need not Apply - An increasingly familiar headline
After Steve Rodan's
to appoint a non-Manx but bag-pipe playing acquaintance over the head
a suitable Manx but non-bag-pipe playing candidate for Director of
you would think that government departments would outwardly be a little
less obvious about anti-Manx discrimination.
The fiasco of the
Home Affairs Department's
attempt to bring in a junior officer from England to a position far
his qualification or experience to be Chief Fire Officer for the
re-inforces the perception that there is a deeply entrenched culture of
anti-Manx racism at higher levels of government administration.
It was easier to
extract a rationale for
this discrimination in the case of Mr. Rodan (who has been observed
denegrating the qualities of teaching staff within the Island to
OFSTED inspectors), but no firm explanation has yet surfaced for Mr.
Braidwood's (Minister for Home Affairs) endorsement of the anti-Manx
of his department. The best we can ascertain at this point is that the
DHA's favoured candidate "carried a good interview," talking of his
for the service in the Isle of Man. The Manx candidate was more
interested in putting out fires, giving him a Suitability for
rating of 10 but a Good Bullshitter in Interview rating of nil.
Excuses offered to
date include the hackneyed
bluff of wanting the "best" for the island. That being the case, why do
the politicians responsible even stand for election?
The bottom line is,
if either Mr. Crozier
or Mrs. Macintosh are anywhere near as good as some people are trying
make us believe, it seems very strange they are not enjoying promotion
within their own environment.
The high profile of
the matter meant that
the Work Permit Committee has, thankfully, adhered to the letter of the
law both at initial and appeal stages. The DHA is equally open about
disappointment and the latest press release makes it clear that they
no intention of promoting existing Deputy Chief Officer Brian Draper to
the post unless absolutely forced.
At the end of the
day, however, work-permit
refusals for higher level applicants both in private and public sector
are few and far between: The Work Permit Committee rarely even knows if
there are any Manx applicants for a job.
These two incidents
may be isolated in
terms of public awareness but are only too representative of an ongoing
failure to give due credit and opportunity to Manx people in their own
country. In consequence, Mec Vannin takes this opportunity to call for
a Public Inquiry into the criteria and standards observed by government
bodies seeking employment of non-Manx workers over the past five years
and how this relates to the Control of Employment Act.
The Water Authority
cannot undertake to
supply treated water to new developments in the eastern district of the
Island until a new water treatment plant is in operation.
It doesn't matter how
this situation has
arisen (and it is not due to a failing on the Water Authority's part),
but that is the simple truth of it. If attempts are made to further
the already over-stretched plant at Greenfield Road, a huge part of the
Island's population could find themselves without a supply of safe
water. The only responsible stance is to oppose new development
additional potable water supplies.
That doesn't sit well
with the Council
of Ministers under Mr. Richard Corkill, however, and it seems that a
personalised vendetta against the Water Authority is on the way.
a redevelopment plan for Jurby was pushed through with the Water
being compelled to commit itself to financial expenditure in a highly
fashion. Mr. Corkill was subsequently open that he was going to try,
the Council of Ministers, to cripple the Water Authority's ability act
in an independent and responsible fashion to its customers (that's us,
Next to the very real
possibilty of around
30,000 people finding themselves without drinking water if Corkill gets
his way is the fact that he appears to be holding Water Authority
Brenda Cannell personally responsible for this. He (and Mrs. Pamela
Minister for the DLGE) appear to believe that Water Authority
expressed through Mrs. Cannell to new housing in the eastern district
the past ten months is a vindictive act on Mrs. Cannell's part.
Mrs. Cannell acts on
the advice of her
professionals. They have no political axe to grind here. They just
undertake to supply any more potable water in that area so, if the
Authority's objections get over-ridden by the Council of Ministers and
water treatment in the eastern area goes belly-up, the blame must be
squarely on Mr. Corkill's shoulders.
