Alex McQuarrie - July 2017
With Tynwald Day taking place on the 5th day of July, this month was always bound to get off to a very busy start. I was delighted to see tourists and guests take a significant interest in our national day, and I led a number of tours of the Buildings on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th.
Back in the office, I have been dedicating a lot of time into creating design templates for the forthcoming Tynwald Annual Report. This has been a completely new task for me, and it has been a lot of fun to try to tap into my creative side! I have also produced a few articles for the Annual Report, including one on educational outreach, and a ‘day in the life of an intern’ style article also, which has been enjoyable.
The final sitting of Tynwald for the parliamentary year took place on 18th July, and the annual Junior Tynwald sitting took place the day before this. I was cast in the role of the Deputy Clerk of Tynwald, who serves in Tynwald as the Clerk to the Legislative Council, and I was thus placed on the elevated platform in the Tynwald Chamber behind the President. In this role, I was tasked with banging the wooden gavel and announcing the arrival of the President to the Chamber, and I would be lying if I said it was not slightly daunting! The whole day was very fascinating as students from the Island’s five state schools asked several challenging questions on important social and political issues such as abortion, Brexit, and Syrian refugees.
Alex McQuarrie serving as Deputy Clerk for Junior Tynwald, Photo Credit Paul Dougherty
This is my final month in the role of parliamentary intern and I want to take a moment to reflect on this terrific experience. I have taken on a range of responsibilities that have aided my personal development significantly. I was very nervous about tasks such as giving tours to members of the public or streaming audio on the Tynwald website, mainly in case I said or did something wrong or made a mistake. The intern position has taken me out of my comfort zone and has helped me to learn various skills, some of which have been basic, like sending an email or making an appointment, but others have been more complex and challenging, and I will be eternally grateful to have spent seven months working in this ancient and unique parliament.