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  1. Stop debating with Remainers. They just don't get it and think that the EU is the be all and end all. The UK is out. That is all that matters.
  2. No it’s not very tough to call. There is a current trend towards staycations. The only adapting to the trend that I have noticed is a big hike in holiday rental prices.
  3. I take it you live in Douglas. I don’t and use nothing there. As I have said before, if you don’t like your rates, vote for a different council.
  4. What you want is equal payment for unequal services. That’s not an equal society it’s merely unfair taxation.
  5. The Isle of Man is a beautiful place, generally, but take away the seafront (which DoI have done quite successfully for a number of years) and Douglas is a fairly ordinary town in not very good condition. Plus, it has a crappy microclimate. I feel sorry for the people who live there. It’s best avoided, whenever possible.
  6. Yes, I would agree with all that. However the motorcycle industry is changing and so are the customers. Whilst it is likely to remain a draw for lots of people, I still believe the days of of motorcycle racing, particularly those in the niches are numbered. I would be very careful about significant capital investment on the premise that the investment will give a return over a long period. Given I have some experience of how IOM Government works, I fully expect them to throw huge amounts of taxpayer cash at the Grandstand and other projects, without such consideration. It’s what they do and will keep doing until the money has run out.
  7. I think one of the many issues for the TT is the lack of interest in sports bikes. Max may be right on it being a good testing ground for machinery but the sales of sports bikes are relatively low and I wonder how much investment in TT machinery by the manufacturers will be seen to be cost-effective. Honda UK may continue to offer support but I see a future where investment will come solely from privateer teams. This is just the start of change within the motorcycle industry as the demands of buyers is reflected in what the manufacturers do and where they place their priorities. I read that Honda's most important bike launch in 2021 was the revamped NC750, which produces less than 60hp and has a fuel consumption figure of 80mpg. This bike has no relevance whatsoever to the TT. I think their biggest seller this year is either that bike or the Africa Twin. Neither has sports bike pretensions and neither will benefit from testing at the TT. As I have said before, the TT will continue for a while yet but it is difficult to believe that peak attendance is not behind us.
  8. Of course, you can’t use the existing so-called Parties on the Isle of Man as an example of how Party Politics should be done, or how it should work. That is why I am still finding no reason to take a trip to the polling booth.
  9. Having bee suckered in by the predictions of immediate disaster if we left the EU, desperate Remainers are know looking for immediate benefits and predicting any short-term issue as a long-term failure. It is very early days in the new future of the UK. Nobody yet knows what the full benefits will be, outside of not being part of a federal, undemocratic EU; many people did not and do not want that and never consented to it and believe removing the UK from that submissive position is a significant achievement in itself. However, if you place no value in sovereignty, self-determination and democracy, the EU will continue to look very attractive. I have to say, I find that to be rather strange from someone purporting to be Manx. Maybe it is one rule for the Manx and another for UK citizens... We did this argument in 2016 and again before the last UK election. It is done and this debate is now very dull indeed. It is like telling Christians there is no God. Just believe what you wish. The rest of us will just get on with it.
  10. Unfortunately, that is what you get with elections of candidates who are independent. Well meaning people who are willing to give it a go. Without proper political parties standing on a comprehensive, well constructed and costed manifesto that is all you will ever get. What we get is a choice of mostly well-intentioned amateurs standing on very flimsy manifesto/wish lists and the electorate have to choose which one or two, based on this flimsy information, they like the look of best. It is no way to choose a government or even cast a vote effectively. If I had any intention of voting, the information I have seen to date would give me a fair idea of who I would not want to vote for, but not much of an idea of who I might want to vote for. It is just the usual guess or Hobson's choice. No way to run a democracy, if that is what it really is.
