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  1. 35 points
    From this point forward, and until further notice, deliberate thread derails with accusations of people being sockpuppets, discussing sockpuppets, pretty much ANYTHING sockpuppet related, will result in an instant 48h ban from accessing the site. Further instances will result in a seven day ban. These warning points will not be removed. Once you hit ten points, you will be suspended from the site permanently. Feel free to use the report function for any you think we missed, however I'm allowing a grace period for the next two hours to allow time for people to read this. This policy does not apply retrospectively to anything already posted, if you report things posted before midday today you will also get a ban for wasting our time. This place has become a toilet because of the actions of a few. You know who you are. Stop it.
  2. 26 points
    My dad was unfortunately one of the residents who passed away at Abbotswood. It's very easy, after the fact, to focus on apportioning blame, to advise (from afar) on what ‘should have been’ – and assume that many of the people and organizations involved are incompetent. From our family’s perspective, in the early stages of the crisis, the staff (and management) at the time tried really hard to protect the residents – stopping all visits, sleeping on-site in two shifts to minimize passage in and out of the building and so on. In hindsight, this wasn’t enough to prevent the tragedy – but the world was only just coming to terms with the sheer scale of the issue and understanding what steps and measures would be required. It is much easier to look back and criticise than to look forward and predict how things would unfold. The staff and management are clearly devastated with what has happened – and I believe that much of the criticism is undeserved. The care sector worldwide is struggling to manage the issue – and if Abbotswood ends up being the limit of the care home tragedy on the Island, it will have been a narrow escape for the others. I hope that this is the case. Also, the nature of the residents conditions and behaviour – and I include my dad in this - doesn’t make it easy. Many simply don’t understand what is going on, are difficult or impossible to persuade to follow advise or instructions – and are unpredictable and sometimes unruly. Given how difficult and disturbing this in the best of times, I don’t underestimate how much more difficult it must be in a crisis. In the case of our family at least, we don’t blame the management, staff or the government for dad’s passing. Their response wasn’t perfect – but it’s a global tragedy and fate pays a part too. Micky
  3. 24 points
    In the current circumstances, really? I have not seen my mother, who is in a nursing home, for over 2 months, I get that and comply. I could not take my friend, who cannot drive, shopping even though she could get on a bus, I get that and complied. I could not have my daughter and granddaughter round for a meal, I get that and complied. (Still can't if her partner comes too.) I have to queue to go into any shop, even though I shop also for an elderly couple who are shielding, I get that and comply. I cannot have a trip off the island without having to isolate on return, I get that and comply. We have happily given up many freedoms to minimise the impact of CV on our island, but because a group of people want to demonstrate for BLM contrary to the current rules, all those freedoms we have all given up are for nothing. What happened in the US was despicable and attitudes in the US need to change, absolutely. But, a demo on the IOM right now is not going to make one jot of difference. There are other ways of showing solidarity without some state supported showboating at the current time.
  4. 24 points
    Press Release from the Rob Vine Fund Following the cessation of Motor Sport on the Isle of Man in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic the Directors of the Rob Vine Fund, Registered Charity No.954 (Isle of Man) wish to inform the public of the Isle of Man that they have unanimously decided to make all our equipment available to support the Manx community. This means we can supply the DHSC with 1. All of the medical equipment in storage for motor sport events on the Isle of Man. The list includes; • 4 Patient ventilators, suitable for Intensive Care use • 4 Multipurpose Patient Monitors for use on wards or Intensive Care. • 5 Suction Units • 8 Adult Advanced Life Support Bags • 3 Paediatric Advanced Life Support Bags • 130 Immediate care cases (prepacked with lifesaving medical equipment) • 130 Scoop Stretchers • All extra medical equipment currently held in stock 2. We have made available our three frontline ambulances should they be required. These assets have a total value of £750,000 3. The unpaid volunteers of the Hogg Motorsport Association are currently on standby to assist the Isle of Man Ambulance Service in any way they can We remain committed to supporting the Health Service and the Manx community while the Covid-19 Pandemic continues in any way we can. We wish to thank everyone who has donated to the Rob Vine Fund which makes this gesture possible. The Directors of the Rob Vine Fund.
