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

MHK Blog 8th to 14th April 2019

Blog 14 Apr 19News broke this week that a new online regulator will fine web companies that fail to protect users, and possibly block offending websites being accessed under new UK government plans…..

Under the proposed plans, companies that run social media platforms, file hosting sites, discussion forums, messaging service and search engines will become responsible for any harmful material which their users are allowed to share or discover.

I am not entirely sure how the UK Government proposes to police this under the new plans, because let’s be honest, […]

MHK Blog 1st to 7th April 2019

Blog 7 Apr 19Again this week’s activities are fairly light, but it has allowed me to recharge my batteries and to look at some ongoing projects, which I will be working on over the next couple of months.

In this role you do work at a certain level of intensity for long periods of time, so when you do get a few quiet days it is sometimes very difficult to focus your mind – well, it is for me…

Anyway, there were two items of local news this week that certainly generated a considerable […]

MHK Blog 25th to 31st March 2019

Blog 30 Mar 19This week was one of those uneventful and quiet weeks, which I am not complaining about as it has enabled me to focus on various other projects that I want to complete in 2019.

It also gave me an opportunity to start preparing for the Eastern Area Plan Public Inquiry and other Constituent related projects. As always, full details will be given in due course over the next few months.

As for Brexit and the latest from the House of Commons, well on Monday MPs voted to take control of the […]

MHK Blog 18th to 24th March 2019

The Policy and Reform Minister, Chris Thomas, MHK tabled a Public Sector Pensions – Legacy Funding update in Tynwald this week, which is definitely one of the biggest decisions we will have to make in this administration.

My colleague Bill Shimmins, MHK tabled an amendment, which could have seen the closure of the Government’s “Defined Benefit Scheme” to new public servants in the future. The amendment certainly generated a considerable amount of debate in the chamber, which lasted almost four hours, and the quality of speeches and debate was fantastic.

I think most people […]

MHK Blog 11th to 17th March 2019

Blog 17 Mar 2019Brexit was firmly back on the UK’s political agenda this week and by the Tuesday evening the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May totally lost control of Brexit after her revamped exit deal for the UK was defeated 391 (No) to 242 (Yes) by MPs in the House of Commons.

That said, by Thursday evening the UK Prime Minister was given a third opportunity to present her Brexit deal to the House of Commons on Tuesday next week.

She definitely has more lives than a cat…..

It is hard to believe that it […]

MHK Blog 4th to 10th Mar 2019

Unconstitutional, Undemocratic and Opportunistic are just a few of the words used this week in Manx politics to describe the amendments tabled by two UK MPs, Margaret Hodge & Andrew Mitchell In relation to the UK’s Financial Services (Implementation of Legislation) Bill that was due to go before the House of Commons this week.

In a joint statement issued by Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man they accused the UK Government of contravening the established constitutional relationship between the British Government and the Crown Dependencies.

The Isle of Man definitely has not faced […]

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