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  1. We had a government that was willfully against testing at the border resulting in the December / January outbreak; and willfully against testing and vaccinating Steam Packet staff resulting in the February / March outbreak. They still haven't provided a more extensive list of symptoms for which they are willing to test people. Our outbreak was caused by Government's policy decisions and it grew to the extent it did because of the unwillingness of the Government to "test, test, test".
    10 points
  2. i wonder what they've been told to say now.
    4 points
  3. People should never EVER forget their mantra: “Testing unnecessary” That was the takeaway for me throughout & they lost me very early in the piece. Charlatans.
    4 points
  4. And the vast majority of the public don't seem to either understand or care. Mind boggling. The biggest event in recent living memory (probably) where politicians and civil servants really needed to step up and make a difference. Other than a binary closing of the borders, which as you say they didn't even back up with the right procedures, they have done nothing in terms of planning or creative thinking. They simply locked us down, locked people up, and people think they have handled it brilliantly. Its a bit scary really
    4 points
  5. I distinctly remember sitting at my kitchen table during briefings last April and listening to Ashford saying that "test, test, test" was one of the most important responses to the pandemic. I agreed, but couldn't understand why you could only get a test with certain symptoms, or why others in a household couldn't get a test when one member was positive. (I know of several households where this occurred.) I don't recall exactly when the mantra changed to "testing unnecessary" (when they stopped testing travellers at seven days perhaps?) but yes, I agree this unmasked them as charlatans. Actually, calling them charlatans is giving them too much credit where the testing situation is concerned. Idiots is more to the point.
    3 points
  6. While it might not be down to 'H'...we have many a 'W' running things here.
    3 points
  7. No one has been/is going to be charged with manslaughter That’s the point of the recent announcement.. in fact no one has been charged with anything, so far.
    3 points
  8. Sanitize a cabin and avoid everyone? No thanks,not for me. I want a life with social interaction and should point t our I am "vulnerable and have already had covid
    2 points
  9. need to bookmark this for the next time you're slagging off other bodies for making a mistake
    2 points
  10. I don’t think an independent company could “investigate” criminal matters. They’d have no power to arrest or interview or grant bail, or prosecute. Its not unusual for police and health & safety to commission reports from third party experts to help investigations. Its not unusual for the AG’s to appoint outside counsel to lead the legal oversight/prosecution decisions when the alleged wrongdoer is government or seen to be in a position where there could be conflict. There was originally, also, a regulatory investigation before, and then alongside, the police/health & safety investigations. It’s not unusual to bring in outside regulators or investigators.
    2 points
  11. 2 points
  12. I was pleased when Dr Allinson became an MHK. I thought of him as a genuinely caring, intelligent, and capable person who could make a positive contribution to a Manx government. His efforts to push through the long overdue abortion reforms were commendable. I was hoping that he would be appointed as the Health Minister. Now my opinion of him is less favourable. I think he has become one of the ‘yes men’ in his current role as the Education Minister. Here are my reasons why: The pay dispute with teachers dragged on for far too long; Remote education has been challenging. Last year this was understandable, but this year the process should have been smoother - i.e., lessons learnt and all that sort of thing. Throughout the lockdowns there have been sightings of schoolteachers walking the dogs, kayaking, etc. during what were supposedly working hours, whilst parents were struggling to juggle their own work commitments and looking after the kids under difficult circumstances. There have also been complaints that homework was not issued consistently or on a regular basis. A lot, of course, depends on the leadership in individual schools, but the some of the buck must stop with the Minister; He allowed schools to open when Tynwald held a remote session just 24 hours before the last lockdown; He announced that the hub for the kids of essential workers would not be operational during the last lockdown, only to admit a few weeks later that the said hub was set up at NSC. It seems that the IOMG decided to keep this as a ‘secret’ from public because they were afraid that other parents would want similar facilities. We will find out in September what his constituents think of his achievements, but my feeling is that he will probably be re-elected in the absence of any clearly better candidates.
    2 points
  13. It is unusual for tax payer to pay for private investigator , it is unusual for the one of 2 parties in a situation of cause and effect to be the one to pay for investigation with tax payers money. Tax payer already pay very senior managers and R & I team of managers and senior managers to investigate, then to pay investigator for months and then pay Home Affairs to repeat the process. What do we pay all those health senior managers for? What do we pay R &I for if they need to outsource a real situation. Beggars belief and a farce. Someone obviously realised that if it went to court they would all be under scrutiny. Wright is right, someone pushed the ‘it isn’t in public interest’ switch. It’s not in the public interest to know gov were at fault.