Ghaelgagh Laa Illiam Dhone liorish Fiona McArdle
Un vlein daeed as
three keead er dy henney
va dooinney lhieggit gy- baase ec y chronk shoh, Illiam y Christeen,
dooie, lheiggit ec Manninagh dooie elley, Illiam McCowle. Shoh yn
va goll mygeayrt keead blein ny lurg (shiaght keed jeig shey-jeig as
feed, 1776), ansherbee. Va'n jees jeu gra dy row ad lheihaltagh da
Vannin, as da Ree Hostyn neesht. Agh hooar yn derrey ghooinney baase as
ardghoo, hooar yn fer elley thalloo as anghoo.
Va'n lhing oc
anchasley er kuse dy aghtyn
rish yn lhing ain, va Caggey Theayagh trooid ooilley ny hEllanyn
car ny bleeantyn shen va reeriaght, pobblaght, as reeriaght ayn reesht.
Va deiney dy liooar currit gy-baase ayns ny caggaghyn, goaill stiagh yn
chied Chalse, Ree Goaldagh, ayns shey keead jeig, nuy as daeed (1649),
Jamys, yn Stanlagh Mooar, Chiarn Vannin, ayns shey keead jeig un jeig
daeed (1651), as lurg Coyrt Er-ash (Restoration) y nah 'Halse dy Ghoal
ayns shey keead jeig as three feed, (1660), hug Ree Chalse
da dagh peiagh va goaill ayrn er cheu yn Reiltys Co-unnanys
Government). V'eshyn son leih daue nyn loghtyn, adsyn va goaill ayrn
y chaggey, ga dy row yn ayr echey currit gy-baase. Cha row Chalse
Chiarn Vannin, cho myghinagh mychione baase e ayr hene. Hug eh foill er
Illiam y Christeen, cha nee ny lomarcan son soiaghey jeh armee yn
Co-unnanys ayns Mannin noi'n Ven-eearley Charlotte (yn voir echey), agh
son baase yn ayr echey ec Bolton ‘syn un vlein.
Ayns nyn lhing
ainhene ta keishtyn
anchasley ayn, agh s'lickly nagh vel dooghys -gheiney er chaghlaa
Ta mieys as sieys ny-neesht er-mayrn. Ta foast arganeysyn goll er
rish yn Reiltys, yn co-chiangley eddyr yn Reeriaght Unnanysit as
pooar yn Chiannoort as yn Aspick agh, red er-lheh nish, ta smoo dy
ec yn theay - my ta'n theay geearree jannoo ymmyd jeh. Cha nee
ayn foast, agh ta Tynvaal smoo pooaral na'n Ven-rein as e Kiannoort.
c'red t'ad jannoo lesh y phooar t'oc?- g'accan nagh vel anaase ec yn
ayns cooishyn politickagh.
Cre'n fa nagh vel
anaase ec yn theay er
cooishyn politickagh? Well, un red - shen nagh vel monney sleih cur
ayns Cooinceil ny Shirveishee - reihit ec yn Ard-Shirveishagh. T'eh
dy vel ny Rheynnyn oc jannoo red erbee sailloo ny keayrtyn - dyn goll
Tynvaal. Bee-jee er nyn dwoaie neesht dy vel politickeyryn ayn nagh mie
lhieu yn theay monney as dy vel un voayl sauchey foast faagit dauesyn
Mannin - yn Coonceil Slattyssagh, boayl nagh nod yn theay roshtyn ad.
