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Blade Runner

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  1. It would be very wrong to shoot dogs, no matter what they had done, TJ however is fair game now that Woolley has suggested it...................
  2. Oh dear God, this thread has turned into the most mental example of small minded manxness I have seen on here and that is saying something, FFS breed outside your villages people................................
  3. Quilp, I am sure you work very hard but I was talking about the DOI road-workers not the hospital manual workers although in my time spent up at the hospital, I have seen many people who are "swinging the leg", literally in the orthopedics department, they call it manipulation I think...
  4. OK let's have all the figures for pay rises in the Private Sector. Including Bonus payment, Incentive payments, lunch allowances etc. or does that come under Mr Teare's ' Sensitive Information ' ? You will find it hard to find anyone on the Manual side of the Public Sector who receives any of these type of ,supplementary payments. " we are all in it together " People employed in the private sector can have as many bonuses and allowances as their employers sees fit to pay them, it ain't our business as the private sector are going concerns, making money operations. The public sector on the other hand are just spending money taken from everyone as taxes, there is a huge difference and even then when you take into account pensions, the public sector employee is better off anyway. The above applies to both manual and office based public sector employees, although you are on very dodgy ground promoting how hard done by the manual PS workers are when on a daily basis we see them mob handed standing watching one of their co-workers wielding a shovel while the rest of them, if there is actually enough room around the hole to fit them all in, watch on, gossiping............
  5. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-26247865 Bummer
  6. "They" may have "a nicer house and more money than me" , I don't have a snooker room , outdoor stables or four acres of land , but good luck to them that do . I'm not whining about the amount I pay in rates (at present lol ) and I don't feel that those wealthier folk should subsidise my lifestyle . That makes a nice change then, all I have seen you post in the past was moaning how high your rates were.............. .
  7. Well worth reading. I agree, well worth a read. This bit is interesting, Paragraph 30:- "In the course of a summing up which was not only discursive* rather than ordered but also heavily and unfortunately characterised by familiar asides to the jury, the judge took it upon himself to contrast the styles of counsel. He did so in terms which, although appreciative of both, might well be thought to bestow the greater approval and indeed admiration upon counsel for the prosecution." Discursive = adjective: discursive1. digressing from subject to subject. "students often write dull, secondhand, discursive prose" So all a bit too chummy and casual? As someone has already said, would we not be better having circuit judges for these more complicated trials? Who pays the costs of this? I know John said it was a short statement but 5 Lords, a leaping? Can;t come cheap.......................
  8. No he hasn't, someone has come up with a very clever way of stopping people abusing the tax cap system. After they were made to change the "must pay a certain amount of dividend per year" thing by the whoever, the tax cap was open to massive abuse by holding back dividend payments to let them build up over a few years and then no matter what you paid yourself you only paid the tax cap sum. Hats off to whoever thought this move up, it is a good anti avoidance move. You have to remember the 600k tax over 5 years is the amount of tax someone has to pay, not their earnings for example the 100K cap is what you would pay in tax on about 650/700k earnings. Yes there are a few rich types on the island who would generate that in interest on their invested money but there are not that many private businesses that make that type of profit that could actually be taken out of the business as wages/ dividend.
  9. Current pensioners are about the wealthiest there ever has been if not the wealthiest. They have had the benefit of rising house prices and are generally asset rich if not cash rich. There is no rule that says you have to leave a fortune to your children. Funny thing is, people I know who have expected to inherit a lot of money on their parents death have underperformed in life and have spent most of their lives treading water, forgetting that people live a lot longer these days, especially those with money and have basically wasted the bigger part of their their time on this earth. When I was in my 20s I thought they were lucky to be looking forward to that kind of financial security without having to do anything. Now I look at the same people and see very twisted 50+ year olds, small house, poor job and having to suck up to their parents to have any remaining chance of getting a bit of the money that they are pissed off about that their parents are spending freely having a great time travelling the world anyway I digress... Pensioners who have not been fortunate enough to get on the property ladder in the 60s/ 70s and have not earned enough to save a nest egg are the most vulnerable and they are taken care of by the state. So what exactly is the problem? Rich pensioners can afford the extra cash, poor pensioners are okay anyway.............
  10. I would be surprised if it didnt rise to a similar amount although I think in the next year or two it will be re-jigged to take into account the ability of the person to pay; my bet is that it will be calculated based on the ratable value of a property. The government know that we know that we still pay a lot less than people do in the UK for their rates and as we seem to mostly compare what things cost here with what they cost in the UK, I think they will, over the next couple of years or so put more and more on the rates to bring us up to similar levels to the UK rates or whatever they are called these days.
  11. You credit Houghton with far too much inteligence. He has none. This has the classic handprint of an unaccountable faceless civil servant all over it.+1 on this. Houghton's just the fall guy patsy. It was carefully crafted by one or more CS who knew full well that the chance of it being properly scrutinised and picked up was the square root of f@@k all. It stinks and just goes to highlight the amount of scrutiny that our elected geniuses devote to legislation placed before them. And what of our heavily remunerated "Revising Chamber"? Our checks and balances? All out on a taxpayer-funded heavy lunch at the time, were we? Do you honestly belive that? Civil Servants are putting together legislation that is designed to hide taxes/ charges from not just the population but the MHKs too? Sorry but I dont buy that, from the dealings I have had with a few Civil Servants the impression I got was that they were terrified of upsetting their Minister/ Departmental Member. I know the general consensus on here is that the civil servants are running the show and they are to a point, they would not be doing their job if they didnt, I just dont see any evidence or experience of them trying to pull the wool over/ boss their bosses.
