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  1. 4 points
    I too hope Neil that you never get called to jury service - your snivelling sycophancy to authority and gushing "Smithers to Mr Burns" type love for Inspector Del these previous day's shows you would be easily influenced by someone in a well cut suit - embarassing
  2. 4 points
    when a farmer is getting 6 figures a year in handouts cos he can't survive without it ( my fucking arse ) and then sells off a field to a property developer for ( if rumours are to be believed ) almost 7 figures, he shouldn't be getting any handouts at all till his bank accounts are in the red.
  3. 4 points
    You can tell it's Marine drive by the guy in the background about to launch an old Indesit fridge freezer over the side.
  4. 3 points
    and judging by your posts you know fuck all about anything.
  5. 3 points
    TT and FOM Homestay is what it will be. Which is providing accommodation WHEN it's required. At somewhat cheaper rates than hotel. Sort of the "zero-hours contract" of accommodation. Not 52 week per year operations which look like they're now going to get subsidy in order to stay that way, even though there isn't the trade to make it viable commercially (in respect of paying sufficient wages to make coming here attractive to staff)?
  6. 3 points
    Only the same as it ever was then? Although to be fair, it did improve a bit for the Havenots when there was plenty of VAT money sloshing around. But it will be ensured that the Haves are well provided for in any future times-of-want. Even if it's at the expense of the Havenots. It's an irreversible part of IoMG and Establishment culture.
  7. 3 points
    Thanks DT, and precisely the above. Particularly if you're trying to pay wages for 52 week. So Govt will step in and subsidise. And doubtless it will be particularly aimed at the usual favoured few. Because to admit that we've now only got (and largely only ever had) a 5 month tourist season doesn't sit easily with a "growing, burgeoning economy" statement.
  8. 3 points
    If hotels aren't generating sufficient income to pay their senior people a proper salary then their business model isn't working & they should close Simples
  9. 3 points
    I don’t agree. On that logic we might as well pay everyone £5K to come to the IOM to live if we are that desperate to get people here as clearly there are no other attractions to lure people here other than to buy them off with taxpayer cash if we have to resort to these sort of schemes. You can pretty much guess the numbers won’t have been crunched properly either. Every new resident costs us in terms of the infrastructure and services government has to provide to them (schools, NHs etc) so we’re paying £5K to then effectively have to pay more out to support the needs of that person and their family we’ve paid to come here. If we are THAT desperate that we have to buy relatively low earning new residents off in this way just to get them here were pretty much screwed I’d say as the minute we stop paying them to come here they won’t come here.
  10. 3 points
    Regulation of gas (and other) pricing on the Island is not and never was the OFT's remit. To be fair. They take the flak from everybody but it's not their job. Their job is to enforce the statutory rules. If those rules are wrong or are able to have an abusive wagon and horses driven over, under and through them, then the anger needs to be addressed towards those who drew up the rules. And we know who they are. And paid remarkable amounts of money too. It will be interesting to see how much information is released on this. Like the SP report with-holding, I'd think it will be about protecting those who drew up the (failed?) agreement as much as protecting the favoured MG itself. Commercial Confidentiality indeed.
  11. 3 points
    One could argue that we need more high-end hospitality venues to satisfy the appetites of high-earning residents / immigrants, and that these need staff; but I don't buy that argument. Whilst there are those who bemoan the lack of venues on the island I think that capacity is sufficient even if diversity is limited and that more venues would simply reduce the viability of those which already exist.
  12. 3 points
    I did ask the Minister for Policy Reform if he / Government had a figure, and the answer was no. He himself had a rough idea / gut feel of where the threshold might be - and it was, like my estimate, a lot higher than the minimum £25K salary point at which Gov't starts subsidising immigrant workers. Of course those immigrant workers may contribute massively in the future if they go on to earn high wages in a highly paid industry, which was the basis of subsidising IT / e-Gaming workers. The same model doesn't work for the hospitality industry. There has been a repeated mantra from big employers / CoC that they need more (cheap) workers - and it's probably true, but it doesn't make much sense from a national perspective. Unless there is a secret plan to raise income taxes I think DfE is bowing to employer pressure at the expense of those of us already here.
