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  1. As if on cue, a whole video by Charles Guard of interesting sites to ponder, well done to him for being so honest and wake up DTC and IoMG...
    15 points
  2. Don’t worry with Liverpool Sea Terminal costing in excess of £70m you would think this would have all the latest in passenger comforts, and facilities needed. Sadly the right facilities weren’t spent at the airport, at the detriment of the islands reputation. As the person being interviewed for IOMTV commented, even Airports in Bulgaria have better facilities than IOM Airport. We like to think we are first world with a fantastic reputation but in realty we are third world, with crap facilities, crap management and crap politicos in charge, but we won’t admit it. Even if IOMG invest in a new weatherproofing system to allow landing, you can be guaranteed that the civil servants will screw it up - order the wrong system, pay over the odds for it or make a foreign currency purchase error.
    11 points
  3. Excellent film - should be required viewing for every MHK and Douglas councillor
    10 points
  4. Well done Charles Guard.
    8 points
  5. full marks to Charles for his honesty and attention to detail some of our so called leaders should be ashamed of themselves when you think under their watch ,many millions have been foolishly squandered , on pet schemes and nice to haves , whilst the real beauty and value of the island has been left to rot ,
    8 points
  6. If anything it's CSPS pensions that should be limited by the capacity of government to pay them, not the miserable state pension
    8 points
  7. Two pimped up CVs and a third world airfield.
    8 points
  8. This got good coverage on Gef but not elsewhere sadly and Chris Thomas has done some good work here like the way he also tried to get to grips with the issues associated with the government unified pension scheme. https://gef.im/2022/04/28/what-is-the-purpose-of-the-ni-fund/ During the debate Thomas actually said: ‘Does the Treasury Minister agree with me that the messages are getting a bit mixed because seven years ago we were told that the Fund was running out and now we are told it can be used, to hundreds of millions of pounds’ extent, to support current fluctuations in the economy?’ To which Ashford flustered a reply. There has still been no clear actuarial review published (that the public can see) in the last 5 years and my personal view and belief is this. That they have now set a very dangerous precedent with the Covid schemes (where we basically paid to bail ourselves out from our own NI payments) and before the next general election Ashford will likely be our very own ‘Captain Bob’ who will happily raid the fall back pension fund of many thousands of Manx workers so that he can keep on meeting the spending aspirations of Cabinet Office and the rest of IOM Government. This will be dressed up as ‘unprecedented’ too.
    7 points
  9. How about Malcolm Couch - 26 year's experience in finance and tax, given the job of running a health service (not to mention his predecessor) . Nick Black, who ( in my experience) had difficulty composing an email, and is now driving buses. Ian Longworth - need I say more. These people are not the problem. The problem is the people who gave them the job - and they are still doing the same kind of thing.
    7 points
  10. This is where casual ZHC comes back to bite them on the arse. If you want people obliged to come in and work regular hours, you have to contract and pay them properly to do it. ZHC works both ways. The employer can conveniently feck people off if they're "not needed". But the flip side is that the employee can do the same thing.
    7 points
  11. I'm not sure we could upgrade the landing minima to cope with all fog conditions, but with certainty, getting rid of the gantry made the limits worse ! Again if you put people in charge who know sweet Fenella Adams about the operational requirements of aviation, then don't be surprised that those items were a long way down the wish list ! I hope the new director has oodles of common sense if so they just might be able to improve all matters relating to getting bums on aircraft seats !
    7 points
  12. Truly shocking, all capital projects should be frozen and properly assessed by someone with project management skills before allowing the DOI to spent another £1. Changing leadership will not stop the ego driven projects that DOI dream up.
    6 points
  13. Great film from Charles Guard. I've not been back to the island for over ten years and didn't quite realise how bad* things were. There's no point in spending £70 million (if that's all it ends up as!) in Liverpool and another £70 mill or whatever on a new ferry as no-one will want to go there. (Well they might go once but they won't go again!) 500,000 visitors a year is pie in the sky wishful thinking. I live only 20 miles from a fairly run-down seaside "resort" town. I've been there a couple of times in the last two weeks for a pre-op assessment and a hernia repair at the local hospital. It looks 100 times better than Douglas and even had a noticeable number of holiday-makers at this time of year. *eg on the prom walkway they used to have those repeating octagonal(?) red or pink patterns inset into the tarmac surface. Now they seem to have been half dug-up, and the dug-up bit replaced with fresh black tarmac with no attempt to reinstate the pattern? I accept it was no great piece of design or artwork, but I remember it as a distinctive part of the prom. Absolutely hopeless...
    5 points
  14. Zero hour workers shouldn't be driving public service buses anyway. If I get on a bus full of people I expect a fully trained, accredited and contracted driver, not somebody who's just come off his other shift on the overnight sailing from Heysham.
    5 points
  15. What is really upsetting is that, as pointed out in the film, this is a failure of successive governments and councils. It's as though they are so puffed up with their own importance that they become blind to sh@thole that we are living in. Is it a lack of ambition or aspiration, and is it a political issue or just once again down to the 'permanent' public servants in the corridors of power? If we can see it, then why can't those, who can actually do something about it? It's a sad reflection on the capabilities of those we elect and the CS in particular! We've seen it for years and it has fallen on deaf ears!
