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  1. 16 points
    They'll be counted on the tourist figures though.
  2. 14 points
    Do you remember when you could get a doctors appointment? A&E didn't involve a 5 hour time write off? And all children went to the dentist? Fuckin progressive society my arse. Like has been said, we do not have the infrastructure to support the current population - shut up waffle boy.
  3. 14 points
    I wonder if Mrs. Morris's resignation letter was a copy and paste from Dr. Couch's resignation letter?!
  4. 14 points
    A decade or so ago, my wife was bequeathed a reasonable sum by her last surviving parent. As an aside, the will contained a couple of grand to each of half a dozen charities. Having seen the bare-faced-cheek of those charities, hounding (and I mean HOUNDING) my wife during her period of grief (she was also executor) - we will never, ever, bequeath or donate to any charity that a) Has a professional fund raising team b) Employs Directors on £100k plus salaries plus mega pensions ( in addition to their ex-public service pensions usually). or, c) Stops behaving like charity and sets itself up as a pseudo police force taking people to prosecution (RSPCA etc.) and fund raises on blatantly political grounds. We have done a 180 Degree about turn - they will get zero, we now deal only with local charities with no employed (or pensioned) staff. It has been a tough lesson to learn, but boy has it been learnt!
  5. 14 points
    I know of someone who recently had his career wrecked and needed mental health care after pointing out the misdemeanors of his superior at one of our local government departments. Try telling him it was worth it!
  6. 14 points
    The people I feel sorry for are the householders who thought they were going to be getting a nice picture of "a child reading a book, to tie it in with the library", and instead got a 70s Prog Rock album cover.
  7. 13 points
    The good doctor is putting a bill forward that will stop people who are accused of sexual acts names not to be released until proven guilty. This is really good news for the men who have been accused of rape and subsequently been found innocent after having their lives ruined by erroneous claims. Also for those who have been accused publicly for other sexual offenses. This is long overdue and is fair, the guilty ones will be exposed to the public eye when they are sentenced. I should imagine all right minded people will agree with this move except the local rags who will have a hissy fit on losing their chance to publish people's names, addresses etc when subsequently they are found innocent. The museum case still rankles with me that poor man went through hell because of an article in the rag of a paper that published all these details when he was innocent and just the victim of a stupid woman who had issues with Manx Heritage. I do hope this gets passed.
  8. 13 points
    I don't agree, John. We do not hear about every cough, sneeze, incident, just that "something has happened". There was a spate of unusual stuff with no clear information. We hear on international news all the time, within minutes, about serious incidents, usually stabbings at the moment sadly. Every community in the world will have as much interest in what has happened in the next street as we do. It is not nosiness, but openness. This is an open society, and without wanting to jeopardise an investigation, why can't information be given? Frankly, when information is withheld in a criminal process there has to be a very good reason. After all, the basis of criminal law is that an offence has been committed against the whole of society. Criminality is a public offence. I would repeat that I would not expect or demand that information is given that jeopardises an investigation, but when general information is not forthcoming, you do have to question the "contract" that the individual members of society has with the state. We do live in a relatively safe place, but that should not have any relevance to openness. Quite the reverse.
  9. 13 points
    To be fair to the tynwald mills shoplifter, the 348 quid only relates to stealing 2 lattes and a slice of carrot cake.
  10. 13 points
    Did they give an address for the group sex. Asking for a friend
  11. 13 points
    The two men have been interviewed about their alleged involvement in a number of instances of suspicious activity. They were captured on CCTV taking a ride on a horse tram and then walking back along Douglas Promenade holding what was identified as a cigarette pack with a sketch of Douglas Promenade on the reverse of the carton. Chief Minister Quayle immediately issued a press statement from his villa in the Algarve to say that he did not recognise either of these people, and any suggestion that they were government officials was quite ridiculous. He went on to say that despite being on holiday, he had his finger absolutely on the pulse. He closed by sending his best wishes fo everyone involved with the Rally this weekend. The investigation continues.
  12. 13 points
    If they are so confident it can't be run as a pub then they shouldn't have to put a covenant on it ? 100+years ago it was common place to put such a covenant on any residential building, so that the tone of an area wouldn't be lowered, but for a brewery to put such a covenant on one of their own pubs just strikes me that they are afraid of someone opening it as a pub and showing the brewery as perhaps incompetent.
