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Open and Accountable Government

Our first aim as declared within our charter.

Freedom of Information - Consultation announced at last

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snail_billHaving delayed for over 3 years the government have at last published a draft FOI Bill and the consultation document.

There is to be an eight week public consultation period, closing on 10th September 2010. Rest assured that PAG will be going through the document with a fine toothcomb over the Summer months.

A first read indicates that it is proposed to make a charge to deal with FOI requests!

Chief Minister, Tony Brown gave a revealing interview on Manx Radio about the introduction of the legislation. It can be heard on their 'listen again' facility, but only until 19th July 2010. It lasts about 10 minutes.

Listen particularly to the excuse for the delay, since early 2007, in drafting the legislation.

Links:  Consultation launched on Freedom of Information Bill    The Draft Bill for Consultation


2007 Tynwald Pay and Allowances

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Tynwald 20007 pay and allowances


2008 and 2009 Tynwald Pay and Allowances

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Please note that renumeration did not change for 2009.

Tynwald 2006 pay and allowances


Good Government in the Isle of Man!

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The question of how well we are governed rumbles below the surface of Manx political life.
Peel resident, Trevor Cowin, has been openly critical of departmental behaviour for a number of years and gratifyingly has been influential in gradual improvement.
This time he's taken his concerns to the Lieutenant Governor!

Why Reform?

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We have to ask ourselves, “Does the present system truly serve the people?”


Our Parliament comprises the House of Keys, the Legislative Council and Tynwald – this is when both chambers sit together.

In the Isle of Man we have what is known as a tricameral system - the three component parts are made up of:

  1. The House of Keys
  2. The Legislative Council
  3. when the two meet together as Tynwald.

Tynwald passes laws and levies taxes.

The House of Keys has 24 members - or MHK’s - elected to represent  the 15 constituencies of:

It is plain to see that voters are not treated equally. Some have three representatives others only one. This inequality is best illustrated here.

The Legislative Council has nine voting members (plus the Attorney General). However - none of the Members of Legislative Council (MLC’s) are elected by the people: eight are ‘elected’ by MHK’s (and so have a vested interest in not upsetting them); the ninth is the Bishop. This is undemocratic. Of the 33 votes in Tynwald, the nine MLC’s (27%) have no mandate from the people. When MLC’s join the Council of Ministers  they also escape scrutiny from the Keys.


The Council of Ministers (COMIN), headed by the Chief Minister, forms the core of the executive government. There are nine departments, each headed by a Minister (and most have several ‘political members – known as Department Members’).

BUT: this, too, is undemocratic. Add up those COMIN members who are MHK’s and the departmental political members who must show loyalty to the Department and hence the Minister over it - and there is almost an inbuilt government majority in the Keys. Few Members of Tynwald take on the role of parliamentary scrutiny: and almost every Member is in Government (as Edgar Quine says: “we have a one-party state on the Isle of Man”). And voters do not elect the Chief Minister, so we also have little say in the direction of government policy.

See also Block Vote Diagram.


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