Positive Action Group - Possan Jantys Jarrooagh

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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

Children are Suffering

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Speech made by Chris Robertshaw during the debate on Child Care Tuesday November 16th 2010

The screamThank you Mr President. It goes without saying but I will say it anyway. I am absolutely sure that there is not one single member of this honourable court who does not care enormously about our children. To suggest otherwise would be a heinous thing to do and I do not do it.

Perhaps it is because we all care so much that we find this a truly difficult subject. Perhaps the most difficult.

You will therefore understand that I do not bring this motion before you lightly and not before I have carried out a considerable investigation. I am deeply sorry that I find it necessary to bring this before you but I speak now for those who have no voice and I would respectfully ask you to listen to what I have to say to what they have to say. If you listen to nothing else I have to say - please listen to this with a truly open heart and an open mind. It is late and honourable members are tired but I would beg your attention.

Whilst canvassing last May I came across a couple of instances where I was told the most troubling stories about dealings with the Children and Families section of Social Services. I found it most difficult to believe what I was hearing but resolved that if I was elected I would follow the matter up and this I have duly done.

I went back to those concerned after the election, sat down and listened again to their stories. I still found them difficult to believe not because I thought they were lying simply that I did not want to believe them.

 I did not want it to be true.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 November 2010 21:00

Comparison of the DCS with the UK scheme

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KSF iconComparison of the UK (FSCS) and IOM (DCS) Compensation Schemes for bank deposits by the Kaupthing IOM Depositors Action Group (KSFIOM DAG).

KSFIOM DAG do not believe that the IOM DCS is at all equivalent to the UK scheme and should in fact only be called a Depositor Early Payment Loan Scheme (or similar)...

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 November 2010 12:50

We need to stop IRIS dead in its tracks...

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Speech on the Public Accounts Committee Report on IRIS 1991 to 2007, as given in Tynwald on 16 November 2010.


Thank you Mr President - A PAC report of this nature covering the first 16 years of such a significant and costly capital project presented an extremely important opportunity to produce a fearless, comprehensive and honest document which could inform, advise and guide those who come after us for the good of the Isle of Man, the taxpayer, the whole capital contract commissioning process, our Government and Parliament and indeed the standing of the Public Accounts Committee itself.

This has been an opportunity completely missed.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 November 2010 13:08

Steam Packet News

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Interesting to hear the Steam Packet wailing about 'unfair competition'. I'd have thought the User Agreement made them the unfair competition.

Bill Malarkey, Phil Gawne and Chris Robertshaw have got it right. The principal problem with the Steam Packet is that they effectively financed their owners purchase of them through debt ( see Tynwald Hansard and previous article). Bit like the recent ignomously departed owners of Liverpool FC.  

Their management have a lot to answer for. Buying one clapped out vessel could be deemed a mistake, but buying two vessels with engine issues that have elongated journey times is surely pretty careless. I understand that the Mezeron freight operation in Douglas operates on some land that was recently sold by the Steam Packet. I wonder if they blame our government or the User Agreement for that!

We may have to put up with some discomfort as the Packet try to swing public opinion by pruning the timetable to the minimum required under the User Agreement, but this is worth going through if it will result in us gaining an operator free of the debt burden and overbearing management structure that characterises the present company.

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 November 2010 11:07

Happy with the IoM Dental service?

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The government close their consultation on an 'Oral Health Strategy for the Isle of Man' in a few days (November 8th).

It is vitally important that we make our feelings know on what this writer considers to be one of the most neglected and appalling services provided by Government.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 November 2010 12:45

Kaupthing - two years on

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Statement from the Kaupthing IOM Depositors Action Group (KSFIOM DAG) on the position two years on from the banks collapse in October 2008.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 November 2010 23:34

Election of Chief Minister Bill thrown out

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The Clauses Stage of this Bill, which would enable the public to elect a Chief Minister at the next General election in September 2011, didn't survive the first Clause at the House of Keys 26.10.10. Only 8 MHKs voted for it, with 13 against. This is a bitter blow for the development of Manx democracy and will mean that voters will not be able to choose who will determine government policy in the 5 years 2011 to 2016. Once again voters will be confined to voting only for their constituency politicians rather than having a say, however indirect, in national policies.

Voting was as follows:

For (8) Against (13)
The Speaker (Rodan)  
Last Updated on Sunday, 22 May 2011 17:01

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