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mediate_bridgeThree years ago PAG raised the issue of mediation in reference to a review of Legal Aid in the IoM.

Those of you who attended Frank Hanna's P A G presentation will have been inspired by the power of his message.

Not so the government we're sorry to say...

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 June 2010 23:14

New MHK hits the ground running

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Chris Robertshaw-  the new MHK for Douglas East - takes his seat in Tynwald for the first time on Tuesday 15th June 2010. He won't be sitting long though because he will be on his feet with the opening questions of the day.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 June 2010 15:27

Natural Gas Pipeline Extension - viability questioned!

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A convincing case not to proceed with this ambitious project is put forward by one of Liberal Vannin's advisors. We thought it worth publishing so that you could judge for yourself.

PAG thanks Liberal Vannin for allowing us to do this.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 June 2010 12:02

Douglas East Election Result

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Chris Robertshaw is the new MHK for Douglas East.

How they voted

Kate Beecroft 301
Colin Cain 245
Chris Heath 72
Jon Joughin 146
Chris Robertshaw 388
Kevin Woodford 276
Total votes cast 1428
Turnout 37.81%

Previous election video here.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 May 2010 12:22

Douglas By-election Videos

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Given Paul Moultons industry, we've now placed the video recordings of candidates together in their own gallery here. Thanks also go to ManxTube for their hosting of this material.

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 May 2010 16:58

Freedom of Information - a step nearer?

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Today Tynwald approved unanimously that CoMin bring forward its proposals on access to information as a matter of urgency.

This was one of the recommendations of the Select Committee on the 'Report on Redress' for Mr and Mrs Spadoni.

The affair has been going on for about 10 years with local fisherman, Dante Spadoni and his wife Joan, relentlessly seeking redress for being wrongly accused of interfering with the stablity of their beam trawler "Suzanna D".

It ended with the couple requesting, via their MHK Phil Gawne, a full unreserved apology, in order to clear their name.

This was somewhat reluctantly approved by the Court; Keys voting in favour, 15 votes to 6 and LegCo being deadlocked, 4 in favour and 4 against.The vote reflected the sentiment of an empassioned speech by Minister Gawne where he said "sorry seems to be the hardest word, particularly if you are in a position of power"

The case has cost the couple many thousands of pounds over the years and, as the Report states, it has received the direct attention of their MHKs and successive Chief Ministers and Ministers for Trade and Industry, as well as a CoMin sub-committee and finally a Select Committee.

The conclusion by the Select Committee, urging action by CoMin, to introduce an Access to Government Information Bill, is founded on "Document 437" which, had it been made available to the couple earlier in the decade, would have unambiguously shown that there was  an inherent design fault in the trawler since being built in 1966.

This vote by Tynwald must surely now mean that the long promised legislation is brought forward by CoMIn and soon!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 June 2010 22:53

Anonymous donators stay silent

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From the Manx Radio website today:

There's been no word from Kevin Woodford, his campaign office, or those administering the Manx Election Trust since the chief minister's call for an end to anonymous political donations.

In Tynwald yesterday (Tuesday), Tony Brown said voters were entitled to know who financed the campaigns of people running for public office.

Mr Brown has referred the matter to the Council of Ministers' Governance Committee for urgent consideration and has made it clear he wants to see an end to the practice.

The matter was raised in response to a Tynwald question about backing for election candidates by so-called blind trusts.

The newly-formed Manx Election Trust is backing Mr Woodford in next week's Douglas East by-election.

The other people contesting the seat are Kate Beecroft of the Liberal Vannin Party, and independent candidates Colin Cain, Chris Heath, John Joughin and Chris Robertshaw.


Reform of Legislative Council - from within!

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True to his word LegCo member David Callister is seeking leave to introduce a Bill to provide for the election of Members of the Legislative Council by public franchise.

As part of his request, which will be made at the LegCo sitting on Tuesday 27th April 2010*, there would need to revision and reduction of 'Keys' constituencies down to 8, following a Boundary Committee recommendation.

This is an encouraging development as far as P A G is concerned. We have been campaigning for a popularly elected LegCo for a number of years - it is in the P A G Charter.

With only 16 months to go before the next General Election will our elected politicians have the drive to support this initiative, that comes, unusually, from within LegCo? A majority of them told us in the 2006 Election campaign that they supported a truly democratically elected LegCo. Here they have a chance to honour that promise.

*starts at 10.30 a.m. - P A G members and others are encouraged to sit in the small public gallery to hear Mr Callister propose the Bill. This could be a momentous step forward in Manx politics. Do turn up if you can!

Last Updated on Friday, 23 April 2010 12:31

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