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Non-Believer

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  1. Aye Tugs, they might not need it but it hasn't stopped them entitling themselves to it for longer than Mortal Memory.........
  2. Shouldn,t come as too much of a problem, they've got VAST experience of writing-off large sums of taxpayer's wedge.......
  3. We'll probably get our 20% hike in November.................
  4. I wouldn't pile in yet as there is only one thing holding this Market up and that is hope. The fact is that few people actually need to sell yet as interest rates are still relatively low. By the middle of next year if rates start going back up it will focus a lot of sellers minds on getting rid and prices will start to go down as the low offers being made today that are being turned down on the hope that things will improve will start to be taken more seriously and prices will start to slide. The housing Market is in a terrible state here as sellers outnumber potential buyers hugely. Some of the asking prices seem to be a joke and yet very little actually seems to be selling and more and more for sale boards seem to be going up. I'll go with ALL that....the market seems to be clinging on to the last vestiges of La-La land at the mo....with more and more being put on the market (I can see 8 "for sale boards" in my road alone), all with top notch prices that were being asked, say, 2 years ago...but nothing's selling...some have been on the market for 2 years now... 8 new-build "executive" developments (£390k+) close by have attracted little or no interest to the degree that the last few have apparently been abandoned by the developer for now...it can't go on without a major readjustment downwards if people want to sell...great if you're a buyer in 12-18 month's time, but if you're currently mortgaged to the hilt.......
  5. We've already got them......they're called DOI wagons....and they go even slower after they've started heading back to their depots at 3pm..............
  6. Nothing truer, but haven't we just had their idea of a Government "Reform"? That cost £189k in consultancy fees and at least £300k to implement for a result, that most can see, of fxxk-all! My fear will be that given what has proved to be a very short-sighted outlook to date ("There will be no further VAT negotiation - quote, A. Bell 2010) they will simply try to tax the pips out of the great unwashed in order to carry on as they have been doing, turkeys not voting for Christmas etc. Certainly prior to the election, nobody is going to have the spine to suggest major reform which will invariably mean massive cuts...and post election will any of them be willing or have the know-how to do it? My fear is, they'll just carry on spending taxes and reserves like there's no tomorrow until we're all bankrupt.... Hope Mr Couch has his thinking head on.......
  7. Was talking to "a man in the pub" last night who has "friends" in IoM Treasury.....apparently they are "prepared" to push Income Tax levels to 30% if necessary to maintain Government income stream following the loss of the VAT revenue (note, they might want to do it, doesn't mean we'll pay it, lol! ) Naturally, no doubt, this level of taxation would only be for the working man in the street....Wealthy individuals and companies who apparently bring SO much wealth to the Island(?) would presumably retain their relatively low tax status.......anybody see any fairness in this.....?
  8. Er, +1. And if "Mouth Almighty" Craine hadn't stood up and made her speech about "recession having passed the IoM by", a "budget surplus every year" and "an unaffected IoM being open for business" at the Mansion House dinner in London, which, if I recall correctly, the IoM Treasury hosted, having invited UK Treasury Ministers/Civil Servants/Representatives and City Bigwigs to be present, some of those invited might not have pricked up their ears and decided to investigate further, in the name of the UK cutting its costs, quite as soon......pride comes before a fall (some say). And they'll continue to deny and hide God only knows what other financial abominations for as long as they possibly can.
  9. ....And our representatives going down to a certain Dinner Night in London and gobbing off about it..........?
  10. China - Do you seriously believe that any of the true nasties will be made public for at least 5 years hence...? Not a hope...If we had a FOI Act you can guarantee that half the information would still be subject to 30-50 years undercover before release. No responsibilities or "Buck Stopping" with this lot.....just trough and run...and expect to get back in next time, courtesy of a lack of opposition/electoral disinterest....We cut our own throats......
  11. Maybe the Government is now so skint that it's noticed that it's got a significant value in superfluous scrap metal lining all our highways! With a bit of luck it will next look at the roadsides of the Mountain Road......over 200 traffic sign poles, some in use, some redundant, between Ramsey Hairpin and Hillberry....I know, I've counted them (yes, I know, it's sad......) God only knows what it's cost over the years to install them all.....
  12. +1, 100% with you on that, Vinnie......the loud "flapping of wings" fom our our previously overfed vultures worrying about their fees and percentages will be the first indication that a long overdue readjustment in the housing market is imminent....I haven't seen the flyers you speak of but it does sound fairly repugnant, shades of Dandara threatening job losses a couple of months ago if support for the construction industry wasn't immediately forthcoming....? GET USED TO IT GUYS, REALITY IS ABOUT TO BITE, WELL AND TRULY! I do feel very sorry for those first-timers in particular who have recently mortgaged themselves to the hilt to buy a Dandara shoebox though.....and I wonder just how far property values could fall......back to late eighties/early nineties levels to start with perhaps.....? Speak to your MHK..........
