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  1. Expect better from you on this. You like driving fast and think you should be allowed to go for it ‘if it’s safe for you’. So do I actually, but in an attempt to follow Spock’s principle that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few I’d be happy to relinquish those rights. My views on speed limits and overtaking on the mountain are nothing to do with my personal comfort and all to do with overall road safety. You’ve either misunderstood my thoughts, or are being deliberately obtuse making me out to be a selfish twat who is personally uncomfortable driving at speed. I’m not, and like I say I expected better from you.
    7 points
  2. It is not just about swearing how do think the children felt when this stupid woman started shouting and following their father ? She got off lightly, bullies like her are disgusting even if she had not been swearing screaming abuse at a man whilst he had his children with him, or not, is dreadful she seems a right piece of work.
    6 points
  3. With the exception of Jessopp, the other candidates weren't standing on a party platform, were they? Also, they're not on here making dodgy claims about having published more policy than anyone. If you'd trundled along as an independent and just blurted out "Hey! I'm Michael Josem, vote for me because I think there should be more houses and less paedos!", then fine. But you didn't, you stood as a representative of a party that's been around for a sufficient amount of time for it to have figured out a solid political identity and nailed down the details. So, you're coming up with a question that: is only indirectly related to the topic at hand, that being whether you did present a detailed and coherent policy platform and what relation, if any, this bears to Liberal Vannin central policies (should they exist), and is impossible to answer without surveying all of the people who didn't vote for you, then you pull an estimate out of thin air, and proudly declare it's 'another way of thinking about it'? A bit of unforgivably condescending advice: ease up on the rhetoric. As fun as it is, it's off-putting and you're not great at it.
    6 points
  4. I was bemused by a protest outside a government building on a public holiday.
    5 points
  5. Typical selfish driver’s attitude. It’s fine for you as you’re no doubt an above average driver with lightening quick reaction times, just like almost everyone else if asked to self-rate their ability. For the safety of us all however speed limits and other restrictions should be determined with reference to the slightly below average driver.
    5 points
  6. Whereas you give out all the signals of being a total muppet.
    5 points
  7. I would imagine it’s killed most of the people it was going to kill by this stage (old and vulnerable) and now its shooting around the general population with minimal impact. As should have happened at the start they should have just protected the old and the vulnerable and just let everyone else get on with taking sensible measures and precautions. Not pursuing a crazy total lockdown policy which is destroying the whole economy and wrecking the lives of millions of people who are now unemployed.
    4 points
  8. The behaviour of this viral infection is very difficult to understand. Questions - Is the infection fatality rate decreasing for some reason, or is it the same it’s always been, and we’re now seeing loads of cases due to testing more, and it’s millennials going to raves getting it rather than nursing home residents? Is there a seasonal effect? Vitamin D? Being outside? Have all the people really susceptible to this new virus been killed off and the rest of us have either had it, are immune to it, or are minimally affected by it? Has this led to populations such as the UK effectively having herd immunity now and covid has become another common cold in that population?
    4 points
  9. Of course it didn't. Politicians rarely answer questions.
    4 points
  10. It is, as I said the other day the sprinters with the tail lifts are around £60-70k new. Look at Van Monster, a crew bus about 3 years old is less than £18k I know the local buses have "extras" but who will want them? Are there any other organisations running mini bus fleets? That buy second hand? There is a market for the proper buses, the UK bus companies love Bus Vannin but I do not see any way out of this madness other than massive losses to you and I. FFS the hospital has just took delivery of a better MRI machine, £1.2mill - Paid for by charity, THAT IS WHAT WE NEED TO BE BUYING, not shitty crew buses for someone playing at running a bus company. Seriously, why are we getting MRI machines by charity. If we can buy 80 crew buses we can buy the very best MRI and staff it with similar.
    4 points
  11. Ah the memories...………………………...remember the good ol days when the Police actually policed the roads...……... Them were the days.....
    4 points
  12. I'm not sure that that's true, but lets assume that it is. To add my own take to Roger's post about greater volume not implying greater detail, a large part of your offering struck me as being considerably padded out by rhetoric, soundbites and repetition, with little in the way of actual substance that might indicate your general stance on issues. Most importantly in relation to joebean's post, there's nothing there to indicate whether these are purely personal policies or Liberal Vannin's policies that would have applied to any other Lib Van candidate were this a general election. Take your stance on protecting community safety from crime as an example. Despite there being five paragraphs dedicated to this in your manifesto, there's not actually much there that directly addresses the stated topic apart from a single sentence about monitoring offenders. The bulk of the rest of it is about adjusting sentencing guidelines. Following your campaign, I have no idea where you or, more to the point, Liberal Vannin stand on things such as community policing, staffing levels, etc., that directly relate to community safety. As for the economy, your proposal largely boils down to increasing construction with a little bit on increasing local retail spending. That's fine, but those are just two sectors and it doesn't really say much about the wider economy or what your general disposition on it is. I kinda get the the impression you're a bit of a free marketeer (and haven't spent much time thinking about how free markets actually work, or don't, in a tiny economy like the Isle the Man), but that's a conclusion inferred only from a couple of bits you've written and said about competition. Again, there's no indication whether to vote for another Liberal Vannin candidate would be to vote for a similar platform. Party politics usually consists of candidates standing on a common and broad ideological platform and then relating that platform to specific local issues in each constituency. That way the electorate largely knows exactly what they're getting and how it stands to affect their community. The problem with a limited 'shared ethos' approach is that you end up each constituency being presented with a bitty grab bag of individual policies with little indication of how they interrelate.
