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  1. I know that this thread is like fly paper to catch people with views like yours, but I am still staggered by just how unhinged you are. Do you live in the Isle of Man, or are you one of the global band of warriors who like stirring things for fun? The Joker in Dark Knight comes to mind. "Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I'm a dog chasing cars. I wouldn't know what to do with one if I caught it! You know, I just...DO things." Or the Bard - "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."
  2. The fabled pension deficit is 'only on paper' too. It is a fancy set of sums done by actuaries, and is neither a real debt nor deficit. On the issue of care for older people, how would you fund it?
  3. John Wright can no doubt opine on this, but I'm sure I heard that in a constructive dismissal case, lawyers would advise an employee to walk. If they stay, it kind of implies that they are continuing to accept the situation. A tribunal (or settlement agreement) follows. Unfair dismissal is after the event, and the employee alleges that their employment was terminated for reasons that are not in accordance with the law. Who knows what is actually happening with this case.
  4. This is quite a sinister media release (presumably where MR got its copy) in its reference to 'unprofessional'. For medics, I think, that is code for you might have broken your professional code and could be referred to the GMC, which could then end your career. I'll bet that Hetty got a cob on and has huffed and puffed about the criticism of her.
  5. As other posters have said, it is amazing that you do not appear to know the remit of the role that you have. See below, with my underlining. 1.1. To listen to and represent the best interests of vulnerable and looked after children in the Isle of Man. If you did this well, it would probably be of more importance and value to the Isle of Man than your being a MHK. You obviously don't take it seriously, and so can't be doing it well - which destroys any value.
  6. You need to do some sums, but it's all here https://www.tynwald.org.im/memoff/remall/Pages/default.aspx
  7. I saw Eddie give presentations a couple of times. He was very nervous, and obviously didn't enjoy that aspect of being a public figure. He always quoted the Micawber principle, " Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery." Fair enough. Eddie 'bigged up' his career in the Isle of Man Bank. To hear him, you would think that he ran the company, but I think that he was probably an assistant senior cashier, or some such nonsense. He should speak up - why not? He wasn't the best politician that we have ever had, but he was by no means the worst. Stupid local interest projects like the Jurby Medical Centre mar his track record, but IMHO he was committed to the greater good without being massively egotistical.
  8. Boo Gay'n

    Manx Care

    Yes, but one of our main problems here (which I suspect you know very well) is that the concept of 'political will' is almost non-existent. Manx politicians have the decision-making skills of amoebae. A sensation that something is good news or positive for their reputation means that they slide towards that something. Conversely, if the sensation is that something is difficult, bad news or damaging to their reputation, they slide away from it rather more quickly! As a consequence, so many things have been kicked into the long grass in the Isle of Man that you could build a new Snaefell with them.
  9. Boo Gay'n

    Manx Care

    There is no doubt at all that the medical consultants have been ripping us off for years. You can't necessarily blame individual doctors, as most of them reap the benefits of super-sweet deals fixed up by their BMA union reps over the years. You end up with a system where the cost:productivity ratio is skewed totally in the wrong direction. There are factors to consider like the difficulty of recruiting to a professional backwater (which often means that we get duffers), but the income received by some consultants is eye-watering in comparison to across. Your example though highlights efficiency and effectiveness issues. Are the 'professional' people that we employ any good at what they are supposed to be doing? Secondly, is the system designed to give the best possible service to the 'consumer' or, even, those working in it? Sadly, the answer to both questions is probably no. As with the many discussions that MF members have had about our politicians, we have this long tradition of accepting mediocrity at best and shit-awful at worst as acceptable in the Isle of Man. Complain, make your opinion about piss-poor service known. If enough of us do that, the oil tanker will change course!
  10. Boo Gay'n

    Manx Care

    On the Tinwell question, I just had a skeet at Hansard, page 67. You see the classical problem when politicians have small brains with slow processors - they flounder as soon as they are off script. Look at this classic when the Boy Vampire is asked about 'a culture of bullying and managing out'. In relation to the point in relation to culture, speaking personally, if I may, I do think there have been issues with culture. I think there have been some severe issues with culture. I have got to be honest that some of the things that I have read in relation to this I most certainly am not happy with, (A Member: Hear, hear.) and I do not believe it was appropriate behaviours whatsoever and it should not be appropriate or condoned in any organisation. (A Member: Hear, hear.) In relation to disciplinary matters, of course that is a staffing matter. A lot of the individuals that were referred to have now departed the Department, in one way or another, but I think that now what we need to do is ensure that we address any cultural issues. There have been cultural pieces ongoing certainly for the whole time that I have been Minister, which is now getting on for nearly four years, to try and address some of the issues. But most definitely I do not shy away from the fact that there are culture and behavioural issues that were long rooted in the Department that were completely unacceptable. Does anyone know what that blather means?
  11. Someone told me that the council of ministers use Telegram, or a similar encrypted messaging system, to coordinate their actions during sittings of the Keys and Tynwald. Presumably there will be no public record of those communications.
  12. In our case, and the UK across, it's often neither want nor need because the politicians see it as a career, not a service. Increasingly, they react based on social media comment and furore, rather than thinking through good policies that will benefit people. Plus, they are often nasty people. Hancock was protected after being found to have broken the ministerial code and sacked for shagging his assistant. I know which one I think is more serious.
  13. Who - the subject of this discussion or someone else?
  14. https://covid19.gov.im/vaccination/vaccination-certificate-for-travel-faqs/#Separate%20healthcare
  15. I’m not surprised by this news, and there will probably be a few people in Noble’s and the wider health service who would say the same. This also links to the odd contributions from David Killip on the ‘Abbotswood Covid19’ thread that has now been locked by the mods. Many members will remember the turbulent time that the health department had in 2014, with virtually the whole ‘corridor of power’ in Crookall House cleared out in a few months. It was rumoured that they had been fired for piss-poor performance across the board, but I guess that settlement agreements with confidentiality clauses were flying around like confetti at a wedding so we will never know the truth. One of the casualties other than Killip was the chief nurse, Bev Critchlow. David Killip was replaced to a fanfare from Mr Toad (then health minister) and screeching of Harley Davidson tyres by one Mark Charters. Charters was a disaster, and achieved the rare distinction of being hated by absolutely everyone in his department. One of his more bizarre acts was to appoint Linda Radcliffe as the replacement for Ms Critchlow. My family and friends who work down at Noble’s were stunned and appalled by the announcement, as her reputation was so awful (small clique of cronies, super-aggressive and completely detached from the clinical ‘coal face’). Morale suffered very badly. She didn’t last very long and left in mysterious circumstances during the Couch era. Blow me down, but Radcliffe then pops up as clerk of Onchan Commissioners! Current stories about bullying and incompetence are, as I said, not surprising.
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