Gef’s Daily Roundup

Jet Ski Romeo on ITV

Apparently a glutton for punishment, ‘Jet Ski Romeo’ Dale McLaughlan decided that jail wasn’t enough of a punishment for illegally travelling over to the island, and put himself through an interview with Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain. Appearing via video link from Scotland, the island’s public enemy no.1 Dale said some dead nice things about his girlfriend, Jessica Radcliffe, who also appeared on the show. Dale apologised for breaking the law, but also admitted he’d do it again. While Dale’s actions were undoubtedly stupid, risky and selfish, there was something admittedly heartwarming when he told Piers he was willing to risk his life for love because “what else is there?”. Or maybe I’m just a soft touch. 

Manx Utilities’ customer support for circuit break

Manx Utilities has announced its customer support plan for the circuit break. MU aims to support all their customers, especially those who are vulnerable. While their headquarters will only be accessible to support Key Meter Prepay customers and non-essential services have been ceased, the emergency support line will remain open via 687687 24 hours a day. Should customers have any concerns about electricity and water supplies or sewerage services or payment, they should contact enquiries@manxutilities.im or call 687687.

Manx Utilities has also uplifted the emergency credit for Key Meter Prepay customers to £30, from the standard £6. Standing charge and any debt repayment will be suspended during the emergency credit period, but will be collected at the next top up.

GCSE and A-Level Exams cancelled

In England it’s been confirmed that this summer’s GCSE and A-Level exams have been cancelled. Gavin Williams has announced that England will use school-based assessments to replace the exams, thereby putting “trust in teachers rather than algorithms”. This comes after students protested the way in which the government algorithm assigned grades last year, having been deemed ‘classist’ by many students after the system downgraded students grades at lower-attaining state schools. 

Democrats control Washington

For the first time since 2011, the Democrats have control of the House, Senate and White house after winning the two Georgia runoff elections. While the result leaves the Senate 50/50, Vice President elect Kamala Harris has the casting vote. This is huge for Biden, as it allows him to set the legislative agenda, including proposals addressing climate change and health care.

Julian Assange loses extradition bail bid 

Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange will remain in jail while he fights against extradition to the US. On Monday, District Judge Vanessa Baraister ruled that he could not be extradited to the US on grounds that he was a suicide risk. The US will appeal against this ruling when it is brought back before judges later this year. If Assange is extradited, the US wants to put him on trial for hacking and disclosing classified information.