Reform Electoral System

Our electoral system is rightfully designed so that nearly anyone above voting age can put themselves forward to become an MHK. This fundamental right must continue. However, because of the relatively small number of votes required to be elected those candidates who lack the skills and potential to be effective can end up being voted in. These candidates may be well meaning but our economy is shaped by their inability to scrutinise decisions and actions by Departments or to understand the wider consequences of their actions.

To reduce the risk of poorly equipped candidates I suggest the following:

  1. Publish a job description for prospective candidates with accompanied person specification. The person specification should clearly state the desirable and essential requirements for the post. The personal specification would be a simple process to score, so that by adding up the candidates professional and education attainment it would be easy enough to determine whether a candidate met a minimum standard set by Government. The Government could then publish against the prospect candidate whether they met the Government criteria. A simple ”Meets Government Standard” or “Does not meet the Government Standard” would suffice. Simple. The electorate would still be free to vote for who they wanted to but at least they would do so better informed. Those MHK’s who were previously in office would have “ Seeking re-election” in order that they were not seen to be disadvantaged in any way. I must make it clear that there are examples of poorly educated politicians lacking in managerial experience making good MHK’s, however in the main you need experience and attainment in the areas stated to tackle the complexity of Government.
  2. Increase the pay of MHK’s.  If you pay peanuts you will get monkeys. For the workload and responsibility MHK’s are underpaid. If we want to attract those who currently make a good living in other professions we need to make the remuneration attractive. Sometimes you have to invest more to save in the longer term. Better qualified and skilled MHK’s are more likely to make more of the right decisions necessary for savings to be realised.
  3. Likewise do both of the above for MLC’s.

Why the contribution is important

It is clear, that in the recent past, vast sums of money have been wasted by those who make critical decisions in managing our economy. Too often, political members who made or were party to important strategic and economic decisions were not adequately equipped to do so.

by DAYZEE on May 13, 2017 at 03:03PM

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  • Posted by dpfellows May 13, 2017 at 15:31

    Or close down the chamber added in Victorian times, the LegCo. One other option could be to elect all MHKs on an island wide vote if local government was consolidated. Or on a four region basis.
  • Posted by ManxVoter May 13, 2017 at 16:13

    Let ordinary people put forward their views as to what government should do & make MHKs ensure that it happens
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