  13. 12 points
    They aren’t “losses”! The thing is, you can’t run this airport as a commercial entity. It is an essential component of an island - especially one that struts around trying to be something it isn’t. It’s a must-have,and Govt need to get over this. It needs to have decent nav. aids, with equipment to allow reasonable minima. Acceptable ATC and fire cover, decent baggage handling and PROPORTIONATE security. On top of that, the bogs need to be clean, and staff should be programmed to help, every step of the way. Then, the last memory a visitor has of the place is that it was pretty decent, and maybe a little bit above what you might expect from an airfield on a small rock. There are a few other opportunities that could be exploited; the landslide ‘cafe’ could be turned into a destination restaurant which could service both the airport users and would attract others too. But the introduction of parking charges for shortish stays put paid to that as an option. It would potentially gee the place up in the same way Costa did for the sea terminal. A sense of reality is desperately needed.
  14. 12 points
    When anonymity was introduced for victims of sexual assault or rape in the IoM, 30+ years ago we also introduced anonymity for the person charged unless and until they were found guilty. I can’t remember why it was changed back. Legally I think anonymity, ie not being named until convicted should be a right of all defendants. With modern media they are pilloried by the digital equivalent of the lynch mob. Its common in other countries, such as Germany. No reporting or identifying until end of trial. It isn’t an attack on freedom of speech, it’s protecting someone who is still innocent. As for similar fact evidence, people with the same experience coming forward, I’m not convinced whether it outweighs false memory syndrome. Very difficult balance?
  15. 12 points
    Locked. Suspensions to all the idiots who descended into personal mudslinging last night. Grow up.
  16. 12 points
    Well thanks for that. However, I disagree that I don’t have a perspective. I actually think the dismantling of the north western rail lines in the 70’s was a strategic mistake. I also think the Island has some incredible heritage, scenery and locations. There are some early signs of some real new impetus in focus on both the enjoyment of locals, and the benefit of tourists. However; We are dealing with the here and now. The Island is in a dire mess, across all sectors, and in respect of the horse trams, the time had come to draw a line. DBC actually demonstrated more strategic perspective than IOMG in this case. There are limits to the amount of money that can be literally pissed down the drain, and as we are using the health service in our conversation, 300k equates to around four GP’s or ten nurses. and where did the suggestion that I knew anything about the health service come from? I only worked alongside practitioners daily, and closely for twenty years, and do so daily now. And as for wider Manx life, working in the public sector, seeing first hand how departments ‘work’ and paying my taxes as a resident. Yes, I suppose you are right - clueless! and as for the boat in the morning quip - probably the biggest indictment of what remains wrong with the place. I only offer opinion. I’d be enlightened to hear an expansion of yours some time. Im sure we all would.
  17. 12 points
    A cynic might suggest that this is our government of control freaks not wanting to answer questions on a major news story or clarify things - a press release at 5 to 5 on the Friday of a Bank Holiday weekend! Ah well. We are where we are. It is what it is. Lessons will be learned, moving forward.
  18. 12 points
    The Isle of Man has to be one of the hardest places to spot an April Fools story.
  19. 12 points
    Diary of Juan Watterson aged thirteen and three quarters. Just writing out my priority list to spend taxpayers money this morning 1. Oil Painting - Portrait of me. 2. Food banks. 2. After Sun. 3. Bottled water. 4. Wig cleaning.
  20. 12 points
    https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/whistleblowing-policy-a-last-resort-says-chief-secretary/ Really? No I mean...really?? Sorry folks, but rubbish like this boils my piss. I know a number of people who had the careers either put on hold or wrecked because they have had the courage to report either bad behaviour or practices. In Government whistleblowing IS a last resort, because most sane sensible civil servants are too shit scared of the consequences! Fact.
  21. 12 points
    I'm more concerned about the disconnect between MHKs and reality.
  22. 12 points
    Clearly he is horrified by the idea that they might be employing any. It's another brilliant example of the Manx Establishment at its arrogant finest. Any accusation of wrong-doing is met, not with an attempt to find out what happened or even denial, but with "Who told you that?" and the implication that whoever did ought to be punished. Everything must be personally motivated, as with the accusations against Moulton of bias. They simply can't understand that any criticism might be justified or even needs to be investigated, because they know that anything they do is by definition perfect. Anyone who disagrees must therefore be malicious and driven by personal spite.
