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?