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  1. Even Santa will get three weeks in prison if he comes to the Isle of Man. That's what I've told my kids anyway.
    21 points
  2. ...and I so wanted a long illustrious career at the DHSC I run my own company so my involvement with the DHSC to set up and keep the COVID19 lab running wasn't exactly in the professional career plan... Compared to DHSC employees and civil servants, I'm in the position where I don't need to worry about the mortgage payments if I get sacked for questioning things as I have my day-job at my company. So I question things. On the flip side of that I'm pretty sure there are a few in the DHSC and civil service who would love to see my head on a spike for daring to speak up. OK. So fir
    15 points
  3. Hmmm personal freedoms. I can go to work, meet friends, go shopping, eat out, go to the pub and pretty much come and go as I please. Yes there is a 14 day self-isolation thing, but when I look around at the rest of the British Islands right now, I'll take that. I'm not really bothered about the basis on which it was done and the medical evidence is of no interest to me as I have no medical qualifications. PS Nice work JW - long overdue.
    13 points
  4. Ah, but she’s been ‘away’ and learned stuff. changes you, all that...
    12 points
  5. Twenty years ago when the schools became devolved and management of the school budgets lay with the head teachers is when things began to change. The money was and is in exam enrolment. When the vocational equipment was being ripped out of the schools, people who knew what would happen protested loudly. People who knew argued that no every child was academic, not every child was able to study and sit GCSE’s and come out with a decent grade. People who knew argued that we needed welders and electricians and plumbers and joiners and that some children were suited to this work and had
    12 points
  6. what did you do before the police then ?
    11 points
  7. Is there a breakdown of how many of the additional crimes were committed by serving police officers?
    11 points
  8. Ignore him John, he's always trying to turn a discussion into a contest. One where he's the referee, governing body, and changes the rules on a whim. Where even though he's the only one playing, and he declares himself the overall champion, somehow he still always loses.
    11 points
  9. At least the promenade will be finished by then.
    11 points
  10. 10 points
  11. I cannot believe they are wasting money raising the sea wall to stop overtopping, when the current sea wall cannot do its job because the beach has moved over the decades. All that is needed is a couple of blokes in JCBs to move the beach back over a few weeks. Existing sea wall can then do its job.
    10 points
  12. I'm not religious, despite being brought up CofE, and I think it's great that a new Islamic centre is being considered. Most muslims I've worked with over the years have been kind, considerate and just the most lovely people. Muslims very unfairly get stereotyped because of a tiny, tiny radicalised minority.
    10 points
  13. The whole problem with the reduce numbers/have fewer argument is that it wholly forgets that for a parliamentary democracy to work there are certain numbers required to fill official positions, presiding officer, chief minister, departmental ministers and then you need an opposition or scrutiny section. That takes 25-35 to be effective. We have gone down two wrong roads. First, virtually everyone is beholden to the Chief Minister for 25% of their income, so they can’t really scrutinise and hold to account. Second, we’ve cast LegCo as the opposition, scrutiny body. We have confus
    10 points
  14. I was mostly annoyed because they were telling anyone who listened to the briefing that I'm external. I'm still a DHSC employee despite it not exactly being something I intended to be. As a private individual it concerns me that if I were to switch to being an external contractor instead that my expertise in the area would only be listened to if it agreed with the Chief Minister. I was always taught that you should surround yourself with people who disagree with you; it eliminates confirmation bias in decision making.
    9 points
  15. The issue is that there is a polarization of views with the mainly well off older population wanting more restrictions and the younger, more disadvantaged population wanting less restrictions. The more severe the restrictions the more jobs are lost and most of those losing jobs are the ones who can’t work from home mainly younger poorly paid workers. If a widely available vaccine is not ready until mid 2021 or later then eventually all economies will have to open up and tell vulnerable to shield otherwise there will be no economy left to pay for health, education , pensions etc
    9 points
  16. The issues related to current border restrictions in the Isle of Man as compared to its Covid-nemesis Jersey have already been eviscerate with such comprehensive detail in this thread that there isn’t much that comes to my mind that hasn’t been said already. Nonetheless, I wish to point out that Jersey’s border policy is sustainable in the longer term, ours isn’t. Among the cacophony of Covid restrictions and lockdowns, revised and updated on a daily basis in the main island of our archipelago (quite ridiculously); here are two focal points of a factually-based perspective: 1) Covid
    9 points
  17. I don't think there's a good answer for the UK. As a rule of thumb, the brits are too individualistic these days to be able to wear a mask for anyone but themselves. Even the 'don't kill your gran' messaging isn't particularly effective at this point. A lot of compliance to arbitrary 'covid secure' rules just isn't happening. Here, the fact that Doris in Castletown knows if you fart up in Andreas is working reasonably well to maintain a sense of community responsibility. People in England especially understandably have no faith in the restrictions as everything else has been so lackadaisi
    9 points
  18. 9 points
  19. I’ve read it. The whole article has a very off-putting, conspiratorial, flat-earth, climate-change-denying style. Whereas some of what he writes has merit - T-cell immunity, lower IFR etc - he’s definitely skewing the figures to suit his own ‘SAGE are all incompetent’ agenda. The reality is that the second wave is coming - at least in the NW. ITU beds filling up, something like 600+ covid cases admitted to Liverpool hospitals right now, they’re on the verge of cancelling elective work, and we’re having to come up with contingency plans for how to deal with non-covid stuff here that o
    9 points
  20. And that is one of the most damning indictments about the Civil Service you can find and why the majority of our issues in Government exist
    9 points
  21. Thermite welding is hardly a controlled explosion . It uses a thermite composition to produce a high temperature controlled heating of the rail ends to weld them together, although why on Earth we need welded rails on our Toytown, low speed rail system I don't know Fish plates provided a solution for years, uses low tech and is very versatile both for maintenance and versatility.
