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  1. I'm glad I never decided where to live on the basis of money. I live here because I love the place.
    14 points
  2. If they are reviewed, and it would seem not. A review could explain why and, frankly, ignore any badge of honour. Just have to suck it up. Let's face it. If you were related to Banker, you'd be necking as many pills as you could get hold of.
    14 points
  3. What was of concern is the lack of prescription review, you could be on medication for years with no review just keep in signing the repeats. Not only could that jeopardise health, it must also be costing a fortune in unnecessary and ineffective medication.
    12 points
  4. If we binned off 95% of the “communication and messaging” teams in DHSC/MC, I wonder how many front-line nurses we could afford? The remaining 5% could probably generate the information that we actually need to know: I suspect it would take a fraction of the time and staff currently employed for the purpose.
    11 points
  5. DOI needed a wall replacing. So a DOI official asks for quotes. A UK contractor comes along measures up and says that will be £10,000 - £5k labour, £4k materials and £1k profit. The IOM contractor doesn't bother to measure up. He just says it will be £30,000 The DOI official wants to know how the local contractor got to his price without even measuring. "Easy" said the IOM contractor. "£10k for me, £10k for you and we'll spend £10k getting the UK contractor to do the work".
    9 points
  6. Have you actually read Agenda 2030? It is about sustainable development, environmental protection and improving the health and economic status of the poorest people in the world. There's nothing about substituting meat with insects, a transgender “agenda”, forcing vaccinations, repression of demonstrations. The UN is a powerless talking shop. It isn’t and could never be “world government”. Implementation is down to individual member states. Some are Democratic. Some aren’t. I don’t approve of forced vaccinations, but I do think education about the benefits of eradication of life threatening illnesses is a good thing. Same with freedom of expression and the right to demonstrate. They are essential. But they do need to be balanced against the rights of others. It’s a really difficult balance. We don’t always get it right. History is littered with examples of where we’ve got it wrong, and strident minorities, with a poison agenda and false information have swayed the political landscape for real evil.
    9 points
  7. The CQC assessments are the right way to go. I would expect now that where needed (all but 1 practice) an Action Improvement Plan has been or needs to be developed and published so patients and the public are assured that issues such as safeguarding policies are in place and work to meet the needs of vulnerable patients. As the annual (?) assessments continue it would be expected that higher standards are going to be required in a series of gradual and comprehensive improvements. That is what it is all being done for presumably. Closing the audit loop. Just been highlighted on BBC North West with Hooper saying the findings are not related to patient care. In my view that is wrong. I hope the very real concerns that have been highlighted are not overshadowed by everyone now rushing to say everything is safe and well and no concerns here, or the actual benefits that can be achieved by these island wide assessments will all have been a waste of time and money. Let's not have the usual mantra of "nothing to see here, let's move on". This is a major step for the island's health care systems and their importance needs to be taken seriously, and not treated dismissively.
    9 points
  8. I listened, he was on fire!
    9 points
  9. Maybe he's thinking of standing himself. You must admit the ability to deny you said something that you said an hour before (and is still publicly available) is very on trend with current politics.
    8 points
  10. Beth Espy. She is good at just about anything she presents, particularly the serious stuff.
    8 points
  11. 8 points
  12. Self-praise is no recommendation, Blade. Of course I am aware of people who've moved away too. Lots of 'em over the years. I understand the reasons, especially for young families and mobility is the way of the world nowadays. I know people who have arrived too, and love it here. I also know 3 families who moved away and within a year moved back. Grass wasn't greener after all. There have always been folks on MF who left the Island but somehow can't quite let go and delight in telling us how great it is elsewhere and how crap it is here. That seems odd to me, and I tend to pity them. Why would they bother to do that unless there was something lacking with the new arrangements? Island ain't perfect. Who knew? But you wouldn't catch me moving to the UK by choice.
    8 points
  13. We suffer from "small man syndrome". Better to accept what we are, and make the best of what we already have.
    8 points
  14. I passed through the Airport last Thursday when there was a direct flight to Finland. We were flying to Gatwick. At the adjacent checkin desk there was a near hysterical family group who were waiting for the last of their group to arrive for the Finland flight, which was already boarding. Suddenly the missing guy appeared and they were checked in. About 15 minutes later, in the departure lounge, the security staff started wandering around looking for the owner of a black Audi PMN something. It turned out that the guy who was late, and was now sitting on the plane, had simply abandoned his car at the front of the terminal. Its imbeciles like this, not terrorists, who cause all these crazy rules, which then inconvenience everyone else. I hope they crushed it for him.
