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Roger Mexico

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  1. The posties aren't doing any less work. Probably more as Saturday deliveries tended not to last as long as weekday ones. They just won't get the days off they got for working Saturdays (or more correctly the new shift patterns need only cover five days, so there will be no need to build period off into them to cater for six-day working). As to the managers ....
  2. Well the financial angle was mostly what was being discussed. But we're not great at prosecuting corporate negligence on the Island and that of company officers even less so. In fact anything other than banging up Goldie again seems to be a stretch for the AG's Office and even that took three attempts last time.
  3. I'm Manx. Never knowingly undersarked. But I do get irritated when people just repeat the same tired-old cliches they have read in the papers, without bothering to reflect on the reality. Something you rather saw with those MHKs who didn't seem to let the fact that they hadn't seen all (or indeed any) of the programmes get in the way of them having a Very Definite Opinion on the subject.
  4. Presumably the whole point of the JMML is the L bit - that they're a limited company rather than a club where the officials (who are mostly the same people) might be personally liable, as was the previous situation. So the financial risk may be less than you think and will in any case depend upon what the agreement with IOMG is. If JMML are paying them a flat fee, then it's not the Government milking it (if the fee is too high that's JMML's fault).
  5. Senior staff were already being relocated to Dublin and Malta last year, so it's hardly surprising that those lower down are now being 'let go'. The gradual sapping effect of Brexit on the economy will be seen in many, many actions like this - for example look at the VMCC statement that also implies Brexit uncertainty was a cause.
  6. And yet strangely enough all those who complain about this are completely failing to avail themselves of the opportunities to benefit from this cushy life. Clearly all those who feel this way should immediately be arrested and locked up in Jurby for life so they can get the full enjoyment of the lifestyle they are so obviously jealous of. It would only be fair.
  7. For population increase in England see my comment above. I used England because I assumed those figures were for NHS England, the percentage increase for the whole of the UK would be slightly less. An "increase of 6 million (approx 5% during that period) " would imply a population of 126 million. Not even the most deranged Daily Express reader believes that. The new Noble's actually opened in 2003 and the population in the 2001 Census was 76,318 so the population increase isn't that great and may have stalled. In any case the Hospital was supposed to have been built to cater for the massive increase in population that our governing classes have been relying on for many years, so apart from the bits they simply forgot to include, like the Diabetic Centre, it should be physically big enough. Staffing is another matter of course.
  8. Well the population of England grew from 51.4 million in 2007 to 55.3 million in 2016. That's 7.6%, which might have had something to do with it. Add to that an ageing population, especially with the numerous baby-boomers hitting their 60s/70s, and a 10% increase seems very plausible without any change in practice or in what people want to be seen about.
  9. Actually I genuinely don't think it will make much difference. If anything, and more by luck than judgement, it will probably make the Island look a bit better. There's been very little reaction outside the Island and most people probably just got the impression of the Island as being quaint and pretty. The constant repeating of how tough the sentencing policy was should please the hard-liners, even if it isn't completely true. The usual politicians seem to be making the usual noises about it, but even then they had to be prodded into a reaction by the papers. Their main complaint seems to be that it is 'entertainment' as if they expected an in-depth four hour documentary to be stuck on ITV to keep two episodes of Corrie apart. For some reason local politicians always imagine that television is obliged to make exactly the programme they want (which will of course be different for every politician) rather than what the programme makers want. Some also came up with the nonsense about it making prisoners 'media personalities', though this must be seen in the context that they think themselves media personalities, so the bar is set pretty low.
  10. I put up the Conditions of use that they are now making users comply with in another thread, and you can see how they might put some potential users off. Also, now that it is run by JMML (a limited company) rather than by Andreas Racing, which is some sort of club, I wonder how that affects things like VAT and other financial matters. Of course the two share much of the same personnel.
