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Ramsey Park Hotel opens - What's your next question?

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rphArmed with a microphone and tape recorder you've been sent to report on the opening of a brand new 3 star, 30 bedroom hotel in Ramsey. It's a modern replacement for the now flattened Grand Island Hotel to the North along the bay. The wealthy developer is there along with civic dignitaries and the Chief Minister, who is also one of the two local MHKs.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 September 2012 13:12

UN Reports Island's Cocaine Consumption

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CocainePeter Karran has recently been appointed political head of the Drug and Alcohol Strategy. Shortly before his appointment The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime published their 2012 World Drugs Report.

In this article Jason Postlethwaite examines how information about the the Isle of Man was handled by the local media. Perhaps Mr Karren should read the report more closely?

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 August 2012 15:01

The Block Vote

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Last Updated on Monday, 10 September 2012 10:48

A Way Forward for the MEA?

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meashowroomsSeven years ago (July 2005) a Tynwald Select Committee on the Manx Electricity Authority was established. Its purpose is to:

"investigate the true and correct position with regard to the Manx Electricity Authority’s affairs and, noting the PKF Report, to investigate the role of the Authority, the Treasury, the Department of Trade and Industry, and other parties deemed appropriate, to ascertain what went wrong"

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Last Updated on Thursday, 13 September 2012 09:20

Freedom of Information-Refreshing perspective for our politicians!

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PAG has been campaigning for many years for a Freedom of Information Act in the Isle of Man.

We are encouraged by a recent report from the House of Commons Justice Committee on the working of the legislation in England and Wales.

Many of our politicians support the introduction of an FOI Act here, but so far have failed to deliver, with some having various misgivings about its introduction.

The report ought to allay many of those fears.

We decided to contact all Members of Tynwald, asking them to read the conclusions and recommendations.....

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 August 2012 15:07

Code Breaking & Refreshing Political Honesty

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freedom-of-informationThe end of the political year in the Isle of Man was full of controversy, with DEC Minister Karran sacked for not supporting Comin's official line on the much criticised Pinewood-Shepperton deal.

Later DOI Minister Cretney escaped with just a rap on the knuckles for breaking the same Government Code following the revelation that he had given a confidential CoMin document to a constituent.

Same Code, but different outcome for career politicians, courtesy of inconsistency by the Chief Minister. Little publicity however has been given to an alleged breach at Ramsey Town Commissioners and with potentially far greater consequences.

Outspoken Commissioner, Wilf Young, is suspected of breaking Standing Orders with his April Election Manifesto in which he may have referred to a confidential matter, being in contravention of Section 65 of the Local Government Act 1985 (Disclosure of Information). He may be liable, on summary conviction, to a fine up to £1000!

Mr Young's manifesto is one of the most refreshing and direct to be published by any candidate in recent years. The public wants commitment and honesty from politicians, whether at national or local level. We invite you to read it here.

We trust that no further action is actually taken against this popular, straight-talking, Ramsey Town Commissioner. Let us know what you think in our comment box.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 16 August 2012 15:26

Criminal Justice Bill 2012 | 25th June 2012 | Presentation

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 Positive Action Group Public Meeting 25 June 2012

Criminal Justice - why so many new laws?

Presentation by civil liberties campaigner Tristram Llewellyn Jones on 25 June 2012

Link to the Consultation on the Bill

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 June 2012 08:45

Media Matters - The Launch of Manx TV

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I remember the disappointment I felt when the PAG public meeting - 'The Case for Manx TV'- witnessed the majority express a 'what is the BBC going to do for us' attitude.

What I really wanted the meeting to discuss was what our Island Community was going to do for itself in fostering the emergence of a more substantial media on the Isle of Man, and what a Manx TV station might look like.

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 May 2012 14:27

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