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  1. When, and if, we finally get the economy going again, there has to be a reassessment of priorities . CS spendthrifts have to be reigned in, we can no longer afford the excesses of the airport, buses, and failed civil engineering projects, not to mention the nice to haves in the guise of heritage. Spending priorities need to be for the public good in general and managers need to be told that the days of managing by chequebook are over. We still seem to have a raft of expensive managers who are incapable of decision making without running straight to a consultancy firm. This needs to stop.
    15 points
  2. It shouldn’t be so hard to understand. Yes UK rates are lower than they have been, but, even with vaccination, they are still worried about a third wave, especially new variants, coming from outside. That’s why UK have belatedly introduced border restrictions, quarantine and tests, on top of lockdowns. You only have to look at how quickly it took hold here in late February, and through March, from only 1, 2 or 3 cases coming in. You only have to look at the number of admissions to hospital and how that put the system at danger of collapse and affected health care for all. Its yo
    13 points
  3. I've just got to say it. Isn't it just a bit incredulous that the entire Island is arguing whether the Laxey swimmers were right or wrong and yet, despite the law, it could certainly be agreed that it was very probably a low risk activity. And isn't it just as incredulous that no one is arguing over the absolute balls up the government made of the Steam Packet quarantine policies. That they lied about it, that they sanctimoniously told us that it was 'all in hand', that, due to one or more of the Steam Packet staff who brought the Kent variant to the Island, leading us back to an (ev
    9 points
  4. You should stop fixating over your perception of what a terrible thing government is. The guy was a prick and was arrested. Rightly so. Move on.
    8 points
  5. His name wasn't Skelly by any chance?
    8 points
  6. again the problem was instead of doing it on the quiet with a few friends which may have garnered a few tuts and some disgruntled curtain twitching he had to go on facebook and spaff it all over social media, with an added fuck you i am doing it anyway to the authorities. i don't particularly agree with the restrictions but this muppet was warned and did it anyway and therefore will have to deal with the consequences.
    8 points
  7. All the issues you raise are very valid. However, like everything else, there has to be an order of things. For me, the law comes first. Just because you disagree with the law, think it his ill conceived or wrong, doesn't mean that you can ignore it without potential consequence. Society gives us ways that we can get rid of bad laws or have ammendments and exemptions made to them. In this case, I cannot see that any attempt to lobby for a change was made and none was obviously granted. Of course the law is often broken with good intentions, moving carefully over a red traffic si
    8 points
  8. You make a very fair point. The BLM march should not have been allowed to go ahead. It's about as important as a load of people swimming in the sea when told not to gather. It's an unimportant activity that the law said should and could wait. The problem was the CC was spineless and too busy shitting himself over upsetting the Woke crew and thereby being labelled a racist. Plenty of people are breaking the rules. I know I am to a degree. But don't go round advertising all over social media. And if you're caught and warned not to do it then don't fucking do it.
    7 points
  9. Maybe Speedo Dick could explain himself to this lady?
    7 points
  10. Which is where this would lead if not policed... because give people an inch they take a mile.
    7 points
  11. They are also building new hangers to provide maintenance for the Beluga Airbus
    5 points
  12. Why not just put him up against the wall and get it over and done with? Johnson and Mr Toad seem to be able to govern by diktat and 'the people', judging by the majority here, are more than happy to sit back, don their face-nappies and see nothing wrong with having their way-of-life as of 12 months ago kicked into a distant memory; and still they cry for more border control, stricter lockdowns. If 'they' can get away with all this measures will be escalated and YOUR freedoms will either be granted or witheld at the whim of a government official. It is on record that SAGE didn't
    5 points
  13. The cynic in me says Mr Kirk has intentionally garnered a huge amount of free publicity and a growing client base. Make of that what you will. I agree with Roxanne. This whole Laxey gathering thing is providing CoMin a smokescreen behind which to hide their own, MUCH more serious transgressions. I'm extremely angry with how the government has handled their culpability in the SPC fiasco. It's a piss-take of the highest order which has turned out be an expensive, dangerous and, in at least one case, fatal piss-take. I'm also extremely angry with how they've treated Dr Glo
    5 points
  14. If we're being honest - which of the two scenarios is the more serious? Which of the two should result in a stronger case of retribution and accountability? Given the history, who would you imprison first? Who would get the longer sentence? Howard or Ian? This is why people are fed up. They are seeing this inequality over and over again. One rule for one and one rule for another. If our government got their house in order and behaved to the letter of the law and took the blame for the times when they have not, I think you'd find there would be a far higher level of compliance
    5 points
  15. unfortunately the laxey swimmers have given the gov the exact thing they needed which was to get everyone talking about anything but the steam packet.
