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  1. What is difficult is that the average man in the street, if not many politicians, do not understand the technicalities of tax, regulatory due diligence or how the various BO registers work. So a highly complex area is viewed from an emotional viewpoint rather than a real understanding of the actual issues. To that extent, reflective legislation which appears to address the public perceptions is, in practice, defective and falls short in achieving the objective. For example, the UK PSC register is unverified and so unreliable, but is held up as the 'gold standard' of transparency. Whereas as our register is completed by regulated service providers against whom real and onerous sanctions are placed if they fail in their due diligence in properly identifying the BO.
    9 points
  2. And that can be done whether public or private. I am not against the registers and stopping criminality, I just object to the argument that making registers public will stop criminality when presently the UK public system is worse than the IoM private one. There are other reasons behind this and I just wish those supporting would be honest about it. This is not about stopping criminality but rather about trying to put a squeeze on such companies being used at all. You can see the outcome of this when it comes to fruition and that journalists will be trawl through the registers for famous names or the wealthy. There will be headlines and articles in the papers on them, moral outrage and huge amount of pressure brought onto them to stop them using offshore structures even where they are being used 100% legitimately. Basically there will pressure groups and campaigners who will through the use of publicity try and pressure and hassle individuals to stop using offshore structures legitimately. If countries do not like offshore centres being used by their tax residents etc then they should sort their own tax legislation right not hope the power of the baying mob intimidates people against using.
    5 points
  3. When you want to nail your pay slip and bank statement to your front door, you will have a point. If the press could be trusted to do proper investigative journalism rather than scurrilous tripe, (e.g. the Queen uses offshore funds. Really? She is the only voluntary tax payer in the UK ), you will have a point. If the investigative journalism actually reveals the bad boys rather than high profile people's legitimate arrangments, you will have a point. If the investigative authorities actually followed up on the suspicious transaction reporting that is already mandatory, then you will have a point.
    4 points
  4. it's a serious issue. From this site I have acquired his user name and the fact he joined in June 2009.
    4 points
  5. https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/former-health-minister-voices-concerns-over-abortion-reforms/ What a bloody good job this wretched, undemocratic woman is no longer Health Minister (for all sorts of reasons!). Just think of the obstacles, delay, opposition and all-round heel-digging-in stunts she'd try to pull concerning abortion if she was. For a woman politician to still be attempting to deny the women of the Island an opportunity to simply have parity on abortion law with the UK is frankly disgusting. What a disservice to the public the election of this person was.
    4 points
  6. Well he praised the Government rather than himself but I think it is a fair assumption that if the Crown Dependencies had not lobbied the UK Government the new proposed Clause 14 would have been passed. What do you want the CM to say? We lobbied but it had no effect they would have done anyway. This is back to criticising the CM just for the sake of it. On the one hand lobby and get something in our favour and those who dislike HQ will say it would have happened anyway. If the Govt had not lobbied and clause 14 would have been passed posters would have moaned that HQ did nothing to try and persuade Westminster. My view is that generally lobbying Westminster does not have a great deal of effect, they will do what is in their best interest, but at least by lobbying we are probably only ignored 98% of the time rather than 100% and those 2% might be very important in the long term
    4 points
  7. Once a decision had been taken to withdraw ventilation, hydration and feeding, it was clear that the poor lad was entering his last day or so. Once that is clear, the option to administer a drug leading to a peaceful end, slipping into unconsciousness, ought to be available. Not just in Alfie's case, but for all of us. The last few hours, struggling for breath, effectively drowning in your own fluids are not something that I would want for anyone, having been with a loved one throughout that business. We all ought to be able to expect a peaceful end to our lives.
    4 points
  8. So far nothing you have posted indicates why a public register where there are no professionals having any sort of control or involvement ensuring what somebody states is correct is better than a private, to the public but not law enforcement, one where there is a degree of outside involvement to ensure information is correct. Yes we all want to stop criminality, but stating "follow the money" has absolutely nothing to do with registers being public or private.