  13. 3 points
    Unless I've missed it, nobody has a reliable figure for the income threshold at which a taxpayer becomes a net contributor to the public purse. Each person on the island costs the state money, which is provided by taxpayers through ITIP, NI, VAT, Duty etc. - however the lower-earning taxpayers don't pay as much tax as they cost the state. There is a fundamental tax shortfall problem in importing lower-paid workers even before the subsidy. Import a chef with wife & two young kids for the schools and healthcare to cope with and he's got to earn a heck of a lot (in relation to chef's salaries) in order to cover the cost of the family to the state before the state makes a profit. Difficult to determine exactly where that threshold is, and of course it varies depending on individual family circumstances - our best bet is to import high-earning single people or DINKies - but I think from my previous attempts to estimate it that it's probably at a substantially higher income than most hospitality work offers. Get it wrong (and I suspect the Gov't has got it wrong) and these schemes risk actually subsidising a net drain on the public purse because Gov't is looking at the potential increase in revenue without taking into account the consequential larger increase in overheads. In 2017 Gov't announced that it was spending £12,277 per head for the c. 83,000 population https://www.gov.im/news/2017/feb/21/spending-equates-to-12277-per-person/ - so the c. 43,000 of us who are "economically active" somehow directly or indirectly need to contribute an average of £23,697 e.a. to the treasury. That's tough if you're a chef on £30K.
  14. 3 points
    Is that the post that adorned Gladys's bloomers?
  15. 2 points
    It all goes back round to too many feeding at the trough. Reduce the number of MHK’s, increase the salary and hopefully attract a better type of candidate instead of the usual bunch of unemployable...
  16. 2 points
    Hardly surprising that many of these young people, who are probably bright lights, should find voting for a bunch of halfwits very uninspiring !!
  17. 2 points
    so, you get locked up in a room with no bog for a number of hours, you want a piss, the people that locked you in said bogless room won't allow you access to a bog to have your piss, nature takes its course and you eventually piss. this somehow constitutes 'criminal damage' ?????, then after you have actually done something they can charge you with they chuck you out on the street at almost one in the morning to make your own way back to ramsey after the police aided and abetted in fitting you up in crime of the century. i would suggest anybody locked in a room with no facilities would commit some sort of criminal damage eventually. just shows if they want to get you they can , except the sensible beak saw it for what it was. they'll have to make sure someone from the lodge is sat up there next time.
  18. 2 points
    This can be measured using the Gini Inequality Index or the Palma Ratio. It would actually be interesting to see how the distribution of wealth on the Island compares to say the UK or Ireland.
  19. 2 points
    Or there are simply too many to support the existing amount of customer trade? In which case, subsidising wages with Govt money is, as usual, masking the problem or maybe even delaying natural gravitation to a return to the days when hotel accommodation simply shut shop for the winter following the holiday season? Rather than expecting to make a 52 week per year living without the trade to support it?
  20. 2 points
  21. 2 points
    What ever rationale or model about this charge it did not impress the court or many people on this forum. In defence of the police I believe they acted responsibly in arresting a person with a serious mental disorder who had not been taking his meds, in order to protect him and also the public. Given that he did have a serious mental disorder and on meds then he must be being treated in the community and known to our social service/mental health. At the police station he would be classed as vulnerable and afforded the rights of a vulnerable person. Enter social service/ mental health welfare offices. There seems to be no care plan devised to afford the prisoner an exit from police station with dignity, rather he was put back on the streets in the early hours to make his way back to Ramsey. We will never know the full facts but not the finest hour for those entrusted with the care of our vulnerable sick people.
  22. 2 points
    There’s potentially an opportunity cost. Without a certain cohort of workers, there’s an impact on the overall business model which would inhibit profits - but there’s no corporate tax.. The only logic for tourism is that by ensuring there are functional hotels, this facilitates holiday makers and business travellers, who on average spend ‘x’ for their travel, accommodation and discretionary spend. That’s potentially an ROI on top of income tax and VAT, minus citizen overhead. This assumes lack of staff is the limiting factor, which I do not doubt is an issue for hotels and business. An incentive suggests it’s seen as a national issue, or purely a mechanism to help businesses reach potential - which is where it becomes emotive, and why one sector benefits over the other.
  23. 2 points
    .....but very much less so if paid from the public purse in a transparent manner ! Millions is paid here every year in grants and subsidies, but no one is permitted to know why or to whom, in my opinion this secrecy is actually counterproductive, and leads to suspicion of misuse of public money. The situation is compounded when front line services are starved of cash.
