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

MHK Blog 10th to 16th June 2019

There was one item of news that has gone slightly under the radar in the last couple of weeks, which relates to MHKs’ / MLCs’ pay – a subject that comes up every couple of years and remains a thorny issue….

At the end of May it was confirmed that an independent panel has been chosen to review Manx politicians’ salaries and to report back to parliament with recommendations for a new pay structure.

In the last 12 months I have visited both Guernsey and Jersey Parliaments and have taken the opportunity to discuss […]

MHK Blog 3rd to 9th June 2019

Blog 9 June 19After most practice sessions were cancelled last week because of the poor weather or low hanging mist across the island, the frustration and waiting for this year’s TT festival to spark into life continued into the second week.

Unfortunately, racing conditions around the course were almost impossible and getting through the race schedule, along with any outstanding practice sessions, gave the Clerk of the Course, Gary Thompson MBE and his team a continuing headache this year.

The first scheduled race was transferred from Saturday to Sunday, but even that was cancelled […]

MHK Blog 27th May to 2nd June 2019

Blog 2 June 19This week should have been relatively straightforward, enjoyable and easy, but for some reason it wasn’t…..

With no House of Keys or Tynwald sittings until Tuesday 11th June I was planning to go into the office on Tuesday and Wednesday, to get my head down, clear my desk and work on a few projects and ideas, along with sending a few letters, before spending some time with my older brother, Peter towards to the end of the week and heading up to the Grandstand to carry out various official duties […]

MHK Blog 20th to 26th May 2019

Blog 26 May 19Most of this week was spent in Guernsey attending the 48th CPA British Islands and Mediterranean Region Conference (BIMR), at which I had the real privilege of representing Tynwald, the Manx Parliament.

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) in the Isle of Man elects members to attend these Conferences, and although there were several changes, with people pulling out for various reasons, the final delegation consisted of Martyn Perkins MHK and me, to be accompanied by the Clerk of Tynwald, Roger Phillips.

The conference theme this year was “Fake News and Digital […]

MHK Blog 13th to 19th May 2019

Blog 19 May 19I have to start this week’s Blog by congratulating the Isle of Man Netball team on winning the Europe Open Challenge at the NSC last weekend.

It was a fantastic tournament and the Manx team definitely punched well over their ranking, especially against the Republic of Ireland.

I didn’t know much about Netball before the tournament, and I still don’t know much about the sport today, but I really did enjoy following the tournament and the results throughout the weekend – congratulations to the whole team, they certainly did the Isle […]

MHK Blog 6th to 12th May 2019

Blog 12 May 19Apologies for the length of this week’s blog – so I would certainly grab a coffee first and make yourself comfortable…..

Since the General Election in September 2016 there have been a few big announcements made under this Government, and I do wonder where the press release issued on Friday 3rd May 2019 will rank by the end of this particular administration in 2021….

Unfortunately it was far too late to include it in last week’s Blog, but on Friday 3rd May the Department of Health and Social Care confirmed that […]

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