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  1. 7 points
    It was, and is which ever way it goes with arrests up or down. nobody died.
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  3. 3 points
    Long gone are the days when you could drink and drive sensibly.
  4. 3 points
    Protecting life and property is the role of the Constabulary and in this case if there was no loss of life then the Constabulary have achieved that goal. The second part of their role is to prevent and detect crime. A mixed bag for them here because their campaign to reduce incidents of drink driving and related crime was unsuccessful as it increased, they at least fulfilled the last part of their role that is detection. i believe the Sergeant and the Constabulary will be disappointed as I suppose all law abiding citerzens on the Island are that we still have members of the public repeatedly ignoring sensible advice which has been broadcast to them over many years.
  5. 3 points
    We are all of one mind on these fora, we disagree with everyone about everything.
  6. 3 points
    Rubbish. Just publishing this report has brought in £500K of free advertising for the island.
  7. 3 points
    I've never been able to work it out. Whether it is screwing around with perfectly good legislation to 'Manxify' it, having our 'Own' CAA which then can't do everything the UK one can, MEA loans which in any other jurisdiction would have seen people jailed, I just don't know. Its some 'holier than thou' attitude, which seems to think that anything that isn't developed here without reference to a wider and valid research base is wrong. I suspect this is all about the TT - an event that any other jurisdiction would have consigned to history well over forty years ago. I love the road racing, and that is what people come to watch. There seems to be some belief that if we put in a speed limit on the Mountain Road (which is about the only unrestricted one) then people won't come any more. There is no evidence to support this - and even if there was, doesn't matter! I love a fast run as much as the next bloke, but I am scarred by the continued exposure to trauma that a long career dealing with road death brings with it. I know that the right thing, for a grown up jurisdiction to do, is to put in place an overarching road safety strategy that enables each and every tactic to be at the disposal of those charged with its implementation. Some of you will likely know that I was unsuccessful in becoming the Road Safety Manager. Setting aside all the 'gold plated pension' stuff, for me it was an opportunity to see to some unfinished business that I wasn't able to deal with during my police career. Suffice it to say, if things are going the way I suspect they are, I would have been making a very public resignation on principle in any case.
  8. 2 points
    ..is he going to create a splinter group within govt.?
  9. 2 points
    ......Steptoe and Son, Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads, It Ain't Half Hot Mum etc. Different times - different comedy.
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    Think he is a qualified Joiner as well
  13. 2 points
    You would get a more accurate and meaningful reply from the proverbial man down the pub. Why would anyone in their right mind ask Howard Quayle that? He clearly believes (as do his inquirers) that by being CM he is the elected oracle of wisdom and knowledge (with a spattering of Latin thrown in).
  14. 2 points
    There's no doubt a salary is required, but it should be designed to enable someone from a low income background to do the role and live; it shouldn't be made artificially high in order to entice people to the role. I think the base salary for an MHK is already more than enough. Having spoken with a number of people, the problem isn't the salary (the really successful business people could easily do it for nothing) as much as it is the nuisance of starting as a backbench MHK and going through all the political shenanigans to climb up to a ministerial position. To sum it up, they just can't be arsed with all of that, especially when you're talking at least five or so years of that first before being able to get to a position of being able to really DO things. Even then, those people are smart enough to know they can probably exert more influence from the outside than the inside, as elected government pretty much go along with the Chamber of Commerce, and anybody with a lot of money has the ability to exert quite some influence just by letting their opinion be known. But five years as a newbie MHK? They don't want to waste five years. Perhaps if we could have a directly elected Chief Minister, with executive powers, it might make the road easier for such a person to skip through all the BS of being an MHK and attract high caliber people.
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    Youtube is good...world science festival and much more...such as full lecture series from Stanford University etc. And a few good books.
  17. 2 points
    I study PGW’s comments...
  18. 2 points
    My old copies of “Look and Learn” from the 1960s. I’m still grappling with that stuff.
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  20. 2 points
    Yes, which we gifted Manx gas 28 million to install on the promise of cheap energy!
  21. 2 points
    It is in the Indy, so it must be true,. some of the houses are looking a bit worse for wear....how long is it since they appeared ? By the time the thousands of tourists come over to gaze on them they will be shabby, perhaps we could call them tholtans and say they are really ancient and just be discovered. It is a good job we only paid £6.75 for them.
