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  1. I quite like Derek's contributions. I also like the fact that he feels able to comment on local Manx issues from afar.
    10 points
  2. It's probably after reading all your posts saying the same thing. You've indoctrinated him. Well done.
    9 points
  3. Some whingeing on MR this morning about how these new arrangements discriminate against those who have not had jabs. So, what do we do, hold off on this step so no-one is discriminated against? The anti-vaxxers need to get a grip and understand it is their own choice not have the vax, so they alone put themselves into that position. With regards to those who can't have the jab for medical reasons, feel some sympathy but the test and isolate arrangements aren't too arduous, are they?
    7 points
  4. We’ve all read your posts. It just confirms what we’d all known for months.
    6 points
  5. i'm assuming that right now, the DOI are sat in one of their meetings all slapping themselves on the back for a job well done, all the while not realising that they all look like utter fucktards not only for the time its taken to do the job but then come up with this ridiculous eyesore. Again Tynwald, the MHK's, the CS and their departments making the Island a laughing stock.
    6 points
  6. After she wrote a scathing Children's Champions report she was frozen out by the Chief Minister. Despite this she still managed to get her private member's bill through. Had she chosen to toe the Government line and vote with them like Tim Baker did on absolutely everything then maybe she could have risen further. I feel it is better to have someone who stands by their principles than one who drops them for a whiff of power. Don't forget most of the current ministers were backbencher prior to the last election.
    6 points
  7. Because he knows the UK is opening fully on July 19. We'd look like fools imposing any form of restriction post that date. He's scrambling to get his ducks in a row ... and those elections are creeping up.
    5 points
  8. This political genius said today in the covid regulations debate that if you don't make changes then some people won't be happy and if you do make changes then some people won't be happy. Mind blowing stuff. No wonder the DoI are in a much better shape with that insightful analysis he provides................
    4 points
  9. Mixed feelings on this, Baker has exhibited little control over these matters but he inherited the truly hot seat from Harmer, the juggernaut was already rolling. The Beaman's has highlighted that the Dept is unfit for purpose and not structured to deliver projects (a fact most breathing locals were aware of). How Baker was supposed to make anything of this appalling clusterfuck in the time frame available is beyond most comprehension, but given the system of governance, he wasn't supposed to? He was just along for the ride of a lifetime in that Department. Where he has gone wrong is by exclusively siding with his officers and simply regurgitating anything they fed him, even when it was/is clearly ridiculous. It will be the voters of Ayre who have the real say though. How much has he done for them and the constituency?
    4 points
  10. FFS. It was an attempt at lightening the mood. FWIW I don’t think it’s creepy. I do think it’s very controlling. Never mind. Once you and yours are vaccinated Bill Gates will be able to check your locations, but not those of your possessions, all the time. Remember, AdeY-B can tab and track you everywhere.
    4 points
  11. Anybody else think that Mr Ashford sounds like he actually wants to move forward more quickly now? Sounds like the penny has dropped with him
    4 points
  12. A bit like signing on. For him In September.
    4 points
  13. Must admit, i have been a bit judgemental of tramps in the past, though i did give my belt away to one of them while on a night out in Bath once. Little did i know they were probably just waiting for a new property to come on the market, having recently sold theirs. I feel a little cheated now
    4 points
  14. 4 points
  15. I understand people's frustration, and perhaps those who are waiting for jabs shouldn't have to pay for testing - that seems fair enough to me.
    4 points
  16. Indeed. It boils down to one thing - choice. Those who have a choice must live with the consequences of their decisions. If the decision turns out to disadvantage them, then they made a bad decision. Those who don't have a choice must be given all reasonable assistance and support so that they are not disadvantaged by their lack of choice. Unfortunately, for those who are unable to have a vax, there is a degree of disadvantage but it is pretty limited due to the current re-entry requirements. The only group who could claim real disadvantage are the UK visitors who are not in the allowed category of traveller and can't have the vax. That is an area for further thought. Those rules of choice apply to many situations, imo, when people scream discrimination. If you choose to put yourself in a group that has discriminatory consequences, then who should put the decision right?
