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  1. Don’t know anything about it, or even if it’s a thing at all. To be honest I’ve stopped thinking about covid, really embracing the ‘living with it’. I’m just getting on with life as normal. I’ve had my jabs, my kids have had theirs, as have most people I know or associate with. I certainly don’t spend hours scanning the net for the next variant, or treatment, or studying the figures of deaths and cases. It seems to me that we’ve probably reached endemic equilibrium here and UK. I’ve got better things to be doing with my time - big gig to play next month. Haven’t got the time or inclination to look at Twitter. Sorry to disappoint 🙂
    13 points
  2. So nearly 2 years into this disaster and we identify a new strain of concern in a particular part of the world. The UK imposes restrictions on travel from some countries and implements an isolate and test regime for anyone entering the country from outside the CTO, and additionally announce masks becoming compulsory again in England. Meanwhile IOMG arrange lots of meeting and do nothing to either take temporary measures while they get a handle on things or to calm the nerves of those who panic. IOMG allow 21 people recently returned from SA to crack on as normal and visit packed pubs, clubs, theatres and workplaces. Surely with 2YEARS to plan for this inevitable development there is a clear roadmap of steps and actions to be taken that could have been implemented? Pre written public statements etc. A simple procedure to be followed in the event a new variant of concern rears its head and simple actions we take? Surely there is a pre written plan and messaging to the public should the UK ever reimplement mask wearing? There was a UK briefing last night. They should have had a plan in place that means local guidance is published within a couple of hours of the UK making any changes. TWO FU****G YEARS!!! Incidentally, I couldn’t care less and just want to live my life, but I understand others are very nervous and need to feel the gov are on top of things and have a plan in place. An announcement and clear guidance on what they are doing in response last night would have led people to feel like it was in hand and under control. It is piss poor communication and planning AGAIN. It doesn’t even have to be about what the message is. It’s just about getting a message out quickly and clearly and instilling confidence in people.
    11 points
  3. We don't do maintenance or spruce ups, we only do major projects, I have been at the airport for over twenty years, nothing ever gets maintained !
    10 points
  4. Yes, say what you’re going to say, take questions, and once Paul Moulton et al are done with it, summarise the main message so it’s the last thing you hear and take away. Textbook.
    9 points
  5. Both Prof. Ashford and Hooperman are wrong. The position warrants residential status. For no other reason than you can look them in the eye across their desk/boardroom table and watch their body language when the shit hits the fan. They are answerable to us the taxpayers and our representatives. The position is not a data inputting job like remote back-office workers. Utter bollox.
    9 points
  6. Living with it doesn’t mean ignoring it. People will assess the risk differently based on their own risk profile and that of who they live with.
    9 points
  7. None of this excuses why a lot of roads are in a bad state of repair (TT course excepted) ! It seems pissing about with decorative tiles and paviors is far more desirable than fixing holes in the highway !
    9 points
  8. amateur's , we dump them by the bin bag full here.
    8 points
  9. Blood test actually, or perhaps your GP just doesn’t like you 😉
    8 points
  10. Looks nasty. Is that his right or his left testicle?
    8 points
  11. I'm gonna change my name by deed poll to Ric Railway and stand for Douglas North at the next election...
    8 points
  12. Neither do I, but the threat of incarceration was all part of the show, that this government meant business, a firm hand was on the tiller and woe-betide those who transgressed. The prospect of jail was, imo, also directed at a certain section of society; the chancers, deniers and misfits, maybe; those who 'won't be told' and as we've seen by the numbers put away, there were many who wilfully broke the law as it stood back then. Some of the people who eventually ended up in Jurby had been warned a couple of times prior to them having to be arrested, giving little heed to what was required. One can probably assume that many more people were 'let off' with just a warning, given a chance with the emphasis being the gravity of what we potentially faced. The actions taken may seem to some as severe in hindsight but what did we know at the beginning? Fuck all, that's what, and as AcousticallyChallenged pointed out, a time when no vaccine was in sight. Every media broadcast carried a sense of immediacy and quiet desperation, and the plea to comply, constant. The population were put on trust. So effective was the fear instilled that we now have many people suffering the collateral effects of the campaign. The "doom-coven" as they're described. That's to be expected and they should be given the benefit of their doubt rather than harangued. It's attention-seeking hot-heads driving the paranoia who need to be taken to task, those who, without social media know they and their opinions would be insignificant. Given time, and the way things seem to be progressing, their existential fears of the overly-cautious will likely diminish. By next summer? What else can be done?