  11. Beecroft also doesn't have any government position and is a fairly active questioner as you can see. But Robertshaw (if it's him you mean) is not so inquisitive. Some Tynwald members may prefer to ask oral question, though I couldn't find any in June or July from him.
  12. Oh quite, given the way they decided to do the project suspending the service would have been the obvious thing. But it's a symptom of how badly planned it was rather than the cause as some seem to think.
  13. It doesn't quite work like that. Watterson, who is as clubbiest as they come, still asks written questions and occasionally oral ones (obviously he can't in the Keys, but he does in Tynwald). It's usually the same handful of people who ask month after month, while some others never of rarely bother. If you look at the numbers for the last two months the same names come up, the League Table (August + September = Total) is: Beecroft: 26 + 21 = 47 Moorhouse: 21 + 11 = 32 August-Hanson: 28 + 0 = 28 Hooper: 15 + 9 = 24 Bettison: 19 + 1 = 20 Watterson: 4 + 10 = 14 Shimmins: 6 + 4 = 10 Edge: 6 + 3 = 9 Callister: 4 + 0 = 4 Caine: 2 + 2 = 4 Lord-Brennen: 1 + 0 = 1 Poole-Wilson: 0 + 1 = 1 Corlett: 0 + 1 = 1 Now there's a convention that Ministers don't normally ask questions of their CoMin colleagues, but even some 'backbench' MHKs are almost as rare: Perkins, Peake and usually Corlett for example. Most MLCs are similarly quiet - August-Hanson's batch last month was an exception - maybe she saves them up for her name-month. Shimmins' questions were all related to the Plan Inquiry, he's normally not so prolific.
  14. Well yes, but he only asked four last month. He's not as keen on asking questions as he was when he first became an MHK.
  15. They didn't "have" to run, they could have been cancelled but it appears nobody down there has the bollocks to stand up to this idiot. That's pretty much the excuse they used. You may remember that IOM Newspapers put in an FoI request last month to get the details of these contracts that meant the DoI 'had' to run the trams. In return all they got sent was a few brochures from tour operators that happened to mention the horse trams. Certainly any tour details I've seen that involve vintage transport tend to treat the horse trams as an optional extra and stress they may not be available. This makes sense as (like the MER) they have always has a shorter running season than the trains and are more prone to being hit by external factors. Whether Longworth's influence is the real reason or just an excuse is another matter. Refusing to change your plans, despite all the evidence they aren't working is very much the standard way the DoI operates. I get the impression it suits them to blame everything on the horse trams and so provide an easy target (as can be seen on this thread) while the truth is they simply don't have the skills to manage this project. Which isn't all that big, despite the claims - it's just that they have made it very long and complicated and expensive to justify themselves.
  16. Yesterday was of course the second of the 'ghost' sittings of Tynwald, where only Written Questions get answered. We can expect the Manx news media to eke out the responses over the next few weeks to fill the parliamentary dog days. Tynwald members are slacking, as there were only 63 this time, less than half last month's 132[1]. In this case the question (#19) from Edge was quite specific: Now DHSC is the largest Department, employing the largest number of people and so managers. So you would expect the number of proceedings and so on to be largest (for the same reasons DESC comes second in all these figures). The answer is mostly in table form so I won't reproduce it (click on the link) but the DHSC's dominance in the totals over five years is striking: Disciplinary proceedings: 61 out of 101 Grievance procedures: 20 out of 27 Other: 26 out of 44 The percentage of grievances is particularly striking (especially when you consider how many people are now saying they were too scared to complain because all you got in return was bullying) - this is clearly not a happy ship. [1] To confirm the point I made last month about you needing more question if they're written, quite a few, especially from Beecroft, are of the format "That question you dodged last month, answer it you bugger". Obviously phased slightly more politely.
  17. Well quite. But then even when it was only being filmed, he announced that he and his girlfriend were the Island's Bonnie and Clyde (to the general derision of the staff). Basically it's just proved that someone who was a legend in his own lunchtime is still out to lunch.