  23. 12 points
    Gee Cee opens a thread about buggery and makes a fist of it.
  24. 12 points
    400 farmers...so that means all of them, plus a few pretend farmers - i.e. landowners that are currently "helping their land return back to organic status" (in other words, they just own land and not shat all with it). What happened when I had a really bad year and was out of work? Oh yea, I got £57 a week to feed a family of 4 with. What happened to my brother when orders dried up after the crash in 2008 and he had to re-mortgage his house? Oh yea - nothing. He worked his arse off to pull it back from the brink. I've yet to meet a poor farmer, so if you know any, please let me know.
  25. 12 points
    Few points to make on this topic. As all are aware I am a Noble’s consultant, but I’m not in the top 10 this thread refers to. Firstly, the consultant pay scale here is the same as the UK, broadly, except we have additional automatic progression through 20 points whereas in the UK the higher points have to be applied for based on other roles, the so called merit award system. This automatic progression is used as a selling point to attract applicants here, and in my view it’s not a bad thing. In the UK the people who get the awards are usually the ones who are never at the hospital because they’re on national committees etc. Here at least we’re paid for loyalty/longevity of tenure. The second point is job planning. Each consultant has a job plan which details how many sessions per week they work. The basic is 10 for full time, notionally 40 hours per week including some hours for continuing professional development. Most consultants here work more than 10, because we generally have fewer consultants than the colleges recommend. In my specialty, based on our population we should have 5 or 6 consultants. There are 4 of us. Paying 4 people to do the work of 5 or 6 makes sense for the employer as there are reduced superannuation contributions and in the future fewer pensions to pay. And pensions are based on the basic 10 sessions. This is one reason our salaries are higher than the UK where generally NHS trusts have pared things to the bone with everyone on 10. We’re also not comparing like with like. In the NHS consultants will do extra NHS work in the private sector, using the ‘choose and book’ facility the GPs there have. This salary will not be included in the NHS figures we’re comparing with. There are other things too which make the figures incomparable. In our top ten numbers, additional bank work is counted - this is when a colleague goes on leave and instead of paying for an external agency locum the work is kept in-house for additional pay. Agency locums do cost a fortune, certainly in shortage specialties, but I don’t think Max’s 500K example is right. It does cost a lot to employ a consultant. I don’t know how much is right, but if we’re made public enemy number 1 and get accused of fleecing the NHS then I can guarantee recruitment, hard enough as it is, will get worse, and this will only increase the wage bill as more agency staff are used to plug gaps. As others have pointed out, market forces apply, and where people might like to think of the medical profession as Dr Kildare types doing it for the love of humanity, the reality is that the pressures and risks associated with the job are increasing and unless we’re paid well people won’t do it.
  26. 12 points
    Blimey just had to wash my car using baby wipes instead. 72 flushes it took to get them all down the bog but glad to be doing my part.
  27. 12 points
    Not sure of the appropriateness of the forum’s legal expert posting screenshots from my FB page. Read the t&c’s recently JW? But yes, it was me. Most impressed with the professionalism of the SP staff who helped me do what I could. Also impressed with the amount of kit/drugs they carry - puts airlines to shame. Captain and I decided returning to IOM was the best course of action. I handed over to paramedics who were waiting for us at the port, and then went back on the boat to restart my trip. Hope the chap’s OK.
  28. 12 points
    The joke amongst all this is the airport was furnished with millions upon millions of pounds to cope with the projected 2 million PAX plus per year by now ! It can't even deal with two easy jet flights in proximity ! I despair at the lack of accountability anywhere in the CS or government it really is a joke !
  29. 12 points
  30. 11 points
    Total waste of taxpayers dosh. Start charging 50p for plastic bags, put a 50p import duty on every bottle of water imported to be paid by the retailer and passed on to these idiots who persist in posing with bottled water at every opportunity. Persuade all premises to have available tap water. With the money collected install water fountains in public places. Sponsor cheap cloth shopping bags. Ban balloons they are revolting and are a danger to livestock. Do more to encourage recycling, every place that sells anything in a plastic or glass bottle to have a recycling bin outside that gets emptied very regularly. More convenient recycling spots. I could go on, just small things that would help without bringing some tree hugger over here on an island inflated salary. I bet other people could come up with other and better ideas for free for nothing.