er ny gammanyn hie er nurree! S'cammyltagh eh nagh noddym eer
er cho whilleen dy cheayrtyn hie "reihyssyn" er cummal da un
aynshen! As ta daa Hirveishagh ayns yn Choonceil shen follaghey ad-hene
cooyl ec olteynyn yn Chiare-as-Feed, as cha nel yn Ard-Shirveishagh ro
hrimshagh mychione shen noadyr. Lhisagh caghlaayn mooarey ve jeant
- cur cheb da'n theay reih ny "steateyryn shinney" t'adsyn geearree
yn Nah Hamyr dagh queig bleeaney, ny traa cooie myr shen. Eisht veagh
Rheynn smoo cur freggyrt rish yn theay - cha nee ny lomarcan rish yn
'Sy chiaghtoo cheead
vlein jeig ghow Chiarn
Vannin rey-rish shiaght olteynyn yn Chiare-as-Feed tra ghow adsyn ayrn
ayns cooish Illiam Dhone - ta'n Ard-Shirveishagh ny Vanninagh jiu as
eshyn geddyn rey-rish Shirveishee nagh mie lesh. Agh c'raad t'ad? Cha
condaigee ayn! - t'ad ooilley goaill ayrn 'sy Reiltys (as geddyn
argid shen y yannoo). Ta politickeyryn gra dy vel eh mie nagh vel rour
dy arganeysyn ayn, agh vel eh? Ny keayrtyn ta fer ny ghaa onnoragh ayn,
g'accan mychione cooish myr yn "Cronk Murray", agh cha bee eshyn (ny
rieau geddyn cooney dy liooar veih ny olteynyn elley, as cha bee red
jeant, eer my ta fys oc dy row aggairyn ayn. As ta shiu foast goaill
nagh vel anaase ec yn chooid smoo dy 'leih ayns cooishyn
Yn oyr hooar Illiam
va shen kindagh rish e chredjue dy row eh jannoo e chooid share da
as yn theay tra haink armee Hostyn fo Curnal Duckenfield dys shoh. Va'n
reayrtys echey onnoragh as cha ren eh veg mee-onnoragh: va'n reayrtys
dy 'eddyn yn aght share dy chur shee da Mannin as dy hauail yn theay
caggey. Dy beagh arrym ayns Mannin son y Ven-eearley Charlotte cha
shin ve aynshoh jiu cooinaghtyn er Illiam Dhone: agh cha row ish
veg jeh ny Manninee as va Illiam fer jeu as v'eh toiggal as cur geill
Shoh my 'haghteraght
da politickeyryn jiu-
cur-jee geill da smooinaghtyn, barelyn, as treishtyn theay Vannin.
My ta ny jannooyn eu
reddyn ta shiuish
smooinaghtyn dy ve share, dyn eaistagh rish barelyn yn theay, bee shiu
beggan myr yn Manninagh ren marroo Illiam Dhone, shirrey ard-ennym
ny lomarcan. My ta shiu toiggal red ta'n theay feme, tannee shiu ayns
maroo as nee shiu cosney arrym as foddee ardghoo.
Ta'n caggey ain jiu
noi dellalyn mooarey
eddyr-ashoonagh ta cassey argid voish Mannin, troggal thieyn da sleih
jannoo foays da Mannin, troggal losteyder va'n theay slane noi,
carnane-orch ec fer jeh ny Ardyn ayns Mannin raad s'cosoyllagh dy bee
sollaghey tree awinyn 'sy traa ry-heet- as cha nee shen agh troor dy
foddym g'imraa. Dy shickyr, ta'n theay shirrey stundayrt mie ayns nyn
as ayrn jeh shen, t'ad shirrey thieyn foddee ad fordrail. Cha nel ad
thieyn currit er mayl deyr daue ec sleih smoo berchagh ren kionnaghey
lheid ec prios s'inshley da kionneyderyn noa. Cha nel ad shirrey aer as
ushtey sollit noadyr.
Agh ta'n theay shirrey
eer ny smoo. T'ad
shirrey mieys da nyn gree as da nyn aigney neesht, eiraght Vannin, yn
yn chengey as yn cultoor.
