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  1. I just don't understand how you've managed to get yourself so worked up. I'm not seeing this mass hysteria that you are, I don't know anyone suffering from it, and while I do go on facebook I don't take much notice of the crazies. The most hysterical things Ive seen are your posts, of golfer, or on the bus, or mr newbie. Who all make the same points over and over again.
    7 points
  2. I don't remember Thomas doing a press briefing. Probably a good thing as they only started 8 weeks or so ago so by now he would probably be about half way through his answer to the first question. Listening to Vogan poetry was meant to be torture but I reckon a Thomas press conference would run it close. Oh freddled gruntbuggly.
    6 points
  3. I would get rid of Tynwald in it's current guise. A small but tasteful and modern "debating chamber". No more wigs or trappings or getting done up like Little Lord Fauntelroy to ponce about the place. CM has to sign off all travel and X's in line with strict guidelines (like the private sector) Keep the Bishop but not his vote. No upper chamber. I've never seen a borough council with two houses, one stuffed with failed politicos, have you? Model it on a UK borough that has a similar population, one decent sized town and similar agricultural outlying area. All
    6 points
  4. There was absolute mass hysteria around which resulted in the lockdown and nonsensical decisions made like the Comis in order to placate a hardcore of people who simply seemed to lose their minds they had been that wound up by the media. And there continues to be strong pockets of hysterical people to this day.
    6 points
  5. I’m here through choice and not accident of birth. Unlike many of its “countrymen”, I’ve a genuine desire to see the place thrive and grow. It is really frustrating and somewhat upsetting that the Island is continually clawed back into the bucket by the crabs, and a good tranche of Government where mediocrity seems to be an acceptable aspiration.
    5 points
  6. It is very concerning why so few takers but I think we know why not, gov tend to want to control everything on the island and I can only imagine how meetings between prospective business people and IOM civil servants would have gone. From my limited dealings with a few they are in the main arrogant, clueless and give off the impression that they will try and take your idea and do a government version thereby destroying your business plans. The "light regulation" - "where you can" just means that there are no proper regulations to follow/ apply, so the CS make them up as they go, in their favou
    5 points
  7. It's just a little concerning when the public comprises of hysterical lunatics such as yourself.
    5 points
  8. There's no management, micro or otherwise by anybody. No plans for contractors, no scheme of works. It's purely about wading into a huge, publicly funded job justification operation predicated on a pack of lies about threats to public safety. By a collection of imported total incompetents with a supremely arrogant line in bullshit that our elected overseers apparently cannot see through. Even when the entire job goes tits up. We are fucking doomed.
    5 points
  9. The most hysterical people are the ones kicking off about the restrictions, demanding we go back to 'normal' and whining about teachers. Probably English. All the sensible ones are just taking it easy, in the knowledge that we'll get there when we're ready. Traa dy lioarr
    5 points
  10. Or even 26. That's what I'd have gone for. Pointless now though, nobody is going to pay up twice in this short space of time. I would have done it though no problem.
    4 points
  11. So a private company, (MT) in business really only to please their shareholders financially, is given IOM Government money.....OUR MONEY!... ENABLED BY COLLECTION OF TAXES! to provide 'Fibre to the home', a service that should have been supported by MT's parent company as simply an investment for their financial future. Jeez, we are SO gullible as a so called independant nation!!!
    4 points
  12. "irrationally hysterical" You're in a right state there. Have a cup of tea mate.
    4 points
  13. The amount of mhks we have. Why do we need 24 for such a small island? I could probably name about half of them and that's only because this pandemic has thrust a load of them into the limelight
    4 points
  14. Trying to get back on track. Local authorities. My argument is that there is too much micro-parochialism which is also exacerbated by the building of fiefdoms. This is an unnecessary layer of Government in a small population which needs to be agile and progressive to survive into the future.
