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  1. Not likely, he’s not at all funny in my opinion.
    13 points
  2. Don’t know anything about it, or even if it’s a thing at all. To be honest I’ve stopped thinking about covid, really embracing the ‘living with it’. I’m just getting on with life as normal. I’ve had my jabs, my kids have had theirs, as have most people I know or associate with. I certainly don’t spend hours scanning the net for the next variant, or treatment, or studying the figures of deaths and cases. It seems to me that we’ve probably reached endemic equilibrium here and UK. I’ve got better things to be doing with my time - big gig to play next month. Haven’t got the time or inclination to look at Twitter. Sorry to disappoint 🙂
    13 points
  3. Fuck off. I’m not having that. They were ace!
    13 points
  4. There are some good people at senior positions but the problem stems from a reliance on simple accounting qualifications, currently and general admin grade Officers making their way up the ranks into positions where they lack the specialist skills or experience to do the top jobs effectively. The Civil Service has always had a tendency to distrust and under-value private sector experience and finds it difficult to attract good candidates from it, as a result. The job of a CEO is not administrative; it requires leadership and specialist skills in the area of work the Department is engaged in. General CS experience just won’t cut it. Neither will being an acceptable member of the Club, regardless of experience or ability, as we saw at DoI. As long as the CS adopts the same approach to promotion and recruitment as they do now, these kind of poor performance issues will continue.
    12 points
  5. Yes, and it’s total tripe. The introduction of some limited mask wearing and new travel testing from 4 am yesterday, is hardly going to show up in figures until the weekend or more likely next week.
    12 points
  6. This situation is simply staggering!! This project should not have even been approved, let alone started, until ALL of the costs/ potential costs had been identified, confirmed and approved in conjunction with a risk assessment to identify any possible "unknowns." From what I can make out the increased costs are being put down to problems with munitions and voids under the site and the need to protect the dock wall from propeller scour. The site is / was clearly not fit for purpose. We apparently purchased a long leasehold interest in the site - did no-one think to get a survey on the site as a starting point? Surely if that had been done then we would have a claim against someone's PI cover? Why was the Freeholder not contractually obliged to deliver a site that was fit for purpose? Who negotiated / agreed the terms of the lease? The propeller scour was an unexpected cost?? - How the heck did they think a boat docks? - Again - not fit for purpose. This is very simple basic construction project management. If properly planned there should be minimal "unforeseen" problems / costs with any project. To over-run on costs to the extent now disclosed should be virtually impossible on a project such as this. We are building a shed next to an existing dock - not a bloomin' space station!! This is yet another example of our Government getting itself into something they were ill equipped to deal with and clearly cannot control the civil servants and / or professional advisors who should be protecting our interests. Heads really must roll over this fiasco!!!
    12 points
  7. I think you're right about "courting Easyjet" being above airport management - that's the only explanation. Easyjet pay half the rate per passenger than Flybe did, so for every passenger they took off Flybe, the airport lost revenue. Not only did they lose revenue, but costs increased and huge amounts were spent on extras for them - an exclusive holding lounge, a £2.5M apron, widening the runoff areas etc. Another issue people will remember was the massive queues. In the Flybe days, the morning departures would be staggered. Say, 60 passengers, 30 seconds each through security, half an hour per plane. But if there's 2 Easyjets in at once, 300 passengers - hours to get everyone through security. So millions were spent on a new baggage scanner, building works to accommodate it and of course the ongoing costs of the contracted out staff to run it. Of course, all this would be OK if the island was chocka with tourists, due to the cheap flights, but it's not. The slight increase in passengers pre-covid was locals going away to spend elsewhere, not new visitors coming to spend here. And of course, we now have less services. Is it better to have a small plane every day to places like, say, Belfast, or a big plane once or twice a week? Is that better service for an island community with no alternative? We used to have 4 or 5 flights a day to Liverpool, similar to Manchester, plus a couple a day to Birmingham. Is one flight a day or less really what we want? Is that actually better?
    12 points
  8. You must get that quite a lot!
    12 points
  9. Opening tomorrow. Whoop. Shame I am now too old to use them. I was too young to use them when they shut for the refurb.
