Ministers want to talk with us
It’s good to hear that the Chief Minister has taken on board the views expressed by members of the public during Wednesday night’s (March 28) community meeting in Douglas. Communicating with voters has to be good policy. But don’t you find this pow wow is a little late?
Treasury Minister Eddie Teare MHK outlined the Budget process and the need for significant savings across all Departments, before the meeting was opened up to questions from the audience.
Too little, too late?
The need for significant savings across all departments? You don’t suppose they are trying to rally support for what is to come? We have also been told that we have to be realistic and accept that economies have to be made. Just one little problem there perhaps? In the past we weren’t consulted.
Where has the money gone?
No-one has really explained just how the Isle of Man/ UK VAT calculations were so astronomically inaccurate and why they were apparently still in need of adjustment when the second round came along.
We were landed with a half million slice of the cake being spent on a child database without our consent – or knowledge. Money spent on CCTV coverage more suited to Orwell’s 1984 than a quiet little law-biding island has already been spent ( and watch out for the Douglas promenade redevelopment, an opportunity for a huge expanse of surveillance there, at our expense of course). What about the endless adoption of UK legislation and all the burocracy involved in that? New legislation requires further admin and associated costs.
Give the public what they want instead of expensive controls.
There are some areas where huge savings could be made at a stroke. Ministers how about some recalculations? Cut the red-tape and the cloned UK/EU legislation. Stop spying on the general public and generally desist from protecting us from imaginary terrorists. Or is there something we don’t know about this situation? Do we have a choice?
When government gets real and gets rid of the stuff that the public has neither requested nor wants then we can talk. They appear to have spent our money on unnecessary surveillance and controls and made agreements into which we have little insight and then they want to engage us in the decision-making process when there’s no money left?