A FORMER trade unionist has declared his intention to stand in September’s General Election – because he is ‘disgusted’ that £1.8m has been approved to preserve Ramsey’s Queen’s Pier.
James Corrin, aged 56, is the latest contender to announce his candidacy for the three-seat constituency of Onchan.
Now retired, he is former chairman of the Transport and General Workers’ Union and former secretary of the Isle of Man Trades Council.
‘I am absolutely disgusted that £1.8 million has been approved by Tynwald to preserve the Queen’s Pier in Ramsey which is a piece of junk, when this administration will not appoint a dedicated breast care consultant and also will not spend money on drugs for cancer patients,’ he said.
‘The priorities are all wrong and most MHKs clearly are in the pockets of the Council of Ministers and not representing the voice of their electorate.’
He added: ‘Also I feel that democracy on the Isle of Man is non-existent, with the unelected Legislative Council having a vote in Tynwald and that a lot of MHKs vote with the Council of Ministers because they get extra money to be department members.
‘That should stop and MHKs should get a flat rate salary with no expenses.’
Mr Cowin was previously a member of the then Department of Health and Social Security’s appeals tribunal and was vice chairman of the work permit committee.
He has also worked as a journalist for the Isle of Man Examiner in the early nineties.
He said he is a life-long supporter of animal charities and has been a volunteer worker for the Mann Cat Sanctuary in Santon.
He said he intends to campaign using the internet.
‘I will post my manifesto on the Manx Freedom Forum (manxfreedom.com) in due course where people may ask questions and receive answers,’ he said.
‘If elected, I will not accept any department membership for the extra few pounds. I will dedicate my time to my constituents and fight for them without fear or favour against the injustices that the present parliament has done nothing about.’
Onchan Commissioners chairman June Kelly and commissioner – and former chairman – Brian Stowell have both previously announced their intention to stand for the House of Keys in the constituency. Sitting member Peter Karran (LibVan) has also announced he will stand.
As well as Mr Karran, Onchan – a three-seat constituency – is currently represented by Adrian Earnshaw and David Quirk.