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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. Wherea
    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
    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
    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 an
    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. The flat-earthers are a subset of conspiracy nut-job populism in general. Like Gamergate or the rise of the alt-right. It's about people who no longer trust informed opinion and get their news (and science) from each other online.
    1 point
  26. PGW - go and visit the hundred foot drain in Cambridgeshire. As a schoolboy, when I was a lot younger than I am now, I trained on this stretch of water alongside the Cambridge boat race crew. It has to be one of the most boring stretches of water to row on, being dead straight for many miles, but it is a good example of proving the curvature of the earth. As you move along it, you see things that were fully visible drop below the horizon.
    1 point
  27. Very few. They are a firm of lawyers. There was a management buy out of their trust arm several years ago.
    1 point
  28. err...every employer on the Island has the option to participate. In fact the scheme was rolled out for the private sector some time before the public sector
    1 point
  29. Indeed nelly. Time to see how well chinas evidence stands up to the scientific method! Bobbies knickers must be bursting!!! X
    1 point
  30. liberal times? really?
    1 point
  31. Chinahand has summarised my view nicely. At the moment you are somewhere between asking a question (What shape is the Earth?), doing some background research (youtube and Flat Earth conventions appear to be your main source) and constructing a hypothesis of your own. Rather than continually going around the houses I would suggest it is now time for you to share your personal hypothesis and how you intend to test it with an experiment. Basically, it is time to put up or shut up.
    1 point
  32. Know what? For centuries that is precisely the way that the Jewish folk in Europe were faced with and they DID accept the situation with good grace. But as we say, Masada shall not fall again.
    1 point
  33. I think he's bang on the button.
    1 point
  34. i came across this the other day while searching for something else...... worth a read...... https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/northernengland/721784/Isle-of-Man-By-steamer-to-Man-without-seasick-pills.html
    1 point
  35. I knew that... I was trying to make a joke that he’d botched Butch. Clearly I didn’t succeed.
    1 point
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  37. 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 changin
    1 point
  38. Do we know How many English companies have no substance in England? Actually it is impossible to tell as there are no regulated gatekeepers.
    1 point
  39. 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
  40. Don’t you worry...in the week before the wedding IOM “Newspapers” will exclusively reveal that Meghan Markle’s next door neighbour’s brother’s dog-walker’s baby-sitter’s milkman’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s car-valeter’s doctor’s wife’s hairdresser’s cousin’s tree-surgeon’s daughter’s teacher once received a postcard bearing a picture of a Manx Cat. and still does not know here the island is. No disrespect to you JW, But " Lord of Man".!!! What century is this ?
    1 point
  41. Well HQ the mighty CM will no doubt claim all the credit for this wonderful parliamentary victory. God bless you Howie. Have another grant.
    1 point
  42. So you have no idea what he's going on about either! But then I suspect neither does he....
    1 point
  43. Wrong... in Woody's world they are facts, just not the correct facts...
    1 point
  44. Actually it is for everyone. Its really quite simple. If your employer buys you a bike and gives it to you for riding to and from work, there's no tax charge. That's it in a nutshell. There's some rule stuff in the background about what qualifies, but the idea is pretty simple. As far as I know, no Government Departments are buying bikes for their staff so no workers will be turning up on bikes at Government Offices. This is not a perk of some sort as far as I can see. Details are here. https://www.gov.im/media/1360551/pn-200-18-cycle-to-work-scheme-benefit-in-kind-final-240118.
    1 point
  45. It's not just women, the men in many cases are far worse. A woman doesn't have a right, some women aren't able to have children (same with men). And what if that woman is incapable of raising and looking after a child, what then? It's nothing to do with class but everything to do with contributing to the ant colony, the infirm and the injured and elderly should be well looked after by the wider community but the feckless should never.
    1 point
  46. If they own it they can control what happens to it
    1 point
  47. 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
  48. Or set free the economy and ditch the failed Brussels bureaucracy.
    1 point
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