Report on Criminal Justice Bill - what debate?

Friday, 17 June 2011 12:19 PAG

Voting for incompetence...


Last Tuesday the Committee on the Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill reported back to Tynwald.

It had a very well researched document, the sort of scrutiny that Tynwald so desperately needs if we are not to continue from one folly to another.

The debate is available here from page 29. The report itself is here.

MHK's Robertshaw and Houghton in particular detailed the reasons to support the bill. Even the President of the Law Society has said that the Bill was hard to follow.

No-one spoke against the bill, unless you include the Ministers response when Mr Houghton had the temerity to suggest that the Minister is reponsible for his own departments Bill.  'Oh no, it is not!' cried Mr Earnshaw!

Says it all really.

The silent majority of shadows voted against, though they knew not why, and certainly didn't feel it necessary to explain so.

In the absence of any debate from them a quick glance at the names suggests that most voted against this damning report into a chaotic Bill in order to preserve their ministerial  incomes.

For the record, voting was:

FOR the report:

Mr Karran   Mr Crookall   Mr Cannan   Mr Cregeen   Mr Houghton   Mr Henderson  Mr Robertshaw   Mrs Cannell   Mr Cretney   Mr Watterson   The Deputy Speaker


Mr Quirk   Mr Earnshaw   Mr Brown   Mr Anderson   Mrs Craine   Mr Bell   Mr Quayle   Mr Teare   Mr Malarkey   Mr Corkish   Mr Shimmin   Mr Gawne

Would any MHK that voted against that report please explain to the public why they did - and why they did not partipate in the debate? 

Last Updated on Monday, 20 June 2011 21:52