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Mac the Knife

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  1. Another trip through the Airport. The queues problem does seem solved at least by today’s experience. Secuurity however was an interesting experience. I was frisked by some man mountain because apparently it is now necessar to put my comb and my pitifully small wad of banknoes through the scanner. Ronaldsway must be the only airport in the world which insists on scanning bank notes! The situation was even more farcical in that the notes were just put to one side and never passed through the scanner. My man mountain security officer told me he was just following p
  2. I have researched the police pension scheme, details of which are available on the Government website. There are two schemes the 1991 scheme which was very generous and no employee contributions required for salaries under 27,000 and then a graduated scale of payments. The 1991 scheme also had extra benefits such as coal allowances and rental allowances. The new scheme which came into effect from 2014, means that all serving officers pay a pension contribution starting at 11.00% rising to 12,75% for higher paid officers. The scheme is based on retirement at 60 and each year of
  3. I would not claim to be an expert on this but I would believe the grey squirrel to be " a rat with a good P.R team". I understand that apart from spreading squirrel pox they cause untold damage to garden and woodland wildlife. I further understand that the reproductiion of red squirrels is far less. All, I am saying is that at least the relevant Government Department should at least investigate whether Mr Page's article has any merit?
  4. Interesting article in the Times of London today by Robin Page, about the demise of the Red Squirrel due to the invasion of the Grey Squirrel. The last surviving habitats are the Isle of Wight and Scotland, although they have recently been successfully introduced in Tresco. He has suggested in order to protect the species that two ideal locations for introduction are Mull and the Isle of Man. I have little knowledge as to whether this is a good thing from the naturalist point of view, but if it has no adverse implications, what an excellent advertisement for the Isle of Man an
  5. The whole matter of Hooper's sacking smells of spite and pettiness. If However you read Mr Cannan's closing speech on the budget debate, it all comes across as petty. It just tries to denigrate anyone who has not praised his budget or disagreed in any way. His attacks on the Speaker are particularly vitriolic. The whole budget struck me as more of a PR statement congratulating themselves, rather than a positive effort to tackle the major problems in the economy, primarily the Civil Service Pension costs. Congratulations are apparently merited because the reserve may not it may not
  6. An absolute disgrace. Four months have elapsed since I raised this with the Chief Minister,MHK's and Anne Reynolds and despite platitudes and blaming passengers for turning up late absolutely nothing has happened to improve the position. I feel sorry for Carole and her Group and their experience, it should not happen,but sadly those in authority take little notice of genuine problems.
  7. Dear oh Dear ,What a waste of half an hours viewing. Not because we saw nothing from our beloved Leader ( HQ) but the standard of the reporting was abysmal. If "doorstepping" Michael Ashcroft over his well known and public Belize domicile is investigative journalism and top BBC reporting , God help us all. Perhaps tomorrow we will see our beloved leader, but his shambles of a press conference looks now even more amateurish and unnecessary!
  8. As usual, most people are missing the commercial view on this. The contract with IOMG will have stipulated the amount of free copies to be supplied to the Government in whatever form. Of the fully paid sales this will have generated some £242K in revenue. GE Whites will have taken their percentage as distributors out of which they pay newsagents etc, this will have have been in the order of 35%, say £84K. There will almost certainly have been a royalty fee payable to IOMG for the contract which would have been substantial and I am not privy to this figure, but I would not be surprised at
  9. Lxxx Yes, but there are obviously many staff in there already qualified on the X ray machine as they swap over regularly and you see different people on it every time. It is not a difficult or highly skilled job. Your comment is the one I would expect an apathetic management or union official to make! Where there is a will there is a way.
  10. Since I started this topic and my son had to get to Gatwick on time to catch a Far Eastern connection out of Heathrow, I thought this morning we would get there really early and we arrived at 08.20 for the 09.55 to Gatwick. Up to about 08.50 there was no real queue, but suddenly at about 08.55 a large queue built up stretching back past the stairs by the escalator and it took forty minutes to get through. I checked with my son and yet again only one X ray machine used and as we all know the security tray area is badly laid out/planned and leads to slow downs. I can not accept the answer t
  11. Yesterday,I waited one hour and ten minutes to get through security. Coming back from Dublin five minutes, Gatwick last week seven minutes This problem at Ronaldsway is not uncommon a guest of mine waited for an hour on Sunday flying to Bristol. Here are we a small provincal airport and a total shambles. Even my favourite MHk, Rob Collister has commented on the delays. I had a couple of American visitors behind me who said it was unbelieveable, were we a third world country? Only one X ray machine working, as far as I am aware despite two expensive machines being
  12. Neil, No not Jerry, if you bothered to study my profile most unlikely to be Jerry. Do not leap to uneducated assumptions Jerry actually represented me or companies in which I was involved in the past withsadly not great distinction! I feel however someone who is under the "cosh" to my mind unfairly, at least deserves to have his side of the case put forward, even though he has not asked me to do so and I have not spoken to Jerry for some five years. Before jumpimg to such hasty conclusions, perhaps study the full transcript of the judgement.
  13. I have some sympathy with Jerry Carter, although I do not believe him to be the best advocate and it appears that he was apparently deficient in his duties here, one needs however to read the full report to understand the whole murky episode. Jonathan Irving was apparently a "naive". buisnessman after some 30 years plus in business, so naive that he apparently provided Mr Gilbey with figures which were according to the report concocted to get a £70K loan. In addition, money was taken from the Festival company to subsidise SHL, which by itself, in a potential insolvency of SHL would have
  14. Yes, I could ignore it but it fascinates me to see what drivel he posts.It is a poor version of the Archers. (Apologies to Archers fans!) The point is however, even if one ignores it, is this really the quality of output one really wants from a MHK? Surely he should have better things to focus on? I can understand that some of his constituents think that this shows he is looking after their interests and working hard, which I dispute, as a lot of his time is wasted, even by writing this blog, but an MHK should be involved in far more important points of principle and long term
  15. This man Rob Callister is just sad. How can anyone post such juvenile meanderings as a blog, he obviously has nothing better to do or is so delusional that he thinks he is impressing us all by telling us when he has a sandwich or cup of coffee and this shows how hard he is working. I suspect he has never worked in the private sector and does not know what hard work really is. Are we really to be impressed at his writing up of theses for some tin pot outfit? No wonder that everyone thinks that the MHK's are a waste of time and space. What has been achieved by Tynwald since the la
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