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  1. If you can afford a leccy car you can afford to pay road tax.
    19 points
  2. So in summary, you're happy to virtue signal and clap for them but they can fuck off if they want to be paid fairly? Got it.
    16 points
  3. Local authorities are trying to soften people up for a massive rates rise. https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/local-authorities-have-no-choice-but-to-levy-large-rate-rises/ The report states: Cost of borrowing has increased by 270-percent - something they say is significant as loan funding is the 'main source' of financing for local authorities' capital schemes. Here's a thought. Stop spending so much fucking money! Put all capital projects on hold for 2 years and help the ratepayer. People cannot afford these extortionate rates.
    15 points
  4. So do many places during TT. It is quite amusing to see the obligatory bike go in the window of, say, a haberdashery just before TT. The monetisation of the TT 'brand' was not thought through very well. As many pointed out, it belongs to the whole island, it is given its identity by the whole island and is 'permitted', facilitated and perpetuated by the whole island. Yes, some protection, but really protect it for the island not from the island. So, for example, I want to set up a TT themed eatery on the island, don't make me worry about having to pay royalties or get permission to use the logo, or even the name. The event is ours not some amorphous department of government.
    15 points
  5. @Asthehills you’ve only been here three months. You’re posting an average of 10 posts a day. You seem to think it was worthwhile. We really do moderate very lightly. Most of “banning” are the interminable spam posters who sign up and offer everything from erectile remedies to drugs, to false documents. Very few posters get “disappeared”. Everyone is given lots of rope. Perhaps you’ve been around longer than your profile suggests?
    15 points
  6. Moderating message. It's time to tone down the rhetoric both by Frank and the Frank bashers. Keep to discussing weekly or fortnightly bin collections, the state of local democracy, recycling or reuse, by all means. it's got too personal.
    14 points
  7. I heard that in order to improve service they’re only doing bags every two weeks now.
    14 points
  8. Just a perspective post, this is a visit from the German Blockade running submarine , the Deutschland, worth a google. Also worth a skeet is what's behind,----"Newson's" . You will spot the centre section without it's roof, it collapsed in earlier times and was never replaced. To the right, the bracing plates are visible, installed as the structure was "Bagging", heading for collapse. The date of the image?----1920, --So, over a hundred years ago, this structure was heading for collapse and yet there are folk who will tell you it must be retained and restored, at someone else's expense of course. Knock the bugger down, it's not my heritage.
    13 points
  9. Yeah - that's what this thread needs to calm tensions - a discussion on the EU.
    12 points
  10. We only use the airport about once a year so that's no use to us. Because we use it so rarely, we find it difficult to use and I really don't like the thought of such an outfit having access to my card. The major gripe is not really about the Ring app but the fact that there was a simple, customer friendly system in place and as has been proved, a cheap to repair or replace system. This has been replaced by a system that many find difficult to use and at a cost that we are not allowed to know about. It appears to me that simple, cheap and useable are not words in our govt's. lexicon.
    12 points
  11. Could be sorted out with planning for nothing. Stop the developers building on green fields and they'd start on the brownfield sites themselves. These are the same developers that have abused the requirement to build a percentage of first time buyers for decades. Their greed is a large factor in our acute lack of affordable housing here. The very last thing we should be doing is paying them to solve a problem they themselves have caused.
    12 points
  12. I'm not much of a contributor but I am an avid reader of these pages. The level of discussion and contributions are several degrees of magnitude better than most other places I've stumbled through. There are a lot of intelligent, thoughtful and incisive contributors, and a lot who can make me laugh out loud, for a variety of reasons though. If that's what moderation does, moderate away.
    12 points
  13. I'm happy, just as it is thanks.
    12 points
  14. By having Christmas every other year?
    11 points
  15. The IOM postal service is very good. I often send stuff to Manchester and it is there the next day. The issue seems to be the other way which is dependent on the stuff getting through the UK system to reach the depot for the final leg here.
    11 points
  16. Exactly. No doubt they were seeking only to uphold the principle of age equality for others rather than seeking personal gain. I would be confident that before Christmas they will be spreading goodwill by donating the proceeds to local charities. We won't hear about it because they are not the sort who would blatantly seek plaudits for their public spirited generosity.
    11 points
  17. Can we at least link to the news coverage for context? https://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/barber-blocks-plan-for-new-swimming-pool-574481 You have to ask why the Southern Swimming Pools Board, who run a loss making swimming pool about a mile away, have the right to object about a private development being funded by private money at no cost to the taxpayer (unlike themselves). And then why a politician who is in charge of planning stops a private project that had already had planning permission and funding from going ahead. My assumption would be that instead of allowing a private facility to be built the Southern Swimming Pools Board will now be lobbying government to have their own shitty pool rebuilt on the pretext that it’s the only facility in the south of the island and therefore it fulfills a social need. So we’ll end up shelling out millions for a facility to replace one that would have cost us nothing. We really live in some grubby, communist, dystopia.