Hug eh foays da my
chree fakin dy vel yn
Reiltys er chur enn er yn Ghaelg dy oikoil fy-yerrey hoal, as shen bun
mie da'n traa ry-heet; as dy vel yn Ard-Shirveishagh as yn Shirveishagh
Ynsee er ve ayns Bretin loayrt rish politickeyyn voish Bretin, Nerin,
as Sostyn bentyn rish myn-chengaghyn dooie. T'eh er ny Gaelgeyryn
dy ghreinnaghey yn theay, as bee tooilley cooney ry-gheddyn veih'n
Ghow mee eunys tra haink eh lesh Phillie Gawne, Gaelgeyr as Manninagh
cosney yn Reihys ayns Rosien. Moylley as soylley da! T'eh ersyn nish
ayns Tynvaal hene ass-lieh yn chengey as theay Vannin. Ta mee slane
dy bee eh Coadeyder ny Gaelgey nish cho mie as v'eh Greinneyder ny
Ny jean-jee jarrood
Illiam Dhone - v'eshyn
er cheu theay Vannin. My ta'n Reiltys cur geill da'n chaghteraght shen,
as adsyn, na'n tromlagh jeu, er cheu Vannin neesht dy onnoragh myr
hig aigney -mie yn theay er-ash as bee Mannin ny voayl share.
Dhone Day English Oration by
Mark Kermode, Chairman, Mec Vannin
Three years ago
today, I stood here and
used three words that upset some people: Enemies, traitors and
The enemies who manipulate the government for their own ends, the
who assist them and the resulting genocidal destruction of the Manx
I have seen nothing
to make me change my
mind or to believe that anything has improved in that three years.
We have seen the
Mount Murray Inquiry expose
corruption and name some of those who manipulated and some of those who
helped them to the detriment of good government in our country. But
has come of this? How many of us, in our walks of life, could expect to
be found to be a central figure in a matter of corruption and carry on
And if we believe
that we should favour
the devils we know we will always have devils about us. Even now, after
being exposed as having taken part in corruption, those involved are
not capable of understanding their wrong-doing. And the business
is unlikely to call for any changes when it's there in black and white
that favourable decisions don't even have to be bought in the Isle of
That's a boat worth not rocking isn't it?
Moving on, we have
also seen the Manx people
further marginalised, our integrity as a community further destroyed
our young continue to be driven out to seek employment comensurate with
their ability and affordable housing. Just because no one has actually
been shot, gassed or clubbed to death, as yet, does not lessen the fact
that it represents a destruction of a people. That this is further the
result of orchestrated policies makes it genocide.
The Department of
Home Affairs is upset
because it may have to promote a Manxman to the Office of Chief Fire
What does that say? Why should any worthy Manx person choose to stay
always to be overlooked, no matter how desperately inferior the
candidate is? And when that happens, as it has been happening for
will those with the power to prevent it change anything, or will they
whinge that we don't have the necessary skills here and import sows
to replace the silk purses we threw out, as we have done for years.
In saying that, I do
not mean that we have
not had some very capable people come here and contribute over the
but how many have used us as an easy stepping stone in their career
or an easy wind-down into retirement at the expense of competent Manx
or have been, quite simply incompetent?
Just as Manx people
were driven into emigration
140 years ago by the enclosure of the upper pastures, Manx people
to be driven into emigration by the enclosure of the upper echelons of
employment. A few exceptions prove the rule.
It doesn't matter if
every single incomer
learns to say "moghrey mie" and "fastyr mie". That will not save the
nation from further marginalisation, further forced emigration
More than ever,
irrespective of the flag
that flies at the top of the mast, the flag tattoed on the brain of too
many people over here, including many Manx-born and raised, is
cross of Saint George.
If somebody speaks
English, with an English
accent, regards England as "the mainland", refers to England as "this
who uses "we" or "us" to describe English bodies, entities or concepts
and cheers for England against all others in sport, it is difficult to
see how they are not English, no matter where they were born. A point
come, and it is coming, when there is no Manx identity.
Is that why Illiam
Dhone risked and ultimately
gave his life? I believe his surrender terms included that the Manx
should enjoy their former rights and liberties, not that the Isle of
be retained as a tax-haven with development potential.
