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    "Space: the stuff between MHK's ears. These are the voyages of the Department of Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new ways of wasting money, to seek out new contracts that will never work and new ways to fund our own pensions, to boldly talk bollocks like no man has talked bollocks before."
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    The women are seeking parity of the abortion laws in the IOM with those of the U.K. Presently of course access to abortion is here is profoundly limited. To make their point about the consequential lesser status of women on the Island, occasioned by our abortion laws, they dressed as characters from a 1985 novel called "The Handmaid's Tale" by a Canadian author, Margaret Atwood. In the novel, a fundamentalist Christian sect, which has replaced the government of the USA, diminishes the role of women to effectively nothing more than child-bearers, leaving women with no rights, and no "voice". The novel was recently televised with Elisabeth Moss, of "Madmen" fame, in the principal role. This display at Tynwald was, in my opinion, the most effective political/social statement ever seen in the IOM, alongside Alan Shea in his Auschwitz uniform. I wish these women every success in their campaign to bring about equity for Manx women, just as I equally wish nothing but failure and disappointment to those striving to uphold (or even limit further) our existing abortion laws, and in the process cynically labelling their cruel endeavours as "reform".
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    You just can't be churlish about the Island Games. Conceived and born in the Isle of Man, it is a wonderful spectacle of endeavour and achievement that allows the peoples of small communities the chance to meet and compete against teams drawn from similar sized populations from near and far. The Games have given pleasure to millions over the years. They are a massive feather in the cap of the Isle of Man and a fitting epitaph for Geoff Corlett. What a smashing bequest to leave to the youngsters.
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    Quite right. And who better to encapsulate that than barclays bank.
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    @The Lurker I understand that you regard the Living Hope Church as no more harmful than any other religious organisation, and that you believe it to be unfair that the LHC are being singled out for criticism ahead of all the others. Dealing with that point firstly; I do make a differentiation between a religious organisation that in action are comparatively benign in the pursuit of its objectives and those that are evidentially and provably not benign. Fundamentalist religious organisations such as those with a bible literalist and young earth creationist world-view are usually firmly within the collective of religious organisations termed ‘dominionist,’ sharing Christian dominion theory and its objectives. This is a collective of Christian political ideologies with a determination to have government by Christians based entirely upon their personal understanding of biblical law. Is the Living Hope Church any better or worse than others with a bible literalist, creationist and fundamentalist composition and objectives? That depends in my opinion on what they actually do to proselytise those fundamentalist creationist beliefs. We are in agreement that we hold to the idea that such organisations should not have any influence in what is being taught in schools and they should have no influence in government policy. We depart in agreement on the substantive of your statement because of the difficulty if not nigh on impossibility of implementation of that in the practical application of it. “I would go further and state that any person or group that has a vested ideological interest should not be allowed a position of influence within Government; that is not to say that politicians should not listen but should be free to exercise their duties to best represent the people who elected them; that is their sole function” As examples of in support of my position. Peter Charles Murcott is a well-known Christian fundamentalist with political ambitions on the IOM. He has stood for election to the House of Keys; he has been vocal and very active in the promotion of his political bible based objectives over the years. What he tells you he is, he is, and what you get if you vote for him is to my mind an accurate and truthful representation of what he is about. Kevin Woodford is another bible literalist who at one time wanted to become a politician who has made no secret of his religious beliefs and convictions. If would-be and elected politicians are honest about those beliefs at the outset and make no attempt to conceal them in their dealings with the electorate, then sooner or later a political matter is likely make it obvious who it is they are representing when they vote on it. With those considerations you are free to either vote for them or not as you choose. However, once it is known that someone is a member of a fundamentalist religious organisation, I suggest that it is unrealistic to expect such a person to be capable of independent, rational, and secular thought in any secular based political policymaking. Zac Hall and his parroting of plagiarised Catholic Church dogma is an obvious example, but there are others. Eddie Teare’s incapacity to act in the House of Keys when faced with the prospect of having to vote on the The Marriage and Civil Partnership Amendment Act because he was, he said reluctant or loath to conflict his Methodist faith and needed to take advice from 'some people' when he could find the time, but he was having no such crisis of conscience when announcing proudly that the