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

MHK Blog 20th to 26th Jan 2020

Blog 26 Jan 20Tuesday this week saw the first sitting of Tynwald in 2020, and it was certainly a bumper sitting with several big items up for discussion, including an £8 million Supplementary Vote from the Department of Health and Social Care, the Government’s Climate Change Action Plan, the Children’s Champion’s Report and a motion from Dr. Allinson on Assisted Dying that has certainly stirred up public opinion once again.

I will cover the actual sitting of Tynwald in a little more detail later on….

Just looking at some of the news further afield […]

MHK Blog 13th to 19th Jan 2020

Blog 19 Jan 20The Isle of Man Social Attitudes Survey for 2019 has been published, and it certainly makes interesting reading. It is one of the publications that all Tynwald Members should read, and although the information should be considered in the correct context, it does provide valuable feedback to Government for performance, evaluation, policy, development and future planning.

Hopefully, I will be able to expand on this particular Survey in a separate post on Sunday.

There were also a couple of stories that I wasn’t able to cover last week unfortunately, but I […]

MHK Blog 6th to 12th Jan 2020

Blog 12 Jan 20Still early in January, but you will definitely need to grab a coffee before settling down for this week’s Blog…..

I think people are now starting to accept that the Earth’s climate is changing and that global temperatures are predicted to continue rising, bringing changes in weather patterns, rising sea levels and increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, which we have all seen in the media over the past couple of years…..

The million dollar question is how governments across the world can change the hearts and minds of […]

MHK Blog 30th Dec 2019 to 5th Jan 2020

Blog 5 Jan 20Happy New Year, Happy New Decade – welcome to the 2020s!

The last 10 years have flown by, and on occasion it has certainly been a rollercoaster of a ride for me personally, but overall it has probably been the best 10 years of my life….

This is despite suffering redundancy in December 2012, which was an extremely difficult period. I certainly wouldn’t wish that experience on anyone, but I was very fortunate to have a lot of support from my family members, especially Steve and Lesley (In-Laws).

At the time I […]

MHK Blog 23rd to 29th December 2019

Blog 29 Dec 19To steal a few words from a famous song at this time of year – so this is Christmas and what have you done…..?

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas Day and Boxing Day and that everyone was spoiled rotten, especially the kids.

A special thank you to our emergency services once again, and for those individuals having to work over the Christmas period to keep us safe and well.

Unfortunately a simple thank you is never enough, but I think we all appreciate the work that continues throughout the Christmas […]

MHK Blog 16th to 22nd December 2019

Blog 22 Dec 19With the Conservatives’ UK general election victory last week still ringing in the ears of the Labour leadership and for their supporters across the UK, I do wonder if anyone actually spares a thought for those MPs who have lost their seats….

The reason for putting that question on the table this week is because there is a fascinating article on the BBC website entitled “What is it like to lose your seat as an MP”, which brought back some strange memories from the 2016 House of Keys General Election […]

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