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  1. 4 points
    Well done. You have your answer. The thread can be locked now.
  2. 4 points
    Believe it or not the heritage railways attract a good number of tourists
  3. 4 points
  4. 4 points
    i suppose we should thank our lucky stars it even holds water.
  5. 4 points
    Jebus, they must have been quick with the camera to get that footage. There's a better chance of seeing that missing Red Panda from the Wildlife Park.....
  6. 3 points
    Look, knob cheese, I never asked for your input or opinion. Likewise, I am not asking for your friend Neil Down (who no doubt is logging in as I type this) to post his moronic opinion either.
  7. 3 points
    I am getting more positive about the deckchair shuffle, at least you can understand the weather forecast now none of the lot from the met office could speak clearly, one of them sounded as if he was speaking from the moon, another , bless, had an accent that was indecipherable, and the girl spent more time chatting the presenter up than reading the forecast so that is a great improvement.
  8. 3 points
  9. 3 points
    Of course in respect of Bell he did have previous for misleading Tynwald whilst in public office didn't he ? I agree with the poster who said that it is largely irrelevant how much we did or didn't make, ( although it would have been better to have been able to be open with the results, not hidden and unquantifiable as much of the murky money swilling around seems to have been!), the issue here is public officials throwing money around (which I understand was contrary at the very least to the standing rules on investments) which wasn't theirs to throw around without a care! IMO this same attitude still pervades our employed and elected persons today. The island has many societal problems which need fixing and need investment which are not going to be solved by throwing away public money. Anyone who can shrug their shoulders at the frittering away of 26 million of public money and seek to justify it by saying we made money elsewhere, is and was not fit to hold public office!
  10. 2 points
    Moorhouse may ask a lot of rubbish questions, but he's got some way to catch the 'how much is a stamp?' as the most pathetic question ever asked by anyone in Tynwald.
  11. 2 points
  12. 2 points
    Perhaps a charitable assessment of the ‘engagement via question’ metric Roger. Let’s apply a qualitative measure - Moorhouse is the silver medallist in your table. In the ‘erudition, value and relevance’ table of questions he currently has a score of minus 26,000. With Edge not far behind. I’m sure that many MHKs down the years have attempted to persuade their shiftless electors that they’re ‘doing something’ by firing off questions like confetti. This ploy continues. If the questions are the vacuous, infantile nonsense that Moorhouse specialises in, then all that actually happens is the cheapening of the question process in an already cheap Parliament.
  13. 2 points
    Though had she done so one would applaud both her honesty and accuracy.
  14. 2 points
    One of the ways in which you can measure the productivity of MHKs is how many questions they ask in Tynwald or the Keys. Of course there are many other ways in which politicians can contribute, but this does illustrate a number of useful attributes such as curiosity about what's happening (or happened) and a desire not to sweep things under the carpet. A less obvious feature derives from the fact that questions often arise from constituents or others wanting to know something and in some cases may even be written by them - sometimes a useful way of getting specialist input. An MHK asking these may show themselves to be more approachable and willing to help constituents than those who don't bother and, if they then research the topic themself, show an ability to learn[1]. One of the less well-known corners of the Tynwald website lists and counts up the number of items that members tabled since the start of this Keys - not just questions but motions and so on. By looking at the data for questions (oral, written and urgent) we can draw up a league table of which Tynwald members ask the most. The totals they give since the last election are as follows[2]: Hooper 470 Moorhouse 328 Edge 315 Ashford 234 Watterson 228 Beecroft 218 Callister 161 Caine 159 Bettison 73 Shimmins 66 Allinson 61 Baker 47 August-Hanson 44 Cretney 25 Henderson 21 Corlett 14 Peake 9 Perkins 8 Crookall 7 Robertshaw 7 Lord-Brennan 6 Sharpe 4 Maska (Hendy) 2 Poole-Wilson 2 By tradition Ministers don't ask questions of each other. Ashford's questions all came before he was appointed to the DHSC and Beecroft's after she was sacked from it. You can't ask questions from the Chair, so Rodan also scores zero while Watterson can only ask questions in Tynwald not the Keys. What it does show is how few questions some have asked over the last three years. Not just Corlett, but Peake, Perkins and Robertshaw rarely bother. [1] Of course they may just bung them on the order paper without bothering to understand and this sometimes comes out when they try to ask follow-up questions. This occasionally used to happen with Ashford and now Moorhouse may have taken over this role. [2] This doesn't include the most recent Tynwald and there may be some errors (for example two of Edge's questions were allocated to the Bishop, but it does illustrate the overall trends. I have omitted LegCo members since departed.
