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  1. I think there may be rather serious implications for places such as Jersey and the IOM both of which make their beer money from pursuing an alternative tax strategy to the large EU countries. I know, if I had large amounts of money, I wouldnt want to be paying witholding tax in the IOM if I could move it elsewhere to a place which hasnt put a witholding tax in place. Just a thought. Yeah, but security, accountability and regulation come into it, not to mention credit ratings. That banana republic over there might offer some nice no questions asked services, but would you really want to put your money there! As mentioned above, the Treasury gets a significant cut of all tax collected before passing it on to the relevant tax authorities around the EU.
  2. Beckett

    Tynwald Day

    Yes but not where the contract of employment states that you can't have the 2 Manx Bank Holidays.
  3. You're the racist!! Define 'Eastern European', please. Do you speak/understand any of their languages/accents enough to know where he was actually from? You make a geographical and political term sound racist? Eastern Europeans are from countries in the east of Europe. Just as we are West Europeans.
  4. It's kinda Pyramid shape - can we pretend?
  5. I dunno some people are never happy. Funny thing is, it's normally me.
  6. So whilst Christian had been an MHK, so wasn't at the time of her election to LegCo. I geddit.
  7. Clare Christian has been elected as an MHK (Ayre) for the term 1986-1991. She contested and lost her seat in the 1991 election. She was brought back into the fold as MLC in 1993 and placed there as an ordinary member of the public by the House of Keys, rather than elevate one of their sitting members. As such, because she is not a popularly elected member of Tynwald she would not be eligible for the post of Chief Minister. Are you sure? Gelling said he wouldn'd run for CM after the election, whereas this would imply that he couldn't seek another term as CM.
  8. There already are pens, and I have one. ner ner.
  9. I think a lot of people are looking to the upcoming election to draw a line under the activities of Tynwald, its members and the executive over the past five years. Fingers crossed!
  10. I noticed that he got up and handed The Clerk of Tynwald an envelope whilst he was presenting the Petitions for Redress of Grievance to the Governor. Maybe just for a constituent?
  11. The last of our Island's worries are about copying the UK's legislation. Given the bills at the past two Tynwald days, this isn't really happening anyway? Our tarnished reputation is something that needs addressing the most IMHO, both for our international and local reputation. Mount Murray, MEA, Isle of Man Constabulary, our Chief Minister getting arrested! Scandal after scandal, and things that would make Ministers resign in any other parliamentary democracy, which brings me back to that old chesnut... consitutional reform. *sigh* Bare minimum, the CM should have to sit in the House of Keys. At the end of the day we as the electorate currently have no direct say or influence in Government Policy as the head of the Executive is unelected. Although at best, it's only been the people of Malew & Santon and Onchan that have enjoyed that privilege of late, but better than nothing!
  12. Beckett

    Tynwald Day

    According to Mec Vannin, "our national day is not an official public holiday..." http://www.energyfm.net/news/bulletinstory2.htm (is this link going to change when they update each story?!!) hmmmm, someone had better tell the Treasury http://www.gov.im/infocentre/ViewNews.gov?...ml&menuid=10160 Nationalists fight for official Tynwald Day holiday Last Updated:05/07/2006 11:36:03 Manx nationalists are slamming the failure of a large number of firms who don't automatically give staff a Tynwald Day holiday. While acknowledging some people will always be required to work on such days,for instance the emergency services,they say more could be done to ensure everyone can join in the festivities. Mark Kermode,Chairman of Mec Vannin,says although our national day is not an official public holiday, it should be recognised by all of those people who choose to live and work here - whether they are of Manx origin or not....... Meanwhile, Bernard Moffatt of the Celtic League feels an all Island celebration on Tynwald Day would help make immigrants feel much more a part of the Manx way of life...........
  13. Check out 'Another Dam Production for the Isle of Man Government', sorry, the Freedom to Flourish video http://www.gov.im/cso/flourish/downloads.xml The brand book is quite good, along with the report to Tynwald I'd say we got our money out of it... so long as implementation goes ahead and builds momentum. P.S. the 'DAM Production' thing will make sense if you watch the video til the end
  14. Beckett

    Tynwald Day

    We all get the day off at our place, paid, as one of our 10 public holidays. And rightly so.
  15. One of the worst new ad campaigns has to be Orange. Apart from the fish in a bowl (good advert with no real message related to broadband or Orange), they're pretty bland and yet failing in their key straegic aim of informing viewers that Orange is now a huge name in Boradband and that Wanadoo is a gona! The Frosties advert is also particularly painful.... if you didn't know, they're gonna taste great...
  16. Hi Matty But to put the thread back on track a little, when will (if ever) the people of the Isle of Man benefit from some form of competition with C&W and the other unheard of company that was awarded licences? At the moment there ia a total monopoly with MT and their mobile phone infrastructure (and prices) on the Isle of Man? MT are screwing the people of the IOM with their PAYG charges and I personally believe that if another company can undercut them, then the people of the Isle of Man will benefit! Otherwise I personally believe that the issuing of two new licenses to the two new so called operators will have been nothing more than a paper exercise? I smell a Long Tail here Last 10 How I long for another PAYG provider!!
  17. Aiye I was thinking the IoM might feature next week. Wonder if Clarkson will moan about us Islanders? On a 'post moved' note I;d say this was indeed 'Local News'?
  18. Why is putting money in a brown envelope any harder for a millionare?
  19. Still so very strange and backwards that all MHK's and MLC's dont get a @tynwald.org.im e-mail address.
  20. Very valid question. Alas the Island's environmental policy is years behind Europe and even the UK. There's a long way to go but a bag tax would be a step in the right direction. I mean the only reason we can recycle plastic bags is because Tesco do it nationwide, nothing to do with the IOMG or DLGE. I make sure I do me bit - always re-using bags at Tesco
  21. Beckett

    What Next

    Yeah, but why has THAT charge been dropped? For an accurate answer you would have to attend the court hearing ? You might surmise the guilty plea to another charge would make the forgery charge inappropriate ? I'm going to bed!
  22. With you 100% LW - those two magic words - Party Politics. I remember doing a group project on PP at Uni, there was a suggestion we look at the Isle of Man as one for one of the case studies, me being Manx n all that. Got some funny looks when I told them how the system works here! I can't see pp emerging without constitutional reform, at the moment all 24 members of the House are vested with government duties and responsibilities. The Government has majority by default with no public input into its formation (outside of 'here are 24 people you can choose to be in it'). Step 1 has to be that the CM can't sit in LegCo IMHO.
  23. Aiye, and what's £20? Not even a night down the pub.
  24. Beckett

    What Next

    Read it again. Hint: There are more charges against the lady : End of Hint There is reading and there is understanding B) Yeah, but why has THAT charge been dropped?
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