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  1. If anybody listened to Kathryn's Magson's testimony to the PAC yesterday, they would probably conclude that we already live in a technocracy. Mrs Magson has a formidable personality, and she did not give straight answers to any questions. It seems to me that some senior civil servants are able to run rings around our politicians. This dynamic is not good for our democracy either.
  2. I have implied nothing of the sort. What I am saying is that in a modern often technically complex world, it is not always possible for politicians to become subject matter experts 'by learning on the job' and therefore it is best, if they bring expertise, qualifications and acumen with them, when they are appointed. Otherwise, they will get 'trounced' by the "Sir Humphrey Abblebys of the civil service". For example, if we had a Minister for Infrastructure with an engineering background, who knows, the Douglas Prom might have been finished by now. Wouldn't it be great if we had Ministers with
  3. I accept that in certain circumstances what you say can be true. The last thing we need is more cronyism. However, I believe that as the world becomes more and more technical and specialist, if the people who are appointed as Ministers are to 'hold their own' against the so called experts in the civil service, these people need to bring expertise with them. For example, there is Clare Barber MHK, who is a qualified nurse, and she is a member of the DHSC. If what you said was always correct, then, based on your logic, she should not have been appointed at all. It seems to me that these typ
  4. I set out the reasons why I view Dr Allinson less favourably now than I used to, under a different topic (“Manx Taxpayer’s Alliance”). I am still wondering why he did not end up with the Health portfolio. Perhaps he was reluctant to ruffle the feathers in DHSC? That said, I am willing to give him a benefit of the doubt in preference to Chris Thomas, who IMHO always talks a good game, but who often overpromised as a backbencher and undelivered as a Minister, until he was sacked.
  5. Not sure if anyone has seen this yet, but a committee 'looking into the scheme' is alleging that the DOI is 'hiding full cost of Prom work'. I must say that this does not surprise me as the work seems to go on endlessly. My question though is, 'would this be sackable offence in private sector? Probably yes. But in wonderful 'untouchable' world of civil servants, if this allegation turns out to be correct, the response will undoubtedly be that 'lessons have been learnt'. https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/doi-hiding-full-cost-of-prom-works-says-committee/
  6. International tax changes are continuing to blow our way. Not the least of these is the ominous Biden/OECD minimum global corporate tax initiative. No matter how indignant the IOM might feel about this situation (we can shout from the roof tops how ‘compliant and highly regulated’ we are), unfortunately our voice may turn out to be as irrelevant as an ‘amoeba’s murmur’. Politically harsh choices may be forced upon us whether we like it or not. In an increasingly internationalised world, we will likely have to become tax rule takers, rather than our own tax rule makers, something we have proudl
  7. It is nice to know that DA was against collective responsibility in his 2016 manifesto, but he did not seem to challenge the status quo after he became a Minister, in fact he went actively along with it. Our political class is a mishmash of individuals who are only held accountable by their constituents once every 5 years. As soon as the MHKs get invited to join the Council of Ministers (cabal), it is no longer clear whose agendas those MHKs are pursuing. In many cases, loyalty to the ‘cabal’ means actively opposing the promises they made to get them there, as seems to be the case with DA
  8. code99

    Manx Care

    I agree with your comments about the longest waiting times. My questions are, a) what are the average waiting times for someone to have an initial consultation with an orthopaedic surgeon, and b) what are the average waiting times after the initial consultation for that person to have an actual operation? In addition to these waiting times, I know from first hand experience that some GPs are reluctant to refer patients to specialists, even for an initial consultation, unless a patient is in great pain. Instead of doing this, the GP will prefer to prescribe painkillers and suggest (tempor
  9. I suspect this Policy will be handled by the IOMG in a similar way to the FOI requests. The government will not like it or want it and will do everything it can to delay and minimise it.
  10. I agree. It seems to me that it has always been hard for the IOMG to attract top class science based enterprises to the Island. Any really good start-up can normally find a government somewhere who will offer it direct and indirect assistance if it substantially locates itself in that jurisdiction. Therefore in the best of times, this Island is in competition with other countries to attract good businesses. The Dr Glover debacle has made this challenge even harder. It has planted a hillside of red flags in the sights of every possible future biotech business thinking about establishi
  11. I agree. She is behaving like a politcal advisor because she is primarily a political appointee. She has assumed a role of a cheerleader for the IOMG in order to make HQ and DA look good throughout this crisis. What is unclear to me is how much independent expert scientific advice she actually provides government with, or whether she simply parrots information that she obtains from the UK. If she is not an independent scientific advisor, is the government receiving expert advice from anyone else? That I would really like to know.
  12. Politicians love to use (and abuse) words like ‘essential’ to emotionally manipulate their audience and to justify their often otherwise unjustifiable actions. For example, the recent refurbishments at No. 10 Downing Street were deemed to be ‘essential’ because Bo Jo and his latest fiancée should not be expected to live in a ‘pit’. Similarly, when it comes to ‘essential’ workers, depending on who you ask, these workers are anybody from doctors and nurses to au pairs and welders and were therefore allowed to come to the Island during the pandemic whilst some family members of Manx residents ha
  13. What the Island needs most from HE (as a Director of IOM Public Health), are health programs that are tailored to our particular circumstances, not programs which are mini-versions of what the UK is doing. Just because HE is well connected with the English Public Health and devolved administrations health systems, these connections do not necessarily make her a good ‘technically capable’ Director of Public Health. She must be able to demonstrate that she has an up-to-date scientific knowledge in all areas of Public Health. Unlike in the UK where there were in excess of four million cases
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