FRIENDS OF PEEL CATHEDRAL ANNUAL LECTURE
27th OCTOBER 2005
PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY, EFFECTIVENESS AND EFFICIENCY IN SHORT MEASURE
Edgar Quine, OBE, QPM, CPM
I was pleasantly surprised to be asked by the Lord Bishop to give this lecture. All the more so having regard to the two distinguished speakers who have preceded me. After all I am not an academic, unless you count time served in the University of Life. I am not a senior statesman
or politician, indeed, I never even reached, nor aspired to reach) the Legislative Council. Assuredly, I am not as jurist or lawyer, although as a young man in military service I was on more than one occasion accused of being a barrack room lawyer. That said, who else to deliver the THIRD leg in this series of lectures than a Manxman, particularly one in the Island’s political scene !!!!. Be that as it may Lord Bishop, U thank you for the opportunity and the privilege og being asked to give this talk.
When I first set my mind to this task I envisaged a more expansive approach that that for which I have settled. I thought in terms of a talk embracing the Constitution, Tynwald and Government, and the interface between the three elements. An analogy could have been drawn with the proverbial three-legged stool with the Members of Tynwald perched precariously on the top. Alternatively I could have drawn a comparison with Jake the Peg courtesy of Rolf Harris, and the three wobbly legs with strings attached, politically not inappropriate. We would of course, have been here all night so I settled for Tynwald and its relationship with Government, which I have titled Parliamentary Democracy, Effectiveness and Efficiency in Short Measure.