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  1. That is exactly what you would expect, and it is probably another question for any follow on FOI request. My suspicion is that DoI have so many diverse and vague budget lines that they can draw (say) £20k from here and £15k from there, over a couple of budget years, and spend large amounts of aggregated funds without any oversight or authorisation from Treasury. Whatever you may think about the Railways, these locos, trams and other assets do not belong to the DoI, Longworth, the Minister of the moment, the Treasury etc. They belong to the Manx Public. This project should never have been allowed to proceed without a proper Business Case, and with oversight, not just of the financial aspect, but also the historical and heritage aspects too. It now looks like it is too late.
  2. What is really concerning here, is that this unique loco had been a valued museum exhibit for 50 plus years. Now, having spent £170k it has been turned into a cross between a huge Meccano set, and a pile of scrap with an uncertain future. I do understand that assessing whether it was feasible to return this loco to service would require some dismantling and assessment, but what Longworth has achieved here is probably the worst of every world.
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    Minimum Wage

    I am aware of several pensioners, who are millionaires, who got the £150 fuel payment in June added to their state pension. Whilst there are clearly many pensioners who are, and always will be, hard up, this presumption in Govt. that ‘all pensioners are poor’ and should be treated to lots of free stuff is now out of date, and needs to change when prioritising and targeting financial support.
  4. They quote some numbers here. https://www.manxutilities.im/our-environment/our-reservoirs/latest-reservoir-levels/ But without data on capacity of each, it doesn't help very much.
  5. I wasn't really suggesting that there is enough to last until Easter, as there will, inevitably, be large volumes of rain between now and then, so the point is moot. I just think the numbers, and accompanying explanations, don't really explain why 68% capacity is an issue, and are unconvincing.
  6. I'm not sure that their numbers suggest that. Last week, the reservoirs were said to be 70% full, this week it was 68%. This implies, in simple terms, that we have around 34 more weeks supply of water, if there is no rain, which would take us through to next Easter. My feeling is that we have a few Senior Civil Servants just exercising their powers, because they can, and a political chair, who isn't smart enough to check their sums.
  7. I am pretty sure that being dazzled by the early morning sun was considered to have been a factor in Mick Lofthouse's accident.
  8. It's there to make sure that Reynolds and/or Spake don't sneak back into the Island! 😉
  9. The whole legal situation around mobility scooters seems very unclear and uncertain. In a 'first' today, I saw a guy driving one on the mountain road today! As it happened there was a police motorcyclist and a police van at the Bungalow. He stopped to talk to them and then carried on toward Brandywell, so presumably his actions were deemed safe, legal and not a danger to anyone!
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    New Casino

    And it seems that Longworth's parting gift has been to 'accidentally on purpose' order some left-hand drive buses!
  11. Not true. The driver of the crew in the second accident had raced here many times, and had started 19 previous sidecar races, between 2000 and 2017.
  12. Were they told by their own engineering consultants? In any event, it certainly helps their cause, both to reinforce that engineering advice, and to create an eyesore which no-one wants to see there for longer than necessary.
  13. I suspect that it is part of the developers strategy to have those supports, with associated disruption and eyesore, to reinforce the engineering view that the stone wall is unsafe and does not have a future. This sends out a message that 'if we don't get planning permission it's going to look like this for a long time.' Personally, I don't have a problem with that.
  14. If you check out the Planning Application, under the REP section, you will see that there are some very well-known and influential folk, including an MLC, who are hell bent on stopping this development, and who really think that preserving an ancient, but unsafe, stone wall, is more important than building places for people to live. https://services.gov.im/planningapplication/services/planning/planningapplicationdetails.iom?ApplicationReferenceNumber=22%2F00148%2FCON If the Island is to move forward, we need to find a better balance between the needs of the wider population, encouraging investment and progress, and the whims of a few luddites and eccentrics, who want to preserve everything, regardless of whether it is really significant or important.
  15. The Sefton Group sold the Castle Mona several years ago. It is now owned by the Tevir Group.
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