    1 point
  14. Last time? Like before half the population were vaccinated and so when the risk of cases in the community was completely different to what it is now? Yes it was? Why is what happened months ago relevant to what places ar doing now?
    1 point
  15. £65k isn't a huge salary and combined with the hassle from 1000's of political experts out there, you have to wonder why any sane person would bother?
    1 point
  16. No to manslaugter charges but Health and Safety and other potential charges being investigated. So far the Great Manx Public has paid for the initial investigation by a Manx company of retired ex IOM Cuntstablary employees. They concluded that the police needed to get involved. Why it was required for a private investigation detective agency to get involved first I do not know? Perhaps it’s providing work? Costly and not cheap and no tendering required ......... trebles all round! The subsequent police investigation would have covered the same ground. Very sad all round, a waste of a business and a potentially sending a message to third party nursing home providers not to open up here, as there is a chance of excessive Government interference.
    1 point
  17. I think it’s a no-win situation. You want to be in COMiN to influence them but can’t challenge publically as you get kicked out as per Chris Thomas and collective responsibility. Get rid of that and I think you’d see ministers true colours.
    1 point
  18. I wonder if they sent them to Ashford.....😱
    1 point
  19. In some cases there wouldn’t be enough room simply on a jacket - an entire wardrobe would be required.
    1 point
  20. A cock up. It happens. Not sure how though as they were meant to have moved on to electronic court files by now.
    1 point
  21. That is what I consider normal personal space. I am happy to avoid any place that has less. I am getting old I guess.
    1 point
  22. No they haven’t. They have said that EU workers don’t have an inbuilt advantage in coming to work here over people from non EU countries. Seems fair enough to me. Part of taking back control I would say.
    1 point
  23. So you're not denying that it was test on arrival and then release that let the virus in. You're just hoping that the reduction in UK cases means it's ok to use the entry regime that failed previously. Good luck with that one...
    1 point
  24. The UK has a similar high opinion of developers it would seem.
    1 point
  25. I don't know her or her politics, but it's clear to me that she has over the last couple of years demonstrated her frustration with the way Tynwald and governance on the Isle of Man in general 'work'. If she feels that she would be able to get more done as a member of keys with a public mandate then good for her. Easier to sit back and take the MLC pay I'd have thought.
    1 point
  26. "Face-nappies", just like the real thing, protect others, not so much the wearer. We put nappies on babies not to protect the baby, but rather to protect others from having baby crap and wee everywhere. Same with face coverings. They stop most of the aerosols coming out of your nose and mouth from getting into the environment. Too bad face coverings don't stop the wearer's bullshit from getting into the environment. Is that the stuff with Ivermectin in it? Asking for a friend.
    1 point
  27. Since lifting the latest lockdown there has been ongoing uncertainty for many individuals and businesses about what’s really happening. The government keeps providing updated guidance, but that guidance is open to interpretation and therefore confusion and anxiety. People want more certainty and feel let down i.e., is Covid here or not, and are things back to normal or not? On one hand, there are many people who are concerned that the restrictions may have been lifted too soon. This anxiety is evident from the number of people who, on their own volition, are still social distancing and are wearing face coverings. On the other hand, others see the request to leave personal ‘track and trace’ details at places like pubs and restaurants as an unjustified violation of their right to anonymity. Others interpret this request as evidence that the government isn’t entirely sure that the virus has completely gone away. This ‘it may still be here’ confusion is occurring against a background of ongoing government support for loss of personal and business earnings. There is no doubt in my mind that due to the government’s ‘inconsistent and patchy’ handling of the situation many businesses have a legitimate right for compensation - i.e., access to Manx taxpayers’ money. A couple of weeks ago the IOMG embarked on the creation of a new ‘Covid Expert Advisory Body’. The fact that this was only announced recently is nothing short of embarrassing - this initiative is about 12 months too late. It is clear the government badly needs external expert advice right now, but they have needed expert advice since the very first day of the pandemic. When the borders are fully open, the government must have its ‘Covid’ act together or there will be a risk that the Island will descend into a period of avoidable chaos.
    1 point
  28. Which begs the question. Who in their right minds is going to voluteer for DOI?
    1 point
  29. Isn't that true for 90% of potential MHKs?
    1 point
  30. Folks coming from outside & recommending the island changes things are never especially welcomed, unless they're titled & speak from immense personal experience like Lord Lisvane
    1 point
  31. Strange one. The guy might not be everyone's cup of tea, but he is trying to shine a light on government wastage, corruption and failure. But he gets ripped to pieces. How does that work?
    1 point
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