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GDPR protects Politicians but not his Excellency the Governor and the Mayor of Douglas

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Question 40.

It appears GDPR will not allow Politicians to be named.

But it appears alright to name the Governor, the Mayor of Douglas and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

If we the taxpayers are giving away free tickets, then surely we have the right to know.

http://www.tynwald.org.im/business/hansard/20002020/20200121 Tynwald Early Written Answers.pdf

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It's quite some reply isn't it:

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Since the 2017 events, the Department has had a formal policy in place for any hospitality ticket that was not purchased or a pass that was not supplied as part of a purchased package.

The general policy outlines implicitly that no complimentary VIP tickets, grandstand tickets or access passes are to be provided, unless the request falls into one of the areas identified within that policy.

The numbers provided below are across both events:
Political, Economic Benefit and other Departments:
2017 – a total of 50 tickets were provided to 7 Politicians their guests, His Excellency the Governor, his guests and the Mayor of Douglas;
2018 – a total of 51 tickets were provided to 7 Politicians, their guests, His Excellency the Governor, his guests and the Mayor of Douglas;
2019 – a total of 44 tickets were provided to 8 Politicians, their guests, His Excellency the Governor, his guests and the Mayor of Douglas, in addition a further 21 tickets were provided to cover the visit of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland at the TT.

Good Causes racing related, not racing related and discretionary visitor tickets;
2017 – a total of 15 tickets were provided to individuals, their carers, charity organisations and other visiting quests;
2018 – a total of 20 tickets were provided to were provided to individuals, their carers, charity organisations and other visiting quests;
2019 – a total of 28 tickets were provided to were provided to individuals, their carers, charity organisations and other visiting quests. 

I assume 'visiting quests' is a typo for 'visiting guests', though the idea of Monty Python style knights galloping into the middle of the TT looking for the Holy Grail does rather appeal.  But how a policy can "outline implicitly" something is a mystery.  And you'll notice they didn't say what the policy actually is.  "If it's one of our mates" would be a policy.

Of course you're right that if you can say "the Mayor of Douglas", you can also say the "the Minister for DfE" and so on.  It's a nonsense though it may also be to disguise the fact that some are getting in automatically as well.  If someone isn't on the list but was there anyway it would be interesting.

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13 minutes ago, Roger Mexico said:

It's quite some reply isn't it:

I assume 'visiting quests' is a typo for 'visiting guests', though the idea of Monty Python style knights galloping into the middle of the TT looking for the Holy Grail does rather appeal.  But how a policy can "outline implicitly" something is a mystery.  And you'll notice they didn't say what the policy actually is.  "If it's one of our mates" would be a policy.

Of course you're right that if you can say "the Mayor of Douglas", you can also say the "the Minister for DfE" and so on.  It's a nonsense though it may also be to disguise the fact that some are getting in automatically as well.  If someone isn't on the list but was there anyway it would be interesting.

Of all the slithering, evasive, content-free non-answers in which our esteemed parliament excel, that’s a gold medal winner.

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Aww come on, there have to be SOME perks to the job?

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28 minutes ago, Roger Mexico said:

But how a policy can "outline implicitly" something is a mystery.  

Thanks for painting that out, that kind of stuff irritates the hell out me. If you're going to use words try to know what they mean first.

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10 hours ago, Max Power said:

Aww come on, there have to be SOME perks to the job?

I think the issue is when we have decided to charge the general public considerable amounts of cash for VIP tickets it would be nice to know which minister are getting freebies. Years ago when tickets for the grandstand were a few quid I bet nobody gave a toss. 

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17 hours ago, TheTeapot said:

Thanks for painting that out, that kind of stuff irritates the hell out me. If you're going to use words try to know what they mean first.

Like 'painting that out' for example?

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