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  1. @Stu Peters one thing that would make a difference is perhaps taking forward a private members bill for enactment of an offence of misconduct in a public office. It’s absence on statute is very telling. The response that the bill would get would also be indicative of where the house stands on ethics and the principles of accountability. jist a thought.
    6 points
  2. And why would we 'pile on' to an MHK when we get the chance? Because we are pissed off. So much of what the government does is shit. Douglas prom, the airport, the liverpool ferry terminal, the purchase of spc, mental health provision, the state of the hospital, the state of our roads and on and on and on. Using the money we work hard for, 7 days a week. A government that hinders more then facilitates, unless you are in one of the cliques. And what do we get from our elected representatives? Very little. No accountability, no responsibility, chief ministers and holiday homes and on and on and on. Candidates who say one thing on your doorstep and then vote the other way. Secret briefings and done deals. A civil service which seems, to those of us who aren't in it, out of control. Snouts in troughs. Mount Murray, the Nunnery, and all the things we forget. If we had a collective memory, I don't think any of us would ever vote again. Maybe that's what forums like this are giving us.
    5 points
  3. 5 points
  4. My only question is how much is this going to cost the GMT when it inevitably goes tits up?
    5 points
  5. Just think , if Daphne hadn't tweeted she could have answered one E Mail !
    5 points
  6. Yes, I absolutely believe that those who created these problems and/or allowed things to go so disastrously wrong in Liverpool, on Douglas Promenade, NSC flumes, Richmond Hill etc. should be identified and held accountable. Problem is, we'll never get a penny back (I don't think politicians or civil servants can be held liable financially) and the likely perpetrators are either long gone or dug in to deep and bombproof silos. The ultimate scalp will be the Minister, who may not have even been an MHK when these blunders were made - does that serve any purpose? So is it worth spending millions on forensic investigations by independent bodies? I'm all for it, except it might prove as useful as flogging a dead horse. I expect Tynwald standing/select committees will be looking at most if not all of these issues, but will anyone have any faith in their impartiality? For the avoidance of doubt I don't think Tynwald should ever sweep things under the carpet, and the mantra 'mistakes were made, lessons were learned moving forward' simply isn't good enough. But I'm genuinely conflicted on the idea of an expensive series of witchhunts with nobody to burn after all the alibis have surfaced. We need an Auditor General outside of political interference with wide-ranging powers and the budget to investigate.
    5 points
  7. Power cut you sensationalist idiot
    4 points
  8. Because there’s generally no party or philosophical positioning apart from government is too big or is shit (TM fat bloke back benchers), ‘politics’ is reduced to operational blaming because there’s an inability to hold or identify yourself as having a different ideological position from the electoral dogwhistling most manifestos contain. Result is the civil/public service provides a self-centered continuum (give US more money for this or that) which Ministers and CoMin try and wade through every administration whilst being blamed for operational / implementation matters rather than political decision to do or not do X or Y.
    4 points
  9. Longworths delivery service will pick up the food on the inland side, left at the Sefton, up Crellins Hill, Albion Terr, down Broadway to get on the seaward side to make the delivery!!! Easy.
    4 points
  10. You've certainly got the seagull vote
    4 points
  11. That's what I alluded to in my post. Still don't think it's a bad thing. I get the angst taking away parking spaces has but I'd much rather have a more pleasant prom space than lots of parking spaces.
    4 points
  12. Personally support it. Given the issues businesses have had to put up with on the prom every effort should be made to help them. Yup, you will lose parking spaces, and probably more should then other businesses apply. However it could certainly turn the prom itself into a nicer space (if they do other small changes to accommodate it).
    4 points
  13. Whats more important, lots of people enjoying the outdoor area or some 2 lazy asses have to park a couple of 100m further and walk
    4 points
  14. There's no grand collusion of scouse gangsters. It's just another example of piss poor procurement and project management by IOMG. We, the GMP, have seen our arse yet again due to it. But nobody will be held responsible, be fired or even get a strongly worded email.
