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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 10 points
    As older, more lucrative (for the Govt) vehicles are disposed of, the currently lower rates for the (allegedly) less polluting ones will rise to maintain revenue. Including electrics. Sure as eggs are eggs. It's less about the environment and more about money. How can a BV Merc Citaro bus, running 12hrs a day and paying only £166 a year be less polluting than a 1.4 Fiesta rated at £180 a year doing 1+1/2hrs a day for the daily commute, for example?
  5. 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.
  6. 10 points
    Daphne is falling into the Politician trap of thinking, by virtue of her election, she has some higher moral compass and must champion the cause of righteousness on our behalf. You really don't have to do this Daphne. What you have to do is represent the wishes of the people which clearly are not on the side of Syrian refugees being accepted here but more on the side of dealing with our own problems. Despite the assurances of our Government and the soothings of Mr Thomas, we have a lot to be concerned about here and many homegrown causes to champion, Daphne. Carry on being holier than thou and you will find yourself back with the great unlistened to majority, at the next opportunity.
  7. 10 points
    The 'windmill' is considered too salacious and unmanly by some practitioners Mr Fromage. This is doubtless why he preferred the thrust motion with its Anglo-Saxon origins in the 5th century post-Roman era. The windmill is thought to have arrived much later with the Normans in the 11th century and even to be a key factor in their victory at Hastings. It's still popular in parts of East Sussex where the gyratory motion stuck. I also believe that the Windmill Theatre was so named after the practice. Barrie Stevens could probably back me up here as I think he might have written a book on the subject. Emended for historical inaccuracy.
  8. 9 points
    You can bet your bottom dollar that a la horse trams, we will have bought a job lot of the junk ones off a bloke at some energy supplier in the UK who saw where things were going, and we will crack on blindly, installing them against all available evidence.
  9. 9 points
    A low point has been plumbed on MF by the sneering condemnation of this man. I don’t know Mr Cringle. I have never met him. As far as I know makes no pretence regarding his age ,yet the term “geriatric “ is used against him as a term of abuse. Not only offensive to him, it is to any of his generation. Those that follow the “baby- boomers” should reflect.As the need to keep working longer and longer progresses and they find they are unable to retire , they will become the “ old” and resented as clinging on to their jobs.Some attitudes will have to change. I have no idea of his ancestry. It no more my business than anyone else's, yet the term “in- bred” is casually ,if obliquely, tossed in. Even a low estimate of his IQ is asserted, and if that isn’t enough, he is absurdly derided as being part of the establishment /“ruling class “. Well, I find his articles well- researched, well written and amusing.He speaks well on radio and his presentations are very professionally crafted. - There are some on MF who could do well to study his technique. Keep going, Terry!
  10. 9 points
    There was a public meeting for residents on Wednesday night, someone also posted a letter to me so I can send it to the government by way of objection. I’ve been ‘on the phone’ to the government telling them they need to do something before a child is killed & this mad cap scheme is the best they can do? Poor show. The fat kids (and they are) are ferried to the school by their fat parents in their stupid cunty 4x4’s it’s time to make them walk or provide better bus services. I lived by St Ninians and walked or bussed it to school at Balla almost every day, no hardship at all.
  11. 9 points
    Far too many splendid old trees have been felled recently. I hear nothing but chain saws all day. The area is already over developed. To destroy the last bit of green space in the area will be sacrilege, but they will no doubt press on. Why not fill in the empty areas in town first to house the non existent new immigrants?
  12. 9 points
    This was never in doubt. It's trade between the UK, Europe and the rest of the world post Brexit that matters. Our government has, as usual, been very quiet on this. Just the usual blather and meaningless empty phrases, when really they haven't got a clue.
  13. 9 points
    If they hadn't modelled it on the Amazon then it wouldn't be a problem! The person in charge of spirit level procurement at the DOI needs their arse kicking.
  14. 8 points
    Even though I'm labelled a 'TT apologist' I too find that phrase a bit galling. It is quite true that those who are killed racing are taking part in the sport that they love, the last thing on their mind is that they will become a statistic. The awareness that what they are doing is dangerous is always there but they have confidence that it will not be them who has a fatal accident. Really the phrase is to provide some sort of comfort to their family and friends rather than respect to the deceased.