The Manx language was
saved from total
eradication by a dedicated handful. It was preserved in the hope of
by a dedicated handful. It remains to be spoken with any degree of
only by a dedicated handful. There are now over 30,000 more people in
country who don't speak Manx than there were fifty years ago. There
now probably more people in Mannin who can speak Afrikaans than can
Manx, so forgive me if I'm not ecstatic about any claimed turn around
the language's fortunes.
That doesn't mean
that there haven't been
some positive moves. The release of the extended native speaker
by Manx National Heritage provides those who wish to speak Manx
with a far better chance to do so. Of course, you don't have to pay any
attention at all to what the native speakers said. You can just invent
your own language and call it Manx, but there are those of us who know
better and we will remind you of the fact.
Just as the language
continues to hold
on by the skin of its teeth, the Manx nation continues to hold on by
skin of its teeth. Just as the language can never be fully restored to
the richness and native understanding of over a century ago, nor can we
ever re-establish fully the Manx community of even two decades ago. We
can, however, give our young the opportunity to carve out an identity
themselves and a future within their own country.
This can only happen
if we stop breeding
for export. It can only happen if immigration is substantially reduced.
And when I mention immigration control, I do not mean the statutory
of the prejudices of so many of the white, British passport holders
who are, themselves, immigrants to this country.
It can only happen if
we have a Manx educational
system that educates children in a Manx environment. That means having
teachers who actually know something about the country they're teaching
in and teach accordingly. It can only happen if the adults shake off
shackles of received opinion: The intellectual and emotional baggage of
colonialism. It can only happen if Manx people have their worth
in the employment field. It can only happen if we have a Manx media as
opposed to a regional English one. It can only happen if we overturn
flawed economic policies that fail to retain wealth within our own
It can only happen if we have a Manx government.
At present, there is
no such thing as the
Manx government. There is a government of the British Crown in our
and each and every member of it has freely pledged allegiance to that
to administer this country on behalf of that British Crown, as the
British imperial honours confirm.
That being the
reality, nationalists should
have no qualms about going over their heads when they abuse us and our
country. I, for one, am not bound by any false allegiances. If the
Minister can't keep the House in order, he should not be surprised, or
upset, if we call in the cleaners.
Gura mie eu.
O Halloo nyn
O'Chliejeen ny s'
Ry gheddyn er ooir aalin
Ta dt' Ardstoyl
Myr Baarool er ny
Dy reayll shin ayns
seyrsnys as shee.
Lhig dooin boggoil
Lesh annym as cree
As croghey er gialdyn yn
Dy vodmayd dagh oor
Treishteil er e
Dagh olk ass nyn
O land of our
O gem of God's
O Island so strong and
Built firm as
Thy throne of Home
Makes us free as thy
sweet mountain air.
Then let us
With heart, soul and
And in the Lord's
That each single
We trust in His
No evil our souls can
Mec Vannin spent the
summer months formulating
a position on this sensitive issue. The result is a document advocating
a change in the existing law under certain circumstances and this was
to the House of Keys Committee investigating the issue at the end of
The document can be read in full on the internet site.
Disposal Argument Continues
A meeting with Mrs.
Pamela Crowe, Minister
DLGE, failed to change our view that the DLGE's waste disposal strategy
has not been managed properly. Although Mrs. Crowe asserted that the
Authorities had, infact, known about proposed waste disposal charge
for two years prior but failed to act, the fact remains that waste
is now an all Island as opposed to Local Authority matter and such
as exist are piecemeal and unco-ordinated.
Whereas we not only
accept but would advocate
fiscal measures to reduce waste and encourage recycling, the reliance
the DLGE upon the private sector establishing initiatives in the wake
increased disposal charges is not acceptable. Furthermore, first-hand
from businesses that are involved in operations involving waste removal
costs in the absence
of providing alternatives to dumping is not a solution and, whereas the
civic amenity sites may provide an answer to some small, non-commercial
waste issues, larger commercial operations are still faced with having
to dump, at much increased costs, recycleable materials.
