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  1. Just think of all that glue and thousands of bits of plastic he's wading through - Airfix kits aren't what they used to be.
  2. You cannot be serious! Of all the manifestos that have dropped through the letter-box, hers was the most poorly written, nefarious, vacuous, bullshit-bingo infested diatribes that said absolutely nothing - full of identified problems but not a concrete solution in sight. Boot - talks a good game and has identified the problems both locally and nationally but is probably hissing in the wind against the entrenched Manx CS to get anything done. Perhaps another 5 years sat alongside others who are more 'big picture' orientated rather than fretting over the state of the local loos might be in order. Cowin - again, identities all the problems with 'the system' (and having been well-embedded in it for a lifetime is probably well qualified to comment) but to think he would achieve any better by being 'inside' I would doubt. Harmer - I have no idea about sufficed to say if he has been looking after infrastrucure then he has failed miserably. Crookhall - that post-bag beckons. Lee - I've not seen the man nor received any prospectus from him. Cussons - a possible. He's identified problems to be solved although the 'green' solutions are going to cost us all dear and actually achieve zilch in the great scheme of things - but there a appears to be a thinking-mind in there somewhere. Peel's priorities: no more housing (the ghetto dwellers penetrate no further than Shoprite and contribute nothing to the town), get the sewage facility sorted, demolish the eyesore that is the power station at the end of its generators' lives, a single-shot solution to end the silting of the marina and the parish council must devolve departments and encourage business out of Douglas.
  3. Returning to the original topic re how tatty things are looking - it's not only Douglas. I was at the airport for the first time in nearly 2 years. Aside from the fact the entire building needs a fresh coat of 'whitewash' or whatever colour it is supposed to be, I drove up past the factory towards Ballasalla - weeds were in full bloom in the pavement and both sides of the carriageway. For anyone arriving by air, and hopefully numbers will be increasing (and dramatically so when the parish council sees sense and trashes the ridiculous travel bureaucracy) first impressions count and the impression that stretch of road portrays is a poorly maintained infrastructure = impoverished local authority. That's just what we need to encourage prospective investors and businesses to locate here - not!
  4. ..........what a genius! Next job - WHO.
  5. For the record: Peel Med Centre - just made an appointment for the next available - 27 September! The bonus is that it's this year!
  6. Derek, I suggested this should have been considered when it was 'in the news' a few years back. If this Island is to survive as a self-governing entity it has to seriously start thinking 'outside the box' to use parlance that even our most career-minded CSs would appreciate though not necessarily understand. Fracking, mineral exploitation and whatever happened to the oil and gas exploration off the coasts; high value-added industries must have an attraction to a low-tax environment. Health care - I know we have problems with our own NHS facilities but why can't we attract private sector medicine centres of excellence; for example, there have been dental tourists to former Eastern Bloc nations for decades so why not here? Why not a nuclear generating plant, that could 'export' power to Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales from our central position in the Irish Sea? Of course, regular, reliable air links are essential and that also come down to government. 'So (in a Texan drawl) Howie, how are ma' peeple going to get to this lil 'ol island after we jet in to London from Houston?' 'Well' replies Howie ' that depends on what day of the week and which month you plan on coming. You might be lucky and it's a day Easyjet are kind enough to fly here but expect a day's sight-seeing in London before or after you come - then again there might not be any flights at all and as for a weekend during the summer months well your guess is as good as mine'. Dramatic licence for affect, I know, but conversely it's not far from the truth. This has to come despite the severe intellectual abilities of the parish council and the comfortable trough-feeders of the CS because without 'the next good thing' this rock will be back to herring and spuds within the next decade.
  7. The 'Dicks' in charge are precisely that. They have become items of political virtue signalling and nothing more vis HOC 2 days ago. If 'the Dicks' had declared, as they did initially:'' nah, don't bother with masks - don't really achieve anything - better off without them - just breathing in your own bugs and mucus'' - that would have decimated the 'fear' message. As a reminder - no conspiracy theory, just fact:
  8. This is utter and complete speculation generated by the COVID-for-ever cabal and pushed daily by the brain-dead MSM. There will always be variants of anything in nature: trees, jellyfish, sheep and, shock-horror, viruses. That's the way the system operates. But to bring everything to a standstill or at least go into hiding on the certainty of the next variant coming along, which stands a 50/50 chance of being no more potent than the last, is insanity; a condition that seems to afflicted 'leaders' globally and which New Zealand and Australia are currently afflicted with.
