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What’s the problem with a broad education? (Or why Nicky Morgan is wrong)

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I wasn’t going to get too heated about UK Education Secretary Nicky Morgan’s apparent suggestion that students should ditch the arts humanities in favour of the sciences. I wasn’t going to rise to the bait of yet another politician seeming … Continue reading

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Put a giant egg timer behind the president’s chair – how to make Tynwald question time fairer

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It may be the summer recess but, fear not, members of Tynwald have plenty of opportunity for some navel gazing. The format of Tynwald question time is in the spotlight. Speaker of the House of Keys Steve Rodan, as chairman … Continue reading

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A bluffer’s guide to getting elected to the Legislative Council

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February sees the next election for the Legislative Council in the Isle of Man. For those who don’t understand the Manx parliamentary system, it is what we like to call a tricameral arrangement. That sounds rather like a nice chocolate … Continue reading

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It’s panto time in the House of Keys…oh yes it is!

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Now we are able to cross Bonfire Night off the calendar, our attention must turn to Christmas. And Christmas means panto time. Of course, it often feels that it’s panto time all year round in the House of Keys, but … Continue reading

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Jobs for the boys (and girls) of the House of Keys

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Only yesterday, I contemplated possible career changes for super heroes, following the revelation that Clark Kent is quitting his job at the Daily Planet. It got me thinking about perhaps considering similar moves for super heroes closer to home. Do … Continue reading

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Will core principles lead to bad taste for Isle of Man public? Chief Minister’s Agenda for Change assessed

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NB: There is a poll at the bottom of this article for you to say whether your confidence in Allan Bell has increased. Here we have it. Allan Bell has announced his government’s core policies. Or as he now calls … Continue reading

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Toddlers are better than…footballers, politicians, taxi drivers, your boss – and you

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Young children are much nicer than older people. Obviously, I speak as a parent, so I’m a little biased. But, whether it’s because they cannot give a false smile, or they simply haven’t picked up the bad habits that a … Continue reading

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It’s not true that politicians are arrogant, detached and stupid, they just know better….

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Politicians from around the world come under fire for being in touch with neither their electorate nor reality. Is that true, or do we just not understand? It’s not true that they don’t do irony in the USA. How else … Continue reading

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Bell needs to ring the changes in the next year

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It’s been 52 weeks since the Isle of Man held its general election – the first year with Allan Bell at the helm as chief minister. So how has the Ramsey MHK, who for so long seemed destined to be … Continue reading

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Here is the GNUs: Isle of Man ministerial league table confirmed

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Now that the final minister has been under the microscope, the league table of just who scored the top GNU rating after the first year of the new Isle of Man Government can be revealed. To recap, GNU stands for … Continue reading

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