Manifesto for the 2018 Election
Deputy of St Saviour (District No. 1)
Member of the States of Jersey Assembly
My name is Kevin Pamplin. I am 44 years old and a proud father of two young children.
Some of you will know me from working in the charity sector, others from my other aspects of island life. Most recently, I held an important position at the head injury charity Headway Jersey, and before that I was the first business manager at the Jersey Brain Tumour Charity, a role I am most proud of. In between these jobs, I worked briefly with a leading entrepreneur in the tourism and entertainment sector.
I live in St Saviour (No. 1) and returned to our Victoria Court home, which has been in the family for five decades, to care for my grandmother, Barbara Pamplin (née Queree), who sadly passed away last year. I may have lived and worked away at times, but my heart has always been in this part of the island. I would be honoured to work hard for you and your family as one of your parish Deputies in this district.
There are parish issues that I will champion, as well as those where I believe I can make a positive contribution to the island as a whole. To me, politics is primarily about representation and I hear you already.
I will listen to you and be YOUR voice.
You will have heard of the UK politician Jo Cox, who was brutally murdered in 2016. If elected by you, I want to work to similar values of the organisation “More United”, which was founded in her name to create a new political model. It was designed to make politics more accessible and less extreme. The idea is to take out the tribalism and give people more power to make an impact.
The movement has five values at its heart:
Opportunity: we need a fair economy that bridges the gap between rich and poor.
Tolerance: we want to live in a free, diverse society where our differences are celebrated and respected.
Democracy: we want you to have real influence over politics.
Environment: we must do everything possible to tackle climate change and protect our environment.
Openness: we welcome immigration, but understand it must work for everyone, and believe in bringing down international barriers, not raising them. We also want a close relationship with Europe.
If elected, I will commit to these values to fit our unique political way of running our island, our district and the parish of St. Saviour as a whole. We have some big issues to get through and a great deal of apathy to fix. Many islanders have little faith in their representatives, feeling cheated and let down. There is much to do.
I am teaching my children the importance of honesty and accountability for their actions. Fellow parents will understand that the environment you create for your children comes as a result of your own actions. It is high time that the political world understood and created this too. We need leadership that inspires people. It seems so obvious, but we need sensible, informed decision-making. Moving away from “opinion being used as fact.” This will take time, but we all can play our part, and I believe that time must start now.
Below are some of my key thoughts on the most important issues ahead.
St Saviour (No. 1)
To the electors, I pledge to make myself available and accessible at all reasonable times. I will keep my website updated to show my work and whereabouts in terms of my role as your elected Deputy.
Social media can be an effective way of reaching out, but in the confines of respect and decency, which I will be committed to doing so. But all other lines of communication are just as important. I will seek to put in place regular “surgeries” and meet and greet sessions at Howard Davis park or a location best for you.
Heavy traffic is a scourge of our district, and I am aware of the concerns of residents, especially in the area around St Luke’s school. I will also give active support to the efforts already in motion to tackle road safety concerns on Longueville road and other areas of the district.
Generally, I will work hard to bring the parish closer together and not just at election time. I will work with the Constable and other Deputies to speak with one voice on issues where the views of all parishioners need to be heard.
Your concerns are my concerns.
Jersey faces difficult economic challenges, which affect every single one of us. There has been questionable management of our economy in recent years and we now need transparency, honesty and action. Many islanders struggle financially. The fallout from Brexit and other external factors on the local economy cannot be considered an inevitable part of the business cycle. In my view, it has been one of the great failures of leadership and imagination of the island’s government over the years.
There is an essential requirement for a fairer taxation system that will require a wholesale review of 0-10. We need to be talking NOW to corporations about how we can rebalance the tax system to reduce the burden on individual taxpayers.
In addition, there is a strong argument to increase the minimum percentage contribution made by super-rich residents to ensure we can find a balance to take the pressure off hard-working middle-income earners, who seem to be the target of all our taxation.
We must be brave enough to involve the right people to create innovative solutions for our economy. We need to create new jobs for the new world we live in now and for the next 20 years and beyond.
We MUST urgently review healthcare and the plans for the new hospital. We have a rapidly ageing population and face a crisis meeting health and long-term care demands. The pressure is real.
I have seen the major gaps in the referral system between primary and charitable health care providers. It is unacceptable that islanders are not consistently told about support available from the third sector. From experiences gained by caring for my late grandmother, I believe we need to invest in the provision of 24-hour care for the elderly. I will not stand by and see that generation forgotten.
Over the next decade, we face a crisis dealing with dementia, which is predicted to be the 21st Century’s biggest killer. This is just one of many issues we will face in the not too distant future. Let's lead the way in how we care for the health care for all. I am concerned that the argument over the location of the hospital is distracting from the more important issue of how our health care is managed. I want to change this.
On the mental health front, while there have been improvements, not enough is being done to coordinate third sector provision to primary care. We must be even more understanding and challenging stigma wherever it exists. Those days are gone and must never return. Mental health is part of everyday life and should not be tucked away. The care needs to be woven into the fabric of general healthcare as a normal part of the service. I will fight for mental health issues to be respected and supported.
