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  1. They blew their H&S credentials the minute that they decided to run the trams in their original position and not with a single track and kerb to help people step on and off! Much cheaper, safer, aesthetically pleasing and better for traffic, horses and pedestrians!
    4 points
  2. It will cost more to administer this BS charge than it will bring in, but hey ho, a step backward is still a step, right? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-50842395 Owners of electric vehicles on the Isle of Man will face a new tax from April 2020, the infrastructure minister has said. Zero emission vehicles, which are currently not taxed, will be subject to a £14 charge, Ray Harmer told Tynwald.
    3 points
  3. No one cares, politics is as boring as hell. We are all.used to letting things just tick along and then cry foul when something goes against the grain.
    3 points
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  5. Once a bike lets go, for whatever reason, it’s a complete lottery where components of it will end up. Only a few years ago a wheel ended up through the window of a house at the bottom of Bray Hill. but there are definite areas where there has to be a higher than average risk. Hence prohibited and restricted areas. And where there is a need to operate in the areas you can’t sufficiently restrict, you need to mitigate with the likes of catch fencing. Which again begs the question why there isn’t any on the other side of the road?
    3 points
  6. You'd be pretty annoyed with him if you lived on Port-e-Chee, hogging the so much space parking so many cars, that'll probably cost him few votes.
    3 points
  7. Plenty of space for that after he's finished his sentence.....
    2 points
  8. It's true that a £15 charge is pretty dumb & won't cover the cost of administration Better they raised it to £45 & used the proceeds to help fund free electric bus services on major commuter routes?
    2 points
  9. If they (Government) want the island to move to the, still experimental, electric vehicle technology, they are going to need to install the infrastructure to support them. Charges will increase on petrol and diesel vehicles to force them off the road until it is only the wealthy who will be able to afford motoring in expensive EVs. The rest of us will have to rely on public transport or get on our bikes. In the words of Bob Dylan, 'the times they are a changin'.
    2 points
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  11. When the last referendum on Scottish Independence was held the "remain" campaign told the Scottish electorate (including EU citizens residing in Scotland) that a vote for independence was a vote for leaving the EU as well. Now Scotland is being dragged out of the EU by voters in England and Wales anyway. The people of Scotland may well be getting tired of being ruled over by a "foreign" Government which has just appointed two unelected people to the Cabinet (Nicky Morgan and Zac Goldsmith). So if you believe in a Nations right to self-determination and freedom from unelected b
    2 points
  12. As it's a landrover it' might be assumed to belong to a farmer or HNWI, and so above such minor technicalities as the law. They'll probably just throw money at it every so often.
    2 points
  13. It amazes me how the police can do all the back-slapping they do whilst Cocaine is readily available on the Island and there are people well known in the communities of Douglas and Ramsey who are supplying the stuff with apparent impunity.
    2 points
  14. it cuts down on cost a bit for us as we don't need to employ a translator.
    2 points
  15. This is beyond the pale. If there truly was a health and safety requirement, they wouldn’t have relaid the tram tracks in the middle of a a live highway. I did question Chris Thomas about this on Twitter. He stated the DOI had ‘taken advice’ before deciding on that routeing. I did point out that bad advice isn’t actually a defence when someone gets run over. In a nutshell, I have never heard such utter bunkum. The setup they have built is inherently unsafe.
    2 points
  16. I'm deeply shocked. This has been open for nine hours and no one has been along to complain that the Happy Christmas thread gets earlier every year. (All the very best to all MF contributors and lurkers for Christmas and any other midwinter festivals meaningful to you and a happy, prosperous and peaceful New Year. And please fewer complaints about people being drunk when they say something you don't like. Especially as they probably will be).
    2 points
  17. I see there is a review of parking. I always wonder what the purpose of double yellow lines is. Once the sun goes down and the parking officers have gone home they are totally ignored. https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/future-of-car-parking-in-douglas-up-for-debate-says-council-leader/
    1 point
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  19. Awesome prose, Uhtred. 1) The Bish shouldn't have a vote in a democratic process (even Tynwald). Not seated in there by any democratic process. Other than tradition of Methodist farmers wanting more support? 2) Umm, er... Establishment to the bone (Charlie's daughter). But had the honesty to say after the VAT reduction, "We're in the shit" (in close circles anyway). And state that the film industry had lost over £100M. 3) No comment 4) Probably retired on an obscene pension to a Spanish estate with private beach 5) Yes 6) None in this day and age. Unless you're a
    1 point
  20. The word 'Horses Arse' comes to mind whenever I read tripe like this.
    1 point
  21. Christ! They kicked you out of the pub early.
    1 point
  22. Assuming that you meant companies and not countries then hugely. Even our utilities up to and including sewage treatment plants. However most of the companies are multinational with no particular loyalty to any individual country.
