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  1. The situation is quite simple. The situation giving rise to the Tribunal, where his megalomaniac CEO bullied and was out of control, happened on his watch as Minister. Whether he involved himself, knew, was deliberately blind, is irrelevant. He has ultimate responsibility politically. He should have resigned immediately the Tribunal decision was distributed, and if he didn’t then Cannan should have sacked him. All the stuff about whether Ewart, or Ranson, or Glover, were right, or wrong, is irrelevant. Who was minister for DHSC? David. Which department did these terrible things? David’s. Who has to resign? David. if he’d done the decent and honourable thing there’d have been much less of the opprobrium. Why is there so much opprobrium? Because he didn’t do the decent thing. He’s now tarred, as is Cannan, with being tone deaf, attempting to cling on to power, not taking ultimate responsibility. A simple. “ It happened on my watch. The behaviour of the department towards Dr Ranson was insupportable. I apologise, as former DHSC minister to Dr Ranson, unreservedly. I regret it happened. I take full political responsibility. That is why I have resigned.” Would have been good.
    28 points
  2. You’re not alone in your opinion. I was at a dinner on Saturday night where I was the youngest guest by about thirty years. The subject of Ashford came up and most were in support for him for getting us through a global pandemic relatively unscathed. The thing is though Sid, is that he didn’t. It was more by luck and by a sense of community coming together to ensure we abided by the rules that got us through He fumbled his way through. he pretended he was an expert , he shot down anyone who suggested otherwise. He ensured that someone who could have helped in the efforts against covid was ostracised and smeared. He made things up, got a lot of things wrong and not once took accountability for any of it. Now, during an official enquiry, the truth of his inadequacy, his duplicity, his falsehoods, have come to light. You call it hindsight, many others call it justice It doesn’t matter that he replies quickly to your emails and sorts out stuff for you at a local level. Anyone can do that. What matters is that he is a senior states-person, in a position of high authority, who, when questioned in an official enquiry, will lie, blame shift, shape shift and squirm his way out of admitting his true character and out of taking any responsibility for his mistakes. Even now, after being declared a dangerous fantasist, he is attempting to distance himself from any wrong doing. That’s what matters Sid He’s played you and he’s played many others. He’s still playing you, and others who think he’s a good lad It’s one thing he is very good at.
    21 points
  3. There should certainly be a no confidence vote in Ashford. As has been established numerous time he only got back in on the back of a load of hoodwinked old duffers who were eternally grateful that they didn’t die during the pandemic. And now even that is proving to be a case of the Emperors New Clothes. He was just an actor playing the role of Health Minister to maximum effect - blissfully unaware of a lot of the medical decisions going on around him and used as a prop by others to pursue sad vendettas. Alf Cannan has shown himself to be very weak already. We still have the DOI who are basically taking the piss out of him every single day. We’re probably going to be at £100 Million on the Liverpool Terminal project before it’s finished. What does he do? Absolutely nothing. Or more correctly absolutely nothing other than accept the early retirement (presumably with pay off) of the head clown in charge who they have now allowed back to drive buses in his spare time. So in reality actually rewarding him with a pay off and re-employment albeit in a safer role where such a total buffoon can’t do any more financial damage and then promoting an equally incompetent person into his former role. And now we have the situation of Ashy being exposed as an unreliable witness who the Court found not to be credible and a costly tribunal and a huge payout to a senior medic who was unfairly dismissed. What will Cannan do about that? Probably still nothing unless he is forced to. Cannan and this government has no credibility. There’s enough backbenchers (all now on the same pay as Ministers) who are standing back doing nothing. As well ask a load of useless MLCs sitting back doing the square root of bugger all. Worst are the Manx Labour MHKs such as Maltby and Faragher who can’t even be bothered scoring points where staff have clearly been bullied and treated appallingly. Great Labour values on display there. Nobody is asking them to do the Jarrow March just to stand up for workers in a clearly abusive and corrupt system. But in reality we also get nothing from anyone. What an absolute shower of shite. Somebody actually do something you talentless bunch of dicks.