  15. 8 points
    No, being locked up isn't a punishment, certainly not for repeat offenders. Lets take the notorious Mr Varey as a prime example - his life, in prison, is far more 'comfortable' than it is outside, so ultimately, someone will suffer, so he doesn't have to. He puts other people at risk to support his own lifestyle, and we call this punishment? Tell me, how exactly has this guy been reformed by the penal system, having been a repeat resident at Her Majesty's service? How should his victims feel knowing that when he's outside, he is a risk to others, and whilst he is inside, he is in a place where he has no worries, no stresses, and can enjoy a standard of life which is unachievable for him outside? It is a lose-lose situation for his victims, and a win-win for him, so unless there is a change whereby his punishment is proportionate to his crime, there is no encouragement whatsoever for him to correct his ways. Perhaps next time he decides to introduce someone to a knife edge, and kills them, we will all take solace from the fact that he is once again in prison, apparently reformed, because everyone decided to give him a hug and reassure him its okay to terrorise people. I do however agree that sometimes, a more positive experience inside can lead to a reformed character. How to differentiate between who deserves a supportive network, and who deserves to be treated like a piece of shit is quite a task, but that is no excuse whatsoever to treat a murderer to the same standard of life to someone who got caught nicking a neighbours pint of milk. The fact still remains that punishment should fit the crime, so in the case of violent crimes, sexual crimes, or any other such abuse should not be rewarded with an xbox, overindulgence of Basset's finest, and a pair of jeans which make your arse seemingly change shape.
  16. 8 points
    Well, when someone has punched you repeatedly, kicked you, stomped on you, followed you home, intimidated your family etc, i'm sure and reasonable victim would sleep easy knowing that he spent 10 months in the nick playing on a playstation, and is now an angel sent from above to spend the rest of his days being wholesome member of the community. Sorry, not buying. I had sustained contact with this individual, and know his act inside out. Charming, friendly, helpful etc (exactly as he comes across on the programme) as long as you turn a blind eye to his shenanigans. Then, in the blink of an eye, you are on the receiving end of one of the most vicious individuals out there. Only thing I hope is that next time he's playing with kitchen utensils, he's on the receiving end, as that's what his life of crime deserves, not a few months in prison 'with privileges'. Funny thing is, I never reported him to the police. Having now seen this programme, i'm glad I didn't - would have been rewarding him for his behaviour, and that, says it all, about our 'justice' system.
  17. 8 points
    Goldsmith is a repeat offender. Who is back in the papers again today and happily wandering around Strand St. No doubt someone who will be back inside at some stage too. All this series has done for me so far is demonstrate how poor our rehabilitation rate actually seems to be. Virtually every one of those featured in the series has been in more than once so it does seem rather odd that the main political justification we seem to find for allowing this embarrassing series to take place in the first place I s the focus our ‘success’ at rehabilitation.
  18. 8 points
    I'd rather have trees, green grass, hedgerows, wild flowers, birds, bees etc Selfish I know No doubt Minister Thomas will tell me just how wrong I am
  19. 8 points
    The question that needs answering is why did Quayle spinelessly fold over the imposed quotas on the Scottish boats last year? The quotas and measures were worked out on sustainability grounds and announced. Jockland kicks off, there's a meeting with Krankie and suddenly all those scientifically worked out measures go out the window. Why, Howard? What thrall does Krankie hold you in? Photograph opportunities? If it had been the fecking farming community you'd have happily thrown millions at it in support and GRANTS.
  20. 8 points
    Because like every other local business they put a random motorcycle in their shop window. I notice that undertakers don’t.
  21. 8 points
    It doesn't show the DHSC in a good light at all: says Anwar Hussain from Peel
  22. 8 points
    Fuck ‘em. And I’m chuffed to bits I didn’t buy any Advocaat this Christmas. I’ve ripped up my neighbour’s tulip bulbs too.
  23. 8 points
    Writing the adverts now, ‘Steam Packet Airlines, if there ain’t a boat in the morning, there probably won’t be a plane either’.
