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  1. Rachel has tried every which way to re-offer her services. This last tweet wasn't the first time she's reached out. Government has made it very clear they do not want her to be involved. I want her to be involved. Not because I don't like the government, not because I don't trust the government, Not because I want to see her 'win' and them lose, not because she's my mate or my old school friend or because she posts on here and seems like a bloody good egg. I would like her to be involved because what she's offering is something very very special for the Island. Something we may, shou
    27 points
  2. There's only one solution to this mystery, an unpalatable one for sure. Someone is going to have to go buy the paper.
    24 points
  3. I think you'll find most so called anti-government rhetoric is focused on government-stupidity and government-selfishness. In recent times - under Brown, Bell and now Quayle - all too many government spending decisions have hardly been effective, efficient nor economic. Can you name ONE major IOM Govt project that has ever been delivered on time and to budget? And remember the "Scope of Government" reports of 2006 and then 2012? The whole of government and all of its systems needs a top to bottom overhaul. Nothing has been done, in fact instead it continually spirals out of control o
    24 points
  4. Have you never heard the term whistle-blowing? Dr G. tried every avenue and was well aware of what was at risk on her island. She isn't doing this for publicity, she's been offered far better gigs than helping out testing for COVID on a small island. But she wants to put her neck out, for the good of the island. It's a pandemic, we don't have time for cricket. We are currently in a situation that could have plausibly been avoided, if the calls for testing had been listened to months ago. The outbreak on the island is actively impacting upon people's health, both mental and physical.
    21 points
  5. After today’s briefing I’m increasingly concerned that Dr. Ewart, rather than being an independent, reliable and well-informed voice of clear and comprehensive advice and information to the public, is becoming, or more disturbingly has become, simply a mouthpiece for Quayle’s view of the situation. I want more confidence in the Island’s Director of Public Health than I presently have.
    20 points
  6. I have more influence now that I tweet my expertise then I ever had when I was on "the inside" after volunteering my expertise. If they fancied sending everything from the NYE cases to date down to my lab I'd sequence them all in 24hrs and in 36 hours they'd have the transmission chains of all cases since then mapped, linked, characterised and a report sent back for Henrietta and the contact tracing team to match up with their tracing data.
    15 points
  7. Actually the point is they did sign up for it. When you join government, either as a politician or as a civil servant, you don't get to specify that you only want to do the easy bits. Coping with crises is part of the job specification. As it would be in any other job, public or private. And, guess what, so is criticism. Especially in a democracy - indeed it's the essence of a democracy. Picking holes in policy is what people are supposed to do. How else are improvements in policy supposed to come about?
    15 points
  8. Let's not forget that both Chief & Health Minister voted against additional testing in a vote in the Keys, in December. I feel the need to remind people about this fact, as it's often brushed over.
    15 points
  9. If the MBE comes on today and says there's no rush to vaccinate, then there'll be a shitstorm waiting for him and the rest of COMIN because it's been in the community probably since middle of last month, if not before. You really don't need to be a genius to work that out. Get those vaccines in people's arms before it's too late. I can't tell you how fucking angry I am that they thought testing was a waste of time. I'm afraid I no longer have any faith in the Public Health advice being given to COMIN.
    15 points
  10. Howie reminding everyone social media is full of fake news and to only trust official gov sources. I think I trust Dr Glover more.
    14 points
  11. Brought onto the live broadcasts in order to appease the people inside and outside of government demanding expert opinion after the parting of the ways with Dr G. A smoothing measure but without sincerity. She's still a woman, and she still doesn't know as much as them. Well, she does, she knows more, hence the occasional slip of the smirk, but they're not going to acknowledge that. Here we are on the brink of something potentially very harmful to life as we know it and instead of a robust, knowledgable, honest leader, behind the scenes there are those playing silly wee games. Do wh
    14 points
  12. Yes, they're getting arsey about the same, or similar, questions being asked but these questions need to be asked again and again. Especially regarding Dr Glover. I hope they get asked about Dr Glover every single day. And they need to stay cool, stop being so bleeding snarkey, and answer with decency. At the end of the day Dr Glover said months ago that there needs to be testing before people come out of self isolation. Which means that someone, somewhere, disagreed with this and did not think that it was necessary. Who was this person, or persons, and do they still think they know bette
    14 points
  13. They were rattled, but PM's question was a good one - do we have a super-spreader situation? PM didn't invent the term and it was right to explore it, but the dynamic duo were clearly not happy. The role of the press is to ask questions on behalf of the public, and the role of officials is to answer them. If they treat the press with contempt, they are effectively treating the public with contempt.
