I have written much about the democratic deficit that exists in Gibraltar. One question in this election year is, who is going to deliver on this front to the electorate in Gibraltar? Let us see what the GSD Government promised in their manifesto at the time of the 2007 election.
"The sustained commitment by the GSD Government to ensure that Gibraltar becomes and remains a modern democracy ..."
"We will remain committed to to open, transparent, fair and good government. This is a cornerstone of the quality of life in Gibraltar. It is vital that progress made not be lost by a return to how things were done in the past"
"We will further develop our existing policy of advisory councils, consultation processes, annual reports and exhibitions to ensure that public information about and participation in Government decision making is maximised."
"We will reform the way our new Parliament conducts its work to ensure that we have a modern Parliament that meets this community's modern need:"
"We will continue to develop a new model of access to justice and legal aid to ensure fairness, affordability and the curtailment of fees-driven disputes"
"We will remain committed to expanding the opportunities that the citizen has to have complaints against the Government and public administration generally investigated effectively and independently"
It is for a Government to deliver on its manifesto promises, not for any opposition party or for any other party contesting the election. I will leave it there. You decide whether the GSD Government have delivered on any of these manifesto promises. I have given my views in earlier pieces. I think there is a huge democratic deficit. I think near nothing has been delivered to redress this deficit but was it promised? I believe so or else I do not understand any of the above quotes.