THE chairman of Manx nationalist party Mec Vannin has said that the decision of the Isle of Man to go ahead with the Royal wedding bank holiday smacks of double-standards.
Mark Kermode, said: ‘The (Manx) government is continually braying about its independence and yet the decision to celebrate the UK holiday contradicts that.’
He went on to say that the event has absolutely nothing to do with the Isle of Man.
An extra bank holiday was declared by the British Government for the wedding celebrations of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29 this year.
The Manx government also decided to make the day a bank holiday.
The Mec Vannin chairman suggested that Chief Minister Tony Brown MHK may have his eyes set on a UK honours.
The Isle of Man is a self-governing Crown Dependency. The head of state is Queen Elizabeth II – grandmother of Prince William – who holds the title of Lord of Mann. She is represented in the island by the Lieutenant Governor, His Excellency Vice Admiral Sir Paul Haddacks.
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