    4 points
  13. I feel the time has come to let it run it's course unabated before the whole world crashes and burns!
    3 points
  14. Some people are dicks, simple as that. Now, there may be reasons or explanations as to why, which may or may not be indicative of a mental health issue. But, if every transgression or example of anti social behaviour is potentially due to some factor beyond the individual's control, then we are effectively alleviating everyone's obligation to be responsible for their own actions.
    3 points
  15. No-one has complete freedom to do what they want. A person's freedom is always limited by the rules of society and the laws of the country. There are some similarities between the laws in all civilised countries - murder is illegal of course, but also all countries use speed limits as part of its road safety measures. But the IoM singularly stands apart from the rest of the world in respect of no speed limits on 2-way roads. With regard to safety in general, a country should look at what is done in other countries and adopt best practice. Clearly the IoM gov. does not do that in this respect. There are individuals in other countries who do not want speed limits, and clearly there are people posting on this forum that have that view. For individuals to have such views is acceptable (although I disagree with them), but it is not acceptable to me that a government should take this view. So why does the gov. not impose speed limits? Well, one possibility is that they believe that there would be a reduced number of visitors during the TT and MGP - i.e. the possible financial loss to the hotel trade and brewery outweighs the value of human life. If some MHKs do hold that view it says rather a lot about their morality. Apart from that, what possible justification is there?
    3 points
  16. I’m definitely investing in this. I’ve just seen some magic beans for sale on FB and the vendors will only take Manncoin.
    3 points
  17. There is no breeding. Many just the result of alcohol induced wayward sperm insemination.
    3 points
  18. You've made about 40 posts to this thread between the day it started and the day of the election election. That's about one per day, and a fair proportion of those posts were short and sweet directions to a campaign video, an interview, or your manifesto. That being the case, do you honestly believe that nothing but the time spent posting on here is what threw the election?
    3 points
  19. Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width.
    3 points
  20. Here's another way of thinking about it, 77% of politicians do answer questions 84% of the time but 26% of people asking the questions only listen 48% of the time
    3 points
  21. I remember being stopped driving out of Laxey. I was driving a red truck. The policeman ( I think John Hall ?) gave me a bollocking then, smiled and said “ it may well be red, but it’s not a ****** fire engine”. Good old days.
    3 points
  22. Is it not 40? 64km/h is 40mph... Hell of a lot of difference in energy between 30 and 40mph.
    3 points
  23. It was good to pay tribute to the shopworkers, bin men, posties, parcel couriers, food delivery people, farmers, folk that diversified from their normal day job - too many to mention - to keep the IOM going during a global pandemic...... as well as the emergency services. I watched the parade lap and felt extremely proud.
    3 points
  24. W-G-MM I take it you've bought into the zero carbon footprint by 2050 that will not make one iota to the world. When a Chinese town of approx 100,000 makes it to this ideal then the isle of man should strive to this match it. Until then save the money them there buffoons are squandering on a pipe dream that will drag us cap in hand to England with a begging bowl because we will be bankrupt.
    3 points
  25. It's not a paedophiles' charter unless you're saying that accusation should be the same as conviction. No one is saying that names should be protected if someone is found guilty (except in the current situation when it is done to protect the victim). If there is a problem it's that the media on the Island can't be bothered to follow long court proceedings and so end up reporting just the accusations and not the contents or sometimes even results of trials. Inadequate publication by the Courts of verdicts, sentencing remarks etc doesn't help either.
    3 points
  26. That museum guy as you called him was a perfectly law abiding individual who did absolutely nothing wrong . The case was thrown out in record time and was mentioned at the trial that the mother had coached child to try & get money. However his name was dragged through the mud for no reason and his life nearly ruined
    3 points
  27. Being a chav isnt a criminal offence. Swearing and shouting at someone in a busy street is though.
    3 points
  28. I'd be suspicious of any company operating out of those hot desks in Queen Victoria house myself, like that Ettyl fights one that was making noises just before the 'rona.
