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  1. I've had some friends over from the Exmouth region this week, and took them down to the prom and Strand Street yesterday. They seemed impressed with the work going on to improve the prom to be fair. Not so much with the state of Strand Street, Regent Street, Lord Street, Duke Street, Castle Street and the WW2 bomb sites around the place. The lack of basic maintenance is shocking, shops with moss and slime on the fascias, trees sprouting from the upper floors of buildings, dirty shop windows, the new, and expensive, seating areas in Regent Street covered in slime with the woodwork having lost its appearance and waterproofing, litter, fag ends and beer stains on the granite outside 1886 (along with the grey haired smoking boozers), not to mention the low standard of shops like the second hand gadget crap. We don't obviously see it, and if we do, there is no will to do anything about it. I found myself getting annoyed with them for their criticisms and defending the place, but then I realised that I was becoming part of the problem. DBC need to bloody wake up, get rid of the people who don't see the problems and make our town something to be proud of! How long do we have to endure living in a town akin to some grimy post industrial wasteland?
    21 points
  2. Look, Amadeus is deeply flawed - we know that. But let's not let his error on this thread distract from the fact that Josem is real threat to the Island in the election that is less than a week away. Let me reiterate - He was a member of the right wing Australian political party He was a prominent supporter of Brexit He runs a campaigning organisaition - Manx Tax Payers Alliance - that is modelled on a UK one that is close to the Right of the UK Tory party. Yet he is standing under a false flag of "Liberal Vannin". A fellow Liberal Vannin candidate was Gubey's henchman and some decidedly illiberal views. The source of funding of the MTPA is opaque - it claims to be donations funded but you can't donate via the website It appears that it is funded by one or a small number of HNWI Josem refused to clarify the funding. The activity of the MTPA seems minimal, considering Josem is paid a full-time wage. Leading many to be concerned that the MTPA is merely a mechanism for unknown people to pay him a wage whilst he's a full-time candidate. Josem has ample opportunity to dispel these fears but hasn't. He's dismissed voters asking these legitimate questions as anonymous trolls and blocked them on social media. He claims to want government transparency, but is far from transparent himself as the failure to provide details of who is funding him demonstrates. He seems to use volunteering to boost his profile. For example, there was a paid facebook promotion of him cleaning war graves. He uses Manx symbols in the very odd way, more reminiscent of nationalists in Europe and American politicians, than the way normal Manx people do. I mean what Manx person keeps a Manx flag on a pole in their house or office so they can be photographed in front of it? He tried to use a cringey Corbyn-like slogan of "My pronouns are 'we' and 'us' not 'me' and 'I'" to sound all democratic and inclusive and ended up sounding anything but. cis people declare their preferred pronouns to avoid confusion and to normalise this process for Trans people. This is a nice thing to do. And Josem's slogan trivialises this. Reasonable people when errors like this happen would say sorry and change their slogan. No harm done Josem took to social media claiming to be a victim of the Culture Wars like a Poundshop Stu Peters. So let's focus on Josem's unsuitability for now.
    20 points
  3. In my official capacity, I'm doing some PR work with Michael Josem and we're looking for the following props for some upcoming videos: - New Born Baby (x1) - Interesting ailment (Leprosy is quite high on our list) - Mosquito Nets (x2) - Blind dogs (will accept cats) - Amputees for a flash mob event (x56) Transport provided but must make own way home. We can't pay you, but just think about the great exposure you will recieve as you agree to be shown on the following social media platforms: Facebook Twitter Linkedin Instagram TikTok Snapchat Tumblr Pinterest Giphy Youtube Reddit Ask.fm Flickr Foursquare Myspace Tinder Grindr michaeljosem.com taxpayersalliance.im
    14 points
  4. Noel Cringle was not an attention seeker or a Granny Farmer , he was dead straight , and would often put civil servants under considerable pressure to make sure all points had been properly considered before embarking on expensive schemes , or introducing legislation or policy that could impact the less well off in our society , he was also a workaholic a very successful farmer and buisiness , and sports man and someone who has done much good for the Island and his fellow man , a staunch tee totaler but always prepared to listen to the other persons point of view , he set his standards by his deep religious belief , and christian principals , which many may find old fashioned but you could never knock him for his belief ,and the conviction he was put on this earth to do some good ! for everyone , sadly they don't make them like Noel anymore red meat politicians seem to be a thing of the past , but he lived a good clean life we should leave him to rest in peace ,but remember him with fondness!
