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  1. Look, Amadeus is deeply flawed - we know that. But let's not let his error on this thread distract from the fact that Josem is real threat to the Island in the election that is less than a week away. Let me reiterate - He was a member of the right wing Australian political party He was a prominent supporter of Brexit He runs a campaigning organisaition - Manx Tax Payers Alliance - that is modelled on a UK one that is close to the Right of the UK Tory party. Yet he is standing under a false flag of "Liberal Vannin". A fellow Liberal Vannin candidate was Gubey's henchman and some decidedly illiberal views. The source of funding of the MTPA is opaque - it claims to be donations funded but you can't donate via the website It appears that it is funded by one or a small number of HNWI Josem refused to clarify the funding. The activity of the MTPA seems minimal, considering Josem is paid a full-time wage. Leading many to be concerned that the MTPA is merely a mechanism for unknown people to pay him a wage whilst he's a full-time candidate. Josem has ample opportunity to dispel these fears but hasn't. He's dismissed voters asking these legitimate questions as anonymous trolls and blocked them on social media. He claims to want government transparency, but is far from transparent himself as the failure to provide details of who is funding him demonstrates. He seems to use volunteering to boost his profile. For example, there was a paid facebook promotion of him cleaning war graves. He uses Manx symbols in the very odd way, more reminiscent of nationalists in Europe and American politicians, than the way normal Manx people do. I mean what Manx person keeps a Manx flag on a pole in their house or office so they can be photographed in front of it? He tried to use a cringey Corbyn-like slogan of "My pronouns are 'we' and 'us' not 'me' and 'I'" to sound all democratic and inclusive and ended up sounding anything but. cis people declare their preferred pronouns to avoid confusion and to normalise this process for Trans people. This is a nice thing to do. And Josem's slogan trivialises this. Reasonable people when errors like this happen would say sorry and change their slogan. No harm done Josem took to social media claiming to be a victim of the Culture Wars like a Poundshop Stu Peters. So let's focus on Josem's unsuitability for now.
    20 points
  2. In my official capacity, I'm doing some PR work with Michael Josem and we're looking for the following props for some upcoming videos: - New Born Baby (x1) - Interesting ailment (Leprosy is quite high on our list) - Mosquito Nets (x2) - Blind dogs (will accept cats) - Amputees for a flash mob event (x56) Transport provided but must make own way home. We can't pay you, but just think about the great exposure you will recieve as you agree to be shown on the following social media platforms: Facebook Twitter Linkedin Instagram TikTok Snapchat Tumblr Pinterest Giphy Youtube Reddit Ask.fm Flickr Foursquare Myspace Tinder Grindr michaeljosem.com taxpayersalliance.im
    14 points
  3. Gosh, I've just had 'legal' papers through the post (which assert they have been 'served') putting me on Notice (sic) that if I'm elected and continue 'in the fraudulent covid-19 policies of the previous administration' I'll be fined 'an agreed' £500,000. No signature or address but purport to be from the Lawyers for The Manx Truth Commission. I suspect that's someone who possibly played Monica in Friends. I mean really - I don't mind the occasional half million fine, but this could get expensive. Luckily I have some £500,000 banknotes I made earlier that I can use to stay out of pretend jail.
    13 points
  4. Seconded. Hope he recovers well and enjoys retirement.
    13 points
  5. When I said ‘joking aside’ I wasn’t making any digs at people. I for one am delighted that Quayle isn’t contesting his seat. I don’t like him as a politician and his actions haven’t earned him my respect. However I won’t wish him or anyone, even some of the loonies on here any harm. We can disagree, joke and be satirical without resorting to nastiness, sexist or racist comments.
    11 points
  6. New addition to the sign on the prom
    11 points
  7. I didn’t know what everyone was going on about with the ‘war grave’ stuff, then I got a leaflet put through my letterbox and saw that lovely picture. What a great thing to do. I’m now using that pic as the background picture on my desktop pc to inspire me to be a better person. Used to be a picture of Jimmy savile crossing the finish line of the marathon.
