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  1. 8 points
    @The Orgozoid @The Dog's Dangly Bits You're correct, circular pointless ad hominem tit for tat arguments between two posters are boring and get you nowhere; except a suspension.
  2. 7 points
    Even if there were no taxpayer costs it’s a clumsy move by the LG. It allows an MHK access to a ‘facility’ that is denied to the rest of us, hence contributing to a real or imagined ‘us and them’/MHK privilege environment. It is, and looks, discriminatory. Poor decision making Sir Richard.
  3. 7 points
  4. 4 points
    They're still trying to keep the fantasy bubble inflated. Everything points to it IMHO. Including the current reliance on construction to keep things sunny side up. Edicts from Govt but only on the good news that happens and deafening silence on any negatives (still waiting for 2019 FOM visitor figures?), and if there is no factually based good news, Govt will invent some (6 Banks Skelly for instance). The economic reset has been well under way over here now for a good three years and it's time they smelt the coffee and took the fact on board.
  5. 4 points
    Well, first rule on things like this: allow it for one, allow it for all. Shouldn't have allowed it in the first place. Looks bad now, whichever way they try to turn it. Why would you want that place as venue anyway? Has to be purely for bragging rights and oneupmanship, as there are other nice places around you could choose.
  6. 3 points
    zip-lines all the way
  7. 3 points
    I can't imagine why anyone would move here now. Unless there's some sort of emotional or historical connection. Surely, Cornwall, most of Scotland, North Yorkshire, Norfolk offer everything here has and more.
  8. 3 points
    It's a very odd thing to do isn't it? If they had simply left them there the story would have moved on - now, by not just closing the article to comments but removing those already made, they've revived the story and added an element of government censorship.
  9. 3 points
    I tuned in (from BBCR4) to catch the local news at 08:40. I felt a duty to do so. I'd missed nothing, and straight away the three presenters started chatting about their Christmas/New Years TV viewing. I really can't be arsed with it anymore. I'll just have to trust the newspapers to keep me informed. And if there is anything local I need to hear I will hear it on the BBC. OK, that may mean once a year there is a flood or something, but that will do. It's all up to Manx Radio how they run the station but please, can the Isle of Man Government stop throwing taxpayers money at the Manx Radio mess.
  10. 3 points
    Seems Brindley and co are already bracing themselves for the latest listening figures news from the rating company RAJR The fieldwork period is from 30th December 2019 – 29th March 2020 the results go to radio stations on 13th May and gets released to the public the next day. Do not expect to see a massive change in numbers as the smaller stations numbers are averaged out over the previous returns sessions to make any major changes less hitting. Do expect them to get the good news that they retained the TT commentary from a challenge from Energy FM. What will be interesting is how much the government contract will be worth. Most media pay to cover sports events but with the TT its the other way round.
  11. 3 points
    With what, a loan from Barclays?
  12. 2 points
    And ‘‘twas ever thus. Think Robert Maxwell, or our very own nemesis AG. If you have deep pockets you can better use the legal system to withstand claims, or see them off. But FB and YouTube have hit a political buffer of what isn’t acceptable.
  13. 2 points
    TJ, Isaac, Rushen Spy, whoever/whatever you are this week.. They aren’t. The law protecting and affecting them is identical, the legal principles are the same. FB, YouTube etc are top level service providers. Just like the people/body who provide our server. The providers of YouTube and FB are privately owned. They have limited legal protections. They’ve traded on that, claiming immunity, they’ve run out of time, space and tolerance. But they aren’t “commons”. They’re private spaces. And just like the server providers for MF they allow other people or entities to provide content, pages, channels, posts. Each of those is also private.
  14. 2 points
    To be fair though there were about 30 comments and every one of them pretty much said he was a tosser. It might have been a case of all or nothing?
  15. 2 points
    But that's the trouble for the Government strategy (which as I pointed out before your comment seems designed to encourage such behaviour). If you're trying to get population growth, it's not going to come from people who seeing coming here as a short term option. Some may decide to stay and then purchase, but they're more likely to move on and that's particularly going to be true in the higher wage brackets because those people may have a property elsewhere and be very unwilling to sell that and so commit to the Island. Moving permanently becomes more of a problem, especially in uncertain time due to Brexit, which will apply particularly to those from outside the UK.
  16. 2 points
    I think you've got the wrong guy. You're thinking of Gawnio and whoever it is does the presenting. DM seems to be one of the few down to earth unaffected people left up there these days.