    11 points
  18. It was pulled at the 11th hour after MR contacted me for a "right to reply" and I pointed out a few things they might want to run past lawyers first. I've heard the original, Courtenay is making attempts to escalate his libellous crap so that he's either arrested or sued. I assume so he can get his day in the courts he doesn't believe in. I understand an edited version, minus the libel, will be broadcast at some point in the future.
    11 points
  19. We really aren't allowed nice things anymore, are we? There seems to be money for grandiose schemes in Douglas and Liverpool, but not for the maintenance of what we were left by the people with vision and craftmanship that came before us. Meanwhile, their plan to homogenise the island in CCP approved granite slabs continues apace. Comrade Thomas is being sent in to pacify Peel. Edit - it's amazing how these things were kept going when the island was skint in the early eighties.
    11 points
  20. So all that money spent on media training for Rob hasn't really worked, has it?
    11 points
  21. This is quite an unpleasant thread, in some ways reminiscent of the nightly (and presumably) alcohol fuelled abuse sessions of yesteryear between notwell and that malicious moron (the name escapes me) who used to wind him up to apoplexy. Aside from the name calling though, and the more provocative stuff posted by HiVibes, there are issues of inter-generational fairness that have been festering for years, and they will have to be addressed soon. The fact that I’m not a million miles away from the point at which HiVibes considers I have no future does concentrate the mind now and then, I will confess. It also means I can see both sides of the coin. Currently I’m sound of wind and limb, but as for all of us, and not just the old, that happy state of affairs can change literally in a heartbeat. I know that “every generation blames the one before”, but in the end, aren’t we all human? I see and hear plenty of younger people today sounding off about the boomers having it all and spoiling their lives. As though boomers are some alien race, when in reality boomers are often their parents who tried to do the best for them. In some cases they did far too much and created an unsavoury entitlement culture in their children. One day in the not too distant future, the boomer’s offspring will inherit the riches they seek, and then their own progeny will in turn slag them off for ruining their future, and so it goes on. Not all boomers live high on the hog, incidentally. Not by any means. In the end then, our problems have to be faced by society as a whole. No idea how old HiVibes is, but we were all there once feeling omnipotent and thinking we could change the world if only the old bastards holding everything back would get out of the way. One thing is for sure; however young you are, the time passes far more quickly than you ever dream it will, and I’m afraid you will be in the position of the old duffer soon enough. If you are paying for the state pensions of old duffers at the moment, incidentally, why would you not be entitled to draw your own when the time comes? How dreadfully inequitable towards younger people, and a curious suggestion from someone supposedly championing their interests. Means testing would be a self-defeating policy because it would induce far too many people to abandon making any provision for their old age. Yet at the same time, I do accept that there is merit in some of what HiVibes says. I agree that we do need to acknowledge the everyday struggles young people face now and do something to address them, and I don’t mean just the usual lip service. The Island desperately needs more social housing, and it also needs to make house purchase more affordable. There has to be increased supply of the former, and soon, as well as tough legislation to stop builders and landlords hoarding land and property to continually drive up prices of the latter for their own benefit. If we are to attract young families and address the loss of those already here, we also have to be more family friendly in providing and financing childcare and crèche facilities. The current offering is nothing short of woeful, and it compares very poorly with availability and affordability in the UK. Maybe we could do something imaginative with the income tax system to further advantage young families, and to encourage graduates to return. The Island is a wonderful place to grow up with lots of healthy activities, a nurturing community and a safe environment, but it’s a very bleak place to be if your family is skint. If we do nothing along these lines, and it’s only a start, we haven’t a hope in hell of increasing the population by very much at all, and certainly not to 100,000 any time soon. Our population will stagnate as it gets older and older and older. Services will start to break down if they haven't started to already. Finally, at the other end of the spectrum, those old duffers. I am sure that there really has to be a light goes on in the collective consciousness and we realise that quality of life is all. Not quantity, but quality. People may be living longer, but they are not necessarily living better. I don’t want to be drooling into my soup in some bloody care home the way I watched my mother rot away in her incoherence for two long years. I’m with HiVibes totally on this. Yes, I’m all for the cull. The way we allow the old to linger on in a twilight zone between life and death is downright cruel. In fact, we don’t just allow them to do this, as a society we insist on it. How criminally wasteful of resources that could be far better employed. And how much more agreeable to be able to decide when you’ve had enough, or if you’re beyond making that choice for yourself have a judge and a doctor decide it for you in discussion with your family. You can take a last trip around your cherished memories and drift peacefully off to sleep. If we refuse to get a grip on end of life policy and the alarm bells ringing in the demographics of our population, then one day there’s simply going to be nobody left who is sufficiently compos mentis to wipe all the arses.
