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  1. There was a real problem with so much of what he said. Either he was just plain stupid or someone was feeding him rubbish that made him look stupid. 1. We cannot get machines that take English and manx pounds. This is totally untrue. 2. it would cost 250 k to replace barriers at airport car park. Totally untrue 3. there were no cancellations of bus journeys during the TT. Totally untrue. The sources of these untruths need to be traced and if the CS were feeding false information then severe action should be taken against the individuals concerned. If that is not the case then the population can vote accordingly at the next election.
    9 points
  2. Morning Stu, Indeed I agree, if the CS have lied or been selective in the information requested then there absolutely should be a remedy, but this has been going on probably since 979, and over a millennium later there still isn't a remedy for these failures! I am not (and I suspect this applies to most posters on MF) suggesting that every Tynwald question should be checked and double checked, but with specific reference to Bus Vannin which has an unacceptable history of misinformation, the answers from Longworth et al should be treated with a degree of caution. Even more so as this was Tim Crookall's second spell overseeing BV! Crookall has nearly 20yrs experience as an elected member for Peel. Importantly, he specifically requested the ministerial post of DoI, and stated in his manifesto that that department needed a shake-up, indicating that the public were being misinformed. You can't possibly deny that he should have taken these obvious lies at face value before presenting them to Tynwald and the public, and he should have clarified the facts first? It was so obvious to everyone that the answer was total horseshit, it makes a complete mockery of our whole political process - as an elected member you should be embarrassed about the perception this gives the public! To reiterate, in his manifesto he stated that the DoI needed shaking up, he then requested to be minister of the DoI, then he ignores everything he said about the department 10 months ago (when seeking election), and let's Longworth tickle his tummy while feeding him with 'duff gen'! To make things even more ridiculous, he then asks to run the DfE and resigns within 2 months - the guy is a fuckin disgrace!!!!!
    7 points
  3. The reason why there are so many properties is because they need work doing on them some a lot some not so much it is practically impossible to get a mortgage on them. The only way the owners of these properties can sell them is if a builder or property developer is interested and have the cash without having to borrow, but they will have to sell them at a low price as the buyer in this scenario is buying to do up and resell for a profit which is fair enough. This however means a couple or single person who wants to buy to live in the property doing repairs and renewals as they go along don’t get a chance as they cannot get a mortgage, there are many people who are in this category who would love to do this, putting their own stamp on their home.
    6 points
  4. Ministers are not there to have operational involvement, but to provide policy direction. This is why having a CEO who is not operationally experienced is foolish. Too much at the top without the technical or operational experience to provide meaningful guidance or oversight. Too many bullshitters, pole climbers and accountants to effectively lead their functions. Chief Officers Group is not a club for chief administrators but a group of functional heads and leaders who can provide advice to CoMIN and take political decisions and transfer these to a strategic plan for implementation.
    5 points
  5. He shouldnt have been told lies . No CS should be lying to a MHK , MLC or to member of public even. But they do !!! All the time. Alf Cannan needs to get a grip on the whole culture and soon. To do so will mean MHK's and the likes are in with a chance of doing their job without ridicule.
    5 points
  6. how did you manage to jump the queue ?
    4 points
  7. To quote Boris, Hooper is just a human bollard.
    4 points
  8. The farmers will get grants not to ship . Same as they get grants not to grow. Not to raise livestock. Thanks Gawne you pratt, every thing that man put in place should be scrutinised and then torn out and trashed
    4 points
  9. to be fair, Hooper has started addressing the problem - keep this shit quiet or we won't talk to the media anymore. Joker.
    4 points
  10. They have a huge problem emerging with ash dieback, it seems to have been particularly devastating, in terms of speed and severity, on the island, and is a predominant roadside tree. Given that ash is not a 'strong' tree at the best of times, it wouldn't surprise me if someone gets hurt by a falling tree/branch in the not too distant future. The private sector in this, the tree surgeons, are as busy as they want to be and can charge what they want, to a degree. In addition, I know some tree surgeons across aren't climbing unhealthy ash now, and will only work off platforms because of the danger inherent in the weakness of this species when it's unhealthy, adding to the cost. Alongside this, DEFA have been almost criminally complacent and ineffective over dutch elm disease. I know someone who consulted them over a diseased tree, and was told that DEFA would deal with it. They didn't, the beetle was allowed to continue it's life-cycle, 18 months later the land owner was asked to take it down at their expense as DEFA didn't have the funds anymore. Another department with too few workers and too many arse sitters. But, in Barber, the ceo of that department has a perfectly malleable spokesperson.
