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Oh how naïve........

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Membership_BenefitsOh how naïve and gullible....

I remember it well..... Mr Bell stood up at his election address in Ramsey less than a year ago, and stated that "the credit crunch of 2008 changes everything, and the public sector must change too, its culture, its working practices, its productivity etc etc". It sounded good at the time, because he was correct - early action within government was essential to address the major loss of revenue resulting from the renegotiated VAT Agreement, if services to the public were to be protected.

 

If only......

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consultWith three major "government consultations" currently in progress - covering the Scope and Structure of Government, Taxation Strategy 2012-2016, and Social Care Policy - the public have an opportunity to comment on some very significant matters of political and personal interest.

More significantly, our government - facing a dramatic decline in its revenues as a result of the VAT raid, and which has so far hidden its impact upon the public purse by a dependence on robbing the reserves - now faces the difficulties of "coming clean" as to the full impact.

 

The Budget and Mr Bell

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Chief Minister Alan Bell 'got carried away' (his own words) in Tywnald's Budget debate.

We have long been aware that, like Peter Mandelson, he is 'frightfully relaxed about people being filthy rich'.

But unlike Peter he doesn't like to use the 'r-' word.

Usually he prefers to clink the odd coinage 'individuals of high net worth.'

(This could be taken to imply a superior morality in such folk.

And such a usage is of course less likely to stir the resentment of those of us who aren't well off.)

 

Do as I say, not as I do!

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A government press release asks community spirited individuals who are interested in playing a part in public life to consider taking up a public appointment. The Council of Ministers and Treasury will soon be appointing members to a number of Statutory Boards and Bodies whose activities have a major impact on everyday life in the Isle of Man.

 

Democracy - Allegedly.....

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yes ministerWe get the opportunity once every five years, to vote ourselves a representative into government. Your vote this time, it is being argued, is perhaps the most important in many years as the new government faces challenging circumstances – a revenue budget under severe strain, a rapidly ageing population with ever increasing expectations of health and social security benefits, a private sector facing the high probability of years of modest growth at best, and the likelihood of big tax increases to fund our public sector spending plans......

 


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