This week’s Isle of Man Examiner publishes details of how much the government’s pay roll has grown.

It comes after promises of smaller government.

The story is on page one. Also this week:

The inquest into a man who drowned off Ramsey.

A support organisation has seen a growing problem with alcohol since the pandemic began.

A row over a missing hash brown at McDonald’s landed joiner Marc Thomas Duncan in court after he grabbed a cutlery holder at the drive-through window and threw it at the staff member.

A court has also heard a case of a farm where animals were malnourished and 11 calves’ bodies were not buried.

Former President of Tynwald Noel Cringle - who had a long career in Manx politics - has died at the age of 83.

A campaign and petition have been launched to stop raw sewage being pumped into the sea.

TT star Conor Cummins talks to how he started his flourishing businesses after a horrific accident on the mountain course.

Carbon dioxide monitors will be installed in classrooms when pupils return next week as part of the island’s battle against coronavirus.

Two fishermen from Northern Ireland have been sentenced for breaching Manx king scallops fishing regulations.

New legislation will come into effect later this year with the aim of protecting allergy sufferers in the island. We have more information.

The Isle of Man’s role in the slave trade.

In court, Julian Miles Rathbone-Scott man who assaulted the assistant manager at Samuel Webb’s pub has been sentenced.

Ahead of the general election and as part of our Word on the Street feature, we ask people what will make them vote.

Why a locked post box in the north of the island is causing problems for a local business.

Lots of photos from the Rushen Heritage Trust Second World War day and a page of photos from the Red Arrows display over Douglas bay.

David Cretney talks about how Manx politics has led the world in his column.

Manx Utilities is currently in the middle of a £1.71million project which will see the replacement of a 4km water main, running from Ronague to Ballakillowey. How is that affecting farmers? Our Food and Farming pages will tell you.

Bushy’s have rebranded their Weisbeer as ’WheeliKonni’, in honour of the well-known TT superfan, Konrad Ammenhauser.

In our regular Buildings at Risk feature, Frank Cowin and Dave Martin of the Isle of Man Natural History and Antiquarian Society take a look at whether current planning policy is really safeguarding the island as a ’Special Place to Live and Work’.

The page from the past is from the Isle of Man Weekly Times in 1960. See who won the senior MGP race that year.

Ramsey’s Tom Mazzone scored the best success of his cycling career to date when he won the 34th Grand Prix de la Somme. That’s the main story on the back page.

There are 10 pages of sport in all.

There is also our letters page, the crossword, a television guide and community news.

Incidentally, one of the letters in the opinions page is very complimentary about the Isle of Man Examiner.

Its author says: ’Long may your publications continue to inform, entertain and edify us.’

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