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  1. Josem


    I too play on chess.com - my User ID there is MichaelJosem if anyone wants a game. I play with various other folks here in IOM on the app, with ~7 days to take your turn
  2. I don't think so, it's a different sport. Although if you're interested in playing basketball, we founded the Douglas Basketball Club at the start of the current season, so if you want to join that, email me at michael@michaeljosem.com anytime.
  3. We're launching Men's Netball here in IOM on this coming Sunday. It's open to men of all abilities, to play at the high end (represent IOM in games against teams from across) and also at a more "social/accessible" end to play in local games/leagues/etc. WHAT: Isle of Man Men's Netball Trials WHERE: Bermahague, St Ninian's Lower School WHO: Men of all ages DATE: Sunday, 16 February, 2020 TIME: 9.30am - 11.30am COST: Free DRESS: Sports shoes and athletic gear QUESTIONS: Michael Josem - michael@michaeljosem.com or ph: 488557 If you can't attend on Sunday, but want to get involved, register online here: http://bit.ly/MensNetball
  4. This - or make it publicly elected. Either would be better than the current House of Keys appointment nonsense.
  5. Only one bit of ice was needed. .6 of a lb of a kipper looks a lot like 272g of kipper. (Sorry for being late to the conversation)
  6. No - the leave campaign has not insisted that we must discriminate. The leave campaign is supporting the abolition of this discrimination - so that people are judged on their character and capability, not their nationality. Only the Remain campaign wants to continue discriminating based upon nationality, with their view that EU citizens should have unfettered access to the UK, while non-EU citizens face tightly controlled restrictions. The Leave campaign wants to end that discrimiantion, so that people are judged as people - not according to their nationality. I guess there are some people who think there's a closer cultural connection between the UK/IOM and France/Spain/Scandinavia than the UK/IOM and New Zealand/Canada/Australia - but I think you'll find that those people are in a terribly small minority. For goodness sake, 2/3 of NZ/CA/AU have the Union Jack on their national flag - and Canada only abolished the Union Jack itself from their flag in the 1960s.
  7. Are you really arguing with me about my own migration status? With all due respect, I've actually spoken to trained professional experts about this issue, and am familiar with the issues. The link that you've provided relates to Tier 2 (General) visa category, not Tier 2 (Internal Company Transfer). The bit that applies to me is listed at the bottom of page #58 of this UK Government document: "If you initially applied for Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) on or after 6 April 2010 you cannot qualify for settlement." Of course - but an Australian-style system would judge people based upon their character and their ability to contribute - not on their nationality. If I was a EU citizen, then I'd be able to come here to IOM without a visa, needing only a work permit, and because I've been here 5-and-a-bit years, I wouldn't need even that any longer. It seems unfair to me to judge migrants on the basis of their nationality, rather than on the basis of their capacity to contribute. There certainly would be migrations restrictions, as there should be - the Isle of Man (and the UK and any other country) should seek to welcome those migrants who can make a positive contribution to the country. I have two disagreements with that: a) I think that migration restrictions should be upon the content of someone's character, and their ability to contribute - not upon their nationality or the colour of their skin. Favouring European citizens (as the current system does) is self-evidently discriminatory. b) I reject your implication that geographically distant countries such as Canada, New Zealand and Australia are less friendly to the Isle of Man than countries like Greece, Romania and Italy. CA/NZ/AU have the same head of state, share the same common law system, share the same language, share the same basic cultural values and share similar histories of protecting human rights in ways that RO/GR/IT do not. Geography and regionalism might have made sense in the 1950s - but in the day of global jet travel, of the internet and instant communication, of even refrigerated shipping, it is now easier for British and Manx businesses to trade with New Zealand (for example) for all of the shared issues above than it is to do business with France. Not only that, but of all the regions of the world, the ones with the most growth, and the most opportunity for British and Manx businesses, are outside Europe - that is, if you want to grow your business, and increase living standards for British and Manx workers in the future, you're most likely to do it by doing business with South America, Asia and North America. In other words, instead of doing business with Mediterranean and even Atlantic countries, the opportunities of the 21st century are more likely to be amongst Pacific nations - so we need to get aboard that bandwagon so we're not left behind, stuck in a 1950s vision of the world. No - it's not primarily about immigration, in my view. I think that migration is an important issue, but not the most important one. I think the primary issue here is about taking back control from Brussels in our democratic system, and of re-engaging with the world to create new business opportunities for Manx businesses. Indeed, looking at my website, after taking a cursory look at the twenty-two articles I've written, it appears only four primarily relate to migration - and that includes one article reporting on calls for Scotland to copy the Manx work permit system, and it also includes one article reporting on confirmation that the Common Travel Area will continue between UK/Ireland/IOM/Channel Islands. If you leave those two out, then that's just 9% of twenty-two that are primarily focused on migration.
