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

MHK Blog 30th March to 5th April 2020

Blog 5 Apr 20On 1st July 2016, I wrote my first Blog, which was entitled an “election blog” for the House of Keys General Election being held on 22nd September 2016.

It gave an overview of the pressures, the nerves and not forgetting the physical work required whilst holding down a 9 to 5 job at the same time. It also provided details on the decisions that needed to be made throughout the election campaign.

The original idea was for me to simply record everything and then to be able to review the information […]

MHK Blog 23rd to 29th March 2020

Blog 29 Mar 20The Isle of Man woke up a different place on Monday morning as the Manx Government announced last Sunday that access to the island would be closed to non-residents from 9am on Monday, in order to help contain the spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

This was on the back of three new cases of the Coronavirus that were confirmed on Sunday, which brought the total number of cases to five, but that figure would continue to increase throughout the week.

One of those cases was passed from person to person, which […]

MHK Blog 16th to 22nd March 2020

Blog 22 Mar 20Given the events that have unfolded this week my Blog is lengthy, so grab a coffee and settle down – and if you only ever read one of my Blogs, then please read this one….

As an MHK I have come under pressure and criticism on a number of occasions over the last three years, but I haven’t experienced anything quite like the events that I have witnessed this week from Onchan Constituents, the wider Manx Community and Businesses in respect of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), which continues to spread across […]

MHK Blog 9th to 15th Mar 2020

Blog 15 Mar 20In the House of Keys on Tuesday morning, the DOI Minister, Ray Harmer, MHK announced that Loganair was to operate two daily flights between Isle of Man and the Liverpool from Thursday morning.

The Loganair aircraft being used is a Saab 340, which only has a seating capacity of just 33 or 34, so this announcement will not ease many of the ongoing concerns being raised around tickets prices or re-establishing the Manchester and Birmingham routes that this island needs as a matter of urgency.

On the other hand, it does […]

MHK Blog 2nd to 8th Mar 2020

Blog 8 Mar 20The collapse of the regional airline Flybe early on Thursday morning will seriously affect the Isle of Man, not just for local residents travelling to and from the UK, but also for the island’s tourism industry, which was just starting to show serious signs of increased confidence on the back of some major investment in new hotels, the revamp of Douglas promenade and at the airport and the sea terminal.

The final nail in the coffin for the troubled airline was blamed firmly on the Coronavirus after the regional airline […]

MHK Blog 24th Feb to 1st Mar 2020

Blog 1 Mar 20I mentioned a few weeks ago that the DfE team went to look around an office based in Douglas and that I wasn’t able to publish any further details until the Company had issued a formal press release.

Well that Company is called “Flix”, which is an island based animation studio that is located on Finch Road, Douglas. This week they announced a new TV series that was commissioned by the BBC entitled “Dog Loves Books’, which tells the story of a bookshop owner, Dog and his best friend Pug […]

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