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  1. It was quite revealing when at one of the briefings last week he spent quite a while explaining how the IOM's clinicians had debated whether to extend the period between doses, and it was a consensus of opinion that led to the adherence of the 3 or 4 week gap. This despite him, on several occasions, saying that they had a legal obligation to comply with the dosing regime specified in the approval. He has uttered many other specious comments that don't stand up to scrutiny. He was adamant that the vaccination appointments for the over 80s were not being done in alphabetical order - yet whe
    8 points
  2. I saw Josem has done some 'analysis' on our vaccination situation. I havent read it because I know that it will be wrong.
    8 points
  3. I heard it via Tynwald Live last week. It's almost like they haven't realised that Taxa Genomics employs more people than just me, just like Livepool do. I have to wonder whether HQ and DA believe that the eminent prof's are doing the work themselves But then, if that's the only reason they can come up with they're at least conceding that I might know a thing or two (or Liverpool have said the infamous words "Why don't you just use Rachel?"). Although it does make me wonder why we only have a single Chief Minister and a single Health Minister. Surely we should be doubling up, just i
    6 points
  4. 6 points
  5. You do realise that you come across as one of the most hubristic people ever to stand for Tynwald?
    6 points
  6. You keep saying that, without explaining how the vulnerable shield effectively without everyone connected with them (carers, relatives, co-workers etc) and thus everyone connected to them (relatives of carers, children of co-workers etc ad nauseam) shielding also, such that effectively everyone is shielding i.e. lockdown. It really is the only way, until such time as we're vaccinated. Otherwise you end up like the UK - they're shielding the vulnerable while everyone (unofficially at least) just 'cracks on' by ignoring the rules if they feel ok. Is that what you want? I agree though
    6 points
  7. @Keiran Hannifin your sentencing policy is poorly thought out and contradictory. If we had what the public wanted ( how do we really meaningfully measure that ) then we’d still have the death penalty, birching, defenestration, rolling witches down Slieau Whallian, ducking stools, castration. To have the same sentence as the last one, presumes all offences, under an identical charge, have the same features, the same circumstances, the same damage or injury, and the offenders have the same characteristics and means to pay. Thats just not true. Every offence is individual a
    6 points
  8. @Keiran Hannifin Please stop calling it a Mann-ifesto, it's very, very annoying and makes my teeth itch every time you do it. Cheers
    5 points
  9. You're missing the main point...when they were hit by the second wave in the UK, they had far more spare capacity in areas that were then in lower tiers. e.g. People could be moved across numerous hospitals in the north west to match and balance capacity. We have one hospital, so here you couldn't move people at all....and there would be a single point of failure once demand exceeded capacity. Remember the word 'exponential'. Perhaps you could try modelling it with some of those lego bricks and lego people I suspect you still have in your bedroom.
    4 points
  10. I am not aware of ever being routinely checked for any of those just because I had been to Liverpool. Might not have been a bad shout on some occasions though.
