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  1. So, we are currently depending on some of the lowest paid in society to care for older people, elderly families, taking risks in nursing and care homes without sufficient PPE, doing extras for the DHSC on the bank and on zero hours contracts, keeping food and supplies arriving and loading up shelves etc with unstable work routines, unpredictable work patterns and the ongoing insecurity that these employment practices create. On the other hand, those in government and alongside it are 'protected' from some of the harsher realities of life by being able to offset some of these outcomes by
    13 points
  2. Just how many layers does this job need? https://www.jobtrain.co.uk//iomgovjobs/DisplayJob.aspx?JobId=11818 so there is a Director of Transport, a head of fleet services and now a fleet services manager? Never mind an Auditor General, the Island is crying out for a “what the f*ck do you do? Department. In times of austerity, you tighten your belt, not do another lap at the drive thru.
    12 points
  3. Wow. OK then. Firstly, I am not entirely convinced by the environmental improvement offered by my a bloke driving his 4wd truck to my house to deliver a Chinese plastic litter grabber that I then burn petrol in my car to drive to another beach to pick up some crisp packets. Second. Sorry if my "whinging" offends you. While you posted that I was on the phone to JSA being told I am not entitled to any help at all and have also been on to the Manx solidarity fund this morning. Maybe put yourself in the shoes of people who are told they can't earn (and might have had all sorts
    11 points
  4. I was vocal about how well they were handling it in the autumn as we were carrying on regardless while the rest of the world was a basket case but it seems behind the scenes there wasn't any coherent policy to ensure it stayed that way other than a few fingers being crossed. They will rightly be under fire for criticism now as livelihoods are being eroded every day we are locked down. Especially so when we had documented and verifiable evidence from a qualified on island individual that this was likely to end badly if they didn't tighten up their testing policies.
    11 points
  5. 10 points
  6. As most of the population of the IOM have acted like adults during our periods of lockdown and contributed greatly to their success, before this last shambles. It would be good if our politicos could grow up, stop acting like children, put aside petty politics and who said what to who and deal with the crisis at hand. The population are adults so report the facts, not the facts which make you look better or less incompetent, and if we need external help from Dr Glover or anyone get together and sort it ! Not difficult is it !!!
    9 points
  7. Yes - there is no credible opposition on the island. Most media here seems beholden to government for payment. Paul M seems to have lost most of his credibility as he doesn't think his questions through and is fast becoming a laughing stock - you can even sense Howard Quayle smiling when it is his turn to ask questions. Paul is like the guy that cried 'Wolf'. Even the new Lib Vannin leader says - hindsight is a great thing - yet Dr Rachael Glover clearly spelled out the consequences of not testing on November 15th. Only the BBC report yesterday highlighted the stupidity of not d
    9 points
  8. Have you never heard the term whistle-blowing? Dr G. tried every avenue and was well aware of what was at risk on her island. She isn't doing this for publicity, she's been offered far better gigs than helping out testing for COVID on a small island. But she wants to put her neck out, for the good of the island. It's a pandemic, we don't have time for cricket. We are currently in a situation that could have plausibly been avoided, if the calls for testing had been listened to months ago. The outbreak on the island is actively impacting upon people's health, both mental and physical.
    9 points
  9. On this evidence it’s more of an honour not to have one.
    8 points
  10. We have managed to go from an enviable position of being able to manage this better than most places on the planet for 6 months to now running around chasing our tail playing whack-a-mole with new positive cases, as well as dispensing with the one on island facility that could locally identify the chains of transmission. And we have an MBE presiding over this fiasco.
    8 points
  11. That’s damning with faint praise
    7 points
  12. Howie saying its easy to look back and wish you did something differently. Hope this is a trigger for someone to ask why he and Ashford voted against testing for isolating back end of last year.
    7 points
  13. Couple of wives and partners round my way the same..... 😂
    7 points
  14. Tell you what. Get a bag and set of litter grabs and go for an hours litter picking exercise on your nearest beach. You may not enjoy it, but you’ll deliver two good things. 1. Environmental improvement. 2. you’ll give the rest of us a break from your whingeing.
    7 points
  15. Pongo, they have had month's to organise the roll out of the vaccine, do not be apologising for incompetence within the Government, they have had plenty of time, more people should be complaining rather than excepting bullshit excuse's it is a reluctance to pull their finger out, if indeed there are 6000 dose's sat in freezer's it is a disgrace and the journo's should be asking at every briefing have you re-assessed the output of the vaccine and not be put off by mardy answer's the media need to grow a pair of ball's here and start upsetting the "time enough" attitude. BTW this is not stirrin
    7 points
  16. True. It’s another indication of how poor communication by government is. The graphs and tables are equally unreliable, unfortunately. The daily table of tests, positives etc is wrong, every day. The republish some days. Comparing with the day before often highlights errors. And they change categories Willy nilly without any explanation.
    7 points
  17. It's worth noting that the small minority of people whining loudly against the government, here and on social media (especially the mess that is Twitter) are not representative of the population as a whole. Most of those underemployed angry voices would be picking holes in policy whether or not the administration here was trying to best cope with a global pandemic. Nobody signed up for this. And many of the people whining today were previously arguing that the seriousness of this situation had been exaggerated. That the travel restrictions were unnecessary etc.
    6 points
  18. I'm not inciting anything, we are simply reaping the rewards of the people we elect and I include myself in that ! We have known for a long time that we lack investigative journalists, we lack a non paid for opposition, both of which would strengthen government not weaken it ! Things like the prom and waterslides and the MEA and etc etc are mildly irritating and sometimes downright amusing, but things have got serious. I believe that the current situation has exposed the weaknesses of the system !
