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  1. Well, amidst all this doom and gloom I'm more optomistic than I was earlier in the pandemic and, oh yes, still alive !
    7 points
  2. He's a dangerous man on a number of levels. But mostly a danger to himself as he believes that every word he utters is true, unequivocally so.
    7 points
  3. it reflects one with deep hidden problems
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  4. The housing market is buoyant because you get shit for your money in banks. Those with cash are sticking it in bricks & mortar. Its inflating the market, creating a bubble & preventing youngsters getting on the ladder across Britain. The U.K. Government is still ploughing hundreds of millions into furlough & other such schemes. You really are living in cloud cuckoo land. This pandemic is so far reaching is frightening. It’s not just the economy, it’s health (5 million on surgery waiting lists), it’s education (or lack of it) ... it’s fucking massive fella. This
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  5. It may not reflect a destitute society, but it represents destitution within a society.
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  6. The problem is that change has been accelerated, rather than through organic or evolutionary pressures. There will be fallout because the unintended consequences are not known or quantified. For the island the impact will be less, but for larger towns and cities with high density commercial centres the potential for major repercussions is significant. You also have to wonder at the impact on the individual employee who is now subsidising their employer by way of providing accommodation, electricity, heating, broadband access and so on. What about the impact on employers' obligation to
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  7. Stop testing and let the world get on with itself. We can't keep stopping because people test positive for a virus that in the vast majority of cases produces cold like symptoms .
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  8. A lot of people may "get away with it", but it is killing people in their millions (over 3,375,000 and rising at the rate of at least 13,000 per day, worldwide.) Massive numbers have been hospitalised, some for long periods. Large numbers have been left with "long covid", which has left them debilitated long term. It is not "just another" cold, or flu. That is not just any other scare story, it is how it is. Why else should every country in the world have been trying to fight it? Try looking at places like India, where they are so desperate they've been dumping bodies
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  9. Which roughly translates to “fuck you”
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  10. With due respect John, I think you have got this wrong. By nature of the fact that many oldies have health conditions, there are a lot of o50's due to get second jabs soon. However those who don't, its end of June. Not outliers, it's the majority. Believe me, I have many friends and colleagues in the same boat. I noted HQ got his earlier than me. He must have a health condition
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  11. Social media is used nationally and parochially in this manner. There’s a strong prevention message; it shows the police are proactive, and identifies to perhaps otherwise naive people what they can get potted for, encouraging them to put their own vehicle in order. Number plates are covered up for the GDPR issue, even though their eventual conviction will be a matter of public record. Comments can’t be turned off on that page. And why would you? The police are the public, and the public are the police. Without engagement, the police are something completely different.
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  12. U.K. Health Minister: “No evidence to suggest the vaccines being used are ineffective against the Indian variant” Do you think that’ll be enough to quell the latest MSM panic stories? Nah, me neither ... Let’s scare the **** out of those already petrified for another few weeks at least. The BAME’s need to be vaccinated & they need to be vaccinated quickly. Their community leaders need to be doing more to reinforce the message.
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  13. Building is booming with overseas residents whilst local residents can’t afford the rip off prices, what planet are you from . The poverty on Island has increased dramatically whilst a few have done very well, that’s not boom time
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  14. Housing market is always an excellent barometer. And it hasn't looked so buoyant since many years. On the back of that will be a huge amount of pent-up spending. People have money to spend. There might be some catching up to do. But many of us have been largely decentralised for many years now. In many cases there is no reason to normally ever physically meet your colleagues or clients. I'd struggle to care much about the market for office rentals. Pull it all down and plant trees.
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  15. What a load of bollocks , the only part of economy booming is egaming, hospitality & retail has lost a fortune & may never recover
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  16. What a bloody lucky coincidence that he just happened to have the letter conveniently to hand on his lectern when a tangentially related question was asked. Talk about "malice aforethought".
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  17. Will is entirely correct, if we are to rise phoenix like from the clusterfucks of the last few years, daylight needs shining in on Manx political life and Civil Service performance. Too many useless tools have been able to hide behind the veil of secrecy which pervades all Government do, commercial confidentiality, or rather " do one we are not going to tell you" has cost the island millions in poor decisions and unaccountability underpins poor performance and mismanagement. Politicians and Civil Servants should be held to the standards of everyone else, in other words either do your job or ge
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  18. Proper trolling is a skill. Anyone can just be a cock.
