• November 8, 2017

More news on the Manx media response to Paradise Papers from Mannin Branch of the Celtic League:


I didn’t take that Russian guys advice and go and see a psychiatrist I went to the GPs and had a pneumonia jab. I wasn’t aware that you could get such things – but there you go – and your local Medical Centre is one of the few areas of the IOM Health Services that Kate Beecroft MHK hasn’t managed to screw up yet.

I thought it was prudent to have the jab because I don’t want to be ‘carried off’ just yet not with millions of ‘Paradise Papers’ documents to be exposed. However tell the truth you are more likely to die of boredom from exposure to the ‘Paradise Papers’ or indeed Manx Radio’s robust defence of the Island and the denizens of the golden mile.

Today Appleby instead of shutting up and riding out the storm like those hurricanes that sweep through the Caribbean has launched a robust rebuttal of allegations that it has done any wrongdoing. They single out the media saying that the assertions are a patchwork quilt of unrelated allegations with a clear political agenda and movement against offshore 
jurisdictions. Journalists are in the firing line but they can’t mean Manx Radio because Manx is broadcasting continuous refutations of the allegations about Appleby the Manx Government and everyone else in the frame. In fact it’s becoming like Radio Warsaw in 1939 which just played the Polish National Anthem continuously to let people know the Capital had not succumbed – we all know how that ended.

They even had an interview with someone from the OECD saying what a great place the Island was. I couldn’t make head nor tail of what he was saying he sounded like Stanley Unwin that guy who used to appear on children’s ‘telly’ talking his own form of gibberish years ago.

I suppose Manx think they have to interview someone authoritative but it just backfires spectacularly.

The problem with bodies like the OECD, World Bank and IMF is they are less popular than lawyers or journalists let alone politicians.

The more the mouth pieces of the well to do squawk ‘nothing to see here move along’ the more people think there is something.

Meanwhile my arm has started to stiffen up a bit after the jab – I’m sorry now I didn’t just go and see that psychiatrist!

Image: Stanley Unwin who got a spot on Manx Radio!

Bernard Moffatt
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