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  1. Teare was obsessed with reducing the headcount. But usually this meant getting rid of lowly-paid workers by privatising their jobs while taking on slightly fewer expensive top-ranking ones. Getting rid of 5 cleaners costing a total of £100,000 and replacing them with a contract for £150,000 and 4 cleaning contract supervisors on £50,000 each would be regarded as a triumph by Eddie - the headcount had been reduced by one! In fact nearly all of the current problems date from the Bell/Teare years and before - under Quayle the existing systems have just got even more out of control, but the roots of them, such as the creation of the Cabinet Office, refusal to even make civil servants redundant, DoI projectitis and so on all already existed.
    8 points
  2. As I see it, the current situation on the island is that the virus is circulating uncontrolled on the island, generally affecting the younger unvaccinated members of society. A proportion of the public are still trying to do what they think is expected of them, as has been drilled into them for the past year, which is test when symptomatic and isolate. Although laudable, I do not believe that this is now doing anything to check the virus as it too deep rooted in society to be stopped (unless we went into another lockdown). Rather than spend ridiculous amounts of money on LFT tests, the border force and disrupting society by isolating I think we are at the point that to coin a phrase, 'we let it rip'. In my opinion all of the mentioned measures are now ineffectual. I would rather the support and resource is given directly to those genuinely vulnerable. We appear to be in a stage of the pandemic where half hearted measures are satisfying no one.
    8 points
  3. It truly is a shocking statistic and it's nice to hear retired politicians having an opinion. Too many (Almost all) of them just keep their mouth shut and collect the golden pension. All that experience is lost and nothing is learnt or handed down. That's the Manx way, and the next lot start all over again. It is a shame though that Eddie won't be drawn on the failures of his own time in Government.
    7 points
  4. If that's the case that people aren't bothering with PCR tests, which I suspect it is. Then it's excellent. Those people obviously aren't getting seriously ill... wasn't that the whole aim to start with?
    7 points
  5. Nah. Just do the same as we do for every other illness. If you are to ill to work stay at home, otherwise crack on as normal and stop all the pointless testing. There is no evidence here or in UK that a vaccinated population isn’t able to cope and if we keep up with this nonsense where does it ever end? I can already see a future where a sneeze sees you chased out of the office or pub. It’s insane. Last year we needed to see how it worked out and wait for jabs. Now we need to forget about it and get back to normal ASAP. Problem is that so many people are now so scared despite absolutely tiny risks that the general public will no longer see any risk of flu or COVID killing people as acceptable.
    7 points
  6. While I don't agree with the caution the EAG have expressed I don't think they deserve any shit. This is a bad take.
    6 points
  7. The only reasons the numbers aren't as high as the other week's 200+ daily numbers is that that people are not bothering with 111 and PCR tests anymore so the daily number we are getting is not accurate by quite a lot. I know of so many people who are just using lateral flow tests, isolating and then cracking on once the 10 days and negative lateral flow tests are out of the way.....it appears (from my personal anecdotal evidence plus everyone I am speaking to) the bulk of people are doing this. In no way has this peaked yet and unfortunately, due to the way they have made getting a PCR test such a faff, we are not going to have accurrate numbers to be able accurrate assessments.
    6 points
  8. I can’t remember my quote, but to get R=1.1 overnight down from 3.35 that would mean mandatory measures. Whatever we’re seeing, it ain’t that. Behaviour now, as far as I can tell, is “Covid? Meh!” - apart from the odd mask there’s nothing. I think we genuinely peaked in cases just over a week ago. If we’re seeing effective R at 1.1 it’s due to herd immunity. There also does not appear to be a massive hike in hospital admissions. Bed occupancy in the hospital is climbing, but I think this is in part due to difficulty with discharge rather than wards filling up with patients on ventilators.
