As Chris Blyth wrote 18 months ago...
'In a democracy, it is the electorate which must take the responsibility for the mistakes of its elected officials – and it is the electorate which anyway will always end up paying the bill for those mistakes.'
As Manx citizens we have certain rights and privileges. We also have certain responsibilities to be active in positive change. Manx society is a form of extended family. We all contribute to society, either in a positive way or a negative way. To vote is to give a voice in playing a role in positive change.
All policies that are made by elected officials we get into office affect us, whether we voted or not. Each one of us have a duty to leave the world a better place for our sons and daughters.
Ignorance is not bliss. We can and should be aware of the effect of Government policies and officials on our families, friends and ultimately our descendants.
Critical issues are at hand currently. Healthcare and Education issues are among the top of the list.
Social provision for the ageing and the disabled is in jeopardy. The elderly should be our responsibility to care for them the best we can. They have worked all of their lives to make the world better for us and it is now our turn to see that they are properly cared for with issues such as the NHS, pensions etc.
Our children are also equally important and the primary education service is blighted with cuts. We need to be proactive to make change for our children and future generations to come. Education is critical, many other countries are way ahead of us and we are rapidly falling behind.
Many here today want the benefits of our society but do not want to do their part in making good things happen. Life is not about taking, it is about giving.
JFK's "Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country" is as valid as it ever was. We can get through the had times and emerge stronger if every one of us plays our part. We can be either part of the problem or part of the solution.
Please read your candidates manifestos, ask questions where necessary and most importantly VOTE on 29th September.
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