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  1. 8 points
    I wouldn't be surprised if they restrict opening hours at first. 8 pints tends to discourage a lot of social distancing - in pubs the distance people keep tends to be inversely proportional to the number of drinks they have. Anything past 5 pints and even fat birds get a cuddle.
  2. 7 points
    It will no doubt be in the local news as soon as the local "journalists" are notified through their dedicated newfeeds - i.e. have read your post.
  3. 7 points
    There are some really good people across the civil service. Grafters, and they care. The problem as I see it is there are a lot of ‘non jobs’ at a management level that have been created for unclear purposes. Rather than people on good money sucking up the responsibility , it just seems to ge diluted down to a level where there isn’t actually enough authority to get things done. It’s not always been like that. We seem to have managed our way into a corner.
  4. 7 points
    It's a complex issue. There are no short cuts; they have to look after number one, anything else won't wash; although it's a bit dry, they have to get to the root of the issue and it has to be cut and dried.
  5. 6 points
    The real worry is that we are continuing to keep testing to the bare minimum. As far as I can tell they are still limiting it to hospital admissions (who have probably been self-isolating anyway, because if you're going into hospital you are likely to have been already ill for a time) and a (literal) handful of cases referred by 111 - the drop in which may be due to people with the symptoms being diagnosed as having hay fever. There may have been a few extra ones done for medical staff and one-offs testing all the residents of a nursing home (though the testing for Abbotswood was done weeks after it should have been), but there has been no opportunity taken use the extra capacity to expand testing into groups that might be seen as high risk in one way or another - never mind the general population. The problem is that it's perfectly possible for COVID-19 to spread again in the general population with those affected showing no or minimal symptoms - as is often the case with the young who are those who have the highest number of social interactions. And if no testing is picking that up, then it will spread unchecked, except by people deciding to follow the confusing and contradictory instructions issued by governments, which they then undermine by their own behaviour. The truth is that the Manx government has never really had a grip on this crisis. Their usual response of following whatever the UK government decides but later, fails when the UK is led so poorly and mainly with an eye on what pleases newspaper proprietors rather than what works. What good decisions they have made came from pressure from public opinion or professionals and because Quayle's infection meant he wasn't there to stop things happening. They are now reverting to their usual method of pretending problems aren't there in the hope they will go away.
  6. 5 points
    It's an incredibly narrow and naive viewpoint on the impact of this virus on people. The impact on the economy will affect just about everyone, but I suppose civil servant bashing is cheap and easy journalism.
  7. 4 points
    Complete overkill was the Comis Colditz set-up, this seems a sensible alternative that should have been done from the start for anyone coming from the UK or further afield[1], as many other countries did for returning residents. Like it or not, a small minority of people will not self-isolate properly and the only way to check that they are is to do these 'doorstep' checks for the 14 days they are supposed to self-isolate. It's still a lot less onerous than being stuck in a hotel room. But these are also people who may be hit by a serious illness and the checks do also have the purpose of making sure that people are OK and seeing if they need any extra help - which the police can presumably refer them to. If they get no answer, it may well be that the person is out illegally, but they could also be too ill to respond and you would hope the police would intervene. As for 'modern technology', are you suggesting that the solution for a temporary problem that can be dealt with using an existing (and currently not very busy) human resource, should be something that involves lots of new equipment, extra staff and unreliable technology? Are you sure you don't work for the DoI? [1] These people weren't just inconvenienced and seriously out of pocket because of the Comis fiasco, but also by being stuck in the UK or further afield for weeks while the Government dithered about what to do until finally deciding to do something that was very expensive for the taxpayers and then abandoned as soon as they could.
  8. 4 points
    Maybe he realised just how many controversial planning applications were lined up to go through on the nod by people taking advantage of the state of incompetency
  9. 4 points
    We know that the prevailing approach to road safety caused a lot of Collisions and seriously injured or killed a significant number of people. the current approach has reduced collisions by well over 90%. somewhere there is a middle ground.
  10. 4 points
    TT doesn't tend to have the potential to wipe out 700 people over 3 months.
  11. 4 points
    It's not supposed to be demoralising, you're supposed to be excited at the way everyone is joining together and marching forward to the NEW NORMAL! Get on board Mr Misery and chant after me NEW NORMAL NEW NORMAL NEW NORMAL Yippee!
  12. 3 points
    I agree, the service and prices at Colebournes are competitive on most items. They deserve support along with with many local businesses.
  13. 3 points
    This. Each and every time. It is the most unnecessary of burdensome and bureaucratic administrations.
  14. 3 points
    What are your neighbours doing his week ? - please provide latest nosey know it all curtain twitching rubber necking stats - Thank you.
  15. 3 points
    I thought it was the Chinese that are taking over the world. Watch out for them buying out even more companies now that their virus has caused massive devaluations.