    5 points
  9. Seems to be bad around Jurby where food parcels have been welcomed by the locals. General Antonio Guterres from the UN stated: 'Supplies of Frubes and Cheese Strings will continue throughout these difficult times. It may take a few more days to get other essentials through logistics, but alphabetti spaghetti has already been sourced, and supplies of white lightning cider to follow." Terrible scenes near Jurby airfield...
    5 points
  10. I don't have a problem with paying CS decent money, what I have a problem with is paying crap CS for doing nothing. You only have to look at a government issue IPads and its allowed Apps which mostly involve holidays, to see that there is a lot of slack in the system. I know a couple of very very hard working CS but i also know a couple more that do very little and when in a "party" mood tell you how little they do. Most Island residents who have had the need to deal with a government department must have come away with a " How on earth did that person get into that position" type question In most dealings with them?
    4 points
  11. We sort of did that first time round with the old ward 20, where Nursing Home residents could be looked after until either they were clear or their residence was clear.
    4 points
  12. How do you propose they deal with it? What is the point of stressing about the odd person who does a positive lft being out and about? There are thousands walking around who would be positive if they had tested this morning. It’s everywhere and will burn out soon enough. By the time most people get symptoms and then a positive PCR they have already been out and about for days anyway. Containment of any sort is now pointless. This is why the sensible at risk people got vaccinated, so we can live again knowing that we will all probably get it and that it doesn’t matter any more than if we got one of however many other illnesses that are in circulation. Just open the borders properly and let’s crack on. It’s been running wild for weeks now even with schools open and the only real issues caused are due to forcing people who were actually fit enough to work to stay at home.
    4 points
  13. Surely anything to do with food bank or the likes that you feel strongly about regardless of if its under your remit or not should be a major concern to any sensible and caring MHK. You also have access to so many avenues to make inroads into the very structure that exists to get a handle on the very issues that you flag up. If you recognise them why have you not attempted to address them regardless if its your remit or not. Sorry not a good response Rob.
    4 points
  14. I had a little cannabis consultation at half 5 this morning watching the sunrise.
    4 points
  15. The People’s Prince and appointed Government Children’s Champion seems to have disappeared into must get elected for a second term mode. @Rob Callister why have you given no support for subsidised School Dinner support during the Summer holidays for under privileged families ? Why have you disappeared for the last 18 months Fulfil your appointed obligations - which is a minimum expectation of an elected official - to not is to fail which is your only consistent trait.
    4 points
  16. When you feel the urge to graze in a lush field.
    3 points
  17. i tend to agree, there will be druggie piss head chain smokers but there will also be genuine people in need, my guess would be the single mothers who aren't getting a penny from absent fathers would be top of the list
    3 points
  18. It's okay though, according to Eddie, it's not our money.
    3 points
  19. Thank you for responding. I would be happy to hear your take on the DOI construction projects Mr Callister. Mr Baker seems to be trying to shoulder the burden all on his own, not very successfully. I would also like to hear your views on the problems in Onchan Commissioners. I do think it is worthy of a comment from your perspective. With regard to the Foodbank, confidentiality is of prime concern. Personal information can only be shared with the Foodbank staff as I understand it, and that includes the reasons why people need to use that facility. Core data may show that during the school holidays the need rises but Government has shied away from supplying meals for those normally receiving free school meals. Poor show in my view.
    3 points
  20. Personally I think he’s got a good point, why have the public sector employees grown by 424 in 5 years when one of key strategies of this government was smaller government? David Cannan has been retired 10 years & don’t think he was an adversary of Teare’s at all.
    3 points
  21. Yeah take it to the other covid thread. We don't need loads of them.
    3 points
  22. I have heard that people are actually being told by 111, after a positive LFT, just to isolate for 10 days and not to have a PCR test. The problem with this is that there is no legal obligation on them to isolate. Hiding the issue is not dealing with it.
    3 points
  23. 3 points
  24. I hear HQ is a very influential individual
    3 points
  25. Nobody serious believes that Covid 19 is a hoax.
    2 points
  26. Both display strong leadership which is needed in their respective positions
    2 points
  27. 120 k on media training for Tynwald members or 40k for meals for kids ,who usually get school meals in term time, over the summer mmmmm tough one !!! Not
    2 points
  28. Sounds like most of them won't even be making it into the office in the near future. How they'll manage Flexi time rules when working from home will be interesting.
    2 points
  29. He's been reading Alistair Ramsey's article in the Examiner.
    2 points
  30. As crap as Eddie Teare was in his day, his observations about the current regime are entirely well placed.
    2 points
  31. Could you please finish this sentence so it makes sense?
    2 points
  32. Well if the co op has empty shelves then I may see if they want to use the space to flog all the lateral flow tests I have got stashed in the shed.
    2 points
  33. I couldn’t be bothered correcting banker. Time is too precious
    2 points
  34. You'd fit right in as a senior civil servant! I can see the job title right now "COVID Senior Data Analyst" with the Cabinet Office. Salary of £85,000 p.a Job description : Sit and play with numbers all day and make some idiotic bastard models that really mean fk all but make the government seem clever!
    2 points
  35. I've never known a single individual (besides myself) to spout such complete bollocks so consistently. oOoOOoHhhhh Ben you're so clever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 👌
    2 points
  36. For example. You can’t send a positive case back to a nursing home, even if there is nothing wrong with them
    2 points
  37. The number of infections is meaningless now as it is no longer being measured in reality. all that matters is the number in ICU and the remaining capacity there. And even then, now we have some backup capacity back in the UK. Why after 18-20 months of very hard times would anyone with even a hint of a sniffle ring 111 to be told to take another 10 days off unpaid again? Thats even assuming you coudl get through of course. Frankly, we did our best, we got jabbed (the only realistic way out ) and now we are in the endgame. It may play out longer than we like but if we get out of this with less than 80 fatalities out of 80,000 population. 0.1% in 2 years. Compare 15 deaths per year (so far) with 836 deaths all casues in 2017.
    2 points
  38. I would have agreed with you regarding hospital admissions, however having looked into them recently I understand that even those figures are not necessarily reliable and are open to interpretation. Covid is certainly affecting the admission and discharge profile at the hospital right now, but it's pretty much impossible to declare individual cases as 'admitted due to covid' or 'admitted with covid'. Covid positivity also affects length of stay, with some patients medically ready to go home, but can't because of covid.
    2 points
  39. It's certainly possible that case ascertainment (the proportion of true cases we detect by PCR) is reduced, by people not bothering with tests, or using LFTs, or at one point the PCR capacity being swamped. I still believe however that we have peaked, as they have in the UK. Hospital admissions don't seem to be ramping up massively, which in any case is the main thing.
    2 points
  40. Beetlejuice beetlejuice beetlejuice
    2 points
  41. They were used as a smoke screen, and the plan was fixed in stone and came down the pipe from Public Health England, as run in British Virgin Islands, Jersey, and soon the UK. Choice was vax kids or mass infection in kids with some spillover, JCVI choose mass infection.
    2 points
  42. They are increasingly becoming an irrelevant group of arm wavers wanting to shout loudest to be heard. We don't need this group anymore, we have moved on past needing them.
    2 points
  43. Don't hear HQ on Manx Radio anymore. Hallelujah
    2 points
  44. Think someone posted recently the details of recent pay settlement, 1% plus £500 lump sum but there was also a commitment to improve holidays & extend flexi time. Flexi time is one of most abused systems in government with staff coming in early to eat breakfast at desks, personal emails etc , or hang around for 15 minutes at night chatting they then use all the banked time for days off, extra holidays etc
    1 point
  45. Pure shite yet again. We don't live in an ideal world.
    1 point
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  48. Another bollocks scare story, there’s no shortage of food , just go to a few different shops if they haven’t got the product you want or just choose a different one!!
    1 point
  49. I hope you are feeling better now. You're right - wishful thinking on my part. Reforms long overdue.
    1 point
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