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  1. Then when the scientist gives evidence to a Tynwald Committee that causes public concern about his department, he promises a point by point rebuttal. This gives the impression that everything the scientist said was guff. It's going to be so detailed he needs to give the CS preparing it time off to recharge their batteries before embarking on the task. He keeps promising for several weeks. Then when the public has forgotten the detail of the testimony he provides a much shorter response to the Committee leaving several points unrebuffed. When asked when the promised rebuttal will be publis
    21 points
  2. In that case, it sounds like you've all the qualifications necessary, tbh.
    20 points
  3. David Ashford was asked by a Tynwald colleague (Edge) to supply to the Tynwald Court the point-by-point rebuttal of Dr Glover's claims made by her in front of a Tynwald Committee, an assurance he had given some weeks ago and repeatedly reiterated. He declined to do so, stating that he had previously made statements to that effect to media outlets including Moulton TV. That is not what was asked for. He was asked to supply the promised rebuttal to, and in, the Court of Tynwald. His failure to respond in the correct manner is a massive disrespect to not only his Tynwald colleagues but
    18 points
  4. One issue is that most young couples want it now, the ready made new/ish house with all decorated , two cars and all the trappings. I remember when my then wife and I managed to get our first house . Ballabrooie way and it was like winning the lottery . We lived in two rooms , one bedroom and a back living room and a kitchen I had made up from contiboard . Over the next 5 years bit by bit we decorated and fitted out the rest. We were happy with what we had in those early years and it was never a issue. Ohhh a second hand car from Hadyn Minay costing £70 . How many couples these days will do th
    17 points
  5. 15 points
  6. Do they do afternoon tea ?
    14 points
  7. It's not lethargy, but complacency. We have become complacent in terms of our scrutiny of politicians, economic expectations and service levels. The complacency has arisen from a sustained period of general prosperity, probably from the late 80s. That is a very long time to have "had it good". (That is not to say that every person has prospered, but that the island overall has.) So, of course, candidates will promise all kinds to maintain the status quo, but when they are elected, I suspect they will find the cupboard is severely depleted with little scope for replenishing it.
    12 points
  8. Agreed. When even the tiniest slither of criticism is batted away with ‘don’t question me!’ attitude, then inevitably a wedge of failures will slowly but surely creep in and eventually the whole ‘house of cards’ will ultimately collapse in on itself. People don’t seem to grasp that the condescending ‘’if you don’t like it here – then there is a boat in the morning…” mantra is not just an idiosyncratic feature of the local culture, it is a sad philosophy that has permeated every sphere of public life. Many of our civil servants and our politicians are far too thin-skinned. Some are li
    12 points
  9. I think you’ll find public consensus continues to think the sun shines out of his arse. He’s extremely good at what he does - mask wearing - not governing. If ever there was a reason for the GMP not to be able to vote for CM then he is it. These individuals are drawn to power. They manipulate their way to the top and will do anything to stay there. His priority is not and never has been the GMP, his priority is David Ashford and that will never change. I was pleased when he got his MBE. I thought he’d made a good job of handling the communications side of the pandemic in the early da
    12 points
  10. Oooh, some early morning bitchiness on here! Still care deeply about the place, and there are people there whose safety matters to me. have a listen to the actual interview rather than the clickbait headline. The biggest issue I have is that the IOMG introduced a National Road Safety Strategy,and just like every other strategy, proceeded to do sod all about it. I was asked to do the interview, rather than seeking out the opportunity. And it has served its ultimate purpose. Just like on Facebook, it’s got you talking about it. Any backswipes at me are what they are. intere
    12 points
  11. It would have told them that all those people were infected in the same location and linked back to the index patient, five days after they showed symptoms and tested positive with the Liverpool lab's turnaround. Clearly this is 1000% more useful if you know it <24hours after the positive result. Linking cases to each other, genomically or through contact tracing, shortens lockdowns. Genomics links cases that contact tracing has failed to do (unfortunately people lie, especially so when the penalty might be a holiday in Jurby). If I had all the Isle of Man COVID genomic sequences in my
    12 points
  12. I think your all being unfair to our illustrious leader. On his watch we have seen the landing stage costs multiply , the Prom go from bad to a total embrassement without seemingly any injection from the big boss man. I do remember though on Princess Anne visit when interview by PM when asked about the prom he could only laugh . Rates reform has completly stalled on his watch as has the debacle of Gas costings which his Tynwald have seemingly failed to grasp the situation and pushed it back continuely . The Rachel Glover issues which clearly he had a big imput and all the other failures around
    12 points
  13. I worked in the same small team in the UK scientific civil service for 14 years and Taxa wouldn't have survived more than a few months if I wasn't able to lead a team successfully (we're going to be 4 years in October). I spent 7 months in the small path lab team last year before my resignation. If I wasn't a team player they'd have gotten rid of me within a week or two, given I was on the bank. Yet more smoke, mirrors and hints to try to put doubt in people's minds. I notice that DA's girlfriend (the DBC girl, as Gladys called her) is doing the same too these days on Facebook and Twitte
