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  1. Ashford for Treasury? I would have demoted him after his mishandling of COVID not promoted him.
    20 points
  2. Oh good, The Shredder in charge of our finances.
    14 points
  3. Wow that head looks crazy big. It must be housing so much knowledge, since single handedly reading every peer reviewed article on Covid and now containing the entire economic outlook of every single country in the world.
    10 points
  4. No one? Why are lots of people still wearing them if that's the case? Still using hand gel too, presumably. But the covid infection rate is still moving in the wrong direction. So if it "fills up every winter anyway" Noble’s certainly doesn't want the extra influx of covid patients on top of it. The "simple measures" as you define them, are still relevant, at the very least for the time being. Good question. You seem very confident that covid, in whichever variation will "burn itself out" and that catching whichever variant leaves one immune to all covid viruses generally. Is this correct? Will it burn itself out? Not anytime soon I imagine. Seems like you're placing your faith in herd immunity also, but this isn't happening at any pace, and the science jury is out on whether it will happen at all, so best we deal with the now, the present and the "simple measures" you claim nobody wants, need to continue, including masks and distancing where deemed necessary. That recent Toploader gig, and the infection rise which followed confirms it. Enclosed area, shoulder to shoulder, people cheering, up close shouting in your ear; viral load and an'that. Another poster supplied the information about this so your supposition has been answered. Your impatience and petulant, repetitive responses are tiresome. You do what you wanna do, you're your own expert (on pretty much everything) and feel you know what's best for everyone. Good job you're not in charge.
    10 points
  5. Did it tho? Did it really? The letter shredder is now in charge of more bits of paper than he’ll know what to do with.
    10 points
  6. Jesus Mary Joseph and the wee donkey. Thank god he’s an expert in everything he turns his hand to. Except accountability, of course.
    10 points
  7. 10 points
  8. Was always going to happen despite it being an awful prospect for all of us. How long until he starts spouting from the www school of economics like he did about medicine?
    10 points
  9. Let's hope the policy of backfilling your replacement's old job doesn't lead Quayle to a new career as a late night shock jock.
    9 points
  10. I've been tuning into Mannin Line for a good 40 years. Stu Peters and others, would occasionally spin a record, but Andy has no time for such things as he has so many people listening to the show and is seemingly always inundated with callers, email and txts from 'correspondents' and saying things that Andy just happens to want to say. And he doesn't read out my emails (Stu Peters never failed to read them out, ever). I'm all for a busy show but when it is seemingly somewhat contrived, then what is the point? I wish Beth Espey all the best with the show. Doing a good job already.
    9 points
  11. At least they had principles. A vote between only two people is no real vote at all. Wannenburgh hit the ground running and if that’s how he voted in good conscience then good for him. Why would you be disgusted at people expressing independent thought?
    9 points
  12. i think the last person was Illiam Dhone.
    9 points
  13. Teachers work 49.5 hours a week on average. Down from 54.4 according to the UK government. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/teacher-workload-cut-by-five-hours-a-week-over-past-three-years There's a reason there's a huge shortage of teachers in the UK, and it's not because it's a cushy number.
    9 points
  14. As I’ve said before, whilst we should show the way forward and do what is fundable, we could spend 24/7 farting fresh air and it won’t make any difference to the planet given out surface area. The climate change protesters blocking the M25 should go to the Canaries and sit in front of the lava.
    9 points
  15. If I had just been made a MHK and offered DOI theres only one way I'd accept . There would have to be a management cull and CEO out the door first and a promise of continued support from CM. CS . and AG before i'd agree . There is no way its ever operating as it should unless that happens. And we all know thats not happening. More of the same it will be sadly.
    9 points
  16. I'm not a teacher but I am a person who is double-jabbed and has recently had covid. There is absolutely no way that I would've been able to work from home or sit in the sunshine while suffering with symptoms. It really did knock me for six and I would encourage anyone who's not had covid (whether vaccinated or not) to take whatever precautions possible to avoid the illness.
    9 points
  17. Nothing like a stereotypical and ill informed view for a Friday afternoon I'm not a teacher and I wouldn't want to be one, but I know plenty and I have sympathy for the difficult jobs they have and the fact that they have had to mix with 00's of potentially ill kids over the last few weeks. Every single teacher I know has contracted it recently. Only someone who is out of touch with reality would make the comments you are making.
    9 points
  18. I just want to congratulate all the people that want to live with covid without mitigation. You sound like clueless self indulgent fools. Your way is not living with covid. It’s just making the virus spread. We have six people in hospital and none in itu . Manx care state everything what is happening at Nobles is due to staff shortages and covid . You are just playing into the governments hands. Giving them a reason for their negligence to the population .Very long waiting lists not being able to get doctor appointment and cancellation of operations. Well done all of you. I hope you are not needing any medical treatment in the future, or you end up dead waiting. But to be sure you will be stuck at home all because of your five minutes of freedom of choice .
