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  1. Well we'll probably never know what that story is. Instead a valuable facility for the youth will be abandoned, someone loaded will rebuild it as a nice house, kids with nothing to do will smash vodka bottles somewhere and Facebook will be up in arms at shit parents.
    13 points
  2. Agreed! The problem with their myopic penny-pinching strategies is that they may achieve short term goals, but in the longer term they will always generate false economies. This government seems to be totally at ease when it comes to the spiralling costs of large capital projects (like the Liverpool Docks project), but unable to bring themselves to spend comparatively small amounts of money on vital health related programmes like random Covid testing of residents and mandatory testing of all visitors. IMHO, collectively, they lack perspective. The lockdowns we have had were always going to cos
    13 points
  3. On the surface, for many months we certainly were one of the leaders, alongside jurisdictions such as New Zealand. Little did we, the Great Manx Public, know there were huge gaps in our defences. The tragedy is that it appears the IOMG also had no idea. They are the people who should have known and should have closed those gaping holes before they became the economic and social disasters we are dealing with today, and will be for the foreseeable future. The majority of the GMP at one time were rightly proud of our covid response and it can only follow that the people who make up the
    11 points
  4. In the same week that the Duke of Edinburgh died. Unbelievable. Every child in the IOM should spend a week or more at this wonderful educational facility in one of the most beautiful locations we have. What an experience for them. A place to learn about themselves and others; to learn life skills; develop socially and emotionally; self-reliance, maturity, resilience and coping; fresh air, exercise, and just having fun. More value in a week than in a whole term of school. I give up with this Island.
    9 points
  5. We've had two lockdowns this year. We're in the fourth month. Your support for this regime is appalling.
    9 points
  6. May I just ask. Are you actually paid by the government to spend a huge portion of your day on MF supporting the government? Or are you just a contrary twat? Either way, you’re consistently consistent.
    8 points
  7. Should have been fighting the virus on the pier.
    8 points
  8. For a while the IOMG pretended that it was leading the world in how to effectively manage Covid. No more! They left the proverbial back door, the SPC, well and truly open and unsupervised. Consequently, Covid slipped silently past their defences, back into our lives and sent us back into lockdown.
    8 points
  9. Well the Cosy Nook has officially been added to the protected buildings register so a shitty derelict cottage partially obscured by a cheaply constructed serving hatch and a toilet block will be here for years to come.
    7 points
  10. He's so full of it, isn't he? In fact, if he was given an enema on his deathbed they'd be able to bury him in a matchbox.
    7 points
  11. You'd need a legal beagle to work 'pro bonio'
    6 points
  12. We live in interesting times, and in the absence of a world war, we now have something to bore our grandchildren with in years to come. Grandad, tell me again about the time when the world went Covid crazy and how Sir Howard Quayle VC, MBE, OBE, DSE, ABC etc, fought the virus on the beaches.
    6 points
  13. This is sad https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/outdoor-centre-ardwhallan-to-close-permanently/ Used Ardwhallin quite a bit in my youth, and would hope my own offspring would have been over the next few years. Shame. The article say this so it would seem that once again government bullshit is probably to blame.
    5 points
  14. Fantastic. Well done Howard Quayle, David Ashford and the rest of the team. Cant wait to return to normality.
    5 points
  15. Track, trace and isolate and lots and lots of public money was given to Serco the chairman of which, surprise surprise, is a tory donor....! They tacked "NHS" on to the front of "Track Trace and Isolate" because it was such a disaster they hoped the hard of thinking would think it was an NHS operation and thus shouldn't be criticised. What a bunch of sleazeballs....
    5 points
  16. This has the hallmark of another of Ashford's 'stories' where he blows up an isolated incident or two into something terribly important. It also looked like a planted question because he was so well prepared for it. Interestingly he was careful to say he wasn't sure how many of the cancellations had re-booked as that wasn't possible to tell from the system. Of course in any remotely capable system you could, so I suspect he just wanted another dramatic headline and not to examine what was going on too closely. The number given of 400 looks suspiciously high when you consider how m
    5 points
  17. There probably were meetings, or at least discussions. The problem is whether the right people were participating. I have posted before that rule writers are not necessarily the best people to check and test compliance.