  16. 3 points
    He might waffle-on but he's no one's fool.
  17. 3 points
    Chris Thomas has the brains to take this government to task on many things. The only problem is that by the time he's finished waffling, nobody can ever remember what it was all about in the first place.
  18. 3 points
    The current Mrs Andy being a one time luvvy, has offered (to me, tho what I can do about it is another matter) to tutor HM The Chief Minister on how to read PR shite. She cringes at every sentence, especially when he gets the emphasis on the wrong word. She reckons that any PR bod who knows the person who will deliver the information will write it in such a way as to avoid pitfalls, such as inflection and emphasis etc. So in this case both are as bad as each other and the result is what we're subjected to.
  19. 3 points
    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZNNNNNNNow where is Rogs Peoples Friend magazine NNNNNNNNurse...ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
  20. 3 points
    You have a choice A, You can watch a demonstration of Polish folk dancing whilst eating some of that inedible Polish ham that Tescos sell, or B, Get your fourth pint of Okells from a pub on the TT course,on a scorching hot Senior race day ,two laps left,5 seconds only between the first six,whilst an agreeable blonde brings you a cracking burger and fries.
  21. 3 points
    When I was a kid I used to get taken (dragged) along by my Grandmother on coach day trips with her over 60's club in the UK. It was always a long drive to somewhere and then all those weak bladders searching around for some public toilets before being bundled back on the coach. I remember always coming home and telling mum "Went to _________ had a wee, came home."
  22. 3 points
    I’d very much doubt it. I’m sure the judiciary talked to each other. There was a lot of public pitchforkery going on. And I doubt they reacted to that either.
  23. 3 points
  24. 3 points
    No, it isn’t the fault of easyJet that flights got cancelled. What is their fault is they way they’ve tried to stop cash refunds. Im still waiting for two singles LPL - IOM on 15 & 16 February, and before Covid. Caused by storm Ciara. Got home via Flybe. When my late March and April flights were cancelled due to Covid there was initially no offer of a refund. Just vouchers or re booking. Eventually they did bring back refunds, but it’s 6 clicks instead of 1. Ive just claimed back 2 on 6 June. It’s easy but hidden and vouchers or rebooking offered prominently first. What they should be doing is giving all options equal prominence, and giving improved deals and incentives to accept vouchers or rebook.
  25. 2 points
    This was the joint leader on the Nations Propoganda Mouthpiece news tonight. https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/call-for-public-to-promote-tt-despite-cancellation/ I must be honest I didn’t know whether to laugh or to cry. All the favourite TT facts were trotted out, but what makes this remarkable is Minister Skelly plea for the local community to spend ‘local’, and especially the TT. Is it my imagination that Minister Skelly runs a department which must have a hugie budget, and over stuffed with the civil servants, and the greatest brains known to Mann. I think we really have hit rock bottom!
  26. 2 points
    The only other practical thing I can think of is to identify those with antibodies to act as serum donors to treat people with covid who are ill.
  27. 2 points
    I'd dispute this, everyone seems really busy, tricky getting subbies in and getting materials can be a nuisance cos the yards are busy. I'm pretty surprised and very pleased at how quickly things have picked up.
  28. 2 points
    It’s a door step condition not a welfare visit, and they’re just being nice touchy feely cuddly, rather than gruff and threatening. Lots of policing today, of the criminal variety, is picking up the pieces and dealing with people who have fallen through the DHSC cracks (chasms?). It’s why they have embedded mental health professionals.
  29. 2 points
    Properly labelled shipments containing batteries will arrive just fine via surface mail or courier. Much of the mail around the UK goes by plane too. The main issue is with sellers not following the rules and properly labelling what they sell.
  30. 2 points
    My guess would be yes - perhaps with many (but not all) of the emergency acts rescinded. No way could they open the border in June. There would be a public outcry as any good could be seriously undone in a couple of weeks.
  31. 2 points
    Maybe we should appoint a minister for policy and reform to reform them?
  32. 2 points
    Well he had the integrity to vote against something he didn't believe in and for that Howie sacked him! He will be looking for another yes man , Rob Callister fits the bill!!
  33. 2 points
  34. 2 points
  35. 2 points
    They are called “road bikes” as that is what they are designed for. I find mine much more comfortable that a mountain bike. I also look like a god in Lycra
  36. 2 points
  37. 2 points
    Glad you got the quips in "Sassoon"
  38. 2 points
    & affordable to all
  39. 1 point
    No they shouldn't have paid up. The FSA doesn't underwrite anything. Dear me........
  40. 1 point
    Ah but that's because they know you can't walk too far with your problem! Other IOM deliveries get a straight NO. Unless you tell them they're for your mechanical legs, Wallace and Gromit style!! Anyway, what's wrong with Whittakers??? Take care Doc, it ain't over till it's over!
  41. 1 point
    If he's as wise as he makes out he should of come to that conclusion on his first day!
