NOW - OR SELL-OUT LATER!
Mec Vannin's policy as set out in the Policy
Document of the Party
"To achieve national independence for Mann as a
based on a republican form of government". This objective is set "to
further and safeguard the interests of Mann" and "protect the
and collective rights of its people". Never was there a more
time to take the final step in controlling our own destiny. The United
Kingdom government has demonstrated during this decade its willingness
to interfere in the internal affairs of our Island. The United Kingdom
government and the powerful business interests that control it make no
secret of the fact that their ultimate objective is greater integration
into the European Union. The steps towards that greater integration
involve a sell-out by the British of the interests of the small nations
on its peripheries, including ourselves. Whatever our ultimate
with the EU, whilst it is fashioned by the British, we will always get
a second-class deal.
The Labour government has never been any great
friend of the Manx people
and indeed in the United Kingdom it has shown little hesitation at
out the interests of its own supporters. Blair's guiding parameter is
not principle and his ultimate aim is clearly a desire to be a "major
on the European scene.
To effect that role the embarrassment caused to
the UK government by
the tax regimes in the Isle of Mann and the Channel Isles will be
Already the UK is showing a great willingness to be flexible over
"off-shore" problem, Gibraltar, and the impact that has on its EU
with Spain. Make no mistake Manx: Channel Islanders and Gibraltarians
all be sold-out within the life time of this UK Labour administration.
Despite what our current Chief Minister 'spouts'
about the 'good relationship'
that he has with Lord Mostyn, this confidence is misplaced. Mostyn
responsible, on a part time basis, for the Island's relationship with
UK) is a political light-weight with limited influence. The Chief
shows a dangerous naivety in his approach to these issues - given the
in which he was treated by the new British Home Secretary who, unveiled
the "Edwards" surprise to both the colonial relic (the Governor) at
House and the media, before he consulted the Manx government.
Blair and his government are not to be trusted. It
is past time we divorced
ourselves from England and directed our own destiny on the European and
J B Moffatt
President MEC VANNIN
a Gentle Giant"
an Obituary for Jack Irving - late President of
Jack Irving, the late President of Mec Vannin, who
died in September
last year, will be much missed at this year's Tynwald Day. Every year
as long as there has been a Mec Vannin presence at Tynwald Hill, Jack
a familiar figure around the stall supporting the effort physically and
also engaging, with his sharp wit.
A founder member of our Party, his nationalist
origins went much further
back. Indeed, as a youth he was involved in Aeglagh Vannin, founded by
the late Mona Douglas. From conversations with Jack at the time we both
joined the fledgling Party in the early 1960s, it was also clear that
had been involved with other Nationalist activists in attempting
to 'kick-start' a National political movement many years before Mec
It is difficult in these more tolerant times to
appreciate the fear
that people had about becoming involved actively in National politics
the 1960s. It is also impossible to understand the vitriolic attitude
existed, at the time, towards those in the new movement. In those
times politically Jack was a gentle giant of a man. He was prominent in
chairing and promoting the Party and it was he who suggested that we go
on the offensive against those who questioned our credibility. He stood
himself as first candidate for the Party to the House of Keys. He also
initiated an approach by the Party to the Island's Lt. Governor and led
The role he played on the inter-Celtic scene has
already been recorded
in CARN, the Celtic League journal, and his support for the broader
continued right up until his death.
However, it was to the Manx National Party that he
owed his first allegiance
and his commitment was total. He stayed with the Party through all its
splits and schisms. He supported those who came under criticism because
their nationalist zeal enthusiasm for direct action exceeded what the
establishment of the day thought allowable. When factions emerged he
to mend fences.
In many ways he was a President in waiting to Mec
Vannin long before
he formally was elected to the role.
As Mec Vannin's fortunes rose and fell he often
reminded the more impatient
amongst us that this would he a long project and almost prophetically,
over twenty years ago, at a session of the Party which had waxed unduly
critical of the Keys he said, "You know in ten or twenty years time
will he people in the Keys who will say nationalists weren't radical
- now they are scurrying around sweeping; our graffiti off the roads".
In many ways, unlike many of his contemporaries.
Jack was extremely
fortunate. He lived long enough to see the changes
in the other Celtic countries and was especially pleased by the moves
to establish legislatures in Scotland and Wales. Even these
however were tinged with regret at the progress here. One of Jack's
remarks was to the effect that Scotland, Wales and Ireland might yet
their independence and the Manx would still be saying "traa dy liooar"
At Last! The
Bilingual Column Which
Our Competitors Wouldn't Dare Print!
