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  1. That's a good question. I think the same sort of people would exploit any non-democratic system I can think of (communism, technocracies etc) and probably to a greater success. Democracy is an imperfect tool, but the best we've got. There's a few tweaks to the current system that could be made - CM directly elected, lower numbers in Local Authorities so people aren't elected unchallenged. A party system would help a little by acting as a filter for some of the worse elements - but not all. Sadly, the solution is for the public to remain vigilant and critical of politicians. Just because most mean well doesn't mean the public should shirk it's duty to hold them in check. Demand integrity. Demand transparency. Be critical. Even take the piss out them so they won't take it out of us.
    6 points
  2. There isn’t going to be another lockdown so I doubt that is accurate. People seem to be very slow in accepting that come the 19th July in the UK the only agenda is herd immunity and monitoring deaths (which have literally plummeted since the vaccine roll out). Very much doubt we’ll be back to border controls at any time soon here either. They should just stop publishing statistics as outside of deaths they are largely meaningless.
    5 points
  3. Well Jersey has no recorded COVID related deaths in anyone over 50 ever ”A Covid death is one where COVID-19, or suspected COVID-19, is mentioned on the death certificate. This includes all cases where the virus is recorded, whether as the direct cause or in combination with other health conditions” The last recorded COVID death was in February. So all looks good to me once the vaccine has a chance to kick in. It really is fine to stop testing unless they are going to start doing the same for flu and pneumonia which are currently killing far more people in Britain and advising people to eat better, lose weight and do more exercise. There is no longer any justification for any testing or restrictions.
    5 points
  4. Get off his back FFS. I don’t know Frank other than what he posts on here but he’s put himself forward and he’s in. At least let him do a few months before we begin on the character and policy assassination. I don’t know what it is he does that seems to get so many peoples backs up on here but I have a horrible feeling it’s something to do with bombing a chippy. Let it go FFS and give the guy a chance. And Declan, he’s not the first to put themselves forward on a hobbyhorse issue and he won’t be the last.
    5 points
  5. How many people who object to being called a gammon also complain that "you can't say anything without people getting offended these days."
    5 points
  6. Watch the cycling instead, ITV4
    4 points
  7. No. The post you quote was highlighting a hypocrisy.
    4 points
  8. The bit in bold is most important I think. Not only kids but everyone should think of the police as being there to help, not something or someone to be scared of. I really dislike the police robo speak they seem to be practicing these days, but school visits in general are a good idea if they are used right and set the right tone. Might also be a good recruitment tool. As for the line in the sand, the parents should be drawing that.
    4 points
  9. 3 points
  10. Most of the world's problems over the past 20 years have related in some way to Excel being used for something that goes way beyond its limits. The 45 minutes claim in that infamous wmd dossier was probably a Excel rounding issue.
    3 points
  11. Always preferred the Viz option.
    3 points
  12. … and a lot will do exactly this.
    3 points
  13. I would like to see many more women elected to be politicians on the Island. A refreshing input of good sense and logic.
    3 points
  14. Manx families just need to say they've been in the UK. International travel is no business of the Isle of Man Government.
    3 points
  15. Sam Turton asked a great question which was batted away from Ashford with no grounds whatsoever. Why should Manx families have to isolate a further 7 days when travelling back from Green list European destinations whilst U.K. folk hop off the plane after a neg test & crack on. A complete violation of civil liberties & freedoms.
    3 points
  16. Henrietta intimating testing will be dropped August / September. Clever girl.
    3 points
  17. That's a bit extreme! I would rather have masks and a bit of distancing in certain settings than another lockdown. Wouldn't you?
    3 points
  18. They don't admit donkeys to hospital...it's not allowed. Matron says so...
    3 points
  19. DON’T PANIC! DON’T PANIC!
    3 points
  20. Well, I recognise that the anti-limit people don't see it the same way and I don't want to re-hash the debate here. But to my mind people die and are seriously injured because we don't have an all-island speed limit. That makes it a moral issue.
    3 points
  21. Rumour has it their car broke down and the violent disturbance they were called out to, turned out to be a Commissioners meeting.
    3 points
  22. “Gammon is a pejorative term that goes back to the 16th century, which was popularised in British political culture in around 2012”. In my view, the ‘gammon-look’ (pink face) can also happen in people who delight too much in the ‘good things of life’ including expensive booze - rich Tories tend to fit that profile. As an insult, presumably ‘twat’ could be a safer bet as that does not refer to skin colour, although #MeToo may disagree. People who belong to ethnic minority groups are quite obviously less likely to look like gammons, but many of them have endured prolonged and profound injustice, because of the colour of their skin. Racism has been ingrained in human brains for centuries. The complete eradication of racism would require extraordinarily powerful forces, akin to a total revolution of human culture(s). Regrettably, like in any other revolutionary episode in history, there will be misunderstandings, false accusations, prejudice, name callings, dogs whistling, etc. down that track. Making meaningful progress will inevitably be a case of one backward step for every two steps forward, but having said all of that, I believe that programmes that aim to eradicate racism are absolutely necessary, BLM or no BLM.