  8. I disagree - By way of analogy, I don't think it's stupid to vote Labour simply because the Conservatives won (or vice versa). It is important to respect the decision of the British people, but at the same time, there are many intelligent, honourable and reasonable people on both sides of the debate. They don't become stupid because one group got 52% of the vote and the other group got 48%. There's no need to make false and offensive insinuations when I've outlined above why I feel passionately about it. You clearly feel some similar level of passion, because you too are discussing it on the internet with a stranger. Good for you - but GaryPotter wasn't, because he mistakenly said "A considerable part of our finance sector exists purely down to our relationship with the Europe via Protocol 3, and the ability to access the EU for goods and services." That's simply an error, and that's why I quoted his comment and provided a link to correction on the issue. I'm sure I've made mistakes in the past, and I'm sure that I'm not perfect, so when I am corrected and learn something new, I don't get defensive about it. I certainly have - and I hear very strong comments from a whole bunch of Manx people who want to better engage with the world, rather than just Europe. What's more, is that after leaving the EU, we'll still be able to have a prosperous trading relationship with Europe - just as many other countries outside the EU like Norway, Switzerland and the Isle of Man do today. I really would prefer for this to not be a discussion about me, because I think the issues here affect everyone in IOM, and that we should discuss the issues more broadly - but this seems like a reasonable example of how the current UK migration system discriminates against people from outside the EU. Yes, certainly most migrants who live here for 5 years are eligible for indefinite leave to remain (as per the link that you quoted). However, my specific visa category (Tier 2 - Internal Company Transfer) doesn't allow this. Trust me, I've asked this directly to migration experts . Over the last few years, due to the increasing migration flow from within Europe, the UK has imposed increasingly tough restrictions on non-EU migration, and I happen to be on the wrong side of those rules. I moved to the Isle of Man in March 2011. If I had done this a year earlier, prior to 6 April 2010, I would have been eligible to obtain indefinite leave to remain - but the UK has increasingly made it difficult. Indeed, new applicants for my visa category are not even able to keep on renewing it, requiring them to leave after a relatively short period of time (whereas at least I'm able to keep renewing my visa on an on-going basis).
