eject Manx Gaelic
Manx Airlines has recently decided to remove Manx
Gaelic from its welcome
to passengers on board its aircraft. The impact of this decision was
aside by Manx Airline's spokesmen as merely an internal policy matter.
At the time of the British Airways take-over of Manx Airlines, Chief
Miles Walker sought assurances that the Manxness of the airline would
and he felt able to reassure his admiring public that Manx Airlines
retain its Manx characteristics.
I'm sure it will come as no surprise to us that
another major company
in the Isle of Man has chosen to ignore the wishes of Miles Walker. The
surprising thing about all this is that Manx Airlines have chosen to
an aspect of their service which had considerable support from its
and had generated prominent press coverage both for Manx Airlines and
Isle of Man.
That this decision was not publicly announced
shows, I believe, that
Manx Airlines were aware of the sensitivity of this decision. Manx
was wrong to sneak this through without letting their customers know
it, they were wrong to ignore the public appeal of the Manx they had
and they should urgently review this policy shift and reinstate Manx
This is the countdown to back-door
The M.E.A. is one of the most important public
utilities in Mannin.
The investigation into its future, conducted some four years ago,
substantial evidence from a wide range of parties (including Mec
that both privatisation and a cable-link were unacceptable to the
future of our electricity supplies.
Within three years of these findings, a certain
Mr. Machin has been
imported to the island, clearly with a brief of "shaking down" the
in preparation for privatisation and cable-linking into the nuclear
The plan is to cater for the spiralling demand for
electricity at peak
limes in winter by importing electricity from a cable-link. To pay for
this, our own plant will run at full load 24 hours a day, all year
and export it via the cable during off-peak loading. Nonetheless, to
our electricity "attractive" in economic terms to the U.K. companies,
price will have to drop substantially.
This will mean selling off the Manx generation
concern at knockdown
price and allowing the buyer to invest in a level of plant automation
becomes viable in 24 hour generation operations. The result is that
will be no M.E.A. generation work force as such: Plant and possibly
distribution maintenance will be carried out by "flying gangs" -
employed by the parent operation in the U.K to be dispatched only when
break-down / maintenance requirements make it economically viable to do
The result? A large number of unemployed Manx
workers, an increase of
over 100% in all forms of pollution associated with electricity
no anti-nuclear argument for our government and a substantial loss of
Although the M.E.A. will continue to exist as a company for tax
all money other than the tax will be taken out of our economy.
Mec Vannin has written to Miles Walker, seeking an
urgent inquiry into
the future conduct of the M.E.A. The current dispute between management
and workers, which has resulted in two skilled men being sacked, has
been orchestrated by the management. The two individuals concerned just
happened to be two of the most prominent members of the T.G.W.U. in the
workforce. It was the T.G.W.U.'s submission in conjunction with Mec
that ultimately blocked the privatisation proposal four years ago.
These men were acting within the terms of a
recognised dispute and yet
were sacked, in the words of the I.O.M. Trades Council, "with apparent
A Trades Council press release on the subject
continued, "If these are
the politics of this government, they are the politics of Fascism and
to be labelled as such. If Trade Unions behaved in the way the Manx
behaved last week, the media, political organisations, the Church and
elements of civil society would be outraged. The Union movement keenly
await such condemnation."
Mec Vannin's should be apparent.
Your life in
Mec Vannin was one of the many groups which
objected to the siting of
the new hospital at Ballamona. The need to upgrade hospital facilities
on an ongoing basis is accepted, but the logic behind the choice of
for a central acute facility is totally flawed.
Although several hundred thousand pounds of
tax-payers were spent in
retrospectively attempting to justify the site selection, it was made
clear at the enquiry that the only criteria for its selection was the
that it was owned by the D.H.S.S.
The evidence submitted to the enquiry by the
D.o.T. clearly indicated
the inadequate access to the site, which was addressed in the original
scheme by the infamous "flyover". This bridge across the Dhoo Valley is
not included in the final scheme, but it is part of the D.o.T.'s
traffic management scheme. In other words, the "fly-over" is an
part of the Ballamona development.
The Department of Education's original evidence
made it clear the Braddan
Primary School would be subject to unacceptable disruption in its
situation should the scheme go ahead. At literally the last minute, new
evidence was submitted, totally withdrawing the department's
Leaked documents showed that the Department of Education had been
in order to present "more favourable" evidence.
