I don't know if they still teach this stuff in school but Ramsey MHK Alex Allinson might remember the Odyssey:
"First you will come to the Sirens who enchant all who come near them. If any one unwarily draws in too close and hears the singing of the Sirens, his wife and children will never welcome him home again, for they sit in a green field and warble him to death with the sweetness of their song. There is a great heap of dead men's bones lying all around, with the flesh still rotting off them. Therefore pass these Sirens by, and stop your men's ears with wax that none of them may hear; but if you like you can listen yourself, for you may get the men to bind you as you stand upright on a cross-piece half way up the mast, and they must lash the rope's ends to the mast itself, that you may have the pleasure of listening. If you beg and pray the men to unloose you, then they must bind you faster."
We have a maritime history on the Isle of Man. It's one that includes our own sirens that tempt politicians with stories of fortunes and jobs. The Ramsey Marina project is its latest incarnation and predictably the entire Ramsey political class has come out in vociferous support within days of the announcement.
Andy Cowie, Chair of Ramsey Commissioners, could barely contain his excitement saying the proposals were fully supported by the local authority. Ramsey MHK Lawrie Hooper struck a more cautious tone but supported the development as he 'welcomed any investment in Ramsey'. Alex Allinson MHK was very enthusiastic believing it would make Ramsey a centre for shipping maintenance.
Let's hope they are right because not one of them consulted their constituents before publicising their support for the project.
How do I know? Well, because at the last election, Ramsey had 5,726 registered voters and, as no politician uses a democracy platform such as IserveU, there is no way they could have called on that number of people in less than a week.
This project is reported as being a £100 million development that will build 200 flats and townhouses on one of the Isle of Man's most iconic beaches. Something of that magnitude is going to heighten emotions on both sides of the argument.
No MHK or member of Ramsey Council should come out in favour of the scheme unless they have evidence that the majority of their constituents support it.
Politicians are representatives of the people.
They should respect their constituents and respect democracy.