2020 Association claims publication victory

The long awaited PwC Air Links Infrastructure Report has finally been released on Friday 8th March, following a request for its publication made by The 2020 Association under the States of Guernsey Code of Practice for Access to Public Information, (2014).

The 2020 Association made its request on Monday 4th March. After an immediate holding response saying that the States would “aim to respond within 20 days”, the Policy and Resources Committee then stated to the Association that the Report would be released by Monday 11th March. A draft was in fact released on Friday 8th March, an interim version on Tuesday 12th March and the final release on Wednesday 13th March.

James Collings, the Chief Executive of the 2020 Association, said: “We are very pleased that as a result of our efforts, and apparently following some urgent scrambling caused by the receipt of our request, this important Report has now been opened up so that the public, who have paid for it, can examine its content and judge how it has been handled by our government. We will ourselves be looking at the Report in the light of the comments made during States’ Debates after receipt of the Report but before it was made public.

“We are especially pleased at our victory because we understand that up to 90% of requests under the Code are declined. We remain of the view that such an important aspect of government accountability ought, in the modern day, to be the subject of a full Freedom of Information Law, rather than simply a Code of Practice. Guernsey’s people deserve nothing less.”

The Report can be found on line at:

https://www.gov.gg/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=118067&p=0

https://www.gov.gg/article/170671/Review-of-Strategic-Air-and-Sea-Links-Infrastructure

PwC Airport & Condor Reports

2020 Association demands to see PwC reports on transport links

The 2020 Association has made a request under the States of Guernsey Code of Practice for Access to Public Information (2014) for the two Reports commissioned by the States on the island’s air and sea transport links to be produced to it, with a view to general disclosure to the public.


James Collings, the Chief Executive of the Association, said “In spring 2018, PwC was commissioned by the Policy and Resources Committee to produce two Reports: one into Air Links Infrastructure and the second into a Contingency Plan relating to the sale of Condor Ferries by its owner. These Reports were received back by P&R in autumn 2018. They have been shared with the Committee for Economic Development, the States Trading Supervisory Board and the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure. However, they have been withheld from the public. These are public documents. They have been paid for from the public purse. The taxpayer has a right to see them, and P&R have an obvious obligation to produce them. The 2020 Association has therefore made a request for production under the States of Guernsey Code of Practice.”

The improvement of transport connectivity, and the implementation of a full Freedom of Information Law are among the foremost stated objectives of the 2020 Association.

A copy of our letter is here.


“The 2020 Association” announces its launch.

New Guernsey political association comes into being: “Change starts here!”

Following success in the Island Wide Voting Referendum five members resigned from the Executive Committee of the recently formed Islanders Association because of “irreconcilable differences of administrative style” with another committee member. One of them, Harvey Marshall, says “Many people approached us afterwards, regretting the departure of the majority of the “team” at the Islanders, and asking whether we would be setting up another association. We are pleased to announce that The 2020 Association is the result. The Association is supported by Deputies Ferbrache, Mooney and Kuttelwascher, who will be playing an important role towards its success.

“Although there are some bright stars, it is our confirmed view that the present States is one of the worst ever. It is only when one examines the quality of many of the members of the States, by listening to their debates, and noting the sheer incompetence of some of the decisions taken, that one realises that if this situation continues the island will simply descend ever more speedily into being an economically stultified backwater; a result of not promptly and efficiently addressing vital issues such as connectivity and economic development, and being hampered by complacency and inadequacy.

“We think that the 2020 Association can enable a difference to be made by forming an association which can effectively bring together and support like-minded people who have been quizzed as to their attributes, acumen and approach; a better calibre of people who can stand for the States. This is the first step towards giving Guernsey an efficient government, which is what it so badly needs.

“The 2020 Association aims to provide a focal point which the electorate can recognise and can trust in the context of island wide voting. We will not be a political party. We recognise that the concept of the traditional political party is anathema in Guernsey, and so there will be no whipping. What we intend is that the membership will be canvassed via the internet for their views on particular issues as they arise – to give their opinions on what would be best for the island. The Deputies affiliated to the Association would then be informed of the results of this consultation, and requested to follow those results, but they would do so because of their knowledge of widespread views, and they would always be free to vote according to their own personal convictions if they felt really strongly.

“The first task will be to get a sufficient number of deputies elected under the association’s banner in 2020. Creating a single core manifesto to which 2020 candidates will subscribe will assist this, because the electorate will not have to read many different manifestos.

“Assuming we succeed, our next task will be to start to reform the management of the States and Civil Service, where we would bring a culture of competence, accountability and transparency to both – to encourage better, more considered decision making. We’d remove the silo mentality, leading to more joined up and efficient government; one where people see the big picture instead of focussing on their own departments. We’d encourage an administration with a co-operative “can do” approach, rather than looking for problems.

“We are against unnecessary regulation, bureaucracy and the interference of Government, which should be enough to provide the fundamental, critical requirements that individuals cannot of themselves provide – and no more. We seek a realistic path towards a prosperity which should have benefits for all.

“We have a very good team lined up to help manage the above ambition, including, amongst others, Geoff Dorey and Peter Atkinson. And given our success in the IWV issue, we think we could make a big difference to the Island and put Guernsey back on the track which it used to have; where success bred success, rather than its current complacent, inefficient belief that everything will always turn out all right.”

The Chairman of the 2020 Association, Harvey Marshall, added “This is an opportunity for those who voted for Island Wide Voting, and others, to ensure the success of the Island in the future. We urge them all to support the 2020 Association.”

30/11/2018

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