So yeah, what an afternoon that was. We hope you’re all doing well and get home safely. Just a moment to say a bloody big thank you to all the emergency services, DoI and civic defence volunteers who have been out today making sure the island is as safe as can be, whether it was closing roads or removing downed trees, we know we certainly wouldn’t have wanted to be out in it.
With that in mind, all outdoor activities at the NSC tonight are cancelled, as is all hockey fixtures on the island tonight,.
Climate Bill to Be Law
The Isle of Man Green Party has welcomed the news that the Climate Change Bill will finally be declared law and make the Government subject to duties and obligations to avoid extreme climate change.
On Friday 3 December 2021, the Isle of Man Green Party wrote to the Lieutenant Governor, the Secretary of State for Justice of the UK Government, and the Isle of Man Chief Minister, requesting an explanation for the delay in the granting of Royal Assent to the Climate Change Bill and urging action.
They have since had a reply from LG Sir John Lorimer, indicating that the Climate Change Bill is to be declared law at the sitting of the next Tynwald, next Tuesday December 14.
Putin and Biden
US President Joe Biden is holding rare talks by video link with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, amid tensions on Ukraine’s eastern frontier. Few expect a breakthrough, but Moscow says talks are needed as tensions in Europe are ‘off the scale’. Russia has moved thousands of troops to the border, but insists it has no intention of attacking Ukraine. It wants guarantees Ukraine will not join Nato, but Western powers say Kyiv’s sovereignty should be respected.
The government has admitted a series of failings in the years leading up to the Grenfell Tower disaster and apologised to victims of the fire. Its barrister told the Grenfell Tower public inquiry it was ‘deeply sorry for its past failures’ in overseeing building safety. Jason Beer QC said local inspectors were responsible for the safety of individual buildings but the government ‘deeply regrets past failures\.
Some 72 people died in the 2017 fire. The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities barrister said: ‘It apologises to the bereaved, residents and survivors of the fire for such failures.’