    14 points
  5. Gosh, I've just had 'legal' papers through the post (which assert they have been 'served') putting me on Notice (sic) that if I'm elected and continue 'in the fraudulent covid-19 policies of the previous administration' I'll be fined 'an agreed' £500,000. No signature or address but purport to be from the Lawyers for The Manx Truth Commission. I suspect that's someone who possibly played Monica in Friends. I mean really - I don't mind the occasional half million fine, but this could get expensive. Luckily I have some £500,000 banknotes I made earlier that I can use to stay out of pretend jail.
    13 points
  6. Seconded. Hope he recovers well and enjoys retirement.
    13 points
  7. I registered to vote for the first time recently just so I could vote against anyone who set up a website promoting brexit.
    13 points
  8. When I said ‘joking aside’ I wasn’t making any digs at people. I for one am delighted that Quayle isn’t contesting his seat. I don’t like him as a politician and his actions haven’t earned him my respect. However I won’t wish him or anyone, even some of the loonies on here any harm. We can disagree, joke and be satirical without resorting to nastiness, sexist or racist comments.
    11 points
  9. New addition to the sign on the prom
    11 points
  10. I didn’t know what everyone was going on about with the ‘war grave’ stuff, then I got a leaflet put through my letterbox and saw that lovely picture. What a great thing to do. I’m now using that pic as the background picture on my desktop pc to inspire me to be a better person. Used to be a picture of Jimmy savile crossing the finish line of the marathon.
    11 points
  11. The other day I found myself wondering quite why exactly, out of a field with plenty of other not-so-worthies to choose from, I had so particularly taken against Josem, especially as he’s never stood in my constituency and I’ve never read his manifesto. I thought it might have been the tartan cap episode, but on reflection my visceral dislike long pre-dates that. The MTPA thing is a total clusterfuck, but again, it’s relatively recent. In the end I decided it must just be because he comes across as a cynical, chancing prick.
    11 points
  12. Robertshaw rabbiting on about the "the Woke Agenda" (he does it on the ACM one as well) is quite embarrassing. Anyone who takes that idea seriously is clearly someone who gets their opinions from the ravings of the British media rather than observing the real world. There's no such thing, just various different interest groups (often themselves quite divided) promoting their own causes separately and seeing them all as some Evil Conspiracy against All We Hold Dear suggests a rather loose grip on reality. It's like chuntering on about "Things we're not allowed to say" while those 'forbidden' things have been appearing on the front pages of national newspapers continuously for years. The only way you can genuinely believe this nonsense is if you're just repeating it as holy dogma rather than thinking about what the words you are saying actually mean. Those papers operate by endlessly telling their usually well-off and well-advantaged readers how badly they are being treated and how sorry they should feel for themselves. Tiny issues are blown up into massive offences and if even tiny ones are lacking, they are invented. Grown adults really shouldn't take this sort of thing seriously and it's interesting that when people do, they end up sounding like sulky children.
    10 points
  13. The three voting age members of this Douglas East household intentionally registered to vote to keep this dangerous sociopathic opportunist out. Faragher and Barber look the best choices to prevent him getting in.
    10 points
  14. Looking back, this was a mistake, I admit, and of course he has jumped on it like a scripted satire version of a TV politician - even tweeting how people shouldn't feel pity for him and how he wants to bring accountability (while of course still not saying who bankrolls him). I'm usually a very relaxed and mellow person and it is not often that I am so opposed to a political candidate, for various reasons, some of which have been shared publicly. On this occasion, like someone pointed out above, I got carried away which wasn't good. When you care very strongly about something, this can happen. It shouldn't, but it can. Election day is almost here and I'll just trust that the voters of Douglas East will make the right decision.