IOM now has a substantial part of its GDP thanks to online gambling companies operating from the Isle of Man. Gambling OK, there being no conflict in his mind with his Methodist religion. GAY’s getting married not OK, there being an unresolvable conflict with his religious beliefs. Was he being a rank hypocrite, or was he just being a politician? You decide. Who is it that the fundamentalist religiously indoctrinated actually represent? Is it the diverse electorate with a secular objective to be treated equally by its Government, or is it the specifics of their religious beliefs that is the very antithesis of equality for all under secular laws? I have mentioned that fundamentalist Christian organisations form political and religious alliances within each other’s groups. Most people have no real idea what that means in reality. When Andrea Minichiello Williams writes up and presents policy proposals or actual amendments to UK law to ‘Christian’ MP’s or Members of the House of Lords, the majority of people don’t know that she is actually representing ‘Christian Concern’ which is part of a much wider network of likewise fundamentalist, with a creationist based political objective. Most people have no idea that she exists in the first place. If you look up Wilberforce House, 4 Park Road, Gosforth Business Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE12 8DG it is the registered address for the ‘Christian Institute’ Coalition for Marriage Limited, Meaningful Marriage Limited, More to Marriage Limited, Pursue Faith Limited, Pursuing Faith Limited, Scotland for Marriage Limited, Equal and Free Limited, Chantry House Associates Limited, among others of like constitution. The people in those companies such as Colin John Hart understand how the Charities Commission works, how to finance their objectives by affiliation with other Christian fundamentalist organisations in the USA, and how to work to gain access to educational establishments and political influence. These organisations have access to millions of pounds to fund their activities and objectives because they have a profound understanding and experience of Charity Law and media manipulation. As you say you are an atheist who is also a parent, you make decisions regarding your children’s welfare as is your right and obligation. Knowing what I know about these organisations and their objectives, I would not let them within a broad Manx mile of any child of mine if I had one. I don’t single out the Living Hope Church for special attention they are acting in the schools now that makes them noteworthy, their access to the schools and the students in them is being facilitated by the Education Minister and the Department of Education and Head Teachers. The financing of the Living Hope Church and how it is spending that money is just par for the course, they are all of them cut from the same kind of cloth, and all of them wear the same style of uniform more or less. Personally, I think these kinds of fundamentalist religious organisations are often very good at presenting a benign appearance, but they depend upon the indifference of politicians’ and the general public to take the time and make the effort to find out what they are really about, and because of that lack of understanding or in practice not having much of an interest in understanding what they are really all about, that is the biggest advantage they have in the furtherance of their political and religious objectives. I object to the fundamental creationist religious and politically driven agenda and objectives of the Living Hope Church and I object to that organisation's involvement in the provision of education in any school. A possible and useful question yet to be answered is. How many of the fundamentalist Christian organisations in and outside of the IOM have Manx politicians as ether members of them, or supporters, and or active facilitators of their political objectives? I would really like to know the answer to that question, would you?
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    Oh shut up...keep to the topic please.
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    Its for deniability. 'What, the vision 9 fiasco? Wasn't us mate, that was DED, we're the Department of Enterprise'.
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    I know the family, yet still have no sympathy at all. A guy I knew and liked died last year from taking an "E" that he bought from some chancer out to make a few quid. So no I don't mind the "lad" getting time.
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    The state of affordable housing on the Island is woeful; cost, availability and standard are far below what they should be and could easily be. My company being multi-national runs an international internship scheme focusing on bright young people from less affluent parts of the world but not being complete bastards we actually pay our internees and accommodate them; usually for six month blocks. We tried finding suitable accommodation to rent locally without spending a fortune and everything that was within the budget I was given was foul. It is a damming statement when there are properties in Douglas that I would not accommodate someone in who grew up in a Brazilian Favela. In the end I made a business case and we bought a small flat in Douglas and renovated it to a decent standard; we could let it privately for about 70% the going rate and still make a decent profit. There are decent landlords; probably the majority but the slum lords must be forced to bring their properties up to an acceptable standard and the LA’s should be more stringent with means testing for housing. It is 2017; no one should be in the position of not having a roof over their head; especially with the amount of empty ‘luxury’ properties in the Island.
