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Thomas delivers Dhone oration

L-r: Mark Kermode, Bernard Moffatt, Chris Thomas

Speech calls for truth over rhetoric

Advocating facts, not rhetoric, is the best way to secure the Island's future, according to Policy and Reform Minister Chris Thomas.

He delivered the main address at the annual Illiam Dhone commemoration at Hango Hill in Castletown on Monday.

Mr Thomas says Dhone would have been supportive of some current government policies such as the Freedom of Information Act, which came in to full effect yesterday.

Around 130 people gathered at the site to remember the famous Manxman, who was executed there on 2 January, 1663.

Mec Vannin chairman Mark Kermode delivering an oration in Manx.

Mr Thomas says it's important to distinguish fact from fiction:

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