In a democracy all power comes from the people.
In the Manx version of representative (or indirect) democracy, we elect MHKs to represent us. However, once we elect our representatives, we have little control over their actions. In fact, if an MHK does not act in a way that is aligned to the wishes of their electorate we are stuck until the next election. We have no mechanism for removing them. We have effectively written a democratic bank cheque. That seems at odds with most other areas of life where we are held accountable for our actions (or inaction).
There is a tool to deal with this. It's called a recall mechanism. Recall is a term used to describe a process whereby the electorate can petition to trigger a vote between scheduled elections on the suitability of an existing elected representative to continue in office.
In order to ensure democracy prevails and our representatives are accountable to us at all times, I am asking MHKs to introduce a Recall Bill. Initially, I have written to Chris Thomas MHK as Minister for Policy and Reform asking him to seek leave to introduce such a Bill.
The Recall Bill would provide for a notice of intent to recall signed by say five per cent of voters in a constituency to trigger a recall petition. If the recall petition is signed by say 20 per cent of voters, a recall referendum is held and the seat is vacated if the majority of people voting vote in favour of the member being recalled from Tynwald. This should also include MLCs as their duty is to the people.
I urge you to support the drive to enable the electorate have the right controls in place to ensure MHKs act in accordance with the will of the people. After all, that is what democracy is all about.
Please write to your MHK asking them to implement a recall mechanism.