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  1. 10 points
    We don't have to justify anything Dilli - we're allowing sportsmen to do something they want to do, nobody is encouraging or forcing them. In terms of the benefits to the Treasury coffers, any inconvenience to the rest of us is justified or they simply wouldn't do it. The Island is a last bastion of freedom in an increasingly regulated world of snowflakes who have to do a risk assessment before operating a mobile phone. I don't enjoy road racing or belong to the biking fraternity (despite owning a mid-life crisis bike) and find the whole TT/MGP things uninteresting and inconvenient. But they bring joy to tens if not hundreds of thousands of people and I applaud their skill, courage and determination.
  2. 6 points
    "Mrs Hughes said that the offence was made even more serious by the allegations being in a small community and anyone identified would soon have their name circulated around the island." ...tell that to the recent museum case guy.
  3. 5 points
    Not answering on behalf of "the anti brigade", whoever they are. Comparing a motorsport event with a very high fatality and serious injury rate with public transport infrastructure and the perils of everyday living is, I believe, a facile comparison. However, in the spirit of discussion, looking at the UK fataility rate over time, it's clear to see how it has reduced significantly (especially taking into account the growth in road usage and miles travelled over this time): Furthermore (from Wiki): In 1999, when Great Britain had the safest roads in Europe apart from Sweden, the government set a new national casualty reduction target, to be met by the year 2010. The target for 2010, compared to the average for the years 1994 to 1998, was a reduction of 40% in the number of people Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) casualties, a reduction of 50% the number of children KSI casualties and a reduction of 10% in the rate of people slightly injured per 100 million vehicle kilometres.[3] By 2009, the results were: killed or seriously injured 44% lower; children killed or seriously injured 61% lower and the slight casualty rate was 37% lower.[n 4] So, in summary, significant positive steps have been taken to make travelling on UK roads safer over the past 50 years. That's not to say that more could be done in the area of, oh I don't know, say driver testing and training, but the numbers are clear that positive effort has been put into this issue resulting in objective, significant improvement.
  4. 4 points
    Good to see some common sense amongst the hysterical pearl clutching from others.
  5. 3 points
    It's not actually a press release (chance would be a fine thing they would be so useful) it's another one of Moorhouse's strange collection of written questions in the August batch - and, to be fair, one of his better ones: How many people was action taken against; and of these how many were prosecuted for speeding during the period? From the Saturday of practice week to the Sunday following TT week (16 days), in each of the last five years categorised by nationality? Over the five year's worth of TT fortnights there were a total of 16 police cautions, 115 prosecutions and 316 Fixed Penalty Notices issued, giving 447 offences overall. But 3FM have actually missed the most interesting bit of the story. Because nearly half of those offences (220) were committed in 2018 - almost as much as the other four years put together: 2014: 1 + 68 + 15 = 84 2015: 2 + 9 + 7 = 18 2016: 6 + 13 + 30 = 49 2017: 6 + 9 +61 = 76 2018: 1 + 16 + 203 = 220 We're always told that the speeding laws are enforced just as rigorously in TT week as at any other time of the year. But those figures suggest it isn't true - at least up to this year. 2015 seems in particular to have been a very lax year. For those who want the breakdown by nationality (or rather country of residence as that was the only information they had): Isle of Man 188 (78) United Kingdom 184 (93) Germany 19 (13) France 14 (6) Ireland 9 (4) Netherlands 6 (3) Spain 4 (4) Italy 4 (3) USA 3 (2) Switzerland 3 (3) Belgium 3 (2) Sweden 3 (3) Austria 2 (2) Unidentified 2 (2) Australia 1 (0) Malta 1 (1) Poland 1 (1) The fact the Isle of Man doesn't top the table in 2018 suggests that previously the police may have been giving non-Manx offenders an easier time, presumably because the locals are easier to prosecute or chase up.
