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  1. Every since March 2020, every Monday's low figures (which of course relate to Sunday) have greeted with loud cries of joy that things are getting better. Every Tuesday there's then cries of dismay as the figures go up again. Followed by all sorts of mad conspiracy theories as to why one of these is the true picture and the other should be ignored. Every week. Every fucking week.
    9 points
  2. Don’t worry about all that shit stu. the people of middle are sick of experts. That’s why they voted for you.
    8 points
  3. Or the ones who pull them down under their nose. It's like wearing a condom round your bollocks.
    8 points
  4. Not wanting to fund the healthcare of people who are in situations that you will never be in is selfish. If it's selfishness you're railing against, you're not doing a very good job of it, because you're advocating it in this situation. Is it selfish for someone who's been conned by anti-vaxxers to be scared of the vaccine and not take it? I'm not convinced it is. Almost everyone on both sides has made their decision on what they feel is best. Are some of them wrong? Probably. Even if we did say that unvaccinated people are all doing it out of some sort of aversion to being socially responsible, are they causing more burden on the health service vs a vaccinated person than, say, an active person with a healthy BMI vs someone who overeats and doesn't exercise? There isn't really any room for nuance in the health service in my view - at least not in terms of necessary care. The only reasonable approach is to treat everyone equally, regardless of any transgressions.
    6 points
  5. This is one of the reasons that makes me want to leave this island for the sake of my kids future. The above just highlights how unsustainable this place is. I shudder to think how many real jobs like teaching could be financed by getting rid of these non jobs.
    6 points
  6. Meanwhile our deputy airport director is off filming his new series.
    5 points
  7. I have a mate who goes past the site most days, not much happening. I'll ask for regular updates!
    5 points
  8. First of all I apologise for my provocative post yesterday. I was having a TT downer. It seems to have provoked some discussion though. For me, a non motorcycle racing fan - but TT fan, I feel disillusioned with it at the moment. Whilst I am not a racing fan in general we have always enjoyed the TT. I like the vibe on the Island. We like meeting new people. We do the home-stay (but don't make much money). We have made new friends that come back and we don't like to charge them to stay anymore. We watch many of the races (always the Senior). We are always here for the event and look forward to it. However - In 2020 I was expecting to miss it terribly. I didn't. I did a bit at first and felt sad but that waned and by Senior TT Friday I felt bad that I had forgotten all about it completely. In 2021 it never entered my head. I think the reasons for my disillusion are complex but 3 things stand out 1) The obsession with lap records and the use of public money to profile banked corners. Not acceptable to me, lap records should be due to improvement, not making the course faster 2) The Steve Mercer accident. I think its totally unacceptable that someone can be maimed when they are not even racing. It makes the event look amateur and unsustainable. I'm not looking to blame anyone. It was an accident. But it shows how a 37 mile circuit on a public road is too vulnerable to disaster. 3) The Zero cancellation. I agree this is not just the TT's fault. Its the racing industries fault. If that's the backward thinking of the sport. I am not interested anymore. If its on this year. We will be off Island.
    5 points
  9. You would like to think so, but of that there is no guarantee. Unfortunately there is a number of graduates churned out by the university system who think that because they have a degree the world owes them a living. A long way from the highly productive members of society that you assume them to be. There are many numbers of schoolchildren who finish their formal education at “O” levels (or whatever they call them these days) who enter the workplace at that time, and go on to be very valuable members of society. Judge people by who they are and the contribution they make not by what academic qualifications they may have attained
    5 points
  10. No but neither do they ever think it will happen to them either.
    4 points
  11. They just think the populace are a tool of their fcuking ambitions Pathetic
    4 points
  12. 4 points
  13. Your reference to 'O' levels shows how up to date your knowledge is, as does your silly comment about useless degrees. Name five of these people who think the world owes them a living. Do you know how much it costs to put a child through uni, even with government paying some of the fees? The majority of children do not finish education at 16, and have not done so for a number of years. Many have difficulty in finding suitable courses and training, and the apprenticeship situation is dire. 30 year old Thatcherite rhetoric does not advance the debate, nor does it help our young people to become decent, valued and contributing members of society.
    4 points
  14. Woke is a fictional construct created to shut down criticism of various types of discrimination.
    4 points
  15. My gut feeling is similar, however charging the unvaxxed for their covid treatment is in the same ballpark as charging smokers if they get lung disease, charging the obese for just about anything wrong with them, charging drinkers for getting pissed and falling over or fighting... We either have a health service that is free at the point of delivery or not. I don't necessarily disagree with charging people for healthcare, but I don't think this single issue discriminatory method is the way forward.
    4 points
  16. WFT is a Change and Engagement Manager? I'm sure they're all lovely people, but these are just non-jobs, what on earth can they do on a day to day basis? total waste of taxpayers funds IMHO.