  5. 23 points
    I am delighted to announce that I will be returning to Manx Radio’s Late Show on Wednesday 1st July. This follows a three week suspension after complaints were lodged against me for comments made by me and contributors to my programme on 3rd June. This led to an investigation by the regulator, the Isle of Man Communications Commission. Their report, published yesterday (24th June) concluded that Manx Radio had not breached the Broadcasting Code and that there was no case to answer. I feel strongly that people should be able to discuss things rationally and respectfully – it’s the only way to resolve our differences - and worry that free speech for all could be under threat of being choked by some. I believe that the vast majority of people are kind, considerate and open-minded, and I fully intend to ensure that their voices are heard. But I will not expose myself, Manx Radio or anyone else to the comments and abuse of the last three weeks, and have asked the station to remove the live phone-in element of my show. It will still provide a platform for discussion and debate, but texts and emails are easier to moderate than live callers. The resources simply aren’t there to employ call screeners, producers or delay systems. Manx Radio has acted properly and responsibly and I thank them for their faith in me. I would also like to thank the IOM Communications Commission for a thorough and fair report, and the thousands of people who have signed petitions and sent me messages of support. Of particular note is the Free Speech Union who took up my ‘cause’ and provided friendly guidance and practical advice – I would recommend them to anyone who has been told what to think or what to say. Time for me to draw a line under this so I'm recusing myself from further comment, going forward...(etc). Lessons have been learned...(etc).
  6. 23 points
    This is exactly the sort of idiocy that justifies what many think was the over the top camp Comis set up. Whereas most people can be trusted, it would only take one like this to spread the virus to a handful of people (who all think it’s perfectly safe and don’t practice their own social distancing) and we’re back to where we were in late March. I think the sentence is spot on.
  7. 23 points
    Yeah, it's definitely all the establishment's fault and nothing to do with self-obsessed narcissists mouthing off in a disruptive manner.
  8. 22 points
    Information Notice.pdf Not sure if the PDF link will work, but this is the official word. To everyone on here who has supported me, thank you sincerely. To my many detractors, have a nice day.
  9. 20 points
    We've spent a bit of time talking about this, both in person and online, and considered many options, including just shutting the doors. However, none of us really wanted to do that so we're thrashed around a few ideas around what changes we could make. What we all agreed was that the key changes that we needed to make were at the registration gateway. I wont go into the details of what we discarded as what we've ultimately settled on is pretty straightforward. Registrations are now enabled, but new accounts need to be manually approved before they're allowed to use the site in any way. You wont be able to PM anyone, you wont be able to post or reply, you wont even be able to log in until someone has done this. There's nothing you can do to speed the process up, don't email us or find other ways to try and accelerate it. In fact, it's fairly safe to say that our patience is somewhat thin at the moment and harassing us externally isn't going to get your account approved quicker - more likely the opposite. There's clearly going to be a lag, and we'll make our best efforts to approve genuine new accounts as quickly as we can but there's no SLA here, it's basically when we get to it. If you register on a Wednesday morning at 4am then I'm sorry (Note: Not really sorry) but you may have to wait a few hours for someone to see it. Equally, mods aren't around all the time, some of us don't have access at work, some of us actually do work when we're there and every now and then we do leave our houses and away from the Internet in the evening. We're also not going to get it right every time. Rejecting an account is very binary, it's just a yes or no, and there's no opportunity to give reasons why and we have no desire to contact people via email to explain why their account is rejected. If you're a genuine new user and your account is rejected, then I'm sorry (Note: Actually sorry about this), we're rather have to deal with the occasional mistake than swimming in the fecal matter of the toilet bowl this place had become. It's not ideal, but it's the least disruptive action to take for existing members, as well as avoiding a massive administrative overhead from our side. We hope we can relax this in the future but there's no set timescale for this and we'll probably do it silently anyway. This doesn't mean the "New Rules" have changed in terms of zero tolerance to disruptive behaviour. That's still in place and accounts will still be canned, but the full permaban is only going to be used in extreme circumstances. Getting a three day ban doesn't mean you just register a new account and carry on, it means you're supposed to be excluded for three days. Trying to get round that initial ban is only going to increase it. We would like to thank everyone who's taken the time to post up suggestions, offered support both in public and via PM and we think people understand why we did what we did. Interestingly enough, the activity metrics didn't really take much of a hit - daily activity is still higher than it was in August for example so it's not been as destructive as some seem to have tried to portray and I think we're pretty comfortable in the assumption that the dip in activity is directly related to shedding a few high volume shitposters that we didn't want here anyway. So in that regard, it's been a zero sum game.
  10. 20 points
    But if she was really was having a severe asthma attack, the last thing they should be doing is boarding an aircraft. Even if they had been on time, the airline employee would have been obliged to refuse them in those circumstances, seeking medical attention should be the priority. Especially you would imagine for her father.
