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  1. I am a civil servant. I have been working my full hours, and then some, from home with remote access during lockdown. My partner, also a CS has been working 12-14 hour days and also doing stuff at the weekends, again at home with remote access. Please don’t tar us all with the same brush, the majority of us are conscientious and hard working. We are both back in the office this week.
    10 points
  2. Farmers selling off swathes of green belt land for houses to built, not sure how that fits into the green futures plan, maybe Howie's post CM job will be tree planter in chief. Still over 3000 empty disused properties (sorry 684 as someone turned a light on once in the last 30 years) in Douglas that could be bought demolished and the same 'new' build boxes put on the site.
    8 points
  3. Hope everyone responds to the consultations, I have and just wish that 'they' would leave the villages alone, use just brownfield sites and help the public and not the developers.
    8 points
  4. The pitch fork mob seem to think that the only reason us selfish bastards want the borders open is because we want to go on our holidays. I have written off this year for holidays but I am desperate to see my family and it’s not practical to comply with the current Stalinist self isolation regime, whereby I would have to isolate away from my home. I think it’s heartless to keep people from their loved ones in this way. I was unable to go to my mother’s funeral when she died at the beginning of the pandemic because I wasn’t able to leave the island with any certainty that I could return at all
    7 points
  5. They need time to adjust. One cannot simply emerge from ones bunker and rejoin life & work at a normal pace. A civil servant must ease there way back in over several months, perhaps years. The mere thought of a resumption to working hours has many signed off with stress. Give them time, go easy on them.
    7 points
  6. You might say that now. But what you said at the time was:
    7 points
  7. Its more confusing than fathers day in Peel
    6 points
  8. And they wonder why people speculate and don’t understand. 1 A4 sheet please. Bullet points. Something easy to refer to. Instead we get this undoubtably glorious piece of art that will no doubt lead to many questions being asked for the next few months.
    5 points
  9. When Quayle is confronted with one of his clusterfucks, the flusterclucking begins.
    5 points
  10. (From a quote adapted on Jeremy Vine show today) On the Isle of Man we drive on the left of the road, except on Douglas Promenade where we drive on what's left of the road.
    5 points
  11. This pleb is reading it! And you're right, I can't see Boot and Harmer bothering to read it, nor many of the others. Anyway... Reading through the Housing Need 2011-2026 Paper No. PP5 it seems they're saying the following: 1. We're basing all this on the Strategic Plan 2016, even though there is ample evidence (due to the 2016 interim census) that the plan is flawed. 2. We realise that we should probably wait until after we have the collated and analysed new information from the 2021 census. 3. We also realise we should probably wait until after the dust settles fro
    5 points
  12. My impression was/is it's all loaded up in bulk so's the plebs won't even both to read it Some Tynwald members may not bother to read it all
    4 points
  13. It is irrelevant what side or other wants, its down to data surely? Time to ditch the pandering to either extreme and do the right thing and that is to do a proper data driven risk assessment, acknowledging that nothing is risk free and the non-covid risks of lockdown and border closure have had very little assessment.
    4 points
  14. Forget the Karen’s on FB. We are back to over egging departure figures. Millions! 'one of a team looking after the belongings of millions of people setting off on all kinds of journeys'.
    4 points
  15. Well, perhaps it could be done on an honesty box type thing
    3 points
  16. I am now so focused on 34f I cant process anything else
    3 points
  17. 3 points
  18. Should have just cut and paste the Guernsey pages.
    3 points
  19. You said nipples. 😁😁.
    3 points
  20. Hahahahahahahah. hahahahahahah You think they have a strategy? So far it seems to be to bury their heads in the sand and hope the rest of the world sort it out first so we can copy them after leaving our own residents unable to see family or even sensibly quarantine for over a year. I need to get off island in the next few weeks - I cant put it off any longer and not resolving an issue in the UK is costing me a fortune every month (think storage of goods, that I need back here) I still cant plan it, and as it stands if I go for a few days the only way to avoid the expense of h
    3 points
  21. Most of Douglas is a no go area!
    3 points
  22. Good. Let those who wish to resume travelling do so. I would allow those who are vaccinated unrestricted travel. No isolation. No quarantine.
    3 points
  23. Really? How is HQ, or Tynwald for that matter, going to deal with 100+ countries, many more airlines, 1000’s of ground handling companies and tens of 1000’s of staff, mainly in languages other than English.
    3 points
  24. If all the fares are low it doesn't work economically.
    3 points
  25. There isn't a single route outside of Liverpool that has enough demand for multiple operators to the same airport.
    3 points
  26. So what? It's an opinion piece in the paper - it's his opinion. I think that the new look Labour Party needs to distance itself from the old establishment figures like Cretney if it wants change.
