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  1. Tonight’s briefing will be as follows:- 1. I hope everyone had a nice weekend, I enjoyed visiting my parents and sitting in a deck chair 2. David for stats 3. dr ewart talks about a graph 4. Something about baby steps and remaining vigilent 5. education minister will be back on Thursday to give us an update on schools 6. respect those working in garden centres 7. council of ministers meeting on Thursday 8. Questions from a journalist...looks for clarification on something un important....something about guernsey air bridge Something about
    17 points
  2. Well we'll probably never know what that story is. Instead a valuable facility for the youth will be abandoned, someone loaded will rebuild it as a nice house, kids with nothing to do will smash vodka bottles somewhere and Facebook will be up in arms at shit parents.
    16 points
  3. On the surface, for many months we certainly were one of the leaders, alongside jurisdictions such as New Zealand. Little did we, the Great Manx Public, know there were huge gaps in our defences. The tragedy is that it appears the IOMG also had no idea. They are the people who should have known and should have closed those gaping holes before they became the economic and social disasters we are dealing with today, and will be for the foreseeable future. The majority of the GMP at one time were rightly proud of our covid response and it can only follow that the people who make up the
    16 points
  4. they weren't installed correctly and need £150,000's worth of new boards to fix it, these will come from Turkey but be the wrong size,shape,material and then after a lengthy legal battle, Dave will nip to BnQ and get 20m of the cheap stuff.
    14 points
  5. They’re looking for CoMin sense, not common sense
    14 points
  6. To be fair, the thread was created long before the PAC hearing, and I don't think RG objected to it before. I am a genuine supporter of RG, but you cannot expect something as explosive as what appears to have been going on not to be commented on. Whether her name is in the title is also irrelevant, it would be mentioned in the thread, so I am not sure where the issue is. I will say it again, from what we have seen, I support RG and wait to hear the rebuttal. BTW, that was supposed to be issued before the end of this week, that is today.
    14 points
  7. There were very few attacks on Henrietta's personal appearance on here. Plenty on FB in the comments at the briefings, one of the reasons I gave up watching rather than listening. Most of the comments on here have indeed gone past the superficial, but sometimes the superficial signals are very telling, vis the lovely smile comment. The comments about HQ's fumbling speech delivery belie a doubt that he actually understands what he is saying. One of the key points in effective presentation skills is knowing your subject and being able to know your limits when you go off piste. He appear
    13 points
  8. Agreed! The problem with their myopic penny-pinching strategies is that they may achieve short term goals, but in the longer term they will always generate false economies. This government seems to be totally at ease when it comes to the spiralling costs of large capital projects (like the Liverpool Docks project), but unable to bring themselves to spend comparatively small amounts of money on vital health related programmes like random Covid testing of residents and mandatory testing of all visitors. IMHO, collectively, they lack perspective. The lockdowns we have had were always going to cos
    13 points
  9. For a while the IOMG pretended that it was leading the world in how to effectively manage Covid. No more! They left the proverbial back door, the SPC, well and truly open and unsupervised. Consequently, Covid slipped silently past their defences, back into our lives and sent us back into lockdown.
    13 points
  10. Some elements of Quayle are beyond his control. Principally his intellect. He cannot help being, essentially, a very limited performer in terms of raw intellectual ability. This underpins his dreadful (frankly unacceptable) performance in terms of verbal communication. But there are many things he could control. Illustrations are: Stop his blustering, pompous, overbearing approach. Treat people, especially women, with respect. Respond to challenge with dignity and an open mind. But he does none of these things. Because he’s unfit for public office, let alone CM. But he didn’t appoint hims
    12 points
  11. FFS, news announced earlier which could derail the vax programme and you don't think it is important that it was wrong?
    12 points
  12. We've had two lockdowns this year. We're in the fourth month. Your support for this regime is appalling.
    12 points
  13. which we should have been doing right from the fucking start
    12 points
  14. May I just ask. Are you actually paid by the government to spend a huge portion of your day on MF supporting the government? Or are you just a contrary twat? Either way, you’re consistently consistent.
