This is not a drill: Concrete proposals for saving the Manx economy in response to Coronavirus

I attended a meeting of local Manx small businesses the other night (Wednesday, 18 March) – and hearing the stories from the small business operators, it became quickly that the way things are currently heading, this is not going to be an ordinary recession.

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In the media: IOM Government needs to improve its performance on Coronavirus

I spoke with Tim Glover on Manx Radio yesterday about Coronavirus. The Isle of Man Government needs to lift its game and take this threat seriously by providing timely and accurate information to the public. Simple things like prominent, digital signage, and proactively contacting returning travellers – by phone or email – should be uncontroversial, and should be implemented immediately.

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Responsible proposals to reduce the harm of coronavirus on the Isle of Man

Here are some common sense proposals to reduce the risk of infection in the Isle of Man. They should not be controversial, but rather, represent serious and achievable proposals to reduce the risk of the coronavirus reaching the Isle of Man – and reducing the risk when it gets here.

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Universal human rights are more important in a globalised world

Thousands of years ago, Judaism introduced a new and enduring concept to human civilization: the idea that every human was made in the image of God. On the sixth day of creation, they said, God made man in His image. For the first time in human history, there was a people who believed that a man’s right to dignity was universal.

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Mass Databases Create Personal Surveillance Risks

I shared a post yesterday about a new effort to enable people to better secure their personal information. I think there is an obvious benefit to people having access to information about themselves: being able to record my weight, for example, has helped me to better manage it.

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Isle of Man Freedom of Information Request Template

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