    5 points
  18. I still find it hard to believe that at the start of this there was no meeting between IOMG and the SPCo to thrash out robust SOPs that achieved the task while keeping passengers and crew safe. If you ever wanted to guarantee there would be no joined-up thinking IOMG have absolutely nailed it....
    5 points
  19. Whilst the Government was feted by worldwide media there was never any pretence from the IOM Government that it was leading the world. During that time, rather than indulge in any sort of boasting or self congratulation the CM was very measured and modest in interviews, for example quoting our inbuilt advantage by geography and population size.
    5 points
  20. Congratulations, you have now surpassed the eminent Jonathan Van Tam for the strangest Covid related analogy, and it didn't even include a reference to trains.
    4 points
  21. You "freedom" people are always so fundamentalist and absolute. And, like all fundamentalism, that's always an extreme and shrill perspective. Also, almost invariably, selfishly missing out the other part of that equation: Our responsibilities. Especially to others. Our freedoms and rights have at no stage been sacrificed. It's simply that some important measures have been temporarily in place in order to deal with a genuine crisis.
    4 points
  22. Interesting perspective ... https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/apr/13/prince-philip-tributes-duke-nation This got me wondering what the honourable member for Onchan had said about the Duke's passing. And then in the next paragraph he's talking about public toilets.
    4 points
  23. All U.K. Uni (and Manx Uni students) back face to face in lectures May 17 Borders need opening Howard.
    4 points
  24. Another thing about the Cosy Nook that annoyed me is that it was the Rushen Heritage Trust that led the complaints. They're in the process of converting the old bus stop toilets into a heritage centre. If the Cosy Nook's so "iconic" wouldn't it make a better heritage centre than some bogs by a car park.
    4 points
  25. But why? Billions have pounds have been spent on the vaccination programme - and if you are suggesting that we still have to walk around like masked untouchables what the hell has this vaccine push all been for? It either works and as many on here have said, we have to live with it and medically cater for it; or it doesn't in which case WE must decide whether the rights and freedoms of the 99% should be sacrificed for the 1%.
    4 points
  26. they can't see that on the phone! typical anti-beardist propaganda
    4 points
  27. Where do you live banker? Kirk Michael gets glorious sunsets and has a huge sandy beach, as well as having the advantage of not being anywhere near Douglas. I wouldn't have a problem living there.
    4 points
  28. As Roger said earlier in the thread not having testing in place for IOMSPCo staff really was the biggest error of judgement. Or in their words 'misunderstanding'.
    4 points
  29. As I said, knowing why and when to do it is a skill. Don't go public on something that is outwith your control. The lockdown following those interviews says it all. IOMG never had it under control. The IOMSPCo "misunderstanding" fiasco proved that. The CO PR people, much like a lot of others in the Manx CS, haven't learnt anything either. Unless you're suggesting that HRH The CM just did it all without referring to the PR people?
    4 points
  30. Anything government touch invariably ends up as a feeding frenzy for all involved. I really hope cabinet office get some business savvy people in, who take a look at these things with clear focus on value for the taxpayers.