    4 points
  17. Exactly. There are many examples where people are prevented from doing things because of medical conditions, size etc. Accommodations are made where possible, and as you say, the current testing and release protocols aren't too arduous in any event. Those who are still waiting their vaccine, yes, it's unfortunate. But, their time will come shortly and the rest of us shouldn't have to wait until that point. Antivaxxers - they chose to be part of the problem not the solution. No sympathy here.
    4 points
  18. We need to accept people will have covid, be ill and sometimes die from it. That's all we really need to do.
    4 points
  19. I listened to him all the time when I was a young fella. Loved that Firestarter one.
    4 points
  20. I'd be more interested in the results of harm caused by legal drugs.
    3 points
  21. Sorry but you might have a point regarding over reaction and maybe it will after its open be okay and not be a problem to use etc but one thing is indefensible is the standard of workmanship on this roundel/roundabout . I'm sorry but its a disgrace and thats before we mention the lines painted on which I cant work out what there purpose is. Mind blowing to think DOI have the world and his wife scrutinising this project and they still cant ensure a acceptable standard of workmanship . Nobody would accept this work on their own property .
    3 points
  22. I don't understand how he can say that, unless he's been working restructuring miracles behind the scenes? He's at the wheel when a Govt commissioned report has just been received, stating that the DOI is probably the biggest bag of frogs in IoM Governmental history, he's not been there long enough to do anything with the Dept even if he did anticipate in advance what the report was going to say. All he's done in his time is trot out excuse after excuse that he's been scripted by his "officers" (usually in their defence) and had his various frustrations reported periodically by the media. The people who are really ultimately responsible for the state of the DOI (and it has taken a while, it didn't happen overnight) are either impregnable because they're untouchable, courtesy of "the system" or since retired with their wheelbarrows.
    3 points
  23. 3 points
  24. He's going to do a suicide bombing?
    3 points
  25. As the Americans say, there’s a lot to unpick there. What I would say, is that for someone so laissez faire about the risks associated around a global pandemic, you’re pretty bloody anal about the risks around the small stuff. it’s a dichotomy for sure.
    3 points
  26. It's obviously going to go through.
    3 points
  27. Too many focusing an the absolutely minute risk to children and young people, and those not fully vaccinated. Pathetic.
    3 points
  28. I'm just excited to come and see the new roundel/roundabout
    3 points
  29. It's quite remarkable how you can post the same error so many times
    3 points
  30. The Americans have got the DOI well sussed ”Painter kind of goofed. They should have saved even more money and NOT painted the outer most oval shown. Then, it would be obvious to the eye, that the two inner circles are the "no-drive" zone and the outer larger area is the right-of-way. But then that would require someone above an eight grade level in education to understand such principles. They are still missing a "stop-line" on one entrance.” ”if it's anything like New Jersey, some politicians retarded cousin got a $Million contract to do traffic engineering for the first time....” ”This is what happens when you hire a guy who just got his engineering degree from a online college course.”
    3 points
  31. Yep. Lots of places are well ahead of us now. I understand it should "only be a few more weeks" but I really do think we were in a perfect position in December having been COVID free for months and with vaccines in the pipeline to really do something spectacular and put the island on the map. We were in pretty much a unique worldwide position with easily controlled borders, no local restrictions, and a tap into one of the best vaccine supplies in the world. What did we do? Two more avoidable lockdowns and now falling behind other places that have implemented their vaccine rollouts more quickly and flexibly than we did. Is the Manx way, and as long as the majority of the population don't appear to be arsed it will never change. Rather than critical thinking, we reward and congratulate those in charge and sweep their mistakes under the carpet. This summer, from Mis May could have seen us fully open and without masks etc having used the time to finish the prom and plan some really positive events for people utilising artists and comedians etc from the UK desperate to get back on stage. The island could have been rammed. I still cant even go to Liverpool for a day trip and come back without isolating and being tested, and no sign of that changing before the end of July now.
