About me

1. Three stories from my life
2. A brief life story
3. What I would bring to the States

Three stories from my life

Competent, effective and compassionate – a claim that is useless without some evidence. Here are three events from my life, that you can judge for yourself.

Rural Enterprises

When I successfully applied for the post of Manager of Rural Enterprises the committee had an idea – that people with learning difficulties should have access to real training and work, especially in horticulture or agriculture. They had money but that was all. No plan, no proposal, and nowhere to carry it out!

I researched and arranged a trip to England to visit a range of projects all over the country. On receiving my report of the trip the chairman said: “How did you fit all that in to a week? If only States members worked as hard as you when they went on fact-finding trips” or words to that effect.

In the course of the trip I also managed to interview, and recruit, the ideal person to lead the horticultural work, and within a year we were growing top quality melons, broad beans, flat climbing beans, Royals. and other fruit and veg. Whatever produce we took to our various outlets went like the proverbial hot cakes.

Fairtrade

Fairtrade guarantees a fair and stable price to producers in the Third World. The result is smiling faces instead of famine, genuine community development at a pace which takes your breath away (see Fairtrade in the Dominican Republic for one example) and excellent quality produce for the consumer too. (see here for more). I believe that this ideal of fairness applies just as much to someone caring for a sick relative in St. Mary as to a banana grower in the Windward islands.

As chairman of Christian Aid in Jersey I drew together a group of interested people to set about promoting Fairtrade in the island. In three meetings the group had explored the subject, agreed on its goal and priorities, and planned and executed our launch activity. I handed over the chairmanship but stayed on the group. Within 18 months Jersey had achieved Fairtrade Island status. The group continues to promote Fairtrade successfully in the island.

The senatorial count

Third story – I was refused entry to the senatorial count in St. Mary. I protested vigorously, checked that as a senatorial candidate I was within my rights to insist, but was still kept out by the honorary police. Within 10 minutes, after the intervention of the Attorney General, I was allowed in by the returning officer with profuse apologies for the misunderstanding.

I know my rights, I defend them with tenacity, and I will do the same for you.
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A brief life story

I came to live in Jersey when my father took on the job of Director of Education in 1955. I went to St. Lawrence Primary School and Victoria College. I have a degree in Social Science and speak fluent French and rather odd German, but it gets me by.

I am married to Anne pronounced Anna. We have three children who went to St. Mary’s and Les Quennevais schools before going on to Hautlieu and university. Max is now a teacher, Kaspar is a performance artist, and Camilla is just starting her PGCE to train as a teacher also.

For 16 years I ran Jersey Cycletours, a successful cycle hire and holidays business, building it up from just doing guided cycle tours to having over 100 good quality hire bikes and running international cycling holidays. I love enabling people to see our beautiful island by bike.

Anne and I also founded the Jersey Cycling Group which raised the profile of cycling in Jersey. We played a major role in setting up the Jersey Cycling Network and I wrote the official Jersey Cycling map.

Prior to that, I worked for Jersey Mencap as manager of Rural Enterprises, where we trained people with learning difficulties in horticulture. For the full story, see the start of this page. This pilot project led to the setting up of Acorn Enterprises (near Howard Davis Farm).

I was chairman of Christian Aid in Jersey, which is an organisation with 600 volunteers, from 2002 until 2007. I instigated a review of all that we did, which involved organising a volunteer conference and then setting up a review group which pulled together the findings into a brief and coherent strategy. I also recruited several new organisers.

I launched the Jersey Fairtrade group in 2003 (for more see above), and in 2004 I started the Jersey Trade Justice Awareness project which educated islanders about the injustices of world trade as part of the international Make Poverty History movement of 2005.

I am a member of Bethlehem Methodist church and I enjoy singing, gardening, and walking along the North coast. My daughter and I did “coasteering” around the island before there was a name for it! A little while ago, I started the St. Mary’s over 40 football team which was great fun.

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What I would bring to the States – my experience and personal qualities

What I have to  offer are my integrity, my intelligence and my imagination – all useful in the States!

Integrity
I try to speak the truth as I honestly see it. I am not a chameleon, I listen to people but I stick to my beliefs of justice and environmental responsibility. I’m not chummy, I wouldn’t be asked for ‘favours’. I genuinely seek the public interest and will go for real long-term benefits ahead of illusory or short-term gains.

Intelligence
I do have the intelligence, memory and mental flexibility to weigh up conflicting evidence and viewpoints and come to a sound decision. I do lots of research, I can spot the holes in the argument, I see nonsense for what it is. Where there is a problem I want to identify what has caused it and then do something effective to tackle it.

Imagination
This will be an essential attribute as we travel through these unprecedented times together. I think there is scope within the parish to try new ways of making our community stronger. I tend to have new ideas for solving problems, see new ways of doing things, I “join the dots”

Other qualities
I was a good boss. I think it is fair to say that both Jersey Cycletours and Rural Enterprises were happy workplaces. We worked as a team, and at JCT we covered for each other, for example if someone had been to a big party the night before! I led from the front to get both established from scratch and have proved that I can handle hard work. Our mechanic from Germany, who came to work with us for several seasons, said: “At Jersey Cycletours the customer is really king”

I am approachable, because I am tolerant and do not pass judgement on people. I have a keen sense of humour. I am very creative and like to encourage others to find their own creativity. Releasing potential gives me the highest satisfaction, as when I taught 2 young Jersey children to ride a bike and saw how they rejoiced in their new-found freedom.

Responses

  1. hi daniel
    its sue ex worker of jct i think its brill that you are trying to get in to the states your a great man to know and i hope you win, you will certinaly get my vote
    good luck
    sue

    Thanks Sue, good to hear from you!
    Would you like to take a poster . . ?

    Daniel

  2. hi daniel
    yes i will take a poster do you want any posters put through any doors as i can do that if you want

  3. hi daniel,

    your german isn´t rather odd, its very good !
    I like your blog.
    good luck,

    sanna*

  4. I heard you asking for researchers on Radio Jersey – I have time on my hands at present and woul dbe pleased to do some research for you – I am particularly interested in Jersey politics!

  5. ‘Health and safety assessment of state bicycle helmets laws in the USA’

    A UK report takes a close look at the issue of bicycle helmets and comes to some surprising conclusions. It documents that cycling reduced for 7 –11 age group by 29.9% from 1998 to 2007 and relates children gaining weight to fewer children cycling.

    The health benefits of cycling are considered in detail and with the use of a WHO formula for quantifying the health gains and comparing to the loss from accidents, it concludes that helmet promotion and legislation may have resulted in 1020 – 2040 premature deaths per year in the long term.

    It investigates cycling fatalities in 3 parts and considers the force of impact in such instances is so significant that most protection would fail. States with helmet laws are compared to states without and it finds little difference in reduced fatalities. By comparing the size of a bare head to one helmeted it deduces that helmets could increase the number of impacts by about 125%.

    The report will be presented in the UK at the University of Bolton on the 30 March as part of a conference on ‘Promoting health through cycling’.

    For a copy of the report, contact:
    Email Colin@vood.freeserve.co.uk


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