  11. 19 points
    It's shite with people setting off fireworks so early - there's been some round here tonight, the dog bolted and knocked over the Xmas tree....
  12. 19 points
    At midnight on the 28th May, I Ieave the Isle of Man Constabulary a bit ahead of the intended schedule on a medical discharge, and will have to make my own way in the world again. I'm fortunate enough in that my overall health is good, but hip issues have finally diminished my operational deployability to the stage that I'm about as much use as a chocolate teapot in that regard. I'm of a rank where that ability to run about and fight with the odd ne'er do well is still a occupational requirement, so its time to stand down and let others do that on our behalf. Its obviously a time of mixed emotions; the police has been a big part of my life and I leave in the most interesting of times. The world, and 'The Job' are changing at an incredible pace, and I think it will take a while to come to terms with not being a part of it all. But, there is a whole world out there, and other than a bit of surgery to navigate in due course, the future is bright and exciting. And I will dearly miss being an 'official' commentator on these hallowed forums. Its hotter than Hades some days, but I've enjoyed the banter (most of it) the challenge (all of it) and the fact that behind all the thud and bluster, there are people on here that genuinely do give a monkeys about what happens on our Island. I may or may not pop back up on here in my own name, but if not, be excellent to each other. Derek
  13. 18 points
    Can you guys start a separate thread titled "Jersey is ace - oh no it isn't" and leave this one to a discussion on IOM and the coronavirus?
  14. 18 points
    There's a lot of difficult concepts and difficult decisions being made here. I'll have a go at a further explanation. Possible long post ahead. First the difference between 'public health' and what is generally known to be a medical consultation. During this pandemic so far I've been involved in a fair bit of the former - modelling the numbers, trying to predict how many patients we'll have to look after, what to do if we get overwhelmed - how, for example, you decide on who gets the last ventilator if more than one person needs it - predicting how much oxygen we'll need... For this function I'm not thinking about individual patients - it's all numbers. Sorry if that sounds dispassionate, but it has to be otherwise you'd go mad! We have about 5.2% of our population over 80, that's 4000 odd people. I'm estimating how many of them might be frail, and what the fatality rate will be if they catch covid. Numbers, numbers, numbers. No people. In my regular day job I frequently see patients over 80 - in that case they're individuals and I'll try to do my best for them, as if they were my mother or father. But in the public health function it's all about maximising the health of the whole population, even though you know some will get ill and some will die. Which is why we talk, perhaps insensitively, about blips, and clusters, and outbreaks etc. I realise that all these 'cases' are somebody's mother/father/brother/sister but it doesn't help to dwell on that when doing the numbers. Covid is not the only threat to health. It may be the most prominent one at the moment, but there's so much happening that doesn't make the news much that when trying to balance the overall health of the population you have to take into consideration. On Radio 4 today there was a top UK cancer doctor saying how more people would be dying of cancer later on than will die of covid. Many of the people dying of covid would be dead within a year or so anyway. Once again, sorry to be blunt, and I know they're all important to their families etc, but so are the patients not getting proper treatment for their cancer because of all the covid preparations, or suffering with their arthritis because they can't have their hips replaced, or going blind because their cataracts can't be extracted... Then there's the economics. Nobody likes to think that money is put before lives, but that's an emotional reaction, and emotions are best kept out of public policy decisions - it invariably leads to bad ones. The fact is that if the economy tanks, with mass unemployment, nobody spending, nobody paying tax etc then we won't be able to afford a health service, or anything else.That will obviously have health consequences in the future and result in worse outcomes for individuals. There are of course other aspects - society, domestic violence, mental health, suicides... All of these things have to be considered when making decisions as to how to manage this pandemic to minimise the overall harm to the population. All the indications are that spread of coronavirus in the wider community here has slowed considerably and almost stopped. Nobody wanted an outbreak in a Nursing Home, and when that happens given the demographic that lives there it's inevitable that there will be multiple deaths. But that doesn't mean you should continue the full lockdown based on the emotional reaction to that very (for many families) sad and distressing situation. For the greater long-term good we have to get things going ASAP, while ensuring, by continuing the testing, tracing and isolation, that the spread remains minimal and manageable for the health service, and we never have to invoke the policy on ethical allocation of limited ITU resources that we were discussing the other day. This island is doing pretty well here. There will inevitably be mistakes made at press conferences, there will inevitably be measures brought in which haven't necessarily been fully thought through because we simply don't have the luxury of a 3 month consultation period and multiple Tynwald debates on every single thing that is decided. Everyone is doing their best, no-one is making decisions lightly, and we're using the best multi-source evidence we can get. I'm not sure what else we could be doing.
