On Friday (May 19th) I convened Jersey’s first Nature Summit and in my introductory speech I referenced a quote that attracted quite a bit of attention. It came from the writer Kurt Vonnegut, who said in an interview towards the end of his life: “I’ll tell you one thing that no Cabinet has ever had … More Minister for the Future?
This week Deputy Jeune announced the second tranche of the government’s e-bike incentive scheme. I know that the scheme attracts some opposition, and I wanted to address some of the questions that have been raised. Question 1: Why are you subsidising the purchase of e-bikes by people who are already “relatively well off”, and could … More The E-bike incentive
This week the States Assembly debated an amendment (from Deputy Rob Ward) to the Common Strategic Policy (the government’s strategic programme for the next few years) that related to Climate Change. This amendment called for the government to; The Council of Ministers proposed an amendment to Deputy Ward’s amendment which removed the first two clauses … More How best can Jersey lead on climate change?
Here’s a little story for you, which has caused me to reflect on my role as a politician and our expectations of politicians. On Thursday morning I sustained a prolapsed disc. It was an exceptionally painful experience as you might imagine, although not a new one as I have a history of back problems. For … More The life of a politician
This is the text of an article published in the JEP on Saturday Aug 20th 2022 A few years ago I lined up with hundreds of other cyclists to start an 85 mile organised cycling event through the Pennines. As we waited to get going we were regaled by pounding dance music and a motivational … More JEP article: What it’s like being a new minister
I’m approaching social media a little differently now I’ve been elected to the States Assembly and become minister for the Environment. First, I don’t have anywhere near as much time as in the past, so I am posting (and browsing) much less frequently. Weekends more than during the week. Second, my primary social media communication … More Social media and communication
This has been an extraordinary night in Jersey politics – unprecedented in my lifetime. A tsunami has swept away most of the government along with the political party with which it was most closely associated. Despite the size of the political earthquake, it is not a surprise. The view that was expressed to me over … More Election 2022: The Verdict
A few days ago I was taking a photograph of the Quennevais Precinct when a man stopped and asked what I was doing. When I told him I was standing for election he said: “Well, I live here and I think they should knock the whole place down and start again!” That’s a dramatic point … More Knock it down and start again?