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?



  1. What about the MEA millions? – the new Select Committee delving into the scandal of the
    MANX ELECTRICITY AUTHORITY continues investigating 7 years on!

    Members of the Committee are: Butt, Callister, Quirk, Rodan (chair), Beecroft

    Originally constituted 12th July 2005

    “To investigate the true and correct position with regard to the Manx Electricity
    Authority‘s affairs and, noting the PKF Report, to investigate the role of the Authority,
    the Treasury, the Department of Trade and Industry, and other parties deemed
    appropriate, to ascertain what went wrong and to report to Tynwald with findings and
    recommendations no later than 31st January 2006”

    Reports Issued:
    Interim Report
    PP 129/06 – laid before Tynwald, October 2006
    Second Interim Report – The extent of the Manx Electricity Authority‟s compliance
    with Financial Regulations and Capital Procedure Notes and the provision of
    information by the Manx Electricity Authority to Treasury and the Department of
    Trade and Industry

    PP 146/10 – laid before Tynwald, December 2010, with recommendations, as
    amended, approved

    • Yes, going back further to the MEA millions we can see just how little notice has been taken of the public in all these years. “They” simply continued in non-transparent cavalier fashion treating the public with apparent disdain. They could manage things, it seemed, and Peter Karran’s questions prior to the discovery of the situation were treated with scorn. In fact I could add further quite astounding comments made by an MHK at the time – but as there was no witness to the telephone conversation I could be on slippery ground. Suffice to say I interpreted the comments as an indication that he believed it may be better not to reveal all to the public even if the matter impacts on finances.

      The public has been paying the bills while being kept in the dark about so many matters. It seems unacceptable to turn to us now to request understanding for the mismanagement of our affairs. Or how else could we describe the fact that they spent millions they had no right to. A massive miscalculation might be a kinder description but either way it spells mismanagement. Why should we accept cuts when we have little idea of what has gone on?

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