Open, accountable government, rigorous control of public finances, and a fairer society for all.
Not unexpectedly MHK Bill Malarkey's call for a referendum, for the public to decide as to whether LegCo should be popularly elected, was rejected (February 2016 Tynwald).
Some senior politicians called the motion "a nonsensical political gimmick" - "dealing with existential issues" - "faffing around" - "obscuring big issues".
There was just no appetite to try and tackle change - except that is from the eight Members who voted for a referendum
So another five year parliamentary term will have passed with failure to resolve the LegCo dilemma.
Well not quite...
The Keys previously voted to introduce a speedier, more flexible system to elect MLC's. This measure will only serve to make such elections less embarrassing!
And, on the horizon since June 2015, there has been the promise of an independent review to examine the functioning of the Branches of Tynwald and consider options for reform.
Assurance has been given that the terms of reference have been drawn up, but no person to conduct the review appointed. Of course those terms have not been made public. Why not?
So the promise of a report being completed by April is likely to be broken.
Surely what is needed are some facts about the work of LegCo and they will be provided later on this website.
Consultation, in Principle, on The Introduction of Greater Identification Verification Measures at Harbours.
Hamish Killip presents a cogent argument within his attached response to the said consultation exercise.
Should you be asked to provide on request, photographic verification of your identity at our sea ports?
Is lack of identity verification a weakness in the Island's law enforcement capabilities?
Whom exactly has raised concern that public and community safety is being compromised?
The DHA Consultation, which appeared out of the blue, has caused a great deal of public and media interest and PAG urges you to submit your views by the closing date of 12th February 2016.
Not unexpectedly, Island Civil Rights campaigner, Tristram Llewellyn Jones, has strong views about the principle and we publish his own response here......
PAG Public Meeting
...so what DOES the IOM Chamber of Commerce do?
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