  6. 3 points
    Sorry don't they pay start money to encourage some to attend and partake. Don't they have a full or part time liaison officer to try and attract and encouraging new or returning riders. As for the benefit to the treasury coffers justifying it, how much value do you put on somebody's life or them ending up as a cabbage or paralysed from the neck down for the rest of their life. Does the "Island" near to earn a £1,000, or £10,000 or £100,000 per life to make the event acceptable. The IoM Govt's own report though shows that the MGP does not bring a net benefit to the coffers and the TT only does because they assume that if the TT was not on there would not be a single visitor to the Island spending money during the period. They still then have to reply on the mythical multiplier figure for the figures to add up, increase or decrease that figure and you can get any result you want. The report also as they state does not cover "other" costs to the Island like lost income to businesses as they close or work limited hours due to the TT etc
  7. 3 points
    Selling off Regent Street must have made a dent. Who on earth if they were running their own business would give away a property asset worth about £3M that they’ve owned totally unencumbered for 100 years for £1M, and then sign a contract for a replacement post office on a lease with the brewery for £500k a year. You’ve just swapped a capital asset you had that was sitting in the books at nothing for a long term lease debt to IOM Breweries. If they manage all their property assets as bad as that one no wonder they’re in a financial mess.
  8. 2 points
    The glove puppet clearly didn't fit. Innocent.
  9. 2 points
    Too late, I've reposted it on the Islamic State website Teach you to laugh at my Clown Shoes!
  10. 2 points
    Ffs. #justgivingpage #thoughtsandprayers
  11. 2 points
    The Isle of Man, the little Isle of Man, has only so much money left in the pot. It has to be grabbed and grabbed quick. And big. The bottom line is: all these fat cats with fat cat pay, pensions and pay-offs are filling their boots one way or another.
  12. 2 points
    Or a free mug ..
  13. 2 points
    You have answered your own question. Any specific ideas would be deemed to be not acceptable to supporters or two expensive by Govt. If you want specific ideas then limit CC capacity to say 100CC so slowing bikes down. More restricted fuel allowances so that bikes have to go slower or they will run out of fuel. More and longer electric bike classes which would require bikes to go slower to conserve battery power. Much stricter fitness and ability tests etc. Should pensioners really be racing or should newcomers be allowed until they have proved themselves elsewhere. Every marshal to have strict minimal training including first aid rather than simply signing a form. All marshals to have minimum fitness standards. No spectator to be within 5 meters of the course. All straw bale "safety barriers to be replaced by airbags. All riders to wear air bag protection to a prescribed minimum standard. Spend multi millions of pounds replacing hard walls that are not part of buildings with fencing and fencing to be safety fencing. Compulsory purchase land and buildings to straighten dangerous parts of the course, remove dangerous obstacles or create run off areas. All around the course have big obvious signs saying "if you crash you are likely to die" with pictures of the results of previous crashes.
  14. 2 points
    Not nice. At least he's 'interesting' and not taken to moaning about something and nothing most of the time...
  15. 2 points
    I'm sure the Post Office has an ongoing huge pension liability (unless Government has absorbed it) to all the managers they brought in on very handsome salaries and retirement packages. It's the same story across the whole of the public sector and it will be a dead weight for generations to come. It's what eventually will sink us.
  16. 2 points
    If you had to choose between... Spending money on public art you don't like... Or Spending the same money on jollies for politicians... Which would you pick?
  17. 2 points
    They’re just looking for bitter trolling targets Dilli. It seems to have been the same stream of nastiness coming out of several posters for a few weeks now. They don’t really mean it. They’re just trying to get your attention and prove how clever they by ripping people apart and winding people up from behind anonymous keyboards.
  18. 2 points
  19. 1 point
    The post office is an archaic, unionised, over-staffed, over managed and over-paid organisation that needs to drastically change. Their staff have increased as their market share has dropped. They serve themselves not the public. Other carriers deliver when people are at home 6 to 8pm and try again if they are out. Privatise and modernise the post office.
  20. 1 point
  21. 1 point
    Perhaps the other 75 were German?
  22. 1 point
    For me Gawne = switch over to the BBC Radio4 (even if it is The Archers). And MR are (temporarily I hope) dragging Andy 'knows best' Wint back for the Mannin Line. I can only take so much patronising and AW uses that up in the first 2 minutes of his shows
  23. 1 point
  24. 1 point
    Question for the anti brigade: Would you also be happy to see leisure journeys on motorways banned? After all, how long can we allow the maiming and death that goes on every day of the year to continue, just because it puts money in to the economy? Worse still, some of the victims are children who don't understand the risks they are taking. And that's without even mentioning the vast amounts of road closures these selfish leisure crashes cause for essential deliveries and people going to work.