  24. 2 points
    Nearly there! Happy New Year!
  25. 2 points
    There's a disconnect because people know voting is pointless. You just change one lot of temporary public figures for another and meanwhile the permanent government comes under the remit of the British Crown (not Tynwald) continues on its own trajectory regardless of who we vote for. True power in the Isle of Man is with those who have money. We are a plutocracy, not a representative democracy. Our "independence" and "oldest parliament" are a fiction, a sham to justify our offshore tax status. Truth be told, we're just a colony of the UK with a few constitutional modifications to enable the rich to avoid HMRC.
  26. 1 point
  27. 1 point
    Would love a game but it’s probably 20 years since my last. I was obvs world champion playing on a travel set with an ounce of Nimbins finest skunk in our flat in Sydney. If we can reproduce this scenario I’m well up for it!!
  28. 1 point
    or would you end up paying more for the same old rubbish?
  29. 1 point
    I agree, but I would have thought that the best way to do that would be to indulge in some progressive politics that creates enthusiasm in young people. At the moment , despite having scores of extremely well paid politicians and civil servants, we seem to copy a majority of laws verbatim from the UK and only exercise our pseudo independence when it comes to allowing millionaire companies and individuals to operate here for next to nothing (regardless of the morality of what they are doing) in the futile hope that we might make enough coppers from them to provide public services - apparently the most valued of which is their own over-inflated pensions. It is bland, lazy, unimaginative and certainly not inspiring. If you want to enthuse young people, you've got to give them something to be enthusiastic about. At the moment I think I'd be more worried if young people were enthusiastic about Manx politics. At least they currently seem to have the good grace to reward it with the attention it deserves ie. very little.
  30. 1 point
    First, just two embedded mental health professionals at 35-37.5 hours a week cover less than half the possible hours. Second, I’ve had direct contact with people with mental health issues who have been arrested, held, charged, or sectioned following a s.136 place of safety removal. The police do their best, I’m sure, and historically there is a possibility that such powers were used to get people, who were a public nuisance, off the streets temporarily. The evidence submitted to Mental Health Review Tribunals on appeals from Sections, as to the reasons for such removal, as a route to admission, by police is usually very sketchy - although that is probably a fault of the specified forms which have to be used as they are mandatory under our out of date Mental Health Act and Regulations.
  31. 1 point
    No, the Scott Trust Limited, which owns the Guardian, has a sizeable cash mountain invested and returning an income. But the fact some of it may be invested in funds managed or owned by Arab interests does not mean it is owned by Arabs. If you’re trying to imply that the editorial policy of the Guardian is influenced by who advises on the investments held by its parent company, then the fact that the governing charity deeds guarantee editorial independence rather scuppers that argument. At least it’s better than the editors being in the pocket of foreign, or British, tax exiles, like the rest of the MSM. And before you start on the Guardian structure being a tax dodge the Scott Trust Endowment cash pile was built up from after tax dividends from the Guardian. The Guardian and Scott Trust pay U.K. tax on their annual income, unlike Rothermere, Barclay brothers or Murdoch.
  32. 1 point
    I think there is only one member of its defined benefits scheme. It seems fully funded. There is a defined contribution scheme, which by definition cannot be in deficit. Its all there in note 29 ( I think ) at about page 65? There are two small schemes for former subsidiaries, but nothing large, liability wise. Most journos aren’t staffers.
  33. 1 point
    You can't say that, Bazza. You'll have the thought police round and Richard will be crying.
  34. 1 point
  35. 1 point
    You would hope the economists, statisticians and other folks have modelled the scenarios sufficiently enough to understand how this plays out. The basics are straight forward enough, which would make you question why, with a level of basic analysis, they’d knowingly push the Island towards an economic precipice. That’s not a naive view by the way, but one laced with optimism. There must be other factors, one would hope.
  36. 1 point
    Violent Likely to become violent Incapable of understanding Communicable disease without a mamgement plan. Failure to comply with reasonable instructions. These are a starter for ten. If the person urinates in their cell without a loo, but nobody gets hurt then that is a win. But none of us were there.
