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  1. Ah, but she’s been ‘away’ and learned stuff. changes you, all that...
    12 points
  2. what did you do before the police then ?
    10 points
  3. Not many are magical thinkers, just thinking that the trick is to live with the virus rather than, falsely, expect to eradicate it.
    8 points
  4. Neither, she is honest, which in this day and age is to be applauded and if only Dr RG had some colleagues who had the balls to stand up to the CM we may well be a bit more transparent and have a clear forward plan which we are lacking.
    8 points
  5. How many Consultants do we have in Nobles, along with senior managers and nurses ? They are all publicly very quiet.
    7 points
  6. Why would you be brave to offer your opinion as an expert to a uneducated farmer who just happens to be CM? Just remember come next year he could be back shovelling cowshit out of a barn, I very much doubt the same could be said for the good DR.
    7 points
  7. But, as I'm sure she'd be the first to point out, she has the advantage that she has her own business which doesn't rely on government contracts or indeed on-Island business. She's only a temporary employee of the Manx NHS who is there because she offered to help. Most of her NHS colleagues don't have that advantage and will have to be careful for fear of damaging their careers and livelihoods. And of course that's even truer in the Isle of Man because it's not like you can get a job at a neighbouring Trust if you fall out with people. It's clear that this is about the government not consu
    6 points
  8. Time for rational heads in positions of authority as cases rise as we move into the winter. We apparently have enough capacity at Nobles to ride a wave similar to earlier this year (Wrighty to confirm?) so let’s not ruin livelihoods in the run up to Xmas by pandering to the illiterates on Facebook, who will no doubt clog up the inboxes of our elected officials. We need to learn to live with it now. We’re in a fortunate position here, we don’t need to make a bad situation worse by panicking at a crucial time.
    5 points
  9. Vader is already calling for this on his influential FB page. I'm sure he is quoting many FB contributors, the same ones who advertise 'Chester Draws for sale!'
    5 points
  10. Back in the day when I had a proper job with some responsibility, quite often I’d have to run something fast moving, with limited information and take some tough calls. The job would normally calm down after an hour or two, and you could consult on a much wider range of advice and information to base your decisions from that point on. If there was ever an inquiry it would save the embarrassment of the “how widely did you consult?” And “ this person was offering expert advice, why did you exclude them?” Having an independent expert on hand to give a sterile opinion, outside of the bubble
    5 points
  11. Howard won't be shovelling shit in those two-tone leather brogues.
    5 points
  12. I think that the CM is not going to let anyone get in the way of him getting a gong, whether or not Dr RG has been consulted, I am afraid it's my way or not at all. I also agree that her expertise is not required now as he is the font of knowledge when it comes to Covid, and she is a woman after all.
    5 points
  13. This is extremely unfair toward the CM. He did actually state that he would listen to her opinion. If it agreed with his.
    5 points
  14. So tell me, why do surgeons wear masks? I doubt the NHS would spend swathes of money on aesthetics. Why do ambulance crews don masks when dealing with potentially infectious patients? If you're buying into this 'oh masks make you ill' nonsense, think how many people work all day every day in quite adverse environments in full-face respirators. Breathing through particle filters is far harder than an old t-shirt. We can find a well reviewed, cited paper from a decade ago looking at the effectiveness of masks if you like: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/epidemiology-and-infection/ar
    5 points
  15. Thanks to the current restrictions the economy here is almost certainly doing better than it would be without restrictions. Thanks to the current restrictions we are able to live relatively normal lives - on an island where the majority of work is now effectively either online or local trade. So I agree - let's not ruin livelihoods in the run up to Xmas by pandering to the illiterates on Facebook. Let's not give in to people who want us to lose that advantage.
    4 points
  16. I'd suggest ceasing with lockdowns. Getting those that deem themselves to be vulnerable to take the appropriate precautions. Then let other people amd the economy function as near to normality as possible.
    4 points
  17. Her issue was the depletion in data that resulted. We now don’t know what we don’t know.
    4 points
  18. 4 points
  19. Yes, you're right. I have a vested interest. I'm a traffic warden. And so is my wife.
    4 points
  20. Thanks for that Roger. Very informative. Spain, Italy and the UK, the largest of the mask-wearing population groups all experiencing the largest upticks of new cases. Surprising, but population densities, therefore viral load, would be larger, perhaps? And the paradox of those countries which benefitted most from inoculation and vaccines are the countries most likely to be skeptical of vaccination. That's thought-provoking. Be interesting to know what the uptake of any vaccine might be on-island, or even those on MF? If it was me I would wait a while before making any decision on that one
    4 points
  21. Didn't the CM say of course they would consult with external advisers if they agreed with their internal advisers? Rachel is internal, surely, if she is a DHSC employee?
    4 points
  22. I'm not likening HQ to Trump as that would be a step too far but here we have a microcosm of a situation not so far removed where the leader of a country surrounds himself with those who share the same opinion and anyone who may be able to contribute with an alternative point of view is ignored and ostracised. She's not the only one this has happened to is she? Isn't the object of any major decision that affects the population best achieved after consultation with as many experts as possible? (not including all the ones on here of course - that really would be a step too far)
    4 points
  23. I live here and have done for more years than I can remember, also my family are manx why would I move? there are a lot considering moving and just remember that the more working families and professional people that leave there is going to be a lot less in the pot to go around , Do you think that Covid avoiders from off island buying house's here is going to save the economy? I doubt that very much most will be retired pensioner's on a fixed income who will have most of their money under the bed and will only venture to the chemist for their free presciption drugs.