    8 points
  15. Well, 5 months in and Gary has made a few changes. Mainly his shirts, undies and socks - but very little else.
    8 points
  16. Well Cllr Stephen Pitts lives on Westminster Drive according to the DBC website, so parking on Hawarden Avenue may be less of a personal concern. Best approach with offshoremanxman’s “clear facts” would appear to be to treat them as works of fiction, until independently verified.
    7 points
  17. @GizoIt's not losing anything. It's a public service that comes at a cost.
    7 points
  18. Don't be ridiculous! You can't have a respectable lawyer dressing up in wigs and gowns.
    7 points
  19. The only two advantages the island has over the rest of the UK, in my opinion... Having raised four kids over here, it is very safe for those with young children (even letting them walk to their grandad's just around the corner, on their own, when they were younger), peace of mind and all that. Now that all the kids are grown up, I'm at the age where I am starting to enjoy the peace and quiet the island offers. Apart from those two reasons, I cannot think of anything else (especially for those in their teens until the mid-30s, nothing to do on the island, bar visit "town" and it's very few pubs, nothing else to keep them entertained). Where my wife's and my wages are at, we would be much better off across, but we always decided that money isn't everything, and to see our kids grow in a safe place, with very happy childhoods, was all that it was about for us.
    7 points
  20. The Isle of Man has a problem in that it (mainly the idiots we elect as politicians) struggle to grasp the concept of levels. Too many people have delusions of grandeur. The fact that we have the stupidity of a 500k target for tourism and the illusion that the TT is a “world-class event” that attracts lots of wealthy individuals is testimony to it. The Isle of Man has its level in the world. It is a relatively small place with a relatively small population that gets by with industries that are attracted by a relatively low tax burden. The money generated from this and a relatively small number of other economic sectors, such as tourism can sustain the resident population with an acceptable level of services. Instead of accepting this as the case we keep having these foolish ambitions and spend money and effort chasing the unobtainable. We need a new approach that recognises and pursues sustainable industry and services and sets expenditure of public funds at a sustainable level. Where sectors (such as tourism/ motorsport) are in inevitable decline, forward-looking strategies should be developed which will replace the lost income. If we pursue delusions we will simply end up deluded, miserable and broke. I would prescribe a course of realism to make us feel better about ourselves and our environment.
    7 points
  21. I don't live here for the finances. I think I would be slightly better financially off in the UK. The island has it's own appeal. But it's being quickly eroded by Les Incompétents at the top of Prospect Hill.
    7 points
  22. Is it true that they are going to fortnightly bin collections in Douglas?
    7 points
  23. Understatement of the last 10 years. Planning...decided by 70 year olds that holidayed here in the 50s/60s. You need to be a family or old to move here. We'll never get people under 30 in the new industries to move here. They can't afford to live here and there's nothing for them to do, and few places to meet people even if they've moved here.
    7 points
  24. Aye, between Crookall, Cregeen, Longworth and Black it's been some feckin cost though!
    6 points
  25. Oh dear! Facts not your strong point, again.
    6 points
  26. If anyone really thinks they would be better off in the UK why are they living here. Boat in morning 🤣 usually.
    6 points
  27. Plus all those treasured family pictures from that time little 14 year old Jonny did that stint as “Alotta Cock” at the Guild and won a shield. Happy memories for the rest of his life.
    6 points
  28. Drag artists performing to folk would be a ring of hell. But, while we supporting 'artists' who perform gross caricatures of people who suffer from daily bias, are we going to have a minstrel section? No, I thought not. I lived in Brighton for years, I've seen drag acts. It's a one joke performance imho, unless the performer is genuinely funny. I would argue that it's adult entertainment, often sexualised, and that opening it up to 13 yr olds (Do not make that joke) is going to lead to arguments. I'll get the popcorn out, the debate will probably be more entertaining then the performances.
