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  1. 2 minutes ago, Zorg said:

    Anybody who thinks it's okay and normal for a totalitarian dictatorship to have backdoor access to all our electronic communication is either mentally deficient or some kind of shill -- either directly, or unknowingly via a third party -- of the Chinese Government.

    Correct. The Chinese regime and Communist Party are big, big trouble in the years ahead.

  2. 12 hours ago, madmanx90 said:

    5G is already being trialed on the island by Sure and I know they are using Huawei technologie. Most of the islands excisting 4g systems are already running Huawei tec on the island. And actually this message is being written on a Huawei phone and its absolutely brilliant by far the best mobile I have ever owned. 

    Leave Hong Kong alone President Xi.

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  3. 5 hours ago, Shake me up Judy said:

    It's all a bit ass about face. Instead of trying to get kids into school again (Very difficult) they should be trying to get kids out of school for once. We've had nearly two months now of fantastic weather and there's plenty of learning to be had out of doors and in the community. How many of today's kids are completely out of touch with the countryside and natural world around them ? This is the perfect opportunity but nobody seems to have thought of it. 

    Shush Shakey - I’ve been enjoying fantastic rural and coastal walks with not a soul around. I don’t want hordes of the little fuckers spoiling that by charging around bellowing ‘Look Miss... another Cyanistes Caeruleus nest in this Crataegus Monogyna!




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  4. 3 hours ago, Derek Flint said:

    Is anyone really  clamouring to get back to the pub?

    Good point - I think the weather is contributing to many punters being happy with a pint at home in the garden/yard/balcony etc. 

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  5. 15 hours ago, Southfork said:

    I think it’s the opposite. After all the UK did sell them out in WW2. There is not much affinity with Westminster down there from what I have ever seen. 

    Donald is right. Perhaps because of the German occupation, there’s a much greater affinity for the Union Flag in the Channel Islands than there is here. There’s nothing they love more than to see their Lieutenant Governor decked out in his finery with his big feather covered hat; they’re genuinely thrilled by that. If our lad did it other than on Tynwald day I suspect he’d be egged. I know (and have known) many Channel Islanders, including those in senior roles; there’s no resentment at the UK over matters pertaining to WW2. They are quite definitely very keen to embrace their relationship with the UK in a much deeper and more evident way that the Manx.

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  6. 12 hours ago, slinkydevil said:

    Dogging is back on? Great news!

    It was never completely ruled out by Covid, although the social distancing did inhibit some of the more fundamental elements.

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  7. 13 hours ago, the stinking enigma said:

    No harm done. Cheese on toast gives better protection than hydroxychloroquine. I know this for a fact. 

    Ah yes...but it depends which cheese. Cheddar is no good at all, Cheshire is mildly effective but ideally you need Emmentahl or Double Gloucester.

  8. 22 hours ago, Out of the blue said:

    As for the manx crab mentality, I have found through th eyears that it is mainly restricted to a certain sub section of the thoroughbred manx, who are a shrinking demographic who unfortunately have the politicians ear as they also make up a lot of votes.

    A superb description - and bang on.

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  9. 13 hours ago, Ham_N_Eggs said:

    He is a terrible public speaker but it is telling that they'll let Harmer have a go but won't even let Cregeen or Thomas loose on the podium. 

    For someone with verbal diarrhoea and a willingness to expound on two flies walking up a window, whether we want him to or not, Thomas’s absence is both surprising and a pleasure.

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  10. 14 minutes ago, Lost Login said:

    HQ's presentation is not the best but he is not the worst by any means of those who have spoken at the press conferences. Looking further afield look at Trump and de Pfeffel.  HQ is accused of getting narked at questions well he seems to react much better than Trump, doesn't hide away from the media like de Pfeffel. I am not holding up HQ up as a shinning example but maybe we are slightly over critical

    I wasn’t suggesting he’s necessarily the worst, simply that he’s very, very, poor. We all deserve censure to a degree (some a lot more than others!) that someone of such profoundly limited ability generally, and truly miserable verbal communication skills specifically, ends up as CM. If that doesn’t illustrate that there’s a fault(s) in the system, I don’t know what does.

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  11. 9 minutes ago, Albert Tatlock said:

    Am I correct in assuming that the border controls are only allowed in force...provided a state of emergency exists?

    Or could the state of emergency be cancelled and we could still have border controls?

    As Quayle was quoted last week, when answering a question concerning a ‘’possible loosening of border restrictions’, by saying such a thing was unlikely until ‘the distant future’, it would suggest that the government can keep the border closed even if there isn’t a declared State of Emergency - which doesn’t seem to be intended to extend into ‘the distant future’.

  12. 23 hours ago, Roger Mexico said:

    But the sad thing is that that think they are being dignified.  You and I and practically everyone else see Quayle badly reciting badly-written PR guff followed by touchy and confusing replies.  He sees it as Howard Quayle World Statesman and there are enough people employed to fuel his delusions that  they will continue.  The rest of us may be cringing, but they can go on like this forever.  

    But the real problem isn't that they are pompous and self-important where they should be dignified - it's that they think being 'dignified' is the beginning and end of the job.  There's no strategy, no grasp of what the options are and no real attempt to explains things to the public.  All you need to do is sound 'presidential' and the minions will do all that for you.

    None of which that the press conferences should be ignored or stopped, irritating though they may be.  The fact that even the minimal inquisitiveness of the Manx media seems to offend them - hence the two questions rule and now these ridiculous 'Pools', as if the world's press were all clamouring to get in - should tell us that being ignored is exactly what they want.  

    This is very probably your best-ever post Roger. Every word hits the target.

    As I’ve found myself unable any longer to listen to Quayle ‘badly reciting badly-written PR guff’ I steeled myself for yesterday’s great ‘lockdown-lifter‘ speech. Dear god that man’s amateurish presentation is like fingernails on a blackboard. Every inflection, every cadence, every intonation delivered wrongly, haltingly and with self-evident lack of full understanding of the flow and intent of the communication. If I was actually present I’d find it impossible not to point out just how shockingly bad it is.

    But as you say, the great statesman doesn’t even need to subject himself to the indignity of being questioned. 

    It’s all awful. Just awful.

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  13. 1 hour ago, hissingsid said:

    The Government has done a great job in a troubled and desperate time.

    Well that’s one view Howard.

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  14. 17 minutes ago, Mr Helmut Fromage said:

    The Bishop in Tynwald and The Living Hope nonsense - good luck to them baptising their deluded new intake in The Lido sewers and keeping 2 metres apart.

    Peter Murcott - abolish him immediately.

    Amen to all that brother. And god bless you for the reprieve you granted to the Felt Museum monorail. May your camels multiply.

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  15. This is a topic well worth airing - it's such a pity that it's come from an unedifying individual in the form of Sumption - not a nice man - which will colour the debate. It's rather like the fact that the Chinese really do need to be taken to task over this, but rather than the voice that challenges them being reasoned, balanced, well-informed and intelligent (such as Obama) it'll be Trump...turning everyone off and allowing the Chinese to dodge the issue.

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  16. 2 hours ago, piebaps said:

    There's no accounting for Southerners Rhumsaa. Shandy Drinkers the lot of them (well apart from Teapot who apparently will drink anything:D)

    I've been quite impressed by Lawrie Hooper.....If he would distance himself from LibVan I might even vote for him.

    Is the correct answer.

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