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    Popular Rider Critical...

    As I thought, no specific ideas about how the racing could be made safer and no analysis of current risk reduction measures other than a very scant comparison of past and present fatality rates. It is easy to say you support the racing continuing as long as risk reduction measures to improve the rate of fatal incidents are put in place, but without some understanding of what assessments are currently place and some specific risk-reduction measures that you might want considered, the words are really quite meaningless. As has been suggested, any racing event that is held on public roads involving high speed motorcycles is going to pose some fairly extreme risk. The only way to make racing motorcycles relatively safe is to build purpose built racing circuits with risk-reduction measures built into the design. Racing on roads can only be made "safe" by reducing the speed traveled to one where any impact with a hard surface will be survivable. However, the nature of the event would be rendered so sanitised that it would not attract riders or spectators necessary to make the event viable. It is possible to accept that the event will lead to serious injury and death, as that is inherent in the nature of the event itself, whilst putting in place the risk-reduction measures that are possible and reasonable. These might include fast response medical support; the provision of impact reduction course equipment in higher risk areas; restrictions where spectators may spectate in areas that are considered higher risk; the provision of marshals in sufficient numbers with access to a reliable communication system; on-course paramedic support; the appointment of a suitably qualified and experienced Race Organiser; year-round course-inspection and liaison regarding course maintenance.... Are we recognising something here? These measures will never solve the issue of racing injury and deaths, but as speeds rise they may just stabilise the statistics. Of course, there is a sure-fire risk-reduction option. Simply, cancel the races and end road-racing on the Isle of Man. This is the moral dilemma; to do it, or not to do it. To face up to the fact that the event is run not for the sport or to fulfill the hopes and dreams of competitors, but for money and to support the tourist industry on the Island. To accept, or not accept that the injuries and deaths are an acceptable and inevitable price to pay to earn the money. To pretend that you support the racing as long as further risk-reduction measures are put in place is not facing up to the moral dilemma, it is just using weasel-words to avoid it. Lastly the questions I might ask are; Why was it considered necessary to put a one-way system in place for the TT and not for the FoM? Why was it still considered unnecessary to have a one-way system in place for the FoM after the deaths of two visitors due to a head-on collision in 2014, even after the film of that incident was used in a DoI sponsored "road-safety" campaign? What risk-assessment was carried out to justify this decision? Who made the decision and was it politically signed off? By whom? Now there has been a further head-on collision, will those who made this decision (I suspect on the grounds of cost) now stand up and take responsibility?
  2. joebean

    Popular Rider Critical...

    What would you describe as a grown-up attitude to risk-reduction and what sort of risk-reduction measures are you specifically advocating over and above those that are in place now? Do you have any first-hand knowledge of the risk management processes that the race organisers currently have in place? Just asking a few questions that your statement begs to be answered.
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    Slopey Shouldered MHK Cregeen

    I don't care about the rights and wrongs of this policy. The Headteacher should decide what happens in the school. That is what they get paid handsomely for. If we honestly expect that a balloon like Graham Cregeen should have any meaningful input into educational policy, we should also expect our schools to turn out morons in the future. The real problem here is that we have a political system that fails to attract sufficient candidates with the intellect and record of achievement to fill Ministerial roles in Government, thus resulting in so many positions of political importance being handed to men, and women, of Mr Cregeen's level of ability.
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    Isle of Man News and Politics

    And like every other manifesto, a wish list of items, reflecting some personal interests, designed to lure the voter without any real thoughts about deliverability. In short, a load of bollocks which is best ignored.
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    Tim Baker Children's Champion

    You don't need to be appointed as a "Champion" by Howard Quayle to champion the interests of children, or whoever. Politicians should be doing this anyway. As for Tim Baker, he is likely to be exactly what Howard wants in the role of (Some) Children's Champion. He will do the job diligently, stick to his limited remit and not do anything to rock the boat or make anyone in CoMIN feel uncomfortable.
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    Cost of the TT & Festival of Motorsport?

    I am informed that Red Bull have never offered to sponsor the TT and have never been told to "do one". I think Derek just made that up. Obviously, if any sports event has a sponsorship agreement in place this will be a contractual arrangement over a prescribed period. Whilst the agreement is current another sponsor, particularly in the same product category could not be entertained. I would imagine that the TT would take the highest offer at the end of each agreement.
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    Cost of the TT & Festival of Motorsport?

    The costs of healthcare treatment for those transported to the UK depends on the residency of the patient. If the patient is ordinarily an IOM resident the IOM will incur the costs of treatment and if the patient is ordinarily UK resident the UK picks the cost up. EU residents are covered by reciprocal agreements, which may change post-Brexit.
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    TT 2018

    He falls into the politician trap of thinking that he either has to say something about everything, or that the people want to hear what he has to say about everything. He doesn't and we don't. It would help if everything he had to say was well conceived. But it isn't.
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    TT 2018

    From Rob Callisters FB: Such a fitting tribute The 2018 PokerStars Spirit of the TT Award was Awarded to Ryan Kneen and the Kneen Family....... Congratulations I must be the only one who reads the word "congratulations" whilst thinking of why they were awarded it who regards RC as being a complete hypocritical dickhead.
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    Glen Truan Holiday Development

    No, I didn't actually say that. I said I had not made any representation about it one way or the other. For what it is worth, I think the decision was probably right, on balance. If the scheme was that great for everybody there would have been the temptation to go to appeal to further demonstrate the benefits. That does not appear to be the case. But if you wish to believe that a static caravan site on a landfill would bring great benefits to the IOM as a whole, that is fine with me.
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    Glen Truan Holiday Development

    I suggest you actually go and visit it before you dismiss it with inaccurate knowledge.
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    Glen Truan Holiday Development

    So, your logic is that if you ruin some of the environment, you might as well ruin all of it? That sounds reasonable, if you don't really care about it.
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    Glen Truan Holiday Development

    The proposed development was in my neck of the woods but I made no representations about it one way or another. It was far enough away not to cause me particular bother. However, I don't get the assumption that this was a massive investment or that it would bring huge benefits to anyone other than the developer. Essentially it is a mobile home park with a restaurant situated far away, in Island terms from any likely custom, outside of the Park itself. There are proper concerns about the fragile ecosystems in the Ayres which may have been impacted. I read the environmental impact study, commissioned by the developer and was not convinced by it. Those of us who are familiar with the area will also know that it is exposed and, apart from in the current exceptional weather, very windy. The conditions depicted in the artists impressions were not likely to be experienced regularly and my opinion was that the development would have some tourism potential but would probably end up as a low grade residential development. Planners don't always get things wrong and I don't believe they did in this case either. The fact that the bat and ball was taken home so quickly also says something worth considering.
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    TT 2018

    Who said this is what is happening? Just because the investigation wasn't concluded within 5 minutes and the result splashed across the media? It has to be investigated properly and it is right that some consideration is given to what is quite a complex operation, before publication. The fact that this is being done does not necessarily lend itself to the usual hysterical conspiracy theories. Not yet anyway.
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    TT 2018

    Ok, but I think it probably pre-dates the creation of the TT Course by some margin, like a few hundred million years. Is that enough?