A Key to Tynwald – An Introduction to the Isle of Man’s Parliament
An Introduction to the Isle of Man’s Parliament. The history, ceremonies, current working, and relationship to similar Viking-based parliaments throughout the world.
Tynwald is the oldest continuous parliament in the world. It was the first to grant votes to women and is devoid of the constraints of party politics. Its most important meeting is on 5th July in the open air at St John’s where new Manx laws are promulgated and the great and the good parade in their finery.
Tynwald is however more than pageantry and processions. Responsible for running this small but fiercely independent nation, the Isle of Man’s government is a highly successful fusion of old traditions and modern politics.