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?