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The Hoary Issue of Planning!

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planning-mistakes"The hoary issue of Planning" - that's how the Chairman introduced the topic to David Cretney when the DOI Minister recently appeared before the Environment & Infrastructure Policy Review Committee.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 16:06

Scoring a hat-trick and feeling smug!

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hat_trick-imageAs 2013 draws to an end PAG can be forgiven for feeling jubilant as elements of the PAG Charter show signs of being realised.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 22:57

e-Gaming - "Assessing the Value" presentation

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isle-of-man-e-gamingThe October 2013 PAG Public Meeting e-Gaming - "Assessing the Value" proved to be a lively event with robust comment and discussion following this power-point presentation by Peter Greenhill, CEO e-Gaming Development (DED), supported by Howard Quayle, MHK responsible for e-Gaming (DED).

The audience of about 60 people seemed evenly divided as to the undoubted value of this developing sector of the IOM economy balanced by a genuine concern and disquiet about promoting gambling.

 Those of you that have computers that can use PowerPoint may click on the second attachment for a slideshow. 

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Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2013 09:36

Justice - truth in action

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Suffering an injustice is one of the most damaging human experiences. It gnaws at your emotions and of those near to you.

Think then how the Horan family must feel, after more than five years in the judicial system and no compensation on the horizon.

Here's what Jim Horan wrote on Facebook:

Five and a half years ago my house was totally demolished by Manx Gas. I didn't have mains gas at all and the forensic inspectors proved without a doubt it was mains gas that demolished my house. Manx Gas have spent five and a half years refusing to accept responsibility! Is this justice?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 08:45

Obesity outburst clouds real issue

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The sweeping statements made about obesity in the Isle of Man by Chief Minister Bell appears to be based on a commissioned study conducted by Theodoros M. Bampouras, Senior Lecturer in Sport Mechanics and Performance Analysis at the University of Cumbria.


The resultant report of 30th November 2012 is quite specific in that it is confined to data analysis from 5 year old school entrants in 2012.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 09:06

Bell's Obesity Outburst

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bellIn late August, perhaps to divert attention from criticism of Noble's Hospital and the letter of no confidence in the Health Minister (signed by 10 MHKs), Chief Minister Bell went on a divergent tirade about obese IOM schoolchildren.

Inexplicably he linked his outburst to elderly people placing pressure on health services and that parents of overweight children may be guilty of neglect or even child abuse.

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Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2013 17:55

Planning Pandemonium - 'Admission is Astonishing'

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Text of Letter to the Isle of Man Examiner as published October 22nd, 2013

iom_PMAdmission is Astonishing

Those of your readers who have had the frustration of challenging the planning authorities over procedures, decisions and delegations of authority under which the majority of planning decisions are made, may be interested in the revelations contained in this letter.

In recent years I have drawn their attention to -

  • errors in the drafting of the Town & Country Planning (Development Procedure) Order 2005
  • erroneous/unlawful decisions made by the Department, the Planning Committee and officers with delegated authority
  • inconsistency in the wording of delegations of authority; and
  • erroneous/unlawful decisions under such delegations.


Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 16:07

PAG Public Meeting 30.09.13 - FOI - Martin Rosenbaum

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PAG Public Meeting

Freedom of Information -

What the Isle of Man is missing!

by Martin Rosenbaum

7.30 pm. Monday 30th September 2013

Manx Legion, Market Street, Douglas

Free Admission - Open to all

Martin Rosenbaum is a BBC News specialist in using the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act. He trains and advises BBC journalists on FOI, and has addressed international conferences on journalism and Freedom of Information.

Martin is an Executive producer in the BBC Political Programmes department, overseeing a variety of radio programming. He produces radio documentaries on topics ranging from the inside story of Gordon Brown's premiership to the politics of The Simpsons.

Martin will present his thoughts on FOI, the issues it raises, the changes it is causing, the stories that result and what it could mean for the Isle of Man.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 September 2013 08:12

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