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    Nah, politics is just a sideshow here. It doesn't make any difference. Establishment cronyism runs this Island and everything's stitched up. That's why there's never any change. Think about it: If politics did matter on the IOM we'd have seen change. A few have tried.....but got nowhere.
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    @llap how did you get on getting hold of that freesat box you were after?
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    I come from a very orthodox Irish Catholic background. When I came out as gay in 1967 I was 17 years old. The immediate result of that was I found myself homeless and ostracised from my family and the community I had grown up with. I left and never went back. Being involved in the Gay civil rights movement right from the outset has given me a unique perspective on the varieties of ‘Christian’ compassion and its many dogmas. 50 plus years has made me a necessary expert on the Christian cults in all their various manifestations. I know my enemy very well having made it a life-long study. Sometime ago I posted up that one of the Ministers in the IOM Government, now a Member of the Legislative Council was closely connected to an organisation in the UK called Christian Action Research and Education, CARE, his daughter was interned in the UK Parliament to a 'Christian' MP's office thanks to them. One of the founder members of CARE is Lyndon Bowring who is an ordained Elim minister and he sits on numerous other ‘Christian’ organisations such as ‘Care for the Family’ which is a subset of the USA organisation ‘Focus on the Family’. That is in its turn connected a myriad of other like-minded organisations deeply embedded into the Republican Party in the USA. Those organisations have strong, very strong young earth creationist bible literal memberships. They are wealthy, they are political and highly organised, and they have very clear plans to achieve a bible based literalist society, where of course people like me are described by them as ‘broken’ or morally intrinsically disordered etc. You may think that I am simply ‘crying wolf’ when I tell you that they are religious extremists, they are fundamentalists who view the world as a battle field between their God and Satan and his demons. They are not to be underestimated. They are not to be ignored. For them you are either with them or against them and damned to eternal torment and fire. When you deal with any of them you are by default dealing with all the other organisations they are connected to. When the consultation on equal marriage was inviting comments from the public the ones I took most notice of are those that had been cut and pasted from the rabidly homophobic American organisations such as ‘Focus on the Family’. Just like the obvious plagiarisms from Zac Hall’s trawling Catholic websites, so with those comments from trawling American bible fundamentalist hate groups. If you want to live in a secular, modern, science based world, with freedom from bronze-aged magical thinking then don’t be fooled into thinking that they are harmless, well-meaning individuals with out of date ideas and beliefs, they are not Their plan is to make you and your children obedient to their God and the dictates of their beliefs and dogmas. If they have their way in that objective, they won’t give you any choice in the matter; and speaking ss someone who has been on the cutting edge of their religiously fueled prejudice in all its variety, I assure you, you won't like it at all.
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    Maybe they realised 90% of the footfall through Tynwald Mills just walk around going "Oh that's nice, bit expensive though" and not actually buy anything.
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    It is true that old age is not for some. I had an auntie who moaned about being old for 30 years before dying at nearly 90. She suffered a great deal of ill health in those years and she regularly voiced the wish that she could gather the courage to do what this man has done. It's a profound dilemma. Suffering the downsides of life is the price we pay for all of the good times, supposing and hoping fervently that we do get to enjoy some good times. I am not sure that it is the place of the authorities to intervene in the settled will of individuals in how they live and end their lives. How society treats people is a separate issue. In my opinion the forces at the sharp end are poorly paid, poorly equipped, poorly supported in action and at risk of condemnation by the law and imprisonment if they put a foot wrong in highly pressured combat situations leading to some foreigner putting in a human rights claim. They are also atrociously ill prepared for civilian life when they leave. I'm afraid that we haven't come an awful long way from the days of cannon fodder when recruits were seen as cheap and expendable pawns in a game.