    21 points
  4. This isn't hindsight. It's a final emergence of the verified and documented facts of the matter. It would appear most of what was seen at the time was smoke and mirrors, which has now emerged as the abject failure of David Ashford to listen to anyone other than a music graduate for medical and scientific advice. He then passed on that unqualified advice, which was at odds to the professional advice he didn't want to hear, to the Manx Public, who didn't know the difference.
    20 points
  5. Ashford should not only resign from the treasury, he should resign as an MHK so a bye election can be called. Without delay. He should then hang his head in shame and never hold any public office ever again, nor any other position in the public arena. He's a national embarrassment.
    19 points
  6. As if on cue, a whole video by Charles Guard of interesting sites to ponder, well done to him for being so honest and wake up DTC and IoMG...
    19 points
  7. I’ve just read the last twenty pages or so of this thread. Its weird to think that MF gets a pretty bad press out there in the real world, but the truth is, that apart from a few exceptions (all but a few now departed), many of us were calling all this out from the very beginning. It felt like David against Goliath at times. But here we are, judgement has been passed and all has come to light and it was very much as we thought. There’s no gloating here. People’s lives and reputations were attempted to be ruined. Many of them are still living with the fallout. I like to think that eventually, the truth will always out, even without those who were targeted having to do a single thing toward bringing the real perpetrators to justice. The truth is now out Clear as day for anyone to see In a fair and just society, heads would and should roll for this. At one time, public decency would insist upon it but I fear we are so used to this absolute gaslighting shit show that we no longer expect that anything meaningful will result from this - and the perpetrators know this - in fact they are counting on it. Argh.
    17 points
  8. Well, for the first time in 18 months I've stepped foot on the Island. I've been involved with Porsche Club GB for a number of years - as far back as 2005 when I first started giving safety briefs to visiting car clubs. I've supported every visit they have made, right up to 2019, which was the last one before lockdown. The old boy who ran them, Geoff Ives, is not in the greatest of health, and he called me late last year to see if I'd take over the mantle. I couldn't really say no, and so we went to press with 30 rooms to offer and a 3 day visit. It sold out within hours. And so, sans Porsche (having sold mine a few months prior) we landed on the 12th May for a 5 night visit. I've given myself a few days to reflect on what I found, and thought it might be useful just to 'report back'. I was apprehensive about returning on many levels and was similarly anxious as to what I would find, and how I would feel. 23 years is a long time in one place, and since leaving we have moved house twice. Had we ultimately done the right thing? The first positive was that I felt 'at home'. The Island is just so familiar that I didn't expect it to be anything else. And one of the greatest joys was reconnecting with people - both planned and unplanned. That was just magic, and helped me realise how strong some of our friendships are. It was good to see relatives still there, and make sure they were OK too. A benevolent friend and former neighbour was kind enough to lend me a Porsche, so I didn't look a complete muppet leading a sports car tour in a Hyundai i20. What that brought into focus was that truly, the Manx population has nothing to moan about in respect of the state of the roads. The UK is far, far worse! We had some great, swift but sure driving and every visitor enjoyed it. And I found myself evangelising about the place as much as I ever had. Extolling its virtues, good places to visit and things to see. Two great days of weather helped, but as we all know, when the sun is shining there is nowhere else like it. But there was another side. The place looks unloved, and far from prosperous. Ramsey still has pavements strewn with weeds, and the ever-increasing number of brown field sites detract from lovely little spots like outside the courthouse, and the still-beautiful Mooragh. As for Douglas - well, we didn't get a lot