Politics

DoI Review Due Next Month

An independent review of the capacity and capabilities of the DoI is due to report at the end of next month. It is being carried out by management consultants Beamans, which previously delivered a report into the island’s education system that led to changes being implemented in the DESC. Chief […]

Tynwald Question Time

Tynwald was back this week with members quizzing ministers on topics including school lunches, online degrees and medicinal cannabis. Julie Edge – On how many occasions in the last 12 months the published primary school meals menu has not been provided? Dr Al – From March 24 2020 to May […]

IOM GOV BRIEFING – 12th MARCH

Howard, David, Dr Henny Well good afternoon everyone. Sad news that another member of our community has lost their life to Covid-19 My heart goes out to family and friends. Sincere condolences The unhappy fact is that Covid has taken so many lives around the world We have now tragically […]

Through the Key Hole

Keys was back this week, delayed by a special sitting of Tynwald, MHKs met virtually on Tuesday afternoon, here’s some of the highlights from the written answers, including a special trip upstairs to the Legislative Council. No Timetable for Timetables Unashamedly indulging my own interest by putting this first, no […]

Gov Hints at New Air Bridges

With today’s announcement that the Classic TT and MGP have also fallen victim to Covid, the gov has hinted towards new air bridge links for the island. Last year of course an air bridge linked the Isle of Man with Guernsey, which allowed Manxies and Guerns to swap islands and […]

Exit Strategy Published

Nearly a year after the pandemic began, the Manx gov has now published its proposed exit strategy, which will, in time, lead to the opening of our borders.  The document itself is just under 30 pages and consists of a history lesson, a look at where we are, and the […]

HQ’s Exit Strategy To Tynwald

Tynwald kicks off with President Steve Rodan reading a message from Lord of Mann, Queen Elizabeth II  HQ statement: Almost a week since we entered a third lockdown, thanks to all the public for playing their part. Only time will tell, a critical moment in this outbreak. Cases at a […]

IOM GOV BRIEFING – 8th MARCH

HOWARD, DAVID, DR AL, DR HENNY  WELL GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE  NUMBERS 1 RESULT AWAITING 56 NEW CASES 369 ACTIVE TOTAL 8 IN HOSPITAL 1 ICU SNAPSHOT AS ALWAYS, MAY INCREASE AS THE DAY GOES ON HOWARD WE’RE TESTING LOADS OF PEOPLE AROUND 14% ARE COMING BACK POSITIVE  DR HENNY OF […]

IOM GOV BRIEFING – 5th MARCH

HOWARD, DAVID, DR AL, DR HENNY WELL GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE  REMOVE MASKS  NUMBERS – LAST 24 HOURS – ‘SNAPSHOT’ 59 NEW CASES 163 ACTIVE CASES 2 IN HOSPITAL DHSC SERVICES ASSESSMENT  MORE SELF ISOLATION MEANS STAFFING HAS BEEN AFFECTED STAFF WILL BE REDEPLOYED TO VACCINATION AND TEST  CANCER SCREENINGS GOING […]

IOM GOV BRIEFING – 4th MARCH

HOWARD, ASHY, DR HENNY, DR AL  WELL GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE  NUMBERS 12 RESULTS OUTSTANDING 36 NEW CASES TOTAL ACTIVE CASES 106 2 IN HOSPITAL 21 FROM UNKNOWN SOURCES HOWARD WE EXPECTED IT TO HAPPEN  WE WILL CONTINUE TO SEE CASES AS THE VIRUS INCUBATES  THIS IS WHY STAYING AT HOME […]

IOM GOV BRIEFING – 3rd MARCH

HOWARD, DAVID, DR HENNY, DR AL WELL GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE  DAY ONE OF THE LOCKDOWN  NUMBERS  DAVE ON ZOOM  33703 TOTAL TESTS UNDERTAKEN 33681 TOTAL TESTS CONCLUDED 22 AWAITING TEST RESULTS 17 NEW CASES 70 ACTIVE CASES 67 COMMUNITY 3 HOSPITAL 14 UNKNOWN SOURCE HOWARD  THANKS DAVE, SPREADS QUICKLY DOESN’T […]

