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  1. Yibble

    £3.8 Billion

    and for some, especially those whose economic contribution the Island most relies on, getting on with life includes making significant decisions like: Whether to invest or divest in/from a business Moving to / from the Island Where one sites one's pension fund and other investments Buying / selling property by kicking the PS pensions can down the road (yet again), IoMG is leaving those who need to make those decisions without any of the certainty they need around the Island's financial future. In our hearts, I suspect most of us would like to bet in the IoM's favour. However until IoMG actually steps forward as does what needs to be done here, it's very hard to do that with our heads. Meanwhile our 'leaders' can occupy themselves by debating whether to gild the horse trams or turn the breakwater into a luxury cruise liner terminal. Idiots!
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    £3.8 Billion

    They have one. Except it's not one where participation is optional.
  3. Then how about custody or community service terms? Presumably, by your 'logic' (or opinion) idlers and others with time on their hands should receive longer sentences? The traditional view is that the punishment should fit the crime. If instead you believe that those who are cash rich should be punished more harshly, then surely the same should be true for those who have organised their lives so that they have free time instead of savings / income? Or are your views more driven by spite?
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    Tim Baker Children's Champion

    Rubbish. I think the large majority of those on the Island with religious beliefs would accept that they are personal beliefs, not to be imposed on others. Not all, I accept. We do have our share of the nutters. However I've never judged Baker to be one of those.
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    Jodie Kidd Moaning About Midges

    The actual race coverage itself is superb, perhaps with a small complaint that they switch from location to location so quickly it's sometimes a little confusing (even for someone who knows their way around the course well enough). Still great coverage of fantastic racing though. The in-between-bits presentation OTOH is pretty poor. Steve Plater and Cameron Donald know their stuff. Jodie Kidd though seems like a nice lass who is a bit confused as to why she's there, struggles to maintain enthusiasm and often sounds like she's just reading a script off a card. Matt Roberts' wander through the starting lineup yesterday was just downright embarrassing. Frankly I wished the organisers had removed him from the track. Whilst the previous Doyle, Parrish & Whitham combination seemed a little tired at times, it beat Kidd & Roberts by a country mile. And yes, I intially thought the thread title was about Jodie Kidd complaining about midgets. ;-)
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    Beneficial Register MPs visiting IOM

    Oh really? The IFS don't agree: https://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/7066 HMRC don't agree with you either: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140206181159/http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/budget2012/excheq-income-tax-2042.pdf Nicola Sturgeon was of your view though, but things don't seem to be working out too well for her: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/06/01/scotland-could-hit-tax-hikes-sudden-389-million-budget-fall/
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    Beneficial Register MPs visiting IOM

    Well that's sort of the Margaret Hodge approach isn't it; never mind the actual facts, just go for some non-specific smears and innuendo. That's far easier than building a fair understanding of the situation and making policy accordingly.
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    TT Spectator In Court...

    Really? I was under the impression that the Clerk of the Course is responsible for an annual risk assessment. The erection of the safety fence in front of the scoreboard was, I believe, an example of a proactive safety precaution that followed such a risk assessment.
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    Beneficial Register MPs visiting IOM

    It's a little hard to think of two more disreputable MPs than Hodge and Mitchell*. For those two to be positioning themselves as champions of integrity is almost beyond parody. That said, bringing them over and showing them the reality seems an eminently sensible thing to do. It then makes it harder for them to misrepresent matters later on, or perhaps easier to show they are being intentionally dishonest when they do. *Hodge's distorting of matters before the Public Accounts Committee, and her shameless 'grandstanding', earning her the contempt of decent professionals and the accolade 'Tax Prat of the Year'. Mitchell's 'PlebGate' behaviour towards policemen and his subsequent disgrace, loss of office and lost libel action. https://www.taxation.co.uk/Articles/2013/02/06/299031/tax-prat-year
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    Fit to Ride

    You're making an assumption that it was a physical fitness decision. It may be more complex than that. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/motorcycling/comment-william-dunlop-has-chosen-the-safe-and-sensible-road-to-follow-36960124.html are you really well placed to rush to such a judgement?
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    Isle of Man - World Leader..

    My guess is that this is where things will head, except that the nature of the expansion will not be sustainable economic expansion (and productivity growth), but more of a Ponzi Scheme approach to funding public sector pensions through increases in the population. Anyway, for now were all supposed to have forgotten the elephant in the room, as we're distracted by the prospect of shiny new boats.
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    Steam Packet to be sold

    I would have thought that the anticipated (but unrealised) profits will have already been earmarked for government pension funding. Assuming of course they don't use their 'talents' to transform the profits into losses.
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    Steam Packet to be sold

    Never mind the assets. What are the liabilities that 'we' may be taking on here? How much debt is owed? What are the unfunded pensions liabilities? The reporting on this has been worryingly silent.
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    Steam Packet to be sold

    Is it being bought debt free, or is IoMG effectively taking on debt on top of the £124m?
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    flybe/Eastern axe Belfast service?

    For once, the blame may not lie with the IoM. I suspect that the decline in Irish tourism has more to do with things getting much better in Ireland rather than a decline in what's on offer here. 30 years ago, NI had the Troubles and the republic could be a bit of a grim Catholic theocracy. Presumably a trip to the IoM offered a bit of light relief from all that. Now of course Ireland (both bits) are much-changed countries; both are more relaxed, nicer places. The food is great, the scenery is great. However great the IoM's offering, can we really offer more than they have on their own doorsteps?