  15. 18 points
    @Lost Login - (and anyone else who thinks this doesn't apply to them particularly) I seem to recall you're an accountant so you can do this. Set up your own model of exponential growth in numbers of patients infected with the virus starting from 1 last Thursday, using a daily growth rate of 29% (figure from UK growth in positives over the last few weeks). Probably 80% will get it as we have little if any native immunity. As many as 50-75% may be totally asymptomatic. Of the cases that get it, it varies with age, but broadly speaking about 20% need hospital care and of those 25% intensive care. Let us know your conclusions. The only thing we can affect, until we have a vaccine to reduce that 80% figure, is to reduce the 29% - the transmission rate. The key ways to do this are: Wash your hands, properly, and often STAY AT HOME - unless you absolutely have to go out MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCE - 2m, no 'popping round to a friend's' etc If you have to SELF ISOLATE - DO IT PROPERLY - Don't leave the house at all. If we all do that, we have a chance, as a society, to get through this. It's not too late. For all the government bashing we generally get on here they have listened, and are doing the right thing. In my estimation we're a couple of weeks ahead of the UK in terms of the measures we've taken. I'm very concerned for our adjacent isle - we're going to see reports from there similar to those from Italy within a couple of weeks or so. WE HAVE A CHANCE OF AVOIDING THAT HERE IF WE ALL PLAY OUR PART. If it isn't essential, don't go there. Your 5-a-side games should be cancelled, I'd suggest.
  16. 18 points
    Maybe they are looking for sites where semi serious debates can be had, without the constant degeneration of topics into name calling etc etc !
  17. 18 points
    As it is being restored by volunteers and donations I think it's entirely up to people whether they choose to support it or not As you say there is a risk that it will not be a success. If you do not believe in the goal then I think you are right to not support it, why should you? I, however, want to give it a chance to succeed and do believe that it is a historical asset to the town. So I do support it. Simple.
  18. 17 points
    My father was one as well. I agree entirely with your sentiments.
  19. 17 points
    A cook, that was your role, I knew it!
  20. 17 points
    Guys... i.e. Jack and Notty - I have neither of you on ignore, but I do find this 'you're embarrassing yourself', 'you're drunk and have probably shat yourself', 'you're hboy's sock', 'everyone ignores you' mindless repartee to be a bit tiresome. Can't you both just grow up a bit? Make your points, which on both sides are often reasonable, and if another storms in with shitty ad hominem attacks just don't respond. The forum would be a better place if you did.
  21. 16 points
    Children don’t become feral all on their own. Children want boundaries, want to know where they stand. It helps them to feel safe and explore the world healthily. What’s happening in Onchan and elsewhere is the result of a generation (or two or three) growing up with few boundaries, and few sanctions for breaking those boundaries. Without them we all become feral. The police must get involved by the time it becomes unlawful, the teachers must get involved when the boundary breaking affects the learning of others. Neither are parents nor social workers, they are service providers providing individual services and although guidance and community play a part they are not there to do the job of parents. Three generations of parents brought up after the war by parents brought up to be seen and not heard and the pendulum has slipped too far the other way. The parents don’t have the skills because they were never taught them. They don’t make boundaries for themselves because they don’t know how and they are also unable to instil safe healthy boundaries for their children. They also don’t have the emotional literacy to listen to their children, to hear their frustration without it ending up in another argument and, in the end, they just give up. All parents aren’t like this of course but the parents of the ones running riot will almost certainly be.
  22. 16 points
    Well I for one welcome having something well organised on the Island for a change.
  23. 16 points
    I expect the protest will be in front of the U.S. Embassy in Douglas - otherwise an IOM protest about police brutality in Murrica makes no sense except as a virtue signalling snowstorm. In other news (saw this on a graph earlier) , in 2018 the USA had around fifty thousand white on black violent crimes, compared with four hundred thousand black on black and around 550,000 black on white violent crimes. ALL Lives Matter!
  24. 16 points
    I hope that no one forgets that it wasn't very long ago that that wonderful human being William Henderson MLC wrote a 30 page essay on why he couldn't live on less than £50000 per year. That is the attitude that is going to have to change.
  25. 16 points
    nor do i, it is the coming back that fucks me off.
