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  1. 6 points
    They made it up as they went along
  2. 5 points
    I agree there. This was largely an initiative dreamed up by Big H and then left to others to deliver. It has been delivered badly with little planning evident but it’s probably unlikely Thomas is specifically to blame for other people’s poor execution. That’s what they’re paid to do. Apparently they had a project coordinator and everything - although quite what the f**k that person did is anyone’s guess.
  3. 5 points
    It reads like an entry for "Pseuds Corner"....
  4. 5 points
    All those words to say “we spent a tiny bit to promote a few local things, and we will do it again, but call it something different”
  5. 4 points
    https://www.judgments.im/content/ET 18-27 Alfred Jones v MUA (phr 2).pdf The claimant raised 27 instances of whistleblowing in his case. He only had to get home on one. Mr Stewart found he got home on 4. What was important about this? Well, like other cases, if you make a protected ( whistle blowing ) disclosure the financial limits on Tribunal awards are removed. Its a necessary preliminary point. Mr Stewart doesn’t characterise the claimant as a control freak. That was alleged by MUA witnesses. He had to record it. The judgment is highly critical of the MUA in respect of several others of the 23 incidents which were not found to be protected disclosures. Its a thorough decision, well written and cogent.
  6. 4 points
    I don't wish to get involved in the endless bickering that now prevails in most topics on the forum but i will make the following comment. There was a time when politicos would use this forum as a barometer of public opinion. Nowadays any points worth considering are lost in a sea of infighting, there is no longer any credibility.
  7. 3 points
    Open Skies (see page 30) = Any airline can come here and compete on the routes they want, undercut the incumbents and ignore the minor links. Cheap fares for the mass market in big jets to the big hubs and sod all use for anything else. Yorkshire or Northumberland on business - fly to Manchester. East Anglia - fly to Brum. Bristol for the South West - yeah but you've got to stay for the whole week. etc. That's the Strategy. That's why they extended the runway - to make it safe for the big jets. Manx Airlines, EuroManx, and now Flybe - all gone or going. Regional links don't work unless you protect them, which is the opposite of Open Skies. Our air links are buggered as a direct result of Gov't policy.
  8. 3 points
    I desired to move to a warmer climate when I left the UK, but my better half didn't. Not everyone appreciates hot hot or cold cold. Tax advantages feel better the more you earn, Joe Average is not going to notice much difference. State schools in IoM are up to scratch compared with average UK, but different. I do some voluntary stuff with 6th form here and I think the IoM schools do output a better, rounder, nicer, product irrespective of exam pass rates. Cost of living is generally higher, except rates / council tax. Property just depends where you compare with. Services here are generally comparable or superior in my experience (yours may differ). Some are very superior. Air links are crap - very poor air transport strategy. Quality of life - generally much better on the IoM unless you desire city life. IoM has a good story to tell, that's why half the population are come- / stop-overs.
  9. 3 points
    On the topic of Flybe being wound up if the shareholders don’t vote for the deal, this relates to only to Flybe PLC which is the holding company. The other two elements of the group are Flybe.com and Flybe Ltd. The operational assets of the Flybe are contained in Flybe.com and Flybe Ltd and are due to be transferred to the buyer, Connect Airways on 22nd Feb 2019 without the need for a shareholder’s vote. Flybe PLC will have no assets other than the funds from the sale after this date, and it is the offer if 1p per share in Flybe PLC that the shareholders are voting on. If they vote no to that offer, then it is Flybe PLC that the board are suggesting they will close. In short, the closure of Flybe PLC will not affect Flybe Ltd or Flybe.com, and will therefore not affect the day to day operation of the airline. This distinction has not been made totally clear, which is probably why certain news outlets have got the implications of Flybe PLC being wound up wrong.
  10. 3 points
    Do you spend much time in social media channels?
  11. 3 points
    I doubt it. I’m sure he would like too, but with most of them, Minister Thomas included, they haven’t any backbone, bottle or political will to do it, so will fall on the fail safe - do nothing and kick the can down Prospect Hill. They haven’t got the guts to make unpopular decisions which affect rich, poor and the Chamber of Commerce.
  12. 3 points
    Waxing lyrical. Any substance behind it? What actually happened that was particularly special that wasn't already planned? "The rainbow at the tail of the storm of the difficult years of this decade" indeed. I suspect that we're not even half way through it.
  13. 3 points
    Why dont people just act like adults agree to disagree move on and keep on topic?
  14. 3 points
    Send him your instructions on how to flounce Dilli...
  15. 3 points
    I question the judgement of a driving instructor father who is happy to allow his son to ride around the roads on a vehicle that contravenes the construction and use regulations. I'm not saying dad isn't technically good at what he does but that's not the point i'm making. The bike wasn't road legal, if the lad had been in an accident he would have been on to a hiding to nothing regardless of whether or not (a) the engine was engaged or (b) the accident was his fault. No way would I allow one of my kids out in or on something that isn't road legal.
  16. 3 points
    That’s where we disagree then. I’d feel the same if I saw my family being priced out of the IOM. I think people do have a right to maintaining roots in communities they’ve been born into if they want to.
