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Nellie

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  1. This is no surprise. The cruise industry will take years to get back to 'normal' and the business case for Peel's new terminal for cruising out of Liverpool will look very different now. As you say, there is no urgency to spunk another £30m without a full reassessment of all the options. The back-benchers should vote down this proposed expenditure and instead we should see:- A suspension of all work, once exisiting contractual obligations have been met, without any additonal expenditure, and the site moth-balled, if required. A 'back to square one' independent, and expert, (not DoI) review of all options going forward. This to include cutting losses and 'walking away', going to another port, ensuring pax and freight share the same facility etc. A seperate 'drains up' audit of how we got to this point. Original Business Case fully analysed. Ministers, Officers, AG's officers roles, decisons and performance to be scrutinised. Who recommended, agreed and signed what? Bring back Black and Reynolds, who have both conveniently run away, and ascertain their roles and level of accountability. Full ownership of key decisions to be determined and suitable sanctions to be recommended, if appropriate. All to be completed by March 2022, so that Tynwald can reconsider, from a more fully informed position. This probably needs to be put into 'Tynwald speak' but the gist is clear. What do you say, @Stu Peters?
  2. Hear, hear. I suspect that most sane people are taking more, or less, the same approach. It’s a shame that Tim Glover MHK, who is constantly over-analysing each set of daily numbers, chirping on about masks, and winding up all the doom and gloom merchants can’t take such a philosophical approach.
  3. Nellie

    Legco 2021

    You got his name wrong. He’s Paul, not Phil. That’s a pretty big detail!
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    Legco 2021

    You make it all sound like the World Cup qualifiers!
  5. Exactly. So JPW’s explanation appears to contravene the Highway Code.
  6. It benefits the developer who will now be able to build something on the site without having work around some half-witted requirement to retain an ancient Victorian drainpipe or similar nonsense.
  7. I’m pretty sure the Highway Code says that pedestrians always have the right of way on the road. It’s a fairly simple principle that makes sure you can’t just knock someone down for being in your way.
  8. Richard Butt pandering to his old man, who is part of the 'Doom Coven' over on Twitter..............
  9. It was clear some time ago that what they were constructing did not resemble the plan. There were even some references to it in the Strategic Board Minutes. I think that residents of the Esplanade objected to the loss of parking spaces, so the DoI got out their crayons and created more parking. As far as I can see, the revised design has never been put through the planning process.
  10. The real villain of the piece in all this, and the first person who should be in AC’s cross hairs, is the Chief Secretary, Will Greenhow. He is the line manager to Black and the other CEO’s. He has a allowed a culture of mediocrity and incompetence to flourish. He has protected people like Black, Longworth, Reynolds and Robinson from the realities of their poor performance. Black may depart with a DoI wheelbarrow full of cash, but as long as Greenhow survives the Island will have a second rate public service, built on cronyism, self preservation, and sense of entitlement, and where the tax payer and the customer will be well down the priorities.
  11. That tracker is wrong. That relates to the potential delay of the Bristol flight which is now superceded.
  12. Yes, it is still there and is called 'Hands Free'. It is a bit of a rigmarole to book, as it is treated as an onboard extra, such as pre-buying food/drink, but it works for me, rather than paying £15 for a full blown Hold Bag.
  13. It seems pretty likely that Chris Thomas wanted a stalemate so that he could enter a second round of voting. The easiest way to do this was to reduce the pool of available votes, but it seems that only Wannenburgh was up for participating in his little ruse. It’ll be interesting to see if Cannan brings CT into the tent, or leaves him pissing about on the outside.
  14. No, clearly not. Nick Black has (so far) destroyed the careers of three Ministers, and is still firing out press releases about spending £9m on unnecessary tarmac and concrete at the Airport, plus £2m on new fire engines, to replace the barely used old ones. This guy, and his 'minder' Greenhow, should be first in the cross hairs of the new CM.
  15. Although the overall easyJet schedule for the Winter remains pretty poor, that have now added six extra flights each way over the half-term weekends. Fares currently below £30 each way. It's not a solution, but it suggests they are looking at forward bookings are willing to slot in extra capacity, where they can make it work (for themselves)!!
  16. I am an Onchan voter, and I have read Rob Collister's manifesto. Considering that it is such a weighty tome, one thing that struck me was that I could not find a single word about the dreadful mismanagement of major capital projects by the DoI, and consequent waste of public money, the need for much improved governance, accountabilty and transparency, and the overhaul of the senior ranks of the CS. I know that Rob has been a Member of the DoI for the last year or so, but this is no reason to ignore this significant issue. Just saying.......
  17. I am an Onchan voter, and I have read Rob's manifesto. Considering that it is such a weighty tome, one thing that struck me was that I could not find a single word about the dreadful mismanagement of major capital projects by the DoI, and consequent waste of public money, the need for much improved governance, accountabilty and transparency, and the overhaul of the senior ranks of the CS. I know that Rob has been a Member of the DoI for the last year or so, but this is no reason to ignore this significant issue. Just saying.......
  18. I'd recommend Gadget Geeks at Port Jack. Very helpful.
  19. Am I the only one who totally switches off when that dreadful shouty Irish woman comes on the Radio, to wheel out the teachers' latest gripe? If they want to be listened to, they need to get a different spokesperson.
  20. I have some overseas travel booked for October to a country currently on the Amber list. Checking the https://covid19.gov.im/travel/travel-to-the-isle-of-man/ site, I see that Pathway 1 (basically double-jabbed people) now says:- Residents and non-residents are eligible for this pathway if: They have completed the full course of an approved COVID-19 vaccine (two doses of either Pfizer BioNTech; Oxford/AstraZeneca; or Moderna or one dose of Johnson and Johnson) On arrival, at least two weeks has passed since the full course was administered They have not been to any countries on the red travel list in the 10 days before arrival to the Isle of Man They do not have COVID-19 or any symptoms of COVID-19 From my perspective, and anyone else travelling to Green or Amber countries, this is good news, but was this announced anywhere, or did the IOMG just slip this change in without telling anyone?
  21. As I recall, the redevelopment plans for Lord Street involved the Government granting a very long lease to the would be developers, subject to them starting work, and building some specified facility for bus passengers, within an agreed time frame. In the current uncertain circumstances, there seems to be a reasonable likelihood that nothing will happen, and the site will revert to Government, at some stage. I don't recall them selling the old prison site, but I could have missed that.
  22. They have totally lost the plot in Australia, as their dismal vaccination programme means they are facing many more months of truly draconian restrictions. Even their returning Olympians are facing 28 day (!!) self-isolation. It they aren't careful, they'll take themselves back to the 1600's when they were totally isolated from the rest of the World and no-one knew they were there.
  23. It’s a bit odd that this ‘plan’ focuses largely on sites in private ownership, which would cost huge sums to compulsorily purchase, and ignore sites in IOMG ownership like Summerland, Lord Street, the old Prison and Park Road.
  24. I've been watching the vaccination dashboard since Thursday, and the number of people awaiting first doses has gone from 2(!!) to 58. So, only a maximum of 56 people have taken note of HQ's appeal to get vaccinated. It really is time for COMIN to stop giving this group too much consideration and just remove the remaining restrictions.
  25. If you go back over the previous minutes, over many months, Burroughs always promises a solution 'by the end of the week/month/next meeting', but TB, NB or JR never called him out. They're all useless.
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