  15. 2 points
    Thoughts on why TT Zero has been put on ice..... https://www.revzilla.com/common-tread/why-did-the-isle-of-man-halt-the-tt-zero
  16. 2 points
    I’d certainly like to see more advance directives that can be put in place by an individual that enables euthanasia in the future once certain criteria are met. I’ve told my kids how I don’t want to live and said they should have me ‘put down’ if they ever happen to me. Personally, if I lose my intellect and can’t look after myself then my time’s up. Of course there are issues about consent and coercion, but if those can be sorted out we certainly do need to think about legalising euthanasia.
  17. 2 points
    But she’d hardly write a manifesto saying “When I get in I intend to do absolutely fuck all to the point that most of my constituents won’t even know who I am”. Edited From her manifesto - I have become increasingly frustrated at the lack of decision making during the last government – shelving issues for the next administration to decide upon. There is a real need for people to be elected who will not shirk the responsibility vested in them by the people of this island. Presumably typed with a straight face.
  18. 2 points
    It's a horrible thing to say, but soon (decades) we're really going to have to start looking hard at putting people down. Not the death penalty, but old sick confused people, on cost grounds. My grandmother, in her 90's, had a serious stroke nearly 10 years ago, her soul has left her body, she hasn't got a clue who anyone is including herself and her memories no longer work, there is no point whatsoever in her being alive, in fact frankly living in a care home with others in a similar state she isn't, if she was a dog the vet would have put her to sleep. Strangely, physically she's in great nick, better than she was when she was living at home, can't really fault her care, its just pointless. Maybe they could use prisoners for a trial run before they roll it out everywhere, probably just in time for me to hit 90.
  19. 2 points
    To be fair, Ann Corlett MHK has been duly elected under our democratic system. If you want to have a go, there are plenty in line first. Try the easier and far more deserved targets sitting cashed and cosey on the Legislative Council for a start off.
  20. 2 points
    Revolut works. Also, if you live here, you can still have an Isle of Man Bank account with online banking.
  21. 2 points
    Bloody cunning them Chinese...
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  23. 2 points
    To be fair I suppose we had better put up Corlett's actual interview (in two parts) with Moulton, rather than just the screenshot of her looking glum: There's not much there to be honest, except a possibly unwitting put-down of Cregeen where she says there's plenty she could say about him but he's not a bully. She makes a thing about reducing LegCo from eight to six, which is the sort of pointless and ineffective constitutional change that MHKs love and better ones about the domestic violence bill and legislation about mental capacity. But it's all tied up with the usual attitude of accepting that everything will take forever to do. In reality things can be done quickly if you organise it yourself and push it hard. Look how quickly Allinson got the abortion legislation through because he was prepared to do the work on it (and link up with other outside the system). But if you take the attitude that such a thing would be nice to have and then sit back an expect the civil service to do all the work, it's not going to happen.
  24. 2 points
    The trouble is she’s not alone in being ineffective in government. I predict that at least half the house won’t be re-elected as long as some reasonable candidates come forward for the next election plus 2/3 may not decide to stand.
  25. 2 points
    Canceliation of the TT Zero just proves we are not really interested in climate change. Why not have cars and bikes doing timed laps, intergrate the two to show how far they have come in this technology since milk floats. Surely this would attracted a lot more interest and promote the TT.
  26. 2 points
    I like the idea of secure residential homes as suggested on the news (or something). The 104 year old was a child molester, I don't know (nor do I want to know) the level, ages or his age at the time the crimes were committed but on face value, he needs to stay in prison until his sentence ends. Maybe the Isle of Man could set up an old age peoples prison and make money by shipping old duffers over (chucking them off the side of the boat on the way over and "Ooops, them drown in bath")
  27. 2 points
    If recent history in other matters is anything to go by, there probably isn't any contract.....
  28. 2 points
    You've got the wrong end of the stick there. They're selling so many e-bikes and bicycles, theyve expanded into the car showroom. Definitely not just selling off bits. The shop has had a full refurb, and is very nice with lots of stock.
  29. 2 points
    Aged 103, shot by a jealous husband is mine.
  30. 2 points
    The "moratorium" for TT Zero reflects a lack of enthusiasm for the race and a consequential lack of thought and foresight about the way forward. Like all motor sport, the TT has to be innovative and be prepared to take some risk in order to build interest and competitiveness in "sustainable" energy machinery. Failure to do so will lead to the event becoming a heritage machine event with an even smaller niche market. Maybe the 2 year break is giving the Organisers and Promoters time to think more innovatively and, if this is the case, the announcement about the break ought to have been accompanied with some ideas and/or consultation effort about how the races might be developed. The fundamental problem is that motor sport fans tend to be a fairly conservative bunch with, usually, long associations with petrol-powered machinery. Who knows what the future of 4 and 2 wheeled transport (and with it, racing) holds, but the most certain thing is that it is unlikely to be oil-powered, for reasons of cost/supply and environment. The future is also certain not to involve the current TT fan-base, due to the ageing demographic of it. As a result, the only way to make the TT sustainable, even for the period representing the return on investment for Skelly's new Grandstand, is to concentrate on new technology and sustainable energy. I worry that the 2 year moratorium will just be a 2 year break, after which it will be difficult to generate fresh enthusiasm for zero emission racing and the status of the TT being at the forefront of this technology will have been lost. It is a poor decision and reflects the fact that, to get to this position, insufficient thought and inadequate strategy has led to the TT falling behind the curve. There is a preoccupation with speed and records. That is fine, to a point, but reflects limited thinking and a one-year to the next thought process. It's not good enough in changing times.