    10 points
  22. What condescending nonsense is this ? They need to do what they are the for ….treating patients.
    10 points
  23. I could understand her blocking the toilet; but a whole swimming pool?
    10 points
  24. I was quite surprised to find out on a documentary this week...that when they found the Titanic, the top deck swimming pool was still full. After all that time!
    10 points
  25. If a company wants their employees to be well they should pay them properly, not consult a frigging life coach to come up with inspirational quotes for them.
    10 points
  26. I'm not sure that we want critical journalism of politicians. We want journalists to ask critical questions and publish reports that explain what's happening - not just cut and paste press releases, or string together a few quotes without context. But opinion pieces? The "Howie-Time" era of Gef was excruciating and it's Griddles nostalgia and in jokes are banal. But that's their creative decision and I'm probably not their target market. However, they also give Sam Turton the space to do detailed analysis of employment tribunals, official reports and Tynwald debate and nobody else is doing that at the moment.
    10 points
  27. It certainly reads like it was written late at night halfway down the second bottle of wine.
    10 points
  28. Have you actually been on the train or MER? The trip from Laxey to Ramsey is great with fabulous views & popular in summer months
    10 points
  29. Except he didn’t really say that. What he did infer was that if things got really desperate with Government finances the partial closure of the railways is the sort of thing they’d have to look at. Probably alongside lots of other none critical expenditure (and there’s a lot of that). He’d also do well to look at history. The Steam and Electric railways have both operated in shortened forms in the past and the results were not clever. Big reductions in passengers and revenue and not much reduction in costs. In typical IOMG fashion, the fixed costs are huge. Layers of managers, supervisors, engineers, that didn’t exist in the days when the railways were carrying 20 times more people than they are today, and operating all year round. The ‘capital’ programme also needs looking at. There are (or at least were) several million in the budget each year for track relays. Many of you will have seen this going on between Groudle and the Liverpool Arms over recent Winters. People who work on the railways will tell you this is not essential work, but nice to have. The problem is, that CT will be getting bamboozled by his officers, as always desperate to protect their fiefdoms. Some outside advice, on different ways of working, and not being given by people with vested interests, would seem like a sensible starting point.
    10 points
  30. If IOMG kept on top of maintenance and took care of infrastructure instead of letting it go to ruin, then maybe it wouldn’t cost mega millions to replace, which in turn causes uproar. Schemes like Peel are nice to have but aren’t essential and are certainly are not going to improve Peel economy.
    10 points
  31. So. . . even as a boy, he loved to blow his own trumpet?
    10 points
  32. It’s been a shit storm of a combination of things. First, Government haven’t been trying to sell. They did put operating out to tender in 2017. Then pulled the tender at short notice and set up Manx Meats as a nationalised operator. Before that it had been operated by the Fatstock Marketing Association which was a meat producers cooperative. Second, we need to understand why, historically, FMA was set up in 1932, and continued until 2016. And how the market changed drastically in 2011. FMA, and Isle of Man Milk Marketing were set up in the 1930’s to get farmers a fair deal. The meat marts ( there were several ) and butchers ( who dealt with carcass butchering ) were operating a ring. Farmers got low prices. Butchers made huge profits. There was depression. Live export wasn’t economic. FMA guaranteed a price based on an average at a selection of English marts. Everyone had to sign up and the new abattoir and FMA got a monopoly on purchase, slaughter and carcass butchery. Third, from then on, until 2011, we operated a ban on imported meats. It protected farmers and animal health/welfare. That even managed to dodge the EU single market, for a long time. The last derogation from EU rules, the red meat derogation ended in 2011. Until then 90% of meat sold here was Manx produced. It’s now 25% or less. So throughput has reduced. Fourth, the pricing structure based on English prices is good to an extent. But it’s not flexible. Doesn’t reward premium product. So farmers have started to send live animals to England as they get better prices if they produce premium products ( even after transport cost ). This is all explained in the 2021 report produced by a committee chaired by Claire Bettinson/Barber. It’s linked above. It explains exactly what happened. There’s a table showing when the subsidy started and how it grew. How the headagevscheme payment to farmers was phased out. All sorts of stuff. How the tender papers analysis matrix went missing so no one can explain why we ended up with the cancelled tender process or the nationalised operator. Link to the Barber report https://www.tynwald.org.im/business/pp/Reports/2021-PP-0150.pdf Table of subventions from 2008 ( when started to 2021 )
    10 points
  33. The proper local pubs and the characters in them. The ability to just jump in the car or on the bike and be at a cliff top, on a beach, in a glen or up a hill in a few minutes. The range of restaurants at the moment is actually really good. Better than I ever remember. The huge selection of sports and music activities for adults and children. Per head of population we are completely spoiled and with many run by volunteers for very little or no cost to the members. The driving roads. The clean air. Lots of other things.