    8 points
  19. People like you and ramseyboi are going to have to learn to live with the figures being published. It's quite simple. You are both embarrassing yourselves
    8 points
  20. Wint should be binned. An egotistical idiot.
    8 points
  21. And, as if by magic, should a hint of investigative journalism take place, the journalist is swiftly made an offer he/she cannot understand and disappears - in a puff! Now, THAT’s magic!
    8 points
  22. Sadly it would seem Rob has illusions of grandeur which really isnt justified as all he's achieved is topping the poll in Onchan. He hasnt coverered himself in glory in the couple of B team posts he's had so why he thinks he's worth a big promotion into the 'big league' only he knows. Humility is a big quality !. In my view he should have taken the Post office gig and made his mark professionally and credibly. Sadly the preferred choice of Rob seems to have been DOI or DfE and indeed he was part of those departments in minor roles. Sorry Rob you clearly are not up to the Role in DOI and though you say its a great Dept with some great officers shows you have little idea of whats going on. That Dept fail at every task and its those 'great' officers that are responsible for those fails. Its very badly run and overseen and it needs drastic overhaul including lots of those so called great officers shown the door. Nick Black being the first out the door. Everyone can see this apart it would seem Rob. As for DfE I'm sorry he hasnt got the inteligence and fortitude to deal with another dept with a big responsibilty but its also has lost its way and seemingly misspending and a out of control dept especially around the TT races and sundry motorsport . Again I'm positive Rob hasn't the qualities needed to guide the organisation to a safe and effective outcome. Sorry but as said at the start , Rob you should have taken the PO job without doubt ! .
    8 points
  23. So, in answering the question you spoke to/with them!
    8 points
  24. Says someone who’s about to leave on a boat in the morning and who has an extremely crabby attitude.
    8 points
  25. Peel is the best place on the isle of Man ,thats provided the DOI don't ruin it unique characteristics , , leave the quayside alone no silly sticky out parking bays and don't ruin Micheal street and Athol place by making it look like Milton keynes I hope Crookall will put a stop to all this nonsense and a waste of money on nice to have's , Sewerage treatment scheme yes , a business park , yes more jobs in the west of the island , yes ,
    8 points
  26. Someone needs to tell Cannan, having Ashford welded to him in photographs A La "yes chief minister" isn't a good look !
    8 points
  27. Our child has it and on day 8 is only on the road to recovery now. It was definitely more than a bad cold and the after effects seem to be much worse than any virus I've experienced with both of my children over the years. I pity anyone who gets it with an underlying health issue because it really has knocked the wind out of me and mine. The exhaustion, brain fog etc seem to be the problem during recovery. Whilst these don't sound that serious, these are the things which I think will cause the problems in schools (and workplaces) going forward.
    8 points
  28. These are the two key factors that leap out at me. Manx Gas has already proved remarkably adept at providing "limited data" about their finances in the past. Right up to and past the point when people took to the streets to display their concerns. Our elected have clearly then taken a decision with financial consequences for a large sector of the Island WITHOUT being in full possession of the facts, by their own admittance.
    7 points
  29. Gosh.... that's some forward planning Stu! 😁
    7 points
  30. Yep, Beth was very good a far better presenter than winty boy who talks over people all the time M.R should give her more airtime on mannin line.
    7 points
  31. Seems you struggle to understand risk. Where did you see zero. It's never been zero risk. Some kids get ill. Much less than say over 70s but it's never been zero. They can get ill. They can pass it on to those that they are close to. They are close to teachers. Not rocket science.
    7 points
  32. The mere notion of this is madness. Has this Island not got enough on it's plate already without spunking hundreds of thousands of taxpayers pounds on something that will achieve the grand sum of fuck all. I really do despair.
    7 points
  33. It’s only understandable if you are self entitled and think that people won’t be rewarded on merit but would be rewarded on bought for support. So really the language to me is worrying to day the least. It’s like “I voted for you and I got nothing in return” which sort of suggests that the only reason why you voted for someone was that you didn’t think they were really the best candidate but you expected something in return for voting for them anyway.