    3 points
  15. Or maybe, just maybe, we are governed by imbeciles...
    3 points
  16. Fair comments, but haven't we all said things in haste and repented? I know I have, not usually because of what I've said but the way I've said it, often clumsily or open to wilful misinterpretation. I suspect that mistakes were made, lessons learned moving forward...
    3 points
  17. And I'd say you were jealous, smug and a bit of a bully hiding behind a safe pseudonym. But as I don't know anything about you (except that you seem to enjoy provocation) I'll simply say that the VW Beetle wasn't a bad car because of some of the people behind it.
    3 points
  18. But do they do that currently? I can't really think of anyone being held accountable for pretty much anything. I will bow to your superior knowledge of Manx politics however if you can point out some examples.
    3 points
  19. Could do. Nicer places to eat/drink, potentially more customers come to the prom area. Hence restaurant/bar/hotel gets busier, hence employs more staff.
    3 points
  20. I once booked a ticket and got on a flight to the wrong San Jose. Was in LA and supposed to go to Costa Rica. Ended up in San Jose in Northern California. A five hour flight took one hour. That was embarrassing....
    3 points
  21. I accept your points, but if nobody tries to stop the rot then we'll be having the same debate in 5,10,20 years with many more millions having gone to waste. This is an incredibly serious issue, and surely as a serving MHK who seems to aknowledge there are huge problems you should be looking to do something about it. I would have thought that every one in the house should have the desire to make change, so go and shake it up, make some noise and let us know what you are going to try and do about it. We will soon know who has retained their pre election morals and who have their snouts firmly in the trough. I genuinely apreciate you being one of the few on here and I'm forever hopeful that one day somebody will do whats right for the IOM.
    3 points
  22. It could also be that the MUA considered that MG/Ancala were such a credit risk that MUA was protecting their own and the public finances by not allowing MG to buy forward. Meaning that if a statutory Govt body considers MG to be such a dodgy proposition in that respect then it doesn't say much for MG's reputation and/or finances?
    3 points
  23. Errrm, won't every business on the prom, and potentially elsewhere, fancy a couple of the spaces outside their premises if they get it?
    3 points
  24. You all get nearly £70K. She had 35 emails between Saturday and Sunday. I get more than that in an hour. I don't go venting about it on social media. I'm also not paid anywhere near what she gets. I'd say you're the least qualified (given comments on here, Twitter and some of the stuff you put out) to make a comment on how social media should be used. Also this notion they should leave her alone for complaining about a few emails, you're all supposed to be media trained. You said before her tweet was unwise (which would be comparable to your mate Putin saying he thinks human rights have been breached somewhere) yet people shouldn't be 'unkind' about it.
    3 points
  25. 3 points
  26. I think the fundamental problem is that too many members of Tynwald think of themselves as our rulers, when they should see themselves as our representatives. I believe that the job of a Government Minister is to use the authority invested in them by the people of Mann to oversee the operations of the Government. I believe that too many of them see their role as being their departmental representative to the public. In normal parliaments, it is common for members of the parliament to spend significant chunks of time serving first as a legislator before taking on roles in the executive - whereas here in the Isle of Man, it is normal for rookie members of the House of Keys and Tynwald to take on executive roles very early in their term. I suspect that this is a key factor in building a wrongful mindset that too many members of Tynwald have.
    3 points
  27. All because a HNWI has bought Derby House and the police station and lots of adjoining property and is spending millions creating restaurants, wine bars and holiday accommodation with a central check in and admin office. Its nothing to do with the Commissioners.
    2 points
  28. Are the MUA not just using their monopoly position to fleece MG and by association us?
    2 points
  29. The Quay is much wider with far less traffic, what works there would not be sensible on the main thoroughfare through Douglas. It's just someone wondering how they can jump on this particular bandwagon. It has been good publicity for RIOS, I'd never heard of it! It's a silly idea! If we wanted to make more of Al Fresco dining down on the sea side of the prom, a Food Market served from catering vans to a shared seating area might do it? Weather permitting. Of course, that would not suit the existing food businesses in Strand St and beyond, maybe they would put a Van down there? Then there is the pedestrian use, the diesel generators, the mess, the smell etc etc......