    10 points
  15. The fact he has been a member of DOI means that he should, absolutely, refer to it.
    10 points
  16. He is articulate, intelligent and experienced. He is also the only candidate to call. He has my vote, and as I said to him, we absolutely need to keep DA away from the controls.
    10 points
  17. The Isle of Man Government public sector is over staffed and more than adequately resourced. What is missing is the leadership and management to correctly target those resources and assets and sweat them in the way that the private sector does. The word sweat not being part of the island senior public service vernacular. Management failure in these issues is invariably followed by requests for yet more staff (usually management to disguise the failure) and resources, hence the current situation. This has grown out of a culture of complacency that management has both been raised in and expanded upon having reached office. Plus being permitted to do so of course. I suspect that it was not always this way, the rot set in about thirty-five years ago when politicians started taking their eye off the domestic ball in favour of showboating internationally and whilst the cats were away, the mice started playing and have been doing so ever since in terms of self-concerned demands, as you so blissfully personify. In any private sector operation aspiring to be successful this would instigate a wholesale clearcut, short, sharp and clinical. In the local public sector though, in the cat's absence, the mice have taken the time and trouble to make that extremely difficult to achieve. Therefore not a situation with a quick fix, or even a slow fix given the reluctance of politicians to bite the bullet for fear of upsetting a large part of their voter-base. One thing is for sure though, acquiescence to further staff and money demands will only feed the cancer.
    10 points
  18. I look in on this (and other) forums periodically and being quite honest, one or two of your posts have to be the largest pieces of sanctimonious claptrap put into writing that I have ever have the misfortune to read. I don't doubt that there are some dutiful and diligent public sector workers but the fact is that public servants on the Island, aided and abetted by politicians, have inflicted upon its taxpayers some of the most expensive foul ups seen not just here and UK but in Western Europe too. From a power station costing close to half a billion pounds to a Forex debacle involved at the airport, to weakness in negotiation on the purchase of a parcel of land on Merseyside, as recently highlighted by an island politician, with ongoing rising costs, to the capital's Promenade scheme and a hugely increasing public sector headcount and wage bill, the list is endless over the last twenty years in particular. If anybody in the private sector had been responsible for such as the above with the results to date they would most likely never work again on the Island, if anywhere else, or be in jail if misdoing or corruption was proved to be involved. They certainly wouldn't be in my employ. But no, in the island public sector such practice is quietly covered over and forgotten about and those involved move comfortably on towards superannuation often with promotion. Your statement above that "if taxes have to rise to pay for such conduct so be it", perfectly, purely and simply frames the culture of complacency, expectancy, entitlement and self importance that appears to riddle the Island's senior public sector. An utter failure to remember or appreciate the value of EARNED wealth rather than that simply presented in annual payrises and promotions by a system that requires few if any performance parameters to award such. It succinctly encapsulates all that is wrong. I note from another of your posts in another thread that your idea of an leisure is to spend afternoons "mooching" in a local hardware store? If you are indeed the product of the Island's public sector then I have no difficulty whatsoever in believing this. It will be the remnants of just the sort of culture ingrained during your public sector career.
    10 points
  19. Courtenay Heading had no manners in that interview, nor had he any empirical evidence for his views. He is an affront to ordinary law abiding people, and those who have been badly affected by this virus in the numerous ways that it has been affected. Can you section someone under Maritime law?
    10 points
  20. However much I might dislike someone I would never wish illness or something like a stroke on them, it appears he was extremely lucky to be with people who recognised the warning signs of a stroke and he received medical care extremely quickly as a result.
    9 points
  21. Josems evasiveness has cast a big shadow over Liberal Vannin for many would be my guess. The lengths to which Hooper goes to try to justify Josem’s unwavering right to be evasive with the public are literally pathetic. As is his support for people like Willers to post awful right wing things online but then claim that they apparently have absolutely nothing to do with Liberal Vannin - even when there’s a Liberal Vannin logo on the same piece of paper right alongside what’s been written. I started out quite likening Hooper in this campaign but I honestly would love to see that smug self-satisfied grin wiped off his face by the voters of Ramsey. In electoral terms the man is a fraud - fronting a party that isn’t a party but only when it suits him.
