Russia’s Naughty List

The Isle of Man has not been added to Russia’s list of unfriendly countries, despite Great Britain and Jersey being named as countries that the Kremlin believes is acting against it. Other countries which Putin did take off his Christmas card list include the USA, Canada, Australia, the entire EU, Monaco, Japan, Albania and weirdly San Marino.

Clearly Putin hasn’t heard about the banning of Russian vodka from EVF garages or Douglas Council lighting up the prom in Blue and Yellow.

It’s Going to Get Worse Before It Gets Better

Onchan MHK Rob Callister has warned his constituents that prices will continue to rise and that he wouldn’t be surprised to see shortages in shops next year.

In a frank post on his Facebook page, Mr Callister outlined the position of Manx Utilities, of which he is the chairman, and repeated a warning from the World Bank that ‘that household costs will be squeezed significantly in 2022, and possibly going into 2023’.

He added: ‘Higher fertiliser costs and a shortage in wheat and other produce means that the basic basket of goods that we buy in the supermarket every week will cost us more. Some grocery costs have already started to increase, but the price of some of those very basic items will increase further over the next 12 months.

‘In fact I wouldn’t be surprised to see a general shortage in certain grocery items over the next couple of years, which again shows the urgency for us to produce more of our basic grocery items here on the island.’

Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will address the House of Commons at 5pm tonight, speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle has announced. President Zelensky will speak in Ukrainian with a translator.

Sir Lindsay said in a statement: ‘Every parliamentarian wants to hear directly from the president, who will be speaking to us live from Ukraine, so this is an important opportunity for the House.’

Ulster GP

Plans to revive the debt-hit Ulster Grand Prix in 2022 have fallen through in a major setback for Irish road racing with confirmation that the iconic Dundrod meeting has been cancelled. The road races were set to return, for what should’ve been its centenary run, from August 16 to 20 after a two-year absence due to financial issues and Covid-19.

The UGP regained the title of ‘The World’s Fastest Road Race’ from the Isle of Man TT in 2019 when Peter Hickman lapped at an average speed of 136.415mph on his way to winning the opening Superbike race around the Dundrod circuit.

A statement from Tourism NI said: ‘Tourism NI has received a request from Revival Racing Ltd seeking funding of £800,000 to stage the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix in 2022. This is six times the funding provided by Tourism NI to stage the events in 2019. 

‘The Department for the Economy and Department of Finance provided Tourism NI with the necessary approvals in principle to pay out the sum of money requested if Tourism NI was in a position to do so. The funding request has now been considered by Tourism NI’s board and it concluded that it could not justify the level of funding requested both on financial and legal grounds.’