The other highly contentious issue is the
plundering of an initial £44
million of our benefit money for the project. Although Tynwald have
to get away with this in the eyes of the law, they certainly haven't in
the eyes of anyone with a sense of justice. That money was collected
the purpose of paying benefits to the contributors. The excuse was that
the fund had unexpectedly over-performed. No fund acquires an extra
million overnight and yet no attempts were made to reduce N.I.
or enhance benefits to reflect the increased growth.
Now here's the salt in the wound. The hospital is
designed to cater
for a population of 85,000. The Manx population has been in steady
for the past forty years. Manx workers' N.I. contributions have been
to ensure the best of health care for a new wave of tax-dodgers. Excuse
me while I throw up.
of the Month.
The probable change of government in the U.K. is
bringing to our shores
a substantial number of high net worth individuals who are active in
top end of the (housing) market. This will have reverberations through
all price bands as the stock of property diminishes future buyers will
be forced into the middle price band, having a knock-on effect right
the line. This is good news for all...."
David Creane, Chairman of Cowley Groves (IOM
Examiner Business News,
Good news for all except young Manx couple trying
to get a foot-hold
in the housing market.
Walker seeks MHK
candidates from Finance
In a recent speech, Mr Walker called on Finance Sector supremos to
give up their current lifestyles and seek election to the House of
There are two main reasons that the Finance Sector barons would not
to become MHKs that perhaps Miles has overlooked.
In the first place, as MHKs tend to blindly and
obediently follow the
wishes and demands of their Finance Sector masters, why should the head
of "Shady Deals Overseas Ltd' wish to take a massive salary cut, and
himself to a long term (5 year) stay in the Isle of Man?
Secondly, the work of Finance Sector bosses brings
them in to contact
with drugs smugglers, terrorists, tax evaders and thoroughly dishonest,
disreputable, immoral and corrupt people as it is. They hardly need to
become elected to the House of Keys!
Dirty Money to
Then welcome to I.O.M.P.L.C.
where you will be given
every assistance to process the profits of serious crime!
The Isle of Man - a low tax, low morality area
We can offer you: COMPLETE SECRECY
No questions asked about where your money comes
from. We couldn't care
less if you're a drug trafficker, terrorist, bank robber, arms dealer,
currency swindler, tax evader or the Russian mafia. Our financial
services are second to none and can help you remove even the toughest
criminal 'stains' from your ill-gotten gains.
A VEIL OF RESPECTABILITY
Use the numerous "respectable' big banking and
insurance names now with
offshore subsidiaries in the I.O.M. as fronts to legitimise your money.
We can recommend numerous 'respected' Manx advocates, accountants and
ready to act as your paid intermediaries. They will give you every
in circumventing the 'know your customer' rules which in theory we
here. Or, if you require complete anonymity, why not set up your own
COMPANY. Despite recent hard-hitting criticism from Deemster J. Corrin,
the Island's top law man, this world 'renowned' vehicle for money
continues to flourish here. After all, it does provide government with
£5 million of revenue from company registration fees each year.
directors and bogus brass plates available for hire on request.
Don't be worried by the recent noises made by our
government about our
increasingly high standards of financial regulation and tight
supervision of the F.S. industry. Take a look at our pitifully small
squad if you want to see how keen our government really is to crack
on the multi-million pound dirty money industry, the biggest area of
activity on the island.
Our Financial Supervision Commission does not
actively police the industry
but relies on the industry to regulate itself and report any suspicious
transactions (yes really - a bit like leaving the monkeys in charge of
the zoo.) The threatened move to introduce some degree of
into this system of self regulation - i.e. the Corporate Agents
has fortunately come to nothing in the face of strong opposition from
F.S. industry. Likewise, you may rest assured that we are still not a
to the initiatives of the Financial Action Task Force - a body set up
the G7 nations to combat international money laundering.
A FEW NOTABLE CUSTOMERS
Obviously it would be highly imprudent and
unprofessional to list the
vast body of money launderers who have profited through the services of
I.O.M. P.L.C. However, we list below of some of those who for one
or other have fallen foul of the law in other jurisdictions (not in the
I.O.M., please note). This should give you some indication of the scale
and range of the high quality business being transacted here.
- Illegal Russian arms dealers operating through
I.O.M. - Offshore
Review May 1992.
- U.K.'s Securities and Investment Board closes
down £2.5 million
investment business in I.O.M. - Offshore Financial Review, May 1992.
- Loans scam operated from the I.O.M. defrauds
New Zealanders of
of pounds. - Offshore Financial Review, August 1992.
- Manx companies 'used in rigging NIGH metal
market. ' - Offshore
Review, December 1993.
