Karran not surprised by government snub

Peter Karran MHK

Peter Karran MHK

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Outspoken Lib Van MHK Peter Karran says the loss of his job in government came as no surprise.

Onchan MHK Mr Karran is one of three MHKs who have not been given a government role in the latest reshuffle of department memberships –the others being Brenda Cannell (Douglas East) and Zac Hall (Onchan).

Mr Karran was made political member of the Department of Home Affairs in July 2012, a month after he was sacked as Education Minister.

But he has continued to be a thorn in the side of the Bell administration, most recently when he branded the system of government as ‘institutionally corrupt’.

Speaking to the Manx Independent, he confirmed he was not invited to take a government role ahead of the reshuffle announced last week – and he criticised Home Affairs Minister Juan Watterson for not informing him he had lost his job in that department, where he had been responsible for the Drugs and Alcohol Strategy.

He said: ‘It wasn’t a surprise but it is disappointing the Minister didn’t have the good grace to tell me. When you take on the one party state by patronage you have to pay the price.’

Mr Watterson said: ‘Mr Karran was very supportive of the department during his time with us. I can understand he might feel disappointment.’

Mrs Cannell, who loses her job in the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture, has already questioned why three MHKs have been ‘purposefully excluded’ from a post – when five members of Tynwald have been given more than one department. Mr Hall has not had a government role since he was sacked from the Department of Education.

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