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  1. We could have one every 60 yards along the prom...."£1m", "£2m"...."£35m"
    19 points
  2. These are just the base plinths going in. You can all mock now, but when you see Howard and David's hands in place with 100 foot vaccination needles crossing the prom, that's when you'll be impressed. Just give them time.
    17 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
    17 points
  4. The police had a word on him and gave him the opportunity to fight another day, instead he posted an 8 minute long video where he effectively popped his love spuds in the lions mouth and started flicking the big cats tackle with a wet towel
    16 points
  5. 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
  6. Clearly these two new cases are a "Manx Variant" , but shouldn't be a cause for concern as it'll be resistant to further change.
    15 points
  7. Perhaps because she's discovered by now that if you don't do things publicly and in a verifiable way, then it can be denied that you ever made the offer? I suppose you could do it via lawyers, but Twitter's hourly rates are a bit lower.
    14 points
  8. Had not heard this before? Or was it Dr Glover wanted to be advising CoMin directly? Again the government statement is using words to suggest things different from what happened. By "become part of the DHSC’s governance structures" what they actually mean is "be employed". They offered her a contract that was extremely vague in terms of what she had to do but also meant she could be obliged to work very long hours - something she was trying to avoid. When she turned this down, rather than negotiate, they tried to threaten her. At no time did they offer her any advisory position.
    14 points
  9. 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
    14 points
  10. 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
  11. as evidenced by the fact you're the first MF member to become a worldwide meme
    13 points
  12. This is where you (and the government) misunderstand the science. The high-resolution bioinformatic analysis with the genomic sequencing data that elucidates transmission chains I've been offering is PERFECT for a small island with small outbreaks (less than a few thousand cases in the total outbreak). The COG-UK research project doesn't use this approach because until very recently they've had thousands of cases per day to look at - high resolution just doesn't work at that scale. However, New Zealand and Australia have been using the high-resolution transmission chain tracking sin
    13 points
  13. Good news for Peel? One of Harmer or Boot would be likely to lose. https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/mlc-declares-for-election/
    13 points
  14. Isn't being told to be mindful and careful rather locking everything down again part of living with it?
    13 points
  15. We've had two lockdowns this year. We're in the fourth month. Your support for this regime is appalling.
    13 points
  16. 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
  17. Sorry, that's not how it works. Someone should have ensured that the protocols were understood and being complied with. Because that didn't happen, over a thousand people were infected, people died and the Island was shut down for nearly two months with all of the cost and hardship that caused. It's is too big a deal to be simply put down to making a mistake and effectively swept under the carpet. It was a totally avoidable clusterfuck and those responsible should be held to account.
    12 points
  18. Clear communication on anything is not something our government does well. And opening the borders is far from simple. I think they may be getting a little ahead of themselves. It is obviously a good thing that they feel they can relax things, but I'd feel a lot happier about it if we were a bit further on with our unfinished vaccination scheme. I also think that they should be very much pushing the outdoor as much as possible and well ventilated when not for the whole summer. Buncha Skankas are playing inside the Villa next month, stuff like that should be outdoors. 'Mitigation'. Sh
    12 points
  19. How does a one man band painter do that exactly? Coping with your own illness is hard but part of what you accept when you start the business. Being told you can't go to work because Billy's mate Tommy at school has tested positive for a virus he can't even tell he has and Billy probably hasn't even got isn't. It isn't even remotely viable to expect people to isolate with no income and it needs much better communication- again. Communication really is their weakness. Nothing ever appeara cool, concise and reassuring. It is always flustered, confusing and a bit concerning whe
    12 points
  20. I am a civil servant. I have been working my full hours, and then some, from home with remote access during lockdown. My partner, also a CS has been working 12-14 hour days and also doing stuff at the weekends, again at home with remote access. Please don’t tar us all with the same brush, the majority of us are conscientious and hard working. We are both back in the office this week.
    12 points
  21. It's time the Chief Minister and President of Tynwald stepped into this mess with the DHSC and Dr Glover or this thing will drag on for months, with an election only months away. That's supposedly their role, their job, and what they're paid for. Howard can't sidestep this now. The DHSC clearly want to drag it out with the lawyers. It shows contempt for Tynwald and democracy. What powers does the PAC have to order a department to appear before the committee within a certain time limit, and before the election in September ? It needs resolving.
    12 points
  22. 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
  23. FFS, news announced earlier which could derail the vax programme and you don't think it is important that it was wrong?
    12 points
  24. I do not listen to the Mannin Line; it is an outlet for the deranged and witless, with the added disincentive that Wint is an utter clown. However, over the past couple of weeks through occasions such as being in shops, walking past building sites or overhearing the radio from parked vehicles, I’ve been exposed to it four or five times. And on every occasion, without exception, the voice emanating, with its irksome nasal drone, has been Quirkio. Every single time. WTF?
    11 points
  25. Whilst mistakes can occur in private sector appointments, I can't beleive that any organisation responsible for the successful and efficient completion of high-value projects in the private sector, would have hired Nick Black in a senior position. What exactly did he bring to the job, in terms of achievements or experience? His record speaks volumes about his lack of suitability.