for our 20-odd million, did we? An abject failure, and a high street which really did feel like it was on its knees. People are trying hard. Jacksons went above and beyond for a visit. Fynoderee put on a very warm welcome and Ramsey Park Hotel is almost 'running hot' it was that busy. As ever, the potential is just at the door, but the Island really does need billions that aren't available spending on it to catch up. Every derelict plot moves the goal further away. We left having had a fantastic break, and I'm looking forward to doing it all again very soon. But the question is; was it ultimately the right move? The first thing is tax. I give too much to the treasury now. That stings. But beyond that, I think we are doing OK. We live in Lytham, which is bloody outstanding, with the same sort of town feel that Ramsey had, but more amenities that Douglas. We can be in London in 2 hrs 30 minutes from the door, and the biggest thing for me is the opportunities. I was struggling on island for a meaningful second career. Today, I'm a university lecturer, and am undertaking a professional doctorate. That would never have happened back 'home'. And that is a key; the island still does feel like 'home'. Maybe one day we will return in some shape or form, but to be honest, it would have to be on a time-share basis. I really want the best of both worlds! It remains a source of frustration to me that the Island seems unable to move forward, resting on pipe-dreams of 500,000 visitors but with no real strategy. Meanwhile, the UK has its many faults, but at least there is a degree of progressiveness and opportunity. I still love you, Ellan Vannin, but you need to pick up your skirts and run now, rather than just amble along. Manage your most recent mistakes, but stride strongly into the future. Del
    16 points
  9. Sod that. He's shown himself to be an untrustworthy liar and an incompetent buffoon. He should not be permitted near any public office, nor should he get paid for any consultancy work or project management in the public sector. He represents all that is wrong and toxic in IOMG as well as the civil service. He needs to go, full stop.
    16 points
  10. No, not down to DA alone, but he was Health Minister and, it would seem, backed the wrong side or didn't enquire too deeply allowing this shameful situation to perpetuate. That is the issue or do you think Ministers should just simply shrug and say that their officials got it wrong? If so, what is the point of the Ministerial structure? It is unfortunate what happened to Dr Ranson? No, it is a f*cking disgrace and all those complicit, either actively, or wilfully blind or incompetent should not be remaining in positions of authority and trust, because they have simply failed in their obligation to serve the GMP fairly, competently and adequately. They are in a position of public trust and have simply failed to honour that obligation, whether civil servant or politician. I emphasise servant because that is their role; to serve the public. A very sad day for Manx politics and democracy. The list of those tainted was expanded exponentially today.
    15 points
  11. You have a short memory Sir. It’s wasn’t that long ago that you were spewing your own vitriol and hatred about Dr Glover. About her showing her true colours, and much much worse. So, before you don your Mother Theresa ankle socks and sandals, a bit of self reflection wouldn’t go amiss.
    15 points
  12. What is it with you lot and the constant negativity? Tourists could be handing out twenty quid notes and the likes of you would complain “meh I want a 50.” Seriously. That group has been coming here for 40 YEARS without fail. Even in 2001 he came. Only corona prevented them the last two years. Sometimes up to ten of them and usually only with their bikes, so limited space to bring stuff. Loads of money spent by them on the island. People stop by there to chat and have a drink and at the end they clean it all up again. Gruseleck is the type of thing no overpaid TT marketing bod could ever come up with even if he tried. This year only Klaus is here from the original group and he came by car instead of bike due to health issues. Anyone who stops by there is greeted by a warm smile and offered a drink or food. The back story, the kindness and hospitality, and the genuine fucking love these people have for the island is priceless and all you lot can do is complain. Makes me sad and angry.
