I try not to make promises to people, largely because in our current political system with a lack of political parties it is extremely difficult to deliver on specific aims because you have to convince most of 33 “independent” Tynwald Members to agree with you!
That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have aims and aspirations though, and I thought it is only fair to all my constituents to summarise what progress has been made on my aims from the 2016 General Election that were included in my manifesto.
Whilst I can’t take credit for delivering all of these myself, I have been advocating for my aims, promoting or implementing policy where I can, working with other Tynwald Members and outside organisations as appropriate – outcomes are what I am more focused on and at the end of the day if I can help improve the Isle of Man that’s the best outcome of all.
As well as this, I’ve been involved in a lot of successful endeavours that weren’t in my manifesto and i’ve covered some of these items here on a separate page
Overall I think I’ve had more successes than not, and I’ve managed to achieve either directly or indirectly almost everything I set out to in 2016, even if not in quite the way I might have originally hoped!
There’s still a long way to go, but I believe that I’ve made a lot of progress these last few years and think the approach I’ve taken has worked well – basically I just get on with it and by the time people notice then it’s usually too late to tell me what I want to achieve isn’t possible. This quote sums it up pretty well:
‘She was already learning that if you ignore the rules people will, half the time, quietly rewrite them so that they don’t apply to youTerry Pratchett – “Equal Rites”