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Roger Mexico

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  1. The Chair is a Commissioner, presumably he would have to withdraw from any RTC discussions involving the charity. The other three members of the committee listed aren't Commissioners though. Of course at the same time as the people of Ramsey were going through this prolonged process of trying to set up a community hub, the government was busy dithering about whether to set up their own community hubs. No doubt costing much more and employing more civil servants.
  2. Well it's claimed that the NASUWT have 650 members, which is the majority of the Island's 1000 teachers. According to the Manx Radio, the four other Unions are: the Association of School and College Leaders, the National Association of Head Teachers, the National Education Union, and the University and College Union. Traditionally these all represented different sectors. The ASCL were the secondary school heads; the NAHT the primary school heads; NEU (as the NUT) primary school teachers; UCU the lecturers in colleges and universities. While NASUWT represented secondary school teachers. These were never sharp boundaries however and over the last few decades they have become increasingly blurred as the unions recruited from each others 'pools' and from education workers who aren't teachers. But they're still good rough guidelines. The NAHT claims about 150 members on the Island and the NEU about 350, though I suspect this may include some classroom assistants (there are about 500 of these). What this means is that any strikes are going to hit the secondary schools hardest, because that's where the NASUWT members are most concentrated, though some primary schools and the college may be affected as well. If a separate deal is agreed, it would be most likely to benefit the secondary school teachers, though they can also point to teacher shortages in that sector as indicating the need for a more attractive employment deal. If schools are actually closed, whether non-striking teachers should still attend will be the choice of the headteacher. It might be cheaper to keep them at home and not put on the heating and so on. They can presumably catch up on paperwork, prep lessons etc at home (which is probably what a lot of the striking teachers will be doing as well). There will probably still need to be some presence on site though.
  3. There's no OFSTED inspection of any schools on the Island as far as I know. Do you think they should stop funding the English language schools for the same reason?
  4. Probably not an injunction, just a few vaguely threatening lawyers' letters would be enough. It's not a battle they are going to want to fight when they are just repeating someone else's reporting. They'd probably be alright, but it's not worth the risk when the information is out there anyway. Of course there could also be pressure from political quarters as well "so as not to make the Island look bad". Why such tactics would be used is another matter, possibly to prevent further investigation here, but it would seem a bit heavy handed. Sometimes things get done just because they can be, rather than because they make sense.
  5. Because rich people and organisations can still tie media outlets up in costly litigation, even if they don't have a good case and are reporting what other outlets say. Such actions are known as SLAPP suits and some jurisdictions have legislation to prevent them. Given that extended, pointless lawsuits seem to be a Manx speciality, we obviously don't. Devon Watson said in the replies that: There was initially an article reporting on evidence uncovered by the Guardian on Manx Radio and in IOM today that has since been taken down. Which seems plausible as both have done such articles before. Trying to get them taken down seems a bit futile unless you can somehow block off access to the rest of the internet, but maybe it's a warning to the locals not to do any investigation off their own bat.
  6. https://www.gov.im/media/1372261/manx-care-board-biographies-22-september-2022-website.pdf#page=16
  7. Has anybody told the shops this....? 😂 Presumably yes because it's at a cost to the card buyer of £40 and a cost to the taxpayer of £22.50. And takings for the shop of £62.50. So they'll be happy
  8. What? You're saying Martin Moore isn't a reliable source of information? I'm shocked, shocked! (I assume the stuff about the bow was diagnostic - ie its presence/absence proved those weren't pictures from this year).
  9. Actually looking at the Guardian piece, you can't help wondering if HSBC themselves were behind the leak as a way of proving they have done due diligence and acted accordingly: The Guardian understands that HSBC launched its own investigation following media reports about Mone’s apparent links to PPE Medpro, which raised potential concerns for the bank. A report produced by HSBC on the couple and their links to PPE Medpro stated that it did “not manage to corroborate” those concerns. In the process of investigating the couple, however, HSBC pieced together a money trail showing that Barrowman had transferred tens of millions in PPE Medpro profits through a network of offshore entities. About £29m ended up in the trust benefiting Mone and her children, the report indicates. The bank’s investigation noted that “large value inter-account transfers” originating from PPE Medpro were being routed through Barrowman’s offshore accounts, often crediting and debiting within minutes of each other. The internal bank report described the money flows as “unusual activity”, noting a concern that Barrowman “may be attempting to conceal the true origins of the funds through multiple layers of transactions creating a distance between the receipt of PPE funds and the final beneficiaries”. Referring to Mone, it concluded that the transfers “suggest a UK peer in the House of Lords has benefited from a contract with the UK government”. Barrowman is understood to have told HSBC that his wife had “no involvement” in the business activities of PPE Medpro, and the onward transfer of its profits via his personal bank account had been made “in his personal capacity”. HSBC was unable to corroborate any concerns of wrongdoing by the couple, but it did identify a number of “risks” related to retaining Barrowman and Mone as clients – including what it saw as potential reputational damage to the bank. Multiple sources have told the Guardian that HSBC then decided to drop the couple as clients. There's a bit of a feel of the Bank covering its back and making sure that everyone knows it has. So maybe there won't be that intensive a search for who leaked the report.
  10. That makes no sense. He'd only need to request one document - the requisition request. It's not going to take a week to discover that. And I'm fairly certain that that requisition requests are public documents anyway - they always used to be published in the paper with the full list of names.