  11. I felt disinclined to comment on this when I first read it; it is just the type of complete arrogant nonsense spouted by those opposed to Brexit that has been heard so many times since the debate began it has become completely boring. If you support Brexit you are portrayed as having "invested so much into their vision that they will not acknowledge the experienced reality" by someone who, from previous posts, is definitely opposed to leaving the EU and determined to see everything as proof of their own "vision", if they ever had one. Let us just examine the delusions here. The arguments and projections about what would happen by even voting to leave and then the experience before and after actually leaving proved two things. First that the projections were not projections at all but just lies spun to the UK electorate to try and win an argument that had no basis and second, the results of leaving were nothing like they said it would be. They were, in fact almost completely wrong. But still the Remain camp spin the same garbage and treat every setback as proof of economic ruin. Shortages of HGV drivers, as an example, is presented here as a big issue. It is not. It is a temporary glitch which will be solved by recruiting more drivers and making HGV training more available. A likely outcome is that UK-based HGV drivers will get paid more and more UK people will get the opportunity of taking up this employment. Presumably the poster thinks it is preferable to keep importing cheaper labour from Europe and artificially suppressing UK driver's pay. The labour market will address the issues of labour supply as markets usually do. If there is demand, there will be supply. Temporary shortages will be just temporary, unless we give up on agricultural products and packed meat, to use the examples above. The Northern Ireland border is a thorny issue but one that a political solution will be found. The current position is unsustainable and was never one of the UK's chosing but insisted upon by Brussels. The mistake made in the above post is to assume that the benefits of Brexit are all economic and that there was ever a belief that economic benefits would be realised immediately. I presume the poster is a Manx man. Perhaps he should consider the following scenario. The Island joins a trading agreement, with the consent of the Manx public. The Manx Government agrees to extensions of that agreement without further referral to the Manx electorate. Essentially this means that large swathes of Manx law is determined by other countries; that disputes over the use of these laws on the Island are subject to a court based in another country and the electorate here have no democratic right to influence these laws; that the Island has no control over its own borders and anybody from many other countries, far outnumbering the population of the Isle of Man can come here and be employed here, regardless of any local permit legislation. How might the average Manx voter react to this? Would they readily accept their loss of sovereignty; their loss of democracy and loss of control of their own borders? Would they at least ask why all this was agreed without the need to seek their consent? I suspect that most Leave voters voted for greater control of their own destiny and rejected the assimilation into the European political project and they did this with an understanding that some short to medium term issues would arise. I don't know; I don't live in the UK and I have been here long enough to not have qualified for a vote in the referendum. I know what my contacts back in the UK think and why they voted, but unlike the poster, I don't presume to base my opinion on a few personal contacts. As I said before, predictions of doom are just premature; they are evidence of a wish to see their opposition to Brexit be justified and are not necessarily based on experience or reality.
  12. So, you can predict the long-term can you? That is very clever and you should quit MF and become an advisor to business and Government. Look, all these predictions of economic catastrophe have been proven wrong, to date. The loss of trade as a result of leaving the EU cannot be predicted in the longer term yet as nobody really knows how the EU/UK relationship will develop over time. Additionally, nobody really knows what economic benefits will arise from UK deals with other countries and trade blocs. To present leaving the Single Market as necessarily problematic in the long term is premature and based on a very narrow set of predictors.
  13. Quayle's first attempt at representing the Island was at a House of Lords Brexit briefing for the CIs and IOM. He presented as an ill-informed, conceited buffoon who relied on a folder of notes for all his answers and, compared with the CMs of Guernsey and Jersey looked foolish. As an attempt at representing the Island well, it completely backfired. I put this down at the time, to the fact that he was new to the office and had been inadequately briefed. However, as the next few years unfolded it became clear that he was, in fact, an ill-informed, conceited buffoon. The interests of the Island would be best served by him gate-crashing a former President's funeral and letting someone more intellectually equipped go to London. In the circumstances, I suspect the Cringle family and Noel Cringle himself, should he be looking down, would have thought having him at the funeral was a price worth paying for the IOM.
  14. This was always going to happen. Short-term issues created by leaving the EU and Remainers trying to portray them as long-term consequences. Personally, as an Englishman and Brit, I can live with the short-term issues to protect the freedom of the UK and the benefits of national sovereignty and democracy. But if the EU and submission to the interests of other countries and big business is your bag, keep selling the illusion. It doesn't really matter.