    14 points
  14. The luck we had to land in the position we did. The geographics, a population in general prepared to do what was asked from them, a genetic specialist, even a machine was found under dust sheets. Yet somehow they still managed to fuck it up, unreal.
    13 points
  15. At this point, if they swallowed their pride and sent me an email, I'd sequence and analyse all the cases to date for free.
    13 points
  16. There is a discretionary exemption provision. It’s there for cases just as this. Someone in DHSC or Cabinet Office has exercised their discretion, and exercised it wrongly if the facts are truly as we have been told. It’s clearly legally unreasonable, using the Wednesbury Unreasonable rules as long as the man is prepared to isolate with his partner, not share the bedroom, test on days 1, 6/7, 13, and care for her. Its also unreasonable to make him move out and pay rent elsewhere. Not just from his view point, but from DHSC view point. If he’d refused DHSC would have had to pay for her to
    13 points
  17. Agreed. All he's doing is regurgitating what's already out there. Nothing new. The world's full of plagiarists.
    13 points
  18. I am going to go out on a bit of a limb here, I clearly have rubbed many of you up the wrong way (ooo err matron) I feel a lot of what I was trying to clumsily say is turning out to be accurate? The LinkedIn article could have been written by me, the groundswell of people who are completely hung out to dry by the lockdown and lack of financial support. I do believe I am hit harder by this than most on here. I and my family are really struggling with the border restrictions and when we could at least justify those with "covid free" they have now screwed that as well and I literally
    13 points
  19. So, we are currently depending on some of the lowest paid in society to care for older people, elderly families, taking risks in nursing and care homes without sufficient PPE, doing extras for the DHSC on the bank and on zero hours contracts, keeping food and supplies arriving and loading up shelves etc with unstable work routines, unpredictable work patterns and the ongoing insecurity that these employment practices create. On the other hand, those in government and alongside it are 'protected' from some of the harsher realities of life by being able to offset some of these outcomes by
    13 points
  20. There is no reason why they cannot get more organised and deliver far more vaccines weekly. The Isle of Man has a piss poor record of delivering ANYTHING on time. They need to put the right kind of people in charge for starters.
    13 points
  21. I’ve listened to it. Quayle is a nasty, obtuse, ego-driven and vindictive individual completely lacking in the intellect, charisma and talent required to manage this. The Quayle-enabling silence and acquiescence of others within CoMin and Tynwald is a growing stain on them. Starting with the letter-shredder. They disgust me.
    13 points
  22. And one that the FB cohort has flatly refused to read. Perhaps it upsets their view of the paradigm? But it is largely correct. I posted way back about how comparatively easy it was for the IOM to eradicate covid - two points of entry, a largely compliant population, relative ease of tracking, a home grown expert in the field of testing, what could possibly go wrong?
    12 points
  23. Just how many layers does this job need? https://www.jobtrain.co.uk//iomgovjobs/DisplayJob.aspx?JobId=11818 so there is a Director of Transport, a head of fleet services and now a fleet services manager? Never mind an Auditor General, the Island is crying out for a “what the f*ck do you do? Department. In times of austerity, you tighten your belt, not do another lap at the drive thru.
    12 points
  24. I went shopping for my dad today, what is with people looking at things with their hands? There was a woman in front of me at the eggs, she must have picked up 5 or 6 packets of Eggs while I was waiting and was still faffing about when I whipped in at the side of her and took a box - I saw another man picking up veg too, they need to bring in a rule that says “touch it, buy’”. Rant!