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    That report raises a lot of questions as to how it even got as far down the road as it did. So Gary Roberts walked out and refused to sit on the committee because he had concerns that safety was not being considered at all instead of focusing on growing the event at any cost, and Malcolm Couch (Head of Treasury at the time) seems to suggest he thought the whole contract was a complete bag of shite. But apparently they pressed ahead anyway. This suggests, yet again, that the DED is both commercially clueless and out of control. If the Head of Treasury and the Chief Constable couldn't stop them pressing ahead with this madness then you have to question just whose interests the DED were working in? Most likely their own and their desire to cover their budget reductions though direct payments from franchising the event at almost any cost (human in terms of potential higher mortality from more visitors or stretched policing, or financial). The fact that soon after they started bullying local businesses over the brand and created a whole false argument on the financial benefits of protecting their trademark further suggests that's all it was about too. Skelly should resign forthwith and the DED should be dissolved and it's duties dragged into the Cabinet Office where better political oversight and control to reign in its excesses might exist.
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    There is some financial information in the Oxera reports and some disclosed at UK Companies' House. The Steam Packet makes about £15-20m pa profit mainly on freight. Their tangible assets employed (the two old ships) are worth about £20m - on a good day. So they make about 100pc return pa on their tangible assets and, not surprisingly, plan to milk that return through to the end of the UA extension. Unfortunately their owners decided to value the Co at well north of £200m and though they (Macquarie and similar) are no longer invested, their creditor banks are still owed their money and want to ensure that it (still £100-200m is outstanding in debt and equity) is returned. So that £15-20m pa profit is being used to service useless capital instead of investing in new infrastructure and ships. And we the Manx people are being forced to pay for the sins (or the borrowings in this case) of our fathers in sub-standard services and rip-off freight rates and fares. If it wasn't for this debt (which in reality is not Government's nor 'ours') we could use that profit of £20m pa to buy two brand new ships and still have £5-10m pa left over to contribute to the economy, build a school or two or do something useful. That is cash every year, index-linked, for the 20+ year life of those ships. It is likely all SPCo Manx employees could be retained. But to get that money for new ships instead of second hand ones and smoke and mirrors in this revised SPCo proposal (how old will the Ben be in 2041?) someone in Govt needs to say NO to the Steam Packet and its creditor banks. Perhaps we could start by having full disclosure of all the relevant information and then let's use that information to run a tender process to which the SPCo is cordially invited.
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    Maybe if they spent a bit less time nicking people with 0.00000000000001 grams of weed they could tackle sone of the more serious crimes.
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    Once Boots and M&S got escalators there wasn't any real reason to visit.
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    very good campaigning....
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    I'm worried about the future of medical practice in the UK (and that includes here - please don't pick me up on constitutional semantics llap). Compensation culture is one aspect, but there seems to be a perfect storm that in my opinion risks the whole system. First there's salary. I'm certainly not going to argue that doctors are poor, certainly not once they're at my stage, but the lower training ranks are, relative to their peers who went into banking or accountancy etc. I heard of one yesterday that was going to lose £9K based on Jeremy Hunt's new contract imposition, so he quit. Approximately 50% of foundation doctors do not progress immediately to core training - when I was at that equivalent stage over 90% did. So salary capping is making recruitment and retention of doctors harder year on year. Many specialities cannot fill their training posts. Secondly there's litigation. Everyone is terrified that they'll make a mistake, or be complained about, leading to stress, sick leave, burnout. I know people who have given up because of these things. It used to be that doctors could get away with murder, sometimes literally, and it's right that regulation has tightened up, but it's gone too far. Thirdly there's respect. In the olden days, before John Major's 'patient's charter', being part of the medical profession was rewarded in the esteem in which you were held by your patients. I'm not talking about myself here, but many selfless individuals would go the extra mile and effectively work for free because simply doing the job was reward enough for them. Nowadays, particularly amongst the younger generations, some of that has gone. Patients often come with an agenda, and if they don't get what they want they threaten to complain, or demand further investigations with threats of litigation. This is still a relatively small issue thankfully, but definitely increasing year on year. And finally there's the insurance thing I referred to above - so once the Tories have finished their demolition job on the NHS don't think that the private sector will come in to pick up the pieces and we'll end up with the same set-up, albeit with charges. If we end up with an American system it'll be a disaster - most won't be able to afford health insurance. Those that can will get overtreated by the few remaining doctors who need to do as much work as possible to pay their indemnity costs. Those that can't will rely on charities, or simply be left to rot. We need a more European system - some charging rather than everything 'for free', a form of social insurance, some rationing, and litigation limitation along the lines JW said previously. Youngsters need encouragement to enter caring professions - not necessarily money in terms of salary, but certainly an inducement to start out rather than suspension of nursing school bursaries and having young doctors qualify with £75000 debt. I could go on. I think there are major problems ahead, and I don't see anyone around bold enough to start solving them.
