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Roger Mexico

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  1. Don't be silly! The civil service would never allow that. Goats are far too fast, nimble-footed and cunning.
  2. I don't think that applies any more. There have been quite a few changes in the law since 2016 and I think public employees no longer need to resign. Presumably they take unpaid leave and/or use up holidays or they may even have to continue working. Being taken back on wasn't an automatic right either, though it seems to have happened in most cases. Wasn't Mark Kemp not re-employed as a teacher after 2016? The cases of Stu Peters and Tim Glover are rather different from these because they are broadcasters and broadcasting is supposed to be impartial. But that would apply if they were employed by a commercial broadcaster as well. Peters is a freelancer anyway and has been for some time, so all they would need to do is stop using him. Glover was news editor and if he remained in post, even if on leave, he could clearly been seen as having some influence still. As far as I can tell he seems to have been effectively replaced by Phil Gawne, who is everywhere, so the Arbory Mafia continues.
  3. But I think that applies to candidates who were MHKs as well. They still get paid at their previous rate up to election day, even if they are no longer officially MHKs and whether they are standing again or not. And most other candidates will have jobs or businesses to go back to. However one little scam I've only just noticed, relates to the way the changes in the salary structure have been introduced. Rather than starting everyone afresh after Thursday, your salary will depend on whether you were "elected or re-elected, after 01 July 2021". So current MLCs will not get a reduction in their salary and will continue to get paid more if they join Departments. Bill Henderson in particular will do very nicely if he'r reappointed to the Treasury. But the date is set at 1 July rather than 22 September so that Skelly will benefit from the increase that the President gets in the new scheme.
  4. I think you've got to realise that things have changed since previous elections. The law seems to have been altered so that civil servants and other public employees don't need to resign to stand for the House of Keys anymore - though they do have to straight away if elected. This seems to have had a knock-on effect for MLCs.
  5. Me too - it effectively forces everyone to plump, but with the back-up that your vote isn't automatically wasted if you vote for someone unpopular. Indeed if you vote for someone too popular part of it goes to lower ranked choices. STV was fairly popular when it was used on the Island and turnout was high from memory, but it was abolished, almost by accident, basically because some MHKs were too thick to understand how it worked.
  6. You are correct and what you have read elsewhere is wrong. In fact if someone put two Xs in one box they might be risking their vote counting as spoilt. It's a constant dilemma this, if you have a favoured candidate, do you use your second vote and risk that vote cancelling the other out. Or do you not use it and risk a candidate you dislike getting in because you didn't vote for their nearest rival who you would have found acceptable. I reckon about a quarter of voters plump, though is there is a lot of choice the figure is lower.
  7. There were a number of Cabinet Office arranged meetings earlier in the month: Garff Thursday 2 September - Dhoon Primary School Wednesday 8 September - Laxey Primary School Tuesday 14 September - Onchan Primary School so one each from Maughold, Laxey/Lonan and Onchan. And there was a Manx Radio one earlier as well (in the Shore). But this looks as if was that rare thing in 2021 A Proper Requisition Meeting, presumably for Lonan.
  8. The Douglas Town Wardens will arriving soon to drag you off to the Golf Course Gulag, kulak.
  9. (a) So it was the nit-nurse (b) No. Even wrighty hasn't had his yet and he's always first in the queue.
  10. That will be The People. Surely you must remember being consulted?
  11. It may break electoral law as well, I've a vague feeling that there are obscure offences about influencing candidates.
  12. I don't think you're allowed to demand the impossible. (Seriously, not even mocked-up headed paper. These people are so lazy).
  13. Not so solid an effort from the Cabinet Office. 3FM has a story headed: Voters reminded to bring along polling cards Voters in the Isle of Man's general Election this week are reminded to bring along their polling cards. Ahead of the House of Keys General Election this week, voters are being reminded to take their polling cards with them to the polling station. A spokesman said that those who have been nominated to place a proxy vote on behalf of another voter, will also be required to show ID. Polling for the General Election will take place between 08:00 and 20:00 on 23rd September (Thursday). This implies that if you don't bring along the polling card (or you haven't received one[1]) then you won't be able to vote. This simply isn't true. Their own Guidance for Voters makes this perfectly clear: If you have registered to vote but have not received your polling card you are still entitled to vote. Polling stations will be clearly signed and are open between the hours of 8am to 8pm on polling day, Thursday 23 September 2021. When you arrive at your polling station you will be directed to a poll clerk who will mark your name off on the electoral register and give you your ballot paper. You do not have to take your poll card with you. The Cabinet Office should correct this story and ask 3FM to issue it correctly. Oddly enough Energy got the story more correct, though with the same misleading headline and lead. [1] Obviously the main reason you should worry if you haven't received a polling card by now is that you might have been missed off the Register.