  9. ........and testing to the point of futility. It goes back to the point raised a few days ago in Wrighty's account of the machinations at the 'pinnacle' of Manx healthcare decision-making. In an emergency, rational and thought-out decisions have to be made - but quickly. The niceties ie crossing the i's and dotting the t's can come later after the immediate threat is dealt with.
  10. ............so complete has been Whitehall's psyops that they don't know, and probably don't care, how to undo the untold mental damage that's been done. This 'emergency' needs to be officially ended, in the UK at least.
  11. I think there is because, shock-horror, it would allow the individual to assess their own risk and act accordingly. While an air of mystery/secrecy is kept, it enables the 'oh, you never know where it might strike next!' fear levels to be kept up. I can assure you, if the deaths were occurring in fit, healthy, 30/40 year olds you would never hear the end of it.
  12. You and many others are, rightly and legitimately, repeatedly calling for this information but it is clearly falling on deaf-ears attached to dense skulls.
  13. No, it really isn't. The NHS is broken and not fit for purpose as it has been for decades and exemplified by the latest 'crisis' - and that takes nothing from the hard-work and dedication of it's 30% medical staff. It needs a complete overhaul, if not rebuilding from the ground up. It hasn't been the 'gold standard' since the fifties and there are innumerable examples of viable and functioning systems just across the Channel that could be replicated here if our politicians would put the people they purportedly represent ahead of their self-interest. As for shortage of GPS - that should read Shortage of FULL TIME GPs which is the reality.
  14. Still waiting to see that cheque!
  15. Anyone is 100% correct. The Manx economy thrived for 20 years thanks to the private (finance) sector driving the economy while the government sat back and watched the receipts roll in. Since the 2008 collapse, the government has been impotent to effect any meaningful economic development. That is not a fault of 'government' per se, but the calibre, expertise and ability of those that inhabit the corridors of the parish council. While amateur nobodies continue to be elected into positions for which they have no knowledge or experience, then expect continued managed decline.
  16. Doesn't the evidence suggest, despite some protests that, and let's not beat about the bush, have been pretty ruthlessly suppressed with measures that Peking would be proud of, that the macho Aussie disappeared a long time ago? Overt questioning of any of the state policies either in the press or social media has been heavily suppressed. Maybe by reason of 'it's too big to shut down', SkyNews has been one of the few voices of resistance (with little affect); as for ABC, they have toed the line in the same way as the BBC. Perhaps it was something put in the water but there is more 'woke' in Australia now than swilling around on the Berkeley Campus.
  17. In retrospect you're quite right and I stand corrected - however, it remains symptomatic of the level of competency witnessed throughout all levels of administration here.
  18. That is a leadership failing - period. Alas, those traits are now all too common in decision making processes from even lower levels to the very top of management structures. In posh-speak, it termed 'risk aversity'; colloquially, it termed 'covering your arse'. Whichever term takes your fancy, the affliction can paralyse the decision-making process.
  19. If anyone believes a word spewed forth from any politician's mouth, then they deserve all the misfortune that these amateurs will continue pour upon them. The management of the DHSC (still all women?) has been nothing but dreadful and incompetent for years with this latest debacle being just one of many that don't even reach the press or the propaganda Radio. How long ago was it that their gross mismanagement was exposed by the poor chap who had become 'stuck' in Cyprus and was deducted pay? The bureaucratic, self-serving DHSC management is an impediment to the hard-working and dedicated front-line staff that keep the system running despite the laughable 'managers' inabilities and overseen by an even more clueless politician.
  20. At last, the message has sunk home. I'm vindicated.
  21. I'm sure there's nothing to stop you writing a cheque for a vast amount to the parish council. We await your posting a photocopy of aforementioned cheque.
  22. Your long-term defence of our political class is legend and your ability (and willingness) to defend the indefensible is admirable were it not for the fact that, for very good reason, I have consistently assessed these people as hardly able to run a parish council let alone a 'nation'. The tragedy is that these 'ignoramuses' have even been elected, let alone given power and influence that in their normal, pre-political lives, they would not come within a million light years of ever achieving.
  23. Tolerance, the freedom to express contrary opinions no matter how whacky and even lie (be it the individual or the State) - that's what we like to see in a free and liberal society and I would have thought that a lawyer would be one of those values staunchest defendants - or are we witnessing, yet again, the pandering to a vociferous minority?
  24. .......but they do when you're not German and don't understand what he says.
  25. A bit of light relief - with a portent of truth towards the end if the zero-covid gang were to prevail:
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