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    I can't possibly imagine why Tarne would be opposed to a no-idling zone. Actually I think this sort of call is less to do with 'saving the planet' than cutting down on air pollution. All those gases and particles being chugged out by 4x4s at the school gates, while the Mums are complaining about little Ollie's asthma.
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    There are loads of reasons why LH is not a normal, anodyne church. One is that it encourages its followers to see the world in terms of "them" and "us". Members of LH are told that anyone who does not attend LH is broken and immoral and to be pitied. Being told that isolates people and makes them afraid to ever leave the smug comfort of the group. They are told to mistrust modern life, modern science, politics, philosophy, anything that's not the bible! Andrew Selley who is the South African that Stanfield takes advice from posted the following on FB recently: ""The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers..."(2 Corinthians 4:4). This is why educated, intelligent people cannot see what is obvious and why they believe alternate theories to what is plain to us who belong to Christ! A few observations... 1) if you believe that the world has a better grip on what is right in some instances than the church, and you are embarrassed, feel the Church is outdated or disagree with the Church on these issues-then you are probably also blinded. 2)If your Christian belief has become more tolerant, gender neutral, less 'judging' and more "cool" to your friends in the world, then you are likely blinded as your thinking is the same as the followers of the god of this age and they therefore embrace you. 3) Be careful of following popular modern trends, thoughts and ideologies. 4) The main tool for the god of this age is the secular media, secular globalist leaders, fake science and rebel Christians. Recognize where blindness comes from and be cautious when engaging. 5) stay safe-it is a powerful delusion working by a powerful spirit that will "lead the whole world astray"(Revelation 12:9)." Basically, organisations like LH promote separation and mistrust and use them as tools to disempower their members.
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    I returned from the Island Games last night, a little later than most participants as we elected to make our own travel arrangements as we're not a rich sport and going under our own steam was significantly cheaper for us, even if it took a bit longer each way. Nobody treats it as a jolly. Every sport prepares for the event and trains hard for it, commits large amounts of time and money to get there, gives up family time and annual leave from our jobs to go, not just for the event itself but in the weeks and months prior. Not every sport represented by Manx athletes can win a medal, or enjoy massive success in their results. The important thing is that we all get to take part in an amazing event, we get to give the experience of a higher level of competition to people who may not normally have the opportunity, and everyone does their very best. To suggest that we should deny that to people is petty, asinine and offensive. It was my last one as a competitor, I've been going since 1999 so I'm too old for any more, my broken corpse of a body today confirms that it's time to stop but I hope to be involved in coaching in the future when the time is right and I'll be proud to resume representing my country. Just like every single person there this last week.
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    And Cycling Weekly described it (Sunday) as "the best National Championships course in years".
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    A department of the UK Commonwealth Office please. Quayle was the shirt and trousers stuffed with Crosby straw that the establishment wanted sat in the seat. Its just an ongoing litany of political self-servery, incompetence (and worse) and a Fiscal system whose sustainability is now predicated upon bleeding the proles white through indirect taxation. Time for change. In a big way.
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    Just me that thinks the Bushys tent had got a bit shit and stale then? nasty pre poured pints, dirty, pretty average music, not very good value, crappy uninspired food etc. No way people will follow that business model anywhere else. They were attending purely for the fact that the pub used to be across the road and used to benefit from a great location and self made entertainment on the doorstep. A few years ago that changed to organised entertainment and a tent on the car park, and recently has been no entertainment and a crappy tent on the car park. Hooded Ram have put together what people have determined is a better proposal both financially and in terms of the overall package which I assume means better music, food, tent etc. Remember the people who have made the decision have seen both proposals and we haven't. The time to criticise or congratulate the corpy and the Hooded Ram is the middle of June next year. Any comment before then is just people clinging on to a past that wasn't actually very good. Take a minute and imagine the reviews for Bushys Tent 2017 would have been like if we had never had or seen it before , so with fresh eyes and not the rose tinted nostalgic ones everyone is using.
