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According to the Nations Propaganda Mouthpiece this afternoon, Bill Shimmins, Vowel Mangler, ex Middle MHK has been nominated by Daphne Caine for a berth. So basically it was a case of retire your seat, as you were afraid of putting your record to scrutiny. To some his retirement and nomination seems to be coordinated. In all fairness there is no difference between him, Boot, Baker, Perkins and Cregeen. I would who else gets nominated. 
 

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Shimmins is the only nomination published so far (nominations have been open since 4 October) but there is up to noon on 4 November to get your nomination in.

I think not standing again isn't quite the same as losing your seat and of those who didn't stand again, Shimmins probably had a better chance of returning than Quayle, Robertshaw or Skelly.  But it's a bit of a mystery why he decided he couldn't stand for personal reasons and now is putting himself forward for a job which ought to require a very similar commitment in terms of time etc.

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17 minutes ago, 2112 said:

According to the Nations Propaganda Mouthpiece this afternoon, Bill Shimmins, Vowel Mangler, ex Middle MHK has been nominated by Daphne Caine for a berth. So basically it was a case of retire your seat, as you were afraid of putting your record to scrutiny. To some his retirement and nomination seems to be coordinated. In all fairness there is no difference between him, Boot, Baker, Perkins and Cregeen. I would who else gets nominated. 
 

I thought he had stood down so he could spend more time with his family , had he stood in Middle  and been successful ,  he could have sought election  or elevation to leg co  in 2 years time ,  I didn't think he was a supporter of Leg co anyway ,and wanted it done away with 

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He is a great nomination.

Didn’t stand for re election due to personal reasons so while a five year term as an MHK wasn’t viable for him just over a year as an MLC is.

To suggest it was deliberate is just a bit thick, given he stood down long before we knew KLB and JPW were even standing for keys never mind getting elected.

Nice to see the usual moaners having a go already though. 
 

Who do you propose should sack off their job for a bit over a year o fb guaranteed work and spend three months of that time getting up to speed instead then ?

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10 minutes ago, Ramseyboi said:

He is a great nomination.

Didn’t stand for re election due to personal reasons so while a five year term as an MHK wasn’t viable for him just over a year as an MLC is.

To suggest it was deliberate is just a bit thick, given he stood down long before we knew KLB and JPW were even standing for keys never mind getting elected.

Nice to see the usual moaners having a go already though. 
 

Who do you propose should sack off their job for a bit over a year o fb guaranteed work and spend three months of that time getting up to speed instead then ?

In his 2016 manifesto, Shimmins stated that his priorities were economic growth, reducing the public pension deficit, reducing the size and scope of government and maintaining quality of life for residents.

I can see why he didn't bother going for re-election

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12 minutes ago, Roger Mexico said:

It an interesting contrast to the last time there were elections in 2020 (admittedly for four seats not two).  There's only been one nomination a fortnight after they opened.  Then there were seven in the same period and Henderson got his in the next day after it started.

It’s only for just over a year.

There are a very small number of people who would want or be able to do that 

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22 minutes ago, Non-Believer said:

He'd become very critical of Govt over one or two points towards the end of his term, finances IIRC? Perhaps he feels he can make more of a difference as an MLC?

If he couldn't make much difference to the way the Government handled finances when he was a member of the Treasury team, what difference does think he could as a LegCo member?

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Just now, Ramseyboi said:

It’s only for just over a year.

There are a very small number of people who would want or be able to do that 

Don't be ridiculous.  It's not time-limited, anyone elected would be able to stand again in 2022 and all those recently elected to fill a casual vacancy (Wild, Poole-Wilson, Sharpe) did exactly that and got in again.  There were enough people who stood for the Douglas South by-election with an even shorter period in office as well.

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