    5 points
  16. Everyone was warned, we have all been warned, we all make sacrifices. It is not down to just one person, muppet or not. We are all well aware of the regulations by now. Heavy spot fines would have served the purpose for first time, arrest and charge the second. Posts over the last weeks from many on here were all about people breaching the rules and putting everyone else at risk. Nothing should change that view. Too many people have undergone painful changes to their lives and circumstances with family and financial repercussions that can in some cases not be repaired or rowed
    5 points
  17. When the Police are issued with powers & direction to fish swimmers out of the sea & throw them in a prison cell for the night, you should finally realise the madness of the entire situation. It is frankly embarrassing to our Island. Society, the Government, authority & the media have lost all semblance of normality. If this is to be the ‘new normal’ - stop the fucking world, I’m stepping off.
    5 points
  18. KISS. Keep it simple stupid. Everytime we come up with an excuse for an exception to a simple rule, ten more spring up and like Jenga at some point the whole thing collapses. The longer people insist on their rights to do whatever they feel like f*cking doing druing a pandemic, the longer the lockdown will last because, yes the risk is probably minimal but, multiply it by 20 or 30 going home to 2 or 3 others there, and then on to their work, shops etc. The rules are there to protect us, all of us, even these selfish pricks who can't wait a few weeks (probably) to be able to do as they wis
    5 points
  19. Gotta expect some civil disobedience when yo bring in preposterous laws and punishments. I think they've had it easy frankly, should consider themselves lucky that the apathetic manx can't be bothered kicking off and the english are all mouth. There's a fine balance to be struck. Arresting and jailing people constantly is fucking ridiculous. Just as ridiculous is the lunatic support for such a policy. Jailed for being outside. Fuck off.
    5 points
  20. Noted all the above. Remember Black Lives Matter? It was organised and a gathering. Now I agree that this clown shouldn't have done what he done but its no different to the BLM protest,or am I missing something?
    5 points
  21. They were specifically told not to do it. Fucking idiots. I've got a pretty big garden. Can I have 10 people round to do yoga if we are socially distanced?
    5 points
  22. Hypothetically. If you are horatioturd. 1. horatio has been suspended with good reason because of abusive posting. 2. Howard signed up just after horatio was suspended 3. returning with a new name avoids the suspension 4. if identified both horatio and Howard, and any future returns, would be permanently banned. Of course, if Howard just disappeared, and horatio sat out his suspension, all would be well.
    4 points
  23. Can you imagine how it would have been if we hadn't entered this or previous lockdowns though? Because the virus was loose in the community for a week or so, there were 24 in hospital with 4 in ICU, all of that with circa 1000 cases. If we'd let the virus spread freely, tens of thousands would have been infected in short order, hundreds would have been in hospital and to put it bluntly, we would have been well and truly fu**ed. I think this latest outbreak was just about as big as we could have coped without serious consequences to the ability to give care.
    4 points
  24. Is that a confession? How do you know what people are doing all over the island of you're not out "jaunting" yourself? I've only left the house for essentials and apart from going to Chester Street for my jab, I've not gone further than walking distance from my home. For that reason, I have no real idea how many people are out and about "jaunting all over the island". From what I've seen within my small orbit, there are far fewer people about than normal.
    4 points
  25. 4 points
  26. https://www.facebook.com/100027485104179/posts/808802466712583/ I don't know about anyone else but I am flipping my opinion on this all the time. Part of me thinks he needs to be made an example of having been warned or everyone will be at it. Part of me thinks, who cares if everyone was arranging to meet outdoors socially distanced because there isn't actually any harm in at and it may well help people. I would definitely benefit from a sensible and safe meeting with some friends or family right now.
    4 points
  27. There were protests going on all over the world. The police took that into account, and set out guidelines. The organisers engaged with police and got their agreement. Plus there were almost zero cases at the time and we were partially out of lockdown if I remember as it was 2 June? So I'm not sure you can compare the two?
    4 points
  28. Just for clarity @Howard the Duck MBE TBC, what are some of your previous manxforum usernames?
    3 points
  29. It would help in Longworth didn't have a new-bus-smell fetish.
    3 points
  30. Well it's not an excuse it's a fact of life. It's an expense, and always will be. That's not to say costs shouldn't be minimised or that those that use it (and can pay) shouldn't pay a fair price. But talk of profit and loss is missing the point of public transport.
