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  1. craggy_steve

    Cut & paste

    It could be argued that by not wasting lots of time creating an original Vision document Ms. Morris has been able to focus more on the day to day components of her job, hopefully trying to improve services and reduce costs. (Once can dream) Still wouldn't excuse the rank dishonesty of passing off the document as being largely her own work. That's the biggest fault here, claiming authorship was simply dishonest, fraudulent, gross misconduct, needs sacking. As I said in an earlier post the re-use of best practice developed elsewhere is entirely justifiable, even if I hate the way our politicians and civil servants keep copying UK laws and practices. If I'd wanted to live in the UK I'd have stayed there and I don't want these Gov't halfwits turning the IoM into a mini-UK. I don't see them copying Ireland much (and I'd really like to see them copy the Irish approach to public sector payroll reductions).
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    The budget

    We can probably agree on most of that. I think my biggest concern is lack of contingency. Let's hypothesise that, in the UK budget following Brexit, the chancellor replaces the old EU-driven VAT with a similar UK sales tax of 15% (reduced from the 20% UK VAT rate to help stimulate consumer spending). Where does that leave us? VAT or its successor is a key part of our Gov't income. Gov't is balancing the current account for the moment, but the next crisis is lurking around the corner and it doesn't have sufficient contingency in the current account or reserves. Comin needs to get more aggressive about cutting Gov't back-office waste.
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    The budget

    Low population density, and that is 5 years of capex out of a gov't income exceeding £1B p.a. today and growing, so without going back to the forecasts in the pink book it looks like around 7% of receipts over the period? Not saying that the money is being well spent, just putting it into context. Overall I don't think it's a bad budget in the circumstances. Not much contingency or wiggle room but at least the Gov't current account is in the black despite the VAT crisis and the economic challenges faced by some key business sectors. Steady as she goes. Could have been a lot worse. I still think Gov't has scope for significant cost reductions which Comin is unwilling or incompetent to make, and which if realised could reduce the tax burden and / or improve social welfare thereby making the island a better place to live and a more attractive destination for talent and inward investment etc.
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    Pubs closing

    Nope. In a free market they have no interest in the activities of other businesses or the premises used by those businesses unless they own some rights. When they sell the premises or shares they give up those rights. As for not wanting another owner to make it viable as a competitor - that's the point isn't it. If it were not potentially viable they would not need a covenant, therefore their own attempt to seek a covenant or enforce a change of use is in itself evidence that their argument is false and that they are trying to distort or control what is supposed to be a free market. I've previously been a director of a business which had to change strategy to avoid the attentions of the monopolies commission in the UK, so I know how it works there, but how does it work here? What is the Manx equivalent of the monopolies & mergers commission to protect the free market - is there any such mechanism here?
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    Pubs closing

    Inappropriate for the vendor to seek a new covenant to determine / restrict the use of a building which they are abandoning, the future use of the building is none of their business because when the sale goes through they lose all interest in the building. If they want to retain an interest they can lease it out instead. Particularly inappropriate in this case because it restricts the use of a building which was used for a particular form of trade from being used for the same form of trade by its new owners. If the old owners were not competent to make it commercially viable for a specified purpose they are similarly not competent to claim that future owners would not be able to make it viable for the same purpose. The covenant may be academic in that it may be that the new owners choose to use the building for a different purpose, but it seems an affront to natural justice for the old owners to attempt to apply this restriction because the only purpose of such a restriction has to be to prevent a competitor from resuming the same trade from the premises. Basically it stinks, it simply shows the current owners in a very unflattering light.
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    Cut & paste

    Where did I mention "management"? Leadership and management are quite different. Ideally one wants managers who also lead, and leaders who can also manage, but the tone, enthusiasm, vision, culture etc. of an organisation is (should be) set by the leadership abilities of the folk at the top, not their management abilities. It's a simple but very difficult distinction, one can be a competent manager but not a leader, and vice versa. One can also be "qualified" in either or both - demonstrate to examiners that one understands the theory - without the actual innate ability / personality attributes to actually be good at either.
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    Manx Gas profits Officially too high

    It has long been touted as a "cap", but as you say the agreement clearly makes it a guaranteed return. Had a quick graze whilst scoffing lunch and all I can say is wow.
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    Manx Gas profits Officially too high

    Ta., I'll have a read later - distraction therapy!
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    Manx Gas profits Officially too high

    Any chance that the agreement being superseded will be put into the public domain? I'd be fascinated to see the detail of this con.
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    Cut & paste

    Who said anything about bean counters? Accountants may also be competent leaders but the two skillsets are quite separate and I prefer leaders to focus on leadership, that way the integrity of the organisational leadership is less corrupted by the inevitable conflict of resource availability. Bean counting is a job for the accountant not the leader.
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    Cut & paste

    They keep hiring folk brought up in the UK NHS / state health system. Unfortunately much of the UK NHS is seriously broken and the UK doesn't know what to do about that except throw more cash at it. Our NHS needs to be run by some top-class leaders from outside the health sector, people who really excel at leadership - they don't need to be health professionals they simply need to empower the real health professionals to be able to do their jobs effectively and efficiently.
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    Manx Gas profits Officially too high

    Probably deserves a new thread of its own http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=45745 Never could see a justification for the particular profit cap mechanism chosen and level of the cap - why RoCE and why 9.9% - in such a low risk regulated monopoly. I'm not a gas customer but it always felt like an undeserved license to print dosh.
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    Planning Appeals

    From the Gov't own Quarterly Employment Statistics June 2018: Persons Employed 35,306, Self-Employed: 7,892 Sept: 2018: Persons Employed 35,166, Self-Employed: 7,796 They may be doing more jobs between them, and indeed as you claim the Number of Jobs Undertaken has risen from 51,591 to 51,836 The reality of our economy is that a smaller working population is doing more jobs, presumably therefore more people are depending on a portfolio of part-time jobs, which is not a healthy indicator. The rate of change is not rapid, so my statement that "the number of people employed has stagnated" is not only valid, but I kindly did not point out that actually the number has fallen slightly. The number of Persons Employed actually peaked in Dec 2010 at 37,251 according to the Gov't quarterly statistics document, but as that is the earliest data given it may have been higher before then.
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    Planning Appeals

    Maybe @Rob Callister you could also ask why the Crosby development is necessary given that immigration is at a three year low and is not backfilling for the more than 50% of students who do not return after attending Uni across ! House prices have fallen yet the number of house sales has also fallen, and the number of people employed has stagnated, all indicating reduced demand. In this context the Minister for DEFA's assertion that objectors are hindering economic development simply doesn't hold water - if DEFA permit the building of new greenfield housing they will simply increase the surplus housing stock and further depress property prices. The CoMin quarterly stats demonstrate that the Minister's justification of economic necessity is based on flawed / false logic. I guess it could be argued that it helps keep construction workers employed, but the flip side of that is that many retired folk rely on realising the value of their home and downsizing in order to free up capital to help fund their retirement - so allowing or encouraging deflation in the housing sector simply puts more stress on to the state pension & welfare funds. The benefits of enabling substantial new developments such as at Crosby, Ballasalla & C'town are not obvious.
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