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  1. 5 points
    The weather is unappealing to many too. It is equivalent to North West England but with even more wind and rain, so that's why we have a lot of people from the nearest part of Britain and less from further afield. It takes a certain type of person to get on with our climate. It can be a big thing if you are used to a lot more sunshine and you get one of our Decembers where it hardly comes light and rains incessantly. Many have come here over the years, find they just can't hack it and go back. You aren't ever going to market it as Monaco. The isolation is a big thing too for people who are extended family oriented and simply feel cut off. Even the HNWI we have encompass a lot of northerners who don't mind the weather, but are as tight as hell. I love the Island, but I am not blind to the negatives others find.
  2. 4 points
    Why don't you just give it a rest? You're not funny and add nothing to the forums apart from you getting off from saying negative comments ALL THE TIME!. You really need to get out more, grow up and start to like the world we live in and show courage and moral aptitude instead of pessimistic, sly and conniving criticisms!
  3. 4 points
    What we need are more entrepreneurs, people with a passion for innovation. We don't need to look off island for that, we just need to invest properly in our education system to give the right support to the right people who need it.
  4. 4 points
    It has to be said that the fact our Government seems to be always attracted by the new and latest "shiny thing" like a small child in a toy shop hasn't helped our situation. It's probably not far off the mark to say that in some instances it has taken little more than an expensive lunch paid for by a silver-tongued salesman to extract dollops of taxpayers wonga to fund some scheme out of someone like Mr Skelly - and one to which many layperson would readily identify as being utterly fucking bonkers. Yes, the gaming industry has created thousands of jobs and incredible wealth (for the shareholders), but if they start slowly consolidating and moving away like the banks did - then what next? I really am not sure there is a "next" that would sustain us. But fear not, I'm sure our Government would create a new department to deal with that too. Until our leaders realise that there is small niche of people who would want to move here now - chasing the dream of increasing our economically active population to bail us to of the Pension deficit fiasco is living pretty much on false hope and what I would refer to as "Wing and Prayer" politics.
  5. 4 points
    Tempted to say that they can take their "new" (copied from UK) ideas and go away again. The island wan't perfect when I moved here but it was what it was and that's a big part of why I moved here. At times it feels like these "new" ideas are making it less distinctive, less attractive, and more like another bit of the UK. Which brings me back on topic - WTF should anyone migrate to here if we make the place like just another bit of the UK? Where's the differentiation, the USP? Might as well stay in or migrate to the UK.
  6. 3 points
    When Mr Robertshaw was a lowly backbencher biting ankles he wanted to demonstrate how corrupt and/or incompetent Isle of Man Government is. He also wanted to demonstrate what a smart boy he was. (Back then he had the interests of his constituents and the people of the Isle of Man at heart.) He looked for an example - there were many - but the elephant in the room was the good ol' IRIS (all Island re-sewerage scheme) project. He went down to Meary Veg and spent time perusing the files, many of which were not otherwise available. He found a £multi-million black hole. Wow! He brought his finding to Tynwald (all on record in Hansard). The spot light was being shone brightly. Now >> Fast forward 2 years: The Government had reacted by making the newbie Robertshaw a minister (file this under 'ego' and 'shut him up'). For them the problem was sorted and Chris got himself a new pin-striper to swagger about in. He had CS dripping off his every word too, to say nothing of his Tynwald colleagues. Peter Karran tabled a motion for the Public Accounts Committee to look into the IRIS finances. His motion was defeated. Mainly by the block vote of Government. Oh, and that included then Minister Chris Robertshaw MHK*. And that dear forum reader, in a nutshell, is how Isle of Man Government works. *Robertshaw says he did this for the ultimate good of the people. Presumably he meant this was to prevent all that dirty washing flapping about.
