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The question of how well we are governed rumbles below the surface of Manx political life.
Peel resident, Trevor Cowin, has been openly critical of departmental behaviour for a number of years and gratifyingly has been influential in gradual improvement.
This time he's taken his concerns to the Lieutenant Governor!Last Updated on Thursday, 21 January 2016 22:12
PAG Public Meeting
The Isle of Man Government has recently announced the granting of a survey license enabling local company Manx Tidal Energy Limited to carry out preliminary work to determine the practicality and commercial viability of offshore electricity production. Manx Tidal Energy will investigate the possibility of a tidal array on an area of the seabed off the Point of Ayre.
The government have identified the development of an offshore energy hub as one of the key strategies of its long-term proposals to boost the economy: leasing parts of the Island’s seabed for renewable energy generation is expected to make a major contribution to public funds and local job creation.
In his presentation, Steve described the project, explaining how such a development would operate, generate and transmit power. He also spoke of the benefits to the Island and the obstacles to be overcome: in particular a environmental impact assessment, planning and UK subsidies which do appear to be under threat.
We thank Steve and Manx Tidal Energy for his excellent presentation and taking the time to make the case to our audience.
One of the aims of the Junior Chamber of Commerce (JCC) in the Isle of Man is 'to identify and address topical issues affecting members and the IOM". To that end the JCC staged a debat on Party Politics in the Isle of Man on 30th October 2015.
Liberal Vannin Leader Kate Beecroft MHK spoke in favour and was opposed by Chris Robertshaw MHK. Both speakers gave their kind permission to publish their speeches here.
In a recent series of articles for the Isle of Man Examiner, Chris Robertshaw presented his case for what he refers to 'Smaller, Smarter' Government.
The views are of course his own.
These are all available for download below and we would most welcome comment.
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