The Manx Independent contained some interesting comments this week. One writer tells us that
…the most powerful person in government isn’t elected by anyone – the Chief Secretary….is the real power behind the throne..
An MLC tells us that
What members of the new house need to consider is the fact that they will be joining a parliament in which over a quarter of its members have no public mandate.
Yes, indeed. David Callister draws our attention to the fact that of late vacancies have been filled by those who have never stood for public office. He includes himself in this group. He goes on to say that he has introduced a private member’s bill which he feels would resolve the problem.
Perhaps the most interesting contribution of all is the advert on behalf of Leslie Hanson, candidate for Peel. He tells us that the MEA power station was to have been financed by an all island fibre optic broadband telecoms system. However, the telecoms licence was refused. When Mr Hanson asked Alan Bell why the IOM Government wouldn’t give itself a telecoms licence he was told that Mr Bell did not know who had refused it but it wasn’t the Manx Government. Mr Hanson says he is intent on discovering who wrecked the business plan. He states:
I am determined, as a standing candidate for the keys, and on behalf of the Manx taxpayer and electorate, to find out who controls the Manx Government and who was responsible for refusing the Government a telecoms licence and therefore the £400,000,000 debt.
There is a message here. Things are neither democratic nor transparent. Some of those occupying the most senior and influential positions do not have a public mandate. References are made to those who have wrecked the MEA business plan. While we may not yet have names or faces, one thing is clear: This apparent financial sabotage has been noted. The public is becoming ever more watchful. Saboteurs may still be shrouded in the shadows but I predict that this will change. This is not exaggeration or dramatisation. We know that things in government aren’t transparent. If the actions of anonymous players have cost us £400,000,000 then questions need to be asked. Why weren’t they?
We are many. They are few.