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  1. I agree, but politicians who rely on popularity (or at least not, unpopularity) have been tempted to use "consultation" as an excuse for not doing what is needed or doing something that may irk a proportion of their electorate by claiming it is the will of the public, rather than the will of themselves. Consultations are also a very good method of stringing out the decision-making process whilst claiming that policy and change are underway, without actually changing policy or doing anything. A certain Minister and Chief Minister have made careers out of it. Hopefully, short careers.
  2. A few years back there was a very flawed public “consultation” regarding an all-Island speed limit. I suspect that attitudes have changed a bit since then and a proper consultation might reflect less opposition to it. The current 40 mph all-Island limit may be temporary but I the experience of it may well have long- term implications. Unrestricted roads are not easy to justify particularly when personal responsibility and judgement is either ignored or defective so often. I see a 60 mph national limit on the horizon.
  3. Everyone, whether they have a qualification or not, has the ability to voice an opinion. Having an opinion that is worth taking into account is an entirely different matter.
  4. It appears that dilligaf didn't do very well in school.
  5. What I suggest might be a way of finding out! I would not be reassured to know that what we are deciding to do here was actually the work of Howard Quayle and the rest of COMIN. The stakes are too high for that.
  6. Just an observation, not on the measures that are now being applied to this crisis, but the presentation of the information. Wouldn't It be much better to have the daily briefings being given by the experts that are formulating the policies and advice, rather than the chief Minister himself? The person who is expert in the advice would deliver the script more confidently and with more credibility and assurance than the CM, rather like what is being done by the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Officer in the UK. It is good that daily briefings are being delivered but it is not necessary to have politicians reading from prepared scripts during a situation like this. Normal political process and practice is not really applicable in abnormal times. The public are looking for precise, expert information, not the pretence that senior politicians are competent in all matters. We only need to know that the CM supports the advice being delivered.
  7. I am not so sure at the moment. The DHSC Minister said that they have time on their side as the TT is still months away. That is uninformed thinking as many businesses will be committing now to investing in the TT fortnight and they need early decisions to minimise losses. Also a decision now will enable further decisions to be made about measures to prevent or discourage visitors coming anyway and for the fallout over these measures being properly managed. However, I would not be at all surprised if the Government continues to dither and delay in the hope and expectation that action taken elsewhere will take the decision out of their hands. If a decision is made that places any other consideration above, or even equal to protecting the health and well-being of Isle of Man residents, the public should not and, I hope will not forgive every politician and public servant implicated in the decision making process. These are the decisions that should make or break careers.
  8. If the TT is cancelled IOMG would have to come up with a support package for the Tourism and Hospitality industry that relies heavily on the event. This will cost millions. However, every other country will be similarly obligated and the IOM is no exception. The health of our resident population must be first priority. To suggest that it would be cancelled “for no good reason” is just ridiculous.
  9. The point that I am unsure about is whether, 1. It is accepted in Government and Tynwald that the heritage railway passenger figures were not accurate or, at least not based on fact, and 2. If anything will be done about it to bring those responsible for the figures to account? The figures can be presented as official or unofficial but they were presented publicly after an enquiry. If a Department that presents figures inaccurately or figures that are based on an estimation that has little statistical validity and merely represents the position they wish to portray, this fundamentally undermines public trust in Government. Worse still, it illustrates a contempt for the truth and contempt for the public. Truth and transparency are fundamental principles in a democracy. If a Department can be disingenuous about the number of passengers on Steam trains, what does that say about the accuracy of really important issues, for example the number of Coronavirus cases on the Isle of Man?
  10. According to the UK Government Chief Scientific Officer the peak of the epidemic will be in 10-14 weeks. TT is scheduled in, what is it, 12 weeks? Thoughts?
  11. Exactly. The current line that TT is happening but we are keeping an eye on it does nothing to reassure. It’s just a delay tactic to avoid making any commitment to the population or businesses impacted by the Coronavirus threat. We need a plan and that plan should be communicated. This issue has been around for a few weeks now - enough time for our top brains in Government to come up with something a lot better than the shallow appreciation of the risks waffled by the Chief Minister and Skelly.
  12. I get the feeling that Howard’s nonsensical utterings on the subject of the TT so far are masking the lack of any policy or considerations that are based more on the fear of having to refund bookings and compensate the tourism industry than a fear of our vulnerable people dying.
  13. If officials have compiled figures which “inform” funding and policy, which subsequently are found to be inaccurate and/or deceitful, will they be held to account? Another difficult question which needs a straightforward yes or no answer. It seems that CEOs are paid very high salaries for the responsibilities they have, but are not being held responsible when they are found to have been irresponsible. Reform is overdue in this regard.
  14. Great plan, apart from the fact that it won’t work and assumes that only the elderly are at risk. They are not, of course and anyone who is not of robust health is. To allow the spread of the disease to happen across the remaining population increases the risk of infection to the elderly as the idea of total and assured isolation is farcical. The TT is unlikely to happen as it falls within the period of projected peak impact in the U.K. It will be highly unlikely that even our complacent and ill-informed Chief Minister could allow mass movement of infected people onto the Island, or encourage it at the very least. That would put a bomb under any responsible containment or delay strategy. Secondly the medical personnel needed to provide essential cover at the TT are unlikely to be allowed to take 2 weeks off to administer care to those that elect to put themselves in need of it. Lastly take a look around those that marshal the races. A good proportion of them, according to your suggestion, would be well advised to stay indoors, if they are not being forcibly detained there already...
  15. Oh, so a disease that kills mainly the elderly is not a lot to worry about? You wanker.
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