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Everything posted by RonnieD

  1. Put Robertshaw in charge of Government employee pensions. Although I wonder will his swingeing axe be so keen with the idle rich? (rhetorical question only)
  2. @paswt - the case I refer to, try a sum very much nearer to £50,000! Tugger, I'm talking about Isle of Man heavyweights here. Yes they are there to win, especially when covering up their company's dodginess. And have no compunction in lying or any other trick that is needed. The friendly Deemster - no stranger to similar dodginess himself - will happily stroke them through and even act as second chair for those difficult court moments. Duplicity. Dear Tugger, it would appear you have fresh-facedly embarked upon a legal career. Full of dashing sharp-suited young professionals. I
  3. Assessed, taxed, call it what you want. But it is carried out by that General Registry lot. Who I suggest are simple minded puppets of the advocates. Did next to fuck all (please excuse the language) and charged £3k. Didn't even check if the advocates had done the work they charged for. (they hadn't, quite obvious too) Devious and duplicitous. There, two words that I feel well within my rights to describe the whole process. Regarding the Coroner. Not even a phone call or a knock at the door to see if the darling advocates' bill could be paid. Straight for the jugular. Go for arresting
  4. There needs to be a judgement and execution first! An advocate cannot just do this. "we've got execution" in a matter means send the Coroner in without any warning to arrest homes for auction to pay for the advocates' fees. There is more to this of course manx-person. I anticipate that all the sordid details of the various *lawyers' behaviour will be available sometime. It's a gob-smacker. * "lawyers" includes other legally qualified people as well as Manx advocates.
  5. The biggest threat to the Isle of Man is the acts of, and the exposing thereof, of the Manx Mafia. (Hi Tugger!)
  6. Even in Zimbabwe there would be warning that the heavies were going to arrest peoples' homes to pay for lawyers fees. On the Isle of Man an advocate can tell the Coroner to go round (without warning) and arrest homes to have them auctioned. (Where's the forum memberTugger, to have the phrase "Manx Mafia" explained again)
  7. Paxman's facial expressions during this interview are classic Paxman. I imagine they would be just the same if he were to interview Peter Karran when he becomes the MP for the Isle of Man if/when we become a county of England. In fact why wait until then, I think we should invite Paxman over to interview Peter. That would be a mega Youtube hit and really put Isle of Man on the world map.
  8. Our weathermen are ok and provide a good service. I would question if we need 8 of them though, but I suppose that is from the days when we simply couldn't have enough Govenment paid and pensioned workers.
  9. Thomas, how much experience of life have you actually had? Ever needed to consult an advocate or require legal advice? Ever been involved in litigation? No, thought not.
  10. yes there are plenty of briefs in the I-o-m, but just who would you trust???. having worked in legal offices on the island for the best part of 30 years I really can honestly say I would not trust one of them with anything really confidential, if I was to need the services of a brief to represent me in anything with a degree of common sense involved I would employ a decent advocate from the uk. In what evolved into a serious matter, I needed an advocate I could trust. So I went to one that I had been at school with for many years. Not the best brain I realised but at least I could trust h
  11. I see what you mean Stu but totally draw the line at a guy using a self styled 'catch phrase' of "old money" each and every time he read the weather, for about 2 or 3 years at least that I remember . I understand that he was eventually persuaded it was a nob-head thing to keep saying. I just switched off - still do in fact - each time his effected voice creeps onto the airwaves to tell us just what the Mandate presenter said quite normally a few minutes previously at the start of the programme.
  12. There was a case not so many years ago about a fraud concerning some upper layers of power in Pakistan (er, or 'Parkison' as the court papers somehow mistakenly wrote it) who used the Isle of Man as a vehicle. It could be that.
  13. Watch the Formula 1. From anywhere in the World. Those guys are aware of the weather conditions from the next 20 minutes right through to 72 hours away. Pretty precise too. Our weather men are good for letting their granny know if it will be a good day to put out the washing or nip down to the shops. And they also provide a service of translating the temperature into "old money". Or at least one of them does. Well worth having a full contingent of Manx Radio 10-minute morning celebrities on good pay and pension on call.
  14. No it wouldn't. That is because we live in a greedy, greedy World Island. Using the - not so extreme - real example I used previously, a person works for 40 years and then retires on a 50% (of final salary don't forget) pension for 40 years. Plus the lump sum (and that is LUMP SUM). Even if they contributed 10% to that pension pot, the figures just don't add up, do they. But hey, it's their contract of employment and they can balance their conscience by focussing on a few days or weeks or even months of their career that was maybe a bit 'stressful'. They deseve a good, lucrative, m
  15. The retired civil servants I know simply can't believe the money they are receiving and they admit themselves they do not need it. Certainly not so much of it. They no longer have children to look after and have no mortgage responsibilities and yet the money rolls in and is unstoppable like the tide. There is a huge monetary imbalance in our society but the human greed factor does not allow that imbalance to be addressed. Some people I was at school with were mediocre at best. They are now approaching early retirement after doing nearly 40 years as Government employees, some have reac
  16. You do make some things up, but I didn't say you made this up! Serious post: I would appreciate it very much if you could point out when you think I am making something up or have ever made something up (other than the obvious sarcastic/silly or whatever remarks that inevitably occur in discussion).
  17. Not quite. Mr Cretney will do what is best for him, which roughly translates as what is best for the people of his constituency. He knows how to fight for his supporters, and will pull rank over the Douglas Corporation or whatever it takes to keep his voters happy. That is how he has been in Tynwald all these years. In this case there will be few of his voters affected and so he will absolutely toe the Council of Ministers' line.
  18. Out of interest, for the Isle of Man Golden Egg murder in 1973, the jury selected were 6 'Smiths' and 1 'Smythe' I appear to have a stalker in the name of 'censorship' saying I 'just make shit' up so I just thought I would reference my post to a local newspaper cutting, the Isle of Man Weekly Times of 23rd August 2013. The jury was actually for the inquest, but a jury all the same:
  19. No there were. You just make shit up. Actually I might have used poetic license there. There were indeed historians, archaeologists, structural engineers, politicans and many more on that particular job. So, how many people does it take to move a lump of cast iron 30 feet, very carefully? Really. I've seen a whole fucking house moved across a town with less involvement and less fanfare. Pity there weren't so many of them watching the historic old sea wall get demolished across the road on The Villers site. Or the Baillie Scott designed Majestic Hotel when it went on fire. Or just
  20. Yeah, they were probably just watching all day, probably didn't have any involvement in preparing the clock for the lift at all There were less people involved in preparing the leaning tower of Pisa when it was repositioned/stabilised a few years ago.
  21. Hmmmph. Just when we have something to be happy about a member of the awkward squad comes along and spoils it.
  22. The reserves are in excess of £1,5billion. They were on Tuesday evening anyway.
  23. There were that many flourescent jackets watching the clock being hoisted yesterday, they could have saved the crane driver the bother and lifted it themselves.
  24. Last Tuesday night. About 9pm.
  25. Not true. Not true at all. According to the Isle of Man Government, at the Roamin' CoMin in Peel on Tuesday it was declared that there is currently £1.5billion in reserves: That will keep a huge shed load of Government employees in lucrative employment and even more lucrative pensions and lump sums for a long, long time. The rest of you, the suckers, can just go out and do the austerity thing and suffer for an even longer time..
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