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  1. Whether you believe its needed or not they need to be qualified to a certain standard so have to keep up their training on a regular basis. I'm sure if the day comes where someone has to be shot people like you would be the first to complain if they werent adequately trained.
    10 points
  2. It is just so unbelievable that this debacle has not only happened but is actually getting worse and worse. The people in government really have messed up even worse than usual this time and yet they seem totally oblivious to what they have and are doing, (or not doing). Many of the public predicted what would happen including the majority on this site and yet we are just powerless to do anything about it. Whatever we do about voting makes no difference, whatever we say on this site, in the media or direct to the MHKs, makes no difference and there are absolutely no sanctions that are or can be used to try and alleviate the mess they have created. In other words we are royally and utterly shafted.................again.
    8 points
  3. Busted. But nothing conspiratorial. I trust no-one
    6 points
  4. I've said often that I wouldn't stand for election as I don't consider I have the necessary life experience to make a difference. I find it disturbing that some intellectually challenged morons wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and see a consummate politician and cerebral powerhouse to direct the direction and welfare of a country ! The green agenda we certainly need to be preserving and enhancing what we have in terms of the continued wellbeing of the populace. Developers are riding roughshod over planning policy, they make sure that area plans are vigorously encouraged to manoeuvre green fields into the housing zones, which makes subsequent planning appeals almost meaningless. They do not build affordable housing for those at the bottom of the ladder, 265K is not a starter mortgage !, they pay lip service to the green agenda which it would be easy for them to make a contribution towards by building to the latest efficiency standards . They fit gas boilers to what they term starter homes ! an already expensive first purchase is made expensive to run the moment you move in. They do not offer any alternatives to gas, my daughter tried to pay for a conversion to oil in the build but they said we have to sell them with gas and you won't get planning permission for anything else ! This term starter homes is just their way of getting permission to build the larger high value homes on green fields. You cannot build your way out of a slump ! FWIW my views.
    6 points
  5. There is absolutely no accountability whatsoever.
    5 points
  6. The Isle of Man doesn’t have the benefit of purpose built ranges and training grounds. that cost tens of millions of pounds. The cops are always on the lookout for venues and these appeals usually come up trumps with someone offering something that will offer variety and new challenges. I oversaw armed policing for the last 3 years of my service. The team is well trained to Uncompromising UK standards and the training reflects the local context.
    5 points
  7. Dr Glover wants to be careful who she trusts.
    4 points
  8. Look at you pretending to care about anyone else. When in reality, from your perspective, it's much more about this: The fact is that the British economy is huge enough to more than adequately cope with a drop of slightly under 10% provided that fiscal and monetary policy is properly used to smooth the impact. Many wrongly predicted a far more dramatic impact on the economy.
    4 points
  9. The candidate who acknowledges Government waste, challenges bad governance and is willing to admit the same, would get my vote in an instant ! Dumb obedience to a compromised leader and administration is no longer an option. Also one who insists on a Government unafraid to stamp its authority on developers, and others to whom it currently genuflects will also be a requirement. Oh and a sensible "green" agenda which doesn't crash the economy would be good too. So I guess I'll be choosing the least worst again then !
    4 points
  10. I'm young and moving to the island! Doing my part to counter the outflow of young'uns : ) btw hello everyone! I won't bring covid with me I promise.
    4 points
  11. DBC's business rates (which are criminally high) are not responsible for the closing of shops from the Arcadia group fallout, he's just using that as a smokescreen. However, pigeons are coming home at long last and he and DBC and the rest of the public sector need to start taking on board the fact that the cash cow's udder is starting to run dry. It's the law of diminishing returns and requesting Treasury to bail it out is just expecting taxpayer's money rather than ratepayer's money. Again, "expectation". It's quite remarkable how this PS expect finance to be handed out. It's going to stop one way or another. This will be total anathema to a number of Govt and town hall mandarins but it's long overdue.
