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Single Resident Record

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srrProposals have been put forward for a Single Resident Record for the Isle of Man.

This paper reviews some of the issues arising, for the purposes of informing the consultation and debates about the proposals. In particular, this paper focuses upon the risks and dangers that are associated with a Single Resident Record. That is not because there are no potential advantages or benefits. Rather, it is because advantages and benefits will be put forward by those proposing the database in any event; it is the disadvantages and dangers that run the risk of being overlooked.


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Page Event: Big Brother database

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Public Meeting

Government's 'Big Brother' Database.

Do we need it?

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Dan Davies - Director of Change and Reform, IOM Government

Steve Burrows - Entrepreneur, Chartered IT Professional

Tristram Llewellyn Jones - Civil Liberties Campaigner

7:30 p.m. Monday 30th October 2017 

Manx Legion Club, Market Hill,  Douglas 

The event is free and open to all

Last Updated on Monday, 16 October 2017 22:37

Statins: Curse or Cure?

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Public Meeting

Statins: Curse or Cure? A Public Debate.medication-cartoon

Dr Alex Allinson MHK 


Courtenay Heading

 Monday 25th September 2017 at 7:30 p.m. 

Manx Museum Theatre, Douglas 

The event is free and open to all

The cost and funding of prescription drugs is a hot topic in the Isle of Man.

Positive Action Group (PAG) kicks off its monthly series of public meetings with a debate about the wisdom of widely prescribing statins to adults. Statins are drugs which lower cholesterol in the blood. Elevated levels of cholesterol are associated with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, and often devastating problems. 

The British Heart Foundation identifies two groups of people who benefit from statins - those who already are at high risk and those who potentially are at risk. Taking statins is one option to lower the risk. But is the drug safe? What are the side effects? Should the NHS be prescribing a preventative pill when there are other ways to achieve a healthier non-risk life style? 

Guest speaker Courtenay Heading is a former Healthcare Innovation Consultant to the Isle of Man Government.He firmly believes that adopting a healthy life style pays untold dividends and has amassed a wealth of information which is contrary to conventional medical practice. He rejects what he perceives as the pill culture and the cost to us all. 

Dr Alex Allinson MHK, is a practising doctor who is well aware of the advantages of statins. He will advocate those benefits and the continued use of the drug.

Following the debate their will be adequate time for questions from the audience.

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 September 2017 17:09

Tax Talk: 1. Company Taxation

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In the past PAG has published various articles about the taxation regime in the Isle of Man. We continue this with a couple of more contributions.
The first, below, questions the impact of the zero rate of company tax on IOM residents and on the General Revenue Account of the IOM Government.
Later, the second will question the quality of some of the enabling IOM legislation.


Last Updated on Saturday, 23 September 2017 17:27

Brexit – 11 Medium-term Scenarios

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brexit-signpost-c-INGBrexit has been from the beginning a ‘revolutionary’ movement of historical importance. It is the most complex and consequential challenge that the UK has faced since the Second World War. It remains a popularist ideology, encompassing issues such as an ostensible ‘loss of British cultural and religious identity’ and the feeling by numerous individuals that they are losing the ability to control their personal destinies in an ever-increasingly competitive globalised world. It goes to the heart of how various groups perceive broader society with greater anxiety and what they hope and fear the future will hold. Arguably, these are the same forces that swept Donald Trump into power in the USA.

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 September 2017 00:17

PAG Public Meeting: The IoM – a potential cycling Utopia?

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PAG Public Meeting

The IoM – a potential cycling Utopia?

A presentation by Roger Geffen MBE,Director- Cycling UK

7.30 p.m. Monday 22nd May 2017

Manx Legion Club, Market Hill, Douglas

The meeting is free and open to all



The IOM – a potential cycling Utopia? For a small island with a small population it is surprising how congested the island's roads can become during peak travel times. Perhaps one solution to the log jams everyone must have experience at least once in places like central Douglas, is for commuters to ditch the car and travel by public transport or whenever possible, walk or cycle to work.

The government is currently working on an 'Active Travel' strategy which it is hoped, through various interventions will encourage many more residents to get out of their car and use their own leg power to propel themselves to work, the shops and to leisure activities.

For its public meeting on Monday 22 May Positive Action Group (PAG) has decided to focus on the cycling component of the strategy and have invited Roger Geffen MBE, campaigns and policy director of Cycling UK to address the meeting.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 May 2017 22:11

PAG Event: Is more means testing merited?

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Is More Means Testing Merited?



Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 June 2017 23:31

PAG's SAVE Programme Proposal

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SAVE Programme Proposal from POSITIVE ACTION GROUP (PAG)save-iom
Reducing costs within the Legislature
1. The SAVE Programme challenges the public and Tynwald Members to identify opportunities, initiatives and projects to help meet a target of saving £25 million over the next 5 years.
2. This proposal is aimed at reducing the cost of the Legislature in two ways: 
a)  Remuneration reduction for Members of the Legislative Council
b)  Combining the roles of President of Tynwald and Speaker of the House of Keys.
Last Updated on Sunday, 21 May 2017 15:24

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