Tag Archives: House of Keys

We need sharp focus in Bell’s political picture, not the fuzzy lines of impressionism

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In startling news from Tynwald yesterday, Chief Minister Allan Bell revealed he is considering reform of the structure and systems of the Council of Ministers. As usual, the nitty gritty of this has yet to be spelled out: will it … Continue reading

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Put a giant egg timer behind the president’s chair – how to make Tynwald question time fairer

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It may be the summer recess but, fear not, members of Tynwald have plenty of opportunity for some navel gazing. The format of Tynwald question time is in the spotlight. Speaker of the House of Keys Steve Rodan, as chairman … Continue reading

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At least he never made Peter Karran a minister…five reasons to not be annoyed that Tony Brown is getting an OBE

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So, it’s just been announced in the birthday honours, that former chief minister Tony Brown is to be awarded an OBE. I’m not convinced we are going to hear a fanfare of approval, if his profile in various online forums … Continue reading

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Six tips for the Isle of Man’s newly elected Member of the House of Keys

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Belated congratulations to Chris Thomas, the new MHK for Douglas West. We should all wish him well as he tries to fill the shoes left by political giant Geoff Corkish, who has donned the Legislative Council slippers. Anyway, as Mr … Continue reading

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Five shocking moments in Manx politics this year

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It was quite a surprise to learn last week that after months of discussion, a committee comprising representatives of the House of Keys and the Legislative Council could not decide whether reform of the latter was a good thing in … Continue reading

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Oh no, it isn’t Act 2 of the House of Keys panto is it? (Oh yes it is)

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At long last, following a lengthy review process and the compilation of a consultants’ report, we have Act Two of the House of Keys panto. The first act of Peter Down the Pan, if you cast your mind back far … Continue reading

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A bluffer’s guide to getting elected to the Legislative Council

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February sees the next election for the Legislative Council in the Isle of Man. For those who don’t understand the Manx parliamentary system, it is what we like to call a tricameral arrangement. That sounds rather like a nice chocolate … Continue reading

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It’s panto time in the House of Keys…oh yes it is!

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Now we are able to cross Bonfire Night off the calendar, our attention must turn to Christmas. And Christmas means panto time. Of course, it often feels that it’s panto time all year round in the House of Keys, but … Continue reading

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Who has been the best chief minister of the Isle of Man?

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Since the ministerial system of government was first introduced to the Isle of Man in 1986, there have been five chief ministers. Who do you think has been the best? Here’s a very brief reminder of the five and then you … Continue reading

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Jobs for the boys (and girls) of the House of Keys

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Only yesterday, I contemplated possible career changes for super heroes, following the revelation that Clark Kent is quitting his job at the Daily Planet. It got me thinking about perhaps considering similar moves for super heroes closer to home. Do … Continue reading

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