Onchan MHK Zac Hall has gone AWOL.
The MHK, who announced last month that he was not seeking re-election in September, was absent without leave from both this month’s Tynwald sitting and this week’s House of Keys.
Speaker Steve Rodan told MHKs: ‘I would advise that the record will show that the Hon. Member for Onchan, Mr Hall, is in fact absent without leave.’
At the end of this month’s Tynwald sitting, president Clare Christian said: ‘I have noticed that the Hon. Member for Onchan, Mr Hall, has not attended any part of this sitting. Mr Hall was not given leave of absence and it will therefore be recorded that he has been absent without leave.’
Mr Hall has been no stranger to controversy in recent months.
He was the focus of a plagiarism row which led to him being depicted as a parrot on page one of the Isle of Man Examiner. Our story revealed that Mr Hall had copied, almost word for word, extracts from an International Monetary Fund report during a Tynwald debate on securing sustainable growth.
The previous week, Mr Hall was exposed as having copied and pasted extracts from an article in The Irish Catholic newspaper for his contribution to the second reading debate on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Douglas East MHK Chris Robertshaw leapt to his defence in the House of Keys, accusing the newspaper of ‘cheap and nasty gutter journalism of the very worst kind’.