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Freedom of Information - yet another broken promise!

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bellnose_smOn the day when Chief Minister Allan Bell gave his 'Agenda for Change' statement to October Tynwald he also reneged on his promise for Freedom of Information legislation by the end of this current parliamentary year.

He started by saying "I promised Tynwald, and the people of the Isle of Man, that I would lead an open and collaborative government" and later "We will..... improve transparency by routinely making more information available in anticipation of the introduction of Freedom of Information legislation".

However, hidden in a written answer about changing priorities in the Government's legislative programme, FOI is not listed as a priority because "policy issues continue to be worked through" It won't appear in 2012-13 despite promises that it would.


Knives are out in Government?

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management-cartoonIn these straitened times the government ask us to believe that they have savagely cut central departmental admin staff to the bare bones. They say they haven't simply targetted front line staff such as teachers and nurses - those who aren't in the corridors of power to argue their case to CEO's and ministers.

Of course it would be easier to believe this and trust our Government if they were brave enough to open up themselves to scrutiny through the passing of a Freedom of Information (FoI) Act. As ever, the encouraging noises on FoI from MHK candidates has reduced to a murmur post election. 

Given this FoI free government zone, it is hard to detect what is really happening. We are only able to read between the lines of the odd report such as that below, where they can clearly afford giving up the single most important departments' Chief executive for six months at the drop of a hat. Can we really believe that they need such a vast army to support the reduced level of services they now offer when we read this news?

Key government official seconded to Isle of Sark


Ramsey Park Hotel opens - What's your next question?

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rphArmed with a microphone and tape recorder you've been sent to report on the opening of a brand new 3 star, 30 bedroom hotel in Ramsey. It's a modern replacement for the now flattened Grand Island Hotel to the North along the bay. The wealthy developer is there along with civic dignitaries and the Chief Minister, who is also one of the two local MHKs.


UN Reports Island's Cocaine Consumption

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CocainePeter Karran has recently been appointed political head of the Drug and Alcohol Strategy. Shortly before his appointment The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime published their 2012 World Drugs Report.

In this article Jason Postlethwaite examines how information about the the Isle of Man was handled by the local media. Perhaps Mr Karren should read the report more closely?


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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