Deception of All Time : The "Benefits" of Growth
You hear it almost
daily: "Growth first
half year has fallen to less than 0.3%" or "Economical growth has to
if we are not to..." or "We have to have steady growth or we have
Except for the
obvious reply "Why don't
we distribute, more fairly, the wealth we already have?" (and the fact
that the wealth added by economical growth is generally distributed
something like 10% to the poor, 20% to the middle classes and 70% to
already wealthy), there's a fundamental flaw in the growth
Everlasting growth is dependent on everlasting supply. The producers
developers might be able to con people into buying almost everything in
these days of murdering sales promotion and ads but unless they have
raw materials nothing will come out of the machines. And the raw
materials and land are limited!
Which means that the
economical gurus who
hail growth as the base for economical success and the sheep like Manx
politicians who make this an overriding goal (probably 95% of them) for
some reason either must have missed almost all their geography lessons
when in school, or are lying like mad. According to all science
earth, has a certain mass and dimension which does not seem to increase
as to follow the growth-idiots' plans. The Isle of Man is not
from this simple statement of fact. But of course the people who
talk about eternal growth know very well that it can't go on. That's
they are so desperate to lay their hands on as much of our natural
they can, land, before it runs out completely. Don't they have children
or grandchildren? Maybe they have a vision of an island with it's
treasures gone forever, covered in concrete with the population piled
in a mass of high rise developments. To the powerful and
this would, no doubt, be a measure of success, a little something to
whilst counting profits and living elsewhere, somewhere like to day's
of Man? Or perhaps a subject for a sermon delivered from a
back in their native land across the Atlantic? Let's be absolutely
about this! (I mean really clear, and not in the Bush / Blair sense of
making things perfectly clear.) The island consists of only so much
resources, in other words land. Any growth based on this limited
resource is doomed to come to an end.
Unlike the pig
Saerimner, in the Norse
belief of the beyond death Valhalla, who is slaughtered every winter
reappears to be slaughtered again next winter, that part of our common
cake is not renewable.
Much of the growth in
the traditional sense
depends on limited raw materials being used to produce manufactured
Here our VAT based economy demands that our raw material, land, is
to provide housing for an increasing population. It must be that
way under the current disastrous taxation policies, our government's
source of income is VAT. The only way to ensure a steady income
VAT is by ever increasing consumer spending, the only way to increase
spending is to increase the number of consumers, the only way to
consumers is to increase the general population. And so it goes
The additional people from the cynically contrived and relentless,
in population must live somewhere, not to mention the demand for
opportunities" from the already wealthy.
estates, eroding the
very soul of our land. Some resources are renewable land is most
definitely not. Land is our only resource, why are we set on a
of its destruction for nothing other than the mere pursuit of
To understand growth
and its implications
we have to adopt an economical view on things. Mind you, not an
view! Economists still hold true that when reality collides with their
theories, reality is incorrect. It makes much more sense to follow the
example of the farmer who knows he has X acres and what those acres
repeatedly, is what can be taken out. Everything taken out from the
diminishing resources is
unless it can be recycled. Our farmer's main crop seems to be
There should be no
reason to get depressed
though. We only have to learn some new skills. A new way forward for
island based on recycling of what we have is one thing. We need
move away from this senseless policy of growth for growth's sake.
we don't get any help from our politicians. All of whom seem dead set
going on, much like suicide bombers, without missing a step in their
quest for growth. Most people are not so stupid that they thoughtlessly
use up all their available supply of something that is very difficult
even impossible to renew. That's people! Now take a look at economists
and politicians!! Produce, spend, use and waste!! What we need to do is
start dismissing each and every person, who claims that growth is the
to anything, as a liar, cheat and enemy. We have to start learning to
within our own means. Just like they tell us to do! The next time
you hear a speaker talk in the usual reverent tones about the holy
of economical growth, contradict him or leave. Next time Corkill says
send him an e-mail telling him not to be foolish. Next time he
figures of economic growth as proof that the island is on a sound
file it in the falsehoods bin along with a lot of the other rhetoric.
