Geoffrey Boot - Glenfaba
Political History & Views
What is your political history or relevant experience?
Earlier years, elected for a total of 12 years at parish and district council level in the UK. 7 years as a Vice Chairman. Chaired and involved in many other committees. Latterly chaired Constituency Boundary Review Board. Have attended all major UK Party Conferences. Through business and political connections have made and had contact with many high level politicians in the UK. Through environmental and aviation interests have been involved in lobbying at Manx/UK/Europe and International level as well as drafting and amending legislation and regulation (mainly in aviation).
Are you a member of any organisation which guides or influences your political views or polices?
I am standing as an Independent candidate but,like most people on the Isle of Man, can't help but be influenced by mainstream UK press and television. It would be fair to say that my leanings are towards Conservative values.
On the Isle of Man itself, regardless of political colour, I know that one has to build bridges and I have talked to and am talking to present members and potential new members as well as local Commissioners to try and build bridges and agree principles so that I have people to work with if elected.
The PAG have awoken a new interest in matters political and I agree with most of their core beliefs.
What are your main national issues?
Issues identified in my Elector's Survey and also on the doorstep which form the plank of my Manifesto are:
What are your main local issues?
Local and national issues tend to intersect each other but:
What do you believe you would bring to government as an MHK?
I come with a wealth of experience in building businesses, which requires management, accounting, motivation and people skills and, most importantly, delivering what the customer wants - in this case what the electorate wants. I am a great believer in building partnerships between my constituents, local government and national government, keeping people informed and consulting with them, even if it is at my own expense. I think these are skills which, with some notable exceptions, have been missing in the House. I call it multi-tracking, to address the local issues and keep the electorate informed of what is going on and at the same time be able to concentrate on national issues with a vision of what is important to the Country/Nation as a whole.