    6 points
  19. Its a marvellous example of how to waste press questions. Given by the press themselves
    6 points
  20. And Howard shoves it in his pocket like an aul hankie.
    6 points
  21. Teachers and support staff, oh and admin staff and cleaners and dinner staff and what about the children oh and their parents. They need to stick to the plan and vaccinate those who are most likely to die
    6 points
  22. Me too. I really wanted to believe that it was all part of a good government operation with a solid plan. Turns out they were just winging it.
    6 points
  23. Drink as much tea as you likE Uhtred, but if you stop your comments on comms I won't be upset, I won't be annoyed, I'll just be rather disappointed.
    6 points
  24. Why is it a nightmare. Everyone else seems to be managing. Challenge yes agreed, but then they are things that people get paid to overcome and if Ashford and his team can't cope then why not be honest and say it. It's a time when the population is desperate for good news and strong confident leadership. Mumbling excuses and mediocrity is not the order of the day
    6 points
  25. Roll out is predicated by the supply, not just the amount available in total, but frequency of delivery. It’s also predicated by your delivery plan. IOM has taken a perfectly valid decision to follow the 21 day gap between doses AND to not vaccinate anyone unless the second dose is here. It’s very belt and braces but I’ve no doubt it’s the best clinical practice in an ideal world. Roll out is then predicated by infrastructure, the number of places you have to vaccinate from, the number of qualified vaccinators, and the number of trained support staff. Support staff includes the people sor
    5 points
  26. Realistically, as soon as we went in, there was always a caveat that the 3rd week was optimistic. We simply don't know the spread of the virus, neither how it is spreading, where to or how far. Henrietta may argue that tracing transmission chains is pointless if they may have passed, but in a time where contact is getting more limited, that may give us better hope of nipping things in the bud. The problem is, as soon as it drags on, that 3 weeks that you might be able to scrape by on MERA, might well turn into significantly longer. Which isn't sustainable. For employers, employees or
    5 points
  27. It started on Monday. The tone was a definite shift from look how wonderful the swabbing people are doing to get your mask on otherwise the newly formed COVID Response Police Unit will come-a-knocking ....... still no mention of sorry we fucked up on the testing malarkey.
    5 points
  28. sadly, it obvious: - journo questions are being wasted - testing regime wont change no matter what - dr glover will be continue to be ignored - they only want to talk about the vaccine we are going to end up like the uk. the lockdown needs to be a success because government policy isnt going to change. they cant admit they are wrong. governmnet are relying on the vaccine as a result of their failure
    5 points
  29. I cannot contain my frustration at how incredibly poor the questions by the media are. Do we have no real pressing journalists? Do they not listen to the briefing to avoid wasting questions? There is real tough scrutiny needed of this pair. Rest of the Keys aren't pushing them it seems, nor are the journalists.
    5 points
  30. 5 points
  31. It's typical civil servant abdication of any defined responsibility as well as being reflective of the level of intelligence we have in key roles right now.
    5 points
  32. Firstly, my nearest beach is a ten minute walk away, I generally find it’s mostly the dog walkers who pick up most of the plastic/rubbish on the beaches and people who will be driving their dogs to the beach/other suitable litter picking locations will be burning fuel regardless. Secondly we are being actively encouraged to do daily exercise and If we combine that with litter picking it seems even more worthwhile.
    5 points
  33. Seems a good use of time if you ask me, it’s not an event, they’re just encouraging people to pick up a bit of litter whilst out on their daily exercise. Use of a litter pick also means no direct handling of waste so I can’t really see a negative?
    5 points
  34. Meanwhile the 9000 public sector are picking up full salaries with others getting max £280pw
    5 points
  35. My default setting in all cases!!
    5 points
  36. Turned you down did they? Bastards.
    5 points
  37. It's only the bottom feeder-level taxpayers who are in the times of austerity though. The Governmental system is again wallowing in the trough of near-record VAT rebate. It's a time of plenty again for certain stratae of Manx society.
    5 points
  38. It's not a mental disorder, it's a personality disorder. It's not treatable. If you'd like to learn more about him as a person and how he thinks, acts and why, you could look up his niece, Mary Trump. She is a licensed therapist and has done many interviews talking about him and his behaviours. There are many clusters of personality disorders and it is thought that DT belongs to the Cluster B group. This comprises of anti social disorder, BPD - borderline personality disorder, histronic personality disorder and NPD - Narcissistic personality disorder. His niece and many others
    4 points
  39. MT may soon be up to that level
    4 points
  40. I didn’t hire him. bit when he was on my team, both RPU and armed policing, couldn’t fault his drive, determination, work ethic, caring and professionalism. did he give you a ticket or something?
    4 points
  41. Is nobody going to go for it? Ok, I will. Massive Bell End
    4 points
  42. It’s very one sided. Eric didn’t disclose the text of his letter of request to Dr Allison, just the reply. So we can have no idea whether request or response or both or neither are appropriate/inappropriate
    4 points
  43. I'm trying to recall what MBE stood for when applied to the little fat-one; isn't it something like Mumbling Bleedin' Eejit?
    4 points
  44. But, HQ & associates, in their infinite wisdom, were more knowledgeable - ignoring similar advice from Rachel Glover!
    4 points
  45. Agreed. When there are expressly differing levels of border control, 5A and 5B, which have separate degrees of control, simply to say ‘Borders are now at level 5’ is piss-poor comms. However, right from the outset back in March I’ve bored this forum to death with my comments and illustrations of piss-poor government comms, so I’ll STFU now and have another cup of tea.
    4 points
  46. It's what happens once you've been assimilated!
    4 points
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