    3 points
  23. Police want more money, crime is UP by 18%. Same shit in every police force in the world. Stay out of the schools you corrupt liars.
    3 points
  24. I absolutely love the Tour de France and this years has already been completely amazing. Some heavy heavy crashes early, including (inevitably) Thomas and Roglic has helped put Pogacar in a very strong position after his insane time trial yesterday, but really there's only one story that matters right now: the stunning return to form of Mark Cavendish. Absolutely sensational stuff, a week before the tour he wasn't even going! Longest stage of the race tomorrow with a bunch of smallish climbs in the second half, gonna be another belter. Tune in, it's epic stuff.
    2 points
  25. Realistically lots of us want to travel. We’ve had lock in for 16 months. I did travel for 7 weeks last summer, Spain, Italy, Greece and Bulgaria. Travel restrictions are tougher now, and infection rates are higher, but we’ve got vaccinations. And I can get to all the places I want to go without tests or isolations if I can lay my hands on an internationally accepted digital certificate. Brits living in the UK and Channel Islands can get them. They’ve been planning for months. Why can’t I, and why shouldn’t I be allowed to travel? The reason is irrelevant. Although I’ve got valid reasons. But I don’t see why I should test and isolate on the way out and on the way back.
    2 points
  26. Realistically though, no hurry. We've all been all over the world for decades. But now seems like a good time to appreciate being at home. I don't reckon many sensible people are planning to go far for the moment - it's not really worth the bother. And those who really have a pressing family need can get it done with paperwork and quarantines.
    2 points
  27. What business does the Isle of Man Goverment actually have in people's travel beyond the shores of the UK? The IOM/UK border isn't an international border and falls in the Common Travel Area. Native Isle of Man residents (for want of a better phrase) are British passport holders. The international border is the UK border and it's for the UK to dictate, not Comin.
    2 points
  28. That's the hippy and the gammon stuffed, then.
    2 points
  29. 2 points
  30. I wouldn't be surprised to discover they are secretly chuffed it is back in the schools. Couple of weeks before summer holidays so not the worst time to let it spread amongst the kids and get a bit of natural immunity into a group that is unlikely to be badly affected and won't be jabbed.
    2 points
  31. 2 points
  32. hopefully they will State there will be no lockdown but roll-out financial support measures for those required to isolate (both for symptoms and close contacts of positive cases as well as parents required to look after children required to isolate, and maybe even slip in that social distancing and mask wearing maybe required in some situations if we get to x community cases?
    2 points
  33. A grandstand of gammon.
    2 points
  34. This is the only reason new phrases are worth learning.
    2 points
  35. I was with you right until the last sentence. Seems far too easy for people to have a pop when they aren’t prepared and/or capable of trying to do any better. I suppose it has always been the way, and will be seen again in a different form when on Saturday night millions of overweight, tactically inept, talent devoid middle aged men are shouting at the TV telling Harry Maguire, Southgate and the rest that they are f***ing useless , when in fact they never had the talent or determination to put themselves in a position where they played football at the highest level. Lineker, Shearer etc IMO have the right to criticise, the rest of us need to stfu.
    2 points
  36. The donkeys are from Guernsey. Jersey residents are toads - toadally different.
    2 points
  37. There is zero need to test anymore. It’s achieving nothing outside of unnecessary panic & expense. Motor on with the vaccines & end this utter madness now.
    2 points
  38. If gammons were subtle and bright they could reclaim the word and wear it with pride. But, almost be definition, they are not. So they won't.
    2 points
  39. Why don't you trust someone who is open about their position? You may not agree, but is that a trust issue? I would not trust someone who was not upfront or had hidden agendas.
    2 points
  40. Maybe you should have put yourself forward then instead of sniping from behind the comfort of your keyboard. I'm happy for him to give it his best. If he doesn't then you might just have something to moan about
    2 points
  41. I think he was here. Tbh, Frank has a quality rare in Manx politics - intelligence. He can also string a sentence together far better than many, and not stumble over tricky words like statistics. Give him a chance, FFS.
    2 points
  42. Quite sinister lighting on DJ Gammon's video.
    2 points
  43. Yes, it is an issue worthy of debate, but introducing a moral dimension confuses it and rational arguments fly out of the window. Those on the other side of the debate may say that it is immoral to impose restrictions on them. I am not for or against, (I drive to my capability which is not much over 60 mph, anywhere) but always question accusations of people being immoral based on an attitude to one aspect, because your morality may be very different to others and theirs may be different on other aspects. By all means give evidence as to why a speed limit minimises death and serious injury, but don't label someone immoral because of their position on one issue. You apply your own morals to your own conduct, not to others. You can, however, apply fact and evidence to all arguments which will or will not, win the debate.
    2 points
  44. Zero coppers on the beat in Onchan. Haven't seen one on the street for say, 10 years at least. It's disgraceful really. Policing at arms length doesn't work. Policing is a people thing, unless they're out there with the people then there's no way they can know what's going on in the locality.
    2 points
  45. Accepting failure and mediocrity? You're settling into your new DBC role well.
    2 points
  46. ...... and wants to shoot a number of indigenous and non indigenous animals ... great advert for the premise !
    2 points
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