Jim's Blog is spot on - perhaps he can help the DAG to 'fix it' !

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Posted: Sun, 05/04/2009 - 16:22

As a depositor I am very distressed, hurt and disppointed by the TSC report. However I understand the TSC is not a judicial body and evidence was given voluntarily and not under oath. Clearly some witnesses were anxious to save their own skins. The report was written by civil servants schooled to write with the language of diplomacy. They too have to look after their own necks!

Jim has written with clarity & logic a blog setting out a basis for a diplomatic solution.
I think this should be given serious consideration by the DAG Strategy Team as offering a way forward.

I think what is now needed is a meeting with Alistair Darling and Jack Straw to consider the content of the blog. I can't see how they could find fault with the argument that has been set out as a sensible basis for getting a positive response from people who have the authority to start bringing about a settlement in our favour.

Jim has said elsewhere he has a masters degree in government management - perhaps he should be invited to be part of a small DAG delegation to Whitehall.

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Editor of IoM Examiner has written to Alistair Darling

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  • Mon, 06/04/2009 - 18:18

I see the Editor of the IoM Examiner paper has written to Alistair Darling to clear the air over the now redundant accusation of the IoM being a tax haven. I hope it helps smooth the way for a negotiated settlement of our claim.

Dear Mr Darling,
You will no doubt be aware of the developments last week that included the Isle of Man alongside the UK in the whitelist of tax co-operative jurisdictions – we congratulate you for managing to show the UK is as well regulated as the Isle of Man.

We trust you will be making clear in future references to the Isle of Man the Island's position as a co-operative jurisdiction, rather than dismissing the Island as a 'tax haven in the Irish Sea'.
Clearly, such a dismissive reference to the Island is extremely misleading and unhelpful and could have been very damaging to our economy and the livelihoods of thousands of people.
We are sure you will be acknowledging the OECD ranking of the Island in any future dealings with the Treasury select committee, where you made your misguided reference.

We hope you can confirm you will ensure this latest information, plus the fact the Isle of Man has signed up to more tax information exchange agreements than any other country, will be included in any future references you make to our nation.

Good luck with the UK economy and we look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

The Editor
The Isle of Man Examiner

Jims blog - excellent

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  • Sun, 05/04/2009 - 19:23

I hope Jim does not mind. I have copied and pasted his blog to my MP and to all members of the TSC.
It is about time someone in government started governing and took the diplomatic bull by the horns.
HMG or IOMG - somebody has to mke the first move and do what is right by common people instead of shillyshallying about playing games with legal niceties and diplomatic jargon and thinking they are preserving (already tarnished) reputations.