Free as thy sweet mountain air – that’s what our anthem says. Yet it seems that our MHKs are having to cope with an unreasonable amount of proposed legislation and reading matter. MHKs tell us that it is practically impossible to deal with it all. Frequently they turn to their advisors aka senior civil servants for advice. The volume of legislation and the speed with which it often has to be dealt with could mean that clauses that are not in our interest are overlooked. Indeed – how much of this legislation is pertinent to our needs in any case?
So where is the legislation coming from? It seems that most of it is copied and pasted from Westminster and it appears that a non-transparent arrangement between the Chief Secretary’s office and UK counterparts facilitates the introduction of the legislation to departments and ultimately to Tynwald. The result? I would suggest the Justice Bill and the Children Bill are prime examples of proposed legislation which is totally unsuited to our requirements.
Newcomers tell us how safe they feel on the island. They are delighted by the quality of life and the community spirit still well alive here. So why fix what isn’t broken? What is going on? Could it be that there is a lot more going on than many realise?
As a large proportion of new legislation emanates from the UK, which is harmonising laws with the EU! We need to look at global affairs to understand what is happening locally.
IMPORTANT: THIS IS NOT A PARTY-POLITICAL BLOG – NOR IS IT ABOUT ANARCHY OR VIOLENCE. PARTIES ARE PUPPETS IMO. LEFT OR RIGHT IT MAKES NO DIFFERENCE. ONLY WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.