Shiuish ta jeean er Radio Vannin as y cloudeyrys
ayns Mannin va fakin
ny clashtyn reeshtagh veih ny jantee thallooin dy vel genney dy hieyn
Mannin. T'eh jeeaghyn dy vel roauyr dy oikyn as thieyn braew stoamey
vod adsyn ta shirrey thieyn fordrail goll er troggal ec yn traa t'ayn.
Myr shen cha nel thieyn cooie ayn dauesyn ta shirrey kionnaghey thie
son y chied keayrt as ta ny jantee thallooin laccal acyryn neuventit
lheid ny thieyn shoh y hroggal.
Cha nel mee dy bollagh noi ny jantee thallooin
(wahll, breagerey mish)
as ta lane fys aym dy vel eh jeeaghyn dy vel tooilley feme son thieyn
Mannin 'sy lhing ain jiu na va rieau. Ta fys mie aym neesht dy vel dy
pheiagh ta jannoo dellalys shirrey tooilley argid glen ec jerrey y
argidoil, as cha nhegin dooin shen y yarrood. Dy jed whilleen dy hieyn
er hroggal as ta ny jantee thallooin geearree, hig ad dy ve berchagh dy
liooar - cha nee shirveish y theay agh shirveish daue hene t'ayn!
Dagh blein ta'n chaghteraght cheddin currit dooin
lioroosyn ta geearree
mooadaghey ny cosnaghyn oc - mannagh vel tooilley thieyn as oikyn
dy leah, hig geyre-ghaue da'n vargey thieys. Yioym rish dy nhegin da
dy hieyn goll er troggal dagh blein agh car ny jeih bleeaney as feed
n'gholl shaghey ta'n shenn Ellan Vannin er ve stroiet lesh steatyn-thie
graney neu-vriwnyssit. Cha nod yn ellan ain gymmyrkey whillin dy hieyn
goll er troggal car ny jeih bleeaney as feed shoh cheet er lhiam.
Agh cha nee mish mv lomarcan ta smooinaghtyn myr
shoh. Coardail rish
yn Reayrtys Gallup va jeant ayns 1990 cha row agh 10% dooin ayns Mannin
geearree mooadaghey yn earroo dy lieh va cummal er nyn n ellan. Va shoh
mysh jeih bleeaney er dy henney as ta kiare ny queig thousane dy yoaree
er jeet gys shoh neayr's shen.
Myr shen, t'eh feer scanshoil nagh vel yn reiltys
ain geiyrt er yn raad
ta soilshit liorish ny jantee thallooin as thie. Shegin dooin ooilley
dy dowin er yn chummey vees er nyn ellan 'sy traa ry-heet mannagh
sthap er ny steatyn-thie ta sthampey foue ny lheeannagyn glass Vannin.
Mysh feed blein er dy henney v'adsyn va boirrey
mychione ny gaueyn jeh
roauyr dy hollaghar 'syn aer, er y thalloo as 'sy cheayn as yn aght va
farrysyn cheerey as boodeeyssyn goll er lhiasaghey dy neuymmyrkagh,
dy ve ass nyn geayll. Nish ta ooilley ny reiltyssyn mooarey cur scansh
trome da shoh myr t'eh baghtal nish dy jean caghlaaghyn mooarey cheet
dermayd arrym da'n theill.
Nagh vel eh traa dooin ayns Mannin dy chooney lesh
Tinvaal dy chroo
polaseeyn foddee yn ellan shoh gymmyrkey as nagh vel mhilley yn edd am
hene. Ny smoo na shen, lhig dooin shaghney ny shenn aghtyn tootagh as
va geiyrt er argid ny lomarcan gyn scansh da'n cheer as da'n theay.
Those who are keen followers of Manx current
affairs will have read
in the papers or heard on Manx Radio that once again estate agents are
warning of a shortage of houses in the Isle of Man. It appears that too
many office blocks and fine grand houses, which those who want houses
afford, are being built at the moment. Consequently there are no houses
suitable for those who want to buy a new house for the first time and
estate agents are now wanting some virgin acres on which to build such
I can understand the estate agent's position and I
appreciate that there
appears to be a much greater demand for new houses in the Isle of Man
this modern age than ever there was. I also know that everyone in
wants to increase their profits at the end of each financial year and
should not forget this. If as many houses were built as the estate
are calling for, their profits would indeed rise - after all their
exist primarily to serve the interests of their directors and
not the general public!
Each year the same message is presented to us by
those who wish to maximise
their profits - 'if more houses and offices aren't built soon there'll
be a crisis in the property market'. While we all accept that some
will have to be built each year we have seen over the past 30 years or
so unsightly poorly planned housing estates despoil the old Isle of
Our island can not sustain even a fraction of this number of houses
built over the next 30 years.
