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  1. That may be a bit unfair on Rob Callister there. What he may have been doing was to indicate, in his role as someone trying to sort out the mess, that those working for Louis were doing their tasks effectively. That means that Louis would be unable to blame anything that was wrong on his underlings being inefficient - if wrongdoings happened it was because of the boss. You often see such sort of wording in reports and court judgments. The Judgment in the Louis disqualification case is now available (in two parts: https://www.judgments.im/content/J2501.htm https://www.judgments.im/content/J2502.htm The verdict on Louis himself is pretty damning: McCauley was also on the receiving end of some choice words: Though Deemster Rosen also expressed a lot of dissatisfaction about the way the case had been handled by the FSA and (it appears) how they had just dumped all the documents on him to sort out, rather than making a professional case (see the Epilogue section).
  2. The 11th or 12th is probably derived from the list of median ages, based on the 2016 Census (presumably after they discovered the missing children). Listening to that clip of what Paul Craine said, he's actually referring to something slightly different, which is the proportion of those over 65 - and he's not really sure about that. So there may not be any change. Actually encouraging people to retire here was mainly a feature of the 70s, and as already pointed out, someone who retired here at 65 in 1974 would be 110 now. Or not. From the 80s onwards, however there was more effort in expanding the finance sector and attracting people over to work there. This meant the average age dropped by quite a bit over the following decades. Unfortunately recent governments seem have forgotten the fact that if you want people to come over here to live, you have to make it a nice place to live in.
  3. Also those who previously would not have bothered to park there for under two hours and not go to Tesco at all may now feel it's perfectly OK to do so. And people who might have gone to do their shopping in Tesco and then popped into Town, leaving the car there, might choose to go somewhere else to do their shopping rather than be embarrassed if they go over the 2 hour limit. Unintended consequences indeed.
  4. And getting the accent right on métier as well! On Twitter!! Most people struggle with capital letters (unless they use nothing else). At least it may indicate a more sophisticated PR operation is about to take place, though he'll have his hands full trying to turn Quayle into a smooth-talking and assured performer. There's traditionally been a sharp division between 'Home and Colonial' in the UK Civil Service, but the Cabinet Office has always been open to both because the PM and Cabinet need advice on both areas of policy and integrating them. So secondment is fairly common.
  5. Roger Mexico

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    Why?  what if the inquiry has found the car driver to be not at fault? Because when you carry out an accident enquiry, surely you should use it to examine all aspects of what happened? Not just the immediate and most important cause. Sometimes other things may have made what happened less serious or might have caused problems in slightly different situations and changes could still be made. Or the very process of investigation might uncover procedures that are incorrect or dangerous - even if they had no effect in this particular case. Coroners often use inquest proceedings to highlight other issues that they feel should be addressed, even if they weren't the immediate cause of death. Mercifully no inquest was needed here, but you would hope an enquiry on behalf of the organisers would be even more keen to establish where improvements could be made. And of course publish the report, so people can see what lessons have actually been learnt and that the changes are implemented.
  6. It's a bit of a mystery. All his twitter feed says is that he is starting "a new and exciting chapter working for the Government of the Isle of Man." and when a fellow diplomat said "Congratulations Peter. Is your new job description yet a matter of public record?" and that got the reply "Thank you. And great to hear from you. I will be a little coy for a couple of weeks out of respect to my predecessor. But staying in the métier" Which sounds like it might be Fletcher's job but with an even more pretentious title and twice the salary. With the current government meltdown in the UK, you can see why he might want to get out of the Cabinet Office. His LinkedIn (where he says he is "About to embark on an exciting new adventure"[1] suggests he's basically a career diplomat though with a lot of short postings, suggesting he either does a lot of 'firefighting' or, like so many cvs we see on those who end up here, he's the sort of person who people want to get rid of as soon as they arrive. Still he's been Deputy Ambassador in Iraq. So Douglas shouldn't come as too much of a shock. [1] What ever happened to British modesty, self-deprecation and stiff upper lip? He's a diplomat he' supposed to represent these traditional virtues. Instead his LinkedIn is full of the sort of meaningless self-promotion about how wonderful he is that HR Department love and everyone else dreads.
  7. Oh it's very easy. It's just difficult to spot the few that are intentional. The DoI is probably already drawing up even more extensive harbour expansion plans on the basis of the 3FM report and finding out it's a hoax won't hold them back.