    3 points
  9. https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2018/may/02/the-universe-is-an-egg-and-the-moon-isnt-real-notes-from-a-flat-earth-conference Absolutely splendid article.
    2 points
  10. Here endeth the lesson.
    2 points
  11. Isn't it all set up so you can't follow the money?
    2 points
  12. Consistently failing to live up to promises. Maybe that's your modus operandi, eh?
    2 points
  13. Unrealistic. Uncle Sam would be back into Panama before you could say "Anchors Aweigh".
    2 points
  14. In light of this I think we should end the sexy selfie private message group.
    2 points
  15. Do you think we should call them skyfish? And seabirds could be seaskyfish.
    2 points
  16. Hey Paul, have you ever noticed that birds are just like fish that live in the sky?
    2 points
  17. In either case it's what's behind the register entry that's important. How many brass plaques do Appleby have on their walls?
    2 points
  18. Despite being a close neighbour I shall not be attending. Even when asked.
    2 points
  19. i was highlighting nothing ever changes.....
    2 points
  20. is that a glass house i see......
    2 points
  21. I presume you are referring to an "old" clip from last years Tory conference when he was being chased by Michael Crick and I agree. The thing is a public register will have no effect on people like Ashcroft
    2 points
  22. Chris Thomas complains about being blocked by Bernie Moffatt and Mec Vannin on FB about 5 times a month. I imagine people think it’s unbelievably rude to slag someone off publicly on FB and then give then no right of reply to the slagging off or even access to view the post that’s slagging them off before other people read it. It’s like me saying “thommo2010 is a wanker” on here but you can’t see it, and you can’t respond to it, but the rest of the IOM can view it and comment on it at will. It seems to drive Thomas mad and I can see why. It’s just ill mannered and rude.
    2 points
  23. I have nothing against royalty but I struggle to see how royal weddings and births send some people into an ecstatic whirling dervish mode?
    2 points
  24. I don’t want an informed opinion. A Woody prediction will do fine thanks.
    1 point
  25. Not looking good so far old boy! (As your old mate Walter Wannanburg was wont to say)..
    1 point
  26. Come on people stop the bitching. Paul, I don’t know what you are expected me to agree with - your definition of science?? Erm ... ok. Let’s see how it goes. What happens now?
    1 point
  27. I think he's bang on the button.
    1 point
  28. Oops longitude. Sorry!
    1 point
  29. I knew that... I was trying to make a joke that he’d botched Butch. Clearly I didn’t succeed.
    1 point
  30. A perfect analogy for what happens when you allow people who follow an intolerant ,supremacist,backward ideology into your country!
    1 point
  31. Even Twinkle’s autocorrect is splenetic.
    1 point
  32. As Gladys says, that has nothing to do with the registers being public or private. As long as the relevant authorities have access to that is all that matters and presently the IoM system will result in more accurate information than the UKs. This is nothing to do with stopping criminality. If you listened to the Westminster debate you would have got the impression from many of those speaking that was the only purpose of offshore structures etc. This really is about trying to stop tax planning using offshore structures. If the UK want to do that then fine, and it could be done by changing UK tax laws but they won't do that because they are scared of the reaction from wealthy political donors, investors etc. If tomorrow they said irrelevant of your domicile if you are tax resident in the UK you are taxable on your worldwide income that would stop virtually all tax planning for UK non doms.