    12 points
  25. Not helped by a government policy of playing it all down. No risk, low risk, not in the community, eradication, robust testing not required. There's not one government in the world looking after their citizens who would say, "I wish we'd taken things slower, I wish we'd played it down, I wish we hadn't panicked the public." I'm not a scaremonger, never have been, but here are the facts. Across the water they are running out of oxygen. Ambulances are driving from hospital to hospital looking for beds. patients are being treated in ambulances, outside hospitals because there are no
    12 points
  26. False positives are extraordinarily rare. In the 17,000 or so on-Island PCR results that I called while I was at the DHSC there was not one false positive. False negatives are a much bigger risk. The PCR I designed that contained the human RNA test reduced this possibility to a much lower level than if a commercial "off the shelf" PCR test was used (not aware of any that have the human RNA test). I don't know what commercial PCR the lab are currently using so wouldn't be able to accurately assess what the potential false negative rate is currently.
    12 points
  27. This is absolutely ridiculous! Madness. You are offering 80 000+ people on this Island a golden opportunity to get ahead of the game and one/two/three? men are not allowing it to happen? I'm raging. Absolutely raging.
    11 points
  28. That's just heartless. This is being driven from the top - the CM is devoid of a moral compass so the entire government is directionless when compassion or empathy is needed so it just follows the bureaucracy. Fuck what the rules say - you only wrote them last week. If you lacked the imagination to envisage this then, rewrite them now.
    11 points
  29. Pongo, you are at it again, the majority of folk are not anti-government,they are opposed to some of the stupid decisions made by the CM and his cohorts ie voting against more testing/getting rid of DR Glover/ reading out private letters at briefings etc that to me is constructive criticism not anti-goverment rhetoric.
    11 points
  30. Wow. OK then. Firstly, I am not entirely convinced by the environmental improvement offered by my a bloke driving his 4wd truck to my house to deliver a Chinese plastic litter grabber that I then burn petrol in my car to drive to another beach to pick up some crisp packets. Second. Sorry if my "whinging" offends you. While you posted that I was on the phone to JSA being told I am not entitled to any help at all and have also been on to the Manx solidarity fund this morning. Maybe put yourself in the shoes of people who are told they can't earn (and might have had all sorts
    11 points
  31. I was vocal about how well they were handling it in the autumn as we were carrying on regardless while the rest of the world was a basket case but it seems behind the scenes there wasn't any coherent policy to ensure it stayed that way other than a few fingers being crossed. They will rightly be under fire for criticism now as livelihoods are being eroded every day we are locked down. Especially so when we had documented and verifiable evidence from a qualified on island individual that this was likely to end badly if they didn't tighten up their testing policies.
    11 points
  32. PHE doesn't accredit anyone. The genomics for COG-UK are being carried out at academic labs, which don't tend to be accredited for anything and tend to have students doing the work. After I resigned from the DHSC I was approached by Amazon to set up a high-throughput COVID19 PCR lab in Manchester to test their UK employees. Didn't particularly want to get stuck in the UK or end up trying to travel back and forth (and then isolate) so I politely turned them down. We're slammed and now I've had to send everyone to work from home. Our sales quadrupled last year and we're still loo
    11 points
  33. Not a peep. The only person who is speaking out is Dr Glover and Bonzo bloody Slater who no-one takes seriously. Not one person in government standing up to say enough, this isn't good enough. It's like a polarised Trump situation (hear me out). Doing his own thing for years and the only people standing up to him are shown the door (Dr G for example). Everyone has to toe the line including Dr Ewart now and that is an extremely unhealthy situation. This could end up really dangerous for us here, and we've got someone in charge who doesn't understand, doesn't listen, doesn't wor
    11 points
  34. Fucking incredible a journalist had to ask to get the figures
    11 points
  35. As moderator. You've obviously time on your hands and your posting is out of control. You veer between TSOS abuse and TJ hysteric repetition. Try and self limit your posting. You’ve posted 254 since 1/1/21. You only posted 38 in the 5 years before that.