    4 points
  24. One suspects that’s her biggest crime in the eyes of you know who. Witness his treatment of Daphne Caine in Tynwald.
    4 points
  25. You wouldn’t be saying that if you had spent years, or decades, building a business in the expectation that it would keep you in your old age and it was now going down the pan. The next stage will be homelessness as banks snatch homes that had been pledged against business finance.
    4 points
  26. And please don’t forget, she’s a woman.
    4 points
  27. It’s about right. Someone with key expertise knows more than they do. That isn’t allowed.
    4 points
  28. Or just carry on as we are doing, living near normal lives, economy doing ok, except for hotels although how many visitors come over this time of the year is negible, they are getting Xmas party bookings etc. The shops in Strand Street may not be busy but that was happening way before Covid due to greedy landlords and the internet. Tradesmen are busy enough, building going on. Why would we want to endanger all that ?
    3 points
  29. If you look at the mortality rates and population demographics of the island, we'd get as many deaths in the 18-65 range as we would for over 65s. Based on current hospitalisations in the UK, if everyone had it at once, you'd need about 150 beds (I previously did the maths in an earlier post on both fronts). I think a lockdown would be fatal for a lot of hospitality that's counting on a busy christmas, so if we can stay away from needing social distancing, they'll do massively better.
    3 points
  30. In a way we are testing a percentage of the population randomly. Elective surgical patients all get swabbed as part of pre-op assessment. Zero positives. If as you suggest there’s a significant proportion likely to test positive we’d know.
    3 points
  31. So these three “cases” are once again simply people who have been tested because one of them was contact traced from the UK having just returned. I haven’t seen anything to suggest they had any clue they were ill. I think we really need to rethink what a case is. Someone who is sick is a case. Someone who had to be tested to find out they had something is a carrier or infected. if we tested the whole IOM population tomorrow, how many do people think would be “cases”? I guess between 10-15%. What about if you tested the whole UK? Who is going to have a reality check
    3 points
  32. 3 points
  33. It’s like everywhere. There are wide disparities. The autonomous community governments in Spain, and regions in Italy, do much of the track and trace and impose the restrictions. Its just over two weeks since I left Spain from Bilbao. Bilbao had a prevalence of 3 per 100,000. Apart from anti bacterial spray, distancing and masks everything was more or less normal. There was a touring big top opposite my hotel ( ferry was too early the next day for me to drive from Catalunya ) with two shows each day, at 50% capacity. Again Catalunya, where I spent 40 out of my 60 nights away, was ver
    3 points
  34. I'm coming around to entertaining this way of dealing with the pandemic. But worryingly, it's also equally dependent on the fit and healthy- those who would appear to be less at risk of serious illness and without comorbidities, getting on message, doing their bit to protect the vulnerable and the just plain fearful. Judging by the examples of shouty, capricious intolerance displayed against the restrictions, lockdowns etc, on here and other social media nationwide, there's an element of society; the ignorant and the bold, who in my opinion plainly can't be trusted to keep to their side of the
    3 points
  35. A public spat is never good but the government are not good at engaging. Whether the decisions the government are making on Covid are right or wrong, they have a large impact on all of us and should not be shrouded in secrecy. Unfortunately taking matters to a public forum appears to be the only way of getting a response from the civil servants making the decisions.
    3 points
  36. Does it matter? Perhaps the most important thing is that she is challenging the status quo - and not many do - not publicly and under their own name anyway.
    3 points
  37. There will be a lot of damage, but how much of it will be avoidable? If the travel trade is being hit by borders being closed, if they then are opened you can't force people to take holidays. And they will be even less likely to do so if outbreaks of Covid intensify. This is all magical thinking - if we pretend the virus isn't there it will vanish. It's not true I'm afraid. In fact, as I keep pointing out, there is a link between the damage done to a country's economy and the number of deaths. There a graph from a recent FT article (the whole thing is worth reading - and free):
    3 points
  38. This is the concern. With travel restrictions a lot of people will be assessing their lifestyle now and if this is going to carry on for much longer then they may well feel that being stuck across on a much larger island offers a lot more options for a better lifestyle than being stuck on a tiny one with a fraction of the opportunities and amenities.
    3 points
  39. 2 points
  40. This kind of reminds me of a Western film, with Jack Elam I think. He was a shit shoveller or something like that and became the Sheriff or Deputy Sheriff
    2 points
  41. Yes, all these women bothering their pretty little heads with useless stuff, like knowledge, experience and opinion.
    2 points
  42. Are there really that many people leaving or desperate to leave? I suspect not.
    2 points
  43. They are not sly, they just do their job. I wish there were more of them.
    2 points
  44. Surgeons wear masks as they are dealing with open wounds, pretty basic observation. I'm not saying masks make you ill, I'm saying the efficacy for everyday use here on the island is debatable. However if you already have a sub optimal respiratory system it absolutely wouldn't do you any good at all to be covering your mouth and nose for long periods. As evidenced by the fact people with those kind of concerns are advised not to wear them and are justifiably exempt from their use on public transport.
    2 points
  45. I do suspect she may have been categorised as "Gobby Comeover" by now.
    2 points
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