    1 point
  33. There's something special about this map of our galaxy: It is from the European Space Agency's Gaia satellite which is collecting mind bogglingly accurate measurements of the movements of billions of stars in the Milky Way. The reds and blues in the top image are whether the star is moving towards or away from us. Red stars are redshifted and moving away from us, blue stars are blue shifted by moving towards us. The image is a Mollweide projection taking the 3D celestial sphere and projecting it onto a flat surface. Just like in a map of the globe you can put the centre of the map basically anywhere - for the globe it is only convention that has 0 degrees latitude through Greenwich and the same choice was faced by the astronomers in producing their map of the Milkyway's stars where to put the centre of their image. For them though the choice was easier because the galaxy does have a centre about which the whole galaxy rotates. They've put the direction of the centre of the galaxy right in the middle of the image, and something instantly stands out - the movement of the earth (and sun) around the galaxy and how the rotation of the other stars in the galaxy isn't uniform. Basically, the closer stars are to the centre of the Galaxy the faster they rotate, while the further out they are the slower. There's a lot of nuance in that, but it'll do! You can see that effect in the map. Most of the right part of the map is red - the sun is rotating faster around the milky way than these stars are and so they are falling behind us, seeming to move backwards, but that isn't the case for all stars on the right most side of the map. Stars closer into to the centre of the galaxy are rotating faster than us - they are catching us up, and you can see this group of stars as the blue centre of of the right side. Stars on the same orbit as these stars on the left side of the map are in front of us are orbiting faster than us and so pulling away from us - hence the red centre on the left hand side of the map, while those further out orbit slower - we are catching them up, getting closer to them and hence they are coloured blue. Beautiful.
    1 point
  34. Rest assured I enjoyed the reaction to it. But sorry, there is no way I could ever either copy or emulate so-called "Public School Humour" so thats another dream of yours shattered. But you ARE fixated on this. In one evening you took four seperate pops at me all for this reason. You had the decency to apologise I grant you but here you are at it again. And no doubt it will be again and again and again. Don't you think you're taking an anonymous forum just a little bit too seriously...?
    1 point
  35. Obviously our green welly and tweed jacket-clad representative hasn't been heard yet then....they'll rescind it once Howard's put them straight.
    1 point
  36. So you have no idea what he's going on about either! But then I suspect neither does he....
    1 point
  37. Wrong... in Woody's world they are facts, just not the correct facts...
    1 point
  38. Most bike manufacturers offer 0% finance these days making a decent bike affordable and it’s far less hassle than the cycle to work scheme with no cap either. I’m paying £40 a month over two years for a £1,000 road bike which is as good a bike as anyone will ever need for commuting. Cycling to work and back twice a week pays for the bike in saved fuel and burns 3000 calories. I generally ride in four times a week and explain to my wife that that means I’ve made £500 a year that I can spend on beer.
    1 point
  39. 1 point
  40. Amen to that. Don't we all. You would be prosecuted for allowing an animal to suffer in the way we have to watch our loved ones suffer under current legislation.
    1 point
  41. No, the real tragedy was the vicarious indignity and outrage of people who had absolutely 'no skin in the game' who wound up a situation and encouraged (if not pressured) the parents, who were extremely vulnerable, to take a reactive course against the medical advice. Once the inevitable had occurred, they could melt back into their own lives none the worse. Not so for those who were directly affected - the parents and family, medical staff and other patients of Alder Hey and their families who had to face the barrage both physically at the hospital and through the media. In amongst all of that was a terminally ill child whose family should have been allowed to focus on making the best of the time they had left with him, not spending that time mounting futile legal challenges and publicly challenging the medical advice. To what end? It certainly did not extend Alfie's life or change the outcome.
    1 point
  42. ...........goodness knows!.................I don't think even the lady in question knows what she means....................we saw a Honda CRV, too big...................strangely a Freelander was ok ?????...................Terios, too narrow, mk2 Vitara ok but must be very clean, Pinin, no good, Most hatchbacks, too ugly and too low, BMW 3 sportsback great but too expensive..................soooo Finlo, I haven't a clue and the lady can't tell me or anyone else..................'I'll know when I see it', says she. But how can I search for one if I don't know what you want says I.......hence trawling round the auctions and cheaper car places for weeks. All I can do is suggest any offerings and accept the illogical responses I suppose..........Thanks anyway.
    1 point
  43. If they own it they can control what happens to it
    1 point
  44. She’s probably gearing up for an equally insightful TT ”So the father of your children got wiped out at 200mph, how did you feel?”
    1 point
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