Residents of Glenfaba,
Continual pressure is needed for traffic calming measures in our villages, the enforcement of speed limits and urgent road works.
More retirement units and first time buyers homes must be built
in our villages and further improvements made to DOLGE estates.
We must not be complacent the world is in crisis - more pressure is likely from G7, OECD and EU. Therefore it is right to control Government Revenue and Capital Expenditure and increase Reserves.
It is vital that the Manx Government ensures the survival of family
farmers who provide a strategic food supply, maintain the Manx countryside
and uphold the Manx way of life.
We need to continue strengthening the Police Force and legislating to crack down on and punish criminals.
If you would like to discuss any of the policies outlined in this
manifesto or other matters, please ring, fax or e-mail me or come
to one of my meetings which are listed on the enclosed invitation
GENERAL The position of this vital industry is worse than at any time since the 1930's due to the policies of the EU and UK. It is essential that the Manx Government should ensure that the Island's agriculture, and particularly its small family farms, survive. I strongly support protecting our Manx produced food as much as we can against imports.
FOOT & MOUTH - There is still no certainty that this
terrible scourge has ended in the UK. Accordingly, we must maintain
all the necessary precautions to prevent it reaching our Island.
In the longer term I personally hope that the Manx Government will
fight, as it has for other
Over recent years the Island has enjoyed unprecedented economic
growth in 1999/2000 real Gross Domestic Product (discounting inflation)
was up 13.7%. Government Revenue Expenditure and Government Reserves
have grown substantially. The 2001 Budget reduced the rates of income
tax from 14% and 20% to 12% and 18%. Also further tax reductions
are planned. The Island's unemployment rate is now only 0.5%.
CONTROL OF IMMIGRATION
I have always said that to preserve our environment and Manx way of life we should control the number of new people coming to the Island. Therefore I welcome the Residence Act and the steps that are being taken to bring it into operation, which it should be unless the rate of inflow reduces.
LAW & ORDER - THE FIRST PRIORITY OF ALL GOVERNMENTS.
PREVENTION OF CAUSES - Prevent poverty, deprivation and other social problems so they do not lead to crime; while not dissipating our resources on those who neither need nor deserve our help.
PUBLIC CO-OPERATION - Everyone must join in the fight against crime. The Police can never win it alone. It is the duty of those who know the perpetrators of crime, particularly drug dealing, to try to prevent or report them.
STRONG POLICE FORCE I am glad that while I have served on the Police Advisory Committee over the last five years the force has been greatly strengthened in terms of both numbers and equipment.
DANGER OF LEGISLATION FAVOURING THE CRIMINAL There is a danger that legislation, particularly policies in respect of human rights, can favour the criminal to the detriment of law enforcement and the law-abiding majority. This must be prevented.
THE PRISON A new prison is absolutely essential for several
reasons. The existing facility cannot contain all those who unfortunately
need to be sent there. The sanitary conditions are quite unacceptable
and it is subject to international criticism which is detrimental
to the Island
FOR THE YOUNGER GENERATION
HOUSING - Affordable housing is a necessity and DOLGE is
on target to provide an average of 80 first time buyers' houses every
year. The cost of these is often subsidised through the provision
of Government land. In addition, purchasers get grants of up to £16,500
under the House Purchase
JOBS IN THE ISLE OF MAN - Although we only have 0.5% unemployment, I strongly support the use of Work Permits and Residence Legislation to ensure that, should unemployment rise, Manx residents will have preference for job vacancies.
EDUCATION - In the modern world, education is ever more important. Therefore the provision of new schools, such as that at St Johns and improvements to the education service are a priority, as is the provision of additional financial resources.
TRAINING - This will become increasingly important in an ever more technological world. Accordingly, the expansion of the College of Further Education and of the Business School is to be encouraged.
MODERN TECHNOLOGY - It is vital that the Island should keep
up with worldwide advances in modern technology. I am glad to have
my own e-mail address and website and to be Chairman of Manx Telecom
which is a worldwide leader in the introduction of third generation
SPORTS FACILITIES - Sport is vital for a balanced society
and particularly for the younger generation. Therefore I strongly
support the extension of the NSC and the provision of sporting facilities
of all kinds, such as all-weather pitches and the pool for the West.