    2 points
  30. https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/airport-very-close-to-having-new-director/ Let's hope, just for once, that they are going to appoint someone who actually knows something about airports! Or, is that asking too much?
    2 points
  31. Ancala are nothing short of shysters. All MG are concerned about is remitting the management fees to their masters in USA (or wherever) each and every month, regardless of what is or isn't happening here.
    2 points
  32. If it had gone tits up and Government had been on the hook for MG’s hedge and/or forward purchase and had entered the deal knowing they didn’t have enough information about MGs own financial state or the deal itself, just imagine the shit storm…
    2 points
  33. Was the same issue not raised when Tynwald was asked to approve the regulations? Lack of data provided by Manx gas, but if you don't approve it today then the world might end.
    2 points
  34. Good idea, the fewer parked cars on the Prom the better. It's crazy people are allowed to abandon these things so they can nip to the shops irrespective of the aesthetic impact on this important part of town.
    2 points
  35. I recall Edmund Southworth showing me some figures a few years back. We actually had fewer visitors than Jura.
    2 points
  36. Sit in the road and have buses, wagons, Kevin and Sharon passing in their 500 quid cars with 5 grand stereos? Nope. It's Douglas, not Capri. A much better idea would be to put a lid on Strand street and have that area as a covered area with cafes spreading out in the evenings.
    2 points
  37. Everyone in Douglas has received their Rates demand this week , went into town hall today and you can only pay the bill between 11am and 2-30pm except Friday when they close earlier , what sort of service is this , and what are the staff doing when there not at the counters in the payment area , its a disgrace and time some of the councillors realised they were there to provide a service for the ratepayers ,
    2 points
  38. I bet half of the numbers given arriving are people returning from hospital appointments. When I was a nipper there was hundreds if not thousands coming here this time of year for all different types of sports. That got stopped for whatever reason. Too bring that many people they are talking about would be 10,000 people a week or 20,000 per week over 6 months. Is there enough transportation for that ?There is nothing for people to do and the island is so tired looking. Going of Douglas prom the time it’s finished they will be digging it up again. Anyone else sick of hearing I have a dream ( in the next five years) and when the five years are up and nothing is done, there little leaflets come out vote for me. It’s a total joke.
    2 points
  39. Or we could have had had a park and ride scheme in Douglas served by a modern tramway and no parking on the promenade.
    2 points
  40. You do comprehend the notion that people can both want to heat their homes and not live in abject misery with fuck all social life because the gas bill has left them utterly broke? You're one step away from wanking on about people not being poor because they have FLAT SCREEN TELEVISIONS and SMARTPHONES. Give over.
    2 points
  41. its a great shame the promenade scheme has led to the loss of so many on street parking places ,which are having an adverse effect on the retail sector , to take even more spaces is a ridiculous idea , and in my opinion totally wrong on part of a very busy highway
    2 points
  42. With no dilutions and no exemptions.
    2 points
  43. If they want a couple of parking spaces, let them be granted their request, on the proviso that say, an estate agent values the spaces, and knowing the IOM property price and land values, it will cost the applicants a sum, they couldn’t afford.
    2 points
  44. I would commission a study of the nature and size of government needed on the Isle of Man. Maybe call it Scope of Government? Then I would ask an eminent constitutional expert to come and make some recommendations about how to improve Government and democracy here. That might be a start 🙄
    2 points
  45. Putting it in was clearly a waste of time...it needs a Roundel!!
    2 points
  46. Sorry but I have no sympathy for her, yes, every member of government , deserve free time. Has she thought of the poor people who are working at the hospital (some of them on minimum wages or slightly higher) receiving texts and email all day every day wether they are in work of off duty due to staff shortages. They are the people who really deserve their free time!
    2 points
  47. Ancala are without doubt shysters but I’m sure as a large PE funded infrastructure business they must operate brokerage accounts which allow them to place forward priced contracts for gas and other commodities elsewhere. So it would be interesting to know why the MUA would not place trades on behalf of Manx Gas for gas to be delivered to the IOM on behalf of an Ancala Subsidiary.
    1 point
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