    4 points
  11. Another thing that needs to be addressed in the Civil Service is the lack of respect for those with technical and operational experience and expertise. Often, this has been devalued in favour of more general, administrative experience and the belief that a qualification in accounting is a guarantee of suitability. As I was once told, an accountant is someone who understands the cost of everything and the value of nothing. Recent experience appears to demonstrate this. Without technical and operational experience of the area you are managing it is much more difficult to make reasoned decisions and check the accuracy of what you are being told. A CEO needs to be competent in his/her area of operation. Many are not.
    4 points
  12. I think at the moment, there are too many issues at the same time as opposed to 1 specific issue. Housing is a big issue which could be alleviated, but unfortunately it’s now becoming a bureaucratic state controlled talking shop, rather than getting on with redevelopment of the various brownfield sites especially around Douglas. It’s taken years to get the fmr Glenside Nursing Home back into use, and it will be hopefully finished next year. The old Park Road School site will still be derelict and used to park cars, and IOMG will argue the toss over the site, with competing departments fighting to stake their claim. What’s needed is brutal action, either it’s used for multi-tenure housing development or it’s a new school. Plans drawn, planning and building started quickly, rather than things taking 10 years plus. I agree with you regarding the college. It has improved. Some of the courses offered at University level I wouldn’t say is relevant to the islands needs - eg, History, and Arts degrees. Business, Finance and IT amongst subjects, would serve the island well, but the draw of going to University, and experiencing off island life helps young people immensely.
    4 points
  13. Unfortunately it has been essentially proven that such things need to happen; because CEOs (and others) have been provenly found to be untrustworthy. An inescapable fact. When they have been proven to be reliably honest then your ideal can be implemented. The only thing that can change this situation is a huge, democratically-driven change in PS culture. That has to come from elected members imposing a discipline that should surely be a basic tenet; but which appears to have fallen by the way. Those who are found to be be corrupt - yes corrupt - in public service need to be publicly addressed and emptied out. Accountability enforced. Examples made if necessary. It's the only way that we can get the governance of this Island back on track.
    4 points
  14. Congratulations to those that did try!
    3 points
  15. A few Local Authorities with this affliction too...
    3 points
  16. I thought, 'Bull Abroad', was referring to govt. edicts.
    3 points
  17. DEFA's Sustainable Food Programme has to be a catalyst for change. There's no point in ranching cattle for sale across if their transit has to be subsidised - farmers should concentrate on growing what food they can for local consumption & be subsidised to supplement our paltry tree cover on the land that they can't use for this. Grant assistance will be available for modern farming equipment, including it's transit to the island. Biggest issue appears to be importation of fertilizers - is it absolutely impossible to manufacture these on island?
    3 points
  18. Are you talking about Ryanair being punctual and reliable? Thats certainly not my experience and when you factor in other elements of their “customer experience” they would be the airline I would least want to use. Stansted is no great shakes either.
    3 points
  19. I cant speak for the rest of the Douglas ratepayers but i would rather have my bin emptied weekly than piss £20k up against the wall with this nonsence ! I didnt see it myself but did Douglas Borough Councill all hold hands and dance around the BeeGees statue ? and did they have to go across to do so ?
    3 points
  20. Well the lesson learnt here is if you live on the Isle of Man don’t get ill! Post Covid world not looking in good shape. Just because you give something a new name doesn’t mean it’s any different!
    3 points
  21. That presumed convention is not supported by the quoted part of the code which refers to a "particular official in a key position" and then goes on to make provision for alternative routes if it is the CEO who is the issue. That indicates, to me, that interaction by the minister with other key officials within the department is foreseen and is probably an expected part of the role. If the minister only listens to the CEO that carries the danger of selective information, just as we have seen.
    3 points
  22. Removing the CEO isn't what that says exactly though. "A satisfactory resolution" to such conflicts in the last government meant that the Minister was sacked on at least one occasion (Beecroft) and probably another (Thomas if he was clashing with Greenhow, which he probably was). But in the case of the DoI, it isn't the (acting) CEO who is the problem, but those underneath who are much more difficult to shift. And the convention seems to be that politicians have no control over them - indeed should not interact with them in any way. Hence Ashford refusing to even speak to Ranson. The Departmental CEO is a relatively new position, they're not really there to manage the Department (which is why there sometimes needs to be 'Operations Managers' and the like) but to manage the Minister. If the Department is failing so badly that even the politicians notice, the CEO can be sacrificed without actually needing to change things and failure can continue. You only have to look at all the Departments who lost their CEOs in the last government: DHSC, DEFA, DHA, DED, DESC. Black only lasted a month afterward the Election. Only Treasury and Cabinet Office survived the period. The job in the spending Departments seems to be one for a very well-paid scapegoat. Perhaps Crookall resigned because he wanted to change things at the Department for Giving Money to Your Mates and was told the civil service didn't want it.
