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Would it be beneficial and how could it be implemented to enable an e-petition style access for manx residents to "ask" questions to be debated in the House of Keys?

 

I can't imagine the admin of such a thing would be that monumental but does anyone think it would be beneficial and if so what format would be best?

 

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Most people get the opportunity to bend their MHK's ear in places like the Post Office or a local cafe or pub.

Possibly that may mean there isnt a desperate requirement for a mechanism, such as e-petitions- to bring issues to the attention of politicos.

Does that make sense ?

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Yes, makes sense and is accurate. However what about matters that warrant an all island interest but which is being overlooked as the direct channel into the heart of the matter isn't available, or that local MHK won't ask the pertinant question in the way it was meant.

 

Case in point would be the thread regarding the trip to the BIC summit and the expenditure report.

http://www.manxforums.com/forums/index.php?/topic/50258-chief-minister-takes-part-in-top-level-discussions-at-bic-summit/page__pid__671915#entry671915

 

Someone commented how could he say no. my answer would be , "Somehow! Somehow or way there will be a viable route for them to say NO to these requests."

An epetition, with a heavy amount of signatures would draw considerable attention from the media, and wouldn't just simply go away because it would sit at the top of the pile, (signature heavy) waiting to be dealt with. Maybe?

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Well we ought to start moving towards a more inter-active form of democracy that takes some account of the massive changes in communications and communications technology that has happened over the past 25 years.

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The problem with an e-petition is that campaigns could easily be launched by commercial lobby groups pushing for a change in the law for business reasons.

 

What you might end up with is the debate being manipulated by big business. That, in my view, would be very undemocratic.

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What you might end up with is the debate being manipulated by big business. That, in my view, would be very undemocratic.

Cronky you make a fair point.

 

Perhaps it would be better to consider the wider issue of how democracy might work in the 21st century in a very small location given the dramatic changes that have happened in technology and communications. Is there a role for greater direct participation of the population or does it still need to be entirely through a small number of elected (and unelected) representatives? If we all could have a say in things other than who is our MHK what are the sirts of things that could be put to the people in a more participative democratic way? What safeguards would be needed?

 

Equally are there things that as a matter of course should be made public. An extreme case is the publication of all tax returns online in Norway. But a number of UK councils publish representatives expenses on line to allow public scrutiny - would that work here in lieu of the one-off payment system? Should the public decide which capital expenditure proposals should get the go ahead? Should they have any say in which public services should be cut/retained?

 

Are times changing enough to modify a system which was structured around a static and ill-informed population sending one of their number off to the parliament to represent their views?

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The problem with an e-petition is that campaigns could easily be launched by commercial lobby groups pushing for a change in the law for business reasons.

 

What you might end up with is the debate being manipulated by big business. That, in my view, would be very undemocratic.

 

Does not Bell already lean too much in that direction?

They seem to have his ear

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