    3 points
  12. I wonder if any MHK would reply to my comments in a straightforward, honest, no bullshit way. No excuses, no flim flam just downright reality. ie, We were way too ambitious and didn't plan adequately. The works weren't necessary and have not turned out as it appeared in our dream. The tram's should removed to Ramsey Mooragh/ prom, the road should have been tarmacked, the old lights could have been converted to LED, the beach could have been lowered by the wall, there could be a decent sea wall, parking could have been increased, the prom could have been narrowed with a footpath, bike path and kiosks and/or extra parking and satisfied all needs. Doc Fixit could have slept easy and all the money saved could have been used for all the social needs that are being ignored. We will revert to ordinary buses and proven cheap, ticketing systems. We will sell the cabbage and make money on the deal.hah! The roads will be repaired properley as and when necessary. There will only be building on brown field or existing sites and there will be plenty of first time buyer homes, more than standard homes. We will have a govt. of 8 with 50% fewer CS managers, the gov. will be elected by all island voting. ............oooh, I've just woken up now, what a strange dream.
    3 points
  13. It appears we finally have acceptance and admission by David Christian that town centre rates are crippling and killing businesses. https://www.energyfm.net/cms/news_story_664397.html He shouldn't be asking for a Government bailout though, Douglas Borough Council needs to slash it's cost and reduce it's footprint.
    3 points
  14. Now we’re talking Quayler!
    3 points
  15. The tracks were in the right place. Someone laid the road underneath in the wrong place.
    3 points
  16. Bottom line, behave yourselves and make sure everyone within 1 square km does too. Fucking libtard snowflakes
    3 points
  17. A few old blokes with BSA Bantams lovingly kept in a shed for the past 40 years, coming here to sit in the GP surgeries are not going to set the economy on fire.
    3 points
  18. Unfortunately I think they do need some officers to be trained for firearms to cover all bases, if one day a crazed gunman is running down strand street taking pop shots I’d be much happier if I knew some bobbies would be turning up with guns instead of a truncheon and a tazer. After the rise of groups like isis and more homemade terrorism I actually do feel that bit more secure when in uk airports If i see police armed with machine guns otherwise these places become soft targets.
    3 points
  19. Do they pay for use of the land? It is more likely they are looking for landowners who will voluntarily help. I know of a chap who used to allow the firearms unit to practice in the land around his house, and he never mentioned getting any money, he was just helping out. Personally I am happy they get good, varied training, it is potentially a lot of weight and responsibility to place on any persons young shoulders.
    3 points
  20. Called it as I’ve seen it from Day One. There had to have been a way to protect & shield the vulnerable whilst those at minimal risk of developing life threatening symptoms (the overriding majority) were allowed to continue with normal life. Even now, knowing what they know, they are still locking millions of people away who should be contributing to keeping the economy alive. Poor lifestyle choices & obesity have contributed massively to the mortality rate also - that can’t be disputed. Many thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions perhaps, over the course of the last 50 years or so have become more unhealthy through poor diet, lack of exercise & modern culture. It sounds awfully inconsiderate & callous but many signed their own death warrants with the way they lived. I’m not talking hereditary conditions but you understand the point I’m trying to make. Would sugar taxes have made a difference? Higher prices on alcohol & tobacco? I’m fairly sure they would. Could Governments have done more to promote healthier lifestyles? I’m sure they could. There is an awful link between poverty & those most at risk. Where they live, the lifestyle choices they make. Who is to blame? So much should have been considered. I’ve been through it a million times - education ruined, unemployment about to go through the roof, the economy tanking, families ripped apart, medical treatment disaster unfolding, mental health & suicide rates off the charts, etc etc etc Nobody here nor in any Government will convince me otherwise. However, I can fully appreciate the stance of the seemingly majority here, who in my worthless (voice in the dark) humble opinion, have literally been frightened to near death. PS - I’m sure there will be a special place in hell reserved for me & my thoughts.
    3 points
  21. I'd like to see the promenade works just continuing forever. Keeps people employed and could become a 'feature' of the Isle of Man. I say chuck £300 million at it, keep in going for at least 10 - 20 years and try to claw some of the money back selling promenade souvenir jigsaws, teatowels, baby-grows and the like.
