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    TT 2018

    If the Control Tower gave incorrect instructions I would expect that this would already be admitted, since the evidence would exist to prove it. If an instruction was misinterpreted or not acting upon correctly it would point to marshal error or some procedural weakness that would enable a single error to have catastrophic results. This would involve more comp!ex solutions including better training, amending procedures and, perhaps some improvement to communication systems. I can only guess that these feature in the report recommendations. But I am guessing, like everyone else. What I wouldn't do is make accusations of ineptitude, failure, a lack of care or suggest officials should be jailed on the basis of guesswork. That is unwarranted and unfair.
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    TT 2018

    The Communications from the Control Tower to Marshals are via TETRA. These are all recorded. They would, presumably be available to an enquiry. As such any claims about what was said, or not said, will not be a matter of opinion but a matter of evidence.
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    Daft Daphne is at it again

    I don't know why people here fall into cynicism. The Year of our Island was a resounding success and significantly raised the global profile and reputation of the Isle of Man with a series of innovative and well-received events. Chris Thomas will be able to prove this with an exciting presentation, including an array of tables and statistics, shortly.
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    Isle of Man Prison - reality TV

    This is desperate publicity seeking by a few individuals within DHA that are so far removed from reality themselves that they believe that the general public can be convinced that the liberal prison regime here is a great advance and the IOM is a forward thinking jurisdiction. The true reality is that the Criminal Justice is broken and panders to offenders within a system that has forgotten its core purpose; to protect the public and provide reinforcement of being law-abiding. I have no doubt we will see a focus on the needs of offenders, with prisoners being given "privileges" as the norm and a regime mostly geared towards creating a comfortable and non-confrontational environment for staff and prisoners alike. We can be certain that someone will trot out the "loss of liberty is the punishment not the prison regime" line that reflects the thinking that has removed authority from prison staff and control in prison regimes for the last 30+ years. With all this new thinking we should expect to see less people in jail, safer prisons and less repeat offending. The truth is entirely the opposite. This series will serve only to make the IOM appear as feeble and cowardly as everyone else.
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    Steve England for MHK For the people by the people

    If any proof was needed that disclosure of the conclusions of the ACU investigation is necessary, this kind of comment provides it. It contains a number of assumptions, not based on any facts, that lead to comments such as "amateur", "failure", "disgrace" and conclusions that someone should be "jailed". Road Racing is, of course, a dangerous undertaking and it is important that the public and everyone associated with it understands the procedures and risk mitigation measures that are applied to it. There must be confidence in the organisation, free of such hysterical accusations. Without disclosure and transparency from ACU and DofE, suspicion and supposition will fester and undermine confidence in racing on the TT course.
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    Daft Daphne is at it again

    Daphne is falling into the Politician trap of thinking, by virtue of her election, she has some higher moral compass and must champion the cause of righteousness on our behalf. You really don't have to do this Daphne. What you have to do is represent the wishes of the people which clearly are not on the side of Syrian refugees being accepted here but more on the side of dealing with our own problems. Despite the assurances of our Government and the soothings of Mr Thomas, we have a lot to be concerned about here and many homegrown causes to champion, Daphne. Carry on being holier than thou and you will find yourself back with the great unlistened to majority, at the next opportunity.
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    Criminal Evidence Bill

    The reasons for the delays in bringing these amendments forward may be explained in this thread. However, the fact is that Chief Executives, Ministers and Chief Constables exist to find answers to problems, and clearly have not. If it is acceptable to spend, in this case 15 years, wallowing in problems and merely identifying that they exist, I suggest that we could employ people in far lower salaries. It takes little skill to say there is a problem; all the skill lies in finding the answers. This is a malaise that spreads across the public sector. There are far too many people who merely identify that things can't be done and far too few striving to find solutions. Process becomes more important than outcomes. Proper performance management centered on actual achievement is what is required, but that is something even our elected representatives can't stomach.
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    Criminal Evidence Bill

    http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=44102&headline=Why so long to update the law%3F&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2 Lawrie Hooper asks why it has taken 15 years to make a very sensible amendment to the law to keep pace with technological developments. Alex Allinson agreed that it has taken too long. So is that the end of the matter? I understand that we have employed a succession of highly paid Chief Executives and Chief Constables over this period. Why did it take them so long to bring an amendment forward? Surely someone should be held to account? Or in Government do we just accept an admission of poor performance and then forget about it? No matter what you are paid, it seems that you will never be held to be responsible for anything in Home Affairs.
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    Government Performance

    Replace the word "should" with "could". The lack of any effective opposition means this will be an exercise in nodding. It doesn't matter what anyone who doesn't have seat in the Clubhouse thinks.
  10. Once again the soporific Chris Thomas is brought forward to say why we should not be concerned about things that might cause concern. This time it is inflation and data breaches. https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/inflation-figures-need-context-says-mhk/ https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/personal-data-must-be-handled-properly-says-minister/ How lovely it is to live on the Isle of Man and have Mr Thomas. All the stuff that looks depressing or wrong are an illusion created by our misunderstandings and everything is really OK. He is always on hand to sooth our worried brows and offer an explanation that we might otherwise not have been aware of and give us renewed confidence that we have the best Government there has ever been that is sorting it all out for us. I would be truly grateful, if only I could get these ridiculous nagging doubts out of my head and the voice that keeps telling me he is a smug and delusional fool who believes his own bullshit.
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    Robertshaw [brilliantly] states glaring obvious on MTTV