    11 points
  15. or the sort of letter shredding antics that sound like a script from Father Ted
    11 points
  16. Prince Philip, inadvertent father of the Computer Misuse Act, dies aged 99 • The Register Many years before, the Queen Mum had welcomed Prince Philip into the family by dubbing him "The Hun" while other courtiers called him "Charlie Kraut" or "Phil the Greek". Even saintly Princess Diana reportedly referred to him as "Stavros", although not to his face as his response might have been robust. He was sailing off the Isle of Wight one year when the skipper of another boat shouted: "Oi! Out of the way, Stavros!" Philip yelled back: "It's not Stavros, and it's my wife's fucking water so I'll d
    11 points
  17. 100%. But who gave him the information and who did he consult with before delivering this hugely important development? Along with all the other 'misunderstandings', we really do need a reckoning. It isn't enough to harp back to our relative normality last year, that should have been a breathing space to develop good processes, but it was ignored. It is new ground and we can expect mistakes, what I cannot accept is arrogance, lack of transparency and the refusal to listen to people with an informed view. So on the list of accounts outstanding, I have:- The RG rebuttal
    10 points
  18. That whole interview was insensitive. The entire conversation seemed to be a many pronged effort to distance themselves and the vaccine being the reason for death. There comes a time when evidence should be given. Now is not the time. Maybe he’s just got so used to arse covering with every statement that he just can’t stop. Whatever the reason, I would have preferred 90% sympathy and 10% arse covering - not the other way round.
    10 points
  19. In the same week that the Duke of Edinburgh died. Unbelievable. Every child in the IOM should spend a week or more at this wonderful educational facility in one of the most beautiful locations we have. What an experience for them. A place to learn about themselves and others; to learn life skills; develop socially and emotionally; self-reliance, maturity, resilience and coping; fresh air, exercise, and just having fun. More value in a week than in a whole term of school. I give up with this Island.
    10 points
  20. Dear god, can you really compare the two. Er, on second thoughts, don't answer that... Hitchens once described Icke's outpourings and conspiracy theories in general as, "the exhaust fumes of democracy." After describing MF as a, "cesspit" it's you who needs to think about your own credibility...
    10 points
  21. It's called taking the piss. They've had month's to assemble a crack team of experts. The rest of the UK and the Crown Dependants are opening up. We're putting together a group to talk about it - ffs man. ... and you're 'The Voice of Reason'.
    10 points
  22. Travelling for a pussy is always worth it, ask jet ski man
    10 points
  23. The question our Government need to answer will be, given the U.K. is opening up to Europe May 17, the Channel Islands to the U.K. from April 26, our vaccination programmes are at similar stages, our infection rates will likely be zero, our hospital admissions likely at zero, our at risk groups all vaccinated, infection, hospital admissions & death rates all tumbling across the U.K. ..... what gives them the right, should I say where is the data to justify keeping us all locked away? ..... and more worryingly, who the hell is providing it? I mean, isn’t the advice given to the IOM the
    10 points
  24. A lot of people don't raise their eyes above their own horizon; it is only when something directly impacts them do they take any notice. So, not surprising, but just because the majority are uninterested, it doesn't lessen the importance of getting to the bottom of these things.
    9 points
  25. They seem to have forgotten that they are elected by the people, to work for the people. The people come first. Shameful really.
    9 points
  26. The vaccination program is it. It is everything. Get fucking vaccinated folks. The ONLY way all this shit stops is with massive take up everywhere. Some people I thought were friends aren't going to have it. They can FUCK OFF Governments, not just ours, are going to be scared of going back into lockdown or anything close, going to need huge numbers with some protection. We here and the UK are getting really close. Idiots (often the same who are most opposed to any restrictions at all) will slow us down.
    9 points
  27. You'd need a legal beagle to work 'pro bonio'
    9 points
  28. Well only in so far as all cases contracted by Steam Packet staff seem to have been classified as 'travel-related'. Certainly the index case was. Which in a sense they are, but not in the way that those words are normally used - ie returning travellers. By the same logic all cases on the Island are travel-related. Just as they are China-related or bat-related. Government communications have used the phrase as a way of avoiding responsibility. Now unless you're going to ban all travel to the Island, passenger and freight, there is always going to be some risk from and to transpor
    9 points
  29. Worst syrup in the history of rugs. As obvious as the bollocks on a bulldog.
    9 points
  30. There isn't anything that is risk free when it comes to managing covid. It only becomes "risk free" when you ignore some of the risks, like the economy, non-covid health, mental wellbeing, etc. PM has a piece about how a woman returning to the island was apparently misled by her direction notice, 111 and the security staff on her return. All pretty appalling and for what end? All she wanted to do was self-isolate with her husband who had not left the island but who would also self-isolate. You can kind of tolerate individual injustices or miscommunications if there is a signific
    9 points
  31. If there is a last briefing, then at the end. HQ "It's Fastyr mie from me" DA "and it's Faster mie from him" In unison "Fastyr mie" (Slow fade to black, bagpipes, Ellan Vannin) End title simply reads (copyright Clownshoe productions - 2020 to 2021) Then a web link to massively discounted Howard o clock Merchandise.
