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  1. Hmmm personal freedoms. I can go to work, meet friends, go shopping, eat out, go to the pub and pretty much come and go as I please. Yes there is a 14 day self-isolation thing, but when I look around at the rest of the British Islands right now, I'll take that. I'm not really bothered about the basis on which it was done and the medical evidence is of no interest to me as I have no medical qualifications. PS Nice work JW - long overdue.
    12 points
  2. The authority comes from the electorate in electing a representative via the democratic process. Well, that's the theory. And if those individuals don't carry out the electorate's wishes and/or perform then come election time the electorate will have its say and remove/elect new. That is democratic accountability. As opposed to the DOI mandarins who are subject to no such process. Seemingly they cannot be disciplined for failings nor fired, even for instances of gross negligence. Consider the number of DOI failings over the past 5 years which have had to be exposed via FOI (and also
    5 points
  3. I believe that this is the revised version but there have been objections from the public and as far as I can see, there has been insufficient time for anyone to review it? People are trying to get the plan delayed until after the 2021 census but I believe that unless this plan is put through Tynwald before this year end, it will have to be completely revisited from scratch? This may not be such a bad thing inview of the apparent neglect of brown field sites and Paul Craine's recent analysis of the shrinking school rolls. I'm all for a vibrant island which is self sustainable but the plan seem
    4 points
  4. Despite the objections and concerns of many, and the fact that Tynwald managed to hold over discussion until next months sitting, the Eastern Area Plan will not be changed, says our Lord and Emperor! With what authority does this man act? The plan is laid before Tynwald for discussion and it seems that King Howard has deemed that the only discussion will be a form of wording? https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/eastern-area-plan-withdrawn-from-october-sitting-of-tynwald/
    4 points
  5. According to the IOM Newspapers piece, Quayle seems to have had a complete strop: But in a statement Chief Minister Howard Quayle said: ’In offering an extension to all members for a month I would like to clarify that the plan cannot be changed. ’We can give reassurances about how things will work going forward but if members feel they want the plan changed they are wasting their time with an extension.’ Clearly the main reason they have had to shelve it is because they don't have the votes to get it through and are hoping to twist arms. But telling Tynwald Members that they'r
    4 points
  6. In my honest opinion the last time I was present and heard from Dr Ewart she sounded quite dismayed and almost angry that the (my words) lack of planning or development that had gone on before her arrival with regards to Public Health. Frankly I don't think she could believe how it had been run beforehand (or financed) and almost seemed disenchanted with the political system that had allowed it become the way it was. Just my view so may be misleading. I still rate her and think she has been good for the island with her sometimes quite frank approach.
    4 points
  7. @Banker @Neil Down @Nom de plume @thesultanofsheight@TheTeapot You can all take a week off.
    4 points
  8. I think this is one reason why things have got even worse since they got rid of the direct labour force. Government-employed manual workers are more likely to speak up because they are harder to sack if they say the 'wrong' thing and often will have more knowledge of having worked in the area or on similar jobs before. When work is carried out by a long chain of contractors and sub-contractors everyone just keeps quiet and tries to work out who they will blame when it goes wrong. Of course if management are more concerned with protecting their egos than doing a good job, then they want
    4 points
  9. Well. Let’s hope Howie doesn’t take his expert epidemiological advice from travel agents. First, the prevalence is about 5 per 100,000, 1 per 20,000. Way below levels at which all our border controls would have been dismantled. Second, the detected live cases aren’t out in the community any more. They’re self isolating. Third, GSY has an efficient working track & trace. Yes, there’s a risk, but I’d never had you down as a Karen, Max.
    3 points
  10. Merged the two threads together
    3 points
  11. Thank you sir, for the clarification. His title 'Honourable' is enough to stick in my craw just now anyway.
    3 points
  12. None of our politicians use, or are entitled to use, Right Honourable. That designates membership of the Privy Council.
    3 points
  13. Indeed. I recall listening to her when she made her first appearance at a Tynwald Committee sitting. She was scathing about the lack of basic data, particularly statistics on cancer treatments, subsequent deaths and mortality reporting in general, as I recall.
    3 points
  14. would it be possible for the DDB's to take a week as well and perhaps WTF for calling me a "twat" ( in response to a polite post about the Onchan election) 🤣, asking for a friend.
    3 points
  15. Management do not accept questioning as a part of the role of a labourer, they are there to do what they are told whether right or wrong, if you do ask any ackward questions your days are numbered and they will drive you out. I know plenty who have been sent to the naughty corner for questioning the management and are kept away in case they speak out, and not only in the CS but manual workers also.
    3 points
  16. He constantly refers to his need to ask someone or refer to others before answering, conveniently forgetting he is the one in charge. Supposedly.
    3 points
  17. They'll all come crawling out of the woodwork as the election approaches.
    3 points
  18. One might argue this matter is slightly more serious perhaps. Policy is affecting civil freedoms.
    3 points
  19. Let's face it, more than half of Tynwald have had a 6 month skive really. There are certain members (of either house) that I'm now struggling to recall their names; that's how absent they've been.
    3 points
  20. I agree, but I believe that we should be tackling the brownfield sites first before expanding Douglas. Who would want to live here when the capital is a bombsite?