    9 points
  22. Sigh. Why is it that we have to wait for a major incident (jail, controversy on the world wide stage) before someone realises that perhaps expecting workers to come from the U.K. to a different jurisdiction with different laws to know the exact details of those laws. It’s all very well saying they should have read the forms, that the boss should have done his homework but the fact is they didn’t be he didn’t. If we’re serious about this then we have to make it completely clear as to the current position, the rules and the resultant behaviour of those rules are ignored. There are a lo
    9 points
  23. That was a big McSteak.
    9 points
  24. The debate in this thread is going nowhere. It seems to be very polarised - "keep the borders closed, we're doing great" vs "keeping the borders shut is killing us, let's do a Jersey". It's a bit more nuanced, as usual. Jersey are definitely taking a risk with their day 1 test policy. It's a fact that they'll miss as many positive cases as they find doing it that way. That may well not be many - even in the worst places in the UK the infection rate is only 1 in 400. Most of the UK is a lot less than that. It may be a calculated risk - it seems that Jersey need tourists more than we
    9 points
  25. Equipment isn't really the main issue - it's space and more importantly staffing. In the first wave of covid here the recovery area of theatre was re-purposed as an ITU, and theatre staff were retrained, to an extent, to be able to function effectively in an ITU. A couple of months ago the recovery went back to its usual function to allow operating theatres to start running at capacity again. So currently we have the usual 6 ITU beds, but are back to full theatre capacity, pretty much. Should we suddenly require lots of ITU beds for covid it will be much quicker than last time to switc
    9 points
  26. Not many are magical thinkers, just thinking that the trick is to live with the virus rather than, falsely, expect to eradicate it.
    8 points
  27. Neither, she is honest, which in this day and age is to be applauded and if only Dr RG had some colleagues who had the balls to stand up to the CM we may well be a bit more transparent and have a clear forward plan which we are lacking.
    8 points
  28. My neighbour’s nine year old grandson.
    8 points
  29. I believe that this is the revised version but there have been objections from the public and as far as I can see, there has been insufficient time for anyone to review it? People are trying to get the plan delayed until after the 2021 census but I believe that unless this plan is put through Tynwald before this year end, it will have to be completely revisited from scratch? This may not be such a bad thing inview of the apparent neglect of brown field sites and Paul Craine's recent analysis of the shrinking school rolls. I'm all for a vibrant island which is self sustainable but the plan seem
    8 points
  30. My daily commute. At least 25 now since, by my reckoning going on Police/news reports and obvious incident marks on roads and verges. Including one which was almost a head on into me at Brandywell two weeks ago. The dicks need protecting from themselves, they're not fit to be on the roads. And everybody else needs protecting from the dicks.
    8 points
  31. Here or across? Here we’ve got it pretty good. It is difficult for some not being able to freely travel, but it would be worse if we started filling up Noble’s with covid cases, and shutting down businesses again. For the time being I don’t think there’s much else to be done over here. In the UK I’m torn between the circuit-breaker idea, and just thinking they may as well crack-on. All the half-arsed measures over the past few months have got them where exactly? The paddle-free brown smelly river, that’s where. Adopt the Swedish model and go for herd immunity, but expect a deadl
    8 points
  32. Or they are a totalitarian coercive society where the state acts wearing size 15 jackboots in its lock down.
    8 points
  33. We were talking in general, but yes I agree we have been fortunate and as someone who has spent a great deal of time across in the past 6 months we don't realise how good we have had it here. The general atmosphere and interactions going about your day to day life in the UK isn't pleasant and will undoubtedly get worse. I hope we can maintain our current situation on the island.
