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  1. Joany Faragher is right about making sure there is proper support for any refugees, including trauma support. Even if a refugee has not suffered any direct injury or witnessed any horror, the mere fact of fleeing your home, possessions and family, to go to an uncertain future, often without male family members, will be a trauma. We shouldn't underestimate that.
    8 points
  2. You’ve got to be joking in your statement that general and mental health care is better in prison than in the community? Yes, there are specialist centres across, both in community and the special prison secure hospital service. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to get a referral and funding for out of area ( off island ) treatment for the former or how seriously and dangerously mentally I’ll you have to be to be sent to the latter?
    7 points
  3. Agree also .' Coal face 'workers in government generally are excellent but management seemingly in most case are just inept and dont give a toss. And it would seem that MHK's are not much better . Despite my complaint as mentioned by somebody else on here the powers that be have still not found the oil can and 1 hour to oil the baggage trolleys at the airport. Complaint made 4th December. Reminds me of the saying , take care of the little things and the big things take care of themselves !
    6 points
  4. To be fair, there are some very good people working at the 'coal face' in Government. In the last month or so, I have had interactions with the CoVid Helpdesk, the Income Tax Office and Pest Control (yes, I knpw there must be a joke in there somewhere!!) and had excellent service and outcomes. The problem seems to lie in the recruitment at senior levels, where we appear incapable of filteriing out total bullshitters like Reynolds, Black, Longworth, Robinson, Spake, Charters........... At some stage, Greenhow and Collister (Head of HR) need to be held accountable for the serial failings in this area.
    6 points
  5. London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Belfast. if those few were done well, then it is pretty easy to get to any other point.
    5 points
  6. Big problem over here is that the state employs too high a proportion of the working age population
    4 points
  7. Just watched a video showing a couple of young Ukrainian refugee kids going to their first day of school in Italy. Waited at the double doors before they were opened to let them in. The whole school waiting for them to applaud and cheer them and make them welcome. Two I guess designated pupils taking them to there class. Easily over 100 hundred kids and teachers . Heart warming and then we have the morons over here shouting there views that we cant take any. Mans inhumanity to man ! No surprise really after what happened in the war that the Poles are so outreaching with help. Thankfully our schools will be like this I'm sure.
    4 points
  8. They are reaping what their appointments sowed, not only in this, but in lots of other areas ! Recruitment is vital and we seem spectacularly bad at it !
    4 points
  9. https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/enterprise-and-doi-working-together-to-deal-with-airport-issues/ What is disappointing but generic of many government employees, is the immediate unwillingness to accept any complaints against their departments, especially when complaints are justified.
    4 points
  10. Another 20pages of moaning ratepayers. Just deal with it. It’s happening. Stop buying shit from china, and Amazon. Buy local, go to the shops before they become extinct, stop buying food online and recycle. and guess what you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
    4 points
  11. The new peel holdings cannabis research institute is also going to have zero cost to the tax payer......
    4 points
  12. Perhaps I am alone in thinking it folly that we are using taxpayers money to subsidise/underwrite a London route ( I appreciate to differing airports, but London nevertheless ) when we (the taxpayers) are competing with a lo- cost airline hoovering up a lot of casual London traffic. It seems nonsensical to me to allow Easy to fly the London Route when we are subsidising others who (destination accepted) are in direct competition for bums on seats. To me this is where open skies is a nonsense, clearly traffic volume can't support two operators to the same area, if it could there would be no need for underwriting . Maybe I just have more respect for taxpayers cash !
    4 points
  13. Tbh, if they are functioning, have all services, fully cleaned and no health risks like damp and mould, then why not? If they have been inhabited up to now, why would they not be habitable as temporary accommodation for a little longer? Would you prefer any refugees to be housed in tents?
    3 points
  14. What I think is its about trying to balance the books as they would seem to be top heavy with management etc like all public funded outfits over here.
