Covid-19, the Local Authority Elections, a new President of Tynwald and a very long final sitting of Tynwald this week before I can finally turn my focus to the House of Keys General Election on Thursday 23rd September.
So I guess you won’t be surprised when I say that this week’s blog is long, so feel free to grab a coffee first…
With regards to Covid-19, the number of active cases here on the Isle of Man has continued to increase this week and by Tuesday evening the figure stood at […]
This week the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19) is very much back in the headlines once again after a sharp increase in the number of active cases on the island. On Monday 18 new cases were reported, which brought the total number of active cases on the Isle of Man to 101, but that figure would increase significantly over the course of the week.
On Tuesday a further 30 cases were reported and on Wednesday there was an additional 48 cases which brought the total number of active cases to 182 here […]
On Monday this week we celebrated Tynwald Day here on the Isle of Man and this year was particularly special because Her Royal Highness Princess Anne came as guest of honour to preside over the Ceremony, which attracted a large crowd to St. John’s.
Despite the cloudy weather forecast for early on Monday morning, the weather was actually perfect for the open air service. For those that are not familiar with our Tynwald Day proceedings, it is the Isle of Man’s National Day on the 5th July each year and […]
Over the past few weeks I have deliberately not mentioned any active cases of Covid-19 on the island because as a society we are meant to be living with the virus, but concerns have been raised after the number of active cases of Covid-19 on the island reached 20 by Thursday evening, and that number increased to 26 by Friday teatime.
Unfortunately, some of those active cases involved teachers and students from local schools, which has put additional strain on our educational system, but more importantly families, especially those being […]
Hard to believe that this administration is almost done, in less than four months the island will have a new House of Keys, a new Chief Minister, new Ministers and no doubt several new House of Keys Members to start their own political journey.
Next month that journey will start again with the election of a new President of Tynwald, which will happen on Tuesday 20th July, At the moment there are just two candidates standing, the current Speaker Juan Watterson and his Rushen colleague Laurence Skelly.
Last weekend it was announced that the Chief Minister, Howard Quayle, MHK was one of four island residents to be recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
The Chief Minister is to receive a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for service to the people of the Isle of Man, especially in respect of his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and in respect of Brexit negotiations.
It has been a difficult period for so many people on the island, but it is hard to imagine the continuing […]