IOM GOV UPDATE – 9TH MAY

ASHY,  MAJOR  CHARLES WILSON, ED FROM MNH

ASHY WITH THE NUMBERS

  • 19 TESTS OUTSTANDING 

  • NO NEW CASES 

  • 39 ACTIVE CASES

UPDATE

  • TODAY IS THE ANNIVERSARY OF VE DAY 

  • TODAY WE SHOWED OUR RESPECT BY STAYING INDOORS

  • NEVER HAVE I EVER FELT SO HONOURED TO BE A MANX MAN THAN TODAY 

  • WE MAKE A LOT OF WAR REFERENCES WHEN WE TALK ABOUT COVID – ARMOUR / ENEMY / BATTLE 

  • WE’RE ASKING YOU TO MAKE SACRIFICES – JUST LIKE OUR FELLOW MANXIES DID DURING THE WAR

  • THEIR SACRIFICES WERE MUCH GREATER THAN THE ONES WE HAVE BEEN ASKED – MANY OF THEM MAKING THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE AND DIDN’T MAKE IT HOME TO MANX SHORES

  • TODAY WE REMEMBER THEM 

  • THANKS TO THE PIPER AND A BUGLE PLAYERS – IN SYNC WITH OTHER NATIONS

  • CHECK OUT THE VIDEO ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

  • THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO SHARED PHOTOS OF YOUR SOCIALLY DISTANT VE DAY CELEBRATIONS ON FACEY

OVER TO ED

  • IOM HAS ALWAYS PLAYED ITS PART IN DEFENDING BRITAIN AND THE COMMONWEALTH 

  • MANX PEOPLE JOINED THE MILITARY 

  • LIKE NOW, DURING THE WAR – TOURISM HALTED OVER NIGHT 

  • SIGNIFICANT CHANGE TO ISLAND’S WAY OF LIFE – END OF THE WAR BROUGHT HUGE RELIEF

  • PROUD TO WORK WITH CULTURE VANNIN AND SCHOOL TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO RECOGNISE THE GREAT SACRIFICES MADE  

  • A SPECIAL SELECTION OF 100 IMAGES REPRESENTING WAR TIME ON THE ISLAND ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE 

MAJOR CHARLES

  • I’D LIKE TO THANK YOU ASHY – GREAT DECISIONS TO CLOSE BORDERS, YOU HAVE SAVED LIVES

  • ROYAL BRITISH LEGION IS THE GUARDIAN OF REMEMBRANCE 

  • BECAUSE OF C-19 WE HAVE A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE – WE ARE REMEMBERING THOSE WHO  MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE

CHARLES CAN YOU HEAR US? THIS IS ASHY FROM GROUND CONTROL. GROUND CONTROL TO MAJOR CHARLES 

  • NOT UNUSUAL FOR ME TO GET LOST 

  • AGREED WITH HOWARD THAT ON NOV 22ND WE WILL HOLD AN EVENT IN THE VILLA FOR ALL MILITARY EVENTS THAT WE’VE MISSED DURING LOCKDOWN 

  • REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO IT

  • WE’LL HAVE A BREW, PAY OUR RESPECTS AND MAYBE HAVE A CONCERT 

  • LOTS OF PEOPLE ARE MAKING EFFORT, MILITARY CHARITIES ARE STEPPING IN TO HELP 

  • LOADS OF HELP FROM ARMY CADET FORCE – £750 RAISED 

  • GREAT TO SEE YOUNG PEOPLE DOING SUCH NICE AND HELPFUL THINGS 

QUESTIONS 

Q) ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM – BANK HOLIGATE?

THE PLAN WAS ALWAYS TO ANNOUNCE AN ADDITIONAL BANK HOL LATER IN THE YEAR TO RECOGNISE ALL OF THE HARD WORK ACROSS THE COMMUNITY. VARIOUS DATES WERE FLOATING AROUND BUT IT WASN’T APPROVED UNTIL TODAY. 

WE WANT MORE BUSINESSES TO BE ABLE TO BENEFIT FROM A BANK HOL. 

Q) TELL US ABOUT THE VE DAY PARTICIPATION WITH YOUNG PEOPLE…

SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN INVOLVED. LITTLE PLUG FOR THE PAGE, IF YOU WANT TO DONATE – GO FOR IT 

Q) BACK TO THE BANK HOL. IT DIDN’T LEAK, IT WAS ON THE TYNWALD WEBSITE AND IT WAS A CLEAR CANCELLATION. SMELLS FISHY, WAS IT A U TURN?