  14. Now, now, many people are deeply traumatised by the sight of Howard Quayle - you should go round calling them snowflakes. We know when he had his first dose (19 March) and his second would I think be 10 weeks later (I think this was before it was changed to 12), which would have been 28 May. So a good three months before his stroke. How long are you going to backdate the effect of medical interventions - was it really caused by the nit-nurse going through his hair when he was 7?
  15. Actually I'm not sure that it's the 'logic' of anyone on Manx Forums except The Voice of Reason, who isn't really the voice of anything except a certain sort of civil service entitlement. Most people welcome some investment (directly or in services like police assistance) into events that bring people to the island - it's just that there needs to be proper assessment as to which provide a real financial benefit and which are just subsidising people's hobbies or being make-work for DfE officials.
  16. There's also a vaccine against shingles, which is related to, but a bit different from the chickenpox one. It's offered to all 70-79 year-olds.
  17. Ah! That explains why I only found US references to it. There have been calls for its introduction in the UK though, it appears, and the arguments against seem a bit loose to me, though that may be the article's interpretation of them. Certainly the incidence of shingles doesn't seem to have gone up in the elderly in the US, though it has risen a bit in the under 60s.
  18. To be fair to BJ there does seem to have been some DfE involvement in it - certainly enough to warrant a press release with a quote from Rob Callister[1] among others. Whether this is just them jumping on someone else's bandwagon, or whether they have thrown tons of Events Fund money at it I don't know. Some of the latter would be fine (especially if it's the start of a series), but the amount and the outcome should be assessed properly (which it won't be). [1] Which they really shouldn't be doing in Purdah, but rules seem to be applied only when it suits and clearly no one noticed anyway.
  19. Actually Covid affects quite a percentage of children who catch it. It's just that it rarely affects them badly enough to require hospitalisation and death rate is very low in the range 1-10 per million. But consider the case of chickenpox. That also has a very low hospitalisation rate in children and the fatality rate is about 10 in a million for them (as with Covid it increases with age). But we still vaccinate children against it because catching it can be unpleasant for them - as can Covid.
  20. I think that's taken as a given, though obviously it's not a reason to start researching and building prototypes. Presumably places such as Iceland which have high rates of renewable energy anyway (and at times a surplus) will be where work is trialled. Difficult from scratch (or rather it takes a long time) but reinstatement can be quite easy - sometimes it's just a matter of filling in drainage channels. As ever it's complicated, but that should be an excuse for not doing it. Of course it may have other uses, such as preventing flooding. MWT are surveying and hope to produce a plan. Not quite true as regards the UK. Our World in Data has a lot of info on this and gives a figure of 14.45% for 2019. Quite good by European standards, but lower than many. You may be getting confused with the percentage of electricity generated (they give 42%) but there's obviously a lot of other direct energy use - transport, heating, industry and so on. Again it's not bad and a good increase in recent decades (the UK never had much hydro) but still not 'really good' compared even to such unlikely places as Albania or North Korea.
  21. There's something oddly performative about Josem and his campaign. It's less like someone who wants to be elected to change things than someone working their way through a "How to Get Elected" textbook, possibly for a different country. Of course that might not stop him getting elected the problem with Douglas East is that the large number of candidates tends to mean that there's an element of chance that has led to Joughin being elected in the past (and might again). Robertshaw got elected last time with only 28.5% of those who voted backing him. It's a perennial problem with Douglas East. Over the last five general elections it had an average of 6.2 candidates while the equivalent for the other three Douglas constituencies was 4.3. It tend to attract candidates who are running on national rather than local issues (as I've said only two of the seven seem to live in the constituency). But they might do better elsewhere.
  22. There will be some manufacture of soil, both directly and indirectly, but it's true that things like the reinstatement of peat bogs might be better for carbon capture. As ever people and politicians need to understand that the natural world is complex and no one simple solution is going to solve anything. They can't go "Oh look we've put 5p on plastic bags - that's saved the planet!".
  23. A million seems to be a good round figure for UK production of cars, which is presumably what they meant, though 1.25-1.5 million on average would be more accurate: Of course we also ought to be thinking globally as well, but I suspect the context was UK.
  24. Of course the the most 'old style politician' thing imaginable is posing for pre-arranged photo ops. And yet ....
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