The Speaker of the House of Keys today hit back at comments made by the former leader of the Liberal Vannin Party, who earlier this week described the Manx government as ‘institutionally corrupt’.
Steve Rodan issued a statement in response to a report in Tuesday’s Isle of Man Examiner.
That story, which was on page six, was headlined ‘Kate Beecroft elected leader of Liberal Vannin’.
In it Peter Karran, who’s one of Onchan’s MHKs, said: ‘She [Mrs Beecroft] is outstanding in trying to hold to account a system of government that is institutionally corrupt.’
Mr Rodan said: ‘Having been approached by and spoken with a substantial number of Members of the House of Keys, and discussed the matter with Madam President, I am confident that I reflect the general view of Members when I deprecate these remarks.
‘Although Mr Karran referred to the island’s government system, that includes Tynwald Court and its branches and committees, which scrutinise government - a job they all do very well.
‘His accusation is patently unwarranted and untrue, and casts a slur on all Members of Tynwald.
‘Words like “corrupt” and “corruption” are heavy with meaning, and if cast around loosely like this without justification are deeply damaging to the general interests of the island. In addition, they are grossly offensive.
‘I am proud to serve in Tynwald, which is admired by other Commonwealth countries as a model to follow, and I was proud to serve in the island’s government as a minister.
‘However, Mr Karran appears to be keen to slur the island’s good name. Anyone off-island reading this who was unfamiliar with the Isle of Man is certainly going to wonder what sort of place the Isle of Man is like.’
Mr Karran served as the first Education Minister in Mr Bell’s government until he was sacked over his opposition to the government’s investment in Pinewood Studios.
He is now a member of the Department of Home Affairs.