    2 points
  22. There's a lady contributor in the Indy Letters suggesting with-holding Road tax as a protest over what's going on. Though I don't know how it could be done, either way, Govt has the taxpaying electorate by the short and curlies at all levels and apparently little respect.
    2 points
  23. Only if he got past the 3mm plywood door....
    2 points
  24. Unless they are Jersey born, or were married to a jersey born person, or have Jersey born children from a marriage to a Jersey born person, (along with several other exceptions) they cannot claim a state pension. Jersey has some very good restaurants, as has Guernsey. However, I certainly certainly would not be going on holiday there for the food. Or shopping for that matter. It is ok at best.
    2 points
  25. Trouble is there's often delays when they wait for the camera crews to turn up. Alternatives must be available.
    2 points
  26. Schuey could go in first and taze all the pets to make sure the animals were evacuated safely
    2 points
  27. I thought the plan in these cases was to just get schuey to hurl a couple of white phos grenades in then call in a squadron of a10's to level a square kilometre. Job done, we dont need this fancy dan shit.
    2 points
  28. Therein lies your answer. I imagine, that, in cases where it isn't a heterosexual couple or cisgender woman giving birth, it probably helps clear up communications too. Without misgendering people or, more pressingly, causing confusion. This isn't about taking language away from people, it's just acknowledging that, for some people, that language really doesn't fit.
    2 points
  29. Yes, I've met those types. Usually in pubs and building sites. (I think they were in the Air Cadets for a few weeks when they were at school)
    2 points
  30. Granted the island's internal economy is currently doing 'okay', with the obvious exception of tourism. Locally we have followed a policy that whether created by accident or design, has insulated us from any immediate impact from the economic damage caused by lockdown restrictions etc, but it is only going to insulate us for so long. If our largest trading partner suffers, eventually so will we. Anecdotally I am aware that many immigrant workers who were settling on our shores and that the hospitality, service, construction and certain tech industries rely upon have left. I hope they return when the restrictions ease, but many parts of our economy are struggling not through lack of demand but through a lack of labour and in some cases materials. I am reasonably optimistic that Britain will bounce back if things in the UK are loosened very soon, but another year of this chaos will be catastrophic for those who can least afford it, which ironically is those we are trying to protect.
    2 points
  31. Cressida Dick ! who is now the Met Chief officer, the rank and file running towards him believed he was a suicide bomber and placed their lives in danger in order to shoot him ! that's the bottom line.
    2 points
  32. You'd have to be really dumb to live in a place which you think is a "shithole". Given that you've only got one life and can live anywhere you want on the planet.
    2 points
  33. The Jersey HNW scene is quite ostentatious, whereas the IoM sits at the other extreme. Horses for courses I suppose. I personally find the CI's too small and suffocating. Our hills and mountain make the island feel larger and more expansive than it really is.
    2 points
  34. However, it's not the same virus as day one. The variants that have become prevalent are to take an advantage of our weaknesses, including your own. What if a variant were to be fatal to the 'Under 10s'? Would you still say, ''Keep them at home''? So that you can go to the Pub! Suppose that your generation were to become highly susceptible, you going to stay home while we 'Oldies' go out to enjoy ourselves? We really are 'all in this together' and that includes the rest of the World many of whom do not have our advantages!
    2 points
  35. You're not alone I'm not and never have been in the least bit frightened and I'm no spring chicken!
    2 points
  36. I personally would like the following, integrity honesty transparency and most important of all willing to challenge bad governance, if we in the west could get a candidate with one of the above attributes I would be satisfied as we currently have none of the above!
    2 points
  37. The thin surface layer is allow to llift it up and brush the legal arguments under?
    1 point
  38. Add to that every block paving crossing on Loch Promenade is moving or subsiding, be interesting to see how all these will be repaired at no cost to the taxpayer as the DOI did them. Blocks seem completely the wrong material for a main road with heavy traffic to me
    1 point
  39. In normal times it isn’t a big deal to go to Liverpool or Manchester if you really want/need a shopping ‘experience’, that neither set of islands can or will ever be able to offer. The IoM’s restaurants have improved since I returned, but again if I really wanted to eat in a top restaurant I would go to a big city. The CI’s food offering are not that much better than the IoM and would not influence where I live.