  37. 1 point
    Will employers simply cut their pay offer to take account of the subsidy? OK, the employee still gets the higher rate for a year, the employer then has to decide if they will pay the equivalent or, ie, OR, apply for a new recruit and subsidy! Tempting? We don't know the bones of the system but it seems to be aimed at top chefs rather than H&B chefs who would be lucky to get the 25k minimum and yet, the cafe/restaurant and ethnic market is an important part of the dining out scene. Swap cheffing for an office job??? A 30 something chef ( and their family ), will be used to the hours required. more likel;y to switch restaurants than jobs. The scheme is aimed at bringing workers onto the Island rather than rewarding people already here. It is, once again, aimed at rewarding the top end of the market rather than the lower end to give those workers a fillip in their career advancement!
  38. 1 point
    It happens anyway. One of the main reasons for the lack of people wanting to work in hospitality in the IOM is this - they come here as a chef or front of house worker from the UK or elsewhere. They often work long hours 7 days a week in stressful public facing jobs and don’t get paid that well and then after they’ve been here about a year they speak with people and realize they could do some shit job for Barclays on the same money, with a pension, and not have to work 7 days a week or late hours. Subsidizing these people will not change that. They’ll still move on. Whilst the banks are happy to recruit people with next to no experience or qualifications for fairly boring jobs on similar rates of pay the hospitality industry in the IOM will always suffer to recruit. it ain’t rocket science. Most normal people have worked it out. That often discounts the DfE executive who seem to have bought into this crap though!
  39. 1 point
    But they are record levels in any case, yes? Guardian logic again.
  40. 1 point
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  42. 1 point
    To be fair - yes I was. i designed the block, with my team, from the ground up. It meets every standard. The 20 cells are set out with 18 toilets, and two without, which based on the assessment of the detainee can be utilized for forensic evidence security or management of risk. The way the detainee is managed whilst in custody is the responsibility of the custody sergeant, with reference to the College of Policing Authorised Professional Practice. https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/detention-and-custody-2/ when the detainee comes in, they are subject to a full and rigorous risk assessment, which considers the threat and risk to themselves and others who may come into contact with them. For example, an individual who posed a high risk of self harm may be placed in a risk suit instead of their own clothing, and then placed in a cell without toilet facilities. To enhance this, they may even be put on close proximity watch, where the door is propped open and an officer sits with them, monitoring their welfare. On top of this, a call out of the Forensic Medical Examiner (specially trained doctor) would be expedited, and in conjunction with them, a care plan would be developed. at the point of disposal - when the detainee is charged or otherwise and released or held in custody, a pre- release risk assessment is carried out. This is crucial to ensure that there is no prevailing risk. This is done in conjunction with doctors, social services and other specialists as appropriate, to make sure that post release, the individuals welfare needs continue to be met. For example, can they get home, is there someone to keep an eye on them, or are we just going to kick them out the door to fend for themselves? The training and management of custody is one of the most important business areas of the police. It is where the highest risk of death during police contact is managed. I took over after the Davidson death, and worked bloody hard to get the function up to the very highest standards. I can’t comment on how it might be operated today.
  43. 1 point
    oh yes, the Office of Fuck Taxpayers
  44. 1 point
    That’s really helpful. Quayle, Moorhouse, and Cregeen sorted. Thanks.
  45. 1 point
    I don't dispute that, quite the opposite in fact. That was the essence of my point. Beyond the felt museums, monorails, fire the civil servants and there's a boat in the morning - there is substance. The challenge is to identify the well thought out suggestions and methods, going back years, in amongst the noise, sock puppets of yesteryear, and the many derailed threads. I was thinking along the lines of, set out the Island's challenges, or just one - and the clever folks propose solutions. Contributors can vote up or down. Crowd-sourced economic inspiration.
  46. 1 point
    .............I rather think that if you wish to look back over previous discussions you will find many well thought out suggestions and methods of enhancing business to the benefit of ALL on the island..........there really are some clever folks on this forum with plenty of business skills and experience............
  47. 1 point
    The Bloomberg piece that photo of Farage came from (I'll not inflict it on the world again) is very interesting isn't it? There are clearly some people who have already done very well out of Brexit, whether it happens or not.
  48. 1 point
    We won't starve. We'll eat Howard.
  49. 1 point
    Nothing like the real thing, fella. You'll struggle to improve your game playing the AI. Proper full-size board and a mate who's better at it than you.
  50. 1 point
    You might get under Notty's skin, but you don't rile me. What are you? Nine years old and slightly retarded?
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