    4 points
  15. Government genuinely got into this with the right intent, but as usual the people with the budget sign off didn’t really have the first clue what it was all about. Enter the snake oil salesmen who pitch up and sell a vision. Next comes the bureaucracy and the management by committee that is endemic within government and a little empire is created. They hired a couple of real good staff who know what they are doing, but there are several blaggers in there who are earning lots but controbuting little but noise. As I said good intentions, but government have not backed a winner with this one. Som
    3 points
  16. marvelous, i didn't see a water feature on the prom plans ?
    3 points
  17. Abolish the blockchain office. We don't have a MS Access office. We don't have a SQL office. Creating a regulatory regime for one politically-favoured form of storing data electronically is, at best, a waste of taxpayer money, and at worst, an opportunity for crony capitalism and regulatory capture.
    3 points
  18. 3 points
  19. I am though aren’t I? Fairly sure I haven’t posted since Friday; I made my point and my argument and then left it at that. Repeating the same thing over and over (with likes and replies from the same little puddle of sycophants) stifles any real debate. You’re trying to browbeat people into agreeing with you. It’s just so bloody tedious; almost as tedious as calling people a troll when they disagree with you.
    3 points
  20. We’ll always be playing catch-up now with broadband provision. A result of years of Government sitting on its arse crowing about GDP stats. Nothing ‘world-class’ about this.
    3 points
  21. I see this statement of intent lasted a whole 4 posts well done, well done indeed...........
    3 points
  22. Spuan thinks that he is really intelligent - he isn't. Thinks that he is powerful - he isn't. Thinks that he is important - he isn't. Thinks that he is respected - he isn't. Typical Manx politician really!
    3 points
  23. Margaret Knight is apparently Lead Nurse Infection Prevention & Control at Isle of Man DHSC and has been in that position (or equivalent) for nearly 20 years. So you might think it a little late to start asking her to give advice over two months into the crisis. Though, as with most people who appear at these press conferences (present company excepted), she may simply be scared to move off script and was reduced to repeating meaningless and confusing buzzphrases which is apparently the only approved way to communicate with the public. As we saw with the Chief Minister constantly go
    3 points
  24. This. Absolutely no need for commissioners on an Island with a population as it is. Steamline & centralise.
    3 points
  25. Peter Murcott - a blast from the past! Is he still going? I remember him from IOM College, was a good lecturer, sadly though was a bit of a fire and brimstone character, and some strange views. I would abolish the Cabinet Office, along with Chris Thomas. It’s strange that many of its functions, the island already had, but incorporated into other departments. This department is a monolithic dinosaur, allowed to endlessly expand, led by a Boorasaurus.
    3 points
  26. Random on about 60k a year, seemed dozy enough to throw herself under the stationary bus Gave us a laugh though.
    3 points
  27. Watching the woman at at the press conference tonight, seemingly the head of Infection Control I was concerned that she may the medical advisor to the decision makers. She read from a document that seemed about 3 months out of date in respect of advice and when asked a question, fumbled as there was no script for her to refer to. I don’t know who she was but she seemed short of a shilling or two!
    3 points
  28. But the sad thing is that that think they are being dignified. You and I and practically everyone else see Quayle badly reciting badly-written PR guff followed by touchy and confusing replies. He sees it as Howard Quayle World Statesman and there are enough people employed to fuel his delusions that they will continue. The rest of us may be cringing, but they can go on like this forever. But the real problem isn't that they are pompous and self-important where they should be dignified - it's that they think being 'dignified' is the beginning and end of the job. There's no strategy,
    3 points
  29. Can I mention the English now or is it too soon?
    3 points
  30. Cautiously open up locally but keep the border closed. Protect the economy. Let's hope that many of the changes will be permanent. Eg many more people normally working from home -significantly reduced unnecessary business travel etc.