    9 points
  22. Nice post. It's good to see someone recognising their own not so good behaviour and taking accountability for it publicly.
    9 points
  23. A news presenter has just referred to the "central plank" of the government's Covid winter strategy, which is a harsh but fair description of Howard Quayle.
    9 points
  24. Much comment being broadcast on these new proposals to make the little people pay for the inconvenience of their pandemic. Where is the enthusiasm to raise taxes on the global corporations who have taken billions during the pandemic? The Amazons and Googles etc who have squirrelled away huge amounts in tax havens and low tax structures where it may also be attracting interest, thus sucking further money out of the economies?
    9 points
  25. But this goes to the heart of why you are unsuitable for this role. You're happy to listen to “the man in the pub” on the Steam Packet pricing (which is only revenue neutral if it increases footfall). But not experts on global warming. You quote Al Gore’s movie of 15 years ago and ignore the vast amount of additional information that has emerged since. Why would every national government and major corporations be convinced that this is a pressing issue of the need to act if this wasn’t pressing. Do you not think Boris would rather his legacy be building the Johnson Tunnel to Ireland, than nagging people about emissions? Or Shell would rather keep dragging. Let’s face it 15 years ago you saw a widely discredited film on Channel 4 and rather liked it because if it was true it wouldn’t threaten your lifestyle. You did not want global warming to be man made because then you’d have to adjust your thinking. You found your own convenient truth and are clinging to it. This ties in with what happened last year. You found something on YouTube that looked like it support your cozy pre-existing viewpoint and posted it on here. When someone called you on it you became abusive, refused to admit you’d made an error and claimed to be the victim of an ambush. What happens if you’re health minister and a new pandemic hits? Do we keep the borders open or not administer vaccines because something you’ve seen on YouTube is contradictory? Do we do nothing until every single question you have on Climate Change has been answered?
    9 points
  26. Do you have a grudge against teachers because you failed to learn the difference between their, there, and they're?
    9 points
  27. I really don’t see the point in any border restrictions at this stage. COVID is in the community, everyone who wants to be double vaccinated has been and the hospital is coping. The last administration has kicked the final opening decision into the long grass for the next lot to deal with and meanwhile we have illogical border policies. When is a good time? When everyone is double vaxxed + booster? Double vaxxed + booster + next year’s booster? Someone will always find a reason why we should keep restrictions.
    9 points
  28. Maybe they'll define a new concept next week. The Roundelbout - treated like a roundabout Monday, Wednesday and Friday and shared space Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Sunday is a pay per view destruction derby
    9 points
  29. Maybe that follows from that Tweet about his preferred pronouns being "we and us not me and I". Maybe he identifies as part of a collective like the Borg. Maybe some mad billionaire is creating a race of cyborgs to take us into an future world where the island is the centre of an e-gambling network that will brainwash the entire planet into 24-7 betting on Armenian Netball matches. A Manxurian Candidate if you will. Maybe he isn't the first attempt. Look at the evidence ... came to the island to do something unfathomable in e-gambling Ran a successful campaign on a looney tunes issue that increased his profile before Standing unsuccessfully for election in Douglas South German citizen Josem is Amadeus 2.0. Unhappy at being sidelined the beta version has gone rogue and is trying to expose it's replacement on twitter by asking fiendish questions about it's funding. But I don't trust the beta version, it's just waiting for it's chance to leverage it's position on DBC into it's own tilt at word domination.
    9 points
  30. I doubt it’s secretive billionaires but the one connection that seems to have been openly discussed so far, and not refuted by MJ or LV at all, is Mr Kelly the Tory property developer. This is at the same time as the candidate himself is making a big fuss about lack of housing in central Douglas and at the very same time that the very same property company is sat on two big buildings on the quay that it can’t get change of use for to turn them into flats. That might just be a coincidence - the typical Manx muddle - but it most certainly raises enough circumstantial information to justify demands for public clarity from the candidate and for him to confirm exactly who is backing him.
