The Isle of Man is a small island of the western coast of Great Britain. It has, some claim, the charm of a bygone UK. The laws are stricter and crime is much lower.
For many people it is a perfect holiday destination in the Great British Summer. Its only links to the mainland UK are by the sea with boats and ferries and by air with aircraft links.
Currently the Isle of Man is in danger of suffering food shortages due to severe weather affecting ferry crossings.
The Steam Packet Company is responsible for getting supplies through to the Isle of Man. This company's ferries have currently been affected by severe weather and technical problems. A combination of these two factors has left the Isle of Man struggling to maintain its food supplies.
A politician on the island said "One haulier is worried he can't guarantee a consignment of medical supplies for the prison and another is getting regular inquiries from the hospital. I have never seen a situation like this before - the Isle of Man is gripped in a consumer crisis."
Not good news at any time of year but with Christmas only two weeks away a disaster. The fact that medical supplies could be affected is especially worrying. The Isle of Man is hardly off the beaten track. Being so close to Ireland and the mainland UK the situation seems laughable. That is it would if it was not dire.
Locals due at events on the mainland have been unable to attend and local businesses cannot trade due to a lack of necessary supplies and equipment. There have been calls for the Steam Packet Company to invest in more vessels and also ones capable of sailing in gale force weather. The company claim that after work is carried out on some of their vesesels their capabilities will be improved.
Even bread supplies are now being hit. One bakery is flying in supplies of yeast to prevent a bread shortage. The knock on effect to local businesses is lost income which is always bad news. Action is needed as quickly as possible.