    14 points
  13. During the period in the Pandemic that most of this tribunal covers, most of us watched each night rather anxiously , wishfully thinking, almost willing that the people who spoke to us knew what they were doing and were in control. Unknown to us then, we know learn there were spiteful attacks from the Public Health chief who resented the input from the chief medical officer but was very keen to guard own time off, a bragging chief minister and a health minister who assumed the role and gravitas of learned virologist/epidemiologist/vaccine expert but in reality his channel of information was a via music graduate with no medical training, who was working three days a week based in the UK ,who actively prevented other medical professionals from having direct contact with him. The account by Gov regarding the Steam Packet and the pandemic issue stretched credulity;the Abbotswod investigation was clumsy and flawed and the theatrical waving of the “letter” regarding Dr Glover would have been seen as pantomime farce if it had not been such a serious issue.This wasto be followed and excelled in ineptitude by the “anaesthetists’ debacle. We have been seriously let down. The insight we have so far from an MHK is that is has “cost a lot of money” That's the least of the problems, mate.
    14 points
  14. I assume the Peoples Prince is Callister? If so he misses the point by a mile making it just about cost. It’s not about cost at all it’s about a whole host of issues that centre around IOM government and who runs it AND the cost. I’d maybe suggest he’s being deliberately obtuse in order to stay hopelessly on the fence (which seems to always be his preferred position).
    14 points
  15. Which part is sub judice? The ruling is done and dusted. There might be knock on actions but honestly Cannan will be claiming it’s sub judice for the next 5 years if he can get way with it. Don’t also forget, Mr Callister, that you and al your Tynwald colleagues benefit from Parliamentary Privilege. You can say or do what you like on the floor of Tynwald. You clearly don’t have the guts for that though.
    14 points
  16. Every TT at some point I end up saying the same thing. It’s either in you or it isn’t. You either get it or you don’t. I used to ride bikes and I used to race. It was my life. TT was my favourite time of the year. Then I fell out of love with it. The whole thing. I haven’t watched or listened to a race in years and have thoroughly enjoyed the last two (?) years of no TT. Yesterday I drove the coast road to Ramsey and met a group of 20/30 bikers heading Laxey way, all sticking to the speed limit, headlights on and behaving themselves. I found my self becoming increasingly excited and ended up waving frantically at them as they passed, even winding down my window and shouting ‘welcome back’ like some mad loon. I actually had tears in my eyes seeing them and even as I’m typing this I have tears in my eyes. Fucks sake. I really thought I was over all this nonsense but truly, if it’s in you it’s in you and if it isn’t then you’ll never get it. Conrods was full of them and yes, I even went around the tables saying how nice it was to see them all again. I cried, again, they cried, someone took pictures I cried all the way home FFS.
    14 points
  17. Could you elaborate and explain what you think my "nonsense" was? Feel free to give specifics, time points, how it distracted - exactly - from the "job in hand".
    13 points
  18. What is vulgar is the treatment of professionals engaged to look after your and my health. Not only Dr R, but Dr G, Dr T (which seems to have dropped off the radar) the four anaesthetists and there are probably more who have not made the headlines. That is vulgar, abhorrent, scandalous and sordid, not some humorous (possibly) post on the Internet.
    13 points
  19. That's heartbreaking and the behaviour of the AG's Office is both inexcusable and completely predictable. They really do see themselves as mainly concerned with safeguarding their fellow civil servants from any responsibility and anyone who wants justice can whistle for it, if it conflicts with that. This was clearly just a way of keeping the family and friends quiet till the thing had blown over. I have to point out again that if the BBC hadn't had a reporter at the inquest, we would never have heard about it. Despite the Coroner making recommendations, her findings never appeared on the website. And whatever happened to the "road safety audit into the crossing, consult[ing] with partner agencies including the police" that the DoI were supposed to have carried out.
    13 points
  20. At least he's got his experience in genomics and coding to fall back on.
    13 points
  21. But the criticism of him is not that he bullied Dr Ransom, or took the decision to unfairly dismiss her. It's that at the height of the pandemic he refused to speak to her when she was trying to act as the conduit for the local medical professionals relying instead on a CEO with no medical training who wasn't on the island and had little local knowledge. I'd also be interested in his input into the decision to defend the claim and be selective with the disclosures.
    13 points
  22. David Ashford has to go, no question. He rightly put himself front and centre of the DHSC when he was minister and was on the bridge the whole time. It's only right then that the buck stopped with him. Until heads roll nothing will change.
