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  1. 5 points
    I don't think it's much to do with this administration. It's just another block out of the "Independent, self-governing nation" bollocks that is maintained to keep the local establishment in jobs and egos. We do as we are told, simple as. And if that means making public who beneficiaries are, then we'll be told to do it. We don't even get a say in or know who uses our "independent" airspace either. It's all a very, very expensive sham.
  2. 5 points
    Listening to Howard trying to justify this I’m not convinced he knows what he’s signed us up to.
  3. 4 points
    FFS, it doesn't make any difference to anything, they are all the same. Might as well have Kim Kardashian for PM for all the difference it would make.
  4. 3 points
    Jeez, what have the pigeons done to deserve that...
  5. 3 points
    Great. Bring it on. You would be astonished at the number of people who book an appointment with the doctor (because it's "free") when their problem could be treated with simple over-the-counter remedies which they could have bought at the pharmacy.
  6. 3 points
    Pavements are cheap.
  7. 3 points
    I don't see what all the fuss is about. It's not as if we ever really had a choice in the matter. What are we going to do, declare independence? Not going to happen as long as the UK has a navy, air force, and land army, and no wish to let us have our independence. The Isle of Man might sell kool aid to everyone else, pretending we're independent to justify a unique position as a tax jurisdiction, but we should never drink our own kool aid and believe such nonsense. We're the UK's little client state under colonial governance. What they should do is make the beneficial ownership register so you have to physically walk in an office and pay for access and specify what you're asking for, not give any sort of index or search function. Keep it old school. That should slow down dick heads like Murphy.
  8. 3 points
    You might not be personally stuffed but a lot of people see no future here anymore and haven’t for a while.
  9. 3 points
    No, but I thought there was the strong possibility you might start interrogating me about the finer points, so I was heading off the possibility. I can see that you're miffed so I was probably right to do so.
  10. 2 points
    Don't worry we're all going to be working in the plantations tending to the hemp and bud as soon as the boy Ashford gives the nod. No need for CSP's anymore.
  11. 2 points
    I imagine for this debate that it would be green looneys and millenials filling the public gallery.
  12. 2 points
    Very different though each case. Just read in the local rag that two idiots are writing in the comments/ letters section that the idiotic woman who crossed the road was unfairly treated as she was tired after a long journey to the island from somewhere obscure. There is testiment on Facebook from a guy who was there and said she was egged on to cross the road as a dare. She was told to stop several times but didn’t and carried on to cheers to cross the road. She deserves the large penalty for her stupidity alone. People like her cause fatalities. Shame the writers in the paper did not think about this before trying to defend the stupid bint.
  13. 2 points
    He had no choice. Anyone labouring under the misapprehension that IOMG actually has any clout in wider affairs is deluded. We did exactly as we are told. This may actually be the start of the rout of offshore. And if labour get in....
  14. 2 points
    I recall a cyclist damaging one of our company vehicles quite badly when it was parked. The rider was an 11yr old boy who was hurt but not badly. The police reckoned that we could claim off his parents household liability insurance, fat chance indeed, his parents were uncooperative and his insurance company even more so. Our insurance excess was £600 at the time so it was a marginal claim on our own insurance, they were not prepared to follow up on this on our behalf.
  15. 2 points
    I think you’re deliberately mis quoting me to over complicate it as I went on to say “Compulsory third party insurance for all public road using cyclists makes perfect sense.“ Many or most cyclists don’t actually use public roads. On the last point. I have a classic car I use three times a year but I still have to tax it for the whole year, and insure it for the whole year regardless that it drives about 200 miles a year. It’s not really any different to an occasional [road using] bike user.
  16. 2 points
    For every cyclist? Every small child on their first bike or person who gets theirs out once a month? It's an enormous amount of bureaucracy to cover a very low level of risk, especially from such sort of users. As discussed the very low additional cost of Third Party on broader cycling insurance implies that it is a very low level of risk indeed. Other countries that have tried registration and compulsory insurance (you need the first for the second obviously), such as Switzerland, have abolished them because of the cost of bureaucracy and those who have retained registration do it for theft prevention (for which there are voluntary schemes). I know there are those who love the idea of even more bureaucracy on the Island so we can employ even more civil servants and impose even more stealth taxes. I've not noticed it being that popular on Manx Forums before.
  17. 2 points
    Seems fair enough, especially for a small place. The NHS in its present form even for a place the size of the UK is unaffordable and must be funded other than just by direct taxation. For the IOM it's crazy to even try to continue using the UK NHS model.
  18. 2 points
    No. She started hitting me back.
  19. 2 points
    These things tend to draw out over many years. As a case in point, look at the long process that has ensued from the EU declaring the IOM resident/non-resident company regime harmful in the late 90s. IOM announced zero/10 then took years to implement. Then implemented with DPC which was also found harmful. Then brought in ARI which was also declared harmful. Promised to abolish ARI and finally did so in 2012 with unspecified anti-avoidance measures to combat abuse. So we are almost 20 years on in this wrangle but we still have zero tax for non-resident companies and their members. It's an ongoing game.
  20. 2 points
    Precisely. Some people in the herd avidly continue to believe in the myth to the extent that we should tell our masters to do one. Time to wake up and smell the coffee. And when they've done that, start asking some questions about how much it actually costs the local taxpayers to run our "independent" government with its dozens of politicians at all levels and their expensive entourage of thousands.
  21. 2 points
    It perhaps should be mandatory third party though for cyclists.
