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  1. 6 points
    Inquiry time. Cease work. Find out what's gone wrong (must be fairly obvious to all by now). Dismiss some people forthwith as examples and bring some UK Contractors in. Before this scandalous exhibition of Public Office incompetence consumes any more money for zero return other than a laughing stock construction. And do it NOW. ETA. And we've got Chris Thomas MHK posting on these boards telling us how everything's tickety-boo in Government and its finances.
  2. 5 points
    And so do I... What riles me is that this trans ideology is forced upon the population and if you don't comply you're labelled as a hater. Oh fuck off..
  3. 5 points
    We all accept that the DHSC and its various arms, including Noble's, is doing good work for the benefit of our communities. There are glaring exceptions, but I think that most people will accept my generalisation. It is interesting to think about the DHSC (or other government departments) in the light of the economic theories of William Niskanen - essentially that bureaucracies always tend to grow in size and cost - often in ways that are at variance from the wishes of their political overseers or the needs of the people they serve. This is because in a public sector environment, the size of budgets and teams equates to power, influence and the bureaucrat's salary - and this analysis applies at any level - DHSC CEO or physiotherapy team leader. It would take a rare talent to crack through this mentality - which has been developed over generations in the Manx public sector - and deliver genuine value for money.
  4. 4 points
    ................. that there were more people at that meeting, than actually working on the job!
  5. 4 points
    It’s just dire. I mean everyone knew that they are a bunch of complete fucking idiots before this work even started but the general scale of their idiocy is still astounding as a lot of those minutes attest. The whole situation over the horse tram tracks should have got someone sacked but the reality is that they’ve actually promoted the guy who has fucked it up and sacked the people who were brought in to ease his transition out of the job instead. What do you actually have to do to get hoofed out of the DOI? Rape a cat in the middle of the road? Do a shit in Alf Cannan’s top drawer? Set fire to Howard Quayle’s house? They appear to have a plan for nothing other than how much money they can get away with spending and how much they can fuck everyone else around while they’re doing it.
  6. 4 points
    Can't wait to hear what statements of impenetrable nonsense are made in response to this question
  7. 4 points
    @Manximus Aururaneus and @RIchard Britten stop willy waving
  8. 4 points
    I charge for legal advice.
  9. 3 points
    This is not true on the island. Over here the public service appointments and grades are all about delusions of statehood and nothing whatever to do with budgets, manpower, responsibility and so forth. Actually you're both right and this what makes such a toxic combination. Increasing budgets and number of people under you (and more important number of levels of people under you) does indeed pay big dividends in terms of pay and influence (and ego). So the way to get to the top of the civil service is build those up, irrespective of cost or need. But to increase your personal position even further, the delusions of grandeur of 'We're a proper country' comes into effect as well.
  10. 3 points
    When will they realise that a lot of so called green initiatives are a massive, money making con? All this will do is cost us even more, make no difference to the world's pollution and drive personal vehicles off the road for the ordinary folk. Pah!
  11. 3 points
    Charging points can be supplied and run by commercial entities with no taxpayer involvement, just like a cash machine. What I have not yet seen is how you are supposed to charge your car at home overnight if you have no off street parking, Are you going to have traipse a thick cable out of your house and over the pavement to your car/van/motorbike so that people can trip over it, unplug it as joke so you end up with no charge, damage the cable and end up getting electrocuted. I have zero intention of getting a solely battery powered car until they can sort out the range and get the charging down to maybe 5/10 minutes. Hybrid yes. I still think Hydrogen fuel cell cars are the future.
  12. 3 points
    Wonder who and why they ever decided to do it in the first place q. Years ago , 60's they were always alone from memory with the blue boxes with link to station and light on stand street if they needed the PC to call in . No radios them days yessir .
  13. 3 points
  14. 3 points
    Well, well....Tynwald Question 26 from ‘Miss Costain’ (that’s former and useless Health Minister Beecroft to you and me) to Quayle: “What effect the resignation of the CEO of the transformation team has had on the transformation process; and if he will make a statement?“ And question 30 from Baker to Ashford: ”What progress is being made on the transformation of the health service; and if he will make a statement?” So, Beecroft wrongly refers to the ‘CEO of the transformation team’ when it’s really not difficult to identify that the post is ‘Transformation Director’ - but at least she has directed her question to the right Minister (and will enjoy tormenting Quayle) unlike Baker, who is asking Ashford, despite the fact that the Transformation project is vested in the Cabinet Office, and hence Ministerial responsibility rests with Quayle. Bless ‘em...they’re shit at their jobs but I’ll be interested in the (non) answers that will be forthcoming.
  15. 3 points
    You still have to be awake, whether it’s Brooklyn or Braddan.
