In this month’s Tynwald sitting two very important items were tabled for discussion, but I do acknowledge that the House of Keys Speaker, Juan Watterson, SHK might argue that there were in fact three items of public importance after Tynwald accepted to appoint an Auditor General from April 2021.
Anyway, the first was the new Head of Terms agreement with Manx Gas and the second one related to the Area Plan for the East, which was withdrawn by the Policy and Reform Minister, Ray Harmer, MHK during last month’s Tynwald […]
Last Saturday evening the main news channels in the US and UK confirmed that America had spoken and had elected Democrat Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States of America, which was almost 5 days after the election, but the current President Donald Trump continues to dispute the election result, both publicly and in the Courts.
Vice President, Kamala Harris has also made history by becoming the first woman, the first black person and person of South Asian descent to hold the office of Vice President, which […]
As I thought a few weeks ago, the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced last Saturday evening that England will enter into a month’s “lockdown” for the second time. The announcement came on the back of the UK passing a very grim milestone of having over one million coronavirus cases, along with the UK death toll passing more than 47,000, which is alarming.
The UK Prime Minister was forced to make the announcement after details of the plans were leaked to the numerous national newspapers ahead of a Parliamentary statement […]
In Business, Sport and Politics the Isle of Man has always had a special relationship and rivalry with our friends and colleagues in Guernsey and Jersey, especially on a political level when the three Crown Dependencies come together to negotiate or communicate a particular message with the UK Government – for example, our position regarding the UK leaving the European Union.
As Manx politicians we are also very fortunate to get to know some of the States Members (parliamentary members) from both Guernsey and Jersey through the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association […]
A long blog this week, so grab a coffee and settle down….
Straight into my own activities this week, I had my political surgery on Saturday morning and a few Constituents called in, including one lady who was unfortunate to be stuck in Pakistan during the Coronavirus lockdown on the island and who was desperately trying to get back to her home in Onchan. Unfortunately, the process wasn’t easy and it took a couple of months and a lot of correspondence with the Isle of Man and UK governments, but […]
I have to start this week by congratulating all island residents who were recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, which was delayed from June.
The Health Minister, David Ashford, MBE, MHK was one of several island residents to receive an MBE or BEM this year. A statement from Government House said that Mr Ashford showed remarkable courage and compassion, along with kindness, humour and an unquestionable sense of duty throughout the pandemic, but also during the press conferences.
His DHSC colleague, Peter Duffy, Consultant Urologist also received an MBE for […]