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  1. 5 points
    Sorry Andy but there's loads of IOM content on the BBC website. You can even tailor your view so it comes up https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/localnews/im1-im1/0 The undercurrent from the troll here is that Ewan is not doing a real job but instead is getting a wedge of cash cause is Dad is Phil Gawne. I don't know Ewan or his background. I'll wager however that he has appropriate academic qualifications and is working a full week and he's not getting a handout due to his Dad's background (which is fairly questionable in any case). Obviously if anyone has a single shred of evidence which proves that young Ewan is getting a free lunch then no doubt he will produce it for us to see. I've seen no objective criticism of Ewan's content or delivery. All I'm seeing is people whining that he's Phil Gawne's son. Former politicians have children. They get jobs. Some are in the public service. Get over it. Criticize him objectively and professionally. Saying he only got the job coz of his dad is typical of the childish nonsense that's prevalent on here these days.
  2. 4 points
    Define "good". If MR were not in receipt of public funds I doubt we'd be having this discussion. There's little wrong with MR that couldn't be fixed by better directors / board. They have brought down all this controversy and opprobrium upon the station and its staff by over-egging the value of MR to the nation and demanding ever-more subvention, without which we wouldn't really give a toss. It's understandable in a way, they have a very conflicted role directing an organisation which relies on both gov't and commercial funding, but they've misread public sentiment.
  3. 4 points
    I'd like to know how they even think they can work that out to that kind of accuracy.
  4. 4 points
    They're wrong. What they mean is that they don't like it. I don't mind that some people don't like the music, the ads, the reporters, the presenters or anything else about the station. But to say it's amateurish hospital radio and crap quality is simply wrong by any professional measure. I don't like seafood so avoid it, rather than eat it and moan like fuck at every possible opportunity. And yes, some of my tax probably goes towards the seafood industry.
  5. 4 points
    Er, not quite true there Kopek...
  6. 2 points
    There was general agreement that the only possible explanations of the existence of Flannels and their price levels were: (a) the Department of Enterprise (or whatever it was called that year) had deluded them into believing that the Island was full of multimillionaires, simultaneously willing to splash out on overpriced tat and unable to work out how to get off the Island. While in fact the ones we do have are all tight and only too willing to swan off to Bond Street if they do need to splash the cash; (b) the Sports Direct empire had some complicated tax scam going on that required a physical store presence; (c) the aforementioned D of E was paying them cash for some strange reason, just like all the other strange reasons it hands out money. I did wonder if it could be a front for selling drugs (the prices would make sense if they came with a free 'gift''), but obviously it would be much busier if that were the case.
  7. 2 points
    Why would they need a mole? The FUBAR propositions, gaffes and subsequent attempts at keeping things quiet are a matter of public and journalistic record for years. Hardly a matter requiring any undercover digging. Just read the papers and log on to MF
  8. 2 points
    Wouldn't Men's programs have to be video instead of audio ?
  9. 2 points
    I love the fact that Ewan has to report on so many items which are a direct consequence of his dad's hare-brained legacy.
  10. 2 points
    Nope wasn't even advocating stop and search, the Police will know who the hardcore gang members are and it is those people who I would target with disruptive policing ! whatever their colour or religion or ethnicity or whatever. The reason for clamping down on them would be purely from an intelligence led operation, no stop and search, the operation would already know who the targets were ! The Police can make those peoples lives difficult and difficult to carry on the business of being a gang member. I really don't care who that upsets !
  11. 2 points
    I think you have a reasonable point about BBC on-line. Perhaps the two BBC staff are really the MI5 operatives to keep an eye on IOMG.
  12. 2 points
    I generally try not to derail threads but, with apologies to Manx Radio and since JW brought it up again, it is good to know that he is indeed on the mend. Well done John and the medics. I just followed Sultan's link to that thread to look again at what all the fuss was about and it was pretty gruesome. The other thing that struck me though was how many of the posters we seem to have lost in the meantime. It was only just over a year ago. Names there who were once prolific seldom appear now or have stopped altogether. What a shame that is. Died? Banned? Fed up? Left Island? I know that I can also disappear for months at times, but some stalwarts who were very good and readable seem sunk without trace. Just an observation.
  13. 2 points
    In various trips to the Strand Centre in the last 12 months I have yet to see more than one or two customers in there at any one time. Usually outnumbered by sales assistants. ETA. Including a couple of days before Xmas just past.
  14. 2 points
    yes, it probably works out at something like 4%
  15. 2 points
    I thought much of it (across the road from Tesco's) remained an old dilapidated shithole and a shining example of DBC hypocrisy when it comes to enforcing clean up legislation against favoured others and itself.
