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'It's not heroic to abandon our people' - Bill Shimmins MHK

Border closure divides local politicians

'It is not heroic to abandon your own people'.
 
A Tynwald member has criticised the government's decision to block the return of stranded Manx residents during its coronavirus lockdown.
 
MHK Bill Shimmins urged the government to rethink the policy and fast-track a quarantine facility for these residents, a measure similar to Singapore.
 
It was in response to the chief minister's move to seek approval of further emergency powers to keep the borders closed:

The chief minister says the decision to close our borders wasn't made on a whim:

 

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