  11. There's actually a timetabled 14 at that time from the School in Higher Foxdale to CRHS. I have no idea why.
  12. It certainly reads like it was written late at night halfway down the second bottle of wine.
  13. That was my initial guess as well, but it might be employment related instead. If it is linked to such a dispute then they are supposed to search everything and it can produce a lot (look at the Ranson one). Of course Garff Commissioners only exists from 2016, so if the SAR is back to 2008, one of the predecessor authorities will be involved and there will have to be a lot of dragging stuff out of the archives.
  14. Housing Authority would be a better phrase, but some local authorities aren't directly responsible for any social housing. Though as Wannenburgh is a Douglas MHK, there's a pretty good indication of which Council was involved.
  15. To be fair to Callister, if you read the story it's just a re-hash of the statements he issued last week. The only new piece of 'news' is: When the Examiner asked him if the Chief Minister would discuss the decision, he said: ‘I’m as in the dark as everyone else.’ And in the circumstances, he could hardly have said nothing. He doesn't seem to be 'demanding' anything new. Never believe the headline.
  16. On the contrary, the Isle of Man Constabulary are such experts in the national sport of self-congratulation that they have their own dedicated awards ceremony with extensive coverage in the media and a long section in the Chief Constable's Annual Report.
  17. But why, if that smart meter then needs changing every ten years. Let's buy something more expensive that doesn't last as long, said no one ever.
  18. A staff piss-up that doesn't involve wearing monkey suit.
  19. I thought that was a very revealing interview: https://www.manxradio.com/podcasts/manx-newscast/episode/why-have-foxdale-residents-been-booted-off-ballasalla-medical-centres-list/ because it highlighted again the question of what is the DHSC for. If Manx Care is even responsible for its contractual arrangements with GPs without any input from DHSC then how is it any different from the old DHSC except for the lack of any political control or responsibility to Tynwald. In which case the Minister ought to accept there is nothing much for himself or the Department to do. Even inspection has been (rightly) outsourced to the CQC. (There's also a lot of incoherence and duplication around primary/community care, which is a different topic, but which sorting out is made more complex by the DHSC/Manx Care split).
  20. It's more the mindset across the Isle of Man Government that all capital spending is virtuous and essential to the economy, while revenue spending on things like maintenance is an inessential frippery that provides no economic benefit and should be the first thing to cut when budgets require. So new projects get little scrutiny, even as to whether they are needed, never mind if they are good value.
  21. I deliberately didn't say that you said that, but we wouldn't say expect insurance companies to refuse to cover cars that were older than their expected life. And as for accuracy, utility companies will be obliged to have procedures that examine individual meters to check they are recording accurately, no matter what their age. In fact a newly installed one is more likely to be incorrect than one that has been running for some time.
  22. But who are they marketing to? Where are they building their brand? I can sort of see the point in particular industry shindigs where people gather from across the UK and network and catch-up and so on. But this is the Isle of Man, these people will all know or know of each other. Contacts are frequent, whether at other events, the gym or the veg aisle in Tesco. It all has a rather ritual feel, going through the motions because that's what businesses do. And I suspect at least half the people there would prefer it if the money was spent on treating them in some more relaxed way.
  23. I think it would be pushing it to say that approving the pattern and installation of a meter then extends to following every arbitrary rule of a particular manufacturer. And if they are saying that their meters will stop working after a certain period then we shouldn't be buying from them. Or upgrading to smart meters at all. We could presumably be employing a lot of meter-readers and -menders for the cost of £20 million every ten years. But it's the dream of modern management to have as little as possible to do with actual physical work, the latest version of the fantasy of becoming aristos.
  24. We've discussed this before. To reiterate what I said: According to the original announcement in 2019, it was to cost £18.2 million, but that was delayed by the pandemic and the latest release just says: The project is being funded by £10m from the government, alongside money from Manx Utilities' annual budget, over a 10-year period. Which suggest it could be well over £20 million. Rather than loads of fluff about benefits to the consumer, they are now claiming that the problems is that you can't now get the 'old-fashioned' meters (as usual Mr Google begs to differ[1]) and that they're having to cannibalise the old ones to keep things going. But that highlights the problem with going universally to a new system. What happens if the kit for that suddenly becomes difficult to replace? It would also be interesting to know how much is being saved by redeploying the meter-readers and whether the loss of the implicit monitoring of the network they provide also will cause problems. [1] The going price seems to be well under £40. Assuming a cost of £20 million to replace 50,000 meters, the new network is £400 per meter. From memory I couldn't (and still can't) find any legal requirement under UK legislation, only manufacturers' recommendations (Business wants you to buy their goods more often shock) What is more likely is that planned or unplanned (firms going bust) obsolescence will make replacement inevitable. We're already on the 'second generation' of smart meters and this piece from Which says Smart meters will need to be replaced around every 10 years – which is more often than current gas and electricity meters. It also says that replacement is optional - a luxury we don't seem to have on the Island. Mechanically copying the English rarely includes the rights of the plebs. Like so many commercial developments, smart meters have always struck me as a solution looking for a problem. If you really want to monitor usage, there were already ad hoc solutions and few non-industrial users need to do continuous monitoring. And with only four weeks data available, the data available aren't that useful anyway. Otherwise the only justification seems to be that all the big boys have got the new toy, so they want one as well.
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