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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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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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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In the media: IOM Government needs to improve its performance on Coronavirus

I spoke with Tim Glover on Manx Radio yesterday about Coronavirus. The Isle of Man Government needs to lift its game and take this threat seriously by providing timely and accurate information to the public. Simple things like prominent, digital signage, and proactively contacting returning travellers – by phone or email – should be uncontroversial, and should be implemented immediately.

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IOM Government needs to correct the errors on their Coronavirus website (Update: Now fixed)

For three days now (12 March, 2020) the Isle of Man Government’s website providing advice on the Coronavirus has been wrong. This lapse is creating an undue risk to public health, and needs to be corrected immediately. In the screenshot to the right, the Isle of Man Government’s website wrongly says that people returning from northern Italy only need to self-isolate if they are displaying … Continue reading IOM Government needs to correct the errors on their Coronavirus website (Update: Now fixed)

Responsible proposals to reduce the harm of coronavirus on the Isle of Man

Here are some common sense proposals to reduce the risk of infection in the Isle of Man. They should not be controversial, but rather, represent serious and achievable proposals to reduce the risk of the coronavirus reaching the Isle of Man – and reducing the risk when it gets here.

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