Move to call time on prattling politicians

Bishop Robert Paterson

Bishop Robert Paterson

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Let’s cut to the quick - and call time on politicians’ interminable waffle, prevarication and repetition in parliament.

That’s the call from the Lord Bishop who is proposing that as an experiment in the July Tynwald there should be strict time limits on contributions of MHKs and MLCs.

Bishop Robert Paterson, who has tabled a motion at this week’s sitting of the court, said: ‘This experiment is not about stifling free speech, it’s about trying to make free speech work more efficiently. If we decide it does stifle free speech then the first thing I’ll do is abandon it.’


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