There will be a change before the next election, but the core principles will certainly include:
Collective responsibility & working together
Whilst not necessarily advocating cabinet-style government, there needs to be a much greater level of co-operation between government departments, members of which must act together. GRG candidates will expect to fight for what they believe in, but if a majority decision is otherwise, they will support that unless the difference is so great as to require resignation from a department. GRG believes that without this discipline, personal agendas and differences occur, leading to a lack of direction and poor government.
Cutting our coat to match our cloth
There is ample evidence to show that the Island can be far better managed. Presently, duplication of effort, top-heavy bureaucracy, waste and unnecessary law-making exist. Members of GRG are committed to government which is effective in what it does, but does it within our means. Grandiose schemes, often at odds with public wishes, should not see the light of day.
The core principles of GRG and the need to cut our coat according to our available cloth mean that non-core government activities need to be transferred to States-owned operating bodies, or the parishes, as appropriate. The States should, where possible, retain ownership of its strategic assets and in any and all events retain ultimate control of such strategic assets but not necessarily be concerned with their operation or detailed commercial activity.
Openness and independent scrutiny
Some sensitive information will always need to remain confidential, but GRG believes in the presumption that the workings of government should be as transparent as possible. Government should be subject to effective external scrutiny, and GRG advocates a reintroduction of the Audit Commission, with adequate resource and authority, such that the local commissioners would be able to examine the workings and practices of any department in depth, and thereafter report freely. In this way, Islanders’ perception of and confidence in their States would be improved.
Maximising local talent
The Bailiwick has a rich diversity of local talent and experience which, all too often, is ignored. Rather than employing external consultants, GRG would want to see this local resource mobilised, wherever possible. In this way, there would be greater community participation, with voluntary or minimal cost delivery being an option.
The role of the Parishes
GRG believes the parishes have a greater part to play in the way we run our Island. If government is to focus more clearly on Island-wide core issues, there will be increased opportunities for each parish to undertake functions which are parochial in nature. The contribution made by parish officials should be enhanced as an alternative to centralised control.
GRG members believe there is scope for reducing the number of States members. They also believe that Islanders should be free to choose their elected representatives on an Island-wide basis.
GRG recognizes that payment for States members is necessary and believes that the level of remuneration should enable the Island to attract talented individuals who will not be disadvantaged in leaving the private sector to enter public life. GRG's stated aim is to reduce the size of government, and increase the caliber of Deputy. Any increase in the payment to our Deputies will be offset by reducing the size of the legislature.