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  1. This week's tortuous tosh in Tynwald - especially the undiluted hogwash from Moorhouse - has caused me to reflect on the dirty dozen newbies foisted on us by democracy just over a year ago. Unless I missed it, and apologies if I did, there wasn't any analysis of their "year 1" contributions to advancing the Island on MF. So as the (approaching) end of a calendar year is as good a time as any for assessment, here goes. This is a difficult task however; one would have thought that the pretty remarkable state of affairs of a full 50% of the elected chamber being new to the game would have meant that they'd be out of the traps fast, ceaselessly clamouring for attention and advancing their well thought through political visions. Not a bit of it. With one or two notable exceptions they instead seem to be engaged in a competition to evaporate from public consciousness. Anyway, feel free to agree, howl down or ignore this: Allinson - Probably the only success story. Seems balanced, articulate and free from the usual self-obsession. The advancement of his private members Bill on abortion modernisation is a genuine (overdue and vital) attempt to improve the current situation of women on the Island. Possible future CM. Light years ahead of Quayle already. Ashford - Embraced the cosy Tynwald establishment within 7 seconds of arrival. More polished than most of the others but psychologically incapable of challenging government. Baker - Limited comment on limited issues. Comes across as a prat. Underwhelming. Not a great speaker. (Is not alone in any of those categories and is less of a worry than some names below). Bettinson - Apart from a foray around the edges of the Manx Gas issue I can't think of anything to comment on. One of the leaders of the "I've actually disappeared" club. Colourless. Callister - Oh dear. That blog. And all the rest. Disaster. No credibility. Which is a shame, because he's the only one challenging Beecroft and someone has to. Just a pity it's him. Caine - Bettinson 2. Hardly in evidence. Did speak up for Allinson's abortion Bill (I think) so wins a point there. In representing Garff she has 2 strong points; 1. She isn't Rodan. 2. She isn't Perkins. Corlett - The runaway winner of the "Where the hell did they go" trophy. Possibly a figment of our collective imagination. Ask for the salary back. Edge - has that gift of making the credulous believe she's addressing vital topics whilst actually evidencing no talent and quite a lot of stupidity. In that respect is a reminder of the early David Cretney. Hooper - Classic LibVanner. Full of bull. Those of my Ramsey friends who voted for him are very disillusioned, very quickly. Seems to now be seeking late entry to the "Where've they gone" club. Moorhouse - Apparently borderline certifiable. Classic illustration that people with no common sense can still get a degree at a decent university. Should be deeply embarrassed but probably isn't. Perkins - Commercial sector apologist. Prat. Looks like a mid-70s Third Division footballer, is actually an early 21st century Fourth Division politician. Sorry Garff, he's got to go. Shmmins - Commercial sector apologist. Most notable thing about him is the superfluous "S" at the end of his name. Polled more votes than Quayle of course. Think about that.
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