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

MHK Blog 15th to 21st June 2020

Blog 21 June 20On 23rd March 2020 I wrote that this island had woken up a different place as the Manx government placed the Isle of Man into a situation of “lockdown” as a direct result of Covid-19, which has caused more than 435,000 deaths around the world this year, and unfortunately 24 of those deaths were here on the Isle of Man.

This week the Isle of Man took the first major steps to emerge from the grip of Covid-19 and to get this island back to some sense of normality, especially […]

MHK Blog 8th to 14th June 2020

Blog 14 June 20On Tuesday this week a protest march was held in Douglas as part of “Black Lives Matter”, which is an international human rights movement that campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards black people.

Over the last couple of weeks there have been thousands of protests across the world after a Minneapolis policeman, Derek Chauvin knelt on an unarmed black man, George Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes whiles he was being arrested on 25th May.

Mr Floyd died from his injuries and this has led to global protests and calls […]

MHK Blog 1st to 7th June 2020

Blog 7 June 20At 13.00 last Sunday afternoon the roads around the island’s TT course were due to fall silent with an army of Officials, Marshals, Volunteers and Fans waiting on the roadside or in their favourite hedge or vantage point with anticipation of the first bikes leaving the grandstand at 13.20 to mark the start of TT 2020.

Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic ensured that this year’s event would be cancelled, so we will never know the stories that would have unfolded, the heroes that would have been born, the legends that would […]

MHK Blog 25th to 31st May 2020

Blog 31 May 20At 20.35 (a very strange time) on Wednesday evening a formal press release was issued confirming that the Policy and Reform Minister, Chris Thomas, MHK had been dismissed from the Council of Ministers – not entirely sure if Chris received flowers or simply a thank you for all his hard work over the past couple of years.

The dismissal was a direct result of him voting against the Emergency Powers (Coronavirus) (Town and Country Procedures) Regulations 2020 on Tuesday in Tynwald, and according to the press release his actions were […]

MHK Blog 18th to 24th May 2020

Blog 24 May 20As the Isle of Man continues to settle into the “new normal”, a number of non-essential shops have started to re-open this week, along with lifting various restrictions on certain sports and other activities etc.

These businesses will still have to observe and introduce similar guidelines to those already put in place by the island’s supermarkets etc.

It is fair to say that as a society we don’t like queuing or waiting, especially men, but over the past few weeks we have come to expect that we will now have to […]

MHK Blog 11th to 17th May 2020

Blog 17 May 20With the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic continuing to dominate the news headlines at the moment, it seems fitting that we took a moment on Tuesday to celebrate International Nurses Day on the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

It is one of those topics that I studied at school and I am surprised that I can still remember most of the stories during the cold winter months at Ramsey Grammar School. Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Tuscany – strange but true – on 12th […]

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