  15. I don't think anyone arguing for Government reform and better efficiency would also argue that we should have 1 MHK. It is not a choice between two extremes. However, what we have now is one of the extremes with a Government machine that is hugely expensive and wasteful; too many layers of supposed democracy, that fails the democratic tests on many counts; a confusion of responsibilities; Government Departments that are unmanageable and, effectively unmanaged; a culture of performance that puts little emphasis on accountability and achievement; centralisation of power and a lack of proper scrutiny; a system that deters effective opposition to the political and civil service executive and a lack of transparency in government generally. Factor in the attraction and nurturing of mediocre politicians and the problems are amplified. There are many steps that could be taken to reform and modernise our government and politics, but not many standing for election who appear willing to even debate the actions necessary.
  16. Yes I read his manifesto as my wife brought it home with her. It was good, in that it convinced me that, like every other Lib Van MHK, he is not really interested in reform and is not even convinced of the need for it. They are a pseudo-party that wants to play the game within the same rules and the same stadium. That is fundamentally flawed in my opinion and he won’t be getting any votes, as I understand it, from this household.
  17. I didn't go to the meeting in Andreas school to listen to the candidates, but those that wish to vote in my house did. Interestingly, Duncan Livingstone was, according to the reports I heard, the only candidate to speak about the cost and size of Government. Presumably the other candidates are either happy to join the throng or don't see it as an issue.
  18. I don’t agree. It was going to be run on a relatively small portion of the road network and not an arterial route. The Isle of Wight has a very established tourism sector (much more than the IOM) and had a good team of organisers. The task of persuading the Council and population that the risks outweighed the benefits was a big one and I am not surprised it proved to be too difficult.
  19. I think we have learned over the last administration that being a God Botherer doesn’t help you achieve much in real life politics. Verdict on Baker; up for anything but can achieve nothing.
  20. I live in his constituency and don't know anyone who will vote for him this time round. My contacts might be unrepresentative, of course..
  21. Being called a giant by a pygmy is a bit underwhelming.. I suspect Noel Cringle would have acknowledged that.
  22. There is no doubt that if the IOM Government was given a proposal to start road racing here now, rather than in 1907, the idea would not be given much credibility or traction. The risks are too great and the task of trying to organise the event from scratch just too onerous. It has become part of what the Island does and residents and businesses have no memory of days before TT/MGP and generally work around it. introducing that acceptance into an Island culture is a big, big ask. Of course the risk and consequences of that risk are now largely accepted by our Government and people. The fact that riders and visitors will die in violent and traumatic circumstances is an accepted part of earning the tourism £. Whether that is a good or bad thing is open to debate, but it would be a very difficult debate to start elsewhere. I'm not surprised that caution has become the preferred route on the IoW.
  23. It is good to have a Party manifesto and, given the background in which politics operates here, it is a fair attempt to describe what the Party stands for and the sort of policies it will promote. Detail is rather lacking and the feeling I get from it is one of a mass of good intention and waffle, but it is better than the personal wish-lists and popular posturing from most independent candidates. Would I vote for a Manx Labour Party candidate after reading this? Probably not, but at least I would have something to base that choice on. Others will read it and feel differently and they can exercise their choice too. I still see nothing to vote for in my constituency.
  24. All these “pledges” and flimsy promises regarding priorities from individual candidates just serve to prove the need for proper Party politics here on the Island. How good would it be to be able to vote for a candidate standing behind a Party manifesto that laid out the policies they would support, if elected with the ability to govern with a clear mandate. But voting for policies and leaders that are clear, deliverable and transparent BEFORE you get to the ballet box is not the Isle of Man version of democracy. It’s all bollocks and I’m not playing. That won’t change until we have a version of democracy that I can recognise and believe in. Perhaps our children may be lucky enough to experience that, if not the crisis that precipitates it.
  25. I didn't know Noel Cringle well but I have one anecdote from him. I was in Tynwald making a presentation to MHKs and was greeted by Noel. We were chatting about the subject of the presentation and two, new MHKs turned up and interrupted us with something that was completely unmemorable. As they were leaving Noel remarked that they had only been in Tynwald a very short while but already thought that the island revolved around Tynwald, when of course, it didn't. One of those new MHKs was Juan Watterson, I can't recall the other. Noel Cringle understood the pretensions and limitations of Tynwald and politics; it is a pity so many of the current breed do not. I immediately felt some respect for the man. RIP.
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