    3 points
  32. Building from that, there is also a correlation between instance of homelessness and the numbers using the bail hostel. When it's full, numbers sofa surfing increase (noting not to imply for a minute, this is The only source), however exit from prison/prison state prison cycles are a significant contributor on Island. The saddest but most predictable thing is having had five years to express a concern, a question is raised on spurious grounds now, presumably because it ticks a box on the manifesto.
    3 points
  33. No, he did say 'Group 1' which was the incorrect terminology. He's only been looking at that dashboard everyday since January, so it's understandable that he's not on the pace yet!
    2 points
  34. I suspect Watterson didn't mean Group 1 (which is the Care Home Residents/Carers) as that only has a population of 2441 and they claim to have vaccinated 99.96% of them. Obviously the last claim is implausible, but so would all of them being unvaccinated. Instead I think he meant Phase 1, which they say contains 46,936 people. A couple of thousand out of that would only be around 4% which would tie in with the sort of figure I gave above.
    2 points
  35. It has only taken you 3,086 posts to discover that 😂
    2 points
  36. Are you confusing number of approved vaccines with number of vaccinations you are required to have to enter.
    2 points
  37. No we should stop dragging our feet and get everyone vaccinated asap.
    2 points
  38. a "woosh" moment if ever there was one
    2 points
  39. Nope. I can see my devices, they can see theirs. No one can see each other’s unless you temporarily share the location which the young fella does sometimes if he is mountain biking on his own in the middle of nowhere.
    2 points
  40. Both my son and daughter are in their twenties and have their second jab next month. Government can be criticised for having a couple of weeks off, definitely, but jabs are progressing and that is where pressure needs to applied.
    2 points
  41. Is it though? The length of the loan is one factor that influences the interest rate on the loan. A bank would give a different rate for a 1 year loan than a 3 year loan. I note IOM bank don't even offer a 1 year loan. That would create the possibility that people could deliberately take out a 3 year loan at a lower rate knowing they intend to pay it off in one year. Banks aren't going to let that happen. The practice of making early repayment charges isn't unfair in itself, maybe you could argue the amount charged is unfair.
    2 points
  42. You asked if she'd done anything meaningful so don't shoot the messenger dude. It probably puts her a way ahead of most of the rest in introducing a constitutional change that no-one else had the minerals to do in the preceding20 plus years
    2 points
  43. They have to provide a day 0 test like anyone else that isn't vaccinated.
    2 points
  44. Absolutely. Well said. As my neighbour observed to me over the garden fence last night, ‘Get jabbed or STFU’.
    2 points
  45. Most people suffer from isms or phobias. They all bubble away under the surface and appear from time to time. And we suffer from being them as well as being the object of them. Often unthinkingly. It may not be slavery, or not being able to practice your faith or denomination, or not being able to express your love because of the law. But there’s still an undercurrent. Possibly because society is more inclusive those subjected to racism, anti Zionism, ableism, islamophobia, homophobia, are more sensitive to the last vestiges. They feel empowered to act and challenge. I was angry yesterday about another disabled person. I didn’t see them. If I had I’d have given them a piece of my mind. They’d possibly have interpreted it as ableism. Why was I angry? I was due to attend an official meeting in Markwell House. In my chair. The ramp was blocked by someone’s mobility scooter. Just parked there. I understand the problem. Too large to go through the door. Nowhere else to park. But I couldn’t get in without assistance. Get someone to come out carry my chair up the steps. Its a Government building. It has ramps. It has power doors with push button operation. The doors open out, the buttons are too close. The ramp is narrow. Then inside there’s a double door set up. The two sets doors are too close together. When you open the first door ( only one half is motorised - the other is bolted shut ) you can’t fully open the second doors without the first door closing on you. It’s half baked. It’s the frustrations of coming up against these minor inconveniences day after day, many times a day.
    2 points
  46. Seriously? They are now sending out emails to confirm your jab, but still claim they couldn't have moved them forward! It would be hilarious if it wasn't actually really quite important
    2 points
  47. 2 points
  48. There’s only one Douglas East you doofus.
    2 points
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