  16. 2 points
    No...it's the usual way, if applicable in this instance, of absolving somebody of responsibility for their actions and/or failures. Without admitting to the failure of oversight that in itself allowed those actions and failures to take place in the first instance. Win win. Except for the taxpayers. It has become standard practice in IoM Govt at all levels, including LA.
  17. 2 points
    He had just robbed a bank though.
  18. 2 points
    I've been following a travel journal on youtube about 2 motorcyclists going through Europe. In Switzerland one was caught by an average speed trap at slightly under twice the limit of 80kph for that stretch mountain road. The on the spot fine was £3000 . That's right , 3 grand. On top of that, an immediate 3 month ban so he had to get the bike transported out of the country. If he had been twice the limit it would have been a prison sentence as well. I think that might get everyone's attention if we went down that route.
  19. 1 point
    This amused me, and Evan Davies when he interviewed the guy on R4 earlier. Report from the Mirror here They basically wrote fake research papers and submitted them to journals. In one they claimed to have inspected 10000 dogs' genitals to see if they could correlate them with dogs' rape tendencies. The reviewers (seriously) questioned if the dogs had been violated in carrying out the study. I think they were trying to prove that studies on 'trendy' leftist topics were likely to be published even if they were completely ludicrous. 7/20 got in. Just because something's published in a 'leading' academic journal doesn't necessarily mean it's the truth.
  20. 1 point
    It's more a matter of making it look like you're doing something when you actually aren't. I've a feeling that Longworth had been due for retirement for a while and normally a civil servant retiring at standard age wouldn't be announced so prominently. Of course, rather than letting him go, they've moved him sideways into a 'special projects' role, so he can continue to swan around and spend on new toys, all at taxpayers expense.
  21. 1 point
    (b) and (c) I reckon. Not only helping them to avoid tax but paying them to do it as well. All for the kudos of having a Flannels in our "premium" shopping run, as only befits our burgeoning, booming economy. It's the way these minds work Makes me wonder what'll happen to the now vacated ex-Shoprite premises under Chester St carpark. Now that is one big, empty cave of a place.
  22. 1 point
    Well, I hope they don't pay for laces because the little buggers don't do them up! What is the World coming to? I don't know.
  23. 1 point
    Maybe that’s what Longworth does three days a week.
  24. 1 point
    Well maybe HH was right. I guess that statistically she had to be right about something and as there’s no evidence that she was correct about anything else, that must be it.
  25. 1 point
    It would be amazing if there were not one.
  26. 1 point
    Was it her that mowed down those two men at the side of the road? Bloody Women riders!!!
  27. 1 point
  28. 1 point
    I really ought to stop this, in a free country I can express an opinion like the next man. My opinion is formed from a former career spanning three decades, thats what debate is about. You seek to suggest I am trying to speak with authority, I am not, merely expressing my personal opinion and a disgust at the way our inner cities are being ruined by crime.
  29. 1 point
    I am not prepared to answer your question re positions held as this is an anonymous forum, whether you consider I have experience or not is irrelevant to me. I am well versed in Policing techniques from Regional Crime squad (historical) operations downwards. Whatever is happening isn't working, that much is obvious !
  30. 1 point
    somebody has upset the yellow socialist.........
  31. 1 point
    From the MR web-page: The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has applauded the ten year targets set by the Manx Government, to reduce the toll on Island roads. Who knew we had toll roads on the Island?
  32. 1 point
    The BBC Ellan Vannin webpage is a disgrace. It seems to be just a fig leaf to show some kind of on-Island engagement from the corporation. Compared to what they do for the CIs it is a sick joke. At the very least I think that they should fund Manx Radio from the licence fee. No chance of that though with them crying poverty about the over 75s free licence.
  33. 1 point
    Not at all. But a lot of the victims are also black and deaths are so commonplace that they are hardly even news anymore! Surely you cannot advocate sacrificing more lives on the altar of political correctness? Safe streets must be the priority? And currently they are not safe.
  34. 1 point
    No I certainly wouldn't agree with your suggestion to round up black teens and putting them in camps ! My suggestion would be intelligence led policing targeting a possible offender profile, and ignoring the outcry if that offender profile would suggest any particular race / colour etc ! The gang culture can be disrupted if we have the political will to do it, and if that saves one life, then the outcry that may accompany robust policing will have been worth it !
  35. 1 point
    It's supposed to be an additional role - I would hope as part of the BBC's due diligence they check that Manx Radio and all the other hosts don't replace an additional head. It's seems a basic part of managing a project like that. Perhaps you could put in a Freedom of Info request to the BBC to see that this done? Basically it is an extra reporter paid out of the licence fee. The brief on the BBC site is - I'm struggling to see why it's a bad thing that the BBC provides a service to the Isle of Man that it is providing everywhere else. This funding would only be allocated elsewhere.