    8 points
  31. Chris has been absolutely instrumental in alot of the positive reform we have had. Legco not voting for CM, extended time to get CM, manifesto outweighing collective responsibility. And that's a way from his constituency work and his character aside. He is one of the better people I can remember in tynwald. It doesn't all have to be charisma and "x factor" Doing work quietly, is just as good, if not better, than doing it loudly. Well, in 48 hours, I'll be chewing my finger nails and hoping you have all voted, and voted well. Cheers for taking the time to challenge me in here, thanks to everyone who has heard and supported me.
    8 points
  32. Yes. It has been tested on several potential voters - outside of Douglas East of course. If you look VERY closely at the picture (in the background by the bench on the path) you can see just how effective it is.
    8 points
  33. Oh, and thanks for turning him sociopathic.
    8 points
  34. At the very least he shows poor judgement, I mean if you are going to use a letter to discredit someone, then the last thing you would do is shred the evidence on which you are relying ?
    8 points
  35. Quite frankly I’ll be amazed if Dr Ashford doesn’t get in, he’s the King of Spin and his medical knowledge is second to none. A true to form politician, I wouldn’t believe him if he told me it was raining.
    8 points
  36. Leaving the scene of the crime. Hopefully Ashford will be consigned to the back benches. I'd rather he was voted out, but unfortunately that seems unlikely. I don't trust a word he says and haven't since his fictional letter shredding fiasco.
    8 points
  37. Well no, but it is symptomatic of the intellect we have had controlling us for the past while. Everyone makes mistakes, particularly when speaking in public. However, the bright ones know immediately and acknowledge their error, usually by some humour, the not so bright ones don't even notice.
    8 points
  38. How is this news? Douglas has been a shit hole for years.
    8 points
  39. Thanks for taking the time to post. Well Duncan, your heart's obviously in the right place, you sound earnest and enthusiastic, highlighting some of the main issues outstanding quite well. I could pass the same compliment to all the prospective candidates as their manifestos basically push the same predictable narrative, but in their own way. Commonly platitudinal throughout them all. Manx people want to see change, real change. They need to be represented by people with a will to modernise and facilitate necessary change, unafraid to speak out without fear or favour, not the undemocratic and conservative collective as we've had up to now, that moves along agonisingly at snails-pace. There are a few hopeful's already in there, and the more Women in the mix the better. Best of luck, anyway...
    8 points
  40. What I posted has nothing to do with Utopia. The inadequate provisioning of public services on the Island is a net result of the deficiency in accountability and transparency within both the IOMG and CS, not necessarily a scarcity of public funding. For years the IOMG has been engineering public sector employment to keep the rate of unemployment on the Island down. My view is that this is exactly what governments should do during economic downturns such as recessions, but this ‘policy’ has been going for far too long. It has created an entrenched dependence on government largess, and that some of these jobs in some cases are superfluous and even pointless impediments that keep people from bettering themselves. Like everywhere else in the western world the Island needs medical professionals, social care workers, teachers, etc. No western government attempts to provide utopian public service, unless it is driven by some ideological principles, and clearly the taxpayers must pay for these types of services. What is less clear is the value the Department for Enterprise has actually produced. And how can the Department of Infrastructure justify the existence of their current senior managers who seem unable/incapable to either satisfactory deliver major capital projects or conduct professional due diligence when comes to planning and evaluating risks and benefits? I am not recommending to make everyone’s tax returns to be publicly available like they do in Norway, but the general public must have a right to know ‘what/ why/ how and who’ are making decisions on our behalf and are ultimately paid for by us, IMHO.
    8 points
  41. Some 7,700 of the Island’s workforce are employed by the IOMG and even more by Local Authorities. Under HQ’s leadership his administration has expanded in ever greater numbers but not in quality. I too support ‘big’ government, provided it delivers high quality services and takes care of the poorest and most vulnerable members of society. The alternative will be to increase taxes, perhaps across the board. I am prepared to pay for the privilege of being a member of the said society, but what I would not be happy with is to be asked to pay for a Rolls and then only receive a second-hand bike. E.g., deteriorating health services, an abysmal trend which started before Covid. And then there are ongoing issues within education, unaffordable and often substandard appalling housing, etc. Incidentally, if we do get more ‘progressive’ MHKs in September, they are likely to be proponents of even ‘bigger’ government. Nevertheless, the next administration must undertake a comprehensive review of its major roles, key deliverables and the functioning of each of the increasingly Kafkaesque departments, and then cull and merge as appropriate. The next 5 years could prove to be some of the most tumultuous the Island has ever experienced. I sincerely hope that all of the individuals who are putting themselves forward for the honourable jobs of being people trusted representatives understand that to earn their crust (salaries and pensions) they may have to work a lot harder than they expect, much harder that just carping on about trivia like so many of their predecessors have done in the past.
