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  1. 16 points
    Well I for one welcome having something well organised on the Island for a change.
  2. 13 points
    In his speech today Skelly said "19th March first case on the Isle of Man; 1st April first death on the Island. stop. pause" thus reading out his cue to stop and pause. Simply amazing.
  3. 13 points
    I've explained this before Derek. From a friend working for a firm who is responsible for lots of services , not Auldyn etc , while they had a concept plan from day one ie what the finished job would look like they didnt have detail plans for contractors to be able to work too. So because of this it was literally a day to day operation to keep the contractors occupied till infrastructure plans were issued. Hence what we saw early in with the jumping of work areas and from a initial plan of work being abandoned and no structure to works. Also hence why there was very few men on the job. Been a mess from day one . Clearly it shoukd have moved progressivly along the prom from one direction and one side at a time. Now we are left with a clusterfuck and total carnage . DOI ! ! Most in the know knew this woukd be a disaster .
  4. 12 points
    Eligibility To be eligible to receive up to 5 LED bulbs, a member of the household must satisfy at least one of the following criteria: - In receipt of benefits i.e. Income support, Income based job seekers allowance, or Employed person’s allowance - In receipt of Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance or Incapacity Benefit - Manx Utilities priority care register - Recipient of Food Bank resources - Recipient of Town/Village ‘Coal Fund’ resources at Christmas - Household has inadequate number of light bulbs, reason cited being unable to afford new light bulbs (WTF?) - Recipient of financial advice from Office of Fair Trading; - Occupant aged 75 or more For 5 fucking lightbulbs! I wonder how much it costs to administer applications. I’d wager more then the cost of 5 lightbulbs!
  5. 12 points
    He condemned it, saying stuff like 'we should not be involved with the indiscriminate killing of animals for sport'. Which is inarguable.
  6. 11 points
    I’ve certainly commented elsewhere, however pointless and utterly futile it is. From the start, I am sure that any of us could find £1.3 m of worthwhile and pressing repairs and improvements on a number of routes throughout the Island. I cannot see this will be spent on island either - more likely a specialist bridge construction company with prefabricated units shipped in. I am reliably informed that Health currently has no money to buy components for hip and knee replacements, so all that surgery work is now on hold until the next Financial year. We also have Education being told there is ‘no money’, when quite clearly there is. Now don’t get me wrong, this is a lovely initiative, but was for a time when we were awash with cash. Any expenditure at the moment should be an absolute ‘must do’ as opposed to ‘nice to do’. This seems to be completely lost on this administration. And this revenue versus capital argument is fine, but there is a much more pressing need for capital expenditure elsewhere than a couple of bridges in the middle of nowhere which might, on average, be utilized by a couple of dozen people a week. These are the sort of things that continue to upset me about the way this island is run. Doubtless one of the worthies will be along in a minute with the ‘bloody English/ we like it like this/ boat in the morning address’, but we need to break this cycle of spaff and maladministration if there is to be any hope for a viable and prosperous Island for future generations.
  7. 11 points
    Sounds just like the IoM
  8. 10 points
    And if we keep them we’ll do fine. But a vocal minority are clamouring for unrestricted travel, no isolation, and believe that swabbing everyone on arrival is the solution. That’s what I’m arguing against right now.
  9. 10 points
  10. 10 points
    Good news for Martin Moore after his campaign on this subject Now he can fail to pay twice a year.
  11. 10 points
    Nice post Max. I was asked in either this thread or another, whether I was frightened by change. I replied setting out the changes that you and I have seen over our lives. Far more fundamental changes than later generations can even contemplate. But what I am seeing now is a sinister change where discussion is suppressed if it isn't in line, or blindly supportive of "the truth". This isn't about racial equality, it is about destabilisation with no honourable objective. The publicised founders of BLM are all stated to be Marxists. Whilst the BLM movement are busy disrupting, cancelling and toppling statues, how many are disrupting the sweat shops in England, human trafficking and economic rape of many under developed countries? Forget about evils 200 years ago and focus on the evils happening now. But, hey, that might actually need some thought to be applied.