    3 points
  27. Dear Balladoc Thanks you for getting in touch with Minister Skelly about this. We have looked into it and it is a mistake by the cruise company and it is in fact a motorcycle Trike Tour Best wishes Mike Michael Doherty BA Hons (Econ) Tourism Events Manager
    3 points
  28. I suspect he may be convoluting as we speak.
    3 points
  29. I think that we have to be magnanimous during this 'Mitigation' phase. If there is a need to charge for testing, it should be the same for all. Possible Human Rights problems if we differentiate? That charge should be reasonable and not overly profitable. If the testing is for the protection of Island residents, then the charge cannot be justified. Is it absolutely necessary to have a Spanish holiday at this particular time in the covid period? Should we be happy that we can once again visit relatives in the UK?..... and stick to that for now? We need to decide what is nece
    2 points
  30. Is quiet clear different from loud clear?
    2 points
  31. Yes really. That’s my last word on the subject.
    2 points
  32. I think the time scale is about right, and pretty much as I predicted. There is little point in opening the borders much quicker.
    2 points
  33. Should be on later then 😀
    2 points
  34. The clusterfuck that Quayle and his minions have made in relation to the non-appearance on the Tynwald Order Paper of the vital Covid exit strategy motion/debate is covered rather well by two soundbite clips on MR's website news page. Listen to it. Quayle's clueless waffling, especially when lectured at by the huffing puffing President, is particularly embarrassing.
    2 points
  35. Was down there to day and it doesn't look much different to 6 months ago. August looks a distant dream.
    2 points
  36. Tynwald, not Keys, this time.
    2 points
  37. Can this be justified when the population is stable at best & possibly falling? Post 2016 census population predictions upon which the need is based have been found somewhat wanting nb. There is a credible DOI researched island wide requirement for affordable housing units & sheltered accommodation for ageing citizens
    2 points
  38. Take them on next week, full pay until we open up next year. It’s how we roll.
    2 points
  39. Going to the beach and the glens more like it. Lunch out etc etc While the private sector were updating websites and policies, planning marketing, continuing to work, decorating premises, doing stock takes, clearing warehouses, researching new products and revenue streams, negotiating with suppliers, doing online training to better themselves. Cleaning carpets etc etc The main difference being those in government were on full pay while they sat on their arses while those in private sector who were working to try and improve their businesses for when they reopened were largely getti
    2 points
  40. I know several people who use travel agents. One of them is computer illiterate and therefore off-line, but the rest aren't. They just like the personal service.
    2 points
  41. I don't usually listen to keys or the committee meetings but have yesterday and today. Unless I missed it re the borders, have they actually given a single piece of definite information re dates, levels in the UK required, vaccine rollout percentages etc? All I have heard is "some people would open tomorrow" "some would stay closed for ever" "need to balance risk " blah blah blah. Everywhere I have ever worked stating the obvious and wasting everyone's time (time is money remember) would get you ejected from the meeting or told to get to the point. I have listened to hours
    2 points
  42. Very true, Ryanair and EasyJet work by paying little to airports, who make money via passenger throughput and airside shopping eating etc. For the IOM this just doesn't work. It may of course have been the ludicrous basis for the predictions of 1.5 to 2 million passengers per annum by now justifying huge spends on airport infrastructure . We have rowed back somewhat from that position with ATC staffing levels having been allowed to drop in the guise of cost saving to a level where they can barely now keep the airport open. What I can tell you, from the inside, the airport is one of the wo
    2 points
  43. The national transport strategy is not worth the paper it's written on.
    2 points
  44. And air fares were lower in real terms and seat numbers were higher in absolute numbers in the year before Covid, than ever. It'll be interesting to see what the “new normal” brings. And Dublin was “stable” because there wasn’t enough demand for a second operator.
    2 points
  45. The nearer we get to the election the more electioneering on behalf of his daughter & Labour Party there will be
    2 points
  46. I would prefer exclusivity on routes. For example Dublin has worked for a very long time but only because there is one operator. You saw the effect on Belfast the minute Easyjet popped on the Friday Monday flights taking the cream that made it worth doing. To be fair though we have had pretty consistent air services. And despite the usual made up stuff about how much it has "cost" it certainly costs a lot less than the money Guernsey subsidise into Aurigny.
    2 points
  47. I'll not comment on anyones abilities or wishes to run a local airline, merely applaud them should it succeed. It is difficult however to see where any commercial strategy, that we know of, is being applied by Government in respect of airline services again. For instance having paid loganair a fortune to keep the routes open during the pandemic, which was necessary, we then welcome back the free for all that open skies brings with the return of Easyjet in May (doubtful) and now Stobart starting locally. Within the airline industry locally, I do not know of anyone who thinks open skies is a gre
    2 points
  48. In Cretters latest column it’s beggining to look like a Manx Labour Party propaganda leaflet and election advertorial. Part reminisce and throw in some politics, and some faces of bygone era, and if the said characters lived on say one of Douglas Councils estates in Central Douglas, then bingo you have a winning combination of old people and granny farming combo. It’s great being a Manx Establishment figure, having the Nations Propaganda Mouthpiece at your disposal to spout total bullshit, and to have a totally desperate local newspaper trying to fill column inches with news. Sadly i
    2 points
  49. ‘Shitshow’ comes to mind. Remind me again, who is the the Minister for DHSC?
    2 points
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