We must all strive to elect the right capable and experienced people who are determined to collaborate actively and work together to deliver results, whatever their disagreements might be over policy. We cannot move forward by continuing to go round in circles.
The inclination for members to repeatedly raise issues already debated and decided is an issue of particular concern during the recovery phase from COVID because of the time and opportunity wasted.
I favour legal entrenchment of our constitutional position with the UK, such that we do not have the spectre of UK politicians standing up in Parliament demanding the imposition of direct legislation. We generally have good relationships with conservative governments but Labour governments can be hostile.
I favour a cabinet style government where control is exercised by budget and where committees have larger scope to pursue policy objectives falling with the overall plan without having to go back to the States on every detail. We need to get out of the weeds, delegate better and move faster as an assembly.
We do not necessarily need to change our constitution to achieve this, simply agree fiscal controls and limits which enable committees to operate as they should, with delegated authority. We should also reduce cost and time spent in States meetings themselves by taking routine, non-contentious matters outside formal meetings.
Our scrutiny system has failed the island. It has no teeth to order a public enquiry or to compel production of evidence under oath or to sanction a person for failing to respond. It is well meaning but it creates a legal vacuum in our constitution which is riddled with overlapping conflicts of interest. Government cannot operate effectively without proper scrutiny.
I believe that the scrutiny process should be strengthened with powers to compel witnesses and evidence, using the police if necessary, with offences for failure to cooperate and where the committee is made up and chaired predominantly by members of the public appointed by the States of Deliberation, with powers for States members and the public to petition it to conduct an investigation.
I would like to see the creation of a "people's requete" where 500 signatures will result in a public statement on the issue by the responsible committee and where anything above 2500 signatures would have to result in a public debate.
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