  26. 16 points
    The Manx Radio interview is classic Howard Quayle in managing to make even giving out money to the needy look bad. It's also noticeable just how slow they have been about this 'emergency' - the flooding was two weeks ago but the announcement was only on Friday - ten days later. And to get this miserly payment you need to download and print off a form and fill it in and take it to Treasury, when they will eventually send you a cheque, providing you fulfil the long list of conditions they have attached to the form. Given that (according to Quayle) there are only about 15 households affected, you would have thought they could have sent someone up straight away to get things done as quickly as possible and it would have been a good excuse to get some feedback on people's needs and situations. Instead a whole unfriendly bureaucracy has to be erected and everything slowed down as much as possible. The way the residents of Laxey have been treated makes an interesting contrast to another weather-related 'disaster' almost exactly a year previously. Then the feeling that it had been a little dry that summer and some farmers' profits might be affected was enough for Tynwald to splash the cash with great enthusiasm (about £1.2 million). Though even some actual farmers couldn't see the need for it. But presumably some wealthy landowner in receipt of countryside payments had complained that they might have to pay a bit more to feed their horse, so of course the money was available for the truly needy in our society.
  27. 16 points
    They'll be counted on the tourist figures though.
  28. 16 points
    Reading through the reports and listening to what was said; what seems to come though it all is the sheer arrogance of all concerned. It just exemplifies to me all that is completely wrong with the IOM and what will continue stop a proper diversified and big tax paying free market private sector developing. They are putting on an event that WE pay for through our taxes. The event relies on a huge number of people and groups who provide their time for free (from marshalls to boy scouts doing the scores), it also relies on normal residents putting up people in their own homes year after year, and without those people the event could not possibly happen. Yet clearly those (exemplified by Husseys comments) who are paid as part of this whole exercise of setting fire to millions of pounds of our money, clearly believe that it's the right for government and Departments like the DED to capitalize on the event exclusively for the benefit of itself and the people within IOMG. It's easy to imagine this fuck up is going to cost US another few mill by the time Vision Nine have been bought off as part of this mess as well. These people have fed off government salaries for almost all of their careers. Most have never taken a commercial risk in their entire lives. They probably have no idea what it's like to put your own money on the line to back an idea or an initiative and if you fuck it up its your house on the line, and your family impacted, and your car repossessed. They can play at being entrepreneurs and at being business men with our money and they don't even have to be any fucking good at it as there is no moral hazard whatsoever. If they fuck up we still pay and they lose nothing. Nobody is going to be the next Bernie Ecclestone if they're living on a £60k a year guaranteed salary, and a gold plated pension, and they'll still get it whether they lose millions or not. If they fuck up WE pay for it and their lives are not adversely impacted in any way at all. Yet they're telling many people who might have been out there and taken risks and experienced a whole variety of good and bad business decisions to create wealth that they know best. It's crazy. Anyone with any commercial experience would likely have told them that this was a shit idea 4 years ago. Now we will probably end up compensating Vision Nine after all this evidence has been heard; as there's a high chance that this has been a badly executed shit idea from a bunch of clueless civil servants from the start. But they will still continue getting paid very nice salaries until they retire. And then get very nice pensions for life. It's only the taxpayer assuming the risk for some apparently not very successful or competent people on secure salaries and benefits playing at being Bernie Ecclestone. .
  29. 15 points
    There are a couple of subtly different issues here. I would not so much condemn them had they done so temporarily and put out a statement to the effect that the suspension was pending the outcome of the independent enquiry, full stop. This I would accept as protecting their legitimate commercial interest. They didn't. They immediately jumped aboard the manufactured bandwagon of outrage by putting out a statement distancing themselves from the programme and Stu Peters: ’For those people who heard the show, we wanted to publicly address what was said and make it clear that we in NO WAY condone the comments that were made or support the presenter’s view in any way. ’As a result of what was said we have decided to pull our sponsorship of that programme from this evening. Thank you to the people who have spoken up and brought this to our attention.’ This could be construed as meaning that Stu Peters had made racist comments when he did no such thing. They had no legitimacy in issuing a corporate verdict on Stu Peters, thereby prejudging the outcome of the investigation. That is my problem with what they have done. Manx Radio should also have told them in no uncertain terms to butt out. No commercial news organisation or broadcaster should tolerate a client publicly interfering with or commenting on non-commercial content.