  22. 2 points
    Those knuckles are by now numb and impervious to any amount of vigorous rapping after years of being dragged along the ground.
  23. 1 point
    What are your favourite parts of the Isle of Man that would not typically be recognised from a tourist/heritage point of view? I'll start - the wind moulded trees at Injebreck, many such to pick but the ones below of particular note for their resistance to the elements. As trees go they are basically horizontal.. https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@54.2366609,-4.5328489,3a,75y,135.95h,75.45t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s2jphHCnOEFxoSPKDgSu1HA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
  24. 1 point
    I am mildly disappointed that Linz missed a glorious opportunity to introduce our new member to the "Big Norm" pic
  25. 1 point
    ...and if more than two people actually agree with you. You should review your opinion, it must be flawed!
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  27. 1 point
    You are Neil Down and I claim my £5.
  28. 1 point
    Wonder how CC Roberts responds to these important requests
  29. 1 point
    It certainly was for donkey's years, as far back as early 90s for certain. Seen a few seconded Manxies working in the Line Wall Road branch over the years. Same applied to Jersey and Guernsey. I do note that RBOS International lists its HQ as Jersey. For a long time now, if you ring IOM Bank general number it's answered in Jersey.
  30. 1 point
    It's enough to make you puke... Although MR online now quoting the Police as claiming that an unspecified number of the arrests were down to the "prevalence of cannabis on the Island". So drugs as well as booze then.
  31. 1 point
    I think you're correct. Section 7.5 is depressing reading. "The nature of our roads, however, is part of the culture of the Isle of Man." What utter bollocks.
  32. 1 point
    I have just attempted to have a quick skim over the report in question [http://www.tynwald.org.im/business/opqp/sittings/20182021/2018-GD-0050.pdf] From the few bits I read, I don't really have any belief in the report or think any change (on the scale that change is needed) is likely to occur on the back of this. I honestly don't think this document has the teeth or the balls to push the much needed BIG changes; instead, I can't help shift the feeling that it's simply just pages and pages of telling us 'what we want to hear'. Just like any report that is published on the Isle of Man, there is a lack of an implementation plan, ongoing project plan or any real logical plan to turn the 'vision' into reality. Words for words sake. @Derek Flint I'd love to hear your thoughts on the report? Disclaimer: - I really haven't had a thorough read at all yet, it was just a very quick skim. I'm happy to be proven wrong on this one.
  33. 1 point
    Awash with sick them buses
  34. 1 point
    They didn't bust me for drink driving, cos I didn't, I got the bus. It's not hard.
  35. 1 point
    This is often the forgotten bit. I recall more than one occasion where the IOMC had to respond “And how do you think we are going to resource that?” to consultation
  36. 1 point
    Yes. Youtube generally, and organisation in-house sites like NASA.
  37. 1 point
    June was mildly funny but Terry just tried to hard... and failed
  38. 1 point
    You’re being polite. It was dogshit.
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  40. 1 point
    So does this Equality Act protect MF members from harassment, victimisation, humiliation or offensive language on social media from local politicians.
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  43. 1 point
    Wasn't there a fairy cottage in Nobles Park years ago?
  44. 1 point
    That's true BB, but the natives have their sweaters and coats on, and they look at the sunbathers as though they are nuts.
  45. 1 point
    I don't think Cannan single-handedly put together the budget. I think Cannan and Thomas are economically literate enough to know they are not expert economists and therefore they have formulated policy and budgets factoring in guidance from those who are adept in the area of economics and fiscal responsibility.
  46. 1 point
    No. It's obviously a convenient abbreviation for "metropolitan liberals". What is "Gammon" short for? Oh, hold on. It isn't short for anything, is it? It's a pejorative insult for a certain demographic. The type of insult which you are supposed to abhor with all your might. YOU massive hypocrite.
  47. 1 point
    I take it you don't drive a car, eat food, use public transport, use any form of microwave, drink water, watch tv, etc, etc. There is not one single thing in life that is "proven 100% none dangerous".
  48. 1 point
    I doubt Corrin is qualified to assess anyone’s mental health to be honest. A bit like asking a shark to be a swimming pool attendant.
  49. 1 point
    A hybrid of transnational corporatism, fascism, state capitalism, welfare state, and oligarchy.
  50. 1 point
    Sea Terminal or Strand Street?
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