  9. Of course it is "might" - because after leaving, the decision of what relationship to have between the UK and the EU (and, indeed, any other rules and regulations in the UK and the Isle of Man) will be subject to the democratic control of the British and Manx people - which is precisely as it should be. I can't predict what sort of relationship will exist if we vote to leave, because I don't control either the British or Manx people. Instead, they'll be able to make their own decision about what is right, and what sort of relationship will be. This is precisely in the same way that Remain campaigners can't predict when there will be a European Union Army, or when the European Union will take over the UK's permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, or when Turkey, Serbia, Macedonia and others will join the European Union. The thing is that the status quo isn't on the ballot paper this week - we have a choice between staying on the EU bus and going wherever that bus takes us, or getting off the EU bus and making our own collective decisions about where we want to go, and what sort of relationship we have with the rest of the world. Your understanding is categorically wrong, and slightly offensive as well - because this should be a debate about me or you, it should be a debate about the issues at hand. Most substantially, I have no ties to any Costa Rican company, my employer is a Manx company which is based in the Isle of Man and ultimate owned by a company that is publicly listed on both the Toronto Stock Exchange in Canada and NASDAQ in New York, USA - which means that its ownership is public, and that almost anyone can buy shares in it. I certainly have a strong interest in what's best for the Isle of Man, because I live here, I'm a resident here, and I care deeply about this island. I think it's a wonderful place to live, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to live here so far - and I want it to be even better. I believe that the best way for the UK and the Isle of Man to engage with the world is to do so without being shackled by being part of Europe. Because we're limited by the EU, the UK and IOM has no comprehensive free trade agreement with Canada (because it is being held up over a dispute over Romanian and Bulgarian tourist visas) no comprehensive free trade agreement with Australia (because it is being held up over a dispute over Italian tomato growers allegedly using slave labor) and no comprehensive free trade agreement with Latin America (because it is being held up over a dispute over French cattle farmers). Meanwhile, I accept that we're closely connected to Europe - but over the last ten years, economically, Europe has been the worst performing continent in the world, behind even Antarctica (which, I kid you not, has grown more due to a boom in Argentinian cruise ships visiting). After we leave, however, we'll be able to have a non-exclusive connection with Europe, and, just like Switzerland has close trade deals with Europe but also other countries like China, the UK (and IOM) will have that opportunity too. Sorry, but you're wrong here. You can read Protocol 3 here: https://www.gov.im/media/624101/protocol3relationshipwiththeeu.pdf It only applies to goods, not services. Firstly, I think it's really disappointing that rather than addressing and discussing the issues at hand, you're choosing to make false personal attacks. Secondly, I have a very actual real-world connection to this, because I'm a Manx resident. Indeed, because of the UK's current discriminatory migration rules, despite owning an apartment here, and despite living here for almost five-and-a-half years, I'm never eligible for permanent residency (and instead, am only able to keep renewing my current visa). After leaving the EU, the UK (and IOM) would be able to implement a non-discriminatory migration policy that judged people on just two criteria*: the content of someone's character, and the capability of that person to contribute to the country. I think that would benefit me, and I think it would benefit the UK and IOM as well - because then we could benefit from the contributions of people from across the world, based upon their skills and potential. *You could also have some sort of humanitarian aspect of the migration program to welcome refugees, but I imagine that'd be a relatively smaller proportion of it
  10. Well, yah, in post #150 above, I explained why I think that basically all companies in the service industry - including banking, insurance and egaming, to list but three - on the Isle of Man would benefit. They've got the least to lose (since they're not part of the European free trade region) and the most to gain (since they might gain entry to the European free trade zone after a renegotiated UK/EU relationship, and they will probably gain better access to other global markets when the UK makes other bilateral trading agreements, if desired).
  11. Meh, I've been called worse things by better people. I was calling OldManxFella an absolute cock, not you!!!! Yes - I was meaning that I've been called worse things by better people than him I think it's sad that he wants to be abusive, but at the end of the day, there are a lot of anonymous little trolls like him on the internet, and I just see it as a cost of living. I'm fortunate to live on a wonderful island, with an outstanding community, so if the worst thing that happens is that someone writes something mean on the internet, it's hardly going to be meaningful in the morning.
  12. Meh, I've been called worse things by better people.
  13. I started the website for a few reasons: I'm passionate about the issue. I think it is important for Governments to be subject to democracy and the rule of law. I think it adds to the community to have discussion and learn about different ideas. I think that communities are better and stronger when there's discussion about important political issues. One of my good friends wants to slug Manx residents with a tax on soft drinks, and although I disagree with him, I'm better off for having had the opportunity to hear his ideas. I enjoy taking part in these conversations. To me, it's fun. Presumably, you enjoy it too. I guess that's why we're posting on internet message boards at almost midnight on a Tuesday night. It might sway a few votes, and I genuinely believe that my life - and the lives of other Manx residents - will be better if the UK votes to leave.
  14. The UK Government has given the power up voluntarily - and further, it doesn't have much of a written constitution to prevent it from doing so.
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