Is it too much to expect ministers to be in charge and accountable? This is the question posed by a letter writer in The Examiner. At last this is being questioned publicly within mainstream. Of course, I doubt that IOM Newspapers will be clamouring to investigate the matter but it is encouraging to see that this issue is receiving attention.
The lengthy letter (I would include the writer’s name but he might not appreciate forever appearing on Google searches) lays out the writer’s insights into child protection on the island. That is to say it happens on the island but:
The island’s child protection guidance and instructions now reach our frontline social workers from a UK website. This website has become the only authentic source for the correct behaviour when dealing with children at risk or perceived to have a welfare concern.
Yes, folks this is democracy today. You vote for a puppet it seems. The writer asks when ministers will seize back control and adds ‘ Is it too much to expect ministers to be in charge and accountable?’.
The letter is well worth reading (not that I particularly wish to boost the sales of an otherwise weak and watery publication). The writer details the extent to which civil servants have taken over and how ministers are left with little influence on affairs.
Prior to Chris Robertshaw’s re-election he spoke out publicly about the state of affairs in government and how he had observed a “copy and paste from UK legislation” method of work. Now it seems his hands are tied. But is he also gagged? It is quite obvious that ministers are ‘advised” by civil servants. (And I have heard it stated that some ministers don’t like to take on the risk of litigation if they ignore advice) Why don’t they speak out and tell the public how things really function in the IOM Government? Could it be because they wish to retain their position and pension?
Please consider this: If our ministers are not in control and if we have imported social workers who follow instructions from a UK website provided by unelected and unanswerable persons in the UK then how far down the road are we? Far too far. Worse still, how many of these are Common Purpose graduates? If ministers are little more than puppets then we need to get our hands on the strings and rein them in. Exactly when and how did we lose control of our right to self-government?