    13 points
  23. This is what happens when you put a rank amateur in charge of Health during the biggest medical crisis in generations. Still, in finest Manx fashion, lessons were learned and at least he wasn't subsequently put in charge of finances during the biggest fiscal crisis in generations. No, wait...
    13 points
  24. Its gambling. Plain and simple. Trading in human misery. Remember folks, when the fun stops STOP. (obviously by this point you've lost your house, wife, access to kids, job, self respect etc) But hey, JOBS!
    13 points
  25. Charles Guard has presented his case in the form of an expertly crafted video with a calm but firm commentary. What he is illustrating is a lack of interest and enthusiasm in maintaining things; casual banal carelessness; a lack of civic pride. It is obvious, of course, but in presenting it in this way,I think the message will be very effectively carried.
    13 points
  26. Let’s not forget that, although the bullying of Dr Ranson was disgraceful and very indicative of the moral dereliction at the top of Government, over and above that was the falsification of documents to the Tribunal. This matter has yet to be fully explored and subject to public scrutiny but I would expect that an internal assessment has taken place. Falsifying documents to a legal body, by Government, strikes at the very heart of the legitimacy, morality and principles of Government and would raise serious questions about the ability of the Island to govern itself. I have no doubt that this round of resignations and retirements is a push to clear out all those in senior roles that are or could be implicated in this illegal and unprincipled act, before any enquiry takes place. There will be those that were involved in the alleged falsification and those that would have known that the document was false but said nothing. The broom will have to be wide and wielded with the intention of performing a proper clear out if the reputation of the IOM Government is going to be protected.
    12 points
  27. He clearly still doesn’t get it does he? https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/ashford-urged-to-take-time-to-reflect-before-resignation-speech/ After reading his cringeworthy resignation letter let’s hope we hear a bit of contrition tomorrow in his speech not just more of the buck passing and failure to ignore the reality of the situation. Although I’m not sure why it even needs a speech as the letter is long enough. This is hardly Winston Churchill resigning just some delusional tit.
    12 points
  28. Because 1. It's an international conspiracy to depopulate the world leaving only the rich and those opposed to all control discovered by facebook mums 2. It's made up nonsense. Your choice.
    12 points
  29. Perhaps Stevie Wonder has been commissioned to drive the course car this year?
    12 points
  30. Excellent film - should be required viewing for every MHK and Douglas councillor
    12 points
  31. Ransongate throws a blanket of suspicion over other departmental refutations of allegations made against them. The possible copyright infingements on the software developed for the path lab; Ashford's burble and brouhaha when those allegations came about was less than convincing, as were statements made before and after the PAC inquiry over Glovergate. We eagerly awaited the "point-by-point rebuttal(s)" yet came there none. Instead, and eventually, we were left with "I've said all I've got to say on this matter and will say no more" - his effusively arrogant refusals to answer questions thereafter, delivered with the usual, 'how-very-dare-you' passive-aggressive inflection. A widely-adopted tactic cynically utilised by himself, Quayle and Ewart during the covid press-briefings when dealing with Moulton's continuing 'impertinence' for instance. All of whom it appears, heavily reliant on the direction of Magson. And now there's suspicion of possible criminal enterprise; forgery, fraud, collusion and whatever else may be revealed. Quintessential Quayle, quiet as a mouse. A figure central in the circle of influence at the time now appears to have no comment. "no comment" - a response which may be used with greater frequency if allegations of criminality are to be followed-up...
    11 points
  32. They need to install abut 400m of approach lights out into the sea to get the RVR required down to 550m from the current 1000m. It can be further reduced to 300m using CAT2 approaches, that would require less approach lights but better lighting on the airfield itself. For an airfield that is so prone to sea fog and low cloud, not to mention its importance as a lifeline link to the outside world, it beggars belief that the airport lacks the kit to allow the pilots to do their job to their potential. I’ve operated into all of the UK’s commercial airports, big and small, and nowhere has basic lights like what we do. It really is crap.