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    Just to get back on the topic, why don't we consider "killing two birds with one stone" i.e. Enlarge the harbour and at the same time provide a cruise ship berth. This might most economically be achieved by relocating and enlarging the present breakwater to the position of the proposed cruise berth. It seems silly to me to construct a new breakwater whilst still leaving the old one as a major obstruction in the harbour !!
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    It's not the business of the state to be telling people whether they can use drugs or not. The state exists to run essential services, foreign policy and defense.
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    People saying 'I know people/friends/family who were killed taking a dodgy pill, anyone dealing this filth should be locked up/strung up etc' and not seeing the glaringly obvious truth that if our stupid laws didn't mean free testing is not widely available..and if it was, there friends etc would very likely still be alive...its proper facepalm material. The father of those two young lads who unfortunately died recently seems to have a reasonable balanced view on things...he doesn't want it happening to anyone else....so seems to advocate making it as safe as possible....and to be honest..I value his opinion a great deal more than some of the gobshites on here !
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    Oh come on the longer the agreement we commit to the better multiple the shareholders will get on a sale. That's all this is about. Nothing else. It's got nothing to do with what's best for the IOM. It's what's best for the SPC shareholders (largely it's ultimate owners who will be wanting to get out of their investment at some stage anyway).
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    What makes you think I'm doing that? You are conflating totally separate issues and my support of Brexit is in any case not at all rabid. It's based on belief in national sovereignty and accountability. I've often written about globalisation on here and how it benefits only the powerful who control global capital. Everyone else who gets in the way, from people having their villages bulldozed in China to make way for cheap labour sweatshops, to those in post industrial areas and sink estates in the first and second worlds such as voted for Trump are just collateral damage. Politicians have been suckered into the whole thing by people much smarter than they are.
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    It's not the care business that is the problem, Tarne, it is the underlying structure of debt. This is a typical example of the excesses of unregulated capitalism that have been allowed to wreck whole sectors of the economy, particularly some of the private equity ventures. In the case of Four Seasons who own Kings Reach it has been a question of mismanagement and overpayment for equity by a series of investors when the care game looked like a licence to print money. When it turns bad, naturally, the customer pays the price in increased costs and, eventually, closure. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Seasons_Health_Care https://www.ft.com/content/bfbfaff4-0c5b-11e6-b0f1-61f222853ff3?mhq5j=e1 The care home sector more generally has been plagued for almost 20 years by highly leveraged takeovers by investors looking to make a fast buck. Often, they have split off the properties and care divisions into separate companies and sold both on, walking away smartly with the booty. Then, the rents and thus the charges have been hiked sky high to pay the interest on the money that the sharp investors made off with. The financial model is a similar story to what happened with Woolworths or indeed the Steam Packet but in the case of care homes it is often the vulnerable elderly who suffer. An absolute scandal, and of course, huge amounts of public money poured into paying for it. As I said in my last post, it should not be allowed. Care homes should be trusts in the third sector. Homes should have charitable status and charge for cost of care and maintenance, not for profit (or loss). The public money that has been, and is being, wasted on the current rotten structure would be better spent contributing to such non-profit organisations.
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    As your link shows Woolley, the whole rehabilitation and redemption strategy is fundamentally flawed. Many offenders can soak up this sort of approach without any real behavioural change or result. It's turning everything the wrong way round. Real rehabilitation can only come from the offender's own motivation and a real decision to turn their life around. That's the point at which they can and should be helped to achieve this. It's not rocket salad but you're fighting a whole profession and industry of experts who just don't recognise common sense - there's no career or money in it.
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    I love the heritage railways here, but I despair when I read about this kind of waste. I get the sense of an outfit run by plodding time-servers who assume all will just continue as it always has. If they do manage to bring it in under £750K that will probably be spun as a saving on £750K not an overspend on £420K, Any other heritage railway would have a sense of financial reality as they generally have to raise funds themselves, even if some of it these days is via lottery funding.