  24. 8 points
    Probably not and I doubt you or virtually anybody has. You might get held up behind for a small part of the prom, but generally once past you catch up with the vehicle that was in front of you before you got held up. It is like seeing people trying to overtake if you are coming in from the airport to Douglas and there is a long queue doing about 50mph. By the time you get to Fort North they are probably only a couple of cars and 10 seconds ahead of where they would have been if they had just chilled traveling in the queue
  25. 7 points
  26. 7 points
    Thank you - that’s been totally fucking evident from the very first minute this was mooted and not one person has said what you’ve said. And foremost among the culprits are our supine, idiotic fucking shit-useless media who’ve peddled this ‘by-pass’ bullshit for all it’s worth.
  27. 7 points
    +110% There's something perverse about IOMG. I wonder how much lower they're prepared to sink to whilst the rest of us have to deal with reality? Whoever you are (that authorised this), you need to fess up and explain why you thought this was such a good idea. If the Prison is actually run on the lines portrayed in the program then I think you should expect a backlash.
  28. 7 points
  29. 7 points
    I think we should get Howard, or whichever Minister is in charge, to write the Iranians a stiff letter.
  30. 7 points
  31. 7 points
    Sucked into the intake would be game over
  32. 7 points
    Rob Callister will be Chief Minister and deservedly so.
  33. 7 points
    One of the skills of highway planning should be that roads are designed so that even poor drivers will handle them as safely as they can, not so that good ones (or ones who think they) can drive fast. Blaming the drivers would be rather missing the point, because the layout should discourage them behaving like that. Perhaps some of the problems with Richmond Hill are caused by the DoI being infected with TT-itis and thinking that every road should become a racetrack, but it's probably more that they lack more general skills to design and implement their ideas. Certainly it never seems to have occurred to them that water runs downhill. I suspect they have an idea what a 'proper' road looks like (a motorway over a nice flat and dry landscape) and simply try to get as near to that as they can, irrespective of need, topography, local conditions, weather, safety or cost. Especially cost.
  34. 7 points
    I think they all clubbed together to give a man called Jonathan and his family somewhere to live. A heartwarming story if ever there was one.
  35. 7 points
    You know for a while I forgot what a vile and cancerous individual you were. And then you post one of the most hateful, tone deaf and insidious things I have ever read on this forum.
  36. 7 points
    he must be one of those lovable rouges who for some unknown reason ( has he died ? ) if he did read what was being typed here is incapable of creating a login to MF and responding.. also tied to river pollution, 16 investigations and a 7.5k fine. a real decent bloke, we need more of those around.
  37. 7 points
    My god, you can only imagine how Fieldmarshall Vice Admiral Viscount Watterson fancy dress is going to be.
  38. 7 points
    They made it up as they went along
  39. 7 points
    Time the Parish politics of the Island were consigned to history.
  40. 7 points
    Went passed the Liverpool Arms today...what a shit site all boarded up. Shame on you H&B - sell it to someone that CAN run a pub - and f**k your covenants.
  41. 7 points
    I see Howard was down in London again today, offering wise words to Minister Walker.
  42. 7 points
    Perhaps it got a bit out if hand when the llama was brought into the bedroom? Sorry, I am thinking of a menagerie.
  43. 7 points
    ........I do agree, very little factory emissions, low vehicle emissions and a small population, what the hell do these idiots want us to do? Do they really think our minuscule little rock has any effect whatsoever on the world's pollution statistics...............
  44. 7 points
    The whole Brexit thing is overblown to the point of hysteria in my view, even in the UK. I'm old enough to remember the days before we were even in the Common Market (as it was called then) and Great Britain ticked along quite happily in the 1960s and 70s importing lamb from New Zealand, tea from Ceylon, coals from Newcastle, and so on. In the long run of history, Brexit is going to be a flea bite compared to the much bigger problems which are coming down the road like resource depletion and climate change.
  45. 7 points
  46. 7 points
    Oh thank God. No more sneaking around in the dark, hose in hand. Living on the edge.
  47. 7 points
    they won't need to , H&B will sell it off as a brewery with a clause to say you aren't allowed to use it as a brewery. maybe turn some of the vats in to glamping pods.
  48. 6 points
    He’s right in a way. There has been no thought applied to the victims of these people. They’re being portrayed as a bunch of lovely fellas goofing about inside who have never done anything wrong in their lives and that’s very far from the truth. The whole series is an embarrassment to this island.
  49. 6 points
    Quite a lot of people seem to be into those 1960s British sports cars these days, don’t they?
  50. 6 points
    it seems like a scheme to give more taxpayers cash to a certain hotel........
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