    4 points
  16. Simple solution here - Get rid of 50% of the Mercedes fleet and 80% of the management and bingo you have a happy bus service again.
    4 points
  17. we will never go for qualified locals when we can have unqualified foreigners .
    4 points
  18. I think you've answered your own questions there to a certain extent Phillip. Firstly, politicians themselves have assured us that the Fund is sacred, protected, ring-fenced, including by postings on these boards. The public are therefore led to believe that this is the case and that the Fund is not and should not be used for other purpose. Secondly, there is the perception that any such drawdowns from the Fund are not being done in the name of the "general good" as such, but rather as a way of funding fiscal mismanagement, both present and past and let's be honest about this, no matter how you tart it up, it's happened and is happening. So it's therefore an issue of communication and fiscal responsibility. Both need to be demonstrated more convincingly before this will be accepted by the public.
    4 points
  19. Unfortunately, we can’t manage the weather in the Irish Sea but we could have made things better for poor visibility operations. Retention of some Approach Lighting allied to Runway Visual Range (RVR) equipment would almost certainly improve landing success rates. Indeed, had we gone with an Arrestor Bed solution for the RESA at 26 end back in circa 2000 we could have retained the lighting gantry. It’s all history now and urgently needs an operationally and commercially astute new Director to get the airport back to operating more effectively for the Island.
    4 points
  20. Tom Corlett you're thinking of. Ex fighter pilot too I think (?). Airport Director in the 1970s when there were far more daily flights in the summer months.
    3 points
  21. Too frequent you mean. Especially when the buses are near empty most of the time
    3 points
  22. Sorry I’m not buying in to that argument on the separation being unclear. It is clear and I presume Thomas asked the question because you have to go back to 2014 to find any actuarial projections for what they themselves designate as a national insurance ‘fund’. The actuarial report is summarized here: https://www.gov.im/news/2014/may/09/actuarys-projections-show-ni-fund-empty-in-40-years/ Which states that the Island’s National Insurance Fund is heading for exhaustion sooner than previously projected. The report shows the Fund peaking around 2036/37 then declining steeply to run out completely by 2054/55 – some five years earlier than indicated in the last GAD review based on the period 2002 to 2007. It goes on to say that unless the NI system is changed, spending on the Retirement Pension is projected to increase by more than 500% over the next four decades, rising from £55 million in 2011 to £297 million by 2051. However in relation to the ‘fund’ despite already knowing its going to fall short and payment on pensions is going to rise by 500% over the next 40 year since 2014 we have actually dipped into the fund to the tune of a couple of hundred million to fund the Covid response. And are happily handing out NI holidays to pretty much anyone who wants to move here. Since this date too they have nit published any further actuarial reports in relation to the ‘fund’ making it impossible for anyone to see what the impact of this spending will have on future promises made to us. Ashford has now set a precedent for ‘unprecedented events’ spending and I’d be fairly confident that before this current Tynwald is out in 2026 the fund will be raided again for more unprecedented reasons. I honestly can’t imagine a single situation where many workers and taxpayers would support the stealing of their own pensions to keep other areas of government afloat either.
    3 points
  23. We returned to the island from Gatwick yesterday on the earlier flight, fortunately no problems. Gatwick is a horrible airport with hardly any seating as it is designed for queuing, queue to check in and queue for security. Security is quite painless now, and once you are in departures it is better provided for seating. On Ronaldsway, no issue with security on the way out and no delays on baggage collection on the return. Clearly, the system needs upgrading to allow flights in poor visibility as that is a frequent occurrence. Perhaps Jezza's new consultancy can assist?
    3 points
  24. It’s being used in the USA in airports, and is said to work and cut out a lot of time. I have no objection to the purchase of new technologies etc. if money is spent wisely. Unfortunately money isn’t spent wisely or in the taxpayers best interest.
    3 points
  25. The Isle of Man. 'Where You Can', or 'Freedom to F**k Up' - take your pick.
    3 points
  26. They are all symptoms of neglect and an inability to manage. That includes the social aspects you mention.
    2 points
  27. I know what you mean, but thinking back to the late 70s and early 80s, wasn't Ronaldsway run by a local then? And didn't he* do a pretty good job? I doubt he had much experience of running an airport anywhere else outside the island. As I said in another thread, I worked in the civil service for a couple of years after graduating and many of the senior govt. officers of that time seemed to me to be skilled and competent Manx people. I can't believe there aren't still first rate Manx people who'd be miles better than unknown people from the UK. If I was involved in recruiting to senior posts on the IoM I think I'd have very searching questions for anybody from the UK who thought they were any good as to why they would want to work in a backwater (sorry!) like the Isle of Man. Surely it's a death knell for any promising public sector career? I'm sure many non-Manx people have perfectly valid reasons for wanting to build a civil service career on the Isle of Man - but I'm equally certain that not all will. The time to identify the "wrong" people is before you employ them... *I might be completely mistaken, but wasn't the man who ran Ronaldsway at that time the father of the present first deemster, and presumably Manx - or have I got that completely wrong? I was using the airport a lot around that time and it all seemed OK and pretty efficiently run to me.
