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Gareth Kelly

Standing in Malew & Santon

Candidate Details

Age: 29
Maritial Status: Single
Place of Birth: Isle of Man
Childern: None
Occupation: Self employed businessman


St Marks rd
The Braaid

Contact Details

Tel 07624 483990
Email gkelly@gkelly.info
Website http://www.gkelly.info

Political History



Candidate Views

What is your view on health care provision on the Island?

With what I have experienced myself of the health care, I think it is good, but only once you get to see the doctors. The waiting lists are far too long and this needs to be addressed, along with the availability of NHS dentists.

Does the Island provide a good education?

We have a good education system, from primary up to A-levels.

There is then the IOM College and also fees that are paid for some individuals to attend university in the UK after finishing school to carry on their education, so there is good further education provision as well.

But we must not get complacent and must aim to keep class sizes down so our children get the full benefit of the system.

Should the Island be independent?

Until a feasibility study is done to see where the Island would stand financially, I don’t think I could make a fair comment.

However I do think we should be looking at trying to stand on our own two feet apart from the UK, instead of running to them for help every time there is a problem.

The VAT reduction has given us the perfect reason to look into what we could expect if we claimed our own VAT back, and would be the first step to determining whether independence is a possibility.

What are your views on the islands taxation regime and VAT?

We have enjoyed a low tax regime that has benefitted the people and companies of the Island greatly. And we should do all we can to try and keep the income tax at a low level to help the people and businesses, though, in these uncertain times, we may be forced to raise this level to overcome the problems we face for the time being. But hopefully an in-depth look at government spending and ways to reduce the outgoings will cover the loss of the VAT, and keep taxes low.

Is inflation hurting the Isle of Man?

Yes without a doubt.

Should there be state owned monopolies or free market competition (i.e. Water, Post, Gas, Electricity, Telecom's, Ferry Travel etc..)?

I believe there should be free market competition, because if we stop free markets and the government controls everything, then we turn into a communist state, and without free markets the innovation of ideas is lost. But there are times when we cannot have this luxury where we can always have a free market, as explained below.

Should we have an open seas policy like the open sky's policy?

I don't think the Isle of Man could have an open seas policy. And here I am contradicting myself in the answer above.

Economies of scale do play a huge part in the Island, and that has been shown with an added freight service that was put on by a local company that did not last because it was not viable for them.

But we need to make sure that the people are getting value for money form any private company that has a free run in one type of market on the island; we have to make sure those companies are not profiting at the expense of the island people, and need to be kept in check by the government.

Does the Island do enough to protect its environment?

I think we do protect the environment well in the Island; however one concern is the state of the tracks which are in disrepair.

Where do you see the future of the Islands economy (i.e. Finance, Manufacturing, Service, Tourism, Film, Space etc)?

We have to look at the future in every sector on the Island. Concentrating on just one sector is putting all your eggs in one basket; we need to improve all sectors so we have a wide spread of jobs, so when one sector declines as these things do in the world economy we do not feel the full brunt of that.

Where do you think new jobs can be generated?

People investing in their own ideas, starting new companies from their ideas and establishing themselves in the market place - we need people with creative ideas.

I believe we should also look at attracting high tech companies, bio industries and the like.

Should the Chief Minister and MLC's be publicly elected?

Yes they should.


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