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  1. So, would you think having genomic testing on island would not be better than waiting longer for uk results? Just out of interest.
    6 points
  2. Be handy if we could speed up our genomic testing, maybe by doing it on island. Wouldn't you agree? In theory at least?
    6 points
  3. The housing issue with young people will never be resolved whilst Government genuflect to the developer building properties which are out of the reach of many first time buyers, whilst building and labelling them as such, in order to continue to develop sites with even more expensive houses ! We are doing nothing but build at the moment but not one bit of it is helping those who most need it !
    6 points
  4. I agree, there is an insatiable demand to get money into property at the moment and they may well sell without problem. However that is not the solution to the problem at hand, its good for Government coffers via employment taxes etc, good for developers, shareholders, and good for those who can afford a new house. It is bad however for those not on the ladder and for the environment in which we live.
    5 points
  5. They are not shadowy figures, they are just employers, and people who earn a good living who mix in the right circles. The sort of person who has made the island their home, but still does business in the UK and has family in the UK. They are not the illuminati, but are instead your neighbours, your colleagues or maybe your boss. They do wield influence in as much as they speak regularly to Ministers and departmental CEO's, as they are the sort of people that the island needs and should want to retain. Of course if it all goes wrong, restrictions need to be retained, but if restrictions ease a
    5 points
  6. Lol you're funny Napoleon. But seriously - nobody would base themselves here if they were still doing the sort of old fashioned business which still required a physical face-to-face? Even you must know that.
    4 points
  7. No it wasn't. We know that the New Year cluster was caused by someone coming over to take up employment and it looks like that was source of the only cases to get out into the community. And that either testing or sensible rules against too many people self-isolating together, certainly both, would prevented it. Both policies long advocated by many, but ignored by the government for the usual reasons. We can't be certain, but the fact they were sketchy about the details is suggestive in itself.
    4 points
  8. And, a snippet from the latest BMJ - a GP reports that many on her list live in multi-generational homes. The youngsters are getting covid (but usually not bad, as they’re young) but their parents/grandparents in the house are not - as they’ve been jabbed. We’re now starting to see the effects of the 20% vaccine coverage or whatever it is over there.
    4 points
  9. Rubbish. Any vaccine is better than no vaccine.
    4 points
  10. One issue I come across when talking to young folk quite a lot is the private buy-to-rent market, in that there is no halfway house between social housing rents and the private sector. There's a group stuck in the middle that either don't qualify for social housing because they earn too much or simply don't earn enough to live in decent privately rented accommodation. What is required are Housing Trusts with affordable rental stock to help fill that gap.
    4 points
  11. Some buy to live but coming from UK & further & pushing prices up . We need housing associations , government homeless shelters etc and more done to alleviate poverty not lining big developers pockets
    4 points
  12. Howard proffers an opinion on every Mannin Line. Sometimes I agree, sometimes, more often, I do not. He was full of praise for the "girls", quickly corrected to "and boys", down there. He offered no view on whether the facility was worth it, just that, as ever, the front line staff were doing a great job and whoever devised the process should be moved to sort out other problem areas. I think much of it is down to being grateful to have the vaccinisation (quote from MR this evening) which is entirely understandable and we will hear more of the same. Which is fine, but don't expect How
    3 points
  13. It's a shame we don't have any hooker's here!
    3 points
  14. I am guessing your business is entirely tech based judging by your narrow view of how the world does business. My business is a mix of old fashioned real world and tech. The tech element of my business has been able to carry on quite happily during these restrictions, but it has cut my margins elsewhere as I am having to utilise and trust third parties more than I used to. This has had the unfortunate effect of curtailing some of my off island activities. There really is no substitute for face to face interaction and actually viewing something in person, especially when it is coming out of you
    3 points
  15. It is going to be increasingly a leisure thing, & high streets are going to have to make themselves attractive destinations
    3 points
  16. So if there were cases in the future, would you agree that it would be better to have on island genomics testing, given our not insignificant south african population? Would it not be better to identify the strain within 2 days rather than 2 weeks? At least in principle?
