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  1. 8 points
    Given that it says Sustrans "will work with the Isle of Man Government to deliver changes such as improved signage, high quality cycle routes and traffic calming", it's pretty clear that all this is mostly about is just bunging yet more money at the DoI so as to keep them in the style in which they are accustomed. More unnecessary and overpriced minor roadworks will justify the bloated management and lucrative contracts will be available for the right people. Obviously anything that might really help cyclists (such as filling in potholes) will be ignored. I suppose it may be a good thing that they are bringing in outside expertise, rather than taking on yet more people to organise it (and then being absorbed into the civil service), though it's perfectly possible they will do both. But it looks more like carrying on as normal and draping the new spending in lycra to justify it. It's just yet another example of the IOM Government's addiction to 'initiatives'. Rather than analysing what the problems really are and working out what is the best way to tackle them over the long term, they'll decide to look at what is currently fashionable (usually at the point where everyone else realises it's not much use), decide they want one too and announce it with great fanfares. Then, after the initial budget is spent, nothing will be done to maintain it (even if it provided something useful) and everyone will forget about it.
  2. 6 points
    And we publicly laud and revere those doing the shitting, shafting and conning in many cases. Laws are bent to accommodate and photo and selfie opportunities taken by those we put into office. £26M of Public Money has gone walkies. In light of the cuts now being inflicted and impacting most on the lower ends of our society I, for one, would like an inkling of where it's gone. Personally I don't care how much we "might" have made through this process, because NOBODY has yet produced figures to back it up, with the possible exception of the share sales. It was all "intangible and unquantifiable". Not to mention "commercially confidential". If not bare-faced lies. Not good enough. Time there was some accountability, both in terms of figures and responsibility. And with a bit of luck it might stick and spread.
  3. 6 points
    The Ballakermeen area during school pick up and drop off is unbelievable, it is only a matter of time before a child is killed on Westminster Terrace or Drive. There was a note of apology from the headmistress... and? They could have a rolling drop off area, but that would not fix the mess that is collection time. It's good to hear something is being done, but it won't be enough, the kids are parking all over the disc zone, the Chelsea tractor drivers are stopping on the double yellows by the corners or taking up 2 spaces because they've no idea (about anything, why would you even have a car like that ? Specifically the white Range Rover Clars Vogue driver who constantly parks like an utter twat!). Yeah, parking, it's emotive, I'm off for a nice cup of tea and a day dream about my bike. Did I mention how much I like it? It is actually awesome.
  4. 6 points
    Michael Moyle should be appointed to lead the enquiry ! If they are not going to appoint sharp untainted enquiring minds, then save the money and don't bother having an enquiry, just publish the result !
  5. 6 points
    There was a problem with my posting. No mobile data where I am. The internet is by microwave link connection. It dropped out due to a thunderstorm. I went on to add that there are intangibles. Bushys, Hooded Ram, the fun fair, lots of events, the atmosphere. There’s also reputation, publicity and profile. Im in a remote area of catalonia at present. On a beautiful winding mountain pass. Weekends it’s full of bikers, just like Home, on Sunday rides. Stopped at next village. Coffee. Four bikers parked up next to us. Asked to take photos of the Manx number plates. Chatted. They knew all about TT, S100, FoM. Their aim is to get over one year. Discussed routes, how had we driven down. We came via Bilbao ferry. They hadn’t thought of that, 5 hours up the motorway. Sailings to Plymouth, Portsmouth, or Cork. They were particularly interested in via Ireland. The real limits now are boat capacity. Im not sure, even at £30 million, that it’s a true figure. You have to strip out the lost local spend, because we stay in or go away, some of us, and the spend of ordinary tourists who are forced out. i still think it’s a positive, but I’d be amazed if it’s more than a £10 million, extra, and then you have to deduct the staging costs, road costs, disruption costs, health care costs. Im neither pro nor anti TT. I just want realism. Claiming a £40 million benefit as a headline is just misrepresentation, smoke and mirrors. So is alleging there is no benefit. And on the intangibles side we have to take into account reputational risk of the death and injury roll.
  6. 6 points
    Talking Heads. I find Mr Wint to be patronising and more than a little didactic. He censors txts and emails on the fly and bollocks up the meaning in the process. Get well soon Stu.
