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  1. 16 points
    They'll be counted on the tourist figures though.
  2. 14 points
    I wonder if Mrs. Morris's resignation letter was a copy and paste from Dr. Couch's resignation letter?!
  3. 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!
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 14 points
    Not stealing but morally wrong. I did without in the early years to provide a home for my family. For this, I can expect Thomas and his gang to sell my home to pay for my care. Those that didn't bother buying a property get it for free.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 13 points
    Did they give an address for the group sex. Asking for a friend
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 13 points
    What next? A minister getting pissed and throwing up on a bus just after warning the public not to get too pissed? Nah that would be ridiculous.
  13. 13 points
    Should be capped at £25k (remember that this is in addition to state pension), and lump sum capped at £75k. This would be seen by the wider population as at least more acceptable. It is only a small percentage of government pensioners receiving grotesque amounts and it is getting the rest tarred with the same brush.
  14. 12 points
    Locked. Suspensions to all the idiots who descended into personal mudslinging last night. Grow up.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 12 points
    The Isle of Man has to be one of the hardest places to spot an April Fools story.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 12 points
    I'm more concerned about the disconnect between MHKs and reality.
  21. 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.
  22. 12 points
    Gee Cee opens a thread about buggery and makes a fist of it.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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 !
  28. 12 points
  29. 12 points
    If you don't like the TT why not form a group, elect a chairperson, spokesman, treasurer. Then get the treasurer to buy the 43 boat tickets for you all to fuck off on the boat tomorrow.
  30. 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.
  31. 11 points
    To lose the CEO of DHSC is unfortunate but to lose his deputy as well is downright careless.
  32. 11 points
    Utter, utter bollocks.
  33. 11 points
    It’s alright, Richmond Hill grits itself now
  34. 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.
  35. 11 points
    FFS no wonder there was a question in Keys. Who got the contract? Dandara?
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 11 points
    Howard and Chris Part 1 ....to be continued
  40. 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.
  41. 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!
  42. 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.
  43. 11 points
    Ok let’s clear a few things up... 1. The Tynwald ceremony is utterly boring 2. The “fair”, as identified, is a tacky and tasteless cocktail of dreary charity stalls and junk food outlets 3. Mec Vannin are an irrelevant entity, formed by nonentities... 4. ...none more so than the dick who is Chairman or whatever his pointless title is 5. Nothing that Quayle has to say is worth paying attention to 6. The “President” of Tynwald is a puffed up, pompous Scotsman who serially failed to be elected to the U.K. Parliament so now infests ours with his vacuous opinions. 7. Anyone who can’t find a better purpose to spend their time today than attending Tynwald just isn’t thinking hard enough. There; I hope that was helpful.
  44. 11 points
    Bit like me and my missus
  45. 11 points
    Can we not just use the £18m to pay down more of the debt, and revisit this when it is paid off?
  46. 10 points
    My twopennyworth - in a free society there is a "contract" between the state and the individual. Part of that contract is that there is openness of state actions, that is one of the reasons that most legal processes such as a trial are carried out in public. In return individuals must abide by the law. Yet , we have had several unspecified events over the past week or so, most of them seeming to be serious. But no information from the police. Very odd. Imagine if there was a lock down of information from, say, the Yorkshire Ripper crimes, the Manchester bombing, the London Bridge terrorist attack? Unconscionable isn't it? That is not to say that the information released should prejudice either the investigation or any resulting trial, but why is information being heavily censored? If a crime has been committed, it is a crime against every person here- that is, apparently, why the state prosecutes. I want to know what has happened. Why not? I am a citizen who fulfills my side of the contract so fulfill yours. This not a police state, but an open democracy apparently.
  47. 10 points
    That Jay Hall fella is a complete cock- certainly no stranger to the courtroom. Druggy and wannabe hard man, on his steroids. Threatening to burn a woman’s house down with her kid inside? Complete prick. People who think he’s funny, or are helping him deserve to be locked up themselves.
  48. 10 points
    Who is living there, if anyone is living there. There are lots of social housing units occupied by people other than the tenants, in breach of tenancy terms, the real legal tenant living elsewhere, often in other social housing units. The “sub letting” is often to family members, grown up children, who don’t qualify, aren’t on the housing list, stopping someone with real need from getting housing that is tax payer subsidised.
  49. 10 points
    Precisely the opposite in my experience. The "coalface" are being culled whilst the upper empires remain unscathed, if not expanding. Take a look at Cabinet Office numbers (376 now for a Dept that didn't exist a few years ago), grades and salaries. Including the endless swelling of the Communications division. Consider the cuts imposed on the bus drivers (regardless of whether you consider them justified or not). Look at those retiring (MARS) and then walking straight back into management or consultancy posts. Post Office management numbers have grown whilst cuts to T+Cs are proposed to the postmen. It's rife. Services to the tax and ratepayers are being slashed, frequently through lack of people to provide them. The troughers remain comfortably guzzling.
  50. 10 points
    We don't have to justify anything Dilli - we're allowing sportsmen to do something they want to do, nobody is encouraging or forcing them. In terms of the benefits to the Treasury coffers, any inconvenience to the rest of us is justified or they simply wouldn't do it. The Island is a last bastion of freedom in an increasingly regulated world of snowflakes who have to do a risk assessment before operating a mobile phone. I don't enjoy road racing or belong to the biking fraternity (despite owning a mid-life crisis bike) and find the whole TT/MGP things uninteresting and inconvenient. But they bring joy to tens if not hundreds of thousands of people and I applaud their skill, courage and determination.
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