  7. 3 points
  8. 3 points
    Now that nearly all the local expertise has been forced out and lost to the Health Service, ( both general medical and mental ) there are lots of headless chickens running around trying to make our system a smaller version of the English one. Good luck with that. More millions wasted and will eventually go back to how it was and should have been left at. Change for change's sake is expensive.
  9. 2 points
    I believe his take on most things that anything you come out with
  10. 2 points
    The single most unsuitable entity to offer commentary on morality and ethics is the Roman Catholic Church...with all other organised religion just a smidgin behind them.
  11. 2 points
    In fairness, Jo had more knowledge than Jodie.
  12. 2 points
    I am Growing a Birch Tree from a Nut to replace one that had Dehydrated to Death a couple of years ago. It is a Birch Tree that is at a Legion Parking Lot Garden Bed. The Birch Tree Nut has now Sprouted. Bringing in a New Tree into this World. That is doing a Little Bit to the Better. 3X3
  13. 2 points
    you can always spot her by all the racers going in the other direction.......
  14. 2 points
    Hyperloop? https://6abc.com/technology/elon-musk-unveils-underground-transit-tunnel-in-los-angeles/4929843/
  15. 2 points
    Hemp industry would be a great start x
  16. 2 points
    We have to play to our strenghts Which is mostly lots of water & wind What can they be used for?
  17. 2 points
    Great touch guys in derailing a thread that is about electric and not about flat, round or anything about dilli's bell end earth
  18. 2 points
    An unwanted mini submersible....?
  19. 2 points
    Advocate Paul Beckett is the best source of considered comment at the moment I'm dismayed CoMin hasn't formed a sensible response to this matter by now
  20. 2 points
    Unfortunately Max I suspect the acquisition of SPCo with taxpayers fund's will be used bleed said taxpayers dry in an attempt plug the pension black hole!
  21. 2 points
    Here's my missive posted on IOMToday:
  22. 2 points
    A lot of this is needing to be seen to be doing something, anything, to address a problem. Groups such as ourselves tend to put added pressure on politicians to act, even if that action has unintended consequences. Like you I don't think that there is a 'next big thing', maybe lots of next small things perhaps? As I have said many times, improving the ambiance and vibrancy of the island for locals and what tourism we already have left will help to make our home more appealing to visitors and new residents alike, increasing tourism and making it easier to recruit? Addressing the negatives such as the pension transfer issues should be relatively easy I would have thought, combined with making the island easier and cheaper to travel to and from? We do have three government directors on the SPCo board fighting the island's corner after all!
  23. 2 points
    Aaagghhh!! What? In a tax haven? No chance.
  24. 2 points
    Says the voice of experience!
  25. 2 points
    In some respects, yes. I hate the fact that so many locals have spent their whole lives working for and trying to improve a service, only to be squeezed out in some insane chess game. Headless chickens running around watched over by turkeys
  26. 2 points
    It seems to me that if you are to make a career out of being pretty much useless but want to be highly paid for this, just join IOM Government
  27. 2 points
    It’s even cleverer than that as also there is no pension pot. So they just seize your money when you transfer it over to the IOM, give it to someone else to meet their pension, and then they make you an empty promise that they’ll see you right when you retire back in the UK. If you were a professional or educated in any way you’d just tell them to get lost because if you’re going to have an empty promise to live on in old age at least have it from a government like the UK which can at least print money or issue gilts to meet their unfunded debt to you!
  28. 2 points
    It is from a survey looking at where Wellington Bombers needed strengthening from the damage they received on raids. It was the start of understanding how survivor bias can distort results. The areas that needed strengthening were where there were no bullet holes not where there were lots. Damage in the areas lacking bullet holes was fatal. Those areas with lots of damage were the most robust and needed strengthening least. The opposite of a naive analysis.
  29. 1 point
    Chris Thomas is now embarking on rates reform to try and find a fairer method of assessing them, good luck with that. Whichever way the coin falls it will cost more that is the only certainty.
  30. 1 point
    You can’t beat a good lady garden...