  12. 10 points
  13. 10 points
    Nobody's in charge of that ship, SMUJ. Or they're deluded if they think they are. Those who aren't deluded or have recently seen the election light have all recently departed. That ship is a self-justifying, self-serving entity whose only interest is itself and the egos of its own Petty Officers. Nothing else matters, least of all the interests and convenience of the public who fund it, a fact long-forgotten.
  14. 9 points
    Unions seem to be getting rather irate that government haven’t got money to pay them an extra 9% plus £1.75m lump sums on top of 2.75% they have already had this year. personally I think they are being unreasonable but sure others won’t. https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/no-money-to-resolve-teachers-pay-dispute-treasury/
  15. 9 points
    It's not hard to check if those "isolating" paid by card and at what date/time...aligned with CCTV...two quick checks and it's 3 months inside and a big fine.
  16. 9 points
    Anyone who knows anything about Manx politics or the Isle of Man knows that we've all been crying out for a felt museum and a monorail since the invention of felt and monorails. But no single politician has had the sheer vision or drive to give us either. Are you that man?
  17. 9 points
    He paid good money to get a halo
  18. 9 points
    Love him or loathe him (and I try not to lean too far in either direction) he is doing what a Government opposition should be doing. Holding the Government to account. The Government itself has now found that he's at least partly right. Which goes to prove something. Plus the Clerk of Tynwald has "exceeded his responsibilities", which a few suggested straight away was the case. This all arises because there is no effective political opposition over here. It's all been bought off by the CM's £10k and/or being blissfully led by the nose by a self-serving civil service.
  19. 9 points
    I view paying my vehicle licences as a form of organized crime!
  20. 9 points
    Any figures released on their projected net spend while visiting yet.
  21. 9 points
    They were a PR or Advertising company and gave it a fair crack of the whip but then back end of 2019 it just wasn't working out for them so they seemed to let it slide. It's not everyone's cup of tea but they were trying something different. I was a little surprised that they were suddenly given the same standing at government briefings, I didn't realise anyone could run a Facebook page and get that level of access
  22. 9 points
    I can't help but wonder how many millennials/members of Gen Z were clamouring for a nostalgia piece about Griddles. KFC, maybe, but Griddles? The typeface is horrible and fails a fair bit of accessibility criteria, but it's the quirky, BBC3-esque "how do you do, fellow kids?" tone that I can't get past. Once I read something like 'Dr Al popped into Gef HQ today to record an exciting podcast' on a website, I know I'm somewhere I don't belong.
  23. 9 points
    "All progress is driven by misfits/rebels/whatever*" ≠ "All misfits drive progress" *Also, self-aggrandizing corporate blather from Apple ≠ truth. That's not really a very convincing argument though since you can play that game with any statement. For (an extreme) example: Arthur Sinister declares "80% of newborns should be chosen at random and liquified, with advanced technology being used to turn the goop into starship fuel so we can finally conquer the planet of the Scorpion people. Don't worry about the babies though, we'll have harvested their souls and implanted them into super intelligent and adorable robotic teddy bears" Now, when everyone starts rolling their eyes and sniggering, do you leap out from behind a conveniently placed shrubbery and say "A-ha! Let's just hang on a mo, my dismissive and mentally enfeebled chums! Yes, this idea is strange, but strip it out as a metaphor for addressing the burning issue of overpopulation and dwindling resources here on Earth - a new way of renewing society and focusing our energies"?
  24. 9 points
    Doc, Grumpy, Dopey, Sleepy....
  25. 9 points
    I'm still waiting for the Govt justification and Economic Case for this. How many 100s of £ks is this going to bring to Manx Treasury? Or is it just Baron Boot and/or a few wealthy acquaintances looking forward to spending a few hours blatting the hell out of imported and local wildlife during otherwise idle hours? High time this individual was exported on a non-return ticket. Peel voters please note.
  26. 9 points
    He did not. The eerrrs and ummms and halting delivery, incomplete sentences, poor modulation of his voice, misplaced inflection and hopping from one topic to another, provided a model demonstration of inadequate verbal communication. If you thought that was good I can only imagine that you live in a Trappist community.
  27. 9 points
    These are my favourite kind of posts.
