Sark Newspaper 30 November 2018

3 Rumours, and in some cases disquiet, abound about the intentions of the rest of the candidates that are hoping to be elected to Sark’s govern- ment for the first time. Amanda de Carteret is the wife of the Island's deputy judge. Ellen Lalor is the niece of the Island’s unelected chair- man of the all-powerful Policy & Finance Com- mittee Reginald Guille. Her husband Rodney is also standing alongside her in the forthcoming elections. Will these three candidates slavishly follow Guille’s policies of division and entrench- ment, or will they stand up to him and deliver political representation to the hundreds of disen- franchised people of Sark who currently have none? It is for them to set out in their manifestos who they are and what they stand for. Four of the candidates are men who run busi- nesses in Sark. We need to know more about them and what they stand for. Are Simon Couldridge, Christopher Drillot, Philip Long and Frank Makepeace dependent solely on their earnings from their Sark businesses? If so, will they be campaigning with policies that will stim- ulate Sark’s ailing economy? Natalie Craik and Fern Turner are both mothers with young children here in Sark. As such we can expect them to take a great interest in what the Island can offer their children in respect of both their education and their future prosperity. However, neither woman can be defined simply as mothers with children in Sark. Both hold down full-time jobs, Craik in property manage- ment and Turner in accountancy. This much we know, but to make an informed decision on the 12th December 2018 on these and every other candidate the electorate must receive meaningful manifestos from each and every one of them. Michael Doyle is currently going through a peri- od of rehabilitation following several years of incarceration in Guernsey’s prison. He is gain- ing considerable respect from many Islanders for having the courage to stand in the forthcoming elections and, by doing so, placing himself firmly in the public eye. As a result, his manifesto will inevitably attract considerable scrutiny, but it will also give him the opportunity to explain why he has taken the bold decision to stand in next month’s election. John Guille’s decision to stand is creating disquiet amongst some Islanders who feel that he has spent barely more time in Sark in recent years than a seasonal tourist. His mani- festo will give him the opportunity to address this disquiet and set out before the electorate who he is and what he stands for. In their letter to Lord Keen, published in last week’s The Sark Newspaper the current members of our wholly unelected government wrote: “This is not the end, this is not even the beginning of the end, this is just perhaps the end of the be- ginning.” If this is to be the end of the beginning of Sark’s struggle to hold fully representative democratic elections, then each and every one of the fifteen candidates in December’s election must issue meaningful manifestos. Only then can the elec- torate make an informed choice based on who their candidates are and what they stand for.