  13. Stadtler and Waldorf trying to BULLSHIT their way out of a corner....and onto the Gravy Express for another 5 years...but some people will believe it.....
  14. So does this mean that some candidates simply haven't made their candidature public yet, or are those that have been announced it? If the latter, that means that an awful lot of MHKs are going to get in unopposed. If the former it means we've got some people who are leaving it a bit bloody late to start their campaigns. Or perhaps even some who knew about today's VAT news well in advance and have decided to do the honourable thing, fall on their sword(s) and not stand again......? Perhaps a bit of humility DOES exist..........?
  15. Sadly, we, the Electorate are now about to pay the price for our indifference of who we actually vote into "power" every 5-odd years....given that the only major qualifications required are the ability to be a "nice guy/small businessman/secretary" in your local town/area, get on with grannies on their doorsteps and run school discos.....and having put them into the Wedding Cake, our elected representatives strings are immedately collectively pulled by the CS, big business and the Farmer's Club for their own short-term interests.........and these people developed the arrogance to think that they could run an "Independent" state and be players on the world stage....they couldn't have run a piss-up in a brewery, they were kids let loose with a blank chequebook in a toyshop....Brown in front of that Treasury Committee was an embarrassment to behold, Bell is no better, can't wait for the explanations and excuses to begin....but it'll be EVERYBODY else's fault...from UK Government to our own pensioners.....sad, difficult times ahead.......
  16. There's no conspiracy.....It's simply a near-broke UK Government off-loading as many financial LIABILITIES as it can, in order to balance its books. We just happen to have given them all the excuses and tools it needs in order to do this by a Tynwald consistently shouting about "Independence, self-determination and self-support" over the past few years. Whilst conveniently forgetting that we were creaming them for £200m pa in unentitled VAT rebate on which UK Treasury have now turned the tap off, albeit one turn at a time. What sort of level do you think Locally Collected VAT would have to be set at in order to sustain our lot over here on current levels of expenditure - 50%? 75%? More?! We are holed below the waterline, good style and through our past "treaties" and "aspirations", neither UK nor EU has any interest or responsibility to support us...Point this out next time a prospective MHK knocks on your door, see what his/her answer is......if they can answer it.....
  17. ..........whilst looking like they are ceding control to us. Watch our reelection-seeking politicians fall on that little feast as their being the saving of us all.........
  18. Er, +1 on every point. Can anyone explain why the Manx motorist should pay 5-star fees for Road Tax (although it does seem to frequently be something of a lottery in how much your vehicle is rated at these days......) but now be expected to accept roads of a third world standard (with apologies to third world countries whose roads are better than ours....). At least that clown Hannay has gone now....wonder if his successor is any better.....?
  19. Ably led by spaced-out politicians...............
  20. My gut feeling from what I've seen and heard to date is that these tw*ts will abandon ANYTHING to get their grasping arses back on the Gravy Express for the next five years...Their only responsibilty is keeping themselves in the swill trough for another session......."We're all in this Together..." Yeah, right........another 30% rise due, is it....?
  21. Just like her sister.......I've said it before..."The House of Kerruish Divine Right to Rule....."
  22. Unless my memory does me a disservice, the Ministerial system introduced in 1986(?) by Sir Miles Walker was designed to produce more accountability. Out went the old "Fudge and Forget" Boards of Government, to be replaced by Government Departments, each headed by a "Buck Stops Here" Minister. What has gone wrong? The system appears to still be in place......but the Department Ministers in some cases appear to have no control over their respective Depts. (D.O.I. perhaps being the most outstanding example IMHO) or in some cases, willingness to accept the responsibility of the position (PARTICULARLY WHEN THINGS GO WRONG.......) Maybe they need reminding of exactly what it is they're paid to do........? Or are their Civil Servants simply running the show (and rings around them)...?
  23. For once I'm on Barrie's side. I don't think its as utter shite as you may think, is there a work permit hotline you can call / email ? All the Bulgarians labouring at a site in PSM freely admit they have never had permits and the clown employing them can be heard proudly proclaiming how little he pays them. I don't think the cleaning industry is much better. Hear Hear...! And not only on private enterprise projects. Ask the Portuguese roofers/labourers who put the roof on the Jurby prison if they even knew what a work-permit was......even if they spoke a word of English.....
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