    3 points
  23. What is they are actually shipping. Unused farm machinery bought with grants But can not sell it here because nobody actually is farming any more, how many are employed in the farming industry these days and I do not mean just to get planning permission for farmhand accommodation. You know the 4 bedroom 3 three bathroom cottage in a 1and1"2 acre plot. I apologise unreservedly to the small man doing his best to earn his living from the land and is struggling, I am also sorry you have been tainted by the likes of Quayle
    3 points
  24. Is there someone who will defend the taxpayers from the DOI ?
    3 points
  25. Ashford only listens to one person, the voices in his head Oh your doing great David. Winston would of been proud of you. It is a shame you were not able to share your wisdom and foresight with him. He would of been PM longer. Sorry not a fan
    3 points
  26. Tim but two, on the NPM, asking for government handouts to the farmers as regards to freight and shipping costs, which is described as a major issue- I know it’s a bummer, but it’s affecting everyone and if one sector is helped so should all, which includes SPCo passengers, cars and vans. Minister Clare says the issue is being looked at, which probably means that farmers will get special assistance whilst SPCo ordinary customers will end up footing the bill with higher fares.
    3 points
  27. Would probably listen to posters on here before Ashford...
    3 points
  28. As stated in a lot of posts above it is the accountability, sorry lack of it. You fuck up ,ahh so what. Even worse you do it on purpose to further your own or a mate's ambition. Should be clear cut you mislead by accident or purpose, you are out on your ass. No hand shake, no pension. It would be the cattle prod to make sure your balances and checks are in order. Every event should have consequences, a hand shake or a slap.
    3 points
  29. Why do these statements keep getting brought up, You cannot visit anywhere these days without hearing it. Should it not be as a given the inclusivety of any race,creed,colour sexual preference or who or what you wish to be known by. Has the time not passed that the statement has to be trotted out for every event.
    3 points
  30. I actually like Claire Christian. Early days for sure but she seems to be aware of issues and prepared to act on them. Would listen to her before most of the others and definitely before Ashford .
    3 points
  31. I wonder if CM Cannan goes along when he meets his counterparts at big international conferences, or striding the world stage and introduces himself……….. ’Im from the Isle of Man’ ……….
    2 points
  32. It seems to be manxcare's answer to the waiting lists, keep them waiting long enough and with fingers crossed they snuff it before next appointment. Its not there fault and they free up an appointment at the same time. Winner Winner chicken dinner.
    2 points
  33. Mark up another one to the fast show
    2 points
  34. Quite right , the council need to get their priorities right , making to refuse collection every 2 weeks ,I feel is going to be a disaster and what about some new free public toilets around the town ,
    2 points
  35. All that seaweed that's collected and dragged back into the sea could be processed into nutrient rich fertilizer.
    2 points
  36. They took the DHSC shit services, rolled them in glitter and called it Manx Care.
    2 points
  37. I felt for them yesterday a bit with the weather but it was a reasonable day and it was the only thing that kept a few pubs busy yesterday. With Dark Horse being on a lot of the regular drinkers would have been out of town. 1886 put on a kids disco (who said would you notice the difference!!) and got candy floss stall set up inside, so fair play to them. Few of the pubs seemed busy-ish with the some of the revellers out until around 11 ish. Otherwise could have been very quiet. I know parking was difficult (isn't it always) but they're trying something.
    2 points
  38. When I worked in Castletown in the early 1980's, one day, I was sent to see an elderly customer, in their own home in Arbory Street. They were staggered that I 'commuted' from Douglas each day. They told me that they hadn't been to Douglas since before the War! Funny how your post brought that to mind!
    2 points
  39. That won’t work long term. Foreign Students in catering can work whilst studying under the current visa regime. But they don’t earn enough in catering, once graduated, to qualify for a visa to stay and work. Tories, Brexit, Hostile Immigration Regime! I don’t get, either, why Malay, Indian, Chinese, Indonesian, African, students are acceptable to fill low paid gig economy jobs, but Europeans aren’t. We had a college doing all forms of hospitality and catering courses as well as management. Did well for a while. But the owners were virtually full time on the road in the Far East recruiting students. This whole thing about a university is so ill thought out. The Island isn’t big enough, doesn’t have the infrastructure or facilities to attract students from anywhere else. So, no doubt there’d be pressure on Manx Students to stay to study. That’s short sighted. As for the type of course. A degree in most cases isn’t vocational, but a rigorous training into how to think, analyse, research, know how to look things up. Yet still we get the moans about courses in music, film, drama, fine and applied arts, philosophy, English, history.. the list goes on and on. The not returning is 77 years old, at least. I’ve uncles who studied mechanical engineering and nuclear physics. They didn’t return in the 1960’s. They couldn’t then, or now, study that here. My dad’s generation, immediate prewar, mainly stayed in England and returned in retirement in the 1970’s or 1980’s. Im all in favour of UCM offering degrees validated by UK institutions. But inevitably the range of courses is always going to be limited.
