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Children are Suffering

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Speech made by Chris Robertshaw during the debate on Child Care Tuesday November 16th 2010

The screamThank you Mr President. It goes without saying but I will say it anyway. I am absolutely sure that there is not one single member of this honourable court who does not care enormously about our children. To suggest otherwise would be a heinous thing to do and I do not do it.

Perhaps it is because we all care so much that we find this a truly difficult subject. Perhaps the most difficult.

You will therefore understand that I do not bring this motion before you lightly and not before I have carried out a considerable investigation. I am deeply sorry that I find it necessary to bring this before you but I speak now for those who have no voice and I would respectfully ask you to listen to what I have to say – to what they have to say. If you listen to nothing else I have to say - please listen to this with a truly open heart and an open mind. It is late and honourable members are tired but I would beg your attention.

Whilst canvassing last May I came across a couple of instances where I was told the most troubling stories about dealings with the Children and Families section of Social Services. I found it most difficult to believe what I was hearing but resolved that if I was elected I would follow the matter up and this I have duly done.

I went back to those concerned after the election, sat down and listened again to their stories. I still found them difficult to believe not because I thought they were lying – simply that I did not want to believe them.

 I did not want it to be true.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 November 2010 21:00

We need to stop IRIS dead in its tracks...

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Speech on the Public Accounts Committee Report on IRIS 1991 to 2007, as given in Tynwald on 16 November 2010.


Thank you Mr President - A PAC report of this nature covering the first 16 years of such a significant and costly capital project presented an extremely important opportunity to produce a fearless, comprehensive and honest document which could inform, advise and guide those who come after us for the good of the Isle of Man, the taxpayer, the whole capital contract commissioning process, our Government and Parliament and indeed the standing of the Public Accounts Committee itself.

This has been an opportunity completely missed.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 November 2010 13:08

Happy with the IoM Dental service?

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The government close their consultation on an 'Oral Health Strategy for the Isle of Man' in a few days (November 8th).

It is vitally important that we make our feelings know on what this writer considers to be one of the most neglected and appalling services provided by Government.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 November 2010 12:45

European Union (Amendment) Bill - a P A G member responds

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PAG member Tristram Llewellyn-Jones's response to this consultation is attached.
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:28

Election of Chief Minister Bill thrown out

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The Clauses Stage of this Bill, which would enable the public to elect a Chief Minister at the next General election in September 2011, didn't survive the first Clause at the House of Keys 26.10.10. Only 8 MHKs voted for it, with 13 against. This is a bitter blow for the development of Manx democracy and will mean that voters will not be able to choose who will determine government policy in the 5 years 2011 to 2016. Once again voters will be confined to voting only for their constituency politicians rather than having a say, however indirect, in national policies.

Voting was as follows:

For (8) Against (13)
The Speaker (Rodan)  
Last Updated on Sunday, 22 May 2011 17:01

New Depositors Compensation Scheme

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The new scheme details are available here.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 October 2010 23:30

Robertshaw's concerns over Child Care

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Mr Robertshaw had raised concerns in Tynwald about a lack of transparency within the department.He wanted to know why an external inspection, recommended in 2006, had not yet been undertaken.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 November 2010 19:06

Parliamentary windows fly open!

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Tynwald BadgeFrom now on visitors to the Tynwald website will not just be able to see the Tynwald Order Paper in advance of the sitting but will also be able to click through to all the documents which support each item on the Order Paper.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 October 2010 12:26

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