  25. 1 point
    Now we own the steampacket we sort of have all our eggs in one basket. Therefore talk about stopping any races is pointless.
  26. 1 point
    How is it common sense to see people get killed?
  27. 1 point
    See, there you go Sultan, we agree on something else.
  28. 1 point
    Spending money on coating politicians in paint as jolly street art.
  29. 1 point
    How is it 'common sense' and what do you really mean by that ? Similarly, in what way are people's comments 'hysterical' ?
  30. 1 point
    I echo Stu's sentiments completely.
  31. 1 point
    As it says in the article, by statute the Treasury receives an annual £1.5M "dividend" from the PO, rain or shine, profit or loss, which is now being renegotiated. This point was also raised previously a couple of years ago and questioned. It must be an albatross around the PO's neck given the competition it now faces from everywhere else?
  32. 1 point
    The money is poured into that black hole that must not be talked about!
  33. 1 point
    I exchanged a few words with a Manxnet Forums legend down there but mainly I was there with my dad who's been called neither glamorous nor a woman ever before
  34. 1 point
    God knows, but they get through more new vans than I do bog roll!
  35. 1 point
    Sabre rattling joke to come.
  36. 1 point
    Next one to mention that mountain gets a visit from this guy
  37. 1 point
    As I thought, no specific ideas about how the racing could be made safer and no analysis of current risk reduction measures other than a very scant comparison of past and present fatality rates. It is easy to say you support the racing continuing as long as risk reduction measures to improve the rate of fatal incidents are put in place, but without some understanding of what assessments are currently place and some specific risk-reduction measures that you might want considered, the words are really quite meaningless. As has been suggested, any racing event that is held on public roads involving high speed motorcycles is going to pose some fairly extreme risk. The only way to make racing motorcycles relatively safe is to build purpose built racing circuits with risk-reduction measures built into the design. Racing on roads can only be made "safe" by reducing the speed traveled to one where any impact with a hard surface will be survivable. However, the nature of the event would be rendered so sanitised that it would not attract riders or spectators necessary to make the event viable. It is possible to accept that the event will lead to serious injury and death, as that is inherent in the nature of the event itself, whilst putting in place the risk-reduction measures that are possible and reasonable. These might include fast response medical support; the provision of impact reduction course equipment in higher risk areas; restrictions where spectators may spectate in areas that are considered higher risk; the provision of marshals in sufficient numbers with access to a reliable communication system; on-course paramedic support; the appointment of a suitably qualified and experienced Race Organiser; year-round course-inspection and liaison regarding course maintenance.... Are we recognising something here? These measures will never solve the issue of racing injury and deaths, but as speeds rise they may just stabilise the statistics. Of course, there is a sure-fire risk-reduction option. Simply, cancel the races and end road-racing on the Isle of Man. This is the moral dilemma; to do it, or not to do it. To face up to the fact that the event is run not for the sport or to fulfill the hopes and dreams of competitors, but for money and to support the tourist industry on the Island. To accept, or not accept that the injuries and deaths are an acceptable and inevitable price to pay to earn the money. To pretend that you support the racing as long as further risk-reduction measures are put in place is not facing up to the moral dilemma, it is just using weasel-words to avoid it. Lastly the questions I might ask are; Why was it considered necessary to put a one-way system in place for the TT and not for the FoM? Why was it still considered unnecessary to have a one-way system in place for the FoM after the deaths of two visitors due to a head-on collision in 2014, even after the film of that incident was used in a DoI sponsored "road-safety" campaign? What risk-assessment was carried out to justify this decision? Who made the decision and was it politically signed off? By whom? Now there has been a further head-on collision, will those who made this decision (I suspect on the grounds of cost) now stand up and take responsibility?
  38. 1 point
  39. 1 point
    Well at the risk of sounding like a bit of a stickler, if she meant “uninsured” I’d have liked to have heard her say “uninsured”. Mind you, it’s easy to make that kind of mistake; like when I mean to say “politician” and mistakenly say “twat”.
  40. 1 point
  41. 1 point
    It’s all about the drama. Without it where would they be.
