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Roger Mexico

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  1. That's a bit silly, just as a post claiming that, by staying on the Island, you made a decision to 'abandon' the residents of your care home in the UK would be. People have to make choices based on a whole pile of conflicting family and other interests and come to a decision based on the best possible balance of them. PK no doubt did this just as you did aware of the possible downsides of the decision. Unless you are alleging that PK personally voted or worked to put Johnson and his cronies into power (which I rather doubt) he is perfectly entitled to criticise their actions without any guilt (and criticise them with guilt even if he did). Incidentally most EU countries were much quicker in closing borders (sometimes internally as well) to non-residents, and many then effectively made non-residents leave. So really on IOM and UK would have been options - and fairly limited where even with those.
  2. It's surprising that he hasn't been made a Minister before now, really. He's the only MHK from 2011-16 who wasn't given that position in 2016 and since then Ashford[1] and Allinson have both been promoted ahead on him. Quayle is normally very keen on Buggins' Turn - how else would he ever have advanced himself? So it may be that Peake doesn't want the extra hassle - he already gets an extra 40% as a member of Treasury, so the extra 10% uplift may not be worth it if it takes time from business interests. [1] I keep on wanting to type 'Ashcroft' as well - there must be a collective will to pretend he isn't there.
  3. The rule seems to be that you can vote against a CoMin motion if it's a pre-determined position, but not speak against it. So that would block putting an amendment forward. Obviously you might encourage another non-CoMin MHK to propose one and then vote to support it - but that might also be seen as breaking the rules, which seem to be arbitrary and decided on the spur of the moment by the Chief Secretary.
  4. @rachomics did a useful blog post on false negatives. She says that the testing they do here means that they can spot when the swabbing has failed to be done properly. Not sure that is happening elsewhere though. I have seen it said that there can be a problem where the virus has 'migrated' to the lungs, but that will be more about diagnosing people who are obviously seriously ill. The problem we have here may be more to do with not testing enough people - and maybe not the most at risk people.
  5. They do seem to be displaying a bit more resistance, but Henderson was probably one of those more likely to vote against the party line than most in the past anyway. I haven't really had time to assess the two new guys, but it's possible that he might still scrape into the 4 out of 8. Edited: I somehow managed to type 'asses' rather than 'assess' when discussing LegCo. Which is more accurate ...
  6. The whole exchange is quite interesting: So they (which probably only meant Greenhow) only laid down the law just before the session started, so there was no chance of arguing against. It's the sort of petty office politics that characterises the way the Island is run - no doubt because that's the only thing within their capabilities.
  7. I heard one of them say that of Henderson too I fell off my chair I once found myself describing Henderson as one of the better members of LegCo, and then mentally went through the list of LegCo members and realised it was probably true. Which was depressing. "Good" might be taking it a bit far though.
  8. To help local journalists even more, here's the press release: So it looks like something that they were planning to do anyway.
  9. They suspended them back in March and most recently said they were still suspended a couple of weeks ago with the implication that they were leaving it that way to help 'non-essential' retail start again.
  10. On the contrary, it means that anything that goes wrong is somehow everyone's fault and that is exactly the same as it being nobody's fault and therefore nobody is responsible. We've seen this several times in the past when reports have been produced making clear who was responsible for some disaster and the CoMin block vote in Tynwald modifies the conclusions so that there are no consequences for the guilty. Collective irresponsibility might be a better description though.
  11. It's been in the news quite a lot over the last few weeks. There were a comparatively small number of card details stolen (though they were supposed to have been informed in April) but there were 9 million e-mail addresses and travel details stolen which they knew about in January and are only letting people know about now (they were supposed to tell everyone by 26th, so they've clearly failed there as well). Unless you're one of the unfortunate 2000 odd, the main thing you need to be careful about is phishing e-mails or similar using your e-mail address and flight details to get more info off you. Of course easyJet will have been sending out millions of e-mails themselves, so it's a complete mess made easier for fraudsters because they didn't let people know till now.
  12. Complete overkill was the Comis Colditz set-up, this seems a sensible alternative that should have been done from the start for anyone coming from the UK or further afield[1], as many other countries did for returning residents. Like it or not, a small minority of people will not self-isolate properly and the only way to check that they are is to do these 'doorstep' checks for the 14 days they are supposed to self-isolate. It's still a lot less onerous than being stuck in a hotel room. But these are also people who may be hit by a serious illness and the checks do also have the purpose of making sure that people are OK and seeing if they need any extra help - which the police can presumably refer them to. If they get no answer, it may well be that the person is out illegally, but they could also be too ill to respond and you would hope the police would intervene. As for 'modern technology', are you suggesting that the solution for a temporary problem that can be dealt with using an existing (and currently not very busy) human resource, should be something that involves lots of new equipment, extra staff and unreliable technology? Are you sure you don't work for the DoI? [1] These people weren't just inconvenienced and seriously out of pocket because of the Comis fiasco, but also by being stuck in the UK or further afield for weeks while the Government dithered about what to do until finally deciding to do something that was very expensive for the taxpayers and then abandoned as soon as they could.
  13. That partly answers Edge's first question, but of course it's not the same as a refund and some people might prefer that.
  14. That was her first supplementary and Quayle just responded with what I referred to as hand-waving - vaguely hoping that easyJet wouldn't do it. While they admitted there had been discussions with the airline, they don't actually seem to have asked them anything practical. But at least we know what the situation is with people flying from the Island - they won't be quarantined in the UK, but will be on return. What Edge hinted at in her second question was people arriving from the UK, perhaps without being aware of the situation. Technically they are committing a crime as soon as they get off the aircraft. Quayle missed this and just repeated his second answer again.