  42. 1 point
    Anybody who thinks it's okay and normal for a totalitarian dictatorship to have backdoor access to all our electronic communication is either mentally deficient or some kind of shill -- either directly, or unknowingly via a third party -- of the Chinese Government.
  43. 1 point
    Another problem with Coach Tourists is, they are tight as the proverbial Ducks...... Maybe from financial necessity but mostly to gain the system. Most are D,B&B. so they stuff theirselves at the buffet breakfast, only nibble during the day because they are saving theirselves to stuff out a the dinner buffet, not free but prepaid !!! They take up a lunchtime table and spend 4 quid on tea and toast! This spendthrift attitude will be their MO for all their activities. Strand St will only see them on the drivers day off, still it's prob best that the Hotels have occupancy rather than be empty, the SP will get the pax fare (discounted?). It's prob the Coach operator that get the most out of it in the end?
  44. 1 point
    I wouldn’t back him if he was the only donkey in the Derby.
  45. 1 point
    What a facile attempt at an argument. Why not "Treading on the cracks in the pavement" or "Smelling of foreign food" or "Wearing a loud shirt" or "Living at 66 Mercer Road" or similar? Breaking the speed limit brings with it a fine and points, possibly a ban. Spreading Covid-19 by selfish stupidity could carry a death sentence for some. Or lots as in the case of Abbotswood. All that's being asked is that people behave sensibly like responsible adults. That's all. But apparently that's just too difficult for some....
  46. 1 point
    Ah politics. Things must be getting back to normal!
  47. 1 point
    I am going to try and explain this again in simple language: This, so-called, 'survey' does not give an accurate picture of available 'broadband' options. At best it is a survey of what packages people are currently using. There is no way of knowing whether the person who did the test could have used a more expensive package. Perhaps, for example, the person getting 'only' close to 16Mbps has only paid for that. Though a more expensive option was available. And it can only ever represent some sort of picture of what speed people were getting when they measured it. And people typically test their speed when they think they have an issue. Typically caused by poorly configured WiFi, WiFi interference (the microwave, the baby monitor, the cordless phone, the TV sender, the video door bell, WiFi extenders - which make it worse etc), old wiring at the property, filters which need replacing etc. Finally there is the issue of remote locations. I don't believe that anyone living in a remote location should expect to get fibre ever - unless they are on a route to somewhere else. Not unless they want to pay for it to be installed. Use some other solution or move into town.
  48. 1 point
    +1 the island has really let its self down with this. Yet again we look like a throw back country that still wants to have the birch. I am embarrassed by the behaviour of our elected over this. The deemster as she was jailing someone last week was quoted as saying "Jail was the only sentence available" so its not entirely the Polices fault, it stems from draconian laws made up on the fly.
  49. 1 point
    Jersey had full fibre in 2017. Jersey is 1/4 of the size of the Isle of Man. Jerseys GDP is only 20% lower than ours. Their population density is huge and there are many more apartment buildings, meaning getting infrastructure to people is easier. We started to install fibre in the second half of 2017, after this test took place. Surprisingly, not everyone who is working from home is having internet issues. 20% of the island has fibre coverage so at a minimum those people are fine, no doubt. Mine is great, and I'm sure the majority of people have a service that is adequate for their home-working needs. The biggest issue that I find with working from home, is the lack of separation both on terms of space and also mentally. This is also true of my colleagues, and friends. Not many have the luxury of a separate space, some do but don't want to buy a small workstation to sit in the corner of the room because they will be going back to the office. Lots of them are sitting on dinning room chairs, crouched over a laptop. I have spare rooms but I'm not going to convert one into a home office unless I know I'm going to be working from home on a regular basis beyond this. If companies decide they would rather have more people working from home - and some of them are going to implement this as a long-term plan for some staff - then they should provide support for the staff who need it. Like help with workstations, providing desktops instead of laptops or at least separate monitors, office chairs, help with upgrading their infrastructure or equipment so it's most efficient.
  50. 1 point
    But the sad thing is that that think they are being dignified. You and I and practically everyone else see Quayle badly reciting badly-written PR guff followed by touchy and confusing replies. He sees it as Howard Quayle World Statesman and there are enough people employed to fuel his delusions that they will continue. The rest of us may be cringing, but they can go on like this forever. But the real problem isn't that they are pompous and self-important where they should be dignified - it's that they think being 'dignified' is the beginning and end of the job. There's no strategy, no grasp of what the options are and no real attempt to explains things to the public. All you need to do is sound 'presidential' and the minions will do all that for you. None of which that the press conferences should be ignored or stopped, irritating though they may be. The fact that even the minimal inquisitiveness of the Manx media seems to offend them - hence the two questions rule and now these ridiculous 'Pools', as if the world's press were all clamouring to get in - should tell us that being ignored is exactly what they want.
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