Over the last 24 hours or so, a member of Douglas Borough Council has made allegations about my past behaviour. In public statements posted on multiple websites, the councillor has made allegations that I have taken various flights overseas.

I confess: It is true that I have flown to Australia. I confess that over the last decade, I have paid for my own flights to Australia on various occasions.

In March 2019, immediately prior to the pandemic, I confess that I flew to Australia to attend the wedding of my brother:

In September 2016, I confess that I flew to Austria (note: one less syllable) to serve as the Master of Ceremonies at the wedding of my best friend:

In September 2015, I confess that I flew to Melbourne to attend the Grand Final to see my beloved football team – Hawthorn – win a third consecutive Premiership:

In May 2015, I confess that I flew to Australia to attend the wedding of my sister. It is true that I flew to Australia twice in this calendar year:

In addition to my own, personally-funded, flights, it is true that other members of the Josem family have also paid for international flights. Here is a photograph proving that my father, and step-mother, flew from Australia to visit the Isle of Man in 2016 (in July! in Summer!):

My beard used to be longer.

I am not sorry about any of these trips. I am so incredibly grateful to have a wonderfully loving family, who continue to love and support me, despite the fact that I’ve left them in Australia to build a life in the Isle of Man.

Michael Josem

Michael Josem is a long-term consumer advocate, most prominently as a global leader in combating fraud in the online gambling industry. He was in part the inspiration for the 20th Century Fox Movie, Runner Runner, starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake.

Josem has over a decade of experience as a senior business leader working across various high-tech and online industries, and takes action to build a better community. His primary volunteer roles include service for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and Graih, the homelessness charity.