  28. 9 points
    Don't get me wrong, I'm not sticking up for her, I just can't abide gossipy Manx-crab nosiness and jealous tittle-tattle as displayed in 2112's post. Rife on this Island.
  29. 9 points
    How is it "deceitful"? As for "keeping quiet," I'd say she has every right to keep her own personal business quiet, what business is it of yours? If she has private health insurance, really, again, what business is it of yours? That her constituents could "ill afford it" (is that a pun?) is unfortunate, but at the same time, she'll have paid her premiums every month (probably only slightly more than a monthly full Sky subscription) or been covered through her personal or work insurance, so it's not like she got her health cover for free. Envy or jealously..?
  30. 9 points
    Lowey couldn’t fucking spell Moscow, let alone be in their pay. He certainly wasn’t an agent for the towel heads though.
  31. 9 points
    Does Howard's desert island come with a land maintenance grant ?
  32. 8 points
    Boot's a trier isn't he. He gets knocked on his ass on the partridge then comes back swinging with the squirrel. He's like the upper class twit in against a fairground bruiser, but the lad just doesn't know when to quit. It's great spectator sport, I'll give him that. The Fur and Feather club should book him for their next after-dinner speaker.
  33. 8 points
    I am anti because it smacks of the bandwagon and they are not clear about who they are, what they stand for and who gave them their commission. I know I am banging on about that last bit, but I think it is important that we have clarity. As I have said, I have no issue with broadening the curriculum to include race issues, but I want to know who is going to set that particular agenda.
  34. 8 points
    Teaching assistants are needed because the Island has no special schools for children with serious physical or cognitive impairments, and no pupil referral units for the most unruly. This means classes contain a much wider spread of ability, so teachers have to teach to various levels simultaneously. The assistants are there to try to ensure less able kids don't get left behind. Their pay looks good, but it's pro rata, term time only. Many of them are qualified to first degree level or beyond, The research showing that they do not improve outcomes was bought and paid for by a cost cutting UK government. Talk to parents of the kids they help and hear a different story. The whole education system on the IoM should be reviewed. There used to be public accountability through an elected Board of Education, but this was got rid of to concentrate power in the hands of ministers, who come and go and are mostly useless, and the civil servants who have alienated the workforce and set up a ludicrous system where primary education does not meet the needs of secondary exams, and runs on levels abandoned by the UK years ago.
  35. 8 points
    Commission implies that they have been given some kind of authority and remit, but what and by whom? I am going to set up a group called The Gladys Commission to call out the Emperor's New Clothes of these groups, which do nothing to tackle racism, patronise POC (who are completely unable to promote themselves, of course) and tackle white middle class millennial privilege. Who's in?
  36. 8 points
    I can't speak for the experience of others, so can only share my own. I initially came here for work, and that was the catalyst. At the end of 2010, when I decided to make the move from Australia, I expected that it would be fun to go live in a new country for a year or two. Back then, I didn't expect to stay here for more than a couple of years at the most. But then I arrived, and I loved being part of a strong and vibrant community - where you knew your neighbours, where you were greeted by name when buying milk and eggs at Tesco at 10pm on a Tuesday night. I loved the welcoming nature, most obviously in many different sports throughout my 30s: the basketball, the hockey, and representing the island in Gaelic football. I like being able to wander into town, and recognising many friends. I think the island is a wonderful place to live, and that's why I've literally bet my life on it: that's why I chose to make it my home. I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to make that choice, and I'm grateful to have been welcomed so thoroughly by so many people. Obviously, I'll never be ethnically Manx - but Peter Karran once told me, "Being Manx is not about what's in your genes, it's about what's in your heart." I hope to live up to that standard.
  37. 8 points
    I'd like to see more big game hunting in the Isle of Man. Elephants, Tigers, Bears, Wild Boar, that sort of thing. Could be a great boost to Tourism and really kick start the economy.
  38. 8 points
    I agree with you. Offered a deal and refused it. That funding was used during the pandemic to pay people for not working, including some teachers and to prop up businesses. Now they complain that the deal has been pulled away from the table. Tough luck. Should have had the sense to take the offer. No sympathy from me. I know of many families, whose kids received next to no work or help from fully paid teachers.