    2 points
  31. The reality is that broadband is provided by commercial companies. It is also the case that the cost involved in delivering fibre to the more remote parts of the Island is far higher than could ever be recovered by reasonable retail charges. There are therefore four options: 1) The provider refuses to cover these areas 2) The provider passes-on these high costs to customers in the remote areas by increased charges 3) The costs for everyone are higher - so those in town centres essentially subsidise the remote customers 4) The government provides a subsidy and contrib
    2 points
  32. Isn't that totally true. A lot of the small mindedness that has gone on in the last 8 weeks or so is simply inexcusable. That poor sod doing that Video on MTTV yesterday. Not only did they apparently cancel his mums life enhancing cancer treatment due to Covid, but she then apparently died and now they seem hellbent on not letting him come here to go to the funeral or support his dad. It’s a crock of shit. There simply is no valid reason for treating people like this. None at all. But there’s still a hardcore of the frightened and hysterical public supporting all this nastiness.
    2 points
  33. You satisfied with it? Its the lack of progress and competition that holds the island back. We should have been years ahead of the game. All we’ve had is a ‘make do’ approach. Manx Telecom engineers are excellent. It’s the strategy that is flawed.
    2 points
  34. I think that you are being unduly harsh on yourself here. Most logical-minded folk would entirely agree with you that there is indeed no place for mass irrationally hysterical behaviour and, given the circumstances, I for one think that you have done well to confine yourself to personal, totally rational hysteria.
    2 points
  35. IOMG and Compassion, definitely non there. The trouble is each Minister and Department is wrapped up in their own importance, the rules is rules mantra and being seen to be adhering slavishly to the rules. Situation whereby the Manx born and raised children wished to return to the island to bury their father has been greeted with derision by box tickers and rules followers. The only time politicos and civil servants will actually listen and change is if they are embarrassed by negative feedback, and there is a online petition which gets publicised, You then get u turns galo
    2 points
  36. Ah yeah, I'd forgot about him. Think he's got a good reason not to be out and about much though.
    2 points
  37. That is apparently true. Leaving you to question what benefit to society has anyone done by being locked up for weeks when key workers have pretty much had free reign to do what they like including coming into the IOM and starting work next day. Different rules for us peasants though. The biggest failure so far is the presumption that we are all too stupid and need to be locked up for everyone’s protection, but they can be trusted to do what they like largely unchecked and without the right protective equipment.
    2 points
  38. I'd also abolish the phrases the new normal and clinical advice. Sick of hearing these out of everyones mouth during the briefings
    2 points
  39. Turning away from the arguments, no new cases today again and now only 11 active cases. HOwie has asked for a paper on border options for CoMin this week!
    2 points
  40. Bonkers to bail out airlines
    2 points
  41. But you're not 'telling the truth.' You're spouting your opinion; some of which may be true. There's a big difference and failing to realise that is the hallmark of a particular kind of dimness; the kind that thinks it's very clever but isn't really. Your Trumpian insults and belittling of anyone who doesn't share your opinion as being frightened or hysterical is filling these pages with tedious repetition. You disagree with lock down; you think everything should be open. We all know what you think so how about giving it a rest; you're boring.
    2 points
  42. In an ideal world people like you should have been jailed at the start for your own safety
    2 points
  43. The government whipped people into a paranoid frenzy. Which is why you had families queuing the other day to get into B and Q in basically hazmat suits and breathing apparatus.
    2 points
  44. No change there then...
    2 points
  45. Mostly on here ………………..
    2 points
  46. Insurance companies who have let customers down during this crisis.Its annoying having to talk to professional payout evaders,that are employed by some companies.I exclude Direct line,who were brilliant when i was robbed in Nice , France, last summer,their service was outstanding..
    2 points
  47. 2 points
  48. Amen to all that brother. And god bless you for the reprieve you granted to the Felt Museum monorail. May your camels multiply.
    2 points
  49. this didn't take long to go spectacularly wrong...
    2 points
  50. He's not popular with port Erin residents except for the 100s of wattersons!
    2 points
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