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Bailiff predicts challenging year

Sir Geoffrey Rowland
Sir Geoffrey said there were some difficult decisions ahead

Guernsey's Bailiff is predicting a challenging year ahead for the island's politicians.

Sir Geoffrey Rowland has to steer clear of political comment in his role as presiding officer.

He said looking ahead to debate in 2010 deputies would have to focus very carefully and be decisive.

Sir Geoffrey said: "They'll have to take some very difficult politic decisions, inevitably there's going to be the issue of waste."

He said another issue was "how we fill the black hole and what taxes will have to be raised if the economy does not grow to fill it".

Sir Geoffrey added that "as we've heard the minister of Treasury and Resources saying, there are some very, very difficult decisions to be taken".

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