    8 points
  32. Warwick University Version... The inevitable Tynwald Interpretation...
    8 points
  33. After the mess he’s made with announcements today DA should resign.
    8 points
  34. The online advert for today’s Manx Independent identifies that the former headteacher of RGS is expressing views on border controls and that the lady herself, Ms. Baker, is ‘frustrated beyond belief’ at government’s inaction. Are retired teachers an acknowledged source of expert comment on Covid-related border closures? Why is this person being quoted? Were they approached for a view or simply volunteer it? If the latter, do you think IOMN would be interested in my butcher’s views on funding the Island’s heritage sites, about which he speaks articulately. My next door neighbour’s grandson, who
    8 points
  35. It comes from parental training- to encourage good behaviours you should focus on the positives rather than the negatives, or at least that's what my kids always told me.
    8 points
  36. He's so full of it, isn't he? In fact, if he was given an enema on his deathbed they'd be able to bury him in a matchbox.
    8 points
  37. Should have been fighting the virus on the pier.
    8 points
  38. David mitchell did a bit of a run down on flag shaggers, said keeping a flag indoors where it can't catch the wind and do the very thing it's designed for is akin to putting a bus stop in your front room.
    8 points
  39. The worrying thing is that our government thinks that destroying evidence is acceptable, we should just accept their word without question. Letters to Ministers, now taped conversations. There are other previous cases of this kind of thing when it doesn't suit them for a contrary piece of evidence to mysteriously disappear!
    8 points
  40. Not going to comment on the last few pages but having just spent half an hour browsing social media, it would appear pressure is mounting to get the borders open. A couple of months ago the majority seemed fairly happy. That really doesn’t appear to be the case now with what only appears a small number not expecting an open border soon, or at the very least an indication of what they want to see before that happens. I really don’t see how they can justify restrictions on top of what the rest of The British Isles will have. Pressure is mounting and they need to sort it out.
    8 points
  41. That doesn't even begin to cover it. Step out of your bubble and think about history, nationhood, and politics on the big scale. Prince Philip was a main player of his times and did it with dignity, style, modesty, courage etc; and still retained his individuality. His life was a good example to all who choose to understand it.
    8 points
  42. I have that film on DVD in my ‘special collection’ too.
    8 points
  43. Correct; scrap it. Clare Christian (yes, that one) imbued some dignity in the role and delivered effective parliamentary interventions in a way that Rodan spectacularly hasn’t, but there’s no sound reason, constitutionally or administratively, for this transparently non-job.
    8 points
  44. That will be down to Rodant I suspect (and none of them with any commonsense suggesting a temporary recess) - Tenner says Rodant's been recommended for an upgrade to his OBE in the Queen's birthday or by Xmas (most likely June). Pompous ass. Added zero or minus value during most of his 'service'. Grrrr!
    7 points
  45. You "freedom" people are always so fundamentalist and absolute. And, like all fundamentalism, that's always an extreme and shrill perspective. Also, almost invariably, selfishly missing out the other part of that equation: Our responsibilities. Especially to others. Our freedoms and rights have at no stage been sacrificed. It's simply that some important measures have been temporarily in place in order to deal with a genuine crisis.
    7 points
  46. Whilst the Government was feted by worldwide media there was never any pretence from the IOM Government that it was leading the world. During that time, rather than indulge in any sort of boasting or self congratulation the CM was very measured and modest in interviews, for example quoting our inbuilt advantage by geography and population size.
    7 points
  47. Everybody's against waste and wants efficiency, at least in principle. Too often it's flag-shagging namesake seems to call for cuts in public services. Given Josem's history advocating for Brexit, the Alliance's opaque funding and the choice of an organisation name that in the UK is associated with the right of the Tory Party - you can understand people being concerned about this organisations motives.
    7 points
  48. I proposed this in March last as the pandemic took hold. Close the project and take the hit on the expenditure so far. It was never the right thing to do, and Covid was the perfect face saving excuse to write it off. But Manx Government hubris, the need for ‘projection of power’, usurped any sensible resolution. come September, I hope Manx voters ask members how they voted on this issue, and why?
    7 points
  49. The uk seem to be doing ok once a percentage have had a shot. We cannot fall behind everywhere else. We have been far too cautious through whilst at the same time not doing the simple things that would have helped hugely. The iom approach has lacked compassion, foresight and common sense throughout.
    7 points
  50. In my opinion, he was a great man. Throughout the lives of the majority of us he has been the bedrock for our head of state, our Queen, one of the most important and influential people in the world. What QE2 has done for the world, and women in particular is fantastic. Philip was always their by her side. Bless you Prince Philip. God speed.
    7 points
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