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LegCo Latest - Referendum rebuked

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no-referendumNot 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.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 February 2016 18:30
 

Consultation on Greater ID Verification at Harbours

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CaptureConsultation, 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.

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Download this file (ID Consultation Document - HK Comments.pdf)Consultation on The Introduction of Greater Identification Verification1876 Kb301
Last Updated on Sunday, 21 February 2016 19:12
 

ID Checks on sea travellers

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Should you be asked to provide on request, photographic verification of your identity at our sea ports?eddie

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......
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Download this file (ID Checks - consultation submission.pdf)ID Checks - consultation submission.pdf92 Kb325
Last Updated on Saturday, 13 February 2016 18:51
 

PAG public meeting: so what DOES the IOM Chamber of Commerce do?

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PAG Public Meeting

...so what DOES the IOM Chamber of Commerce do?

Presentation by

Jane Dellar, Chief Executive & Bill Mummery, Executive Director, Celton Manx Ltd.

7:30pm Monday, 25th January 2016

Manx Legion Club, Douglas

= Free Admission to all = 

Established some 55 years ago, the IOM Chamber of Commerce has experienced all the ups and downs of the Island's economy. In the past 12 months the Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce seems to have adopted a higher public profile.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 January 2016 18:10
 

Good Government in the Isle of Man!

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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
 

Party Politics Debate

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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.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 November 2015 13:39
 

PAG public meeting: Our Generation: Offshore power for the Isle of Man?

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PAG Public Meeting

'Our Generation:  Offshore power for the Isle of Man?' 

Presentation by Steve Malley of Manx Tidal Energy on 30th November 2015.

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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. 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 December 2015 13:28
 

Smaller, Smarter Government

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small-governmentIn 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.

If you'd like to contribute to our 'opinion' strand, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 November 2015 22:54
 


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