    3 points
  31. "Legal aid was granted" Jeez, so we are all paying for him to argue that he didn't understand what he was doing as well. Good news for governemnt though. By the time it gets back to court hopefully things will be back to normal and people will have forgotten and they will just let him off quietly with the whole debacle having cost the tax payer tens of thousands of pounds in police time, court time, prosecution time, and apparently we are paying for his defence as well. You couldn't make this stuff up.
    3 points
  32. He pleaded guilty, remotely, by video link. They aren’t open in any normal sense of the word normal. Mr Life coach Wim Hoff appeared remotely and pleased not guilty. Even in normal times that requires an adjournment, disclosure of evidence advice from an advocate, and a hearing date setting.
    3 points
  33. Dr Glover is appearing before PAC on 1st April on the subject on genomic sequencing, think this is a result of Tynwald motion. It would normally be in public but obviously now remotely but maybe broadcast live?
    3 points
  34. Isn't this just what our government is doing?
    3 points
  35. I’m not too fussed about the borders at present I will just be happy to leave my house
    3 points
  36. I think you hit the nail on the head here, there are unhappy people and nobody in power is holding anyone to account. Howard and COMIN just seem to put together rules and no questions asked.
    3 points
  37. The only addendum I would like to add to the above, is that at the moment the usual checks and balances when it comes to law making ‘feel’ as if they have been watered down to the point that they are impotent. In a UK context if you hold a different opinion on the restrictions being imposed, you struggle to find an influential voice (yesterday’s extension to the UK emergency powers as an example). The main stream media, or indeed the parties of opposition do not appear to question anything. It is not surprising that people who hold other view push back. I do not condone law breaking, or neces
    3 points
  38. But under the current rules it is not permitted. Sad but thats it. Might not like it but they will only continue longer if numptys don't accept it. And basically posting on social media that you are going to break the rules again the day after you knew it was against the rules is being a numpty. Social distancing is not to allow people to gather in groups for social events but to minimise the risk for those engaged in essential shopping, appointments or out exercising. Likewise masks are there to reduce the risk for you and others. Those are a choice except where the employer would have
    3 points
  39. I don’t understand how they don’t drown.
    3 points
  40. This is why I'm on the fence on this. But leaning towards he knew what he was doing was wrong and a form of protest. If this went unpunished, then what's stop anyone posting on Facebook "I'm off to Xxxx for a walk every day at 9am and I'm going to be doing xxxx to help with mental health", then all their mates turn up? I'd love to go out and have a walk with my family or friends but I don't because I know I can't right now. Just be patient. What he claims to be doing to aid mental health is destroying the mental health of those who have been law abiding and staying at home, pos
    3 points
  41. That is upsetting on so many levels.
    3 points
  42. Good God not more buses!
    2 points
  43. The bulk of the expenditure is for: 1) Resurfacing of runway 03/21 - good - it needs it, preferably grooved too for wet weather performance reasons. 2) Widening of starter strips to match the width of the main runway - complete waste of money as not needed to allow aircraft to operate.
    2 points
  44. It's got to be something to do with the 2 million passengers a year by now hasn't it ?
    2 points
  45. @Roxanne Apologies for my bold type but that is a point often missed. If I was a judge then this is what I would apply. Everyone who was at these events needs to apologise to the rest of those who are sticking to the rules and making sacrifices still.
    2 points
  46. 2 points
  47. The charge should be "Taking the piss!" Which hopefully only a few would fail to understand....
    2 points
  48. I get that entirely. In truth, my own view is that it was stupid, but did it pose a real risk? Probably not. I understand also that it needed to be jumped on pretty quickly. But a deeper concern is that it was jumped on because of the publicity rather than the real risk. Also, if he was committing an offence then surely all involved were too? It just sends out the wrong message to me. It may send out the right message to others, but really wouldn't an on the spot fine of all present be better? To be honest, I would be much happier if people like Roxanne felt able to have
    2 points
  49. Because there has to be specificy as to which rules are broken. Was it a gathering? Do we know what a gathering is? Does a gathering need to have common intent, or organisation? They are not the same thing. Like I say, I am on the fence, but taking a completely pragmatic view, the likely risk was minimal and it does appear draconian. The situation was always going to end badly when the police waded in with the first of the four Es yesterday. If he was sensible, he would have kept away. But he didn't, and to a degree, in the absence of clarity, perhaps he was perfectly within th
    2 points
  50. They’re all lightweight and juvenile aren’t they? Callister is, as you say, thick as mince, and Hooper is the class clever-arse/barrack room lawyer who (like all such) is far less clever than he thinks he is.
    2 points
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