cabinet, so quite frankly that is why it is a secret ballot; it’s a secret ballot so the Chief Minister never knows whether you were for him or against him, that is how it should be and that is how I intend to keep it.