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Smaller, Smarter Government

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small-governmentIn a recent series of articles for the Isle of Man Examiner, Chris Robertshaw presented his case for what he refers to 'Smaller, Smarter' Government.

The views are of course his own.

These are all available for download below and we would most welcome comment.

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Voting and Digital Inclusion

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Online-votingIf it is determined that the public should be involved in the election of the Legislative Council then the opportunity to move to on line voting should be seized.  It is a stated objective of Tynwald that the future should include more use of IT facilities to enhance communication and lower cost.  Of course not everybody is either willing or capable of using a computer for voting so any introduction must cater for what is assuredly now a minority in the Island.
 
There are many well developed on-line voting systems available and the wheel has very much been invented so it would be the task of ITD to select the best after detailed and destructive security testing.  There would be a natural leaning towards the London based Electoral Reform Society but their prominent position attracts very significant fees and there are several other systems with equally strong experience and high security.  For example examine the facilities available in the BigPulse.com application which cover the dissemination of manifestos, postal voting STV etc.  The cost for 50,000 electors (current 48000+ say 2000 commissioners et al missed off) is only £7,000 for all elections held within 12 months.
 

Two tier Planning System - Rich pickings for some!

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I've written before about the emergence, in the last few years, of a two tier planning system - one for the very rich and one for the rest of us.

Never was that more apparent than with a recent decision by CoMin to reject an independent planning inspector's recommendation to refuse PA 15/00124 at Meary Voar, Santon.

 

Election of Legislative Council

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legco indoorThere has been much controversy but little resolution as to how the upper chamber of Tynwald should be elected. However, one clear objective is apparent in that it must be publicly elected in the future – the electoral college route being deemed as anachronistic.

Keys members are jealous of their primary legislative role and are reluctant to sanction any election procedure which lessons their primacy. Council members on the whole do not want constituencies as they feel that they might then become bogged down by local problems.

 

Legislative Council (Part 3) - Don't do it David!

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old setteeA year ago Phil Gawne was refused, by his Keys colleagues, leave to introduce a Bill to abolish the Legislative Council. He likened LegCo to an old settee, past its usefulness, unelected and unaccountable. He believed it was time to simplify parliamentary structure and tackle parliamentary expenditure largely left untouched by cutbacks.

Well the old settee remains.

 


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