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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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0 #2 Awaiting ReportWRT 2012-08-16 07:39
As at 9th August 2012 the Commissioners are "awaiting report" about the complaint to the Police
0 #1 Ramsey Town Commissioners - LatestWRT 2012-07-22 12:49
Ramsey Town Commissioners -Board Meeting 20June, 2012,-
Extract from Minutes - Entire Clause brought into the Public Business: (2012/13:093) Town Clerk's Report - Local Government Act 1985 Confidentiality :-
At the Chairman's request Mr. W. G. Young withdrew from the meeting in order that the Town Clerk's Report concerning Confidentiality might be discussed.
Members considered the Town Clerk's Report dated 6th June, 2012, confirming legal advice received in respect of the disclosure of confidential information within Mr. w. G. Young's election manifesto. Discussion ensued.
Dr. Allinson sought confirmation on the options available to the Board, namely to refer the matter to the Police; to do nothing; refer the matter to the Attorney General. The Town Clerk advised that in the event of investigation resulting in consideration of an offence the Police would normally seek the guidance ofthe Attorney General's Chambers.
Mr. Hooper expressed his view that if the only action that the Police could take was the issue of a caution there is little point in progressing this matter, and stated that he could envisage circumstances when he would also consider breaching confidence.
It was proposed by the Chairman, seconded by Mr G. S. Jones and agreed by 9 votes to 2, Dr. A. 1. Allinson and Mr. L. L. Hooper voting against, that the Town Clerk should lodge a formal complaint with the police, on behalf of the Commission, for investigation and
action, regarding Mr. W. G. Young's breach of confidentiality .
Mr. W. G. Young was invited to return to the meeting and was advised of the Board's decision.

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