    11 points
  33. A Thomas Sowell quote "it is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong" And we're reaping it now.
    11 points
  34. 40 years ago they stopped there after one of them crashed at the corner in bad weather just after their arrival on the island one foggy night. They decided to camp there for the night as they were basically lost. The next nine years they came back and nobody ever said anything. Ten years in they were invited to town hall (not sure if Douglas or nearby) and they first thought they were in trouble and have to move. Instead, someone from local government - a person with clearly more kindness and vision than some people here - told them as they had been there ten years, they could stay there again every year if they wanted to. Now they have become one of the many little stories that makes the TT the TT and I love it. Luckily, grumpy old men who have nothing better to do than complain about things like this are in the minority.
    11 points
  35. Imagine giving it to a dilapidated shithole that isn't even maintained to a basic standard?
    11 points
  36. Dr Ranson’s tribunal victory raises some very disturbing “What if ?”s” 1.What if - Dr Ranson had not had the professional experience of 26 years as a general practitioner , several years working for the GMC and then for the QCC - to give her the confidence and considerable personal courage to stand her ground? 2.What if - she had not been able to access expert legal advice because of support from the BMA and the expertise of the one of the Medical Defence Societies. 3.What if -she had been ground-down by the concerted, dishonest and manipulative actions of her CEO, the chief medical officer who it shows bullied, denigrated and tried to “gaslight “ her and the senior civil servants whose actions have been laid bare by the tribunal. 4. What if it had been someone who did not have the professional background or the resilience to persist with her case or could not access the support of organisations that had such huge legal clout ? What if ? Well,I think we know. 1.We would not have heard about it. 2.She would have suffered the same fate as others - chewed up and spat out by the flawed system. And .. 3.We would not have heard about the forging of evidence by government officials which still needs further investigation. And.. 4.We would not have seen how the health minister gave evasive testimony as QC Segal illustrated - a general denial of any involvement until such denial was untenable. This is a situation that is not just “ uncomfortable”as the CM described it it the biggest expose of what can most charitably be called government “failings” in decades. -and because of the nature of it being a tribunal, there is no where to hide.
    11 points
  37. If she really is a human lie detector and she actually lives with Ashford then she can’t be a very good one.
    11 points
  38. The separate allegations of forged documentation provided to the tribunal by DHSC/Manx Care is yet to be investigated, suggesting possible criminal charges. If true it will be the most damning aspect in all of this and have far-reaching effects. I've said it before, there is no better time than now to start serious consideration to bring in legislation relating to Malfeasance in Public Office.
    11 points
  39. Sub Judice my arse. The only thing sub judice is any settlement and/or NDA to be wrangled with Dr Ranson. A just legal process has put its findings into the public domain. Those findings were that a bunch of conniving, lying, self-serving individuals (both elected and unelected) blatantly attempted to discredit and damage the employment and career of Dr Ranson. And have been exposed as doing so. What "sub judice" means in the context of IoMG use of the expression is, "Keep your mouths shut while we work out how we're going to weasel our way out of this one. Remember that the #club comes first if you know what's good for you."
