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It wasn't the deputies or civil servants who wanted an an all-singing, all-dancing airport/runway, it was business leaders; who as usual won the day. Just as they did for zero-10 which has led to the current deficit (badly timed to coincide with the global financial crisis which began in 2008, and once again caused by...business leaders!). I suggest therefore that it is business leaders who are here to pay low tax who want gold-level services, but aren't willing to pay for it, so the rest of us Guerns are expected to! As to Dave Jones comment that we will be able to balance the books again in the future, can you not see that the permanent contraction of offshore finance began in 2008? Nothing lasts forever and we can no longer rely on the finance sector for our future. Sure it has a future here (I hope), but not in its current form, it is my firm belief that it will shrink by a third or even a half in the next 10 years. So, any sort of growth is going to be small and slow, and only then if we are lucky. 'Balancing the books' is years down the line and only after the introduction of GST like Jersey. Having said all that we are still in a better position than the Isle of Man, Jersey or the UK. But it is going to be painful for many folks with many departers.