  30. 15 points
    @Josem - I offered to talk to you about the methodology behind the modelling, but was not prepared to share the spreadsheet as it’s a working calculator, which depending on input variables could generate all sorts of outcomes which could easily be misused. You never replied and instead put in an FOI request. The modelling was done about 8 weeks ago and its predictions were used to inform planning, mainly at the hospital, and to illustrate to the decision makers how serious the situation could get if significant measures weren’t put in place. It was a ‘plan for the worst, hope for the best’ approach, and in fact the lockdown (and most likely the border closure) has resulted in the island being in a much better place than we expected. The modelling (ie the graphs etc) is no longer being used to inform policy - how could it? Cases are now the odd one every other day or so. Instead we’re monitoring and tracing, and watching the rest of the world to try and get the lockdown released as quickly as it is safe to do so. You need to look up what eradication means. There’s only one disease ever been eradicated and that’s smallpox. We can’t eradicate covid. We can perhaps eliminate it, and pretty much have - it is certainly containable. While it’s still however endemic in the adjacent isle we are likely to continue to get cases pop up here and there as there’s still a bit of travel - patient transfers etc. It’s very easy in hindsight to say things should have been done differently. The government clearly should have borrowed your time machine to see how things were going to be and acted earlier. If I recall correctly at the start of March most people were saying how cancelling TT would be ridiculous, rather than calling for the borders to be shut.
  31. 15 points
    To be fair, I used to design, validate and deploy DNA tests for ssRNA viruses for the entirety of UK DEFRA plant health and food security. It was only for around 13 years so I suppose I know sod all about anything. We used to run 20,000 tests per week with the set-up we had at DEFRA so - right now - 200 ssRNA Coronavirus tests per days seems like small-fry. Some of my contemporaries are running the "Lighthouse Labs" in the UK. But because I'm from the IoM and returned to the IoM with my "skillz" I must know stuff all. God, I love Manx Forums. It's right up my street
  32. 15 points
    Pull up a sandbag, and I’ll tell you why.... I’ve been visiting the Island since 1991,and lived here since 1998. I put my heart and soul into keeping it safe. My kids grew up here, and are better people for it. I like the community, the safety and the general pace of the place. It is also incredibly beautiful. But, Over this time I’ve become acutely aware of how it works. And the answer to that is ‘not well’. When we were being propped up with a couple of hundred million from the UK, it wasn’t too bad. But we got ahead of ourselves. We thought we were doing really well, and everything was rosy. Instead of a reality check, the fast and loose approach with public finances took hold. Inane capital projects were matched with the likes of speculation on moving pictures. In amongst all this, there was a failure to modernize government. It continued to bloat functionally, and continued with a political structure which doesn’t fit the modern world. Where else, other than perhaps in areas where there are indigenous tribes, see 22 local councils? Alongside, our key industry, finance, has contracted as the world’s attitiute to offshore has changed. The model is in reality as seventies as Simon Templar, XJS Jags and roll neck sweaters. And the following sector of e-gaming looks flaky at best even in the medium term, with other more ballsy jurisdictions such as Malta vacuuming up business. And then we look at that comparator with Malta more closely. Surely we can compete? They are just a little Island like us? The truth is we can’t. They operate within the EU. We don’t. They have the economies of scale that come with a population of over 400,000.we don’t. The list goes on. Many years ago, the reasons for which I cannot recall, I was sat in Annie Craine’s kitchen having a brew. She was a minister then. I remember saying to her that it was very important that the Isle of Man didn’t just become ‘a nice place to live’. Today, I think we are at that crossroads. We can continue with this micro-nation approach. But with the assault on reserves that is about to occur, we must be realistic that Future Mann is one of higher taxes, and reduced services. And all this will be against a backdrop of new intelligence, where businesses and potential residents will see the vulnerabilities of isolation laid bare. Rebuilding from that will be incredibly tough, and no matter how bullish we are, I question the ability of Government to do so. We’ve been struggling to develop and diversify the economy as it is. Why should we expect it to be any different post-Covid. It’s a perfect storm of our own level of sophistication alongside a very different economic world picture. The alternative is some comfort and security, by drawing closer into the United Kingdom. A more realistic perspective of the context of a dispersed population of 80’000 in the middle of the Irish Sea. A new tax structure that will little affect anyone earning less than £40,000. The possibility of subsidies on our ferry route, much as the Scottish Government does with its Islands, to stimulate the visitor economy and ease the isolation of their residents. An opening up of our utilities and telecoms markets, reducing the cost of living for many. Investment where it matters to make the Island part of the powerhouse that the UK now needs to become on the world stage. And the oversight of a government that despite the hardship, can ride out future crises like this one, with The certainty there will be more. And throughout all this, although the Island would have ostensibly just become that ‘nice place to live’ of which I forewarned, it would be a more stable one, and more likely to be able to sustain its future, and protect all that is dear to it. I’d hope that many of our indigenous brethren would agree, that there’s a lot more to being ‘Manx’ than a fragile independence. It’s the same as being Cornish, as a comparator. Something which is in your blood, your DNA, and something that can never be denied of them. It’s a very emotive and important debate. But it’s one we must have. We would simply not survive another pandemic in economic let alone humanitarian terms.
