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A weekly look at the Manx political scene in which Ewan Gawne talk to the politicians who are raising the issues and asking the questions in Tynwald, the House of Keys and also looking at local political issues around the island.

  • AGENDA 24 June

    Posted by EwanG at Friday, June 21st, 2019 5:35pm

    The Manx government has promised to make more information available on who owns the companies registered here, in a bid to improve transparency. But critics say the commitment is vague. Ramsey Courthouse appears to have a clearer future, and we speak to the politician of the year.

  • Agenda 17 June

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, June 17th, 2019 10:00am

    The Cabinet Office is beginning the process of developing an area plan for the North and West of the Island. Patrick Commissioners can't support Manx Utilities chosen site for a sewage treatment plant in the parish, and Onchan MHK Rob Callister weighs in on the residents' 'boundary confusion'.

  • Agenda 10 June

    Posted by EwanG at Thursday, June 6th, 2019 6:32pm

    On the programme – we speak to the Island’s two homelessness charities,Graih and Housing Matters, about grassroots work to tackle the issue. They tell me of a lack of suitable accommodation on the Island, what can be done to improve the situation for those without a home, and touch on the recent tragic case of an evicted council tenant.

  • Agenda 3 June

    Posted by EwanG at Friday, May 31st, 2019 6:11pm

    A finance watchdog has labelled the Isle of Man one of the top 20 most aggressive tax havens, but the chief minister has dismissed the findings as irrelevant. We hear from both Howard Quayle and the Tax Justice Network.

  • Agenda 13 May

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, May 13th, 2019 1:00pm

    Is planning enforcement improving? A committee hears evidence from the DEFA Minister, Douglas Council and MHKs on the subject – and a report which could lead to fundamental reforms of the Manx NHS is published. We hear from Sir Jonathan Michael.

  • Agenda 20 May

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, May 13th, 2019 1:00pm

    A NGO is calling on the Manx government to ban Saudi Pilots from using Ronaldsway Airport for training exercises. There's concern from Douglas Council over recycling levels, and an MHK explains her experience of standing for elections in Douglas at both local and national level.

  • Agenda 29 April

    Posted by EwanG at Friday, April 26th, 2019 4:40pm

    Bride and Ramsey Commissioners weigh in on the rates reform reform debate, and how changes may affect areas in the north of the Island. Are tenants given enough support before evictions take place? And a local politician questions whether the DEFA Minister should have so much planning power.

  • Agenda 15 March

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, April 15th, 2019 1:13pm

    An all-Island business rate; a good idea or bad idea? We hear from Douglas Council's David Christian and Policy and Reform Minister Chris thomas. And could the public buy shares in the nationalised Steam Packet? LibVann say it’s a way of ensuring taxpayers have a direct stake in the £124 million investment.

  • Agenda 8 April

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, April 8th, 2019 12:55pm

    Does government allow local authorities to spend enough on housing maintenance? Should a 25% cap be lifted? We hear from those who think so. The Mayor of Douglas says he’s here to stay and worth every penny, and two local authorities express their climate commitments.

  • Agenda 1 April

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, April 1st, 2019 3:01pm

    On the programme tonight, getting doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis is a problem, according to one UK medical expert,tram lines are laid as the promenade scheme inches forward and we hear from the organisers of the community push against development plans in Peel. .

  • Agenda 25 March

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, March 25th, 2019 1:00pm

    A new push by government to address climate change, with a sixty-nine question consultation launched to gauge public opinion - we hear from those behind the drive, a planning application irks residents Peel, and does the collection of business rates need to change?

  • Agenda 18 March

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, March 18th, 2019 1:00pm

    A Jurby special - we look at the changes to bus services in the area, and investigate the allocation of £1.8 million in the Pink Book for the 'Jurby Development Initiative'.