  17. 2 points
    What a sterling grip you have on the complexities of modern English
  18. 2 points
    No financial cost, maybe, maybe not. But a cost to the perception of good governance. The Governor might, for example, have to look into the affairs of The Home Affairs Department. Which would be a bit difficult when his newly found pal had his wedding reception at his gaff.
  19. 2 points
    I don't see the point of having a comments section whereby if you don't like the tenor of comments posted you just shut it down. I doubt they would have been pulled if everyone of them had said that Longworth was briillant. It's absolute censorship of the worst kind
  20. 2 points
    I didn't understand the 6 2 bedders they sold at Shipyard Road. They sold them for about 150k each to RTC. Which they would have easily achieved in the open market rather than ask 185k. I personally don't agree with the LA being able to buy houses in private developments unless it is a condition of planning. That way people know the set up from the start. The general "affordable housing" thing is a joke anyway.
  21. 2 points
    This is a demonstration of the old boys club at work and shows the relationship between the Governor and a Minister, and Tynwald in general. The governor says he is a friend of Malarkey. Did they both fix fridges or whatever in a former life? Run a cafe together? No of course not, Richard only sees a Minister of the glorious Isle of Man Government. And as for Malarkey and his bride, it only shows them to be exactly what they are. Pseudo and unfettered social climbers. There have been addresses to the Governor regarding what amounts to poor governance in the Isle of Man, related to the Home Affairs Department. He gives not one toss. Besides, there's another WI tea party to attend. I find it almost incredible that Malarkey entered politics as a member of the Liberal Vannin Party, clinging onto the coat tails of Peter Karran. He was clueless then he is clueless now. Yet he has social climbed the ladder, surely, right up to the very top.
  22. 2 points
    I have stopped listening to it.
  23. 2 points
    Because our cultural connections are to the North West of England, and the Celtic Countries. Not London. Just because a few weirdos are moving here from London (and you would have to be a weirdo to move here from London) doesn't change the fact that if the majority of locals had to move they move to the North West where they are more likely to be familiar and have family - friendship links. Also the way of life would be more similar outside the big cities. They want to know how the price of their homes here compares to what they would get if they made that move not what would happen if they grew a topknot and moved to Hackney.
  24. 2 points
    Last summer I was out in the garden playing with some antennas and left YouTube playing a music video. YouTube then decided to entertain me for the next hour with a superb selection that beats the pants off MR / BBC etc. I occasionally listen to MR - it's really piss-poor these days.
  25. 2 points
    Listened in one time. A guy called Brindley was on making crap jokes. Never listened again. There are many alternatives. Energy FM, 3fm, Radio 2, Radio 4, LBC etc. Personally I like Amazon Music where you can play the type of stuff you like without any drivel in between. I would ask my MHK why a million of our quids is being given to a particular radio station to pander to those who can’t explore the alternatives but I would only get some drivel in response. Perhaps that is where the connection is. Are there any reliable audience figures for Manx Radio? I would like to know how many of the population are benefiting from the million quid fluttered away on it. Can’t find anyone in my family that listens to it.
  26. 2 points
    I'm curious, what has been swept under the carpet?
  27. 2 points
    Could it be that the poor performance you allude to might be caused to some extent by the Islands’ schools having to employ increasing numbers of less well qualified and totally unqualified teachers? Just a thought. Maybe Mr Watts could stick in another FOI request to see if the teachers are lying, or if they’re telling the truth? CPI removes housing costs and CPI Jevons, the IOMG’s preferred measure also uses a statistical adjustment for consumers’ substitution behaviour, reducing the headline rate of inflation still further. Ten years into an agreement might be a reasonable time for a review, especially given that teachers’ pay now lags some 20% behind the average increase in non-manual earnings in the Island. Of course, this is an average and, by definition some people will have been hit worse than others. As for the socialists and communists thing. I guess you’ll just have to work through that yourself, although recent research in universities in the UK indicates that this is another myth peddled by the right-wing press to foment argument among working people to divert attention from the fact that we are all being royally shafted by the rich.
  28. 2 points
    All fake news. Signed H Quayle, C. Thomas, L Skelly
  29. 2 points
    Because it's not their money. If it was, I imagine they'd be a lot more fiscally responsible.
  30. 2 points
    If he's commenced his pension then he should do us all a favour and feck off and enjoy it. This is the problem with ego maniacs, they don't know when to go
  31. 1 point
    House prices are, apparently, on the way down. My basic understanding of economics tells me that prices are a result of supply and demand. If prices are on the way down, it must follow that demand is too. Meanwhile, we need more houses to meet the demand, according to Government "planning". Somebody, somewhere is getting this all wrong... or is it me?
