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

MHK Blog 6th to 12th July 2020

Blog 5 July 20This year’s Tynwald Day certainly had me going through the history books given the fact that the event had to be scaled back significantly due to the outbreak of Covid-19.

For anyone reading my Blog who is not familiar with Tynwald Day, it is our National Day of celebration, which is traditionally held on 5th July. However if it falls on a Saturday or a Sunday then those celebrations are moved to the following Monday.

This meant that this year’s Tynwald Day was being held on Monday (6th), but as I […]

MHK Blog 29th June to 5th July 2020

Blog 5 July 20This week the Manx Labour Party undertook a major transformation as political stalwart David Cretney stepped down as the Party Leader after being involved in Manx politics for over 40 years, and I wish him well in his retirement.

Joney Faragher has taken over the reins as Party Leader and she will be supported by Sarah Maltby as the new Party Chairman. I wish them and the party all the very best for the future, especially as we head towards a House of Keys General Election next year.

David Cretney stepped […]

MHK Blog 22nd to 28th June 2020

Blog 28 June 20The Isle of Man took a further step towards a sense of normality this week when all schools across the island fully opened for the first time since 23rd March.

The last twelve weeks have been difficult for parents and students, and the Department of the Education has been criticised by the Tynwald Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which is chaired by Juan Watterson, SHK, for the inconsistency in their communications throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 39 page report by the PAC highlights some of the difficulties facing the new Education Minister, […]

MHK Blog 15th to 21st June 2020

Blog 21 June 20On 23rd March 2020 I wrote that this island had woken up a different place as the Manx government placed the Isle of Man into a situation of “lockdown” as a direct result of Covid-19, which has caused more than 435,000 deaths around the world this year, and unfortunately 24 of those deaths were here on the Isle of Man.

This week the Isle of Man took the first major steps to emerge from the grip of Covid-19 and to get this island back to some sense of normality, especially […]

MHK Blog 8th to 14th June 2020

Blog 14 June 20On Tuesday this week a protest march was held in Douglas as part of “Black Lives Matter”, which is an international human rights movement that campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards black people.

Over the last couple of weeks there have been thousands of protests across the world after a Minneapolis policeman, Derek Chauvin knelt on an unarmed black man, George Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes whiles he was being arrested on 25th May.

Mr Floyd died from his injuries and this has led to global protests and calls […]

MHK Blog 1st to 7th June 2020

Blog 7 June 20At 13.00 last Sunday afternoon the roads around the island’s TT course were due to fall silent with an army of Officials, Marshals, Volunteers and Fans waiting on the roadside or in their favourite hedge or vantage point with anticipation of the first bikes leaving the grandstand at 13.20 to mark the start of TT 2020.

Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic ensured that this year’s event would be cancelled, so we will never know the stories that would have unfolded, the heroes that would have been born, the legends that would […]

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