  39. 8 points
    Off topic slightly but having looked at the Claire Christian interview above my abiding memory of it will be that Paul Moulton is starting to look like Sir Patrick Moore's love child.
  40. 8 points
    UK have decided to make masks mandatory in shops etc from next Tuesday. Enforced by fines. So that'll be fun for those determined to travel. Seriously some people have no idea how fortunate we are to be here.
  41. 8 points
    https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/islands-broadcasting-legend-terry-cringle-retires/ Aw, Terry Crinkle retires. Good for him, great fella.
  42. 8 points
    Virtue-signalling for the deaf...
  43. 7 points
    I’m up for hunting Boot and his ilk. Set them off down in Baldwin Valley and tell them to make it up to Windy Corner. I’ll give them 30 minute head start and then I’ll set off skilled equestrians armed with lances. 30 minutes after that, blokes on off-road motorbikes armed with flails. Film the lot from a drone and sell it to Sky Sports. We’ll make a fortune.
  44. 7 points
    I am born and bred a Manxie, yet I have more respect for a stopover who loves it here and wants to join in and make it their home, than I have for Manx born people who whinge and moan all their f****** lives about life here. To follow that up, there are many comeovers who can speak Manx, know our history better than most of us and actually put us on the map.
  45. 7 points
    Indeed it isn’t. I’m not an inarticulate, grunting Neanderthal with a penchant for sexism.
  46. 7 points
    She is an expert in self promotion and seller of expensive frocks who recently wrongly announced she had lobbied to have car parking fees permanently suspended - father apparently seen leaving the Book Centre in Strand St circa 1988 / 89 with a whiff of paraffin and an up to date insurance policy.
  47. 7 points
    Oh I really really hope so, and I urge anyone who can to VOTE MOORE
  48. 7 points
    It's a free world and people are entitled to their opinions. Stu didn't do anything wrong. Other than fall for the agenda that was in play when that dickhead Jordan and the follow up Supporting Act called into his radio show. The greatest shame about this is that the phone in element has been sacked off. So it's a victory for the BLM crap that everyone is being shamed into supporting.
  49. 7 points
    Maybe I'm being unfair, but I don't understand how the charge of what happened being an "ambush" really changes anything, even if we accept that is what happened. Suppose it was an "ambush" by people who don't usually listen to the show. Does that really matter? If a presenter of a phone-in show comments publicly on a prominent issue during a time when the debate surrounding that issue is at its most heated, it's not exactly surprising when people phone in to challenge him. Nor would it be especially unusual or sinister if those people happen to know each other and had arranged to listen or phone in to the show beforehand—people group together around common experiences, viewpoints, and interests. In other words, being "ambushed" (if that is what happened) doesn't absolve him of his failure to anticipate what might happen as a result of his comment here (either before or after he made it) or the lack of preparation for that eventuality. After all, it's hard to not be aware of the level of scrutiny that comments made by public figures can receive these days, and it's not as if the controversy surrounding some kind of comments (e.g. "all lives matter") or the thinking behind phrases and ideas like "white privilege" are big secrets he couldn't have brushed up on before or immediately after he waded into the debate and made himself a potential target for opprobrium. Moreover, surely such preparation and awareness is all the more important if a presenter is going to go along the kind of "Snowflakes beware!" image actively cultivated by his promo material. In my view Stu didn't handle the show well and did leave himself open to charges of insensitivity. As John points out, there's a fair bit MR could have done to prevent something like this happening, but a fair bit of responsibility also rests on Stu's shoulders for failing to appreciate that his comment might have provoked an on-air response. And lets not forget, the comment Stu made that sparked all this off wasn't just some innocuous little observation. He starts off by strongly implying that the IOM Black Lives Matter protest is nothing but "a virtue signalling snowstorm", then bungs in some statistics about white-on-black vs. black-on-black and black-on-white crimes (ignoring the fact that a core theme of the protests are opposition to institutional/structural racism), and then ends with "all lives matter" (which has been a source of controversy since Black Lives Matter started). Stu is of course as free to make those comments as anyone, but in doing so, and in such a confrontational tone, he may as well have openly invited people to phone in and give him grief.
  50. 7 points
    "I like Stu so he can't have been wrong" - much of this thread.
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