    8 points
  42. Remove the cap on NI so that those earning over c£44k pay the same rate on all earnings, it would catch the 1000s in public sector earning over this amount
    8 points
  43. The crazy thing is. After watching Sams videos. The only two who are talking like normal human beings are Stu and Kieran. David Fowler comes across as if he’s secretly Howard Quayle’s best friend and occasionally slips in the tub with him to play hunt the submarine. Seems mostly clueless and lacking in a spine. Air of utter arrogance surrounds him. Jane Wilson comes across incredibly full of herself and her accomplishments. She has the voice of a politician but also gives off the sense of untrustworthiness that goes along with it. When you listen to her she has the kind of voice that vaguely hints she might be interested in doing something to help you out but can’t really make any promises either way and you get the feeling she isn’t all that interested in what you have to say. The type of person that would use the word “legislation” as an excuse not to bring about any real change unless it inflated her own ego. Alison Lynch seems a little more down to Earth but took every opportunity to slip in her own accomplishments and statements of how great she is. Rather than focusing solely on the issues being presented. She feels more approachable than Jane but still with the air of pomposity. Then you have Stu and Kieran who just chatted away like normal human beings. It was kind of refreshing honestly to hear candidates communicating in a down to Earth manner. It is my dearest hope that Kieran wins and becomes the type of politician he wishes to see in government. I am not sure about Stu. Most of his comments and policies seem to boil down to “Those pesky lefties….and their dog too…”.
    8 points
  44. Is there a discrepancy? The offences seem to me to reflect the seriousness of the respective offences, and their outcomes. 1. the inexperienced driver youngster clipped a kerb and lost control. The fact the car went over the cliff is irrelevant because the outcome was no death or serious injury. So it’s a simple due care. People aren’t sentenced, generally, on what ifs. 2. The experienced older driver didn’t just leave his vehicle, keys in it, engine running, but had driven it to where he left it without insurance. No insurance is a serious offence, in fact it’s almost a what if offence. The what if is the serious consequence to third parties of driving with no insurance. As ability to pay will also have been taken into account, and any previous, they’re what I’d have expected. Spot on. £700 fine due care £50 fine engine running, so not a huge climate change penalty. £650 fine no insurance The adult had a previous no insurance conviction.
    8 points
  45. The Red Arrows will provide a much needed exciting interlude into what has been a relatively mundane 18 months for many people on the Island. The weather is fantastic and it will be a great afternoon. Rock On the Red Arrows
    8 points
  46. He's still modelling what went wrong with his models.
    7 points
  47. Turns out “long COVID” isn’t anywhere near the issue they made out. Who would have thought it? Much like the COVID itself which hasn’t really caused any major issues since we let it rip (I know vaccines, but people were still predicting the end of the world back in May/June) Turns out that in a largely vaccinated population it doesn’t warrant worrying about. Can we get rid of the rest of the stupid border restrictions now please? I have friends,colleagues and family who want to get here. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-58584558
    7 points
  48. I'm definitely not a 'boat in the morning' type. But why live here if you don't like it? There is a whole planet of fabulous opportunity. Why ever live anywhere you don't like? That's a crazy waste of your life. Why do that to yourself? I love it here. It's a fantastic place to live and work from. The outdoors especially. In any weather.
    7 points
  49. Ashford knows everything though fortunately. We are so blessed.
    7 points
  50. Now they should calculate the total cost of this little fuck up and remove a similar sum from the salaries and pension entitlements of those responsible. It's called "accountability".
    7 points
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