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  1. It was, though Moulton was clearly getting frustrated with Ashford spouting bullshit and then refusing to admit it made no sense. For example in the first one Ashford claimed that they couldn't release any information about clusters until all the contact tracing had been done. But that is nonsense and the opposite of what they have been doing recently (press releases would say "Contact tracing is underway"). In fact releasing information can be part of the contact tracing process. And of course it is an ongoing process, so it is never really finished - all you can do is to test contacts, b
    11 points
  2. Alf Cannan , in case you haven't realised , you are the treasury minister and holding the purse strings. How about you rattle some cages and call a halt to this continued wasting of money in all the different areas. Its a joke and as a matter of urgency Cannan and Quayle , hmmmm, need to once and for all sort some of the departments and CEO's in charge . Starting with the most incompetant DOI !
    8 points
  3. Or a vanity project which in less than 10 years, by end 20/21 financial will have cost Guernsey tax payers over £80 million revenue losses and £50 million in capital costs. I appreciate that some of that is public subsidy for Alderney, just like the Scottish Islands and Logan and CalMac. But that’s less than a quarter of the total. I also appreciate that £20m is Covid. But the rest is just pissed in the wind. No need. Yes, continuity and control is a nice idea. But they don’t really have it. They’ve taken on the big boys and competed on routes where there isn’t enough traffic for two and
    7 points
  4. It doesn't happen every time, I've just been under some stress lately
    6 points
  5. It is of course entirely possible that I remembered all the words Dr Glover used but, to quote, 'André Preview', just not necessarily in the right order.
    5 points
  6. Any mention of complacency anywhere else...?
    5 points
  7. Perhaps that was true back in the Al Capone era. I'm much too young to know for sure what it was like here during the 1920s. Though my own grandparents and great grandparents never gave the impression that things here were anything other than always mostly rather nice. And it certainly doesn't seem true today: The island seems very well regulated and stable. Also refreshingly free of politics.
    4 points
  8. I can only describe it as pitiful ! The whole shower of sh1t wouldn't last five minutes in the real world. They operate in a world where money has no meaning because us idiots keep supplying it for them to play with. This is not Government acting with the power of executive over public funds, this is Government out of control !
    4 points
  9. You could add the new passenger terminal in Liverpool to that list, £38million and counting for a terminal that if it is ever finished can only be used for passenger sailings
    4 points
  10. Howie doesn’t like being questioned and likes it even less if it’s a woman!!
    4 points
  11. Well, I see that Tynwald today voted through the extra £227k for the NSC flumes, not without members voicing criticisms though, "A national embarrassment" (Quine) and "Govt has a poor track record in delivering capital projects on time and within budget" (Cannan - no shit, Alf?). At the same time they voted through a further £330k+ in excess expenditure from other departments and voted heritage railways a further £642k which was apparently something to do with "timing differences" over the last two years. During the same sitting Tim Baker announces that the Liverpool Terminal is unli
    4 points
  12. No, but our government can't stand up to scrutiny in most things, and they write the rules and control every aspect of your life and livelihood. My dad told me when I was a kid, Al Capone would struggle to make a living on the Isle of Man!
    4 points
  13. Please excuse my pedanticism - it is after all sacred ground - but it was Eric Morecambe's quote
    4 points
  14. FFS.... I am pointing out exactly that! Humans are humans and no-one has stuck to the rules 100% for a whole variety of reasons. The point I was making is that students should not be singled out as "petri dishes" when they are not the only ones who might bend the rules.
    4 points
  15. Probably edited as it’s not whole service facing collapse but the family & young persons services elements which will have no funding after this year. you would think we should be putting more money into this type of services as families really suffer when a parent or significant other is addicted and surely we want to help the youngsters before they get addicted not when it’s too late!!
    4 points
  16. Maybe about now our politicos will be struck with the reality stick that is obvious to most of us. We are a small population on an island with limited market size. It follows that we need "niche" solutions to transportation, and that particularly air operators will not be clamouring to service us out of their own pockets. For too long vanity projects have shone brighter than realism, perhaps Covid is the reset we needed prior to elections in 2021.