  33. 15 points
    Did I tell you about a time when Bill saved the day? A load of us, including Bill, were on the red-eye patient transfer to various specialists in Liverpool hospitals, more than half of us including Mrs Q were having procedures. It's a long day doing this, tiring, we all just wanted to get home. When we were collected, and returned to John Lennon, after standing around for ages, Flybe, without warning, cancelled the flight! We were dumbfounded and immediately some of us began ringing the Steam Packet to see about catching the ferry. This resulted in either an unanswered call or engaged tone, for what seemed like forever. Some people were panicking, one woman had had a painful eye procedure. The situation was tense. A mother whose daughter had received treatment declared she had no money and as most of us, totally unprepared for this eventuality. Suddenly Bill got through on the phone and proceeded to take our names and book all of us on the ferry and paid for the whole bally lot of us, using his personal credit card. The relief in our little group was palpable. Bill once again dipped in his pocket to buy refreshments on the ferry for the skint and exhausted mother and daughter. He didn't have to do any of this. Granted, he was able to claim the expenses back, eventually, but the point is, he was decent enough to step up to the mark when needed. Changed my opinion of him there and then. He was suffering himself too, that day. It might've been the day he'd received some bad news. Anyway, cheers Billy...
  34. 15 points
    Rhetorical on your part I suspect Roger, but let me answer anyway: Because he’s an Olympic standard twat.
  35. 15 points
    Nope - I have good manners and don't think it's classy to disparage a chap in his 80's who is still working hard and doing something lots of people enjoy. Of course, since you don't, it must be rubbish. What do YOU do that adds up to anything?
  36. 15 points
    He makes programmes for Manx Radio so I expect it's a quid pro quo arrangement. He's a remarkable gentleman is our Tel, proper old school and I have huge respect for him and elders in general. Unlike some of you whippersnapper arseholes.
  37. 15 points
    There wasn't much health and safety when those boys went over the top into the barbed wire, mud and machine guns......
  38. 15 points
    Wonder what their 5 minute rate is? For a friend, wondering for a friend...
  39. 14 points
    Several things strike me about that letter: 1. It wasn't Stu's comments that have caused the backlash, but the vindictive campaign. There have been no racist comments on social media merely many people questioning the motives of this group. 2. Stu did not laugh at them, clearly it was at the inability to get a word in edge ways. 3. Again, it is anonymous. Who is this group? Are they like the Hardy Commission (will that name) who have written to the Dept of Ed to demand that anti racism is taught in our schools? When asked who they were and who gave them their "Commission" they do not reply. 4. They talk about tokenism, which is risible given that they are demanding a token sacking in recompense. 5. They need to drop their poster boy, who has turned out to be a bit of a liability. 6. There has been a process, but they are not happy with the outcome. Shame. Is it because they were wrong, or because there is inherent racism in our systems? 7. It is starting to border on harassment and defamation. Not the actions of a peaceful organisation.
  40. 14 points
    Just to get back to B and Q (boo hiss bring back Feltons to Peel) and to put a bit of a smile on your face and warmth in your hearts. A forum member previously unknown to me went to B and Q today and got the cement I needed for my stonework job and left it outside my house. Isn't that lovely? We're a lovely lot during a global pandemic.