    1 point
  40. It surely depends upon which vaccine is being administered. Those receiving the Pfizer vaccine in the earlier groups should get there second dose as specified after 3 weeks, but for those getting the AZ vaccine, the latest evidence shows that giving the second dose after a longer interval provides greater protection, hence the advice from WHO, SAGE and from the CEO of Astra Zeneca who supported the UK approach for their vaccine. As far as the AZ vaccine is concerned, there is no logic in saying that we want to give the second dose as early as possible to those most at risk (i.e. after 4 weeks), because we want to give them maximum protection as quickly as possible, if the science shows that doing so doesn't give the maximum protection. Ultimately that strategy would leave the highest priority groups with lower levels of protection than the lower priority groups (assuming that the dosing schedule was changed for those groups as you suggested).
    1 point
  41. Are they? Have you ever even been to either Island? I know all of the Channel Islands pretty well. I moved to IOM from Jersey over 30 years ago. Fed up of paying enormous rent for a shitty little flat, and no prospect of ever being able to buy a house, let alone afford it. On a Monday morning you dodged the pools of sick walking from the car park to the office. Commuting to work was awful. Winters were very cold due to continental winds. As a non jersey person you pay into the system but get little out, e.g. no state pension, sick pay, etc. If you think the Real Houswives of Jersey is real life, crack on.
    1 point
  42. Whatever it is these days, they are far from being even a pale shadow of SAS. In the1970s there was such a thing, well sort of. There was a chap down south who was in the SAS (he died in the last year or so) and got together a group of recruits from various walks of life who were trained up to an acceptable military standard - again, well sort of. I think they were eventually thrown out of a C130 at Dalby or something. But don't mix up bobbies with guns as SAS.
    1 point
  43. I'm not sure they are actually. The UK markets are probably stagnant at best and a number of the main constituents have a serious drag on their earnings. The US is largely driven by about 5 companies. They are unstoppable to some degree. Covid or not.
    1 point
  44. A lot of our modern economy is predicated on consumption though, maybe even more so with the shift from home-based manufacturing to service industries. It requires us to consume more and more in order to "grow" the economy. Reducing consumption (and, by implication, expectations too?) would fly in the face of the direction that our economy has taken?
    1 point
  45. I had this book 25 years ago, it was a warning really, of the future.
    1 point
  46. Hi Apple, I dare say there will be those (a minority) who have accumulated some wealth during the pandemic but the BBC breaking news means only one thing sadly. More of the poorest in society being plunged further into depths of poverty and long term deprivation. Everything was disregarded without a thought of the consequences, everything. The bad news will come in waves now as the economic catastrophe unfolds & hundreds of thousands (millions actually) of lives are ruined forever.
    1 point
  47. Literally, who gives a flying duck about the UK or Jersey or anywhere else actually? The government here have simply chosen to follow what the manufacturer says. Which is what we tend to do with things every day in medicine. So what if we are three weeks behind.? Three weeks behind in the race to go absolutely nowhere. It looks to me like we've set up decent vaccination centres and protocols because this isn't a two minute job. This obsession with what others are doing is bizarre.
    1 point
  48. If we had a public sector that cut its cloth accordingly, and a government that had more realistic ambitions, I would tend to agree.
    1 point
  49. I've never agreed with the "pyramid scheme" mentioned above of importing new taxpayers to pay for the current retirees or whatever. Not convinced that young people are such a great draw when compared to older people either. Not when you factor in their 2.4 children who need years of free education, health care, vaccinations, dentistry etc. Retired people have money and spend it. That's their tax contribution. And it is valuable. Every "young person" will probably start a family then also get old and retire. Whereas most retirees people won't be starting a family. "Old people" spent 54p in every pound in 2018. Forecasted to be 63p by 2040.
    1 point
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