    3 points
  17. They are getting on with it. The news story doesn't have anyone saying "this is ridiculous I'm not doing it". It's just full of students saying "this will be hard", and "it would've been nice if the Government could've given more notice" and "I'm worried about the impact". You've invented a narrative to get upset about.
    3 points
  18. 3 points
  19. As I started this thread, I'll just clarify my thoughts. If people think I am being a troll or a smug twat - well, you are entitled to your opinion as I am entitled to mine. The fact is that we are coming to the end of a year of turmoil (and about to enter another one). A pretty shit year where all of our lives have been affected. Some more than others. Some have lost love ones (either here or elsewhere). Some have lost their businesses, some people have worked so hard that they are literally struggling to cope anymore. When the Students went off to University in September things wer
    3 points
  20. 3rd Wednesday of every month we have Blues night in The Railway pub (the one by Tesco) Tomorrow night, 18th November, you’ll be able to witness a new, Manx Forums link up - Our very own @Roxanne and I will be performing a short set of blues songs - Roxy on vocals, me banging on the piano. Come down and say hello.
    2 points
  21. As soon as they get a sniff of that £68m of 'unexpected income' they are all queuing up to spend it! I really can't believe how brass necked they are, with no attempt to find a decent excuse for their incompetence! One day there will be a real good news story, but I'm not holding my breath.
    2 points
  22. I’m having some mental health issues with the news reader at the moment. How can someone come so far in live news reading and not know that after a decimal point you read out each figure? 1.13 is 1 . 1 3. Not 1.thirteen. I think my head will explode if he ever has to read ‘thirteen thirsty ferrets have 13.13 thousand followers on Facebook’. Please God, can we have the girl back who’s lips couldn’t keep up with the rest of her mouth.
    2 points
  23. What are you saying !!? Are you soft or what? Use taxpayers money on all these bone heads who get themselves into a mess and drink, drugs, gamble their money and time away to try and make life easier and more entertaining, and then drag their whole family and children into the circle of selfish depravity and despair.? No, it should only be funded and paid for by public donations only gathered In a plastic bucket in the rain on a Thursday afternoon in Strand Street. This is the 20's you know. Get with the new flow dad, this is the way forward. David Ashford says so, and he's great.
    2 points
  24. Me nan on the bog me nan on the bog me nan on the bog. With thanks to Ali g.
    2 points
  25. She's not really wrong in anything she says there. I bet she'd also like to have said, when asked about HQ's tone, that its because she's a woman.
    2 points
  26. As soon as Jimmy has had a negative result, it might, despite the whole household being in isolation, encourage contact with other members of the household. 'NEGATIVE' on paper will make you feel much more like you're in the clear. Doesn't matter that Jimmy is incubating and about to pass it onto family, partner or children, who could quite happily incubate it well past those 14 days. If Jimmy becomes infectious around day ten, and infectees do the same, they've been at a week of normal business before something goes amiss.
    2 points
  27. It's easy to see why. It wouldn't take much prodding before he gets dropped - a bit like other prodders. He's probably going as far as he dares.
    2 points
  28. When it comes down to it Moulton was/is far too polite and the apparent chuminess between the two obstructing what should've been more vigorous and direct line of questioning instead of falling for the redirect. A fine example of how confusing the press statements have been, are, and will most likely continue to be. And here Moulton should have pressed him on the perception of the public and the confusion such statements produce. Ashford was basically allowed to waffle on without recourse. I often wonder if this imprecise narrative is deliberately confusing and open to excusable back-t
    2 points
  29. Totally, especially if they've clawed back £68.9 million. Rather than spunking money on water slides and vanity projects they need to start supporting projects like this. Especially now. I mean what's more important this or horse trams burning money each year? It's crazy really. @quilp your link is broken seems to have updated to: https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/manx-addiction-services-struggling-without-funding/
    2 points
  30. I gave up trying to be a RMN after a stint in Cronk Coar on work experience, I couldn't believe what went on there - one woman wasn't allowed her cigarettes because she'd wet herself, another wasn't allowed off the ward (even for a walk up the corridor) because she might wander - where to? The doors were locked. Shame really because that's what I wanted to do for a job, not 100% unrewarding accounts. I too thought it might have been quite counter productive have the depressed people in with the junkies and plonkies.
