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  1. They ask for your opinion, and then tell you what you can't have i.e. replacing vehicle duty with additional tax on fuel. With all due respect to the A.G. who came to that conclusion nine or ten years ago, this legal opinion could perhaps be challenged, particularly when relationships between countries are in a state of flux?
  2. I agree that there is too much use of plastic in packaging and biodegradable alternatives should be used, if at all possible. Likewise, takeaway coffee cups that contain plastic should be replaced by ones made from biodegradable materials. It is frustrating that the only plastics accepted for recycling - at least by Douglas Corporation - are bottles and bottle tops, so a lot of plastic containers end up going to he incinerator, even though some of it has the right symbols for recycling of them. I understand that plastics could be used in road repairs - perhaps that should be tried here? https://www.curbed.com/2017/4/26/15428382/road-potholes-repair-plastic-recycled-macrebur
  3. It would be interesting to know who within Government is responsible for not responding to this request for information, and how the decision was justified.
  4. Meals on Wheels should be an integral part of the package that Government uses to help older people retain their independence. Perhaps there are examples elsewhere in the British Isles (and elsewhere) of "Meals on Wheels" services where older people can get nutritional (and preferably hot) meals brought to them at home? One example is Southampton: https://www.southampton.gov.uk/health-social-care/adults/help-at-home/meals-on-wheels.aspx
  5. Sub-post offices that co-locate with other facilities - e.g. coffee shops, newsagents, libraries, etc, - should stand a better chance of surviving. Talking of saving money, a 12-page, A4 Christmas brochure from the Post Office was delivered to every household today. It looks good but probably have been smaller, or the information could have been publicised in a different way. I wonder how much it all cost, and how such a cost could be justified at a time when money is tight?
  6. Getting back to original reason for tis thread - balancing the need to allow pedestrians to cross the Promenade safely with the need to keep the traffic flowing smoothly - I wonder they don't have the controlled crossings programmed so that they flash for the last part of the programme, allowing the traffic to proceed if the crossing is clear? They used to do this, didn't they?
  7. They should know that Mr Perkins - like his predecessor - appears to be official spokesperson for Manx Gas, not the politician charged with protecting the public from unfair trading practices. He bent over backwards to avoid investigating the standing charges issue, stating that it was allowed under the present agreement. This is nonsense. This is not about the 9.9% profit Manx Gas are allowed to make; it is about the unfairness of the process - the standing charge. This could, and should, be investigated as an entirely separate issue.
  8. I agree, insofaras the number of social workers has grown considerably over the years. Also, the levels of knowledge and expertise should have gone up, and there should be better policies and procedures. However, I believe that some of the changes have been retrograde. Social workers used have relatively small patches, which meant that they got to know the communities they served and the other professionals working in the area, and would deal with most referrals in their patch from beginning to end (and subsequent re-referrals), so relationships and trust were built up. Yes, it wasn't perfect and mistakes were made, but I think it definitely had merit, and should be re-considered.
  9. commish

    Road tax

    ...and what about all the vehicles that aren't registered on the Island on the road - visitors, contract workers, etc - they haven't paid vehicle duty but are using the roads, aren't they?
  10. commish

    Road tax

    Well, they don't exactly "pay nowt" - they pay for the electricity. And what about cyclists? I hope you're not suggesting they should be taxed... Anyway, shouldn't we be encouraging drivers to be be more environmentally friendly?
  11. commish

    Road tax

    It would be far fairer to replace this tax - whatever it is called - with an increase in the duty on fuel. The more the vehicle is driven, the more fuel you use, therefore the more you pay.
  12. Who authorises these trips? Who decides who should go? Do the people who go on "fact-finding" trips actually feedback/cascade what they've learned when they returned? It is not just the financial cost to the taxpayer of these trips that seems unjustifiable, it is also the time away from their "day jobs" i.e. running the country. Perhaps they're not indispensable, after all....!
  13. Looks like it. And the Castle Mona is to be auctioned, according to reports. Perhaps the Government will get some of its money back?
  14. https://www.gov.im/news/2017/apr/18/isle-of-man-post-office-celebrates-300-years-of-english-freemasonry-with-hidden-secret-stamps/ Why??
  15. Do you know who the operators will be, finlo?
  16. Go on - you just like Swedish models, don't you...?! As for "sharing our values" - I don't know that there is such a thing as "our values" - certainly there are lots of values expressed on this forum that I don't share...... Needless to say, I support the Island taking a small number of refugees each year.
  17. Thank you, Speak the Truth. When we have cut through all the emotive language and innuendo in your posts, the information you give is very interesting. Believe it or not, the truth is what we are - or should be - all after.
  18. "You claim to have tried to change your identity on here - there is nothing stopping you from giving your full name in your posts if it matters so much to you - but you haven't done that." Okay. I will, if you will. After you, old chap... "Could it be so that you can see if there is any action you or your friends can take to prevent be airing your dirty laundry perhaps?" That is offensive. (a) I don't have any dirty laundry, and (b) I don't know how you think knowing your identity would prevent any dirty laundry being aired - do you think I would hire a hitman?? Ha. Ha.
  19. Speak The Truth, I actually agree with a lot of what you say. However, I do think it's a bit rich hiding behind a pseudonym when calling for openness and honesty,
  20. I don't, but I did, many moons ago. My point was that nobody enjoys scrutiny, even if you've nothing to worry about. If what you are writing on a forum would stand up to scrutiny, perhaps you should put your name to it..? Incidentally, I did try once to change my name to my real name, but the forum does not allow it.
  21. "If, and it is a big if, social workers have done nothing wrong they should welcome independent scrutiny. I am yet to hear of one that does." An interesting argument, coming from a keyboard warrior who hides behind a nom-de-plume. If he has nothing to hide, why doesn't he write under his real name?
  22. It could be argued that it is not so much that the DHSC is over-budget as that for years the budget has been set too low. However, I do agree that it is worrying that so much money is spent on locum or agency staff. If there are problems with recruitment and retention of permanent staff, then the underlying causes need to be discovered, accepted and resolved.
  23. I don't know any of the facts, but it sounds to me as though you are acting as judge, jury and executioner. Perhaps we should wait to see if a thorough investigation is carried out......
  24. commish

    Strang Road

    I don't have an issue with what Juan Turner said about all this, except I think it's a bit rich for an MLC to say whoever is responsible should be accountable........!
  25. If central Douglas was predominantly retail, residential and leisure, I think a lot of its traffic and parking problems would be reduced. If a business doesn't need a presence in central Douglas - because the public don't need to walk in off the street - then I'm quite happy for it to move out to a business park, or to another part of the Island. I agree that it is regrettable that retail outlets are moving out - I guess the rot started when they gave planning permission for Curry's and Pet World to build out of town. .I guess Manx Telecom have reached a good compromise by moving their office staff out but retaining the shop in Strand Street.
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