  15. On Tuesday Quayle was in receipt of an Urgent Question from Edge about easyJet restarting flights: If he will make a statement on easyJet flights recommencing when the borders are still closed?. There was a typical Quayle performance in response. He started by complaining that Edge as a DoI member should have got her information from their briefings rather than asking him publicly. Which ignores that there may have been no time (the easyJet announcement was only Thursday); she wanted to ask about how it affected the lockdown (which the CM's responsibility); and that no one in the right mind you believe anything said by the DoI anyway. Most of all they are still doing this ridiculous thing of demanding that Tynwald members ask for public information in private - "How dare you let the plebs know our business!" seems to be the subtext. Every time they do it, it looks bad - and yet they continue. Quayle then proceeded to answer points that hadn't been raised, give incorrect information (it's four flights a week from LPL and LGW, not three) and deal with the questions he was asked by hand-waving or ignoring them. In particular he failed to address the possibility of people booking flights from England unaware of the current regulations. Presumably without permission they would have to be arrested and charged - which is hardly going to be good for the Island's image. Or maybe let people ignore the closing of the borders if they feel like it.
  16. Unlike the other media outlets, IOM Newspapers did at least report the vote in Tynwald where Thomas's vote meant that the Government lost its amendment. It was a typical civil service attempt to do things behind closed doors and exclude the plebs, so no wonder they're upset. The whole idea of ministerial and departmental responsibility makes sense when there are sufficient members in a legislature to vote anything down. Because Tynwald and the Keys in particular are rigged so there is always a majority for measures - even though they are nearly all supposed to be 'Independent' - it becomes a dictatorship.
  17. I wonder if they've told Quayle that he's sacked Thomas yet? Given that when Beecroft (as was) was sacked, Quayle didn't even do it himself, but sat in a corner when Greenhow did the dirty deed, it's possible they just sent the e-mail this time and forgot to copy Quayle in. Edited as typed 'e-maul' for 'e-mail'. Though thinking about it ...
  18. But people do see themselves differently and that is what makes national identity important to people and how it differs across the British Isles. Cultural references are not all the same - not only do England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have ones that differ from each other (often quite extensively), they differ internally as well with regional and other factors. But even when cultural references are shared, they don't imply anything more than that. Just because we may get references to US culture it doesn't make us American. People are perfectly entitled to decide just how British they are or not and what that Britishness means to them. Saying "You are British and that is defined by whatever the London Press dictates this week", is not going to work.
  19. It's not really quite the same thing is it? The measures people can take to more or guarantee they are unlikely to be harmed by the TT are fairly minor - just don't go near the Races, basically. The ones to reduce the risk with COVID-19 are much more wide-reaching and very onerous if you want to bring them down to the same level as could with avoiding the TT. So you're basically comparing those who are opting into risk with those who trying to reduce it. Also if 24 people had died in a single year's TT, I think quite a lot of people would notice.
  20. Or they'll be going on cruises, which are the middle-class equivalents of coach holidays (though some get rather offended if you point this out to them). But at least with coach holidays there is some money going into local economies[1], via the hotels and in our case the Steam Packet[2]. With cruises you just get the fridge magnets. To add to John's points about the ends of season coach parties not making any money on the basic package for hotels etc, this may be technically true, but they will be more than covering their marginal cost (ie the extra consumables you need to buy and staff you need to take on) even if there is no profit once you take fixed, year-round overheads into account. So you are still reducing your losses. [1] This doesn't apply to all local economies, places such as Cambridge have long had the problems with coach parties that everywhere reachable by sea now has with cruises - hordes of people descend for the day, spending next to no money and then go off and stay elsewhere. [2] The free coach on the boat that John mentioned is actually quit clever marketing because they are still paying for the coach passengers. So rather than having the same space being taken up by (say) four cars containing maybe ten people in total, there will be one coach with say 40. So what they gain by not charging for four cars, they more than make back with an extra 30 fares from passengers. That's before you take into account the extra on-board spending or the fact there is always available passenger space on the Ben to fill up.
  21. To return to reality, the truth is that most of the DoI manual work force was made redundant some years ago and such works are now carried out by contractors (though some always were if their own workforce didn't have capacity). This has many advantages: they can recruit even more managers to 'manage' the contracts; they can do even more favours for mates; responsibility is even more diffused; they don't have to deal with the people actually doing the work, who might point out problems. Best of all they can concentrate on their core task which is designing more unnecessary capital projects, without bothering with the details that mean they can actually be done.
  22. He was probably just burying someone he'd murdered. Perfectly normal for Peel and I wouldn't interfere as they don't like to be bothered when they are about their traditional pursuits.
  23. Except of course the people who really "created the remuneration structure and hierarchy" were the senior civil servants who then reaped the benefits - and tied the politicians salaries and pensions to their own, so there would be no reason for them to complain.
  24. Coach holidays are like every other sector in leisure industries, there are various ways of operating within it. Wallace Arnold/Shearings had concentrated on the high volume/low margin end of it and such companies are always vulnerable in times of crisis. But there will other, more specialist or local operators that will survive because of customer loyalty and sound financial positions.
  25. Was it one of those cases where they had to start 'work' by a certain date so as not to lose planning permission or for some other contractual reason?
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