    8 points
  13. Every cloud. He sounds a right dick.
    8 points
  14. Sadly Juan in uniform is just an insult to those who have fought for their country and actually served in HM armed forces I don't know how he has the neck to attend service related occasions ,dressed up as a commissioned British officer ,and of significant rank ,
    8 points
  15. Shimmins would have been a reforming LegCo member, & has been snubbed because of it - not a good day for democracy in my very personal view
    8 points
  16. Or perhaps its sensible to mitigate the risk as much as you can, even if there are times when you can't. I've never understood this line of comment from some of the covid deniers (and I'm not suggesting you are one) about not having to wear a mask to eat or whatever and the resulting "lol good job covid knows when you're eating". It's literally just about mitigating risk when it's not impossible/a massive pain to do so. Reducing risk some of the time is still an improvement on reducing risk none of the time.
    7 points
  17. It's the old adage, introduce what you are going to tell them, tell them, then tell them what you have just told them. But..... The comments on FB were hilarious. I am convinced the majority are thick as two short planks, completely unable to understand what has been said to them.
    7 points
  18. I'd feel better if anyone in charge of our health service should also have to use our health service
    7 points
  19. It was probably the wind tbf, not clowns.
    7 points
  20. DA was very condescending about people waking up to remote working, then we had Covid. It is possible, and works on many levels, but for a CEO? They miss getting the feel of the organisation, water cooler type chatter (very informative) and being visible and accessible in leadership. If I had an issue, I would prefer a quick face to face chat, not email or phone call.
    7 points
  21. I have a suggestion that might help you. Stop reading the newspapers, watching TV news, listening to radio news and delete all sources of news from your social media platforms. Works like a charm.
    7 points
  22. No, they don't deserve it. Nobody deserves a load of abuse simply for doing what they thought was right. It's rather disquieting that you think they do.
    7 points
  23. It's worth emphasising how much the perception that all the immigrants are coming to the UK is incorrect: In actual fact it's lower than the European average. But you'd never know from the British media, which is never interested in facts, merely in making its consumers feel hard done by and resentful.
    7 points
  24. And if the extraction conditions/contract are set right by Govt, would mean cheaper electricity and cheaper gas for people to heat their homes? Whilst building the necessary capital to invest in those renewables? And pay off existing mua debt? What is not to like? Or do you have a few hundred million £ down the back of the sofa you can give to government to kick start the renewable investment?
    7 points
  25. It is odd that the Tory's demonise economic migrants. Isn't their ideology to celebrate those that "get on their bike and look for work?"
    7 points
  26. We also lacked a vaccine. Which, as we know, is the real game changer in terms of risk.
    7 points
  27. Dr glover puts her twitter feed to private then ramseyboi, who seldom uses twitter reposts her post on here, then usual crackpots lose their shit about how she is desperate for attention. You just could not make it up jesus fucking christ i actually hope covid takes me
    7 points
  28. That's the boy Juan's military career shot to pieces
    7 points
  29. You want me to read it myself? Sheesh.
    7 points
  30. Oh for goodness sake! Here we go again. The British version of an annual test is nonsense. Once again, here, if the roadside tests were random and frequent and if serious faults were pulled then they go to the test station! This would be a much better system IMO. Any other system is only as good as the vehicle once a year, As far as emissions then we are a speck of dust on the world stage and about as dangerous. Once again, proposed nonsense that will not affect the lawmakers and do-gooder chattering classes who will easily afford any financial implications while the serfs carry the burden...............Jeez.......I never swear but sometimes wish I did.
    7 points
  31. I think it would be a bit unreasonable to expect "all" of the revenue raised to go back into roads, but to me it's the scale of the revenue that's being raised that's staggering. For the privilege of owning and running a motor vehicle(s) on the Island's roads, all 500 miles of them, and as Stu has posted it doesn't even include the VAT component. Bearing in mind this is on top of direct taxation and other Govt fees and charges, is it any wonder that people are feeling the pinch and have shrinking disposable income to spend in the local economy? Or businesses less money to invest, when the Govt is sucking £130M out of vehicle users alone? And can we please now dispose of this "fuel tax is to save the environment" bollocks. Nobody has reduced their fuel purchases because of extra duties because the fuel is essential to life. It's a revenue raiser pure and simple, doubtless to pay salaries and pensions to rising numbers of "Blue Carbon Officers", Stickleback Counters and other jobs for mates and empires amongst others. Keep digging please Stu, this needs publicising more widely, it's time people knew.
    7 points
  32. 😀 ’Every time you think you understand, you end up doing the opposite. If I have to explain the joke then it takes away from the skill Involved in the giving and receiving of my type of dry humour. You either get it or you don’t and you don’t.