NOT THE CASE. CATEGORICALLY SAY THAT WE ALWAYS PLANNED ANOTHER ONE. 

BANK HOLIDAYS CAN BE AN ECONOMIC BOOST, BUT BARS WILL STILL BE CLOSED ON THE SENIOR. WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A 4 DAY WEEKEND IN AUGUST. 

Q) WHAT ABOUT THE KEY WORKERS WHO WERE LOOKING FORWARD TO SENIOR BANK HOL?

WE THINK IT’S BETTER TO HOLD ONE LATER IN THE YEAR SO THEY CAN LET THEIR HAIR DOWN. 

Q) MORE ON BANK HOLIGATE. HOW ARE THE DECISIONS MADE?

I DON’T THINK THERE HAVE EVER BEEN THIS MANY PEOPLE LOOKING AT A TYNWALD ORDER PAPER. 

WE WERE PLANNING ON IT BEING A NICE SURPRISE FOR EVERYONE, MAYBE IT WAS A LITTLE NAIVE

Q) 4,500 PEOPLE HAVE A SIGNED A PETITION ABOUT BANK HOLIGATE – IT’S TOUCHED A NERVE

PETITION IS BASED ON WHEN PEOPLE THOUGHT THEY LOST THE BANK HOL 

EVERYONE I’VE SPOKEN TO THINKS OUR SURPRISE BANK HOL IS A GREAT IDEA. 

Q) PAUL – WHAT IF IT’S STILL A SH!T SHOW IN AUGUST? 

IT’S AN IDEAL DATE, GIVES EVERYONE A 4 DAY BREAK 

Q) WHAT ABOUT TYNWALD DAY?

IT’S NOT GOING ANYWHERE 

Q) MAJOR CHARLES – HOW DID YOU SPEND YOUR VE DAY?

HAD A SOCIALLY DISTANCE GARDEN PARTY WITH A MATE. COME AND TAKE A DRIVE BY TO CHECK OUT MY FLAGS. WE DIDN’T HAVE AN ALCOHOLIC BEV, WE HAD A COFFEE. WE WAVED AT EVERYONE THAT DROVE BY, IT WAS LOVELY 

THE SACRIFICES THAT WERE MADE DURING THE WAR WERE ENORMOUS, HOWEVER SACRIFICES HAVE BEEN MADE DURING THIS CRISIS. IT HAS BROUGHT LIFE INTO PERSPECTIVE 

ASHY ON SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS 

  • WHEN PEOPLE WORK IN HEALTHCARE ENVIRONMENTS, THEY WORK IN MEDICAL PPE, COLLEAGUES ARE TOO SO IT REDUCED THE CHANCE OF TRANSMISSION AT WORK. SO FOCUS HAS BEEN ON ON CONTACT TRACING WHEN NOT WEARING PPE 

PAUL -CONFIRM / DENY  – ARE THERE MORE CARE HOME CASES?

1 POSITIVE CASE IN ONE CARE HOME BUT I CAN’T IDENTIFY YET. FURTHER TESTING HAS BEEN UNDERTAKEN, ALL TESTS HAVE COME BACK  NEGATIVE. 

PERSON HAS BEEN MOVED TO NEWLANDS, RECOVERING WHILE A DEEP CLEAN TAKES PLACE. 

HEY TIMMY GLOVER – WE’VE HEARD THAT YOU AND JANE HAVE GONE ALL OUT WITH THE BUNTING, FABULOUS  JUST FABULOUSASHY

CLOSING 

  • TODAY IN 2020, WE ARE ASKING PEOPLE TO MAKE DIFFERENT SACRIFICES FOR THE ISLAND WE ALL LOVE 

  • I KNOW IN MY HEART THAT THIS GENERATION WILL RISE TO THE CHALLENGE JUST LIKE PREVIOUS GENERATIONS DID

  • ON THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF VE DAY – WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

One thought on “IOM GOV UPDATE – 9TH MAY”

  1. How nice of them to give us a "surprise bank holiday", forget the fact their just moving it from one day to another. If they really want to surprise people, give them an extra day!

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