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Until we get honest and open government with the light of day shining brightly on most things it undertakes, the sort of constant costly failures we keep seeing will continue to happen. The whole etho

But if there is no competition I can't see how they can invoke commercial confidentiality.   Are the annual reports of the meat plant published anywhere?

And all of this stems from the Manx inflated opinion of self importance which landed around about the time the money arrived. Everybody patted everybody else on the back and congratulated themselves o

The meat plant was always too big for the island.

The power station is too big for the island.

The incinerator is too big for the island.

 

Shouldn't we try to learn something about this tendency?

You forgot to add The Govt. Tells you why there is little scope for the learning process to flourish.

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The meat plant was always too big for the island.

The power station is too big for the island.

The incinerator is too big for the island.

 

Shouldn't we try to learn something about this tendency?

 

And all of this stems from the Manx inflated opinion of self importance which landed around about the time the money arrived. Everybody patted everybody else on the back and congratulated themselves on how they were 'world beaters' because they'd found a few grubby loopholes in international tax law. All of a sudden we were 'world leaders' and 'a great nation' and the Government followed suit by spending on grandiose projects that far exceeded our needs or our REAL budgets. And we kept electing them for it - time and again. Very few people asked where the money had come from or whether any of it was sustainable. It still carries on today.

 

So now we have lots of flashy stuff that we don't need and can't afford to maintain. And the real tragedy is that if we'd invested that money in the people, as opposed to unnecessary 'add-ons', then all the other things would have followed. If we'd spent it on education, and had a multi-skilled, highly qualified workforce, then we'd have a fighting chance. Instead, we've made a mess of health, a mess of social care and in the last ten years, a mess of education.

 

But we've got a fancy meat plant.

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The real tragedy is that we still have a system which is loath to hold anyone to proper account. Rather,we have a system with representatives who would sooner conjure up any new method imaginable to raise revenues in order to sustain funding the largesse and self interest of the minority group.

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The meat plant was always too big for the island.

The power station is too big for the island.

The incinerator is too big for the island.

 

Shouldn't we try to learn something about this tendency?

And all of this stems from the Manx inflated opinion of self importance which landed around about the time the money arrived. Everybody patted everybody else on the back and congratulated themselves on how they were 'world beaters' because they'd found a few grubby loopholes in international tax law. All of a sudden we were 'world leaders' and 'a great nation' and the Government followed suit by spending on grandiose projects that far exceeded our needs or our REAL budgets. And we kept electing them for it - time and again. Very few people asked where the money had come from or whether any of it was sustainable. It still carries on today.

 

So now we have lots of flashy stuff that we don't need and can't afford to maintain. And the real tragedy is that if we'd invested that money in the people, as opposed to unnecessary 'add-ons', then all the other things would have followed. If we'd spent it on education, and had a multi-skilled, highly qualified workforce, then we'd have a fighting chance. Instead, we've made a mess of health, a mess of social care and in the last ten years, a mess of education.

 

But we've got a fancy meat plant.

Nonsense.

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The meat plant was always too big for the island.

The power station is too big for the island.

The incinerator is too big for the island.

 

Shouldn't we try to learn something about this tendency?

And all of this stems from the Manx inflated opinion of self importance which landed around about the time the money arrived. Everybody patted everybody else on the back and congratulated themselves on how they were 'world beaters' because they'd found a few grubby loopholes in international tax law. All of a sudden we were 'world leaders' and 'a great nation' and the Government followed suit by spending on grandiose projects that far exceeded our needs or our REAL budgets. And we kept electing them for it - time and again. Very few people asked where the money had come from or whether any of it was sustainable. It still carries on today.

 

So now we have lots of flashy stuff that we don't need and can't afford to maintain. And the real tragedy is that if we'd invested that money in the people, as opposed to unnecessary 'add-ons', then all the other things would have followed. If we'd spent it on education, and had a multi-skilled, highly qualified workforce, then we'd have a fighting chance. Instead, we've made a mess of health, a mess of social care and in the last ten years, a mess of education.

 

But we've got a fancy meat plant.

Nonsense.

No it's not.

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The meat plant was always too big for the island.

The power station is too big for the island.

The incinerator is too big for the island.

 

Shouldn't we try to learn something about this tendency?

 

Yes, but it was all to cater for the 10s of thousands of people who they thought couldn't wait to rush here and get ripped off in every aspect of their lives.

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Until we get honest and open government with the light of day shining brightly on most things it undertakes, the sort of constant costly failures we keep seeing will continue to happen. The whole ethos of Government needs to change but Quayle is not the man needed to make this happen. Where 'accidental' cock ups have been made, they need to be made public and the reasons analysed in order that they are more likely not to happen again, not with the intention of a blame game. More serious issues need addressing, and Government employees, particularly those in higher positions of power and responsibility need to be fully aware, that in the case of serious matters they are accountable and sanctions will be used where it is proven that wrongdoing has occurred. The terms commercially confidential and now Sub judice, are used as a shield to cover up incompetence and misdeeds not used for their intended purpose at all.

Anything which uses public money should be open to public audit as a general rule, and confidential use of public money should be narrowed down to clearly defined circumstances and intentions, thus stopping politicians playing the confidential card whenever they are asked questions they would rather not answer ! Tynwald cannot hold anyone to account if they constantly refuse to answer the questions !

 

I had high hopes the new administration would start to address much of the failings of the past five years but it seems we are carrying on as before !

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