    12 points
  14. Well, I have finished listening from where I left off last time, just before the point RG has been appointed to the EAG. Why didn't anyone ask why that group had not been set up when Tynwald asked for it? We now have an emergency group set up after the emergency. TBH, the scales need to fall from people's eyes - DA and HQ are just politicians, doing an unenviable job in unprecedented circumstances, BUT the scales need to fall from their own eyes and there has to be some self-reflection. They wanted the job, got it and stuff happens, pretty significant stuff as Covid has turned out
    12 points
  15. I’m hopelessly unfit to be an MHK…I can pronounce ‘hyperbole’, ‘constable’ and ‘statistics’; I do not own a shredder; I’ve never written a blog that a seven year old would be embarrassed by; never vomited on a bus; I’m aware that when digging a trench for services you install them all at the same time; I’ve never made Harrrruuumphhh noises 8 times consecutively and then been rewarded with a jolly to the Caribbean; I don’t expect other people to pay for my headache remedy; I’m aware that you can assist a charity without needing to be pictured in the press; I can speak to a group of people on a
    11 points
  16. Getting a gmail isn't just getting an email address. It is marrying yourself into googles complete ecosystem without even being asked if that's what you want to do. From the minute you register your gmail account all manner of features are enabled across the eco system that start recording all kinds of data and pushing various ads and suggestions. I setup a new gmail yesterday and spent a good 20 minutes going through the settings turning off all kinds of option that I didn't want enabled. For the average user who is not that tech savvy it can be pretty daunting and overwhelming. The good thin
    11 points
  17. There were people arrested, harassed and treated poorly apart from the toilet purges. The toilets may have ben the subject of one or two complaints from the public, but the bible carrying CC ( and officers who wanted to curry favour and attended his daily prayer meetings ) set up mass observation activities, over months, hidden in ceilings. Then arrested dozens over a weekend. No duty advocates in those days. Encouraged most of the detained persons to sign statements admitting ( the CCTV was B&W and indistinct - no one one who contested was found guilty ), then released a list o
    10 points
  18. A big thank you to the Manx Forums members that contacted me regarding this post this afternoon.... Happy to confirm that I haven’t been sacked from any Government Department or as the Children’s Champion to the best of my knowledge, and I certainly haven’t received any flower so far..... Neither have I resigned as a Member of the House of Keys. Given the fact that I have just an extended DBS check signed off and approved, I will give the individual an opportunity to remove the “murky past” comment before taking some legal advise...
    10 points
  19. I am not one for the 'boat in the morning' type of response, but this lady shouldn't have disembarked!
    10 points
  20. https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/house-price-rises-here-to-stay-says-cowley-groves-chair/ I wouldn't trust a single word coming out of this self-interested individual's mouth.
    10 points
  21. If anything the first few months were worst managed. The communications were a joke, relying on a daily press conference rather than issuing press release for vanity purposes, which then contradicted by the police's social media accounts. Turning the announcement of the first death into some sort of gameshow. Whipping up hysteria and a vengeful mob against transgressors of COVID rules. Locking people up for minor breaches - many of whom clearly were in the midst of a mental health crisis. Stalag Commis. The vilification of Dr Glover began last year. The failure to plan for the vaccine roll out
    10 points
  22. Wotever. Filled my paper version in, where was that ‘head of the household’ bit people have been moaning about? Have they printed new, different copies to what is on an internet line? Mine had a ‘do you love Howie or Ashy’ question and I had to staple a picture of my ball sack to the last page.. I’m starting to think I’ve been had by my neighbour.
    10 points
  23. You are aware that the Villa has been owned by the Government since 2000? And that the refurbishment took place after that? And that the Government has owned the Gaiety since 1971? So your best example of the beneficial use of ratepayers money is something that happened two decades ago and that the Corpy didn't do.
    10 points
  24. Manx politics doesn't work if people start asking difficult questions or rocking the boat. That's why opposition never gets off the ground. The whole shebang works on consensus, patronage, cosy deals and arrangements, lack of proper scrutiny etc. The real decision making and policy is not directed by the politicians. People like Moulton asking awkward questions are either 'subsumed' or squashed (Like Roly was).
    10 points
  25. It was planned when they increased the interval from 10 to 12 weeks. They hadn’t the sense to then fill the gap with first doses, or the capability to say, when the UK JCVI reduces interval to 8 weeks to invite people who are waiting dose 2 to turn up early and free slots later. Ive had my 2 doses, but now apart from a card which doesn’t identify me, no photo, no biometric data, I can’t get a vaccination passport. Its the total incompetence that’s becoming apparent. I’ve supported what’s been done for most of the last 15 months but I’m getting totally pissed off now.