  16. 2 points
    I think the question that everyone wants to know the answer to is why is Longworth still in a job. Oh and a bonus question why on earth did Tynwald agree to a dual track on the narrowest part of the prom and why not bring a motion forward to reverse this decision?
  17. 2 points
    Just watched a program about quantum entanglement, could not get my head round it, but it does seem easier to understand than what the fuck is going on with the promenade.
  18. 2 points
    I understand a lot of people are frightened of him. He strikes me as someone who would last about 3 months in the private sector before being fucked out the door but who has found a nicely toxic environment they can manage for their own long term benefit in the public sector.
  19. 2 points
    Compétence Mineur more like.
  20. 2 points
    Could I politely suggest (if Susanofshite will permit) - that the bank and locum costs (agreed their effect on the budget) are a result of deliberate internal political planning?
  21. 2 points
    If anyone reads the My Prom minutes youll see mention of legal discussions taking place with regard to the cracking . Also mention of increased costs accrued so it's going to get worse yet ! I was told that Auldyn had a guy over making notes hourly of any works carried out since the job ground to a halt vitually , of all the hourly rate work been done .. this is all going to cost someone ! Notice the mention of not discussing some aspects relative to costs due to confidentiallty . What a mess !
  22. 2 points
    Ditch the horse trams for good and get the tarmac done asap. Job done ✔
  23. 2 points
    I could never understand for the life of me that if we actually had to continue with the horse trams wwhy it wasn't just a single tram line, I mean for fuck sake, how many people are expected to go on the trams, even at peak summer time people would happily wait for the tram to return as long as the trams were running to time....we don't have millions using the tram each year!!
  24. 2 points
    Just a simple token system would work fine. Or, rip the tracks up and put them where they should have been, (if you have to have them), on the prom!
  25. 2 points
    We are talking about f****ing horse trams here, not inter-city Express trains. £800,000-1m WTF!?? Surely a simple flag system, cost approx £150 would do.
  26. 2 points
    You just don't have the receptors to see what is important. That is why you think it's funny.
  27. 2 points
    Trading bloc having a foreign minister and a foreign policy = tiniest little thing. Very easy to see how things slid so far around the bend with attitudes like that.
  28. 2 points
    According to trannies, yes it does make you transphobic. It's ok though, their 40% suicide rate kind of solves the problem for itself.
  29. 2 points
    Well that's Quayles one brain cell straining for the rest of the week wondering who can pen his answer then !!
  30. 2 points
    Throw it on a bonfire?
  31. 2 points
    What about charging yourself interest on a loan you owe yourself on money you borrowed off yourself. Then wipe off that debt you owed youself, congratulating yourself on the fact you paid off a debt you owed yourself. So that you will not have to keep charging yourself interest on a loan you owed yourself.
  32. 2 points
    There's a lot to unpack for some of these 'women' too...
  33. 2 points
    Were you a member when the board was programmed to substitute “bumsex” for one particular word or phrase? I’m starting to get a hankering for those days every time I see you trot out this overused hackneyed cliched phrase
  34. 2 points
    Thanks for sharing yours.
  35. 2 points
    Very true, and that's where the walls suddenly start to be put up, to protect the interests of those who become an endangered species
  36. 2 points
    You seem very optimistic today.....
  37. 2 points
    Interesting question.
  38. 2 points
    Idiot. It’s not the Bronx, no, so they won’t have to deal with daily shootings. But then I’m guessing the Bronx cops don’t deal with numerous RTCs every day, often involving derestricted speed. I’m also guessing they have a somewhat larger budget and numerous departments so that the average street cop doesn’t deal with missing people, vulnerable people, visit schools, do community work, deal with victims following incidents, on top of their ‘criminal’ workload every day of the week, like the Manx boys and girls do. They’re a small force here, so unlike the UK (and dare I say it, New York), the cops have to have knowledge and training and deal with all incidents, rather than have specific things usually allocated to departments.
  39. 2 points
    It isn't racism if you are genuinely retarded.
  40. 2 points
    So for me. CDs main virtues were portability and that reissued lps would have demos and none lp singles added due to the extra length. Streaming provides all that and I don't have to carry cds around with me. A lot of the benefits of vinyl do exist in cds and even cassettes, but it's more convenient to stick to one medium and records suits me best. Aesthetically. Practically. Vinyl isn't really about nostalgia for me, it's just the most practical and durable medium. I've records released in 2020, that I bought in the Seventies and that me Dad bought in the fifties, all played on the same equipment. I don't need to worry about the technology going obsolete or a hard drive dying. I like the convenience of just putting a record on the turntable and it playing, not searching through files, no booting up a computer.
