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  1. So do I get this right? We had a car park on the site that the DOI got the parking fees on. Then we sold this site on to a private developer for a peppercorn amount to be developed but then the private developer asks the DOI for permission to use it as a car park which the private developer presumably will collect the fees on until the site is developed? Nope, definitely doesn’t sound dodgy at all.
    4 points
  2. Correct. I live in a 20 mph area. Regularly see people doing 35-40 mph. Every day.
    4 points
  3. That's true, you could also make the argument that someone who has never shown any interest in your area in the previous 5 years and has never lived there suddenly (and cynically) rocks up in August to win your vote because they figure they have a better chance of getting in there than elsewhere hasn't got your area's best interests at heart but their own.
    4 points
  4. More than two-thirds of BLM donations ($millions) to the mother organisation go towards salaries and "consultant" fees. Says it all (apologies if this has already been discussed). Whatever the original intentions, the "BLM" brand is just being used as a political and money making vehicle by a vast number of opportunists. But "the left" won't allow criticism of BLM: to criticise BLM = being a filthy racist. A person can be anti-racist AND anti-BLM at the same time.
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  5. I’ve never met HM Sole, or spoken to him. Don’t really know anything about him other than what’s been in the media. I don’t consider myself particularly cultured, but I am surprised so many people seem to miss the fact that he is an artist, and even I can see that this is a ‘performance’. It’s art as political commentary, and in that regard it’s very clever. He is presenting himself as detached absolute royalty with ludicrously overblown and aggrandising ideas BEFORE he’s elected, rather than becoming that after the vote. You don’t have to look very far here to find people referring to o
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  6. There is nothing dodgy going on that's for sure. @The Dog's Dangly Bits said so.
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  7. I take it you'll be volunteering to join the MRFWB in your spare time (at 4 mph): the Manx Red Flag Waving Brigade. And watch out, your brain explodes when you travel at more than 10 mph.
    3 points
  8. In the current system that's obviously possible but the populace tend to have a bias towards people in their own community. So if you move to a party system it will become a matter of maximising your number of candidates who get elected in order to have a majority to control the Government. Well Douglas and Onchan hold 10 of the 24 seats, 14 if you bleed over into Garff & Middle. So what party is going to put the effort into swaying the voters of Bride or traipse through the farms of Andreas, irrespective of the origin of the candidate.
    3 points
  9. I think your Ramsey assessment is correct but, as you are well aware, and as Donald has already alluded, the North does not only consist of Ramsey.
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  10. Really?? You mean you can't just go off on an incoherent rant and hurl random abuse around? If only you'd laid down that marker years ago everything might have been so different. I do love MF.
    3 points
  11. The trouble is the voters don't know who's arguing for decent, sensible things in COMIN and then taking flack for stupid decisions they voted against. So it prevents us making an informed decision come election time. Collective responsibility works with a party system because the party takes the flack or the praise at the next election. Here, we don't know whether our MHK is proposing sensible policies to COMIN and voting against bad ones or the reverse. So come election time the sensible ones may carry the can for the dullards and the fools bask in the glory from good decisions they oppo
    3 points
  12. Okay, I promise not to bring up the Marxism thing again Declan, and slap me down if I do. I still have extreme reservations about the BLM organisation, their aims and the way they go about things. I believe that many people within the UK wing do genuinely believe that they are effectively fighting racism and have very laudable aims. Unfortunately, there are also many who are in seemingly senior positions in BLM who are perpetuating racism by their very words and actions, influencing otherwise well intentioned followers.
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  13. It looks like you are re-posting trivial points about the American organisation, which you've found on alt-right facebook pages to discredit all anti-racism activity. All this blathering about Marxism is about a tiny part of the whole. Even if the originators were Marxist, the movemnet has outgrown them. And Marxism isn't a great worry - Marxist organisations in the west always splinter and schism before they they get near power. Besides the dominant political movement of the age isn't Marxism or Liberalism or even Conservativism. What worries me far more is this ... https://www.foxn
    3 points
  14. Hypothesis: The Stevensons were part of the Stanley's crowd that moved to the Island with them, then took a governing almost heredity role in the Island. I wonder could you call them part of an Anglo-Manx elite. They seem to have taken part in the administration of the empire. Did they treat their roles in Tynwald in the same manner they would a commission administer part to India? (http://www.isle-of-man.com/manxnotebook/famhist/families/awm1889/stvnsn_b.htm ) I wonder whether in truth Stevenson was more of a threat to democratic self-determination for the Manx, presumably than any
