The gov’s figures for December show inflation stood at 6% in December 2021, up from 4.6% in November. The highest level in over five years.

The category ‘Transport’ remains the largest contributor to the rate of inflation, providing a 2.7% increase in the overall 12-month rate, followed by ‘Housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels’, which caused a 1.1% increase. All items within the ‘Transport’ category experienced an increase in prices. ‘Air travel’ experienced the biggest increase in prices (52.2%), followed by ‘petrol and oil’ (23.8%). Within ‘Housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels’, ‘oils and other fuels’ experienced the biggest increase in prices (62.5%) compared to same month last year.

Southern Befrienders

Does anyone have a tall, slim bookcase that they would kindly donate (or sell cheaply) to Southern Befrienders for their new book area to raise funds? They can collect in the south, Douglas and west. You can message them on Facebook.


The Manx Bat Group has become the 300th Partner of UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man after pledging to promote sustainability, conservation and education.

Teflon Boris v Atomic Dom

The prime minister’s former top aide Dominic Cummings has said Boris Johnson was warned about No 10 holding a drinks party during lockdown. Cummings – who has been strongly critical of Mr Johnson since he left No 10 – says the PM ‘waved aside’ concerns about the gathering.

No 10 said it was ‘untrue’ to say Mr Johnson was ‘warned about the event’. However Cummings has says he and others would swear under oath this is true and says Boris has directly lied to the Commons.

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