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  1. http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/isle-of-man-news/let-s-see-what-the-tt-world-series-feasibility-study-actually-said-after-all-we-did-pay-for-it-1-7888473
  2. http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/isle-of-man-news/police-investigating-teare-harassment-case-charge-man-62-1-7743536
  3. http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/isle-of-man-news/zac-has-copied-and-pasted-for-speeches-in-the-past-1-7733351
  4. Er, Steve Rodan became an MHK in 1995 when Edgar Mann decided to jump into LegCo (again). By then Charlie had already been president for five years. He had the position from 1990 to 2000. Agreed, my error. But the fact remains that the post was specially created to accommodate Charlie after he was deposed from his Tynwald seat. Prior to that, it didn't exist. Yes it did. It was the Lieutenant Governor on an ex officio basis. Remember, he was also writing the island's budgets right through to the sixties. All this nonsense we hear about the Isle of Man losing power to the UK is so woefully inaccurate.
  5. Remember when H&B cut their prices? http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/isle-of-man-news/cheaper-manx-beer-cheers-1-1787246 They sold no more beer but put a lot less cash in the tills. Demand for beer is not particularly elastic. The Bath and Bottle is often rammed with young, impressionable people who spend a fortune on their drink. The brewery doesn't even sell its own beer in its Artisan place on Victoria Street. But it seems to be doing quite well there, in spite of charging a lot more for inferior imported stuff.
  6. I bet his payslip has IOM Government written all over it. Unless IOMG is running an off balance sheet set of books....nothing would surprise me. He has gone/is going now. He and the second highest-paid public sector employee have been replaced with one person http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/business/new-boss-of-financial-regulator-to-come-to-island-from-canada-1-7394430
  7. http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/isle-of-man-news/revealed-the-top-earners-paid-by-manx-taxpayer-1-6742643 "Mr Aspden is not a civil servant"
  8. http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/isle-of-man-news/knifeman-flees-after-woman-shopkeeper-refuses-to-hand-over-cash-1-7550991
  9. Mr Robertshaw has a new job http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/isle-of-man-news/chris-robertshaw-is-new-chairman-of-planning-committee-1-7289786
  10. What happened? When it was Manx Line, both services stopped making money. The Steam Packet got rid of its older vessels to save money. Eventually, the operations merged because there wasn't enough trade to justify competiting companies on the routes (and that's when there were a lot more tourists coming to the island than there are now). The Steam Packet's finances never really recovered and later it was bought by Sea Containers (and in turn other foreign companies that raised huge, unrealistic debts on the basis of the user agreement). When Mezeron tried to get a grip on the freight market a couple of years ago, the Steam Packet gave sweeter deals to some freight customers and had to cut costs elsewhere. So it ditched the Snaefell fast craft. Mezeron gave up after a couple of months. But by then the deal had been done. No more Snaefell. We were left with just two vessels to cover all routes, which has made the company even more vulnerable to disruption as the boats failed for various reasons (bow thrusters etc) since.
  11. http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/isle-of-man-news/the-isle-of-man-s-gas-supply-network-is-to-be-regulated-for-the-first-time-1-7245204
  12. http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/isle-of-man-news/read-this-week-s-isle-of-man-courier-online-1-7239244
  13. If there were a squirrel outside Tynwald, that would be news. http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/isle-of-man-news/squirrel-man-in-court-1-1753071 But remember Tim's most important contribution to Manx politics? http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/isle-of-man-news/is-mhk-s-squirrel-idea-nuts-1-1788589
  14. It would make much more sense to have a Tesco Express in Onchan, where the population is about 9,100 and through which thousands of people drive every day, than Castletown, which has a population of 3,100 and which is the only town or village in the island that has a bypass.
  15. Mr Jessopp's own "news service" bit the dust a long time ago http://www.manxforums.com/forums/index.php?/topic/33363-manx-herald/ I wonder if his views about the establishment have changed since he took office?
  16. His previous jaunts http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/isle-of-man-news/phil-gawne-tells-conference-in-kenya-about-how-the-isle-of-man-has-helped-sierra-leone-1-6247878 http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/isle-of-man-news/gawne-invited-to-speak-by-interpol-1-6650029 http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/isle-of-man-news/theft-from-boat-manx-govt-is-giving-to-sierra-leone-1-4981108 http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/isle-of-man-news/isle-of-man-vessel-helping-to-protect-fish-in-sierra-leone-1-6191477
  17. They aren't Crown Post Offices. IOM post has not been part of the Royal Mail for a long time now (& even that's been privatised) . They have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the Crown. They simply ARE (or soon to be WERE) crown post offices. "Crown" in this sense has nothing to do with the United Kingdom etc or the Royal Mail. http://postandparcel.info/63425/news/companies/isle-of-man-post-office-to-outsource-islands-remaining-crown-post-offices/
  18. http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/isle-of-man-news/three-stand-for-the-two-remaining-legco-seats-1-7214341
  19. http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/isle-of-man-news/ramsey-post-office-saved-but-downgraded-1-7214222
  20. The point is not about post offices but Crown post offices. Ramsey's post office will stay where it is but it will become a sub-post office and the members of the Communication Workers' Union who work there and caused such a big fuss about it will either get the push or a big pay cut as a result. The litmus test will be: Will any of the customers notice the change? Douglas will move into Spar. One of the differences is that Douglas's post office in Regent Street is not the only post office in the town. There are others (Crosby Terrace, Anagh Coar, Pulrose, Governor's Hill). The Parliament Street post office is the only one in Ramsey. The Regent Street site is also probably worth a lot more than the Parliament Street site in Ramsey. What should be remembered is that the Council of Ministers agreed to the closures in the first place, not predicting that such a fuss would be kicked up. Allan Bell, Ramsey MHK, should have a hen house full of egg on his face. As for Leonard Singer, Ramsey MHK, who was vice chairman of Post Office when the decision was taken, his behaviour deserves a prize for sheer gall. He supported it when he was interviewed on the radio and then more or less lied about the circumstances. http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/isle-of-man-news/post-office-bosses-say-singer-was-never-asked-to-leave-board-meeting-1-7066652
  21. Talking of VAT contributions from large international companies, this seems to have passed you by http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/isle-of-man-news/the-hub-of-a-global-shipping-empire-1-2939145 But then http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/isle-of-man-news/p-g-s-departure-won-t-hit-isle-of-man-s-vat-income-says-minister-1-6945817
  22. Mr Woodward talks about the fishing net rumour here. Also, what happened to the P&O boat is perfect for him. http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/isle-of-man-news/ferry-the-steam-packet-borrowed-damaged-in-manx-waters-1-7200713
  23. Isn't this old news? The figures were out two months ago http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/isle-of-man-news/police-had-248-officers-now-there-s-only-195-1-7060321
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