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Code Breaking & Refreshing Political Honesty

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freedom-of-informationThe end of the political year in the Isle of Man was full of controversy, with DEC Minister Karran sacked for not supporting Comin's official line on the much criticised Pinewood-Shepperton deal.

Later DOI Minister Cretney escaped with just a rap on the knuckles for breaking the same Government Code following the revelation that he had given a confidential CoMin document to a constituent.

Same Code, but different outcome for career politicians, courtesy of inconsistency by the Chief Minister. Little publicity however has been given to an alleged breach at Ramsey Town Commissioners and with potentially far greater consequences.

Outspoken Commissioner, Wilf Young, is suspected of breaking Standing Orders with his April Election Manifesto in which he may have referred to a confidential matter, being in contravention of Section 65 of the Local Government Act 1985 (Disclosure of Information). He may be liable, on summary conviction, to a fine up to £1000!

Mr Young's manifesto is one of the most refreshing and direct to be published by any candidate in recent years. The public wants commitment and honesty from politicians, whether at national or local level. We invite you to read it here.

We trust that no further action is actually taken against this popular, straight-talking, Ramsey Town Commissioner. Let us know what you think in our comment box.

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IOM Film - "The Emperor's New Clothes"

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PINEWOOD• As someone who has paid for UK private surgery on 6 occasions in the last few years due to pressure on IoM Hospital Waiting Lists ( 2 Tumour Operations; 2 Hip Replacements; 2 Cataract Operations) I find it abhorrent to see my taxes going to buy Shares in an unlisted private UK Film Studio, rather than be applied to improving the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of essential mainstream public services for the Manx people.

 

Media Matters - The Launch of Manx TV

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I remember the disappointment I felt when the PAG public meeting - 'The Case for Manx TV'- witnessed the majority express a 'what is the BBC going to do for us' attitude.

What I really wanted the meeting to discuss was what our Island Community was going to do for itself in fostering the emergence of a more substantial media on the Isle of Man, and what a Manx TV station might look like.

 

Only the little people pay taxes...

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For years, both individuals and companies in the Isle of Man paid income tax calculated at the same rate.


It mattered little whether income belonged to individuals or to their companies. We were all in it together!

 

This is no longer so. It seems that Tynwald has a new strategy for income tax.

 

BBC Newsnight Scotland on IoM

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Isle of Man piece on devolution just after 10 minutes in, with a few PAG regulars featuring:

http://bbc.in/wCh7bB

 


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