    3 points
  15. The number of Indian billionaires grew from 102 to 142, while 84 per cent of households in the country suffered a decline in their income in 2021. Yet they can't or won't look after their own people
    3 points
  16. Maybe @Amadeus is setting an example by making Summer Hill the first of the new "closed roads" play zones. Did you see a load of smiling, fresh-faced youngsters out playing cricket and marbles in the street?
    3 points
  17. I agree wholeheartedly , but any organisation is only as good as its leader and we've had some terrible floggers leading the troops !
    3 points
  18. Yes, I saw all of that too, and not a soul doing any work..............
    3 points
  19. Just you then... 😉
    3 points
  20. It’s tagged to your vaccine passport.
    3 points
  21. It's to demonstrate their "diverse and accepting culture" by showing that incompetent bullies can rise to the top, whatever their gender.
    3 points
  22. I’m not sure why anybody would be worried about this. These people are fleeing the risk of instant death.
    3 points
  23. Pre-coronavirus estimates indicate that between 100 and 400 veterans sleep rough every year and a further 3,000 to 4,000 face homelessness. Those were the figures from 2021
    2 points
  24. Yes & you’re one of them
    2 points
  25. Watched a road mending gang today patching potholes. there was a medium sized truck with a hydraulic grab, a trailed compressor and two operatives, (that I could see). The numerous potholes had only been filled a couple of months ago but only lasted a few weeks. One guy was trying to dig the pothole with the grab while his mate watched. The grab was bigger than the hole and was a loading grab not a digger bucket. The job could have been done quicker and easier with either a pick or a pneumatic drill and a shovel. So was this lack of skill, lack of training, wrong equipment, laziness, wrong training, inadequate leadership, lack of supervision, lack of inspection procedures, what. What is wrong with the system or methodology?
    2 points
  26. The Peter Principle definitely applies in lots of those cases.
    2 points
  27. It's clear what Putin's objective has been all along. The clearance either by emigration and/or the mass killing of residents using carpet bombing of strategic areas like the Black Sea Ports and the enlargement of the eastern provinces is simply to gain territory, nothing more. He's not bothered who lives or dies, women & children are as valid a target as any resistance fighter.
    2 points
  28. as correct as this is in giving support/homes to refugees and money to those housing them. Imagine if you have been homeless and on the streets of Britain for the last year and see this. Ex soldiers living on the streets of UK. What a kick in the teeth to them
    2 points
  29. I know but it’s just sad that every dick head in the IOM feels compelled to ring in and say things like “I feel really sorry for these people. But I’ve been waiting for an ingrowing toenail operation for 2 years so they shouldn’t come here as they’ll take all the services may taxes are paying for”
    2 points
  30. Some genuine and respectable people actually observe the laws and are not bone idle lazy.
    2 points
  31. surely that was the case before ukraine came into the picture ???
    2 points
  32. Harsher prisons have worse recidivism rates, not better.
    2 points
  33. Is there any news on the £50k(?) a year to push seaweed around on the Douglas beaches? All that diesel being pointlessly burned so the seaweed can wash up again on the next tide, have we nobody concerned about emissions on DBC 😉 ? And no doubt the contract price will have to be renegotiated up in April when the "contractor" is obliged to start using white diesel?
    2 points
  34. Well it’s a waste of time worrying about the bins, just let them do what they want and when it all falls pear shaped and rubbish and fly tipping becomes a problem on the streets of Douglas. It is only them that has to pick it up and hold their hands up that they are to blame. But I’m hoping no more tax payers money is going into the beach buddies pot . They do a great job for the environment on beaches and countryside. But I begrudge paying more for Douglas Corporations cock ups. Douglas is filthy already without adding to it.
    2 points
  35. Based on this thread, I think you should start demanding two a day with massive subsidies, and denouncing the Open Seas policy as a failure.
    2 points
  36. That's the impression that I got as well, including from reading the judgment from his appeal. All his actions are justified simply because they are his. Everything he says is true because he says it. Everyone else must be lying because they're not him. Society only exists to serve his ends. The universe is obliged to adjust itself to his whims. He's hardly alone in these sorts of delusion of course.