    10 points
  26. I think it is clear that the 'politics' of the UK are starting to creep into Tynwald. By this I mean a post truth style whereby you can say or assert whatever you like without evidence or a requirement to back it up or substantiate it. Boris Johnson answers any question as he pleases even if it's a downright lie and we've all become so used to it our senses are dulled. For example look a the Dominic Cummings expose. Did Cummings actually say anything that surprised anybody? I would say no, we all knew it and nothing will be done about it. Furthermore if Ashford gets away without pr
    10 points
  27. Yep, covid isn't the only respiratory disease afflicting us
    10 points
  28. That's breathtaking in its arrogance.
    10 points
  29. How very Manx!
    10 points
  30. Which is why we need party politics, or groups standing on common manifestos
    10 points
  31. And right on cue, proving the point, here he is again.
    10 points
  32. And here's the age old problem. Noisy minorities count horse trams as essential or some stuffy old ship as necessary. Any attempt to put them in the bin is met with MHKs bending over backwards to pacify the noisy minorities.
    9 points
  33. From a link in the Wiki article: Costs for the Akademik Lomonosov, Russia’s flagship floating nuclear power plant, have reportedly mushroomed to 37 billion rubles ($700 million), an increase of more than 300% from the original 2006 estimate of nine billion rubles ($170 million). Sounds like our kind of project! But our DoI boys and girl could show those Ruskies a thing or two. A mere 300%!
    9 points
  34. laughed at.
    9 points
  35. Any politician's apology is uttered from between clenched teeth. In their nature, it's an admission of failure that comes as an absolute last resort after all other measures of spin and denial have failed.
    9 points
  36. The issue is not just about what it looks like. It is more to do with consensus-the idea of communal consent, also natural history, environment and visual amenity. This is manifest in everyday life for the rest of us, as planning regs. Many of us have gone through the regs - windows, extensions , roof lights etc - things never to be seen by the passing public, but also larger projects that other people can see. However, most of us accept this - It can’t be just us deciding what is “aesthetic” and “OK “. Unfortunately, this issue has introduced leverage that a
    9 points
  37. Whatever they do it will be designed to extract the maximum amount of money they can possibly screw us for. There will be no benefits for the public or business users whatsoever, Take, take, take, spend, spend, spend. The take and the spend totally unjustified while the ordinary Joe finds it harder and harder to keep their head above water. 'Greedy profligacy personified', the new Manx govt. motto.
    9 points
  38. DA said he will decide what he says in public. Arrogant.
    9 points
  39. Well that was one of the six or seven 'explanations' that the DHSC gave for nicking her code. They said it was theirs because she was their employee. While at the same time saying that they couldn't take her advice because she wasn't their employee. The other 'explanations also all contradicted all the others and sometimes themselves. These people aren't just liars, they are really, really rubbish at it. In actual fact the code had been written by Glover before she ever started working with them and she had proof of this because copies were held on GitHub. That's why she has been emp
    9 points
  40. So, if anything, she's over qualified?
    9 points
  41. Indeed we do, which is why we are all entitled to express an opinion and criticise decisions. After all, politicians are not demigods and their duty (transparency, honesty and accountability) is to the population not the other way around.
    9 points
  42. What the fuck is wrong with you?
    9 points
  43. He's a dangerous man on a number of levels. But mostly a danger to himself as he believes that every word he utters is true, unequivocally so.
    9 points
  44. I just can’t even begin to say how many kinds of wrong the whole letter debacle was. That was the point at which Ashford lost my last shred of respect. Utter liar. And worshipped by too many. No matter what good he may have accidentally blundered into doing previously, he pissed it all away with shredgate. GDPR? Great Dangly Pile of Rubbish.
    9 points
  45. Already been discussed on another thread (though it took IOMN a week to put it online). It's an incredibly self-regarding letter, isn't it? Half of it is taken up with saying just how wonderful they are and how lucky we' be to have them to want to "put something back" as an MHK. (Apparently their "360-degree knowledge" of the Island doesn't include the fact that MHKs are paid handsomely). The rest is taken up with complaining that if you become a politician, people might criticise you personally[1]. This obviously never happened before the invention of the internet. This is someo
    9 points
  46. The paint was bought by pokerstars and the coop, it was applied by Buchanan and Pitts, and it cost nothing to you. It looks good.
    8 points
  47. I’m as democratically left as they come politically. Stu had me as a guest on his show, physically and by phone fairly regularly. I never found him like you describe. Yes, he’s politically Luddite, and can say things to evoke a reaction. But he was unfailingly courteous. Suspect he represents a fair chunk out there and on here.
    8 points
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