    2 points
  29. I don't believe in any 'Manx Tech' company that can't even stick an SSL cert on their site. Even a free one would do. I also like to know who the fuck people are.
    2 points
  30. Her shop can't have been open the whole time because it's a clothes shop and it would have been illegal to keep that open at the start of the pandemic. What she may have meant is that it was open for the whole time of the election campaign, which is what you would expect, because that only started once such shops were allowed to open and government support for them stopped. If she doesn't take her earnings out of the business in terms of a salary, that means she isn't paying income tax or NI on it. So she wouldn't have been entitled to MERS in any case. She may be paying other taxes on it of course, but one usual reason that people don't pay themselves a salary is to minimise what tax and NI they pay. Ironically in defending her, you're actually making her look worse.
    2 points
  31. If you could even get your point across in vaguely coherent English that might make a difference. But you can’t even do that in favour of sounding like a complete spaz. I know you definitely can’t spell the word “probably” but I assume that you might know what it means? It’s not a statement of fact.
    2 points
  32. You all call other far worse. So many lies and untruth put on on this forum. Josum has caled it out several times. Why was just said about Christian clearly untrue. Or another way, a lie. If the cap fits?? I guess the truth hurts- not that you’d know it
    2 points
  33. Talking - or writing - shite is one thing Calling us liars is quite another
    2 points
  34. The Courier must be grateful for the advertising though. With this weeks four page wrap for Manncoin they managed to get to 10 whole pages in the incredibly shrinking doormat filler this week.
    2 points
  35. Among several upcoming projects, this one in particular caught my eye. What could possibly go wrong?
    2 points
  36. It seems that we are breeding people with no pride in their appearance and behavior on this island, the place is becoming scumbag central!
    2 points
  37. I wouldn’t take it all that way. Christian campaigned very early and actually it was a good ploy as many hadn’t returned to work and were working from home so she got to see them in the day. Her shop was shut and actually she probably did all her campaigning while claiming MERA so we probably paid for it! Also it’s been pointed out elsewhere in this thread that Quine and his family have lived in that area for about 50 years so you were always going to be an outsider. All you need in the IOM is for a wider circle of family and friends in the area to vote for you and you’re just about made.
    2 points
  38. You were born for politics weren’t you?
    2 points
  39. No, it's the title of a 1967 ITV sitcom. I suspect at least one of us is showing our age with our respective references. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Never_Mind_the_Quality,_Feel_the_Width
    2 points
  40. Oh no, I think there's a lot of other time I spent that wasn't effectively used. Indeed, the dozens of posts and articles on various policy issues I made on my website probably didn't help me to win as much as knocking on more doors would have. Continuing to volunteer on a weekly basis for the foodbank probably didn't help me to win as much as knocking on more doors would have. Spending time engaging on social media so much probably didn't help me to win as much as knocking on more doors would have. Meeting with various people with various policy concerns (everything from animal welfare campaigners to child sexual abuse campaigners and so on) probably didn't help me to win as much as knocking on more doors would have. Continuing to volunteer with my former employer to help workers get jobs on building sites probably didn't help me to win as much as knocking on more doors would have. There's a whole bunch of things which didn't help me to win as much as knocking on more doors would have. Especially given the very narrow nature of the result, dropping just one of those things might well have swayed the election. I guess so? They apparently made better choices - It certainly made them more effective at winning votes. The result is pretty persuasive evidence of that! Look at it from the point of view of any rational candidate in the future: why would you bother engaging here, if you can spend that time speaking directly with voters? You'd have to have rocks in your head to post here.
    2 points
  41. so if that isn't why you lost, have you worked out the actual reason yet?
    2 points
  42. I think is just the same formula used when we are told our speed when stopped by a bobby
    2 points
  43. it looks like a shit hen do
    2 points
  44. Depreciation alone must be colossal.
    2 points
  45. What is that Devon fellow's malfunction? He seems to feel that no passing bandwagon is complete without his presence?
    2 points
  46. Good and bad in private housing as well. I've lived in both. Found some good people in council house.
    2 points
  47. This is a weird criticism to make in the wake of an election where the Liberal Vannin candidate literally published more about where he stood on policy than literally every other candidate combined. If you think the more words devoted to something, the firmer an idea people will have about it, you clearly have never read an Isle of Man Government document.
    2 points
  48. A fiver. That's all it takes really.
    2 points
  49. Travelling north over the mountain from Douglas, down into the Gooseneck, there's next to nothing to indicate a very tight hairpin bend. Only one sign that shows a 60 degree turn. That catches out a lot of inexperienced drivers who don't know the road. They come down from maybe 70 or 80mph and have got no chance of getting round. It's been this way for as long as I've been driving.
    2 points
  50. And therefore justified I guess? I do remember a similar case years ago, which was dropped quietly, but not until the reputational damage was already done.
    2 points
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