From Gino Risoli.
I HAVE been closely following some of the States agenda. 2010 looks to be a very rough year for taxpayers.
Under the guise of a necessary green policy, Transport and Technical Services, who recently ignored requests for more recycling, presented to the public the need to tackle congestion and CO2 omissions.
The presentation hid (not very well) two new taxes, as well as the need to raise car parking charges.
There would be a new green tax on fuel, as well as the possibility of an automated congestion charge, such as in London, to control town traffic. The declared intention of the TTS was to reduce traffic by 15 per cent.
A challenge by myself not to introduce any new tax before they costed any new scheme fell mainly on deaf ears. So look out next year.
On a point of government accountability, the intended freedom of information policy has more holes in it than a colander. It is worth nothing.
There is pressure building in the Jersey pot, but I am quite sure that our government is not aware how close they are to a blow out.
I have little confidence in the present regime. They don’t see the impending problems and, even if they could, they are not capable of resolving them. The problems are, as they say, endemic.