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  19. Sadly from first hand experience there stock answer and get out clause is to get you on Meds asap. Regardless of any long term effects . A CMHN actually said to me I wouldnt let him help me as I wouldnt accept Meds he wanted to prescribe to me. Lots of reasons why I wouldnt give in to his wishes and thankfully my GP supported me 100% . So much more I could say including the guy leaving me in Costa Coffee in uncontrollable tears as he had to go to another appointment. Many canncelled appointments from another CMHN and even no shows . Thats after her signing me off after a first appointment sayi
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  20. Kate Lord Brennan seems to have come out of hibernation with a Moorehouse-esque long list of questions for Tynwald next week, most out of character for her. I wonder why that may be?😂😂😂 Hopefully the voters of Peel and Glenfaba will see through this fakery and judge her on what she has been doing to support her community over the last few years and not be fooled by her cynical attempt to raise her profile by piling in a load of questions to put some spotlight on herself a few months before an election. I have been googling and FB’ing to see how active she has been within her community and cons
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  21. Interesting how different people can interpret things differently. She comes across as immature and petulant to me. She complains a lot without offering too much by way of actual constructive solutions. She doesn’t seem to have very much to contribute to Tynwald or Keys debates outwith her own personal area of knowledge which is very narrowly centred around health due to her nursing background. Hansard doesn’t lie. Also Douglas East needs some very specific support due to the large amount of flats, hospitality, tourism and business. I have seen little evidence that CB is tuned in to these spec
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  22. Here’s a report on how UK May do it, looks like aiming for all over 50s vaccinated fully by 21/06 ie end of restrictions date https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9579137/amp/Coronavirus-UK-bring-forward-second-vaccine-doses-eight-weeks.html
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  23. Was your first dose delayed? We don’t have enough vaccine in hand to cover the appointments for the next two weeks for the second doses for 70+, 65+ and clinically extremely vulnerable. We’ve done everyone 20+ first dose who wanted. UK are still in the 30’s & 40’s. UK are accelerating 50+ by slowing delivery of dose 1 to 20+. We haven’t got that ability. They’re robbing Pete to pay Paul. In IOM Pete has already spent his dose and can’t be robbed. Now do you understand?
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  24. Not sure it’s needed or practical. Have we got enough doses to do the acceleration? Theres 40,000 people already got their second dates who will have to be contacted and changed. Sounds like a waste of resources. they’d have to do the existing 16,000-20,000 due in the next 3-4 weeks and accelerate the 10,000 due in weeks 4-8, to fully accelerate the 10,000-15,000 due in weeks 8-12. Over 50’s and vulnerable are due to have second doses in next 3 weeks anyway. All over 70’s and clinically vulnerable should get second doses within next 7-10 day anyway
    1 point
  25. It’s already illegal - if you leave the vehicle. Topic already posted here I’m locking this thread.
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  26. Open your eyes, food bank, housing for homeless and other charities have reported dramatic increases in demand. Are you just stupid or incredibly insensitive? foodbank Jan 2021 But demand has risen steadily and from April to the end of December 2020, it helped 3,382 households, with an average of 375 food parcels being distributed each month. They expect to exceed 5,000 parcels this year.
    1 point
  27. Initially that was what it was about. But it was also an evolving story. As more was known the thinking changed. Quite right too. The fact is that the economy is on the verge of bouncing back much stronger. Already has in many cases. And many things have been permanently changed for the better. So it's not all doom and gloom. Many companies are never going back to the office for example. It's all looking fairly positive. And a great opportunity to reset the economy too.
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  28. Quite, not sure just how remote the Seychelles are and I am pretty sure they have electricity. They may also pay in a currency other than conch shells.
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  29. Nobody knows what's coming, that's life. Uk wise they were told last March 12 weeks lockdown to protect the nhs Wear masks Social distance Don't work Don't see your family The vaccine will be given to the vulnerable we can then get out of this. The public have done everything they've been asked , hospitalizations and deaths are practically 0. How much longer are people supposed to sit put their life on hold because a new variant has popped up? I read somewhere there's thousands of variants of the sars virus. That burnt itself out. Fact is pol
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  30. Me too. And yet there is not one glimmer of regret at what was a patent lack of judgement. That in itself is concerning.
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  31. I just can’t even begin to say how many kinds of wrong the whole letter debacle was. That was the point at which Ashford lost my last shred of respect. Utter liar. And worshipped by too many. No matter what good he may have accidentally blundered into doing previously, he pissed it all away with shredgate. GDPR? Great Dangly Pile of Rubbish.
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  32. I can't help feeling that we are sliding into a dystopian nightmare. At one time, you could question anything and everything without fear of consequences and reprisals. No it seems that you can't even question liberalism itself, leading to a loss of free speech and thought. You must conform to a predetermined opinion or be cast out. You can't even apologise for a slip of the tongue or an unwise choice of words, the liberals have deemed that that slip betrays your true feelings and opinions. Far from an enlightened society, we are fast becoming an almost totalitarian society! Is social media th
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  33. He wouldn't be dangerous if you decided to fight him.