    Chris Robertshaw is the only MHK who is speaking publicly, or maybe speaking at all, about fundamental reform to cut costs and safeguard the future. Reform was on the agenda when MHKs were requesting votes but, aided by the most conservative CM that they could vote in, any thought of change was quickly kicked into touch. There simply is no leadership inside or outside CoMIN. If this administration has shown any skill, it has been in stifling debate and massaging the media and public into thinking that everything is being worked on and everything is in hand. To this end we regularly hear the monotone drone of Chris Thomas and his dull utterings. The only magic he possesses is the ability to transform complacency into a Programme. It is worth noting that the Chief Executive of the Civil Service in Guernsey is leading change from the front. On the Island we have a Chief Secretary that appears to live in a dark corner and who only comes to light on the very rare occasion that someone like Beecroft shines a torch, temporarily, upon him. Even then, the reaction is to scuttle deeper into the corner. This is a man who is Head of the Civil Service, but he could walk down any corridor outside of Cabinet Office, without any Civil Servants recognising him. The failure of leadership within the Political element of Government is compounded by a failure within the Civil Service. To expect anything other than fiddling rather than reform is unrealistic. Its also truly worrying. Robertshaw will have his 15 minutes of fame with this outburst but the business of Government will continue as normal.
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    Sir Jeremy Heywood...

    Maybe topical because Sir Jeremy Heywood was Head of the UK Civil Service and was an exceptional and talented Individual, whereas our highly paid equivalent who has recently been in the news, courtesy of Mrs Beecroft, isn't.
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    Popular Rider Critical...

    As I thought, no specific ideas about how the racing could be made safer and no analysis of current risk reduction measures other than a very scant comparison of past and present fatality rates. It is easy to say you support the racing continuing as long as risk reduction measures to improve the rate of fatal incidents are put in place, but without some understanding of what assessments are currently place and some specific risk-reduction measures that you might want considered, the words are really quite meaningless. As has been suggested, any racing event that is held on public roads involving high speed motorcycles is going to pose some fairly extreme risk. The only way to make racing motorcycles relatively safe is to build purpose built racing circuits with risk-reduction measures built into the design. Racing on roads can only be made "safe" by reducing the speed traveled to one where any impact with a hard surface will be survivable. However, the nature of the event would be rendered so sanitised that it would not attract riders or spectators necessary to make the event viable. It is possible to accept that the event will lead to serious injury and death, as that is inherent in the nature of the event itself, whilst putting in place the risk-reduction measures that are possible and reasonable. These might include fast response medical support; the provision of impact reduction course equipment in higher risk areas; restrictions where spectators may spectate in areas that are considered higher risk; the provision of marshals in sufficient numbers with access to a reliable communication system; on-course paramedic support; the appointment of a suitably qualified and experienced Race Organiser; year-round course-inspection and liaison regarding course maintenance.... Are we recognising something here? These measures will never solve the issue of racing injury and deaths, but as speeds rise they may just stabilise the statistics. Of course, there is a sure-fire risk-reduction option. Simply, cancel the races and end road-racing on the Isle of Man. This is the moral dilemma; to do it, or not to do it. To face up to the fact that the event is run not for the sport or to fulfill the hopes and dreams of competitors, but for money and to support the tourist industry on the Island. To accept, or not accept that the injuries and deaths are an acceptable and inevitable price to pay to earn the money. To pretend that you support the racing as long as further risk-reduction measures are put in place is not facing up to the moral dilemma, it is just using weasel-words to avoid it. Lastly the questions I might ask are; Why was it considered necessary to put a one-way system in place for the TT and not for the FoM? Why was it still considered unnecessary to have a one-way system in place for the FoM after the deaths of two visitors due to a head-on collision in 2014, even after the film of that incident was used in a DoI sponsored "road-safety" campaign? What risk-assessment was carried out to justify this decision? Who made the decision and was it politically signed off? By whom? Now there has been a further head-on collision, will those who made this decision (I suspect on the grounds of cost) now stand up and take responsibility?
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    Popular Rider Critical...

    What would you describe as a grown-up attitude to risk-reduction and what sort of risk-reduction measures are you specifically advocating over and above those that are in place now? Do you have any first-hand knowledge of the risk management processes that the race organisers currently have in place? Just asking a few questions that your statement begs to be answered.
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    Slopey Shouldered MHK Cregeen

    I don't care about the rights and wrongs of this policy. The Headteacher should decide what happens in the school. That is what they get paid handsomely for. If we honestly expect that a balloon like Graham Cregeen should have any meaningful input into educational policy, we should also expect our schools to turn out morons in the future. The real problem here is that we have a political system that fails to attract sufficient candidates with the intellect and record of achievement to fill Ministerial roles in Government, thus resulting in so many positions of political importance being handed to men, and women, of Mr Cregeen's level of ability.
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