LegCo - replace with non-politicised scrutiny body

There is a need for some means of scrutinising legislation, but this could be achieved by a committee of individuals without any political connections - legco is politicised and can have a major influence on the islands governance through its votes in Tynwald.

It is not publically elected,  is not accountable for any of the effects it has on the public, yet is still paid large sums and pensions out of the public purse for doing diddly squat. How many hours a month for how much?

Why the contribution is important

I do not know how much it costs to pay for Legco members in annual salary, pension contributions and expenses claims - but there could well be savings to be made and an opportunity to prevent unelected persons interfering or changing the will of the members lawfully elected to represent the Island's residents.

by DragonX on April 06, 2017 at 08:03AM

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  • Posted by Manxcat April 06, 2017 at 08:51

    "Council of elders" comes to mind - people with wide experience and knowledge. And if that is indeed the function of the chamber, as its name suggests, then this suggestion is entirely appropriate.

    But the reduction of active scope to just considering proposed legislation would effectively increase the power of Executive Government (Chief Minister/COMIN), so this aspect needs careful consideration at the same time.
  • Posted by Aadvark April 06, 2017 at 11:12

    I agree with the original suggestion as modified by Manxcat
  • Posted by ManxVoter April 06, 2017 at 14:11

    More effective scrutiny committees required - recent Economic Policy Review Committee 'interrogation' of the Chief Minister was most ineffective
  • Posted by Oldcodman April 09, 2017 at 23:52

    Yes please !
  • Posted by Fairforall April 13, 2017 at 09:14

    Five honourary members paid time and travel expenses only. Much greater scrutiny is needed across every aspect of expenditure but most particularly when major capital projects are involved.
    An appalling example of grossly overpriced development was the prison where the cost of build per inmate was in the region of £320k. A recently completed luxury prison in Wales approx. £125k per inmate. The last sensibly priced project was the Sulby dam nearly 30 years ago.
  • Posted by Shale April 13, 2017 at 14:07

    anything that may reduce the nepotism or old boys club?
  • Posted by ManxVoter April 16, 2017 at 14:58

    Wouldn't it be better to co-opt some subject experts & some bright citizens? Cost much less than the LegCo dummies
  • Posted by ManxVoter April 24, 2017 at 11:28

    Bring on 'digital democracy'!
  • Posted by Sheldoncooper May 15, 2017 at 10:31

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