    11 points
  40. Something the Decision does explain is two incidents that puzzled and annoyed us at the time. The first was the delayed vaccine rollout. It turns out that (para 682): Dr Ranson had considerable expertise in this field, having been a Commissioner on the Commission on Human Medicines, as Miss Magson well knew. The exclusion of Dr Ranson from the vaccine roll-out at the start, was intended to side-line and marginalise Dr Ranson, who was in fact an essential part of the process as a matter of statutory procedure. From about 17th December 2020, Miss Magson later demanded that Dr Ranson take on the medical leadership of the vaccine roll-out and in doing so, cancelled Dr Ranson’s study leave and annual leave and on the 18th December 2020, Dr Ranson was asked by Miss Magson to sign the Patient Group Direction (PGD) for the new Covid-19 vaccine. Between that date and about 21st December, Miss Magson unreasonably continued to demand that Dr Ranson sign the PGD despite knowing that she had good reason for refusing to sign because the indemnity position needed resolving. Further, during a meeting on 18th December 2020 Miss Magson conveyed the impression to the Vaccine Group that Dr Ranson had failed to attend previous meetings and failed to sign the Direction and other documents. In fact, Dr Ranson had been told by Miss Magson that she was not to have any input into the Vaccine Group. Of course if Ranson had been involved from the start, the indemnity side would have been started out in time and vaccination begun earlier. The second was the sluggish response to the early January 2021 Covid outbreak (see para 708 onwards): On or around 1 st January 2021 and in relation to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Complainant recommended an urgent Clinical Advisory Group meeting be convened. Miss Magson prevented the Complainant from doing this In fact Ranson texted Magson as soon as the news broke[1]. Magson ignored it and with Greenhow made sure that no such meeting happened. (And then blamed Manx Care of course). So there was no medical input into the government actions, despite all the confident statement about what the 'medics' said. In both cases Magson, supported by Ashford and others in the bureaucracy prioritised being spiteful to Ranson over what was best for the health of the Island. [1] One of the many astonishing aspects of all this is that the medics had no immediate access to the details of how the outbreaks were progressing (para 719): Dr Ranson pointed out that for CAG to provide advice and know how to respond, firsthand information was needed. They had been driven to try to get such information from the Government’s website and broadcasts. Unsurprisingly, Dr Ranson pointed out that this was an inappropriate way to have to gather facts. I'd add it also meant that the data were delayed by a day and couldn't be analysed at individual level to see how spread was happening. Data that the public shouldn't have but should have been available to doctors and public health officials.
    11 points
  41. What absolute nonsense about barriers and payment machines! Yes, apps are available for use in uk car parks (shopping centres) alongside cash/card machines for those without a smart phone, or/ and internet access, or can’t be arsed with all the faff of downloading and having to access an app when needed on the odd occasion. Lots of car parks, including one in Douglas and Ramsey, have ANPR to clock cars in and out. Big fail is they have barriers on the way out so that if you haven’t paid, you can’t get out! So all the rubbish about no barriers ?? Payment machines can be calibrated to take different coins - do they really think we believe that a uk manufacturer only makes cash machines for the uk market? And have they taken into account the cost of the phone helpline that was mentioned too.. presumably this is a rota of at least 3 staff 24/7? Including double time on weekends and bank holidays… This is bullshittery at its best - “we’ve bought some new shiny kit because we could, now we have to come up with different reasons for using it until they believe one of them” Get real DOI, we’re not stupid. And the latest is that this will be trialled for 6 months?? What then? Stop wasting money we don’t have and actually THINK first
    11 points
  42. The video says two fundamental things about the IOM. First, that politicians and civil servants love talking and planning big initiatives but often don’t have the attention or competence to get the basics right. Secondly, and as has been said already, the Island is over-governed by authorities that often compete with each other for attention and incompetence. In the case of Douglas, we have DBC and DoI, both of whom have tolerance levels of waste, ineffectiveness and misjudgement that would not be acceptable in any performance-driven organisation. Neither should exist in their current state but there is no will to tackle the obvious issues and reorganise how we are governed in a leaner, more efficient way. Rusty railings, unfinished projects, weeds and grand schemes delivering very little are just symptoms of a bigger malaise that starts with the voters who demand little and get exactly what they vote for.
    11 points
  43. What a sad indictment of our once glorious Island. Millions of pounds can be found for projects that almost always seem to turn out badly but smaller amounts for upkeep jist don’t seem to be available. We've got sometime seriously wrong.