Let's also remember
that according to many
scientists a lot of us never learn to use more than around 20% of our
capacity. Here's a field for growth that only a cynical
would bypass by letting simplistic marketing, and lies, brainwash the
and grind down the left-over cells.
To believe in endless
growth on a limited
island one has to be either an idiot, an on the make business, or a
So why do we let
those people govern us?
Back in the 1960s,
the New Resident Policy
identified 75,000 as the objective for population growth by
That caused enough reaction at the time.
That figure was
reached several years ago
and even the government has admitted a population figure of 76,000 but
most intelligent people put the figure well into the 80,000s. Let's say
a 10% discrepancy.
objective for population by
the year 2021 by Mr. Carse of the Treasury is 90,000 which will really
mean around 100,000. That's not a finishing figure, of course, that's
a staging post figure.
The past 40 years has
seen this country
ruined by greed and forced immigration. Our infrastructures are
Our public services have become overstretched and understaffed leading,
in turn, to a reduction in staff quality in many instances.
It is up to each and
every elector to make
it clear to their House of Keys candidates that this is not acceptable.
If we allow the current mob to continue as they are, we will be wiped
Plantation: What's going on?
The hills are alive
with the sound of music?
Well not quite, at least not on Snaefell, instead Snaefell rings to the
sound of diggers busily planting unwanted, and unnecessary, conifer
Peat heather moorland
is regarded throughout
Europe as a rare and valuable environment to be protected. In the
UK, peat heather moorland is invariably classed a Sites of Special
Here in the Isle of
Man we are lucky enough
to have possibly the finest examples of peat heather moorland in
A habitat lain down over thousands of years, a habitat to be proud of,
a habitat to be nurtured, cherished and protected at all cost?
actually no. Our "experts" in DAFF see this wonderful gift of nature as
ideal territory for conifer plantations.
This, combined with
potential health risks
associated with conifer plantations in reservoir catchment areas led
Celtic League's Mannin Branch to write to DAFF Minister John Rimmington
MHK in August, calling for a total halt to upland conifer plantation.
In his response, he
assured the Celtic
League that there had been no new conifer plantation since 1998, the
planting since that date being replanting of existing sites. A
answer. Was the Celtic League mistaken?
Over the last few
years, many acres of
Snaefell have been covered with heavy conifer planting, this appalling
project continues even now with further large scale new planting over
last couple of months. So, why did Mr. Rimington respond as he did? He
would have relied on advice given by his forestry department so, who in
there either doesn't know what's going on or is giving false
to their Minister to pass on?
can there be for such
government sponsored vandalism? The existing conifer plantations are
maintained as things stand. Wood production being considered as fit
for fence posts. Unfortunately, fence posts can be imported more
than DAFF can supply them so there is little demand consequently much
the island's wood production is used for fire kindling. Meantime the
peat heather moorland of Snaefell, together with its natural beauty,
and grandeur is being destroyed for fire wood.
The fact that this is
behind the Minister's back is even more disturbing. Who is responsible?
A recent meeting
between Mec Vannin's Chairman,
Mark Kermode, and DLGE Minister Pamela Crowe confirmed that the plant
require to be "fed" with otherwise recycleable newspaper and cardboard
to maintain the fire.
The stated DLGE
policy on waste is:
supposed to be the last
resort option but in the case of newspaper, which constitutes the major
part of the waste that the public segregates for recycling, it appears
that this is essentially going to be used to provide the bulk to feed
single mass burn incinerator.
If all the waste
reduction techniques claimed
to be available by the DLGE are employed, there will not be much to
apart from paper and plastic, most of which is actually recycleable.
Mec Vannin - The Manx