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A Way Forward for the MEA?

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meashowroomsSeven years ago (July 2005) a Tynwald Select Committee on the Manx Electricity Authority was established. Its purpose is to:

"investigate the true and correct position with regard to the Manx Electricity Authority’s affairs and, noting the PKF Report, to investigate the role of the Authority, the Treasury, the Department of Trade and Industry, and other parties deemed appropriate, to ascertain what went wrong"

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Last Updated on Thursday, 13 September 2012 09:20
 

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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Last Updated on Thursday, 16 August 2012 15:26
 

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.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 June 2012 18:56
 

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.

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 May 2012 14:27
 

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.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:36
 

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

Last Updated on Saturday, 17 March 2012 14:25
 

Time for a written Constitution?

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PAG has made a written submission to a Joint Committee which is considering the constitutional principles raised by The Electoral Reform Bill 2011.

As well as calling for LegCo to be popularly elected (which is in the PAG Charter) the Bill makes two main proposals.

First, that the Island should be divided into eight constituencies; and second, that each constituency should return three MHKs and one MLC.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 February 2012 20:33
 

Tax Cap Criticism

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Treasury spent £75k In 2006 and £75k in 2007 to attend Conferences in Geneva for 'High Net Worth Advisers'. In 2008 £80k was spent on 'Wealth Man Conferences'.

 

It's no surprise then that Chief Minister Bell continues to try and justify his tax cap policy, to convince us it's working.

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 February 2012 19:54
 


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