I actively take part in
The integrated waste strategy is making steady progress. It is hoped
to soon appoint an officer to spread the gospel of waste minimisation,
particularly to the younger generation. Re-use and recycling are
being encouraged through the civic amenity sites. The Southern site
will soon be substantially improved and will have a green waste composting
operation. A new site has been acquired in Douglas and one is being
REDUCTION OF ALL ATMOSPHERIC POLLUTION
The Department is acting on various fronts to ensure that the Isle of Man plays its part in meeting the aims of the Kyoto Protocol. It is testing gas/petrol and electricity/petrol cars. It has introduced grants for environmentally friendly heating and insulation. It intends that planning policies should put even more emphasis on environmental protection.
The Department is working jointly with the Irish Government on plans
for the Environmental Committee of the Anglo Irish Council to reduce
and eventually end the radioactive discharges from Sellafield. Walter
Gilbey as Minister represents the Isle of Man on KIMO, an international
organisation working to reduce the pollution of Europe's seas.
MODERN GOVERNMENT AND THE PRESENT ECONOMIC SITUATION NEED EXPERIENCE WALTER GILBEY HAS WIDE EXPERIENCE IN BUSINESS & FINANCE
Walter Gilbey trained and worked for ten years with Kleinwort Benson
Ltd., one of the City of London's leading Merchant Banks.
His present appointments include Chairman of Manx Telecom Ltd. one of the Island's most technologically advanced companies, which is working to make the Island an e-commerce centre.
A Director of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Limited, one of the Island's biggest companies, the services of which have improved substantially over recent years and are being improved further.
A Partner in the G.G.H. Equitation Centre and Director of Gilbey Farms Ltd.
He has been and is also actively associated with various other businesses. Thus he understands from personal experience the problems of both international groups and small family businesses in a wide range of industries.
EXPERIENCE IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION - he has never been afraid to accept difficult and controversial positions and regards each difficulty as one more challenge to be overcome.
During Wailer Gilbey's 19 years in Tynwald he has served as: Chairman of the Civil Service Commission and Chairman of Whitley Council Official Side. In the former position he helped to introduce modern assessment, management, recruitment and training methods to the Civil Service. Chairman of the Planning Committee, Chairman of the Environmental Services Committee of the Department of Local Government and the Environment, Vice Chairman of the Forestry Board, Member of the Manx Electricity Authority and Member of the Department of Highways Ports and Properties responsible for Highways, Member of the Department of Industry. A Member of the Treasury, being politically responsible for Income Tax, Customs & Excise and Commercial Development, and Chairman of the Financial Supervision Commission. For the past 2'/2 years he has been Minister of Local Government & the Environment with wide-ranging responsibilities including waste disposal, housing, planning, the environment and local government.
He has also served on numerous committees of the House of Keys and Tynwald including: Road Traffic Bill, Road Traffic Regulation Bill, Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, Firearms Bill, Public Passenger Vehicles Bill, Data Protection Bill, Advocates Bill, Ballacarmel Cottages, Freedom of Information, Bill of Rights, the Keys Standing Orders, Tynwald Management and Tynwald Arrangements.
Walter Gilbey is recognized as being one of the best briefed and prepared members of Tynwald in respect of both political debates and meetings of Government Departments.
INTERFERENCE WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND OUR BOUNDARIES
I am grateful to all those in the public sector who have helped
to get things done. However much more is needed and I will keep on
pressing for it.
MEETINGS Details of these are on a separate invitation card for your convenience.
POSTERS The support of those who display my posters in their cars or homes is very much valued and appreciated the more the better. Indeed, I should be most grateful if anyone who would like a poster would ring. However, I have decided not to have posters in public places such as electricity poles because I feel to do so is environmentally unfriendly.
HELP ON POLLING DAY This would be most welcome. If you can help, please ring
If you cannot reach me on the above telephone number, please ring my mobile
498949 which has voice mail.
Published by Walter Gilbey, Ballacallin Mooar, Crosby
Printed from the IoM Elections Website. www.iomelections.com
REPRESENTATION OF THE PEOPLE ACT 1995