Democracies rarely die these days by the tank. Democracies die slowly as politicians seek more power to push through what they think is best either for themselves or for the nation. Whether for noble purposes or not, concentration of power and the erosion of democracy must be guarded against. Once democracy is eroded significantly it is hard to recover.
The contemporary history of Manx democracy is a story of gradual evolution from the control of Westminster. However, this glacial progress seems to have stalled and with news this week symptomatic of increasing centralisation of power and the deafening silence from all corners of Tynwald (with the noticeable exception of David Cretney MLC and Kate Beecroft MHK)