    3 points
  17. I believe there are up to 200 people with issues regarding permanent abodes (happy to be corrected on this) The most sickening stat was an 88 year old needing help from Housing Matters
    3 points
  18. This is nearer to the mark. There's a shitload of people in local authority housing that shouldn't be there.
    3 points
  19. I don't think housing associations have any sort of legal status and so there aren't the financial concessions or protections that they would have across. There's certainly a need, but there are a lot of vested interests in local authorities that don't want competition for their patronage and especially in the growing private landlord market that don't want to be undercut.
    3 points
  20. It is a great post. It will be legendary if it turns out to be true
    3 points
  21. It is not for the developers to worry about affordable housing, they are businesses that respond to the prevailing market. The government are the body that need to address any inequality, whether it be via housing associations, council housing or some other scheme. The government acknowledge that it is a real issue that will continue to restrict the island’s ability to attract working families, but it is not such an easy problem to solve.
    3 points
  22. Current developers have no interest in supplying affordable housing the 6 properties out of 250 are lip service to the planners, all they are interested in is sticking as many boxes on the land given so the 2nd addresses can be registered for the HNWI off-shore requirements then the housing management companies can step in and rent them out at exorbitant prices. This is what happens when our politicians and their mates own swathes of the green fields, if this isn't a conflict of interests then i don't know what is. But hey as long as we can be seen planting a tree in a flat cap and w
    3 points
  23. The property market is a free market and should remain so. The reason that so many new builds sell quickly is that they are attractive to amateur investors who do not want headaches that come with second hand stock, but also that the banks favour new builds when it comes to mortgage finance, so making it attractive for buy to live clients.
    3 points
  24. Because you capitalised the 'D', I genuinely read this and thought 'Who is Dick Longworth? If he's that influential, how come I've never heard of him?'
    3 points
  25. The Government has just spent a rumoured £120k on ten temporary booths at Ronaldsway. I’ve described them elsewhere as the most pound-stupid administration in history. Money gets spent, but rarely on the problems in society where investment would not only make a difference to people’s existence, but also put the Island on the map as the exemplar of good social policy. For a long time I’ve expressed concerns as to the sustainability of government fiscal policy. I mentioned on the podcast I do weekly with Ged and Michael that prior to leaving the Island I was practically paying no income t
    3 points
  26. We know that you’re less likely to die from being vaccinated for covid than from getting covid. So you and the others are wrong in your views.
    3 points
  27. Both the dandara Ballasalla and haven Castletown sites have half the houses sold before they're even built. These aren't sold to people wanting to live in them.
    3 points
  28. And I am sure electronic points that are unused for six months of the year at a seafront area that is prone to coastal overtopping will be ultra reliable.
    2 points
  29. "New business". Lol. Even the guys selling door-to-door have gone online. And no, I don't need a new layer of Tarmac on the back drive thanks.
    2 points
  30. You don't need a separate laboratory, we already have one in Onchan. Which is already quite busy sequencing other things, so thumbs would be untwiddled.
    2 points
  31. A FoI response has resulted in the minutes of a meeting concerning the horse trams to be revealed. It contains wondrous statements such as: "provide a holistic tram crossing control using transponders for detection." and "Points to be operated using H&K controllers linked to a purpose built signal controller, which is triggered by line side tag readers." So it was not just traffic lights, it was electronically controlled points. The skirting boards pale into insignificance.
    2 points
  32. They haven't. It was largely selfish people making unnecessary trips.
    2 points
  33. Not petty at all Gladys, but you don’t need to cast your eyes as far as the east coast of the US if you’re puzzled or alarmed about public endorsement of political leadership. Take a peek into No. 10 Downing Street.
    2 points
  34. The situation is fluid for sure and it all depends on what is happening elsewhere especially UK which is in shit street just now. The borders will open etc when the time is right. And that ain't now or anytime soon. Whatever you may think.