Hooper Demands Steam Packet Answers

Liberal Vannin leader Lawrie Hooper has called on the Tynwald Public Accounts Committee to look into the Steam Packet crew restrictions debacle as a matter of urgency. A row recently erupted where the gov and Steam Packet realised they had different opinions as to what was required of the company’s […]

HQ’s STATEMENT TO KEYS

HQ – WHEN I STOOD HERE LAST WEEK IT WAS A CLUSTER, NOW IT’S GOT WORSE AND WE HAVE MORE CASES WHICH HAVE NO TRACEABLE SOURCE SO FAR AS MORE INFO BECAME CLEAR WE TOOK PRECAUTIONARY ACTION AND ASKED BUSINESSES TO CLOSE WHILE WE ASSESSED INFO NOT TAKEN LIGHTLY, COMIN […]

Test Test Test, Teach Teach Teach

Education Minister Dr Alex Allinson has said his department is confident about the return of students and teachers to schools tomorrow morning. Chief Minister HQ confirmed today that despite the two community cases of Covid-19, the Council of Ministers have decided against new social distancing restrictions or school closures at […]

IOM GOV BRIEFING – 28th FEB

HQ, DAVID, DR HENNY SORRY FOR CANCELLING ALL OF YOUR SATURDAY PLANS & EVENTS HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY WAS HEAVILY IMPACTED YESTERDAY TOO I WANT TO CLARIFY A POINT THAT I MADE YESTERDAY. WHEN I SAID THERE WASN’T SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES WHO CLOSED, I MEANT *NEW* SUPPORT. SALARY SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE FOR […]

A Brief Look at Salmond v Sturgeon

They were once the most powerful partnership in Scottish politics, banishing Labour and the Tories to the political wilderness as the SNP swept the board, but now Alex Salmond could be the man to bring down Nicola Sturgeon. Mr Salmond gave evidence to the parliamentary party on Friday when he […]

Council Takes Precautionary Steps

Douglas Council has confirmed it is taking the following steps following the gov’s Stay At Home guidance issued today. The Eastern Civic Amenity site will be closed Sunday Only residents and essential visitors are permitted to enter sheltered housing complexes. Communal areas are now closed to residents until further notice […]

Charity Welcomes Rollout

A diabetic charity has welcomed the announcement by Health Minister David Ashford that the prescription rollout of important technology is underway. This week in Keys, Mr Ashford confirmed that 60 residents have been assessed and offered the Freestyle Libre after the unavoidable delays caused by Covid-19. The Freestyle Libre is […]

Consultation on Capacity Bill

The public are invited to give their views on the island’s first draft Capacity Bill, which aims to enhance the protection of people who are unable to make their own decisions.  A consultation which has just gone live offers a further opportunity to help shape a landmark piece of legislation […]

We Feel Let Down by Gov

A member of staff at the Steam Packet has told Gef the crew feel ‘let down’ by the gov and are in ‘disbelief’ to hear they were expected to isolate themselves for the past year. Since we spoke to the crew member, the gov has announced that the Steam Packet’s […]

Sturgeon’s Roadmap

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has told the Scottish Parliament that she plans to lift restrictions gradually, with ‘more substantial’ plans to come from the end of April onwards. Ms Sturgeon said the last week of April should see a ‘phased but significant re-opening of the economy’. She told SMPs […]

Boris’ Exit Strategy

In news exclusive to every news organisation in Britain, Boris will today announce his plans for England exiting lockdown. Because of the powers of the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, his changes will largely only affect England. His plan: March 8 – schools reopening and two people […]

MLP Outlines Spending Priorities

The Manx Labour Party has outlined what it would include in a budget if its members were in a coalition inside Tynwald. The party has released a set of measures, designed to help develop warmer homes, quality affordable social housing, community-owned renewable energy, cleaner air in towns, health and wellbeing, […]

Tynwald Written Answers

This week’s Tynwald also saw the return of written questions, here’s a selection of some of the biggest answers from the February sitting. Key Workers From December 1 to January 31, 185 key worker exemptions were granted between five gov departments. Onchan MHK Julie Edge asked the Chief Minister how […]