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  1. I were just a lad then but back in the day you could fit the whole Manx Civil Service/Government staff onto a couple of Darnill's Coaches. You'd need 20 or more 747 jumbo jets these day:
    6 points
  2. It is government looking after it's own massive establishment above all else It is iniquitous and it has to end
    6 points
  3. We came for quality of life back in the 90’s, and even as a PC, we were several hundred pounds a month better off. Added to that, rates were cheap, car tax was low and the cost of living didn’t seem to be excessive. The only bind was the cost of travel. Feels a lot different now, in 2020
    5 points
  4. Where will this religious madness end? At this rate we'll end up with the Bishop on LegCo!
    4 points
  5. Well I hope the next time someone is kicking off about 'benefit scum' living in social housing or whatever other anti poor retarded shit some of you come out with, that you stop, take a minute, and realise that we are all being taken for a ride. Love the pic of the entire civil service. What a fucking disaster these days and more importantly the future.
    4 points
  6. My information has it there are currently no less than 4 consultants at DOI Ellerslie telling the men on the coalface how to fill potholes, I am led to believe that they are costing over £10.000 per week if this is correct someone in the DOI needs to get a kick up the ass, they paid a fortune out not so long ago to get rid of the men on the roads and now we have 4 very well paid UK office dwellers telling them where they have gone wrong ffs get some subbies in to fix the roads and get rid of these other fortune hunters.
    4 points
  7. Time was they were all listed in the Isle of Man Examiner Yearbook
    4 points
  8. At the end of the day we're genetically very close to being monkeys Better to ensure first that all citizens have at least an adequate income & then move on to deciding what big league players we desperately need
    4 points
  9. 37 at over £200,000 a year! At the same time over 1,000 state pensioners are having to claim supplementary benefits to get by
    4 points
  10. 'My work includes identifying parasites found in the environment and studying their impact on public health.' She is going to the source.
    3 points
  11. At the risk of sounding like Rog, I can't see any reason for any uproar. If someone wants citizenship of another country it seems entirely reasonable that the prove they are financially independent. Hasn't loads of noise been made by many about benefit fraudsters coming from other countries to take advantage of the UK? I am not commenting on Mr Lawrence's particular circumstances but it has to cut both ways now the UK are not in the EU. It was always going to be one of the consequences.
    3 points
  12. Goalkeepers on £500k per week, TV Pundits on £2M per year, yet people keep signing up to SKY and BBC to support it? Personally I would rather pay my GP more than a TV Sports pundit.
    3 points
  13. As I said above it’s just funny that the exact same circumstances beyond people’s control happens to almost everyone who starts in a senior role at Noble’s. Strongly suggestive that it’s the management there who are the problem not all these people leaving for “personal reasons” after a short space of time.
    3 points
  14. If there’s an allegation, there’s an investigation
    2 points
  15. You sound quite upset about it too. I’m not sure they give refunds as you’ve had some benefits from being a member while it lasted which you paid for. As a Manx person of Manx heritage you can do what you like with your own silly little screw you to the EU and the rest of the world. That’s up to the people who voted for it. We didn’t get a vote or a say on any of the UKs national paranoia and xenophobia and now have to live with the consequences. Which could be quite unpleasant for the IOM. Hopefully many who feel similarly gammony will move back to the land of Elgar and of Hope and Glory and
    2 points
  16. Ah good, she's Manx enough then
    2 points
  17. Latest runners and riders are here And here is Ms Hoosen's Linkedin. Apparently she's an Ask for Evidence Ambassador for Sense about Science, which may set her up for disappointment as a member of Tynwald.
    2 points
  18. I’m not sure sex with children (of either sex) has actually been legalized here. I suppose it’s a good excuse for a bit of thinly belied racism though. Nice try.
    2 points
  19. So far it’s fair comment, and doesn’t cross any line.
    2 points
  20. Think you should lock this topic John.
    2 points
  21. The Isle of Man doesn't really do 'change' Certainly not in the radical manner a leader charged with the introduction of change might wish
    2 points
  22. We do appear to have a 'payment without results' culture
    2 points
  23. Not if the change resistant ogres are the pay masters
    2 points
  24. Too many times we seem to pay top dollar and still get the monkeys though. Look at DOI.
    2 points
  25. I think that we need to distinguish between the expertise that the Gov needs to pay for and the pay of politicians themselves.
