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11 hours ago, SleepyJoe said:

No it was never set up to help existing private business per se, the intention was to develop the economy

& developing the economy is still necessary - DfE couldn't do it [tho' DigitalOM has shown some considerable promise], but Treasury didn't know how to do it so it has outsourced the issue to KPMG who are coming back saying Treasury doesn't have much useful data

Putting in a very left wing doctor with no commercial experience other than being a partner in a medical practice is a bizarre move, perhaps to keep a political opponent busy

Has Digital really shown promise?

Info I have is a lot of snake oil sales but not much actually happening

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12 hours ago, SleepyJoe said:

No it was never set up to help existing private business per se, the intention was to develop the economy

& developing the economy is still necessary - DfE couldn't do it [tho' DigitalOM has shown some considerable promise], but Treasury didn't know how to do it so it has outsourced the issue to KPMG who are coming back saying Treasury doesn't have much useful data

Putting in a very left wing doctor with no commercial experience other than being a partner in a medical practice is a bizarre move, perhaps to keep a political opponent busy

If I remember correctly it was set up after the reduction in the VAT share. It was a classic Allan Bell manoeuvre who was Treasury Minister at the time in that by splitting and becoming the Minister for Enterprise he avoided as Treasury Minister he avoided having to make any tough decisions re the VAT cut or be the face of bad news. Rather as Minister for Enterprise he would basically only have goods news to offer. 

I posted in the Chief Minister thread how poorly resourced and staffed IoM Finance is compared to their Jersey counterparts so expecting great results when our competitors are blowing us out of the water in terms of the resources they are putting into it is, in my view unrealistic.

 

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On 10/15/2021 at 8:32 PM, Roxanne said:

I don’t think so. I think he was chosen to sort out the mess that is hemp growing, CBD regulation, medicinal cannabis and decriminalisation of cannabis. All of which are worth a fortune to the Island. 

Something tells me we're all going to be very disappointed about this fortune.

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Regardless of whether you think "left wing" is a good thing, a bad thing, or just a thing, anyone who thinks Dr A is "far left" really needs to leave the island a bit more. He makes Tony Blair look like Trotsky.

I imagine he's at Enterprise to show there's no hard feelings while keeping him well away from the proper toys.

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