    3 points
  15. Perhaps the 'landgrabber' bit was in reference to his 14th century antecedents. Long memories, the Manx.
    3 points
  16. I'm not sure you can provide good scrutiny whilst committing yourself to cabinet collective rsponsibility
    3 points
  17. It looks to me that people are using Black Lives Matter - an organisation in America, and a few people in that organisation - to dismiss the entire Black Lives Matter movement - a worldwide protest against racism. It's not clear whether they are doing that because they think challenging racism is a bad thing or because they're nievely influenced by alt-right social media.
    3 points
  18. I see as well that in the haste to evacuate the Chamber yesterday that there couldn't have been any time to debate or consider the latest PS Pensions figures situation which is tucked away on iomtoday (sorry, can't link but I've drawn the salient figures to post). A £10.3M shortfall in annual funding for 2019 albeit down from the £13.6M in 2018. Govt employer contributions contributing to this by paying only 15.4% as opposed to the actuarially recommended 20.3%. Contributions and income of £64.5M vs £74.9M in outgoings. Total liability up £448M to £4.171BN. Contributed to b
    3 points
  19. Why doesn't he drop the HM and use Richard, or Robert, or anything like that...?
    3 points
  20. They are fascistic. And Helix our kid, you're starting to lose the not inconsiderable respect you were gaining.
    3 points
  21. Not me. But whoever did may have been stealing my thoughts. No chance of that now, not since I invented the hypergalactic electromagnetic bioelectrical brain magnet during a round of eight dimensional tennis with Kofi Annan. You can have one too, for the low, low price of £1,452. It looks remarkably like a slipper filled with mince. Buy two and impress your friends and visiting dignitaries!
    3 points
  22. 100 years ago, steam driven vehicles with rod operated brakes, clunky steering and suspension and solid tyres could be driven around town at 30mph. Now it's considered dangerous by some to drive our high tech vehicles at that speed with amazing driver aids? Diving at low speed is bad for the engine, reduces concentration and increases CO2 pollution. Idiots! https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/disagreement-in-tynwald-over-20mph-urban-speed-limit/
    2 points
  23. Where/what is the data to suggest that further restrictions on the motorist are necessary? Or are we, as usual, just amassing regulation and restrictions on the public for the sake of it?
    2 points
  24. P.C. Andrew Harper verdict brought in today. Three teenagers guilty of murder manslaughter. If P.C. Harper had been black they'd have been convicted of murder. There were attempts to intimidate the jury. The courts are playing political correctness because they're from the traveller community. Say it ain't so...
    2 points
  25. You couldn't make it up.... you really couldn't!
    2 points
  26. I'm assuming that the DoI are reluctant to allow parking there for fear that the planned development turns into, a car park!
    2 points
  27. I suppose the theory is that some degree of accountability of the executive is provided by the votes cast by each MHK. That is to say, each area is assumed to elect someone who reflects the predominant values and disposition of that area, who then exercises a vote for or against the chief minister after the general election. It's a bit of a fudge, I know, but I think that's the thinking behind the current system. That said, I'm not sure party politics is necessarily a remedy for the situation you describe. If no parties stand in your area, or if only small parties do, you still have th
    2 points
  28. thats the point really, coupled with what Max said at the start. when i was first driving everyone had a mini, at 50 mph it felt like you were doing 100 and about to leave the road, modern cars are so comfy and quiet inside that even when you're doing 40 mph you feel like your doing 20 in your old 70's mini, people get used to the feel of speed and modern cars don't feel fast.
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  29. The CM may have limited powers but has power to appoint ministers so if you don’t agree with him you’re out! Chris Thomas a good example, Harmer & cregeen completely useless but just get moved sideways
    2 points
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  31. Yeah, but a dictator is just a puny human: filled with all the same kinds of bias, nonsense, and delusions of free will his or her fellow meatbags share. But something like a series coin-flips...now there's a decision methodology that favours none and is immune to influence. Exciting too! One year: heads! Everyone gets £30,000 dumped in their accounts, gratis. Next year: tails! Everyone called Dave is mining tin with their bare hands.
