The Isle of Man and Thomas the Tank Engine

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There’s a lovely story in the Irish Times this morning. It’s headlined:

Island on track to meet challenge of tax change that cost it dear.

However maybe 90% of the story is about the fact that Thomas the Tank Engine is based on Sodor, which is the Isle of Man in all but name. And as it concludes:

Known for being self-important on occasions, Thomas The Tank Engine always believes he is deserving of more respect and he gets annoyed when he does not get it.

On the Isle of Man, right now, there are a few more like him.

Don’t I know it!