    4 points
  11. I think every role has its positives and its negatives. I actually think your zoo keeper analogy is perfect: I think the worst part about being elected would be being stuck in a cage of politicians. Our modern western society have a deeply arrogant political class that portrays themselves as experts, when they have no expertise, they have no skin in the game, and are generally clowns. So yes, being in a workplace with that sort of person makes my skin crawl! Someone asked me the other day about the factors that I was considering (and I think these apply basically any candidate who conside
    4 points
  12. I'm trying to process it. We had 50 'cases' not so long ago. I might be wrong but was it two that were admitted to Nobles but are now out & recovered? One of them (possibly both) was in for a procedure & tested positive through a routine test. You'll do well to convince me that we shouldn't be shielding the vulnerable until they are vaccinated whilst the rest of us crack on. I know it's nauseous, me I mean, churning out the same old drivel to counter balance the same old drivel by the same old protagonists. The whole thing - Economic armageddon, educational fai
    4 points
  13. It's funny how people get upset by one election where they think people were elected because they were women, but not by decades of them when people were elected because they were men. The fact that the Keys elected more women to LegCo in a few minutes than they did in the previous 100 years put together should tell you something was wrong. Actually I think that the current LegCo members have been rather better at their predecessors at scrutinising legislation, asking questions and so on. But that's saying very little and just illustrates how bad the retired politicians were at the job
    4 points
  14. The key thing about reporting covid cases is consistency. A positive PCR is a hard outcome. Whether someone is symptomatic or not depends on subjectivity as to what constitutes a significant symptom. Being admitted to hospital is a bit better, but even that will have some subjectivity depending on capacity - I have heard of people being managed at home being given a pulse oximeter instead of being admitted as the hospital was full. When it comes to deaths, there will undoubtedly be anomalies - the good old asymptomatic case being run over by a bus being counted, but someone who lingers
    4 points
  15. A quick search will tell you all you need to know. It will do you no harm to spend a bit of time looking through the past election results for Middle. On the doorstep you will meet people who will have voted for decades, you will be able to show some knowledge and interest in your constituency. It is worth noting that as a 21 year-old Peter Karran cut his teeth in Middle (please don't ask who is Peter Karran...). Although he was Manx Labour Party he received over 1100 votes and still came 6th. That is good going and beat 3 other candidates. He was elected at a following by election
    4 points
  16. A local L.G. would be too compromised and controlled by vested interests. They would just be another vanity President and would serve little democratic purpose or function beyond little trips to Westminister and the occasional reception at the Palace. Neither do we have a good record when it comes to self-scrutiny. Take a look at the Legislative Council. Who could name more than three or four of its members ? Not me. It's actually worse now than it's ever been with a membership solely 'elected' on their gender rather than any actual political experience or having ever faced an electorate.
    4 points
  17. 4 points
  18. They tested them on days 1, 7 and 13.
    4 points
  19. Disagree. They have many hospitals and much more expert capacity. We have one hospital and very limited expert capacity.
    3 points
  20. If we were on a par with the UK population...this week, we'd have just reached 133 dead with 4900 covid positives. Worth it just to put a few people on horse trams and a couple of steam trains? ...don't think so. ETA: Though with a totally overwhelmed ICU here, deaths might, more realistically, have been closer to 150...with medical staff having to have made very difficult choices as to who to save.
    3 points
  21. I'm not suggesting that their system is perfect, far from it. But one expenses scandal is not relevant to the fact that an elected opposition is an integral part of democracy. We have no such arrangement therefore perhaps not a democratic arrangement. No credible opposition to properly question policy and decisions. We have Ministers sacked for failing to vote with the Govt or speaking out in disagreement. Don't even start me on the Legco election process and some of the oddballs and wash-ups we've got in there due to it. It's a sham.
    3 points
  22. Why do you always sound as if you're about to burst into tears?
    3 points
  23. We sent them to Liverpool to be tested because our local witch tests were not world-class.
    3 points
  24. Over 80s definitely in alphabetical order as my mum told the same, also no coordination as to where’s best to send them ie Ramsey people to airport, Colby to Douglas. He never answered questions as to why so few over 80s were vaccinated in first run of c4000 .
    3 points
  25. It sounds very sageful but that is how Tynwald and democracies work. Too many candidates, bright eyed and bushy-tailed, think that they can change things on their own. A candidate could have every single voter in their constituency* vote for them but at the end of the day they are just one voice in 24/36 in the House of Keys/Tynwald. *as Peter Karran sort of did, consistency There are candidates elected who have never listened to a debate or read a Hansard or sat in the Public Gallery. Some have never sat on a committee of any sort. Frightening but true.
    3 points
  26. No need at all for that. Looking forward to learning which seat Leon has been brave enough to put himself forward for.
    3 points
  27. The sample sizes in the opinion polls for Scottish independence are way too small to predict. Lots of unanswered questions on currency, defence, EU membership (they'll be at the back of the queue), new global trading terms, border protection all of which will have to be paid out of their own taxes because by then the Barnet payments will have cased. Ms. Sturgeon is burying her head in the sand on most of these issues. Independence at all/any cost. Her hate for the Sassenach is clouding her judgement. https://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/14982 Subsuming N. Ireland into Eire will also cost
    3 points
  28. Sorry - had to work FFS. Being a Crown Dependency requires some form of Crown involvement. Independence is is great in principal but is much less certain in its long term outcome. No need for an anti english rant here..................unless of course we get yet another Englishman as a Governor. Then its fair game.
