Election 2001 - A week in the life of Richard Corkill, Isle of Man Treasury minister
My children of eight and ten get the house kick-started by getting up first. This always reminds me of our 21-year-old son who is at university and probably not up!
Check my diary and switch on Manx radio’s political programme. It follows me round the house as we have a radio in the shower room, bedroom and kitchen.
Arrive at work and discover that the diary has changed. I have a joint meeting with the tourism minister to explain to a group of hoteliers the support measures that we have put in place following the cancellation of the TT races due to fears of foot-and-mouth disease.
Photo day at the House of Keys. We are coming to the end of the parliamentary session in the Isle of Man because elections are coming up in November so it’s the last of the legislative process.
The Speaker wanted a group picture of the House of Keys 2001. At lunchtime, I attend a management committee about the works required for improvements to parliamentary buildings. Great timing in election year as any work on parliament is always seen as self-indulgence by politicians.
The weather is great, so off home for a barbecue with the family in the evening.
Wednesday In the afternoon, I have a select committee meeting to attend following an ancient Manx tradition. We have a process where on Tynwald Day, 5 July, aggrieved citizens can present their petitions to parliament. If this is picked up by a member of the House of Keys it results in a select committee.
The day starts with a council of ministers meeting – keeping the government joined up – headed by the chief minister.
In the afternoon I have an interview with Manx Radio who want to talk about comments made in the US about the OECD and the changing position.
In the evening I put on my other hat as the treasurer of the PTA of our local primary school.
All day in the office replying to letters from constituents.
The week ends with a chartered accountants’ annual dinner – good food, good wine and good company. You can’t end a week much better than that. ?: