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  1. Seconded. Hope he recovers well and enjoys retirement.
    13 points
  2. When I said ‘joking aside’ I wasn’t making any digs at people. I for one am delighted that Quayle isn’t contesting his seat. I don’t like him as a politician and his actions haven’t earned him my respect. However I won’t wish him or anyone, even some of the loonies on here any harm. We can disagree, joke and be satirical without resorting to nastiness, sexist or racist comments.
    10 points
  3. However much I might dislike someone I would never wish illness or something like a stroke on them, it appears he was extremely lucky to be with people who recognised the warning signs of a stroke and he received medical care extremely quickly as a result.
    9 points
  4. Poor bugger. Not a fan but he will hopefully enjoy a fast and full recovery.
    7 points
  5. They'll only get things done if they stop pandering to people and just change things. They also need to do it early so they can reap any benefit before the next election. The first major pitfall they need to avoid in the new House of Keys is putting Alf Cannan in as Chief Minister. If you think things were bad under Quayle just wait till the Treasury Minister who enabled it all takes over.
    5 points
  6. Same in the 'Village Square" in Laxey. Looks as though the painters have been in and forgotten to clean up after. Nasty, horrible stuff and a disgrace to import it from China when our whole Island is built on a bedrock of superior, hard wearing stone.
    5 points
  7. Joking aside, I wouldn’t wish ill health on anyone, even on those I can’t stand. It’s sometimes takes the illness of others to make your realise both your own frailties or mortality and in some cases can prompt you to look after your health.
    5 points
  8. Same in Market Place in Peel.
    5 points
  9. I don't remember a howard o' clock cult movement. I do though, remember paying a pr firm to tell me there was a howard o' clock cult movement.
    5 points
  10. What a load of horseshit all this retirement hoopla is. Howard didn't make any decisions or provide any leadership throughout his whole tenure. He did what he was told and always toed the line he was given. That's why he got the job in the first place.
    5 points
  11. Well it's got two legs. It must be the DoI's mascot - a headless chicken.
    4 points
  12. I hope Howard recovers soon. I can assure everybody that the standard of care given in Nobles stroke unit is very high as I know following my own stroke last year.
    4 points
  13. I don't think so as I think many of his generation are set in their views and don't necessarily want to understand. Like many others who hold racist and bigoted views they deliberately find something in a matter or misconstrue something so that they can try and argue that their views are not coloured with racism. It is very clear that taking a knee and stating support for BLM is, in general, not stating support for a political group that goes under that banner but is basically expressing support for the idea that Black Lives also Matter because it is apparent that many consider that there is an element in the population that view white lives matter more than black lives. Maybe they should rebrand themselves as BLAM so that those who want to argue against the premise can not put forward the argument that other lives also matter to deliberately try water down the message. It is the same way SP and others argue against the phrase white privilege. They deliberate misconstrue and argue that they or many white people are not privileged. I am sure that it has been explained to SP on numerous occasions that white does not mean that all white people are in a privileged position and others are not but that, generally, where a white person and a black person are in a similar position the white person will be treated better. It is rather like those with racist views starting a sentence "I am not racist but......" SP is bright enough, I think, to understand the issue but as he does not agree with he looks for ways to discredit in a way that he can argue is not down to racism. I am against racists but I would almost have more respect for those that stood up publicly and admitted they are than those who try to find a reason or argue that they are not I expect that SP, and many others who hold similar views, in their own minds are not racist as they view that term basically relates to a person who hates another just because of the colour of their skin. In my view the term has moved on and the views that SP expresses now fall within the realms of racism.
    4 points
  14. Perhaps a leading not for profit housing group - example Great Places Housing Group - would be ideal to redevelop the derelict Park Road Site into FTB, SE and SO or even Market Rent properties. Or are the Manx Development Corporation keeping these sites for their friends or other vested interest groups?
    4 points
  15. If a Housing Association model was set up here to manage all local authority and government owned housing it would mean less outgoings for the taxpayers/ratepayers. A Housing Association would be free to approach banks for finance to fund refurbishment works and also build houses such as FTB, SO and SE ( First Time Buyer, Shared Ownership and Shared Equity). Many Housing Associations are leading developers and competing against For Profit Developers.
    4 points
  16. Important enough to have its own I’d say. Strokes suck. Glad it was caught early and he’s hopefully recovering well.
    4 points
  17. "CM suffers stroke!" Never to be followed by the words "of genius"
    3 points
  18. You country thanks you, you are voting FOR ALL OF US 😆
    3 points
  19. But the point is that he doesn't want to be informed. There have been discussions on MF in the past, when he was presenting the lunchtime phone-in, when people have pointed to ways he might learn more about some topic or other, and he's simply refused to. He didn't see it it as his job to find out more. He Had His Opinions and that was enough. Of course that meant that his opinions were just a ragbag of random misinformation which happened to fit in with his underlying prejudices and personal interests. Rather than being the hard-headed realist of his imagination, he was actually completely gullible, just repeating whatever nonsense was last put in his head. If he does get elected the civil service will love him because he will be putty in their hands. I feel hard in saying this about Stu, because the media and politics, including on the Isle of Man, are full of people like this and he's probably more honest and less pompous than most of them. But then I don't even think he'll enjoy being an MHK.
    3 points
  20. Stu has opinions not policies.
    3 points
  21. KF and JPW are poles apart, worlds apart, but if they are able to work together I think they would provide a formidable representation for Middle and as part of (dare I say it..) "Team Tynwald".
    3 points
  22. I think you'll find that the majority of them manage just fine all on their own.
    3 points
  23. Having just read Cregeens manifesto, in between bouts of nausea, I note he calls himself "your full time MHK" WTF does that mean, do we have part time ones ? However I am struck by the bit where he slopes shoulders away from the junction in Ballasalla blaming Treasury for the fact that it won't now be a roundabout as outlined. Too late Cregeen, you were Dandaras cheerleader to get their 350 houses built, trash everyones property now obstructed on Douglas Road and built an utterly nonsensical bypass to solve a problem which didn't exist ! The only problem that existed was Dandaras, in which they needed to get a tame MHK onboard to push this through. I hope you are not only toast but embarrassingly so on the 23rd !!
    3 points
  24. We don't ask questions like that in this time of departing glory...we need to forget what actually happened, disregard the fact that the fallout cost money, jobs, businesses, maybe even a life or two...always look forward and move on. Govt mantra.
    3 points
  25. Ramsey Commissioners have already expressed doubts about DOI's ability to deliver the Quay proposals following the Douglas Prom shambles. A further project of this size is DOI fantasy material, as @TheTeapothas suggested above, how does this tie in with the development of the marina too, although I'm told that the DOI itself have yet to receive any development or financing proposals that they regard as viable and as such it's a non-starter? If we're going to go down this route for flood defence, let's have some competent and sizeable UK Engineering Contractors involved please, from design to completion. Not the piecemeal shambles we've seen in Douglas.
    3 points
  26. I have had two reminder letters, the second in the threatening tones of the TV licensing pricks. This is despite me completing my census. They sent me two to start with, with a small difference in the address. I had informed them of this by telephone, but still the letters come. It is a minor issue for me as an individual, but I would expect that kind of thing to be repeated across the Island and will no doubt become a major issue for them. Remind me again, what exactly do they get right?
    3 points
  27. I think we all know the answer to that question, so imagine my disappointment on scrolling down only to discover that there wasn't one of him making the "wanker" gesture.
    3 points
  28. The three voting age members of this Douglas East household intentionally registered to vote to keep this dangerous sociopathic opportunist out. Faragher and Barber look the best choices to prevent him getting in.
    3 points
  29. Nothing more than we all suspected or knew. It's just an eternal project to justify people's careers and employment. 10 year snagging. How much will this cost and who's paying for it? Members of this administration shouldn't be seeking re-election. They should be hanging their heads in "collective" shame and contrition and apologising to the electorate.
    3 points
  30. What the hell is going on in Onchan? https://fearandloathing2021.wixsite.com/website/post/whatever-happened-to-all-the-heroes-all-the-shakespearoes?fbclid=IwAR3OhuVfLihfjGWMrwZ7xpt9CAE7ki-9oLYXwdJvP9ROJLfnN3aylCoN1lo
    2 points
  31. The French like to think they are important.
    2 points
  32. the same people that were in charge when he was in attendance at a guess.
    2 points
  33. I personally think JPW will landslide it. I believe she would make a great minister (justice/home affairs)
    2 points
  34. I think there's been a fairly strong effort to get people registered there by MLP, not just for this election but the corpy ones too.
    2 points
  35. Remember, you can only respond ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to this question.
    2 points
  36. I don’t know if anyone has watched the Super League Triathlon, the ladies and men’s race coming from Jersey. Very slick, well attended and showing the centre of St Helier off. Top notch competitors like the Brownlee Brothers and foreign competitors. The Olympic Gold Medalist also taking part. Jersey can attract decent sporting competition whilst the Isle of Man is struggling to attract even the bottom and lowest sporting events. This race was on BT Sports and no doubt would be broadcast worldwide. What happened to the Pool Tournament which was over in 2019 at the Palace Hotel and broadcast on FreeSports? Whilst I appreciate there was an intervening pandemic, I thought there may be a return this year considering we are supposed to be welcoming tourists/visitors? Or is that only our friends in the Channel Islands?
    2 points
  37. it's probably less of a mess than it would have been , spin, spin, spin, spin, it can always be worse.
    2 points
  38. In the ‘debate’ introductions by the candidates, Jane Poole Wilson spouts her Manx credentials. Secondly she waffles how she wants to get involved properly. Admirable! She says she’s seeking a mandate from the electorate. WTF didn’t she resign her Lego seat? She’s virtually said it’s powerless and she can’t influence change from that area. She is very arrogant, she obviously believes she’s going to get in. That’s a true Manx Establishment figure for you. Arrogant, and Self Serving. She would have gained kudos and respect if she had the guts to resign her seat beforehand. In the meantime she is still a fully paid member of the Manx Elite, a phone call and walk from Quayle’s Palace. As a constituent, I sought help on a matter, she refused on the grounds that it’s unfair. Pardon me life’s unfair, but she is a taxpayer funded official - unelected as well, gifted the position by patronage! Banana Republic! If she fails to be elected I presume she will resign her seat on Lego? I doubt it, the smell of Bisto ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh is very tempting. I disagree with Kieran Hannifin immensely and don’t feel that he is a good fit. However, I’ll give him credit for the effort, the work and the financial sacrifice that he has made. I might just give him my second vote after Stu!
    2 points
  39. did his vaccinations cause a blood clot ?
    2 points
  40. Absolutely Vote Joney & Clare
    2 points
  41. That should be enough evidence to search someone’s basement and dig up their patio.
    2 points
  42. Voice of Reason will be along shortly to tell us how everything in the garden is rosy and Government is wonderful !! Never fear .
    2 points
  43. How is it trolling? The current system is bonkers, and the only reason some people want to hold onto it is they pay less than average (less than their fair share). The local authority system also needs to be smashed up and put in the bin. The current system was appropriate in 1896 but not in 2021. We need to evolve.
    2 points
  44. 10 months late as usual
    2 points
  45. 2 points
  46. I have serious doubts that the census is going to be anywhere near accurate.
    2 points
  47. Josems evasiveness has cast a big shadow over Liberal Vannin for many would be my guess. The lengths to which Hooper goes to try to justify Josem’s unwavering right to be evasive with the public are literally pathetic. As is his support for people like Willers to post awful right wing things online but then claim that they apparently have absolutely nothing to do with Liberal Vannin - even when there’s a Liberal Vannin logo on the same piece of paper right alongside what’s been written. I started out quite likening Hooper in this campaign but I honestly would love to see that smug self-satisfied grin wiped off his face by the voters of Ramsey. In electoral terms the man is a fraud - fronting a party that isn’t a party but only when it suits him.
    2 points
  48. Agree on last point. On first is his expertise theoretical or practical?
    2 points
  49. Looking back, this was a mistake, I admit, and of course he has jumped on it like a scripted satire version of a TV politician - even tweeting how people shouldn't feel pity for him and how he wants to bring accountability (while of course still not saying who bankrolls him). I'm usually a very relaxed and mellow person and it is not often that I am so opposed to a political candidate, for various reasons, some of which have been shared publicly. On this occasion, like someone pointed out above, I got carried away which wasn't good. When you care very strongly about something, this can happen. It shouldn't, but it can. Election day is almost here and I'll just trust that the voters of Douglas East will make the right decision.
    2 points
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