    7 points
  34. Where are you getting this idea that the rest of Britain has concluded it isn't necessary? Is this really the case? It is if you're interested and bother to look. You're making things up. See above. You're the one banging on about it, and not only on here. No one I know is stuck in some stupid elimination mindset. Maybe about 5 of them... People are getting used to it because there's no other choice, we don't need to be told nor badgered for not doing things as quick as you'd like. You insist on comparing it to 'flu but this is an imprecise equivalency, means nothing. Many people care. Really? Where are the statistics or polls which might help with this claim? Why are you even asking the question? Restrictions are easing but the future is unpredictable and caution should continue to be exercised, come next spring we'll have a better idea. Get used to it. Up to now, and hopefully it shall remain this way. Take nothing for granted. Claptrap...
    7 points
  35. And yet he voted for him. He did not, stand by his opinion at the time and he did not, as others did, decline to endorse his appointment. It appears that’s it’s only now, having been passed over that he speaks his mind. Add sour grapes to my previous list. I mean, I know he’s absolutely raging about Julie getting a Ministership but, he’s really gone way beyond today. This is not the behaviour expected of a senior statesperson. I should think Mr Cannan is feeling quite vindicated over the stance he chose.
    7 points
  36. Is that paperwork shredded too. Wouldnt believe a word Ashford says anymore
    7 points
  37. The worst bit is we pay a fortune for these reports and then totally ignore them!
    7 points
  38. I had the audacity to question the self-professed journalistic credentials of the admin. Oh, and said he was wrong.
    7 points
  39. I'm worried by that. He can't add up a few Covid numbers over 24 hours so when it come to taxes we're all fucked. I can see it now "the economy is not in recession, the negative economic growth is just a snapshot and not a true reflection of the overall picture".
    7 points
  40. Earlier this week there were 23 teachers off sick at Balla. They tried to work it with cover teachers etc, but it just wasn't viable. Years 9 & 10 proposed as they are old enough to stay at home and don't have exams this year. Frankly I don't see what else they could do?
    7 points
  41. It is the Tory way: "defund, make sure things don't work, people get angry, you hand it over to private capital." Noam Chomsky
    7 points
  42. Let’s raise the bar a little higher.
    7 points
  43. Grow up. You can’t transpose Hate for Thought like that. It’s silly and meaningless. You’ve got hold of completely the wrong end of the stick
    7 points
  44. The harm is obvious. As cases rise hospitalisations will rise. Less than they would without vaccines but they will rise. We are short of anaesthetists. They supervise ICU. We therefore have reduced ICU capacity. Having the beds full of Covid patients clogs the entire hospital and a large number of people will be prevented from accessing treatment. That's but one knock on. Plainly there are others No one wants significant restrictions in the future. Simple measures reduce the liklihood
    6 points
  45. In an ideal world, I would agree, but there are many more things that need detailed scrutiny - Lpl, DOI etc. All of which need very quick review and immediate steps to stop the haemorrhage of money. To a degree, the covid response is done. We have all voiced opinions on the response, but that won't change what has happened and attention should not be diverted from halting other follies. If there is to be an inquiry, the two questions I would like answered are: 1. Why wasn't there an emergency response plan in place, and if so why wasn't it deployed? The mantra was this is new, unexplored territory. Yes, it was but there should have been some kind of ERP on the dusty shelf ready to be taken off and identifying which parts of governmental the private sector needed to be deployed, engaged in an advisory capacity and the nature of emergency powers that were appropriate. The nature of the emergency is secondary, this was discussed at length some time ago. 2. Were there any "economies of truth" from government?
    6 points
  46. 6 points
  47. Bollocks. YOU don't care but as you can see, the majority of members do, added to that are plenty of parents who share the same concerns. Their concerns are hardly "baseless", the rising rate of infections attest to this...
    6 points
  48. That’s not the greatest come back to be honest and re-writing history we most certainly are in many cases in a bid not to upset people who are getting far too over sensitive about how they choose to filter reality. Opposite views used to be encouraged as the main basis of intelligent debate. Now few can hold a different view to the consensus through fear of being hounded out of their job or losing their income. Cancel culture it most certainly is if people lose their income or positions just through expressing a certain view. in general we seem to be turning into a fairly miserable society where there is no willingness to accept anyone else’s views as having any merit at all. We should be able to learn from seeing and reading history not try to erase parts of it as it’s upsetting or controversial. John Cleese taking the piss out of people of his generations attitude to the Germans or West Indian cricketers in Faulty Towers is not racism that needs to be erased from view. It was actually taking the piss out of racist attitudes that some people held at the time and should probably stand on record. Also stating a biological fact about there being two sexes should not cause an outcry really even if that conflicts with other peoples adopted beliefs. Personally I don’t think God exists but I’m not going to try to cancel a vicar doing his Sunday service as I’m outraged that he preaches to others about some nonsensical freaky ghost who lives in the sky.
    6 points
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