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A view from the inside

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The following are Douglas East MHK Chris Robertshaw's own notes from his talk given at PAG's 28th March 2011 public meeting "Identifying Election Issues". 


Senior Civil Servants - "the key people in all Government Departments"

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Yes Chief Minister

In January 2011, Tynwald received and approved (with amendments) the Report of the SELECT COMMITTEE OF TYNWALD ON THE COMMITTEE SYSTEM.

If all the amended recommendations are implemented they will have a significant effect on the scrutiny of Government. It is a major development which is wholeheartedly supported by PAG.

The essential remit of the Select Committee was to assess the benefits of establishing a system of standing committees relating to the work of Government departments including indentifying the related costs and staffing requirements.

In the Appendices at the end of the lengthy Report is a submission giving a revealing insight into the relationship of Senior Civil Servants with politicians.


Words fail them

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Introducing a new feature in which we invite you to listen in and report back on the word games politicians and civil servants play.

First prize (up to now) in the mixed metaphor stakes of the current administration goes to an Onchan MHK (no, not THAT one) who warned not long after his election:

'We must be careful not to over-egg our favourite hobbyhorse.'


The Election Procedure for a New Lieutenant Governor - A Bad Move for Democracy

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So our Chief Minister believes it is good for Manx independence that he should chair a very select, small committee of local worthies to choose our new Lieutenant Governor – but I beg to differ.


Ugly face of politics?

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Angry Politician by Joseph MoranPolitics has been defined as 'show business for the ugly' (Will Kevans).

Currently we are looking at the ugly face of politics with ill-tempered exchanges between the Chief Minister and questioners such as David Cannan, Brenda Cannell, and Peter Karran who dare to interrupt the climate of cosy consensus cultivated in Tynwald and the House of Keys.

On Manx Radio Mr. Brown once stated his opinion: 'Words are just words, but they create an image.' Naturally he is protective of the image of the Isle of Man and will resent any disparaging comments. He is, after all, at home on his own range 'where never was heard a discouraging word'.


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