2014 has been an interesting year. Toilet tax, apparent persecution of the incapacitated, removal of community treasures, such as Ramsey Post Office. Benefit recipients per se appear to be suspect and it has been claimed that for some this is a lifestyle choice. (For many it is not). More charges levied and more services removed. However, consultants flourish it would seem. This is life in the Isle of Man in 2014.
What can we expect from 2015? Can it get worse? Undoubtedly, if we remain apathetic and passive in face of opaque government dealings which impact us all in our daily lives. We are governed by consent we are told. Do we consent to the present situation? Do we agree to allow our children and grandchildren to work until they are 74+ because we cannot be bothered to challenge decisions?
Keyboard warriors are fine but once the frustration and anger has been released we need to take action. Otherwise nothing will change. Petitions have been summarily ignored. Writing to MHKs is not a guarantee for change either. However, it’s a start. If we make our position clear, ask for a response, write again if the answer is fudged etc etc. Complaints do not result in action. We need to state our aims clearly and concisely. We need to state that we do not consent to the proposed action.
If the above fails then non-compliance has to be the answer.
2015 can be a further downhill slide or it can be the turnaround, The change. If we are prepared to take action. Traa dy liooar will not do in this situation. What has inaction or complaining achieved up to the present? Action is essential if we are to effect change and ensure that future generations are not simply wage-slaving workhorses who never enjoy retirement or even the comparative freedom we have known.