  31. 11 points
    When pointing out a spelling or grammatical error in a social media post, the probability of making a further error approaches 100%.
  32. 11 points
    Rob, You are completely wrong. This is nothing to do with not liking change. It is simply frustration and annoyance that your Department (and wider Government) can't resist in interfering, and meddling, in things and then delivering inferior results. By your own admission, the Department is paying a lot more and receiving a lot less. In the 'real world' leaders or who deliver this type of outcome would, at the very least, be under a lot of pressure to up their game, or be out of a job. Remember, this all kicked off under the pretense that you have to go to tender, to ensure value for money. I don't think most people have a problem with that. However, for reasons which you haven't explained, this did not happen, and you've ended up negotiating what is clearly a commercially disastrous transaction. Yes, there are fewer adverts, but the ones we have are repetitive, tedious and largely irrelevant to most of the audience. (SES, Monster, RL360, Locate.IM). And, I'm certainly looking forward to 'The Feeling' gig tomorrow, not because I'm going, but because the endless ads, and playing of their records, will stop. Against this backdrop, you have deprived small/medium local advertisers of a platform to access the TT audience - local eateries, garages, motor suppliers etc. I've also noticed that the 'What's On' guide only includes your partner events. This is the sort of thing that happens in North Korea. All round, it's a complete cock-up, and political ownership sits on your desk. It's simply not good enough to say 'we welcome constructive feedback'..................
  33. 11 points
    Anyone else feeling a bit dispirited at the quality of membership of our “upper chamber”?
  34. 11 points
    Cheesy Wheezy, There is a tendency for some people to take a perfectly reasonable medical diagnostic term and turn it into a term of abuse.Sadly, there have been many. You have no exclusivity or originality there. The terms degenerate into a vitriolic label, increasingly damaging to the the individuals who have the condition, and eventually a new name has to be found. Dr Langdon Down was a brilliant and compassionate physician who contributed enormously to the understanding of the condition in the 19 Century which was only decades later discovered to be caused by the an abnormality of the 21 chromosome. Your casual and careless abuse of the term “ Down” is a vile insult not only to his work but the thousands of very fine individuals who have the condition of trisomy 21 and the legions of devoted carers, relatives, friends and professionals who look after them and respect them. For them , I regard you with the utmost contempt.
  35. 11 points
    To lose the CEO of DHSC is unfortunate but to lose his deputy as well is downright careless.
  36. 11 points
    Utter, utter bollocks.
  37. 11 points
    It’s alright, Richmond Hill grits itself now
  38. 11 points
    Thank you. I’m in remission. I’ve got bone marrow biopsy tests every three months to check it doesn’t return. Ive quite serious side effects neurologically, from the arsenic trioxide chemo, in my hands and feet, severe, continuous pins and needles or numbness. Having to use a wheel chair to get any distance. But I’m alive, got a second chance at life. i know that sounds soppy. But 30 years ago APL type Leukaemia was fatal. Diagnosis life expectancy was 6 weeks. Now, if you survive the first 6 weeks ( which 95% do ) the chances of it returning are nearly zero.
  39. 11 points
    Those fellas that rearranged the polar bears at tynwald mills must be due about seven hundred and fifty grand by this reckoning. Don't recall the fairy houses making it onto hignfy or russia today.
  40. 11 points
    FFS no wonder there was a question in Keys. Who got the contract? Dandara?
  41. 11 points
    i was actually quite tempted to throw my half drunk can of special brew in through the drive-thru window but my 4 year old talked me out of it.