    11 points
  8. Robertshaw rabbiting on about the "the Woke Agenda" (he does it on the ACM one as well) is quite embarrassing. Anyone who takes that idea seriously is clearly someone who gets their opinions from the ravings of the British media rather than observing the real world. There's no such thing, just various different interest groups (often themselves quite divided) promoting their own causes separately and seeing them all as some Evil Conspiracy against All We Hold Dear suggests a rather loose grip on reality. It's like chuntering on about "Things we're not allowed to say" while those 'forbidden' things have been appearing on the front pages of national newspapers continuously for years. The only way you can genuinely believe this nonsense is if you're just repeating it as holy dogma rather than thinking about what the words you are saying actually mean. Those papers operate by endlessly telling their usually well-off and well-advantaged readers how badly they are being treated and how sorry they should feel for themselves. Tiny issues are blown up into massive offences and if even tiny ones are lacking, they are invented. Grown adults really shouldn't take this sort of thing seriously and it's interesting that when people do, they end up sounding like sulky children.
    10 points
  9. The three voting age members of this Douglas East household intentionally registered to vote to keep this dangerous sociopathic opportunist out. Faragher and Barber look the best choices to prevent him getting in.
    10 points
  10. Looking back, this was a mistake, I admit, and of course he has jumped on it like a scripted satire version of a TV politician - even tweeting how people shouldn't feel pity for him and how he wants to bring accountability (while of course still not saying who bankrolls him). I'm usually a very relaxed and mellow person and it is not often that I am so opposed to a political candidate, for various reasons, some of which have been shared publicly. On this occasion, like someone pointed out above, I got carried away which wasn't good. When you care very strongly about something, this can happen. It shouldn't, but it can. Election day is almost here and I'll just trust that the voters of Douglas East will make the right decision.
    10 points
  11. However much I might dislike someone I would never wish illness or something like a stroke on them, it appears he was extremely lucky to be with people who recognised the warning signs of a stroke and he received medical care extremely quickly as a result.
    9 points
  12. Josems evasiveness has cast a big shadow over Liberal Vannin for many would be my guess. The lengths to which Hooper goes to try to justify Josem’s unwavering right to be evasive with the public are literally pathetic. As is his support for people like Willers to post awful right wing things online but then claim that they apparently have absolutely nothing to do with Liberal Vannin - even when there’s a Liberal Vannin logo on the same piece of paper right alongside what’s been written. I started out quite likening Hooper in this campaign but I honestly would love to see that smug self-satisfied grin wiped off his face by the voters of Ramsey. In electoral terms the man is a fraud - fronting a party that isn’t a party but only when it suits him.
    9 points
  13. Nice post. It's good to see someone recognising their own not so good behaviour and taking accountability for it publicly.
    9 points
  14. I doubt it’s secretive billionaires but the one connection that seems to have been openly discussed so far, and not refuted by MJ or LV at all, is Mr Kelly the Tory property developer. This is at the same time as the candidate himself is making a big fuss about lack of housing in central Douglas and at the very same time that the very same property company is sat on two big buildings on the quay that it can’t get change of use for to turn them into flats. That might just be a coincidence - the typical Manx muddle - but it most certainly raises enough circumstantial information to justify demands for public clarity from the candidate and for him to confirm exactly who is backing him.
    8 points
  15. Chris has been absolutely instrumental in alot of the positive reform we have had. Legco not voting for CM, extended time to get CM, manifesto outweighing collective responsibility. And that's a way from his constituency work and his character aside. He is one of the better people I can remember in tynwald. It doesn't all have to be charisma and "x factor" Doing work quietly, is just as good, if not better, than doing it loudly. Well, in 48 hours, I'll be chewing my finger nails and hoping you have all voted, and voted well. Cheers for taking the time to challenge me in here, thanks to everyone who has heard and supported me.
    8 points
  16. Yes. It has been tested on several potential voters - outside of Douglas East of course. If you look VERY closely at the picture (in the background by the bench on the path) you can see just how effective it is.