  31. 1 point
  32. 1 point
    10 mins was 10 too long to watch and listen to that complete idiot. Jesus tonight.
  33. 1 point
    On the opposite side of the road would be ideal
  34. 1 point
    It's all on public record from the court case last October, so we can talk about it on the forums. Deemster said suspension had to be lifted, not the disciplinary investigation into - "1.Your current Job Plan does not reflect catual activity and may have resulted in overpayment; 2.You did not always pay the agreed room rate when consulting in private at Nobles Hospital which has resulted in financial cost to the organisation; 3.Asking administration staff to do work in their DHSC time in support of private practice; 4.Inappropriately writing prescriptions for private patients on Nobles Hospital prescription forms; 5.Use of public laboratory tests for private patients; 6.Use of public radiology tests for private patients; 7.Using public air ambulance service to transfer private patient to private UK facility; 8.Attempted coercion of administrative staff to alter diagnosis on insurance form to enable payment of claim; 9.Encouraging staff grade(s) to resign with the intention of carrying on working her (sic) at an enhanced rate with a resultant financial loss to the organisation; 10.Requesting your personal secretary to delete transfer private patient files to yourself and delete them from your computer which could constitute an attempt to hinder the investigation; 11.Utilising the NHS hours of administrative staff in relation to your private practice."
  35. 1 point
    It should only ever be a matter of personal choice. Nothing to do with churchy people at all. Hypocrites.
  36. 1 point
    In fairness after 45+ years on the IOM that would be expected........
  37. 1 point
    Indeed, all this legislation will be used to do really is to ‘out’ people who have made comments politicians don’t like by getting the police to track them so that social justice can then be administered to them a la Roly Drower etc. Little will likely come to court but plenty might suffer social ostracization or loss of employment from stupid notices of prosecution being issued (and press commentary on the issuing of proceedings) like in the above link. It really is very insidious indeed. Good to see Chris Thomas, an active commentator on social media, was the only person to vote against and he uses social media all the time and gets a reasonable amount of stick.
  38. 1 point
    So you think we should only get involved in markets which are non-competitive? Could you give a list of these non-competitive markets you think the island should invest in and explain the point. It sounds to me like you're just being a bit of a Negative Nelly.
  39. 1 point
    Technological innovation is an export.
  40. 1 point
    I wasn't suggesting we try to get him personally to move here. I was talking about people who are already HERE on the island and what they could add to the island.
  41. 1 point
    An email to hospital staff told them he had gone. I wonder why that hasn't been leaked to the newspaper?
  42. 1 point
    We have to have stuff that excites youngsters in their 20s to bring them here Which to my mind means the best internet services available to humanity & an innovative green tech based economy
  43. 1 point
    Yes, quite. Although I have read on here in the past that we shouldn’t be encouraging this type of immigration, for some reason. Like minimum wage eastern European workers without a pot to piss in ahould be more of a priority as they are more economically viable. Which is bollocks. We need as many as possible to make the local economy function and pensioners with a few million in the bank are just as needed as those at the opposite end of the scale.
  44. 1 point
    No he’s not...
  45. 1 point
    Yawn. I look forward to this subject being given wider scrutiny in the coming weeks. We the taxpayer can no longer afford to fund these scroungers. The flow of money and party is going to have to stop. It's not complex to fix this, it's just that recipients have a lot of sway in Tynwald. Only more public pressure will ensure this gets fixed.
  46. 1 point
    It is flat, there's no proof that it isn't.
  47. 1 point
    Looks/sounds to me as if the Minister for Reform has already made up his mind what matrix will be used. I don't expect that to change.
  48. 1 point
    Where's that? Probably my fault, knocked a third off my annual bill by converting all the house lights to LEDs.
  49. 1 point
    No, I can't agree with that. A person need only have a job here for influence to exist. Being some toff from the UK is not going to make you any less influenced by "connections" than a Manx person.
  50. 1 point
    proper driver instruction is important
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