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  1. I’d have much more respect for these back bench warriors if they’d been holding government to account properly throughout the entire administration and not simply 6 months before a general election.
    20 points
  2. If I'm honest, I'm tired of trying to pin cock ups on the Gov. 'Look what they could have done.' I'd be more focused on just holding them to getting this vaccine rollout done as quickly as is safely possible and on our exit strategy to normality. Avoidable lockdown? Maybe. But at this point, who cares? We are where we are. Nobody in Tynwald is really holding them to account bar the odd backbencher or some MLCs. It's going nowhere. I'm worn out by COVID now. Its cost me tens of thousands. I just want to see it over and going round the bullshit circle isn't going to help end it.
    7 points
  3. Whatever else you can say about him, he obviously didn't get anyone else to write his column for him. Unfortunately.
    7 points
  4. You appear to be one of these people who believes everything is all or nothing. None of my friends in the UK whose mums have been allowed support bubbles now have dead or even ill mothers as a consequence. This seems to be the issue with a lot of the islands COVID thinking. People can't get their heads around there being lots of solutions that fall in between all or nothing and that the situation is changing all the time. So in my example. Why should a lady in her 70s who is fully vaccinated and hasn't had any social or physical contact for 2 weeks have to sit on her own all day and eat on her own while her neighbour and friend of 30 years sits next door in exactly the same situation. There is no risk in one of them going to the others house. The biggest risk is them.falling on the steps. They are both intelligent adults who are being locked up for no sensible or justifiable reason. They haven't seen anyone since getting their vaccines. They are both vaccinated. They both want to see each other and have both said that they would take that risk even without the vaccine to avoid being so lonely but are both scared of being grassed up by neighbours. Not living in total isolation doesn't have to mean a death sentence. That is the same irrational nonsense the COVID/No COVID nutters are applying to borders. The risks are decreasing everyday and the restrictions should be sensible and in line with risk whilst also considering people mental wellbeing. There is no way on earth you can give a sensible justification for two old friends in the circumstances above not being able to share a lunch and having a chat and watching some old people TV together.
    7 points
  5. And your total as the Sultan was 12,141 before the game was up. That's not taking into account the totals for all your other, er, personalities.
    6 points
  6. To be fair that is since June 2007, which is 165 months ago. So about 72 a month You've made 394 in 19 days.
    6 points
  7. Just to clarify '1000 awaiting results' is actually '1014 awaiting result notification' (see page 7 of the Dashboard). This means a lot of people waiting to be told the outcome of their test, not that test is still being processed. So, those 1014 results are already in the headline figures. It isn't going to influence tomorrow's figures. The number of tests completed shows that the positive test rate is now 9%, down from a steady 13-14% for the last week, which looks like a move in the right direction.
    6 points
  8. They did such a job of convincing those with no life off the island that elimination was the future they have made a real.issue for us going forward. Thousands of fit healthy people are scared that even after vaccinations there might the "cases". Its scary, people have lost their minds. There are lots of people in our immediate social circle currently at home with COVID due to having a child at one of the schools that was hit. None of them are ill and yet the wider social group still has plenty who are petrified. Mitigation should have always been kept very much at the forefront of all briefings etc. Vaccines now mean it is a viable proposition with near normality and the Manx public are scared of it as a future because of the communications over the last 12 months about overwhelmed hospitals etc.
    6 points
  9. Everyone (excluding morons) assumes that strain will be here soon.
    5 points
  10. The OCD like obsession around case numbers should go I agree. There’s people literally arguing with each other on Facebook and claiming government conspiracies and cover ups because they think there’s a gap of 2 or 3 cases due to reporting overlaps. It’s literal insanity to obsess over numbers like that. Number in hospital and number of deaths should be all they say and if people want to know more they can go on the covid world-o-meter where they probably already spend a good 5 hours a day anyway.
    5 points
  11. Arms Length Alternative Management Organisation or the ALAMO.
    5 points
  12. Good news that the case numbers are decreasing. Good news that the positivity rate is down to 9% from 14%. Good news that the number of unknown source cases is down (although they are still trying to figure out if 5 are or not). Really good news that in the last 3 days where we have seen 187 cases, only 3 are in the 70yrs and above age range. Vaccines as well as lockdown having an effect? Really bad news that we have 4 more folk in hospital. Lets hope they all make a full recovery.
