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  1. To answer your question I think it works both ways. I believe that at the start of all this our government was responsible for a very weird psychology being created in the IOM regarding border controls and the need to keep ‘outsiders’ out and now they are having to pander to the narrative they created as they can’t shift peoples mindsets. A huge number of people do seem genuinely fearful of one case and have the expectation that we will retreat into lockdown immediately at every opportunity. Many of the Facebook threads that instantly appear under every COVID announcement are genuinely embarra
    12 points
  2. I’ll be honest me and the mrs were supposed to be going out on Saturday night for dinner we had a baby sitter etc booked...we have decided though to give it a miss whilst things settle down don’t need to be caught out like Java. We will get a takeaway from tandoor instead. to me that seems a sensible approach that we have made as grown ups and what we think is right for us.. why can’t the moaners on Facebook just do what is right for them instead of moaning
    7 points
  3. This is where they piss me off. Honesty, forthrightness, and transparency about how their decisions concerning covid are being made would, IMO, go a long way towards alleviating the hysteria and fears. When people are kept in the dark, it's human nature to try to fill in the blanks. This leads to rumours, wild speculation, conspiracy theories and worst-case scenarios being bandied about on social media and in real life down the pub and in the shops. People wonder - and quite rightly, given governmental cock-ups past and present - what are they trying to hide this time?
    6 points
  4. You seem to fall into the category of what is sadly a wide number people who consistently seem to rub their hands with glee every time something like this happens. Why do people wish to default to a community transmission and immediate lockdown argument? These people have been tracked quickly and all their contacts tested. Even the people in Java have had what is effectively a Day 6 or 7 day test (Tuesday to the next Monday or Tuesday is 6 or 7 days from assumed exposure) and would likely have shown symptoms before then in most cases or tested positive on testing if they’ve got it. Whatever it
    6 points
  5. I've got some personal, rather than general IOM, good news. My daughter, who is expecting my second grandchild at the end of April, managed to buy a newer home for a reasonable price despite all the cash-buyer gazumping going on at the minute. It's a stone's-throw, walking-distance away from my house which will make things much easier where my grandson is concerned. They moved in last weekend. I'm thrilled. Their happiness over the new house and the impending birth are the only things keeping me sane these past few months. It's good to have something positive to look forward to and i
    5 points
  6. More people are finally understanding that a calm and controlled approach is the way forward. Those who want to hide in a lead lined bunker can. Those who can take a pragmatic view can get about their daily business. A fair proportion of the truly vulnerable have been vaccinated or at least had the first jab. This is the future so we might as well get used to it.
    4 points
  7. And I would say that had those 70,000 people ‘adapted’ even better and followed the rules then they would have been out of the mess a lot quicker instead of having to rely on waiting for a vaccine. As the IOM did with their lockdown. Your ‘adapting’ seems to mean the same as self centred ignorance and doing whatever you want with no thought of consequences for others.
    4 points
  8. 4 points
  9. I think something has changed in their heads. Be that Alf saying the money tree isn’t there, or Boris has sent an email to say stop making the UK look bad or he’ll cut off the cash-flow (yes I’m being facetious). If this was before the last lockdown, I expect they would’ve acted significantly quicker, even if it was to suggest social distancing and masks. Whether they’re actually using what they learnt from the last outbreak to re-assess their approach is a total unknown. You’d hope so HQ has been notably MIA on our screens and radios for the past few days. Bear in mind that
    4 points
  10. Looks like the Government have finally seen a bit of sense with this current cluster (outbreak). The 70’s are jabbed, they are the at risk group - let’s ride it out. The meltdown is strong in some it is.
    4 points
  11. 4 points
  12. I have to say that I don't find it all depressing; frustrating, irritating and feeling a bit of a mushroom, yes, but not depressing. We have got used to being in control of nature but she has the upper hand and, in a way, it is a salutary lesson.
    3 points
  13. According to the press report today if you can exchange within 14 days you can still have house otherwise you get your £1k back but don’t worry Cregeen is meeting Dandara 😂
    3 points
  14. First time on MF then is it? 🙄
    3 points
  15. I assume that you meant that they have developed it in isolation after catching it at these activities, maybe passing it on to siblings and/or parents while co-isolating. The original cases would presumably (we don't have the genomics to confirm) been via the Steam Packet employee(s) and family. This sort of outbreak is very dangerous because of the number of potential contacts schoolkids have. The newer variants of the virus seem to be spreading a lot this way (though we may have got better looking for them there). What may have saved the day here is it being half-term with the numb
    3 points
  16. I assume that you don’t have Facebook then? I thought I might try here as an alternative as the relentless lockdown negative nellies on Facebook were starting to get depressing. But to be fair it looks like a good proportion of the contributors on this forum are just as effective as a depression transmission platform as Facebook. If you don’t want to discuss the various lockdown and doomsday scenarios on offer then very much there seems to be little to get your teeth into.
    3 points
  17. Interesting fact. I reckon that the 39 non-travel cases that we currently have are actually more than the highest number we had during the January cluster. That peaked at 53 on 18 Jan, but 18 of those seem to have been travellers isolating on arrival, rather than infected on the Island. So in once sense this is a worse outbreak than the one that was locked down for.
    3 points
  18. We don't really need 'career politicians'. We need people who generally give a shit about people - and not just their own political career.
    3 points
  19. you'll either get used to that feeling....or leave
    3 points
  20. And, more importantly, many others working in finance, tech, services and gaming. None of which are typically impacted by travel restrictions. And many of which are perfectly well set up for work-from-home. Generating income which then supports those working in the local economy.