    2 points
  21. The Laxey flood of last year was another. Recommendations from the 2015 flood report were given lip service and little else. The ARUP report of this year had its conclusion redacted. They did mention that lack of maintenance and the big hole in the wall left by the contractors were contributory factors but without a conclusion there were no lessons to be learned from (for once). As with the 2015 flood where, had the bus been full of children the story would have been very different, in the October 2019 flood, there was also a lucky escape. Houses were floode
    2 points
  22. With very few exceptions: During election time, on the doorstep, the candidates say they will represent you and look after your interests. As soon as they are elected they look after themselves and snuggle in with the civil servants. A cynical view I realize but one I have formed over quite a few elections
    2 points
  23. Correct I posted they spelt my name incorrectly which elicited your response I freely admit that on occasions I can be ' a bit of a ****😂 If ever I'm unaware/forget that I have erred I'm fortunate in that 'management' reminds me Just saying
    2 points
  24. Most of his ministerial output to date has been to announce delays with the Prom scheme. He inherited this situation to be fair but reading through the available minutes of meetings appears to indicate that he's still proving to be impotent in respect of getting things moving any better, his requests and demands are consistently not met (or ignored). DOI will chew him up, make a scapegoat out of him and toss him back to the electorate who will make a decision on "his failings". As the DOI have with so many before.
    2 points
  25. On Manx Radio yesterday morning Tim Baker MHK described himself as a bold and ambitious operator. He has to 31st March before his newly found exuberance of ego vanishes into a puddle on the promenade.
    2 points
  26. Thank you for the link. It's not the tools for assessment it is about who does it, and who they are answerable to. As you know our own Monitoring Board and health service committees are paid for and reported to Comin / Tynwald but precious little comes back in a timely manner to the public. The responses to those annual reports are also not shared. Bad practice in my view. Lots of information that those two groups for example may help provide with background information to peoples complaints citing any organisational problems / governance failures. But the most they do is an annual repor
    2 points
  27. I watched the half hour. I thought, on the whole, he handled things OK. He is of course at the mercy of a number of civil servants who are supposed to provide in depth answers to pre asked questions. Many of those people are simply not up to scratch and making life harder than it needs to be for this type of thing. The comical one was the question about the CM making decisions on his own. I mean, seriously?
    2 points
  28. FOI? What we're seeing here is no different to the everyday withholding of information on every other subject by Govt.
    2 points
  29. It’s hard to see what the big secret is? Juan W. Made a good point in tha once policy was made, the working out should be a matter of public record. The exceptions of National Security Clearly apply, but we are not at war here. We are trying to take the public with us in all this, and secrecy has no valid part to play. It is even more telling when COMIN are unable to add any validation to their approach.
    2 points
  30. Did she say it, or is that Manx Radio being clever?
    2 points
  31. Why not indeed. Something very strange is going on. And it’s not Covid.
    2 points
  32. See the Covid Mary’s are all over Facebook demanding the Guernsey flights are stopped or all passengers to isolate for 14 days as they have 2 cases !!! The whole world is just paranoid!
    2 points
  33. He's actually right. It's an ongoing issue i believe and HQ has exactly the same problem. Dealing with civil servants who want to do the minimum 🙄
    1 point
  34. 946 houses for immediate allocation. 440 green field at edge of settlement being Vicarage Rd (100) ballanard woods (40) and 300 wrapped round braddan cemetery. The other 500 in town. See table 19 for immediate allocations on p. 112. https://www.gov.im/media/1370409/adopted-written-statement-final-21st-september-2020.pdf Most of the debate against was middle aged middle class nimbyism dressed up as environmental concern. If it doesnt pass its a developers unstructured free for all based on local plans which are 20+ years old
    1 point
  35. There is something about it in the Annual report. And you can easily contact the Chair. some cops openly welcome external scrutiny. In the IOMC it is long, long overdue. Personally I think the inspection will find a mixed bag, of excellent and poor performance. But it is then easy to develop. It’s a bit like pissing in the wind otherwise
    1 point
  36. They can only do that with publishers consent.
    1 point
  37. It's an information thing. Do you expect him to magic numbers off the top of his head?
    1 point
  38. And then much the same bunch will get voted in 'because I went to school with them'.
    1 point
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  40. Could be. Helicopters were quick enough to arrive here in the early days too. Maybe our Govt's calls and judgements in respect of our COVID situation aren't as "independent" as they'd like everybody to think they are? Because if they're not taking qualified local scientific opinion, whose are they taking?
    1 point
  41. We’ll find eventually that the whole thing was largely decided upon and implemented by Cabinet Office who saw a chance to use emergency legislation written at the start of WW2 as a way of bringing in some sort of warped police state that then went on a jailing binge that would have been the envy of any African Banana Republic as they were high on special powers. The first move seems to have been to get rid of Chris Thomas who seemed to want some sense of proportionality and accountability woven into the Emergency Laws and Border Policy.
    1 point
  42. Yes he was struggling a bit !! Now keys & Tynwald are back he can’t keep hiding & dodging the questions which will continue because of his dictatorial style
    1 point
  43. I think you will find she volunteered to work at hospital as a qualified nurse during the major infections stage and this is first Tynwald since July so instead of sniping at someone who has contributed just keep quiet!
    1 point
  44. Wasn't part of the role of Nightingale hospitals basically that they would take on the role of looking after those too ill to be saved and provide palliative care? If you were shoved in the ExCel you knew your odds were bad. Of course, today's figures in the UK are suggesting hospitalisations rocketing up, at a rate of around 150% week on week. 21st Oct - 5,828 14th Oct - 4,146 7th Oct - 2,944 30th Sept - 1,958 23rd Sept - 1,381 16th Sept - 894 7,420 patients in hospital as of now - highest since 27th May. At the peak of the virus, the highest was 19,849
    1 point
  45. He is a poo-poo. "Protect the NHS" is more slogan-y than "take measures to mitigate the number of concurrent hospitalizations so we don't run out of breathy-good-make-feel-nices"
    1 point
  46. Try questioning an architect. "Are you absolutely sure this is correct?" doesn't go down well.
    1 point
  47. I would suggest that govt. have already paid out far more than a real proper job would have cost.
    1 point
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