    8 points
  17. Oh, and thanks for turning him sociopathic.
    8 points
  18. At the very least he shows poor judgement, I mean if you are going to use a letter to discredit someone, then the last thing you would do is shred the evidence on which you are relying ?
    8 points
  19. Quite frankly I’ll be amazed if Dr Ashford doesn’t get in, he’s the King of Spin and his medical knowledge is second to none. A true to form politician, I wouldn’t believe him if he told me it was raining.
    8 points
  20. Leaving the scene of the crime. Hopefully Ashford will be consigned to the back benches. I'd rather he was voted out, but unfortunately that seems unlikely. I don't trust a word he says and haven't since his fictional letter shredding fiasco.
    8 points
  21. Well no, but it is symptomatic of the intellect we have had controlling us for the past while. Everyone makes mistakes, particularly when speaking in public. However, the bright ones know immediately and acknowledge their error, usually by some humour, the not so bright ones don't even notice.
    8 points
  22. The EU is not erecting them. They’ve always been there for non-EU members. They’re not new.
    7 points
  23. Funny how Extinction Rebellion aren't lining up to be sterilized to solve the problem for generations to come. As with most things woke it's other people who need to be 'educated' or dictated to. Usually people just trying to make a living while the clowns protest. Considering the popualton is nearly stable or falling throughout the Western world is the suggestion that other countires do the 'decent thing'? I believe China has just raised the limit on children from 2 to 3 per family. The UK population of 67 million equates to 0.9% of the earths 7.6 billion population. The IOM at 85,000 is 0.001% for a bit of perspective on our impact on global crisis.
    7 points
  24. Poor bugger. Not a fan but he will hopefully enjoy a fast and full recovery.
    7 points
  25. He's still modelling what went wrong with his models.
    7 points
  26. Turns out “long COVID” isn’t anywhere near the issue they made out. Who would have thought it? Much like the COVID itself which hasn’t really caused any major issues since we let it rip (I know vaccines, but people were still predicting the end of the world back in May/June) Turns out that in a largely vaccinated population it doesn’t warrant worrying about. Can we get rid of the rest of the stupid border restrictions now please? I have friends,colleagues and family who want to get here. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-58584558
    7 points
  27. I'm definitely not a 'boat in the morning' type. But why live here if you don't like it? There is a whole planet of fabulous opportunity. Why ever live anywhere you don't like? That's a crazy waste of your life. Why do that to yourself? I love it here. It's a fantastic place to live and work from. The outdoors especially. In any weather.
    7 points
  28. There’s a good argument for people driving as they should do when taking that corner.
    6 points
  29. It's purpose has been to keep Josem's name in the press and provide him an income.
    6 points
  30. Any proceeds to government should be ring-fenced for assisting in the change to green energy. That does not mean commissioning reports, but offering subsidies for household adaptations and so on.
    6 points
  31. Chris Robertshaw remains a cock.
    6 points
  32. It's shameless. Old style politicians talk about poverty - I volunteered at the foodbank. Old style politicians talk about heritage - I cleaned war graves. Old style politicians talk about mental health - I did the mental health first aid course. Old style politicians talk about helping young people - I ref netball. Old style politicians talk about accountability - I submitted a FOI request that found 1 letter had been shredded. 1 to 4 I think most long time politicians and many new comers can point to similar and more substantial examples and number 5 is supposed to be his job.
    6 points
  33. There are definite advantages to being blocked.
    6 points
  34. 6 points
  35. So when asked about the possibility of a female Quayle thinks the next CM should have ministerial experience, and unfortunately no women have the experience. Says the man who sacked the only woman in COMIN first and then at every opportunity since to appoint a woman chose a man. Men like - Boot, Hamer, Baker, Cregeen, and Skelly.
    6 points
  36. They'll only get things done if they stop pandering to people and just change things. They also need to do it early so they can reap any benefit before the next election. The first major pitfall they need to avoid in the new House of Keys is putting Alf Cannan in as Chief Minister. If you think things were bad under Quayle just wait till the Treasury Minister who enabled it all takes over.
