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  1. 8 points
    The real argument here, as most of us know, is this: If (It's a big if) a pub chain like Wetherspoon's ever did see enough business here to even express an interest; we all know that with one phone call H&B would have it blocked. No planning, no appeal, nothing. It wouldn't go anywhere. Because H&B can do that, and have done that. The Isle of Man - Where You Can.
  2. 5 points
    Who is going to stop it. They appear to be running riot in there with no visible sign of sensible leadership
  3. 4 points
    Not an admission, it's an established fact - look at any of the Annual Reports and you'll see what is expected of the station in terms of news, current affairs, sport, community stuff, culture, music etc. Still the biggest overall audience in the Isle of Man, albeit after a disappointing quarter. The station was convinced/forced* by government to drop the young audience weekend station KikFM, no doubt designed to address the problem of an ageing listenership in return for an increased subvention and 'clearer' PSB remit. I don't suppose Those Who Must Be Obeyed actually used the words 'and to create an audience for young Juan's niche station'. We all know what happened to THAT experiment. I got my start on Kik FM, as did many of the presenters working for MR and the other stations. I suspect there ARE things wrong with MR - if I owned the station there are a number of changes I'd make. But they'd be based on personal taste (as are most of the comments in this thread) and not necessarily in the interests of a broad church audience. I still stand by my personal opinion that MR is a national treasure and stands comparison with any other similar organisation anywhere. I'm amazed that some people on here hate it so much, rather than celebrate it. The occasional mistakes are irksome, but at least prove the place is full of fallible humans, broadcasting from Douglas, using local people paying local taxes, and not a robot station voice-tracked from a radio factory in the UK. We all know how to save money, but at times you have to realise that the things you want cost money to achieve. * I wasn't privy to the discussion but seem to remember it being one of the main conditional recommendations of the Darwin Report. But as you suggest, I'm an old man and my memory is unreliable.
  4. 4 points
    Stop giving Skelly fucking money to spunk up the walls you fools.
  5. 3 points
    It's definitely a good idea, the updates when the weather is shit can be really useful. Here's another good idea, remind the officers who are posting that these are very public announcements and that they should check, check and check again before hitting post. The standard of English used is frequently poor.
  6. 3 points
    Going on how they used Sparks Impact money to create jobs. £400,000.00 would only relate to two skilled workers.
  7. 3 points
    Only the Manx government could so roundly reject the idea of accepting a handful of Syrian refugees a few weeks before deciding to throw long hundreds of thousands of pounds trying to bribe people to come and live here. Perhaps if we have a skills shortage we should start not pulling down the pants and raping anyone who wants to go into higher education. #fuckwits
  8. 2 points
    I don't think there's a problem finding skilled people who want to come here - but wanting to stay here is a different matter! Recruiting, relocating, and training new people can be costly and hard work and employers are often reluctant to employ people from far-flung corners of the world - who have no real idea of what it is like here - only for them to leave after six months when they find out it's actually not a sun-kissed paradise but a cold, windswept rock. We've interviewed people who have stepped off their flight from Gatwick with no real idea where they are - not a good start despite them saying that it 'looks nice' on the basis of a 15 minute taxi ride from the airport. I think it's vital that would-be residents really understand what they'd be getting into - and that sites like https://www.locate.im/ are pretty good at that. However, does it really need another £400K? Presumably we want to attract the type of people who have the nous to discover the Island using their own research initiative - and we shouldn't need to bribe them if they're that interested. Micky
  9. 2 points
    There were 7 (seven) pubs in fucking Bride!
  10. 2 points
    There are probably too many pubs on the Island for the size of the population and the market ---many are struggling already to get a reasonable return. Why would the brewery actively seek competition to their own premises and further adversely affect their own operation?? They have operated pretty successfully for over 120 years and are managing change in a declining market in the way they feel is best for their business . You obviously don't agree, But it is their business to run as they see fit.
  11. 2 points
    Yes, yes, your opinion and analysis is fair enough. But the point is why sell it with a covenant at all? In their attitude towards competition the brewery are fuelling the overall decline in the pub trade.
  12. 2 points
    I worked at the home/estate of one of those HNWI individuals for a while, he spent a fortune on doing his place up with 3 local companies, our little team of 5 got about 18 months worth of (well paid) work spread over 3 years, he directly employed a guy too, plus he moved a couple of his businesses over here, rented office space and employed around 15 people there, had some kind of deal with a local garage as he was always showing up with different new motors, kids at king bills, had a big yacht moored too, don't think it moved for a couple of years, bought loads of electronics from Colebourns (guy I know there loved him), had a few other things going on too so he was definitely throwing a fair bit of cash about on Island. I realise that's only one example, but it got me thinking there might be something in this trickle down lark. Another guy I know knocked a substantial chunk off his mortgage and took some nice holidays after spending a lot of time down at that Ballamann monstrosity. Then again, some of the richer people are some of the stingiest. You do a big house gardening spend a day a week and they'll be out nagging about this and that but no cup of tea, little old lady you do a quick grass cut for 20 minutes once a fortnight and she'll be right out with a cuppa - and biscuits.
  13. 2 points
    "It's time to put on make-up It's time to dress up right It's time to get things started....."
  14. 2 points
    Because the Government (the real government in charge here, not Tynwald) isn't controlled by Manx people or people who have the interest of Manx people in mind.
  15. 2 points
    Who do we want? I've got some Iranian, Egyptian and Greek IT folk on the books too. Nothing wrong with any of them just as there's nothing wrong with white South Africans; in my view they have built up a good expat ecosystem here, and some worthwhile businesses (Louis Group excepted), I think they are strong contributors to the island. Like @Gizo I would prefer to see the money spent on upskilling the current populace.