    6 points
  29. I’m sure you’ll be standing as an alleged successful businessman who knows how to run DBC, expert in planning matters, bins & postal services 😂
    6 points
  30. You'll get away with it a while yet Amadeus...just keep saying you were just a guard and didn't know Nuffin!
    6 points
  31. And, what happens when it dawns on many of the people now in their 20s/30s with school age children...who suddenly realise that their kids can't afford to live here when they get to 18? It's already happening. If they are not locals, they leave. If they're locals, they won't see much of their grown up kids after they turn 18. 1000 youngsters under 30 have been leaving the island every year since 2011. Instead, we're importing retirees not workers. The island is currently being financially cleansed of its young.
    6 points
  32. I won't ban you for being a dick offshoremanxman...T & Cs have no requirement for an IQ test...you probably need to speak to your father about that... He probably was hoping you'd have become an astronaut or something...instead of wishing he'd himself shot you into space.
    6 points
  33. It pales into insignificance compared to the value the taxpayers got for what they paid these two for their "contributions to Manx governance". Not.
    6 points
  34. Well some of it should never have been zoned.
    6 points
  35. To be honest Liverpool should take pity on Isle of Man bound passengers and sell them all the alcohol they can carry - purely as they're IOM bound
    6 points
  36. Exactly & some people want more taxpayer money thrown at it, it’s a fact that without the finance sector including egaming then the island would be bankrupt & unemployment would be massive.
    6 points
  37. This report is serious stuff but looks like the minister has got out ahead to try and play down its significance. The issues highlighted so far generally seem to come back to overload at the surgeries. There are insufficient GPs for the patient through put, so check ups/prescription monitoring/paperwork all suffer.
    6 points
  38. Driving in fog is easy if you're following, no so much if you're at the head of the queue with zero visibility, the possibility of icy patches or standing water, and oncoming dazzles. Probably delay you by about 10-15 minutes, tops. Surely better that, than having a crash with the whole road being closed afterwards.
    6 points
  39. Sounds as you know Gary intimately?
    6 points
  40. Throwing even more money at heritage shite and motorbikes isn't going to make the island any more vibrant. If you want to make the island more vibrant then it needs a root and branch reform of the way Government looks at the population. It needs affordable housing to start with. By affordable that's either a reasonable multiple of an average salary - or rents that are no more than a certain percentage of monthly pay. Then you need to sort out the health service with properly paid staff, waiting lists that meet all the targets they should and access to an NHS GP or dentist within 48 hours. After that you reform the rules and support around families to encourage families to move here. Better childcare and funded by government to a certain level so people are free to return to work. Once you have those foundation stones in place we would see a better structured population, people would have money to spend on nightlife and other entertainment.
    6 points
  41. Merge Douglas/Onchan/Braddan and show the rest of us how efficient the super authority will be. Those of us who live under efficient and cheap rural authorities have no desire to subsidise city authorities
    5 points
  42. Yes that'll be why Douglas (pop 26,677) has 20 employees on over £50K while Onchan (pop 9,039) has only 1 rather than 7. Even on a smaller level, when Arbory and Rushen merged, rather than sharing the same Clerk, they suddenly discovered they needed a Deputy Clerk as well. Yet the same people endlessly repeat that bigger must automatically be more efficient, no matter how many times counter-examples are pointed out to them
    5 points
  43. Because it's a massively inefficient use of public money. ~21 local authorities, all with their own agendas and ideas on how to do things, for a population of 86,000 is massive over-governance. Simplify it down to one all-island local authority (or even 4+1 if you must) and have some streamlining of what goes on and push for efficiencies to save the ratepayers (who are taxpayers at the end of the day) some money.
    5 points
  44. Could do with an ASDA/Lidl/Aldi though.
    5 points
  45. It is too expensive over here, but we have peace of mind, our kids can go out and we know they'll be safe. We lived in New Cross when Millwall played up the road, trust me, this place has benefits. There's work. I get to live close to a beach. Kids go to their local schools where the standard is decent, both in teaching and behaviour. I don't commute for hours, unless the DoI is mindlessly fvvcking around.
    5 points
  46. It can also trash it. Look at the problems caused by holiday home ownership in Cornwall or certain parts of Cumbria. It just hollows out the community.
    5 points
  47. I love Sean Lock, such a clever and funny comedian. His best was his response to Rachel Riley in her skiing disguise. RIP
    5 points
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