  42. 11 points
    There's nothing unique about our roads. There's nothing special about here. We're not a special case. The only reason our accident record is one of the worst anywhere, is because of the speeding culture here, and the lack of enforcement. The RPU has been cut to the bone, and there are no cameras, and roads with no speed limits. If I travel at 30 in a 30, I'm the slowest vehicle on the road, with a line of traffic tailgating me. At the end of the day, humans don't like admitting we are the problem. We don't want an all island speed limit, as we all like to have a blast, so we'll make up nonsense to justify it, like, er, "It's not speed that kills, it's bad driving".... yeah yeah whatever. Education doesn't work, as we won't admit we are the problem. Enforcement is the only thing that will make people wise up, and there's hardly any of that. When you see some Athol Street type overtaking 4 cars at once on a blind bend in his Audi - that guy is intelligent. He knows he's being a twat, but he doesn't care about anyone else. Enforcement is what's needed. 1000 RTC's a year is utterly ridiculous. I see the wall is knocked down again at church bends. Those holes in walls aren't caused by people driving slow. It's not cyclists. It's people driving like twats. Those 1000 RTC's per year involve about 1500 cars. That's right - a huge proportion aren't 'collisions' but people just driving their own car off the road. 2 reasons for that - 1 - too fast, 2 not looking where you're going, ie on your phone. Speed, and inattention. People feel safe in their cars now. And if you feel safe, you'll take risks. This is why people who drive big cars are aggressive drivers. Just imagine this - instead of an airbag on your steering wheel, there was a big spike. You'd drive carefully then. You certainly wouldn't be looking at twitter. The lack of real policy or strategy regarding road safety here is shameful. And we can't use the excuse of our motorsport events. Other places have motorsport events too, and they don't acccept loads of deaths and 100 accidents in a week, just because there's a race on.
  43. 11 points
    I’ve read elsewhere this airframe was only 2 years old. I wonder if they’ve mixed it up with his previous machine? Wherever it was owned is irrelevant. It flew under a G prefix, likely under and AOC, by a highly respected and qualified pilot. It’s an utter, utter tragedy. I think we should lock this thread, simply out of respect.
  44. 11 points
    Howard and Chris Part 1 ....to be continued
  45. 11 points
    if only all that countryside care scheme money had been saved for buying in food and bedding for livestock during a bad year. if only animals could live off holiday cottages and range rovers there'd be no problem feeding them.
  46. 11 points
    When I think of the number of so called politicians who rode into the House of Keys in September 2016 on the back of implementing change and Lord Lisvane's review, this just makes me want to throw up. http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=42003&headline=Tynwald rejects Lisvane reform&sectionIs=NEWS&searchyear=2018 You bunch of hollow, gutless, slimy, self congratulatory cowards. You are all a disgrace to this island!
  47. 11 points
    This is typical of the attitude that perpetuates the myth of 'balls of steel, heroic, living life to the full, motorcycle road racers'. It's not compulsory to risk one's life in order to make the most of it.
  48. 10 points
    I cannot understand why John, as a lawyer, is arguing that black is white on this. One red herring after another. It isn't fit for purpose? Well it was supposedly fit for purpose very recently after undergoing the "refurbishment" that ripped the character out of the place. What has changed since? Not a community hub? Again, it has been one in the recent past. Lots of regulars from Baldrine and Onchan congregated there and could again. Not viable? Well perhaps not for the brewery, but maybe that says more about the brewery than the premises. 50,000 other properties? So what? We are talking about this one. A traditional public house which has been a landmark between Douglas and Laxey, enjoyed by successive generations since a time that nobody can remember. It flies in the face of natural justice that a private business can simply destroy any prospect of anybody else making a success of a public amenity for their own narrow, anti-competitive commercial self-interest. The building should be sold on the open market and, if somebody wants to have a go at running the pub there, the current owner should have absolutely no right to stop them trying to make a success of it, while at the same time providing a service and pleasure to the customers. It's crazy to think otherwise. "I can't make this works so I'm going to stop everybody else from attempting it." Sorry. No. It isn't logical. It isn't fair. It isn't free enterprise. It's total cobblers.
  49. 10 points
    KB is just persisting for the truth. Like or loathe her, she is asking the questions that need answering.
  50. 10 points
    A general election will only demonstrate the same. Once these people get elected they make a huge - and I mean huge - amount of new friends. Powerful, rich and charming friends. An endless stream of civil servants - senior, middlin' and scratchin', they become on first name terms with the likes of judiciary (separation of powers is a myth, to be bragged about at presentations to people who believe in fairy stories), so-called leaders of industry court their attention and senior advocates becoming their buddies. The police, the hospital doctors etc. etc. The ego meter goes off the dial. There are 'buffets; by the billion. 'The scrotes' who elected them become relative nothings. They have nothing whatsoever to enhance this new found life style, not for another five years anyway.
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