  17. 2 points
    Minister Thomas explains the ethos behind 'Year of Our Island' and www.locate.im to Mr Martin Moore
  18. 2 points
    All that bollocks to basically determine whether the disclosures were protected or not. But still nothing seemingly done to address the issues actually raised. You wouldn’t see this in the private sector as I doubt it would have to be challenged. Whether the disclosures are protected or not what is actually being done to ensure whether any of the issues raised actually need to be redressed or remedied by the MUA?
  19. 2 points
    It’s very unlikely anyone would use this forum as a benchmark for anything. I’m with you.
  20. 2 points
    He's posting on iomtoday, today, assuring all that the PS Pension situation is all in hand and now sustainable.
  21. 2 points
    Why? They're not exactly known for their Paxmanesque interview style.
  22. 2 points
    Perhaps someone is posing as Minister Thomas
  23. 2 points
    There’s more chance of a unicorn taking a dump in the Tynpotwald Chamber than anything remotely good or profitable arising from Year of our Island. What’s this year? Year of the Fairytale? Hans Christian Anderson would have had a field day!
  24. 2 points
    Excellent book that.
  25. 2 points
    Yep. It's been global for at least 200 years. A constantly shifting population. Every new generation making it briefly their own. People moaning about prices should move somewhere they can better afford.
  26. 2 points
    I know what you're saying Dilli, but general day to day costs are lower and that's what I consider the cost of living, the cost of buying is a different story.
  27. 2 points
    Maybe so, but the actual price of stuff food and drink etc have been noticeably cheaper than here whenever I've been down there.
  28. 2 points
    You are quite correct (and i have been shot down for this many times) but he cost of living here is in most cases a lot more than in London.
  29. 2 points
  30. 1 point
    Two hopes, Bob Hope and No Hope
  31. 1 point
    I like that sort of prediction!
  32. 1 point
    He's quite possibly from the south of the island?
  33. 1 point
    I'll informed or not this site is still about 10 days ahead of Manx radio for news content!
  34. 1 point
    Awens to Paul: I just finished your Celtic Cross Spread and PMed to You the Fine Details. Since Imbolc is the Sacred Sabbath that I Celebrate Bast the Goddess of Felines and Cats, I used my Medieval Cat Tarot Deck and to provide Atmospheric Music for the Reading, I switched on Wyldwood Pagan Radio: https://wyldwood.org/radio/ This Spread indicates that you are getting into something New with a Good Friend and although You may at first not be getting treated Unfairly, you will get Good Control and Advice and after a time of Seeking Directions to where you are going will get the necessary Wisdoms by Yourself and will end up having Fun with this New Activity after dispelling the Fear of having too much to Handle. You will not only succeed in this Business but will find Yourself enjoying your New Activity on a Spiritual as well as Business Basis. 3X3
  35. 1 point
    https://www.gumtree.com/property-to-rent/london/bedsit Yes you can get crappy single bedsits in Central London for £150 pw or £600 pcm. Rushen Spy is correct. I've no idea what the equivalent would cost on the IoM but £600 pcm will get you a 1 double-bed flat + lounge + bathroom + kitchen so not like for like, the same dosh in Central Douglas gets you much more https://manxliving.com/search-result/page/2/?search_property_type=rent&search_type&search_keywords&search_bedroom&search_agent&search_price=0%3B600
  36. 1 point
    His accomplice was called Woody, Woody 2 you've been rumbled.
  37. 1 point
    That you can't actually place... Yet another sweeping generalisation backed up with no examples. Same old same old TJ....
  38. 1 point
    & Facebook & Twitter
  39. 1 point
  40. 1 point
  41. 1 point
    Year of our Island. 2018 - what a shit year. What actually happened? From a Tynwald point of view I would say: The year that the 'First Deemster, Clerk of the Rolls and Deputy Governor' jacked in his post to go back to his mates in the private sector. That's a first in Manx history. The most esteemed and powerful post in the Isle of Man reduced to one of the boys but with a big wig, a red gown and black tights, pretending to be something important.
  42. 1 point
    I would expect anyone who was considering moving over here would look at work prospects, housing, health services and schools. When are health services get sufficient money to properly look after the population that would tick one box, as for schools they seem fine , housing, well depending where you are moving from it could be on par or more costly so that leaves work prospects, I would suspect this is the stumbling block, although, initially, a good job could be obtained if for any reason it folded or there was no room for promotion in that firm there would be a lot less scope to move to another position in a similar workplace e.g. Nobles, if you did not enjoy working there then there is not another hospital to move to as there is across. I am just using this as an example so not a great chance to improve your circumstances through promotion.
  43. 1 point
  44. 1 point
    Wonder what the theme of Budget 2019 will be? "Young mums must earn their way, ordinary folks must do at least two jobs to survive, state pensioners will be paid at subsistence levels, privatise the Manx NHS, etc, etc"
  45. 1 point
    How about, "3. Isle of Man salaries for years were 19% of UK salaries"...?
  46. 1 point
    Defence Minister of Canada is a Qualtrough I thought people should know that
  47. 1 point
    While we're on stats, the very last section in the strategy is called Measuring Success... and then offers a wishlist without publishing either any quantifiable target metrics, nor where we are starting from.
  48. 1 point
    Isn’t that the case now. Youngsters can’t afford to get on the property ladder
  49. 1 point
    I've always found eating and drinking out plus getting about much more palatable unless you like to frequent the likes of the Dorchester!
  50. 1 point
    Essentially £987 million in Skelly advertising equivalent revenue......
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