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  1. Josem

    Tim's Time's Up

    I don't support the Government's sneaky plan to massively increase the population, but saying that we don't have space for homes is false. I don't know if you've ever been to the Isle of Man, but FYI we have a huge amount of undeveloped space: Figures from the NFU and the biosphere reveal that around 88% of the island is managed as various forms of undeveloped green land (including farms, forestry, etc). Separately, around 4% of the land of the Isle of Man is dedicated to housing. Saying we have few areas left to build homes is just not true. It is true, however, to say that our community currently puts higher priority on space for homes for cows than homes for humans. I agree with this bit. An economic strategy based upon building enough housing, building better infrastructure, improving our health system, and improving our education system would be a better strategy than the government's proposed plan to raid and gamble NI funds on risky ventures.
  2. Josem

    Tim's Time's Up

    The Isle of Man and Australia have basically diametrically opposed migration policies. It is very hard to migrate to Australia as an elderly migrant, and relatively easy if you are a young, qualified and willing to work. Here in the Isle of Man, there are essentially no migration restrictions on elderly, non-workers, moving from the UK or Ireland, but significant restrictions on most people who want to come here and work from UK and Ireland. If we're going to restrict people who come to IOM to work with a work permit, it is unlikely to be sustainable to continue to have no restrictions on people coming to IOM to not work from UK/Ireland. Obviously, the Isle of Man Government is always a step-behind, but one relatively easy opportunity to improve our rules in the right direction would be to welcome high performance people to the island. It costs us nothing, the people are already vetted, and would benefit the people of the IOM substantially to have such people migrating to here.
  3. Oh, I think I understand what you're asking. I have no reason to think that the detection/resolution rate for such crimes is meaningfully different to the detection/resolution rate for the same crimes but with different motives - if such data is stored somewhere, I don't think the IOM Police have published it. My understanding is that the number of hate-motivated assaults (or other crimes) is so small that it wouldn't be possible to do much statistical analysis/comparison anyway.
  4. Page 65 gives prosecutions for offenses against the person: https://www.iompolice.im/media/1403/all-charts-and-tables-2020-2021.pdf If people commit assaults, they should be prosecuted because it is already illegal to assault someone, I doubt that making it "super-illegal" is going to make a meaningful change to the detection rate. It is plausible to make the sentencing "stronger" (I don't know what the right adjective here, forgive me if this is not the right word), but again I doubt that will affect the number of prosecutions.
  5. Laws regulating speech are not a good way to combat Nazism. We know this because they didn't work: https://www.bjpa.org/content/upload/bjpa/4_an/4_Anti-Semitism_September-October_1940.pdf "Banned in Boston" was a famous example in the American context: the allure of a book/movie/art/idea being banned makes it more attractive to some people. It isn't clear what form the proposed hate crime laws will take in the Isle of Man. I am hopeful that they will target violence (and similar actions) rather than regulating speech which isn't connected with harassment/imminent violence/etc.
  6. Opposition to state control of religion is pretty fundamental to the separation of church and state. I strongly oppose the Government trying to control or outlaw Islam, I strongly oppose the Government trying to control or outlaw Judaism, and I strongly oppose the Government trying to control or outlaw Christianity. More politicians should have more humility about what the laws of the state can and should control.
  7. I'm saying that people conducting ordinary religious services should not be prosecuted for doing so. Because I believe in the separation of church and state, I think that the state should not regulate the content of religious services very much.
  8. There's extensive discussion on these issues across the Western world. The US has no legal recognition of hate speech, with speech being restricted for other reasons (eg, incitement to imminent violence, speech which is integral to crime such as fraud, obscenity, and so on). Here in the Isle of Man, the rules are already much more restrictive of your speech - the Public Order Act which I linked above already prohibits "abusive or insulting words...within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, annoyance, alarm or distress thereby." Further, the last Tynwald imposed legislation providing for further restrictions on protests (and other behaviour) in areas around abortion services/counselling. Also, none of this is legal advice.
  9. I think that there is likely a widespread consensus view in our community that if you are found guilty of physically assaulting someone because of their disability, or their race, or their religion, that you deserve a stronger sentence than most other such assaults. The motive of the crime affects the sentence. However, I suspect that most people in our community would not want to criminalise people reading from the Quran or the Bible or the Torah. I hope the proposed hate crime legislation will merely be some sort of update of the existing 1998 Public Order Act, which relate to creating an immediate fear or provocation of violence - rather than creating new offences relating to merely saying things that some perceive to be offensive.