    5 points
  13. As you say, over the last 12 months, not throughout the administration (although I accept that Thomas was hamstrung whilst a Minister). The only member who has, from day 1, been prepared to face up to Quayle and challenge his manifest bullshit, and not simply on Covid, has been Daphne Caine. No wonder Quayle is so bloody rude to her - she engages his existing misogyny. She also comes in for plenty of flak on these pages but if I was a Garff voter, which I’m not, she’d get an X in the box from me for that alone.
    5 points
  14. They did such a job of convincing those with no life off the island that elimination was the future they have made a real.issue for us going forward. Thousands of fit healthy people are scared that even after vaccinations there might the "cases". Its scary, people have lost their minds. There are lots of people in our immediate social circle currently at home with COVID due to having a child at one of the schools that was hit. None of them are ill and yet the wider social group still has plenty who are petrified. Mitigation should have always been kept very much at the forefront of all briefings etc. Vaccines now mean it is a viable proposition with near normality and the Manx public are scared of it as a future because of the communications over the last 12 months about overwhelmed hospitals etc.
    5 points
  15. To be honest, the dog walking thing is not trivial if you have dogs. What was trivial was banning someone else walking them for you with adequate arrangements, they should have just given clear guidance. Its like all things in this, it is often what nay be considered the small things that have the biggest impact on surviving self isolation. For example, a lady who I shop for wanted a particular thing to style her hair. Why bother you ask, she is in isolation and who is going to see her? Well, for her, paying attention to her appearance was important, it gave her a structure and helped her maintain her personal standards and self respect - she was not going to descend into slob mode. It was important to her.
    5 points
  16. I guess this could all be put into 3 separate posts but I'm a bit lazy so I'll just put it all into 1. 1. From reading the exit framework and listening to DA it sounds like all adults will have had their first dose of the vaccination by the end of May but actually it says they will be 'offered' a first dose by the end of May, meaning they will send the letters out by the end of May from what I can deduce and therefore actual jabs will come sometime after this. I'm totally happy to concede I'm wrong on this if someone can point me to something more conclusive but this play on given a jab vs. offered a jab is cloudy, they could just be a bit clearer. This matters because it affects the dates in the exit framework and so we'll have to be restricted for longer but interestingly it's still ahead of where the UK are saying they will be at the same stage of vaccination - somehow. 2. Regarding the below, I sincerely hope we don't think of a "new normal" which has been talked about for ages. It should just be normal, 2019 normal. Why would we live in a state of permanent or even semi-permanent social distancing, mask wearing, plastic partitions everywhere etc. That isn't life. I get it that temporarily it has helped, specifically social distancing, but really the vaccine given the high efficacy of many of them should mean that we live normally with the virus as we do with other unpleasant viruses. 3. Finally, I've decided that I've landed on the side of Mr Turd being right about family visiting. Initially I really wasn't sure and hadn't given it a lot of thought because I'm not waiting for family to come and visit me but we should allow residents to come back and isolate for 2 weeks with a few tests and so I really don't see any issue with letting non-IOM based family members do the same, either alone or with their family if all adhere to the same rules as current residents have to abide by. If it's on the same basis as returning travellers are following them I really don't see any issue with it.
    5 points
  17. Could have got the amenity site staff to do it, getting full pay for sitting at home
    4 points
  18. Appx 2000 per day currently dying in Brazil. I doubt they've all got underlying health issues. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-56355861 There are a few here who have expressed similar sentiments. Calling people "bed wetters" and arguing that everyone should all just get on with it.
    4 points
  19. 4 points
  20. Yes if we all shut our eyes really tightly, naughty Mr Covid will just go away.
    4 points
  21. Less than 500 tests completed and over 1,000 awaiting results so the improvement in numbers ain't what it seems to be.
    4 points
  22. I find if you ask them how old they are and what they are wearing, they hang up. Works for any phone call, even people you know.
    4 points
  23. So it’s ‘a bit’ live. and ... ’a bit’ not. So, ‘a bit’ shit. Really.
    4 points
  24. I'd be on my own. You know, sticking to the rules, saving lives. Might spend the next week drunk first though, arguing with dickheads on the internet.
    4 points
  25. Hey, Just back in from watching the golf from Florida. Great to see America has cleared up the Covid mess judging by the fans, crowd hugs, high fives, lack of social distancing etc What did I miss here? We still complaining that Dot and Alan from No. 42 aren’t wearing their face coverings whilst out with the dog ......