    4 points
  17. 4 points
  18. Yes, I thought that too before I was elected. Do you know the difference between motions for positive, negative or no resolution? The purpose of laying items before the court? How the standing scrutiny and select committees work? The role of the various officers of Tynwald? How to frame questions and supplementaries to get the answer you need? Who best to go to if you have a constituent problem? The limitations imposed on you by standing orders (different rules for both chambers). I was not prepared for any of this procedural stuff as a broadcaster as you're only dealing with the output, and whilst everyone is most helpful, the last thing I want to do as a newbie is make an absolute dick of myself at the input stages. Added to that, I have no public sector experience at all, and things seem to be done very differently to the commercial world I've spent 50 years in. The 'style' of the video is the same as I used for my election videos, which people said they liked. And it's a standard form of presentation that people are familiar with. As for the justification, I think people deserve to know why I voted yes to something contentious they might think should have been a no. Not everyone will be interested, but nobody is being forced to watch it - and the feedback I've had so far has been overwhelmingly positive. Point taken about the pan - by the time I do the next one I'll have found out how to edit that move to make it smoother, and positioned a lamp so you can see my eyes. Difficult to do everything as a one-man studio crew. Every day a schoolday!
    4 points
  19. The private sector would prosper if Government didn't interfere in everything, and let go of some of it's pointless empires.
    4 points
  20. I doubt any of them had anything directly to do with the planning or delivery of the promenade we have received. Civil servants are clearly the problem.
    3 points
  21. It might also be worth recalling that during the Quayle administration alone Govt headcount rose by @ 400 and that "x" number of those posts reportedly may have had no prior political approval?
    3 points
  22. '' Well Peel did didn’t want boot it Harmer '' is that way he checked his tyre pressures? i'm willing to give crookall a bit longer, he came out fighting with a new outlook on past events. his latest utterances have been a bit of a watering down but let's wait to see if he can get back on course with his ongoing criticisms of the currents situations. One would hope that it isn't the Civil Servants bullying him!!!
    3 points
  23. That looks frightening. The IoM gov. can't even get a swimming pool slide to work safely. Image the damage they could create with that.
    3 points
  24. I would think pensioners are quite a drain on the nhs. Prescription drugs and treatments etc. I havent been to the doctor in years yet pay quite a lot of tax. This making the unvaxxed pay for treatment is just the first stage of privatisation and should be resisted as such.
    3 points
  25. The green lobby and politicos obsessed with any green issues, salivating and hanging on the word of Professor Curran, and other nodding dogs. Obsessed with new builds housing (which is an essential part of living), the test will be whether those who like to protest, have the guts to stand up to the developers and object, based up environmental concerns, and go against whether it is in line with the Area Plans (building within the Hospital Corridor). There are many brownfield sites ripe for building first time buyers homes with green features. Park Road, Demesne Road and Westmoreland Road, are all brownfield sites. These should be priorities.
    3 points
  26. But there's nothing they're going to achieve on their own. The Isle of Man isn't going to achieve anything in isolation that will make any conceivable difference. While we do need to make meaningful changes to protect the environment, it is simply a matter of adopting best practise from around the world. It would be more effective if their salaries were used to purchase loft insulation.
    3 points
  27. You'd like to think so unfortunately it'll be those at the coalface that pay the price!
    3 points
  28. Yes and no. It's a tricky one and I very much doubt the money will be going to big Pharma. Do you think it's 100% fine for someone to not get vaxxed then end up in hospital potentially costing £1000s in treatment which the rest of us then have to pay for? I can't remember which country it was, but one was proposing to charge any unvaxxed people that get hospitalised for their covid treatment. Personally I'd say this seems much more reasonable and equitable. EDITED TO ADD: It's Singapore charging. Australia are considering.
    3 points
  29. Mate, you're a star.
    3 points
  30. 3 points
  31. I agree with the comments on TT Zero and it is a shame the big manufacturers did not get on board. Proving the technology on the TT course, especially if they could get a multi-lap race, would go a long way to proving the technology works. Again that goes back to the origins of the TT where it was used as a test bed for developing technologies and to prove they were viable away from a normal circuit and could be used on the road. Didn't they also test air bags built into the racing leathers, or at least the trigger mechanisms, to demonstrate that they would not accidently trigger on the road?
    3 points
  32. There could be dozens of ghost workers being charged for, machinery being charged for that is not on site, all sorts of shenanigans going on but we will never know. Some bloke, (appointed professional), getting 35grand a year to send a sit-rep to his masters miles away in the IOM couldn't give a flying feck so long as he's getting paid. So yeah get down there and check whats going on. I was there six months ago and there was no one on site for a week.
