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.Continue reading “This is not a drill: Concrete proposals for saving the Manx economy in response to 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.Continue reading “In the media: IOM Government needs to improve its performance on Coronavirus”
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.Continue reading “Responsible proposals to reduce the harm of coronavirus on the Isle of Man”
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.Continue reading “Universal human rights are more important in a globalised world”
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.Continue reading “Mass Databases Create Personal Surveillance Risks”
I loved this article about liberalism – it speaks very much to my views about what it means to be a “liberal” in 2019. This is very closely connected to one big problem with our current society – the crony capitalism of unfairness that I wrote about the other day. Continue reading What is Liberalism?
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.
Price controls are a bad idea for many reasons, but most importantly, they’re a bad idea for two key reasons in particular: they are morally unfair and they reduce supply.
An interview with Paul Moulton of Manx.net TV about being elected as chair of the Liberal Vannin Party on the Isle of Man. Continue reading In the media: Elected as Chair of Liberal Vannin Party
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