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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

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

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

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

Only the little people pay taxes...

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For years, both individuals and companies in the Isle of Man paid income tax calculated at the same rate.

It mattered little whether income belonged to individuals or to their companies. We were all in it together!


This is no longer so. It seems that Tynwald has a new strategy for income tax.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:36

Time for a written Constitution?

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PAG has made a written submission to a Joint Committee which is considering the constitutional principles raised by The Electoral Reform Bill 2011.

As well as calling for LegCo to be popularly elected (which is in the PAG Charter) the Bill makes two main proposals.

First, that the Island should be divided into eight constituencies; and second, that each constituency should return three MHKs and one MLC.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 February 2012 20:33

CGT - Conspiracy of Silence?

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"Please look at the whole picture, not just a small piece of the jigsaw" implored Treasury Minister Teare at the end of his 2012 Budget speech.

Well there's one piece that just doesn't fit in and we make no apology for returning to it, following our article 25.02.12 :"TAX: Bye, Bye ARI - Hello CGT?".

We focused on confusion created with the abolition of the ARI and a replacement measure on tax distributions introduced via a Treasury Practice Note 174/12. The Note seemed to open the door for a potential Capital Gains Tax on company assets.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 February 2013 00:07

PAG Submission - Electoral Reform Bill 2011

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