“Free speech is a core tenet of our society, and elected representatives should not behave like petty despots in trying to censor the media like this.” Continue reading In the media: MHKs should not behave like petty despots
In the normal, fair and well-functioning parts of our society, costs are borne by the people who benefit. In unusual, unfair and badly-functioning parts of our society, benefits accrue to select system-abusers, while the costs are borne by others.
A couple of weeks ago, prior to being elected leader of the UK’s Conservative Party and British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson waved a Manx Kipper around – he used it as an example of the onerous rules and regulations that imposes hidden costs on small businesses.Continue reading “In the media: Kippers to Boris”
As Manx residents, we are entitled to request information from various Government (and a few non-Government) agencies through the Freedom of Information system. This is an important way to promote transparency and accountability in public life. I thought it might be helpful to share an example template for submitting a Freedom of Information request to the Isle of Man Government. This was based upon a … Continue reading Isle of Man Freedom of Information Request Template
I recently took the “Life in the Islands” knowledge test as part of my path to Manx citizenship. This is the booklet that prospective Manx citizens are expected to learn: Life in the Isle of Man Continue reading Life in the Isle of Man Booklet