  10. I think you'll find that this split applies to semi-final and final cup games, not league games. The NSCFL rules for cup games are published in section 21 here: https://www.nwcfl.com/league_admin/rules/202223/Cup Rules 2022-23.pdf - but note that Section 22 has a bunch of extra rules for FC IOM games. The ordinary league rules are published here, but I do not think they require splitting admissions collected at games - you can see if you can find anything here: https://www.nwcfl.com/league_admin/rules/202223/Cup Rules 2022-23.pdf
  11. 1) I find it disappointing that the Police have made these claims without (yet?) sharing the evidence to support them. 2) It is sad that our media outlets repeat such claims uncritically, especially where the actual numbers do not appear to be publicly available (yet?). 3) I doubt that this claim is true: the crime rate in a number Scottish local government areas (LGAs) appears to be (much!) lower than the crime rate in the Isle of Man, but it is not possible to compare the data because of (1). It is certainly possible the claims made by the IOM Police are true if the numbers are calculated in some way, but the headline figures currently show IOM having much higher crime rates than various Scottish LGAs. For example, it is plausible that the Scottish LGAs with lower crime rates have significantly more serious crimes, and the IOM Police have somehow adjusted for that, but it is not possible to verify either way. 4) Organisations which have a strong commitment to intellectual honesty and transparency will typically publish their data in spreadsheets. Organisations which have a dubious commitment to transparency publish their data in PDF files. Organisations which have a positively hostile commitment to transparency publish their data in JPG images.
  12. I think it is unlikely that any such list exists, but am interested in seeking what sort of documentation the Government might retain post-interview and/or post-employment. If anyone would be willing to be a guinea pig* in such an effort, please contact me privately, I'd be happy to help you request whatever data is stored about you, and get that sent to you. (*I'd do it myself, but I've never worked or interviewed to work for the IOM Government, and do not envisage doing so. The closest I've ever come was an interview for the War Memorials Committee.)
  13. I think two things could improve the quality of MHKs: 1) If they were more involved in their local community. Joining the local gardening club, or the football club, or other service/faith/interest/sporting groups would help us to build stronger institutions, and I believe that stronger institutions build better humans. Unfortunately, we live in a very atomised society where institutions of all sorts are breaking down, and therefore, people have reduced experience and reduced training in confronting challenging issues. The Tynwald Register of Interests reveals that there are many MHKs who are not a member of "any trade union, professional society, political grouping or party, or of the Freemasons or any body outside Tynwald." 2) Some MHKs would benefit from reading books. Listening to one the other day say out loud, "What is free speech anyway?" made me realise that there are some people who have very little intellectual curiosity for issues before they arrive on their plate.
  14. I disagreed deeply with Ashford's policy decisions at the time, and it is nice for all the Harry Hindsights on the internet to belatedly come around to my way of thinking. When - in February 2020 - I was saying that travellers returning to the Isle of Man should be isolating on return, the IOM Government did not. When - in March 2020 - I was saying the risk of the pandemic was big and serious, people laughed at me while the IOM Government said the risk to the IOM was "moderate to low". It is now apparent that while the IOM Government disagreed with me publicly at the time and played down the risk of the pandemic, behind the scenes, medical experts like Dr Ranson were echoing my concerns. Unfortunately, their concerns were silenced by the bureaucratic BS artists. I just wish that these fake experts had not been in positions of bureaucratic power, as we can only wonder how many more people would be alive today if they had taken heed of our concerns in January and February and March 2020. That substantive issue, where I disagreed deeply with Ashford at the time, is entirely separate from the decent way to handle that disagreement today. Some people - on this forum and elsewhere - have made various allegations of criminality. Such allegations of criminal behaviour are serious. They're serious to people who are victims of crime. They're serious to people who are wrongly accused of crime. That's why our civilisation has created a variety of institutions to properly investigate such allegations. Those institutions are called "the police" and "the court system". Those institutions do not include social media websites. Making such allegations in this public forum are morally wrong and practically wrong.
  15. It's reasonable to be harshly critical in public of people who put themselves forward for public office. You can criticise me for the things I say and do, because after all, I've been called worse things by better people. However, it is entirely unreasonable to make various allegations of criminality against private citizens in a public forum like this (or elsewhere on social media). If anyone has any evidence or allegations of such criminality, those allegations should be put forward to the relevant law enforcement agency for investigation.
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