  41. 2 points
    If I were a member of Tynwald, I'll demand the following before authorising further funds: 1. HR: How many vacant positions are there? How long jave they been vacant? How often have they been advertised? Why have you given the responsibility for locum spend to a locum doctor who allegedly owns or co owns locum agencies? What have the locum and agency spend trends been over the past 7 years? If there are significant differences, why? 2. Standards: What proactive efforts have been undertaken to uphold standards in health and care? Show us the benchmarking data to prove that Manx taxpayers are being provided at least care that is comparable to that in the UK? 3. What is the state of Morale and culture in the DHSC? What if any steps have you taken to measure, benchmark and improve these?
  42. 2 points
    The probation service. From what I have witnessed of it in action, it is hardly a punishment.
  43. 2 points
    Hear Hear. To glibly describe it as "going back repeatedly" is nothing more than purely symptomatic of the unaccountable attitude that exists in the Island's Public Sector. Let us not forget what happened in this instance. A person or persons entrusted and paid by the taxpayers to manage a Public project decided on a number of things above their station. Including the taking out of illegal, unauthorised loans. Other persons who were supposed to have oversight of aspects of said project, including the financial, also utterly failed in their duty of that oversight. As a result, every household on this Island (and by obvious implication, every taxpaying individual), is now saddled with extra charges totalling @ £6M per annum for the next ten years at least. Some of those households could undoubtedly have made better use of their now £250 per year. And yet, following an expensive inquiry, NOBODY was to blame for these excesses and failings of Public Duty. Not one person. There were no sanctions. Nobody stood down. No admission. No apology. Nothing. For saddling the Island's taxpayers with £6M worth of payback per year for the next decade at least. Remarkable. And utterly disgusting. But not surprising, given the attitude that exists. The public can cover it. Every time. Until, as Derek Flint has suggested, an offence of Misconduct in Public Office is put on the Statute and enforced upon Politicians and Government Officers it will continue to happen. And until such legislation is raised the public will continue to regard most of our elected and their officers (and their statistics) with the total lack of faith that they do. And entirely justifiably.
  44. 2 points
    No open questions asked in Tynwald. Or anything remotely resembling, dodged and avoided. #clubtynwald - since AD979
  45. 1 point
    Longworth's fantasy. I wouldn't bet against him having pushed this little gem through off his own bat in defiance and/or disregard of what was actually announced or even permitted, approval-wise. I'm sure I've read something somewhere about the proposal to run the electric trams on the promenade being knocked back previously.
  46. 1 point
    The future of vehicles is uncertain, more so than the vhs/betamax video dilemma of the 70s/80s. Electric vehicles will play a part in the future of vehicles, as will hydrogen, there will no doubt be other possible options, there will also be advances in battery technology, range, charge times, hydrogen supply, supercapacitors and the like. People who don't have offcstrrer parking will need to be catered for to some degree, however, if they love in an urban area then they either forego having a low or zero emission vehicle altogether, pay a massive premium to own and run an ICE vehicle, or park their EV outside of town, friend's or family property with off street parking or rent a car space in town. There is s need for an amount of charging points to cater for visitors to the island and those that need their car the next day but only have enough charge the next day for a one way journey to where they are going (if there is a charge point at or near their destination. There is an argument for and against taxpayer funded charge points, the for argument would require a robust business case which clearly indicates the initial outlay against revenue factoring in replacement charge points, repair, maintenance and back office. There is also an argument for and against private ownership, the for argument means that no taxpayer money would be at risk, the against argument would possibly be a missed opportunity for a revenue stream for the Treasury. The compromise, and quite possibly the better option, would be a shared scheme whereby (there are varying contractual options) the Government and Private Company enter into a partnership and so share the costs and revs he which would reduce the financial risk whilst also reducing the asset liability to both parties. Legislation should be in place so that all new developments, domestic, commercial and industrial had varying percentage ratios of charge points and parking bays (non-domestic) as part of all future planning permission.
  47. 1 point
    If we had access to a proper analysis of costs and spending, written in English we may stand a chance? For example, costs per department of Administration, training, specialists, nurses, cleaners, equipment, drugs etc etc etc. I think we'd probably find that admin is one of the biggest costs, followed by training, sickness, locums etc?
  48. 1 point
    Your figure is way off. 4.3 million vinyl records were sold in the UK in 2019 excluding the second hand market. So that £97 million. Also when you buy an lp by an artist you love at least more of the purchase price goes to the artist, the record company that developed them and (depending where you shop) the local record shop that play a role in their local music community.
  49. 1 point
    4. Demand evidence to show that Isle of Man law has not been broken in the appointments of staff
  50. 1 point
    From the FoI perspective I think it’d be perfectly reasonable to seek answers concerning the alleged report; whereas obviously Spicer’s actual reasons for leaving are private/personal to him, any such report would be ‘in play’ for FoI enquiry. Of course a Tynwald member could seek that clarification for all of us next week by the simple but effective vehicle of a question to the Chief Minister. Don’t hold your breath.
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