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  1. Sigh. There's really no hidden meaning here. I am employed full-time by the Manx TaxPayers' Alliance. They pay me for that. This accounts for the vast majority of my ordinary income. This is my "primary" occupation. In addition, I do a little work for the Manx Cooperative Society as a Member Pioneer, connecting and communicating with local causes. They pay me a salary as well, and this accounts for the remaining balance (a very small minority) of my ordinary income. This is my "secondary" occupation. I don't receive a salary from any other sources.
  2. As I have explained repeatedly, I am employed primarily by the Manx TaxPayers' Alliance, and I also do a little part-time work for the Manx Cooperative Society. I don't receive a salary from any other sources. Also, Kelly isn't my landlord. I don't think it is healthy for me to participate further in a forum where wildly idiotic lies like the above about volunteering to clean war graves are spread.
  3. The original, uncropped, image is available online here: https://www.facebook.com/michaeljosem/photos/a.179940146934895/357243692537872/ The false post re-shared by Amadeus above appears to make four claims: completely dry headstones This is false, the headstone was wet, because I was washing the green algae off it with water and a sponge. In addition, it was raining that day. You can see this in the uncropped image linked above, it is obvious that rain has been falling on the various headstones. completely dry sponge This is false, the sponge was wet, because I had been dipping it in the water bucket. You can see a small part of the water bucket which is mostly obscured by my body (the black thing below my left thigh is the bucket). completely dry gloves This is false, my gloves were wet because they were holding a wet sponge, it was raining, and I had been dipping the sponge in the bucket. This is proven by the photo: you can see part of the gloves were dry, lower on the back of my hand, and the colour is a lighter green. The wet part of the gloves are darker. These are the gloves I've used for various volunteering things (CWGC and the Isle of Man Woodland Trust) for a couple of years now. I strongly recommend them, they're great: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004ALAV6I/ hi viz tabard saying "volunteer" This is accurate, I was in fact wearing a hi viz tabard saying "volunteer". There's a combination of tragedy and comedy here. People on the internet arguing over a guy cleaning a war grave for goodness sake, and now, we have idiotic lying "war grave truthers" trying to deceive people into some nutty conspiracy theory about it being too dry on the Isle of Man. Try explaining this to a well adjusted person, this is absolutely idiotic.
  4. I guess that one benefit of being an anonymous coward posting on Twitter is that you can make boldfaced lies that are disproved by the photograph themselves, and no one will ever hold you to account for them.
  5. I am endorsed as the Liberal Vannin candidate for Douglas East. Neither of my employers, the Manx TaxPayers' Alliance (where I am employed full-time) nor the Manx Cooperative Society (where I work ~4 hours a week) endorse candidates for political office as far as I know these days. That said, when the Manx Cooperative Society was founded around 100 years ago, there are reports that it was closely associated with the Manx Labour Party.
  6. Here's a link to it: https://www.facebook.com/groups/IOMNewspolitics/posts/3875645322542166/ As requested, here's a huge volume of discussion of policy: https://michaeljosem.com/ Here's a link to a copy of my manifesto when I ran for Tynwald last year with further specifics on various policy issues: https://michaeljosem.com/douglas-south-manifesto-a-strong-voice-for-our-community/ There's literally hundreds of articles discussing various policies and issues above. In addition, you can enjoy various book reviews which give you a further idea of my thinking, and also pictures of cute alpacas over the years, and links to various other bits and pieces about me.
  7. I don't recall making any such projections about the vaccine: my charts merely reported the facts of what had already happened. They're all publicly licensed under very open and permissive Creative Commons licenses, so if anyone wants to update them, they're welcome to do so.
  8. I don't think this is at all accurate. The then-Minister for Infrastructure, Ray Harmer, when asked about this in May last year, said that it was merely being considered. See here: https://www.three.fm/news/coronavirus/douglas-prom-20mph-limit-to-become-permanent/ I haven't found any mention of permanent 20 mph speed limits on MyProm.im (although, it might be buried away there somewhere, so if anyone can find it, please let me know!) or any other Government source published before 9 July 2021. Indeed, the DOI itself has admitted that there was no preliminary consultation before 9 July.
  9. Josem

    Come on Arleen

    LOL, that's not me, that's just a guy with a beard! I was at the Manx 7s and the Pride event here in Douglas over the weekend.
  10. The underlying data is available online here with various other charts etc: https://liberalvannin.im/liberal-vannin-investigation-reveals-state-of-manx-housing-crisis/
  11. Here's the IOM version.
  12. What on earth are you talking about? Do you have a link to this?
  13. During the first lockdown. In many ways, its a sad book about the lost contributions that our community has never obtained, especially from people who are different to existing parliamentary cliques/demographics.
  14. I haven't. It's a foul and offensive idea. If anyone's interested in the substantive issue underlying this thread, there's an excellent book written by Isabel Hardman, Why We Get The Wrong Politicians, which addresses a whole series of factors (wildly offensive slurs/abuse are part of it).
  15. Patrick Ayres, candidate for Ayre and Michael, 39 votes. Source: https://www.gov.im/media/1353347/2016-general-election-results-and-turnout.pdf The third-place getter, Carlos Phillips with 1358 votes, received the highest number of votes of any of the unsuccessful candidates.
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