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  1. joebean

    TT 2018

    The lack of a published report, or at least a summary of the conclusions leads to speculation and finger pointing by the ill-informed and prejudiced, some of which we see in this thread. In my opinion, the integrity of the race organisers and the event itself is dependent on a degree of transparency and there should be some disclosure of the conclusions, if necessary with redactions of some names. However, I also recognise that an event where operational control relies so heavily on volunteers has to be sensitive about disclosing their failures publicly. Here lies a tricky decision and one that requires a balancing of risks and benefits. In assessing that, there has to be also some careful consideration of the follow-up measures required to mitigate the risks. To simply rely on not saying anything and hoping that the incident will be forgotten or excused by public goodwill around the TT is, I believe, a mistake. Much better to be open about the issues and demonstrate that appropriate action and training has been implemented. But that takes more courage and resolve, politically and those resources are often in short supply.
  2. joebean

    Cut & paste

    There has been a tendency in the CS to promote more and more people to senior positions who hold accountancy qualifications and have prior experience in accounting. I was once told that an accountant is someone who knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing. That is not exclusively true, in my experience, but it is important to be able to see further than a spreadsheet to achieve anything. The Chief Secretary is an accountant with no leadership ability whatsoever. A glaring omission on the CV of someone who is supposed to be leading the Civil Service. Civil Service promotions to senior positions are rarely made on the basis of leadership ability. A few years ago the CS created a Corporate Leadership Group, consisting of the most senior grades in the Service, many of whom received large salary increases on the basis of an "assessment" of their roles, on the back of the creation of this Group. However, there was no greater emphasis on Leading, no additional Leadership training, no new criteria assessing Leadership ability or achievement when promoting and no evidence of any actual leadership within Cabinet Office or Departments. Its hardly surprising that you can get away with copying someone else's work, pass it off as your own whilst continuing to collect a large salary, with the support of your bosses. Imposing and creating values is not easy and requires drive and leadership. Neither exists.
  3. The lack of funds currently is not an issue as these would be sought if the proposal gets somewhere near approval to proceed. if this could be secured, the proposal does appear to be an exciting one that would improve Ramsey for the better. However, recent history suggests that Ramsey Commissioners have tended to take the view that Ramsey is fine as it is and does not need inward investment or better facilities, particularly if this involves changing the town in any significant way...
  4. The mind-numbing and repetitive adverts on local radio (no, I do not get my insurance from Ross Gower, and thanks to your advert, I never will do), which are equally poor across the 3 stations, provide me with the incentive to tune into Radio 2.
  5. I am in the process of reading the report. The first two pages make depressing reading. First is the Foreward which carries the Minister's nsme, but as usual was not written by him and then the second page which contains a ridiculously ambitious "vision" statement which, on the same page is contradicted. The vision: "A future where no-one is killed or sustains serious/life-changing injuries in our roads" Following paragraph: "It recognises that people will always make mistakes and there will always be road traffic collisions but if we design our 'system' correctly, then there will be fewer deaths and serious injuries from road traffic collisions in the longer term." Given that the longer term is actually the same as the future, fewer is not the same as none. This foolish contradiction is not important for the sake of semantics but because it indicates that this is another report containing lots of words that amount to very little and are a product of the report machine that is the Civil Service. I will read on, but I have the depressing suspicion that I will be immersed for a short while in many catchphrases and statistics that add up to little in the way of firm commitment.
  6. It will be Manx Radio, whatever they charge Government for the privilege of earning the advertising revenue. Its a strange way of doing business.
  7. IOM Post is less profitable and now, loss making because it's core business has diminished considerably and the only area of increased business, parcels, is subject to stiff competition in a market place where It is not competitive. It either needs to be run more commercially and cut its cost base, or be given public subsidy. Perhaps the answer lies with a combination of the two. I don't know, as I am not expert in postal services or logistics and, worryingly, it appears the Board and management of IOM Post aren't either. The Government's concern to protect the taxpayer in this instance would have more credibility if it were part of a Government-wide strategy to save money. However, money continues to be spent and wasted with impunity elsewhere and the number of CS posts are rising as Departments imagine more tasks and jobs that need doing. The situation at IOM Post is not indicative of anything other than the pathetic and feeble approach this administration has to its duty to protect public finances and the reserves. It is a mish-mash of conflicting and disjointed policies dressed up as Strategy and Programme, fronted by buffoons and conmen.
  8. joebean

    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.
  9. joebean

    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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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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