I could not help laughing at this news (see http://www.isleofman.com/News/details/79365/long-serving-tynwald-member-reflects-on-obe and http://www.isleofman.com/News/details/79356/tynwald-president-looks-beyond-retirement).
The idea that any member of a notorious robber baron family has “served the community”, rather than the other way around, is particularly hilarious. The threat to “focus on her role in the community” is therefore a worrying one. Can any major drain on public resources really be planning to become even more of a parasite?
But then, what Private Eye has long termed the Order of the Brown Nose is a surefire guide to political ineptitude. The cheerier aspect of the whole farce is that OBNs are always given to retiring heads of government and civil service departments in grateful thanks from Madge for entire careers devoted to preventing social change for the better. Inevitably, even when the electorate have spoken by refusing to re-elect such deadwood, they are moved to another office which is not elected. So, for us plebs the good news is that a blockage has finally been flushed.