    2 points
  26. Big whiff of over cooked gammon still on here.
    2 points
  27. I didn’t know anyone in Government earned over £200,000.
    2 points
  28. There are two different cases, two different policemen. But also poor reporting of this case.. Reminder, no discussion or posting of facts, supposition, hearsay, speculation that may prejudice a fair trial. That’s the sub judice rule. Why? Well jury members May read here. The trial may be put at risk. The moderators May have heavy handed approaches by police or adverse comment by judiciary. We don’t need that. It has happened. Including by a certain senior officer, now retired, who had no idea of the Electronic Communications Legislation, and on another occasion when the co
    2 points
  29. Not true 1,242,380 voted for the SNP in the 2019 General Election 1,661,191 voters backed Remain in Scotland in the 2016 referendum 1,018,322 voted Leave
    2 points
  30. Most people come for work. The tax saving isn’t as important, and most people work out the savings versus extra costs. Plus they factor in ifestyle. You've got to be a very high earner for the tax benefits to become a meaningful driver.
    2 points
  31. I see what you are saying but in a way this is the very reason why I am asking if anyone knows that definitively the official explanation is wrong. What puzzles me is that the people we bring in are supposed to be high flyers in their field. The sort of people who would come in, look at things and very quickly put together a strategy for turning the situation around. It seems strange to me that they would be such shrinking violets as to be put off and chased out by some change resistant ogre(s) who has(have) been ruining things and creating a climate of fear for years. The whole idea is t
    2 points
  32. On many occasions. One example is free movement. Call Me Dave wanted to renegotiate this but had no joy. It is one of the four freedoms, so it is ordained at EU level and there is nothing anyone can do about it. Another is closer to home. We lost the IOM meat derogation - because the EU said so and the UK was powerless. The proportion of UK law that is foisted upon it by the EU is difficult to quantify precisely, but it is certainly substantial and certainly not tolerable. (It is far more than13%, PK). https://fullfact.org/europe/uk-law-what-proportion-influenced-eu/ Once more i
    2 points
  33. No magical powers. But if you're running an organisation, particularly a compartmentalised one with many and varied entities, it will fall to you to lead the varied components to achieve the desired state. Something like twenty years ago the more forward thinking UK organisations abandoned inefficient, slow, multi-layered pyramid structures and morphed into much flatter organisations by removing layers of middle managers and empowering the workforce to make their own decisions. This meant the upper echelons, including the board, ended up sitting on top of those actually doing what it
    2 points
  34. And here's another observation...
    1 point
  35. Muslim doesn’t worry me at all. South African on the other hand... And anyone connected with PSM Commissioners fills me with more dread than Houghton and Henderson combined.
    1 point
  36. What do you mean what has he done. He's come on here and informed the few instead of the police where it matters.
    1 point
  37. Have a trawl. I can remember it too but not the context. The point with this one is that it’s high profile, and it’s an easy jump to see a case collapse due to a well meaning but unfortunately placed comment. I’m sure nobody would want that.
    1 point
  38. Apologies for ambushing the thread Derek but use of the phrase "The Cops" implies some elite force which clearly the island does not have. Sadly the IOM force has a few glaring holes in the recruitment policy - there should be a general ask about town before employing - there are some thoroughly barely employable elsewhere ones in the Police - including a current Sgt. whose father begged his previous employer to not press charges for nicking tools off site and selling them on (he doesn't wear glasses) and a couple of tall CID chaps that essentially are home address mixed gender boxing champs.
    1 point
  39. That, is a gem! Now each of those would have ten assistants plus all of the other areas where jobs have been created as big government has moved in. It comes to something when 10% of the population works for the government! Even the Nazis didn't have those kind of ratios!
    1 point
  40. And there's a valid reason why they hate you.
    1 point
  41. It’s a common saying around here that the fish stinks from the head down
    1 point
  42. A couple earning a combined 41k are around 4.4k better off in a year on the island than the UK. This is in the case of one person working and the other person not working as you can make a combined tax return in the IOM and not in the UK. After combining your personal allowance and then paying standard rate of tax (28000 tax free and 10% on the remaining 13000) you pay around £1300 tax on a combined income of 41k. In the UK it would have been £5700. So its around £4400 less.. But it all depends on their expenses.If they are renting then that could take away much of those savings.
    1 point
  43. Cancelled anyway. But in general, in the past I’ve found them to be very sympathetic and accommodating to requests to change if the weather looks dicey. If you do it in advance it makes it easier for them.
    1 point
  44. Airfield is ok for riders, but not a great spec for spectators though is it ? The road races were fantastic.
    1 point
  45. Is that Johnny Weissmuller on her dress?
    1 point
  46. i was saved by my out of date flash player.
    1 point
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