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  1. More nonsense from MrPB I was fighting for better Soical Housing Policies well before my colleague was elected and given responsibility of Local Authority Housing. I guess I will still be fighting for “fairer rent system” when Ms Edge has moved onto to new responsibilities. A quick google search will show that since 2012. I am targeting the policy and not the individual, maybe you should do the same..... As an Onchan MHK I make myself available to all Onchan ratepayers.
  2. Declan In the FULL interview on Manx Radio I actually said most Onchan ratepayers want to vote for an Onchan MHK in a HOKs General Election and NOT for a Garff MHK. I also said, I would prefer Onchan to have its boundary reinstated for 2021, and if we can’t increase the number of seats then simply keep the status quo by electing 2 MHKs in Onchan..... ideally I would prefer 3 seats, but that certainly wouldn’t get Tynwald approval. Thereafter reinstating Garff’s boundary to just include Lonan, Laxey and Maughold, which would be a reduced area but still keeping the 2 MHKs.
  3. The IPA event isn’t a team tournament unfortunately These are individual tournaments, a professional event and an open event which local players can enter, subject to an entry fee. So the numbers are not massive (150 to 200 visitors) - that is why it can be held in a hotel
  4. Roger - debated in October by Tynwald
  5. Hi WTF The event held in the Villa back in 1995 or 1997 was the European Team Championships, which might return in 2021/22. The IPA events are individual Competitions, which are normally held in a hotel
  6. Morning 2112 Happy to confirm that I travelled to the IPA World Champions in February (at my own expense), along with scheduling various meetings between the IPA and local hotels, travel agents and the tourism team in April. As political member I normally review and sign off funding requests relating to tourism events, but once the IPA submitted their application to the tourism team for funding, which is based on number of visitors and bed nights etc I stepped back and took no part in that process because of a perceived conflict. The Visit Agency is looking to extend the island’s tourism season with non weather dependent events, such as the European Netball Championships that was very successful. The IPA event will see the world’s best eight ball pool players competing and the event will be streamed live via the BBC Sport Apps. Hopefully, this will become an annual event similar to the Darts etc. Local pool / snooker players are encouraged to get involved. There will also be a poker tournament, which will certainly attract some local attention. I have no involvement in the actual event, I simply brought people together. I might be playing in the tournament but I haven’t played pool for a couple of years.
  7. I guess we Manx don't like change...... We are paying more than we have paid previously for the service, but as a Manx Radio member of staff pointed out the other day, they are delivering the service that DfE Motorsport has requested, which is a valid point. Radio TT is still on air from 9.30am each day, and yes we have lost the morning show, but this has been replaced with a couple of afternoon slots ahead of practice/ racing sessions.... In respect of the racing commentary, there are less adverts and music, but more focus on the actual events around the course. This is something new, so there will be some elements that locals and TT fans will not like, so feel free to email me (rob.callister@gov.im) with any constructive feedback, which will be reviewed ahead of next year’s event.
  8. If you are remotely interested in the truth, then I would recommend that you spend 10 minutes reading the evidence I gave to the Public Accounts Committee on 30th October 2017, because it is 100% factual and an accurate timeline of the events under the previous Minister and CEO... http://www.tynwald.org.im/business/hansard/20002020/pachsc171023-30.pdf
  9. I made no promise - more lies unfortunately My 2016 Manifesto states; "If elected I will continue to represent the tenants' best interests, and with a strong voice in order to ensure that future rents levels are set fairly, justified and with a full understanding of the tenants ability to pay" This is a promise that I have kept.....
  10. Just to be 100% clear if my wife has accompanied me on ANY Parliamentary or Department trips then we have fully funded the airfares and any additional expenses involved. As for painting my property, I am entitled to have a few hours off, just like anyone else. Unfortunately, I dont work 9am to 5pm, I am paid to fullfill a role and my hours of work are clearly documented and outlined in my weekly Blog, which includes any work undertaken at weekends.
  11. But you still read it every week..... thank you I actually live in Onchan, I pay my rates to Onchan District Commissioners, I served as an Onchan Commissioner.... I cast my vote for Onchan District Commissioners, the only thing that has changed is Onchan's House of Keys Boundaries, which I don't agree with. Onchan is the only Constituency that was split into three
  12. Hi 2112 Unfortunately, Isle of Man Newspapers put the wrong date in the Manx Independent on Thursday. The Drop In session with Chris Thomas, MHK re. The Rates Consultation is next Saturday (10am to 12 noon) at the Onchan Community Centre. The meeting was organised by me and I invited Chris to come along and to answer any questions raised by Constituents, which I am extremely grateful for... My monthly Political Surgery is normally the third Saturday each month (10am to 11.30am) Many thanks
  13. It wasn’t a gaffe - I was given the information at a previous meeting so I used it. Someone at Manx Radio listened to the interview and felt it wasn’t correct, so they gave me an opportunity to correct it. I will be checking how Manx Radio actually funded the TT and FOM commentary since 1964 next week.
  14. I made a genuine mistake and I am grateful that Manx Radio gave me an opportunity to correct my error.... I was led to believe that the costs relating to the TT & FOM commentary formed part of the Governments subvention before Radio TT was set up several years ago, but no one at Manx Radio or in DfE can confirm this, so I corrected my statement.
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