    2 points
  31. That was clarified in an all government staff email - it’s 00:01 on Thursday 19th November, ie just after midnight Wednesday (or what most people would think of as midnight Wednesday - I suspect the exact point of midnight is neither Wednesday or Thursday, hence the 00:01 timing)
    2 points
  32. https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/manx-addiction-service-faces-collapse-without-funding/ Shouldn't our great and good step up and assist with funding this organisation? If they go down the pan, what's left for those in need, our already over-stretched mental health service?
    2 points
  33. This situation affects me. We had a zoom chat on Friday night and decided that sooner than my family come back just to have us all Christmas stuck inside that we would have Christmas separately this year. Not ideal but I accept that for the Island it is all about the greater good.
    2 points
  34. Indeed. I suspect the truth is somewhere in the middle. Any parent saying their child has been well behaved, not gone out drinking and stuck to all the rules at all times either has a very boring child, or doesn't know their child well enough. We've all been 18.
    2 points
  35. This seems to be U.K. news about Bristol?
    2 points
  36. Interesting that this report on MR today says breathlessly how everything is OK according to 'Government'. Government says it's a Permissive Extent Clause (PEC) - a tool used in international relations where the United Kingdom represents the interests of the Isle of Man. It's assured, the presence of a PEC does not suggest that control has been removed from the Manx government. Firstly, who is this 'Government' being quoted - the comms team, a minister or the cleaning person? Secondly, 'it's assured' by whom to whom?
    2 points
  37. What ? When did it stop...? No-one told me....
    2 points
  38. Having returned, as a PhD student, just before the borders closed the first time, we did exactly that. I didn't even see my family for the entirety of the self isolation period, bar through the window when I was in the garden once or twice. We'd cordoned off a bathroom, so I had two rooms I could go between and that was it. Food was delivered to the door, a knock, wait a minute and then I'd return to my hovel. Anything I touched was wiped down by me with cleaning spray and the same would be done again when I'd gone back in. So don't assume that people won't stick to it, the students have
    1 point
  39. When push comes to shove I imagine many students (say 1/3-rd or more) may well stay in UK, but Oxbridge (and assume others) basically forces students out. When I was a graduate student at Cambridge the Undergrads had to remove all their stuff from college rooms which guaranteed they went. Which really changed atmosphere in town and meant for 26 weeks year Sainsbury's thankfully had lot shorter ques. As undergrad in London and faced situation now, I would be thinking to likely stay in London or return 19 Dec 2020 go back after 3rd Jan 2021 if family isolation during this period worked (not tha
    1 point
  40. The ones in his head. They're also younger, and cleverer, and having more sex than him - with other people!
    1 point
  41. It may well be that Stobart Air, if they are not sold in the interim, end up doing the flying for Emerald. Stobart Air is after all solely an ACMI outfit - a provider of Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance. They don't have the ability to sell flights themselves, all of their flying is done for 'real' airlines.
    1 point
  42. "Only"..? Xmas holiday at 'uni' was only 2 weeks in my day. Yep, it might be a good option to give 'em money to stay away. And I realise Skype/Zoom/Meet isn't the same as in person but again, in my day the best you could get in any case was a queue for the public phone. The kiddie winks are far too precious these days. Bless.
    1 point
  43. Jersey talking about possible lockdown in December, maybe over Christmas, if people don’t start following the rules. Triple testing at borders. Days 0, 5 and 10 Hospitality closed at 10 Gatherings reduced
    1 point
  44. You’re still missing the point, the effect on the families who now have to quarantine, take time off work, or she’ll out for accommodation.
    1 point
  45. I think it’s outrageous only allowing students having names beginning with ‘J’ to come home. It’s disgustingly letterist.
    1 point
  46. Demonising young people is not big nor clever. In fact it’s incredibly irresponsible.
    1 point
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