    2 points
  35. It wouldn't surprise me if in say two years time there'll be one vaccine for both flu & COVID.
    2 points
  36. Homelessness doesn't necessarily mean people sleeping in doorways or on the streets. The third sector finds accommodation for the 'homeless' but because there's a shortage of a particular type of property further along the chain that accommodation tends to be of a temporary nature. You have pointed out social house blocking is an issue and that is reflected in stock availability elsewhere in the chain. IOMG are more than happy for the third sector to pick the pieces with this and so on the face of it there wouldn't appear to be a problem. If you volunteer or work in the third sector then
    2 points
  37. Savers need an investment alternative, & that should be IOMG Green Bonds to stimulate/develop the insular green economy
    2 points
  38. Time for an independent housing association with responsibility for managing & developing social and low cost housing On the commercial front, incentives should be offered to developers for brownfield development & greenfield development banned except in specific circumstances of national importance
    2 points
  39. He hasn't. He is the forum's daily dilemmarist; excitable, clamourous, and the biggest spoofer this side of Laurence Skally's Y-fronts.
    2 points
  40. Sorry, but where the fuck did I say "let's not help mental health"? It seems this is a default response to any form of perceived offense today. I'd say the Govt has done a fairly reasonable job providing affordable housing. If the property sitters referred, that either can afford rent like the rest of us, or single individuals occupying a 3 bed house, were cleared out, then there would be much more equitable distribution of housing for those in need. It is those selfish individuals that you should blame, not the government. If you are a 'Banker' look closer to home for the blam
    2 points
  41. A redevelopment, last new housing created? Just because some council tenants are now well off doesn’t mean we shouldn’t help those who are paying loads in private sector shit housing. The attitude of let’s not help mental health it’s all their own problems is exactly why society has the problems it has
    2 points
  42. Exactly what we need, housing trusts/housing associations , government grants etc plus funding for a homeless shelter. The issue is not with private developments but the failure of government to provide for the genuine strugglers & underprivileged in society.
    2 points
  43. Not really sure Max but there is demand. The UK (including Mann) has a major problem with housing. I'm sure there's a certain snobbishness about rental property from certain quarters. Rental property = lower income council housing estates etc. European countries don't have that hang up. Tenant led and managed Housing Trusts would bridge that gap and it seems strange to me that IOMG doesn't encourage the creation of Trusts as it would alleviate the pressure on social housing waiting lists. ETA: Some UK housing trusts also have a portfolio of commercial properties, such as small tradi
    2 points
  44. The trial’s small sample size needs to be emphasised and the positive news is that it indicates a lessening of severe issues and hospitalisation. The media headlines are all over the negatives, leaving the balanced reporting to the main body. I am reasonably positive, as it also appears that most scientists are. As for borders, assuming the UK numbers continue on their current trajectory, the pressure on Comin to release restrictions will be immense. There is no appetite in Comin to continue the restrictions unnecessarily, even with the election looming, although I accept that pressure wi
    2 points
  45. We’re not just talking about housing to buy but social housing, homeless shelters, food banks etc and Government is not doing enough. The money spent on Bakers railway bridges vanity project would fund food bank, homeless charities for a few years. When was the last large new social housing project anywhere?
    2 points
  46. There is always a cry for affordable housing but when people say that what do they mean? What would you price an affordable house at? How much does it cost to build? If that doen't fit a developer's pricing model who is going to build them, and where? The Island has plenty of NIMBy's many of which are also outraged at the lack of affordable housing...as long as any built are built elsewhere
    2 points
  47. The only one spouting the usual bollocks is you 🙄
    2 points
  48. It should and may well be but the excuse you'll hear after the election is there is no money left because of covid / brexit, however, we'll write a report and put an action plan in place for it to be addressed at some indeterminate point in the future probably long after they are all dead (a bit like the climate action plan). Oh and please don't ask about 200 new Mercedes buses because they were a bargain even if they are never used.
    2 points
  49. It's the problem we have with a government that more or less appoints itself without any real mandate from the voting public - they do what they like and are beholden to no one as most of the House of Keys is on the government payroll one way or another The Governor ensures 'good government' but comes from a nation whose own standards are nowadays appallingly low Top two issues for the general election: 1. Income inequality 2. Affordable housing for all
    2 points
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