  7. 5 points
    Yeah...and if my Aunty had nuts, she'd be called my Uncle.
  8. 5 points
    If your mummy is picking you up from secondary school everyday you're going to have problems in later life.
  9. 5 points
    Is the basketball round or flat?
  10. 5 points
    So, err, yeah. Just thought I'd bring this back up. I've given up on the politeness. Anyone who thinks the earth is flat is a fucking dickhead.
  11. 5 points
    How many experiments have you carried out in your life Paul? - Drugs don't count.
  12. 5 points
    It won’t work in a million years to start with there will be very little interest as those who want to walk or cycle already do Short of banning buses and cars very little will change We don’t have roads wide enough for cycle lanes ( the ones we have don’t get used) and we certainly can’t afford to widen them We have bought a nice big fleet of busses and a good amount of smaller ones for the new services Now they say we should cycle or walk Are they wanting to turn the clock back for other things too ?. Why not ban toys and PlayStations etc and make our kids play with hoops, maybe even make special lanes for them to roll their hoops along with their sticks Where will the line be drawn on “ nice to have and don’t need / can’t afford”? I think spending any money on this is wasteful
  13. 5 points
    The BBC subcontracts enforcement - mainly to Capita. So they aren’t from the BBC. They have no right of entry. You don’t have to tell them anything. They may write to you. If they do you can write back saying you will charge £100 for answering the next letter, reading it, etc and £200 for any subsequent one, and that sending further letters will constitute acceptance, and that the contract is governed by Manx Law and Manx Courts.. If they write back then issue invoices and sue. It’s been done in English Small Claims and BBC lost.
  14. 5 points
    In that case, you'd think that cops, firefighters, teachers and medical staff would be fast-tracked for treatment. It doesn't happen.
  15. 4 points
    The newspaper group have not learned from a short while ago when they ruined (maybe) the good name of the lad from the Museum (?). Putting up big colour pics of the accused is not good until they have been found guilty.
  16. 4 points
  17. 4 points
    You are, I hope, fucking joking. (and Moyle was never a deemster btw, he seemed to be a decent bloke)
  18. 4 points
    I think Peter Tatchell got it right. He has hailed it as a victory for anyone who wants to refuse to be forced to write anything which they don't agree with. Nobody has been hurt, nobody has been singled out to be ridiculed other than the claimant who has made a bit of an arse of himself in my opinion. Freedom doesn't just belong to anyone who wants to impose their beliefs on anyone else, it works two ways.
  19. 4 points
    I can imagine most of them not wanting to go near it. It's a bucket of stinking fish and every man, woman and child knows it. There was plenty of dodgy accounting and financial alchemy; all sold to the taxpayer and supported to the hilt by the Bell and Teare government.
  20. 4 points
    I might have said this before but I'll say it again, we don't watch TV but we have one and we pay our license fee, it's just something grown ups do. What is the point of making a fuss over £10 a month? Half the monster sized TV's cost more than that to run...
  21. 4 points
    The washing of hands before the first of many coats of whitewash.
  22. 4 points
    So does the toilet tax, the increases on road tax, increases in rents....all leading to not being able to afford a cheap cup of coffee a day.
  23. 4 points
    Them fuckwits give the other cyclists a bad name...
  24. 4 points
    I think you under-estimate the depth of distrust a lot of people on the island have for Nobles hospital now. The horror stories just within my family and circle of friends are enough to force you private and I'm sure we're not the only ones.
  25. 4 points
    Its quite clear that there were a whole pile of issues here that needed to be addressed - mainly because things have been left to slip and slide over a number of years through piss poor management. Reading between the lines here, the boy David and his management team have decided that the only way to deal with Consultants taking the piss with the amount of Private work v NHS work they undertake can be dealt with is to cut it off at the knees (pardon the pun). Rather than coming up with this cock and bull about refurbishment (utter shite) and depriving the population of this service for 12-18 months (read more like 24), would it not have been more prudent to work it through properly and give consultants 12 months notice of their change in contract? There has already been a number of consultants either retiring early or leaving the Island - this latest move I believe will just open the flood gates, making the situation a lot worse for the entire population. In my opinion, another gilt-edged cluster fuck. Isle of Man Where you Can't.
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