  31. 2 points
    Why do you have to keep moving on?
  32. 2 points
    I don't really know what good it'll do either. If I was doing my accounts and had spent £20000 but had no idea what £10000 of it was on I couldn't just go 'oh its ok though cos I made £50000' and not care. And the tax office wouldn't accept the £10000 as expenses if I couldn't prove it. One rule for normal people, one for the gov.
  33. 1 point
    I heard on R4 today that the prison service in the UK is struggling to cope with an increasing number of aging prisoners with dementia. The oldest prisoner in the UK apparently is 104. Am I the only one to think this is mental? Should there be an age limit to jail? If so, what?
  34. 1 point
    Cats' eyes would makes sense down the middle. Or better still the new led ones.
  35. 1 point
    You are indeed the leader, the rest are just sheep. If I get in that situation, I try to find a place to pull over and pass the buck to someone else.
  36. 1 point
    The question most of then should be asking, and I am sure many of then are asking themselves anyway, is "How the fuck did I land this job. £50k a year guaranteed for 5 years and here's me all important and that and all I have to do is eat buffets, sit on my arse, say 'aye' and do some other stuff. Fookin' magic".
  37. 1 point
    So ‘knob cheese’ isn’t a moronic opinion of another poster?
  38. 1 point
  39. 1 point
    Probably one of the songs that nobody should hate...
  40. 1 point
    I fervently hope not. More thousands spent on a projection for something that will never see the light of day.
  41. 1 point
    Skelly excepted, Manx Radio appears to have lost the support of Tynwald as a broadcasting institution promoting & supporting Manx culture To me this is immensely worrying in itself, but poses the question as to what they now consider the station is there for & why the taxpayer should continue to fund it
  42. 1 point
  43. 1 point
    Yes, possibly. I did think Ubutu N’Tanga Meteeta was an unusual name for a Swedish prince.
  44. 1 point
    O But it is quite sad really as she is not stupid, her husband and her run a wonderful business and are really nice people. I do question however why she entered politics tbh. They did not need the back up of the pension as hubby was Gov. Employed for most of if not all his career.
  45. 1 point
    Rest assured they'll dream up ways to extract more from us to pay for the latest in a long line of cock ups!
  46. 1 point
    What on earth was the government doing investing? They are not qualified professional investors. They should leave it to the professionals and follow a low to medium risk portfolio. Bureaucrats investing in rubbish films --- with zero professional expertise or even just creative vision --- is as HIGH RISK as it gets. Make no mistake about it, this forum's usual civil servants are quick to blame everything on the politicians who were in the administration at the time, but a lot of the blame rests with unelected civil servants. Who do you think facilitated the whole thing? Filmmakers don't just randomly walk into national parliaments and ask for money.
  47. 1 point
    The section between Ramsey and Sulby was sold off. The route no longer exists. The idea of turning half of the MER track into a cycle route is daft. The whole thing should be turned into a cycle route.
  48. 1 point
    Indeed the idea that somewhere in the EU (like say Luxembourg or Malta) could be a tax haven is completely absurd. I mean it would be like using Ireland or the Netherlands to channel corporate profits. Who would dream of doing such a thing? Yes the Isle of Man should live entirely on its own resources with never any handouts from EU taxes like VAT that comes from other countries such as the UK. However having EU membership doesn't seem to guarantee nice smooth roads - you only have to look at the UK for that. Maybe it has more to do with whether government prioritise the needs of the public or of the construction industry. Incidentally Cyprus didn't really suffer much from an influx of refugees associated with Merkel's statements (the specific effects of which were overstated and would only have a very short term influence). They do have a much more recent upsurge in applications, but those have more to do with the underlying reasons for people fleeing their homes, such as war, political repression and climate change.
  49. 1 point
    Agreed, Derek. The tram isn't a form of public transport - it's just an extremely expensive museum novelty ride that seems to be used by those who love wearing sepia tinted glasses. The expense of the tickets is only matched by the extreme cost to the taxpayers.
  50. 1 point
    Ah, but we ploughed our own furrow with our "independence". Which primarily allowed the usual suspects/worthies to carry on much the same way as they had for centuries on the taxpayer's chit. I was in Cyprus a few years ago, they had €Ms of new roads and infrastructure there then, too. We've got the DOI and Douglas prom. And a £500M bill for a power station.
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