It's not just me that thinks this. According to
the 1990 Gallup survey
which was carried out for the Manx Government only 10% of the
wanted to see the population of the Isle of Man increase. This was
10 years ago and we've had another three or four thousand new residents
So it is important that our Government does not
follow the road plotted
by the estate agents and developers. We must think seriously what sort
of island we will have in the future if we don't stop the new houses
the green fields of Mann.
About twenty years ago those who worried about
pollution of the land,
air and sea and the unsustainability of economic and social development
were dismissed as cranks and nutcases. Now most of the major
in the west are taking these worries very seriously as it is clear that
significant (potentially damaging environmental and social changes will
occur if we don't alter our ways.
Is it not now time for us in the Isle of Man to
help Tynwald create
policies for sustainable development for our island which do not lead
us spoiling our own nest? More than that should we not renounce the
minded profit centred approach to development which has so vigorously
pursued in the past, pursued as it was without a care for the people or
This article was supposed to be printed in one
of the Manx newspapers
a few months ago at a time when estate agents backed up by a few
were calling for new housing developments. The findings of the 1990
survey and the undoubted view of most Manx residents that population
if needed at all, must be modest, are valid reasons for pointing out
people directly involved in building and development have more than the
interests of the Manx public at heart when they call for more housing.
Clearly, elements of the Manx press did not think so!
In 1993, a party of Swiss lawyers were invited to
Mannin in an effort
to establish financial trading links. Mec Vannin made it clear to both
government and the Swiss that Europe was taking an increasingly dim
of "tax-anomalies" and that action would start to be taken to clamp
upon them, probably around the turn of the century. This was based upon
a report by the European Court of Auditors. Though not part of the EU,
the EU impacts heavily upon us and the EU is well capable of exerting
via the UK. Indeed, the UK ultimately has the power to legislate over
heads in whatever fashion it chooses.
For our efforts in drawing this matter to our
we were accused of scare-mongering and worse. The advent of a very
Labour government in the UK brought this threat much closer and,
surprise, we had something called the Edward's Review.
The "official" line is now, as it was then, that
Europe cannot interfere
with our affairs. That's a very different attitude to the Attorney
interpretation of Protocol 3, who now says that we are not allowed to
our own laws for food production and packaging! And if Europe can't
us, why has the government created investigating committee after
committee into the matter of tax harmonisation etc?
There is an agenda here. Mec Vannin knew it seven
years ago and told
the government. The government has waited to find out the hard way but
still denies it.
Let colonials be
colonials and the
Manx be Manx.
A recent article in the "Isle of Man Examiner"
reveals that the UK Home
Office intend advertising the position of Lieutenant Governor. It has
been questioned in the past as to why the LG could not come from within
our own community.
The disgraceful manner in which the news of the
"Edwards Review" was
revealed to the LG and Chief Secretary Fred Kissack but withheld from
Chief Minister demonstrates, in my opinion, why the LG shouldn't be
As long as we are a colony of a foreign power, let the foreign
be just that: We shouldn't call upon a member of our own community to
a Quisling role.
g'eeck da'n phiobeyr, vel
eh reih yn carr?
It has long been accepted in the field of
professional sport etc. that
sponsorship entails catering, at least to an extent, to the wants of an
individual sponsor. He who pays the piper calls the tune, as they say
In amateur activities, the slant used to be very
much different. That
seems to be changing, however: Many activities that used to benefit
sponsorship have grown to rely upon it and some sponsors are using this
fact to exert influence. Gone are the days of "The Lurgey Cripperty
Climb supported by a Local Retailer." Now the format tends to be "The
Merchant Bank Lurgey Cripperty Hill Climb." The subtle change of
has a psychological impact that the sponsors are well aware of. This
may be used to heighten their advertising profile or to encourage a
of community loyalty. It also implies that "without us, you wouldn't
To date, the Manx language has escaped the worse
ravages of sponsorship
and, whereas the language and the language movement is apolitical, it
well known that many within the movement have strong political beliefs
that include firm opposition to current government policy regarding the
finance industry. This includes many members of Mec Vannin. The more
within both commerce and government recognise the emotive power of the
language and the question must be posed - would we see the level of
for the language from the government and private sector without that
dimension? Is someone hoping to call a particular tune?
Those within the language movement should never
lose sight of the fact
that the language was saved by the efforts of those who believed in it,
not ny the government or sponsorship. The language is the property of
people who speak it. both collectively and individually, and the day
the politically active speakers are asked, in whatever fashion, to
or moderate their views for fear of rocking some boat or other, is the
day the language really has died.
Mec Vannin - The Manx Nationalist Party