    2 points
  33. I have worked as a client rep and I can tell you there is no better motivator on a site than when the person paying the bills turns up! I agree that the big money was lost at the start but lets just try and not waste any more or at least have an honest answer as to why costs are going up. I wouldn't trust these so called appointed professionals, they're probably not as 3rd party and independent as we'd like to think they should be.
    2 points
  34. Not to mention the 500 million it would cost to build, and the fact that the human race may have died out before it was finished, if waterslides are a speed benchmark !
    2 points
  35. Well Peel did didn’t want boot & Harmer & I think Cowin would have been a disaster so not much choice,personally I think he’s doing a decent job , it’s only been 4 months so let’s give them all a chance
    2 points
  36. Yeah I googled after I posted. Personally I disagree with the restrictions for the unvaxxed and forcing anyone to have it. If you don't want it, fine. The enforcement of this is causing far too much polarization. However I do agree with Singapore's idea. If you're unvaxxed you're paying your own Covid-19 hospital bills.
    2 points
  37. Think it was Singapore that charges unvaccinated for hospital, Austria will be fining unvaccinated as well as banning them from most venues, transport, Italy going to fine all unvaccinated over 50 plus similar restrictions to Austria, France, Germany etc all have strong restrictions on unvaccinated.
    2 points
  38. It's more what the government hasn't done when it comes to developing our own renewable energy generation capacity (just under 30% of global electricity generation by the end of 2020) Now a sizeable chunk of the island's population is dependent on very expensive natural gas to heat their homes
    2 points
  39. Yes there has, for the contractors and others on the other side of the Irish Sea. They've managed to swell the top line of their accounts rather successfully, don't you think?
    2 points
  40. Who seems to be being played by Harry Enfield.
    2 points
  41. YET AGAIN WHY ARE GOV GETTING INVOLVED IN SOMETHING THAT PRIVATE BUSINESS SHOULD DO? Gov should create an environment that encourages this type of thing, not do it themselves and end up competing with private business.
    2 points
  42. Crickey, Andy, this is IOM Government we are talking about, transparency is like garlic to a vampire !! LOL.
    2 points
  43. Isn't there some hot tub photo of a mayoress in the past? We don't need a similar image that we can't unsee thank you.
    2 points
  44. But they could have rocked the ship if they wanted to. Muttering behind closed doors isn't a very effective way to get things done. Of course that might have lead to expulsion from CoMin or Treasury with all the lucrative 'supplements', as happened to Chris Thomas. But I doubt Quayle could have survived as CM in those circumstances. Quayle's main objection would be his usual one that fixing stuff would be too much like hard work, but he wouldn't have taken this line if he didn't have the backing of Green how and the most of the bureaucracy - including those in Treasury. As ever the problem isn't just in one Department but systemic.
    2 points
  45. errrrr- no, not really. Pre covid there was a study in Singapore measuring the impact on children's breathing if they wore a mask rather like an old style gas mask to protect them from air pollution. The study group of children wore the masks for five minutes and no one died so the researchers concluded no harm was done. Post covid onset research on mask wearing in children confirms that it doesn't seem to do any harm. The pressure of inhaled and exhaled air in children is lower than adults so they more at risk of experiencing breathing difficulties if anything obstructs their breathing, which is what the research is getting at. Children younger than, say, five don't seem to have the organisational skills to wear the mask effectively so it's a bit of a waste of time trying to make them. Masks protect other people from you gobbing dollops of phlegm on them if you sneeze or cough or burst into tears. They protect you from others doing the same to you. They therefore prevent about 80% of the virus load you are emitting getting into the air around you. Children are major vectors of covid so wearing a face mask indoors reduces their potential to infect others. However, they don't stop an emulsion of virus particles gradually collecting in the air in a room, they reduce it and slow down it's development meaning everyone in the room has their risk of breathing in enough virus particles to make them sick reduced. So they are a good thing. It's why surgeons wear them. It's also why the fat narky bastard who won't wear one in the supermarket is a twat.
    2 points
  46. When we have a big name in leisure, residing here as a HNWI and has had the the awful experience of the IOMG machine, I would say it’s doubtful any operator in their right minds would want to get into bed with IOMG. Destroying hedgerows and felling healthy trees are an IOM specialty, because we are the Isle of Man ……………… where we can!
    2 points
  47. Sounds like the next IOMG 24 carat gold Rolls Royce scheme in the making. This will be a scheme which the new Tressury Capital Projects Unit can screw up. Nice to have schemes but why? Unless it’s guaranteed to bring in £millions to the island and pay for itself quickly then it’s another waste of money. We may as well build an all singing all dancing indoor velodrome and have an outside MTB and BMX track etc. We won’t get the World Championships or even the British Track Cycling Championship, but it won’t stop them dreaming.
    2 points
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