  41. 14 points
    Thread not locked. Just @dilligaf and @Mr Newbie on lockdown for a while. £855 charge for 14 days. Dick1 + Dick2 = suspension
  42. 14 points
    There's a huge amount of conspiracy madness appearing in this thread - test bed for vaccine, military take-over etc - please can we stop. The real situation is perfectly clear and reasonable. I'll try to explain. First the 'curves' which everyone seems to talk about, but few probably understand. The curves are just a continuous mathematical model of how many positive tests you may see on a given day, based on an exponential growth function (which decreases as a higher proportion of the at risk population get infected). The three curves you see on the government site are based on an initial growth of 20%, 12% and 8% respectively. Why those figures? Initially we used 29% as the 'worse case' scenario because that was what was seen in Italy and Spain, approximately. We changed to 20% because that is what we saw here, before the effects of the lockdown came in. If you construct a log plot of total cases it has a relatively sharp decrease in slope on 3rd April. Before then our growth rate was 20%. This was then used as the figure for the 'worse case' scenario. 12% was based on growth in Germany - something we thought achievable - and 8% was based on a rough calculation of what you might get if the R0 value was halved. The middle scenario was used to guide the hospital's readiness plans. What we've actually seen is closer to the 8% curve - in fact lower. 6.4% is today's calculation, even including the Abbotswood cases. Without that outbreak it's lower still. So we're now confident that the health service has the capacity to cope. The next question is how do you get out of lockdown. We can't stay like this forever - nobody wants to I don't think, and we can't afford to. Keep it up and we'll run out of money. So there has to be, at some stage, a progressive return to work. Start with lowest risk highest value - still make sense? That's building which combines high economic value with low risk. Add in gardening, window cleaning etc - low risk, not really high value in macro-economic terms, but low risk. Timing - from an economic perspective the sooner the better. From a health perspective - cases are so low now with the measures in place that if that growth rate picks up a bit the health service will still cope. Managing a pandemic is hard. There isn't a textbook telling you what to do at each stage, and even deciding which stage you're in is impossible apart from retrospectively. Lockdown for a long time will be damaging to the health of the island as much as, and probably more so, than covid. It's quite conceivable that it's a choice between deaths from covid now, or more deaths from cancer in 6-12 months (screening has been suspended, chemotherapy isn't being started in all cases etc). I think the message coming out today is sensible, reasonable and as evidence-based as it's possible to be. But rest assured we'll be watching the situation closely. The CM is absolutely right that these decisions are supported by the island's medics - we've been discussing the plans for a week or so in advance of today's announcement. This has not been driven by Dandara and made up on the spot by the CM, as some seem to be suggesting.
  43. 14 points
    Being taught to knock a tune out on something and understand the rudiments of musical notation is a fine gift that will enrich the lives of any children exposed to it. As others have opined, I'd cancel RE before I'd touch music.
  44. 14 points
    It's not almost impossible to police at all. Take a walk out, how many people do you see flouting the restrictions really? Christ, to read on here you'd think it was armageddon out there. Whenever I've been out for a walk everyone walks a safe distance away, nods politely and goes on there way. Even queuing for the supermarket it's perfectly civilised and orderly. People need to appreciate virtually the whole island is off work at the minute and they all need fresh air at some point, there is a whole island to go for a walk and get some exercise so let people use it, let's not get all Stasi about it.
  45. 14 points
    I wonder if Mrs. Morris's resignation letter was a copy and paste from Dr. Couch's resignation letter?!
  46. 14 points
    A decade or so ago, my wife was bequeathed a reasonable sum by her last surviving parent. As an aside, the will contained a couple of grand to each of half a dozen charities. Having seen the bare-faced-cheek of those charities, hounding (and I mean HOUNDING) my wife during her period of grief (she was also executor) - we will never, ever, bequeath or donate to any charity that a) Has a professional fund raising team b) Employs Directors on £100k plus salaries plus mega pensions ( in addition to their ex-public service pensions usually). or, c) Stops behaving like charity and sets itself up as a pseudo police force taking people to prosecution (RSPCA etc.) and fund raises on blatantly political grounds. We have done a 180 Degree about turn - they will get zero, we now deal only with local charities with no employed (or pensioned) staff. It has been a tough lesson to learn, but boy has it been learnt!
  47. 14 points
    I know of someone who recently had his career wrecked and needed mental health care after pointing out the misdemeanors of his superior at one of our local government departments. Try telling him it was worth it!
  48. 14 points
    Not stealing but morally wrong. I did without in the early years to provide a home for my family. For this, I can expect Thomas and his gang to sell my home to pay for my care. Those that didn't bother buying a property get it for free.
  49. 14 points
    And yet we still need £300,000 spending at the airport so less passengers suffer less delays £80,000,000 spending on the port to process less passengers £30,000,000 on the Liverpool dock £11,000,000 on a cruise terminal i genuinely fucking despair at how much managing a total decline in everything is costing the taxpayer to be ‘managed’ by people who are basically fucking clueless.
  50. 14 points
    Sorry to hear that. You sound like a fighter and I'm sure you will beat the hell out of it. Kind of puts this petty squabbling into perspective. All the best.
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