Former chief minister backs calls for foreign minister
Monday 21st October 2013, 3:00PM BST.
GUERNSEY must appoint a dedicated foreign minister if it is to maintain its prosperity, former chief minister Lyndon Trott has said.
He supported calls from Social Security minister Deputy Allister Langlois for the full-time external relations role, in a move that would mirror Jersey’s recent decision to create such a post.
Deputy Trott said that a foreign minister needed to be engaged and deployed before Guernsey’s economy suffered from the worst of all political sins – complacency.
‘The promotion and protection of our community overseas has never been more important,’ he said. ‘I share the view of those who believe that a dedicated elected representative should lead a team of people whose primary task is external relations.
‘In my experience, such a role will remain the hardest job in Channel Islands politics because small, successful jurisdictions have few friends – sometimes due to the politics of envy – but usually due to a lack of understanding of what we actually are.’