Tag Archives: Isle of Man

It’s been a while …

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It’s been a while since the last blog. Nearly three years in fact, if you discount the small spot of self-indulgence last year when I had the good fortune to win a contest. Now that both children are in school, … Continue reading

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What’s the problem with a broad education? (Or why Nicky Morgan is wrong)

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I wasn’t going to get too heated about UK Education Secretary Nicky Morgan’s apparent suggestion that students should ditch the arts humanities in favour of the sciences. I wasn’t going to rise to the bait of yet another politician seeming … Continue reading

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We need sharp focus in Bell’s political picture, not the fuzzy lines of impressionism

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In startling news from Tynwald yesterday, Chief Minister Allan Bell revealed he is considering reform of the structure and systems of the Council of Ministers. As usual, the nitty gritty of this has yet to be spelled out: will it … Continue reading

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Put a giant egg timer behind the president’s chair – how to make Tynwald question time fairer

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It may be the summer recess but, fear not, members of Tynwald have plenty of opportunity for some navel gazing. The format of Tynwald question time is in the spotlight. Speaker of the House of Keys Steve Rodan, as chairman … Continue reading

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Dr Edgar Mann: a politician from the old school

It was with a genuine feeling of sadness that I learned of the death of Dr Edgar Mann. The former MHK and MLC was from a different era in politics, but he played a major role in Tynwald; in his … Continue reading

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Six tips for the Isle of Man’s newly elected Member of the House of Keys

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Belated congratulations to Chris Thomas, the new MHK for Douglas West. We should all wish him well as he tries to fill the shoes left by political giant Geoff Corkish, who has donned the Legislative Council slippers. Anyway, as Mr … Continue reading

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From Tulisa to Atos – Tynwald is back and we’re quaking in our boots

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This week sees the return of Tynwald for the new year. The excitement is unbearable. What will our politicians do for us? Well, we already know they’ll be looking at redrawing constituency boundaries. The current proposal for 12 two-member constituencies … Continue reading

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Five shocking moments in Manx politics this year

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It was quite a surprise to learn last week that after months of discussion, a committee comprising representatives of the House of Keys and the Legislative Council could not decide whether reform of the latter was a good thing in … Continue reading

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Oh no, it isn’t Act 2 of the House of Keys panto is it? (Oh yes it is)

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At long last, following a lengthy review process and the compilation of a consultants’ report, we have Act Two of the House of Keys panto. The first act of Peter Down the Pan, if you cast your mind back far … Continue reading

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Don’t show any fear: how to survive a pre-school trip

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I’ve just survived helping out on a pre-school trip. More importantly, so did the children. It’s an eye-opening experience which, as a parent, leaves you with even more admiration for the staff who, day in, day out, marshal tiny troops … Continue reading

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