Steve Osborne - Douglas East
||Several, from 28 to 5 years old.
|Place of Birth
||If not the Isle of Man when did you move here?
Having been a regular visitor since childhood I realised a lifelong dream when I moved to the Island over 9 years ago.
||Analyst programmer – Government Information Systems Division.
Political History & Views
What is your political history or relevant experience?
I am currently a civil servant working in the Information Systems Division. This has involved working with people in every Government department. Prior to moving to the Island I ran my own computer business and before that worked for British Telecom. My business experience taught me two invaluable lessons:
- Listen to the customer.
- Keep a firm control on income and expenditure.
In the past I have formed action groups and been involved in challenging ill-conceived government policies. My website will have additional information.
Since moving to Douglas I have tried to address a number of problems. Like many people I have encountered the stone wall of ‘the system’. An experience which has prompted me to stand at this election.
Are you a member of any organisation which guides or influences your political views or polices?
No – which means my only allegiance would be to the people of Douglas, where I live and work.
What are your main national issues?
Lack of confidence in the government – I am greatly concerned at the number of people who have decided not to vote. I believe this is not apathy at all but is due to a lack of confidence in the government. The government needs to address this problem by listening to the people, being open and accountable. Most people believe that the real decisions are made by a faceless bureaucracy and secretive committees. This must change.
Law and order – decent honest people are sick and tired of seeing a rise in crime with ineffective policing. Drug abuse, robbery, vandalism, violence and anti-social behaviour affect everyone. People want to see courts giving punishment befitting the crime with due consideration to the victims.
Road safety – I have already voiced my opinions (in the press and on television) regarding young, inexperienced drivers. Young drivers may have the basic skills required but are ill equipped in both experience and responsibility. The ‘R’ plate system is not working. The tragic loss of lives due to the irresponsible actions of some drivers needs to be halted. The families of the victims feel let down by a legal system which is far too lenient. Again, the victims feel their voice is not heard.
Immigration – we only have to look to the UK to learn from the mistakes made there. Action is needed.
Economy – nothing in this world is certain. The Island needs to diversify, protect local industry and be prepared for change.
Housing – market forces have driven house prices to an unacceptable level. It is essential the government step in to see there is adequate provision for young, first time buyers.
Pensioners – those who are now retired from working life deserve our respect and support. Our Island is the result of the work of previous generations. In these uncertain times we need pensions linked to real-world living costs.
What are your main local issues?
Community - the people of Douglas are affected by many issues which are often dismissed as being of minor importance. I would like to bring the community together to address many of the problems raised above.
Transport – there is an urgent need to tackle traffic and parking problems, WITHOUT a congestion charge. Such a charge would be an unfair burden for the average worker in Douglas.
Planning – decisions made by the department need to be consistent and with due regard for those who have to live with the consequences of the department’s decisions.
What do you believe you would bring to government as an MHK?
The government needs to start listening to the people. There are many problems to be resolved and I like nothing better than to roll up my sleeves and get stuck in.