    8 points
  34. Someone from the DOI was driving along Bucks Road and... .... I know!!!
    8 points
  35. I'm definitely getting the feeling that there are a few about who don't like having someone around who is civil service savvy (I spent 15 years at DEFRA in the UK) and who has been professionally trained by way of a scientific PhD to ask awkward questions to fish for the real answer. In the UK civil service they wouldn't feel so threatened as it's more normal.
    8 points
  36. I’ve no idea if he’s good at his job or not but at least he sounds as though he is. His performance through the whole covid lockdown experience was reassuring and gave an air of someone who knew what he was talking about. He’s one of those chappies that inspire confidence and we needed, and still need that right now. I dread to think how it might have been had the previous Minister still been in place.
    8 points
  37. He clearly hadn't read the news articles properly himself. When he's going through the mirror one, where it says they'd left their exemption certificates n the van and hadnt read them them you could see him check himself, just a moment of doubt where he thought oh, I might be wrong, but then he just ploughed on anyway. Hopefully though he now has a very bad opinion of the Isle of Man and will never come here. Or his followers.
    8 points
  38. Asylum seekers pads while the paperwork is done? I’m getting fed up with the knob who keeps phoning Andy Winge on MR to complain that he, as a business owner, making money out of people paying him rent, has to follow some guidelines, rules and regulations. if you feed people for a living, you have rules to follow. If you supply people with heat, light, gas, clothes, holidays, cars, pets, phones, bicycles .. in fact any bloody thing, you have rules and regulations to follow. Get used to it you moaning sod.
    8 points
  39. The problem with locking down the vulnerable is what would you do with the non-vulnerable who look after them? I’m talking care assistants, nurses, therapists etc. Are they to be locked down too? And their families? The logical conclusion is that it has to be all or nothing. I don’t think there should be lockdowns. I don’t think option C is viable either. It really is a difficult problem to get right. Here, I’m afraid there’s no option but to carry on as we are, hopefully with a move to level 3 borders. In the UK it seems despite the rules everyone’s doing what they want. They shoul
    8 points
  40. Give it a rest FFS.
    8 points
  41. Nobody has you fucking half wit
    8 points
  42. To be frank, PK, you have done nothing but snipe, harange and hector throughout this debate. People have tried to explain their position, but your response are always dismissive (see your last comment above) and demanding, yes, DEMANDING, a reply to some impossible question or 'facts'. Yet you don't reply to questions. You have to understand that people have real concerns about how this is going to pan out, you have your concerns, but allow others to voice theirs without putting them through some kind of interrogatory pummelling. In reply to the thrust of your reply above, the be
    8 points
  43. As a private citizen she is quite within her rights to set up a petition. She is also permitted to criticize Gov provided it doesn't bring her into conflict with her employer. She shouldn't do any of this stuff while at work. I wouldn't read too much into the media regurgitating her profession. FFS they talk about flinty being an ex-rozzer every time they wheel him out and he's been gone for so long that his experience of policing operations is fast becoming obsolete. She is also the worst Head RGS have had in living memory. The staff dislike her as do the students. She is entirely to bla
    8 points
  44. Just wait until the pretty inevitable situation in the IOM of the first case of community transmission. There will be a complete public meltdown followed by a stampede back behind closed doors. It’s encouraging to know that right from the start here Quayle, Ashford, and the rest have been really clear on the likelihood of COVID-19 returning because they know the reality of the situation. But the penny hasn’t dropped for most people even if they heard them say that. That’s because the main government PR focus has been on building the false illusion of the magic bubble that’s protecting us all s
    8 points
  45. It’s actually for breaking the law, but I’m sure you really know that.
    8 points
  46. From time to time I have been paying attention to this thread I created last April. The discussion has evolved mainly onto the issues of the border restrictions and there has been an underestimation, in my opinion, of the problem of not been able to travel freely with the UK. Some business are simply not viable without freedom of movement. Some people also will find it very difficult for reasons related to their personal circumstances. I would guess, if you are a pensioner and most of you social life is on the island, this may not be apparent. I have absolutely nothing against pensioners roote
    8 points
  47. How many Consultants do we have in Nobles, along with senior managers and nurses ? They are all publicly very quiet.
    7 points
  48. I'm not sure you do either PK. Scrapping the day 7 test does not reduce the risk of infection from 6% to 1%. It simply means that if a returning traveller is covid positive, there is a 94% hit rate for testing at day 7 (compared with 99% at day 14). The 6% (of the about to be positives, of which there may be 1 in 400ish returnees) would be able to go to the shops for essential items and out for a walk. The risk of that very small number spreading their covid would be tiny. It's a marginal gain, not the 6-fold reduction you make it out to be.
    7 points
  49. They'll never take Andreas. Not without me either laying down my life or accepting a payment to let it happen.
    7 points
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