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Phil Gawne takes an in-depth look at a variety of aspects of life on the Isle of Man and further afield. Sometimes political, occasionally controversial, but always an appointment to listen.

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Phil Gawne takes an in-depth look at a variety of aspects of life on the Isle of Man and further afield. Sometimes political, occasionally controversial, but always an appointment to listen.

    Perspective 25.2.24 - Treasury Minister and Tynwald colleagues consider the 24/25 Budget

    Perspective 25.2.24 - Treasury Minister and Tynwald colleagues consider the 24/25 Budget

    The Budget has been met with mixed reviews since it was announced on Tuesday. Perspective unpicks some of the thinking behind it, with help from the Treasury Minister and some of his Tynwald colleagues. We are promised improved services and certainly the significant budgetary increases in health and education would indicate that, but we’re also paying a lot more tax this year and government continues to deplete our hard earned reserves. Will Alex Allinson’s high spending and high tax budget reap economic and service delivery rewards or is government spending now out of control?

    • 49 min
    Perspective 18.2.24 - Is the Braddan Commissioners’ Round House a white elephant or bold ambition for the people of Braddan? Naive mismanagement from the Commissioners or stubborn intransigence from the Health Minister?

    Perspective 18.2.24 - Is the Braddan Commissioners’ Round House a white elephant or bold ambition for the people of Braddan? Naive mismanagement from the Commissioners or stubborn intransigence from the Health Minister?

    If you’ve visited the hospital lately you may well have seen Braddan Parish Commissioners’ magnificent new community hub has emerged in all its glory. Close followers of Manx politics may also have noticed the rather large 37% increase in Braddan’s rates part of which will be used to cover the costs of the new hub. As if this wasn’t enough to encourage me to cover the story on Perspective, there’s also the spat between Braddan and the Health Department over site access. Is this a white elephant or bold ambition for the people of Braddan? Naive mismanagement from the Commissioners or stubborn intransigence from the Health Minister?

    • 50 min
    Perspective 11.2.24 - a Tynwald Committee considers whether greater independence for the Isle of Man would be good or bad - we hear evidence from Jersey.

    Perspective 11.2.24 - a Tynwald Committee considers whether greater independence for the Isle of Man would be good or bad - we hear evidence from Jersey.

    Just over 23 years ago Tynwald agreed that government should defend vigorously the Island's internal governing autonomy and seek to extend the Isle of Man's influence over relevant external issues. While there were some modest gains made in the early 2000s, little or no work has been done to reform our constitutional relationship with the UK over the past few decades. Is that about to change? On Perspective this Sunday at 12 noon on Manx Radio we hear the evidence given by long serving Jersey politician Sir Philip Bailhache KC to Tynwald’s Constitutional and Legal Affairs and Justice Committee. Would independence work for the Isle of Man?

    • 49 min
    Perspective 4.2.24 - MHKs Joney Faragher and Michelle Haywood give their thoughts on this month's budget and how they're faring half way through their term in office.

    Perspective 4.2.24 - MHKs Joney Faragher and Michelle Haywood give their thoughts on this month's budget and how they're faring half way through their term in office.

    New schools, underfunded departmental budgets better roads and a new bus station are on the wish lists of MHKs Joney Faragher and Michelle Haywood. The government is struggling to control a substantial financial deficit so where is the money coming from? Hopefully we’ll know more when this year’s Manx budget is delivered in just over a week’s time but the MHKs give their take on Perspective. Treasury’s magic money tree has been diseased for sometime now so can we continue to shake it without addressing the financial diseases that afflict it?

    • 50 min
    Perspective 28.1.24 - the political machinations of the southern swimming pool.

    Perspective 28.1.24 - the political machinations of the southern swimming pool.

    The southern swimming pool has been making a splash in the turbulent Tynwald political waters leaving some political commentators to suggest that the Minister is out of her depth. In contrast the Minister has suggested that some members are floundering in the political whirlpool and the whole pool debate has allowed a range of thorny administrative issues to float to the surface. Diving in with both feet to try to make sense of it all.

    • 50 min
    Perspective 21.1.24 - is the Chief Minister making real progress with developing the economy or is he just living on fantasy island?

    Perspective 21.1.24 - is the Chief Minister making real progress with developing the economy or is he just living on fantasy island?

    The economic strategy annual update was debated in Tynwald this week with the Chief Minister painting a very rosy Manx economic picture which seemed to avoid discussion of the pitfalls and obstacles to economic success. This led to criticism from some members that perhaps government wasn’t living in the real world or indeed that the Chief Minister was living on ‘fantasy island.’ So who’s right? You get the opportunity to decide by listening to this week's Perspective. The Chief Minister certainly has a dream but is his government delivering?

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