  16. 2 points
    Can’t be arsed reading the article but why don’t they spend 400k on Manx people to become skilled.
  17. 2 points
    You do come out with some absolute shite! I've never made it clear I know how to fix the 'problem', or asked for more money, just offering an alternative view. And I'm either the unofficial mouthpiece or I'm contractually not allowed to post - make your mind up! I applied for the Programme Controller job a dozen (IIRC) years ago and probably came fifth out of six applicants. I have thanked my lucky stars ever since - what a thankless task! Government mandates the type of content, launches regular 'reports' which destabilise the workforce, and allow two competitors to dilute the commercial income stream and reduce external funding. At least in the thread there are finally some negative comments about Energy and 3FM too - far more fertile ground I would have thought for criticism. Yet you pay for them indirectly rather than through a subvention, so it must be the 30p a week that makes people angry. I like George and Ron and wish them well - but theirs is a fast food joint and Manx Radio is a restaurant. I'm amazed that 'more music' stations still exist, with mobile devices capable of providing a thousand of your favourite choons, which is another reason I'm not the person to be in charge. I especially find the comments about 'MR needs to move with the times - radio is dead' irritating. The same people complained about the cameras in the studios and ignore the vast number of video clips posted daily. 'We want podcasts' you said. You have them now. The whole media landscape is changing in both print and broadcast, but I think few organisations are as proactive in seeking new platforms and ways of doing business. And let's put an end to this nonsense about 'the subvention allows MR to undercut the others'. The OFT looked into that and found it was baseless.
  18. 2 points
    I tend to agree. AND as a general point if people are well educated, solvent, and looking for highly skilled work they can probably afford to pay for their own f**king airfare or ticket to move to the IOM. Why are we scraping the barrel trying to bring over tight arses who are expecting a handout? The attraction in the SA community alone is pretty simple as you say Steve - come to the IOM as nobody’s going to shoot you and then rape your corpse for a second hand Toyota and a big screen TV. It’s not about money.
  19. 2 points
    The lad has done a sterling job in raising ££££££ for charity and is obviously a smart kid. However, The massive coverage in the press is laughable, with the pics of him with parish walkers and ex deemsters. What if a young fella from Pully had done this ? I'm sorry, but it is the Dad's fault here as he clearly knew traffic law, through his training and if he didn't, he should not be a driving instructor.
  20. 2 points
    I see the decriminalisation on is to follow, personally I think they're missing a trick, they should go for full leglisation, in an entirely on Island basis. Make it a cottage industry until such time as it inevitably becomes legal across the rest of western europe and the uk. Don't get me wrong, I'd be ok with decriminalisation, but I don't think it really solves anything, the plants have to be grown somewhere and the product transported. People ok with smuggling truck loads of weed are just as likely to be smuggling smack, people and weapons ultimately. And pocketing the profits. I'd like to write a proper proposal for it really, but until such time as I can be bothered here are some key points. The cultivation and resale of cannabis should be fully legalised on the Isle of Man. You should have to get a licence to partake, and a variety of licences should be available. A simple possession licence, a home cultivator licence and a retail licence. To gain any of these you would have to pay a fee and sign up to a good behaviour contract. The whole point from the government perspective should be the money, and they should not be ashamed to say so. So the retail licences would go for a fair few quid, and would allow a certain amount of growing space, your home cultivation licence for maybe £100 per year and allow x amount of space, and your procession licence for £50, allowing you to purchase in the shops. Home cultivators can sell their excess to the retail outlets, and a tax will be taken there, and then on the resale. No imports or exports allowed. And then there are tourist licences, maybe people should have to provide or pass a dbs check to purchase, if you've a bunch of convictions for shoplifting or fighting you aren't likely to get one, if you're a sex pest you can fuck off. Similarly, for locals, it should be considered a privilege not a right, and if you go and chuck a shopping trolley through the window of Boots on a saturday night then you should understand that your card will be taken away from you. The cards themselves would be easy to introduce, same tech as the benefits micard. I could go on about it for longer too, I don't even like rules but in something like this there has got to be some, it can't just be a free for all, so you may as well go and do it right. It's all about the money, be that a bit extra in the pocket of the home grower, compost sales to Kirby garden centre or a significant tax bump to the gov. Get it done.
  21. 2 points
    It is very easy to spend other people's (ie taxpayers') money when you can use some doss justification for spending it. Skelly is the absolute master at it.
  22. 1 point
    Get down to the museum, the poor conditions in Douglas and Ramsey are also well documented in the Isle of Man Antiquarian Society proceedings of many years ago.
  23. 1 point
    It’s a business choice by the selling land owner as to whether they decide to impose a restriction and any potential purchaser as to whether they agree to purchase subject to the restriction. Everyone seems to overlook that anyone can try to establish a pub, or restaurant, or jewellers, or a butchers, where they want, subject to planning and licensing food hygiene, fire, etc.approvals. The LA ha planning, indeed planning to change to residential has been refused. Does it have a licence? If a new one was applied for would it pass ( in its present form ) food and fire regs checks?
  24. 1 point
    Basic and hardwired cost benefit analysis - if humans are supreme at anything it is this. The majority of people are comfortable enough to not really care, so the cost / benefit of voting isn't worth it, as we rightly know it will have little if any effect on the outcome no matter who is elected. Even those who should be voting as the current system fails them still know it will make so little difference it's not worth it. Only a change in the system will change that.
  25. 1 point
    Ironically, they can also be used to preserve tradition.
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