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Government as a Single Legal Entity

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Government as a Single Legal Entity:

The Plans behind the Plan

by Tristram Llewellyn Jones

The Council of Ministers commissioned consultant Sir John Elvidge to report on creating the Isle of Man Government as a Single Legal Entity. It will be come before *November Tynwald for endorsement.

On the face of it the proposal seems sensible, but digging deeper some commentators see unintended consequences, believing it to fundamentally alter the relationship that the IOM citizen has with the State.

Civil rights campaigner Tristram Llewellyn Jones is one such person. He gave a presentation to an open meeting of the Liberal Vannin Party 12.11.12. and we publish the main points of his talk here.

[PAG is grateful to Liberal Vannin Party & Mr Llewellyn Jones for allowing us publish this here.]

*  "That Tynwald endorses the report into Government as a Single Legal Entity by Sir John Elvidge and requests the Council of Ministers to report to Tynwald, by no later than June 2015, with recommendations on the means of implementing the proposals contained in the report."

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Last Updated on Sunday, 23 November 2014 17:29
 

Pink Book reveals IOM Government living beyond its means - PART 2

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Our first article (11/09) created quite a stir and so here are some further thoughts…...

A. Public Sector Pensions - Future Funding

It may be that the the mounting Public Sector Pension crisis is worse than thought.

In a detailed document published by the *Public Sector Pensions Authority, "IOM Government Unified Scheme 2011, Annual Report and Accounts 2012-2013" there is a gloomy set of notes at page 30 about the PSP funding gap. It is expected to "increase as a larger proportion of the Scheme's membership reaches retirement and that additional funding will be required from the Treasury".

It's worth reading this page in the Report, if nothing else.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 17:55
 

PAG submission on Beneficial Ownership proposals

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The Government recently held a consultation to gather views on the Island’s current regime for identifying the beneficial ownership of companies, and whether a centralised registry of such information would improve transparency. This is in line with the governments G8 commitments.

Attached is both the initial consultation document and the PAG response.

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Download this file (PAGsubBenOwnsCosFIN280914.pdf)PAG Beneficial Ownership submission33 Kb64
Last Updated on Saturday, 25 October 2014 11:15
 

Judicial Inconsistency - or what?

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eq justIn October 2013 this website published an article "Justice - truth in action"

It made the point that the public needs to have absolute confidence in our system of justice and referred to an inconsistency of approach in the Isle of Man.

Generally our police respond to drug offending with some vehemence as we are reminded this week via a report from EnergyFM:

"A 60-year-old man from Douglas has pleaded guilty to possessing and cultivating cannabis. Joseph Crook appeared at Douglas Courthouse yesterday charged with two offences.  He was stopped on Victoria Road by police on August 23rd who found he had a small amount of cannabis bush in his possession. In court Mr Crook also entered a guilty plea for cultivating four plants at a property in Douglas which were found on the same day. The case has now been adjourned for two weeks to allow the prosecutor to compile more evidence - Mr Crook will next appear in court on October 21st."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 10:39
 

Bed Thirteen

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(The cardiac recovery ward was short-staffed, struggling along with half its normal staffing , so Sister said. Contemplating the ceiling and infinity. I wasn’t inclined to poetry at the time but the good old subconscious filed away an idea…)

Hello, you Bed Thirteen?
Sister said I should come and
talk to you as I’ve nothing
better to do. I’m on work
experience. you know.Maybe
I might be a nurse one day.
Excuse me. You’re rather faint?
You’re ‘not feeling very well?’
I see, of course, wouldn’t
be, would you? That’s why you’re here.
If you don’t mind me saying
so, you look a little queer.
And Bed Thirteen, well, I mean –
Twelve A would sound lots better,
don’t you think? If I was
In Bed Thirteen, heaven know,
I’d be turning up my toes.
But don’t let me worry you.
You’re ‘going to die?’ Not now,
wait till a real nurse is here.
‘Where are they?’ At lunch, I guess,
left this place a right old mess.
‘Who’s in charge?’ Me, I suppose.
You do look funny! Gobsmacked.
With your jaw dropped open, and
your eyes rolled right up like that.
Anyway, if you haven’t died,
you haven’t lived, they say: the
best night’s sleep you’ve had in years…
(that’s a joke…) Well, please yourself.
I must go. All the best. If
I were you, I’d get some rest.

Jeff Garland

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 22:22
 

Disability and Equality - presentations

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Please find documents used and referred to during our meeting on Disablement and Equality last Monday 22nd September 2014.

Thanks to our speakers, Gareth Foulkes and Paul Becket and everyone else who attended, especially those that contributed so richly to the later debate.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 13:12
 

Pink Book reveals IOM Government living beyond its means - PART 1

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The annual IOM budget document is commonly referred to as the Pink Book.
 
Politicians see it about a week before it is presented to Tynwald for debate and ultimately approval. The public has access to it after the Treasury Minister's speech and then read or hear comment in the local media.

One PAG supporter decided to take a detailed look at the figures in the 2014-15 Pink Book and using prudent accounting drew some interesting conclusions:

Last Updated on Friday, 12 September 2014 11:09
 

Land Banking - Planning Committee at last wises up to Developers?

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It appears that the Planning Committee has at last rumbled one way property developers play the planning system.

At the August P C Meeting Dandara and Heritage Homes submitted a total of three Douglas planning applications requesting a variation to earlier successful approvals. They wanted to extend the duration of each one by a further 4 years.
 
It's usual for the Committee, in granting approval,  to impose a condition that work must be started within 4 years of the date
of the decision. 
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2014 22:57
 
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