  36. 1 point
    There’s no need, as explained already in this thread, that is the role. He’s not moonlighting, the BBC are paying him to provide content to Manx Radio.
  37. 1 point
    Dutch cyclists don't wear Lycra. Says a lot!!!
  38. 1 point
    I'll split the difference with you it was 80% LOL The newspaper accused Sir Paul of wrecking a decade of improving police and community relations when he said that 80 per cent of muggings in some areas were committed by young black men. A true story of how pervasive this is .... many years ago I was attending a meeting as an advisor to an inner city council. They had a problem with a large group of black youths who every Saturday were causing mayhem for the Police and shoppers in a premium shopping area. Without any bias at all, to a man this group of young males and also girls were black. I was advised by a senior politician for the area that at the meeting I could only tell the full council meeting that they were "young people" and if asked couldn't quote their colour. Of course I was asked the question about this large group what part of the city they came from and what their colour was, I had to repeat with monotonous regularity "young people". The meeting did no one any favours and this was over 35yrs ago ! Goodness knows how we can possibly deal with a problem when we can't even discuss it !!
  39. 1 point
    That’s Johnny Moss to you, unhip prole.
  40. 1 point
    I like it, especially Talking Heads.
  41. 1 point
    I agree 100% and have said on here before that I can’t understand why inner-city parents and community leaders wouldn’t want more stop-and-search as its their kids who make up the majority of the victims. Instead, you get ideological muppets like David Lammy demanding less. I’d say your memory is playing tricks on you when you come up with a figure like 98% though. It was Paul Condon who got into trouble for mentioning race, but I’m pretty sure he just mentioned that the majority of street robberies were carried out by black males - and I think the figures at the time were around 65%. Anyway, more than enough reason to target young black males, or probably more accurately, young inner-city males, for stop-and-search - if the officers were available. Also, and I know it’s not in the power of the Commisioner, but I’d argue for much tougher sentencing and community outreach - that’s what worked in Glasgow.
  42. 1 point
    Well ok...but do we really want to model ourselves on fruitcakes like the Swiss?
  43. 1 point
    It was just a joke, dilligaf. Wasn't genuinely trying to insult you.
  44. 1 point
    All little things that can be part of an evolving culture. However; Many years ago, I was a bobby in Blackpool. A lot of policing in that town is geared around maintaining order in the night time economy. One of the biggest problems was the transient population of about 17 million visitors a year. It meant it was very difficult to set culture in a positive way. We have a similar issue with 35,000 visitors on bikes each year. They come to have a good time, but if you carry the analogy from Blackpool, there are a number who come to “get pissed up and have a fight”, but more in motoring terms. That is why we have to try much harder on this than other places might. When they turn up, they have to know that this is a motoring utopia, but also an unapologetically safe place.
  45. 1 point
    A huge enemy is Political Correctness, it means policing cannot be targeted, it means resources cannot be used in an area where they are most needed, and some diffraction has to be wasted on areas where it is not a priority. The met commissioner some years ago and I cannot now recall which one, identified that 98% of street robberies were committed by young black males and had the evidence to support his assertion. It didn't make any difference he was hung out to dry and a targeted operation was diluted to lessen the weight of what appeared to be an entirely true statement free of any bias ! I have heard nothing from the commander which fills me with confidence that she is willing to enforce the law whatever that might take, all I hear is cultured soundbites which are offence free to any and all. In my view it does no one any favours by pretending that a problem does not exist within a certain community, and it is true to say that even amongst easily offended communities some are worse than others, and the Police are more scared of using their powers within certain sections than they are amongst others for fear of outrage. I have known officers who shy away from dealing with certain members of society simply because they know there is a real risk of them losing their job, should there be the slightest implication of wrong doing proven or not ! The very worst offenders in society do not respond to sound bites, care nothing for decency or the views of their peers and for these criminals enforcement is the only option and we have long forgotten how to do that !!
  46. 1 point
    Well, it could be said that some in Onchan live on a different planet. That, at least, wouldn't be far from the truth.
  47. 1 point
  48. 1 point
    Would it not be safer to overtake at 60 rather than 50?
  49. 1 point
    And or one of them in Peel!
  50. 1 point
    I’ve got a good general grounding from school and university. I pick up biological science from medical journals, but for physics I tend to try and drill down into a subject rather than just get a superficial idea. I spent a few years on general relativity, trying now for particle physics/QED through books that cover the fundamentals and the maths in detail.
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