Sark Newspaper 13 April 2018

Issue no. 202 - 13th APRIL 2018 - Price 90p UNCROWNED KING Reginald Guille has al- ways believed and be- haved as though he is the uncrowned king of Sark. The protection of his pow- ers and his own financial position, along with that of his supporters, many of whom who are involved in offshore directorships, has been, and remains, his principal objective. In the latter years of the late Seigneur Michael Beaumont’s life it was Re- ginald Guille who was the power behind the throne and he made sure that everybody knew it. No one, least of all the Seigneur, was able to impose legislation or regulation of any kind without first obtaining Guille’s consent. Guille was the principal architect of a decade of economic decline in Sark that resulted in an un- precedented and unsustainable 40% fall in the Island’s year-round population. Notably there has been little decline in the number of people who claim to live here for tax avoidance purposes, but in reality, spend only a few days in Sark each year. The last thing that Reginald Guille wants is for Sark to be financially and economically sound. This would take away the powers he holds over the people of this Island and their futures. It is why he and his supporters continue to promote division and entrenchment across Sark. The arrival of Christopher Beaumont, the latest in Sark’s long line of Sei- gneurs, presents a chal- lenge to Guille and his supporters. Our Seigneur has spoken of his belief that Sark’s future must be based on engagement and inclusion. He wants to see the repopulation of the Is- land to between 800 and 1,000 year-round resi- dents. To achieve this and to give the Island and its people a future he will have to exercise all of his authority and influence to stop Guille damaging the Island in the way he did during his father’s term. Without fundamental changes to Reginald Guille’s powers the Island has no future and the economy will continue to decline. Guille will, for instance, do whatever it takes to prevent opening the Island’s tourism industry to the vast markets of the continent of Europe. As a result, employ- ment will remain at an all-time low, we will have less money to spend and we will endure further increases in taxation. With this will come higher livings costs as utility suppliers, shops, bars, res- taurants and the Island’s service suppliers will have to raise their prices to recover their costs from an ever-dwindling customer base. One might ask, who would invest in this Island when their fate is in the hands of the uncrowned king Reginald Guille and his supporters?