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  1. 3 points
    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.
  2. 2 points
    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.
  3. 2 points
    I’d like to see a second driving test being done after 1 year which you need to pass to get rid of your R plates. It’s always said that your “learning” continues after passing your test, so let’s see how it’s gone!
  4. 2 points
    I thought that vehicle defects were a relatively minor contributor to accidents on IoM, I believe Derek has posted that on a number of occasions? Entirely personal opinion? Most of it boils down to sheer bad driving, lack of experience or even poor training. First frost yesterday and the Mountain is shut because somebody couldn't drive to the conditions. Vehicles whose speed and power far exceeds their predecessors of years gone by. But our roads haven't changed. They remain narrow roads and lanes, occasionally difficult to negotiate. A Driving Test that is now reportedly(?) only 30min in length. Offering little time to check standards or the candidate to make a failure of judgement that could otherwise call their driving into question.
  5. 2 points
    You seem to be forgetting it is the English who taught you to drive. Not our fault you have forgotten how to...
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  7. 2 points
    It was bigger when it was the Tardis.
  8. 2 points
    Focused targets made up by thinking of a number. there is no point in them. Just work tirelessly toward the ambition of zero fatalities
  9. 2 points
    Knife crime is very much a black problem though, moreover it's a black perpetrator on black victim problem substantially rooted in the gang culture, and if you don't accept that you are living on another planet. I realise it's hard to keep a grip on reality when you read the Guardian, but denying or minimising the problem will not make it better. The problem with the liberal approach is that it appears more acceptable to allow the carnage to continue rather than to hurt delicate sensibilities and "community cohesion" by trying to disrupt the perpetrators.
  10. 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.
  11. 1 point
    is that like the dirty chinese and russian coal that germany is burning...........while remoaners go on about the environmental protection the eu brings.......
  12. 1 point
    Have we ever done a root cause analysis of fatal and serious accidents? We have small enough numbers to make this possible over a ten year period and yet be meaningful. We all hear about the fatalities but the fact that quite a few happen within speed restricted areas and involve carelessness on behalf of one or two parties. These are always interpreted as an out of control, speed addicted population when this is generally the cause of a minority of incidents! For example, a car running budget worn shock absorbers, or with the steering geometry out of tolerance, a car with headlights out of adjustment, a road with poor adhesion qualities, a driver who is tired after a long shift? Any of these and more could be the root cause of a serious accident and would not be picked up in a vehicle inspection as the vehicle and driver conform to all legal requirements. Speed can be a contributory factor in any accident but that speed can still be 30mph or less.
  13. 1 point
    more a brothel without having to pay.......
  14. 1 point
    It's because of brexit!
  15. 1 point
    He went against advice and precedent for his own prejudices. His rulings will make it difficult for governments of all colours in the future to progress their business through Parliament. He is out of order.
  16. 1 point
    Most requested song is 'One Day at a Time (sweet Jesus)' by Lena Martell...
  17. 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.
  18. 1 point
    Indeed. I have no great problem with MR (although the news pages on their website are often amateurish)...except for those fucking adverts. They seem to be tailored for/aimed at people with a mental age of six. They’ve been so shit for so long that presumably they work, or the emphasis would change; that’s a very disturbing indicator of the MR listenership.
  19. 1 point
    They were discussing this on Talking Heads today and Stu put his finger right on the spot he said there were loads of laws such as speed limits that were never administered and he was dead right. The only way to stop or cut down the road kill human and otherwise is to adopt speed cameras and introduce MOT some of the condition that cars and vans, mostly vans, whiz around is is unbelievable. If the Government really want to make the Island safer roadwise they need to be brave and make unpopular decisions. Think of all the revenue in speeding fines it would generate and no one could complain because if they obey the limits they would not be penalised, much fairer than whacking road tax up every year.
  20. 1 point
    He had just robbed a bank though.
  21. 1 point
    Instead of jailing and fining them, confiscate the vehicle and crush it... Saves costs on feeding them in prison and avoids admin costs for fines. RESULT...
  22. 1 point
    Thank you. I’m in remission. I’ve got bone marrow biopsy tests every three months to check it doesn’t return. Ive quite serious side effects neurologically, from the arsenic trioxide chemo, in my hands and feet, severe, continuous pins and needles or numbness. Having to use a wheel chair to get any distance. But I’m alive, got a second chance at life. i know that sounds soppy. But 30 years ago APL type Leukaemia was fatal. Diagnosis life expectancy was 6 weeks. Now, if you survive the first 6 weeks ( which 95% do ) the chances of it returning are nearly zero.
  23. 1 point
    Good to know, thanks. Good to see you’re back as a moderator now too. Hope that as things are improving after the reasons you gave for standing down.
  24. 1 point
    I'm not saying I disagree with you, but we're completely missing the purpose of Stinky's original point with regards to motorists going 35 mph is a 50 zone. If it wasn't so painfully common for people to travel well under the speed limit, the conversation of safe/unsafe overtaking would never have occurred. P.s. before some wise-crack says 'its a limit, not a target', if you were to re-sit your driving test and do 35 in a 50, you will fail. Why? Because it is argued that it can be unsafe to drive well below the legal limit.
  25. 1 point
    Impressed me. My money would have been on The Beano.