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    Two shots from 1984...
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    Actually they did have to work hard to get to that standard. Certainly a lot harder than the effort you put in on your comment
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    Well we're always told that "lessons have been learned". Repeatedly. But the only lesson that they actually seem to have got in their skulls is that can get away with repeating exactly the same mistakes again and get rewarded for it. Look at how the mess-up over Vision 9 repeated the similar similar mess-up with Signature Sponsorship about five years earlier with all the same faults being repeated. There's no guarantee that we won't see all the disasters of the runway extension repeated in Douglas Harbour with the same people involved. As for 'private investment', if it is so forthcoming, why aren't they submitting their own plans and wanting nothing more than planning permission? You suspect that, like the London Garden Bridge, they will be wanting all sorts of government contributions, guarantees, tax deals and the rest. You only have look at the history of the Liverpool landing stage to get the idea.
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    I thought it was a marvellous event, and my anecdotal evidence is that everyone I know on or near the route knew all about it. If it's any consolation to those concerned about the organisation, the next time the event is held here you'll probably be dead.
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    One of the reasons we are as an island in the financial mire at the moment is too little notice has been taken of any serious business case and too much notice of the supporters of these projects which quickly assume a life of their own ! An acid test for me would be what attraction it holds for private money ? and not just the usual profligate rose tinted glasses of Government wish lists !
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    I honestly don't read Rob's blog but I think the author of this thread is being unfair. A lot of people (i.e. successful people) work full-time jobs while also pursuing academic or professional qualifications. We should be thankful we have someone who is expanding their knowledge. I suggest the author of this thread take up a qualification in GCSE English.
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    I didn't have an issue with Hooded Ram before this and liked what they had done and the proposed developments, I wouldn't have a problem with Hooded Ram setting up a rival tent elsewhere in Douglas. Some of their suggested changes will be better. That would probably be a plus - providing choice and Bushys would have to respond to competition. Better for all. Perhaps if Bushys get a site in town it will all work out ok. It's the using of the capital they are awash with to muscle out Bushy from an opportunity they spotted and developed that I object to, and why I'd be less positive about them in the future. But I guess they can do without my goodwill.
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    The stupid girl is protecting her own status. An overhaul of the CS is long overdue. Like the hospitals, top heavy with management
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    I wonder how much of this is down to the actual tendering process and how much down to H&B/Corpy/Govt sour grapes over the success he's had and the TT logo furore. This will also be the same Corpy who shut the Villa for the Douglas Carnival? And who apparently also wanted £1000 for the use of the Summerland slipway onto the beach by the Manx 2 Day Trial?
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    As pigheaded as you enjoy being around here, nobody as blatantly ignorant as you are will ever convince me that the sort of sentence meted out to this first time offending teenager is the right way to go.
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    These are the people who should be provided with LA housing. Far too many people in subsidised housing who earn very good money and should be giving notice to move to the private sector or buy their own. The folk council houses were built for don't usually get them.
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    Personal opinion...there's a difference between having to pay a bit more to live over here. And having to pay a lot more because it's being squandered and or paying for massive governmental and fiscal cock ups and incompetence, past and present. I'd suggest that we are now in danger of being locked into a vicious spiral of inflation with Govt increasing charges, contributing to inflation figures, which are then countered by PS pay demands. Which are then granted because it's politically expedient to do so given the PS political weight carried. In order to meet this, Govt increases charges. And so on. Those who will pay the price of this are the private sector and the low paid. There's enough evidence of this already, surely?
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    Errm I don't know about it getting a bit grey at that age...mine was only just about getting hairy at that age.....
  49. 6 likes
    you know that the same people would be saying "it's a disgrace that our MHK's have snubbed the Island Games" if they hadn't gone
  50. 6 likes
    Education ought to be secular and delivered by qualified teachers. End of story. If parents choose to take their children to a church that's entirely up to them. Letting evangelical churches like the Living Hope Church or organisations like the Scripture Union into schools is extraordinary and completely wrong.
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