    2 points
  28. Its a pity Charles disabled the comments on this ,The Marine Drive railings and others could be painted now and again and are worth saving.The railings that are only 20 years old are typical of materials specified, that are not fitfor purpose ,common then and now, ive seen (across) the same problems,facing bricks as steps, oh dear,outdoor fences,decks never maintained.Near Arbroath harbour there are the same railings circa 15 years old, as The blue Douglas ones,they too are rotten/ broken, Along from them , stainless, hollow 30mm dia tubes round the harbour were all bent in a few weeks , (saw that coming) Soft red sandstone in busy public walkways, is too soft. A bit of maintenance a goes a long way.
    2 points
  29. Well quite, perhaps the due diligence wasn't great for either appointment.
    2 points
  30. annies track record should never have seen her employed either unless you wanted to end up with a failure, oh, we did.
    2 points
  31. The whole bus vannin shitshow needs an overhaul. Is there any need for the number of buses out and about. 3 every hour to Onchan, same with Willaston, Pulrose, Anagh Coar and Ramsey If this was a private business it would be run a lot more efficiently than it is now
    2 points
  32. This place is adding nicely to the air of general dereliction and terminal decline.
    2 points
  33. It's failure of the employment structures put in place by current management. They relied so heavily on casual staff who now have better things to do. So the blame lies soley at the feet of senior management. I tried using the bus a couple of times last week when I had business in town but as the service is now so unpredictable and unreliable I'll drive in and pay the extortionate DBC parking charges
    2 points
  34. Interesting observations PD. Our old age pensions are feeble compared to the rest of Europe. At about 12k pa barely enough to live on. Maybe, if the fund is to be used up early consideration should be give to increasing it for current pensioners.
    2 points
  35. If there's any surplus at all in the NI Fund it must be used to pay living pensions, not 'judiciously' balance the Cannan CoMin budget
    2 points
  36. Radar does not do anything for approach and landing in low or zero visibility. It requires a completely separate system, at the airport. The aircraft, the operator and the Flight crew need to be approved. The flight crew also need to be current. The system being CATT III, CAT IIIA. I am sure. Our flight crew members can expand further if this is economically viable for IOM.
    2 points
  37. That story possibly underlines a need for someone who is possibly subject to eviction to have someone on his side appointed by DBC at their cost, to help him understand what was going on and represent his best interests. A guardian ad litem type person.
    2 points
  38. I would guess that Thomas knows the sort of people he’s dealing with as he did a lot of work on the GUS scheme which by merging similarly raided the pension pots of key workers to pool funds which could then be used pay out huge sums to those who were retiring from very senior admin positions who had basically paid in next to nothing.
    2 points
  39. What exactly did we get for the one hundred million squandered down there?
    2 points
  40. i'm sure they could and probably will........................
    2 points
  41. Tom Corlett was a brilliant airport commandant as they were known then as , had a real love for the job and knew all about flying and looking after customers , his son became the AG , lived in the big bungalow with purple tiled roof Ballasalla , Even Phil Payne who came much later had a feeling for the place and oversaw the new passenger lounges opened by Nigel Mansell , he also did much to promote the private flying side and literally hundreds of flights from all over Europe and beyond , came here for the TT and really boosted the local economy from what I am led to believe we don't want private aircraft now for TT there only a bloody nuisance , what a shame !
    1 point
  42. Apologies for the highly abridged and totally out of context quote, but I just wanted to say that this is now my new favourite insult.
    1 point
  43. A first aid badge?
    1 point
  44. and this is where zero hours contracts bite the employer in the arse
    1 point
  45. I think I’ll compile an album of dereliction!
    1 point
  46. That is the first time you have expressed the view that a female MP might be treated more harshly. Strangely it came after my own post saying that is exactly what would happen. The only other views you have expressed are; 1. That some women also like porn 2. Ermm... that's pretty much it. You are still a tory apologist.
    1 point
  47. Two things: If I had to sit and listen to some of that drivel for hours on end, too right I'd be surfing. But it would mostly be work related, messages, checking the news etc. I think it would make me a better and more effective MHK than listening to Moorhouse or Wannenburgh et al trying to justify their presence. I'm sure that all MHKs would have to sign for their Government laptop and only have the use of it. All communications and use would be monitored. Nothing is free...
    1 point
  48. I wonder how many of the outraged on here access the internet during their work hours...
    1 point
  49. Gatwick have been trialling a new scanner where all goes through in the bag without separation. It was much better than the normal lines. We can all moan on here when the gov spank millions on them.
    1 point
  50. Excuse me, they're "mud-flats"; an important environmental area full of biodiversity. Including a few species peculiar to Ramsey like vociferous small boat owners who didn't fancy paying berthing fees in a marina....
    1 point
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