    6 points
  33. Well I do, or I wouldn’t have asked the fucking question, would I?
    6 points
  34. The Committee shall comprise: Chief Minister (Chair) Minister for Health & Social Care Treasury Minister Minister for Justice & Home Affairs Minister for Education, Sport and Culture Officers routinely in attendance – Director of Public Health Cabinet Office – Chief Operating Officer Cabinet Office – Senior Covid Response Officer DHSC Chief Executive & Chair of Isle of Man Joint Public Health and Clinical Advisory Group Head of Government Communication Secretariat External attendees – The Chair of the Council of Ministers Emergency Advisory Group Then presumably the Chief Secretary goes away and tell them to do whatever he wanted them to do in the first place.
    6 points
  35. Laurie Hooper - 'Fuck that Alf, I'm not doing a Covid briefing, it's Sunday mate.'
    6 points
  36. This is a much better and refreshing approach. By encouraging people rather than forcing them to do the right thing, you gain more buy in from the public. 10 out of 10 from me.
    6 points
  37. God, could you imagine giving children and their parents a choice to have a safe and effective vaccine? Inhumane really.
    6 points
  38. Daphne Caine isnt in Comin, is she? And I don’t think she will be part of the National Covid Response Group, so I’m not sure there is much she can do about the latest Covid developments. She might as well crack on and enjoy her Sunday - well, as much as she can, without her culture and style-guides.
    6 points
  39. I'm not saying it couldn't do with a lick of paint and a bit of maintenance but we don't need to demolish it and build a new one
    6 points
  40. Our sea terminal is fine. It has what 3 arrivals a day, people are in and out those waiting to board have a coffee shop and somewhere to gey papers if they so wish. We are not an international hub so we don't need an all singing all dancing ferry port
    6 points
  41. Until hetty appears at the lectern to inform me that this variant is called omicron, and it's called omicron because we name these things after letters of the greek alphabet, then i'm going to reserve judgement. There's just not enough information as yet
    6 points
  42. No he doesn't. He asked a question in the Keys on Tuesday that was effectively asking for a bit of a revamp. Basically he was saying that both the Sea Terminal and the Airport give a terrible impression to anyone arriving at them (which they do) and they needed some care and attention (which they do). Naturally, being Moorhouse, he asked this in a fairly odd way ("How entry channels at ports are assessed for aesthetic appeal?"), went off at a tangent about the Airport Technology Gateway (which is something completely different) and ended up complaining about rubbish being left outside the Sea Terminal. But basically he's right. Of course the DoI would just love to spend decades and tens of millions knocking these buildings down and building something that looked and worked significantly worse than before. Why they are so poor at maintenance is that they know if they leave buildings to degenerate for long enough, they know that some fools will let them do whatever they want in the hope that anything would be better than the current mess[1] (spoiler: they will disprove this). Instead we should be making them keep things up to scratch and looking good. [1] In this they resemble their mates the property developers.
    6 points
  43. You can’t force someone, but the clue is Isle of Man, it’s an island. You can commute by boat or plane, but you pay the cost. You are subject to weather issues or technical problems. Also what if there are out of hours emergency meetings and Saturday meetings? Im afraid the position is a high salary role, in the UK you can travel 40 miles to your place of work, an hour or longer and travel back after 5 back for 7. Anyone who is remotely serious about the role and cares would and should be prepared to move here, even with relocation of expenses. Our politicos are useless, spineless and absolutely afraid of upsetting people.
    6 points
  44. The hipsters will love it. A post modern piece, combining the demise of the internal combustion engine with the metaphorical car crash that has been the prom redevelopment.
    6 points
  45. They can if they're vaccinated. There's a simple enough solution right there. We all stayed at home and did our bit, like we were told to, even though it was awful. I really wanted to sit in my mate's garden with a beer, but I didn't, I stayed at home. Therefore I have zero issue with the Courts throwing the book at those who chose to take the piss out of the rest of us. The only people I feel sorry for were the existing prisoners in Jurby, stuck on a 23-hour lockdown because some numbnuts thought they were far too important to follow the rules.
    6 points
  46. So wonderful, Phil Craine rejected by the public twice gets into Tynwald vis LegCo. What a disappointment obviously the public’s opinion counts for nothing. Shame on the MHKs who voted for this man.
    6 points
  47. And the only emails I get are from the MUA and Manx Gas, neither of whom seem to give a shit about my personal safety.
    6 points
  48. Yes. As an MHK (or future MHK) you shouldn’t just accept everything you’re told as gospel. Particularly The Gospels. I think we established that here in the run up to the election 😉
    6 points
  49. So, a pretty hopeless old building will be saved to be a blight on the landscape for years to come? Well done to all concerned!
    6 points
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