Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Clash of the Titans? Thursday Question Time Event.

Treasury Minister to face recently resigned Assistant Minister at Budget debate at Local ‘Question Time’ Event

Treasury Minister Alan Maclean will be in the hot seat as 'Any Questions?' returns to debate the 2016 Budget. Facing his former Assistant Minister turned back bencher, Deputy Tracey Vallois, and a familiar adversary in the form of former Senator Sarah Ferguson. 

Senator Maclean is one of a panel of experts and politicians at St Brelade Parish Hall from 19:30 on Thursday 12 November.

The event is free for Islanders to attend, and is designed to provide a platform where the public can put their questions directly to politicians, business leaders and campaigners – and hopefully receive direct answers.

Alongside Senator Maclean, Deputy Vallois and Sarah Ferguson, Roger Trower of Broadlands Estates will be joining the panel, as well as Assistant Treasury Minister Eddie Noel (who is also TTS Minister). The final member of the panel is local property lawyer Paul Scally.

The group are likely to face questions on the proposed removal of mortgage interest tax relief, in the wake of the announcement in the run up to this year's Budget debate next month.

The panel will be chaired by journalist Ben Queree of Bailiwick Express.

James Rondel, Head of Communications for change.je, said “With a number of policies that seem to have caused a mixed reaction amongst the public, it is hoped that a large number people turn out and express themselves, in order for their voices to be heard ahead of the debate in December. Through our events we have tried to create a voice for the public, and it is hoped that through themed meetings such as this that we will see a good, civilised debate of the issues at hand".

The format for the event involves each of the panel members being asked to comment, unprepared, on questions taken from the audience, as well as on some questions emailed or tweeted to the Chairman in advance using the hashtag #anyquestionsjsy. change.je encourages measured debate between the panellists, and the event will end with them being asked to give yes or no answers to some of the most pressing questions facing the Island.

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