    11 points
  26. The DOI were determined from the outset that this job was going to happen, even when it was knocked back at the first (couple?) of times of asking, they came back with revised plans, to include warning of the voids under the road. They've had Gawne, then Harmer and now Baker all proposing and latterly defending it. What I'd like to know is, behind the elected, who and why were they driving this? The stated financing has proved to be bollocks, the timescale was bollocks (as predicted by many) and the scaremongering over the foundations has been proven to be bollocks too. So the reasons tha
    11 points
  27. I agree. It seems to me that it has always been hard for the IOMG to attract top class science based enterprises to the Island. Any really good start-up can normally find a government somewhere who will offer it direct and indirect assistance if it substantially locates itself in that jurisdiction. Therefore in the best of times, this Island is in competition with other countries to attract good businesses. The Dr Glover debacle has made this challenge even harder. It has planted a hillside of red flags in the sights of every possible future biotech business thinking about establishi
    11 points
  28. What the Island needs most from HE (as a Director of IOM Public Health), are health programs that are tailored to our particular circumstances, not programs which are mini-versions of what the UK is doing. Just because HE is well connected with the English Public Health and devolved administrations health systems, these connections do not necessarily make her a good ‘technically capable’ Director of Public Health. She must be able to demonstrate that she has an up-to-date scientific knowledge in all areas of Public Health. Unlike in the UK where there were in excess of four million cases
    11 points
  29. I don't know if they have reinstated the children's play area, but that Costa was always somewhere where parents of small children used to gather, because there was was space where the kids could run around but still be in view. So it's not unexpected that it's still heaving with toddlers and their carers. What a pity there are no other coffee shops in Douglas that you could use.
    11 points
  30. Thank you for your point-by-point rebuttal.
    11 points
  31. I’ve just had an invitation from a woman who needs sex every day and wants to hook up. Given the circumstances, I almost gave it some consideration.
    11 points
  32. 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
    11 points
  33. 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
  34. In my opinion Manx Care needs to start by addressing some of the very basic problems at both hospitals and GP surgeries. I have regular issues with: 1. Getting a GP appointment. I know things are a bit difficult at the moment but if you need to talk to or see a GP should you have to ring at 8:30 am to book an appointment? 2. Non-adherence to review dates. I have seen consultants, been told we will review in 6 months and some time later get a letter with an appointment 12 months hence. 3. Time taken to type letters. I have received many letters which boldly state "Letter dicta
    10 points
  35. There's a certain irony in this coming from a President who was a Senator for Delaware for 36 years.
    10 points
  36. What Boot thinks is a 'green agenda' consists of giving his mates loads of money to do all the things they were doing anyway. On the basis that the countryside is sometimes green and they own lots of it. The only thing green about his agenda is that you have to be pretty green to agree with it.
    10 points
  37. We had a government that was willfully against testing at the border resulting in the December / January outbreak; and willfully against testing and vaccinating Steam Packet staff resulting in the February / March outbreak. They still haven't provided a more extensive list of symptoms for which they are willing to test people. Our outbreak was caused by Government's policy decisions and it grew to the extent it did because of the unwillingness of the Government to "test, test, test".
    10 points
  38. Well, to be fair the Sicilian flag is a Triskelion and it's local government is run by shady vested interests....
    10 points
  39. A lot of the problems we have are caused by not a lot of people other than grannies voting.
    10 points
  40. If the Government took up my offer they'd have to send both samples and the anonymised COG-UK genomic sequence accessions for me to link them up. Not much point having one without the other. What do you mean by "extremely good PR". PR for what? Which of the products my company sells (which aren't linked to or talked about on my Twitter) are the great manx public going to be compelled to purchase after an offer like that? I would suggest you perhaps be a little less cynical and understand that when you pass someone having a heart attack in the street, you offer to help, you don't wal
    10 points
  41. Hope everyone responds to the consultations, I have and just wish that 'they' would leave the villages alone, use just brownfield sites and help the public and not the developers.
    10 points
  42. All situations are hypothetical situations until they happen. And then it's too late. Part of the difference is again to do with testing. The failure to expand testing much at first when you have an outbreak[1], so as to pick up cases from wider contacts, and the refusal to expand the symptom list (both of which Rachel and many others criticised) meant that the virus spread unmonitored. The reliance on their 'special Manx' definition of community spread[2] meant that they could continue to aid that spread by not locking down till it was too late. Genomic testing plays its part in
    10 points
  43. 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
  44. 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.
    10 points
  45. 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
  46. 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.
    10 points
  47. Reading the puff piece about quayle in the paper today you'd think he had dedicated his life to politics and had some remarkable achievements.
    9 points
  48. After listening to part of the Mannin Line, I am convinced that people do not understand what take your own measures to protect yourself actually means. I am also pretty sure that people don't understand what protection a mask gives and to whom. It is so exasperating to hear so many people rendered incapable of assessing their personal risk exposure, appetite and management. I wonder what people did about driving, flying, crossing the road, doing the lottery, changing jobs, moving house, and otherwise going about their day to day business before covid.
    9 points
  49. This in a nutshell. I'm sick to death of all this business and currently the only thing that should matter is the health of our population . Everything else pails in comparision and should be pushed to the side till its appropriate to be dealt with which is definately not currently. The stubborn muppets in charge need a slap and swallow their ego's and pride and take up any offer that could help the situation. Its not happening as Boss man and Ashy and the surrounding lackies have not got it in them .
    9 points
  50. In normal circumstances, 'national' issues take a poor second place behind constituency issues in determining whether an incumbent survives an election. The punters by and large don't give a flying one for Tynwald and Keys performance, but focus on the dog shit and street parking stuff...plus, possibly, what candidates have to say about the oldest of old chestnuts, health/education. Okay - there are the odd exceptions; it's said that donkeys years ago Terry Groves, when Environment Minister, lost his Ramsey seat due to his high-handed approach to the residents of the Foxdale area when proposin
    9 points
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