  18. I don't really think that's true. Because I don't think it's made a media star or even Z-list celebrity out of any of them, good or bad. Not even Margo. Maybe those who already knew the Island took more notice, but for most the personalities will be forgotten about as soon as watched. There was a flurry of press interest when it started (as there is for most series when they bung out enough PR bumpf) but Googling finds little record or discussion after that (apart from on here). That particularly applies to the prisoners who generally only appeared in one episode each. I suspect the programmes were just too short for viewers to 'get to know' them. There wasn't enough seen of them to attract tabloid attention, which is what tends to make media 'stars' and everyone is too from London to send the 'paps'. Viewing figures remained decent enough in this splintered age (around 2.8-2.9 million), but not enough to bring massive attention. The truth is the vast majority of television doesn't alter things much. The programme has neither brought unending shame on the whole Island or brought millions of tourists to visit the holy sites. Both the critics and fame-hounds will disappointed, but it's probably for the best.
  19. I feel sorry for the Commissioners on this one as they were basically blackmailed into it. When the DHA put it up for sale, they knew that if it was sold privately, a very possible scenario was it being bought for development, tacky fences being put up around the edge (it was the whole site for sale, not just the building), and it basically being left to rot and becoming such an eyesore that planning would be granted to replace it with anything. The anything probably being another over-tall, minimally-designed flats that everyone would spend the next 50 years saying should never have been built. It would be like the Douglas 'Town Square' only even more visible. If anyone should be blamed for this, it is Malarkey and the DHA hierarchy who did this, no doubt so someone could claim what a good boy they were and get a promotion in the bureaucracy.
  20. Luckily it appears that all other cars don't have any electrics, so those can't go wrong. And they use a safe non-flammable fuel called petrol, so there is no chance of them bursting into flames. What is more apparently fighting Lithium battery requires a rare and difficult to obtain substance called water, so who is going to manage that.
  21. The signs at the bottom say "Local Access Only"[1], but, unlike the 20mph limit, that will have no legal status - indeed it's difficult to see how it could be enforced. At best it's advisory. [1] Or at least they did in 2010 when Streetview was here. Which suggests they have been there since just after the Hospital was built, if not before.
  22. I think Rob should be praised for attempting to stay in contact with the public (not just his constituents because MHKs are also responsible to all the Island as well); trying to explain what his job entails; trying to justify how he spends his time. But far too often he is devaluing all that by being Mr Too-Much-Information and just producing a stream-of-(semi)consciousness babble without considering what would help people understand his job. If rather than producing daily timesheets in prose, he focused on fewer, more important topics - perhaps the ones who would like public input on - then maybe he'd get less derision and more positive feedback. And no Rob, we don't need to know What You Did On Your Holidays.
  23. It was the EU's money in name only, it was Germany who almost single handed that baled them all out. As the Greeks found out to their chagrin. On the contrary. The EU money went in to protect the German banks who had been profligate in lending to local banks to fuel all sorts of projects, especially of course housebuilding. Without it the Germans would have suffered from the collapse of financial institutions in those countries as it fed back to their economy. Instead the citizens of Ireland etc had to pay up to support the mistakes made by German bankers. (Yes, I know this simplifies things a bit and the financial situation of those countries differed structurally somewhat from each other and it wasn't just the Germans. And of course the local bankers and other elites were benefited from the boom as well and most suffered no more from the collapse than the Germans did).
  24. A pointless gimmick that gets publicity achieves its point. And it only cost £29. If only all the Government's pointless gimmicks cost so little. (Presumably they called it 6.6 lb rather than the 3 kilos it actually was, so as not to upset the brexiteers).
  25. Should be on his manifesto next election as a stat proving how popular he is. Most popular MHK by far. Nonsense! Watterson got 214 pages, just by being sick on a bus. Callister needs to up (or possibly throw up) his game.
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