    11 points
  10. So nearly 2 years into this disaster and we identify a new strain of concern in a particular part of the world. The UK imposes restrictions on travel from some countries and implements an isolate and test regime for anyone entering the country from outside the CTO, and additionally announce masks becoming compulsory again in England. Meanwhile IOMG arrange lots of meeting and do nothing to either take temporary measures while they get a handle on things or to calm the nerves of those who panic. IOMG allow 21 people recently returned from SA to crack on as normal and visit packed pubs, clubs, theatres and workplaces. Surely with 2YEARS to plan for this inevitable development there is a clear roadmap of steps and actions to be taken that could have been implemented? Pre written public statements etc. A simple procedure to be followed in the event a new variant of concern rears its head and simple actions we take? Surely there is a pre written plan and messaging to the public should the UK ever reimplement mask wearing? There was a UK briefing last night. They should have had a plan in place that means local guidance is published within a couple of hours of the UK making any changes. TWO FU****G YEARS!!! Incidentally, I couldn’t care less and just want to live my life, but I understand others are very nervous and need to feel the gov are on top of things and have a plan in place. An announcement and clear guidance on what they are doing in response last night would have led people to feel like it was in hand and under control. It is piss poor communication and planning AGAIN. It doesn’t even have to be about what the message is. It’s just about getting a message out quickly and clearly and instilling confidence in people.
    11 points
  11. Fully agree it’s at no cost to us to grant a license for them to do their survey. Yet all the greenies are having a meltdown that we can’t even explore at no cost to the taxpayer what could be the biggest Treasury cash generator we have seen in 1,000 years. Totally mad. Daphne Caine wants to give her head a wobble and get off her silly bandwagon.
    11 points
  12. Balls to that. 2 weeks was plenty
    11 points
  13. Search the hashtag #plagueisland on Twitter and you'll literally be balls deep in the fucking halfwits. Led by illuminati such as Steve Burrows & John Wardle, championed by ex-local rozzer Dudley Butt & whipped into a jizz filled frenzy by the seemingly menopausal Glover. It's a smorgasbord of wrist slashing depressive tripe.
    11 points
  14. They didn't need anything sophisticated. They needed a functional road that drained quickly, decent pavements and well marked normal crossings.
    11 points
  15. Tsk-tsk! You should think yourself lucky. You do realise don't you that some people can't afford cheese and hearing someone nonchalantly boast about their over-indulgence in such luxury can make them very depressed. Some of them don't even have a hood to go to. Callous. Don't lecture me on the in's and out's of poverty, mean streets and existential despair. Been there, done that, wore the stolen t-shirt. Unlike you, I don't wear it like a fucking medal.
    11 points
  16. I couldn't believe my ears when I heard Ashford telling people to not be afraid to put their heating on as they wouldn't get the bill until late December/January. January, when people are skint anyway after Christmas. Maybe folks should just put their MG bills through a shredder? Seems to work for Ashford for things he wants to go away.
    11 points
  17. Can you apply for shithole status?
    10 points
  18. The Book of Many Lessons runs to more volumes than the Encyclopaedia Britannica but is never once taken off the shelf.
    10 points
  19. But you're not a community group. You're a lobbyist, actively engaging in the political process. There's a clear moral imperative that those engaging in this activity are transparent about their funding. Clearly, there's a difference between 1000 concerned tax payers paying £2 per month to challenge government bloat and one HNWI paying £50k pa to challenge government policy in regards to the donor's business.
    10 points
  20. This is no surprise. The cruise industry will take years to get back to 'normal' and the business case for Peel's new terminal for cruising out of Liverpool will look very different now. As you say, there is no urgency to spunk another £30m without a full reassessment of all the options. The back-benchers should vote down this proposed expenditure and instead we should see:- A suspension of all work, once exisiting contractual obligations have been met, without any additonal expenditure, and the site moth-balled, if required. A 'back to square one' independent, and expert, (not DoI) review of all options going forward. This to include cutting losses and 'walking away', going to another port, ensuring pax and freight share the same facility etc. A seperate 'drains up' audit of how we got to this point. Original Business Case fully analysed. Ministers, Officers, AG's officers roles, decisons and performance to be scrutinised. Who recommended, agreed and signed what? Bring back Black and Reynolds, who have both conveniently run away, and ascertain their roles and level of accountability. Full ownership of key decisions to be determined and suitable sanctions to be recommended, if appropriate. All to be completed by March 2022, so that Tynwald can reconsider, from a more fully informed position. This probably needs to be put into 'Tynwald speak' but the gist is clear. What do you say, @Stu Peters?
