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    Future Mann

    Agreed. It was never really forced by the great unwashed before because a large % were sucking from the government teat and the private sector was ticking over, unemployment was low and even though stealth taxes rose your average family still had a decent standard of living compared to the majority of the planet. With potentially thousands unemployed/struggling after this an increase in rates for example won't go down too well and politicians will get it in the neck on their weekly shop, walking the dog etc.., something which has been sadly lacking thus far. Maybe some new MHK's might step forward with a conscience and aren't willing to be easily bought, cometh the hour and all that.
  2. Lxxx

    Future Mann

    As much as I thought the whole thing was a short-sighted and ill thought out waste of money I do think we may see a resurgence of visitors to the island in the future, especially if Greta and her cult get their way at the end of all this and international travel is curtailed/discouraged.
  3. Yes I got an IoM government text on my UK phone today.
  4. Lxxx

    Future Mann

    Let’s not worry too much, the whole world is going to hell in a handcart at the minute. Any ideas the U.K. had in making it the conservative tax haven of the West have disappeared into a socialist nightmare with billions being pumped in which have to be paid back in increased taxes across the board once things settle down. There isn’t anywhere to run to now so just suck it up, don’t expect too much from the twilight years of your life as there will be little money left and enjoy today (when you can leave the house again).
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    Future Mann

    She's pissed off because she's now redundant and is currently filling in Job Seekers Allowance like the rest of us.
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    Future Mann

    I'd prefer to see more South Africans so they can outbreed the Manx
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    Future Mann

    Quite right, they don't care what happens to the island once they leave their positions. The kids still have to go to King Bills, the new cars won't pay for themselves and how are they supposed to get by on less than £10k/month? This should be an opportunity for a great equaliser in our microcosm of a society to create a more sustainable budget moving forwards, but I fear it won't.
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    Future Mann

    As much as this sentence disgusts me and in the present climate is morally repugnant you are absolutely correct. They will treat this as a bump in the road, just making the inevitable crashing into the buffers a little earlier than they would have hoped.
  9. No it's not. Not one person you mentioned is putting anyone else at risk or inconveniencing a key worker. Stop moaning.
  10. Behave. I'd much rather see a cyclist out there staying fit to fight to stay alive than a moaning arse strolling to the shop grumbling at everyone/everything.
  11. But...but...but...the HP on the Range Rover, the car loan for the wife's Mercedes, the mortgage on the 6 bedroom house when we really only need 4. I'm a Chief Executive of a government department don't you know!
  12. I've seen the opposite. People getting out and about for a walk, which is good for everyone, but crossing the road rather than crossing on the pavement and everyone mindful of keeping away from each other. I think it's easy to look for things to moan about in times like this.
  13. This is the point where the public sector pensions get reformed. You either pay people who are no longer working or you pay the ones in work. Sorry lads, the gravy train has just come off the rails.
  14. Imagine the government workers who were paid 75% over their ability level just by virtue of winging it. They're unemployable in the private sector and a move across puts them bottom of the tree. Going be tough to take mentally when you've lived in a bubble all your career and never really looked in the mirror.
  15. If I was a seriously rich family in London I'd not be looking at this island. Not in a million years would I still be here if I was minted. It's a decent place for a reasonably wealthy family who have existing ties here and who use it as a base as they have already factored in the downsides to be here. A newcomer wouldn't last two minutes.
  16. The dollar is king at the moment. Gold lost it's lustre a decade ago and the IMF can just introduce it's own cryptocurrency and the international community can out-regulate Bitcoin and others with the stroke of a pen. I've heard the arguments to the contrary about it being peer to peer so they can't do it but recent events have shown just how powerful governments of the world are if they join together.
  17. I would think so. The tax on fags and booze is badly needed by the government at the minute.
  18. I think he was one of many who saw the writing on the wall and dove in like a vulture, as many in the city did at the time. There's a large difference between profiting on a dying carcass and contributing to it's demise. Semantics I know as it's no less morally repugnant but what contributed to the demise of RBS was management behaviour and the deregulation which allowed it to happen.
  19. More than a worry. There were no tests for this a few months ago and now we're looking at antigen testing, antibody testing and others that are close to market which will throw up a whole range of results, none of which you want Juan from Ballaugh in charge of self diagnosing. Until there is a decent consensus on which tests show what and the probability of it even being correct I think we should just be sensible and self-isolate regardless.
  20. I think he meant real politicians.
  21. They had allegedly tried to alleviate this to some extent with the formation of the separate trusts running as semi-autonomous bodies, able to co-ordinate and respond to regional and local pressures more flexibly. In reality all they did was replicate the inefficiencies to a more micro level, import more bureaucracy and employ more pen pushers on the NHS tap. I feel for front line workers in times like this. Grossly underpaid and under appreciated in an organisation with the budget the size of a small country.
  22. We'll wait for the next instalment of your pandemic prediction later on then?
  23. If it wasn't for capitalism the supermarket shelves wouldn't be full every morning during this period. Maybe when you graduate and get a job you'll understand reality a bit better.
  24. 50,000 on an island of about 80,000? Mind you we'd be able to balance the budget then if the majority were government workers. Longworth would survive though, he'd survive a nuclear winter.
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