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Roger Mexico

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  1. Malta's a mini-state rather than a micro-state and they couldn't really reject it on the grounds of size because it wasn't really that much smaller than Luxembourg which was already a member and had been since the start. Micronations have a specific meaning and are basically unrecognised by anyone sensible (Wiki has a lot about them - and I mean a lot). The Isle of Man isn't one and it isn't a micro-state either because it isn't a sovereign state.
  2. We already know this from the Report the the Public Accounts Committee produced back in June into "Education During the Emergency". It was mainly based on a evidence session that Allinson and the CEO Barr gave. Despite that (or because of it) it's about the most damning Tynwald Report I have ever seen into how a Department operates. Or in this case doesn't. In the polite and lawyer-like language of official Reports, this is the equivalent of them being shot with arrows. For about an hour. Some examples: It's worth reading in full (there's bits from practically every paragraph I could have quoted) to see the contempt they seem to have developed for Barr after trying to get some honest answers out of him. He just blamed everything on the dispute, even when it clearly had nothing to do with the topic, and genuinely doesn't see to understand what his job is about.
  3. Manannan Though it actually broke down so often on the way, that they actually left during the 1918 Flu epidemic. (Of course the real question is what happened when they got back).
  4. To be fair some of those things are compatible with being an Australian Liberal, so he may have his perception distorted by his background. You'd think he would have realised that the British usage is different (and has been for at least 110 years), but people tend to believe words mean what they want them to mean. Well it was, but mainly because it suggests that you don't really understand how business operates. Any local business that is already making a profit of £500,000 a year is unlikely to be put off expanding its operations by the thought that it will have to pay 10% on any extra profit it makes. All you will be doing is taking £2 million off the Manx budget for no reason[1]. And in any case increasing profits is hardly a guaranteed way to increase jobs. Rather like the tax cap, this proposal is basically the same old right-wing magical thinking that if you throw enough money at rich people it will somehow miraculously come back to you increased. It won't (how do you think they got rich in the first place?). If you want to take action against online retailers, do that - though you may find exactly the same people who complain about the loss of the high street will be even more angry about paying more for online goods. [1] There's also the irony that the tax only came about because Peter Karran kicked up a fuss about "Tesco of taking a million pounds a week out of the Manx economy". So it was Liberal Vannin's idea in the first place.
  5. I wondered if it could be the Tesco Tax, but it seemed such a stupid idea that surely it must be something else? Not only wouldn't it do anything to protect 'real-life' retailers, but it would just take money off the Manx taxpayer and give it to the British Treasury. Given that it seems to be the only actual idea in that 'jobs plan', I would hope that @Josem would clarify this.
  6. The only information is in the Steam Packet's own press release, which begins: Manx Radio's report, as usual is just the cut-down of this. Details have still to be negotiated and we probably won't get and much more till next year. Hopefully government is having as little as possible to do with the design process.
  7. They're actually not compulsory to enter (they often are with consultations) but it's not made clear that you can leave them blank. Presumably you could set up an anonymous e-mail address if you wanted feedback. But a fairly typical example of not thinking things through or explaining how to do things (ironically something that an Education Department ought to be good at). For example it doesn't suggest parents should fill in more than one form if they have children at different schools and most importantly there aren't enough boxes for the respondents to add to their answers. I suppose they're all so used to sending out surveys where the only response they want is universal approval and/or praise that they don't really know how to ask for genuine feedback any more. Of course they're not alone in that (commercial companies are actually far worse) but being responsive to what the public wants is supposed to be part of what government does.
  8. Well it doesn't say which three months does it? Come to that it doesn't say which ten people either.
  9. They did an exit poll in Ramsey in 2016 and got the result right and the percentages not too badly out. Some of the other constituencies they got the wrong people in (admittedly mainly where the result was close) and the worst performance was actually in Douglas North.
  10. It might have been enhanced by the negative vote, but if you really want to keep one of Singer or Crowe out, surely you would vote for the other one? Hooper would only become the obvious anti-X candidate if he was already attracting a lot of positive votes anyway. And if you wanted to keep both out, then effectively you'd be saying you're choosing your best two anyway. The problem with a negative vote, it usually doesn't work in this electoral system. There isn't usually an obvious alternative, even if there was agreement on who people want to keep out, never mind if there are a number of candidates who attract opposition. You saw this in Rushen where the anti-Skelly vote was clearly split between Kemp and Hampton and Skelly just squeaked back in ahead of them both.
  11. Not in 2016 where the result was distorted by so many people voting for Allinson (I reckon 84% of those voting did so) that effectively it became a single member seat contest for the rest. But I think it was true of Ramsey in 2011 and indeed 2001 and 2006, where there was a three-way battle between Bell, Craine and Singer and no one else got much of a look in. Once two of the three weren't standing, Singer's vote collapsed (though admittedly he'd done a lot to lose it on his own right). Generally though I don't think that most people are as politically sophisticated as some imagine[1] and they simply vote for the candidate(s) they like the best or least worse. [1] This might have been a little different during the operation of STV which almost forces people to rank candidates and so consider those they want to vote 'against' by giving a low ranking to.
