Today’s Question Time programme, where Ramsey Candidates Alan Bell, Anne Craine and Leonard Singer answered questions from the public, on Manx Radio reinforced my concerns that most members of the electorate are blissfully unaware of the real issues. The fact that we do not appear to be in control of our legislative system was not touched upon – nor did any of the panel mention this issue. So it must be a non-issue? I believe this matter to be of major importance and it seems that the electorate is, in the most part, simply unaware of the issue. What would happen if this matter became well-known? I refer again to previous posts:
The present voter apathy, and the mistaken belief that our general election is about issues such as nuisance parking and dog fouling, might well change immediately if the electorate were informed of these issues concerning our sovereignty – as the information is in the public domain why does the local media not cover it?
Did you know that there really is such a thing as an alternative reality? Well, it’s incontrovertible because that is where many (not all) of the electorate live. Now and again they look up from their busy lives of ferrying children, working 9 to 5, working out and chilling with friends, to discover that there is an issue with VAT which could mean cuts. Oh well, there’s not much to be done about it anyway. What happened in Eastenders last night? The old bread and circuses trick? Keeping us happy with entertainment to distract us from the real issues? Were voters to become aware of the fact that we are adopting unnecessary UK legislation, which in turn has emanated from the EU, and which is costly and restrictive, things could change dramatically.
If we could become privy to a real breakdown of government expenditure and discover where the suggestions for new statutes have come from and exactly what the cost of these has been, both in Tynwald time and implementation, things might be clearer. Cutting services is always the first thought when economies are demanded, yet how much does our present lack of legislative control cost us? We are paying to be kept under surveillance in every area of our lives. Why? We really don’t need all this. Not one of the candidates mentioned these things last time round – because they weren’t planned. Yet how much time is taken up with these issues? Phenomenal amounts, it seems. Chris Robertshaw refers to the “sheer volume” of draft legislation, hugely complicated draft bills and casts doubt on the necessity of this legislation. Why? Why are we adopting legislation emanating fromBrussels? Why does no-one mention this and why did most members go along with this last time without a squeak? Don’t you think it demands inquiry?
Could it be that someone moved the goalposts without telling us and therefore there is nothing that can be done? That is the only reasonable conclusion that I can come to. If secretive meetings are held at high levels (these were revealed as a result of investigation) then what else can be done in private, without our knowledge?
Readers, I know you are awake. Please awaken others. Pass on the links. None of the references in the blogposts has been invented. They’re for real. If our MHKs, with one or two exceptions, are not being open about this then we need to take action. We must take action. More to follow…….