Quiet Manx Heroism Speaks Louder Than Words

The heroism of the community of Mann in responding to the Coronavirus disease has been remarkable – in many quietly courageous ways that are not obvious at first glance. The sacrifices of the people on the front-line of fighting this disease are clear to all, but the quiet sacrifices of many Manx people has been inspiring to me, and shown the strength of the special brand of Manx nationalism.

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Protecting Civil Liberties During a Public Health Crisis

In coming weeks and months, some people are likely to propose various monitoring and tracking mechanisms for the public (or sections of the public) in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Indeed, I did a couple of weeks ago – to identify people coming to the island. Such solutions can be an important part of the public health response, but these need to be managed carefully to protect legitimate democratic freedoms.

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This is not a drill: Concrete proposals for saving the Manx economy in response to Coronavirus

I attended a meeting of local Manx small businesses the other night (Wednesday, 18 March) – and hearing the stories from the small business operators, it became quickly that the way things are currently heading, this is not going to be an ordinary recession.

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How I think the Chief Minister should communicate with the Manx Public

A friend asked me how I would communicate with the Manx public. This communication strategy is entirely separate from the issue of the content, which I’ve discussed elsewhere on this website. If I were advising the Chief Minister, I would advise two separate tracks: Track One: Communicate directly to the public Get a colleague to ask the Chief Minister the questions that the people of … Continue reading How I think the Chief Minister should communicate with the Manx Public

IOM Government is making a belated step in the right direction on Coronavirus, but undermined by their own failures

The Isle of Man Government has been slow to respond to the Coronavirus – but it appears that it is belatedly doing the right thing. During yesterday’s press conference, the Isle of Man Government announced a number of measures to try to keep our island community healthy. These steps are generally in the right direction, and incorporate many of the measures that I advocated last week. Of course, it would have been better for such actions to be implemented last week – but better late than never!

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