    3 points
  21. Bear in mind, furlough here didn't apply to a significant number of sectors. https://covid19.gov.im/businesses/funding-support/salary-support-scheme/ Plus, the UK scheme covers up to 80% of salary, up to £2500 a month. Significantly more than the Manx scheme would. The Manx scheme is up to 75% of a living wage, £1120 a month. And in either jurisdiction, the self employed get done over.
    3 points
  22. I think you need to have a good look at your 'friends'. Yourself too, maybe.
    3 points
  23. 3 points
  24. I probably would too if I could.
    3 points
  25. I don’t think there’s a lot, no. Admittedly, there’s some, yes. But that’s to be expected when people are unsure of things, and their government who are supposed to be in charge, know what they’re doing, and setting an example, are putting out statements which include ‘the Covid zone’ like it’s something off the Horror Channel. It’s irresponsible.
    3 points
  26. Partly, but not exclusively - the broader picture is PS culture.
    3 points
  27. Based on the reasons for closure in the consultation document we could end up with all roads being closed to vehicular traffic. I might guess that it is easier to close than to maintain ? The Minister also states that a business case cannot be found to reinstate the road, however, a case has been found to replace the railway bridges on the old railway track !!
    3 points
  28. ...with an Independent Chair and membership, with relevant expertise in civil engineering projects. Otherwise it will just be the usual amateur questioning and report that completely misses the most salient points.
    3 points
  29. 153 second doses administered today as at 15.32pm Zero first doses. Are they really working around the clock, leaving no stone unturned in the biggest logistical challenge the IOM has ever faced? Really? Are they Minister Ashford?
    3 points
  30. Dwarfed by unofficial US and later NATO spending in West Germany.
    2 points
  31. I visited Munich in 1970, which was a mere 25 years after the end of WW2. The city was, and presumably still is, clean, tidy, well-maintained - immaculate. The people who run Douglas and the IoM all seem more interested in egocentric fabulous new ventures - cultural areas, green granite, gateway monoliths and so on. It would be better if instead they spent money on simply keeping things clean and tidy. But unfortunately none of them have any interest in that aspect. Besides Douglas, on Marine Drive there are broken concrete posts and rusty wire (as featured in the film Waking Ne
    2 points
  32. Now now. Never underestimate how patronising and detached some people can be.
    2 points
  33. The problem is not planning. The problem is H&B running the pubs down, slapping on restrictive covenants and then (Fort Island styley) leaving them as eyesores, in the hope they can get planning to turn them into luxury executive housing developments (*may prove unsuitable for the rapid rotation of felines). If the authorites stopped H&B from getting away with it, perhaps H&B would stop doing it in the first place.
    2 points
  34. Have a look at 3 Fm , news & politics etc , my opinion is mine so not sure what your question is
    2 points
  35. (Replying on this topic as more relevant) Actually it isn't as expensive or work time-consuming to stand as you think, providing (as I said on the first page) you start early enough. The most effective campaigning technique in Manx elections is simply to knock on everyone's door[1] and to that you need to start now and you can do it at evenings and weekends. And it doesn't cost much except in shoe leather. Deciding to stand in the Summer is simply too late. It also implies you don't have much in the way of policy worked out except "Down with this sort of thing" and "More money fo
    2 points
  36. that fiasco on the promenade should see off the whole ruddy lot of them
    2 points
  37. Only bloke who can work in his own shop behind counter for decades earning there while paid to piss in a pot through 80s 90s and 00s in politics. only really showing up in TT or events. Moved on to DJ spots to canvas public misunderstanding that he is available politician once shop shut. Then spent years posting pictures of his walking..walking walking as he worked part time on full pay as MLC. I doubt he can walk far carrying that pension... it must be heavy to carry. he is everything that is wrong with this island since the 80s. No wonder his daughter fancies a slice of that
    2 points
  38. They seem to always have a "we live in a sunny, big city" type mentality when making up these policies. We have very narrow roads built (and currently maintained to the standard) for carrying horse and carts. I'm expecting our accident rate to ramp up over the next few years - electric cars you can't hear, a very small increase in pedal cyclists and e-cyclists clogging up busy roads, too many 4x$'s that people can't seem to drive properly (without stopping to let another one come up the same road in the opposite direction) - and a lot of frustrated motorists. In short, the roads are
    2 points
  39. Consultation suggests it wouldn't be worth the cost of making them register, and detract from the goal of reducing cars. Road wear would be not dissimilar to a bicycle, based on the weight and 0 emissions. And their rationale is you'd only do as much damage as a bicycle, which doesn't require insurance. E-bikes with pedal assist don't require tax or insurance for the same power limits. It's no different to filtering on a motorcycle, which is perfectly allowable in the highway code. Realistically, they should be using the roads like cyclists would, that's the legal requirem
    2 points
  40. My friend has no mental health issues rest assured he runs a very successful business which has adapted to covid brilliantly. And as a general assessment of IOM social media activity I thought his comment was reasonably fair from what I see too. As a casual observer it generally seems to be the people over here who are losing it every time there is a cluster not the folk in the UK who have seemed to have climatized to living with covid.
    2 points
  41. Competence Evaporated. Complete Error. Comic Endeavour. Cock-ups Everywhere. Clumsy Effort. Couldn't Even (organise a piss-up in a brewery).
    2 points
  42. Derek. So that’s why you moved to Blackpool!
    2 points
  43. 2 points
  44. Well baker has only got 6 months hopefully along with Harmer, boot & Cregeen
    2 points
  45. The new Tynwald this year should set up a public enquiry into this complete balls-up and financial piss-take.
    2 points
  46. No they don't, we all do.
    2 points
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