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

MHK Blog 22nd to 28th February 2021

Blog 28 Feb 21This week the UK government published details on its roadmap for England to finally remove the shackles surrounding the third national “lockdown”, which has been in place since 27th December 2020.

However, those shackles are unlikely to be fully removed until the end of June, but that is clearly subject to everything going according to plan and the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases across the UK continuing to fall.

Here on the Isle of Man it is hard to imagine that almost a year ago on Monday 23rd March 2020 I […]

MHK Blog 15th to 21st February 2021

Blog 21 Feb 21On Tuesday morning the Treasury Minister, Alf Cannan, MHK delivered his final Budget of this administration, which was entitled a “Budget of Resilience”.

Having spent a considerable amount of time over the past couple of weeks going through the contents of the budget, it is fair to say that the Isle of Man 2021 Budget doesn’t pack any punches or even deliver any of the usual box of election goodies every five years, which are then normally taken back just after a House of Keys General Election.

Instead the Treasury Minister […]

MHK Blog 8th to 14th February 2021

Blog 14 Feb 21Straight into this week’s activities and with the Isle of Man still being hit by heavy rain and strong winds there isn’t much to report from last weekend. I managed to catch up with some reading, along with watching some of the Six Nations Rugby, which started last Saturday, but with no crowds allowed in the stadiums it just doesn’t have the same atmosphere.

On Sunday Ellen and I went to the Methodist Sunday service in Onchan, which we thought was a special service around mental health on the Isle […]

MHK Blog 1st to 7th February 2021

Blog 7 Feb 21Apologies for the length of this week’s blog, but there are a lot of topics to be covered – so grab a coffee…..

On Monday the Isle of Man exited its second national lockdown, and although it was only a 25 day “circuit breaker”, it felt so much longer this time around.

The formal press release on Monday confirmed the end of the lockdown, which meant that life on the Island can return to near normal, but we still have to be extremely careful as a community. There is no longer […]

MHK Blog 25th to 31st Jan 2021

Blog 31 Jan 21On Thursday morning Ronaldsway Airport opened up its doors as the island’s first vaccination centre. The 10 vaccination cubicles within the main airport building will be run by front-line nurses, in order to help deliver one of the biggest mass vaccination programmes seen on the island.

It was forecasted that around 400 people would receive their vaccination on the open day, and although there was plenty of parking a number of queues started to form outside the main airport building, but this was put down to the fact that many […]

MHK Blog 18th to 24th Jan 2021

Blog 24 Jan 21It is very difficult to start this week’s Blog on a positive footing, especially after two tragic deaths on the island in the past seven days. Last weekend the Isle of Man Constabulary reported a domestic incident in the North of the island where a woman’s body was discovered early on Sunday morning.

I am certainly not going to speculate on the incident other than to say that on Monday afternoon a 21-year-old man appeared in Court charged with murdering his mother and attempting to murder his father – it […]

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