    3 points
  29. 3 points
  30. Human rights are one thing, but what about our responsibilities as humans and members of society? Perhaps they should come up with a Human Responsibilities Charter as well.
    3 points
  31. Isn't this the use of terminology which leads to misinterpretation and was debated at length months ago? Calling positive tests 'cases' implies that they are symptomatic, but we have been told many times that there is a high percentage of those positives who actually suffer no symptoms which is why it spreads and why total lockdowns are effective. So if we were given complete information, the stats that Zarley quoted would apply to those displaying symptoms would they not? Ie a percentage of a percentage of 3.8 million cases, or have I missed the point?
    3 points
  32. You seem a decent guy. But did you not work out that attending meetings of Tynwald is an essential part of the role of an MHK before you decided to stand? Its a bit like saying I applied for a job as a zoo keeper but was glad I didn’t get it because I don’t like animals.
    3 points
  33. This is true. However there is more than one way to skin a cat. You could do it your way and water down your big ideas, until they're so benign nobody has any reason to oppose them, or, as Kieran has suggested, light enough fires in the bellies of the electorate that others are forced to follow you. Let's face it, in Middle you're not going to get much radical political change from a fella who thinks he's next in the queue for a gong and a retired Scottish bank manager who just needs to be as ineffectual as he has been for the last 5 years for the next 5 in order to be set up with a pe
    3 points
  34. My Mrs didn't believe that one either
    2 points
  35. The poor can walk to work . I like it
    2 points
  36. Of course he will because he keeps his constituents informed and responds to them saying he will try to help. Now regardless of whether he has been good or bad people want to feel as though they are being listened to and rob converses with them. Usually you dont see candidates until it comes up to election again the then disappear for the next 5 years. I'm not going to comment on how well/poorly he has done as an mhk I'm just saying listening and updating people go a long way
    2 points
  37. I suppose it could be argued that they do, in having an effective Parliamentary opposition. All the instances you point out were brought out into the light and publicly investigated with the findings published. Some were held to account for it. Plus their press had a field day with it. Whereas over here currently, embarrassing reports and such (if they're even investigated) are quietly shelved as they're deemed to be not in the public interest.
    2 points
  38. In some places, planning have caused the problem by approving estates with insufficient parking spaces (example - no driveway or driveways only for one car when people have two) I'm not saying that it's right to park on pavements - but the government have partly created the problem The pavements are bad enough for pushing prams due to being in a poor state of repair without having to deal with parked vehicles
    2 points
  39. He could in an election where people have two votes.
    2 points
  40. 2nd day running where i can applaud the openess and transparency. Big thanks and well done to those involved. Very positive
    2 points
  41. I am. You just strike me as the most extreme example of what you describe. You're basically a half baked Rob Callister.
    2 points
  42. Regarding qualification and education: It is worth reiterating: always remember that Peter Karran and his Dolphin Certificate kicked the ass of every candidate on the Island for many General Elections. And as a fledgling 21 year old at his very first election received more votes than a certain highly educated and qualified young advocate did at his (albeit different by-election) first and only attempt...
    2 points
  43. Jesus, I hope not. The ionospheric level of self-regard would have nowhere else to go.
    2 points
  44. And the first world war. That was definitely Franz Callister's fault
    2 points
  45. I believe we have a candidate on Island who would be a perfect LG, non other than Sir Miles Walker who in my opinion would make an ideal Manx LG.
    2 points
  46. You like all the stuff from 'Manx notebook' this a very old manuscript from 1666 or thereabout. http://www.isle-of-man.com/manxnotebook/jmmuseum/d151.htm I have a silver-topped cane which, allegedly, belonged to Gardner, given to him by the one and only Aleister Crowley, allegedly.
    2 points
  47. What a load of condescending shite.
    2 points
  48. Smash his car to fuck. Let’s see if he ignores that.
    2 points
  49. Couldn't disagree more, it stifles innovation and political progress. To be a realist is to give up before you've even started. We need idealists to challenge the lazy unimaginative politics that has turned the island into the place it is today.
    2 points
  50. 2 points
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