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    Cut & paste

    I'll have a go at a health care "vision" and a "strategy" Vision Make sure everyone is a well as possible in as cost effective and caring a manner as possible. Strategy & Implementation Move everyone to Wigan.
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    Cut & paste

    Ah, you can never have enough meetings to avoid proper work. Embarrassing.
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    Cut & paste

    I heard him this morning on the radio, vigorously defending this obvious plagiarism. It's a vision, and not part of the strategy document, therefore not that important...was essentially what I heard. Missing the point entirely that a well paid government worker has copy and pasted significant chunks of someone else's work, and passed it off as their own. Piss poor.
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    MUA the subject of whistle-blowing over dangerous failings

    My mama doesn't live in a house. My grannie is already dead, and she wasn't a commionost. My wife is a Pole and it's more likely her driving will kill me in her car. Don't call her rotten either. Not having that. She's lovely.
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    MUA the subject of whistle-blowing over dangerous failings

    Has anyone died? No... Are my lights still on? Yes...
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    Voting numbers

    I voted one of the 19.1% turnout, but the analysis by @maynragh rings true - nobody really cares, commissioners have so little power, and there is too much representation for too small a population. For instance, 9 commissioners on Port St Mary representing a total population of c. 2,000 ( and maybe 1,750 eligible voters) and they're having awful trouble trying to reduce this to 5 - no wonder nothing gets done! To suggest elections should be run on social media is silly. Many, myself included, are not on social media. Some of the material I saw which was produced by Mr Cronin was quite shocking - it was basically vote for me because I've got a personal vendetta against the Chair of the Commissioners!
  7. This. Very important point distinguishing between right to travel (within a Common Travel Area) , and right to establish/work/claim benefits.
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    Premiership 2018/2019

    Marco Silva was one game away from the sack last night. If he'd have beaten City, he'd have been sacked
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    P.O Strike Begins.

    From 2016 ---- "Corporatisation of the Isle of Man Post Office is backed by the Council of Ministers and by the Post Office Board. The move was recommended in the 2006 Review of the Scope and Structure of Government and in the follow-up review in 2012. Mr Toime’s report on Governance Structure for the Isle of Man Post Office can be found at http://www.tynwald.org.im/business/opqp/sittings/Tynwald%2020142016/2016-GD-0008.pdf" But of course it wasn't done - should make plans to do this, then Cannan could put the post office up for sale, with no TUPE over here that may focus minds a little...
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    Ramsey Marina

    So the owners of the land couldn't move the boats off it?! Wouldn't an easy way to remedy that be to issue the Harbour Board with a massive invoice for ground rent?!
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    Ramsey Marina

    Yes I've looked at the proposal, and realise it's also a property play, but still struggling to see how the figures will possibly work. I fully agree that the Island needs 24/7 non-tidal leisure yacht berthing facilities.
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    Ramsey Marina

    In what possible way does it make financial sense?!!!! Don't get me wrong, I agree with the sentiment and like the idea, but at a cost of £100m it just won't fly. Simply speaking:- maximus stated £350-£500 per meter annual berthing fees and his yacht 19m - so if we make some VERY generous assumptions that the 400 berth marina would be full all the time, average yacht length 20m (I fully admit I have no clue about such things) and say a price of £425/m being the midpoint 400 berths x 20 meters x £425 = £3.4m p.a. Marina operating costs p.a. ?? financing costs? £100m at 5% ---> £5m ?? return for investors? It comes no-where near to passing even this back of a fag packet calculation!!! And of course that income can only arise when the thing is built, how are the construction costs financed in the 2/3 year construction time?? However, I do stand to be corrected and would love to be proved wrong...
  13. Very well said Joe, can also include Isle of Man Maritime on that list! See maritime.im
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    Ramsey Marina

    The internet says he used to be a director of a company called BIGHEAD Limited.
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    Ramsey Marina

    For a proposed £100m development, the architect's impression doesn't even tie in with the plan! It's a nice idea, but looks like it's totally unfunded at present. Think will file it in the wishful thinking drawer.
  16. How much funding did DUP get for their "supply and confidence" agreement - £1bn additional to NI? Just think what they could do with £39bn!
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    Boromir, Gandalf, Frodo, Gimli, Samwise, Merry, Pippin, Legolas, Aragorn - or alternatively: Borrow-more (Cannan), Legless (Watterson), Sam not-so-wise (Moorehouse), Frau-no (Caine), Not-so-Merry (Shimmins), Gimply - (Callister), Aura-gone (Quayle), Pippin (Harmer), and Gandalf. The Fellowship of the Keys.
  18. But what is "free movement"? I would guess it's the right to live and work in different jurisdiction as well as travel there. Does CTA cover that?
  19. If the UK government just state that they will not under any circumstances reinstate a hard border in Ireland, doesn't that leave the EU with the problem? Would the EU force Ireland to erect a hard border? Doubt it. Would lead to effectively a border at the ports and airports on the UK mainland for goods. If UK Government also offers to guarantee free movement of people for Irish citizens? Don't think mainland British people are massively concerned about free movement/right to work in mainland UK of Irish people?? Northern Ireland voted majority remain in EU, so can't UK Government grant free movement of people to EU citizens within Northern Ireland only?? If it means changing the constitutional relationship of Northern Ireland to the mainland UK to secure that arrangement, then put that to vote of NI people. Probably missing some massive point why this can't be done....
  20. why has no-one suggested going to war with Spain as a way to solve Brexit? (just thinking outside the box or alternatively, not really thinking at all)
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    Are Screwfix coming ???

    They were busy setting up yesterday already fully branded unit behind b and q, put my head in the door and opens next Thursday they said!
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    Steam Packet to be sold

    Nah - the status quo will be maintained. The national pastime of whinging about the service and the frequency/cost thereof will never change. The parameters under which the company operates will be set in the new sea services agreement, and the company will spend endless hours justifying itself and performance to Government under that agreement. Tynwald can only interfere by influencing what's in that agreement prior to it being signed, and I'd suggest that putting pricing controls in there that curb the ability of the company to match supply with demand in terms of pricing is not in Government's (as owner) overall interest. A select committee will be formed to look into pricing in 3/4 years time, and they will find that the fares are reasonable - and the same circular arguments will carry on and on for as long as there is a ferry service.
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    Steam Packet to be sold

    Each up to £20k p.a. as position was advertised. Good appointments in my view. 2 very experienced shipping guys and the forums very own Phil D. (congrats!)