    6 points
  37. Same in the 'Village Square" in Laxey. Looks as though the painters have been in and forgotten to clean up after. Nasty, horrible stuff and a disgrace to import it from China when our whole Island is built on a bedrock of superior, hard wearing stone.
    6 points
  38. Having just read Cregeens manifesto, in between bouts of nausea, I note he calls himself "your full time MHK" WTF does that mean, do we have part time ones ? However I am struck by the bit where he slopes shoulders away from the junction in Ballasalla blaming Treasury for the fact that it won't now be a roundabout as outlined. Too late Cregeen, you were Dandaras cheerleader to get their 350 houses built, trash everyones property now obstructed on Douglas Road and built an utterly nonsensical bypass to solve a problem which didn't exist ! The only problem that existed was Dandaras, in which they needed to get a tame MHK onboard to push this through. I hope you are not only toast but embarrassingly so on the 23rd !!
    6 points
  39. I don't remember a howard o' clock cult movement. I do though, remember paying a pr firm to tell me there was a howard o' clock cult movement.
    6 points
  40. While more than a few small businesses are reeling from 18-20 months of minimal or non-existant support, loss of income and spiraling costs in insurance and now (wait for the new IOM government) probably a hike in NI (or the levy or whatever they label it) there had better be a marked improvement. One of the things I have noticed are empty GP waiting rooms, like literally no-one, when I went in to drop or pick up paperwork etc. This wasn't the height of the waves but during one of the prolonged zero cases in the community periods. They need to get a grip on the basics like being able to get through to make an appointment within 20 minutes* and prescriptions. Why the hell does it take 5 days to sort out a repeat prescription FFS? *Often find it is way quicker to walk in and book it face to face.
    6 points
  41. They are not starved of funds they are starved of staff at the coalface, to many sitting on their fat asses doing fuck all to help with the backlog, they "the upper management" are the problem costing an absolute fortune annually and producing nothing to show for the money spent and Ashford is as much to blame as any of the rest because he agreed with introducing Manx care and sold the idea to Tynwald who took the bait hook line and sinker. We do not need another level of bureaucracy.
    6 points
  42. And people say I'm harsh! Of course one of characteristics of those who scream loudly about freedom of speech in these tedious and imaginary Culture Wars is that when anyone uses it to criticise them, they run about screaming how badly they are being treated. Freedom of speech is their privilege, not for the likes of the rest of us. I've some sympathy for Amadeus here as Josem has been as prone to calculated and meaningless virtue-signalling on Green issues as everything else. There was a moment in one of the debates where he proudly proclaimed he had come there by bicycle rather than using his car. He only lived 10 minutes walk away.
    6 points
  43. This should be posted out to all voters in Douglas East, bravo!
    6 points
  44. I'm not saying they're without difficulties, I just think it's ironic that one of the forum's main TT protagonists is arguing against them on safety grounds, but is perfectly happy with the inevitable death and destruction arising from the regular event that has, to be frank, a somewhat casual and seemingly entirely reactive approach to H&S.
    6 points
  45. I love the Isle of Man, moved here 15 years ago and can’t imagine moving back to the UK anytime soon. Can’t understand why anyone would chose to live in Douglas though, seems like the worst of both worlds to me.
    6 points
  46. Electric bikes too risky for the TT? LOL
    6 points
  47. I think you’ll find that was the applause of relief.
    6 points
  48. Yes. This is BY FAR the number one problem yet hardly anyone talks about it compared to all the other supposed answers. The waste we create is close behind but waste ultimately relies on #1 problem.
    5 points
  49. Nothing more than we all suspected or knew. It's just an eternal project to justify people's careers and employment. 10 year snagging. How much will this cost and who's paying for it? Members of this administration shouldn't be seeking re-election. They should be hanging their heads in "collective" shame and contrition and apologising to the electorate.
    5 points
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