  42. 1 point
    I bought a Light Cavalry sabre made originally in 1854. I had the receipt from Wilkinson's of Pall Mall. It had been purchased by Captain (The Hon) Walter Charteris ADC to Lord Lucan at Balaclava in the Crimean War. Later I met Mrs Josephine Day (Google) then medium to the late Queen Mother. She told me she could pick up objects and get in touch with the owner in spirit. I had a long talk with Captain Charteris and followed his directions. This took me to various places. I researched all he said. I was having a conversation with a man killed at Balaclava in 1854. It all proved true but took me years to prove it all. The result was published . It changed my life. I do not believe. I do not have faith. I actually know! This caused me to write and publish esoteric and spiritualist versions of the Gospel of Mark (The shortest!) You can look at the main catalogue of the British Library under my name and also Bodleian, the national libraries of Wales and Scotland and Trinity College Dublin. All asked for copies. You can see the Walter Charteris item in the catalogue. Yes there is another world out there and you will be going to it faith or religion or whatever. Makes no difference. You will go there! Do not add knowledge to your faith. Add faith to your knowledge.
  43. 1 point
    Could any jury really conclude any defendant guilty given that the prosecution evidence appeared to be centred around the statement of a four year-old child? With no other witnesses to the alleged crime? There's probably very few 4 year old girls who are aware of casual improper touching or how to interpret what constitutes 'touching,' let alone have the vocabulary to explain the circumstances, unless of course it's in the extreme. It must be a very difficult decision to make for the investigators and presumably, specialist counsellors, when dealing with such allegations to interpret what they hear from such a young child. And there's always a risk of over-zealous questioning and interpretation; a possibility of 'leading the witness' even when that witness (the only one in this case) is a four year old child. Given all that, and the swiftness of the verdict, it's difficult to see how the PPU and the AG saw a realistic chance of conviction. Be interesting to know what swayed it.
  44. 1 point
  45. 1 point
    It's so predictable and at the same time sad that the pro-TT brigade reduce what they consider derogatory comments to their sacred fucking cow, as specious insult. The fact that many many locals hate the events and would prefer to see the back of them, is lost on them. My main complaint is that my taxes are used to facilitate and sustain the predictable carnage and ubiquitous death and injury. It is a good indication that my grown-up kids and most of their friends are indifferent to it all and have little or no interest in the event. The shape of things to come, hopefully...
  46. 1 point
    It’s not going to inspire any kid to do anything but hang themselves from a swing. Some of the work on his FB Page is good; that’s complete cack.
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  49. 1 point
    I once sat outside a newsagent where a bloke and his wife had left the kids in the car as they went in to buy scratchcards. They both came back out, sat in the front seat and furiously scratched away, while the kids were climbing all over the place. Not a word was spoken amongst any of them while they were busy hunting for winners. They must have scractched off a few winners, both got out, went back into the shop and came back out again, repeating the same thing all over again. I've hated the lottery ever since that day. Now I've seen that awful, awful cash-grab of a mural, I hate it even more.
  50. 1 point
    How do you define unemployment? It has been moved about so much over the years. I have been unemployed at various times of economic crisis 1987, 1993, 2008-2014. The statistics started to be massaged in the early 1980s when they said "the number of people unemployed and signing on etc" was "X"...But many people were put on schemes and courses whereby they got more benefits &/or did not have to sign on. The key was "signing on". Then it moved on to means tested benefits other than "Dole" so you did not count as unemployed. Then a full time job was legally defined as 16 hours as week so the people in full time employment rocketed in theory as those on benefits were made to work 16 hours a week but with their wages made up to a living level and which still happens. The latest version of this is the "Zero Hours" contract. In 1987 I signed on until they offered me a full time media studies(!) course at Salford College of Technology all paid and found. No signing on. Not unemployed. Ditto 1993 when I was put on an IT course at Lancaster Chamber of Commerce for a year. Not counted as unemployed. I was unemployed down on my manor age 58 when the banks crashed. However when I was 60 they offered me the state pension I would get at 65 on the basis that I would not have to sign on and so I was not counted as unemployed. This was called "Pension Credit" Neither did I have to seek work. When I was 65 I was not unemployed as I was no longer legally obliged to seek work being then an OAP proper. Now they have a sort of universal benefit or credit which has failed to get off the ground so far. I contributed towards the Office of National Statistics report. I think they pick the names out of a hat! The payment is a book of first class stamps by way of a thank you. I suppose people returning to the EU makes for job vacancies in theory but the problem is getting folk off the benefits once they have been out of circulation a long time.
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