    2 points
  40. Mobile phone use while driving is so prevalent that someone filming an accident is something fully expected, just like every junction or temporary traffic lights you’ll see people staring down at their laps and the 2 second delay of the lights changing to them reacting, you see the ‘oh shit’ moment of them trying to pull away quickly (and sometimes stalling which I laugh my ass off at) Driving standards are at an all time low, but there is zero police presence so again it’s to be expected, I’ve not seen a single speed trap since TT (2 week period only) and I’ve not seen a single roadside inspection type unit since November (2 weeks only) land I doubt I’ll see anyone till MGP (2 weeks only) So if the roads are only heavily policed for 6 weeks of the year, the odds of getting away with an offence is pretty good.
    2 points
  41. But you only have to look at Stu's comment: " Imagine you were CEO and your minister was checking up on you with other more junior staff? It would be untenable, and surely there must be a chain of command", to see that is exactly how things are expected to operate. Even when Ministers are discussing things with those further down the line, it is likely to be in meetings where the CEO is also present. As you say, even without deliberate manipulation, this is simply inefficient and information gets mangled and edited. That is exactly what happened with Covid as everything passed via Magson and Greenhow (and lots of other stages often as well). It also means that all communication between Departments has to go the same way, the main objective is that those at the top feel they are 'in control'. Rather than walking ten metres to an opposite number's desk or picking up the phone, a long chain of memos and reports has to take place to get something to happen as information goes up and down the silos.
    2 points
  42. All the news on the NPM and the IOMG state media is rehashing the economic plan, DEFA plan, this plan, that plan. Now the IOM College is having another rebranding to ‘Island Campus’. I thought we had University College Mann, with courses validated by Chester University and other HE institutions. All the plans were devised by KPMG, in other words, taxpayers money is used to fill in the voids of both our civil servants and politicos, who have been paid to come up with ideas and implement them. Now we as taxpayers are paying Accountants and Management Consultants to do the heavy lifting, if we have come up with ideas and they have failed …………… badly, what’s to think the ‘fresh’ ideas are going to succeed when the same ‘civil servants’ are left to implement the new plans?
    2 points
  43. That's how it sounded https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/councillor-hopes-carnival-can-celebrate-all-cultures/ I wonder if they shipped in some black people or those with other racial backgrounds for the day so that the carnival looked better to their woke friends and was less of a factual representation of the IOM which is largely white Anglo Saxon / Celtic? I worry now that us Manx people aren’t racially diverse enough for our own homeland anymore.
    2 points
  44. I always find multiculturalism an interesting concept for those in power, anyway. It seems to be read as people who have originated from different places then us, but rarely encompasses cultural differences of thought within society that are not contained within the capitalist mindset - "No, you can't go and live off the land" 😉
    2 points
  45. Not sure but the current breed of Douglas councillor’s just seem to be a load of tiresome wokes with far too much to say about anything but what they’ve been voted in to do something about. It would have been nice for them to provide some advice that would have had me not stuck in a 40 min queue to get out of Douglas yesterday rather than the one who looks like a Ninja Turtle blabbing on about the need for multiculturalism on Manx Radio.
    2 points
  46. Well, it does seem to be the solution, if something is broken, don't try to fix it, but instead create a tiered system so that those with money will be OK. "We're hear to warn you, they're gonna say buy or die"
    2 points
  47. Could be the cost, I know when I was growing up we spent hours doing up the van but it was so much fun everyone got involved. And we all ( families) helped making the costumes. It’s not like you have to spend lots on it ,everyone just mucked in.
    2 points
  48. There's a few hundred horsepower in that lineup!
    2 points
  49. You do realise that a lot of the business community who bring investment to the island live in London . And people have friends and family living in London the South East , Oxford and South coast how are they supposed to get here without strong connectivity ?
    2 points
  50. Why not, We keep saying we have our own parliament and produce our own laws. Why can't we not withhold lump sums and pensions if people are found to be grossly negligent with funds or the truth. If someone fucks up to the tune of costing the tax payer £7,00,000 to millions is it right that person walks away with a 5-7 figure lump sum and a 5 figure pension for the rest of there natural. Meanwhile, old Joe at the coal face puts in his 40+ years and has not cost the public a penny gets his £15,000 and £220 per week . I hope its not just me who thinks this smacks of a two tier system
    2 points
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