    3 points
  26. It's not just MHKs though is it? There are some senior CS that need to be weeded out too.
    3 points
  27. Then vote later this year. Unless these backbenchers that were frenzied around passing through the 'oust the CM' legislation get in to gear and actually look to do something with it... nothing is going to change. Or until Alf or someone else in COMIN steps up and speaks out, it's wasted energy.
    3 points
  28. Definitely not. The folk at the airport were polite.
    3 points
  29. 3 points
  30. The 75 year olds will have been vaccinated
    3 points
  31. Again, this would be useful information as would in hospital because of covid or with covid. Similarly, cases should not be positive tests but those who are symptomatic. There is a long way for the fear factor to be wound back, and some will not relinquish it easily as it has become a substitute for self determination and responsibility.
    3 points
  32. It will need to be explalained to the masses exactly what the move to mitigation is going to entail. Case numbers are going to be an increasingly less important metric moving forward - that is going to a difficult adjustment for many.
    3 points
  33. When we move to mitigation, clear information is going to be absolutely critical to management by IOMG and for each of us individually. What are the chances? While elimination is the policy you can get away with less information, just do as you are told. But mitigation really means less state intervention and more individual responsibility and to be effective we have all got to have the information to risk assess our own position. Was that aspect covered in the plan?
    3 points
  34. Thanks for brightening my day with that little snippet of comedy gold Mrs. Cretney.
    3 points
  35. Nice sort of you're not in such fine fettle now are you piece in the Observer here. With a picture of a random boat which, judging by the shadow, may well have been shot in the morning.
    3 points
  36. It would help if the government stopped saying " stay at home, save lives".
    3 points
  37. The measures you suggest are sensible, but will not be implemented whilst elimination is the target. Over the next few weeks elimination may fall away if this variant proves to be more slippery than expected, in which case I imagine the measures you suggest will be similar to those introduced as the economy is opened. Personally I would like to get back to no restrictions so am tolerating this infernal lockdown, but if elimination means damaging lockdown after damaging lockdown, the bullet will have to be bitten sooner rather than later.
    3 points
  38. Was down Airport yesterday and they are pretty impressive and substantial. Sadly be struggling to travel anywhere soon and get booked in though. Cant see how they can remove the 'temp' works and manage to save any of the materials so seems a expensive answer for a temp problem. Also 5 close friends all living in Douglas or Onchan have all had to go there for there first injection which also seems a bit wrong when you have a massive space at Chester Street
    3 points
  39. I would love to see a question along the lines of given the government believed that Steam Packet crew were isolating as directed after their shifts how many spot checks of crew have taken place between March 2020 and Feb 2021
    3 points
  40. If that was built specially for the vaccine then it will have cost far in excess of what ours did, dont let Howard know we have not got the most expensive vax centre
    3 points
  41. Yeah, yeah, yeah, but did your country showground smell of fresh paint and have skirting boards and that?
    3 points
  42. Certainly crass and cringeworthy - but not “unforgivable” We all make errors.. - We don’t all have the strength of character to be able to admit to our errors.
    3 points
  43. "Its day 11 in the lockdown hoose. Pongo and Kopek have been drinking at the damp picnic table since mid morning.............."
    3 points
  44. I'm all about how we make the best of the situation whilst facing reality. You seem to be more about wishing it would all go away. That's never been a smart or realistic strategy. We're never going back to a pre-Covid world and that's no bad thing. On the plus side - it's going to be like the roaring 20s a few years from now, on the other side of this.
    2 points
  45. I'm a bit concerned about some of the side effects which are emerging....
    2 points
  46. A bit of friendly competition would a good thing. A race of sorts would boost moral and more importantly get more of the population vaccinated. It would be nice to see our cautious baby stepping government show some dynamism and energy.
    2 points
  47. I was saying that we should be doing what we have been asked. In that if one person is making a sacrifice then we all should. I wouldn't have locked down st all but thats not popular. There should be logic applied to rules and there is very little evident at the moment. I have also always weighed compassion and mental heth more heavily than some others and that won't ever change. I think a lot of what we have done is verging on barbaric
    2 points
  48. I suppose we will soon all be getting a screen message to reboot and upgrade to Covid 20.
    2 points
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