As I proved by arranging and staging the islands first Brain Tumour Conference, we can effect real change.
Due to pressure on resources, Jersey has to have a balanced immigration policy. Why has this not been achieved? I want answers, I know you do as well. No more scaremongering, let’s have facts and solutions. I welcome everyone to Jersey who can make a positive contribution to our island, but we have to be realistic about the numbers, and it has to work for all of us. Recent governments have failed spectacularly in tackling the issue and I question if there was ever any real will to deal with this vital question.
I believe the new States Assembly should finally launch a substantial feasibility study assessing the benefits of the creation of a recognised University in Jersey. One way of achieving this could be to find ways to invest in Highlands College.
We must ensure ALL students are backed and valued to allow them to develop and achieve the skills that the local economy requires. A Jersey University could leverage the obvious local expertise in both finance and tourism, but also reinvigorate our agriculture and marine economies as well as harness the energy of our successful digital businesses. Jersey needs new young, intelligent and motivated blood to create the wealth and innovation that will be required in the digital and changing economy of the future.
We need to continue to evaluate our education system, although results are generally excellent, ongoing support is essential. Being a parent, I have seen the many changes and growing pressures on the pupils, and the teaching staff. We must invest to support future creative learning for every child.
There are many other things to mention. A key issue is the importance of finally reforming the States Assembly to match the plans to streamline the civil service. Also, we must see through the implementation of the main recommendation from the independent care enquiry, there is a lot of work to do to protect our island’s vulnerable children never repeating the shocking failures of the past.
I will also work hard for a greener, more environmentally friendly island, we are failing badly in some areas.
We must ensure equality for all and NOT become complacent; love is love. I will always fight for this.
We are going to be faced with financial commitments that keep coming, and we have to be realistic, we cannot keep spending what we don’t have. Rebalancing of our local economy is essential in this respect. No longer can the public be treated as the last to know or the last to have.
We must all work together. This island is made up of so many parts, which is what makes it so unique. I have always kept true to the idea in my professional working life that if you treat people as human beings then they will bring the best out of themselves and each other. Too much responsibility is passed over.
I believe if you see something, say something, but most important of all - do something!
I have the passion and commitment required on your behalf to help tackle the issues ahead. We must never lose sight of how far we have come. I believe the island’s people are its greatest asset. I will match that belief from day one to work hard for our district, and for our parish to support your family and mine.
We must be ambitious, but realistic and have faith in hope. We must be united.
Thank you for reading,
Local Champion for Local Issues
Champion for the Elderly
For the last 4 years before she passed away, I lived and cared for my Grandmother, Barbara Pamplin (Nee Queree). I saw first hand the concerns and issues that our incredible older generation face every day. We have some wonderful charities and concepts to combat the issues, including loneliness, but I believe a more joined up process should be in place to make life easier for those who deserve it.
Champion for Diversity
I'm more than ever seeing this as one of our greatest roles in an ever changing world. While progress has been made and we must never forget how much worse it was 40 years ago when I was born, there is a risk of complacency. We must see this through so that everyone - no matter their race, gender or who they love - can live happily on an island that stood nose to nose to the Nazi hate and knows the importance of freedom.
Champion for the Environment
There can be no question that our island is beautiful and provides us a home that we all at times can take for granted. For it to continue to be this special place, it is now our responsibility to take on the mission to do better to protect and safeguard our local enviroment.
Champion for the Charity Sector
I have been lucky to have worked in the charity sector here in Jersey. I was Business Manager for the Jersey Brain Tumour Charity, followed by Head of Income Generation for Headway Jersey. I still remain closely linked to both these charities, as well as many others. Including the committee for the Jersey Charity Awards. There needs to be more protection and a better joined up way of working between islanders, charities and local goverment especially in the health charity sector. The charities law will help, but we have to take a step back because there are signs that could be too much of a burden on the charity sector, especially in terms of health and well being.
Champion for Healthcare
I'm strongly urged by my experience to suggest that we must rethink our health care structure on the island. While we recognise that the island must progress with a new hospital, that is not the only problem to fix. I believe the bigger issue is the healthcare structure that will support that hospital. We could end up building a bigger problem and my concern is that a fragmented healthcare system that might have been ok for an island 40 years ago, no longer works right now. I would like to see a much more connected service that gives rather than waits for you to ask.
Champion for All
There are many issues that concern us all. At the end of the day, most of us are hard working folks who want to provide for our family and be there for the vulnerable and our local community. But concern is growing on such issues as fairer and affordable housing rights, local tradtions, respect for all faiths and beliefs, among many others. There can be no doubt that our island is very different to the one I was born into 40 years ago. So, whatever the sector, be it finance (which is very important to us now), private or charity we need to make sure everything is based on fairness and for all, not just the few. I am ready to listen, learn and above all, work hard for you.