  32. 1 point
    "Et ses mains ourdiraient les entrailles du prêtre, Au défaut d'un cordon pour étrangler les rois."
  33. 1 point
    A market dominance and financial resource they accumulated precisely because governments don't treat them as a private company who publishes or edits content. My criticism is that they benefit from being treated as "public commons" by the government, while at the same time they are anything but that. They can't have it both ways. Pick one.
  34. 1 point
    I think what RS is suggesting is that if you’re Mark Zuckerberg worth £68 billion. Or Facebook with a market capitalization of £615 billion and billions in the bank. It’s a bit different to some regional newspaper or some bloke who owns a local forum platform getting threatened with £20k of legal fees to defend something that was posted. The threat of £20k could wipe someone out whereas they could threaten to sue Facebook or Zuckerberg for £10 billion and it wouldn’t make a dent. Your legal synopsis is dead on though.
  35. 1 point
    Well if he is, he's providing better value for it than most of the rest of them are. But as I keep on repeating, it doesn't matter who asks something, but whether it is worth asking. Those defending the Government by suggesting that it's who you are that is important, not what you do, are unwittingly illustrating something that may lie behind too many Government actions. Well no one's stopping you (though there is some information around anyway). But this discussion on resources nearly always misses the point that most FoI requests are for information that, if the Government doesn't have it, it damn well ought to have. Some of the most telling FoI (and Tynwald) questions result in a response where we are told that the information isn't held and you think "Why not?". To some extent FoI means that the public acts like an Auditor General asking awkward questions. And for free. Civil servants and Ministers ought to among those using the answers to improve things - and not just because the results might be embarrassing. So there' should be no real extra cost beyond looking the information up and writing a (mainly pro-forma) letter. The Act includes all sort of provisions that mean frivolous questions or those requiring excessive work can be turned down if it is otherwise.
  36. 1 point
  37. 1 point
    You’re not wrong but there are many areas where the freedoms/opportunities offered by democracy are misused/wasted/distorted by ‘bitter nutters’. That, regrettably, is the price of democracy. But it doesn’t create a reason to remove or restrict those freedoms and opportunities. And in this case, whether one considers the FoI request to be an inconsequential waste of time, or not, it has revealed some very short-sighted thinking and lamentable (or uncaring) decision making by our Head of State’s representative on the Island, as ably articulated by some of the posts within this thread.
  38. 1 point
    Thought for the day - could Ian Longworth prove to be the DOI's Mike Proffit.....? ETA albeit he's doing it in full view and knowledge of the general public rather than just misleading/sidelining Treasury.
  39. 1 point
    It's what appeals to you as an individual. I've lived in cities. I've lived in the country. I sometimes live abroad. I've lived here. If I had to live here full time or London full time, it would be here. London long term is a nightmare in my opinion. If that makes me a weirdo I wear it with pride. It wouldn't do for us all to be the same.
  40. 1 point
    Strict financial controls might also see any number of jobs at risk. Clearly something to be avoided at all costs. If you're holding down one of the jobs....
  41. 1 point
    How many years have the US and UK spent influencing Iran, Iraq etc? Unfortunately for the West "you reap what you sow".
  42. 1 point
    Yep, i understand that. What i don't understand is where these new tennants / owners are coming from. For every new build occupied property, there must be an empty property somewhere on the island that some-one own's. There is an awful lot of new builds !!
  43. 1 point
    Dandara and Haven have recently been offering their unsolds to the relevant local authorities for social housing.
  44. 1 point
    OK, batted away then. It doesn't reflect well, does it? Did Mr Malarkey or the Lt Governor personally pay for the staff on premises that day? Did they personally pay for the Gardners who prepared the grounds for the day for any photos? I suspect not. But I think it is more deep rooted than that. The Lt Governor is here as a guest of the Island, living in a house provided by the taxpayer. By its very definition, the taxpayer did in effect contribute therefore to a Government Minsters wedding. The fact that Minister Malarkey should even think it acceptable to accept such an invitation knowing that it would not reflect well with the masses was ill considered, at best or just plain arrogant at worst.
  45. 1 point
    Odd that they don't want to link it to job performance.
  46. 1 point
    The Skye Bridge is far from universally popular with the traffic chaos and loutish behaviour it has brought to the island in the summer.
  47. 1 point
    It’s more likely that Star Trek style matter transportation is invented before this tunnel is built. Particularly if the prom firm get the contract.
  48. 1 point
    IOM couldn't hold a candle to Malta, in that regard.
  49. 1 point
    DoI manage to flood roads after they have completed the work, imagine the fun they would have with an undersea tunnel
  50. 1 point
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