    1 point
  23. It’s an exemption form conformity. You don’t ignore. In respect of the second point, there is always a detailed investigation. Road was closed for several hours last night. In all cases the report is submitted to the AG, who will assess the matter and apply the public interest test for prosecution. Bobbies do get prosecuted - even here.
    1 point
  24. It's certainly made up for in fuel duty and VAT by us non electric luddites.
    1 point
  25. Yes, but they had blocked it, until 10pm last night!
    1 point
  26. It is this prime minister, the best that we have had since Thatcher, selecting the best and most able politicians to be a member of the British cabinet. In any case in the UK the electorate vote for a party, not an individual.
    1 point
  27. Picture should have been credited to Amadeus, who is apparently never far from flashing blue lights (!), and sent me the report while I was on the wireless last night!
    1 point
  28. Was always going to happen. The zero rate was the starting sweetener, the more popular they become (and also reducing the number of fossil fuel vehicles paying tax) the more of a target they were going to become to replace the lost fossil revenue. But they contribute wear and tear on the roads too and the charging points have to be paid for. They should be contributing. It's not all about the environment though. Don't forget the pensions and payroll too. Pushbikes next, Mr Harmer?
    1 point
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  30. 'A BIT of a mess'.? Jeez, as usual it's an almighty cock up!
    1 point
  31. I'm not sure that's true, because they presumably still have to be registered after all. So the only extra cost should be processing the payment. That said the FoI numbers I put up in another thread didn't seem to include electric vehicles. As usual it's a bit of a mess.
    1 point
  32. We were talking about the public sector. I have never known it to be called the "Loaded Labour Rate" in the US multinational I worked in it was called a "Fully Loaded Head" calculation. It included just about everything apart from just the wage. The pension is the obvious one but when you factor in the bennies like health insurance, car, gym, training, relocation, R&R, office space with facilities management etc etc you can take the salary and multiply it by three and sometimes four. The massive difference is in advancement in the private sector compared to the public sector. Whe
    1 point
  33. LOL! I WONDERED how long that would be brought up! As it happens modern day Israel is a fraction of Eretz Israel. It is also a fraction of the designated area that was to be recovered from the ottoman empire to build the much reduced modern day Israel. But then - you're aware of that eh?
    1 point
  34. This is a rare drug smuggling case that apparently doesn't involve shoving the drugs up their arse.
    1 point
  35. What is the point of jailing this guy for 10 years? Or busting him at the port? He's got nothing to do with it really, just the courier, and from the sentence didn't snitch. Could have used the find and done something clever. Let the guy go having not found anything. 2kgs is a fair bit of cash, they'd be better letting some of it get sold and then busting in on both cocaine and proceeds of crime charges, they wouldnt have to destroy the cash and could give it all to victim support or motiv8 or whatever and take down the baddies at the same time, look like superpolice heroes. Still, celebrate t
    1 point
  36. So has anyone actually asked their MHK directly?
    1 point
  37. I do hope you are making this up.
    1 point
  38. In a way...shit loads. It backs onto the cemetery. With probably 100,000 in there by now, it serves as a reminder that at least 1,000 of them would have appreciated better risk assessments in place the time they arrived. I've seen a few bikes go in unexpected places over the years, usually on oil or due to seizures. Imagine if the scouts did the scoreboard for F1 as close to the action as they are here. There'd be an outcry. Probability suggests it wouldn't be long till one of them fell off accidently, or some bike lost control in that stretch. It's unlikely but possible...and in thi
    1 point
  39. Reminds me of the football manager when he says " the board are behind me to turn this around " .................
    1 point
  40. Not only was the Golden Egg murderer sentenced to death but so was every other person convicted of murder on the Island between 1872 and 1992. The death sentence was mandatory for murder. And not a single one of those persons was executed. We were one of the last places in Western Europe to abolish capital punishment for murder and one of the first to abolish it in practice. Guernsey and Jersey show a similar pattern (ignoring Occupation) and I think that LGs of the various islands were unwilling to allow executions for various reasons (local political ones or because there would be no
    1 point
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  42. It's doubtful whether many brexit supporters have given Scottish independence much thought up to now. Personally, I'd wish the Scots well, and am all for Irish unification but see any resolution of either possibly a decade away.
    1 point
  43. Bill Malarkey now giving his take on the fast track legislation subject on iomtoday (sorry, can't link) - essentially, move along, nothing to see here, had to be done, it's to do with "live and ongoing" matters (wonder if that's a clue?) and his own enquiries had "been satisfied". I feel so relieved.
    1 point
  44. I tried to get a couple of staff upgraded in my time. People look at you as if you are daft. Yet they were clearly doing more than their pay grade determined.
    1 point
  45. They're living in some kind of fantasy land that's for sure!
    1 point
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