    2 points
  32. I'd vote for del boy. Hell, I voted Pam Ayres last time.
    2 points
  33. Well it might do, but I'd suggest that you're as likely to get mediocrity from Douglas as you are from one of the other parishes And realistically how can you tell which electoral zone is going to be filled with mediocrity until people come forward? Lets imagine there is currently The Wooley Flint Party in operation and having witnessed a field of hopefuls come forward for a by election that seems a little light on quality you send forth one of your hopefuls, Sir D'Clan of Rushen who has never knowingly set foot in Douglas South, on your party ticket. Maybe you'd have a really good
    2 points
  34. That's the big downside to party politics within the Westminster style parliamentary system, as even a cursory glance at the UK (or even just England) shows. The simplest solution, albeit not perfect, is often to have much stronger local authorities/governments and delegate most local matters to them. I'm also not sure it's right or fair to describe a community or area showing preference for one of its own as 'uber-parochialism'. While some who hold such a preference may well be guilty of parochialism, there is an argument in favour: an MHK's first duty is to represent the wishes and/or
    2 points
  35. Perhaps. I do take your point, but as Derek said, it might also save that area from a choice of mediocrity.
    2 points
  36. it would just become Douglas centric though. Same with any kind of non boundary based system, everything would devolve into the Douglas/Onchan/Braddan pool
    2 points
  37. Surely just enforce the existing 30s? People doing 30mph in 30 zones isn't the problem, people doing 40mph in them is.
    2 points
  38. So the proposal not to allow outside dining on North Quay can't go ahead because of concerns about car parking. When a large carpark sits unused at the end of the Quay, because the DOI are refusing to let it be used for parking. I was talking to a business owner in the area last night and the closure of that carpark has had a detrimental impact on his business. Meanwhile, a brilliant idea that will make better use of the space on North Quay is scuppered by parking problems. I've never understood why they allow cars along there at all since the regeneration.
    2 points
  39. I'm not sure there's much evidence of deep constitutional analysis going into their thinking at the time.
    2 points
  40. Quite possibly. It would be interesting to see what his record in Tynwald was like. On the other hand, if not in favour of self-determination (which they may have been), they may nevertheless have been staunch defenders of the Island's autonomy due to a loyalty to the idea of the Island as a private fiefdom (rather than a belief in the good of the Manx themselves)
    2 points
  41. Oh right so now he’s actually some sort of complex Steve Coogan character rather than a complete loony? I wish he did a good Pauline Calf or Alan Partridge instead of H M aSole. It’s not a very good character to pick. Someone should maybe tell him.
    2 points
  42. "To extract money from people to fund completely incoherent, unachievable, unrealistic projects" is virtually the government's mission statement, so certainly no bar to election!
    2 points
  43. So the greatest ever Manxman was born in India, educated in England, served the UK government with distinction and was appointed to the Manx Parliament by the UK Government.
    2 points
  44. At what point in the last 4/5 years has he claimed to be a performance artist doing a satirical piece on the state of Manx Politics? Perhaps you're over thinking it and really, despite coming across as seeming pleasant, well meaning, intelligent individual, he is a delusional fantasist who is madder than Mad Jack McMad, the winner of last year's "Mr. Madman" competition?
    2 points
  45. I'm more of a t-shirt guy
    2 points
  46. Lob in the EGR valves on petrol engines too. Vehicles simply aren't designed to be used at those sort of speeds and conditions these days. They need to be run fast to keep they and their environmental ancillaries clear.
    1 point
  47. Borges was of course ahead of you.
    1 point
  48. I've never understood why. There are plenty of places on the island you can do whatever speed you fancy, there's absolutely no need to speed in areas that are likely to have kids/animals/whatever running about.
    1 point
  49. I think from the point of view of the majority of people on here it's not challenging racism that's the issue, that is laudable, it's some of the aims of the BLM organisation in general and that includes the British version. I may post some social media items but much of it is echoed elsewhere. Personally, I think it is some of BLMs supporters who are being Naive Declan.
    1 point
  50. No problem IOM and NI are on the Irish Green list. U.K. is not.
    1 point
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