    11 points
  44. Don’t worry with Liverpool Sea Terminal costing in excess of £70m you would think this would have all the latest in passenger comforts, and facilities needed. Sadly the right facilities weren’t spent at the airport, at the detriment of the islands reputation. As the person being interviewed for IOMTV commented, even Airports in Bulgaria have better facilities than IOM Airport. We like to think we are first world with a fantastic reputation but in realty we are third world, with crap facilities, crap management and crap politicos in charge, but we won’t admit it. Even if IOMG invest in a new weatherproofing system to allow landing, you can be guaranteed that the civil servants will screw it up - order the wrong system, pay over the odds for it or make a foreign currency purchase error.
    11 points
  45. This young David fella used to work in the Outback. He now has an MBE and by the end of his current term will have taken in over half a million from tax payers in pay since he got into politics. Props, he's played you all.
    10 points
  46. There's no way he should stay, or be allowed to. Think about those words from the tribunal, his evidence was "practised and diplomatic seemingly guided by the principle of deniability of anything potentially inconvenient unless/until objective evidence was available to the contrary." QC's and that use carefully considered and polite language, but what that is really saying is that Ashford lies, has lied, and will continue to lie about anything as long as thinks he can get away with it. He cannot be trusted to tell the truth.
    10 points
  47. But Ranson didn't select those people - it's Magson who is supposed to be the 360 feedback specialist. And at the time of the survey, these people were working for Manx Care not DHSC anyway. If you read those comments, they're mainly concerned with her non-Covid work. And if you read the full judgement there's plenty of praise and evidence for what she did apart from her work on Covid, indeed the point is made that she didn't let that become her only focus and continued with the other work as well, resulting in very long hours. Magson attempted to stop some of her initiatives there as well, for no apparent reason other than spite. And then went on to blame Ranson to other people for not producing things she had ordered her to stop.
    10 points
  48. And yet strangely the 360 Feedback rather differed with her in their opinions of Dr Ranson: 607. Because of what Miss Magson said about Dr Ranson when misleading Mrs Cope and Mr Foster in October / November 2020, the Tribunal considered it appropriate to summarise how out of step was her viewpoint compared with those who had contributed to this 360 -Colleague Feedback Summary of March-June 2021. The anonymous responses were from: One GP. Six Hospital Doctors. Three nurses. One Manager. Two “other clinical” and Three non-clinical. 608. Dr Ranson’s highest score was 98%. The lowest was 72%. As to Peer Average involving ten categories of abilities for assessment, five results were over 80% with two over 90%. The few de minimis adverse comments were noted by the Tribunal but lost in the endless list of favourable observations. It would be disproportionate to recite the several pages of praise but here is a cross-section of comments summarising what Manx Care lost because of the message delivered by Miss Magson: a) The best Medical Director I have ever seen. b) Excellent understanding of change management. c) Dr Ranson has exercised great integrity in very difficult circumstances. A less resilient person may have crumbled but she has remained a very credible clinician and accountable Medical Director. d) Has worked above and beyond during Covid-19. e) Despite facing many intensely difficult, if not overtly hostile situations over the past year, she has been able to maintain a good work/life balance and to delegate tasks when appropriate. f) Very professional hard worker, respectful, malleable and easy-going. g) In addition to excellent clinical skills, Dr Ranson has excellent management skills. and so on all the way through z) to aa). Of course we discovered recently that the latest staff survey of doctors had a rather different opinion of the current management.
    10 points
  49. Actually that’s what happens when you elect a delusional fantasist into power who is capable of projecting a layer of outer confidence to the world but who subliminally knows that’s he’s a fraud who probably needs an instruction book to boil an egg.
    10 points
  50. I doubt that any of this is true. Electronic coin mechanisms can be made to accept any notes, coins or tokens as required. I believe I can use english and manx notes and coins in supermarket self pay machines(marks and spencer and Tesco.) If they have a genuine reason fine but don't just make up lies. It's unbecoming
    10 points
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