  8. Because them's the rules. Wiki explains: So the Isle of Man would be not be eligible to apply under current rules, but countries in similar(-ish) positions, such as Gibraltar and the Faroes, were able to join because the rules used to be different.
  9. Well the social security system has a housing element in it so that those with low or no income get some or all of their rent paid. Presumably that is what what Callister is referring to and is a more suitable matter for a potential MHK to consider than stuff which the Commissioners have control over. He would do well not to over-react to every perceived insult however. Inaccuracies can be corrected without the use of capital letters.
  10. Actually what she is doing is demonstrating how sentencing is done. A judge starts off looking at the maximum sentence for the offence and then reduce it to account for mitigating factors, such as those listed, rather than increasing from a minimum because those factors are absent or even counter-indicated (eg a defendant saying they had no remorse and would do it again). There's actually not a lot of flexibility in the sentence that can be given as there are rules to be followed and a set of criteria to be taken into account when working it out. And if a judge gets it wrong (either too harsh or too lenient) the sentence can be appealed against. because the guidelines weren't followed. So they normally explain how they came to their decision as Jayne Hughes did there.
  11. Also of course it has the ability to consume large amounts of fodder and then produce nothing but bullshit.
  12. Well quite. Which is why I put the link in mine. I'm surprised you could even find a privacy policy - I could see anything on their website. Given how everyone has been having kittens about GDPR over the last year, you would have thought they would have not just covered it but made it a selling point on how compliant they were and how potential sellers wouldn't have to worry.
  13. So does google: https://www.visitisleofman.com/whats-on/on-your-doorstep There's actually surprisingly little there and most of it is stuff that would be happening anyway. I suppose it's a good idea to promote local businesses, but most of the effort seems to be from the private sector.
  14. Well I agree they should at least try to make some sort of case as to why something is bad, but that's a long way from demanding that they should be able to produce a fully-costed alternative before any complaints should be taken seriously. Which is quite often the sort of response that any sort of criticism gets. Usually from parts of the government machinery trying to push through a plan that would barely cover the back of an envelope, based mainly on wishful thinking and bullshit. I think you also underestimate the amount of time that it should take to research even a single oral question[1] , if you are doing it properly and want to ask follow-ups. And there is an awful lot that the Manx government does and needs covering. It actually involves more areas that you get at Westminster, because it is also responsible for areas that are covered by local authorities (local schools, social services and housing for example) or by private companies (water, electric, post office) in the UK. It's only foreign affairs and defence that Tynwald doesn't have that Westminster does. But unlike the opposition in London with its dozens of frontbenchers and their staffs of paid researchers, all the handful of Tynwald members who are prepared to criticise have is themselves. In the end there's only a limited number of hours in the day and the opposition usually tend to be ones who will do the Tynwald and Keys work they should do (read the order papers and legislation and so on), rather than nodding everything through and hope they get re-elected because everyone thinks they are a nice fella. [1] Written questions tend to be used separately to elicit information that is not known publicly - or at least that's how it should work.
  15. I wondered if it had been photoshopped as well, because it was almost too good to be true, especially the sign directing the marchers to Cuckooland. But the Manx flag has appeared consistently in photos of the march throughout the last few days (it's certainly been sighted a lot more than Nigel Farage). I think the photo on the Manx Radio piece comes from the Twitter of a group called Led by Donkeys. Who are basically shadowing the march, sticking up embarrassing tweets from various Brexit leaders on billboards that the marchers are walking past or following them round with a mobile billboard pasted up with similar quotes from Boris, Davis, Grayling etc how easy Brexit was going to be and so on. It's basically epic trolling, which seems to have been crowd-funded and is now providing endless amusement to the social media and indignation in the more Leave-supporting London press. A quick scroll should provide at least a few smiles for the less ideologically committed. And lots of sightings of that Manx flag. Clearly seen here for example, or looking particularly damp here. And here is a very clear shot, presumably next to its carrier while he rests with some of his fellow marchers sitting on ...the edge of the mobile billboard carrying the words of Boris Johnson saying "Brexit means Brexit and we're going to make a titanic success of it". Accompanied by a drawing of an ocean liner. Sinking. I suppose they could have all been photoshopped in, but it seems a lot of work for something that most people wouldn't even recognise. And of course, like most things Brexit-related, the flag is a massive self-own. Because not only is the Island not in the EU to leave in the first place, but it reminds people and indeed journalists of the Manx companies that Aaron Banks channelled the mysterious millions that helped pay for the Leave campaign with.
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