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Words fail them

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Introducing a new feature in which we invite you to listen in and report back on the word games politicians and civil servants play.

First prize (up to now) in the mixed metaphor stakes of the current administration goes to an Onchan MHK (no, not THAT one) who warned not long after his election:

'We must be careful not to over-egg our favourite hobbyhorse.'

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 February 2011 00:23

No Seasonal Cheer from/for M E A

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mea statement

The bitterly cold December weather will mean that most of us will see much more expensive energy bills dropping through our letterboxes in the next few weeks.

No doubt it will be a shock to many.

One PAG member decided to examine the cost of domestic energy prices in the IoM. 
Last Updated on Sunday, 16 January 2011 17:42

Poetry Corner

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The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed that we've started up a new section for poetry with a contribution from Jeff Garland. It can be accessed via 'Poetry' on the top menu or click here.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 December 2010 13:38

Planning Loophole!

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Loophole CartoonWhen Heritage Homes Limited was recently granted approval of two planning applications to remove conditions in a previous planning approval, so as to allow the sewage outfall from a stand-alone treatment works serving 43 houses being built in Peel to be connected to Peel’s main sewerage system, it wasn’t to be expected that the landowner, a company called Dunbrody Limited, would appeal the decisions.

However, this is what the landowner did and it did this the day after the notifications of the Planning Committee’s Decisions were issued.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 January 2011 23:12

Robert Quayle, Chair of IoMSPCo on Opinion 12 Dec 2010

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An interesting and very informative interview by Roger Watterson on Manx Radio's Opinion programme.

Available now from our audio gallery.

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 December 2010 11:01


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A collection of quotes and gaffes from our parliament. Not many people know that that a millenia before Private Eye magazine first coined the term Colemanballs, Tynwaldballs had already established itself as the first recorded digest of verbal gaffes1 2.

Now, a thousand years later that irrepressible double-act -Watterson and Gill - present a new compilation in aid of a most worthwhile charity, Southern Befrienders.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:48

Tynwald Steam Packet debate 15/12/2010

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Mutiny!Chris Robertshaw MHK has provided us with a copy of the speech he made during the debate on David Cannan's proposal to have a select committee examine the viability of the Manx government placing the Steam Packet into public ownership.

After a 90 minute debate Tynwald voted 24-4 against. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 December 2010 11:02

Protecting our Lifeline

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Who would be best able to protect our ferry lifeline?

Protecting our ferry  lifeline is not the same thing as protecting the interests of the current owners any more than it is about pretending that the user agreement has served us well. Protecting our lifeline is simply about ensuring the Isle of Man has a good quality, value for money reliable service that serves our various needs well. In the heat of the current debate it would be very easy to lose sight of this important principle.

As a result of the arrival of a limited amount of competition in Douglas harbour the current owners have been responsible for the orchestration of some quite extra ordinary outbursts of late.

They first lashed out at some of their biggest customers only later to return with an apology. Then they proclaimed that if their freight customer base was threatened, this would result in passengers having to pay more. Next in line were the staff who have been deeply unsettled by events and,  I believe, have been used in a quite cynical fashion to promote the selfish interests of the owners. Finally we hear vague  rumblings of cuts in services sure to unsettle anyone not already upset by the whole episode.

All this begs the question – so, given the choice, who really would be best able to protect our lifeline if push came to shove?

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 November 2010 12:45

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