Blog 2018-02-07T11:18:27+00:00


Here is my weekly Blog, which will normally be published here and on Facebook on Saturday mornings.

MHK Blog ‪14th to 20th May 2018‬

Blog 20 May 18It was definitely a big week for Manx Politics with the purchase of the Steam Packet Company, a statement by the Health Minister relating to those affected by problems at the island’s Breast Care Unit and what is the best Sewerage Strategy for Peel in the West of the island.

These were just to name a few of the items on this month’s Tynwald Order Paper, which also included a Committee Report into Endoscopy Services at Noble’s Hospital in which the ex-Health Minister was heavily criticised.

Having worked part of Saturday […]

MHK Blog ‪7th to 13th May 2018‬

Blog 13 May 18

It is a real privilege that this week I celebrate posting my 100th Blog, which is quite a milestone, especially for someone who hated English lessons as a child, and I still dislike writing notes by hand….

After spending some time backdating my website (‪‬) over the past few months, I suddenly realised that I actually started writing my weekly Blog back in June 2016.

I haven’t had an opportunity to do a word count yet, but I believe I have drafted over 150,000 words […]

MHK Blog ‪30th April to 6th May 2018‬

Blog 5 May 18After a busy weekend, I was able to take a few hours off on Monday morning.

Last Saturday Ellen and I went to the Isle of Man Housing Matters 10th Anniversary Charity Spring Ball, which was being held at the Woodbourne House, Douglas.

I have already posted a separate message relating to this item, but it was a wonderful charity event and it raised over £8,000 on the night…..

Most of last Sunday morning was spent preparing for Manx Radio’s Present Politics programme, which looks back over the previous month.

As guests, we […]

MHK Blog ‪23rd to 29th April 2018‬

blog 28 Apr 18Last weekend was very busy with my Political Surgery on the Saturday, which required various follow up correspondence to be drafted and sent out on Sunday morning on behalf of Constituents.

I also attended a Constituent meeting early on Sunday morning, but I did manage to spend some time in the garden on Sunday afternoon with a close family friend and a Garff Commissioner, his wife and their friend who just happened to be walking past our cottage – very enjoyable and civilised as we also ate some scones Ellen […]

MHK Blog 16th to 22nd April 2018‬

Blog 21 April 18I went into the office early on Monday (7.30am), not because of an overall busy day but to enable me to get my head down and finish off preparing for this month’s Tynwald sitting.

I spent some time over the weekend going through the Order Paper, but there was still plenty to do especially preparing for question time and answering the questions relating to the latest Passenger Survey and the overall position of tourism on the Isle of Man.

Other than having several discussions with my MHK colleagues I spent most […]

MHK Blog ‪9th to 15th April 2018‬

Blog 14 Apr 17There is no mistaking that the current Manx Parliament is trying to address some very emotional and difficult topics in their administration, including Abortion, Children & Family Services and now Organ Donation.

My colleague Martyn Perkins, MHK was given leave to introduce by the House of Keys on 31st October 2017 to look at our Organ Donations, and the Consultation opened on 29th March and will close on 8th June 2018.

We currently have approximately 12,600 island residents that are registered on the UK NHS Organ Donor Register, but much more […]

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