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Douglas to spend £400K on CCTV Cameras

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David Christian, the Leader of Douglas Borough Council revealed on  Manx Radio's 'Mannin Line' 30.10.11 that the Council intends to install 60 CCTV cameras at a cost of £400,000.

What do you think about this? Will it be money well spent or an intrusion into our civil liberties?

Please leave your comments below.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 October 2011 00:23

Mark Solly on abolition of the ARI

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Mark Solly and Paul Moulton

Abolition of ARI: Paul Moulton interviews Mark Solly, the Islands former Assessor of Income Tax.

Following last months PAG meeting, Paul Moulton interviewed Mark Solly on what he sees as a tax gap arising out of the government plan to abolish ARI (Attribution Regime for Individuals). Please click on the link above to watch the interview.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 October 2011 00:21

Bell Bolsters the Block Vote

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The big surprise in the composition of  Allan Bell's Ministerial line-up is that Peter Karran is to be Minister for Education & Children.

Making the announcement the Chief Minister said:
‘The public expect a united and mature response from their politicians to the serious challenges facing our Island. As I have already made clear, I am taking an inclusive approach to the business of Government so that we can all work together for the good of the Isle of Man and its people. I believe the composition of this new Council of Ministers reflects that approach – they are a team blending experience and fresh thinking that hopefully will be able to mesh well with the rest of their Tynwald colleagues.’
Last Updated on Saturday, 15 October 2011 16:55

How confidential is our personal information?

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ID TheftThat was the title of a PAG presentation in January 2008. At the time we were concerned about organisations' ability to secure all the electronic data about individuals that was being amassed. Risks, actual and potential, that our data may be misused or mislaid were discussed. Our report of the meeting went on to say: 

'Recognising that it would be impractical to seek to hold back advances in information technology, the meeting called for the Government to establish a straightforward and readily enforceable regime that promptly penalised inadequate data protection or misuse. Such a regime should ensure that all government agencies and commercial organisations requiring clients to reveal private personal data should be deterred from allowing it to be used for purposes not originally agreed or failing to safeguard it from falling into unauthorised hands.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 October 2011 00:23

Election of Chief Minister 2011

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Today,  Allan Bell and Peter Karran lodged their written statements in their bids to be the next Chief Minister. 

Please click on their respective links below to view or download.

FileFile sizeDownloads
Download this file (Mr Karran CM.pdf)Chief Minister candidature - Peter Karran447 Kb1257
Download this file (Mr Bell CM.pdf)Chief Minister candidature - Allan Bell210 Kb1288
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 October 2011 20:45

2011 General election Results

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Those elected:

Ayre Castletown Douglas East Douglas North  Douglas South
Eddie Teare  Richard Ronan  Chris Robertshaw   John Houghton  David Cretney
  Brenda Cannell Bill Henderson  Kate Beecroft
Douglas West    Garff Glen Faba Malew & Santon Michael
John Shimmin Steve Rodan
David Anderson Graham Cregeen Alfred Cannan
Geoff Corkish
Middle Onchan Peel Ramsey Rushen
Howard Quayle  Peter Karran Tim Crookall Alan Bell Juan Watterson
  Zac Hall Leonard Singer  Laurence Skelly

David Quirk Phil Gawne

Signifies new member. In the case of Mr Singer, newish (welcome back).

Of course the big news is who wasn't elected. Three ministers, Craine, Earnshaw and Quayle are all out. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 October 2011 20:48

Do as I say, not as I do!

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A government press release asks community spirited individuals who are interested in playing a part in public life to consider taking up a public appointment. The Council of Ministers and Treasury will soon be appointing members to a number of Statutory Boards and Bodies whose activities have a major impact on everyday life in the Isle of Man.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2011 06:37

In a Democracy, The Electorate Gets the Government It Deserves

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“The fault, dear Brutus, lies not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.... “ is one of my favourite quotations from Shakespeare, and is, for me, a defining statement of the need for personal accountability and responsibility in our lives. We currently appear to live in a “blame culture” – our problems always being down to some-one else, as though we had no personal control, involvement or responsibility.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 September 2011 10:49

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