  22. 2 points
    As for the leadership, a more unsavoury bunch would be hard to envisage unless it included Corbyn, Abbott et al.
  23. 2 points
  24. 2 points
    That’s good value. Amazing more don’t do it. Well quite. But no one is arguing against cyclists having whatever level of insurance that they feel is appropriate for them. They're just arguing that it shouldn't be compulsory. What is suitable for a regular cyclist with £1000 of kit may not be fair to impose on a 10 year-old with a £50 bike.
  25. 2 points
    If I was a politician I would never engage in Social Media it is political suicide.
  26. 2 points
    With the possible exceptions of Stewart and Javid I quake at the thought of any of these freaks exerting influence over the governance of the UK. This is not about the well-being of the UK or its relationship with Europe. This is all about survival of the Conservative party and self-promotion.
  27. 2 points
    Poor Rob must be spitting feathers...
  28. 1 point
    The UK psc register is without verification and I have known at least one manifestly stupid registration. Trying to correct it with CRO was equally frustrating. I am sure there are more examples. I believe csps in the UK are going to be subject to better regulation. About time, I had a long running argument with one who saw nothing wrong with having nominee declarations from directors and got into quite a heated conversation about how not only was the declaration useless, it was probably a breach of director's duties.
  29. 1 point
    I'd actually rather they be sent to South Korea and learn the virtues of free market economics.
  30. 1 point
  31. 1 point
    Haha, you managed to get a lot into that Helmut. I have a very strange picture in my mind's eye now!
  32. 1 point
    With greater complexity, there is greater risk of possession of the AI by other dimensional entities. Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics are nice but impractical wishful thinking.
  33. 1 point
    The only person on here who isn't an anti-Callister troll is that nice Teddy Smith bloke.
  34. 1 point
    Gladys has been quiet for a while I hope he is ok.
  35. 1 point
    Well yes but the Irish guy was quite cooperative and polite and got £1,000 fine and the local who was abusive and carried on regardless was fined £250.
  36. 1 point
    Well I must be as thick as people say MrPB is, because I can’t see why everyone who uses the public roads should not have to be insured. That includes all vehicles, pushbikes, horses and anyone else legally using the roads. It does not matter what age they are, or how often they use said roads.
  37. 1 point
    May be that they all breached the road closed rules but I'm guessing the circumstances were different for each one
  38. 1 point
    CaN wE iNsUrE pEdEsTrIaNs ToO.
  39. 1 point
    I actually prefer not to witness the shambolic dribbling hordes when I’m greeting family and friends. By which I mean it’s great not to see those MHKs returning from their CPA holidays.
  40. 1 point
  41. 1 point
    This is the second or third time this has been mooted on these boards but nobody seems to be able to flesh it out. Though I suppose if the VAT share had been increased they'd want to keep it quiet. Firstly to keep Richard Murphy and Co. in blissful ignorance. And secondly to keep the local plebs off the streets who might otherwise be asking why they're still being personally taxed to the hilts whilst IoMG has started creaming it in from elsewhere again?
  42. 1 point
    I was so shocked I didn't really take it all in My impression was Mr Callister was unhappy that he is targeted more by you MF Trolls if he posts under his real name
  43. 1 point
    I wouldn't recommend buying a cheap treadmill (unless its for a dog). ETA - there is a place you can rent gym stuff, I don't know anything about it but maybe you could rent a decent machine for less than the cost of buying one (your probably looking at £150-£200 for a cheap and crappy treadmill at best)
  44. 1 point
    Some interesting statistics on page 32 (of the PDF) of the IOMFSA’s annual report: https://www.iomfsa.im/media/2489/fsa-annual-report-2017-2018.pdf Whilst some CSPs focus only on class 4 corporate activities, most fiduciary firms also undertake class 5 trust and trustee activities, plus of course a few also do class 3 fund admin work. But just focussing on the traditional trust and company work, and with the enormous caveat that the income derived from, and the employment/work associated with servicing, will differ from structure to structure, so looking at numbers of structures/entities alone may not in itself lead to meaningful conclusions. That said, it seems that IOM companies represent around 27.5% of the total number of structures being served (28% if the F register companies are included). No doubt for many of these structures, the beneficial owners will not care about disclosure, but some certainly will, and this could result in one of two outcomes - the structure being redomiciled elsewhere but the admin remaining in the IOM (in which case, the only loser is the IOM Govt in terms of registry fees), or the client being lost to another territory, in which case both public and private sector lose out. Incidentally, comparing these statistics with those from the companies registry, IOM CSPs are responsible for around 50% of all IOM 1931 Act companies and apparently 91% (***) of 2006 Act companies (*** Given that 2006 Act companies MUST engage a CSP as their registered agent, this figure should be 100% - there is clearly a 10% error between the figures generated by IOMFSA and the Registry).
  45. 1 point
    I've read that comment regularly on here for over 10 years and elsewhere for much longer. Perhaps one day it will be true.
  46. 1 point
  47. 1 point
    I'd hazard a guess and say the air is cleaner now than in the 50's. Could be wrong though.
  48. 1 point
    Max - please be careful charitable work is often used as a defence for all the corruption, nepotism and wrong in organisations and those involved / signed up are often oblivious to the facts.
  49. 1 point
    There has not been a terrorist attack on Ronaldsway airport since this fence was built. Therefore it's a rare resounding success and should be celebrated as such. Starting with a decenial some time this year.
  50. 1 point
    Good to see this is finally back on the rails and opening again. Had the basics of a very good golf course, with the maintenance of a grazing field, should be better this time around. Good luck to them.
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