  12. I talked about this a year or two ago; on the face of it 200mill shortfall sounds bad but in reality our budgets on spending back in the days of free VAT money were just that budgets or the amount they hoped to spend. In reality they never spent what they had available, I seem to remember that the capital budget was historically only about 55-65% spent in a year and that budget alone was responsible for proposing to spend upward of 100mill a year alone. When you look at it like that, they haven't worked wonders but likewise it never will be as bad as it is painted on here most of the time, we are doing okay, may not be the popular view on here but you cant argue with the figures above. Only 11 million needed to be taken from Reserves, that is a result in my book and EXACTLY what Reserves are there to do.
  13. It will certainly cut his chance of a decent Christmas bonus. I am sure he will see that there was no option in being seen to be open and above board. Does seem a helluva waste of time and money in retrospect though. Just like the upcoming FOI Act then.........................................
  14. What was wrong with Fizz - Buzz? Bloody new fangled drinking games, is nothing safe from the interweb?
  15. The wind is gusting enough to rattle my roof tiles, up here in Ramsey, whats it like elsewhere?
  16. Fair point I will take your word, could the island not even make an attempt though? The TT/ S100/ MGP are supposed to be such huge bringers of money to the island, could they not afford to build a proper race control building at such a visible site in an ancient capital? Good too see you've gone from government apollagist( spelling?) To having seen the light! I have never been a government apologist, I just dont have a default position of " everything the government does is wrong/ corrupt/ stupid like a lot of posters on here, nothing more. A lot of the stuff they do is needed and sensible. (You were close on the spelling but just one L & A in apologist I use ieSpelll, a free download, its reely grate ) eta Oh and 2 Os........... I reely kant spel, onest......
  17. Fair point I will take your word, could the island not even make an attempt though? The TT/ S100/ MGP are supposed to be such huge bringers of money to the island, could they not afford to build a proper race control building at such a visible site in an ancient capital?
  18. Try a walk down Jerseys high street... You mean to see the many high value shops and cafes? The quality retailers and nice pubs and coffee shops and clean streets usually full of well dressed workers and tourists? http://www.jerseyphotos.co.uk/blog/galleries/jersey-photos-album/town-and-country/ I can't wait to hear what wisdom falls out of your arse next Slim. There isn't really any comparison with a dump like Douglas. Wow, that is a bit of an eye opener, I have only passed thru Jerseys airport on the way to Guernsey so have not seen what it looked like but going by the pictures on that link even Jerseys Fish Market has a more impressive building than our Parliament and its Wedding Cake building. I know they get better weather down there but the whole place looks tidy and somewhere you would enjoy just walking around looking at even just the varied architecture. Never mind, we have Sulby Glen and err well Sulby Glen is okay, well it was before the road slipped and now we cant afford to repair it.......... Seriously, could you imagine finding a picture on that Jersey website of two ancient site cabins, one stacked on top of the other and painted green (to blend in?) at the side of one of their main roads, as we have in Castletown, you know; that place that is supposed to be the "Ancient Capital of Mann" and therefore a heritage type of town? Remind me how site cabins are heritage, well I suppose they are very old, so could be classed as such? Then again I dont know which is worse, those building site huts or the scaffolding slowly corroding away just behind them which is/ was the temporary railway station for when the bus drivers next throw their dummy's out of the pram? We really need to up our game, unfortunately during the time we had money all we seemed to have achieved is the accumulation of huge debts, quite a feat but on the plus side imagine how bad it would be if we had not racked up those debts when we had money.....................................
  19. There is a lack of pride in the IOM and it stands out a mile. The countryside may look pretty as it does everywhere, but the towns are a disgrace. The countryside may be pretty at first sight but if you look a little harder you will see the same lack of pride about how it looks all over the island. Things like the ugly concrete blocks on the mountain road and more recently in Laxey where they are placed after a recent landslide. The various DoI roadside "depots" which are all over the place, The weeds that grow out of the kerbs, the pavements in more rural locations that are not maintained. The things like the southern 100 race control buildings which are site huts stacked up and about as attractive as a dose of clap. I could go on and on but I know I will get slagged because I dont have my Manx Born and Bred Blinkers on, you know, people who think this small place is the best looking place in the world - dont make me laugh, it is as you say, in the main a disgrace, whoop de fuck!ng do, Sulby Glen looks quite nice on a good day but now they cant afford to fix the road properly, so it a 365/24/7 roadworks thing. Even uncluttered by the road problems I could find many much more attractive glens in the British Isles that natives dont bang on about in some deluded way......... The whole island needs a bloody good clean up and some money spent, FFS it was only last year that we had the famous 50 gallon drums sprouting road signs at the main junction on the island and they were there for years, are people blind to this kind of sh1t?
  20. I went to the same school as my children do now and I see bigger class sizes (by around 6-7 pupils extra on average) and the general teaching is so politically correct it makes me sick. I have to un- brainwash my eldest all the time from the the crap they are fed with. Having to take RE as a subject for GCSE is so, so wrong on so many levels, I wont start because it will cause me hypertension.
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