    11 points
  36. By precisely not doing second week testing from November when advised by Dr Racael...he has fumbled us into lockdown. Wanker.
    11 points
  37. Probably very cynical, but if you look at it this way:- We can very easily close the borders, or at least limit entries; we are a small, easily trackable community: we are also, in the main, a compliant lot; we have a lot of genuinely caring and supportive professionals; we have a highly qualified person willing and able to give us on-island testing and genomic data so we can build our local understanding and response. With those attributes, how could we possibly fail? That is how we achieved elimination. But where it unravelled, for me, was the nonsense with the Doctor an
    11 points
  38. Josem, aimee burns, that guy that lives off grid, pullyman, tony mepham dot tilbury and geoffrey from the spectrum winder ads.
    11 points
  39. This is exactly the issue. We had the ability to be right on top of it and could be right on top of tracking variants. But, for some inexplicable reason, the person who has that expertise has been binned. There needs to be full disclosure and accountability on this. GDPR and commercial confidentiality takes second place when the community's health, wealth and wellbeing is at stake.
    11 points
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  41. As most of the population of the IOM have acted like adults during our periods of lockdown and contributed greatly to their success, before this last shambles. It would be good if our politicos could grow up, stop acting like children, put aside petty politics and who said what to who and deal with the crisis at hand. The population are adults so report the facts, not the facts which make you look better or less incompetent, and if we need external help from Dr Glover or anyone get together and sort it ! Not difficult is it !!!
    10 points
  42. You, me and many others have said the same, I dare say if there was a poll the overall majority would vote to see Dr Glover return, no time for pride in a national emergency.
    10 points
  43. Of course, we'd rather be here but wouldn't we rather be here without a community spread and with people in charge who really knew what they were doing or were able to access help from others who do? Maybe it was always going to come back, maybe there was always going to be a case slip through the net but people went to the Panto FFS, and on NYE after the government KNEW there was a case, they allowed it to happen. And now look...
    10 points
  44. I'm not even sure that the genomics that Liverpool were providing (and weren't we supposed to have them last Friday?) are the sort that helps with contact tracing and sorting cases into clusters. It sounded as if it was just about testing to see if the new (English) variant was responsible for these cases. Obviously that should be done as well, but the most immediate useful thing would be to use them to track sources of infection. Happy to be proved wrong, but we're still talking about a week turnaround where it could be a couple of days. Incidentally it's worth knocking another piece
    10 points
  45. As so often there's more detail in the official media release: Two new cases of COVID-19 have been detected in the Isle of Man. The first case is a day 1 test result of someone self-isolating having travelled to the Isle of Man. They remain in self-isolation and will be offered further tests on day 7 and 13 of their isolation period. The second case is someone who developed symptoms and contacted the COVID-111 for advice and to arrange a test. They are self-isolating along with other members of their household and will be offered a further test on day 13 of their isolation per
    10 points
  46. Actually it's complete nonsense from the start, and as I've said before quite scary because he seems to be listening to nonsense advice and endlessly repeating it no matter how often everyone else points out the flaws and inaccuracies. This would be a very long comment if I tried to explain every error, so I'll just pick on the 14 day one in relation to the Douglas cluster and the 1%. I actually suspect it's even less than this, but if the chance of one person not testing positive is 1% then the combined chance of two is 0.01% not 1%. The reality of course if the problem here is intra-h
    10 points
  47. True. But he's OUR shit. And he's currently the best shit we've got.
    10 points
  48. I disagree, he's putting the pressure on, which is absolutely needed. He's done a better job there than I've ever heard him do before.
    10 points
  49. Whether by design or luck, after the initial surge in March/April 2020, and the very unfortunate Abbottswood deaths, they’ve actually achieved a very good result. We were told that even with 14 days isolation, the gold standard, there was a very small risk. It’s all about risk assessment in a pandemic containment plan. You can’t completely avoid, not without total cut off from the outside world. And that brings its own risks. So you have to balance. One of the plans they’ve had, from very early on after community spread was eliminated in June, was a short sharp circuit breaker if Cov
    10 points
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