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  1. “…. any competent border official.” Your problem in a nutshell.
  2. No, you are correct. But, just as dredging Heysham/Douglas allows ferry connectivity to be maintained, CAT 3 (auto land) would allow flights to continue in periods of reduced visibility. The question that the island’s residents will need to decide is which side of the cost/benefit equation they deem best for the Isle of Man.
  3. The UK Marine Accident Investiigation Branch published a report today into a tanker explosion on a Cayman Is. Registered ship. The report included the following:- “The investigation was carried out on behalf of the Cayman Islands and is the first investigation report we have published as part of our Memorandum of Understanding with the Red Ensign Group Catergory 1 registries of Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Gibraltar and the Isle of Man.” Presumably, the same could be easily done for rail accidents with the UK RAIB?
  4. Have they considered that British railway rails are 4’ 8.5” apart and Irish railways (N & S) are 5’3” apart? (Not forgetting, of course, that the IoM rails are 3’ or 3.5’ apart)
  5. Tidal electricity schemes need many billion gallons of water to flow per tide. This scheme wouldn’t power a street for an hour!
  6. I remember, back in the 1970’s, phoning Ronaldsway Met Office one Sunday morning to obtain a wind forecast for our yacht passage from PSM back to Strangford Lough. 4 pennies in the slot and press button B. A less than jolly man answers the phone and, in response to the question, “What wind speed and direction can we expect in the next eight hours?” Comes the answer, after much fumbling, “Ahhh... well you’re looking at westerly at 115-120 knots.” Dear God says I, it looks quite nice over the breakwater.” “Oh sorry,” says he, “that’s at 30000 feet!” Now, you’re not allowed to phone them direct. Umm.
  7. State sponsorship would have been minimal. Straightforward Manx legislation controlling Manx business would have worked. It's your island. Your politicians should be working for ALL the people, not just the "business" flyers or ferry travellers.
  8. Sheer b*****y, grinding, 30 year, frustration. I love the place, but I feel that your govt. Have let you down over and over again with regarding airlines. If Manx Airlines had been properly supported in regulation (to benefit the Island) rather than rash expansion, then we wouldn't be having this debate.
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