Roger Mexico

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  1. The police don't make the law, they just enforce it. So as our legislators refuse to think about speed limits, they're doing what they can to keep the body count down. Of course the decision to make the Mountain one-way is also legislative in the end as well and I don't think anyone is blaming the police on this one. But the real question is whether it is working.or not. For the number of visitors to the TT and especially the number of bikers, are there more accidents or fewer since the one-way rule was introduced in 2007? Are there more deaths outside of the racing and are injuries more or less serious? This doesn't just apply to the Mountain section of course. Given that the theory is that bikers will 'let off steam' there and so behave better elsewhere, you would hope to have seen a reduction in both the number and the severity of accidents involving them elsewhere on the Island. It should be possible to assess this with ten years' worth of potential data, but there seems to be an unwillingness to put numbers on anything connected with the TT. One of the (many) shocking things about the DED evidence over Vision9 was they appeared to not even have an idea of how many people come over for it by year.
  2. Well they can't be that super if it takes them from 9:30 till 4:30 to get from Ramsey. Maybe they should have gone by push-bike.
  3. No you're thinking of John Crawshaw Taylor who is 80 rather than Cedric John Taylor who is 81. Bet the confusion happens a lot though.
  4. There's more detail in the supporting documentation for the planning application. This seems to suggest the nurses will already be registered in China, but are being offered NVQs 3 and 4 to start with (as well as English which is more plausible). They are starting with only 35 and eight staff, but there doesn't say anything about accreditation or working with other institutions. It's all a bit odd.
  5. Obviously you forgot to wear tea towels.
  6. Technically yes but the rules are the same as the UK and they are effectively under the supervision of the UK. Obviously there has to be some local administration for those who want to come here to work or live, but everything is set down by the UK and the IOM Govt can't just decide to issue them under according to criteria that it decides or it would become a backdoor into the UK. Interestingly the processing of sponsorship licences has only just been moved to the control of the Passport, Immigration and Nationality Office (legally under the control of the LG) and away from the DED, which suggests the UK wants even tighter control.
  7. It doesn't make any sense to me. The British government has been clamping down on student visas in recent years and has plans to cut them further. And that's mainly for degree courses - NVQs are treated even more harshly because their often seen as covers to come in and work illegally. There's no point in setting something up if you can't get the students here.
  8. Wetherspoons have some pubs in Ireland (North and South) and in some fairly remote parts of Scotland and Wales, so I can't see that supply will be a problem for them, they'll be used to solving similar problems. I can't see them necessarily keeping the same prices mind, but then who does? Of course one of their specialities has been the conversion of architecturally interesting building from other uses, while keeping their character. Maybe that would clash with the local approach which is to knock such places down and build 'executive apartments' that no one lives in.
  9. I'm sure you meant well, but if I was on the board of H&B, I would be sending you John Wright's phone number. And I'm sure John would be saying: (a) It's 'fair comment' - especially as Max Power was careful the phrase it as opinion ("smacks of", "What I am saying", "they seem") rather than objective fact (b) Do H&B really want to have their business strategy examined at length in the witness box with all the attendant publicity?
  10. I wonder what else "ROAD CLOSED" means then ? in any case it's hardly the greatest safety hazard in the world, unless you think the delicate flowers of the DoI are going to be blown over by the force of the cyclists passing them.
  11. It's more likely that they didn't realise it was closed. I must say I didn't realise that it was closed to get it ready for the one-way. And as it was closed for the installation of signage then the relevant information may well have not been put up yet to stop them getting onto the closed roads.
  12. The whole thing is a bit odd because the only evidence I can find about this 'consultation' is the IOM Newspapers article. There's nothing on the Consultations website. Thee's also an awful lot of different topics that need to be addressed, some of which might be better dealt with separately. I presume the idea is to produce an equivalent of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 which consolidated a lot of legislation and got rid of outdated offences and anomalies[1], but as you can see from that Wiki it wasn't exactly an easy or successful process. If they are also trying include all sort of adjustment to sentencing and load of new, high-profile offences, you can see it being a complete mess. The only sensible thing is that they're clearly not letting it anywhere near Malarkey and putting Allinson in charge, whether there's the competence in the DHA upper reaches to back him is another matter. [1] The classic one was situation where heterosexual anal sex was not only still illegal, but technically carried a higher penalty if it was consensual than if it wasn't. I suspect this is still the situation in the Isle of Man.
  13. To link the two parts of this thread together, although they are missing the more local story, Manx Radio is reporting on problems with baggage handling at Gatwick: It's a story that was already being reported in the UK media and part of the problem seems to be some sort of wonderful new system that was installed last year. But I wonder if may be made worse by the consolidation in ground-handling that I referred to previously, with some operators pulling out and Menzies taking over. Menzies may have been aggressively cost-cutting in trying to get the contracts, resulting in low staffing levels. But if you don't have enough people to cope with crises that will always happen, then things go bad quite quickly. They may have been similarly optimistic in bidding for the IOM contract, and now are finding that it's not as easy to get staff as they hoped. [1] If Stu is reading this, maybe he could sit down with the news team and explain the difference between 'effect' and 'affect'. Especially because 'effect' can be used as a verb (and 'affect' as a noun), but it means "to make or bring about; to implement", which is, if anything, pretty near the opposite of what is going on here.
  14. If you listen to the clip it says they might bring her body back to where they are now which is Devon. It's probably they want to rebury her in Wales, where presumably she has links, even though her partner now lives in Devon. But as often with Manx Radio's online stuff it's been over-edited to take out context, so it seems like they think Devon is in Wales.
  15. I suspect that Manx Radio has got this story confused[1] and that rather than individual people complaining this is the Parochial Church Council pointing out that you just can't plonk anything down in their graveyard. I'm also a bit bemused by the idea that it is OK because it will rot away in 50 years. It's possible that some people might think that a graveyard full of rotting, unrecognisable stumps would not be the most attractive or indeed respectful thing to have. [1] Not least because they seem to think Devon is in Wales.