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  34. I have been saying this for so long, he always sounds plausible, well briefed and convincing, even when the words are clap trap. That is a dangerous skill.
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  35. Its not that dystopisn Max; its very nearly here. Freedom is now not unconditional (and I suppose it never has been) but subject to so many qualifications and boundaries that the concept of living in a free society is now very different to what it was in my youth. At least in part, I blame the rise in university "education" where our young are being indoctrinated by a dominant, psuedo-socialist and anti-liberal ideology, where only one view of Right is taught or accepted. Of course, the ideology is not particularly new and I can remember attending university in the late 1970s and fed an unrele
    1 point
  36. That sign is parking prohibited unless In Marked bays and blue badges get double the posted time. It’s the same in the square and the parade and dirty great signs all around the place. If you think the signage is wrong take it up with the DOI instead of giving the fella hassle for doing his job. I’m sure he wishes he could slope into The Japanese for lunch too.
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  37. I think the deeper possibility is should that ever happen, a new, more virulent mutation, or another after that, there may be no life to go back to. Should the vaccines become ineffective against a mutation, and with the only other avenue being permanent lockdown, it won’t be soon before society falls apart. It’s the question no-one wants to discuss - although I do remember @wrighty giving a very good explanation of why this wouldn’t be possible - but really, none of us know what’s ahead. It’s the elephant in the room. I’m not saying I believe this will happen and I agree whol
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  38. This is exactly what happens, involved with some charities & without the third sector the mental health issues would be a lot worse. The number of people who are arrested with mental health & addiction issues is scandalous & the media don’t help by putting the stories as headline news
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  39. Well, the SP report is to released this week according to MR. Today is Friday, expect a press release at 23.45 tonight. At the PAC Chris Robertshaw asked what had happened to the point by point rebuttal and DA gave the old fashioned courtesy hogwash and said there would still be a point by point rebuttal. I can't remember if he gave a timeframe, but probably likely in October.
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  40. It’s already prohibited under 123 Highway Code, and r.64 of the Maintenance & Use Regulations 2012 also prohibit it. The M&U Regs have force of law. Breach of the Regs already attracts penalties under Road Traffic Regulation Act 1985. At least I think that’s the convoluted legislative route.
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  41. Excellent post! It continues to amaze me that so many CEO’s and Directors (so-called experts) of departments, are still retained in their roles after such blatant failures under their watch. There are plenty of recent instances to substantiate this. We undoubtedly have some excellent CEO’s, who work tirelessly for the betterment of the island, but there are a few that have been winging it for many years. Unfortunately because of the low calibre Ministers that have been fronting these departments, they have been able to thrive after frivolous spending and project fuck-ups - DOI is th
    1 point
  42. John Smithson on Facebook is a proper troll Adopting a wild position and keeping true to it to wind up people, to make a post purely for the reaction and to hook people every time Sadly I think the fine art of trolling is dying - now there are far too many real people with real opinions that even the finest of trolls couldn't have created
    1 point
  43. Commonly agreed goals, not those of property developers & their cronies
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  44. WankPuffin did make me laugh for some reason though
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  45. Quite so. The non-professional medics that applied to join the Board presumably went through a selection process and so therefore do not represent the patients. They will follow the flow. Perhaps it's about time a Patients Forum was created to hold Manx Care to account for delivering the services. It's clear that IOMG isn't going to do that, they set policy only (or so we're told).
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  46. Already been discussed on another thread (though it took IOMN a week to put it online). It's an incredibly self-regarding letter, isn't it? Half of it is taken up with saying just how wonderful they are and how lucky we' be to have them to want to "put something back" as an MHK. (Apparently their "360-degree knowledge" of the Island doesn't include the fact that MHKs are paid handsomely). The rest is taken up with complaining that if you become a politician, people might criticise you personally[1]. This obviously never happened before the invention of the internet. This is someo
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  47. I think she was be an excellent minister, speaker or even CM. She is clear and articulate and challenges when appropriate.
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  48. how can there be big bonuses if targets aren't being met and profits are down.. twenty years ago interest rates were over 5% , today they are nearer 0.5% on a good day, and now they are wanting to charge you 30 quid a year for the privilege of letting them use your money so you need 6k in there to cover your costs if you don't pay in or write a cheque . whats changed in banking in 20 years that allowed banks to make money and pay out 5% to now they don't want to pay anything. ?
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