    4 points
  31. For posterity: Otherwise no one would believe it. £50k eh? Though I suppose you can double that with the backhanders. Of course this is the one sort of job where you would think an experienced outsider was essential if they were actually sincere about fighting corruption. The description is more telling: Join our team as an Anti-Bribery and Corruption Project Manager within the Anti-Money Laundering Policy Office! [...] Some of your responsibilities will include: Developing a national anti- bribery and corruption strategy and effective online resources for
    4 points
  32. The direction notices have been published as part of an FOI. Its reply number 1688549. The first one in March 2020 is supposed to have been for all workers but the wording of the notice itself implies that it only applies to non-residents. This is a recurring theme until the last one on 25.02.21. Sorry I can't link to FOI and the file is over the limit for posting on here as an attachment. The FOI is called Steam Packet Direction Notices and was dated 23.03.21. https://services.gov.im/freedom-of-information/search
    4 points
  33. Thanks for making these valid points. I agree in principal and yes they make sense. Going by the experience from the Faeroe Islands (as I have read about it), it seems that testing of all arrivals, which is free of charge, is a very cost-effective strategy, with the benefits far outweighing the costs. Using the determinant of ''unnecessary travel' to decide who pays for Covid tests and who does not could however turn out to be counter-productive. My view is that if we had had, over the last few months, a combination of free Covid tests and also Dr Glover's genomic sequencing testing, we c
    4 points
  34. I heard once (and it has a ring of truth) that IOMG capital projects assumed that various costs would be a percentage of the overall expenditure. The architects, engineers, QSs etc. knew about this and 'bingo!' the percentages were achieved.
    4 points
  35. Anti-Bribery and Corruption Project Manager - Internal Only Jebus...'to be seen to be doing something' or what?
    4 points
  36. Good morning! Happy Tynwald Members Workshop Day on the borders & U.K. reaching herd immunity. What a time to be alive.
    4 points
  37. Dear god, can you really compare the two. Er, on second thoughts, don't answer that... Hitchens once described Icke's outpourings and conspiracy theories in general as, "the exhaust fumes of democracy." After describing MF as a, "cesspit" it's you who needs to think about your own credibility...
    4 points
  38. It comes from parental training- to encourage good behaviours you should focus on the positives rather than the negatives, or at least that's what my kids always told me.
    3 points
  39. Because it is unnecessary in a Covid free environment. If it comes back in they may consider reintroducing it, but I for one will be happy to see the back of queues, capacity limits and bloody masks. Feel free to wear one and practice SD if it makes you feel safe, you will get no complaint from me, but if I don't have to, I will not be voluntarily doing it when there are no cases. I will still use the hand wash though
    3 points
  40. Because it's shit? What's the point of everyone wearing masks if there might be say 5 people with covid spread across the island? There is no point. Also, it will very soon be too warm for a snood.
    3 points
  41. So - the announcement Monday about an announcement on Thursday was really an announcement about an announcement on Tuesday. Waster who makes stuff up on the spot. Get him out next election.
    3 points
  42. There's some truth in what you're saying. However, it seems to me that right from the very beginning the IOMG did not have a detailed plan. I suspect that, rather than following an active Covid management/ mitigation plan, they were largely flying blind. During the long period when we had no cases the IOMG should have been developing the plan that they did not have. I am certain that their failure to test everybody on arrival, and especially the SPC crew, is evidence that they did not have an active management/ mitigation plan. The SPC saga demonstrates that even if they did have a plan, they
    3 points
  43. Other than Scotland, this island does have some good facilities, it’s the leadership which badly let’s it down. Some MHKs care, some are more blog orientated and haven’t got the backbone to do anything, especially for the youth. Some are more concerned with old grannies ...........
    3 points
  44. My wife started doing that and it made no difference
    3 points
  45. What a fucking shit and disgusting attitude.
    3 points
  46. There have been a few planted questions of late in my opinion, I have noticed the answers appear to what you would think were obscure questions, but no Professor Ashford has the answers to hand, and they were from Helen at IOM newspapers iirc.
    3 points
  47. It's pubs restaurants etc that matter. Most people are ignoring the "cant see each other " bit anyway. No reason to keep these closed and stop lifestyle businesses from working.
    3 points
  48. That'll be the pier between Timothy Whites & the Novelty Rock Emporium then?
    3 points
  49. Like the UK did with Serco for T&T, or like they did with Capita for patient records? The private sector doesn't have a good record when managing NHS services
    3 points
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