    10 points
  34. My friends, family and the environment I live in. (In spite of the government).
    10 points
  35. For someone who pretends to live in Braddan, and work in a bank, your knowledge of the drinking habits of the indigent, and the hostelries of Port Erin is in the Mastermind “specialised knowledge round” class
    9 points
  36. Whatever the rights and wrongs of this case, I detest Boot. And it tells you everything you need to know about Quayle that he thought it appropriate to make this self-serving tvvat a minister, for god's sake.
    9 points
  37. Went to KWC last weekend for the Christmas craft fair it was absolutely bursting with great local talent it was well planned and crammed full of IOM residents having a wonderful time for all ages. Yesterday l went to a church fair in Onchan it was marvellous and planned with lots of hard work. The main draw for me was Mr Howard Parkin doing a book signing of his book , Space for Dark Skies with a generous donation going into church funds. I think is easy to point out the negatives constantly about lots of things on the Island we also have lots of wonderful positives which are free go to supported by generous residents.
    9 points
  38. I think its pretty clear that amadeus wants to be involved in local politics because he genuinely wants to be able to help, i don't think attacking his motivations or how he got in is very fair. The reality of how things are in Douglas and the mess and the general awfulness of the corpy etc crack on like.
    9 points
  39. @HiVibesI don't think using a poster's friend's suicide to score points in a Forum debate is going to win you many arguments.
    9 points
  40. We have hundreds of thousands of pounds-worth of new cycleways installed already, bereft of bicycles. Cooil Rd, Pulrose and its Bridge, Peel Rd, Gansey, Lezayre Rd to name a few. Where are all these commuting cyclists that they were put in place for the benefit of?
    9 points
  41. Well it costs a lot more to develop brownfield sites than greenfield which is why developers always prefer nice open fields!! Anything which stops the countryside being covered in concrete & Douglas & other town centers being redeveloped is great news!
    9 points
  42. We are now coping with government poverty but the wholesale waste throughout Government and the CS has never been addressed !
    9 points
  43. Well, I just wish someone with the authority would see the absolute shambles that has ensued over the past twenty or so years and do something about it. The island has declined so much, the govt. had grown beyond belief, and I really despair at what has happened to our beloved island and the fact that there appears to be no-one holding the reins who can even acknowledge the mess let alone try and fix it. The first step is recognizing the ongoing disaster and then taking steps to overcome it. The establishment is so well entrenched though that mere mortals are impotent in the face of such a strong position.😢
    9 points
  44. It can. There may have been another car parked on the right when the police abandoned theirs. Sometimes parking only looks bad after other cars have shifted around them.
    9 points
  45. One can form an opinion about someone based on the way they communicate, and the effort they make - text being more indicative than speech. Callister's blog comes to mind. Before I make a post here, I do re-read the text to try to make it comprehensible - although the effect of a glass of beer does make things go awry. If I were part of a group sending a letter to the head of a government, I would expect the document to be reviewed, revised, and the meaning of every sentence triple-checked before it was sent. The letter recently discussed here is ungrammatical, poorly punctuated, poorly laid and is meandering jargon-filled nonsense. In the context of a letter to the head of a government it is illiterate. I have formed an opinion of the intellectual capabilities of the three people who signed it. (Note that because someone has a reasonable IQ, that does not mean that they have any common sense or can communicate effectively with the common man.) August-Hanson is a MLC, which means that she reviews legislation. As one of the signers of the letter I doubt her ability to do that job effectively.
    9 points
  46. A testing time for them all.
    9 points
  47. Not sure there is any preferential treatment. Thing is, some posters have no filter, do not read what they have posted before pressing the button and mostly have no regard for repercussions. They get banned, sensibly because the fallout hits the mods and site first, then re-join under a different name, thinking they have played the system. They haven't, the familiar style becomes apparent pretty quickly. But rather than think 'I should moderate myself', it becomes a perceived vendetta. The truth is, none of the mods want to deal with the shite, they don't get paid and are purely volunteers to enable a site which, in the main, most people enjoy. If you cannot understand that, then perhaps you aren't cut out for MF.
    9 points
  48. Upsetting that Bernard Moffat fella is usually a sign that you've done something right.
    9 points
  49. The current state of the UK makes living here a joy, despite all the negativity. If only we could inject some common sense into the administrations we could have Nirvana !
    9 points
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