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  1. It will probably improve our standing no end. CPA member Prime Minsters / Chief Ministers will be asking the IoM CM for advice on how to bypass their formal chains of control.
  2. Maybe look to the Canadian or New Zealand gov't for expertise? Both Commonwealth, neither are perfect but both are well separated from the UK model? Might be that the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association could provide a pointer to suitable experts from those systems who could review IoM? As I said, dunno, it's a tough one. Edited to Add: Albeit I suspect from the disclosure that Alf was directly expressing his views to the top of the DHSC CS, bypassing the DHSC Minister, that whatever "structure" IoMG is supposed to operate within was being usurped / undermined by Chief Minister and Chief Sec anyway - clearly players other than the Departmental Ministers have been pulling strings.
  3. Just to point out that Greenhow originally came to IoMG from UK MoD, Magson & Ewart came from UK NHS, etc. Asking UK MoJ to review is rather like asking them to mark their own homework. There's been much in the UK news lately about the culture issues in UK Gov't and tensions between Senior Civil Servants & Ministers... they're hardly a paradigm of good governance, IoMG should aspire to be better than them! Dunno who to suggest tho'.
  4. 100%. IoM should decriminalise cannabis use, licence and tax local production and supply. Anyone importing to or exporting from the IoM for supply should do hard time, but local production for local consumption should be lawful and taxed similarly to spirits.
  5. A little shocked by this. One of the Manxies imprisoned used to be an employee of an organisation I was a director of. Not recently, he resigned over 5 years ago to pursue other employment, but he seemed an OK bloke and I would not have anticipated him becoming one of the IoM's cannabis kingpins. Seems you never can tell!
  6. I have done this. Moved from UK to IoM and brought my technology / business consultancy business with me. Set up a new company on the IoM which employed me to service my (primarily UK) clientele. That was before more recent changes to Work Permit legislation, so at the time I needed a work permit. I spoke nicely with the head of the work permits team and was granted one without difficulty. Since then the rules have changed, in your favour. See section 2 of the Work Permits guide and I think you'll find there are likely three categories of exemption that you can claim https://www.gov.im/media/1359068/guide20171102guide-to-work-permits.pdf Get yourself a decent small business accountant, I used Alistair Clarke-Wilson of Shimmin Wilson and was happy with their service and their charges. Alistair may have retired / semi-retired now, dunno, but they are worth considering and will be able to deal with your NI, tax etc. https://www.shimminwilson.com/about In respect of disentangling yourself from UK HMRC - you will basically need to sell up totally in UK, including terminating membership of any UK social clubs (golf clubs & the like) to show to UK HMRC that you have truly "left" (retaining professional memberships is OK, and IoM has sections of the Institute of Directors, BCS The Chartered Institute for IT etc.) Hope that helps. Good luck. I'm recently retired and left IoM earlier this year for personal reasons, but on the face of it I've done what you are hoping to do and it was fine.
  7. That's crazy given your age & health. I was done a couple of weeks ago in UK - anyone over 50 can walk-in if the vax hub is doing walk-ins that day, only pre-booked appointments are restricted to 65 & over. Might be worth Paul having a go next time you're across.
  8. Be thankful. IoM would have coped much better with Covid if Hetty had worked zero days per week. To many senior bureaucrats employed full-time by IoMG but doing part-time workloads on the IoM due to small scale, IMO. Public Sector needs to spend less on chiefs & more on indians.
  9. And this is bang on the point. There appears to be sod all recognition at leadership level, in Manx Care as in the wider Manx Public Sector, that culture needs to change, radically. The Manx Public Sector will continue failing, and dragging down the island and the quality of life experienced by most of the island's residents, until its culture is reformed.
  10. Utterly irrelevant distraction. Manx Care have hired him as a NED, not his Personal Service Company for payment and liability purposes. There are hundreds of thousands of similar one-man companies in the UK (and a fair number in the IoM). Whether they have done adequate due diligence on him as a potential NED is a separate matter!
  11. Problem is not pensioners / retirees per se, but the disproportionate immigration of them compared with immigration of workers. I am retired, albeit a tad early, and very conscious that retirement massively reduced my tax conribution - no employers or employees NI for a start IoMG has modest corporation tax reciepts, which puts more emphasis on employee taxation in order to meet the cost of seemingly ever-increasing gov't spending.
  12. There is appropriate Manx Residency legislation already on the books, just never brought into force. I've harped on about this previously https://legislation.gov.im/cms/legislation/acts-of-tynwald-as-enacted/category/2-primary-2001.html?download=27:residence-act-2001&start=20 The IoM needs to drop Work Permits, which are an anachronism that dissuade immigration by the "economically active", and bring in Residency Permits which shall be granted by default to Workers. That would remove uncertainty for potential off-island job applicants while reducing immigration by retirees who currently face no barriers in coming to the island and inflating housing demand and health service pressures. I think it's the only "kind" way of fixing the economy and the dependency ratio. I had a chat with Alan Bell about this years ago over an informal coffee while he was CM; his opinion seemed to be that the motivation for Tynwald passing the Residence Act was fear of the IoM potentially being overrun with incomers as happened in Jersey, while the reluctance to remove the Work Permit restrictions was (is?) basically driven by politicians' fear (of losing their seats). Alf needs to man up and JFDI while he's feeling brave.
  13. That there is what DfE need to be publicising for their "Locate" promotions. Nothing else matters really. IoM doesn't need more retirees / old farts / TT fans, just a full-on worker immigration campaign in the same vein as Australia and NZ used to do.
  14. If you're not trolling then you are the problem. Yours is one of the most seriously disturbing posts I've ever seen.
  15. I was thinking along these lines early this morning, then I remembered that when living in UK I used to attend a lot of horse trials / one-day and three-day events - and I have seen plenty of people seriously injured or killed while competing in the cross-country phase. I've even won one myself long ago, so I know first hand what it's like, the thrill of riding "on the edge". Competitors take risks, mishaps happen and can be life-changing or fatal. In horse trials the course designers try to make the courses more "technical" these days, to minimise bad falls - but of course they still happen. Personally I think the TT needs a revamp to make it more relevant for contemporary motorcycling: more classes for lower-speed "greener" racing - fuel limits, more e-bike / zero-emissions endurance classes, more classes for Cat A2 license road bikes - look to the future because the evolution of the petrol superbike has pretty much stalled anyway, and that will naturally reduce speeds and fatalities. Celebration of achievement doesn't need to correlate with highest risk.
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