- £11 million Brent-Walker fraud money
laundered through an I.O.M.
bank. - Daily Telegraph, May 11, 1994.
- Timeshare operator registered in I.O.M. admits
laundering millions via
offshore banks. - Examiner, June 21, 1994.
- Colombian drug cartel laundered money through
I.O.M. - Offshore
Review, August, 1994.
- £57 million drugs cash 'in Island bank'
-Examiner, January 17,
- 'Mafia hit squads could strike here' - Manx
Independent, October 6,
- Brinks-Mat cash stashed in Manx bank. -Manx
Independent, February 17.
- 'Isle of Man was used to launder millions of
pounds of drug money'
July 2, 1996
An Collation have recently published two A5 format
books that are likely
to be of interest to a Manx / Celtic readership.
The first, "The Sons of the Ermine" (£3.50)
is a detailed history
of Brittany (Breech) in an easy to read categorised format. The next is
"A Short History of the Manx Language" (£2.50) by Brian Stowell
Diarmuid O Breaslain and its title says it all.
Both books contain detailed information in a
concise, easy to read form.
They are available from Brian Stowell, 16 Hillary Road, Douglas.
- A Guide
"State of the Art Incinerator" - One that, by its
concentrates dioxins by filtration. "Incinerators are safe" - I stand
gain financially or politically by promoting incineration.
"With the option to incinerate sewage sludge" - We've finally lost
it. We can't think what to do with our s*"t except set fire to it. The
lights are on but nobody's home. We are a teapot.
"The government is committed to pursuing its recycling strategy" -
The government is committed to continuing to have recyclable material
before dumping it.
"We don't want to make this an election issue" - Please don't make
this an election issue as we haven't investigated the alternatives
and we're up the creek without a paddle.
"D.L.G.E. scoping report" - We've decided you're going to have an
now we're going to decide how many Manx sod hedges and native trees to
it. Who knows, we might even have local craftsmen face it in Manx
with a stone plaque in Manx.
"I heard Bellamy say it's safe" - I didn't hear that he has made videos
for I.C.I. agrochemicals and Dettox.
"I don't think it should be in the countryside" - I live in Foxdale.
"I think it should be in Douglas" - I live in Foxdale.
"Government waste hierarchy D: minimisation" - Skip diving.
Terry Groves has told Tynwald that if we don't
have an incinerator site
agreed this summer, there will be nowhere to put rubbish after
Given that it will take five years at least to build and commission an
incinerator, what difference is it going to make?
Terry Groves has stated his intent to pursue his department's policy
without fear of unpopularity. Very well. If an incinerator is safe in
it is safe in Ramsey.
Terry Groves thinks that people who express an opinion (other than
his own) are "rabble".
Terry Groves believes that Manx people who don't like the Manx
should leave the Isle of Man. Terry Groves used to be an estate agent.
Tick either a) or b) to complete each of the
1. The Manx language is:
a) central to the Manx identity.
b) quaint, but totally impractical.
2. Government resources should be targeted at:
a) Manx language development.
b) attracting more "big-name" retail outlets to put those dreadful
local shops out of business.
3. Areas of outstanding scenic beauty are:
a) to be protected and preserved without question.
b) ideal for building exclusive homes, preferably mine.
4. Traditional Manx music and dance should be:
a) taught in all schools.
b) performed by tame natives for tourists and visiting royalty.
5. Footpaths and Rights of Way are:
a) There for the proper use of and enjoyment by
b) ideal for thrashing up and down in my 4x4 (except for those bloody
6. At Laa Columb Killey:
a) there is no place for the English national anthem.
b) What on Earth is lair column killyer?
7. Finance sector growth should be:
a) restricted to reduce its overall importance to
b) given every possible encouragement - there's plenty of room here!
8. Isle of Man Newspapers:
a) need a truly independent Manx competitor.
b) are full of meaningless trivia (except for Fenella's page).
9. The Manx people should:
a) have a large stake in the Steam Packet
b) not be interested in travelling.
10. The Isle of Man has:
a) a unique Celtic heritage and a history of
autonomy that should be
realised in total independence.
b) a low tax regime and a rather convenient location, but one does
need to escape to civilisation regularly.
All "a": Congratulations. If you're not a
member of Mec Vannin,
you should be.
Mostly "a": You have potential.
Mostly "b": Have you considered therapy?
All "b": Sod off back from where you came
"If this is the Isle of Man, we're very sorry. We didn't realise
read this sort of thing.
Mec Vannin - The Manx Nationalist Party