WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THE MHKS’ OATH? FIRST ALLEGIANCE IS TO LIZZY.

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LAND of our birth,
O gem of God’s earth,
O Island so strong and so fair;
Built firm as Barool,
Thy throne of Home Rule
Makes us free as thy sweet mountain air

Those were the days! Home rule? What does this really mean? Precious little, I suspect. How do the Manx people feel about government and representation of their wishes? I would suggest that most of us simply wish to live our lives without major interference from those we employ to take care of the island.

We like to think that we have a say in the democratic process. What is democracy anyway? In practical terms it means that you could, theoretically, belong to 49% of the population of your sheading who did not elect your MHK. However, chosen or not, our MHK is there to represent us. Right? But how can our MHKs represent us if their first allegiance is to the monarch? This is the oath they take:

I, (name), do swear by Almighty God that I will be faithfull and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Her heirs and successors. So help me, God.

And the second oath, which is administered:

Her Majesty’s Counsel, your fellows’ and your own, you shall not reveal; you shall use your best endeavours to maintain the ancient laws and customs of this Isle. You shall justly and truly deliver your opinion and do right in all matters which shall be put unto you without favour or affection, without affinity or consanguinity, love or fear, reward or gain, or for any hope thereof but in all things you shall deal uprightly and do wrong to no man. So help you God and by the contents of this book.

 ‘Her Majesty’s Counsel, your fellows’ and your own, you shall not reveal?’ Could someone please explain exactly what this means?

‘You shall use your best endeavours to maintain the ancient laws and customs of this Isle’  So this would exclude all those statutes introduced in the form of Maritime Law. otherwise known as Statute Law, one would assume. After all, we are told that Manx law is based on common law.

Indeed, what empowers the UK to have any say in what happens here? Can anyone refer to documents which explain this clearly and unambiguously?

‘You shall justly and truly deliver your opinion and do right in all matters which shall be put unto you without favour or affection, without affinity or consanguinity, love or fear, reward or gain, or for any hope thereof but in all things you shall deal uprightly and do wrong to no man. So help you God and by the contents of this book.’

No comment.

My question: Who do MHKs serve?

Your comments are welcome.

 

 

WE PAY THEIR SALARIES!

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Time flies! It’s over three years since the first blog post. The intention at the time was to draw attention to the fact that a candidate’s manifesto has little to do with reality. What can a lone MHK achieve? Not a lot. The script is written and strings are pulled to ensure the agenda takes shape.

Little has changed in the past three years. With perhaps one exception. Mud slinging. Instead of responding to allegations made, it now seems the game is about deflecting the impact of criticism by pointing the finger at others, in a personal attack. This is neither becoming nor helpful. The public is interested only in the facts of the matter and above all we are keen to find out why our money is being thrown around with apparent gay abandon while ministers tersely tell us that financial sacrifices are essential.

While it is logical to assume that the agenda is mapped out by senior civil servants and advising officers, who may retain their positions throughout several administrations, it is not clear how the new brand of minister has emerged. Our present senior ministers seem accustomed to doing as they please consider best with our money and treating us with what appears to be little more than contempt. How dare we query government outgoings!

In the past Peter Karran has referred to IOM plc and the shareholders. This is not form of analogy. The Isle of Man is truly a corporation and as shareholders we should be consulted about our opinions of the present financial situation and those we employ.