    10 points
  21. We don't do maintenance or spruce ups, we only do major projects, I have been at the airport for over twenty years, nothing ever gets maintained !
    10 points
  22. I'm reluctant to discuss racism at all in a public forum, in case someone in 10 years time trawls through my online history looking to make trouble, and something I write today is seen as unacceptable in the future. It's very hard to predict what that might be so best say nothing. See today's news reports for examples.
    10 points
  23. Which looks 1,000% better than what is there...................
    10 points
  24. People really need a reality check whose going to pay for this new climate agenda/ policy i thought our government had chopped down all there money trees and eaten all the magic beans? if the gas is there and in huge quantities and safe to get out, that also will put huge sums in our reserves let’s get it out, ring fence a good percentage for climate change technology ( tidal power/ wind farms/ solar power etc) that’ll get us there. We are a small rock insignificant to most of the world especially when parts of Europe relies on Russian gas. The UK is already doing more than most but even if it was completely carbon neutral do you really think China, Russia, India, to name but three really care as most country’s will only adapt slowly to save there own economy. I don’t think anyone is in denial we need to do something most of us are greener now than 5/10 years ago but we can’t bankrupt ourselves while others crack on as normal. A very strong China and Russia is scary for the rest of the world if it weakens throwing all its eggs in one basket. Sorry if all you extra heavy green dudes don’t like my post but everyone’s entitled to a opinion and i don’t share Daffys views.
    10 points
  25. There aren't half some wokish wetwipes on this thread, fantasizing about an MHK who they rather don't like, being sacked. Leftist, woke fascism is still fascism. More than any other of the current MHKs, Stu Peters is the most well known - his views, his personality, etc. He was duly elected under the full democratic process. Some bleeding heart snowflakes need to accept that.
    10 points
  26. Just a little reality check. The last pandemic we had, although it was never classed as such due to the "type of people" affected, has claimed over 36m lives. Another nearly 38m are currently 'living with' AIDS/HIV. And the infection and deaths from AIDS/HIV go on. AIDS was a certain death sentence, COVID is not, although those with AIDS/HIV are more vulnerable due to their compromised immune system and that many are in countries with poor medical care. There are very many other diseases causing premature death and severe illness but the focus has been on COVID for almost two years. Time to get a grip.
    10 points
  27. Apologies for editing your post, but it neatly links to an idea I’ve had for a while. Many of the problems in adult health stem from lack of knowledge and bad habits acquired as a youngster. The same for over-reliance on health services for trivial problems that could be self-managed. My solution - scrap compulsory religious education, as it’s totally pointless, and instead introduce compulsory life/health education. Teach kids about health and wellbeing, how the body works, why it goes wrong, when you might need a doctor and when you don’t, teach them about diet and nutrition, and exercise. I know they do this a bit already - PHSE I think it is, but my kids found it to be a bit of a joke. Beef it up a bit, and start our kids off onto the right track to a healthy life.
    10 points
  28. Speculation? Let's not worry about the outcome of the recent inquest. Poor form? No. Shall we keep in mind that these daft decisions can actually have very real consequences?
    10 points
  29. It would be cheaper if they were just sacked and went through a tribunal, seeing as it's capped - just like the bus driver.
    10 points
  30. Michael, You have been selling yourself as a paragon of virtue, and as the wise and great enlightener to the voters of each compass point of Douglas and beyond, about ALL that is wrong with the island, . You demanded to see Franks register of interests as a councillor, you demand full and open transparency from all and sundry, yet you won't even disclose your salary from TMTPA? Stop gaslighting, stop hiding behind excuses that don't exist, and importantly, stop trying to convince the reader that it is immoral of them to ask you to disclose things such as your salary. Government salaries are in the public domain, Commissioners expenses claims are available to the public, yet you are arguing that you are taking the moral high ground, demanding of others what you won't reveal about yourself?
