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Right Royal Rumpus

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What an extraordinary opening session it  was for Tynwald in January 2014.

Looking down from the public gallery it seemed as though there were more vacant seats than those occupied.
Speaker Rodan's cushion  was taken by Deputy Speaker Singer - resplendent in his civvies - no wig and gown for him.
Similarly Clerk Phillips was absent, replaced on the day by LegCo Clerk King.

Scoring a hat-trick and feeling smug!

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hat_trick-imageAs 2013 draws to an end PAG can be forgiven for feeling jubilant as elements of the PAG Charter show signs of being realised.


The Hoary Issue of Planning!

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planning-mistakes"The hoary issue of Planning" - that's how the Chairman introduced the topic to David Cretney when the DOI Minister recently appeared before the Environment & Infrastructure Policy Review Committee.


Planning Pandemonium - 'Admission is Astonishing'

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Text of Letter to the Isle of Man Examiner as published October 22nd, 2013

iom_PMAdmission is Astonishing

Those of your readers who have had the frustration of challenging the planning authorities over procedures, decisions and delegations of authority under which the majority of planning decisions are made, may be interested in the revelations contained in this letter.

In recent years I have drawn their attention to -

  • errors in the drafting of the Town & Country Planning (Development Procedure) Order 2005
  • erroneous/unlawful decisions made by the Department, the Planning Committee and officers with delegated authority
  • inconsistency in the wording of delegations of authority; and
  • erroneous/unlawful decisions under such delegations.



Obesity outburst clouds real issue

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The sweeping statements made about obesity in the Isle of Man by Chief Minister Bell appears to be based on a commissioned study conducted by Theodoros M. Bampouras, Senior Lecturer in Sport Mechanics and Performance Analysis at the University of Cumbria.


The resultant report of 30th November 2012 is quite specific in that it is confined to data analysis from 5 year old school entrants in 2012.


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