Open, accountable government, rigorous control of public finances, and a fairer society for all.
"The Chief Minister should be Elected by the People"
Alf Cannan MHK (FOR) - Juan Watterson MHK (AGAINST)
Monday 27th October 2014
Manx Legion Club, Market Hill, Douglas
By the time of the next IOM General Election (September 2016) three of the core principles of the PAG Charter will have been achieved - a Freedom of Information Act, equality of representation in each constituency and a reduction in the number of Government Departments.
This debate will concentrate on one more of these principles - the popular election of the Chief Minister.
Two forthright politicians, each with strongly held views, will debate the issue and as usual invite contributions from the audience - it could be quite lively!
PAG public meetings are always free and open to all!
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.
In 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."
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