  • Agenda 11 March

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, March 11th, 2019 12:36pm

    Tim Baker is confident plans to move contaminated silt from Peel Marina are up to scratch, Mec Vannin receives a spike interest, and Manx Utilities is keen to address Douglas Bay water quality.

  • Agenda 4 March

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, March 4th, 2019 1:24pm

    Could domestic rates be based on the size of your home, rather than its rent-able value? A consultation is launched on this proposal by the Policy and Reform Minster Chris Thomas. And a local authority embarks on a £4.5 million social housing project.

  • AGENDA 25 February

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, February 25th, 2019 1:00pm

    Greens criticize the latest budget for failing to address the issue of climate change, a charity wants the environment to have an equal footing in the planning process, and we hear from the Manx Gas boss about a new user agreement.


    Posted by EwanG at Monday, February 18th, 2019 1:38pm

    Would referenda, consultations, or days off get people more interested in politics? We speak to an MHK. A local authority in the south votes to slim down its membership. And the controversy over interested party changes in planning ‘regrettable’ according to one politician.

  • AGENDA 11 February

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, February 11th, 2019 1:04pm

    Garff Commissioners have a new member following a by-election, though tactics used in the campaign have been called into question, the DEFA minister stands by his department’s interested party policy, and we look at the Ramsey Marina plans.

  • AGENDA 4 February

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, February 4th, 2019 12:35pm

    How to solve the public sector pensions funding gap? And Ramsey and Douglas set their rates for the year ahead.

  • Agenda 28 January

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, January 28th, 2019 11:53am

    It's rate setting month for the Island's local authorities, and we discuss government approaches to mental health.

  • Agenda 21 January

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, January 21st, 2019 12:37pm

    Middle MHK Bill Shimmins defends his decision to vote against endorsing the Road Safety Strategy in Tynwald, and
    there’s more to this than meets the eye says one MHK about the rise in gate fees at the energy from waste plant.

  • Agenda 14 January

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, January 14th, 2019 2:34pm

    A loss of planning status has left some in Crosby angry, as a development continues in the center of the village, and a proposal to link Onchan and Douglas with a new active travel route has put forward by the government as part of its active travel strategy.

  • Agenda 7 January

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, January 7th, 2019 12:27pm

    Eastern Area Plan inquiry pushed back till later in the year, the DOI's housing member believe the latest rent rise is a fair compromise, and we look at Ramsey Commissioners efforts to boost voter turnout.

  • Agenda 17 December

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, December 17th, 2018 2:49pm

    Douglas Council and government clash on Peel Road congestion issue, a preview of the last of this year's sittings of the House of Keys, and a look at Dandara's plans for a Ballasalla bypass.

  • Agenda 10 December

    Posted by EwanG at Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 1:01pm

    An electoral blunder, transition to clean fuels and a look at youth engagement with local politics.

  • Agenda Monday 3 December

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, December 3rd, 2018 2:08pm

    Glamping and a revamped Cosy Nook set for Port Erin, Great Meadow plans threaten heritage site, and why the TT access road isn't fit for purpose.

  • Agenda Monday 26 November

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, November 26th, 2018 2:11pm

    Douglas Council's housing plans for Willaston, the DEFA Minister on the Climate Change Coalition, and why excessive hedge cutting comes at a cost.

  • Agenda, Monday, 19 November

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, November 19th, 2018 4:54pm

    Public meeting called over Laxey Seawall, case made for a fundamental change in the civil service, and a new green lobby is formed.

  • Agenda, Monday, 5 November

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, November 5th, 2018 3:47pm

    Green Party Leader on climate change & Policy and Reform Minister Chris Thomas talks pension reforms.

  • Agenda, Monday, 29th October 2018

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, October 29th, 2018 3:28pm

    DEFA Minister on climate change

  • Agenda, Monday, 22nd October 2018

    Posted by Catherine Nicoll at Monday, October 22nd, 2018 4:20pm

    Rates modernisation & doubts over the idea of an all-Island constituency