    2 points
  37. Because everyone is fckn lazy and expect everything done for them at no cost to them financially or time wise.
    2 points
  38. My recollection is that when Manx Airlines was sold, the IOM-Heathrow route disappeared rather quickly - because, as people who knew about this stuff pointed out, the Heathrow slots are worth an awful lot of money and using the slot for an IoM route was not financially sensible.
    2 points
  39. The region with which CI has its natural connection, catchment area and hinterland, is the south coast, south east. Ours is Northwest. How many ferry routes do we have to Portsmouth? Or the CI to Liverpool? How many flights a day do the CI have to Liverpool or Manchester?
    2 points
  40. I couldnt take any in my flat , for lots of reasons sadly , but having lived weekly on £112 a week incapacity but now get my pension I willingly dig deep to help with costs for a home taking in some Ukrainians . Small price to pay as they have had there homes destroyed and had to escape to save their kids. Also I've been blown away by there passion and determination to fight and die for there country if needs be. Such impressive and brave people. There defiance shown by teens and older has had me in tears many times these last weeks.💙💛🇺🇦
    2 points
  41. Don't worry, OFT will be all over this.
    2 points
  42. This is getting very strange indeed! Like the gas issue, there doesn't appear to be a shortage of either, the price is being forced upwards due to market speculation rather than anything else. There is no increase in the costs of the actual supply, the servicing of we, the customer, the costs of infrastructure etc. Yet there is obscene profiteering by the likes of Manx Gas, and fuel wholesalers, the government, in increased taxation due to higher pricing. This is how we are being forced to pay for Covid and all of the waste connected with it!
    2 points
  43. If you wait long enough, Moscow may be coming to you...
    2 points
  44. There’s some real despicable stuff like that on social media on the Ukrainian refugees. There’s some proper bell-ends on IOM News and Politics who have posted similar views. At the end of the day these people didn’t ask for there homes to be bombed out of existence and their lives put at risk. We should be opening up to them as much as we can. It’s what we’d expect people to do for us if we were in the same situation.
    2 points
  45. A crack team arriving from the DOI would strike fear into the heart of any first world country.
    2 points
  46. I presumed MTP was referring to the state of beautiful downtown Douglas and 'Villiers Square' and the Prom in particular, comparing them unfavourably to a bombed Ukrainian city. Obviously if Putin had really wanted to reduce the country to rubble he shouldn't have bother with tanks and artillery - just sent in the DoI.
    2 points
  47. No I don’t nor am I implying that. What I am saying is we seem to have double standards. Lord Street isn’t good enough for island people who qualify and are social housing tenants. It’s more or less condemned or termed not fit for purpose or ‘not up to standards’. DBC have built all singing and all dancing new housing a few hundred metres up the road, the Lord Street tenants have nice new apartments, whilst we would expect others (if even for a short period of time) to be rehoused there. I’d be surprised if the flats didn’t suffer from damp or mould issues (after all the work carried out in Willaston, they still have the same issues).
    1 point
  48. Passive aggressive veiled threat from Ms Cox: We ask that you work with us to maintain supply to the Isle of Man during these unique market conditions.
    1 point
  49. As we all know it's nothing to do with the environment it all about saving money (helps keep the free bar going!)
    1 point
  50. That's a little gem isn't it? For context the FoI request was: Though according to the reply: The Department of Infrastructure cannot find any reference to the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway reports by the Minister in the 8th February 2022 House of Keys sitting. Further to this, there were no reports written by the Railway Inspectorate that were provided to the Department. The Railway Inspectorate did provide some email correspondence to the Department in relation to the point work, provided in Appendix 1. Of course the fact that they'd only thought to contact the Railway Inspectorate four years into a project involving a transport system with rails is fairly telling. As is the surprisingly restrained reply from the RI explaining obvious, commonsense reasons why you can't have wide grooves in the middle of a road.
    1 point
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