    9 points
  31. We'll probably all end up in a Kangaroo Court 🤭
    9 points
  32. Ramsey primary school Christmas Discos were cancelled last night a couple of hours after the briefing. Bit of an overreaction IMO as they're all still just mixing at school anyway, it's just like an extra session at the end of the day. I've told the kids I'm cancelling Christmas because the teachers said so. They were crying already, so they should get it all cried out in one session.
    9 points
  33. You really are one of the most miserable bastards that posts on here. Do you have anything positive to say about anything anytime?
    9 points
  34. Yes, say what you’re going to say, take questions, and once Paul Moulton et al are done with it, summarise the main message so it’s the last thing you hear and take away. Textbook.
    9 points
  35. Looks nasty. Is that his right or his left testicle?
    9 points
  36. Living with it doesn’t mean ignoring it. People will assess the risk differently based on their own risk profile and that of who they live with.
    9 points
  37. None of this excuses why a lot of roads are in a bad state of repair (TT course excepted) ! It seems pissing about with decorative tiles and paviors is far more desirable than fixing holes in the highway !
    9 points
  38. Easy to say when you don't live here and aren't affect by our need for economic recovery or our lack of energy security. Move back here, then we can talk.
    9 points
  39. So on the currently available information we can surmise that the DOI has been spending millions of pounds of motoring taxpayers money on minority interest groups infrastructure without political debate or sanction, whilst at the same time largely neglecting the infrastructure of those paying the taxes? All under the premise that, "This is the future"? One of the first things that needs to happen is that predecessors Baker, Harmer and possibly Gawne as well need to be brought back before Tynwald/PAC and asked how and why this situation was allowed to propagate under their watch.
    9 points
  40. She'll be hearing from me. Firstly, she has no mandate and neither does Tynwald, really. Lifting gas out of Manx territorial waters is the key to our carbon-free future. We need the dosh to invest is sustainable, non-carbon energy technology. Those who think we can manage without carbon fuels at the moment are living in the proverbial cloud cuckoo-land. The world is nowhere near ready to make that leap.
    9 points
  41. Should be scrapped altogether! Archaic tax.
    9 points
  42. It ought to be too obvious to say this, but there's no way we should be talking about Quarterbridge until the new Pulrose Bridge is open and we see how that affects traffic flow etc. (Also we shouldn't be allowing the DoI anywhere near the sniff of a Nice Big Project for at least five years until they have sorted out all the other messes they have got into).
    9 points
  43. It’s a choice thing. Some months ago I made the choice to believe it was all over. Once I make a decision I stick to it. Life is so much less stressful now. I have to say however, not watching TV, listening to the wireless, reading the papers, or reading stuff on social media has helped me enormously in my decision. The best thing all the worried/traumatised/fearful people could do to support their own mental health is to take a break from the whole damn lot - but - like many things, it can be a bit addictive. I know this. I wrote the book.
    9 points
  44. It was merely an attempt at humour Wankas. I'm sorry if that offends you. Actually no, I'm not sorry.
    9 points
  45. No, the way she was treated and the infamous shredding episode were the undoing of Ashford. Up to that point, I would say he had pretty full support. She has nothing to apologise for in that debacle. Genomics was and still is a very useful tool in this battle, but the window of opportunity to use it on the island has long gone. However, along with others, I am disappointed by her current behaviour. I thought she would be above name-calling and the internet spats, after all she has science on her side.
    9 points
  46. Because they already know that the only thing that will happen is bullshit imposed on the plebs and a continuing wealth transfer.
    9 points
  47. Peel Ports will offer to build it at no cost to the taxpayer 😉
    9 points
  48. I sincerely hope we are going to find out the cost of this payout , in the real world there would be a push for his dismissal on capability grounds , following his annual appraisal which I think will also make good bedside reading , this should have happened long long ago , add this to the overall cost of the promenade ,scheme and all the other cock ups he has presided over ,and I think you will find its been a very costly exercise ,and one which the island cant really afford time we had a night of the long knives starting with the DOI then continuing into other ineffectual and wasteful departments , if this is the start of Alf's new regime then I think the public will give him 100% support
    9 points
  49. Some of the new MHK's are starting to make their presence known. It's rattling the likes of Black and Longtail
    9 points
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