  12. I looked at this back in 2016, just after the election and also analysed the figures in 2011 as well (though that was more complicated as there were 3 member constituencies). In the two member constituencies in both years it was pretty consistent with around 12% of the votes being 'unused' (ie 12% of voters plumping for just one candidate). Generally there was a little variation between constituencies, though the more candidates there were it dropped the percentage a bit, but in general I was surprised by how consistent it was. There were two exceptions in 2016 though. As you note Glenfaba and Peel had a much higher percentage of around 21%, no doubt caused by there being only three candidates for two seats and none of them particularly attractive to the electorate. The constituency also had the highest number of spoilt ballots and the biggest drop in turnout since 2011. But in Garff the figure was only 3.7%, and I think the explanation for that was that the result is simply wrong - by all accounts the count was chaotic and mistakes were made. Given that we also knew that there were mistakes in Ayre and Michael where the result was certainly wrong and there were criticisms of the way other counts were handled, maybe next time we should be getting international observers over here rather than sending Rodan off to tell people what to do.
  13. Indeed, last sailings for the Steam Packet September 2010. Seemed to spend more time broken than not, but like the buses was miraculously rejuvenated when it left the Island and is still zooming around the Greek islands.
  14. The article also has a section headed What do you need to do to stand for election?. And is published the day after nominations close. If Gef were really concerned with reaching new voters and telling them what they need to know, there's all sorts of information they could give: how to get a postal vote; how to vote; what will happen in the campaign. But all they're really doing is editing a bit from the Government website to make it look as if they're doing something.
  15. True, but I'm sure there are still loads of tropical beaches that need their democracy monitored.
  16. It's the ladies with multiple names: Poole-Wilson, August-Hanson (ex Humbles), Lord-Brennan and Maska (ex Hendy). But their terms don't lapse until the end of February 2023, so after the 2021 General Election. Henderson was re-elected in March.
  17. It's another of the those 'news' pieces based on a Tynwald answer (that I put on this thread a week ago). But there's no extra information as to what happens if the developer fails to complete their side of the bargain. The fact that the sale was done in a separate agreement suggests the answer may be: "Everyone in Government sighs and does nothing". And the places ends up looking even more of a dump than it already does until eventually it gets bought back by the Government for much more than than they received for it. He's missed his chance. Unless someone stands down, the 'run and hide' election to LegCo was back in March. In the equivalent election in 2015, Anderson, Crookall, Cretney and Henderson all scarpered upstairs eventually.
  18. Original post on Facebook. And IOM Harbour's re-post. Both links so you get both sets of comments.
  19. The article in the Examiner makes clear that this is based on the answer to a Written Question from Ann Corlett for last week's Tynwald (so already a week old). Of course any sort of question from Corlett is such a rare event that you wonder if it was a 'plant' and the way it has become a front page, even though there is little in it that anyone who hadn't been asleep for the last decade would be unaware of, suggests a private briefing to pick this out from It also starts very portentously: (Their italics). And then goes on with no new information except the current number of recent postal seizures (150) to announce a forthcoming apocalypse based on absolutely nothing new. Why the Island should be more of a target after than it was before lockdown is a mystery. Have the Merseyside drug dealers only just worker out where those boats from the Pierhead go after 100 years? There's probably some special pleading going on, but it's so vague who knows what?
  20. But anyone who knows the City will tell you that the streets have always been empty early in the morning, from about 7 pm onwards in the evenings and all day at weekends. Like most business districts are, because hardly anyone lives there. The fact they've needed to install effectively wider pavements for social distancing suggests at other times it's quite busy. That someone is jogging suggests its early morning or evening and that the Telegraph just waited til an attractive young lady in tight clothing appeared, so as to keep its core audience of elderly perverts happy.
  21. Manx Radio's Live Blogs are pretty good as an entry point and they still seem to be doing them for the Thursday briefings. Obviously if you want more details you usually have to try to find the relevant documents on the Covid website, but they work fairly well as a precis.
  22. Wasn't that election held under STV though? So it wouldn't be comparable as voters only had one vote rather than two. It still does answer the question as to the maximum number of candidates, as they had 11 standing. Come on Douglas South - up your game!
  23. Pat Ayres, once of this parish got a magnificent 39, I'll have you know. And in Ayre and Michael rather than Ramsey as presumably young Lawrie wanted nothing to do with him. Mind you the result in Ayre and Michael was so cocked up by the Appleby crew, that he could have been elected by the voters (no he wasn't). What we're really looking for is whether anyone will take the David Pownall Memorial Cup (33 in Castletown in 2011 followed by 30 in Peel By-election in 2015). Barrie was very hurt to have his record broken.
  24. Joughin only got 18.6% of the vote which must be some sort of record. And that on a 30% turnout. It will be interesting to see if Douglas South does any better - both constituencies only had 40% turnout in 2016.
  25. Two main reasons I think. Firstly Bush wanted to be seen doing 'something' about 9/11. The fact that by then (and indeed always) it was perfectly clear it nothing to do with Iraq was irrelevant. Lots of dead, brown people would please the Republican base and enough Americans could be relied on to shore up Bush's ratings on the grounds of vague patriotism and supporting 'our boys'[1] Secondly, yes indeed money. Not in the usual way that way that was suggested by opponents at the time ('oil') but in terms of military contracts. The Iraq War and especially the attempted reconstruction afterwards were massively outsourced to private companies, usually with the right connections among the Republican elite. Think of it as a Prom scheme with added corpses. And like the Prom, the more it failed, the more successful it was those running it. And it worked. Bush got re-elected, though not by much, so maybe the War made the difference. And a lot of very rich people got even richer. [1] This is where the US loses out by not being a monarchy and having the country's leading politician and head of state being the same person. Still at least it gets rid of hereditary privilege. Imagine a US President being the son of a previous one!
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